The Upside Down Show

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The Upside Down Show
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Created by David Collins, Shane Dundas, Belinda Ward
Written by Billy Aronson, Judy Freudberg, Tony Geiss, Joey Mazzarino, Luis Santeiro, P. Kevin Strader, Belinda Ward, John Weidman
Directed by Peter Cudlipp, Julie Money
Presented by David Collins, Shane Dundas
Starring David Collins, Shane Dundas, Amanda Bishop
Voices of Mat McCoy
Narrated by Adam Smillie
Opening theme Down Upside Theme
Ending theme Down Upside Good Bye
Composer(s) David Chapman
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Production
Executive producer(s) Michael Bourchier, Kurt Mueller
Producer(s) Wendy Gray
Editor(s) Simon Martin
Location(s) Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Arizona, United States
Cinematography Ian Jones
Running time 24 minutes
Production company(s) Blink Films, Sesame Workshop
Distributor Noggin
Broadcast
Original channel Noggin
Original run October 16, 2006 – January 1, 2008

The Upside Down Show (AKA Down Upside), was a Logie Award winning[1] show featuring Shane Dundas and David Collins that airs on Noggin, Nick Jr. Australia and ABC Australia. On the show they play brothers who live together in a strange house with a variety of unusual rooms. The show premiered on Nick Jr. Australia in August 2006 and on Noggin US on 16 October 2006, with 13 episodes developed by the highly acclaimed Sesame Workshop. The Sesame Workshop logo used on this show can only be seen on Noggin.

On 27 December 2006, in a New York Post interview,[2] Shane Dundas expressed doubts about the return of the show for a second season.

On 1 June 2007, the Umbilical Brothers announced on their website that Nickelodeon/Noggin USA were not interested in a second season of The Upside Down Show, despite its success. In 2007, the show won the Creative Craft Daytime Emmy Award for Main Title Design[3] and a Parents' Choice Award Silver Honor for Television.[4]


Characters[edit]

  • ShaneShane Dundas plays "Shane," who is bald and wears long cargo pants, hi-top sneakers, and a blue t-shirt featuring the symbol for "slow motion" as found on most electronic devices. He is one of the protagonists of the series. He is also saying "Total..." (in every instant replay modes) "It's Total ___________"
  • DavidDavid Collins plays "David," who has dark, curly hair and wears either cargo shorts or capris, sneakers, and a striped polo shirt. He has super-sensitive hearing (only functional when he makes a "do-do-do-do" sound effect at the same time but in the scene of the episode 'Marching Band,' he don't use the "do-do-do-do" and his SSH [acronym of Super-Sensitive Hearing] work automatically) and, as shown in episodes, a super-sensitive sense of smell. He is also a protagonist in the series.
  • Mrs. Foil — The only other regularly appearing human character, Mrs. Foil is the boys' friendly neighbor. She is blonde and wears a bright pink or orange or yellow or even purple ladies' business suit, ladybug pin, pink or orange or yellow or even purple stockings, and pink or orange or yellow or even purple shoes. She can play the tuba and often offers comedic quips such as "See you later, alligators," or "Got to go, penguin toes," or even "Haha!". Mrs. Foil is portrayed by actress Amanda Bishop (who also appears in various other segments, not necessarily as Mrs. Foil, but as a generic lady).
  • Puppet — Puppet is a mottled, greyish and brown hand puppet resembling no particular type of creature. He lives with the brothers and often assists them in their antics. He sometimes appears to be more rational than Shane and David but is often just as silly as the boys. He has a cousin named Mary Annette. Puppet is performed and voiced by puppeteer Mat McCoy. Puppet was built by Puppet Heap.
  • The Schmuzzies — The Schmuzzies are a friendly bunch of fuzzy, ball-shaped creatures who pop up in various places. They come in a wide range of bright colors and speak a language called Schmuzzish ("Schmello, Schmuzzies!"). Shane sometimes appears to be apprehensive of the creatures, while David maintains a good rapport with them and is fluent in their language (which he studied for seven years, "part time"). The Schmuzzies were built by Puppet Heap.
  • Fido the Fly — Fido is Shane's (imaginary) pet fly who lives behind a tiny door in the boys' apartment. Fido communicates to Shane by buzzing (voiced by Shane). He is first mentioned in "Barbershop" and makes his first appearance in "Art Museum". He is an avid tennis player.
  • Action Fingers — Occasionally Shane and David have need to call upon the resources of two rough-and-tumble figures, Knuckles (on Shane's left hand) and Pointy (on David's right hand). These two-digit adventurers are performed by Shane and David when they "let their fingers do the walking" over various props and scenery. They serve as the show's superheroes.
  • Bob the Blanket - Bob is a small, white "blanket" (more the size of a hand towel) belonging to David (who also performs his voice). He speaks in a rough voice with an American accent and employs a sardonic wit. Bob only appears in "Barbershop" and very briefly in "Camping."
  • The Voice — An authoritative male voice sometimes speaks to Shane and David, generally reminding the duo to knock before entering a room (i.e. "You forgot to knock," or, "Aren't you forgetting something?", followed by "Come in" when they do so). The Voice sometimes demands specific types of knocks before giving they boys consent to enter a room. Another voice narrates when the boys finally reach their intended destination "for the very first time".
  • Spot the Chair - Spot is David's pet chair who plays a game called, "Fly on the Chair" with Fido, who he is good friends with. He only appears in "Pet Shop" and very briefly in "Picnic."

