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    Alton Brown 

Alton Brown

The lead of the show, the man who (usually) makes the dishes, explains the science, and tells the jokes.

  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Sometimes called "AB-speak" on the show. Alton likes launching silly salvos of wacky wordplay whenever he's got the gumption. Alton lampshades this in the Season 7 episode "True Brew IV: Take Stock" and the Season 11 episode "Sub Standards" where he claims he doesn't do it while he's doing it.
  • Adorkable: His sheer nerdy enthusiasm for the science and food of the show can be quite endearing.
  • Bad Boss: Certainly not in real life, but some episodes portray Alton as this.
    • The first ice cream episode has him making his nieces and nephews work an old-fashioned hand-cranked ice cream machine.
    • "Down and Out in Paradise" has him get stranded on a desert island because his crew deliberately tries to leave him behind on a sinking ship.
    • Another episode has his crew actively on-strike.
  • Catchphrase: Several.
    • Alton's exasperated "Oh bother!" Like his preferred tools and implements, this phrase is a multitasker; depending on his manner of saying it and the context, it can range from an expression of supreme frustration to a pained This Is Gonna Suck. This also counts as a Shout-Out, as Alton explained in the commentary from the "A Tale of Two Roasts" DVD:
      Alton: You know, "Oh, Bother," that's from Winnie-the-Pooh, okay? Some of you don't remember... You wouldn't think that Winnie the Pooh would be a regular reference for me. But I find that Pooh sums up a lot of... He wasn't terribly bright. I'm not terribly bright either.
    • "It couldn't get any easier than this" was one that popped up frequently in the first season.
    • "Walk away. Just—just walk away." Often said when warning the audience not to fiddle with cooking steps that would seem to invite fiddling.
    • "Your patience will be rewarded."
    • "Golden-brown, and delicious."
    • "I said it was good, I never said it was _______." ("Fast" or "low-fat" or "good for you", usually.)
    • "But that's another show." Usually said when Alton mentions something off-topic better reserved for its own episode. Sometimes it's been addressed in a previous episode, but more often than not it wasn't made at the time. (The fans kept track.)
      • Lampshaded in the bread pudding episode where he delivers the line, then tells Thing to write it down. The camera pans over to show Thing writing in a gigantic binder labeled "... That's Another Show". Alton remarks "Wow, that's a thick book." Ironically, this was in one of the last episodes to be aired, so unless there's a Spiritual Sequel...
    • "By weight, please." This is to remind viewers that ingredients like flour and sugar must be measured by weight and not volume. It's also to avoid Unit Confusion, as the weight is often given in "ounces", which could be misconstrued as fluid ounces, a measure of volume.
    • "Stuffing is evil." This was coined during the Thanksgiving episode and thrown back in his face repeatedly in future episodes. He eventually relents and has a stuffing episode where he shows his way to make turkey with stuffing.
    • "Like the hat?" This one was popularized by a YouTube uploader adding a clip of Alton saying this from the first season episode The Egg-Files after a long obnoxious title card at the start of every episode uploaded.
    • "I'm not a doctor, but that HAD to hurt!" comes up a few times, and not always from Alton; Lactose Man uses it after socking one of Alton's crew in the gut.
    • "You know, I'm really sorry we haven't worked out that scratch-and-sniff TV yet." In later seasons, it morphed to "Ahhh, just smell that _____. Oh, I'm sorry, you can't. That was mean." or some variant.
    • "Now go wash those ____y hands!" Used when working with raw meat and poultry, though in the episode about beets, he did admonish the viewer to go wash their "beety hands!" since beet juice is notorious for causing stains.
    • Especially toward the end: "Of course, I make my ___ from scratch, but I'm a freak, and we all know it."
    • "...(and that's) not good eats." Used sometimes when describing the consequences of a potential cooking mistake.
  • For Science!: In "Ginger: Rise of the Rhizome", Alton convinces his cameraman to try out the Vomitron by saying "Do it for science!"
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: "Oh, Bother."
  • MacGyvering: AB builds such devices as steamers, smokers, and yogurt makers from household items and hardware store purchases... and teaches the viewer how to do the same.
    • Usually he does this not only because it's cheaper, but because every time he starts building one (or is forced to go buy more cookware) he brings up the fact that there's only one unitasker he'll abide in his kitchen, and if you're doing things right you shouldn't have to use it at all—a fire extinguisher. And in the 10th-Anniversary special, he uses that in a dish too. note 
    • Lampshaded in the gyro episode, in which he preceded a vision of him constructing an elaborate homemade rotisserie with several pieces of hardware including a small motor by saying "If you want rotisserie at home, we're gonna have to think like MacGyver." Amusingly, he then acknowledges that it's not worth the trouble and explains how to make a gyro loaf in the oven instead.
    • In the smoked fish episode, Alton muses that MacGyver isn't his patron saint for nothing.
    • In later episodes, the music that plays whenever he builds something is clearly influenced by MacGyver's theme. The theme also has a touch of the "build music" from The A-Team.
  • Realistic Diction Is Unrealistic: Averted. Alton often stutters and "um's" and "uh's" his way through many of his monologues because he often pre-records them ahead of time and has them fed to him via an earpiece. Other times (such as skits with W or other characters), he memorizes his lines like an actor. Still other times (usually when explaining technical aspects and merits of various cooking gadgets), he works from a basic outline and pretty much ad-libs until he hits the points he needs to make.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Being an eloquent speaker with an American South background, Alton occasionally likes to drop folksy southern idioms into his lengthy scientific explanations. A common example is:
    *scientifically explains the results of a common mistake*, and that is not good eats.
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • Kosher salt, because it's easier to pinch and dissolves better. Also, Alton never had iodized salt as a kid, so it just doesn't taste right to him. He will use table salt if/when the occasion calls for it, however.
    • He's also said that cumin is his favorite spice, and that mangoes are his favorite fruit.
    • He's carried a whole nutmeg around with him in his pocket, for years, so that he can make freshly-grated nutmeg whenever and wherever he needs it.
  • The Watson: In "The Fungal Gourmet", in an inversion of his usual role, the fourth-wall "character" makes suggestions to a clueless Alton.
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    Real people 
These "characters" are actual people, generally experts who help Alton to explain certain concepts on the show. Even so, their personalities are often... exaggerated on the show for entertainment's sake.

