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"Hi! I'm Andy!
Welcome to my page! Describing my show and my crazy escapades!
Started out as a prank, but then got way out of hand,
See, now the whole town's shouting, "Hey, what's with Andy?!"
I'm the best, I'm the greatest joker of them all! (What's with Andy? W-W-What's with Andy?)
I'm a trick-playing gangster! An artist, a prankster!
(What's with Andy? W-W-What's with Andy?)" [Record Needle Scratch]
1st season Theme Tune note 

What's with Andy? is a Canadian animated series from the Montreal-based animation studio CinéGroupe and loosely based on the semi-autobiographical Just...! series of children's books by Australian author Andy Griffiths.

The show is about Andy Larkin, a teenage boy from the small town of East Gackle in some flyover region of midwest USAnote . East Gackle would frankly be a very dull place were it not for Andy himself, as Andy strives to become the greatest prankster in the world. Always seeking to outdo himself, Andy, with the help of his best bud and right-hand man Danny Pickett, constantly works on any new and elaborate pranks he has in mind, each one more spectacular and outrageous than the last. None are safe from Andy's love of mischief, not his friends, not his family (especially not his irritable older sister Jen), not his school, and not even the whole town.

And while Andy is in some ways a total terror to his boring little town and its staid and apathetic citizens, Andy still has his share of troubles, especially when it comes to impressing his crush Lori Mackney, who views his pranking obsession as immature, and the results of his various schemes are just as varied as the pranks themselves. But regardless of how successful he is or what kind of practical joke he has in mind that day, it can be guaranteed that everyone will be shouting out the show's title as Andy Larkin turns the lives of everyone around him upside down with his bottomless talent for trickery.

The series debuted on Teletoon on June 30, 2001 and ran for 3 seasons and a grand total of 78 episodes, with the final one airing on March 4, 2007. In the States, the show originally aired on ABC Family, but moved over to Toon Disney for the second season. Notably, the American Channel Hop coincided with two major changes to the show, with the first season using American Voice Actors and being set in the United States but the next two seasons moving both the setting and voice acting to Canada.

This show provides examples of:

  • Accidental Misnaming: Principal DeRosa once accidentally calls Teri "Kerry" and "Perry".
  • All-Natural Fire Extinguisher: "Busting", which is adapted from the "Just" Series example mentioned above, has Andy drinking gallons of grape juice to get out of getting food for Lik and Leech, then having to spend most of the episode trying to find a bathroom. Unlike in the book, the events of the episode really happened. So instead of wetting his bed when he wakes up, Andy goes in some mall bushes and ends up putting out an escalator fire he accidentally started when the escalator ate one of his shoes. He ends up being hailed on the news for it.
  • Alphabet Song: In one episode, Andy is sent back to kindergarten for the day as punishment and he and the kindergarteners take part in the school talent show and diss the school faculty. Andy plays the teacher and asks the kindergarteners to sing the ABC, and the kindergarteners sing a song about how they start off happy but gradually get sadder:
    Girl 1: "A, B, and C, makes me happy."
    Boy 1: "D, E, and G. We're so gloomy."
    Boy 2 and Girl 2: "H, I, and J. Things never go our way."
    Girl 1: "K, L, and M. I agree with them."
    Boy 1: "N, O, and P. I have to pee."
    Boy 2, Boy 3, and Girl 3: "Q, R, and S. We're in distress."
    Boy 1: "T, U, and V. I still have to pee."
    Boy 2, Boy 3, Girl 1, and Girl 3: "W, X, Z, please set us free!"
    Andy (spoken): "You forgot the letters Y and F. Why? Because you get an F!"
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Well, Jen sure finds Andy annoying.
  • Anti-Hero: Andy. He likes to stir the pot a bit but would never do anything too bad.
  • Anything but That!: When a preschooler is sent to the principal as part of a show in "The Show Must Go On" she says "No, no, anything but that!"
  • April Fools' Plot: "Gooey Chewies" has Lori's birthday party fall on April Fool's Day, and Andy and Danny are invited but not allowed to prank.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: When Andy is in drag to bother Jen, Craig falls for him.
  • Babysitting Episode: The episode "Andy Pranky Pudding and Pie" had Jen babysit two intelligent little boys while Andy plays pranks and tries to pin the blame on them.
  • Baby Talk: Sometimes, Lik and Leech make condescending baby talk to Andy as a way of teasing him.
