Film watched: Tormented (1960)
The episode is available on Shout! Factory TV here.
- Tom and Crow have built another fort, this time up in the ventilation ducts. Gypsy's far too big to fit inside, though.
Segment 1/Invention Exchange
- Joel reverse-engineered the See & Say toy to create the Aunt Catherine Wheel, to help children learn about extended family. Frank sports the Drinking Jacket, which comes with liquor-hiding pockets and is covered in its own DTs.
- Joel is suddenly dangling from the ceiling by one arm and pleads with the 'Bots to save him. Blackmail swiftly ensues.
- Joel asks the 'Bots who are some singers they would like to see fall from a lighthouse, acting them out with little dolls. Kenny Rogers was bad enough to be recommended twice.
- Tom and Crow use Vi's talking head routine on Joel, but he just takes their bodies and walks off in response.
- Driven to despair by the film's bleak tone, Joel gets everyone singing a happy song to combat it. Frank joins in with a song about how he's gonna kill Dr. Forrester and be best friends with the 'Bots, and Dr. Forrester retaliates with a live grenade.
The MST3K presentation provides examples of:
- Accidental Misnaming: Invoked. In the opening credits, they misread "Vi" as the Roman Numeral for six.
- Credits Gag: When the grenade Forrester uses to blow up Frank goes off it makes the end credits skip.
- Didn't Think This Through: Tom and Crow's talking head routine. Instead of scaring Joel, it just mildly irked him and he walks off with their bodies, leaving them in the dark.
- Harmful to Minors: Lampshaded: "Sandy's grown up a lot this week."
- Long List: What famous singers would you like to see plunge from a lighthouse?
- Monochrome Casting: Memorably mocked by Crow: "It's a jazz musician's party and there's not one black person here!"
- Running Gag:
- "Sessions presents...!" during the numerous, interminable padding shots of lighthouses and beaches, with impressions of famous easy-listening artists to fill out the time left in each scene. Ends up becoming an Overused Running Gag because, by the end of the movie, Joel's sick of it.
- Tom Stewart's Suspiciously Specific Denial and Freudian slips throughout the movie.
- Sarcasm Mode: Servo snarks at the shock there's a scandal involving a jazz musician.
- They Killed Kenny Again: TV's Frank gets blown up by a grenade.
- Two Words: I Can't Count: After Joel has called the Mads' drinking jacket the sickest thing they've ever created.note Dr. Forrester: Two words: Get! Over it!
- Viewers Are Geniuses: Joel's Speak'n'Say-like Aunt Catherine Wheel is named after the Catherine wheel, an old name for a cartwheel, which, in turn, references the breaking wheel, the infamous medieval torture device.