Original work: Bloodlust
This episode also featured the short Uncle Jim's Dairy Farm.
Considering that the hero is played by Robert Reed, the crew show admirable restraint in keeping to a single reference to The Brady Bunch. (According to Mike Nelson it was out of respect since Reed died of AIDS while this episode was in development.) The episode is also noteworthy for introducing Pearl Forrester, Dr. F's mother who essentially replaced Frank in Season 7 and became the actual Big Bad from Season 8 onwards.
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- Servo is psycho-analyzing Crow to get to the root of his problems. He's really just looking for anything to mock Crow over.
- Dr. Forrester's mother Pearl is coming to Deep 13 for a visit. He has the SOL crew give a "heartfelt" speech to greet her, but their real feelings for her aren't hidden so easily. Neither is Pearl's disdain for Dr. F, as she would rather spend her time with TV's Frank.
- Crow sets up a roadside "vegable" stand. Servo ruins his stand and runs him down in his race car again.
- What starts as a simple and fun square dance on the SOL turns to anarchy as Crow loses himself to the lyrics.
- The crew puts on a murder mystery dinner party, which is ruined in seconds when Crow blurts out that he did it.
- Mike attempts to read a letter, but the 'Bots think he's going to hunt them like Balleau and throw a net on him. Pearl ignores Dr. Forrester's magnificent dinner party to go clubbing with Frank, leaving him alone with his anger.
This MST3K episode provides examples of:
- The Alcoholic: Mike and the Bots are irritated when the movie contains two of these. They don't particularly care that the latter was Obfuscating Stupidity.
- Angrish: Crow descends into it while calling for square dancing, quickly turning the hoedown into a UK Punk Rock mosh pit.
- Black Humor: A lot in "Uncle Jim's Dairy Farm".Crow: (watching the cow feed pour out) I just saw a finger.
- Call-Back: This isn't the first episode where Servo used his car to ram Crow (see Zombie Nightmare). He'll later bomb him from the air in The Skydivers.
- Chekhov's Skill: Mike and the Bots call the movie out on this.
- Comically Missing the Point: The crew's murder mystery dinner party ultimately hits the skids... due to Crow announcing that he was the killer immediately after Tom announces the dinner.
- Continuity Nod: During a rambling, jazzy, flute-y portion of the movie's score, Crow calls out, "Manos!"
- Corpsing: Kevin giggles a little bit at the increasingly ridiculous pirate names given to the anonymous henchmen, such as "Whistlin' Pete" and "Salty Ron".
- Crazy-Prepared: During Balleau's cave monologue towards the end, the riffers guess he makes the speech every night in case someone might be hiding there.
- Faux Symbolism: Balleau is killed by having his hands mounted to a rack, but Tom Servo makes a crack where he interprets it as crucifixion.Servo: Now, why this symbolism? Did Christ hunt people on deserted islands?
- Foreshadowing: A particularly ham-fisted example gets noted by Mike and the Bots.
- Fruit Cart: One of the host segments features Crow setting up a "Vegable Stand" on the bridge. Unfortunately for poor Crow, Tom destroys the stand with his sports car from from the Zombie Nightmare episode (see "Call Back" above), also running over Crow in the process.
- Go Mad from the Isolation: Crow and Servo think this has happened to Mike, who will try to hunt them like Balleau. Imitating Kenny G aside, Mike seems fine.
- I Lied: Uttered by Servo with the requisite Austrian accent when Balleau changes his mind about sparing Tony's life.
- Karmic Death: The riffers lampshade the film's failed attempt at this:Johnny: [Grimly, with a sense of finality] I guess Balleau never thought he'd be the prize exhibit in his own museum.
Servo: [Cheerfully] Guess not!
Mike: Y'know, if earlier he had said, 'I'll never be impaled on my own trophy rack', then this would be ironic, but...
- Last Note Nightmare: Subverted — the square dance goes from rattling off random commercial jingles to a Darker and Edgier hardcore punk meltdown... but then...Crow: Shake for breakfast, shake for lunch, a sensible meal that you can munch
Lowest prices all the time, refreshing splash of lemon-lime!
THEY CLOSED THE MINE, THE FACTORIES TOO, FASCIST ENGLAND, (unintelligible)
THERE'S NO FUTURE! NO FUTURE! AAAAHHHH! AAAAHH! ANARCHY! ANARCHY--!
- Mood Whiplash: Crow's square dance takes a decidedly dark turn.
- My Beloved Smother: Dr. Forrester's mother Pearl debuts, and is domineering, condescending, and dismissive of her son and his achievements. She's very friendly with TV's Frank, however.
- Never Say That Again: Mike and the Bots' reaction after the older cousin does a hog call.
- Parental Neglect:
- The parents in Uncle Jim's Dairy Farm are interpreted by Mike and the Bots as dumping their kids at the farm for the summer, and wanting to leave them there forever.
- Dr. Forrester is obsessed with impressing his mother, but Mrs. Forrester can't be bothered with him; she'd rather hang with TV's Frank.
- Precious Puppy: Despite how gruesome the movie of the day is, and the many, many dark jokes they make during the short, Servo is still charmed by the romping collie pups.note
- Running Gag:
- Pete's nerdiness, Balleau's feyness, Tony's drunkenness, the boiled heads, and the clambake.
- Robert Reed can obviously be seen sucking in his gut in a few shots just to attain a more heroic physique, which is mocked with gasps and straining noises.
- Shout-Out: Dr. Forrester, referring to his Beloved Smother:
- Sissy Villain: Mike and the bots see Balleau as this.
- So Long, Suckers!: Stated word for word by the treacherous Tony in the movie.Servo: Now that's just rude.
- Spoiler: In-universe. Crow reveals he was the killer in the crew's murder mystery dinner right off the bat. Back in the theater, he gives away the well-known ending to Citizen Kane, and almost does the same for The Crying Game.
- Take That!:
- Ten Little Murder Victims: The crew attempt to stage a murder mystery playlet. Crow did it.
- The crew dresses up and everything: Gypsy as a glamorous socialite, Tom as an Ivy League playboy with a sweater over his shoulders, Crow wearing an ascot and sport coat; Mike's Colonel Badass costume, on the other hand, is just a Chest of Medals and epaulets stuck on the outside of his jumpsuit, and he tears off his fake Badass Mustache in disgust when Crow ruins things for everyone. Also a monocle.
- What the Hell, Hero?: The rest of the crew aren't too happy with Crow for ruining the murder mystery dinner party by revealing he was the killer immediately at the start.
- Witch with a Capital "B": Gypsy, when she can't bring herself to compliment Dr. Forrester in his mother's presence. Tom later asks Mike if he can say it, too, which Mike refuses. FCC rules allowed the use of one utterance of "bitch" on television at the time.