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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S08 E18: Devil Doll

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We had a good time this weekend, didn't we?

Film watched: Devil Doll

It is available to stream here.

The Segments:

  • Crow and Servo hold a Friday Night dorm party with music speakers and a window. They only had the money for a window, but the two and Mike party on anyway.

Segment 1

  • Pearl and Brain Guy are introduced around Ancient Rome as gods, much to her boredom. Pearl throws a toga party to liven things up, but the guests are confused because they're already wearing togas. Brain Guy then suggest a pants party, with greater success. Back on the SOL, Crow gets too deep into his "frat boy" persona and drunkenly cries over someone named Debbie. Servo moans that Crow punched in the window that Servo had just wrapped for return to Earth.

Segment 2

  • The demon Pitch shows up and tries to sell Crow on the perks of Devil Dolls, but Mike drives the devilish intruder away.

Segment 3

  • Tom Servo and Crow convert the SOL bridge into an old fashioned British pub. Mike tries to pour himself a hearty stout ale, but the ale pours as slowly as possible.

Segment 4

  • Pitch comes back to the SOL, this time teaching the Bots soul swapping. Mike gets fed up with Crow's Satanic ways and tells Pitch to scram. In the meantime, Servo transfers his soul to a toaster strudel, which he remains stuck in for the rest of the experiment.

Segment 5

  • Mike finds himself caged and dressed up as Hugo, at the mercy of Crow (dressed as Vorelli) and Servo (as the leggy assistant — who, it should be noted, is still a toaster strudel, just with legs). Meanwhile in Rome, Pearl and Brain Guy go to the arena to see a gladiator show. Much to their surprise, the gladiator today is Bobo.


The MST3K treatment provides examples of:

  • Becoming the Mask: "DEBBIIIIIIEEEEEE!"
  • Behind the Black: During the party at Marianne's house, English (William Sylvester's character) sneaks backstage and inspects Hugo while Vorelli is seducing Marianne. After English leaves, the camera stays on Hugo in his cage for a minute, with no indications of passing time, before panning over to Vorelli, lying awake in his bed.
    Mike: (as Vorelli) Did I just see someone walk in and paw my puppet?!?
  • Big "WHAT?!": Crow tries to make a deal with Pitch for a devil dolls and later soul transference. In the end, he also dresses a sleeping Mike up like Hugo and constructs a cage around him, while he acts like Vorelli. When Mike questions these acts and tries to stop him, Crow has this reaction.
  • Call-Back:
    • Pitch from Santa Claus (1959) reappears, trying to sell the Satellite of Love crew devil dolls, and eventually he teaches them how to perform the soul transference techniques from the movie.
    • Also, "Leave Robert Denby alone!"
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    Mike: Crow! How could you make a deal with the Devil?!
    Crow: At prices like these, how could I not?
  • Crowd Chant: As the audience applauds at the conclusion of Vorelli's show and the performers take a final bow.
    Mike and the 'bots: Hugo! Hugo! Hugo! BUTT LADY! BUTT LADY! BUTT LADY!
  • Deal with the Devil: Pitch returns to offer Crow the power of soul transference. After Mike talks him out of a deal for literal dolls.
  • Don't Explain the Joke:
    Tom: Hey, where did you get a beer?
    Mike: (drunk) Oh, the nanites have a microbrewery. (expectant pause)
    Tom: (unimpressed) Hunh.
    Mike: (drunk) You see, because they're microscopic —
    Tom: I get it!
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    Crow: Puppets. Hate 'em.
  • Insistent Terminology: Pitch reminds Mike that he is a devil, not the Devil.
  • Oh, Crap!: During Hugo's attack on Vorelli, Mike remembers that he once gave his niece a devil doll.
  • Paranoia Fuel: In-Universe:
    Crow: (as Hugo threatens Vorelli with a knife) Look familiar, Mike?
    Servo: It may. Soon.
    Mike: (chuckles nervously)
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Servo's Toaster Strudel form.
  • Running Gag:
    • Magda's partially exposed rear comes up every time she appears on screen after that portion of her outfit (or lack of?) is revealed.
    • The crew gets a lot of mileage out of Hugo wanting ham.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Squick: In-Universe, Mike points out Vorelli's back fetish, causing him and the bots to react with disgusted groans.