Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 07 E 02 The Brute Man

Films watched: The Chicken of Tomorrow (short) and The Brute Man

The Chicken of Tomorrow is an educational short about how eugenics and gasoline mean bigger chickens on your dinner table.

The MST3K Treatment of The Brute Man provides:

  • Actually Pretty Funny: Mike and the 'bots chuckle at the Brick Joke of the "passing the buck" Running Gag.
  • Ambiguous Gender: While a farmer is sexing the baby chicks:
    Mike: "Hmm...another maybe."
  • Baleful Polymorph: After Pearl goes on a date with a sleazy Casanova Wannabe, Clayton slips him a mickey that turns him into "the Chicken of Tomorrow". Pearl is only mildly annoyed.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: In-universe. During The Chicken of Tomorrow, when one chicken says, "That's what ''you'' think, big boy!" the trio reacts, with Crow exclaiming, "That was weird!"
  • Big "NO!" / Mood Whiplash: When Pearl leaves with Sandy, Dr. Forrester has an odd reaction.
    Forrester: Mother, NoooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooOOOO!!!! (sobs piteously, then shrugs, smiling) Ah, well. He's not the first oily man that's taken Mother to the mat.
  • Continuity Nod: Crow identifies the Creeper's hideout as KTMA, the low-power UHF station MST3K started on.
  • Corpsing: While the riffers' laughing isn't discouraged, Mike spends over a half minute cracking up at the crotchety old grocer's vitriol for humanity.
  • Don't Explain the Joke / Overly Long Gag: Crow's joke about replacing Tom Dooley with Tom Dewey in the song "Hang Down Your Head, Tom Dooley".
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin
    Servo: Turns out you can purchase one of these babies with no cash!
    Mike: With no cash?!
    Servo: Yep. It's called the "no-cash" method.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: When a farmer sexes baby chicks, Crow mutters, "Whoa, Milton Berle there!"
  • God Is Dead: A riff about the crotchety old store owner. He looks at a newspaper, and Crow riffs:
    Crow: "God is dead"? GOOD!
  • Hulk Speak: One of the riffs as the creeper walks down the street.
    • Also:
  • I Always Wanted to Say That: About halfway through the movie, as the camera pans in on the Creeper's profile, Crow finally blurts out, "Hey, fella — why the long face?" and giggles helplessly. The others are just disappointed in him.
    Mike: Oh, now, c'mon.
    Crow: (Laughing) I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I couldn't help—
    Mike: I BEGGED you not to do that one.
    Crow: I know, I know...
    Servo: That hurts.
  • Landlord: Servo spends the episode's host segments trying to buy a house with no funds ("It's called the No-Cash method") and no clue what he's doing so he can become one of these. Mike shrugs and says that Servo's going to jail because of this.
    • Cranky Landlord: In a matter of minutes after closing the purchase after the movie, Servo officially becomes one of the ten worst landlords according to the Village Voice, which does indeed have an annual list.
  • Let's Meet the Meat: During The Chicken of Tomorrow:
    Crow: (as chicken) May I have a piece of my own white meat, please?
  • Memetic Mutation: invoked Rondo's "Whassa matter? Don't you like it?" becomes an oft repeated Call-Back in later episodes.
  • Most Definitely Not a Villain: When the grocer is reading over the Creeper's letter (left under obviously mysterious circumstances), Servo concludes it with "Signed: Not the Brute."
  • Nonindicative Name: Referenced. Late in the film:
    Mike: (annoyed) Why didn't they just call this movie "The Creeper"? (derisively) "Brute Man"...
  • Not So Stoic: Not perfectly stoic, but one of the few times Mike avoids a simple chuckle or snicker and instead doubles over and tries to muffle a series of laughs.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: The crew remarks that Hal moved slowly before getting shot. Afterwards...he walks exactly the same: too slowly for them.
  • Really Gets Around: When Helen tells The Creeper to go to her bedroom, to hide, Tom's reaction was pretty surprised.
  • Running Gag:
    • In general, the crotchety old grocery man really amused the crew, especially his apparent hate for his delivery boy ("DEAR GOD I HATE YOU!!!!"). Mike says "Creeper, creeper, creeper..." numerous times in the episode. Mike and the 'bots then ship the grocery man and the old spinster who shops there ("Let's be crotchety together!")
    • The look-out guard who keeps smoking cigarettes gets good mileage out of Mike and the bots.
  • Rule of Three: During the Chicken of Tomorrow short, Crow invokes this when Tom and Mike begin a pattern of ending their jokes with the word "chicken."
    Servo: The seedy alliance between big oil and big chickens.
    Mike: That guy's escaping disguised as a chicken!
    Crow: ...Chickens!
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The Creeper's a distinctive figure on city streets, but people seem to pass him by without blinking an eye:
    Servo: (as random citizen) Hey, Creeper!
    Crow: (as Creeper) Hey, person.
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: During The Chicken of Tomorrow, Crow riffs this over a shot of a soggy-looking chick who has just hatched.