Common Tropes

  • Drop-In Character: The experts tend to show up, mostly unannounced, whenever they're needed to explain a concept.

Caroline Connell

A dietitian who appeared generally in the earlier seasons to help explain some of the science and nutrition of the food presented.

Carolyn O'Neil

Another dietitian. For her appearances in-character, see "The Lady of the Refrigerator" below.

  • Celebrity Paradox: She has appeared on the show both as herself and in character. Granted, given the way Good Eats tended to reuse actors, this wasn't particularly jarring...

Deb Duchon

A Nutritional Anthropologist who shows up pretty much whenever Alton mentions a nutritional anthropologist - or when he thinks of a nutritional anthropologist - or when an audience member thinks of a nutritional anthropologist - to help explain the history of dishes.

  • Drop-In Character: Even more so than some of the others; she seems to appear as if by magic whenever her title is mentioned.
  • Running Gag: She will appear out of nowhere whenever her title is mentioned, leading Alton to joke about how he's being stalked ("... she's back there, isn't she?..."). In later episodes, he'll have an obviously negative reaction to saying the title, and in one case hesitates to say it... but she shows up anyway and says it herself. After a while she started to just show up unannounced, and Alton will grumble that he doesn't even have to say it anymore.
    Alton: (looks into the camera) All right! Which one of you said it!
    • Actually averted in The Bulb of the Night, where her title is mentioned, but she fails to show up.
  • Not Actually the Ultimate Question: When Deb Duchon shows up after the umpteenth time after Alton says "Nutritional Anthropologist", he asks "How do you do this?" She replies with "Study. Write papers. Go to conferences. What do you mean?"
  • Speak of the Devil: At first, the culinary anthropologist was "summoned" this way. In later seasons, she started appearing without the use of the "magic words", to Alton's annoyance.

"Ma" Mae Skelton

Alton's real-life grandmother, who was referenced in a number of episodes and appeared in several.

Shirley Corriher

A (real-life) culinary scientist who helps Alton to explain the science behind his creations

  • Drop-In Character: Much like many of Alton's other experts, Shirley tends to show up when she's needed.

    Fictional characters 
As noted above, these characters are... well, fictional.

