Recap: Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 08 E 18 Devil Doll

We had a good time this weekend, didn't we?

Film watched: Devil Doll

The Segments:

  • Crow and Servo hold a Friday Night dorm party with music speakers and a window. The two only had the money for a window, but the two and Mike party on.

Segment 1
  • Pearl and Brain Guy are introduced around Rome as gods, much to her boredom. She first throws a toga party, to the guests' confusion. Brain Guy then suggest a pants party, with greater success. Back on the SOL, Crow drunkenly cries over Debbie.

Segment 2
  • Pitch arrives to Crow about Devil Dolls and their perks, to which Mike saves him from the devilish intruder.

Segment 3
  • Mike comes across to an old fashioned British pub on the bridge. He gets a hearty stout ale from the two Bots, but the ale comes as slow as possible.

Segment 4
  • Pitch comes back to the SOL, this time teaching the Bots soul swapping. Mike gets fed up with Crow's Satanic ways and tells Pitch to scram. In the meantime, Servo transfers his soul to a toaster strudel, where he is stuck in for the rest of the experiment.

Segment 5
  • Mike finds himself caged up as Hugo, Crow as Vorelli and Servo as the leggy assistant. At an arena, Pearl and Brain Guy watch in surprise as the gladiator today is Bobo.

The MST3K treatment provides examples of:

  • And Now For Something Completely Different: Servo sits through the last portion of the movie in the form of a delicious apple Toaster Strudel.
  • Becoming the Mask: "DEBBIIIIIIEEEEEE!"
  • Big "WHAT?!": Crow tries to make a deal with Pitch for a devil dolls and later soul transference. In the end, he also dresses a sleeping Mike up like Hugo and constructs a cage around him, while he acts like Vorelli. When Mike questions these acts and tries to stop him, Crow has this reaction.
  • Call Back:
    • Pitch from Santa Claus (1959) reappears, trying to sell the Satellite of Love crew devil dolls, and eventually he teaches them how to perform the soul transference techniques from the movie.
    • Also, "Leave Robert Denby alone!"
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    Mike: Crow! How could you make a deal with the Devil?!
    Crow: At prices like these, how could I not?
  • Crowd Chant: As the audience applauds at the conclusion of Vorelli's show and the performers take a final bow.
    Mike and the 'bots: Hugo! Hugo! Hugo! BUTT LADY! BUTT LADY! BUTT LADY!
  • Deal with the Devil: Pitch returns to offer Crow the power of soul transference. After Mike talks him out of a deal for literal dolls.
  • Fan Nickname: There is no Magda. Only "Butt Lady".
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    Crow: Puppets. Hate 'em.
  • Insistent Terminology: Pitch reminds Mike that he is a devil, not the Devil.
  • Oh Crap!: During Hugo's attack on Vorelli, Mike remembers that he once gave his niece a devil doll.
  • Paranoia Fuel: In-Universe:
    Crow: (as Hugo threatens Vorelli with a knife) Look familiar, Mike?
    Servo: It may. Soon.
    Mike: (chuckles nervously)
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Servo's Toaster Strudel form.
  • Running Gag: Magda's partially exposed rear comes up every time she appears on screen after that portion of her outfit (or lack of?) is revealed.
  • Shout-Out: Pitch is ''a'' devil, not ''the'' Devil.