Episode structure[edit]

Intro:

Each episode begins with a cold opening showing one or both brothers in the middle of some activity, typically involving something imaginary. After greeting the audience, David introduces "The Remote" by pretending to be holding a remote control. He explains that The Remote can control the action on-screen. He demonstrates by pressing various buttons, which control Shane's actions. For example, "Fast Forward" causes Shane to move and speak fast, "Pause" causes him to freeze, "Rewind", which causes anyone to move and speak backwards, "Mute", which causes Shane to speak without any sound. In many episodes, David discovers a previously unknown "Wild-card Button," such as "Humongous" (and its opposite, the "Minute" button). This button causes some strange and/or undesired effect. He presses unknown buttons on the remote after saying "Hmm" or "Ooh, I wonder what this button does." David then offers The Remote to the viewer and "hands it over" by reaching off-screen downward. The brothers direct the viewer to "press the Play button." At this point, a strange and/or undesired effect happens ("Uh-oh, I think someone pressed the _____ button"). The brothers encourage the viewer to fix the situation by pressing a button for opposite effect. When they ask the viewer to "press play" a second time, Shane says "But whatever you do, don't press the -" but he is almost finished when the joke is repeated, and the viewer must again press the button for the opposite effect. Finally, Shane and David ask the viewer to "Just press Play" a third time, and the opening credits begin.

Title Sequence:

The Action Fingers enter the frame and perch on the title, which is flipped upside down. Pointy reads the title as "Down Upside" due to its position. Realizing the mistake, they help turn the words "Upside Down" the right way up, and read the title correctly. They then walk along atop the credits until they reach a door. The credits list the stars as David Collins and Shane Dundas, and state that the show was created by Belinda Ward, Shane Dundas, and David Collins.

Plot Structure:

The central objective of every episode is for Shane and David to get to a certain location. However, they do not know how to get there. They spend the episode adventuring through the various red doors in their apartment, as well as searching other places (e.g., under a table, behind a bookcase, inside and behind their sofa and closet). The brothers occasionally request help from the viewers, asking them to press buttons on their remote. Their journey takes them to 3 "Wrong Turn" rooms. In at least one of the rooms, they encounter a child who teaches them something and sets them on the correct path. Eventually they locate their destination and experience something, such as a picnic, farm, or an airport, "for the very first time".

Ending:

The show ends with the brothers back in their apartment. During the last few minutes of the show, they give the viewer an imaginary souvenir to thank them for their help throughout the episode. Then, they say goodbye. As the credits begin, Shane and David begin to do things (e.g. in Cowbell, they play as a rockband with Shane yelling out as (Executive Producer Kurt Russel) begins, "One, two, three!" and in Kite, Shane and David are fighting over the string until at the point (Executive In Charge of Sesame Workshop Jodi Nussbaum) credit appears, Shane and David wave left and right their bodies until at the end of the credits, and in Art Museum, Puppet accidentally surprises Shane and David, until at the point where the (Executive In Charge of Sesame Workshop Jodi Nubbasum) credit appears, Shane and David laugh until they pause, and Puppet now freely says, "Whoops, I think somebody just pressed the Pause button." Then the episode ends with the Sesame Workshop logo.)

