Tuddrussel's overall track record as a Time Squad operative before Otto showed up, he never really seemed to understand the underlying concept of what his job entailed, and instead treated it as a cop gig. Highlights include fining Nostradamus for making false prophecies and then arresting him for swearing at an officer of the law (he was actually speaking German), confiscating Ben Franklin's kite for operating electric equipment without a license, and trying to apprehend Lady Godiva for indecent exposure.
An off-screen moment of funny happens in the episode where Otto gets sick and can't help the others to deal with Ben Franklin quitting politics ("Floundering Fathers"). The start of the episode has the team in Czarist Russia, where their mission had apparently been to get Karl Marx to give up a career in building the largest igloo in the world. A similar funny pre-main plot joke is in Cabin Fever, when the team has just finished up a mission to get Louis Armstrong to get back to playing music, instead of his plan to drill to the center of the Earth. What's even funnier is that they were apparently forced to resort to physical force and that Armstrong kicked their ass.
Tuddrussel's solution to getting rid of Sister Thornly by electrocuting her with his taser gun in Eli Whitney's Flesh-eating Mistake. The fact that he has no idea that she's an awful person who would be of all people that Tuddrussel has come across to deserve it makes it all the more hilarious when he whips it out. And then Otto tries to stop him by saying "Let me take care of her!", this leaves Tuddrussel to consider this thoughtfully, and he casually hands the kid the taser thinking that Otto was wanting to taser her. Otto's horrified face is priceless as he pushes the taser away to insist on using 'words' to get her to leave.
Otto's introduction to Time Squad from Tuddrussel is great because he is trying so hard to impress the kid, from saying that "We come from the future where there's no war, no pollution, and bacon is good for your heart", to acting so confident when he says, "Computer! How about a refreshing beverage?" and instead of a high tech machine "magically" bringing him a can of soda, Larry just miserably walks out from the kitchen to bring him the can himself.
When asked why he built an army of flesh-eating robots, Eli Whitney proudly declares that he wanted to invent something that would improve the world. He doesn't have an answer when asked about how flesh-eating robots would accomplish that.
"Napoleon The Conquered" where Napoleon Bonaparte ends up a Henpecked Husband to his wife Josephine, who demands that he stay at home and take care of the house and the children so she can have a turn at finding herself now that he's conquered France. Time Squad ends up getting stuck helping Napoleon with the various chores around the castle (with Larry getting saddled with caring for the babies).
Josephine turns out to be comically bad at EVERYTHING she tries her hand at. She burns the food in cooking class, has a horrendous musical performance and somehow caused a kiln explosion in pottery class.
Time Squad and Napoleon sneaking off to do some conquering on the side, and leaving crudely made dummies in their place that don't fool Josephine for a second. It's even funnier that they use the same damn dummies TWICE.
When Napoleon's army flees in fear when Time Squad arrives, Napoleon angrily demands that they stay and fight, only for him to ignobly slide off his bucking horse and faceplant in the mud.
Another moment is after Josephine demands that Napoleon stay home and take care of the kids, it immediately cuts to Tuddrussel, Larry, and Otto listening outside the door.
Tuddrussel: (chuckles) Man, that guy is whipped!
Josephine: (opens the door and shoots a Death Glare at the three of them)
The very end of the episode: Josephine having reached her Rage Breaking Point single handily beats up the entire Napoleon army in a Curb-Stomp Battle Otto calls her out that she's perfect for the army and she agrees and reconciles with Napoleon as result. The pair rides out for war in what looks like a happy romantic ending. Suddenly the Time Squad notices something and awkwardly excuses themselves. What did they see? A city sign reading "Waterloo".
In "Dishonest Abe", Tuddrussel, Larry, and Otto are listing off pranks that they've done (although Otto's isn't really a prank).
Tuddrussel: Okay, get this. Once, I loosened the screws on this robot. He goes to pick up this tray of dishes... and his arms just fall off! Larry: AH! That was you?
(Larry's arms fall off) Larry:TUDDRUSSEL! Tuddrussel(laughing): It wasn't me, I swear! (cut to Otto holding a screwdriver and chuckling)
Larry being chased by Tuddrussell (with a pair of jeans), Otto, Winston Churchill wearing a dress, Roosevelt wearing an Eskimo parka, and Stalin in a tourist outfit in "The Prime Minister Has No Clothes" in a Benny Hill-esque chase scene, complete with the tune of Yakkety Sax. It Makes Sense in Context, honest!
When the guys find out that they're going to visit the American explorers, Lewis and Clark, Tuddrussel immediately exclaims- "Great Ceasar's ghost! We're going to meet Superman!" Leading Otto to groan- "That's Lois and Clark!"
He doesn't catch on either. When Otto tells him Lewis and Clark will be famous explorers, Tuddrussel asks "But who will stop Lex Luthor?!"
