A Nickelodeonpost modernKid Com with No Fourth Wall and no Laugh Track set entirely in a Middle School. Now that we have your attention...Ned Bigby (Devon Werkheiser) is the clever but Book Dumb protagonist who is dedicated to completing an all-encompassing guide "to help you survive school," covering every issue from tests and dodgeball to puberty and relationships. Each episode is split into two parts with a "Guide to...[Topic]," that has Ned and his two best friends (Gadgeteer Genius Simon Nelson "Cookie" Cook (Daniel Curtis Lee) and tomboy Jennifer "Moze" Mosely (Lindsey Shaw)) each having their own storyline that requires his advice on the subject.At least Once an Episode when the moment for giving tips comes: the theme music starts, Ned turns to the audience, and begins, "If you're [someone] who's confused about [something], check out these tips." Despite customary Genre Blindness and Moze being the voice of reason, Ned seems permanently aware of the Fourth Wall, with other characters occasionally acknowledging it, to some surprise. In solving the current dilemma and Tip Subject, Cookie tries outlandish theories, Moze goes for the more practical solution and Ned usually applies a scientific rigor.Originally the primary emphasis was delivering the tips and focusing on school matters such as homework, lockers and school clubs. But soon the stories expanded to focus on the complex relationships between the maturing characters and the tips focused on how to deal with social situations. A brief synopsis of these relationships would be:
The nerd Lisa Zemo had a huge crush on Cookie, who accepted her as a friend but was oblivious to her affection. When she came back from summer break changed and stunningly beautiful, he found himself in competition with a fanclub of her new admirers. Meanwhile, he developed a rivalry and potential romance with loud, scary,and slightly-psycho Evelyn Kwong.
Moze has several boys she is interested in as well as others who could be considered Stalker with a Crush. The third season she fell for the handsome foreign exchange student, Fayman, and they become a couple, but she can't understand why she doesn't feel the same spark she feels for Ned.
While Ned and Moze are trying to work out their feelings for each other and their other Love Interests (which they have plenty of), they're surrounded by a cast of quirky students and teachers who will always ensure that Hilarity Ensues.Ran for three seasons and ended in 2007. According to Devon Werkheiser, a pilot was shot in 2008 about a sequel series in High School. It wasn't greenlit, sadly, and the actors have since moved on from Nick. Given the series' Present Day setting with the characters' graduating middle school in 2007, they would've graduated high school in 2011.
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Abhorrent Admirer: Missy. She's pretty, but totally nuts, prompting Ned to avoid her with his life.
Dora and the Huge Crew. They are obsessed with Ned and even bullied people into voting for him in the class elections.
Accidental Art: Happens to Cookie in Guide to: Recycling, when he ties his milk bottle together to prevent them from being stolen. He sets them down in a pile on a table, and Mr. Wright thinks it's modern art.
Mr. Wright: It's pure. It's honest. It's fearless!
It happened in a different way the second time. Ned paints an orange naked lady by mistake ("It's just squiggles!"), and is so successful that he almost pays off the school's debt. He tries to invoke this again, but it doesn't work (it comes off as a firetruck) and he gets slapped again.
Acquired Situational Narcissism: Averted by Moze in "Guide to: Popularity." When she ends up as one of Polk's top ten most popular people, she's first thrilled, but after hanging out with the popular group for lunch, she really wants to hang out with her original friends and tries to get out of being popular since she finds the popular people really annoying.
A Dog Ate My Homework: In Guide to: Excuses, Ned comments that saying a dog ate your homework is a bad excuse... right before a dog actually eats his homework. The rest of the episode has him trying to find the dog and convince his teacher Mr. Sweeney that he wasn't lying.
Ned: In a middle school full of bullies, insane teachers and gross school lunches...
Granted, in one episode, Ned's lunch crawls off his plate (which was the clip used in the Season 1 intro), but this isn't a common occurrence.
The Artifact: Ironically the Guide itself. With the second season the focus on the show shifted more to the relationships of the characters instead of "Helpful Guides" for fellow middle school students. The actual guide was seen and updated as the tips were added, while it was rarely seen later on. Seemingly Lampshaded in "Boys," where Ned is so hung about Suzie moving away that he gets tips writing block.
Cookie's glasses as well. Originally, Cookie was supposed to be a cyborg, with quite a few early episodes even referring to him as such. However, as time went on, this aspect of his character was dropped, and his glasses (with what appears to be a full working operating system installed in them) were the only remnant of this.
As Himself: Mat Hoffman, a BMX biker, on two episodes.
Sportscasters Willie Gault and Van Earl Wright as commentators in various things not necessarily sports related.
Ash Face: happens to Moze and Suzie when they cause a chemistry explosion in the School Clubs episode.
Asian and Nerdy: Evelyn. But the trope is played with since she is also scarily insane.
Aside Glance: Many instances of this, but one particularly notable instance is in Guide to: Extra Credit, when, after noting that model volcanoes have been on "every TV show ever," Ned, Moze, and Cookie give a long glance toward the camera.
Ned: *talking about how freaked out he is about detention* I can't eat, I can't sleep...
Moze: You can't sleep?
Ned: I've been awake in every class!
Teacher version with elderly Mrs. Knapp in Guide to Social Studies. Eventually, she is told she had to retire and was thrilled.
Lampshaded in "Guide to Music Class" when the students in Moze's Music Appreciation class are in pajamas and have pillows on their desks.
Mr. Combover: I'm getting the feeling that you all think this class is bedtime with a soundtrack.
As Long as It Sounds Foreign: Moze trash-talking in "Dutch" in Guide to: Bad Habits. The referee is then revealed to be Dutch and picks up on it anyway.
An unintentional funny moment in the Dutch dub, where the obvious Dutch stereotype referee becomes German.
Asskicking Pose: Played With, and then hung a lampshade on their playing with it, when Ned and Cookie fought. They imitated every cliche Ass Kicking Pose possible, then made up before throwing any actual blows. The Combat Commentators left in disgust.
Banana Peel: Invoked by Ned and Cookie in Guide to: School Plays when they throw banana peels in front of Spencer so that he would slip on them and get injured. But the trope is then defied by Moze, who has a leaf blower handy and blasts the banana peels away smack into Ned and Cookie's faces.
Bandage Mummy: Happens to Moze by the end of Guide to: Embarrassment after all her attempts to avoid being embarrassed in front of her crush.
The backpack Ned gets to replace his old one in "Guide to Backpacks" had an electric fan, confetti guns and a birthday cake, a fully functioning microwave, and a game system with monitor in his backpack. Ned admitted it was heavy and he couldn't feel his legs, but he liked it.
Bait-and-Switch Comparison: Loomer and his gang's reaction in Guide to: Dodgeball when they had to play against Ned and Moze in dodgeball.
Loomer: Big deal. There's only two left and one of them is a girl.
Batman Gambit: A minor version in "Notebooks". Mr Sweeney reminds Ned of an upcoming test that he has to pass and shows him the best notebook created for his class in a glass case. Ned steals it, and is caught trying to replace it. Mr Sweeney told Ned that he made the notebook himself and showed it to Ned so that he would steal it to do better on his test, knowing that if he gave it to Ned, Ned wouldn't have studied it so much.
Moze does one in Guide to: the First Day. She wants to take an elective that's different from what Ned and Cookie are taking, so she deliberately chose a different elective, cooking, but when Ned and Cookie find out and attempt to enroll in cooking as well, she decides she's going to switch electives again. Ned and Cookie see her walking out of the woodshop classroom later that day, and they go over to enroll in woodshop as well. Moze later reveals that she knew they would be spying on her, so she deliberately walked to woodshop because she knew that if they thought they had caught her enrolling in woodshop, they would enroll in it, too, and, as long as she didn't let them find out before the 2:00 pm deadline to change electives, they would be guaranteed to not be in the same elective as her. When Ned and Cookie find out, Cookie desperately tries to hack into the school's system to switch Ned and Cookie's elective to Life Science, but in the process, accidentally kick Moze out of Life Science and into woodshop.