Running gags[edit]

There are a few running gags in the show. The main one is the "Upside-Down" button. When this button is pressed (and it is in every episode but one), the viewpoint shifts, with a silly sound effect, to an upside-down shot of whomever is in the scene. The actors' and puppets' hands are held up in the air to make it look as if they are hanging upside down. One of the boys begs the viewer to press the "Right Side Up" button, at which point the viewpoint rights itself. Another sequence seen in each episode is the use of the "Instant Replay" button. The brothers ask the viewer to press this button to see a child do something again. During the slow motion replay, Shane and David play the role of commentators, narrating the action and assessing the child's technique. A more subtle running gag is the fake pineapple that appears in at least three episodes. Another is the "Mute button". Once this button is pressed, Shane speaks without a sound until David presses "Unmute", which reverses the effects of the "Mute button" and is only seen in the episode "Airport". Next is the "Rotate" button in the episode "Pet Shop". When David or the viewers press this special button, the viewpoint shifts 360 degress. The next button is the "Horizontal button", in which whomever is at the scene is put in the sideways position and one of the boys ask the viewer to press the "Vertical button", which puts the actors in the upright position and is only seen in the episode "Camping". This next one is the "Up button", which makes the actors go up and they beg for the viewers to press the "Down button" to put them down and is only seen in the episode "Barbershop". Next is the "Stumble button" from the 1st episode "Movie Theater". If David or the viewers press this ridiculus button, they look like they stumbled and tripped. Up next is the "Inside button". If the viewers press this hilarious button, the boys will disappear and then reappear inside a cup and Puppet and the boy's picnic supplies inside the basket. At that moment, the boys beg for the viewers to press the "Outside button" for the boys to get out of the cup.

Episode guide[edit]

Episode # Title Original Air-Date Production Code
1 "Movie Theatre" 16 October 2006 (2006-10-16) 811
  • Story: Shane and David make a film (directed by Puppet), then search for the movie theater to watch it.
  • Wrong Turns: Laundry room, dance studio, and a room with one small chair which the brothers break in an attempt to share it.
  • Opening activity: Polishing a snooglenook.
  • Main Buttons: Light/Dark, Stumble
  • Instant Replay: To show the laundry lady that the Action Fingers messed up her laundry instead of Shane and David (In this mode [in slow motion], David [Pointy] didn't say "I'm gonna crash") and to see the little girl do her dance routine again
  • Vocabulary: Stupendous (really great)
  • Puppet: Puppet directs the brothers while filming their movie, shouting "Action" and "Cut." His instructions include having them act as if they are in outer space, as pirates, and as cowboys.
  • Schmuzzies: The Schmuzzies play a rhyming game with the boys, and appear at the end watching Shane and David's movie.
  • Action Fingers: In the laundry room they rescue Barbara, a sock caught in a lint trap, and return her to her socky partner, Lefty (Barbara and Lefty appeared at the end to see Shane and David's movie). They also refold a lady's laundry after crashing into it. This segment is unusual in that the Action Fingers are clearly shown to be David and Shane's hands. In most other Action Fingers segments, David and Shane simply watch the Action Fingers take off, often not standing anywhere near the action.
  • Souvenir: Camera
  • In this episode, Shane did not say "Whatever you do don't press the _____ button."
  • When the Brothers rewind out of the dance studio, they hide a real reversed message, "Press rewind".
 
