Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 09 E 05 The Deadly Bees
Film watched: The Deadly Bees
The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation contains examples of the following tropes:
- And There Was Much Rejoicing: After Hargrove finds his wife dead:
Servo: "Someday I'll come home, and she'll be dead finally and—Hey! Look! All right!"
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Pearl, Bobo and Brain Guy
- Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Invoked: The bowler-hatted guy (Harcourt) from the movie wanders through the SOL bridge and Castle Forrester's hall, confusing the hell out of everyone involved.
- Brain Bleach: The reaction to Mrs. Hargrove's gruesome death.
- Call-Back: Brain Guy sends his fellow Observers to work at the Burnett County Dairy Co-Op, which is where we saw Past Mike temping in Time Chasers.
- Continuity Nod: The other Observers return to bring Brain Guy back into the fold. Mike destroying their planet is also referenced.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: Bill!Observer turn Mike!Observer and Paul!Observer into slackers who work at a local dairy.
- Fanservice: Subverted during the bee attack on Vicki.
Servo: Y'know, if she really wanted to be safe from the bees, she should just strip down and turn on the shower. I'm not saying this out of any prurient interest - it's just good advice.
- Fate Worse Than Death: The other Observers are reduced to Packers fans working in a Wisconsin cheese factory.
- Felony Misdemeanor:
- Kick the Dog: Literally in the movie.
Mike: Appeal to your audience: kill the cute dog.
- Late to the Tragedy: In the film.
Mike: (As Harcourtnote , as the credits start to roll) Hello, I'm here for the movie — am I late? Hello?
- Mistaken Identity: Intentional - several early riffs involve The Jeffersons (and one for Mandingo), owing to Frank Finlay's strong resemblance to Paul Benedict (who played Mr. Bentley).
- No Accounting for Taste: A number of riffs lampshade the bitterness between Hargrove and his wife.
Crow: "Has the hate gone out of our marriage?"
- Notable Original Music: Please Stay
- Paranoia Fuel: Invoked by Servo, while Vicki's snooping through Hargrove's belongings.
"Great. Now, I'm nervous about pop stars going through my study."
- Previously On: The first pre-movie segment parodies this trope.
- Punny Name: Take a wild guess what prop diva "Beez" McKeever's nickname becomes in the credits for this episode.
- Railing Kill: How Manfred meets his end.
Mike: Well, now, you can't blame that on the bees.
- Running Gag: The rather craptastic nature of Vicki's "holiday" is constantly invoked, between the Hargroves' lifeless, depressing farm and the attack by killer bees.
Crow (as Vicki): So, so what am I paying for, again?
- "But why?"
- Mary Hargrove's cigarette addiction.
- Skewed Priorities: As Hargrove stands over his dead wife:
Crow: "Oh no, a few of my bees are dead."
- That Was Objectionable: "Objection! Stupid hat."
- Viewers Are Geniuses: Invoked as Doris is chased by the bees.
Crow: Damn, it's that bee-loud glade that Yeats spoke of.
- Villainous Rescue: Brain Guy saves Earth with the help of Bobo and a disinterested Pearl.
- Walking Disaster Area: Mike notes that Vicki's done more damage than anyone else in the film, including the bees.