Film watched: Lords Of The Deep (1989)
- As Jonah works on the movie vault, Crow and Tom give him blueprints of the Moon 13 facility they found, which he hides from the Skeleton Crew.
- Jonah seems to have found some confidence in The Gauntlet as he unveils the Hand-Dryer Air-Hockey Table and reveals the fatal design flaw in Kinga's Drone Probes.
- The Bots are curious about the jelly-like creature they found in Jonah's shower, and how it seems able to make him blurt out embarrassing secrets.
- Crow and Tom get into an argument, while Kinga and Max shoot a commercial.
- As Jonah and the Bots debate the pros and cons of living in a world of psychic energy, the Mads launch their new daytime talk show. Their first special guest, B-Movie wildlife expert Dr. Donna St. Phibes, brings with her a miniature sea creature.
This experiment contains examples of:
- Artistic License Gun Safety:
- Canada, Eh?: The whiff of Canada in O'Neill's line readings is (along with his unfortunate mustache) the main thing that differentiates him from the rest of the movie's mostly interchangeable cast of brown-haired white men. Jonah and the bots don't hesitate to play it up at every opportunity.
- Canon Immigrant: Dr. Donna St. Phibes (played by Jonah's real-life wife Deanna Rooney) made her debut in the MST3K 2018 Live Show. This episode is her first appearance in the main series.
- Disney Acid Sequence: Claire's incomprehensible future visions are treated like the guys are actually experiencing them. Jonah pulls out a sitar for a trippy psychedelic number.
- Esoteric Happy Ending: Discussed In-Universe. Crow and Tom are quick to point out how the crew presumably being stuck in a "stinky Muppet brain" with each other for the rest of their lives isn't a very happy ending. They'd still take it over the Gauntlet, though.
- Establishing Shot: The movie is full of them, despite almost all of it taking place in the same underwater base, which gives it a distinct made-for-TV vibe the crew picks up on.Crow: Lords of the Deep is filmed in front of a live TV audience.
- Even Nerds Have Standards: A trippy tunnelvision sequence prompts this exchange:Tom: So, Jonah, which Doctor Who opening is this? Tom Baker or late Pertwee, perhaps?
Jonah: Ahh, I dunno. I'm more of a Chris Eccleston guy.
- Evil Puppeteer: Kinga invents Drone Probes — drones with marionettes of Kinga and Max attached—so she can personally harass Jonah and the bots from afar. But Jonah immediately neutralizes them by just cutting the strings.
- Fluffy Tamer: Monster conservationist Dr. Donna St. Phibes, for a given value of "tamed". She appears as the animal segment on Max and Kinga's fake morning show.
- Forgettable Character: With almost all of the Lords of the Deep cast being bland white guys, Jonah and the Bots have a very hard time keeping track of who's who. And then they all show up again at the end.
- Hand Puppet: Behind the scenes, the Lady of the Deep from the final host segment. The illusion consists of the puppet perched on a fake falconer's glove while Deanna's actual arm operates the puppet's body and mouth.
- I Hate Past Me: Almost word for word. Not actual time travel, though, just a riff on Yes-Man Engel kind of looking like Big Bad Dobler:Crow: [as Dobler] I hate younger me.
- I Resemble That Remark!: During O'Neill's big struggle with Dobler:Jonah: [as O'Neill] Hey, I'm no idiot! Just because I got this stupid, wispy poodle haircut and this crap Tom of Finland mustache, and because I misread all of my lines in what could be construed as a Canadian accent... doesn't give you the right to call me... an... idiot!
- ...and then Dobler knocks him out anyway.
- K-I-S-S-I-N-G in a Tree: Jonah makes Kinga and Max's auto-anima-marionations (read: dolls) kiss and declare their undying love for each other.
- Mind Rape: Donna accidentally destroyed some of the female Lord-of-the-Deep's eggs and it started showing her visions of her own death, then Kinga and Max get Donna to remove the creature's hood (against Donna's advice) and it quickly psychically assaults the entire base.
- Mockbuster: Kinga calls the film a lousy ripoff of The Abyss. Max corrects her that it's actually the end of a whole chain of ripoffs from that film, with diminishing returns all the way down.
- Notable Original Music: Jonah and the bots' add a little '60s-inspired sitar-based accompaniment, entitled "Trippy Blob", to Claire's hard-to-parse, weirdly organic visions of the future.
- Oddly Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo: "Your Urethra and You 2: Dark Territory."
- Overly Long Gag:
- Tom and Crow's Rock-Paper-Scissors match, using a cutesy childhood rhyme like two of the guys in the film. It gives Jonah enough time to bake a pizza from scratch.