  • Back to School: Downplayed as Andy already goes to school, but "The Show Must Go On" has him go back to kindergarten, because if he's behaving like a child, he's going to be treated like a child.
  • Bathroom Control: Played for Drama in "Busting", when Andy drinks gallons of grape juice - and then, when he finally finds the toilet, he gets thrown out of it by the school bullies Lik and Leech.
  • Big Eater: Downplayed for Andy. While his stomach is not bottomless or anything, he does have a big appetite.
  • Birthday Episode: Lori's birthday falls on April Fools' Day on "Gooey Chewies".
  • Bizarre Beverage Use: In "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow", Andy uses lemonade to make it seem as though some ice sculptures of dogs peed. Later, several other citizens use lemonade when trying to replicate the prank.
  • Books vs. Screens: In the episode "Andy Pranky Pudding and Pie", Andy and Danny believe that Anthony and Bobby must be well-read because they have no television.
  • Bowdlerization: The episode "The Fortunate One" was edited in Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Russian and Greek versions to remove the first scene of the episode where Jen and Terri were playing with a Ouija Board not knowing that Andy was hiding under the table doing his tricks.
  • Bragging Theme Tune: All three of them, even!
  • Brainy Brunette:
    • Martin is a male, so he can't really be a "Brunette", but he has dark hair and he is a pretty intelligent student.
    • Lori has dark hair and is a straight-A student.
    • Anthony and Bobby, the kids Jen babysat in "Andy Pranky Pudding and Pie" are boys, so they're not Brunettes, per se, but they do have dark hair and they're quite intelligent for their age.
    • Also, Andy in a weird way: he may not be nerdy, but he's quite intelligent, and he's a boy, but with dark hair.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: Andy asks his father if what's hidden behind a door at the factory is gold, aliens, or alien gold.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Andy, when he's narrating, addresses the viewers.
  • Brick Joke: In "Gooey Chewies", Andy really wants to pull a wedgie on one of the HAPPY members as he sees that his pants are hanging, but decides not to do so as Lori told him not to pull pranks to ensure she can be a member of them. Once her chances disappear near the end of the episode, Andy takes the opportunity just as the HAPPY guy is leaving.
  • The Bully:
    • Lik, Leech, and to a lesser extent, Jen, Jervis, and Teri, who mainly tease people, but Lik and Leech can get more serious by making threats and giving wedgies. Andy can be a bit of a bully towards Jen and Teri but he doesn't mean to do anything terribly wrong.
    • Craig Bennett and his friends are even worse than Lik and Leech.
  • Buried Alive: In "Playing Dead", Andy is Faking the Dead to get out of being used in a dunk tank. His father calls his bluff and digs a grave and starts burying Andy, but stops and puts him in the dunk tank anyway.
  • Calling Your Bathroom Breaks:
    • In "Busting", Andy, while going through his Potty Emergency, does a lot of this. From "Bathroom, bathroom, please" to "Coming through, full bladder."
    • In "The Show Must Go On", as a prank, some kindergarten students were singing the alphabet and pretending to hate school (long story). It mainly went "Q, R, and S. We're in distress." and "W, X, Z. Please set us free!" etc, etc, but one boy went "N, O, and P. I have to pee." Then, he went "T, U, and V. I still have to pee." Justified, as he is just a little kid.
    • Danny at one point says he needs to "go" during "The Toilet Paper Fiasco".
    • In "What's With Jean-Thomas?", Andy in disguise as his long-lost brother says "I have to go soon". Lori replies "So do I. It's those big drinks they serve."
  • Canada, Eh?: In season two, the show gets relocated to Canada.
  • Catchphrase:
  • Character Tics: Jen has a habit of, when she's frustrated, making fists, holding her arms rigidly to her sides, and making a shrill growling noise. In "Andy, Pranky, Pudding and Pie" it's revealed that she used to do that even when she was about ten.
  • Check, Please!: Andy's Catchphrase, usually said after a successful prank.
  • Chased by Angry Natives: Happens to Andy quite a bit, usually when he goes for town-wide pranks.
  • Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere: In "Bustin'", Andy really has to go pee, but can't because all the bathrooms were unavailable. There is a scene where two passersby keep reminding him of it while he tries not to think about it.
    Random Man Walking By: "I'm tellin' ya, water just kept coming and coming, so much rushing water!"
