Fries with That?

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Fries with That?
Created by Claudio Luca (Producer)
Starring
Music by James Gelfand
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s)
  • English
  • French
No. of episodes 52
Production
Running time approx. 23 minutes
Release
Original network YTV
Original release 4 April 2003 – 28 May 2004

Fries with That? is a YTV produced sitcom. It first aired in April 2004.

This sitcom revolves around a group of high-school students who work at a local fast food restaurant named Bulky's in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The sitcom follows primarily five high school students and focuses on many themes such as love, responsibility, friendship, and honesty. Each member of the Bulky's main crew has a unique personality.

It was cancelled after completion of the second season due to declining ratings.

Principal characters[edit]

Pattie, cashier. She enjoys playing sports, especially Canadian football and basketball. She uses her athleticism to compensate for her lack of intellect. For example, Pattie uses a unique studying technique, which involves shooting a piece of paper into a makeshift basket in order to learn specific historical events such as July 1, 1867 (Canadian Confederation). Although she is in touch with her masculine side, she is extremely romantic. Her taste for men vary from an ostracized nerd to a handsome criminal and once had feelings for Alex. Her full name is Patricia Johnson.

Tess, cashier. Tess is the freespirit of the crew. Her French accent and last name indicate that she comes from a Francophone household. Her colleagues know her to be extremely creative and artistic. She tends to be rather eccentric and she believes her aura/soul is a huge presence in her life and should be taken seriously (but she is often ignored). She is obsessed with the paranormal and likes to use it as an explanation for everyday occurrences. She is often distracted at work by studying, art projects, deadlines, songs, extra projects, or boys. Her full name is Tess Laverière.

Robyn cashier, griller, dishwasher. Robyn is the probably the most functional character. She claims to hate men, but has a secret crush on the egotistical Alex. She hints at the secret several times, but Alex can’t seem to figure it out. For example, when Alex and Pattie were mistakenly believed to be in a serious relationship, she indicated with two miniature figurines that they would not be married. She moped and even ate expired chocolate that Ben bought for whoever would be his "future girlfriend.” She also mysteriously has a huge love for Romanian soap operas that was demonstrated when a criminal used TNT on a vault about 20 feet away and she didn't even notice. Her full name is Robyn Cohen.

Alex, burger flipper. Alex is the typical handsome egotistical young teenager. Although he has a reputation of being rude, disgusting and inconsiderate, he is a loyal friend. He is not terribly romantic and fails to recognize Robyn’s attraction for what it is. He tends to be very physical in his relationships and can’t seem to keep his hands off the girls that attract him. He also loves to provoke his extremely obsessive assistant manager, Ben Shaw, and they seem to be in a constant state of frustration with each other. One notable instance involved a particularly attractive exchange student from Flin Flon, Manitoba who caught their eyes. Ultimately, a feud commenced and it finally resulted in two broken hearts. He also plays the viola, but tries to keep it a secret because he thinks it is geeky. His full name is Alexander Kurzi.

Ben is the highly obsessive and greedy assistant manager. He only wants one thing: more profits for Bulky's so that he can get recognition and finally become the manager. He is sometimes aloof and unpleasant, but other times friendly and accepting. He is a perfectionist and tends to stress easily. Certain crewmembers wish he would fall off a bridge, just so they could have a day off for once. He enjoys making up absurd but “official” sounding rules such as “no member of the crew at Bulky’s is allowed to date another crewmember at Bulky’s.” On the other hand, Ben is an excellent mathematician and greatly enjoys listing and calculating profits. He is always the employee of the month and he is the only one with access to the money in his "personal vault" - even a criminal with TNT could not break in. His full name is Benjamin Shaw

Meiyan, introduced in season two. Her work hours seem to vary from the rest of the cast, as most often, she appears during her off hours, mostly to antagonize Ben. She loves to annoy Ben, and tried to take his job when Ben faked his death.

Eddie is not part of the main crew, but rather an employee that transports the supplies from the warehouse to the restaurant. He is portrayed as a simpleton, but rather showed some signs of intelligence when he got 100% on all of his provincial exams without cheating. He often replies "____? I'm super good at _____" whenever anyone mentions something they have problems with, but usually, Eddie turns out to not be as good as he says he is. His full name is Eduardo Samisk.

The "head office guy" supervises the restaurant and is constantly bombarding Ben and the crew with threats in order to increase productivity. He tends to be serious, but did stir things up with a crafty April Fool's Day prank.

Origin of the series[edit]

Fries with That? was inspired by the Quebec French language VRAK.TV sitcom, Une grenade avec ça? ("A grenade With That?").

Episodes[edit]

Season Series Episode Name Original YTV Airdate
1 1 "The Expendables" April 15, 2004
2 2 "Metal Mouth" April 14, 2004
3 3 "Coach Pattie" April 4, 2004
4 4 "Robyn the Boss" April 29, 2004
5 5 "Everyone's Alex" May 17, 2004
6 6 "Help Unwanted" April 20, 2004
7 7 "Where's the Ham?" May 10, 2004
8 8 "The Ben Effect" May 3, 2004
9 9 "The Campaign" May 6, 2004
10 10 "Undercover Guy" May 12, 2004
11 11 "Alex's Last Chapter" April 11, 2004
12 12 "Curse of the Tess People" April 19, 2004
13 13 "The Competition" April 22, 2004
14 14 "Candid Camera" May 19, 2004
15 15 "A Phone for Ben" April 21, 2004
16 16 "As Fate would have It" May 11, 2004
17 17 "Mobyn and Myan" April 26, 2004
18 18 "The Cold Shoulder" April 27, 2004
19 19 "Music For Your Mouths" May 5, 2004
20 20 "Tigerman" May 25, 2004
21 21 "Alternative Ben" May 4, 2004
22 22 "Foreign Effects" May 18, 2004
23 23 "The Love Potion" May 20, 2004
24 24 "A Side order of Love" May 24, 2004
25 25 "While Supplies Last" May 13, 2004
26 26 "Mini Ben" May 28, 2004

Cast[edit]

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