|Terms of Endearment|
|Drawn Together Episode|
|Season/Episode||Season 2 Episode 8|
|Original Airdate||January 25, 2006|
|Written By||Bill and Sam Freiberger|
|Directed By||Dwayne Carey-Hill|
|Previous Episode||Super Nanny|
|Next Episode||Captain Girl|
"Terms of Endearment" is the fifteenth episode of Drawn Together. It was produced for the first season; however, it was delayed until Season Two due to controversy surrounding its satirical portrayal of the horse riding accident that crippled Christopher Reeve, who passed away shortly before the series premiered.
Synopsis[edit | edit source]
Captain Hero gets caught using his X-Ray vision on the girls in the shower. Unlike Clara and Toot who are very angry at him, Foxxy likes what he's doing and allows him to do it to her all the time. However, all this X-Ray vision gives her a brain tumor which turns her into a racial stereotype.
Plot[edit | edit source]
In an effort to boost ratings, the producers demand that Clara and Foxxy begin taking showers together. Captain Hero wastes no time taking advantage of this, using his X-ray vision to spy on them in the shower. When Clara finds out, she becomes angry and demands that he stop. Foxxy is turned on by it, though, and allows Captain Hero to use his X-ray vision on her whenever he likes—an offer which Hero gladly takes her up on. Unfortunately, the prolonged exposure to the radiation gives Foxxy a brain tumor. Out of grief, Captain Hero decides to strip himself of his powers so he can no longer harm anyone in that fashion ever again. Unfortunately, by doing so, he becomes paralyzed from the neck down (since apparently that happens to all superheroes who lose their powers), confining him to a wheelchair which is propelled by blowing into a tube.
Shortly thereafter, Foxxy's radiation poisoning causes her to begin mutating into a racial/stereotypical minstrel show mammy archetype caricature, causing agents from the bureau of Cartoon Political Correctness to arrive and take her away to a cartoon erasement camp. Hero realizes that Foxxy must be rescued, but unfortunately, he is now powerless to do anything. Not willing to give up, he leads the other housemates to the cartoon erasement camp where Foxxy and other politically incorrect cartoon stereotypes are being held.
When they get there, the housemates discover that Mickey Mouse (whose name is always partially bleeped) is leading a plot to eliminate all offensive cartoon characters in order to make the universe the "happiest place on Earth." To this end, he has all the housemates captured, and forces the mutated Foxxy to walk the plank into a pit with giant erasers. Despite his best efforts, Captain Hero is unable to save Foxxy, who is erased out of existence. But all is not lost, as Hero has one last idea up his sleeve. By rolling extremely fast in his wheelchair, Captain Hero is able to reverse the rotation of the earth and undo all of the terrible events that transpired in the episode. Naturally, though, Hero being Hero, he takes things way too far and turns time all the way back to the big bang and the beginning of the universe. A millennium or so later, he is back at the Drawn Together house, and now has complete control over evolution, which he takes advantage of by causing all of his fellow housemates to be made entirely out of breasts—before he realizes that he prefers asses, and must now start all over.
Musical number: "Shortnin' Bread", which Foxxy sings shortly after she begins mutating. Also, in the erasement camp, the black stereotypes sing Stephen Foster's "Camptown Races". Both songs are commonly associated with minstrel shows.
Characters[edit | edit source]
Major Roles[edit | edit source]
Minor Roles[edit | edit source]
Songs[edit | edit source]
Memorable Quotes[edit | edit source]
- Captain Hero: I'm sorry, I don't speak Blackanese.
- Wooldoor: I'm sorry to tell you this guys, but Foxxy love does not have a brain tumor.
- (Everyone is relieved)
- Wooldoor: Yes, yes. I too would be relieved if today didn't happen to be... OPPOSITE DAY!
- (Dramatic music sting)
- Clara: Wait, so I'm confused. Does Foxxy have a brain tumor?
- Wooldoor: No.
- (Dramatic music sting)
- Toot: What the hell? Is it opposite day or dramatic music sting day?
- Wooldoor: Neither!
- (Dramatic music sting)
- Foxxy: Great Googly Moogly! There's ghostesses! There are ghostesses all over the place! Oh lordy it's all over now! Ooooh!
- Foxxy: Hey! Leave me alone! Haven't you done heard of the emancipationaproclimanator of the United statseses of Americawhoozer that?
- Wooldoor: I stayed behind with Ling-Ling to find a cure for Foxxy's condition and my alzheimers and Foxxy's condition. That's why I stayed behind with Ling-Ling... My son never calls.
- Captain Hero: Damn! I just realized. I'm an ass man. Nooooooooo!