    Boy: "A, B, C, D, E, F, G. H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P. Hmm..."P", what's after "P"? P, P...."
  • Comedic Underwear Exposure: A staple of many episodes, happening to Andy. Also, happens to Mr Larkin in both "Weight to Go, Andy" and "What's With Jean-Thomas?. Happens to everyone in "101 Underpants".
  • Company Cross References: In the episode "On the Farm", the Larkin family's Country Cousin Elwood has a picture of a pig hanging on his wall that is done in the artstyle of Pig City, another cartoon produced by CinéGroupe.
  • Crotch-Glance Sex Check: Parodied. The ending of "Daddy" involves Andy and Lori babysitting some twin babies. Andy is changing the baby boy's diaper and doesn't remember if he has the boy or the girl. The baby promptly urinates and he quickly finds out, though he should've known, since Lori was taking care of the baby girl.
  • Crying Wolf: In "The Answers", Andy tries to get Principal DeRosa to stop the bullies from getting revenge on Andy and Danny for their recent prank, but DeRosa simply believes Andy is pulling one of his tricks. The result is Andy and Danny end up in hanging wedgies.
  • Couch Gag: Every first season episode features a line in the theme song describing the premise of the episode, although there is also a generic season 1 theme used in international markets, presumably to match the dubs. (A few of these didn't make it onto the already hard-to-find full-season DVDs, being replaced by the generic version, but a full list from the Canadian TV airings can be found here.) The Canadian prints (both English and French language ones) of the season one opening also showed footage from the exact episode shown during that line.
  • Dare to Be Badass: Andy gives preschoolers a speech in "The Show Must Go On" about the mission he wants them to go on, how dangerous it is, and asks them if they're with him.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Scary Teri" focuses on Teri.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Danny often snarks, especially when he's in a bad mood, and sometimes Andy. Jen can be a bit snarky, but she's not deadpan.
  • Dean Bitterman: Principal DeRosa, who's forever trying to punish Andy and Danny- he also is very broad-shouldered.
  • Decided by One Vote: In the school election episode, Craig and Jen are tied with Andy hopelessly out of the race. He didn't realize he could cast his vote so he does. Despite some "incentive" from Craig, he decides to vote for his sister.
  • Didn't Think This Through: A lot of Andy's pranks usually wind up backfiring because of some oversight he doesn't catch in time.
  • Disguised in Drag:
    • In the very first episode, Andy decides to annoy his sister Jen by mimicking everything she does. This bites him in the butt when Jen goes to the school dance in a dress. Craig Bennett immediately falls for him once he arrives at the dance.
    • Also happens with Danny in "What's With Jean-Thomas?". Andy was pretending to be his long-lost brother to woo Lori, and when he'd had enough, he tried to make the fake brother have a girlfriend. No girls wanted him, due to a Noodle Incident known as The Prank, so he had to dress Danny in drag.
    • In "Emergency Spew Relish", Andy and Danny dress up as "grannies" in the end.
    • While watching a movie in "The Prank That Never Happened", Al says that in the movie, the lady was actually a man in drag.
  • Disrupting the Theater: In one episode, Mr. Larkin takes Andy to the movies, but then realises he's seen the movie before and shouts out a spoiler, causing everybody to groan.
  • The Diaper Change: At the end of "Daddy", Andy and Lori have to change diapers when babysitting twin babies.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Mr Larkin doesn't like burgers.
  • Donut Mess with a Cop: Parodied. During careers week, a fellow student is told by the cop he is partnered with to memorise the different kinds of doughnuts there are since this is a crucial aspect of becoming a real cop.
  • Eating Contest: In "Weight to Go, Andy!", Andy trains for a "fastest eater" contest, and so is teased by Lik, Leech, and Jen for being fat and eating too much.
  • Electric Joybuzzer: Andy naturally carries one of these.
  • Embarrassment Plot: In "101 Underpants", Andy's embarrassment at losing his pants leads him to wanting to get revenge on the people who laughed at him by pantsing the whole school (except Lori).
  • Episode Tagline: In the episode "Busting", Andy says a rhyme, "Hold it in, do a dance, that's the way to keep dry pants" over and over because he needs to pee.
  • Everyone Has Standards: When Lik and Leech think they've seriously hurt Andy in "Nurse Jen", they back off. Jen thinks he's just faking it so she kicks him. Everyone stares at her in visible disgust, even Lik and Leech themselves. Of course, Andy was really faking it.