- As Claire pilots the mini-sub out of dock veeerrrry slooooowly:Tom: Ramming SPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE — [screen finally cuts away a full 12 seconds later]
- Playground Song: Jonah suggests the bots settle their argument over whether James Earl Jones is a Capricorn or a Leo by playing a kids' rhyming game (like eeny meeny miny moe, ip-dip, tinker-tailor, etc.) like in the movie. It turns into a barrage of references.Apple, peaches, pumpkin pie
Cherry cobbler, loaf of rye
Groucho, Harpo, Chico, Zeppo
Krypto, Streaky, Comet, Bepponote
Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon
Emmett Kelly, Bozo Clown
Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown
Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire
Ginger Rogers, dance on airnote
And afraid of a disaster
Miss Clavel ran fast and fasternote
- Discussed.Crow: No thanks. I don't think puns are funny, yet the way they're constructed makes you feel like they should be.
- ...and then, of course, immediately dropped a few minutes later.Crow: [on an awkwardly long held shot of a kitchen sink] Hey, I got it! Let that sink in. Yeah, I'm a pun guy! I like myself and I'm saying puns.
- "If it weren't for these blinds, it'd be curtains for me."
- Running Gag:
- The Bots make up plenty of fictional shows while mocking the movie. This episode is notable because their creations lean toward silly reboots on streaming video services:
- "The kombucha!" "The Tetris!" "The baby elephant sub!" [hums "Baby Elephant Walk"]
- Giving Claire a high-pitched nasal voice and having her whine during various shots of her with her eyes unfocused and her mouth half-open.Jonah: [as Claire] Ehhhh. I don't wanna be captain anymore, ehhh...
- Simpleton Voice: Crow feigns being high and also manages to sound a bit like a backmasked recording for his part of "Trippy Blob".Crow: I liike cheeese!
- The psychedelic tunnel effect at the beginning looks like the zoom-in to Raven-Symoné's eye from her Disney Channel show.All: [chanting] That's so Raven, that's so Raven, that's so Raven...
Crow: [as Claire] ...Whoa, that was so Raven.
- A few to The Shape of Water.Jonah: [as O'Neill] You're not gonna, um, Shape of Water with it, are you?
- And later:Crow: If I told you about her, what would I say? That they lived happily ever after? I believe they did. That they were in love? That they remained in love?
- When the Boneheads crash into each other while chasing the 'bots: "MySpace!" (as in personal space) "Friendster!"
- "Jim Henson's The Hunt for Red October Babies." Also a Call-Back to one of the show's longest-Running Gags.
- Fernandez in the mini-sub:Fernandez: I've got an angry fish knocking at my door!
Crow: [to the tune of the Three's Company theme song] He's been waiting for yoouuu~
- "Twenty Thousand Leagues of Their Own Under the Sea."
- "But there were promises made across this desk! You can't eat the orange and throw the peel away! A man's not a piece of fruit!"
- "So does it still fail the Bechdel Test if the man they're talking about has turned into a blob?"
- As Claire comes out of the round submarine hatch/porthole:
- "Next stop, John Malkovich!"
- "There's no hair, there's no bone, there's no blood vessels... there's no blood!" "Not a single luxur-y!"
- The drowning Chadwick drops an ill-explained cylinder on the ocean floor: "Oh, my Horcrux!"
- The rhyme the bots use to settle their argument is chock full of references.
- Fernandez kind of looks like Ryan Stiles.
- Seinfeld references:
- The guys do the theme song during one of the movie's many Establishing Shots.
- "...Hello, Newman."
- "You're killing independent George!"
- "They're real, and they're spectacular."
- Star Wars references:
- "Finally, a sarlacc pit that's strong enough for a man but pH-balanced for a woman."
- Gungan Land! "Wesa people gonna have a good time!"
- The psychedelic tunnel effect at the beginning looks like the zoom-in to Raven-Symoné's eye from her Disney Channel show.
- Show Within a Show: Fake morning Talk Show Good Morning with KINGA and MAX! For the final segment, they even have an animal guest!
- That Reminds Me of a Song: During one of Claire's future visions, Jonah whips out a sitar and plays a George Harrison-esque psychedelic raga.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Sandwich: Movie sign hits before Jonah can finish one one bite of the pizza he bakes during segment 3.
- Visual Innuendo: As the decidedly phallic sub slowly goes through the viscous pink membrane of the alien cavern:Tom: Whoa! What is this movie rated? I thought it was supposed to be PG, but this is like... PG-13 all of a sudden!