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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 09 E 05 The Deadly Bees

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Film watched: The Deadly Bees

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation contains examples of the following tropes:

  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: After Hargrove finds his wife dead:
    Servo: (as Hargrove) Someday I'll come home, and she'll be dead finally and — hey! Look! All right!
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Pearl and Bobo convince Brain Guy to "Stay" via song (though their brains are not in pans), rather than rejoining his Observer brethren in annihilating the planet.
    Bobo: Please stay... I... love you. (clings to Observer and sobs)
    Observer: (to other Observers) He's... like... a pet.
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  • Big Damn Kiss: During the imaginary Previously On… segment:
    Gypsy: It isn't broccoli I want, it's... YOU! (Gypsy and Mike kiss)
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Invoked: the bowler-hatted guy (Harcourt) from the end of movienote  wanders through the SOL bridge and Castle Forrester's great hall, confusing the hell out of everyone involved.
  • Brain Bleach: The reaction to Mrs. Hargrove's gruesome death.
    Mike: Oh, thank you, movie.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: Several early riffs involve The Jeffersons (and one for Mandingo), owing to Frank Finlay's strong resemblance to Paul Benedict (who played Mr. Bentley).
  • Commuting on a Bus: A rare late-season "appearance" by Magic Voice during the fake Previously On… segment. "And now, tonight's episode."
  • Continuity Nod:
    • The other Observers return to bring Brain Guy back into the fold. Mike destroying their planet is also referenced; that these events happened 500 years in the future is not.
    • Crow falls in love with Mrs. Hargrove ("Wha— you mean the cigarette hag?" "Don't call her that!") and writes her a sonnet, a la his sudden crush on Estelle Winwood in The Magic Sword.
    • Brain Guy defeats his fellow Observers by depriving them of their brains and using his reality-warping powers to... turn them into workers at the Burnett County Dairy Co-Op, which is where we saw Past Mike temping in Time Chasers. He also turns them into raging Packers fans, much like the mob of hicks from The Giant Spider Invasion.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: After his victory, Bill!Observer turn Mike!Observer and Paul!Observer into slackers who work at a Wisconsin dairy.
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  • Fanservice: Subverted during the bee attack on Vicki.
    Servo: Y'know, if she really wanted to be safe from the bees, she should just strip down and turn on the shower. I'm not saying this out of any prurient interest — it's just good advice.
  • Fate Worse than Death: The other Observers are reduced to Packers fans working in a Wisconsin cheese factory.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: After being challenged to punish Mike, Brain Guy summons... a necktie. Mike likes the pattern.
  • Humanity on Trial: Parodied, through song. Among the "several million reasons" Observer shouldn't blow up the Earth, according to Pearl and Bobo: meat, string, tortillas stuffed with ham, Pearl promising to fold Observer's sheets. That's it. It works.
    Observer: All these reasons you have given me
    Have totally convince-ed me
    I really can't be going! I must stay.
  • Kick the Dog: Literally in the movie.
    Mike: Appeal to your audience: kill the cute dog.
  • Late to the Tragedy: In the film.
    Mike: (as Harcourt,note  as the credits start to roll) Hello, I'm here for the movie — am I late? Hello?
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Observer is amazed at the genius of chili dogs, the concept of which is beyond his omniscience. Later, Bobo manages to distract the other Observers by tempting them with another plate of chili-smothered dogs.
  • Name's the Same: Invoked with The Birds, a UK band best known for its cover of "Tambourine Man". Mike notes it's not the US band The Byrds, while Crow sings "Eight miles WRONG!" (Amusingly, when The Byrds had a UK tour, The Birds' manager tried to sue them for having a similar name. He was soon fired by The Birds.)
  • No Accounting for Taste: A number of riffs lampshade the bitterness between Hargrove and his wife.
    Crow: (as Mrs. Hargrove) Has the hate gone out of our marriage?
  • Notable Original Music: "Please Stay..."
    Observer: Can you give me any reason
    Why I shouldn't up and leave you
    And blast your silly planet when I go?
    Pearl: ...There are several million reasons
    Bobo: Though there's none that I can think of
    Pearl: (smacks Bobo upside the head) There are SEVERAL million reasons, here we go
  • Painful Rhyme: In the same song:
    Bobo: There's meat...
    Pearl: And we've got string.
    Bobo: And tortillas stuffed with ham.
    Pearl: If you'll stay, I'll fold your sheets.
    Bobo: If you just stay where you am!
  • Paranoia Fuel: Mockedinvoked by Servo, while Vicki's snooping through Hargrove's belongings. "Great. Now, I'm nervous about pop stars going through my study."
  • The Pig-Pen: As usual for Mike, his tie is stained badly a few seconds after getting it.
  • Previously On…: The first pre-movie segment thoroughly parodies this trope, through multiple genres and stock Cliffhanger scenarios. "Previously on the Satellite of Love..."
    Mike: (pointing a gun offscreen, Dramatic Wind whipping his trenchcoat back) Don't make me shoot you... (dramatic zoom) CROOOOOWWWWW!!!!
  • Punny Name: Take a wild guess what prop diva "Beez" McKeever's nickname becomes in the credits for this episode.
  • Railing Kill: How Manfred meets his end.
    Mike: Well, now, you can't blame that on the bees.
  • Running Gag:
    • The rather craptastic nature of Vicki's "holiday" is constantly invoked, between the Hargroves' lifeless, depressing farm and the attack by killer bees.
      Crow (as Vicki): So, so what am I paying for, again?
    • "But why?"
    • Mary Hargrove, the "cigarette hag", Must Have Nicotine.
  • Skewed Priorities: As Hargrove stands over his dead wife:
    Crow: (as Hargrove) Oh no, a few of my bees are dead.
  • Stylistic Suck: The song. Pearl and Bobo are constantly off-tempo, shoehorn in awkward rhymes, and come up with the lamest possible reasons not to destroy the Earth. Brain Guy is convinced anyway, probably because he doesn't really want to go in the first place.
  • That Was Objectionable: "Objection! Stupid hat."
  • Viewers Are Geniuses: Lampshaded. As Doris is being chased by the bees:
    Crow: (later) Damn, it's that bee-loud glade that Yeats spoke of.
  • Villainous Rescue: Brain Guy saves Earth with the help of Bobo and a disinterested Pearl.
  • Walking Disaster Area: Mike notes that Vicki's done more damage than anyone else in the film, including the bees.
    Crow: (as Hargrove and Hawkins approach Manfred's burning house) Yep, Vicki must be here.


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