2 "Barbershop" 23 October 2006 (2006-10-23) 812
  • Story: After visiting the "Very Hairy" room, Shane is apprehensive about getting a haircut. David and his blanket, Bob, help Shane get to the barbershop.
  • Wrong Turns: Very very hairy room, hairbrush room, concert room
  • Opening activity: Experimenting with the remote.
  • Main Buttons: Up/Down, Ditty/Stop the Ditty
  • Vocabulary: Apprehensive(nervous), stalling(attempting to avoid something)
  • Puppet: Puppet pretends to be scissors and sings the Figaro Song. Later, Puppet appears covered in stickers after getting a haircut of his own.
  • Schmuzzies: David asks a group of Schmuzzies if they've seen Shane, which they haven't. They sing into fluffy backup hairbrushes at the concert. They move into Shane's long, bedraggled hair thinking it is the Very Very Hairy Room.
  • Instant Replay: Replaying the episode's child co-star, Jade Barber, brushing her hair
  • Mrs. Foil Funny Expression: Shane mentions vacuuming her.
  • Souvenir: Stickers

There is a girl featured in all three wrong turn rooms, as well as in the barbershop itself. Her name, as shown in the closing credits, is Jade Barber. Fido didn't appear in this episode, but was mentioned by Shane.

 
3 "Art Museum" 31 October 2006 (2006-10-31) 813
  • Story: Unable to find a place to hang his newly created masterpiece, Shane, along with David, searches for the art museum to hang it in.
  • Wrong Turns: Sticky room, fog room, museum of finger painting
  • Opening activity: Eating a banana.
  • Main Buttons: Humongous/Minute
  • Vocabulary: Humongous (bigger)/minute(smaller)
  • Action Fingers: They fingerpaint.
  • Instant Replay: To see the boy mix red, blue, and gold finger paint to make a color called "gurple."
  • Fido the Fly: Fido lands on Shane's hand, compliments his painting, then pulls open the shelf containing the Museum of Finger Painting.
  • Schmuzzies: They are part of the tour group at the art museum. When Shane despairs over not being able to hang his picture, he makes a reference to the Schmuzzy Art Museum, though it never appears in the episode.
  • Puppet: When Shane and David try to hang the picture on a door, they keep getting interrupted by Puppet opening the door and saying, "Ta-da!" He is practicing making grand entrances. At the end, after Shane and David have given the viewer imaginary paints from a box, Puppet pops out of the box and says, "Ta-da!". Puppet says he has been using Burmese-Kumquat-Lavender paint to dye his hair. Shane and David laugh until Puppet realizes the viewers have pressed the Pause button by mistake.
  • Mrs. Foil Funny Expression: "See you later, Alligators."
  • Souvenir: Paint set with Sky Blue, Ruby Red, Lime, Turquoise and Lavender paints.

That is Fido the Fly's first episode.

 
4 "Pet Shop" 11 November 2006 (2006-11-11) 814
  • Story: Yearning for a relationship like the one between Fido and Shane, David decides he needs a pet. They look for the pet shop.
  • Wrong Turns: Puppy room, parrot room, Dark side of the moon
  • Opening activity: Juggling.
  • Puppet: Puppet volunteers to be David's pet, imitating a dog, a cat, and a giant squid. David says he thinks of him more as a friend. Later, Puppet makes some suggestions on what type of pet David should get. Puppet appears on the moon and sings "The Dark Side of the Moon" with Shane and David.
  • Main Buttons: Rotate, Ditty/Stop the Ditty
  • Instant Replay: To see the dog rotate (roll over).
  • Fido the Fly: Shane and Fido play ping-pong tennis at the beginning of the episode. Later, Fido spends a short moment with Shane, demonstrating tricks. After returning from the moon, the brothers ask Fido if he knows where the pet shop is, which he doesn't. At the end, he plays "Fly on a Chair" with Spot, David's new pet chair.
  • Mrs. Foil Funny Expression: When holding her cat, she says, "His name is Elizabeth," instead of, "Her name is Elizabeth."
  • Schmuzzies: They sing backup for David when the Ditty button is pressed. They then make some suggestions on what pet David should get. Shane doesn't appear to be apprehensive of them.
  • Souvenir: Chair
  • Blue Chair: Tutorial on what to do with a pet chair.
 
