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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 04 E 04 Teenagers From Outer Space

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According to Erma Bombeck, all teenagers are from outer space!
-'nuff said!

"We are the supreme race! We have the supreme weapons!"
—We have the supreme pizzas!

Film watched: Teenagers from Outer Space

The Segments:

  • Trying to put a damper on a worn-out running gag, Joel shocks Tom and Crow every time they say "NBC Mystery Movie". He does it to himself, once, to show he's not a total hypocrite.

Segment 1/Invention Exchange

  • Crow and Tom have invented the scratch-and-sniff report card; private academies get their own variety. The Mads predict a surge in ventriloquist acts through The Nineties, so Dr. Forrester and a retrofitted CPR demonstration dummy perform for the audience.

Segment 2

  • The old grandpa in the movie is far too nice to be believed as a landlord, so Joel and the 'Bots present Reel to Real, showing how renting property in films compares to the reality.

Segment 3

  • Joel jettisons some snacks to the receptacle in space, leading them to perform like an old drive-in theater snack bar advertisement.

Segment 4

  • Crow ponders his place in the universe while Joel and Tom play cards. A skeletal starship flies by the SOL, but it turns out to be really lame after making a fantastic first impression.

Segment 5

  • Joel and the 'Bots present a fall line of slimming interstellar fashion, involving lots of duct tape; Crow is embarrassed by his stint on a fur rug. The first letter writer's mother isn't a fan of the show, while the the second writer's pediatrics team named themselves after Gamera thanks to the show. Dr. Forrester is entertaining Resusci-Annie with some fine wine served by a disturbed Frank.


The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation has examples of:

  • Behavioral Conditioning: Joel uses electric shocks on the robots to get them to stop saying "NBC Mystery Movie!" whenever they see a flashlight.
  • Cargo Ship: In-universe, Dr. Forrester is seen trying to charm Resusci-Annie, the CPR doll he was using as a ventriloquist's dummy, with a dinner date.
  • Running Gag:
    • "TOR-CHA!"
    • People being trapped in those huge '50s car trunks.
    • Characters singing certain songs to themselves (in particular, Gramps Morgan singing the theme to New Zoo Revue).
  • Speed Sex: When Derek stands up from kissing Betty on the grass, Joel yells "Done!"
  • Take That!:
    Leader (voiceover in car): We are the supreme race! We have the supreme weapon!
    Crow: Ah, turn Rush Limbaugh off.


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