This episode features two different sets of host segments. The first is a special Thanksgiving Episode to coincide with its debut at the end of Turkey Day '95 and continues the ongoing storyline of Dr. Forrester hosting Thanksgiving dinner in Deep 13. The second is the regular broadcast version. Both versions introduce Dr. Forrester's mother Pearl as the new official Mad for the remainder of the show's original Comedy Central run... and beyond.
The Segments (Turkey Day version):Prologue
- Mike and the Bots are talking sports up in the SOL. Too bad they don't know what sport they're talking about.
- Dr. Forrester's Thanksgiving dinner is in full swing and he wants to be ruling the world by the time dessert's served. Pearl decides to help her son and provides a movie for the experiment, Night of the Blood Beast.
- Crow and Servo argues the pros and cons of a classic Thanksgiving debate: Stuffing or Potatoes?
- Pearl and Crow have a heart-to-heart talk. The two get along surprisingly well, though Pearl draws the line at letting him and his friends escape.
- Mike and the 'Bots are having their own Thanksgiving dinner, but Crow would rather have his in Deep 13 instead. Everybody shares their prayers of thankfulness, and Dr. F will be thankful when they leave.
- Mike's getting ready to serve the pie, but Crow and Servo have some rather nasty things to say about mincemeat. Meanwhile, Pearl announces her plans to stay in Deep 13 and bonds with Dr. F over her deadly recipe for "Turkey Surprise" and their mutual hate for Jack Perkins.
The Segments (regular episode):Prologue
- Crow and Servo have bought new tasers and mace sprays, and Mike's presence is making their trigger fingers twitchy.
- The SOL is called by Pearl, who tells Mike and the 'Bots that she's staying in Deep 13 from now on. She treats them to a trombone performance from Dr. Forrester (against his will).
- Gypsy sings about how she wishes for a wide assortment of colored phones. Guardian angels Crow and Servo deliver no matter how absurd the wish.
- Pearl wants Dr. F to apologize for... something. When he refuses, she gets violent.
- Crow is angry that pregnant women get to be worshiped by everybody without having to do anything, so he decides that he's now pregnant.
- Crow isn't exactly thrilled that babies get worshiped for sitting around doing nothing, either. Pearl, on the other hand, is enjoying making Dr. F worship her.
The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation of Once Upon a Honeymoon contains examples of:
- Camp Gay: The angel was already flamboyant, but the riffing makes him out to be this.Crow: Honey, is that a gay man on the Johnsons' roof?
Servo: Should we get a gay man for our roof, honey?
- Celebrity Resemblance: Speaking of Charles Nelson Reilly, the angel's passing similarity to him is all the license Crow needs to do endless imitations of the guy.note
- Fake Static: When the couple is pitching its completed song to the boss, Servo acts as if the office's speakerphone is going in and out, preventing them from hearing it.
- Funny Background Event: Mike goes through Segment 2 looking like he's going to blow a vein in his forehead as he agonizes over the score he's "composing" even as Crow and Servo ramp up their efforts to make Gypsy's dreams come true.
- The Gods Must Be Lazy: A few riffs point out the angels are more concerned with a married couple wanting to go on their honeymoon instead of, say, world peace.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: As the angel disentangles himself from the TV antenna:Servo: Hey, now they'll get immaculate reception! [*snort*] Sorry.
- Mundane Wish:Wife: [singing] I wish the faucets wouldn't drip all day!
Crow: Aim high, sister!
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Describing the bedroom's final redesign.Servo: Yeah, sort of a western-y gingham-y Oriental Danish Modern-esque Prairie School sort of thing, huh?
- Pun: "Oh no, angel dust!"
- Precision F-Strike: After Mary hangs up on Sonya, Mike gets in a delightful one:"Copper-bottomed bitch..." [Suddenly perky] "Another sandwich, dear?"
- Reality Warper: The crew give the wife this power.Servo: [as Jeffrey] MY GOD, HONEY! WHAT HAVE YOU DONE WITH OUR LIVES?!Mike: [as Jeffrey] I CAN'T STOP SMILING. I'M IN HELL!
- As the angel descends to earth:
- As the husband sits down at the piano:
- After the angel on the roof sprinkles dust, triggering the wife's fantasy about having a better kitchen:Mike: [in the voice of The Wicked Witch of the West] Poppies!
- At the end of the wife's imagined kitchen sequence:Mike: [singing in the voice of Paul Rodgers] It's all part of my kitchen fantasy...
- To Citizen Kane as the singing begins:Mike: [singing] I think owning a newspaper would be fun...!
- Then, as the dancing begins:Crow: [imitating Lawrence Welk] Ah, Bobby and Sissy, aren't they wonderful...
- When June starts dialing her rotary phone, the crew start singing "Money".
- Gypsy's song in the second (non-Turkey Day) segment segues into Groucho Marx's singing from Duck Soup at the end.
- Stylistic Suck: Gypsy's singing and Mike's piano "composing" during Segment 2 of the regular episode are both quite literally one-note as a rip on the in-universe songwriter's painstakingly composed score. Subverted in a brief flurry when everyone joins in for the song's last verse (lifted from Duck Soup).
- What Were They Selling Again?: Pearl acknowledges that the point of this short wasn't clear. Answer: colored phones. Servo comments on it in the end.Servo: Wait a minute, what the hell was that about, anyway?