In Guide to Art Class, the art class is running out of money and may have to end after a failed student art auction. After Ned's painting is interpreted as a naked lady, he gets into trouble with the princpal. However, Dr. Wright, the principal uses this to create a sensational news story to draw attention to the school's art program and Ned's painting is bought by a rich art lover, who insists all of the money goes to the art program.
Beware the Nice Ones: Inverted with Mr. Sweeney in "Gross Biology Dissections." After his frogs are stolen, he goes into his usual angry mode to scare Ned, Cookie, and Gordy into giving them back. When that doesn't work, he does "something different": politely asking them, which has this effect:
Ned: Wow. Nice Sweeney is scarier than regular Sweeney.
Big Eater: One-Bite, who got his nickname from being able to devour pretty much any food in one bite. When he takes a bite of Ned's sandwich, he leaves a small scrap left, because that was just a tiny bite according to him. He spent the remainder of the episode prowling the cafeteria stealing everybody's lunch.
"NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO—*to the camera* This may take a while.—OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO."
He continues this scream even when he's out of the classroom and in front of Moze's locker until she stuffs a sock into his mouth.
Then there's the episode where they're all trying to break bad habits. Ned finally learns to say no to people, and unfortunately unintentionally denies a chance to go on a study date with Suzie. After being informed of this, he does the standard "drop to knees Skyward Scream" version.
Cookie gets one in "Study Hall" when his first plan to leave study hall to meet with a girl fails. This "NOOOO!" comes close to a Skyward Scream but is aborted when he gets a new idea. Cue the Big "YES!".
Bigger on the Inside: The lockers. For instance, when Ned opens his locker in Guide to: Getting Organized, a whole pile of stuff that could not have possibly fit into a normal locker falls out. In Guide to: Vice-Principals, Vice Principal Crubbs pulls out a lot of things from Loomer's locker, including Coconut Head. And, in Guide to: Class Clowns, Ned, Cookie, and Gordy emerged from a single locker when they caught Maurice Adams cracking a joke.
Also, Backpack Boy has a whole room of backpacks in his locker. Ned lampshades this.
Inverted with Crony, as a Running Gag through the series where he is embarrassed for others to see him in the sewing club but no one else cares, and in fact, occasionally asks for his help.
Bishie Sparkle: Played With in Guide to: Girls. Ned expects this to happen when he meets his perfect girl, and then he sees it happen around Moze. The first two times were because of coincidences, but it's implied that the third time was the real deal.
Ned: And I'll know when I see her, because golden light will hit her just right, and the angels will sing!
Moze: Oh, please. *is suddenly enshrouded with golden light while Ned looks on in confusion*
Most of the segments where tips are given break the fourth wall, as they directly address the audience.
In "Guide to Girls", Ned reminds Moze after she finishes her tips to meeting girls to do one more thing: face the camera and explain to the viewers her tips while a boom box plays the theme.
In "Extra Credit," when Ned and Cookie are talking about Moze's extra credit volcano and Ned comments that it has been done on every TV show ever, they turn and give a longAside Glance at the camera.
Brilliant but Lazy: Ned, it's even commented on by the teachers that Ned is one of the most resourceful students in the school but just has no interest in grades.
Brick Joke: In episode 3 of season 1, someone carries an ICBM Missile past Mr. Sweeney. In episode 13 of the same season, Gordy has an ICBM Missile in his closet.
Bring My Brown Pants: In "Guide to: Halloween," Principal Pal literally scares the shit out of Vice Principal Crubbs, Ned, Moze, and Cookie by pretending to be dead and "coming back to life" toward the end of the episode.
Crubbs: I'm gonna need new underwear.
Ned, Moze, and Cookie: Me, too.
Broke Episode: There's one where Ned, Cookie, and Moze need money to go to a concert.
Bubble Boy: Ned spends half of a day inside a plastic bubble to prevent himself from getting sick and being sent home before the last period, in which he'd get to meet Matt Hoffman. Unfortunately, he gets sent home anyway because the bubble heats up and the nurse takes the temperature of the bubble as Ned's body temperature.
Butt Monkey: Coconut Head, Lisa Zemo (before her Beautiful All Along reveal), Martin Qwerly, and Backpack Boy. Cookie and Ned as well, later on, as well as the Night Guy.
Cardboard Pal: The trio, along with other characters in the show, use cardboard cutouts of themselves to escape from situations like being stuck listening to Martin Qwerly or being forced to stay in the vice-principal's office for something they didn't do.
Cash Lure: Gordy plays this prank on Mr. Sweeney to cheer Ned up. It doesn't work.
Cheaters Never Prosper: In Guide to: Cheaters, Bitsy constantly keeps copying off of Moze's paper despite Moze's efforts to block her from looking. Eventually Moze comes up with the idea to just put the wrong answers on her test and take a failing grade to get Bitsy to stop. When Bitsy complains to Moze about it and announces she can always find someone else to cheat off of, the teacher who had given the tests happens to walk by and overhear her. Bitsy is taken to the principal's office and her name stripped from the honor roll board.
Chekhov's Gag: In "Guide to Crushes," Cookie's computer identifies Lisa as his perfect match. Cookie and Lisa get together in the grand finale.
Not to mention the number of times that Moze or Ned are mistaken to have done something to get the other one jealous.
Shandra Taylor, one of Moze's few female friends who disappears without a word before season two.
Also Mr. Monroe, who was listed in the opening credits in season one and appeared in every episode; he made only a few token appearances in season two, and vanished without a trace in season three. This is very glaring because Monroe was originally intended as the mentor figure for the protagonists; on the other hand, as his prominence decreased, the other teachers became more developed.
A bit of Truth in Television; this happens all the time in large schools when teachers only teach grade-level subjects
Doris and the Huge Crew.
Circling Birdies: Happens frequently to characters following a head injury. At times, only the bird sound effects play, but other times animated birds and other objects circle the victims' heads. Recipients of the trope in the show include Ned, Loomer, Cookie and Faymen Phorchin.
Class Clown: Had a whole episode, Guide to: Class Clowns, about this, with the plot being that the up-to-this-point-unseen class clown character is leaving. As a Class Clown is needed to avoid the students falling into depression, they seek someone to replace them. Gordy reveals he was once a class clown when he was younger, and tries to help Ned take on this role since Ned was unable to do this by himself. Eventually a Deadpan Snarker is picked to take their place, who was unwilling as he didn't want to get in trouble.
Compressed Vice: Setting tables to collapse, "a Ned Bigby classic", seen only in the Guide to Records.
Continuity Nod: In "Math," Ned tries to help a classmate, but wrongly answers that two negatives multiplied together make another negative. This ends up coming back to help him in "Positives and Negatives" in an unexpected way when he cheers up two emo teens by introducing them to each other.
Coordinated Clothes: The Oboe twins. In "Guide to Shyness" Ned and Moze separated them to cure them of their shyness. Tracy, the girl Moze tried to help, is too reliant on her twin and dresses as everyone she hangs out with including Seth, Moze, Lisa, and even Ned.
Ned: (points to Simone's clothes) I don't think it's this!
Crazy-Prepared: The premise of the show is the title character collecting lots of info on every possible facet of school life. According to some viewers, the tips given actually work in real life. There is also Cookie, who combines this with Do-Anything Robot. There seems to be no end to all the weird (and completely useless) things he's made a helmet or pair of glasses for.
Moze, too, as evidenced by her ability to thwart all of Cookie's and Ned's plans to get Cookie to play Romeo by causing Spencer (the actual actor for Romeo) to be injured in "Guide to: School Plays."
Credit Card Plot: In "Extra Credit," Cookie's B-story involves him running up a massive debt on his "emergency" card, buying everything from pizza to a pony from an instant-delivery company.
Ned: Don't you know how a credit card works? You get a bill at the end of the month for all the stuff on it. How are you going to pay for that?
Moze dressed up as a boy in Guide to: Dismissal to get into the boy's bathroom because it had no line. It didn't work as well as she hoped.
A Day in the Limelight: Ned was stumped for tips on dealing with girls, the best he could come up with is that they like shoes and they smell nice. When Moze harrassed him with "Is that the best you can do?" he pulled out a boombox, turned on the theme music, pointed Moze's head to the camera and had her deliver the tips.
