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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 05 E 07 I Accuse My Parents

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Films watched: The Truck Farmer (short) and I Accuse My Parents

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation provides examples of:

  • Become a Real Boy/Pinocchio Syndrome: Lampshaded in the opening host segment and naming the latter, where Tom tries to become a real boy, but Crow points out it won't work.
    Servo: I want to run and jump and skin my knees!
    Crow: You don't have any legs.
    Servo: I want to catch frogs at the old fishing hole!
    Crow: Your arms don't work.
    Servo: I want to experience the world of emotion and feelings!
    Crow: You'll get beat up because you are a freak.
  • Call-Back: The crew are amused at the return of "French-fried potatos".
  • invokedDude, Not Funny!:
    • Joel delivers a blistering one-liner after the judge, who is so moved by Jimmy's story about his non-Abusive Parents and stupid decisions, suspends his prison sentence and gives him probation instead.
      Joel: Thank God I'm white!
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    • Joel and the Bots also tear The Truck Farmer a new one for its unflinching praise of terrible land management and exploited cheap labor.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Dr. Forrester is shocked to find out that Frank baked the cake with the dancer still in it.
  • The Freelance Shame Squad: Jimmy's mom's drunkeness is mocked by Jimmy's classmates.
    Student: Hee, hee, hee! She's drunk!
    Crow: (as student) It's funny!
  • Glurge: invoked When the film starts right off with Jimmy spouting the Author Tract, Joel groans, "Oh, boy, here we go..."
  • Hating on Monday: When Kitty sings "Are You Happy in Your Work?", a background extra's voice is dubbed to gripe: "Aw, don't sing this to me on a Monday!"
  • Hurricane of Puns: Tom's shoe store-themed musical announcement during a nightclub dance scene.
    And now Thom McAn and the Payless Orchestra, with Cole Haan on the saxophone, then the Naturalizers will sing something by Johnston & Murphy.
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  • If I Can't Have You...
    Blake: (to Kitty) No one's gonna take you away from me. Nobody.
    Servo: (as Blake) Not even me, see! I'll kill me before that happens.
  • I'll Take Two Beers Too: Jimmy orders two champagne cocktails when he first goes to see Kitty at the club, one ostensibly being for her, but it leads to this:
    Waiter: Two, sir?
    Joel: Yeah, and put 'em in one of those big Slurpee glasses.
  • Jumping Out of a Cake: The Mads' "Cake n' Shake" invention, an instant cake mix with a Chippendale dancer included right in the box. Frank tries to take a shortcut by putting the dancer in the cake before baking it, so he and Dr. F spend the whole experiment tearing the cake apart to save him.
  • Letting the Air Out of the Band: During the re-enactment of "Are You Happy in Your Work?", Tom and Crow (playing waiters) run into each other, making a mess. The song that Gypsy is lip-syncing to slows down and stops as a result.
  • Motor Mouth: "AslongasItalkreallyfastanddowhathesaysI'mgonnabeOK."
  • Off on a Technicality: Parodied. When Jimmy is on trial, the judge throws out the case: "Seeing as how it's your birthday, we'll let you go."
  • Rapid-Fire Interrupting: Done in a scene where Jimmy's parents are arguing; Servo (as Jimmy) keeps trying to get a word in edgewise but keeps getting cut off by Jimmy's parents.
  • Rearrange the Song: Later in the film, there's a scene set at the nightclub, and jazzy music plays in the background. Tom suddenly does a Frank Sinatra imitation: "Are you groovin' with your cuckoo work? Hey!"
  • Rock Me, Asmodeus!: While Kitty sings one of her innocuous songs and Jimmy looks on with a gleeful, wide-eyed expression, Crow riffs: "Yes Satan, speak to me through this song!"
  • Running Gag: Many, including...
    • Jimmy constantly and proudly bringing up the fact that he won his school's essay contest, and that he is a shoe-salesman.
    • Jimmy's birthday.
    • Joel and the Bots coming up with even more ridiculous lies than the ones Jimmy says in the movie, some of them relating to World War II and the The Vietnam War.
    • (Singing) "Liar! Liar! Liar!"
    • His mother's alcoholism.
    • Jimmy being completely oblivious to the fact that his boss is hardcore mobster, to the point of being Too Dumb to Live.
    • Hamburgers with a french-fried potatoes garnish.
    • Quacking every time the door opens at Kitty's apartment and a picture of ducks appears in the background.
    • Constantly pointing out Jimmy's stupidity in the third segment.
    • Heck, the constant accusing.
  • Serious Business: "You were supposed to get us a hamburger sandwich like in the movie! WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THIS FAMILY?"
  • Shame If Something Happened: Invoked when Jimmy meets Blake:
    Crow:(as Blake) So, you like your kneecaps, Jimmy?
  • Shout-Out:
  • Society Is to Blame: The premise of "I Accuse My Parents" — the person that committed the crime is blameless because his parents and everyone else failed him first.
  • Song Parody: "He's crazy... crazy for 'ccusin' his parents."
  • Stress-Induced Mental Voices: Early in the film, when Jimmy's mom arrives at the school, one of his classmates says, "She's drunk!" Crow riffs: "It's funny!" A scene later, Jimmy hears "She's drunk!" in his sleep so Crow adds again: "It's funny!"
  • Title Drop: Jimmy says "I accuse my parents" in the first couple minutes, prompting Joel and the bots to be amazed at how quickly the film ended. Unfortunately for them, the entire movie is told in flashback. It does drop again at the end too.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The crew's assessment of Jimmy when analyzing him. invoked
  • Values Dissonance:
    • invoked The crew gets a lot of mileage over the Truck Farmer short happily describing clearcutting of forests, using dangerous chemicals on plants, low paid migrant labor and the worship of the automobile.
    • Plus, "Thank god I'm white!"
  • What an Idiot!: Invoked, as the gang explain Jimmy's actions chiefly because he's stupid.
  • With Lyrics: Tom adds lyrics to the opening theme music to I Accuse My Parents:
    Tom: (singing) They laughed when I accused my parents and I killed them / Let's see if they'll be laughing noooooow!
    • They also add lyrics to the scene where Jimmy first works in the shoe store.
      Kitty: You better try again.
      Servo: (singing to the background music) I'll try again... if something's wrong...

Mr. Wilson: laughs
Mrs. Wilson: What's so funny?


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