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Recap / Superjail S 1 E 1 Superbar

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Airdate: September 28, 2008
Written by: Christy Karacas, Stephen Warbrick, Aaron Augenblick, Chris Burns, M. Wartella
Revisions by: John Lee, Jon Glaser

Desperate to score a date with his guard Alice, the Warden decides to open up a bar in Superjail, even as Jared reminds him that dating co-workers is clearly against the regulations.

Meanwhile, a group of inmates try to plot an escape from the jail through its "Sea Gate".

"Superbar" contains examples of:

  • Continuity Nod: The gray-skinned inmate that was starving to death in the pilot is seen among the inmates working out, and that Alice rejects the idea of taking on her date.
  • Driven to Suicide: Alice's date (aka "Sweet Cheeks") gnaws his own head off to escape the idea of doing "body shots" on her.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: "Sweet Cheeks"' voice is rather different and deeper at first, but quickly escalates to the raspier voice used for his later appearances.
  • Eye Scream: Jacknife throws darts into a carny's eyes in the opening sequence.
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  • Fan Disservice: The ringleader inmate stumbles across a pile of men all playing Twister naked and feeling each other up. He quickly becomes disgusted and flees the mens' room.
  • Foreshadowing: The opening segment has Jacknife being chased across the ocean. The titular bar is flooded with water by the end.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Certain inmates' tattoos are worth getting a look at when they plan their escape.
    • Aside from the "Sea Gate" button, a button reading "Grizzly Bear" can be seen on the control panel on the Warden's desk, along with a button for a "Dino Farm".
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: Alice's abs are shown to have scars, acne, and lice crawling all over them. This repulses her date.
  • No Name Given: Like many of the other inmates, the ringleader and most of his cohorts don't have their names revealed (with the exception of Gary). Some were only named as recent as the scripts from seasons 2 and 3.
  • Off-Model: The Twins are animated without their entire lower halves in their first cameo.
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  • Picture-Perfect Presentation: Used on a poster at the sea-people's movie theater, advertising a film about inmates breaking out of a jail. The scene then fades from the poster to the actual inmates all gathered in a cell, looking identical in appearance and build to the sea-people depicted on the poster.
  • Stock Footage: Alice's stock character model is used for a few shots when she first brings "Sweet Cheeks" to the bar.
  • Talking to Himself: Kamala Sankaram voices all the teenage girls. Chris McCulloch meanwhile, voices the ringleader of the inmates (later known as "Nicky"), the Middle-Eastern inmate and the red-haired redneck (later known as "Turban" and "Redneck"), as well as the more flamboyant of the two gay inmates (later "Paul"), and many others.
    • Aside from the Twins, Richard Mather also voiced a background inmate or two, including the unibrowed inmate seen leading the other men in a naked Twister-themed orgy and the bald black inmate amongst the group that plans their escape. Although, none of these characters technically get to share any dialogue.
  • What Could Have Been: Warden's song was originally meant to be "Love Shack", as heard on the animatic reel on the DVD. The creative team was unable to get clearance, so it was changed to the "Party Bar" song (which sounds like a parody of "Love Shack," so Karacas and company got to use the actual song, but it had to be changed to something more lawyer-friendly).
    • The redneck inmate originally had a little more dialogue when he was freaking out at the sight of Alice.
    • Sweet Cheeks' lines were delivered differently in the animatic reel, especially his cry of "I'm free!", which remained in the deeper tone instead of the raspier take.

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