Ned: Being a rock star is great! Girls love rock stars, you get to be rich and famous...did I mention the girls?
Disapproving Look: Moze gives an "I'm disappointed in you" look to Ned and Cookie in "Guide to: Vice Principals" to guilt them into proving Loomer's innocence. She follows them everywhere with that look until they finally cave.
Ned: Fine! You win! But I'm doing it for the guide, not for Loomer.
Cookie: Just stop the look. It burns!
She has a whole arsenal of these. In "Guide to: Gross Biology Dissection," Moze gives Ned her "I can't believe you lied to your best friend" look after she found out he lied to her.
Disguised in Drag: Happens thrice. In Recycling, Ned dresses as a girl to check in the girls' bathroom. In Girls. Cookie dresses up as a girl to find out what Lisa likes in boys. Unfortunately, he also gets hit on by another boy, though mainly for knowing about cars and engines. And in Dismissal, Moze dresses as a boy to get into the boy's bathroom.
Dork Horse Candidate: Played With in the fact that Ned has to be forced to run and his attempts to not get elected backfire hilariously. They end up getting him a fair percentage of the votes. And yet, somehow, the weasel which is nominated every year as a joke ends up winning.
Dramatic Wind: The romantic kind is invoked in Guide to: Jealousy, when Ned and Moze hold each other lovingly with a fan blowing near them at the right angle to put this trope in effect to make Missy think they're dating.
Missy: Okay, fine! The twenty-four hours are up and you guys are still together, so I guess I have to accept it and move on! And the fan was a nice touch, by the way!
Often lampshaded in many episodes.
Earpiece Conversation: Gordy and Ned use this in Guide to: Class Clowns. Gordy feeds Ned funny one-liners to establish Ned as the new class clown. Unfortunately, Gordy gets distracted by the weasel...
Eat the Evidence: In the Grand Finale, Ned forges a signature on Cookie's parent permission slip so he can go on the school field trip. But when the vice principle tries to compare it to the real signature of Cookie's mother, Cookie quickly eats the permission slip.
Eccentric Mentor: Principal Pal. He can't seem to grasp the fact that Moze is a girl and he acts a bit senile, but he is clearly very intelligent. He's basically a non-magical American version of Dumbledore.
Egg Sitting: Ned and Cookie have to take care of a baby doll for their Life Science class. In Guide to: Bathrooms and Project Partners, Loomer steals the doll from Ned and Cookie, and threatens to send it back piece by piece if they don't do what he wants. Ned gleefully points out that they can just wait for Loomer to send all the pieces back, then put the doll together again. But their teacher moves the end of the project forward, before the doll's head is returned...
Elaborate University High: They seem to have a lot of free time for middle school kids, although the short episode lengths mean that "today"'s action can easily take place within not much more than 10 minutes' worth of real time.
Election Day Episode: In Talent Shows & Elections, Ned ran for class president, albeit a bit against his will because he thought it was just a popularity contest. In the end, the school's resident runaway weasel is elected , but a number of Ned's friends win the "lesser" positions because they were running unopposed, and thus have the real power to enact some of Ned's campaign promises like more time outdoors.
Embarrassing Nickname: The point of the episode "Guide to Nicknames." Moze doesn't like her nickname and Loomer looks to Cookie to come up with better insulting nicknames for different students.
Emo Teen: "Mark Downer", who was so emo that flowers wilted in his presence.
Empathic Environment: In Guide to Class Clowns, after the class clown moves, the school is beset with dark clouds and bad weather. The students also act sluggish and morose. After a new class clown emerges, the clouds part and the sun shines, and the students are happy.
Everything's Better with Monkeys: Invoked and then subverted in Mondays. Ned think Monkeys would help make Mondays better, but then the monkey goes, well, ape and starts to cause chaos.
Moze: "Monkey Mondays?"
Ned: "Monkeys make everything better."
Averted in-universe when Cookie and others were trying to cheer up Ned in "Boys" by showing him what school would be like without his tips. A video they showed ended with giant monkeys destroying the school.
Even Evil Has Standards: Mr. Sweeney often joins Crubbs on dealing with the students, especially Ned, often treating them worse than the bullies do. But like many others, he also has limits on how far, especially seen in Guide to: Principal when he was disgusted on how low Crubbs would go to be promoted. Like the other teachers including Dr. Alistar Wright, Sweeney just wants to do his job, be a teacher.
Evil Twin: Ned planned on using this trope to explain away him kissing Moze.
Finger in the Mail: Parodied. Loomer takes the title character's Life Science baby care project doll and sends it back to them piece by piece. The horrified Cookie exclaims, "What do we do now?" to which Ned smiles and replies, "Nothing," because he knew he'd get all the parts of the baby by the deadline. This backfires when, the day before the babies are to be inspected, the teacher suddenly moves up the deadline and they still don't have the head.
Fire-Breathing Diner: To get rid of One-Bite and stop him from eating everyone's lunches in "Guide to: Lunch," Ned makes an incredibly spicy sandwich. When One-Bite eats the sandwich, fire comes out of his mouth.
When Cookie eats beans with hot sauce on them spilled from the sandwich later that episode, he breathes out fire.
Suzie: Jennifer told me how long you'd been waiting for that, and I thought it was the sweetest thing I'd ever heard.
First Name Basis: Inverted for Moze and Cookie. Cookie and Moze are Only Known by Their Nickname for the most part; the only person who calls Cookie "Simon" is Lisa, who had a crush on him, and the only people who call Moze "Jennifer" are Seth and Faymen, who she dated during the second and third seasons, respectively, and Loomer, who has a thing for her. Suzie also calls her "Jennifer." Make of that what you will.Ned on the other hand, is physically unable to call her Jennifer.
Five Stages of Grief: Moze (whose backpack - with her diary inside - went missing) goes through these very quickly, with 'anger' coming up a lot. Though she skips the Negotiation stage, and Ned calls it the Four Stages of Grief.
Moze begins as a normal (yet kinda obsessive) tomboy who was good at sports and hated being girly. In season 2, she's perfect at every manly thing, but also considered hot by guys even a grade higher than her.
Cookie was originally Ned's nerdy best friend that more often than not got into trouble with him. In the final season of the show, Cookie would almost always have a plan to score with Lisa Zemo, a nerdy girl that turned out to be Beautiful All Along. He and Ned very rarely did anything together, and attempting to date Lisa became his only other character trait.
Foreign Cuss Word: Subverted in Guide to: Bad Habits. Moze tries trash-talking in volleyball in Dutch to avoid getting penalized for foul language. The referee turns out to be Dutch (wearing wooden shoes in a school gym!) and penalizes her anyway.
Foreshadowing: In "Failing", Lunch Lady reads the corn and says "...but you're going to kiss your true love at a dance soon!". Two episodes later, guess what happens...
Four-Temperament Ensemble: Ned is sanguine (cheerful and a bit of a goof), Moze is choleric (assertive and task-oriented), and Cookie is melancholic (perfectionist and hard-working). Gordy might fit as phlegmatic since he's laid back, tends to only interact with the main trio, and is lazy (but he's probably a better fit for sanguine).
Free the Frogs: Parodied in Guide to: Gross Biology Dissections. Ned helps Suzie free a frog from dissection, but it turns out that that frog was actually supposed to be a class pet and that the frogs they were supposed to dissect came pre-killed. He only helps free the frog in the first place to impress Suzie (which Moze calls him out on), the frog-kidnappers end up becoming too attached to the frog (which they name "P. Froggy") to release him, so they make a frog-sized resort for him, and in the climax, when the kids release the frog to "roam free," we hear it crossing a busy street and with a sickening thud, the kids are splattered with green goo. Then the lunch lady walks by and says, "who left my spinach cans out in the road?" Also, in the end, Mr. Sweeney gives a Virtual Dissection option.
Ned: Reasonable and logical for the most part, but will more than occasionally go mad trying to reach his goals. (Mostly Ego, occasionally Superego)
Moze: Intelligent and friendly. Usually has a logical and effective solution to the others' problems, but can be incredibly unreasonable when it comes to her own. (Mostly Superego, occasionally Ego).