5 "Camping" 18 November 2006 (2006-11-18) 815
  • Story: After their bedrooms disappear, the boys search for another place to sleep.
  • Wrong Turns: Snoring room, "Wake up!" room, shape room
  • Opening activity: Stand or sit.
  • Main Buttons: Horizontal/Vertical
  • Instant Replay: To see the girl on the wheelchair count the number of sides on the shape called Hexagon.
  • Shane's Funny Expression: When David said, "Are you thinking what I'm thinking?" he [Shane] answered, "Albanian Chicken Juice?"
  • Vocabulary: Horizontal (sideways), Vertical (upright), Hexagon (6-sided polygon)
  • Fido the Fly: Fido is seen/mentioned three times. First, David opens the door to Fido's room and the door slams. Second, Fido's alarm is on. Third, Fido is zipped into an imaginary sleeping bag.
  • Puppet: Twice, Puppet needs the brothers to sing him a lullaby so he can sleep and gets an imaginary sleeping bag the next morning.
  • Action Fingers: First, getting behind the door, Action Fingers walk up stairs, open the door, and fall asleep. Second, Action fingers are jumping off stairs, wrong yellow and green lemons, flying toy airplane. Third, walking on a shoulder and cheek, waking Shane and David up.
  • Schmuzzies: The Schmuzzies sing back-up during Puppet's lullaby. Shane isn't nervous around them.
  • Souvenir: Sleeping bag

Shane and David do not say, "But whatever you do, don't hit the ______ button." There is no joking button

 
6 "Picnic" 25 November 2006 (2006-11-25) 816
  • Story: Puppet, Shane and David take Fido the Fly on his first-ever picnic.
  • Good Choice Food Room: Sandwich Room
  • Wrong Turns: no-room room, wind room
  • Opening activity: Drinking tea.
  • Instant Replay: The boy puts turkey, tomato, lettuce on his sandwich and to see the girl ride a bicycle.
  • Vocabulary: Scrumptious (yummy), Stupendous (really great)
  • Main Buttons: Inside/Outside
  • Puppet: Delivery Puppet brings things the boys need for their picnic, while disguising his voice. He then joins the boys. Puppet acts as the ball for their picnic games.
  • Fido the Fly: Fido feels sad because he's never been on a picnic. He comes along to the No-Room Room and the Windy Room. Fido's fly buddies come for the picnic. He eats tiny sandwiches at the picnic.
  • Schmuzzies: They dance beside Puppet, singing "Happy Fly Ditty." Shane doesn't appear to be apprehensive of them.
  • Souvenir: Kite

In the Wind Room are Elephant, Fish, Bird, Puppet, Spot the Chair, Bob the Blanket, Mrs. Foil, Umbrella and word: "plane"

 
7 "Airport" 2 December 2006 (2006-12-02) 817
  • Story: Shane and David volunteer to pick up Puppet's cousin, Mary Annette (a pun on marionette), at the airport, but have to find it first.
  • Wrong Turns: Bird room, paper airplane room, word room
  • Opening activity: Making a smoothie.
  • Main Buttons: Vibration/Stop the Vibration
  • Instant Replay: Action Fingers ask to see a girl use sign language to sign the word "plane" again.
  • Shane's Funny Expression: When David said, "Are you thinking what I'm thinking?" he [Shane] said, "Yeah, are you thinking what we're thinking, dancing tonight, you, me, Dave, and ten thousand monkeys?"
  • Mrs. Foil Funny Expression: "Jumbo jets, donkeys, and tigers."
  • Action Fingers: Two instances. First, Action Fingers crash-land on a paper airplane, search for Mary Annette inside, then refold it for its owner, Mrs. Foil. Second, they help to translate for a girl using sign language in the Word Room.
  • Puppet: Puppet practices "The Traditional Puppet Family Welcome Song."
  • Schmuzzies: They first relay the message that Mary Annette is at the airport and needs to be picked up right away. (Though Shane thinks they are telling him he has made an unfortunate choice of legwarmers and that Mary Annette is in Northern Lithuania.) Later, they attempt to sing backup for Puppet, but start out being too far in front, and then too far in the back of the puppet stage.
  • Souvenir: Binoculars

This is the only episode that doesn't include the Upside Down button. There is no vocabulary. Fido The Fly and The Voice are absent. No doors, no windows and no drawers.