  • Exercise Excuse: In the episode "The Very Bad Idea", Andy has secretly tied himself to Danny to fly with a weather balloon, but the wind picks up and blows Danny backwards. When Danny's father asks him why he is going backwards with a rope tied around his waist, he claims he's doing the moonwalk.
  • Eyepiece Prank: After being forced to prank Lori, Andy does this to her. Of course, Lori probably didn't figure it out until long after he had left.
  • Failure Hero: Both this and Invincible Hero are averted - Andy gets a balanced amount of both victories and failures. Until Season 3, that is, where he fails and gets chased by angry mobs every time.
  • Faking the Dead: Andy fakes his own death by being motionless in "Playing Dead" to avoid being used in a dunk tank.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The highest council of the High Achieving Proper Peppy Youth, or HAPPY.
  • Girls Love Chocolate: Andy believes this to be true, but that's only because Jen and Teri love chocolate. It is unknown how Lori feels about it.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Andy wears underwear with bunnies in "Beat the Bomb".
  • Grossout Fakeout:
    • In "Emergency Spew Relish", Andy pretends to throw up, using corn relish.
    • In "Busting", some kids spray Andy in the crotch with squirt guns. When Lik and Leech see this, they ask him if he's had a "little accident".
    • In "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow", Andy uses lemonade to pretend some ice sculptures of dogs peed.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Jen is very easily angered, as is Principal DeRosa.
  • Hated by All: The only people in East Gackle that like Andy are his buddy Danny, Mush, and Lori (though his pranking irritates her). In "Campaign in the Butt", nobody in the school votes for Andy in the election besides Lori and Danny.
  • Heh Heh, You Said "X": Leech replies with "Did you hear what he said?" three separate times after suggestive words are said in "Rhyme Time", to Lik's increasing frustration.
  • Helping Another Save Face: In "101 Underpants", Andy sells belts that are designed to pants the wearer at a specific time. However, when his crush Lori buys a belt, he hurries to prevent her pants from falling.
    Andy: "I must save Lori's pants!"
  • High-School Hustler: Andy.
  • How We Got Here: Each episode starts with Andy being in some random predicament, the rest of the episode serves as a flashback for how he ended up in that position.
  • Hypochondria: The man on the train with the irritated nose from "Emergency Spew Relish" seems to be a hypochondriac due to being easily fooled by Andy's made-up You Don't Want to Catch This illness.
  • Hypnotism Reversal: Discussed as a Noodle Incident in "Mr E.G. Goes to Moosehoof"; when Andy gets into a war with a rival prankster, Suzy, she decides to call in the help of a hypnotist who still has a bone to pick with Andy because Andy once pranked him with mirror contact lenses, resulting in the guy hypnotizing himself.
  • I Don't Think That's Such a Good Idea: Sometimes, Danny thinks Andy's plans are too dangerous/mean/complicated/etc.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: In "Fore!", Jervis pranks Mayor Roth with butter on his golf clubs and then tries to pin it on Andy. When the two are confronted about all the pranking, Jervis states that Andy planted the butter in his own knapsack. Mayor Roth questions how Jervis would know it was butter if he hadn't looked. Jervis realizes he just put his foot in his mouth and quietly accepts defeat.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: The principal depicted in "The Show Must Go On" eats children which is why he's fat.
  • Incredibly Lame Fun: The members of HAPPY on Lori's birthday entertain themselves by playing cricket and billiards, games that Andy and Danny find really boring.
  • In Medias Res: "Beat the Bomb" starts by showing a mob who shouts "We want Bumpo!". Andy then explains what started the situation and caused them to come. Many episodes in seasons 2 and 3 start off this way as well.
  • In the Blood: Andy's grampa is a noted prankster too, and it was sometimes hinted that Andy's dad may have also been one.
  • The Key Is Behind the Lock: In the episode "The Great American Lock-In", Andy reverses the locks in the front doors of his school, then lures in Lik and Leech. Unfortunately, he managed to drop the keys outside of the school.
  • "Kick Me" Prank: The first season intro has Andy doing this to the entire town.
  • Last-Name Basis: The bullies call themselves "Lik" and "Leech" and Andy "Larkin".