Cookie: Knows technology, but is totally socially inept. Immediately uses the most complicated and ineffective way of solving problems. (Id)
Gag Haircut: In Guide to Bad Hair Days, Ned sneaks out to get a haircut from a high school class that's learning hairdressing. He ends up with a bald spot in the back, which is then fixed by three teachers with terrible hair. That haircut is fixed by the next episode.
Gasshole: "Timmy Toot-Toot" - his incredible flatulence is always accompanied by a betrayingly tiny "Toot toot!" sound effect.
He even "passes on" the fame to Ned at one point.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: In a fake parenthood class experiment, Ned and Cookie are partnered together. Mr. Monroe even pushes two male dolls together to represent the relationship.
Mr. Monroe: You can be the alternative family!
This gets even more evident when, a year later, Loomer, his posse and Martin Qwerly join the class and become other two "alternative couples".
One episode had a subplot in which one of Loomer's henchmen repeatedly tried to tell Loomer that he was in the sewing club, only to get interrupted by something every time. The way they go about it is very reminiscent of somebody trying to come out of the closet. Cookie even tells him something along the lines of "if Loomer's really your friend, he'll accept you for who you are."
There is also a rather interesting moment during the first episode of season 3:
Cookie: Do you think that Lisa Zemo is hot?
Gordy: Ummm, I can't answer that, due to the fact that I'm 40.
There is Suzie's habit of wanting to share lockers with whoever her current boyfriend is, which is treated akin to moving in together as adults.
No mention of that Seven Minutes In Heaven scene in Valentines day? It certainly looked like the Huge Crew were having fun...
In Guide to Dismissal at the beginning of the episode:
Cookie's Thoughts: mmmhhh... I'm Happy!
In "Guide to Crushes" Ned not only pretends to be so enamored with Susie that he pours fruit juice on her shirt while they work together on decorating for the school dance, he then tries to get a bottle glue open which sprays all over her.
One episode that talks about how to ask someone out has Ned unintentionally get a date with Seth while he's trying to tell him that Moze wants to ask him out.
From "Guide to Gym":
Coach Stax: "You mean, all this is over a girl flipping you? You sound like a flipping fool!"
An entire episode was spent around Ned painting a picture of an orange naked lady.
And yet another entire episode was focused on Ned trying not to scratch his pubes in public. We're never outright told where the "embarrassing itch" is, but the placement of Ned's hands (and the massive amounts of itch-relief powder that eventually resolves the issue) make it pretty clear.
In one of the first episodes, mention is made of a "Hottie List" in the girl's bathroom. We get a brief view of some of the names on the list, one of which is Doug Secksay.
In "Spirit Week" Cookie glues the Spirit Stick to Moze's hand as well as his own. The next day, they are still glued together.
Ned: "How did you...(points to bathroom door)
Moze and Cookie together: Don't ask.
In the last episode, Ned has a lot of...issues with his clothes. In the last maybe 15 minutes, he's pretty much running around in just a hula skort.
In the dream part of "Guide to: Halloween/Vampires, Werewolves, Ghosts and Zombies", Cookie spends a lot of the episode trying to find a full moon to change into a werewolf. Ned helps him out by mooning him. This is even one of his tips.
Girlfriend in Canada: In one episode, Cookie pretends he has a girlfriend to make Lisa jealous. Unfortunately, the only person he makes jealous is Evelyn...
Glove Slap: Leads to a duel over Moze between Faymen (who she was currently going out with) and Seth (who had broken up with her in the previous season). Lampshaded by Moze:
Moze: Guys! Don't be jealous over me! And where are you getting the white gloves?
Goggles Do Something Unusual: Cookie's glasses have something very much like a full-function Windows PC built into them. He seems to see perfectly well without them, and Ned doesn't seem to suffer any ill effects while wearing them for a full episode.
Ned: That thing [The Cram-Master] brainwashed me. Now, whenever I'm having a moral dilemma, Abe Lincoln and Benedict Arnold appear on my shoulders!
Gossip Evolution: " 'Moze' is a great nickname! I like 'Moze' " turns into "Ned is in love with Moze and he wants to ask her out" in "Guide to: Rumors."
Got Volunteered: Played With in "Guide to: School Newspapers." When Mr. Monroe wants some volunteers to help run the Howler, at first, even after both Cookie and Moze shove Ned, he adamantly refuses, but Moze and Cookie manage to convince him to volunteer out of his own accord for the position by giving passionate speeches about the importance of the newspaper. When he volunteers, and Mr. Monroe asks for more volunteers to help with the newspaper, Moze and Cookie quickly look around and stick their hands in their pockets, before laughing at the idea of writing for the "stupid school newspaper."
Played straight with Moze in "Guide to: Volunteering." The trio were getting their hours for "volunteering" done by playing broomball with Gordy and having him sign their hours sheet. When Principal Wright finds out about this, he asks them to earn their hours by cleaning up the second entrance to the school. Ned and Cookie pretend to step forward, but they let Moze step forward on her own, thus sticking her with the job.
Green-Eyed Monster: Happens to Cookie multiple times during Season 3 towards Lisa's group of male admirers, as well as to Ned in regards to Suzie's boyfriends. Also happens to Moze in Guide to: Jealousy towards Missy when her and Ned's plan to make Missy leave Ned alone by fake-dating falls apart at the end when they "fake-break up." Mozeshoves Missy away from Ned, rips off the T-shirt that Missy made Ned wear that said "I'm With Missy," and hugs him. After this whole ordeal, Missy finally leaves Ned alone.
Ned: That. Was. AMAZING! I really thought you were jealous! And now all my Missy problems are gone!
Halloween Episode: "Guide to: Halloween/Vampires, Werewolves, Ghosts and Zombies." In this two part Halloween episode, the first part dealt with Ned, Moze, and Cookie setting up the school's annual Halloween party. The second was a dream induced by a sugar crash in which Ned was a vampire who was having trouble passing his "turning into a bat" exam, Cookie was a werewolf looking for a transformation trigger to chase off Franken-Loomer, and Moze was a ghost looking to kill someone because she was the only ghost at school.
Hammerspace: Played for laughs with lockers, which can hold way more than any ordinary locker would.
Headphones Equal Isolation: In the study hall episode, one of Ned's tips is that a good way to prevent people from distracting you is to wear headphones. You don't even have to plug them into anything.
Held Gaze: In the episode "Guide to: Positives and Negatives", Sarah Gothman and Mark Downing have this before they kiss. It's electrifying.
Between Ned and Moze, especially when they were fake-dating in Guide to: Jealousy.
Happily Ever After: A Running Gag, usually used at the conclusion of the explanation of whatever scheme's been cooked up this time. Also, the final words of the series, as everything's tied up once and for all with more-or-less everybody being satisfied with what they end up with.
Moze: We keep laughing, but I don't even know what we're laughing about!
Hollywood Dress Code: Gordy's jumpsuit, Loomer's leather jacket, Seth's ever-present warmups and so on...
Hopeless Suitor: Loomer might had have a chance with Moze but she knew better then to trust him in a relationship. It didn't stop his scheming.
Hope Spot: Near the end of Guide to: Cell Phones, when Ned calls Suzie and explains everything to her that has made her think he doesn't want to talk to her, she believes him but then Mose's cellphone dies, and Suzie breaks up with him on her own. Following that, Ned says to charge up every night to avoid a dead battery in an emergency.
Hot Wind: In Guide to: Reading, Cookie sees this when the girls who are in Moze's book club walk by.
"How Did You Know?" "I Didn't.": The episode "Guide to: The New Kid" has Cookie as the "new kid" in his new advanced math class posing as a British person to seem more interesting to his new class. Turns out the class already has a British kid, who calls him out on it. Cue Cookie stammering and then trying to save face by sputtering miscellaneous stereotypical and nonsensical Britishisms. Then it turns out he was faking as well; he's from Ohio, not Britain. Cookie asks "Then how did you know I wasn't British?" The response? "I didn't. I just took a stab and you caved."