Common Tropes

  • Drop-In Character: The experts tend to show up, mostly unannounced, whenever they're needed to explain a concept.
  • You Look Familiar: invoked Due to the show's habit of reusing actors, this is a fairly common phenomenon.
    • Alton says this almost word-for-word in "American Classics 7: Don't Be Chicken of Dumplings", when the actors who play his lawyers Itchy and Twitchy turn up a couple of minutes later as Robin Hood and Wilfred of Ivanhoe.
    • He does say it word for word to the oven salesman (Bart Hansard, the same actor that plays Coco Carl) in the soufflé show.
      Oven salesman: No, I don't. (flees)
    • He says it again in the popcorn show, to a popcorn vendor whose actor (Lucky Yates) plays many roles on the show (most famously, the Dungeonmaster). He replies: "Oh yeah? Wait 'till you see the next scene." Sure enough, he does show up in the next scene—playing Batman.

"B.A." Brown

Alton's tough-guy brother, usually used to present spicy or otherwise "manly" variants of dishes. Played by Alton himself, along with a pair of sunglasses and a goatee.

  • Beard of Evil: one of the pieces of shorthand used to set him apart from his "twin."
  • Drop-In Character: He tends to show up with relative frequency.
  • Evil Twin: This is his aesthetic. This was actually inverted in "Sub Standards", where it was revealed in the last few minutes that B.A. had played the entire episode as Alton. (Appropriately, that episode was about culinary substitutions.)
  • Noodle Incident: Has been in and out of jail numerous times. What for? No one knows.
  • Real Men Hate Sugar: Demonstrates a savory or spicy dish, usually alongside a sweet variation produced by Alton.
  • Right Way/Wrong Way Pair: With Alton, in an early episode explaining how to make spaghetti.
  • Sinister Shades: B.A. is always seen wearing shades.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: In the Season 1 episode "Pantry Raid I: Use Your Noodle", he appears as "The Anti Alton", who went out of his way to do everything Alton wouldn't do when cooking pasta.

Colonel Bob Boatwright

A southern-fried gentleman character played by Alton, used to present highly-archetypal (or stereotypical) Southern dishes.

Chuck

Played by Daniel Pettrow.

A quirky butcher who mutated into AB's weird neighbor. He's generally used as an everyman character.

Cocoa Carl

Played by Bart Hansard.

A processed-food manufacturer whose low-value products represent over-processed prepackaged foods, especially chocolate products (as you might guess).

  • Disguised in Drag: Once assumed the identity of "Auntie Puddin'".
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: He represents low-quality prepackaged processed food, essentially the antithesis of all the show stands for.

The Dungeonmaster

Played by Lucky Yates

A sallow, hunchbacked serf who lives in a dungeon below AB's kitchen. The Dungeon Master shows up in later seasons to display particularly scary-looking or old-fashioned cooking implements.

  • Basement-Dweller
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: In "There Will Be Oil", the Dungeon Master wants to use Alton's prototype oil press for his own personal use to produce frog oil.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Alton addresses him as "Dungeon Master", which, given the nature of the show, may well be his actual name.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He's nasty, but winces in fear upon hearing W's name.
  • The Igor: With the dark robes, hunch, and habit of calling AB "Mahster", he's obviously designed with this image in mind.
  • Large Ham: Standard operating mode for Lucky Yates.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: When he's ordered to skim the moat in punishment for having bought some expensive equipment on Alton's credit card, he hops in glee, claps, and goes to fetch his "lucky straw".
  • Torture Technician: He supplies Alton with tortilla-making implements and a few other delightful terrors, like a device that uses blades for tenderizing meat. He seems to be renting Alton's dungeon basement solely for the opportunity to do this particular job, because his lease favors the landlord heavily; Alton can evict him at a moment's notice if he's not happy with his tenant's job performance.

Elton Brown

Played by John Herina.

Alton's young nephew, generally used for children's dishes or other instances where children are shown cooking.

  • Adorkable: Echoes Alton in nerdy adorableness, with the addition of youth.
  • Nephewism: He's Alton's fictional nephew (and Marsha's son) as a regular character in the show.
  • Put on a Bus/Real Life Writes the Plot: In The Early Years, Alton says we probably won't be seeing Elton anymore because his actor, John Herina, was in college, a football player, and taller than AB, which would undermine his role as The Watson. The Middle Years further elaborates that the college in question was West Point.
  • The Watson: Often serves this role.

