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Johnny and Plank are about to read a bedtime story when suddenly the Eds appear from behind this wall. They decide to tell him how they got there in their own perspectives so that he can help them get out. Hilarity Ensues (well, it did).

The episode begins with Jonny and Plank roughhousing as they slip under the covers and relax with a bedtime story called "Conrad the Lonely Stump." Before they start however the Eds show up for a surprise visit- inside their wall. Jonny demands how they got in there and Eddy starts with the most important part: himself.

Eddy's story is an ego-stroking epic of how he was visiting his exquisite Jawbreaker Bank. As he walks down the street wearing his white formal wear suit and top hat and strutting around with his white walking cane, he bumps into Kevin, a dimwitted monkey on a tricycle. Kevin asks “Mr. Eddy” "Nice day for a walk isn't it, sir?" "Mr. Eddy", loving the power he has over him, tricks Kevin into crashing into a tree which Kevin congratulates him about (“Nice one Mr. Eddy! I’m such a dork!”). With his fan dealt with Mr. Eddy makes a visit to his International Bank of Jawbreakers, Inc, “just to rush the help”. As Edd finishes with the now pin-headed Rolf, Eddy opens the massive gold double doors and greets his fans, a parody of the rest of the Cul-de-sac kids. The fans start cheering for Eddy, with Jimmy cheering “he’s so self-absorbed”. The fans are of Jimmy in diapers with a retainer made of hand tools and twisted wire, Sarah, and Nazz in a bikini. Jimmy and Sarah then approach Eddy. Sarah, who yells at the top of her lungs, then asks if she can touch it, but Mr. Eddy slaps both Sarah and Jimmy away with his glove. Edd, who’s a massive kiss-up in the story, greets Mr. Eddy but Mr. Eddy tells him to “get back to work slacker”, to which Edd tries to make himself busy. Eddy then heads to his golden throne tells everyone to drop their jawbreakers and beat it, but come back tomorrow because “he loves [them]”. Ed and Double D have to push back the cheering crowd and slam the door shut onto their arms before the trio investigates the jawbreaker vault, which Ed unlocks with his own head. Inside are Jawbreakers from all around the world, from Japan to Los Angeles, to Chile. As Mr. Eddy takes the Ed-elevator (Ed’s neck stretching up into the air) up to the Japanese jawbreakers, Edd deals with the inventory. As Mr. Eddy (and Ed) tries to enjoy some Japanese Jawbreakers, they are interrupted by Edd, who claims that the numbers never add up. Mr. Eddy swoops in and explains it was a mistake “in the correlation between the gross revenues and the sum of the square root minus a piece of pie”. Edd then wonders what he was thinking and kisses Mr. Eddy’s foot in thanks. In reality, Edd stops the story because it’s nowhere near the truth. But as we learn, Double D’s story isn’t that truthful either.


Edd's story begins with a happy go-lucky Jimmy sans retainer that arrives at Edd's "correctly designed jawbreaker bank". As Jimmy is about to deposit a jawbreaker, Ed and Eddy are eager to “take care of it”, and by that they mean “scam the sucker out of it”. Eddy acts like an overly excited Chihuahua while Ed drools over the jawbreaker like a hungry Mastiff. While Double D tries to deal with Ed, Eddy tries to be productive and bring Jimmy’s jawbreaker to the vault… his own mouth. Jimmy runs off as Eddy and Ed, give chase before Edd gives the dimwitted duo a verbal lashing. Eddy interferes and begins mocking Edd's appearance and traits while doing so. Jonny points out that Edd's story is boring and that he wants stories with stuff like “octopus' gardens, silver hammers, and Mr. Kite”! Ed then starts his part of the story and that’s where things fall apart and yet still make sense.


Ed's story is just as believable as Eddy's (or even Double D’s). Deep inside the trailer park, the Kanker Sisters slowly devour over-radiated mashed potatoes and then undergo a seemingly painful mutation that cracks apart their trailer like a tin can oyster. Meanwhile, Edd is blathering and yapping (which seems to show that Ed thinks Edd's talks like this). The Cul-de-Sac kids start to flee as fast as they can as the earth rumbles beneath their feet. Jimmy is ultimately too weak to run anymore and is crushed beneath a giant foot as Sarah is flung away. As Ed is forced to watch his baby sister fly through the air (to Eddy’s glee no less), the Kanker Sisters return as giants. At the sight of the giantesses the brave Eds try to make it inside a house to escape. They’re quickly stopped by a chicken armpit laser from Marie, turning the house into stinky soap, forcing the Eds to run away. Another beam and a house turn into deodorant (with hair on it). The Eds flee to the closest house only to find May hiding her head in it. The Eds then try to run away only for Lee to blow kisses that leave marks in the ground. In a brave effort to defend themselves, Eddy protects his friends with with a garbage can lid as a shield. This is in naught as the Kankers literally put their heads together (“Ed, your story is getting weird!”) and blow a powerful kiss that blows the Eds off their feet. Surrounded, on all sides Ed whips out his power! Ed begins to fly off, a loud buzzing filling the air. The Kankers give chase, wielding a flyswatter, to knock them down. Ed is eventually hit by and the terrified trio plummets to the ground. With only a mouse hole as shelter, the Eds force themselves inside as Lee pulls at the screen as if it were paper."And stuck in your wall we are. The End." With the story wrapped up, now its Jonny’s to do the deal. But now Jonny’s asleep and weird noises are coming out of the opposite wall. It’s the Kankers and there’s nobody to get them out! “It’s smoochin’ time” for the Eds but "it's a never ending story" for them.