Humiliating Wager: One episode has Ned and Moze making a bet that they won't procrastinate on a project. The loser has to do a silly dance wearing silly clothes. Ned seems to be procrastinating, except he was doing things relevant to his assignment, and Moze was procrastinating.
I Was Beaten By A Girl: Played With. In "Guide to: Gym," Moze beats Ned in martial arts. Ned is embarrassed by this, but not strictly because he was beaten by a girl (after all, Moze has been beating him up since Pre-K, so this is really nothing new), but because everyone knows about it. He still gets called out on this by Moze ("It's the 21st century! Girls are tough!") and Coach Strax ("Jennifer's your friend, right?...And you respect her, right?...So there's no shame in losing to her!"), though.
I Was Just Joking: Moze sarcastically suggests that Ned dress up as a girl and check the girl's restroom for his guide. Much to her dismay, he takes her sarcastic suggestion seriously.
Moze: It's not in there. And if you don't believe me, why don't you go dress up as a girl and go look for yourself?
I Will Fight No More Forever: Moze refuses to play dodgeball ever again in Guide to: Dodgeball because she thinks she gave Coconut Head a bloody nose and knocked out his teeth when she accidentally threw a dodgeball at his face. She snaps out of it when she finds out she didn't cause his nosebleed and the "teeth" she thought she knocked out were just breath mints.
Imagine the Audience Naked: In Guide to: Spelling Bees, Ned gives this advice to Cookie, and at the end of the episode, the entire audience inexplicably becomes all-male and actually strip to their underwear to help Cookie win the bee.
In a World: Parodied in "Guide To: Video Projects."
Also parodied in other episodes, when Ned's plan is presented like a movie trailer, such as in "Guide to: Computer Lab."
Inspirational Insult: Vice Principle Crubbs tells Mr. Wright who wasn't going to try for the principal position anyway that he wouldn't make a good principal. This irks Mr. Wright and he decides to go and try for the principal position. This even gets lampshaded.
Insufferable Genius: In addition to being bullies that are implied to be even worse than Loomer, the Killer Bee spelling team repeatedly mocks people while also showing off their spelling prowess.
Lance Widget, also. He never hesitates to insult the people he tutors.
Ned: *talking about his tutors* [Lance] called me mean things that I didn't understand...
It's a Wonderful Plot: In the episode 'Boys' Ned's friends, Gordy, and Mr. Sweeney use this to cheer Ned up and get him writing tips again. They actually pull it off by acting out Ned's past and a present with and without the Guide.
Missy: You had your chances to date Ned, and you blew all of them.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Moze is short-tempered, aggressive, and sarcastic, and she frequently insults Ned and Cookie, but she does care about them and is usually willing to help in whatever way she can.
Loomer might count, too. He's the class bully, but he has proven himself to be a nice person deep, deep down inside.
Lampshade Hanging: This show loves to do this, naturally, since it parodies its genre.
Laugh Track: Invoked in-universe by Cookie in the Class Clown episode. Cookie creates himself a "Laugh Track Machine" to become the new class clown.
Moze: This is your most ridiculous invention yet.
Cookie: *plays laugh track*
Moze: But it does make everything kind of funny.
Averted in the show overall. The laugh track is replaced with a set of specific "stand-in" soundsnote (the show was filmed mostly on-location, and by the time it premiered, laugh tracks were in their way out), having one for a determinate situation.
Leitmotif: Martin Qwerly, of all characters, has one that always plays when his motor mouth gets going. Cookie has a rather odd-sounding sting that punctuates some of his more outlandish statements. Other leitmotifs include a harmonica whenever Chopsaw shows up, Lisa's soft and sad piece, Bitsy's innocent-sounding flute piece, Faymen's Spanish guitar, and the "Miami Vice" knockoff theme for Crubbs.
Less Embarrassing Term: Ned's experimental "School Survival Cushion Protector" (an ordinary bedroom pillow). Also the "Guide to Volunteering", which is about community service as a school requirement, not actual volunteering.
Like an Old Married Couple: Moze and Ned, to an extent. They are very comfortable with each other, and they exchange insults frequently.
Limited Wardrobe: Gordy, Crubbs, Seth and a few others always have the exact same outfit. Missy, despite being the Alpha Bitch, usually wears a yellow blouse if not her cheerleading outfit.
Long Title: A mild example. A few episodes do it as well, such as "When You Like Someone Who Is Going Out With Somebody Else," "Vampires, Werewolves, Ghosts & Zombies," and "Field Trips, Permission Slips, Signs, and Weasels."
In the first two seasons, Lisa has a crush on Cookie, who always overlooks her because she's Hollywood Homely. After her (unnecessary) makeover, their roles reverse- Cookie likes her back now that she's pretty, but after 2 years of unrequited love and a newfound Unwanted Harem, she doesn't really see him as anything more than a friend now. Cookie FINALLY manages to get a date with Lisa in the Grande Finale however.
There is a portrayal of this in an early episode, where Ned stares lovingly at Suzie, Suzie stares lovingly to Loomer, and Loomer stares lovingly to Moze. She is the only one who finds the whole scene strange.
The Ludovico Technique: Parodied in the "Bad Habits" episode, where Ned's eyes are propped open with tape as he watches a movie on the word "no"note since Ned had a bad habit of saying yes to everyone.
Mad Love: Missy towards Ned. Provides the page quote.
Magic 8 Ball: Ned uses Moze's "Magic Pyramid" to pass his exams. It gets him a "B" on a test...but the crazy guidance counselor smashes it into pieces.
Magic Countdown: On the "Dismissal" episode, there's a timer in the bottom left corner. While it never leaves the screen, the seconds slow down and go faster 10 "seconds" before the bus leaves.
Magic Floppy Disk: Justified in Guide to: School Pictures; the school pictures being taken on film were a Plot Point when Cookie planned to hack the camera to upload a better picture of himself.
Magical Negro: Lunch Lady, who can read the future in baked beans or corn.
And Moze, even despite the fact that she and Ned are the official couple.
May the Farce Be with You: "Guide to: Dodgeball" is one huge Star Wars parody, with Cookie joining The Dark Side and gaining a robotized voice and heavy breathing from his dodge ball helmet, an Image Freeze echoing the end of the master-vs.apprentice fight in A New Hope, and a dodgeball called The Force (allowing Coach Dirga to deliver the line "Use the force, Moze"), among others. Ned and Moze are both Luke, Cookie is Anakin/Vader, and Loomer is Palpatine.
Meadow Run: Invoked by Moze in Guide to: Positives and Negatives to finally get sparks in her kisses with Faymen. It doesn't work.
Missed The Bus: One episode dealt with the theme of buses in which Cookie and several other students miss their bus and have to find other ways to get to school.
Mistaken For An Impostor: In Guide to: Reading, Cookie tries to get into the all-girls book club by dressing up as a girl, and Moze catches on. The next day, when a female teacher enters, claiming that Vice-Principal Crubbs wanted her to supervise them after Moze attacked Cookie (Crubbs was concerned about the violence), Moze starts attacking the teacher, but finds out that the teacher really is a woman, and not Cookie.
Mistaken for Murderer: Cookie sees a body dressed in Faymen's clothing fall past the window, and becomes convinced that Moze killed him because he's a bad kisser. Eventually he starts to think that Ned, Mr. Monroe, and Gordy are in on it too. Naturally, it's just an old CPR dummy they want to get rid of.
Mysterious Teachers Lounge: When the door of the Teacher's Lounge is opened, dance music and disco lights can be seen and heard from the hallway along with smoke pouring out. And, in Guide to: School Websites, Ned becomes completely fine with being signed up as the president of the website committee because he, Moze, and Cookie finally get to see what's inside the Teacher's Lounge. Unfortunately, we don't get to.
Naked Freak-Out: Jock Goldman, an eighth grader who used Moze in "Upperclassmen" to get his ex girlfriend jealous got his just desserts when Ned's annoying, pantsing fifth grade charge stole all of Jock's clothes. He had to use a large pink elephant to hide himself.
