Follow TV Tropes


Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S05 E19: Outlaw

Go To

Well, I guess that leaves it to me, Televisio Frankus, to tell you that your experiment today is Outlaw, starring the very hugable Jack Palance! "The anvil that men do last long, the ghoul is often furred in their homes."
TV's Frank, dressed like an Ancient Roman

Film watched: Outlaw of Gor aka Outlaw

The Segments:

  • Mike and Crow roughhouse for the hell of it. Tom wants to take part, but Mike goes a bit too far, trapping him in the ceiling.

Segment 1/Invention Exchange

  • The Mads have created the world's first really real Time Machine; you'll just have to take their word for it, but Dr. F ends up a caveman and Frank as a Roman. Mike and the 'Bots show off the Fabio Kit, which comes with perfectly bronzed chin and chest enhancements as well as a rich blond wig.

Segment 2

  • Crow and Tom found Mike's old theater scrapbook. Bet you didn't know how many stage productions involved sailor suits.

Segment 3

  • All of the stripperific outfits in the film inspire a song, "Tubular Boobular Joy".

Segment 4

  • Jack Palance's autobiography about the making of the film has some curious and disgusting anecdotes to share. Tango and Cash's chapter brings everyone running back, though.

Segment 5

  • A montage of all the butt shots from the film, even scenes cut from the episode for broadcast length! Dr. F and Frank dance down in Deep 13 to various musical styles from throughout time.

This episode features examples of:

  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Jack Palance's diary
    Servo: (mimicking Palance) "Day 10. Missed call. I think I..." (normal voice) "I think I killed a man today, more later"?!
    • The gang decides they've had enough and walk away from the book - til Crow exclaims that it has an entire chapter on Tango and Cash.
      Mike: (mimicking Palance) "Saw Russell's butt today!"
  • Call-Back: A few:
  • Canis Latinicus: TV's Frank dresses as an ancient Roman after a trip through Dr. Forrester's fake time machine, and refers to himself as "Televisio Frankus".
  • Drinking Game: Servo suggests drinking every time the annoying sidekick says Cabot's name. According to IMDb, the name is said fifty-five times throughout, mostly by the sidekick.
  • Advertisement:
  • End of an Age: The final episode (until the 2017 reboot) with an "invention exchange". Kevin Murphy explained in the ACEG:
    "Right about this time we stopped doing invention exchanges. Let's face it, Joel was the gizmocrat, the one who brought that invention exchange spirit on board. And Mike? Well, let's put it this way. Mike is not an inventor. Creative, yes, artistic, sure. Innovative, clever, resourceful, all of these and more. But the sight of a screwdriver puts him in a cold sweat. He used to hire kids to build his car models. I had to explain to him what a lawn mower does. We wrote the instructions on how to change the toilet paper roll right on the wall so he wouldn't be embarrassed. Mike is many things, but he is not a tinkerer."
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Invoked by Servo after Watney explains he's so into girls.
  • Hurricane of Euphemisms: "Tubular Boobular Joy" does this: in song!
  • Kill Him Already!: Mike and the Bots quickly get tired of Cabot's nerdy sidekick, Watney Smith, when the two end up on Gor and Watney starts demanding an explanation.
    Mike, Tom, Crow: (chanting) Kill him, kill him, kill him...
    Mike: No one would see if you killed him now!
    Crow: He'd probably get a free drink at the Pullman.
  • Lowest Common Denominator: Invoked, as every single one of the USA Network original films that the guys come up with during the creditsnote have razor-thin plots that can easily accommodate a whole bunch of violence and cheesecake nudity, and, importantly, all feature actors that at the time were either washed up or willing to really slum it (Jeff Conaway's name appears no less than SIX times).
  • Malaproper: While dressed in Imperial Roman garb, Frank misquotes Shakespeare's Julius Caesar:
    Original line: The evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft interred with their bones.

    Frank: The anvil that men do last long, the ghoul is often furred in their homes.
  • Old Shame: In-universe, averted for the most part, as Mike doesn't seem that embarrassed about his early acting career. That said, he did seem to wear a lot of sailor suits. Even for Death of a Salesman, Waiting for Godot, Hamlet, Richard III, Inherit the Wind, Oh! Calcutta! ... Not even Mike realised this until the 'Bots point it out, leading to some relatively mild Fridge Horror on Mike's part.
    Servo: (on Mike in Oh! Calcutta) WOW, THAT'S NAUGHTY!... You'd be nude if not for the sailor suit.
  • Overly-Long Gag:
    "Missed call!"
    • The USA Network movie titles during the end credits. Pretty much any time the riffed movie was new enough to have long end credits!
  • Running Gag: Replying to the frequent questions by the film's cast of "What/Where the hell is _________?" with "It's/You're the hell here!"
  • Product Placement: Parodied during a scene where Xeno the priest walks up to a pair of guards playing a board game.
    Crow: (as Xeno) Are you playing Ringmar, Game of Gor™?
  • Sanity Slippage: The Mads seem to have lost their minds at the end.
  • Say My Name: An absurd case; not only does useless little Watney repeatedly call out for Cabot, but the instant he returns to the city, everyone runs around shouting his name (a total of 19 times in about 90 seconds). It really starts to wear on the guys after a while.
    Marlenus: Cabot! CABOT! Cabot...
    Servo: So, Cabot, then.
    Marlenus: Cabot! It is Cabot; he has returned, my darling! CABOT!
    Mike: "Oh, it's a different Cabot."
    Marlenus: CABOTTTT!
    Talena: Cabot?
    Crow: So, uh, Cabot's coming, then?
    Servo: Yeah, pretty much.
    (All three, in agreement, repeat "Cabot" for a while)
    Mike: Personally, I think Cabot is highly overrated, but... eh.
    Talena: CAAAAAABOT!
    Servo: (Getting annoyed) So our hero's name is WHAT, again?
    Mike: (Sagely) Cabot.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Squick: Invoked by Mike and the bots, who have this reaction when Cabot and Talena make out.
    Crow: He dislocated his mandible!
  • Take a Third Option:
    Lara: There's a prisoner loose in the desert, and I want him back alive. Bring him to me and you shall receive 50,000 tusks. Dead? Nothing!
    Mike: Wounded? We can prorate it, we'll talk about that...
  • Take Our Word for It:
    • The Mads' time machine.
    • Cabot's car is shown rocking with light flashing. It then immediately cuts to Cabot and Watney in a desert.
      Crow: Sorry, folks, we simply could not afford any special effects!
  • Throw It In: In-universe, a few jokes are made of Palance supposedly going off-script, like when he accuses the queen of acting like a "bitch in heat".
  • Title Confusion: The title Outlaw was only used for this episode. It was released elsewhere as either Outlaw of Gor or Gor II. Crow understandably thinks at first it's the film starring Jane Russell, especially since Howard Hughes heavily promoted Russell's breasts. (George S. Kaufman stated, "They ought to call it 'A Sale of Two Titties'".)
  • Visual Pun: Mike's pose for Inherit the Wind makes it look like he's farting.
  • Wham Line: In-Universe. Mike and the bots find an autobiography with journal excerpts on Palance's experiences making Outlaw. They're having fun reading about Jack's drunkenness and the general lack of care on set when they get to an entry that reads "I think I killed a man. More later". They conclude that it's time to put down the book for a while... note 
  • Why We Can't Have Nice Things: Invoked by Gypsy at the boys' roughhousing.