Sam Johnson and Isaac Morton are suspicious. Everyone is getting bad test grades in Mr. Gardener's math class except Nicky and Rusty Gordon. Nicky's good grades are understandable — he's a child genius, but Rusty is a member of the Bones of Rath, a group that foams at the mouth if they even hear the word "study."
Something obviously isn't right. Sam and Isaac are determined to find out the problem. Their search for truth causes them to tickle information out of Charles Thompson, who also uncharacteristically got a good grade on a pop quiz. Under pressure, Charles tells them that Nicky has access to the school's computer files. Isaac goes to the principal, but Nicky finds out about it before Isaac can get there. Nicky gets back at Isaac by making him look ridiculous.
Nicky seems unstoppable. With his computer skills, he can make or break anyone. But just as he gets ready to take care of Isaac once and for all, a freak storm causes a power outage, ruining his computer. Nicky's power is gone, he is caught by the school, and Sam and Isaac learn about the source of true power.
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- Why did Nicky think he could get away with manipulating things?
- Should Sam and Isaac have gotten information out of Charles?
- Why or why not?
- Where does ultimate power lie?
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|Maureen Thompson||Charles Thompson|
|Pete Johnson||Sam Johnson|
|Nancy Johnson||Sam Johnson|
|Connie Kendall||John Whittaker|
|Jerry Morton||Isaac Morton|
|Doc Morton||Isaac Morton|
|Robert Skeed||Nicholas Adamsworth|
- When Nicholas Adamsworth first appeared in #76: “Eugene's Dilemma”, he was a good guy. Unfortunately, by the time of this episode, Nicholas's character turned a bit shady.
- In this episode, Nicholas seems to be using some of the skills he learned from Richard Maxwell in #76: “Eugene's Dilemma”.
- Isaac Morton quotes It's a Wonderful Life at the end of this episode: "That's just what I get for praying."
- Principal Skinner refers to the events of #148: “Isaac the Procrastinator” in this episode.
- This is Isaac Morton's last episode to date — likely because Justin Morgan's voice was changing.
This episode is full of goofs, which are slightly excusable since this is one of Marshal Younger's first episodes.
- Nicholas is now in middle school, even though he was in college when we first met him.
- Rusty mentions Nicholas's mother, though Nicholas is an orphan.
- Ths can be shakily explained if Nicholas has been adopted.
- Nicholas has a notebook of all the people who have insulted him since he was "a little tyke." However, if he was moved around due to being an orphan, they wouldn't all still be in Odyssey.
- Isaac is suspicious of Charles prematurely getting the answers to a pop quiz because he spelled Roosevelt correctly, but there is no feasible way to cheat on a spelling test. Accurate word spelling is a matter of understanding phonetics and visualization.
QuotesIsaac Morton: He's just Nicky, not Adolf Hitler.
Nicholas Adamsworth: Computers are the gateway to the future, the pathway to advancement for kids like me.
John Whittaker: That's a shame. He used to be such a nice kid. Something went wrong, I guess.
Nicholas Adamsworth: There are a number of guys in our school who would very much like to hurt me very badly. I don't like to be hurt. It's very painful.
Rusty Gordon (Malone): Very.