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Curt Stevens and Oscar Peterson are running laps in gym class, and Curt is sick of it. So much so, he'll do anything to get out of it. When he and Oscar find out that Lucy Cunningham-Schultz is working on The Odyssey Owl school newspaper, which meets during gym class, Curt decides that he and Oscar will become ace reporters — despite the fact that neither one of them has any experience or writing talent.
Miss Medloff, publisher and editor of the Owl, is skeptical of the boys' sincerity but agrees to give them a chance. Their first assignment? To interview their former P. E. teacher, Coach Joe Stubbs. Stubbs just won an award for catching kids who try to get out of gym class. Curt and Oscar do the interview. But after they talk to the coach, they discover that their tape recorder wasn't working — it didn't tape anything Mr. Stubbs said. So they make up the interview.
Unfortunately, Mrs. Medloff doesn't share their enthusiasm for fictional news stories. The boys quickly find themselves back out on the track running laps, having learned a valuable lesson about why it's wrong to lie to get out of work. Or at least, Oscar has learned a lesson...
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- Oscar went along with Curt’s idea even though it was wrong. Have you ever done that?
- What happened?
- Want is the best way to stand up for the right thing?
- Have you ever experienced peer pressure?
- Have you ever been the one to pressure someone else?
Heard in episode
|Coach Joe Stubbs||Greg Berg|
|Curt Stevens||Fabio Stephens|
|Oscar Peterson||Joseph Cammaroto|
|Lucy Cunningham-Schultz||Genni Long|
|Miss Medloff||Terey Summers|
Mentioned in episode
|Mr. Peterson||Oscar Peterson|
|Robyn Jacobs||Curt Stevens|
|Frank Stevens||Miss Medloff|
VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] The broadcast version of this episode begins with Chris commenting on the rainy day and that she will begin house-cleaning. A voice (named “Phil”) ominously suggests that she clean the hall closet. Chris gives excuses, but eventually opens the closet and is buried under the rubble.
- This episode introduces the scheming Curt Stevens.
- Coach Stubbs refers to Curt and Oscar as "the Woodstein and Bernard of the next generation", a reference to the journalists Woodward and Bernstein who were made famous by their investigations into the Watergate break-in in the '70s.
- Curt later butchers the names even further, calling them "Woodburn and Steinway."
- "Acme" was likely a reference to the company in Looney Toons.
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Curt Stevens: Where would any of the great writers be if someone didn't let them work on their school newspapers? Charles Dickenson would have never written classics like 'David Coppertoe' or 'Oliver Twister'! William Shakespeare couldn't have penned those immortal words, "To be, or not to be" or "Romeo, Romeo, let down your hair."
Oscar Peterson: That was Rapunzel!
Coach Joe Stubbs: All right you bunch of gumdrops, two more laps and in ya go! Curt, Oscar - put a little effort into it, will ya?
Curt Stevens: We're coming!
Coach Joe Stubbs: Yeah, so's Christmas, but I don't have that long!
Curt Stevens: They make us run around and around on this track, and for what? We're not learning anything!
Oscar Peterson: My dad says it's preparing us for life in the real world.
Curt Stevens: Running around in circles?
Oscar Peterson: Yeah. That's what he says he does every day at work.
Curt Stevens: Come on, Mrs. Medlock! Give us a chance! Where would any of the great writers be if someone didn't let them work on their school newspapers? Samuel Clemens would have never met Mark Twain! Charles Dicksonson would have never written classics like David Coppertone or Oliver Twister! William Shakespeare couldn't have penned those immortal words: "To be, or not to be! Wherefore art thou?" Or, "Romeo, Romeo, let down your hair!"