* What does "Puppington" have to do with stop-motion animation?
** "Puppington" kinda sounds like "Puppet"; technically, in stop motion, the figures are puppets.
** "Puppington" could be derived from "Puppetoon", a term coined by pioneering stop-motion animator George Pal, which he used to describe his work.
* Soo...how much does Orel know about sex? In ''God's Chef'', he get's caught jacking off, and seems to have a vague idea of terms when he's talking to Clay, and yet Putty seems to think he's "pure pureness in it's purest form". I just recently started watching the series and have missed a good deal of episodes, so I don't know if I've something or not..
** I think Orel has a vague idea of sex, he's just very, very naive about it.
** Putty comments on his pureness because Orel (who is 11 or 12) apparently doesn't know the F-word.
** Fetuses masturbate and I'm sure as heck sure they don't know what sex is.
* Why did Orel shoot the bear rather letting it kill Clay? Besides, death is what those kind of villains get.
** Because that's not the type of person Orel is.
** Orel's own life was in danger too, you know. It's not like the bear would have stopped at killing Clay.
*** Also, if the bear ate Clay and then for whatever reason decided to pass Orel up he would have been left alone in the wilderness for far longer. For as much as Orel hated Clay at that point, he also knew that Clay was the only chance he had to survive.
** On top of that, Clay's issues stem largely from his mother's coddling and his father's contempt for him. His abuse of Orel is in large part an attempt to make sure Orel turns out as fucked up as he did; he figures his problems aren't his own fault since anyone else in his position would do the same. By saving Clay, Orel showed that even with everything he'd been through, he still hadn't lost his moral compass, meaning that Clay had no excuse for his behaviour and his sins are his own fault. In other words, it was an act of CruelMercy, though Orel may not have intended it that way.
* If Clay and Bloberta hate each other, why can't they divorce?
** Fundamentalist Christians aren't allowed to divorce, lest they be seen as ''unholy'' by their fellow peers.
*** Yet in RealLife, they have the highest divorce rates in America.
** They're actually supposed to be one of the more stable and normal couples. Everyone sees their marriage as the status quo, and if nothing else Moralton is ''all'' about preserving the status quo.
** This troper was raised by evangelical parents who made no secret at home that they hated one another, they didn't divorce for the sake of appearance and due to a twisted sense of religious guilt. It definitely happens.
* If Orel now hates Clay, [[spoiler:why does he have a portrait of his father and mother? Shouldn't he be out of their lives now that he somewhat knows that the latter is entirely responsible for turning his family dysfunctional?]]
** My guess is that he uses the Christian value of forgiveness. I mean, after how corrupt nearly everyone in Moralton was, Orel ''still'' has a cross hung up in his living room. And despite Bloberta and Clay's terrible parenting, the kids [[spoiler:did turn out normal,with Shapey and Block being a policeman and a fireman respectively, and Orel ended up a good guy even after all the crap he'd been put through.]] But that could just be because of the efforts of the few sane people in Moralton, such as Stephanie and Reverend Putty.
** Because Orel is a better person than Clay is and would not shut his parents out despite how horrible they've been.
* Why is Arthur slapping Clay after he has declared that he is not worth it?
** Clay would purposely try to instigate and emotional response as much as he possible could from his father in 'order' to be slapped,because he began to associate being physically hit to actually being worth it,and as a result "loved" in Clay's twisted mind.
* When Clay says "Hate away, sister. Hate away", is he insulted or not?
** He probably was, but tried to brush it off by acting smarmy and indifferent, and then got too drunk to care or remember.
* People say that Clay is abusive because he beats Orel. (Well, admittedly that's not the end of it.) Let's see, Orel has raped women, killed men, beat another child to a pulp, became a drug addict, and raised the dead, who then feasted upon the living. Seriously, is he getting off so hard?
** According to Dino, that stuff was written "when continuity didn't matter." Aside from a brief, blink-and-you'll-miss-it callback in "Alone," it might as well be DisContinuity at this point.
** Maybe because every beating is actually for the completely wrong reasons. Orel raped women? He gets beaten up because he did so in an unholy manner (using a kitchen utensil). Beat another child to a pulp? He gets beaten for abandoning his old friends. Became a drug addict? He gets beaten for using slang. So his intentions are rather questionable, and you can argue spanking isn't the best punishment anyway. What I think is odd is that the one time Orel gets punished for something he did (for [[BloodBath bathing in his friends' blood]] in "Grounded") it's listed as a KickTheDog moment (even more so because the reason Clay resorted to grounding him was that the beatings were obviously not working anymore).
*** This makes me think Clay actually enjoys punishing Orel and comes up with excuses just to whack him. He even looks forward to Orel gulping as a signal that he's going to enjoy beating him. And he looks disappointed during the time Orel is looking forward to being beaten, so he comes up with a way for Orel to be afraid of being beaten again.
** He wasn't exactly punished for bathing in his friends blood, Clay was more agitated at him "messing up the upstairs bathroom".