Never Trust a Trailer: In one commercial there was a scene where Moze collides with Ned and ends up on top (no this is not going into that). It was obviously trying to suggest the corridor scene would be a romantic moment for the both of them. But the episode was one of the few not involving the UST between them and the encounter was about as platonic as you could imagine... "So how's the reading going?"
New Year Same Class: Mostly averted, where the kids are shown to be in different level classes based on skill, get new teachers when they move from 7th to 8th grade, etc (the fact they don't have the same classes together as the year before is even a plot point in the pilot). However "evil" science teacher Mr. Sweeney does follow them up from 7th to 8th (to their collective horror) and the class is populated with the same few recurring characters as before.
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Mr. Sweeney offered his car for the car wash on the boys' side because he enjoyed helping raise money. They then go on to destroy his car by smashing his windshield, putting a large hole in its roof while the teacher who drove it off dented its front and back bumpers (knocking the front completely off) and peeling the door off when driving into a pole. The next season, karma came back to him when he wins a much better car from a radio contest that Cookie had been trying to win.
No Name Given: Many people are only known by their nicknames: Coconut Head, Backpack Boy...
Non Sequitur Thud: Happens to Spencer, who was supposed to be playing Romeo in the School Play, after he falls off the stage when Ned and Cookie make the lights too bright so that Spencer would get injured and Cookie would get to play Romeo.
Spencer: Okay, I'm ready to see Santa!
Mr. Combover: What are we going to do? Spencer is cuckoo!
No Sparks: Moze gets with the hot foreign exchange student Faymen for a long time, but is confused to find that she only feels sparks kissing Ned.
Noodle Implements: Subverted, along with Noodle Incident, in "Procrastination." Moze and Ned bet "the usual" over whether Ned will put off his social studies project and fail, and she gathers a ton of odd costume parts and props (clown shoes, a toilet plunger, fairy wings, etc.) throughout the episode for the bet itself. Ned passes and we get see what the bet entailed: dancing in a circle in the school's foyer, wearing all the costume parts and yodeling into the plunger while a whole crowd of students looks on.
Moze: This is your worst idea ever. ...Wait, cheese pants was your worst idea ever. But this is close.
Not to mention the varying number of times Ned has been trapped in the girl's bathroom...
Not So Different: The "Guide to Stress" ends with the three protagonists' frightening realization how they're Not So Different from their Mentors: Ned and Gordy, Moze and iTeacher, and Cook and Dr. Wright. Their role models were also a little freaked out.
"Career Week" showed Ned why he would work best in an education-related career. Like Vice Principal Crubbs, he likes giving students advice and helping them to become better people.
Of Corpse He's Alive: In "Halloween" Ned, Moze, Cookie, Gordy, and Vice Principal Krubbs do this with the principal. Subverted in that the principal was faking his death to scare them.
Offscreen Teleportation: Moze has done this. For instance, in "Guide to: Spirit Week," Cookie snatches Moze's corn dog from her hand and replaces it with the Spirit Stick because he didn't want to hold it anymore and runs away...only to find Moze standing in front of the cafeteria exit to give him the Spirit Stick back. Cookie looks back at where Moze was sitting with a very perplexed look on his face.
In "Guide to: Nicknames," Ned runs quickly so that he can pass by Moze and Moze would call him "Wheels" because he's so fast so that this nickname would stick, but after running a little bit, he finds Moze suddenly in front of him.
Moze: I'm telling you, you're not that fast.
Oh, No... Not Again!: In Guide to: Money, one of Cookie's several failed attempts to quickly make $50 involves a failed ventriloquism act. Moze sees the poster, and she invokes this trope. (And since no further description is given in the series, it can be assumed that she is referring to a Noodle Incident of some sort.)
Moze: Oh, no. Not Baxter Bear!
Only a Flesh Wound: While Mr Chopsaw is being wheeled on a stretcher to an awaiting ambulance with a large drill bit protruding from his hand, he seriously downplays it.
Mr Chopsaw: It's just a scratch, see!
Only Sane Man: The level-headed Moze is usually the voice of reason of the main trio, and much more sensible compared to Ned, Cookie, and most of the school. Ned also fills this role, being a fairly normal Ridiculously Average Guy, while the other students (and the teachers) are merely caricatures and act like over–the–top cartoon characters.
OOC Is Serious Business: In the volunteering episode, Buzz who normally never speaks gives a speech to the other main characters after he becomes disappointed in their shoddy volunteer work.
In Guide to Boys, everyone knows Ned is depressed when he doesn't want to do the tips any more. Even Mr. Sweeney knows something is wrong when he starts yelling at Ned for a cruel prank and he doesn't run away or lie to him.
Parental Bonus: Vice-Principal Crubbs. His name is a combination of Crockett and Tubbs from Miami Vice, he even dresses with a white jacket over a blue shirt. Originally he wanted to be a Vice Cop, but found the education system more rewarding and he still had "vice" in his title.
Picture Day: One episode, Guide to: Picture Day, specifically dealt with Picture Days by having Ned help Moze give a good smile for the camera, since her smiles always look awkward and forced for school pictures, and by having Cookie search for someone who could pose as him, since his pictures always stink.
Pinball Gag: In Guide to: Dodgeball, Moze was able to take out four people with one throw of a dodgeball. Sound effects, of course, were included.
Playing Pictionary: In one episode, Ned tries to paint abstract art and the entire school thinks it's a naked lady. At the end of the episode, he tries again and people see it as a fire truck.
Playing Sick: Played straight and inverted in the episode "Sick Day." During a flu epidemic in the school, Moze tries to fake being sick to get out of making a class presentation and is unsuccessful. Ned tries to steer clear of anyone who is sick as a special guest is coming to visit one of his classes. Cookie is sick as a dog, but doesn't want to ruin his perfect attendance record and works to avoid the nurse, who is actively searching for anyone whose temperature is even slightly feverish. Ultimately, he gets help playing healthy.
Also in one episode, Moze is desperate and waiting in a long line to the girls' room and makes numerous attempts to relieve herself. First, she tries going to the other girls' room, only to find it just as crowded. Then she tries to disguise herself as a boy to get into the boys' room, which almost works until Cookie blows her cover. Finally, she and the other girls get fed up with waiting and charge into the boys' room to finally relieve themselves.
Pun: Some of the B-stories (especially a number of Cookie's in Season 3) have these. For example, "Tutors" was actually "tooters" as in Timmy Toot-Toot, "Positives and Negatives" had Cookie trying to get back at Loomer after a static charge attack, and "Extra Credit" had him lampshade the pun when he showed Ned and Moze the credit card his dad lent him for the episode.
Prophecies Are Always Right: Lunch Lady can "read the beans" (seeing the future in a scoop of beans or corn). Her prophecies usually come true, though not necessarily in the expected way, but she also admits that the future isn't written in stone.
Punny Name: Many, but one of the most obvious is Faymen Phorchin (fame and fortune), an expert Brazilian soccer player.
Mr. Chopsaw, the woodshop teacher
Mr. Gross, a teacher with terrible hygiene.
Doug Secksay, a popular student
The Oboe twins, two shy girls who play the oboe.
Miss Knapp, an elderly teacher who slept in class a lot.
Putting a Hand over His Mouth: Moze and Ned do this to each other to prevent the other from telling Suzie about their kiss at the school dance the previous day in "Guide to: The Last Day" in order to ensure that they would be the first person to tell her.
Radio Contest: In Guide to: Cell Phones, Cookie uses a jacket full of cell phones to try to win a car. It all comes to nothing in the end, as the contest is for people 18 and up, making him ineligible. If only he'd listened to Moze...
Rain Dance: a reverse rain dance is performed by Coconut Head and the other boys to get it to be sunny so that they don't have to play dodgeball in P.E.
Later, they do a similar "Bring Back Moze" dance after Moze says that she won't play dodgeball, since she's their only hope of not getting totally annihilated in dodgeball.
Reality Ensues: In one episode, Cookie tries to win a radio competition where the winner gets a car. Despite Moze outright telling him that he's ineligible due to being in middle school the entire episode has him trying to get the phones he brought to call in back from Mr. Sweeny. He manages to and is the lucky caller, but, true to Moze's prediction, ends up not winning because the contest is for people 18 and up.
