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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 03 E 17 Viking Women And The Sea Serpent

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"Light the shoe box and throw it in the toilet!"

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:
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: invoked Many fans had no idea where the heck the concept of Willy the Waffle came from 'til Squirm.
  • Call-Back:
    • 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.
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  • 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: invokedRecurring 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.
  • Padding: invoked Those great Corman walking scenes.
  • Running Gag: Waffles dominate every host segment, along with a few mentions in the theater.
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  • 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.
  • Shout-Out:
    • 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...
    Stark: My son! My son!
    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 can’t stop thinking of waffles in this episode.
    Forrester: Well Aunt Jemima, this time you’ve really stepped off the deep end!


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