This episode provides examples of

  • Achievements in Ignorance: Ed's story ends up being the one that puts Johnny to sleep.
  • Art Shift: All three stories are a downplayed example. While the styles are still mostly in line with the show proper, each of the Eds have their own twist on it.
    • Eddy's story has the characters resembling complete caricatures of themselves, flanderized to how Eddy sees them (Rolf is comically thin, Kevin is a half monkey riding a tricycle, Jimmy is even more sickly, Sarah is even louder than she normally is and Nazz is in a swimsuit.) The colors of the background are also slightly brighter than usual.
    • Double D's story has the background looking like a building schematics, with measurements littered everywhere.
    • Ed's story is tinted with a greyish hue to give it a monster B-Movie feel.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: See Downer Ending.
  • Butt-Monkey: Jimmy in all three stories.
    • In Eddy's Story, he is shown wearing nothing but a diaper & a retainer made out of tools and gets slapped in the face by Eddy, along with Sara.
    • In Edd's Story, Eddy swallowed both his Jawbreaker and hands.
    • In Ed's Story, he gets crushed to death by, you guessed it, Lee Kanker.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: All Mind Screw aside, Ed was the only one of the 3 to tell Johnny how they got stuck in his wall.
  • Downer Ending: Thanks to Ed, Johnny has fallen asleep and now the Eds have no way out. To make matters worse, the Kankers show up to reaveal that they got themselves stuck in the wall in order to get the Eds.
  • Framing Device: Johnny's Bedroom.
  • Her Code Name Was "Mary Sue": All three Eds give themselves this treatment to one extent or another.
    • Eddy is rich, owns jawbreakers from all over the world, smarter than Double-D, and everybody worships the ground he walks on.
    • Double-D is more assertive than he is in real life, and is able to cow his friends with a scolding.
    • Ed has superpowers and is the only one who can save the day.
  • How We Got Here: How We Got Stuck In Jonny's Wall
  • It's All About Me: Eddy and Edd's stories. Eddy more so than Edd, obviously.
  • Plot Device: The Jawbreaker Bank. As far as the stories can be taken apart, the Eds start a jawbreaker bank to "store" the kid's jawbreakers and the only kid they scammed was Jimmy before the Kankers show up.
  • "Rashomon"-Style: The episode features each of the Eds giving his skewed explanation of how the three of them wound up in Johnny and Plank's bedroom wall.
  • Self-Serving Memory: Edd's story and Eddy's story, especially the latter (unsurprisingly). Ed's story is more bizarre than self-serving.
  • Shout-Out: This entire episode is one towards Rashomon.
  • Title Drop: Ed begins his portion of the story with, "But little did Ed, Edd and Eddy know...!"
  • Walking Spoiler: The Kankers.

Eddy's Story provides examples of

  • The Ace: Basically a Marty Stu fanfic where everyone worships and grovels at Eddy's feet.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Eddy has every Jawbreaker from all over the world to himself.
  • Butt-Monkey: Kevin, who is literally drawn to look like a monkey.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Could be seen as this for Eddy considering all the shit he gets from the other kids.
  • Egopolis: Statues of Eddy are everywhere throughout the Cul-de-sac.
  • Flanderization: Played for Laughs in Eddy's story. Everyone, save for Ed, is reduced to a joke. Rolf is a thin, pin-headed simpleton, Double D is a neurotic sycophant, Jimmy wears a diaper and a retainer crudely made of tools and a bent wire, Sarah has a foghorn for a voice, Nazz wears a swimsuit, and Kevin is a monkey who rides around on a tricycle.
  • Get Out!: Eddy tells this to everyone so that he can keep their Jawbreakers all to himself.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Apparently, the reason that Edd couldn't add up the Jawbreakers was because he "made a mistake in the correlation between the gross revenues and the sum of the square root minus a piece of pie".
  • Ms. Fanservice: Nazz wears a bikini for no reason other than the fact that this is Eddy's story.
  • Noodle People: Rolf.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: However highly one might have believed Eddy to think of himself is nothing compared to his story, where we literally see it.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: The kids love Eddy, with Jimmy saying "he's so self-absorbed" as if it were a positive.

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