The Food Police/Government Agents

A set of government agents who appear to explain food-related law - and who also generally appear to prevent AB from eating home-prepared food which skirts those laws.

  • The Men in Black: They usually show up in groups of three to give government standards on foods and food safety. Alton is almost always the leader, and talks in a stereotypical Motor Mouthed, overly serious tone. He also shows up on his own in this role, such as in the episode about vanilla where he talks about govt. requirements for what can be legally called vanilla extracts. While they're usually wearing the typical black suits, in "Churn Baby Churn II", they're dressed as ice cream attendants.
  • Running Gag: Their (off-camera) helicopter showing up whenever certain raw ingredients are used in a dish (usually raw eggs, though they've also shown up for raw meat and raw milk).

Frances Anderson

AB's "Biggest Fan". Played by Widdi Turner.

Lactose Man/Lever Man

Played by Paul Merchant.

A living incarnation of the pains of lactose intolerance. Yes, Good Eats is a weird show.

  • Catchphrase: "I'm not a doctor, but that had to hurt!"
  • Incoming Ham: "I'M LACTOSE MAN!" The other "superhero" in that costume, Lever Man, has the same tendency.

Itchy & Twitchy

AB's lawyers, who show up whenever Alton is going to do something potentially dangerous or of questionable legality. Played by Brett Soll and Jim Pace.

  • Don't Try This at Home: This is their raison d'etre. If Alton is talking about doing something potentially dangerous (such as consuming dishes containing raw meat or eggs, working with caustics, or using burning charcoal inside the house), they'll often show up to stop him, forcing him to find a different (and safer) way to do the same thing.
    • In the Season 11 episode "Pretzel Logic", they stopped him from using lye to brown his pretzels, because lye is poisonous and extremely caustic if handled improperly.
      Who would have thunk those guys would have a problem with a little 'lye'?
      • From the same episode, the two lederhosen-clad gentlemen that finished off his jar of mustard are, indeed, Itchy and Twitchy.
  • Our Lawyers Advised This Trope: They have a habit of "serving" Alton with disclaimers to read.

The Lady of the Refrigerator

A fae creature who lives inside Alton's fridge and talks about refrigeration, food preservation, and nutrition. Played by dietitian Carolyn O'Neil, as noted above.

  • Butt-Monkey: In several shows portraying nonstandard food preservation (pickling and cellar-stored pumpkins and gourds, for example), the Lady has risen from a vat of pickling brine or covered in pumpkin innards, respectively. She was... appropriately displeased.
  • Celebrity Paradox: The actress has appeared on the show both as herself and in character. Granted, given the way Good Eats tended to reuse actors, this wasn't particularly jarring...
  • It Came from the Fridge: Subverted. The Lady of the Refrigerator appears inside Alton's fridge to discuss the nutritional benefits of featured foods.

The Mad French Chef

Played by Steve Rooney (Means St. episodes), then voiced by Alton Brown ("Crêpe Expectations").

A chef who appears in early seasons to represent the culinary establishment. He's French. And very angry.

  • Arch-Enemy: To Alton in earlier episodes.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He disappeared after Brown left Means Street Productions (at which Rooney was employed as their executive chef) to start his own company, Be Square Productions, at the end of season four. The character only appeared once more after he left, in the form of a nightmare-induced puppet voiced by Brown.
  • Disney Villain Death: The end of "Mission: Poachable" has the French Chef falling into his own lake of court bouillon in an attempt to prevent Alton from throwing a piece of liver into it. He lives.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: He's French. And very angry.
  • French Jerk / French Cuisine Is Haughty: He's used to represent the culinary establishment in all its snooty French glory.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Alton even admits that the French Chef has some good ideas.
  • Put on a Bus: Steve Rooney is no longer cast as the Mad Chef when the production company changed from Means St. to B Square. The character gets shipped off after "Crêpe Expectations".
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: His haughty, exclusive, and hide-bound personality contrasts with AB's more laid-back nature.
  • You Look Familiar: Rooney appears as a chef named Jacques in the episode "A Bowl Full of Onion". Whether or not that's his name is up for debate.

Marsha Brown-Brady

Played by Merrilyn Crouch.

Alton's pushy, annoying sister. Used as a parody of Martha Stewart, she's often used to show popular, but wrong, trends and opinions. Has at least two children: Elton and Marsha, Jr.