Notes and inside references[edit | edit source]
- Christopher Reeve died shortly before this episode was supposed to be aired, resulting in Comedy Central deciding not to air it for over a year. When it finally made it to air, one key scene was altered. According to Executive Producer Bill Freiberger, Captain Hero originally lost his powers by falling off a horse (a parallel to Reeve's accident), but Comedy Central had the scene changed.  "[The scene in which Hero falls off a horse] was completely animated but the network wouldn't let us air it. They thought it was too harsh (although it really wasn't). In the scene, Hero climbs on a horse. The horse rears up and Captain Hero gently slides off the horse and directly into the wheelchair. After we lost the use of that shot, we tried to have the sound of a horse whinny inside the Pillow Fort of Isolation while Hero was giving up his powers. The network nixed that as well. However, there is the sound of a horse whinny over the "Double Hemm" production logo at the end of the episode."
- The horse whinny would be heard over the Double Hemm logo in all subsequent second season episodes as well.
- The episode was almost banned a second time when Reeve's widow Dana announced she had a terminal illness shortly before the episode's rescheduled airdate. Strangely, though, once the episode had aired, Comedy Central had no problem rerunning it a week after she died.
- The scene appears in its entirety in the DVD version of the episode.
- According to DVD commentary, the rhinoceros is voiced by episode writer Bill Freiberger, who co-wrote the episode with his 12-year-old son Sam.
- Jess Harnell voices the African-American man Foxxy meets in the truck. Though his name is not given, the DVD commentary reveals that his name is Malcolm Exposition, a pun on Malcolm X and exposition, referring to both the character's race and his role in providing the episode's backstory.
- This is the second time Spanky peeing blood has been referred to on the show. The first was in "Requiem for a Reality Show" when Spanky threatens Wooldoor, telling him, "You'll be lying at my feet in a pool of your own blood—and my urine. Which also has blood in it—but it's my blood!"
- In the Season 1 DVD release, there is a picture on one of the disc sleeves of Foxxy and Clara showering together with Ling-Ling on the floor scrubbing himself nonchalantly. In the foreground, Toot is relieving herself at a urinal, furthering the idea that she is a hermaphrodite as was suggested in "The Other Cousin" when she displayed an erection while licking Ling-Ling. The picture, however, does not depict a scene that actually appeared in the show. In the show itself, Clara and Foxxy use Ling-Ling as a loofah, which he is quite happy about; Toot does enter the bathroom at one point, but she is not shown relieving herself.
- Though this episode, as noted earlier, was produced during the first season, some minor alterations were made to make it consistent in style with second season episodes. The show begins with a cold open like second season episodes; first season episodes began directly with the opening titles. Also, the on-screen captions were dropped. The show had ceased including character-identifying captions on screen beginning with the preceding episode, "Super Nanny."
Animated cameos[edit | edit source]
- Each cell in the erasement camp is devoted to a specific racial stereotype. The cell for Mexican stereotypes holds the mice from the Speedy Gonzales cartoons, and the Eskimo comes from the Looney Tunes cartoon Frigid Hare. Many of the characters in the cell devoted to black stereotypes are drawn to resemble characters from Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (Bucky and Weird Harold in particular); this cell also includes a woman who resembles Aunt Jemima. The Native Americans in one cell are generic representations of Native American characters in a variety of older cartoons, including Looney Tunes and Peter Pan. The Asian stereotypes come from a variety of sources as well, including both Looney Tunes and World War II-era anti-Japanese propaganda cartoons and posters.
Cultural references[edit | edit source]
- The title of this episode is taken from the famous tearjerker film Terms of Endearment starring Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger, the point of reference being that both the episode and the film are centered around a woman stricken with cancer.
- In the episode's opening sequence, Wooldoor explodes by eating Pop Rocks and drinking soda. This is a reference to an urban legend that consuming Pop Rocks and soda at the same time will make the stomach explode and cause death; this rumor has traditionally been attached to the actor who played Little Mikey in the Life cereal commercials. In actuality, the combination is not lethal. Additionally, John Gilchrist, who played Mikey, is alive and well. 
- While Foxxy is unconscious, the housemates entertain her with a game of Win, Lose, or Draw. They draw a picture resembling the movie poster from Jaws, but the answer is actually Yentl, a movie which starred, and was directed by, Barbra Streisand. The joke pokes fun at Streisand's reputation for being power-hungry and difficult to deal with.
- Wooldor's use of a tricorder, as well as his line "sadly the medical community doesn't do any research on tumors," is a reference to Star Trek: Enterprise. In the Enterprise episode "Stigma" S02E14, T'Pol searches for a cure for her pan'aar syndrome, an illness stigmatized on Vulcan, and has to hear the same sentence.
