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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S08 E22: Overdrawn at the Memory Bank

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This lovely Raul Julia pendant, available only on the Home Shopping Network.

Film watched: Overdrawn at the Memory Bank

The Brains were a bit leery about riffing this film, due to Raúl Juliá's tragic death three years earlier being very much on their minds. Nevertheless, they did the episode anyway due to the film's low budget and incoherent Technobabble while managing to avoid any personal attacks on Juliá.

The Segments:

  • Crow has boxes of T-shirts with his classic catchphrase "You Know You Want Me, Baby!" around the bridge, which confuses Mike.

Segment 1

  • Mike tries his hand at catchphrases, but all his choices are lame. Pearl starts Public Pearl TV as a way to suck money from gullible liberal donors. Servo is convinced and calls for the free tote bag from Public Pearl. "The Nature of Bobo" is played, with Brain Guy running commentary while Bobo eats.

Segment 2

  • Crow and Servo get a monkey, which they named Henry Kissinger, from "instant monkeys online". Henry, loose on the SOL, throws stuff on Mike's "threatening" stances. He calls Henry down, but the two Bots ditch Mike by Commercial Sign, leading to more thrown stuff.

Segment 3

  • Mike still has stuff thrown from Henry. Meanwhile, Public Pearl previews its new special, "Pearl! Pearl! Pearl! Pearl! Pearl!" She sings "When Loving Lovers Love" with Brain Guy.

Segment 4

  • Servo dopples himself into the Nanite world, but ends up in a bad part of town. Nano-Servo then gets beat up by two Nanite mooks.

Segment 5

  • Bobo is brought aboard to help with Henry's throwing problems. Mike then uses a blowgun on the simians, much to Crow and Servo's objections. The Public Pearl TV scam is successful for Pearl, with her rolling in the dough.

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation has examples of:

