Two Friends and a Truck
On another typical day in Odyssey, Bernard and Connie are looking at the classified ads. It seems that Bernard is soon going to purchase a new pickup. Just then, Eugene comes in, announcing that he and Katrina are moving out of their cabin and into a house in Odyssey.
Everyone is happy Eugene is back to normal and are excited to help the pair transition to their new home - everyone, that is, except for Bernard. It’s not that Bernard isn’t excited for Eugene and Katrina...he just doesn’t trust Eugene with borrowing his truck. He's trying to sell it and is afraid if anything happens to it, its resale value will be lowered. Eugene, however, assures him that he will treat the truck with "utmost care" and lets Bernard borrow his car in the meantime.
Shortly after arriving at the moving site, however, Bernard's truck rolls down a hill and into a tree. It seems that Bernard forgot to tell Eugene about the truck’s faulty parking break. Eugene is mortified, and Bernard is furious. Bernard's so enraged, in fact, that he drives away in Eugene's car from the situation and runs over a garbage can while on his cell phone. Because of his lack of patience with Eugene, he is terrified to admit what happened.
Through a mass of miscommunication coupled with a dying cell phone, Eugene believes Bernard is having Eugene's car repaired as "an act of benevolence." Eventually the truth all comes out, and all parties get a first hand example of the importance of showing mercy.
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- Do you think Eugene could have been more careful with the truck?
- Why, or why not?
- Do you think Bernard was being very truthful when he told Eugene about his truck's "personalities?"
- What other way could Bernard have fixed the situation?
- What do you think Bernard's feelings were when he wrecked Eugene's car?
- Has anyone ever broken something of yours before?
- How did you feel?
- Did you forgive them?
- Has anyone ever broken something of yours before?
Heard in episode
|Bernard Walton||Dave Madden|
|Connie Kendall||Katie Leigh|
|Eugene Meltsner||Will Ryan|
|John Whittaker||Paul Herlinger|
|Leon Wankel||Bob Hoose|
Mentioned in episode
|Katrina Meltsner||Eugene Meltsner|
|Honest Erwin||Bernard Walton|
- The events of #566: “A Most Extraordinary Conclusion” are mentioned at the beginning of this episode.
- Several references are made in this episode to the events of Eugene and Bernard's Road Trip saga — specifically #278: “The Fifth House on the Left, Part 1”. The truck featured in this episode is the same truck and Bernard purchased in that episode, something that Eugene mentions in the opening scene. Eugene and Bernard's conversation at the end of this episode also mirrors their conversation in the opening scene of that episode.
- Bernard's admonition to Connie and Eugene in this episode's opening scene to watch out for his bucket is a throwback to #272: “Two Brothers... and Bernard, Part 1”.
- In this episode's opening scene, Bernard mentions his work at the Golden Glass Company — a contract he first secured in #516: “Bassett Hounds” and mentioned again in #538: “Stubborn Streaks”.
- During this episode Eugene and Connie briefly discuss his and Katrina's wedding, which occurred in #484: “Plan B, Part 1: Missing in Action”.
- Bernard first mentioned his desire to buy a new truck, which he does in this episode, in #538: “Stubborn Streaks”.
- In this episode, Eugene drives a Saturn. In #584: “Dead Ends” he drives a Pontiac.
- Bernard's jest in this episode about his phone ringing at a bad time — "it's as bad as when I'm in the tub" — was previously used by Tom Riley in #418: “Opening Day”.
- This is Whit's 400th episode.
- This episode's title is a reference to the moving company Two Men and a Truck.
- The Leon Wankel character's last name is a reference to Felix Wankel, a German automobile engineer most famous for inventing the Wankel rotary engine.
Connie Kendall: You really have SIX separate boxes for vests?
Eugene Meltsner: They are sorted!
Connie Kendall: By what? Color, texture...
Eugene Meltsner: Occasion! One must wear a vest to fit the event!!! A sub-par vest simply wouldn't do at a formal event!!!
Connie Kendall: It's not that bad, Eugene.
Eugene Meltsner: Precisely what they told General Custer on the ride to Little Bighorn. It's bad enough! It hit a tree, a taillight's broken! How could this have happened? I'm sure I set the parking brake!
John Whittaker: ...Oh, boy.
Eugene Meltsner: "Oh boy," Mr. Whittaker? There's sub-text in that phrase, I'm certain of it!
John Whittaker: Well, the parking brake doesn't work. That's one of the quirks. You have to leave it in gear to keep it from rolling.
John Whittaker: The truck rolled down the hill because of the broken parking brake. You forgot to tell him about that, ah, aspect of its personality.
Bernard Walton: Oh, now, that's great, thanks, Whit. I'll let my doctor know you're doing your part to lower my blood pressure.
John Whittaker: You're gonna have to tell Eugene, you know.
Bernard Walton: Yeah, I know, I know. I'll tell him. I'd better get going. I've got places to go and windows to wash.
John Whittaker: Okay, I'll see you, Bernard.
Bernard Walton: See ya, Whit. <muttering to himself> Sure, I'll tell Eugene. Maybe when I'm on my death bed.