"Hard Day's Pete" is the eighth and final episode of the first season of The Adventures of Pete & Pete, written by Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi, and aired on January 16, 1994.Do you have a favorite song?
Do you know how it sounds?
About how the music goes up?
About what the lyrics say?How many times have you listened to it?For Little Pete, favorite songs aren't important. He has other 'favorites', such as a favorite smell, or a favorite bodily organ... but not exactly a favorite song.Little Pete has a side hobby-job as the (pirate) radio host of his own radio station, WART radio, which he uses as a way to drive the neighbors crazy. But he has never really cared about music, so when someone calls the station to request a song, he just tells them off. And then, one fateful day... when taking a shortcut to school, he ends up listening to a garage band rehearsing a song, just for a minute, and the song ends up in his head. But when he asks his listeners for information about the song, he remembers precious few things: the overall tone, and a few random lyrics from the chorus, 'I was around' and 'nobody knows'.Sadly, as he finds out later, nobody knows what the song is called, nor who were playing it (in real life, it is "Summerbaby" by Polaris), so in a bid to find it again, he starts playing the guitar (a Krebstar 3000 Eviscerator electric guitar, to be exact) to pick out the only riff he remembers of the song. In the plan to capture it, Little Pete forms his own band, the Blowholes, and suggests playing the same riff over, and over, and over, not to let it go. However, this starts bothering his neighbors, who are part of the 'International Adults Conspiracy', and they call Pete's dad to pull the plug... which, as his electric bill has soared to $700, he is more than ready to do.Though Little Pete doesn't want the song to vanish from his memory, he starts to accept that maybe that song would never come back to him. But he still doesn't give up, and, to help his dad pay the electric bills, he begins playing music on the radio station.But while he is making his listeners happy, he remains unhappy. And he returns to the place that started his quest to recover it. His song. Maybe the only one that deserved to be called his 'favorite' song... only to end up in his mind as a single, lonely note. Just as he prepares to give up, his bandmates remind him that he was doing it not only for the 'Power of Rock', but also because he ended up loving music, and as they begin to play one last time, the song starts coming back to him little by little, and they keep jamming to ensure that Pete never forgets the song again.
"This is 'Hard Day's Pete'. And these are its tropes.":