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"Your children's essays were a little 'creative'. Too creative."
—Mr. Frond
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Bob and Linda ask Mr. Frond why the works of their children isn't in the essay exposition of the school. Mr. Frond them shows the stories the kids created, which were accused of being "too creative".

Louise writes a version of The Terminator in which Mr. Frond sends a robot from the future after her for pranking him.

Gene writes a story about the kids taking back his keyboard from Mr. Frond in a 80's musical school.

Tina writes about a zombie outbreak in the school when the basketball team takes contaminated vaccines.

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  • Call-Back: Tina's erotic friendfiction from "Bad Tina" is brought back.
  • Designated Villain: Mr. Frond is this in all the stories, that's the real reason why he took the stories out of the exposition.
  • Didn't Think This Through: In Louise's story, Darryl travels back in time to warn her about the robot Frond sent to kill her to stop the "Brownie Chair Surprise" from happening. Louise immediately asks Darryl if he wanted to help her, why didn't he bring anything back with him that could actually stop the robot? Instead of admitting she has a point, Darryl simply views her as an Ungrateful Bastard.
  • Dirty Coward: Mr. Frond is one in Tina's story, willing to let the kids be killed in order to save himself.
  • Fridge Brilliance: When the kids are hiding themselves with books, each book actually matches the personality of the characters.
  • Foreshadowing: Louise's story started because of her "brownie chair surprise". In the end of the episode, the prank really works.
  • Gasshole: Gene has dedicated an entire song to farts.
  • It's All About Me: The real reason Mr.Frond took the Belcher kids' stories wasn't because they were "too creative" or offensive (though Tina's sexual obsession with zombies and butts may be the exception). It's because all three make him a villain and he breaks into tears realizing they don't like him.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Gene gets the power to destroy a lock with only his voice in his story.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Tina, who strikes up a relationship with 16 zombies in the end of her story.
  • Polyamory: Tina's story ends with her starting a relationship with all 16 zombies.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Spider-Sense: Louise gets a feeling that her "brownie chair surprise" worked.
  • Squick: In-universe, Bob is clearly disgusted by Tina's relationship with the zombies.
  • Take That!: There's a small one to The Terminator in Louise's story, who lampshades Future Darryl traveling to the past for no reason than to drop exposition instead of bringing something capable of stopping the robot version of Frond as completely stupid and the total opposite of helping.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In the end of Louise's story when the kids are hiding in Mexico Future Darryl is nowhere to be found.
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