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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 06 E 10 The Violent Years

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Film watched: The Violent Years along with the short Young Man's Fancy

The MST3K presentation contains these tropes:

  • Black Comedy Rape: The MST3K crew Crosses the Line Twice when taking on the male rape scene, and the aftermath.
    Tom Servo: My rape victim refuses to come to Lamaze classes!
    • Quite a few of the jokes were about the rapists getting pregnant, which the movie ended up really using.
  • Briar Patching: Related to Black Comedy Rape, jokes along the lines of "If all four of you get involved, I understand. It could get rough, and that's fine." "I beg of you, don't lightly kiss my belly and don't nibble on my nipple buds, and don't drag your shiny hair across my body because I HATE that!"
  • Bragging Theme Tune: Tom's theme song.
  • Brick Joke:
    Forrester: Brooks and Dunn!
    (Hexfield Viewscreen closes.)
    Mike: Uhhh...
    (Hexfield Viewscreen opens.)
    Forrester: Brooks and Dunn?!
    TV's Frank: (piping in) Wynonna!
    (Hexfield Viewscreen closes.)
  • Call-Back: To Young Man's Fancy.
    Crow: Now here's a girl who takes squishiness and does something about it!
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    • Also, after the other girls are dead and Paula has been busted:
    Crow: And all this started because of their electric kitchen?
  • Continuity Nod: "We shot that fat barkeep!"
    • Servo is teaching the strange tune ("Hom, de-heh-heh-heh, hoo-ah, hoo-ah") from Monster A-Go-Go to Mike.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: Forrester and Frank are both completely and utterly giddy at the idea of a radio station being named after a person, taking great pains to explain how awesome a pun it is to the SOL crew.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: The MST3K crew enforces it, even as the movie itself averts it.
  • Downer Ending: Lampshaded.
    Crow: The feel good movie of 1953!
    Servo: Audiences left with a song in their hearts and a smile on their face!
  • Ending Fatigue: In-universe, the guys start to audibly groan whenever the judge, with his puritan moralizing and drawn-out pauses, begins yet another lecture. Eventually, Servo screams at him to shut up.
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  • Earworm: Mike Mike Mike. M-M-M-Mike Mike Mike. M-M-M-Mike Mike Mike. M-M-M-Mike. M-M-M-Mike.
  • Henway: Servo bemusedly asks Mike how long the Thirty Years' War was.
  • It's All About Me: Tom's theme song, as he brags he's "bigger than life, bigger than you..."
  • Lyric Swap: Servo's theme song is "O Fortuna" from Carmina Burana.
  • Mood Whiplash: After the horror show of Tom's head being ripped off, the Mads sing an upbeat Deep 13 Theme Tune.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Frank, the radio station. MORE REBA!
  • Nightmare Fuel: Invoked, as the Mike, Crow and Gypsy react badly to Servo's new head. Crow is reduced to a shambling heap of sobbing while Gypsy says in disgust, "I feel ill!" as she flees.
  • Off with His Head!: Tom Servo replaces his head with a very disturbing ventriloquist dummy's head. Mike chases him around the SOL, then pries his head off. Also qualifies as an Eye Scream, as Mike gouges his thumbs into Tom's eye sockets when ripping the head off. See the horror show here.
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  • Overly Long Gag: The post-movie host segment has Crow and Mike re-enacting the awkward hold-up scene from early in the film: Crow sticks a gun on Mike and the two just stare at each other in silence. It goes on for about a minute, until Crow finally chops Mike on the back with his gun.
  • Shout-Out:
  • This Is Gonna Suck:
    SOL Crew: ED WOOD?!?! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Crow: I have angora-phobia!
  • Uncanny Valley: Invoked with Servo's new head.

The Young Man's Fancy short contains these tropes:

  • Ambiguously Gay: Bob, which would explain why he is so insistent on Judy not dating Alex.
    Servo: (as Bob, as they go take a shower) Woo-hoo! I'll soap you first!
    (later)
    Servo: (as Alex, checking his neck) You can hardly see where you bit me!
  • Big, Stupid Doodoo-Head::
    Judy: I think you're...a stinker.
    Crow: (as Bob in monotone) No. Don't.
  • Call-Back: "He'll never touch you, Terry. You're dirt."
  • Full-Name Basis
    Alexander Phipps: The name is Alex.
    Tom Servo: ...zander Phipps.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: "Double-bag it, son!"
    • Also growing mushrooms in the basement.
      Crow: And avoiding the narcs!
  • Likes Older Women: The crew portray Alex as flirting with Judy's mother.
    Crow: (as Judy's mother) Please, Alex, I'm vulnerable.
  • Loveable Sex Maniac: Judy.
    Servo: (as Judy) Tee hee, I'm horny!
  • Never Heard That One Before
    Alexander: Hey, what's a four-letter word for "nuisance"?
    Crow: Standard sitcom joke landing on runway 7.
    (Mike pretends to wave around marshalling wands, while Servo makes airplane landing noises)
    Bob: Oh, that's easy: J-U-D-Y.
    (The gang approves of a successful landing.)
  • Running Gag:
    • "Squishy" is so overtly a sexually charged term, the crew keep referring to it during the entire experiment.
    • Alexander as a Sex God who wants to sleep with Bob, Mom and Judy.
  • Shout-Out: "Judy: Beyond Thundersquishy."
  • Their First Time: "Tonight's the night, Mom!"
  • This Is No Time for Knitting: Parodied:
    Judy: Food? Is that all you can think of at a time like this?
    Crow: (as Bob) You mean lunchtime?
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Judy's plan to get Alex's attention by pretending to be helpless in the kitchen gets lampshaded in the riffing.
    Judy: (Exaggeratedly stirs an empty mixing bowl and sighs) Oooh, dear!
    Crow: Has anyone noticed that the daughter is PSYCHOTIC?
    (Judy unplugs the mixer and covers the socket with a towel)
    Mike: This is like Three Days of the Condor, I trust no one in this short!
    (Judy goes over to the kitchen door)
    Servo: (Ahem) OH, DEAR!!!
    Judy: (Louder) Oh, me...
    Servo: Did I call that?



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