"Dexter's Date" is Episode 14 of Freakazoid! and the second season premiere. It aired on September 7, 1996. It was written by Paul Rugg and Alan Burnett and directed by Jack Heiter. Tom Ruegger wrote the cold open.
Cold Open: The Steven Spielberg Show Edit
Sleeping, creeping, leaping down the street
Freakazoid's the humanoid who simply can't be beat
He'll fight day and night to defeat a fiendish foe
So let's freak in as we begin the Steven Spielberg Show!
Dexter finally gets a pity date with a reluctant Steff. His family drives them to the Washington Gardens. Unfortunately, he has to rush out to stop a scheme by the Lobe to pirate every TV broadcast in history. Although he defeats the Lobe, he receives a shock from the video sapper which causes him to transform into popular television personalities whenever he tries to turn back into Dexter. Meanwhile, Lobe escapes the police and is disgruntled that Freakazoid was too busy to give him a proper chase. He decides to improve his mood by going to his favorite restaurant, the Washington Gardens. There, Freakazoid begs Lobe for help in turning back into his secret identity so that he can continue his date. Lobe agrees to give him the answer -- on one condition.
- Sergeant Mike Cosgrove
- Debbie Douglas
- Dexter Douglas
- Douglas Douglas
- Duncan Douglas
- Francois (the maître’d’ at Washington Gardens; really loves the Lobe; voiced by Rob Paulsen)
- Paul Harvey
- The Lobe
- Medulla and Oblongata
- NCB Tech (works at TV station; held hostage by Lobe; voiced by Rob Paulsen)
- Emmitt Nervend (in top hat outside the Washington Gardens; seen three times)
- Waiter (tries to find Dexter for Steff; voiced by Larry Cedar)
Main Title Version: Chimp with coyboy hat
Gag Credit: One time a spaceship full of aliens came down and kidnapped our writing staff. The aliens threatened to blow up the Earth with a Solonite bomb unless the writing staff wrote a big, splashy musical number for the Lobe. The writing staff worked for days on the song. The aliens were so pleased with it they agreed not to blow up the Earth. So the next time someone says, “I don’t know why they did that real long musical number in Freakazoid,” you can tell them. You can tell them of the time a rag-tag group of cartoon writers saved the Earth from destruction. And that each new day that dawns over this great, big blue planet of ours is due to these brave individuals.
Tag: Debbie saying, “Have a good time now!”
- The elaborate "Bonjour Lobey" sequence is a painstaking parody of the title song from the 1969 film version of Hello Dolly! Louis Armstrong (who had had a huge hit with the song during the run of the Broadway show) briefly appeared in the film to sing a few verses; hence, Freak's transformation into Satchmo (complete with Paul Rugg's vocal impersonation). Freakazoid previously appeared as the star of the film, Barbra Streisand, in a parody of this scene during the "Quantum Freak" sequence in "Freakazoid Is History!"
- A caricature of Streisand is also seen entering the Washington Gardens. Streisand has previously been caricatured on Freakazoid! in "Freakazoid Is History!" and "Deadpan."
- Alan Burnett wrote this as a shorter cartoon meant to air in season 1. Paul Rugg then expanded the script by adding the long musical number to the middle of the episode. The episode was delayed because the original storyboards failed to effectively parody Hello Dolly!
- Freakazoid transforms into Oprah Winfrey, David Letterman, Michael Jackson, Barney the Dinosaur, Alan Hale Jr. (the Skipper from Gilligan's Island), Judge Ito (from the O. J. Simpson trial), Bette Midler (a la the 1993 TV adaptation of Gypsy), and Louis Armstrong.
- A Seinfeld episode can be seen on screen in the NCB studios. Caricatures of Jerry Seinfeld, George Costanza, Cosmo Kramer and Newman are seen. Rob Paulsen voices Kramer; Googy Gress voices Newman.
- The woman in the black and white "screaming" footage seen during "Bonjour Lobey" is Carol Ohmart in the film The House on Haunted Hill. This exact same shot was previously used for Scream-O-Vision in "Candle Jack."
- At one point during "Bonjour Lobey," names and dollar amounts scroll across the bottom of the screen like a PBS pledge drive. The following donations are listed: "Mrs. Agnes Hack $25…Edgar De Pus $150…Mrs. Guy Fustler $45…Vic Burma $100…Yakko Warner $1…" Note that Vic Burma was the fictional director of The Cloud.
- Series composer Richard Stone's original demo tape for the song "Bonjour Lobey" is available on the Season 2 DVD set.
- Solonite, mentioned in the gag credit, is a reference to Battlestar Galactica.
- The shot in the cold open of Freakazoid bouncing down a city street is lifted from "Freakazoid and Friends."
"Bonjour, Lobey" Lyrics Edit
Oui, bonjour, Lobey
We're so pleased that you've come back, we have to scream
We see your veins, Lobey
And your brains, Lobey
Undulating, calculating, formulating schemes
Let's throw a big party
For the big smarty
We're just pleased as punch to see your big fat head
Wow wow wow, waiters
Lobey wants a bowl of chow, waiters
Don't forget a big old plate of bread
As a criminal, I shouldn't show my face
So years in seclusion I've spent
But now I realize it's OK to show my face
If anyone squeals, I'll entomb them in cement!
Waiters: In thick cement!
Just smell the food baking
And the salt shaking
Lobe: Lobey's back and feeling higher than a kite!
Give me food, waiters
Baked, fried, broiled or stewed, waiter
Lobey's got a hearty appetite!
Voice Credits Edit
Paul Rugg as Freakazoid
David Kaufman as Dexter
Tress MacNeille as Debbie Douglas
John P. McCann as Douglas Douglas
Edward Asner as Sgt. Cosgrove
David Warner as The Lobe
Tracy Rowe as Steff
Googy Gress as Duncan
Larry Cedar as Oblongata
Rob Paulsen as Francois
Randy Crenshaw as Waiter #1 (Singer)
Jeff Glen Bennett as Medulla
Jess Harnell as Singer
Joe Leahy as Our Announcer
- ↑ A Full Season's Worth of Commentaries (in Five Minutes or Less) Feature.