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Cramming Cartoons Since 1627
Season 2, Episode 10 (23rd overall)
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Air date December 12, 1997
Written by Michael Rubiner
Directed by Irene Sherman
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"Cramming Cartoons Since 1627" is the 23rd episode of KaBlam!. It is the 10th episode of the second season.

Segments

Henry and June Act 1
Action League Now!
Henry and June Act 2
Prometheus and Bob
Henry and June Act 3
Life with Loopy
Henry and June Act 4
The Brothers Tiki
Henry and June Act 5




Henry and June Act 1
Henry & June Parents Day.jpg Henry and June welcome the viewers to a very special episode of KaBlam! in honor of Parents' Day! June introduces the guy who drives her to school and the big kahuna himself, her dad (Phil). He rubs June's hair and then gives Henry a strong handshake. Henry, shaking away his swollen hand, asks to give a big welcome to the lady who made him what he is, his mom (Lois). She gives Henry a kiss, helps him stand up straight because he's much too handsome to slouch and then helps lay his hair flat, but he refuses the treatment. June asks Phil what he thinks of the show so far, as he wonders where Butt-Head is, but she says that's the wrong cartoon. Lois wonders if Henry is warm enough and if she should go get a sweater, but he pleads that he's fine, despite her going to get one anyway. Phil then goes to use the "head" (bathroom), before Henry and June look at each other in disbelief. June says she has a feeling it's going to be a long show as the page is turned to Action League Now!.

Action League Now!
Action League Now! Turkey of Terror.jpg

Turkey of Terror

The Action League has received a peace offer from their oldest and greatest foe, the Mayor. According to the Chief, the Mayor has called for a truce and to show his goodwill, he's invited the League over for Thanksgiving dinner! They are excited, but Stinky Diver thinks it's a trap as a "leopard can't change his spots" so he asks to be counted out. The Flesh insists there is free turkey, and the Chief says to Stinky there can be no peace without trust, as he's going and that's an order! Unfortunately, Stinky still refuses, turning in his Action Badge and says he never goes where he smells a rat. Meltman thinks those are big words coming from someone who lives in a toilet, but the badge (after Stinky ditched and threw it) flies through the air until it gets stuck in his back. The League arrives to Mayoral Mansion, as Thundergirl smells stuffing. Meltman, still with Stinky's badge in his back, asks for it to be removed. The Flesh complies, tossing Meltman up to the doorbell. The Chief reminds the League to be on their best behavior, as the Thanksgiving dinner could open a door to a new era of world peace. However, they are all crushed by a safe operated by the Mayor, who thinks they meant "world pieces." Justice, carrying Stinky's badge in his mouth, escaped before harm and is on the move to find him. Meanwhile, Stinky is at home with family for a Thanksgiving dinner, glad to be with the ones who love and support him. His dad, Rick, wonders if he wants to pump septic tanks with him and Stench Diver, his brother. Stinky's mother, Sally, argues with Rick and insists that he is too good to pump septic tanks. Pretty soon, the whole family begins to argue. As Stench and Rick fight each other, Stinky hears Justice barking and sees him with his badge. Justice explains that the rest of the League must be rescued from trouble! Stinky thanks Justice, owing him for the rescue from his family's argument, and jumps onto the toilet's lever and into the toilet, which flushes him away. The Flesh, Thundergirl, Meltman and the Chief all wake up to find themselves inside a turkey! The Mayor sticks a thermometer in the turkey, as well as through Meltman, who has a gut feeling the truce has been broken. The Mayor's plan is to cook the turkey with the League inside!


Henry and June Act 2
Henry & June Parents Conflict.jpg Henry has been dressed in a sweater, as he painfully looks on at his mom cleaning the camera lens. June asks her dad what he thinks of Action League Now!, and he wonders how much money do the League members make. Lois, brushing Mr. Foot's fur, complains why the Flesh has to be naked, but Phil says that's part of an obvious joke, and he asks why don't the characters' lips move. Henry and June are frustrated, before Phil is bothered by a bright studio light. He asks Henry to give him a boost as he goes to fix it, but June says that there's people for that. Lois is worried that Phil is hurting Henry, but they both fall over after unsuccessfully fixing the light. Lois gripes to Phil about what he's done, but he pleads that all he was doing was trying to treat Henry like a man. June comes in and says KaBlam! is a cartoon show, as in "fun," and she recommends that everyone mellows out with Prometheus and Bob. Lois asks if there's anyone naked in it, if so, then she refuses to watch. June groans as she turns the page.

