Stars in Our Eyes
Wooton enters Whit's End, despondent as he tries to figure out how Power Boy can possibly extricate himself from the situation he was left in at the end of the last issue. While discussing this, Whit comes downstairs and tells Wooton, Connie, and Tom that his old friend David Holcomb wants to produce a commercial for Whit's End!
Everyone has an idea for what the commercial should be about - first, Wooton comes up with a commercial that has nothing to do with Whit's End, then Connie comes up with a big upbeat commercial, Tom Riley comes up with a calm, homespun commercial, and Bart Rathbone comes up with a commercial that actually promotes the Electric Palace. Whit suggests that everyone puts their ideas together.
Meanwhile, Tamika is working on a paper that describes her hero. She chooses her favorite movie star: Sydney Sellica. Whit helps her define what a hero is and actually allows her to have a phone conversation with the star herself! Tamika learns an important lesson on what a true hero is.
In the end the commercial comes together as a combination of everyone's ideas and everyone learns a lesson on what really makes someone a hero.
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- Why didn't Davey like the gang's idea for a commercial?
- Why did Tamika choose Whit for her hero?
- Do you have any heroes in your life?
VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] Various lines were cut from the broadcast version of this episode.
- This episode marks the return of Davey Holcomb, who appeared in #1: “Whit's Flop”, 17 years before this episode. Interestingly, this is the second episode in the Fall 2004 Season to feature a reference to "Whit's Flop" (the other being #549: “Think on These Things”.
- Connie's complaint in this eposide about the sweater she wore in the commercial is similar to a complaint she had about a sweater she wore in the video taken of the chess game in #396: “Poor Loser”.
- The character of Sydney Sellica is a reference to Sydney Bristow, a similar character played by Jennifer Garner on the television show Alias (a show which included acting by future AIO actress Rachel Fox.
Sydney Sellica: I love that my movies appeal to everyone — even people who are poor or still wear tie-dye!
Davey Holcomb: If this is the commercial you want I'll be happy to do it. It's just that when I think about Whit's End, I think about the people. All of you taught me so much — especially you, Whit. I remember coming in here feeling like a total failure in life. But once I started talking with you, creating inventions and everything. I started believing in myself. And more importantly, I started believing in what God could do with me. That's what gave me the confidence to do what I love and try new things. That's probably why I ended up opening my own company. Because the people at Whit's End gave me something that lasted longer than an ice cream cone.
Connie Kendall: So why might you be depressed?
Wooton Bassett: Well, I just finished the latest issue of Powerboy and it was the one where he finally faced the three-eyed fish monster but it ended with him strapped in Dr. Ichobodia's torture chair and his power suit was disabled and he had no way to contact headquarters. I don't know how he'll ever get out of it.
Connie Kendall: So that's why you're depressed?
Wooton Bassett: Oh my brain hurts just thinking about it.
Connie Kendall: <In Bart's pitch> Ey, this here's where Whit makes his sundaes at a pretty competitive price. Now, don't get yous hopes up, there. They're not like stuperendous prices at the Electric Palace, but come on — can everyone sell blenders for $49.99 plus tax!