  • Laughing Gas: In one episode, when Andy is forced to get a job, everyone he takes he gets fired from when he sees an opportunity to pull pranks and takes it. The final one is set in a retirement home, where we see all the senior residents laughing uproariously, and Andy being chased out of the building by a nurse.
    Nurse: Putting laughing gas in the oxygen tanks of our senior citizens is not funny! You're fired!
  • Lazy Bum: Spank lies around a lot.
  • Limited Wardrobe: For the most part, each character has one outfit they wear the most of the time.
  • Love Interests: Lori to Andy, and sometimes vice versa. In "Romancing the Prank", Danny gets a crush on a girl named Rachel. Jen and Teri both have crushes on a jock named Craig Bennett, and of course, Mr and Mrs Larkin are married.
  • Least Rhymable Word: In "Rhyme Time", Andy has to rhyme for a whole week due to a bet he has made with Jen. She tries to trick him with the word "orange". He gets away with "door hinge."
    • During that episode, Jen and Teri also tried to get him with "raisin" and "month". Andy uses "Phrasin'" and a lisped "dunce", respectively.
  • "Metaphor" Is My Middle Name: In an attempt to get a guy out of the train car, Andy puts him up to a challenge. The guy responds with "Challenge is my middle name", to which Danny responds, "Mine's Thaddeus".
  • Morality Chain: Lori, to Andy. His pranking plans are often ruined by his wish to make her like him.
  • My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: In "What's With Jean-Thomas?", Lori asks the disguised Andy what "If you practice, you could win the Stanley Cup" in French was. Andy's reply actually translates to "Your ears are so big that you look like the Stanley Cup".
  • Narrator: Andy sometimes narrates what happened in the past.
  • Neat Freak: Both Mrs Weebles and Principal DeRosa get very angry if something gets dirty.
  • Nominal Hero: Andy most of the time. In most episodes, he is malicious, but not outright destructive, and is contrasted by his rather unlikable victims.
  • Nominated as a Prank: During the school election with Jen up for re-election, Andy pushes Craig as a candidate to make Jen feel conflicted. When that doesn't work, Andy pushes himself in as a candidate and fails spetacularly.
  • Noodle Incident: In one episode Andy refers to an event as The Prank. At the end of the episode he tries to tell the viewer what it was, but is interrupted.
  • Not Me This Time: Happens to Andy on a few occasions when something weird happens without his involvement. He usually still gets blamed regardless due to his reputation for pranking.
  • Nothing Exciting Ever Happens Here: Andy's usual drive for being a prankster. He considers East Gackle utterly boring and wants to use his pranks to liven the town up a bit. Of course, as stated in his theme song, they tend to grow from what he intends and cause trouble.
  • One-Steve Limit: Technically averted, with Andy and Andrew Leech (generally referred to by his last name only).
  • Overly-Long Tongue: When Andy states he can speak like Shakespeare with his tongue behind his back in "Rhyme Time", he imagines growing it to about his height and wrapping it there.
  • Pants-Pulling Prank: Fed up with constantly losing his pants in the midst of his pranks, Andy decides he's going to pants the entire school via belts that open up on command.
  • Perpetual Smiler: The members of HAPPY in "Gooey Chewies" practically don't stop smiling.
  • Pie in the Face: East Gackle holds a pie festival, do the math on what happens.
  • Playing Sick: Andy, Danny, and Lori in "Gooey Chewies". Lori states she has a cold, and Anny and Danny use having caught her cold as an excuse as to why they cannot kiss (actually due to all the marshmallows in their mouth). It turns out Lori was only faking her cold as an April Fool's joke of her own.
  • Potty Emergency:
    • In "Busting", soon after Andy engages in a drinking contest, he has to pee and tries to find a bathroom in his.
    • Downplayed in "The Show Must Go On". A small boy says that he has to pee during the modified alphabet song.
    • Also in "What's With Jean-Thomas?", Andy in disguise as his long lost brother says "I have to go soon.", to which Lori replies "So do I. It's those big drinks they serve."
  • Potty Dance: In "Busting", Andy's motto becomes "Hold it in. Do a dance. That's the way to keep dry pants."
  • Potty Failure: Downplayed in "The Show Must Go On". A preschooler says "I wet my pants", but it's not important to the plot. Also averted in "Busting", but lampshaded a few times by Lik saying "Little accident, Andy-wandy?" and Andy himself asking "Did I go yet?"