A bit of Lamp Shading happens in "Ivan the Untrainable" after Larry discovers what Tuddrussel's been hiding.
Larry: Ugh! You just can't up and kidnap someone from history and treat them like some kind of pet!
Tuddrussel: Well what about Otto?
Larry (painfully knowing Tuddrussel has a point) Ooooh...well you can't KEEP kidnapping people from history. . .
Tuddrussel tries to "help" Confucius by himself while Otto and Larry are sightseeing around China. Unsurprisingly, it consists entirely of Tuddrussel beating the crap out of the poor guy. When the others arrive back and see that the problem is WORSE now, the issue in question is that Confucius was writing massive tomes of stories that would never appeal to the general public, on top of Confucius being bandaged and bruised, they ask Tuddrussel what Confucius had said when Tuddrussel asked him to cut his stories back to simple Aesops.
Larry: You've been beating him like a microwave and not told him why?! You're a LUNATIC!!
One of the best moments is when the Squad goes back to find Edgar Allan Poe, who has turned into Tastes Like Diabetes Incarnate. After he reads them "The Bear" (the kid-friendly version of The Raven), and it is the most cheesy, schmaltzy, Sugar Bowl thing ever written, and after he finishes, the stunned, shocked, and even horrified looks on the Squads faces are absolutely the pinnacle of hilarity for this show. What makes it better is Tuddrussell's delayed Jaw Drop.
Another from the Poe episode: Poe goes to a hospital to cheer up patients Patch Addams style. He changes into a clown costume behind a curtain, but the curtain is around the bed of a man in traction and a full body cast. The only part of the guy able to react to what just happened are his eyes.
And yet another: the trio takes Poe to a forest that was destroyed by a fire. Instead of becoming depressed again as they'd hoped, he starts traipsing about, putting party hats on all the burnt animals. "Here you go, crispy moose! It's party time!"
To top that off, Otto's reaction-
Otto: Aww, look how cute that moose looks in the little party hat!
After spending the entire episode trying (and failing) to turn Poe back into his gloomy historically-accurate self, his Berserk Button turns out to be criticizing his cake.
When Otto tells Poe they're taking him out on a "field trip" in an attempt to make him go back to his original personality, Poe happily agrees, and skips out of his house while humming. The Squad just follows, with Larry Face Palm-ing about the ridiculous situation.
In the episode where they meet Buffalo Bill, they find him as a lunatic conspiracy theorist. He argues with Otto over that Abraham Lincoln had a giant hypnotic eye underneath his hat and that Thomas Jefferson had special relationships with aliens.
Buffalo Bill: It's all right here in the twenty dollar bill, man! You see right here next to
the White House and next to the bushes, an alien saucer!
Otto: What?! That's barbecue sauce!
Buffalo Bill: Yeah, yeah, that's just what they want you to think, man!
Otto Osworth: Hey, look! We're going to meet the Earl of Sandwich. He invented one of the most popular foods of all time.
Buck Tuddrussel: Well, I hope he invented more than one, 'cause I'm starved.
Also, when the Earl was showing them his list of failed sandwiches:
Earl of Sandwich: (burned sandwich) This one was too hot, (one in a block of ice) This one too cold, (another covered in slime) this one too icky... (the final one is a nauseous looking one) I don't even know what happened here!
Tuddrussel: (starts eating the sandwich) Not bad!
Tuddrussel: (nauseous burp) This thing's making me sick. (Keeps eating the sandwich)
The Earl of Sandwich does manage to successfully invent a sandwich. He decides to name his invention "Stinky Pile of Poo".
In 'The Island of Dr. Freud', the town hall meeting-
Citizen 1: Hey! where's the mayor?
Deputy: well, uhh- he's currently chasing a cat up a tree.
Citizen 2: Where's the police chief?
Deputy: He's the cat. Now let me hear your complaints one at a time!
Man with bandaged arm: The mailman bit ME this morning!
Woman with New Jersey accent: Mah husband POOPED on the lawn!
A concerned father: My teenager is a pig! (BEAT) Oh, and he thinks he's a squirrel!
Also from Dr. Freud episode, after Larry explains his dream to the doctor he unsympathetically recoils at him.
Larry: WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN, DOCTOR? WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?!
Freud: It means you're crazy, don't touch me!
Freud's interpretations are just hilarious in general, but one of the best is when the deputy tells him that he dreamt that he was a watermelon, Freud says it means that he hates his mother. The deputy happily agrees.
Tuddrussel kickstarting the Boston Tea Party by introducing the conspirators to coffee, as well as their later cameo and role as Deus ex Machina in "Betsy Ross Flies Her Freak Flag".
The visual gag in the Betsy Ross episode is hysterical when you notice that all of the hippies have pink, glazed over eyes and Betsy sends George Washington 'homemade brownies'.
