#49. The Human Duplicators

49. The Human Duplicators (1964) - Season 4, episode 420

"Richard Kiel's got a butt collection!"

Plot:  A big giant alien comes to Earth and starts making clones of people.
Famous for:  Joel and the Bots mercilessly making fun of Richard Kiel and his monotone speaking voice.

"Excuse me, where is the little giants room?"

My favorite riff:  This is one of my all-time favorite MST3k lines. Hugh Beaumont from Leave it to Beaver is in the movie, and there's a scene in the middle where he is angrily yelling at somebody over the phone. Crow, of course, busts out a great Leave it to Beaver reference with:

"The boys did WHAT? They duplicated LUMPY?!?"

Comments:  I have always loved Richard Kiel as an actor, ever since he played Jaws in the late 70s James Bond movies. So it was a treat to see him show up and have an actual speaking role in this random old science fiction movie from 1964.

And thennnnnnnn, he started talking. In that monotone voice of his. With no inflection whatsoever.

And then he started tailing off every sentence, like it was always supposed to end in an ellipsis.  

Richard Kiel: "I am Kolos..."
Crow: "And diet Kolos..."

And then Joel and the Bots started mimicking every line that he spoke.  

And I swear, the first time I saw it, it was one of the funniest things I had ever seen on TV. All they do is mock Richard Kiel and his weird way of speaking for ninety straight minutes. And I was like man, no wonder Kiel didn't have a lot of speaking roles other than this one. They just absolutely murder him for the whole episode. It was actually one of the first really mean-spirited MST3k episodes.

But you know what? Mean can often be funny too. And I'm sorry to all Richard Kiel fans, but this episode is hilarious.

"This is Beverly Hills Cop. Only the slow, white version."

Other personal favorite things about this episode:  
There's a character in The Human Duplicators named "Professor Von Dornheimer." And every single god damn time his name is mentioned, Joel and the Bots start giggling. It's a subtle joke you have to listen for in the background, but it's awesome. They just can't get enough of him.

Also, you can never go wrong with all the jokes about the blind girl.

"Oh, she's blind. Well that explains the decorating."

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