365. “And now, the Manos women’s guild will reenact the Battle of Pearl Harbor.”

The episode:Manos, the Hands of Fate,” ep. 424 (Seemed appropriate for my final post)

The riff: Announced in a hushed British accent by Tom as all of The Master’s brides begin to fight in a big, confused melee.

The explanation: This is a reference to a sketch from Monty Python’s Flying Circus. They did several of these, revolving around the “Batley Townswomen’s Guild,” which would put on dramatic productions of various historical events, including the Battle of Pearl Harbor. Each “reenactment,” though, would simply consist of all the women running at each other and then rolling around on the ground, fighting.

Novelty factor: Nope, nope, nope. I had no idea of the provenance of this final riff.

Thank you all again for reading this blog. It’s been a fun year of deciphering MST3k riffs. If anyone has any further riffs they wish me to look up, simply post them in the “Suggest-a-Riff” section and I’ll do my best to figure it out.

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