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It's a double bill of Trio fun this month as our favorite troublemaking triumverate tries their hands at the car sales game...but there auto be a law against this sort of humor--if you see what we're driving at! Plus, the boys have just three hours to clean an utterly messy house from floor to eaves, lest a furious Marcie hang these drips out to dry like Sunday's wash!
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Episode #: 412

Issue #: 48

Release Date: Mar 31, 2009
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Title: "House Cleaning Blues"

Story (out of 24 pages): 12 p.

Writer: Matthew A. Jencks

Penciller: Matt W. Jeschonek

Letterer: Jose A. Wheat

Colorist: Annette T. "Jo" Shaw

Summary:
Jon, Ben, and Josh are, as per usual, lounging around at Jon's place, watching TV and generally making a mess of the place. Marcie, appalled at how they're living, immediately charges them with the task of cleaning up the house. Seeing as she's right about the mess, the boys throw themselves into the assignment with their usual aplomb...meaning it's about to get a whole lot worse before it gets better.

Notes:
The title is lifted from an early Betty Boop cartoon (Fleischer, 1937), right down to the design of the title card.

page 1. The wrecking crew foreman in the Pee-Wee's Playhouse parody looks an awful lot like the burly fellow who bothered Bugs in "Homeless Hare" (Jones, 1950) and four years later as part of a road crew in "No Parking Hare" (also Jones). Here he seems to have chosen an ironic line of work--demolition--considering he was a construction worker in the former picture, and headed a road crew in the latter.
      Nanna's Cottage is a show aimed at younger viewers, with a decidedly British flavor, despite being filmed in Oregon. It revolves around the adventures of a sprightly septagenarian, Abigail "Nanna" Macaroon, and the cadre of children who always congregate around her farmhouse in Cottage Hamlet. Other characters include Gardener Gus, the groundskeeper; a bipedal talking dog named Arbuckle, "Mean" Marvin Micklewhite, a mischevious, rambunctious puppet boy; and his friend Little Harry, another puppet who only communicates in flatulent squeaks and looks suspiciously like a large hairy penis.

Look close: Pterri the Pterodactyl is seen crushed dead under the front wheel of Ding's truck (page 1).

page 2. Marcie apparently confused the musical group The Replacements with the Disney show of the same name. The concept is, according to the theme song, two orphans, Todd and Riley, who used the services of a company called Fleemco--whose ad they found in the back of a comic book--to "hire" a set of parents (a "superspy mom" and a "daredevil dad"). It seems $1.98--the fee, according to the ad--goes a long way, as the show revolves around the pair frequently using Fleemco (which seems reputable, if somewhat shady and borderline incompetent), to temporarily "replace" adults in their lives--e.g an overly strict librarian, an incompetent public official, or a mean teacher--who displease them or fail to let them have their way on deals.

The board games in the Sweets' closet are:
  • Monotony (Monopoly)
  • Clew (Clue)
  • Rattrap (Mousetrap)
  • Jig Johngg (Pig Pong, perhaps also a reference to mah-johngg)
  • Lo Siento (Sorry)
  • Strife (Life)

    In the original script, Buddy, Brandy, and Punkin got mixed in with the dirty clothes, and Ben accidentally drops them into the washing machine and turns it on, laundering them. This was altered to have the pets escape from the machine just as it is activated. An editorial change was made after the staff learned of a 1993 incident in which a cat was supposedly killed by children imitating a stunt on a Beavis and Butt-Head cartoon involving a laundromat washer and a pet poodle. Also, a more recent case in Feb 2009 involved a small child climbing into and being killed in a washing machine, similar to how Beavis and Butt-Head do in the cartoon (though the offending short has long been banned from TV and is available only on VHS).

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    Title: "Schtick Shift"

    Story (out of 24 pages): 12 p.

    Writer: Matthew A. Jencks

    Penciller: Matt W. Jeschonek

    Letterer: Jose A. Wheat

    Colorist: Nate Meshon

    Summary:
    Having just completed an "intensive six-week course on salesmanship", Jon, Ben, and Josh are the newest trainees at Diamond Joe's 24-K Used Cars. Owner and proprieter Diamond Joe DeVito informs them that there are three of them, but only one sales position open, so "best man wins the job". The Trio immediately hops to it, but in their exhuberance they end up frightening off a potential customer rather that sealing the deal. Diamond Joe steps in and shows them the proper way to "schmooze", successfully selling a vehicle to a (quite overwhelmed) mark. They are duly impressed.

    However, while looking around a bit, the boys discover alarming defects in several cars and become aware that the glib-talking Joe is cheating his customers. Fearing that DeVito's sparkling reputation as an upstanding businessman might have a scuff or two on it, the boys start looking to make it rough for this Diamond....

    Notes:
    One of the cars on Diamond Joe's lot (page 18)is a "Katrina car", one of the automobiles that were washed away by hurricane floods in Louisiana in 2005. Such cars frequently turn up, often sold by unscrupulous dealers to unsuspecting motorists despite many problems caused by massive flood damage.

    page 19. Nowhere Man is mentioned again, the first time being "Scenes You Weren't Supposed to See".

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