- Herbie becoming depressed and almost jumping off a bridge in the first film.
- That one scene in Herbie Goes Bananas where Paco has to helplessly watch as Herbie is forced to walk the plank and is thrown into the ocean while a sadder version of Herbie's theme plays in the background. Even though he is upside down, you can see Herbie turning his wheels, trying to escape. And to top it all off, he even starts to cry. Watch!
- In Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo when Wheelie lies to Herbie that Giselle dumped him, in an effort to get Herbie to start the race. Lie after lie, all meant to break Herbie's heart and fire him up enough to get going. It's a horrible thing to see. I'm glad that Herbie made Wheelie apologize later for that.
- The 1997 TV film, in general, is more serious and melancholic in tone than previous Herbie films.
Roddy: This reminds me of when you're a kid and you're picking sides for football. I was always picked last. I always hated that.
- Roddy's speech to convince Hank to pick Herbie at the mechanic competition, and especially the music that accompanies it.
Hank: I am out of here.Chuck: Out of here where, Hank?Hank: I don't know and I don't care. Anywhere where there isn't some stupid little car taking credit for everything I do.
- Throughout most of the first half of the film, Hank is slowly becoming more jealous of the attention Herbie is getting, unknowingly hurting the car's feelings with his stern words. Although remaining loyal to Hank, Herbie mostly looks to Roddy for reassurance that Hank doesn't hate him. the sad, child-like way Herbie beeps his horn to talk to Roddy makes you feel sorry for him even more.
Hank:''' What did they do to you?... What did I do to you?
- The tragic scene where Horace attacks Herbie in a dark alley. You can hear Herbie's cries of pain as Horace crashes against him.
- The aftermath of said scene is arguably even worse. Hank Hank later finds Herbie, completely destroyed, with only a mere headlight and a wailing horn as the only sign of life. Hank approaches Herbie, in hopes that he can survive long enough for him to be fixed.
- Even worse when you realize that this is possibly the only film where Herbie dies for real. Granted, he is alright in the end but seeing a full-on funeral for him is probably the most heartbreaking thing to anyone who's grown up with Herbie.
- Although a minor detail, it's pretty clear that Hank feels extremely guilty for what happened, especially since for the majority of the time before the incident he constantly neglected Herbie and wanted nothing to do with him. What's worse is that Hank is probably thinking that the incident might have never happened if he hadn't run away and prompted Herbie to go out looking for him.
- Jim Douglas showing up at Herbie's funeral is an emotionally powerful moment all on itself. Mostly because he was like a father to Herbie. Even more tragic is his reaction once Hank opens the crate/coffin, which is merely a simple Oh, Herbie.... Although seeming simple, his two words do pack an emotional impact the more you think about it. He and Herbie had spent years together, and even though he's been in pretty bad shape before, he has never actually seen Herbie in such state.
- Learning that Giselle is implied to have died in the Baja race that took place prior to Herbie Goes Bananas. Diane survives, making an appearance in episode 3 of the TV series, albeit played by a different actor.
- On a meta-level is the fact that Stephen W. Burns, the actor to play Pete in Herbie Goes Bananas, lost his life to AIDS in 1990.
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