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020: Mike Makes Right
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April 02, 1988

Billy Barton, the bully of Odyssey Elementary, gets into a fight with Mike Caldwell. When Mike wins, he becomes arrogant and lets stardom go to his head.


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Production Team
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Paul McCusker   Steve Harris   Phil Lollar   Male Missing
Paul McCusker   Steve Harris   Phil Lollar   Bob Luttrell
Writer   Director   Director   Sound Designer


Review
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Written By: Chandler

Compared to previous shows, this episode's intro is much shorter. The theme is shortened and there is no skit with Chris. Chris simply welcomes you and then says, "If you're like most people, the best part of your day is recess." How true. :o)

Listening to this show along with other early shows brings up a question. Another Freddy? There seem to be at least three (maybe four) Freddys in the very early shows. In "The Life of the Party", there is a Freddy whose parents are getting divorced. David Griffin did his voice. In this show, Mike's friend is Freddy. He could potentially be the same Freddy but there is nothing to support the fact. David Griffin did Mike's voice on this show so someone else does Freddy. In "A Change of Hart" the show focuses on a geek named Freddie. He can't be the Freddy from "The Life of the Party" because his parents are still married. He can't be the Freddy from "Mike Makes Right" because he has no friends. His voice is also significantly different than the two previous Freddys. And finally, there is a Freddy mentioned in "Kids Radio". He may be one of the first two Freddys but probably not the last one.

The show starts with a bully named Billy beating up Donny at recess. Disgusted by the spectacle, Mike yells to Billy to stop picking on Donny. Although Whit later congratulates Mike for standing up to Billy, Mike shouldn't have tried to stop Billy by calling him a "Neanderthal brain." Billy predictably reacts to the comment and tells to Mike that he'll be fighting him tomorrow.

I find it interesting that none of the kids liked Billy because he was a bully and yet they all came out to passively watch him beat someone up. Freddy even announces the "event." The kids go so far as to boo when they realize the fight is over, but then scatter out of there so they won't be Billy's next victim. They have the "save your own skin" mentality. That's why Whit does commend Mike's comments to Billy--at least someone tried to stop the fight.

After Billy announces that he'll fight him tomorrow, Mike becomes nihilistic--Billy will surely kill him. Mike attempts hooky the next morning, but fails to fool his mom. However, she is unaware of Mike's real problem and sends him off to school as usual. Mike is elated when Billy is mysteriously absent... but Billy shows up at recess and the fight begins. Freddy announces on the sidelines as the fight starts as expected. Billy keeps swinging at Mike who just ducks and dodges him. Frustrated, Billy grabs Mike's shirt to hold him in place. That is the turning point--Billy tears Mike's shirt and Mike gets mad. Quickly, Mike lands a punch on Billy giving him a bloody nose. The kids all cheer for Mike as Billy runs away. Mike is now the school hero.

Unfortunately, Mike's newfound popularity goes to his head. He becomes a bully in his own right. The principal speaks with Mike about changing his attitude, but Mike won't listen. Later, Mike gets put in his place by a new "tough guy." All his so-called friends leave and Mike drags himself over to Whit's End to learn his lesson. "Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling." Proverbs 16:18.


Trivia
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The broadcast version of this episode contains an opening scene where Chris discusses definitions with an English scholar.
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This episode marks the first time where John Campbell did not compose the episode music. In this case, it was written by Martie Echito.
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Correction to the above note--the first episode that Martie Echito composed was the episode right before this, Recollections.
- Jonathan


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Allusions
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The show title is a modification of the phrase "might makes right."
- Chandler


Quotes
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Principal: As I understand it, you got into a little skirmish with Billy Barton a few weeks ago.
Mike: Skirmish? Does that mean fight?
Principal: Yes, it happened while I was out of town.
Mike: Uh huh, that was convienent.
Principal: Um, yes.
- Jonathan


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