No Bones About It
On a not-so-typical afternoon in Odyssey, Dwayne and Julie Zeeke get lost on a hike and end up exploring a cave where they discover some old bones. Dwayne is convinced they belong to Bigfoot and, while envisioning the money to be made from such a find, swears Julie to secrecy. However, Rodney Rathbone interrupts them while looking for a new hideout for the Bones of Rath. Hearing their assessment of the bones, Rodney thinks they’re crazy.
Later, however, Rodney tells his father about the bones and Bart demands to see them. He's convinced they belong to Bigfoot because he believes he saw the creature near the cave when he was a child. Imagining huge profits from sightseers, Bart rushes off to buy the property from Jeb Eckhart for $10,000.
Meanwhile, Dwayne and Julie tell Whit and Eugene what they've discovered. Eugene has one of the bones tested for authenticity at the college, and they learn it is a fake. Just before the grand opening, Bart learns the same thing when Rodney falls on the bones, exposing its plaster makeup. Bart quickly announces the bones have been stolen, and sells the property back to Mr. Eckhart for a profit.
Whit confronts Bart with a videotape movie about Bigfoot called "The Legend of Bigfoot's Cave," which was filmed in Odyssey 30 years ago. When Bart sees the cave and the fake bones in the movie, he realizes that is what he saw as a child. He is further embarrassed to learn that Mr. Eckhart has found oil on the property and will become extremely wealthy.
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- How did greed get Dwayne and Bart into trouble?
- What are some things that you’ve been greedy about in the past—toys, TV, snacks?
- What can you do next time you don’t feel like sharing?
- This episode was originally titled Reel Fake and had Robyn and Melanie Jacobs, Connie and Jason in it. After multiple drafts and three writers, the title changed and none of these characters even appeared in the episode.
- During the scene when Whit confronts Bart in the Electric Palace and shows him the video, Bart cries, "Dem's my bones!" This is a possible reference to the African American spiritual Dem Bones.
- The scene in which Jeb Eckhart talks about discovering oil on his land is a reference to the "Beverly Hillbillies" theme song. Jeb and his family are also modeled after the Beverly Hillbillies, with Jeb calling out to "Granny, Millie and Jethro."
- In #129: “Not One of Us”, Bart makes it clear he grew up in NYC. Here, however, he says he saw Bigfoot when he was a kid in the woods in Odyssey. Perhaps Bart had relatives in both places and spent time in each city.
Jeb Eckhart: My great-grandmother wrestled a grizzly bear on [...] that land. Had a tiny scar on her right cheek, and a bearskin rug to show for it.
Rodney Rathbone: What do you think I am? Dumb or somethin? Look dweebs, you gotta be a real dope to believe in Bigfoot!