  • Absurdly Ineffective Barricade:
    • Mike sarcastically quips on the wicker furniture Rick props in front of a door to keep out the Fat Man:
      "Yeah, that'll stop the 400-pound guy who smells pancakes."
    • Later, when the Fat Man and his minions actually do break through the barrier with the expected ease, Tom snaps "Pier One promised us that would work!"
  • Affectionate Parody: "Public Pearl" is either this or a Take That! (or perhaps both) to PBS. As this movie was financed by a few PBS stationsnote , if it's a Take That!, it was probably deserved here.
  • Big Eater: How the crew view the Novacorp Chairman.
    Assistant: What are you going to do about this?
    Mike: (as Chairman) EAT. [...]
    Chairman: Fingal! YOU ARE MINE!
    Crow: (as Chairman) With Bearnaise sauce!
  • Brain Bleach: An unfortunate extreme closeup of the Chairman.
    Mike: The most face any screen has ever held!
  • Brick Joke: Over 40 minutes after Fingal asked his mom "...'m I nuts?"
    Fingal: (in startling realization) Wait a minute...!
    Servo: My nuts!
  • Catchphrase: Crow suddenly declares his is "You know you want me, baby!" to justify a huge T-shirt order. Mike tries to pick one out for himself, and fails.
    • Mike: "We're all out of toner!" "Don't run on my wet floor!" "Secretary please read the minutes, uh..." "Let go of it slappy!note "
    • Forced Meme: The sketch was based on the official fan club having problems selling those shirts, because they used the line instead of one of Crow's actual catch phrases.
  • Call-Back:
    • When the Chairman is introduced: "Hey, it's TV's Frank!". Servo even imitates Frank's distinctive throat sound at one point.
    • One of Pearl's network's shows is "Mike Nelson: Lord Of The Dance" based on the opening host segment of the Jack Frost episode, complete with footage.
    • The song that plays before Pearl's show starts is the MST Hour theme.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • The Chairman dispatches a couple trilby-wearing mooks to chase Fingal, causing Mike to declare that they were kicked out of Men Without Hats. Tom first assumes this is because they are lousy musicians or that their hats somehow interfere with their performances. It's about a minute later that he hits the actual punchline: That they couldn't play for Men Without Hats because they DO wear hats.
    • Later, during the end credits, Mike calls a hotline to complain about the plot holes in the movie. The woman on the other end says that Mike has no right to complain because he didn't watch the movie all the way to the end, credits included.
  • Department of Redundancy Department:
    Pearl: And now, a very special preview of a special pledge week special.
    • And, of course, the name of the song that follows: "When Loving Lovers Love".
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: Mike calls a movie complaint hotline to complain about the film's evident flaws, only to be greeted with this:
    Operator: When did you purchase your copy of Overdrawn At The Memory Bank?
    Mike: I, uh, didn't purchase it, exactly...
    Operator: (sarcastic scoff) So... you are an unauthorized viewer of Overdrawn At The Memory Bank?
    Mike: Well, uh...
    Operator:I am legally required to report this violation of —
    Bots: Hang up! Hang up! (Mike hangs up in a panic. He and the Bots race out of the theater.)
    Crow: Well, that got us nowhere!
    Servo: Oh man, we're in trouble...
  • Earworm:
    • The instant monkeys online jingle. Mike is humming it while looking around to locate Henry Kissinger (the monkey).
      Servo: Get your monkeys - instantly - with instant monkeys online!
    • The music played in the early scenes with Fingal walking around his workplace also seems to be this; Mike hums along the first time it's played, and when it gets played the second time he and the 'bots start singing "Happy Together" over the surprisingly fitting bass track.
  • End of an Era: This is the last episode the takes place "Somewhere in Time and Space".
  • Epic Fail: In the "Nature of Bobo" clip, Brain Guy attempts to reassert his dominance by charging at Bobo. Bobo simply holds out his fist and Brain Guy rams straight into it, knocking himself out.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: During the movie, Fingal observes some monkeys cartwheeling down a hill and remarks that it looks like fun. Crow's response:
    Actually, that does look like fun, Mike. If I could do that, I'd basically never stop.
  • Fantastic Racism: Some of Mike and the bots' riffs suggest that this movie really seems to have something against anteaters.
  • Gigantic Gulp: Bobo drinks from one during the Wildlife Commentary Spoof "The Nature of Bobo".
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: MST3K is heading to public television. invoked
    • And, Mike, Kevin and Bill did later get to tackle Casablanca by itself.
  • Inherently Funny Words: "Fingal."
    • "You want to tinkle, Fingal? How 'bout some Pringles, Fingal?"
    • "You make me tingle, Fingal. Fingal, are you single? Give me a jingle."
    • "I've got spurs that Jingle Jangle Jingle."
    • "Please, I can see your little Fingal."
    • "I wouldn't want to bungle or bobble the Fingal dopple."