  • Practical Joke: Almost every episode comes with at least one, otherwise there wouldn't be much of a premise.
  • Prank Call: All over the place, but "Beat The Bomb" is probably the most notable instance of this as Andy prank calls various people under the guise of the local radio game show.
  • Prank Injuries: In "Nurse Jen", Andy pretends to hurt his leg so that he can frame Jen for pranking the Beans and Burger and in the process, have Jen and Lori wait on him all the time.
  • Prank Punishment: Sometimes Lori gets back at Andy for his prankster tendencies by playing jokes on him:
    • In "Gooey Chewies", she fakes having a cold as a part of an April fools joke, and then pretends that she's mad at Andy for ruining her birthday party, while she actually isn't.
    • In "The Buck Stops Here", when Andy cheats to win the competition and get kissed by the Rodeo Queen (who he assumed was Lori), she deliberately doesn't tell him that the Queen is actually her ugly friend Hazel.
  • The Prankster: Andy, and to a lesser extent Grandpa and Danny. Mr Larkin used to be this and Mr Mackney is also a prankster. This show deconstructs that trait as Andy's consistent pranking has left everyone in East Gackle utterly annoyed with him, viewing his pranks as more of a nuisance than an amusement.
  • Replaced the Theme Tune: Each of the three seasons has its own theme song.
  • Rhyme Theme Naming: The three main characters are Andy, Danny, and Lori.
  • The Rival: Bryan and Jervis to Andy, Mr Vole to Mr Larkin, and Mayor Simms of West Gackle to East Gackle's mayor Henry Roth.
  • Sent Off to Work for Relatives: Andy is threatened by his dad to be sent off to work on his grandparents' farm if he doesn't stop pulling pranks.
  • Sexiness Score: In "Busting", Andy's crush Lori tells him that she and her friends have decided that he is an eight on a scale of one to ten. Andy, due to being distracted by a Potty Emergency, mishears "You're an eight" as "Urinate".
  • Shaking the Rump: Andy in the season 2 intro.
  • Shared Family Quirks: Andy's grandfather is just as much of a prankster as he is. So was his father, but he gave it up.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Andy and Jen often argue, usually with Andy being cheeky and Jen being mean and grumpy.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Andy, who faked his own death by making a life-sized doll of himself commit suicide by jumping off a waterfall... as a joke.
  • Somethingitis: In "Emergency Spew Relish", Andy convinces a man to leave the train car by telling him he has a contagious disease known as "Rhino-googly-osis".
  • Stepford Snarker: Andy can be this. He's not that snarky, but when he's bored, he says things like "kill me now!".
  • Stink Bomb: Andy plans to clear a train car using one of these. Unfortunately he's forced to improvise when not everyone leaves.
  • Stop Copying Me: Andy copies Jen in "Just Stuffing".
  • Sweet Tooth: Teri likes chocolate and caramel pudding.
  • Teasing Parent: While Lori's father doesn't do elaborate pranks like Andy, he's still a practical joker, often playing pranks on Lori and other people.
  • Teens Love Shopping: Downplayed. All the teens are seen at the mall and enjoying themselves, but they're not obsessed with it.
  • Time for Plan B: "The Show Must Go On" has try to tick off Mr. Hutchins. He first draws a caricature of him, which fails. He moves on to Plan B, where he releases a snake, which also fails. Then it's time for Plan C, where he swallows a blood pellet and has a fight, which still ends up not annoying the teacher, but the principal comes in and sends him to kindergarten.
  • Time Stands Still: When Andy narrates.
  • Tinkle in the Eye: When Andy is changing a baby boy's diaper in "Daddy", he pees on him.
  • Title Drop: In "What's With Jean-Thomas?"
    Lori (to Danny): I know this is like trying to get Napoleon to spill the beans on his horse, but, what's with Andy?"
  • Thermal Dissident: "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow" establishes that most of the Larkins don't like snowy weather, but the father, Earl, loves it, so he often takes the family on winter outings, to their annoyance.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Sandwich: In "The Toilet Paper Fiasco", Andy and Danny have to leave before Danny can finish his sandwich.
  • This Explains So Much: When Andy presents the plan for his latest prank, which involves pop-up buildings on a map of the town, Danny comments "I now see why your grades are slipping."
  • Tied-Together-Shoelace Trip: The intro the first season sees Lik and Leech fall victim to this.
