Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 08 E 02 The Leech Woman

Film watched: The Leech Woman

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation has examples of:

  • The Alcoholic: Mike and the bots take June's pride in alcoholism and run with it mercilessly.
  • Brain Bleach: Peanut takes a large share of baby wipes, stating, "I'll need a lot of these. I just know myself." Mike and the 'bots audibly shudder. Pearl makes an "Ew" sound and even Bobo flinches.
  • Continuity Nod: The apes seem to have found Joel's Daktari Stool from Mitchell.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Apparently, Servo's been going to intergalactic peepshow booths and strip clubs.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: Spoofed:
    Man: Officer, I'm Mrs. Talbot's attorney. If she's in any trouble, I have a right to know about it.
    Detective: Did I say anything about trouble?
    Tom Servo: Well, I assumed, what with the search warrant and all...
    And moments later...
    Man: If I knew what Mrs. Talbot was accused of, I could, maybe I could help —
    Detective: She isn't accused of anything. We just want her for questioning about a murder.
    Man: Murder?
    Crow: Did I say anything about murder?
  • Loud Gulp:
    "Then it couldn't have been Mrs. Talbot. A week ago she was in New York."
    "So was the murder."
  • Mix and Match: During the climax:
    Mike: This is like a murderous episode of Lucy.
  • Parrot Exposition: In an Airplane!-style manner.
    Mala: A hundred and forty years ago.
    Talbot: A hundred and forty years ago?!
    Mike, Crow, Servo: A hundred and forty years ago.
  • Running Gag: "JED!!!"
    • Also an Overly Long Gag, as he does one huge yell that goes on throughout the ending credits.
    • Sally's attempts to get Neil's attention away from "Terry": "Neil! Neil! NEIL!"
  • Smug Snake: Servo calls Talbot on this, saying he's got "built-in smug". It gets established from the very first shot of him, wearing an oily grin:
    Mike: "Yes, I'M Dr. Paul Talbot, endocrinologist extraordinaire."
  • Stock Footage Failure: Discussed in-universe as the source of repeated jokes; the film does not hide its limited "African jungle" soundstage well, and the cutaways to broad wilderness just make it worse. Servo even points out the movie interspersing footage of alligators and crocodiles.
    Crow: Boy, are they in Africa.
    Servo: Mm-hmm.

    Servo: Meanwhile, thousands of miles away in ACTUAL Africa...
    (The scene cuts to the embarrassing village again)
    Servo: ...And now, back to our set.

    (The film jumps from an actual Zulu ceremony to a bunch of extras with bad wigs, some of them seemingly in blackface, dancing around Griffith Park)
    Mike: UGH.
    (Servo chuckles)
    Mike: "We're not as into it as the other guys!"
    Crow: Real Africa... Hollywood Africa!

    Crow: It's more like stock mileage at this point.
  • Stop Being Stereotypical: Defied by Peanut, behaving like a domesticated chimp, wearing diapers and a tutu. Bobo is convinced into joining the others because "it was what we were meant for!"
  • Sweater Girl: Sally has the "bullet bra" look big-time.
    Mike: She enters a room before she does. [Said when Sally's the only one onscreen.]
  • Take That!:
    Malla: She [June] must choose the man for the sacrifice.
    Crow: (as June) I choose Adam Sandler!