Meanwhile, Grady McKay is being bullied by Rodney Rathbone. After his hat is stolen, his friend Big Phil offers to walk through the park with Grady so he won't be afraid. Emboldened by Phil's presence, Grady begins taunting Rodney. Phil warns Rodney to leave Grady alone and Rodney slinks away. Grady suggests that Phil become his bodyguard in exchange for Grady washing Phil's car and Phil agrees.
When PJ approaches the driver of the SUV, threatening to sue, the driver, afraid of being maligned on Dern's show, gives PJ the money to fix his car. Excited to be a force to be reckoned with, Dern offers to let the community call in to his show to complain about people who "wrong" them. PJ thinks of another annoyance in his life (a neighbor with a noisy pet) and Dern again insists that he sue. He encourages the public to do the same and assures them that he is "on their side". The community is calling in to Dern's show consistently with complaints about their neighbors. They threaten their adversaries with exposure on the Dern program and are compensated without question.
Grady and Phil see Rodney, who is minding his own business eating apples. Grady decides that Rodney is up to no good and convinces his bodyguard (Phil) to harass Rodney preemptively. Phil threatens Rodney, who again scurries away, and Grady, thrilled to be the one in power, begins plotting ways to get Rodney. He and Phil later stumble across Rodney hiding in a dumpster. Though Grady tries to convince Phil to again beat Rodney up, Phil loses interest as Rodney is no longer threatening Grady and is persuaded by Rodney to leave the employ of Grady to work for Rodney.
PJ visits Whit's End and orders Raspberry Ripple. Unfortunately, Whit is out! He offers PJ any other flavor for half off, but PJ instead threatens to sue. He offers to settle right then but Whit refuses, pointing out that PJ is, in this instance, the one being selfish. When PJ refuses to drop the issue, Whit tells him that he will see PJ in court.
Whit then finds Grady hiding in the back of the shop and, after discussion, points out that Grady has begun bullying Rodney like Rodney used to bully him. Grady agrees and promises to talk to his mom and apologize to Rodney and Phil.
PJ and Dern show up in court, but when the Judge questions Whit he reveals that someone ordered an extremely large quantity of Raspberry Ripple just before PJ came in - in fact, an employee of the radio station. The whole incident was a set up! PJ admits that he has been distracted from his initial desire to rid the world of selfishness and blames the whole thing on Bryan Dern. The Judge levies a fine for Dern's threats to extort people on his show, a violation of FCC law.
Grady apologizes to both Rodney and Phil. Rodney tries to get Phil to beat Grady up anyway, but Phil has lost interest in working for Rodney. He compliments Grady for his courage and the two begin to mend their friendship.
- How was Grady being a bully to Rodney?
- Have you ever been a bully to someone, even if you didn't know it at the time?
- Did you apologize to them like Grady did?
- What was their response?
- Did you apologize to them like Grady did?
Heard in episode
|Big Phil||Ross Thomas|
|Bryan Dern||Corey Burton|
|Grady McKay||Jordan Orr|
|Irate Neighbor on Dern Show||Unknown|
|John Whittaker||Paul Herlinger|
|PJ Manning||Scott Menville|
|Rodney Rathbone||Steve Burns|
Mentioned in episode
|Connie Kendall||John Whittaker|
|Kristi McKay||John Whittaker|
- Bryan Dern makes his first and, thus far, only episode intro in this episode.
- This is, to date, the last episode to feature either PJ Manning or Rodney Rathbone. It is also the only episode to feature Rodney after the death of Walker Edmiston, the voice of Rodney's father Bart Rathbone.
- The first draft of this episode featured a subplot of Bart Rathbone filing frivolous lawsuits against several people (including Whit and Wooton). This likely had to be changed after the death of Walker Edmiston.
- This is the second episode to include a scene in which Rodney considers making a movie or video. The first scene was in #557: “A Lamb's Tale”, which also directly involved Grady.
- Rodney becomes the third Rathbone to go dumpster diving in this episode after Bart and Doris Rathbone in #342: “Welcome Home, Mr. Blackgaard”.
- The "Pete's Gas and Chow" commercial in this episode previously appeared in #313: “Top This!” and #517: “It's All About Me”.
- The solo artist "Ketchup" is most likely the other half of the musical group "Ketchup and Mustard," last referenced on Dern's show in #313: “Top This!”.
- Main article: List of Star Wars references
- Jordan Orr's voice had begun to change when this episode was recorded.
QuotesGrady McKay: Hey, Rodney! Why don't you pick on someone your own IQ? Oh wait, you did—a squirrel.
Bryan Dern: If anybody sees a goofy-looking eighteen-year-old kid with hair like a frightened porcupine carrying a sack of salami sandwiches... tell him to GET TO THE RADIO STATION — I'M STARVING HERE!!
Bryan Dern: I'm tired of people always thinking about themselves!
PJ Manning: Yeah, me too!
Bryan Dern: You know what you're gonna do, PJ?
PJ Manning: What?
Bryan Dern: You're gonna sue!
PJ Manning: Dude! PJ now stands for "prepare for jurisprudence!"
Big Phil: My friends call me Big Phil. But you can call me SIR!
Bryan Dern: And that was Ketchup with his first solo single, "I Love Your New Nose, Baby."
Big Phil: I could squeeze his head between my fingers.
Bryan Dern: You're fired, PJ. <beat> After you get me a sandwich.
PJ Manning: Yes, sir.