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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S06 E18: High School Big Shot

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Film watched: High School Big Shot with the short Out of This World

The Segments:


  • Mike has a bad headache, which is worsened when Crow practices his cymbals, Tom plays some bagpipes, and Gypsy can’t stop laughing about Seinfeld.

Segment 1

  • Crow manages to stop Mike from using a drill to relieve the pressure in his head. Dr. Forrester gives everyone chemistry sets so they can do his work for him. Frank manages to clone a baby dinosaur that doesn’t really like Dr. F. Tom ingests a potion that turns him into a hulking giant.

Segment 2

  • Mike and the Bots dress up as bread truck delivery drivers to showcase their new line of unusual specialty breads.

Segment 3

  • Crow and Tom proceed to drive by and egg Mike with omelets. And hollandaise that’s too lemony.

Segment 4

  • Disguised as master thieves, Crow and Tom attempt to break into Gypsy’s diary with dynamite. When it fails, they use more.

Segment 5

  • The crew re-enact the depressing ending of the movie with squirt guns. In an attempt to keep himself safe, Dr. Forrester gives the cloned dinosaur something to chew on… in Frank’s pants.

The MST3K presentation contains these tropes:

  • An Arm and a Leg: Dr. Forrester loses an arm due to Frank's little dinosaur experiment.
  • Apathetic Citizens: Frank treats his newly-cloned dinosaur like a spoiled Mr. Muffykins as it viciously attacks a mostly offscreen Dr. Forrester.
    Frank: [deadpan; as Dr. Forrester is his foot nibbled on] No. Bad. Wrong. That is not nice. Bad.
  • Call-Back: Servo references the short at the beginning when he ponders where the bread display in a general store is.
  • Curse Cut Short: During the Out of This World riffing:
    Salesman: That's why I keep these bullseyes handy. So that a small slip-up doesn't turn into a big trip-up.
    Mike: Make sure you stock your truck up, so that you don't... well, you know.
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  • Downer Ending: The writers said that the entire film was depressing, and that the downer ending was a relief.
  • Fastball Special: One too many instances of "Don't Pay the Ferryman" from Tom results in Mike grabbing and throwing him to the side.
  • Gentleman Thief: T. Hewett Edward Crow. He still can't get past the lock on Gypsy's diary.
  • Hulk Speak: Tom develops this when Crow turns him huge.
    Tom: Movie bad! Movie go away!
  • Hurricane of Puns: Several bread-related puns get thrown out during the short.
  • Hypocritical Humor: After Mike screams in pain from his headache, Tom and Crow tell him off... even though the bots were exacerbating it with their loud shenanigans.
    Tom: Jeez, Mike, could you keep it down?!
    Crow: Yeah, have some consideration!
  • Interface Screw: Downplayed: as the short begins, Tom takes up more space than normal in the theater due to being gigantic, but it quickly wears off.
  • Kick the Dog: At the start of the episode, Mike is suffering from a bad headache. Despite knowing this, Crow promptly begins practicing the cymbals. This is followed swiftly by Tom blasting his bagpipesnote  and Gypsy busting a gut over Seinfeld's Kramer.
  • Killer Rabbit: Frank creates an adorable little T-Rex which goes on to savage Dr. F.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
  • Messianic Archetype: Joked about as a potential twist ending.
    Tom: Oh, it's gonna turn out that the bread truck driver is Jesus.
    Mike: "Hope you accept bread into your life!"
  • Overly-Long Gag: Tom Servo repeatedly singing "Don't Pay the Ferryman", which he pays for dearly.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Mike suffering from a headache has a basis in reality; Mike Nelson actually does suffer from chronic headaches in real life.
  • Running Gag:
  • Shame If Something Happened: Invoked in the riffing for Out of This World.
    Mike: [as salesman] Mr. Marco, you want my coffee ring today? Sure be a shame if something bad happened to your store here!
    Salesman: How are you today?
    Mr. Marco: Ehhh, I'm-a feel lousy.
    Salesman: Oh, I'm sorry to hear that.
    Servo: [as salesman] 'Cause I like you, Mr. Marco!
    Salesman: [examining grocery cart] Hey, something new.
    Mike: [as salesman] Be a shame if this ran over your kid!
  • Shout-Out: Frank manages to clone a superdeformed dinosaur from a piece of amber he had lying around. Jurassic Park hit theatres the previous year.
  • Shout-Out to Shakespeare: Vince gets Sophisticated as Hell while analyzing Othello.
  • Snap Back: After being turned into a giant Hulk Speaking robot, Tom abruptly shrinks down to normal size during the Out of This World riff.
  • Spoof Aesop: As "The End" shows on screen:
    Crow: This is the P.T.A. reminding you to always do your homework!
  • Super Serum: Crow invents a potion that causes Tom to Hulk Out into an angry giant, but he gets better.
  • This Is a Drill: Attempted: Mike tries to alleviate his headache via self-trepanation with a power drill, only to get distracted by the Mads calling.
    Crow: [rushes up to Mike] MIKE! NO!
    Mike: [flinches] Wha- what?! I have to relieve the pressure, it's the only way!
  • Too Dumb to Live: "Servo, drink this!"
    Tom: Uh, okay!
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Towards the end, Crow jokes that none of the film's plot would have happened if Marv's and Betty's teacher hadn't found out they were cheating on the final.
  • With Lyrics: Over the main titles:
    Servo: [singing] High School Big Shot. / A real High School Big Shot. / A High School Big Shot! / He's a Big Shot in High School!
    Mike and Crow: [singing] Big shot, big shot, BIG SHOT, BIG SHOT!