Mr. Monroe, especially in Season 1. An incident of note is in "Guide to: Bullies," when Claire and Moze pick him to mediate their Peer Mediation Group.
Record Needle Scratch: This happened from time to time in conversations on the show. In "Guide to: Talent Shows", 2 of these are heard about 3 seconds apart after Cookie inadvertently sits next to Mr. Wright and the other students have left.
Cookie: Pretty lame talent show.
(first record scratch)
Mr. Wright: What did you say?
(second record scratch)
Cookie:(gasp) Sorry, wrong number. (he gets up and leaves)
Mr. Wright:(looking around) Hey, where is everybody?
Sadist Teacher: Mr. Sweeney, parodied to some degree. In one episode, Ned asks Mr. Sweeney to explain how a science fair diorama should look. In response, Mr. Sweeney reaches behind his desk, takes out an elaborately detailed diorama explaining why Ned is likely to get an "F" on his science fair project and shows it to the whole class. But we do see him soften up towards the end, to the point where he doesn't rat Ned out for sneaking onto the field trip. He even admits to Ned that Ned was his favorite student and he enjoyed his antics. He still leaves him in that tree, though... Ned explains that teachers like Sweeney may seem sadistic, but they ultimately judge themselves based on your performance. If you failed, then they failed as a teacher.
Somewhat similarly with Mr. Crubbs. Though quick to reprimand the students for breaking the rules (and even petty about it when really angry), he has his reasons. As he explained to Ned, Crubbs originally wanted to be a police officer (vice specifically), but he sensed a futility to simply punishing bad people. Wanting to be able to really help people while they could still be reached, he went into education.
Scandalgate: In "Guide to: School Newspapers," the Polk Middle School newspaper reveals that the money supposed to replace the tiles has been spent on something else. The following day's headline: "Tile-Gate!"
Scary Librarian: Polk has a scary and crazy librarian. If students claimed they returned books but they aren't in the slots, she screeches "Not ACCORDI-ON to me!" while playing the accordion awfully.
School Play: An entire episode revolved around the school production of Romeo and Juliet. Though, instead of having Ned try and take the lead role, he schemes to get Cookie to play Romeo, since his kiss "won't steal Suzie", who was playing Juliet, from him. Moze, being the stage director, tries to stop all of Ned and Cookie's zany schemes.Hilarity Ensues.
Science Fair: Featured in a season 2 episode focusing on Ned building an exo-skeleton, Moze trying to find something to eat, and Cookie trying to win back Vanessa after the events of "Excuses."
Script Wank: Ned will recap the lessons from the episode at the end.
Sdrawkcab Alias: In "Survival Guide to Tests", when Ned decides that, to pass the three tests he will have on the same day, he will have to become "the opposite of Ned Bigby". Gordy then asks "Den Ybgib?", and he goes with it. When he passes, he gets a G.E.E.K. membership card with the backwards name on it.
Secret Test: Principal Pal subjects the newly made principal Wright to one by remaining in his office despite not being principal anymore to test Wright to see if he could tell people things that may hurt their feelings.
Dr. Wright: You're not the principal anymore, I'm the principal, and it hurts me to say this but you have to leave your office!
Pal: Finally! But I must say, you took a lot longer than I hoped.
Dr. Wright: Say what?
Pal: Alistair, as principal you're going to have to say some tough things and hurt some feelings. But that's the job! And now, you're ready!
Self-Induced Allergic Reaction: Cookie tries to impress Vanessa's grandmother by eating walnut brownies (which she likes). Unfortunately, he is allergic to walnuts...
She Is Not My Girlfriend: Uttered almost word for word by Ned in Guide to: Woodshop. Even before this, Ned and Moze seem to be mistaken for a couple a lot, such as in Guide to: Yearbook, when they won class couple even though they weren't dating.
Ned: I'm making a kitty mansion for my girlfriend. She loves kitties.
Mr. Chopsaw: Jennifer loves kitties?
Ned: What? No! Moze isn't my girlfriend!
Mr. Chopsaw: Well, you two would make a good pair. Trust me, I know these things. Call it a *winks* gift.
Shouldn't We Be in School Right Now?: Sure they're in school, and sure, they go to class when the plot calls for it, but there are many examples where they are some how able to spend the entire day out of school and doing whatever they need to be doing for the topic of the class - and the teachers involved in the plot never mark them as skipping? (One instance is in Guide to: The Lost and Found, where Ned and Moze were fighting over a pair of sneakers in the Lost and Found—Ned wanted them, but Moze wanted to return them, and they had the whole day to themselves to deal with the problem, never showing to class once.)
Amusingly semi-lampshaded when there's a dramatic moment in the hall, (hostage exchange, etc. - hey, it's that kind of show) a teacher or hall monitor will walk past, ask "Do you have hall passes?" and the action pauses while all the students hold up passes, then go right back to the drama.
Shout-Out: Several to The Fairly OddParents (Which is appropriate considering Daran Norris, the voice of quite a few characters on FOP, plays Gordy), many to (what else?) Star Wars in the Guide to Dodgeball.
Teacher: Please welcome... (is handed a piece of paper from Cook) ...Lord Simon Nelson-Cook, The Duke of Hazzard.
Another episode has Ned's gross school lunch slowly moving off of the plate. It helps that both the film and the episode were directed by Savage Steve Holland.
Vice Principal Crubbs' whole character is a shout out to Miami Vice.
His character's motivation to being a vice principal is because it's the next best thing to being a "vice cop in Miami."
Many Star Wars examples as said before; some are a less obvious bonus ("I don't care if your locker is on the ice planet Hoth, you're still late!") Guide to: Dodgeball is the most blatant example. Ned and Moze are both Luke, Cookie is Anakin/Vader, and Loomer is Palpatine. Also, there's a ball called the Force, with Dirga telling Moze to use the Force to defeat Loomer and his posse.
In the later half of Season 2, Episode 17 (Career Week), the show makes a blink-and-you'll-miss-it shout-out to Austin Powers.
Crubs: *watches Ned run off* He's like a little mini-me! *puts his pinkie in his mouth, ala Dr. Evil.*
A circular saw from woodshop class that appears to be possessed and attempting to kill people is nicknamed Christine by the teacher.
A number of times, they refer to Scooby-Doo From Scooby-Dooby Doors to a You Meddling Kids in the episode Guide to: Secrets. During the chase, the character Lisa, dressed in an orange sweater, gets knocked down and has to look for her glasses, which fell on the floor.
Similar Squad: Moze befriends a girl named Jennifer Tu who she has everything in common with. Jennifer Tu's best friends are Ted and Mookie, and yes, it seems like they act just like Ned and Cookie.
Single-Minded Twins: Nerdy oboe-playing Stacy and Tracy. Comically subverted/deconstructed in Guide to: Shyness in that Tracy is actually much more dependent than her sister and copies whoever she gets close to... leading to her taking on personas like "Troze," "Treth," "Trisa" and "Tred" throughout the episode.
Slapstick Knows No Gender: None of the characters - male or female, major or minor - are above Amusing Injuries, awkward situations or embarrassing subplots, which is part of what makes all the characters work so well with the show's tone. What's more, the show avoids the use of this convention in other shows of its type by even including the various love interests in this, even for minor or one-off gags.
Sound Effect Bleep: The referee's whistle was used as this to block out half of Moze's trash-talking in Guide to: Bad Habits.
Speed Dating: Moze arranges this for Ned after Suzie moves away in Guide to: Girls. Tip for girls: Telling a guy you only shower once a month is not attractive.
Spelling Bee: In Guide to: Spelling Bees, the trio has to participate in one. Moze tries to avoid being the first one out so that she doesn't have to be the wordmaster and sit next to Mr. Gross. Unfortunately, she misspells her first word ("floccinaucinihilipilification"). Ned keeps coincidentally getting easy words... and then gets a really impossible one ("honorificabilitudinitatibus"). Cookie has to deal with a group of rival spellers trying to psych him out. He wins after spelling "victorious", but it takes Ned and everyone else pulling their pants down andshowing their underwear for Cookie to remember how to spell it.
