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Recap / The Buzz On Maggie S 1 E 1 The Flyinator Ladybugged

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Air date: June 7, 2005

"The Flyinator": When Maggie can't see the same movies as Aldrin she starts trying to be better than he is; she sneaks into an R-rated movie to be better than he is.

"Ladybugged": When Maggie thinks up a theme for the school dance, it is quickly threatened by a new student, who apparently has a better theme.

"The Flyinator" contains examples of:

  • Adults Are Useless: The ticket operator sells Maggie and Rayna tickets to an R-rated movie, disregarding the policy about letting children under 17 see those films without parental guidance.
  • An Aesop:
    • Always listen to your parents; don't do things you're prohibited from behind their backs.
    • Don't watch scary movies if you can't handle the intense content.
  • Blatant Lies:
    • When Aldrin sees Maggie and Rayna at the movie theater, he assumes that they are there to see The Flyinator which they were prohibited from seeing by their parents. Maggie and Rayna claim that they only came there to get some refreshing soda.
    Maggie: Oh, hehe, no, we came here for...the soda! (drinks her cup) Rayna!
    Rayna: Oh, yeah. (takes out her cup and sips) You can't get this stuff anywhere else.
    • To hide all evidence that Maggie saw The Flyinator, Aldrin lies about the results of her trauma and fear, claiming they were caused by common accidental events like stepping on her foot.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Maggie's parents tell her that she can't see horror films until she's older, and this is how Maggie interprets it:
    Rayna: Didn't your parents say you were too young to see The Flyinator?
    Maggie: They said I could see it when I'm older, and technically I am older now than from when they said that.
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  • Dirty Coward: When Aldrin teases George with just a simple "boo", George is dead scared and runs out of the theater, breaking the wall in the process.
  • Flashback Effects: Maggie imagines her parents and Aldrin's heads spinning and telling her about the movies she's not allowed to see.
    Flashback Chauncey: You're not old enough to see those kinds of movies.
    Flashback Frieda: Aldrin's older than you, dear.
    Flashback Aldrin: (mocking) Little Maggie might get scared.
  • Hallucinations: Maggie starts hallucinating her family as the evil characters of The Flyinator after seeing the said movie.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Aldrin's maturity and manliness is contradicted the minute Mr. and Mrs. Pesky walk out of the room, after which he and Pupert are seen fighting over a Prancing Princess doll, and it's Played for Laughs.
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  • I Want My Mommy!: One little boy screams this upon watching The Flyinator with his mother, who wants her mother as well.
  • Kiddie Kid: Exhibited twice in this episode.
    • First, Rayna goes to see The Prancing Princess to relieve the trauma caused by The Flyinator, and then collects all The Prancing Princess dolls on her way out of the theater, singing the movie's Theme Tune.
    • At the end, Aldrin is seen playing with a Prancing Princess doll that belongs to Pupert and then fights over it with him at the dinner table.
  • Kids Shouldn't Watch Horror Films: Maggie and Rayna sneak into the theater playing The Flyinator and the latter gets scared within the first 5 seconds of the film and runs out. Maggie, on the other hand, sits through the whole thing, and plays it cool at first, but eventually becomes tramautized.
  • Loophole Abuse: Aldrin can't get into a certain film with parental guidance, so he asks a married beetle couple to pose as his parents so he can get in.
  • Movie-Theater Episode: A majority of the episode takes place at the local movie theater.
  • Security Cling: The horrific themes of The Flyinator cause a kid to cling onto his mother, who clings onto her mother.
  • You Are Grounded: Mr. and Mrs. Pesky consider grounding Maggie and Aldrin for seeing movies they were specifically told not to see, until they decide that the trauma they suffered from seeing them was enough punishment (well, Aldrin doesn't really get punished, as he is older and a guy).

"Ladybugged" contains examples of:

  • An Aesop: Be Yourself. Don't let others talk down upon you for who you are and try to change you.
  • Burger Fool: It turns out that Lacey's dad is the mayor of a fast food restaurant.
  • Fantastic Racism: Lacey Ladybug prejudices against the species of flies their disgusting nature (e.g. buzzing, throwing up on their food), which is beyond their control.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Maggie gets swift revenge on Lacey by revealing her embarrassing secrets. Serves her right.


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