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Well, she's not that much younger, but still...
  • Drop-In Character: Marsha tends to drop in to force Alton to make her cookies, donuts, soup, etc. or to offer unwanted advice.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Marsha is the stereotypical annoying sibling who cons or manipulates you into doing things for her and never shows gratitude.
  • The Watson: Occasionally serves this role.

Marsha "MJ" Brady, Junior

Played by Zoey Brown.

Marsha's picky but intelligent daughter. Appears in one episode fully, and a cameo in the 2nd thanksgiving special.

Mr. MacGregor

An aged farmer who live down the street from Alton. Played by Bill Greeley.

  • Berserk Button: He may be kindly, but don't you dare touch his tomato plants.
  • Drop-In Character: Drops off loads and loads of eggplants on Alton's door in "Berry from Another Planet".
  • Grumpy Old Man: Especially when you steal his prized tomatoes, as seen in "Tomato Envy".
  • You Look Familiar: The same actor plays Alton's grandfather in "Romancing the Bird" and "What's Up, Duck?"

Paul

Played by Paul Merchant.

AB's assistant in the early seasons.

  • The Apprentice: Mainly to Alton, but briefly abides to the Mad French Chef in "Mission: Poachable".
    Alton: Who knew he had a brain to wash?
  • Beleaguered Assistant: To Alton.
  • Butt-Monkey: He's usually on the rough side of things, for example having his ice sculpture ducks melted in the duck episode or being Brainwashed and Crazy in Mission: Poachable. That said, the actor portraying him gets his own as other characters.
  • The Danza: He's played by head prop master Paul Merchant.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Paul, in a rare non-Butt-Monkey appearance, is wildly successful in "Dip Madness" as Alton is committed in an asylum for foodies. It doesn't last; Alton eventually escapes, leaving Paul to take his place.
  • Up to Eleven: In the episode "Behind the Bird":
    Paul: I made this one. It goes to eleven!
    Blair: Why not just make ten higher?
    Paul: But it goes to eleven!
    Alton: Okay, hey! You know what, Paul? Time out! Time out! (sends Paul to the corner)

The Refrigerator Gnome

Voiced by Alton Brown

An abrasive gnome who lives in Alton's fridge and berates him about proper fridge maintenance and food safety.

  • British Stuffiness: He speaks with a British accent.
  • Expy: The voice resembles that of the Roving Gnome from the Travelocity commercials.
  • It Came from the Fridge: The Refrigerator Gnome (champion of refrigerator and food storage safety) tries his darndest to keep this from happening.

Sid Maxburg

Played by Bart Hansard

A Hollywood-style talent agent... for food. He generally incites episodes by calling Alton with the identity of an underused or underappreciated food/ingredient he wants AB to revitalize.

  • Ambiguously Jewish: While he's never specifically assigned a religion, his name and position as a Hollywood-style agent imply it.
  • Large Ham: It's a Bart Hansard role. Would you expect anything else?
  • Not in the Face!: In "Okraphobia", Sid uses the word "slime" whenever Alton talks about the mucilage inside okra. After using this word one too many times during Alton's monologue about fried okra, Alton rushes to punch Sid, who responds verbatim.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: "A.B., bay-bee!"

Thing

A disembodied hand, apparently straight out of The Addams Family, who helps AB out in the kitchen.

  • Overused Running Gag: Later in the series, Alton got visibly irritated with the Running Gag of Thing presenting Alton with a mandolin instead of a mandoline, even telling Thing off a couple of times.
  • Spin-Offspring: Behind the Eats claims he's the son of the Addams' Thing.
  • Visual Pun: After imbibing too much brandy in "School of Hard Nogs", Thing has a numeral 1 attached to itself by a string. Alton remarks, "You really tied one on, didn't you?"
    • Occasionally, Thing will hand one of these to Alton. Most commonly it's a mandolin (the musical instrument) instead of a mandoline (the slicing tool), but others have also been done.

Vicki "W" Wong

The person Alton turns to when he needs new equipment. The two share a rather severe mutual antagonism.

