Push the Red Button
At Whit's End, Eugene Meltsner is working on a program in the control room. John Whittaker (Whit) enters the room and Eugene tells Whit about a Merge Program. Whit reminds Eugene that they decided to keep all the programs separate so that if there was a glitch or virus it wouldn't affect the whole building. Eugene simply explains to Whit that "nothing can go wrong" since Eugene developed it. Matthew Parker enters and Whit explains that Matthew is doing a project in school about computer systems and Whit wanted him to see this one firsthand. Whit leaves them to attend other business in the shop.
Penny Wise and Connie Kendall enter, and Penny asks Whit what he does for inspiration. Whit suggests Penny take a trip in the Imagination Station (IS), and Connie decides to go with her. Wooton Bassett enters and Whit stops him. Wooton explains that Eugene was going to help him with a Captain Absolutely adventure, but Whit tells Wooton that Eugene is busy, so he would help Wooton.
Connie and Penny visit Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel and Penny is amazed. Penny asks where he gets his inspiration. His reply is that he gets it from God and His word.
In the KYDS radio studio, Whit and Wooton begin work on recording a Captain Absolutely episode. In this adventure, Captain Absolutely is put head to head against Lord Garguantuan Foulspleen. Foulspleen is ruining everything that resembles beauty, goodness, and truth with his ultra-defilatron. Captain Absolutely is the victor and takes Foulspleen to jail.
In the control room, Eugene and Matthew are discussing a specific button on the keyboard. Eugene accidentally presses the button and engages the merge program prematurely.
Meanwhile, in the KYDS radio studio, things begin to get weird. Foulspleen disappears and Wooton can't return to his Wooton voice. Captain Absolutely disappears from the studio.
Back in the IS, Foulspleen ends up meeting up with Connie and Penny. He takes his ultra-defilation and ruins the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Foulspleen plots to go throughout history and destroy every goodness, truth, and beauty that ever existed.
Eugene tries to figure out what to do, but he doesn't know what to do. Captain Absolutely talks with Whit and Eugene and they see that the Kids' Radio Studio is merging with the IS. Eugene goes to get a lock on everyone in the IS, while Whit tries to unmerge the programs.
Foulspleen finishes at the Sistine Chapel, and moves on to other pieces of beauty, truth, and goodness such as the Eiffel Tower. Whit and Eugene pull Connie and Penny out of the IS. They ask them to think of places of truth, goodness, and beauty. Foulspleen continues traveling through history, and then Whit's End begins falling apart. Whit comes to the conclusion that Whit's End was built upon his belief in God's truth, goodness, and beauty. Since Foulspleen is destroying all that from history, he’s also destroying Whit's End in the process. Matthew comes up with an idea; if they can create something beautiful at Whit's End, they could lure Foulspleen to them. They encourage Penny to try to paint something. She prays for inspiration.
Captain Absolutely has been passing through the worst moments in history, due to being shot with the ultra-defilatron. Whit, Matthew and Eugene encourage him to imagine himself back at Whit's End so he will hopefully return. Their idea works. Captain Absolutely goes to defeat Foulspleen, while Whit and Eugene go to work on something else. Foulspleen returns to destroy Penny's masterpiece. Captain Absolutely states that truth, goodness, and beauty will always exist as long as God is around. Foulspleen's invention backfires and becomes beautiful due to Whit's quick thinking. And thus Captain Absolutely defeats the evil Foulspleen.
Matthew suggests that all the computer needs is a good hard kick to fix everything. Matthew does so and everything comes to a stop as...
Wooton finishes his telling of the dream he had the night before. Eugene enters proclaiming that he just finished a master merge program, and everyone leaves. Eugene is puzzled as to what just happened.
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- This episode is similar to #???: “Push the Red Button (Live)” which was performed at the live show in Dallas, Texas, but the episodes were recorded and produced separately with a slightly different cast and crew.
- Whit and Eugene refer to Eugene's previous attempts to automate Whit's End in #52: “Connie, Part 2”.
- Captain Absolutely's expression "Great Applesauce!" is probably a reference to the last time Whit's End went haywire - when Connie and Eugene broke into Whit's Applesauce program in #73: “A Bite of Applesauce”.
- Lady Deluxe Haversham is probably named for Miss Havisham in Charles Dickens's Great Expectations.
QuotesEugene Meltsner: Matthew, think it through. What would happen if the button is not properly programmed, and I simply pushed like this, and we discovered it would wreak havoc in the entire system?
Wooton Bassett: The adventures of Captain Absolutely! Defender of Truth, Justice, and a lot more truuuuuuuuuuuuth!!!!!
Wooton Bassett: I'm as ready as a totally unprepared person could ever be!
Matthew Parker: Wow. Who uses the word "nefarious" in a crisis?
Eugene Meltsner: I have!
Captain Absolutely: Mr. Whittaker? Mr. Whittaker! I'm sorry, I can't seem to get back to my Wooton voice!
Lord Garguantuan Foulspleen: Yes, it is beautiful, and about to be ruined! Mwa ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Connie Kendall: Oh be quiet.
Penny Wise: Oh brother.