 
8 "Beach" 31 March 2007 (2007-03-31) 818
  • Story: After losing the beach ball they were playing with, Shane and David search for the beach to find it.
  • Wrong Turns: Underwater room, desert room, South Pole
  • Opening activity: Horse-back riding.
  • Main Buttons: Upside Down/Right Side Up
  • Instant Replay: Watch the boy put on a jacket.
  • Vocabulary: Perplexed (confused)
  • Fido the Fly: Fido spies the beach ball on the hedge and tries to tell the boys but they don't turn in time to see it. Fido then flies away.
  • Action Fingers: They rebuild Mrs. Foil's sand castle after David and Shane destroy it.
  • Schmuzzies: They see the beach ball rolling along the hedge outside the window, but David and Shane do not turn around in time. They yell, "Schmeach schmall!". Shane thinks that means his teeth are exploding, so David translates for him using a tiny Schmuzzish-English Dictionary.
  • Mrs. Foil Funny Expression: "Every afternoon at three, bring your own milk. Which reminds me, have you check the teacup? Fiddle-dee-dee!"
  • Souvenir: Beach balls
 
9 "Marching Band" 25 May 2007 (2007-05-25) 819
  • Story: Shane and David invent imaginary musical instruments and set out to join a marching band.
  • Wrong Turns: Funny music room, marching room, sky room
  • Opening activity: Relaxing, then Dancing.
  • Main Buttons: Accelerate/Decelerate
  • Vocabulary: Accelerate(speed up), Decelerate(slow down)
  • Puppet: Puppet wants to be a bandleader. He is later seen practicing his bandleading on the Schmuzzies, but they get distracted by a dust ball, frustrating Puppet. Then he decides to be a baton. He gets stuck to the ceiling as the boys throw him, due to Shane smearing honey on the ceiling. The viewers are asked to press the "Unstick" button to get him down. Later, David hears a melodic tune and wonders if it came from Puppet. Puppet offers to demonstrate, and makes a horrible noise, causing the brothers to frantically request that the viewer "Press the Stop button!". He is last seen fulfilling his dream as the baton for the bandleader.
  • Fido the Fly: Fido is marching behind Schmuzzies.
  • Instant Replay: To see the four children march.
  • Schmuzzies: They march behind Puppet, who initially wants to be bandleader, but get distracted by a dust ball(Schmuzzies love dust). They are later seen in Mrs. Foil's tuba. Shane doesn't appear to be apprehensive of them.
  • Musical instruments: Drumpet (drum combined with a trumpet), harmonica, bottle, cymbal, double bass, electric guitar, xylophone, the CymBanjo (the cymbal and tech of Banjo) and Scruba (an air guitar a round)

The bird in the Sky Room sounds like John Lennon, making a reference to the song "Imagine", saying, "No ground below us, only skies,"[citation needed] and the marching band room has the cameo appearance in the episode 'Camping' where Shane's bedroom is replaced. There is no souvenir.

 
10 "Birthday Party" 23 November 2007 (2007-11-23) 820
  • Story: Shane and David are invited to a surprise birthday party that turns out to be for them.
  • Wrong Turns: No fun room, surprise room, opera room
  • Opening activity: Sleeping on armchair.
  • Main Button: Celebration/Stop-the-Celebration
  • Instant Replay Girl was "surprise" again pointing to the "sur", "prise" and "surprise"
  • Schmuzzies: They attend the "Schmirthday Schmarty," to which they travel via Mrs. Foil's purse carrying presents.
  • Puppet: First, Puppet is seen in a hurry to get to the party. A delivery Puppet arrives with an invitation to the boys and, in a gruff voice, says, "Delivery for Shane and David and you." Later, Puppet is seen during the party and cleans up after it ends.
  • Fido the Fly: Fido bouncing on a trampoline.
  • Mrs. Foil Funny Expression: "Toodle pip!"
  • Souvenir: Birthday present

Many of the children featured in other episodes attend the party, including the boy from the Sandwich Room in "Picnic", the boy from the Finger Painting Museum in "Art Museum," the girl from the dance studio in "Movie Theater," the girl in the wheelchair from the shape room in "Camping", the boy at the South Pole in "Beach," and one of the girls from the Marching Room in "Marching Band.". From this episode, the girl from the surprise room is present. David says "Whatever you do, don't press the _________ button." There is no vocabulary.