  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Leitmotif: A variation on the show's theme song, redone as a Suspiciously Similar Song of Bond's theme song.
  • Performance Anxiety: Occurs in "Long Arm of the Slaw", in which she completely freezes up when seeing herself in front of a TV camera.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: W's depiction in early episodes as a Virtual Ghost came about because Vicki Eng (the actress who portrays W) was overseas trying to adopt a child, and had to film her appearances in advance.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Alton and W view each other like this. W often treats Alton like walking Snark Bait, while Alton tends to deliberately antagonize her in return. This is because he usually prefers his homebrew knockups, and W makes her living selling the very unitaskers Alton disdains.
  • Techno Wizard: "W", named in honor of James Bond's "Q", is the harried kitchen appliance retailer who supplies info about whatever new machine Alton needs that episode.
    • She doesn't seem to appreciate the job, possibly because in her capacity as "W" Alton is her only customer; other characters, such as a dentist who employs her part-time as an assistant, refer to her as "Ms. Wong".
    • W has had a bit of an interesting story arc—she started as something of a Virtual Ghost, appearing on giant screens behind Alton and on microwave doors and so forth. Then she becomes real, managing the Bed Bath & Beyond where he shops. Then, apparently, he hires her onto his organization, as she only shows up in a "lab" type of environment, testing and evaluating products.
    • And of course, Alton points out in Behind the Eats that in real life, Vicki Eng knows almost nothing about cooking. She's actually his chiropractor.

The Yeast

A group of farting, burping, googly-eyed sock puppets used to represent yeast.

Samurai Deli Owner

Played by Bart Hansard

The owner of the Japanese specialty food shop, first seen in "Turning Japanese".

  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: Everything he says is either sped-up English with stereotypical Japanese pronunciation... or it's complete gibberish. Comes close to becoming Asian Speekee Engrish.
  • Fauxreigner: He's revealed to be this at the end of "Use Your Noodle 5".
    SDO: (describing Alton) What a weirdo.
  • The Idiot from Osaka
    Alton: Wow. I didn't get his accent. He must be from Osaka or something.
  • Large Ham: Probably the hammiest character Hansard has played on the show—especially when he and Alton are discussing miso at the deli.
  • Shout-Out: Likely inspired by John Belushi's Samurai Delicatessen character from Saturday Night Live.

    Historic Personalities 

George Washington Carver

The spirit of George Washington Carver, a native of Tuskegee, Alabama, who is known for popularizing the usage of the peanut in the American south. Seen in the episode "Peanut Gallery". Played by B.J. Winfrey.

  • Argument of Contradictions: After speaking with the Lady of the Refrigerator, he and Alton get into an dispute over peanut butter sandwiches.
    Lady of the Refrigerator: Peanuts are high in the amino acids lysine and isoleucine. But they lack in tryptophan, cystine, and methionine, so you really need to pair them with something like wheat to make a complete protein.
    Alton: Well I guess that explains the peanut butter sandwich.
    Carver: I invented that.
    Alton: You did not!
    Carver: I did so.
    Alton: You did not invent that sandwich!
    Carver: Yes I did...
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Invention Pretension: Alton would bring up something peanut-related and Carver would go "I invented that"... most notably concerning peanut butter & jelly sandwiches.
  • MacGyvering: Much like the real person, Carver finds several uses for peanuts, including bizarre items like a "peanut colada" and an "iPeanut". Of course, Alton suggests that Carver may have been a little too clever about how to use peanuts.
    Alton: I realize, for some of you, this dish (a peanut butter pie) is never going to be good eats. I speak, of course, of the 11 million or so Americans out there who are allergic to peanuts.
    Carver: Allergic to peanuts?! Inconceivable!
    Alton: Actually, there are allergists out there who believe that it’s because of overexposure. Perhaps you invented too many uses for the peanut.
    Carver: Hmm. And to think I was just getting started.
  • One-Episode Wonder
  • Scary Black Man: How Carver is initially portrayed during Alton's dream at the start of "Peanut Gallery". This is before Alton wakes up and then screams after seeing his bed filled with peanuts.
    Carver: If that’s the way you want to play, then that’s the way we’ll play. (Evil Laugh)
    • Actually; He's more like a Jacob Marley Warning than a stereotypical Scary Black Man. Of course; He's still a black man and a ghost so "Scary Black Man" would still be true in a more literal sense, regardless of lack of brawn and brutishness.
  • Jacob Marley Apparel: And it's a long garland of peanuts.

Louis Pasteur

The French scientist whom which pasteurizationthe use of heat to kill bacteria—is named. Shows up briefly in "Milk Made".


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