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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 04 E 23 Bride Of The Monster

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I wonder where she's registered.

Films watched: Hired! (short) Part 1 and Bride of the Monster

The episode can be streamed here.

The Segments

  • Joel connects a machine to Crow's brain to see what he dreams about.

Segment 1/Invention Exchange

  • Frank and Dr. Forrester are having a fight, giving the Mads the perfect opportunity to demonstrate their Tough Love Seat. Joel and the Bots have Microwave Faith Popcorn, predicting all of the trends of the future.

Segment 2

  • Joel and the Bots perform "Hired! The Musical".

Segment 3

  • Joel, Crow, and Tom begin by discussing the octopus from the film. Somehow the conversation wanders to cold tater tots and olive loaf. Everyone is grossed out and confused.

Segment 4

  • Crow returns as Willy the Waffle in a new sketch to defend the importance of advertising.

Segment 5

  • Cambot re-edits the ending of the movie so it makes more sense, with Joel and the Bots playing Bela’s part. The Mads pretend to be Bela and Tor. Frank is disturbed.

The MST3K presentation of Bride of the Monster features:

  • Body Double: When the obvious Bela stand-in is killed, Joel wonders, "But where's Bela?"
  • Bottomless Magazines: Lampshaded by Crow.
    How many shots does he have?
  • Brain Bleach: Crow has sexual dreams fantasizing about Tom in a nurse's outfit. Both Crow and Tom (who happens to be dressed as a nurse) scream when Crow wakes up and sees Tom.
  • Briar Patching: A world without advertising is pretty good, such as Servo noting without advertising, sneakers would cost a fraction of what they currently do.
  • Call-Back: A couple to the short "Hired!", the first part of which was shown with this film in the MST3K presentation.
    No, I don't want to buy a Chevrolet!
  • Call-Forward: The third host segment involves Crow dressed as Willy the Waffle again, showing Servo what life would be like without advertising. This is a parody of A Case of Spring Fever, which wouldn't be featured on the show until the tenth season.
  • Candy Striper: In the prologue Joel connects a machine to Crow's brain to see what he dreams about. He's assisted by "Nurse Servo," who wears a red-and-white striped apron and nurse's cap. Crow's dream involves piles of money and Tom Servo in the same Candy Striper outfit.
  • Fan Disservice: "Big Face Theater!"
  • Funny Background Event: During Hired! The Musical, at one point Joel sit in the background with his head down while Servo sings with Gypsy occasionally echoing a line. Every time Gypsy sings Joel looks up with an utterly perplexed look on his face.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: After Vornoff hypnotizes Janet and his hand hovers over her chest, Joel and Crow start yelling "Cut" and "Whoa, whoa, whoa!".
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: Ed Wood is described as one of Hollywood's finest crossdressing directors.
  • Red Shirt: Crow-as-Strowski: Hello! I'm the worthless ancillary character waiting to be killed off!
  • Running Gag: Jokes about the police chief's pet bird.
  • Shirtless Scene: Servo is appreciative of Tony McCoy's eagle tattoo (gotten during his military service) when the latter's shirt is torn off.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Take That!:
    Crow: Lobo take classes at DeVry.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Tom, of course.
    Servo: Joel, this nurse's outfit makes me very self-conscious and embarrassed - and yet, I don't seem to mind. Weird.

The MST3K presentation of Hired Part 1 features:

  • All Musicals Are Adaptations: Hired! The Musical
  • Angry Mob Song: "Can't you see we're trying to tell you NO!"
  • Artistic License – Economics: "Uncle Sam's gonna need cars! Why, selling Chevrolets is gonna help the war effort! Don't ya see, Dad? Come on everybody!"
  • BSoD Song: "Zeroes... Zeroes... None of my salesmen / has ever sold a car..."
  • Failure Is the Only Option:
    Servo: I'd like to make a sale, but what can I do? I'm gonna be a failure just like yoooou, dad!
    Crow: Like me?
    Servo: That's right! I'm gonna be a failure just like yoooooooooou!
  • Gecko Ending: Joel and the 'Bots make up an ending of their own after Part 1, since they don't see Part 2 of Hired! until the next episode. They come up with something involving World War II breaking out.
    • Also counts as No Ending because they get interrupted by the Commercial Sign before they could finish. They are understandably disappointed.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]:
    Tom (as Jimmy): Um, "Hello sir or madam..."
  • Ho Yayinvoked: Joel and the 'bots imply this about Mr. Warren and Jimmy.
  • "I Am Becoming" Song: "I'd like to make a sale, but what can I do? I'm gonna be a failure just like you, Dad!"
  • "I Am" Song: He's Hired, and nobody can deny that.
  • Notable Original Music: Again, "Hired! The Musical"
    I got a job today! (He's hired!)
    I'm selling Chevrolets! (He's hired!)
    I'm taking home good pay...
    I just got hired!
  • Running Gag: Joel and the Bots pointing out that Jimmy really should have an actual car to show.note 
  • Left the Background Music On
    Servo: (as one of Jimmy's potential customers) Could ya turn down the music?! I can't hear a word you're saying!
  • Special Edition: When Shout! Factory rereleased Manos: The Hands of Fate, not only was the original second half of Hired! on here, they actually fused both parts together and released it as a bonus feature, just because they could.
  • Strength Of Ten Men: The monster walks: "Oh, no, now he has the strength of twenty heroin-addicts!"


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