Films watched: "The Home Economics Story" (short) and Viking Women and the Sea Serpent
"The Home Economics Story" is a 1951 educational short in which college-bound girls learn about the career possibilities a home economics degree would lead to.
This episode contains examples of:
- Berserk Button:
- Forrester enrages the SOL crew by dismissing: "Let's face it, sticky fingers, waffles are nothing more than a vehicle for butter and syrup."
- Stark sacrificing the female slave on his son's funeral pyre doesn't earn a riff. Instead Joel and the Bots respond with a chorus of angry "boos."
- Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Many fans had no idea where the heck the concept of Willy the Waffle came from 'til Squirm.
- A lot of references to Teenage Caveman and how it and Viking Women have similar-looking sets.
- At one point, Servo starts referring to the dark-haired woman, Enger, as "Creepy Girl", the woman he developed a crush on in Catalina Caper. Judging by his reaction, it seems he still has feelings for her.
- Gamera is mentioned when the sea serpent roars.
- College Is "High School, Part 2": Joel calls Iowa State College (now Iowa State University), which produced the "Home Economics Story" short, "the high school after high school."
- Fashion-Victim Villain: In-universe: Lots of jokes at the expense of Stark's furry outfit.Servo (as Stark): Corman's poodle died, and he doesn't like to waste anything.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: From the short:Woman at podium: Today I'd like to tell you about several girls I know very well.Servo (as woman): And why I'm being fired.
- Homage: Willy the Waffle is based on Coily from the short A Case of Spring Fever, which would finally appear in a season 10 episode.
- Memetic Mutation: Recurring riff "I'm a Grimald warrior!" originates with this film. Oddly enough, later episodes most often used it when a character was hopping around like Ottar, while in this film it's part of a very unwarrior-like bit of Wangst by Senya.
- Notable Original Music: The Waffle Song
- Obligatory Joke:Enger: But I've grown in many ways.Crow: Insert comment here.
- Padding: Those great Corman walking scenes.
- Running Gag: Waffles dominate every host segment, along with a few mentions in the theater.
- Sitch Sexuality: When Desir is talking to the other women about how long it's been since the Viking men left:Tom (as Desir): Let's put it this way: you're starting to look pretty good to me.
Stark: My son! My son!
- Multiple to The Lord of the Rings at the beginning of the film.
- As noted above, many to Teenage Caveman, a previous Corman film.
- As Stark laments Desir's death...
Servo: I love my dead gay son!
- Take That!: The requisite potshots at Corman's low-budget filmmaking methods.Servo, on the wild boar killing scene: Oh, look at this — Corman got his shot, catered the crew and got a costume for Teenage Caveman, all in one go.
- They Killed Kenny Again: TV's Frank gets electrocuted to death by defibrilator paddles.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Joel cant stop thinking of waffles in this episode.Forrester: Well Aunt Jemima, this time youve really stepped off the deep end!