*** Honestly, Orel is a naive and impressionable child receiving terrible advice from negligent authority figures. The reason for his bathing in the blood of his friends at the start of "Grounded" is because the adults realized their advice was terrible but didn't want to admit to it or actually try being a better influence on Orel. But he kept looking for advice, and they pretended to talk to themselves to alleviate any sense of responsibility when their advice went horribly wrong.
*** It seems like all the adults in Moralton hate responsibility period! My question would be why did it take a long time for the adults to realize their horrible advice is what causes Orel to cause chaos in town?
*** Key word: responsibility: They'd have to assume the weight of Orel's actions (because he's really a kid who didn't know any better). Many of the show's calamities that involved Orel were because he HEAVILY (and outright BAFFLINGLY) misconstrued what they told him to do when he sought advice.
* In "Honor" Orel talks with Coach Stopframe and seems to be really hurt that Clay told everyone he killed the bear, not Orel. But Orel himself was the one who refused to tell his father that he killed it out of spite, so why does he feel like his father should know he's lying all along?
** Clay doesn't take the blame for shooting Orel, because, as Clay said, he doesn't remember. However, he takes the credit for shooting the bear, even though he doesn't know that he did shoot the bear. It's just a huge slap in the face for Orel.
** It's also the fact that Clay lies about it, trying to place the blame on Orel. The three mentioned excuses are that Orel: got between him and the bear, Orel shot himself, or the bear shot Orel.
* If Clay and Blobberta hate each other so much, then why did they have Orel in the first place? It also doesn't help that they neglect the boy and WordOfGod says that Orel is not an accident.
** Extend their lineage, boost their imagery as a wholesome, Christian family; or, maybe early in their marriage they actually did want to have the family they couldn't have themselves.
** Extending on that last suggestion: It may have been a case in which they thought that they could've made out better than their parents and tried to do so, but ultimately failed in that regard and then couldn't back out for the sake of Orel and their reputations (especially with Clay being [[spoiler:the Mayor]].
** Because they bought into the BabiesMakeEverythingBetter trope.
*** Probably a mixture of all those factors. Though I wonder if they took BabiesMakeEverythingBetter and twisted it to mean "This marriage is horrible. Why should we suffer alone?"
*** It's probably more along the lines of "hey, maybe having a baby will ''fix'' this marriage!". Orel certainly wouldn't have been the first child conceived under this mindset.
* We all know that the characters have puns and injokes for names but in the case of Mr. Nohammers, he owns a hardware store called "Nohammers Hardware" and this results in hundreds of phone calls about if he has hammers and explains "Yes we have hammers, no that's my name!" Now the one thing that bothers me about this is if Mr. Nohammers is tired of those phone calls about hammers... '''Why doesn't he just change his name?''' It would be easy as that!
** [[RuleOfFunny Because if he did, it wouldn't be funny.]]
* So far, everyone in Moralton knows Clay is a horrible alcoholic, so why hasn't anyone given him a intervention about his drinking?
** Probably because [[spoiler:he's the mayor.]] People in Moralton do their best not to disturb the status quo and I'd imagine that rule especially applies to Clay.
* But in the first place, HOW did such a despicable person like Clay manage to [[spoiler:become a mayor?]] He had to win a vote, hadn't he?
** By default? He might have been the only person who ran and ended up voting for himself.
** Probably the lesser of two evils won the election he ran for?
** Or he might've presented himself well in the first election (he didn't know it was a "stinking dead-end job" until later), and then voter apathy kicked in.
** In the episode "Nesting", Clay expresses surprise upon hearing that Ms. Censordoll is also in the running, implying that no one else ever runs against him.
* Do Shapey and/or Block even go to school? Surely behavior such as theirs would not fly there.
** Well, given the zero shits adults seem to give about kids in Moralton, they're probably left to do whatever they want.
* What happened to all the babies conceived because of Orel's actions in "God's Chef"?
* How the hell did Doughy even ''survive''? If they were that neglectful to him as a baby he'd have been long dead!
** It is heavily implied that his parents were stuck living their high school days, not knowing or caring that part of their lives is over. However, what we're not clear on (or I'm not clear on, I haven't seen that episode in a while) is if the regression was always there, or if it started out and worsened over a time-frame. Perhaps what we see of them is something that happened maybe about 2 years ago or such and Doughy was at least able to use the money to feed and take care of some issues at the house. Again, without an exact time-frame, nothing is really certain. Comes with the name anyway, Doughy "[[MeaningfulName Latchkey]]".
*** Alternatively, it may have been that his grandparents took care of him and passed away after he was able to live up to his namesake.
* Why does Clay hate his "lousy stinkin' dead end job" as [[spoiler:Mayor of Moralton]] anyway? He seems focused on money even though [[spoiler:Mayor]] is a pretty good job.
** Clay seems like someone who's basically self-destructive enough to never be happy about anything. Plus being [[spoiler:Mayor probably involves a lot of work doing what's best for citizens]] and ultimately taking care of other people and judging by his interactions with his family, Clay deeply resents being obligated to take care of anyone but himself.