Betty Ross giving the Squad ponchos to wear while visiting the commune. Tuddrussel, true to form, refuses, only to show a Gilligan Cut to him wearing it anyway and sighing in annoyance.
Tuddrussel getting into a fight with one of the colonial hippies about whether or not a Rock N Roll rendition of "Yankee Doodle Dandy" "stinks" or is "trippy". This happens in the background while Ross is talking about how the commune is all about peace and love.
In Feud for Thought, where Otto and Tuddrussel paints fighting words on the sides of the Mccoy's and the Hatfield's houses and the two patriarchs find the work.
Randall Mccoy: 'Hatfields Rule'... AUGH THOSE DIRTY HATFIELDS!
William Hatfield: 'Mccoy's rock'...WHAT'S THAT EVEN MEAN?!
The terror campaign Tuddrussel and Otto wages on both families to piss them off at each other, such as stealing a scarecrow, leading to crows IMMEDIATELY devouring the Hatfields corn down to the last kernel, to pouring cement in the Mccoy's well.
Mccoy member: Ow! This water is hard!
To add to the shenanigans, the moment they throw a bomb inside the outhouse of the Hatfields just as William Hatfield was heading over to use it. His stunned, blackened face while still sitting around the now obliterated outhouse says it all.
When the Founding Fathers are trying to write the Declaration of Independence and John Adams tries to help by shouting random words. "You're no help, Adams!"
Tuddrussel and Larry's attempts to get by without Otto's help. Tuddressel's first plan is to break into the founding father's hiding place and beat the living shit out of them, and then leaves saying "Now you all get right with history," and they respond "What was that all about?" after he leaves. Their next plan consists of helping Benjamin Franklin invent the light-bulb, and talking to Otto and finding out exactly what is wrong with Ben Franklin, they break into his house, break the light-bulb and stuff him and sack and bring him to the rest of the founding fathers, whose reaction to seeing Tuddrussel is "Ah, it's the maniac!"
Tuddrussel's and Larry's accounts of their mission in "A Thrilla at Attila's" reveal some interesting and hilarious insights into their psyches. Even funnier are Otto's confirmations that some of the exaggerated details in both stories actually happened, such as Tuddrussel immediately punching Attila in the face when they meet and Larry trying to teach the Huns aerobics.
Pasteur's Packs O Punch has this moment when Otto is trying to convince Louis Pasteur to learn how to pasteurize milk instead of inventing powdered fruit drinks-
Otto Osworth: But what about Pasteurizing milk?
Louis Pasteur: Pfft-BORING! The only thing more boring was curing rabies.
The moments where Larry is short-circuiting and changing his personality are nothing short of hilarious, especially when Otto and Tuddrussel are visibly embarrassed or horrified, like when Larry scandalizes the French crowd at Pasteur's party by shouting, "I'M THE QUEEN OF FRANCE!" and singing the French National Anthem while wearing a table cloth as a cape, sausage links as a sash and a punchbowl and fruit combo for a crown.
Another moment earlier in the episode when Larry suddenly turns to act like a drunk person, he slurs his words, is uncoordinated and when they try to leave for Paris, France, Larry doesn't even type in the coordinates, he just presses the start button making the time machine zap them out and back again to the launching dock and drunkenly says "Mission accomplished!". When Otto points this problem out, Larry gets upset and yells, "Hey, who's the captain around here?!" and falls down.
"Ex Marks the Spot" involves Time Squad arriving at Johannes Gutenberg's printing shop, only to discover that Joan Of Arc has somehow ended up there. Joan is so frustrated with the typesetting machine that her temper causes her to throw equipment out the window and hit an unsuspecting Larry in the face. When Otto ponders where Gutenberg has ended up, we find out that he has switched places with Arc, and is doing an abysmal job at leading the French army, and being more concerned with the font and design of his war maps than the state of the army, which is suffering a serious beatdown. Despite feeling sorry for the poor French soldiers, one can't help but laugh at their Amusing Injuries, including one guy who has a battle ax sticking out of his head.
In that same episode, Tuddrussel and Sheila decide to have dinner and catch up. Larry is terrified this means they're getting back together and tries to sabotage the meal. Problem is, the minor modifications he considers to be "ruining the food", which just involves adding a tiny extra bit of salt to the escargot and decorating the steak tartare with a lemon wedge instead of parsley, just makes the two love the food even more.
From "Old Timers' Squad": The Reveal that Samuel Morse has already invented the telegraph, but he was just using it to send funny beeps to his girlfriend across town and had instead tried to campaign for yelling like a lunatic out the window as the new revolutionary form of communication. Time Squad is less than impressed.
The older version of Otto clearly enjoys annoying his younger counterpart.