Spiritual Successor: Big Time Rush is created by Scott Fellows, produced by many of the same people and remains in a similar vein of comedy, particularly having no Laugh Track, Daran Norris as a janitor character, Carlie Casey as an Alpha Bitch, the rapid fire comedy and interweaving relationships. This show itself can be considered one to "Saved by the Bell."
Spit Take: Moze does one when Suzie says that she wants Ned to kiss her in Guide to: Double Dates.
Springtime for Hitler: Ned's attempts at getting removed from the Class President ballot only succeed in getting everyone to like him. His attempts included: vandalizing the lockers (only to accidentally cover up a spot of black paint with a similar green that matches the lockers), throwing a dodgeball at Coach Dirga's head, subsequently knocking two teeth out and ends up getting endorsed for it, and his final attempt which involves a food fight in the cafeteria has him accidentally tossing his trash into the recycling bin, getting Seth—the most popular jock in school—to believe that Ned created a "new way to recycle" and thus everyone begins tossing their trash like they were basketballs. Needless to say, Ned wasn't happy.
Squashed Flat: Happens to Cookie multiple times in Guide to: Hallways after getting run over by hoards of students.
Cookie once led an after-hours school tour. The "scariest" part of his tour was the part where he showed what the teachers do after-hours: they have their own rap group!
Another Cookie example. When Cookie misses the bus and threatens his perfect attendance record, he teams up with his math teacher, who is roller skating to school, in order to show up on time.
That Poor Cat: Every single time something crashes, whether it's a scooter or a pencil someone threw, to the point of being a Running Gag.
This Is No Time for Knitting: In one episode, Ned has trouble concentrating on a project he has to complete in 3 days, and has a bet going on with Moze on whether or not he'll actually finish it. She catches him goofing off time and time again with such activities as constructing popsicle-stick ninjas, practicing origami and selling sushi from a booth. It turns out the subject he chose for the project was on Japanese culture, and (surprise, surprise), he wins the bet.
Theme Naming: Mr. Chopsaw the woodshop teacher, Billy Loomer the (looming) bully, Missy Meany the mean girl, Mr. Sweeney the Sadist Teacher, and iTeacher who teaches from a Mac computer.
Tomboy and Girly Girl: Moze is very aggressive and short-tempered, likes beating people up (she's been beating Ned up since Pre-K), loves woodshop, couldn't care less about most girly things like boy bands and gossip, hates skirts and had to be dared to wear a pretty dress, while Suzie loves kitties and stuffed animals, is generally gentle and caring (except for in Season 1, when she was the Alpha Bitch and therefore was prissy and self-centered), is very against violence, and frequently dons skirts. However, both are athletic, though Moze seems to care about sports more than Suzie, who initially only tried out for the volleyball team because Moze suggested that she wouldn't be able to make the team if she tried.
Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Moze. She may be tough-as-nails, aggressive, and One of the Boys, but she still has some girly interests, such as shopping and going to the spa. But in one episode where she is dared to wear a dress for the whole day, she calls it "pure torture."
Toon Physics: Sometimes, despite this being a Live-Action show.
Transfer Student Uniforms: Averted (a neat trick since the school doesn't have a uniform). In "Revenge," a girl from a rival school joins the volleyball team to sabotage it; she wears Polk team warm-ups throughout the episode and a fake blond wig.
Trash Talk: Moze's bad habit in Guide to: Bad Habits is this.
Twitchy Eye: Moze gets this in Guide to: Asking Someone Out when her plans to ask Seth out keep failing.
Two Guys and a Girl: The main trio of Ned, Cookie, and Moze. Another like trio is the Killer Bees, a group of expert spellers who bully people by taunting them and spelling at them.
A Bizarro version seen in "Late Bus" with Jennifer Tu talking to Moze (Jennifer Mosely) and showing her two friends of hers, Ted and Mookie, a white nerd and black goofball—opposite of Ned and Cookie. The two Jennifers are very alike, but Jennifer Tu is friends with Suzie, a girl Moze shares a mutual dislike with. What is interesting is that this episode is where Moze and Suizie do begin to warm up to each other.
Two-Teacher School: Magnificently averted. There are almost as many teacher regulars as there are student regulars. And they all teach a particular class subject. In addition, they made it a point of explaining that Mr. Sweeney took up 8th grade science to justify why they were still taking classes from him, rather than just sticking around through all the grades.
Two-Timer Date: In Guide to: Double Dating, Cookie asks Vanessa to Around the World Night, but she seems to reject him, so, when Lisa Zemo (with Claire Sawyer, Future Lawyer to help negotiate) asks him to go with her, he agrees. But then Vanessa returns and says that she changed her mind, so yes, she would go with Cookie. Cookie spends the entire episode trying to spend time with both dates without letting the other know about it. This goes about as well as you would think.
Tyrant Takes the Helm: Attempted by Vice Principal Crubbs, when he applies to be principal in Guide to: Principals and scares off all the competition, but defied by Ned, Moze, and Cookie when they get Mr. Wright to become principal, instead.
Unwanted Harem: Ned manages to attract the affections no less than six girls over the course of the series, five of whom were Abhorrent Admirers in some way or another and the last of which is Mose, whom he at first wouldn't even think about getting together with. "The Huge Crew" is the most common, though later episodes had Missy be a recurring example as well. The last was in a oneshot.
Unresolved Sexual Tension: Ned and Moze in the last season. About as blatant you can get on a Nickelodeon show. (Of course they're middle schoolers so it wouldn't be sexual, but you get the idea).
An Extra Credit volcano was taken Up to Eleven with the use of concrete, wood framing, knocking out part of the second floor, rerouting some heat vents into the base, and a few sticks of dynamite.
Vandalism Backfire: In one episode Ned was nominated for Class President, but didn't want it, so he starts trying to do things that will not get him votes, including spray painting lockers. Unfortunately in order to keep from having to clean the graffiti up, Gordy (the janitor) gave him a spray can that was the same color as the locker, making it look like he was deliberately painting the lockers.
The Voiceless: Buzz, one of Loomer's sidekicks — except for one instance in "Volunteering". Lampshaded when, in aforementioned instance, Moze said something along the lines of "You talk!?" when the sidekick spoke.
Crony: So that's what he sounds like!
Loomer: Dude, you haven't said anything since we've known you.
Webcomic Time: Sort of; the show was retooled after the first nine episodes; after that (and a year-long hiatus), the "new" first and second seasons each covered one semester, while the third season covered all of eighth grade and first aired roughly concurrently with the 2006-07 school year.
Wild Card Excuse: Buzz's reason for not speaking for most of the series being that "everything's been fine up to this point."
Wildlife Commentary Spoof: Gordy does this in Guide to: Bullies when talking about bullies and their victims, describing them as predator and prey, respectively. Lampshaded at the end of the episode, when Gordy tries to narrate after the Peer Mediation Program is set up, and Ned tells him to shut up.
Wimp Fight: In Guide to: Best Friends, Ned and Cookie had a spat over a "spelling bee" clique taking Cookie away from Ned and splitting them up. They even had fight announcers trying to do a play-by-play but they quickly realized that the fight consisted of mostly Ass-Kicking Poses and nothing else.
You Called Me X, It Must Be Serious: Inverted in Guide to: Nicknames.Moze spends the entire episode trying to get her friends to call her by her real name, Jennifer. Ned is the most reluctant, but when he finally relents, Moze is nearly run over by Gordy's segway since she only moves out of the way when Ned gets her attention by calling her "Moze" out of habit.
You Go Girl: Gender-inverted and parodied in Guide to: Tryouts with Cookie's quest to join the cheerleading squad, and getting laughed off because he's a boy. He sues them, and gets a tryout, leading to this quote, summing up the tryout.
Claire Sawyer (Future Lawyer): You can't be denied because you're a boy. You can, however, be denied because you stink.
Averted in Guide to: School Records, with Moze's joining the boy's wrestling team. Moze doesn't join the team to prove that she (and all girls) can; she joins so that she can win a tourney to get enough records to set the record for having the most athletic records in Polk history. Additionally, there isn't any real opposition to her joining the team.