Episode 7: Party Hardly
(AKA: Giant Free For All! Chris’ House Party)
Chris tells C&C to stay inside while he goes off wherever, which kind of sort of provides a half explanation for where they were last episode (not that I cared much).
They decide to go outside anyway, which gets the attention of Amy and Tails. Sonic is just chillin’.
They take notice that Cream is collecting flowers, which they suspect is a sign she’s just homesick. Sonic takes notice of poster on the wall which seems to show a lake surrounded by the things, which I suspect means he’s going to take C&C on a trip to the lake.
At home, C-Mom (who hey, what do you know, has stuck around!) is enjoying getting a chance to cook, and seems to be doing a tad much of it. She also doesn’t seem to be very good at it. I’m not sure if she’s very aware of this, however, since on the one hand she wants to arrange a big dinner party for that night, but on the other hand she wants Ella to do the cooking. Chris seems to enjoy the idea, and asks if they can invite C-Mom’s brother Sam, his favorite uncle (I wonder if the allusion
was intentionally or not.)
C&C, who are peeking in on the conversation, like the idea to. This is not a good omen.
At school, Chris also tells his Black Best Friend
and his token female friend about the party, while
Mr. Stewart listens in like the creepy, creepy man he is.
Also, that racecar-driving cop we saw in Episode 1? Turns out that would be Uncle Sam. Almost surprised to see them brought up again after not being mentioned once since they first showed up.
Back at Chris’ house, C&C are trying to put together a flower crown. Just realized my pre-theme song prediction was wrong. Cream decides they don’t have enough flowers, and goes to get more, but stops when she sees C-Mom decorating and thinks maybe she can help.
I can see the hilarity being telegraphed from a mile off
Also, Mr. Creepy Pants approaches Chris and basically invites himself over to the kids house to meet his parents, acting like he’s totally oblivious to the whole party thing. It’s a good thing I know this guy is a secret agent, or I would have a very different, potentially very disturbing idea of what this guy is about. I can only wonder what Chris’ thoughts on him are.
Up in the mountains, Sonic is looking at the poster from the room trying to find the lake.
Chris gets home, and at this point I’m beginning to suspect that it’s just C-Mom who’s spending more time at home rather than both his folks like I initially would have guessed. Chris tells his mom his teacher is coming over, and seems to completely have forgotten his initial ‘uh oh’ reaction he showed when the guy first brought it up.
Crazy Gramps comes down the stairs in a suit, and he does not appear to be enjoying it. Personally, as someone who can’t stand suits either, I sympathize with him entirely. Apparently, his lab coat isn’t acceptable attire. Again, neither of us sees any reason why.
Chris asks Crazy Gramps to pass on a reminder about staying out of sight, at the exact moment that C&C can be seen trying to help decorate in the background. Let the hilarity begin…
Also, I find out that the room everyone but C&C have been staying in is Crazy Gramps. Feel like I should have guessed this one already.
It does leave me with another question, though. Why is it that Tails, Amy, and Sonic are staying in Crazy Gramps room while C&C are staying in Chris’?
On second though, probably better not to bring it up.
C-Mom pops in to nearly take notice of them, but Crazy Gramps and Chris move in with the interception. Save!
Chris tries to remind them they have to stay out of sight, only this time for Ella to nearly spot them. Chris grabs C&C and dives for the save!
Mr. Tinaka the butler pops in, and…tells C&C it was thoughtful of them to try to help? He knows about it? Say what? Where did that come from all of the sudden?
On the other hand, the whole secret has been kept so lousily it’s a bit of a surprise they’re not known about by more people already. Maybe he spotted them on the news when they first showed up or something.
Of course, C&C ‘’again’’ wander off. They pop into the kitchen, and begin to make things worth in their effort to help. Yeah, saw that one coming a mile away too.
Back to Sonic, who’s discovered a rather dangerous looking rope bridge and proceeds to destroy it as he runs across.
C-Mom gets a phone call from a movie studio. We only get half the conversation, but it sounds like she’s offered the starring role in another movie. Thing is, when she tries to wait till the following day to head out, she’s told they need to start filming first thing tomorrow morning, which means she needs to depart immediately.
Ok, stop right there.
I may not be a member of the film industry, and I may never have done any paid role level acting in my time, but I’d like to think I know at least a thing or two about how that kind of stuff works. I’m seeing several things that are very wrong with this picture that make it stink of a poor attempt to create additional conflict (like we need more of that right now). Or maybe it’s just a bad dubbing job.
First, as a starlet of her apparent status, if she really cared about staying home for the party the way she seems to, I see 0 reason she can’t just decline to take the role. There can’t possibly be any movie so big where she would suffer anything more than a minor setback to her career, at worst.
Second, if for some reason she’s got a contractual obligation hanging over her head, there have got to be rules against being able to call her up and require she be there ready to film first thing the next morning.
Third, even if that WAS the case, there is absolutely no way on any Earth with any film industry resembling ours where her inability to be there ready to film on location the following morning would delay their hundred-million dollar production! If she just learned she got the role, there is still script reading and line memorizing, costume fitting, and other pre-production elements that have to be taken care of first!
Basically, this scenario reeks of a face palming Wall Banger
. She has to miss her kids party because she NEEDS to be out at a filming site, ready to start shooting a movie she was just given the starring role to?
You have ‘’’GOT’’’ to be kidding me. >_<
Ok, now that I’ve gotten my little rant out of the way, back to our regularly scheduled liveblog!
