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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 10 E 02 The Girl In Gold Boots

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Film watched: Girl in Gold Boots

The episode is notable both for being Mike Nelson's favorite episode of the series and also for introducing a storyline in Season 10 that featured Pearl becoming a fully accredited mad scientist. This storyline was dropped within a few episodes as the show was cancelled.

This episode was delayed due to legal troubles, which sort of borked the entire "Institute of Mad Scientists" storyline, since it seemed like Pearl was inexplicably trying to get into a trade union for no reason in later episodes.


The Segments

  • Crow shows off his WWBSMDnote  bracelet. Servo gives him a hypothetical situation and asks what Crow would do. Crow's solution? Write a folk song! Pearl does the throw to commercial.

Segment 1

  • More fun with WWJD-like bracelets. Down in Castle Forrester, Pearl is acting madder than usual. Turns out she has to get board-certified with the Institute of Mad Scientists in order to take over the world legally.

Segment 2

  • Crow forces Mike to pour beer over his most prized possession: a personalized heirloom beer stein. Then Mike says that Crow is also most dear to him, so Crow demands the beer be poured over him as well.

Segment 3

  • Crow does a go-go dance while Servo watches. Mike is disgusted at Crow taking off the gold bikini, despite the fact that Crow normally wears nothing at all.

Segment 4

  • Mike sings a sad song, parodying a song from the film. Crow tries to attract Mike's attention to a fire that just broke out.

Segment 5

  • Mike and the Bots dress as Armenian mobsters. The inspector originally tells Pearl that she failed, but he quickly changes his mind when he sees Brain Guy go-go dancing.

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode of this movie contains examples of:

