It’s Campbell County Government Day. The student chosen to represent Odyssey Middle School is Charles Edward Thompson, also known as “Chunky.” Chunky is hoping to be assigned to the sheriff’s department, but he winds up in “The Division of Fluid Management”, or in actual terms, the Department of Water and Sewage. It’s run by a cranky, old woman named Mrs. Bavaqua who doesn’t care for kids or Campbell County Government Day.
To make matters worse, a storm has blown in, and it’s raining all over town. Chunky does learn a lot about water and sewers, but all in all, it’s a dull experience. Things get more interesting when Mrs. Bavaqua gets called away on an emergency, leaving Chunky to answer the phones! The emergency nearly turns into a disaster when the rain causes the system to back up at the treatment plant. Odyssey’s water supply is in danger of becoming contaminated. The only one who can stop it is Chunky!
Mrs. Bavaqua walks Chunky through the steps on the telephone, and Chunky saves the day! As a reward, he receives a citation from the city, a real sheriff’s badge, and the knowledge that, no matter how big or small, every job is important in its own way.
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- Why did Chunky think bad things always happen to him?
- What would you have done if you were in Chunky’s place during the emergency?
- What have you learned about water and sewers?
- Charles Edward Thompson makes his first appearance in this episode.
- While Charles and Mrs. Bavaqua are talking, there is a brief reference to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when Bavaqua talks about kids pretending to be "karate reptiles" in the sewer and Charles begins to correct her.
- A deleted scene from this episode is included as a bonus feature on Album #15: A Place of Wonder.
QuotesCharles Thompson: Mom, I can't sleep!
Maureen Thompson: Count sheep.
Charles Thompson: I can't count sheep. It makes me hungry.
Maureen Thompson: Count horses!
Charles Thompson: But Mom...
Maureen Thompson: Good night, Charles!
Connie Kendall: Can I help you with something?
Eugene Meltsner: Basic motor skills, perhaps?
Mrs. Bavaqua: Calling what I do "fluid management" is like calling a pothole a "pavement deficiency."
Mrs. Bavaqua: Thompson, when the dirty water goes down the drain, where does it go?
Charles Thompson: <beat> Back into the pipe?
Mrs. Bavaqua: You beat all, Thompson.