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Recap: Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 10 E 10 It Lives By Night
Film watched: It Lives by Night

Tropes found in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation include:

  • Black Widow: Pearl has racked up quite the collection of dead husbands and fiancÚs.
  • Brain Bleach: Comes into play at the end of the movie along with a healthy heaping of Fridge Horror:
    Crow: Now, wait a minute... how did she turn into a bat? The only contact she had with him was in the hotel and...
    Tom: GAH!
    Crow: OH MY GOD! I get the shower first!
    Tom: No, me first!
    Mike: Urgh!
    • In the rough cut, after filming has stopped, Kevin Murphy adds an anguished "Fluids! They exchanged fluids!"
  • Call Back: In the rough cut, the guys reference the "Owner of a Lonely Heart" joke from Final Justice; at one point, Patrick Brantseg starts playing the song, and the guys remark that they have to listen at least to the orchestra hit.
  • Continuity Nod: A handful of references are made to Werewolf, probably due to the stupidly similar plot seen once this movie really gets rolling.
  • Cowboy Bebop at His Computer: The movie is also known as The Bat People, but the title above is what appeared on the copy BBI used. Nonetheless, whenever this episode was rerun, Sci-Fi Channel used The Bat People in their online schedule listings instead of It Lives By Night. Fans were, of course, confused.
  • Oh Crap: Or in this case, "SQUEAK! SQUEAK!"
  • Precision F-Strike: In the rough cut version, during one later scene, both Crow and Tom get in on this version of one of the episode's running gags.
  • Running Gag: The Mellow Doctor.
    • So MANY bat jokes, go figure, considering what movie they're riffing.
    • In the rough cut version the guys had just seen A Case of Spring Fever and spend most of the breaks between shooting making scatological jokes regarding the name "Coily".
    • The female protagonist's thin figure, as well as visual similarities to Mary Tyler Moore.
    • "Squeak..."
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: After Ward first asks John if he knows about the attack in the hospital the previous night:
    Crow: I'm not a bat! I mean...
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: As obnoxious as he was before he got bitten, John gets even worse afterwards.
    Crow: Maybe he got bit by a jerk bat.

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