- The following (non-Turkey Day) host segment does hint that the Brains actually did know what the short was about, with Gypsy singing about wanting various colored phones, among other things.
- What Would X Do?: "What would Liberace do? ...Hmm, better not do that."
The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation of Night Of The Blood Beast contains examples of:
- Adaptational Heroism: In the Turkey Day version of Segment 2, the 'bots have put together a presentation on why stuffing is so much better than potatoes — for example, stuffing rescues children from burning buildings, while in New York, potatoes can only watch as innocents are beaten to death.Crow: Give me liberty or give me death, but with dinner, I'll have stuffing!
- Adaptational Villainy:
- Potatoes are supposedly incredibly poisonous, and "nature's bouncing Betty". They also spread typhus and gonorrhea and leap from sinking ships. Mike admits he's pleased not to have to make both — at which point the 'bots subvert the trope, much to his chagrin:Tom: ...Both is great!
Crow: Both is good!
- Also mincemeat: "I invade your inland waterways, choking off marine life. I move silently, attaching myself to pleasurecraft. I am mincemeat. I am visited upon you."
- Potatoes are supposedly incredibly poisonous, and "nature's bouncing Betty". They also spread typhus and gonorrhea and leap from sinking ships. Mike admits he's pleased not to have to make both — at which point the 'bots subvert the trope, much to his chagrin:
- Call-Forward: In the Turkey Day version, Pearl talks with Crow about what she should do with the pathetic failure that is her son. Crow suggests to kill him, something Pearl indeed ends up doing to Dr. F in the timeskip between the Comedy Central and Sci-Fi seasons.
- Continuity Nod:
- Pearl's pissed off Frank's no longer around, referencing back to her debut when she and Frank were close friends (while the former was cold to Forrester). Dr. Forrester is also miffed at Frank's departure — because he's the one who invited all the guests over for Thanksgiving in the first place.
- Pearl addresses Crow as "Art", referencing a letter a viewer once wrote to the S.O.L., not knowing Joel calling Crow "Art Crow" was a The Honeymooners reference.
- Full-Name Ultimatum: Pearl uses Dr. Forresters full name (Clayton Deborah Susan Forrester!) while forcing him to apologize.
- Last Note Nightmare: "Help, the conductor is having a seizure!"
- Lethal Chef: Pearl's intentionally undercooked Turkey Surprise kills all the Thanksgiving guests. Except Jack Perkins, but Dr. Forrester intends to rectify that.
- Male Gaze: On two separate occasions, the Bots call attention to the blonde photographer's "undercupping." Mike even puts his finger directly on it!
- Mister Seahorse: Averted, much to Crow's distress, since he doesn't have a womb.
- Nothing Is the Same Anymore: Both versions of the episode see Pearl moving into Deep 13 and becoming a major character.
- Obfuscating Disability: Not "disability" as such, but Crow pretends to get pregnant because he thinks people bend over backwards to give pregnant women whatever they want and he's sick of them having all the attention to themselves.Crow: Okay, okay, I'm not pregnant! HEY, everybody, I'm not pregnant! That means I don't get a big free ride! "Oh, my ankles are swollen! My back hurts! Carry me, I'm pregnant! Carry me!" Well, I want a cut of the action too, dammit! ... Who wouldn't wanna be pregnant, huh? Who wouldn't want to be a big load on the rest of the world? "Hey, everybody, I'm Queen of the World because I'm pregnant!" Then the whole world is supposed to bend over and smooch your ever-widening ass!Mike: CROW! Crow, Crow, Crow...Crow: Well, when is it my turn? When is it Crow T. Robot's turn? [*sobs*]
- Oddly Small Organization: They frequently mention about how NASA seems to be composed of 3 guys and a woman.
- Planet of Steves: May actually be the Trope Namer. There's some confusing dialogue has the crew thinking all the male characters are named Steve."Steve—Steve and I have something to tell you.""Steve One, you go that way! Steve Two, come with me!""This has 'Steve' written all over it!"[*offscreen crash is heard*] "Steve?"
- Running Gag:
- The remarks of how John the astronaut is various degrees of "dead".
- The blonde photographer being unintelligent.
- The Blood Beast being like a fiance meeting hostile in-laws.
- The aforementioned Steve jokes.
- Mike and the 'Bots making parrot noises whenever the Beast is talking.
- Referring to the alien babies as shrimp ("Get the cocktail sauce...").
- To Monty Python's Flying Circus: "They mean to win Wimbledon."
- "Hello? We're just looking for an honest man," when one of the Steves holds up a lantern. Greek philosopher Diogenes the Cynic, a contemporary and critic of Plato, used to carry a lantern through Athens by daylight, and when asked what he was doing, said he was looking for an honest man (he also said he never found one).
- "Kramer! I love him."
- "Barney's been in a fire!"
- "Come back here you var-mink!"
- In the third non-Turkey Day segment, after Pearl shoots him, Forrester says "Mother, blood!"
- Take That!: The Turkey Day version has Pitch mention he has the cast of Friends as new clients.
- Thanksgiving Episode: The MST3K version first aired as the grand finale of Comedy Central's traditional "Turkey Day" marathon, with host segments that tied into the framing sequences shot for the rest of the marathon (featuring Dr. Forrester and Pearl dealing with the guest characters the now-absent Frank invited for Thanksgiving dinner). Future airings had a completely different set of host segments, which still established the changes for the seventh season (i.e. Pearl Forrester moving into Deep 13).