Prometheus and Bob
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Tape #5, Breakfast

Prometheus, in his lifting chair, and Bob go up a tree (with Bob climbing up it) in order to take an egg from a basket to cook for breakfast. However, a large bird frightens Prometheus and he descends in his chair, telling Bob to climb back down. Next, Prometheus and Bob (with the Monkey as well) sneak up to the basket to take one of the eggs. Bob grabs it, before the bird flies through and knocks Prometheus off his lifting chair, and Bob drops the egg onto Prometheus's head. Then, with a long pole, Bob wiggles the egg out of the basket, and it lands in Prometheus's hands. The Monkey flies down from the basket and he lands on Prometheus, with the egg hatching a chick. Finally, Prometheus attempts to get the chick back into its basket, but it doesn't want to leave him. Prometheus then slips into the basket along with the chick, but he falls through it. The large bird surrounds Prometheus, still trapped in the basket, as Bob, the Monkey and the chick all eat breakfast.


Action League Now!
Action League Now! Turkey of Terror.jpg

Turkey of Terror

While the Mayor dishes up danger by mashing potatoes, Stinky Diver arrives through the sink and says that the evil plan has failed. However, the Mayor, armed with a whisk, merely tells Stinky that he's too late to save the rest of the League. Stinky uses a spatula to knock away the Mayor's whisk and is about to finish him off, when he hears the rest of the League calling for help from inside the oven. Inside the turkey, the Flesh tells Thundergirl, Meltman and the Chief that he's going to ram their way out. Stinky then jumps towards the oven, tossing a roped anchor onto the oven's handle just as the Flesh is preparing his final ram. After that, Stinky jumps down and opens the oven just as the Flesh runs out and lands on a skateboard. He and the rest of the League chase after the Mayor, eventually meeting in the middle of the road, where a passing car crushes everyone and the turkey! The Flesh, Thundergirl, Meltman, and the Chief recover themselves and prepare to eat, when Stinky catches up with them. The League is happy to see Stinky again and the Chief admits that they should apologize since he was right about the Mayor. Stinky then says he's just happy to be back in the League, as he now knows they're all part of a family. He hugs the Chief and wishes him, the Flesh, Thundergirl, and Meltman a happy Thanksgiving, with all of them wishing him one as well. A legless-Mayor, unamused, tells them to shut their gobs and pass him a wing.


Henry and June Act 3
Henry & June Embarassing Pictures.jpg Lois says Action League Now! reminds her of when Henry was in the Thanksgiving Day pageant at school. Despite Henry's plea, she holds up a photograph of him as a pilgrim, and he is embarrassed. Phil says he didn't know show-and-tell was going on, so he brings out a projector and presents a film of June, at age 2½, playing in a bathtub. Phil says she was quite the little "chubber," and June is embarrassed, too, saying this isn't happening. Lois asks what June said, but she meant something great is happening next, and it's Life with Loopy, turning the page as Henry tries to swipe the pilgrim photograph while his mom isn't looking.

Life with Loopy
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"Kung-Fu Loopy"

Larry says when it comes to thrills, there are two things that top his list (martial arts and The Charlie Chicken Show). On a recent Thursday night as he watches the show, Turkey Thompson says The Charlie Chicken Road Show is coming to town, featuring kung fu chickens on ice. Over the next two days, Larry, wearing a karate headband, studies the ancient art of "cluck fu" by karate chopping a turkey into slices and then becoming one with his inner chicken as he meditates. Larry thinks nothing can stop him having the entertainment experience of a lifetime, until Mom comes in and recommends he take his sister Loopy along. Larry tries to convince her not to go, but his effort fails. He asks how one can achieve chicken nirvana when his sister has the attention span of a soap dish, as Loopy asks rapid-fire questions about the show. Before Larry can put Loopy in her place, the show starts. Charlie Chicken and Turkey Thompson come out on ice and skate around, as Larry is entertained. However, Loopy wants more "cluck fuey" until Charlie tosses a pie at her face that ruins her dress as well. Larry laughs, but Loopy isn't happy about how a paying customer is being treated. Turkey announces Charlie's next act, the demonstration of "cluck fu" along with a member of the audience. Larry begs to be picked, but Loopy is selected instead after yelling at the performers. She comes onto the ice and Turkey hands over a board for her to hold. Charlie prepares to strike the board, but Loopy fakes him out as he crashes down to the ice. Loopy, dubbed a "martial arts menace" by Charlie, attempts another trick, but she fakes him out once again. Larry can't bare to watch, as Loopy takes a pie out of Turkey's hands, but it knocks Charlie unconscious since the pie became frozen solid. Turkey grieves and says they shouldn't have done the show on ice. As the crowd boos, Larry says he couldn't believe that the biggest day of his life was sabotaged by his own sister. Turkey wonders what to do, but Loopy has an idea. She recommends a replacement, someone who knows all the moves, is crazy for "cluck fu" and is Charlie's number one fan — her brother, Larry! He then realizes all those hours of sitting in front of the television paid off, and entertains the crowd in the Charlie Chicken outfit by skating around on the ice and breaking a board held by his number one fan, his sister Loopy.


