Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 10 E 05 The Blood Waters Of Dr Z

Film watched: ZaAt aka The Blood Waters of Dr Z

Tropes present in the MST3K presentation include:

  • And Knowing Is Half the Battle: When Leopold watches two people kissing in a house, he turns towards the camera, provoking this riff:
    Mike: This is Fish Man, reminding you folks at home to enjoy sex, responsibly.
  • Berserk Button: "If you ever sing Jerry Reed again I will crush you into a fine powder."
  • Big Damn Heroes: Wished for by Crow: "Suddenly, her Volkswagon comes crashing through the wall, her dog at the wheel…"
  • Continuity Nod:
  • A Date with Rosie Palms:
    Servo: I need to simplify my masturbation ritual.
    • When one of the characters sits in a chair with a fishing rod:
      Servo: Typical male: Sittin' in a chair, playing with his rod.
  • Deep South: Crow sings "I'm glad I'm not in Dixie" after the Sheriff has the unfortunate habit of calling a black man "boy".
  • Fan Disservice: Tom and Crow have Prof. Bobo and Brain Guynote  perform a scene from Glengarry Glen Ross in the nudenote  to prove their point that nudity makes any movie scene better. Mike then points out to the robots that they probably should've specified female nudity.
    • And then the 'Bots suggest Mike seeing Pearl nude.
    • In-Universe, this is Mike and the 'Bots reaction to seeing Dr. Leopold in his boxer shorts as he prepares the transformation process.
  • Mondegreen: Invoked. Early in the film, Mike and the bots mishear "sargassum" as "sarcasm".
  • No Theme Tune: Referenced: The movie's opening titles contain no music, prompting Crow to ask: "Uh, theme music? Anything you want to throw in at this point?"
  • ...Or So I Heard: When two characters kiss:
    Servo: The music's swinging into porn style soundtrack now. Not that I've ever seen one, so I don't really know.
  • Seinfeldian Conversation: At one point Tom Servo makes a joke about baseball player Catfish Hunter, only for Mike and Crow to claim that the man's name was changed to Catfish Chapstick (based on a Chapstick commercial Hunter did in the 70s). (All while nothing actually happens in the movie.)
  • Sex Sells: When a woman in a bikini swims in the lake:
    Servo: I like this film now.
    Crow: Goes without saying.
  • Shout-Out: "Once I get Herbie out of the way, she'll be mine!"
  • Take Over the World: One host segment has Crow parody Leopold's opening narration, but focusing on shoes instead of fish (as Mike is trying to polish his shoes). He also wedged himself into the bulkhead.
    Crow: They think I'm insane. They're the ones who are insane! Soon, there will be shoes the size they've never seen before, who... who... like human flesh! And then at just the right moment... ATTACK!
    Mike: Crow, come on down from there.
    Crow: Sargassum!
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: As Martha walks into the ocean at the end of the movie, the 'bots look forward to seeing a "wet, clingy dress." And then the camera pulls back.
    Crow: No, movie, don't!