C-Mom laments her situation as either being stupid about the way acting works and/or enslaved by her industry overlords, and catches up with obvious fact that she’s not very good at being a Mom.
C&C meanwhile, stand outside the room and listen in.
Back to Sonic, who finally finds the lake to do who-knows what.
Back at the house, Chris is trying to find C&C, and misses getting told that…
I had a phrase I was going to use to describe the situation, but I realized how terrible it sounded after I wrote it, so I’ll suffice to say that Moms taking off and Chris is blissfully unaware.
Also, I’ve just taken an odd notice that Elle’s voice sounds an awful lot like a guy doing a bad impersonation of a woman. Huh. Make of that what you will.
C-Mom leaves, and one think I take notice of is that she says Chris should call her if he needs anything. My answer?
“How about a Mom who starts acting like a better mom rather than just crying about not being very good about it?”
Seriously, I can’t help but feel at least a tad sorry for this kid by now. No way he grows up without some ‘’serious’’ issues about his childhood he’ll need either professional help to work past or some quest he’ll have to go on with a bunch of quirky friends that will help him work out his issues through all the crazy adventures they have together.
Waaaaaaaaaaait a minute…
Chris goes up to Crazy Gramps room and is, against all better judgment at this point, surprised they aren’t there. Just Tails and Amy. Crazy Gramps suggest all split up and search for them. Because sending out two more walking talking animals that could potentially be spotted is such a great answer. Crazy Gramps crazy strikes again!
Mr. Creepy Pants unknowingly passes by C-Mom as their vehicles go through the same intersection within seconds of one another, and we see that MCP has a bouquet of roses in his passenger seat. He…does know that C-Mom is married, right? Because that seems like an awfully formal thing for just wanting to stop by like he mentioned he was coming by for. Also, he’s bringing along what I’m guessing is a bug of some kind.
I think that
Mr. Creepy Pants has just managed to push the creep-o-meter Up to Eleven
MCP shows up, and both he and Chris learn that C-Mom has been…called to her job. The situation gets worse when someone (Tails, perhaps? That’s who we’re shown…) breaks something in likely the kitchen. MCP uses the moment to plant his bug behind a painting.
Seems that nope, it wasn’t Tails, it was Crazy Gramps being his crazy self, climbing in and out of the window and stuff. In the midst of things, Chris spots Cream’s shoes from her hiding behind the curtain. She, in turn, spots Sonic, who has returned with a bunch of flowers, which causes her to walk right out into the middle of the room where Ella and
Mr. Creepy Pants both would have to be blind and deaf not to take notice of her.
She just. Doesn’t. get it. Oh, Cream…cream, cream, cream, cream, cream…
And yet, somehow, the secret agent still manages to miss it entirely. Wow. Nice secret agenting there, pal.
In enters uncle Sam. Let’s see if he can save this episode the way he supposedly saved the city from crime.
Nope. He just starts blabbing his mouth about how fast he is at the first given opportunity. This guy is Chris favorite uncle…why?
Sonic comes to the rescue, managing to pop in the window where just Sam can see him right after he’s finished reminding the viewers about his encounter with the critter in episode 1 and vowing he’ll catch Sonic yet. Yay, Sonic.
MCP continues to admire a rather bland looking painting. Again, nice secret agenting there, pal.
Ella brings up having seen Cream talk, and the following conversation about C-Mom having to leave causes her to…once again, ruin the whole charade for everyone by trying to defend the woman, since she’s still all upset about being separated from her own mom.
I’m going to chalk this up as a big evil point in Doc Robo’s favor, since it’s apparent that of all the people he could have kidnapped, he kidnapped a little tiny kid, probably barely older than a toddler. That, people, is the sign of a truly devious mastermind of evil villainy.
Mr. Tanaki tries to get in a save by calling it an act of ventriloquism, but other than Mr. Creepy Pants showing that he’s, like, the worst secret agent in the world by going back to admiring the painting, we don’t get to see whether he’s pulled off a stunning win or not before Tails bursts into the room.
Nice job, Tails.
Oh, and Amy is right behind.
Nice going, Amy.
And it’s here that Mr. Creepy Pants, while failing to do anything to fix his creep factor, at least manages to fix the damage of my opinion on his secret agent skills this episode has done thus far by revealing that no, he wasn’t oblivious after all. He was just pretending to by
while recording everything going on in the room.
Wow, maybe he’s a better secret agent than I thought, and just got stuck with a bad cover story.
Both he and Sam take off, leaving Chris and Crazy Gramps to clean up the damage at home with Ella.
Mr. Tinaki suggests they let Ella in on the
fact that no, she wasn’t hallucinating.
With Ella no longer being kept out of the loop, she and C&C look like they’re being set up to be good friends, while Sonic comments that now they can have the run of the place.
Maybe it’s just me, but I’m getting the feeling that Sonic somehow intended for this to happen. He’s more devious than I thought.
Chris, however, is feeling bad about C&C’s reaction to him earlier, but it seems that, being the naive little kid that she is, she’s already forgotten about it, and so everything appears to be ok.
I’m not sure what to think about this, really. First is seemed average by the standards the episodes have been thus far, then it looked to be headed for So Bad, It's Good
territory, and then became just plain hilarious for a moment for what may or may not be the right reasons. Which probably helped save it from being as bad as it probably should have been. That and Crazy Gramps being his crazy self.
Probably could have used more Doc Robo. He usually helps spice things up, even if he fails to fully use that brain of his sometimes. And this episode definitely could have used some of his spicing up.
edited 30th Jul '10 1:35:02 AM by SpaceJawa