 
11 "Farm" 30 November 2007 (2007-11-30) 821
  • Story: Shane and David's band, the Talking Airheads, faces a setback when David's cow bell (which just so happens to be attached to an imaginary cow named Clarabelle) disappears.
  • Wrong Turns: Great big bell room, Pacific Ocean, bicycle room
  • Opening activity: Climbing.
  • Main Buttons: Seesaw/Steady
  • Instant Replay: To see the little boy ride the bicycle.
  • Vocabulary: Stupendous (really great)
  • Puppet: Is the bandleader and songwriter for the band. When the cow bell disappears, he tries to use music to attract Clarabelle. He plays "Music to Play 'Til the Chickens Come Home", "Udder Chaos", and "Heidi Heifer's Hoedown Hootenanny".
  • Fido the Fly: Playing a trumpet for the band.
  • Schmuzzies: They play the marimba in Shane and David's band. Shane does not appear to be apprehensive of them.
  • Souvenir: Drum sticks, cow bell, cow
 
12 "Ice Cream Truck" 7 December 2007 (2007-12-07) 822
  • Story: Shane and David seek to discover the delicious, delectable, and delightful joys of the frozen treat known as ice cream.
  • Wrong Turns: Frozen room, "this way" room, ice cream game show
  • Opening activity: Weight lifting.
  • Puppet: Visits the ice cream truck and appears with an ice cream cone.
  • Fido the Fly: Is drinking a chocolate milkshake. Three other pets are mentioned: Evan the Pig, Helen the baby Hippo, and Georgio the Caterpillar.
  • Instant Replay:To see the little girl named Matilda scooping ice cream.
  • Skater Lady (Mrs. Foil) Funny Expression: "Gotta go, penguin's toes."
  • Schmuzzies: The brothers find a tub of ice cream and attempt to scoop some out, but end up with Schmuzzies in their cones, as the Schmuzzies have finished the ice cream already. Shane seems a little nervous around them, and attempts to engage them in conversation. He misinterprets what they say, and must be assisted by David.
  • Sizes: Big, Small

Mrs. Foil is featured in all three wrong turn rooms, as well as the ice cream truck itself. There is no vocabulary, joking button and souvenir.

 
13 "Mini Golf" 1 January 2008 (2008-01-01) 823
  • Story: Shane and David are baffled when a mysterious orange thing (a mini golf ball) appears in their living room. They use deductive reasoning to narrow down what it actually is, and where it belongs. They think it's a planet, an orange and a basketball before stumbling on to the real solution.
  • Wrong Turns: Outer space, Orange room, Basketball room
  • Shane's Funny Expression: When David said, "Are you thinking what I'm thinking?" he [Shane] answered, "Albanian Monkey Shoes?"
  • Opening activity: Yoga.
  • Main Buttons: Irish Dancing/Stop Irish Dancing
  • Vocabulary: Baffled (confused)
  • Fido the Fly: Puts the Orange (fruit) thing in his tennis shorts and David and Shane search his pocket; but, at first, they find locker keys and a calculator.
  • Instant Replay: To see the girl shoot the basketball into the hoop again.
  • Puppet: First, Puppet jump ropes with Shane and David's imaginary rope and trips over it, and goes off to play with his squeegee instead. Later, Puppet uses the orange thing to practice a Shakespearean monologue (Alas, poor Yorick), wearing a red king costume. Puppet is also the one who explains the orange thing's true identity.
  • Action Fingers: They use their Action Noses to locate the Orange Room.
  • Schmuzzies: Two of them play with the orange thing and Shane is unable to retrieve it until David coaches him to say "Schmease" and "Schmank you." David then explains he studied Schmuzzish for seven years, "part-time."
  • Souvenir: Various items including the word "mini" including a Mini-mini which was much smaller than a mini
While in the Basketball Room, David, thinking the orange thing is a basketball, gets frustrated that it is not dribbling properly. He yells at the orange thing, "This is your home! It's your home! What's wrong?! You too good for your home?!", a direct allusion to the Adam Sandler film, Happy Gilmore, in which the title character yells almost the exact same speech, also at a golf ball.

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