Henry and June Act 4
Henry & June Parents are Fighting.jpg June says the KaBlam! Parent's Day special keeps "rolling along," before Phil snaps one of the comic book strip panels in half. Lois interrupts, saying Henry should do this introduction since June did the last one, but Phil argues that he did the last two. Lois then confronts Phil, saying he should be "breaking something." Phil says he's never tangled with a woman before, and doesn't intend to start now until Lois punches him in the stomach. They then fight as Henry and June wonder what to do, but they ditch. Lois and Phil continue to fight until they get wrapped up in a page that is turned to The Brothers Tiki.

The Brothers Tiki
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Still Marooned

Commander Chuck in his journal notes that he and Underling are "still marooned" and the situation has become "tense." Seedling (codename for the girl) is engaged in a purification rite (by hanging laundry on a clothesline) and the Overlord (codename for the dad) manipulates a device similar to the tikinauts' shop-vac (cleaning out the grill). Chuck shakes off a tree disguise as Underling works loudly with a radio, before the girl takes a quick glance at the two tikinauts, thinking they made noise. Underling, telling Chuck to relax, is just trying to pick up some "heavy, heavy beats" before going back home. Chuck says he doesn't recall anything about those in the tikinaut handbook, but then gets an idea, asking Underling if he can send signals with the device. However, there's too much interference and the antenna isn't high enough. Chuck wonders how to get it higher, but he and Underling see balloons hovering over a fence (in the backyard of an adjacent home). They engage in totemism and dig a hole to access the other backyard and steal the balloons, but a dog chases them. Chuck and Underling end up with one balloon (after the rest of them popped because of the incident with the dog), until Underling unintentionally lets go of it and it floats. Trying another way, Chuck uses the shop-vac to turn it into a balloon, as Underling rides on it. Chuck asks how the signal is, and Underling motions up a little more. Before Chuck can do so, the balloon takes off and he rides the plug as they are high above the ground. Underling thinks he's got something, but notices that Chuck must have fell off the plug. Thinking his commander is perished, Underling is upset, but Chuck is right next to him, until being knocked off the balloon and he rides the plug yet again, asking for assistance to be pulled up. Chuck writes in his journal that he and Underling have constructed an elementary air module in order to facilitate communication. Chuck attempts to send a signal, while a couple operating a purple-colored spaceship, try to get some "alone time." They pick up the signal as Commander Sassy figures it's a tikinaut distress call and orders to lock in the tractor beam. Chuck and Underling are going to be saved, but Underling is distracted by the balloon he lost earlier, and jumps to cling onto the string! Chuck isn't happy and wants Underling back on the shop-vac by a count of three. However, Underling's blown his chance and is on his own. Chuck, thinking Underling will be fine after all, says he'll receive a hero's welcome, a new ship and that Mother will understand. However, he puts those possible personal accomplishments aside and goes after Underling, and they both cling on the balloon (as the shop-vac crashes into a power line). Chuck says Mother was right and Underling will be his "downfall." As the tikinaut brothers expect a "soft landing," they end up in the other backyard and the dog from earlier chases them back and forth once again.


Henry and June Act 5
Henry & June Happy End.jpg Phil and Lois, after their fight, clean up themselves until they try to host KaBlam!. Lois says The Brothers Tiki was "the bomb," before Henry and June, above in a separate panel, look on in disapproval. Phil agrees, saying it was "kablama-lama-roma..." but then he cuts himself off, thinking he and Lois don't belong here. She agrees, saying they each have a great kid and are ruining their show. Henry and June look at each other with some pity, as Phil goes on to say he feels like a "horse's patootie," Lois thinking so as well. Eventually, Henry and June jump down into the same panel as Phil and Lois are sorry for everything and ask to be forgiven. Henry and June do, as Phil rubs his daughter's hair (she does the same back to him) and Henry helps lay his mom's hair flat. Henry and June say goodbye to the viewers, as they let their parents close the comic book. As they do, Phil hurts his back, thinking it's a herniated disc.

