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Recap / Time Squad S 01 Ep 09 Dishonest Abe

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It's the 1860's, and Abraham Lincoln is president of the United States. He's beloved by his citizens, who all call him "Honest Abe" because of how good, and well "honest" he is about fulfilling promises and delivering rousing speeches. But Lincoln grows increasingly bored and annoyed of the constant praise for being so honest and soon becomes enraged when members of his cabinet start to take his kindness and honesty for granted and decide to go party without him because he's too much of a "nice guy" to do that. This is the final straw for Lincoln, and vows to stop being so good and decides to give up the presidency in order to have fun and do whatever he wanted, thus becoming "Dishonest Abe".

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At the satellite, the History Instability Alarm goes off. The team arrives at the giant computer screen, and Otto gets excited when he sees the 16th President is their next mission. The team then leaves while Tuddrussel tries to figure out who the 16th President is.

The group arrives in Washington DC, and sees a lot of people and places that have been pranked. The townfolk explain that Lincoln is the cause, that he gave up the presidency to pull pranks with a gang of hooligans and lives in an evil looking log mansion.

The team finds the mansion, and Otto says he has a plan to get Lincoln back to normal by going undercover. A man inside the mansion comes out, and Otto tells him that they came for an interview to join Lincoln's gang. They are allowed in, and Lincoln asks why they think they qualify for the gang. The three each tell a story about pranking someone; Tuddrussel talks about how he once unscrewed Larry's arms off slightly, making them fall off when he least expected it. Larry once replaced his old friend Senator Fiskmeyer's sugar for salt while he was making tea. But Otto's story is how he once saw an old lady trying to cross the street with a load of groceries and went to help her, but then at the last moment decided not to. Despite Otto's rather boring story, Lincoln says he's willing to give everyone a shot at proving their worth. Otto whispers to Tuddrussel that this is their chance to encourage Lincoln to perform good deeds, but Tuddrussel is a little distracted by the prospects of pranking people for kicks.

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The gang first focuses on a man standing on the street. Lincoln proceeds to give him a wedgie. Tuddrussel calls for Lincoln's attention, and impresses him by giving another man an atomic wedgie. Otto interrupts, asking Lincoln if he would help an old lady cross the street. Lincoln replies no, and gives her an atomic wedgie, blinding the woman and sending her in the path of a horse-drawn carriage. Larry calls to Lincoln and asks if he will help a little girl get her kitty from a tree, but Lincoln steals the girl's ice cream cone and taunts her, holding it up too high for her reach. He then throws the ice cream cone at the kitty, making the girl cry. Later, Lincoln is seen ding-dong-ditching a house. Otto is frustrated that his plan isn't working, and decides that they should try teaching Lincoln a harsh lesson instead.

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Time Squad starts pranking Lincoln hardcore. They disguise themselves and squirt water in his face, slap "kick me" signs on his back and kick his butt when he turns around to see who kicked him last. They play ding-dong-ditch, but add to the joke by setting bags of cow manure on fire- which he stomps on to get out and becomes grossed out when he discovers what he had stomped on. They send telegrams asking if their refrigerator is running and if so they need to catch it, which confuses Lincoln since refrigerators don't exist yet. They make brownies that have laxatives as an ingredient. Then later, Lincoln then answers his door to see a pizza man who claims that Lincoln ordered a dozen anchovy pizzas.

Upset, Lincoln wonders what kind of "sicko" would do all this, and Otto arrives with the others, saying that it is what Lincoln would have done to other people. Lincoln admits that he was having so much fun that he never thought about how his victims felt. He swears he won't do any more pranks as long as Time Squad stops pranking him. They promise, and Lincoln dons his hat, saying he will be taking Mrs. Lincoln to the theater. He is suddenly hit in the face with an egg by Tuddrussel and storms off. Larry comments that he's just glad that the "pranking" is now out of everyone's system, but then his arms fall off. Larry, outraged, yells at Tuddrussel for pranking him again, but Tuddrussel claims while in hysterics that it wasn't him this time. Otto is seen away from them, giggling with a wrench, clearly the real culprit.


Tropes present in this episode include:

  • Comedic Sociopathy: While Lincoln is mildly cruel to people, the Time Squad dish out some just desserts for him back.
  • Black Comedy Burst: This episode dips into it. One scene has Lincoln give an old lady an atomic wedgie and the poor woman, blinded by her underwear, walks into traffic and gets trampled by horses offscreen. Lincoln and Tuddrussel laugh about it afterward. And later when Lincoln repents his bad deeds, he announces that as a celebration he'll be taking his wife out for an evening of theater. Yikes.
  • Ding-Dong-Ditch Distraction: Lincoln did the normal, harmless version. The Time Squad left a flaming bag of poop for him when he answered the door.
  • Egging: Lincoln does it, but the Time Squad eggs him back to see how he likes it.
  • "Kick Me" Prank
  • Laxative Prank: They sent over some brownies and waited for the effects to kick in, giggling like maniacs.
  • Prank Call: They still fall for the old "refrigerator running" joke, only to be utterly confused by it.
  • The Prankster: Abe Lincoln.
  • Wacky Fratboy Hijinx: Tuddrussel mentions when teaching Lincoln on how to prank better is how he used to pull pranks all the time while in Time Squad's academy, and learned a few mean tricks like atomic wedgies.
  • Wedgie: Lincoln was okay with them before, but Tuddrussel taught him how to perform an atomic wedgie and started giving them to old ladies.


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