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Episode 125 
Runaway Float / Partners 

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Runaway Float
P.S. 118 doesn't have enough money to build Arnold's idea for a float for the City Day Parade, but Helga gets her father to sponsor it - and changes the float into a giant beeper which gets out of control during the parade
Written by Jonathan Greenberg
Storyboard Direction by Rob Porter
Animation Direction by Larry Leichliter and Alan Smart
(Only Rob Porter and Larry Leichliter received "Directed By" credits)
Storyboard Artist: Cullen Blaine

Arnold - Toran Caudell
Gerald - Jamil W. Smith
Helga - Francesca Marie Smith
Eugene - Christopher Castile
Harold - Justin Shenkarow
Nadine - Lauren Robinson
Rhonda - Olivia Hack
Sid (uncredited) - Sam Gifaldi
Stinky - Christopher P. Walberg
Grandpa, Nick Vermicelli - Dan Castellaneta
Oskar - Stephen Viksten
Big Bob Pataki - Maurice LaMarche
Miss Slovak - Tress MacNeille

  • Miss Slovak said that the float would cost three times the school's annual budget, yet they managed to build it for less than $500
  • The sign Arnold puts on the float says "BIG BOB'S BEEPER'S"; see "Best Friends" to figure out why there shouldn't be an apostrophe in "beepers"
  • Bad Hair Day: Iggy's hair was black (instead of brown) when Big Bob started to redesign the float; Nadine's hair was brown (instead of blonde) when Arnold rode by the float
  • Really Bad Hair Day: as the float approaches the review stand, Eugene's hair disappears for a second
  • But that's nothing compared to: when Big Bob walks away after reminding Helga of their deal, Joey's shirt is orange, his hair is blonde, and his skin is much lighter than it usually is; when Bob asks who wants to ride on the float and the kids jump up and down, the top of Robert's (the blonde kid with curly hair and glasses) head and hands appear to detach and float in mid-air
  • Uh, when Arnold pulled the emergency brake, the sudden stop should have thrown everybody forward - and would have probably launched Helga over the reviewing stand, considering how high up she was
  • ...then again, landing on the reviewing stand probably would have been better than the fall she took once the float stopped
  • What are they feeding the people in this town: not only does Helga fall from the top of the float (about 20 feet - the same as jumping out of a third-story building) and not get hurt, but none of the band members were hurt either despite being knocked ten feet into the air by the float
  • Somebody Call Sam Gifaldi's Agent: Sid didn't receive a credit (then again, his only "line" was to yell when a bee chased him, but Stinky got a credit in "Downtown As Fruits" for pretty much the same thing)

Dino Spumoni and his lyricist (the guy who writes the words to his songs) Don Reynolds have broken up, and both get rooms at the Sunset Arms, where they both lived "back in the old days" - and their breakup spreads to Arnold and Gerald, who fight after trying to develop an act for a talent show
Written by Jonathan Greenberg and Steve Viksten
Storyboard Direction by Dan Povenmire
Animation Direction by Juli Murphy-Hashiguchi (credited as "Julie" in the opening credits)
Storyboard Artist: Sherm Cohen

Arnold - Toran Caudell
Gerald - Jamil W. Smith
Grandpa - Dan Castellaneta
Grandma, Miss Slovak - Tress MacNeille
Dino Spumoni - Rick Corso
Don Reynolds - Harvey Korman
Dino singing over the end credits - Alan Paul
Uncredited: TV reporter

  • In some countries, "Partners" airs with "Biosquare"; in fact, most TV listings in the USA say "Biosquare / Partners" when this epsiode airs (I think the change in the USA has something to do with wanting "Part Time Friends" to be released to video first, which meant it couldn't air for eight months afterwards)
  • Grandpa and Grandma are big fans of Dino Spumoni, yet they never mentioned that he once lived at the Sunset Arms; since, presumably, they've lived there pretty much all of their lives, they would remember something like that
  • When the news broadcast first mentions the breakup, the music playing is "You Broke My Heart" from "The Old Building"
  • Where did the band come from during Arnold's second verse of "I'm Nuttin' Without You"? (It's supposed to be just Gerald on piano)

Song Lyrics

"You Better Not Touch My Gal" (as sung by Dino Spumoni in the closing credits)

You better not touch my gal
Or I'll pop you in the kisser, pal;
You better not even try,
Or you'll be lookin' at a big black eye!
So listen good, you stupid hood,
I'll give you to the count of ten,
And if you're not gone by the crack of dawn,
You'll never, ever eat -
No, you better be discreet -
Or you'll never, ever eat solid food again!
The version Grandpa and Grandma sing is a little different: change "stupid hood" to "two-bit hood", and the only line after "crack of dawn" is "You'll never eat solid food again"

"I'm Nuttin' Without You"

Without Oliver Hardy, Stan Laurel wouldn't show,
And there ain't no romance in a solo Romeo;
Without Sacajawea, Clark would still be in Duluth;
Without you with me baby, I'm nuttin' - that's the truth!
Without Tweedledum, Tweedledee ain't worth a thing;
(I'm not so sure about that line, as Dino and Don's conversation covers Arnold's voice, and the closed captioning follows the conversation but not the song)
Without Quasimodo, that big bell wouldn't ring;
Without Dr. Watson, Sherlock wouldn't have a clue;
Without you with me baby, I'm nuttin' - no, nuttin' -
I'm nuttin' without you!

("Clark" refers to one half of explorers Lewis & Clark; Sacajawea (also spelled "Sacagawea") was their Native American guide)


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