Film watched: Master Ninja
MST3K writer Paul Chaplin noted in the Amazing Colossal Episode Guide:
It is available on Shout! Factory TV here.
- Crow shows off his muscle car to everyone else.
- The Mads present gourmet dinner IV fluids. Joel and the Bots present their line of adult pop-up books, Great Expectations, Anna Karenina, The Plague and Naked Lunch. Dr. Forrester soon tries to smother Frank.
- Crow tells Joel and Servo his conspiracy theory on the van Pattens and their evil plan to take over the entertainment industry by getting cast in movies and TV.
- Servo and Crow fight as ninjas, but Joel jumps into the fray as a typical American. Gypsy also joins as... Gigi.
- Joel shows of his line of gag nunchaku, which leads to a contest for more ideas.
- The Bots start singing the "Master Ninja Theme Song" while Joel reads a letter from the USS Missouri, thanking them for the entertainment during the Gulf War. Frank soon smothers Dr. Forrester. The "Master Ninja Theme Song" continues to the credits.
This episode contained the following tropes:
- A Cappella: During the Notable Original Music, Crow beatboxes the drum line, Servo makes wah-wah pedal noises with his mouth, and Gypsy scats. "...MASTER NINJA THEME SONG!"
- Artistic License Biology: Well, zoology, more specifically. Joel and the bots keep calling the hamster a gerbil.
- Artistic License History:(McAllister is remembering the war and his discharge)McAllister: "Something about the tranquility..."Joel: The tranquility of post-war Japan?
- Body Double: Very obviously so. The MST3K crew doesn't fail to notice this.Crow: It's Lee van Petite!
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: A backward glance from Claude Akins' character is turned into this.Joel: You know, say what you want, but Claude Akins has a nice rump.Crow: [as Claude Akins] You guys talkin' about my butt? Ah, you crack me up. I've seen your show.
- "Hiba Kebelah!"
- Celebrity Resemblance:
- Chorus-Only Song: The song barely has any other lyrics other than its title: "Keep your eyessss upon... the Master Ninja Theme Song!"
- Compilation Movie: Commented on — Master Ninja I and II are just episodes of a failed '70s TV series glued together and released as a TV movie.
- Credits Gag: The Master Ninja Theme Song plays again in its entirety over the episode credits in lieu of the usual closing Love Theme.
- Conspiracy Theorist: Crow goes a little nutty and comes up with a convoluted flow chart detailing... THE VAN PATTEN PROJECT!Crow: Sitting atop the Van Patten corporate structure — Dick Van Patten, or should I say Don Dick van Vito Patten-Corleone! (Servo gasps) ...His Evil Plan! To place an annoyingly bad actor, preferably one of his own hellish drop, in every B-grade, Made For TV, low-budget film in Hollywood!
Servo: (Aside Glance) Uh, that would be all of them. Hee-hee-hee!
- Leitmotif: Parodied in one sketch.
- Mega-Corp:Joel: ConHugeCo, welcomes you.
- Notable Original Music: "MASTER NINJA THEME SONG!" (Crow and Servo beatbox, Gypsy scats)
- Obvious Stunt Double: The guys have a ball with how, whenever the Master is in full mask, it's very obvious that it's not actually Lee Van Cleef.Joel: Right, that's Lee, he could barely get into the van!Tom: Epilogue, where you always see Lee's gut... and there it is!
- Pun: The Van Patten Project, instead of the Manhattan Project.
- Running Gag: Accidentally referring to something that happened in an earlier episode of Master Ninja instead of earlier in the movie (as Master Ninja was re-packaged as a movie from a failed TV pilot).
- Scatting: Gypsy, during the Master Ninja Theme Song. "Ba ba BA ba ba-ba baa!"
- Tempting Fate:Crow: I've got a bad feeling about that knickknack shelf.
- Title-Only Chorus: Almost, and nearly all chorus, "but those Van Pattennnn brotherrrrs are so headstrong!" (beat) "—MasterNinjaThemeSong!" Apart from Joel trying to read a letter over it.
- The Unintelligible: Timothy van Patten's lack of enunciation annoys the crew, though not up to the Running Gag levels of Master Ninja II.
- Vorpal Pillow: Attempted by Dr. Forrester on Frank after the invention exchange ends, but he doesn't succeed. Frank, on the other hand, manages to smother Dr. Forrester into brain damage in the final segment.
- With Lyrics: When Max is chased by the Sheriff:Servo: Here come your TV car chase
It's the TV car... chase theme, hey!And your TV car chase
Your TV car chase... theme, ha!Boogie!
TV car chase!
- You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: How they interpret McAllister's reaction to Max's attempt at a kiai.