Characters

Henry and June

Action League Now!

Prometheus and Bob

Life with Loopy

The Brothers Tiki

  • Commander Chuck
  • Underling
  • Unnamed girl (codename "Seedling")
  • Unnamed father (codename "Overlord")
  • Commander Sassy
  • Unnamed tikinaut

Trivia

  • First appearance of Henry's mom, and the first and only appearance of June's dad (but he later appeared on a Henry and June comic strip in a 1998 issue of Nickelodeon Magazine)
  • Final appearance of The Brothers Tiki.
  • A reference to Beavis and Butt-Head is made when June's dad asks where the latter is at on KaBlam! and June responding that the character is on a completely different show.

Music

Henry and June

  • Star Parade - Tony Kinsey (Henry and June introduce their parents)
  • Fire in My Soul [original music by the Moon Ska Stompers] (June introduces Action League Now!)
  • Daddy Cry [original music by the Moon Ska Stompers] (Henry's mom cleans the movie camera lens)
  • Comic Tension (a) - Dick Walter (Henry struggling)
  • Desperate Dilemma - Dick Walter (June's dad falls)
  • Daddy Cry [original music by the Moon Ska Stompers] (June introduces Prometheus and Bob)
  • Don't Let the Bastards Grind You Down [original music by the Moon Ska Stompers] (upcoming segments)
  • Candid Snap - Frank Chacksfield (June's dad shows a home movie of June taking a bath as a toddler)
  • The Lineman - Sam Spence (Henry's mom and June's dad fight)
  • Kiss Each Tear Away (A) - John Fox (they then think the show belongs to their kids)
  • Everything You Said Has Been a Lie [original music by the Moon Ska Stompers] (ending/credits)

Action League Now!

  • [original music by Nat Kerr and Rick Witkowski] (opening)
  • Curse of Evil 2 - Gregor Narholz (Stinky Diver thinks twice on the situation)
  • [original music by Nat Kerr and Rick Witkowski] (Meltman gets stabbed by the Action League pin/intro/the League arrives at the Mayor's house)
  • Shock (G) - Dave Hewson (the Mayor drops a safe on the Action League)
  • Shock (U) - Dave Hewson (Justice goes off with the Action League pin)
  • That's Why - Werner Bild, Jan Schneeberg (Stinky Diver having Thanksgiving with his family)
  • Terminal Pursuit (a) - Paul Pritchard (Justice tells Stinky Diver the League's in danger)
  • Terminal Pursuit (c) - Paul Pritchard (Stinky Diver goes down the toilet)
  • [original music by Nat Kerr and Rick Witkowski] (end of 1st half of segment/back from commercials)
  • Attack - Tony Hymas ("Okay, Mayor, the party's over!")
  • [original music by Nat Kerr and Rick Witkowski] (the Action League tries to escape/"Stinky Diver to the rescue!")
  • Chase That Car - Laurie Johnson (The Action League get away)
  • [original music by Nat Kerr and Rick Witkowski] (The League emerge from the turkey)
  • In Love (a) - Dick Walter (Stinky Diver hugs the Chief)
  • [original music by Nat Kerr and Rick Witkowski] (closing theme)

The Brothers Tiki

  • [original music by Rodger Clark and Tommy Dunbar] (opening theme)
  • Moving Target - Dick Walter (girl notices tiki brothers)
  • Unease - Dick Walter (Commander Chuck thinking)
  • Night Chill - Dick Walter (shot of balloons)
  • Dissonance - Dick Walter ("Time to totem-ize!")
  • Race with the Devil - Chris Gunning (Tiki brothers totem-ize)
  • Soft Lights and Music - Gordon Rees (short tiki brother brings up remaining balloon)
  • Unease - Dick Walter (he then lets it go)
  • Chase That Car - Laurie Johnson (they try to make a hot air balloon with a vacuum and laundry)
  • Salute the Brave - Robert Cornford (they then take off)
  • Moving Target - Dick Walter (Commander Chuck missing)
  • Squadron Airbourne - Bruce Campbell ("Commander's journal...")
  • Bell Hop (a) - John Shakespear (other spacecraft)
  • Premiere Performance (a) - Dick Walter (the Tiki brothers getting beamed up)
  • Soft Lights and Music - Gordon Rees (pink balloon appears)
  • [original music by Rodger Clark and Tommy Dunbar] (ending)
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