- In the scene where Wooldoor is explaining to the cast the concept of tumors using the brain of a homeless person, when he touches the part of the brain that controls the bladder, the person starts to pee red urine. Wooldoor then says, "He should see a doctor." Spanky asks, "Why? Is red pee bad?". Blood in urine is a common symptom of prostate cancer, urinary tract infection, kidney stones, and other various diseases of the kidneys, hence the reason Wooldoor says that the homeless person should see a doctor. It would be revealed in "Spelling Applebee's" that Spanky is a former sufferer of testicular cancer, another possible source of his red urine.
- Princess Clara's assertion that Foxxy was just asking to get a tumor because of her loose morals and skimpy outfits satirizes a statement often made in rape cases, suggesting that it was the victim's own fault she got raped because of her provocative dress and behavior.
- Captain Hero's Pillow Fort of Isolation is a parody of Superman's Fortress of Solitude.
- Spanky's line, "The horror!" is taken directly from Apocalypse Now.
- The cartoon erasement camp is a parody of the Nazi concentration camps which were used to exterminate Jews during the Holocaust in World War II.
- The scene where a horribly mutated Foxxy bursts out of Ling-Ling's back crying, "Kill me!", and Wooldoor subsequently destroying it with a flamethrower, is a parody of the movie Aliens. The way the face forms is a parody of the "birth" of the namesake monsters from the Gremlins movies.
- When Captain Hero turns back time by reversing the rotation of the Earth, Spanky is unable to remember which Superman movie is being referenced. The movie in question is the original Superman.
- The legendary Disney character Mickey Mouse is depicted as a villain in this episode, trying to rid the world of all of its politically incorrect cartoon characters. Mickey is a representation of the company, this being a satirical jab at the perceived lengths to which the Disney company will go to sanitize entertainment, and the irony that they commit such self-serving, insensitive acts in the name of making everything more wholesome. Many interpret it, more directly, as a stab at their suppression of perceived racist stereotypes in their older films, such as the 1946 film Song of the South, which for many years Disney has attempted to distance itself from, refusing to release it on video or DVD in the United States. Similar to this is Disney's censoring of Sunflower from Fantasia  and the complaints over the singing crows from the film Dumbo. A reference to Song of the South occurs when the man in the truck with Foxxy calls her "Brer Foxxy", referring to the character Brer Fox.
- Mickey Mouse is never fully pictured on screen, only in shadow, and part of his name is always bleeped out (though the part of his name that is bleeped is never the same from one line to the next). This is a play on Disney's reputation as one of the most litigious companies in the entertainment industry, and the belief that the slightest of references to one of their trademarked characters (Mickey Mouse in particular) will incur a lawsuit. It should be noted that under trademark law, the holder must defend all unlicensed uses of the trademark.
- The sequence in which Mickey Mouse is introduced opens with a parody of a famous shot from the second Star Wars movie, The Empire Strikes Back, in which Mickey assumes the role of Darth Vader. Ironically, Disney now owns Star Wars.
- Mickey's line about how he will make the universe "the happiest place on Earth" is a word for word duplication of the phrase The Walt Disney Company uses to promote the Disneyland theme park.
- When Wooldoor says, "You ask me if I have a God complex... I am God," it is a reference to the movie Malice.
- The plot device of a superhero giving a close friend or loved one cancer accidentally has been used in several comic books, most notably Alan Moore's graphic novel Watchmen.
- When Foxxy is taken to the prison, She shouts "Great googly moogly!" like Grady Wilson on Sanford & Son.
Goofs[edit | edit source]
- When Clara, Toot, Xandir, Spanky and Hero all sigh after Wooldoor tells them that Foxxy does not have a brain tumor, Ling-Ling disappears from being next to Spanky when he was just there in the previous shot.
- After Wooldoor tells Toot that it's neither Opposite Day nor Dramatic Sting Day (when he really means the opposite), Spanky's unibrow is missing during the following dramatic sting.
- The normally 6-pointed star painting has 8 points when the KFCC agents break in to take Foxxy away, then 6 points after Captain Hero's wheelchair hits the bottom rim of the back doorway then 5 points when Captain Hero's wheelchair hits a fork, then 6 points again when Captain Hero says he'll be in the corner.
- When Captain Hero asks if anyone wants to help him save Foxxy, Clara is seen with outlines in one frame. She is never seen with outlines because of the character she is intended to parody.
- Xandir said that the Cartoon Erasement Camp was more guarded than his father's affections, meaning that his father hates him, most likely for being gay. This would be contradicted in A Very Special Drawn Together Afterschool Special, where he visited his father and he actually liked him. Xandir's dad also didn't know that he was gay, as revealed in that episode, and when he figured out, he still loved him and supported him. Later, in Charlotte's Web of Lies, Xandir's dad was seen, dressed in black and looking very depressed when he died, meaning that the side of Xandir's dad that likes him is the canonical one.
Streaming[edit | edit source]