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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S05E22: "Teenage Crime Wave"

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Film watched: Teenage Crime Wave

The Segments:


  • Mike and the Bots are preparing an escape attempt, and try to keep everything on the down low so Dr. F doesn’t find out.

Segment 1/Invention Exchange

  • In Deep 13, Dr. Forrester demonstrates his painful new tool to use against perfume saleswomen at the mall, Mace Mousse, on Frank. Mike and the Bots triumphantly announce their plan to escape, but the jetpack they were building fails to take off, much to their sorrow and Dr. F’s delight.

Segment 2

  • Mike and the Bots hold a tribute to Doughy Guys and the roles they’ve played through history.

Segment 3

  • The guys create S.o.l’s, the first deli in space, with a variety of sandwiches, soups, and sides named after characters and stars of past experiments.

Segment 4

  • The Bots sing the “Mystos” song while acting out a Mentos commercial.

Segment 5

  • Tom delivers letters for Mike and Crow to read as they discuss the film’s issues. In Deep 13, Frank dresses up as the superhero “Doughy Man”, before Dr. F maces him again and again throughout the credits.


The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation contains these tropes:

  • Affectionate Parody / Spoof Aesop: The Mentos parody host segment: "Youth is better! Old is stupid!"
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Jane's line "You're dirt, Terry. He'd never touch you." when used as a Call-Back becomes "He'd never touch you Terry, you're dirt."
  • Black Comedy: "Would ya' look at that - the other half of the Black Dahlia!"
  • Call-Back: Mitchell!
  • Fake-Out Fade-Out: At the end of the credits, the credits abruptly switches back to Deep 13 and show Frank recovering from the mace, only to get maced yet again and the button to be pushed to restart the credits. This happens many times — the first three times, Colleen Henjum-Williams's credit under "contributing writers" is half on screen before Deep 13 reappears, while at the fourth time, Frank Conniff's writing credit appears right before the switch. Afterwards, the credits make it past Frank Conniff's credit, but Mary Jo Pehl's is half on screen before we get one last Frank macing scene.
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  • Jet Pack: Mike's half of the Invention Exchange is a rocket pack to get him and the 'Bots down to Earth; unfortunately it misfires, and Mike is forced to explain it to Doctor F. as a skit about "what would happen if our escape plan failed." Clayton is too busy macing Frank to do more than snark.
  • The Man Is Sticking It to the Man: Mocked with the "Mystos" sketch.
  • Overly Long Gag: The overdone macing of TV's Frank at the end credits.
  • Rule-Abiding Rebel: The "Mystos" spoof. "You're rebelling in a non-threatening way!"
  • Running Gag: "He'd never touch you, Terry. You're dirt." Becomes a Call-Back in later episodes.
    • Also the constant freak-outs whenever the phone rings.
    "There's that THING again! WHAT DOES IT MEAN???"
    • And humming the wedding theme whenever any characters (including the two beefy cops) run under the trellis.
    • And everybody has taken a course in Observatory Maintenance.
    • TV's Frank getting repeatedly maced throughout the show and during the credits sequence.
  • Similar Item Confusion: Crow didn't know the difference between LOX, liquid oxygen, and the fish product lox while Mike was putting the Jet Pack together.
    Crow: That's still no reason why it shouldn'ta worked...
  • Shout-Out: Several:
    Terry: Be our guest!
    Crow: Put our service to the test!
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: The fourth time the credits abruptly end, Frank steals Dr. Forrester's Mace Mousse and attempts to mace HIM for once. Unfortunately, the spray was facing the wrong way...


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