1. November 15, 1997
2. February 14, 1998
3. May 16, 1998
4. August 15, 1998
Food of the Week
Lesson of the Day
A true friend is someone who helps you believe in yourself and achieve your goals.
Sabrina, the Teenage Fish
News Anchor Al: The 300 Pound Chicken
May I Take Your Order, Please Shampoo?
Al's Mailbag: Beef Stew
Yoko Ono Alarm
Take Out My Trash
Silly Choice Dinners
Harvey jumps off a building.
At the end of the show, Al says, "Brush your teeth 27 times a day!
Al is very upset because Harvey is nervous about performing his
stunt for the show. Al calls an animal psychologist, but that doesn't
really help. Then it's time for Harvey's stunt. Harvey refused to
jump off the top of his house, like the stunt called for, and Al
exploded. He yelled at Harvey and called him names. So Harvey went
inside his house and locked the door.
The Hooded Avenger comes over and Al talks to him about Harvey.
The Hooded Avenger tells Al a story of another superhero he had an
argument with and then never talked to again. The Avenger misses the
other superhero. Al realizes that he doesn't want to never talk to
Harvey again, so he apologizes.
Al and Harvey talk and raise Harvey's confidence. And Harvey
performs the stunt beautifully.
Dweezil: Excuse me, Al.
Al: Hey everybody, it's Dweezil Zappa.
Dweezil: I finished polishing your bowling ball collection, and it is
beautiful. But can I have some of your famous chocolate lasagna
Al: Did you finish dusting the atomic super collider in my
Al: Dweezil, Dweezil, Dweezil. If I reward you without you having to
earn it, what kind of lesson am I teaching you? Now go finish that
list of chores I gave you and then later, maybe, you can have some
chocolate lasagna. Okay?
Girl: Hey, do I smell fish sticks?
Boy: Yo, Sabrina, I'd come to your house after school, but my scuba
tank isn't working.
Announcer: "Sabrina, the Teenage Fish" will continue in a moment.
Announcer: When a man you've never met before suddenly comes up to
you and says:
Waiter: May I take your order, please?
Announcer: You know your shampoo is working. May I Take You Order
Please? Shampoo. Available now at beauty salons everywhere.
Dr. Philips: You have a TV show?
Al: Yeah. In fact, we're on TV right now. Look.(Points at the
Dr. Philips: Hi, Mom! I'm sorry, that cameraman looks just like my
J.B. Toppersmith: Oh, Yankovic. How are you? How's the show
Al: Oh, just fine, J.B.
J.B.: Look, Yankovic, I was wondering what you've got Harvey the
Wonder Hamster doing on this week's show.
Al: I'm not sure Harvey's up to performing today.
J.B.: What are you talking about? He's under contract.
Al: Yeah, I know. He just--
J.B.: All right, never mind. Never mind. Lose the hamster. I've got
a much better idea, anyhow. Two words, Al: Giant Banana.
J.B.: Oh yeah. I think the show should have a giant banana on it.
Kids love bananas. They're hot right now.
J.B.: Trust me. I can't sit here and talk all day. Are we okay on the
Al: Sure, J.B.
J.B.: I just love bananas, personally. I eat 30 or 40 a day. Did you
know all the vitamins are in the skin? (Eats banana with
Al: I wasn't aware of that.
Mom: Hi, hon. Hard day at work?
Dad: Don't even ask. Hey, what's for dinner?
Mom: I'm making roast beef. What do you want with it? Potatoes? Green
Boy: How about bananas?
Mom: Bananas?! You can't have bananas with roast beef!
Announcer: Now, you can!
Announcer: Introducing new Silly Choice Dinners! The new line of
dinners where any dinner you desire is possible. Like roast beef and
Announcer: Or fried chicken and pancakes.
Jimmy O'Brien (President and CEO Silly Choice Foods, Inc.): My goal
in creating Silly Choice Dinners was to make dinners that I wanted
to eat. I love them, and I think you will too.
Announcer: Try all 15 varieties of Silly Choice Dinners. Like grilled
salmon and pancakes.
Parents: Pancakes?! Again?!
Dad: You've got two dinners with pancakes?!
Announcer: Or spaghetti and rubber bands.
Dad: You can't have rubber bands for dinner!
Jimmy: Yes, you can! With Silly Choice!
Announcer: Silly Choice Dinners! Now in your grocer's freezer!
Al: Until next time, eat your vegetables, brush your teeth 27 times
a day, and remember, Harvey is a professionally trained stunt hamster.
So if there are any hamsters out there watching, don't try this at
Plot and Review
Harvey is nervous about performing one of his death-defying stunts,
but instead of being supportive, Al is insensitive to Harvey's fears.
He tries various things to get Harvey to perform his stunt, including a
pet psychologist, but what eventually works is Al acting like a true friend
and supporting his best friend in the whole world.
Though I am pleased that Harvey is such a big part of this episode,
I still have problems with it. My problem is the same thing that
keeps popping up over and over again--inconsistancies in Al's character.
Al is the guy who saved Harvey from miners, went back in time to get him
a birthday present, and sings to him regularly. I find it hard to
believe that Al would suddenly become so unsupportive. Again, it
was other characters who taught Al how to make things right. Just
once, I'd like to see Al have the wisdom.
Like always, there were some very cute things in this episode.
The Hooded Avenger remembers his friend, Mr. Molasses, in a scene that
is a cute parody of other super-hero duos. Harvey remembering working
out, trainging to be a stunt hamster, was so cute. My own critter
is training even now! If only we could find him one of those little
capes. Poor Dweezil Zappa--he never got his chocolate lasagna, even
though he sorted a big ol' box of pennies by year.
In the end, Harvey did his little stunt, setting his third record for
the season. What a rodent.
Finally, I have to mention that, though it's a little quieter, the announcer
is still shouting. I continue to be disturbed by this.