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Recap: Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 10 E 07 Track Of The Moon Beast
Film watched: Track of the Moon Beast

"The scene in which Johnny names ingredients in his stew quickly became a running gag and one of the writers' favorite moments from the series. Writer Kevin Murphy stated that his world-weary sigh of "onions..." made Johnny Longbow one of the "best" characters they've ever encountered."
Wikipedia on Track of the Moon Beast

Mike, Servo and Crow prove that the whole silly affair makes for great Snark Bait. Note that, rather improbably, this is actually the fourth movie the show featured about a guy named Paul turning into a monster, preceded by The Crawling Hand, The Projected Man and Werewolf. Shares many odd similarities with Werewolf, in fact - guy named Paul, Southwestern US, Native American folklore, ditzy girlfriend...

Tropes present in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation:

  • Acting Unnatural: When Mike discovers the 'bots peeping on him, Crow to advise acting natural. It takes 2 seconds for both 'bots to crack.
    Servo: TAKE OFF YOUR ROBE!!!
  • Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?: After Longbow's slideshow presentation of the lizard myth:
    Longbow: I know what you're thinking...
    Servo: I'm boring and my slideshow eats.
  • Big Stupid Doodoo Head: The only insult Bobo can manage while Observer calls him a "troglodyte" and "credit risk".
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Mike adds "... hair" to Johnny's recipe.
    • Servo precedes the list with "Velveeta, rattlesnake...."
  • Cliché Storm: Played with in-universe. Mike's take on "The Band That Played California Lady." Every troubled rock band issue you can think of shows up.
  • Deep-Fried Whatever: Crow and Servo order an onion blossomer, and proceed to blossom and deep-fry everything in sight, including a bowling ball, a caulking gun, and Mike's wallet. Crow and Mike then deep-fry Servo's head. Servo complains at first, but then finds that he tastes delicious.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?, Double Entendre: Quite a few are made about Johnny Longbone.
    • "She gets off the ground saying 'What happened?' a lot."
  • Don't Explain the Joke: Following the lengthy explanation of the prank:
    Kathy: Am I forgiven?
    Crow: Only if you stop explaining it!
  • Epic Fail: The prank in the movie was pretty pathetic, but here, Mike doesn't even really react. Crow, however, completely falls apart over what he perceives as a needlessly cruel prank (while Mike continues to sit there quietly).
    Crow: I hate myself.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Mike spots Waldo in the crowd watching The Band That Played California Lady play "California Lady."
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: "How do you light your own back on fire?"
  • Mondegreen: The gang loves calling him "Longbone", with plenty of Double Entendre jokes.
  • Running Gag: Johnny's stew and "California Lady" both get mocked savagely throughout the movie.
  • Sanity Slippage: After the prank (like in the movie) goes wrong.
  • Sex Equals Love
    Crow: And they proceed to do it because they love each other!
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Mike gives us a complete summation of the meteoric rise and meteoric-er fall of The Band That Played California Lady in a sketch parodying VH-1's Legends (complete with Kris Kristofferson impression).
  • Wunza Plot: "He's a cop. He's a rabbi. They're cops. Except for the rabbi."

"Moon rock? Oh wow."
Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 10 E 06 Boggy Creek 2 The Legend ContinuesRecap/Mystery Science Theater 3000 Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 10 E 08 Final Justice

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