  • Those Two Guys: Lik and Leech, and to a lesser extent, Andy and Danny and Jen and Teri.
  • Toilet Humor:
    • Andy pretending to vomit and laying a stink bomb in "Emergency Spew Relish".
    • Andy and Lori changing diapers in "Daddy".
    • Andy's Potty Emergency in "Busting".
    • A preschooler talking about peeing in "The Show Must Go On".
    • Danny claiming that seeing the giant toilet roll in "The Toilet Paper Fiasco" made him need to "go".
    • This conversation in "What's With Jean-Thomas?"
      Andy (pretending to be his long-lost brother): "I need to go soon".
      Lori: "So do I. It's those big drinks they serve".
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: A LOT of people in East Gackle following the switch from the USA to Canada, and especially in the third season. Even characters who were kind-hearted for the most part in season one suffered from this, like Lori and the mayor. (Who was a soft-spoken southern-type in season one, who was merely incompetent. Season two and three devolve his character entirely into a mayor with anger issues and got rid of his southern accent entirely)
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Burgers for Andy, and Chocolate for Jen and Teri.
  • Unconventional Food Usage:
    • In the episode "Emergency Spew Relish", Andy uses corn relish to pretend to throw up.
    • In the episode "Gnome for the Holidays", Andy mentions that he once replaced the shaving cream at a barber's shop with sour cream.
    • In "Daddy!", when Andy's class is assigned to look after baby dolls for a school project, Andy fills the baby doll's diaper with expired oatmeal, then has Jervis change it.
  • Urine Trouble: In "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow", Mrs. Weebles refuses to let dogs in the park because she fears that they'll pee everywhere. Naturally, Andy pours lemonade over all the snow, making her think the dogs got in anyway.
  • Villain Protagonist: Andy at his worst. Some of his pranks, such as when he convinced Jen she was becoming a dog, ultimately amount to psychological torture. To his credit, though, he often doesn't know the joke will be that serious. There's a reason why the first theme song has the lyric "Started out as a prank, but then got way out of hand."
  • Walkie-Talkie Gag, Over: Steve Rowgee Sr. knows how to use the police radio properly, but his son doesn't.
    Steve Rowgee Jr.: Roger dodger. I mean, Roger and Wilco.
    Steve Rowgee Sr.: It's "Roger and out."
  • Wedgie: Andy and Danny occasionally receive wedgies from Lik and Leech. At the end of the Season 1 finale "The Answers", they end up in hanging wedges from the locker room shower heads while also being bombarded with water balloons.
  • Weight Woe: In "Weight to Go, Andy", Jen and the Larkin parents worry about their weight. Jen because a gym meet is coming up, Freida because she is going to go to a party where a woman she is jealous of will be, and Al because an interview with his boss (a health nut) is coming up.
  • Where da White Women At?: In "Romancing the Prank", Danny (a black boy) gets a crush on Rachel (a white girl).
  • "Which Restroom?" Dilemma: Andy when he was Disguised in Drag in "Just Stuffing", he debates which bathroom to use.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Despite Andy's seemingly successful election campaign, nobody votes for him because his promises were too far-fetched and everyone is aware of exactly who Andy Larkin really is.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Andy unintentionally pulls one in Bring it off. He and Danny spend the entire episode competing with Jen's cheerleading squad, even becoming more popular than them, using a silly dance routine. When the East Gackle rugby team has an away game, there is only room for one cheerleading team, so principal De Rosa organizes a contest. Andy and Danny steal Jen's dance routine during the contest, which was met with lukewarm reception. In retaliation, Jen steals Andy's silly dance and easily wins the contest. However, Andy sees this as a victory, as it was his dance routine that won the contest.
  • You Are Fat: In "Weight to Go, Andy", Lik, Leech and Jen make fat jokes at Andy, such as "looks like the roll is on you! Roll of fat that is!" as a response to "I'm on a roll".
  • You Are Grounded!: "What's with Jean-Thomas?" begins with Andy's parents grounding him.
  • You Don't Want to Catch This: In Emergency Spew Relish, Andy and Danny want to evacuate a train car by various shenanigans. There's one man who Andy successfully scares away by pretending to have "rhino-google-osis."


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What's with Andy?

Andy, while squirming due to a full bladder, says a rhyme about how to hold it in... with "do a dance" being one of the steps.

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