  • It's Snowing Cocaine: Aram's computer hacking causes a heavy snowfall, indoors. Mike quips, "This is how much pure cocaine you would need to enjoy this movie."
  • Kids Are Cruel: Between the little sexual deviant and the Bratty Half-Pint complaining about how her teacher seems to be something of a hypocrite, Tom muses if it's "Children of the Damned day at the brain institute".
  • Last-Second Word Swap: When Pearl is introducing the movie.
    What was [Raul Julia] doing in this piece of ssssurely very quality, quality program.
  • Late to the Punchline: "Oh I get it, 'cause they're wearing hats!"
  • Laugh Track: Servo tries to provide one for Crow's new Catchphrase (see above). The tape player doesn't work very well.
  • Limited Lyrics Song: "When Loving Lovers Love"
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Mike pokes fun at Rick taking a bullet this way:
    Mike (as Rick): I don't know, I'm more disappointed than shot...
  • Mondegreen Gag
    Fingal: Mom... 'm I nuts?
    Servo: "My nuts"?
  • Never Speak Ill of the Dead: According to the Amazing Colossal Episode Guide, the crew consciously worked to avoid offending people by insulting the recently late Raul Julia, the only quality actor in the whole film. Even Pearl herself calls him "a very wonderful actor" before asking "what was he doing in this piece of ssssssurely very quality, quality program". The harshest the riffing gets is frequently Lampshading how beneath Julia the film is:
    Crow: Raul, you come right back and be in this bad movie, young man!
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: When Fingal enters "The Place"
    Crow: Hey, a midget rabbi cowboy!
    Servo: Yippie-aye-oy-vey!
  • Offhand Backhand: Bobo delivers one to Observer during the "Nature of Bobo" documentary.
  • The Password Is Always "Swordfish":
    Fingal: Wait a minute! Why didn't I think of that before. Its so simple. Reverse the access code. He probably thought I'd never try something so simple.
    Crow: If this works, I am going to spank you, movie.
  • Pun:
    • Mike groans in anticipation of Servo's "Cube-an" joke.
    • Mike's one to talk; his "Figleaf of my imagination" gag went over just slightly better.
    • Servo lets out a stilted, robotic "Ha ha ha that is funny" in response to the movie's very title.
    • When Fingal quotes one of his cinemas to Apollonia: "Here's looking at you kid."
      Crow: Here's looking at U Thant.
      Servo: Here's looking at ubiquitous.
      Mike: Here's looking at Ulysses.
  • Product Placement: The aforementioned "You Know You Want Me Baby!" shirts, made by the fan club.
  • Running Gag: Fingal's hatred of anteaters.
    • A lot of fat and food jokes are made about the obese Chairman.
    • The woman taking over Apollonia's shift complaining about how supposedly "fat" she is.
  • Saw "Star Wars" 27 Times: Crow as one of the co-workers complains when Fingal "scrolls up" Casablanca.
    Crow: (as worker, Minnesota accent) "But I hate this movie, it's on AMC twice a week!"
  • Screw Yourself: Fingal encounters Rick!Fingal,
    Crow: I'm gonna score with me tonight!
  • Shout-Out:
  • Stylistic Suck: "When Loving Lovers Love" is so subtly bad that it's marvelous. The lyrics meander, there's no real hook, and it just drags on and on - the "memories" part which was twice as long as it should have been, the entire overlong "I really don't know why" section, and the fake-out ending (but the song just keeps on going for another fifteen seconds).
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial:
    Crow: Wanda Cannon? Now that's a porno name if I've ever heard one... not that I've ever heard one. I don't subscribe to lots of publications or anything.
  • Take That!:
    • When Apollonia/Fingal's Mom avatar dies.
      Crow: Someone beat up George Will!
      Servo: Good!
      Mike: Yes.
    • Specifically averted with regards to the then recently deceased Raúl Juliá, as the Brains went out of their way to avoid anything that could seem like an attack on him and had Pearl specifically call him a "really wonderful actor."
  • Techno Babble: Servo gets palpably annoyed at the cheesy 'future sounding' words and items in the movie, often muttering words in incredulous frustration until he just starts yelling at the movie.
    Servo: Why don't you reconst your flavo-fibes?! [...]
    Fingal: I better call for a medico.
    Servo: Yeah, on the voice-com-flavo-link-synth-aaaagh!
  • To Be Continued... Right Now: Joking about the weird beeping theme music.
    [Theme song beeps play]
    Mike: And now the news!
    [Theme song beeps repeat]
    Mike: [Beat] That was the news.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: In-Universe, when Fingal manages to make it snow.
    Mike: This is how much pure cocaine you would need to enjoy this movie.
  • Wildlife Commentary Spoof: Brain Guy attempts to study Bobo in this manner during a clip from the Public Pearl TV program "The Nature of Bobo". The joke is that Bobo is doing some very urbane things.
  • Wondrous Ladies Room: Invoked when Fingal opens a door and sudden finds himself in a sumptuous villa's courtyard, to talk to the Chairman's digital avatar. The 'Bots conclude he's in the Ladies' Room.