  • Adaptation Induced Plothole: The MST3K version cuts out an important scene in which the dealer Buz visits is revealed to have Harry Blatts in his trunk using ridiculously outdated "listening equipment", hence explaining why he knows where to look for Buz later in the film during the next drug buy.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Crow and Servo are ecstatic over Michele and Joan being in their underwear in their dressing room. They're supremely disappointed when the girls get dressed.
    Crow: *sadly* "Aw... Goodbye, underwear."
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  • Bait-and-Switch: After an extended Christmas song, the characters arrive at the club:
    Crow: Merry Christmas, everyone! Let's go to the Haunted House!
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Invoked: "So long, non-acquaintance who inexplicably gave us rides in his dune buggy!"
  • Bowdlerization: TV airings of the episode "deleted" a shot of Michele toking up a joint by reusing slowed-down footage from earlier in the scene, although Mike and the Bots riff right along to the original footage. The DVD print leaves the scene intact.
  • Brain Bleach: Mike is inexplicably horrified by Crow stripping out of a gold bikini, which is odd since Crow is always nude. Crow points this out to him.
  • Brick Joke: In the first scene, Tom jokes that Michelle steals a toothpick from the diner to sell for travel money. Many scenes later:
    Gas station attendant: "Will this be cash or charge?"
    Mike: "Ah, will you accept a toothpick?"
  • A Date with Rosie Palms:
    "This'll give you something to do with those busy hands."
    Crow: What is he implying?!
  • Fan Disservice: "Can I pony!?"
  • Fanservice: Joanie and Michele in their underwear. When Joanie moves to adjust Michele's panties and the scene cuts to Buz, Servo cries out, "Hey, hey, hey... oh, bad cut!"
  • Filler: When the trio stops to ride dune buggies:
    Mike: Apparently, the story is none of our business.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Harry telling Buz that the inmate who saw them "can't finger you without my help" is followed by Crow saying "seeing as how you're wearing a jumpsuit."
  • Growing the Beard: invoked Whatever fans opinions were of Observer, he went from liked or tolerated to beloved with three words: "Can I pony?!".
  • Ice-Cream Koan: "Everything I touch turns to gold."
    Crow: (petulantly) What happens when you touch gold?
  • Informed Ability: Lots of riffs about Michele's dancing and Critter's music. It's nicely capped off with Mike asking which is worse at their art form. The 'bots are stumped.
  • Inherently Funny Words: "Critter" and "Buz".
    Crow: I'm having Critter's varmint!
  • Insult Backfire: Crow mocks a scene in the movie in which Buz pours beer on a thug's motorcycle, by "forcing" Mike to pour beer on his most cherished possession: a vintage beer stein. Then Mike points out that Crow is dear to him, so he forces Mike to pour beer on Crow's own head.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: When the trio arrives in L.A., Servo sings a cheerful Christmas song with dark lyrics:
    Servo: (singing) Oh, Charles Manson walks the streets. The Zodiac Killer's at large. Charles Bukowski is pukin' out the window and Santa Claus is on his way!
  • Musicalis Interruptus: Subverted in "Oh, I Am Sad"; Mike leaps up and runs off when Crow proposes making nachos, but his song continues on without him.
  • Notable Original Music: Mike reenacts Critter's "busking" scene, singing (well, badly lip-synching) a sad song while rain (inexplicably) falls outside the satellite window. Crow, shown in another part of the ship via Split Screen, keeps appearing, warning Mike that the rain has gotten into the wiring and caused a small electrical fire, which promptly hits the wiring. Eventually Crow is battling a raging fire and shouting at Mike to get to safety; Mike obliviously continues singing about "raindrops and snowflakes and pu-up-pies." However, Mike is more than interested in the snacks Crow and Servo are enjoying, and bolts to join them - as Mike's soundtrack keeps singing.
  • Overly Long Gag: Crow's bracelet gag in the first segment.
  • Pants-Positive Safety: When Buz briefly unzips his jacket to reveal a pistol he'd shoved down the front of his pants.
    Mike: What the- a gun! So that was the loud report and the burning sensation in my groin!
  • Running Gag:
    • Buz — First he's an icky elf. Later it changes to, "He's only a child."
    • The dancers' inability to dance.
    Mike: What do you have to do not to get hired as a dancer here?
  • Shout-Out: During the scene when Critter's unloading his motorcycle from a truck in front of "Eat".
    Servo: (with hillbilly accent) Sorry we shot you back there, Mr. Hopper.
  • Something Completely Different: The first episode of the Sci-Fi era to feature a movie that didn't fall into the sci-fi, fantasy, or horror genres. Around this time, Sci-Fi Channel began to ease up on that requirement.
  • Song Parody: Crow parodies the song over the end credits:
    Crow: (singing) Keep your silver bra filled with breast!
  • Split Screen: In the film, Critter sings a mournful song of love to (freakishly large) dream images of Michelle that keep fading in and out.
    Crow: (as Michelle) I can't go out with you because I'm considerably bigger than you.
  • Special Effects Failure: Invoked: Michelle and Critter are chatting in a roadside coffee shop when suddenly the film jumps with an editing cut and Buz appears drinking a beer next to them.
    Crow: (as Buz): C'mon, I just teleported! It's impressive!
    • Another jump cut happens moments later:
    "There goes-"
    Mike: You can say that a-
    • One host segment parodies the obvious ADR singing in the film.
  • Take That!:
    Leo: Michelle, you may be the luckiest girl in Hollywood.
    Crow: No, that'd be Lea Thompson.
  • Vandalism Backfire: One of the host segments features Crow (riffing on a scene in the movie) forcing Mike to pour beer over his most precious possessions. These turn out to be his prized beer-stein and Crow himself - all the while Servo is dressed like Michele and saying in a girlish voice, "Oh!"
    Crow: (dripping with beer) That didn't really pan out the way I expected.
    Servo: (male voice) Oh.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Bobo is rather nonchalant about getting shock therapy - and encourages it, too.
  • Weird Trade Union: Pearl spends the episode trying to convince a representative from the Mad Scientist's guild that she should be accredited as one of them. She fails miserably until Observer starts shakin' his groove thing in go-go boots.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: They speculate that Michelle's dad has reformed and become the successful owner of a chain of "Eat"s.
  • Who's on First?: A minute long gag about Pearl wanting to give Observer a hump (to resemble a hunchback like Igor.) Observer thinks she's offering something entirely different.
  • With Lyrics: Servo imposes his own lyrics about The '60s over the song "Cowboy Santa" as the kids drive through downtown L.A. at Christmastime.
    Oh, Charles Manson walks the streets
    The Zodiac Killer's at large!
    Charles Bukowski is pukin' out the window
    And Santa Claus is on his way-hey!
    • Later:
      Critter: But you must come down, put your feet on the ground, by and by.
      Servo: You're living a lie.
      Critter: You gotta come down.
      Servo: You dance like a clown.
      Critter: By and by.
      Servo: I hope that you die!


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