Recap: Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 09 E 08 Touch Of Satan

Softens your hands while you do the dishes

Film watched: Touch of Satan

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation has examples of:

  • Accidental Misnaming: Steffi keeps calling Brain Guy "Brian."
    "No, it's Brain! I mean, Brain Guy! I mean, Observer! Oh, never mind."
    • Steffi also calls Crow "Cow."
      Crow: And I'm Cow.
      Mike: Crow.
      Crow: What?
      Mike: You're Crow.
      Crow: Yeah, I know. Of course, I'm Crow. I just said I'm Crow, ya great feeb.
    • In real life, Mike Nelson accidentally called this episode A Touch of Satan instead of The Touch of Satan in the episode intro on the DVD.
  • Accidental Murder: Lucinda killing the cop is made to be this.
    Servo: [as Lucinda] I suppose you're gonna blame me for this.
    Crow: [also as Lucinda] I meant to ask him in for pie. I don't know what happened.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Invoked. According to Brain Guy, Sam I Am from Green Eggs and Ham is a Jerkass trying to force others to like what he likes.
  • Amazing Freaking Grace: "Public domain, we don't have to pay anyone! Hahahaha!"
    Crow: You can't use Amazing Grace in a devil movie!
  • Awesome Mc Coolname
    Jody: Who are you?
    Mike: My name is Margret Rawhide Chew.
  • Broken Record: The Angry Mob keeps chanting "Burn the witch," but
  • Call Back: During the opening credits, Mike puts Crow on "Clu Gulager alert", referencing the San Francisco International episode.
  • Deal with the Devil: Subverted. Crow attempted to sell his soul to Satan for unworldly power, but he accidentally sold it to someone named Stan instead. Stan proceeded to sell it to Citigroup, meaning that Crow is gonna have to go through a lot of annoying paperwork and phone calls to get it back.
  • Downer Ending: In the film.
    Tom: So in the end, Satan wins, I guess?
    Mike: Yep, pretty much a shut-out for Satan.
  • Dumb Blonde: Steffi, who somehow fails to notice anything unusual about a talking gorilla (she seems to be under the impression he's a dog) and an "omnipotent" alien who carries his own brain around in a bowl. On the other hand, she's very good at browbeating them into submission.
  • Failed a Spot Check: The Angry Mob quite clearly keeps chanting "Burn the witch," but Melissa and her mother are stunningly oblivious.
    Mother: What is it, David?
    Crow: It's people saying, "Burn the witch." You deaf?
    Melissa: Papa, what is it?
    Crow: People saying, "Burn the witch!" Do you have any deductive powers at all?!
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Called out. Selling your soul to the devil will solve all your problems kids! invoked
  • Generation Xerox: "So, this family has been pausing for centuries. It's a tradition."
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: When describing Luther's recipe for hard cider.
    Crow: "Boy, I hope he said peanuts."
  • Here We Go Again: Towards the end of the movie, footage very similar to the beginning appears, prompting Mike and the bots to lament that the movie's starting all over again.
    Mike: We're back at the beginning! This film is a Möbius strip!
  • Hypocritical Humor: Bobo resents being treated like a pet, only to then get yelled at for chewing up Steffi's shoe.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: "Honey, I found the Deputy's badge in my stew."
  • Malaproper: Referenced in the film.
    Servo: Is that right? Maybe I should check my dictionotomy.
  • Man Child: Brain Guy becomes this due to Steffi's browbeating. At the end of the show he goes to bed but only after making sure to get his blankey, pacifier, and teddy bear.
  • Mistaken Identity: Crow accidentally sells his soul to a guy named Stan.
  • No Indoor Voice: "I sure love the yelling channel."
  • Number of the Beast: A joke that Melissa deliberately arranges her purchases at the market so she gets $6.66 in change.
    • Near the end of the movie:
      Mike: [as Jodie] Hey, the odometer's all 6's!
  • Police Are Useless: As Lucinda is killing the cop:
    Crow: "Where's my bike?! I reported it stolen 80 years ago!"
  • Product Placement: In the film.
    Crow: Why do I suddenly feel hungry for Carnation Ice Cream?
  • Refuge in Audacity: Making fun of the elderly is taken to the same extent in this episode as mocking Joe Don Baker for being fat is in Final Justice.
  • Remember the New Guy: Servo's killer Grandma.
  • Running Gag: Jokes about walnuts, pauses and Jodie's Maverick. And rednecks.
    • "Stop it!"
    • "This is where the fish lives."
    • Crow suggesting Secret Santa gifts for Mike to get the family in the movie.
  • The '70s: It's very much a 70s movie, so there are many, but one blatant reference:
    Crow: Mike, what were you guys doing there in the 70s, making witch movies, inhaling huge clouds of marijuana, big ugly flared pants on...
    Mike: Well, we had to do something.
  • Shout-Out: When Lucinda kills the police officer, there's a joke about calling Harvey Keitel in to "fix" things.
    • When Melissa talks Jodie into staying at the farm after aforementioned murder:
      Melissa: Then stay. Just one more day.
      Mike: Oh, you mean STAY!!!
    • Some demonic characters from The Screwtape Letters are referenced during the opening credits.
      Crow: "With Screwtape on kettledrum, Wormwood on harpsichord."
    • To Monty Python's Flying Circus, when the character Melissa shows a new friend her shed:
      Crow: If she had another one of those, she could be Melissa Two-Sheds Strickland.
      (later, when the shed is burning down)
      Crow: Aw, now she's Melissa No-Sheds Strickland.
  • Take That: When Melissa's grandma-sister Lucinda sits in front of her mirror, an annoyed Crow complains that now "a withered old Billy Zane is going to come out and give her a withered old Coeur De La Mer".
  • Temporary Substitute: Steffi the babysitter.
  • Unfortunate Names
    Servo: Emby Mellay? That's not a name, it's a bad Scrabble hand.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Bobo may be a talking ape, but Steffi's more focused on him chewing up her shoe... again.
  • Visual Pun: After Jodie leaves Ellen's Café, Crow asks, "What was Anne Heche doin' in there?" That riff got funnier after Ellen and Anne split up.
  • With Lyrics: To Amazing Freaking Grace no less: "This song is in / The public domain / That's why we used it twice~"