Otto sees that he'll only grow a few inches taller one day
Otto: Hey, wait a minute! Is this as big as I get?!
Elderly!Otto: You'll never make the All-Star Basketball team, that's for sure. Heh Heh!
From "Horse of Horrors": Otto, Larry, and Tuddrussell getting mauled by the ersatz My Little Pony that Paul Revere received as a birthday present (which is what led to his being scared of horses).
Larry crying over Tuddrussell not remembering his birthday and Tuddrussell tricking him into thinking he cares about him:
'Tuddrussell: Aw, I'm sorry. I want you to have a happy birthday. (puts a hand on Larry's shoulder): I love you, buddy.
Tuddrussell(cracks up): No! (walks away as Larry continues sobbing)
Tuddrussel's Jerkass tendencies are REALLY played up in this episode, for great comedic effect. For example, he eats the gift Otto gave Larry, a macaroni drawing of him.
Tuddrussel: The glitter makes it spicy!
"The Clownfather", which revolves around Al Capone forcing the clowns of Chicago to switch jobs with him and his gangsters, so he can make sure no kid has a crappy birthday clown like he did.
Clown: *honks horn sadly*
Capone: Well you better learn to like it, OR THE ONLY BIG SHOES YOU'LL BE WEARING WILL BE FILLED WITH CEMENT!!
Hoo-Hoo, the birthday clown who performed at Capone's tenth birthday party is so bad at his job it borders on Black Comedy. Flashback to a young Capone being "entertained" by a slovenly asshole in patchy clown-paint and an ill=fitting costume.
Capone: Hoo-Hoo was a deadbeat through and through *Hoo-Hoo proceeds to try and inflate a balloon, runs out of breath halfway through, ties it into a random mess of knots which immediately deflates and eats young Capone's birthday cake—with the lit birthday candle still on it*
Capone and the gang learn what the clowns are doing in Chicago and what begins is a montage of clowns performing drive-by shootings with cream pies, scaring people to death by popping out of slot machines and punching people with spring-loaded boxing gloves when playing Blackjack.
As tragic as it is, the Black Comedy bit about the boy who was crushed by a piano (thanks to Tuddrussel) and you see his little legs struggling while his mom is rightfully horrified, "You monsters- look at what you've done to BILLY!"
From "Child's Play": Larry thinking the greatest writers in history are Danielle Steele (who writes women's mysteries) and Jackie Collins (who writes sleazy, almost soap-operaish novels about celebrities — a lot of which are based on real-life ones — being naughty, whether it's committing murder or having hot, naked affairs with other people).
"Billy the Baby" is easily one of the best episodes of the series.
The Squad travels back to the old West to meet Billy the Kid, only to discover that he has taken his criminal gimmick too far and acts like a giant infant, complete with a diaper and rattle. Nobody takes him seriously while trying to rob a bank and everyone just laughs at him, causing him to break down crying. A nearby mother gets annoyed, takes the pacifier from her own infant's mouth, and stuffs it in Billy's mouth to make him shut up.
Tuddrussel admonishing Billy that his raygun isn't a toy while letting him use it during a train robbery. This is Tuddrussel saying this, the man who gave unsafe firearm behavior a face.
The wanted posters the Squad ends up on: "Red Eye" Tuddrussel, "Metal Man" Mc Gill, and "Shorts" 4 Eyes. Larry and Otto are less than impressed with their villainous nicknames.
Tuddrussel's annoyance when Larry and Otto exclaim their joy about being cowboys. Exasperated, he roughly corrects them with "OUTLAWS!"
The Man With No Name, as in the Clint Eastwood character, happens come to take Tuddrussel and the gang down. What follows is a great manhunt that's straight from a Tex Avery cartoon. No matter where the guys hide, The Man With No Name is right there with them.
Tuddrussel calling on his horse so they can escape from The Man With No Name, and the horse just runs right past him.
Tuddrussel: STUPID HORSIE!
In a darkly funny moment here, where the guys are locked up in the jail cell and staring at the nooses at the gallows where No Name is going to hang them all at dawn Larry has a bit of an air-headed moment with Otto.
Larry:Oh, just think of all the software I'll never get the chance to download. (turns to Otto) Well, at least you've lead a full life.
Otto:What?! I'm only eight!
This is even funnier when you remember that Larry is a ROBOT, he won't die from suffocation or a broken neck. Hell, he was decapitated in "Napoleon The Conquered" and was only mildly inconvenienced. Larry is the only person in the group who has no reason to fear execution.
Billy eating the stick of dynamite they were going to blow up the train safe with because he thought it was candy.
In Orphan Substitute:
George W. Bush:Why, spank my butt and call me pinky!
Even Sister Thornly gets a good line when she hears Otto's camera flash go off.
Sister Thornly: That sounds like sightseeing racket!