Super Nanny (Drawn Together episode)

Infobox Television episode
Title=Super Nanny
Series=Drawn Together
Season=2
Episode=7
Airdate=December 7, 2005
Writer= Matt Silverstein, Dave Jeser


Caption = Super Nanny disciplines Captain Hero.
Director= Peter Avanzino
Production = 207
Guests =
Prev=Ghostesses in the Slot Machine
Next=Terms of Endearment

"Super Nanny" is the fourteenth episode of the animated series "Drawn Together".

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Upon seeing the reality TV show "Super Nanny", Captain Hero purposefully acts out so he can summon Super Nanny and challenge her once and for all, believing that anyone or anything with the word "super" in front of their name is a foe to him and must be defeated. Super Nanny proves to be more than a match for Hero, however. She responds to every one of his tantrums by making him sit on the naughty stool. Hero starts behaving himself, gradually earning her approval and lollipops. Hero even thanks Super Nanny for helping him.

Everything goes awry, though, when he angrily asserts that the barrette Toot is wearing is actually his. Toot tells Super Nanny that Captain Hero is trying to steal her barrette, and she sends him to the naughty stool once again. During his extended stay on the stool, Hero learns that the White House is being invaded by mini-troopers. He tries to call Batman and Spider-Man, only to find that neither of them can help because they're stuck on the naughty stool as well. Captain Hero puts two and two together, and realizes that it's all part of Super Nanny's evil plot—she has rendered the world's superheroes helpless while she leads an invasion of mini-troopers (who are in fact, a bunch of super-disciplined children she has brainwashed) to take over the White House. Hero is reluctant to leave the stool, but after Foxxy proves that the barrette in Toot's hair really belongs to Captain Hero (because it has his logo on it), the housemates finally convince him that saving the world is more important than being a good boy, so he flies to Washington to foil Super Nanny's plot. He does this by stomping on her foot really hard, causing her to curse, and then sends her to the naughty stool. This breaks her spell over the children, and they promptly tear her to shreds. Having saved the day, and figuring the word "super" does not necessarily mean super-powered, Captain Hero flies off to seek out his next adversary, the evil Supercuts - and gets bested.

Meanwhile, Ling-Ling - with Spanky's malicious prompting - is trying to get his driver's license. He aces the written portion of the exam (and barely passes the eye portion), but fails miserably at the driving test. Wooldoor explains that Ling-Ling is a bad driver because he is Asian (playing off a well-known stereotype), and decides to help Ling-Ling pass by making him more American—namely, by Scotch-taping his eyes so that they are round instead of slanted. In addition to gaining the ability to speak perfect English, Ling-Ling now sees the world as everyone else does, and aces his driving test. By doing so, he inspires all Asians everywhere to do the same. The NAAYP even wishes to present Ling-Ling with an award for opening up everyone's eyes. However, at the award ceremony, Godzilla calls Ling-Ling out and accuses him of turning his back on his culture. Ling-Ling resists the notion, but finally comes to agree. He makes a speech to everyone present at the ceremony that they should just be themselves, and not to forget who they are. He removes the Scotch tape from his eyes and begins speaking his normal language again. All of the Asians in attendance listen to his words and do the same. Unfortunately, after leaving the ceremony, they all promptly crash their cars into the auditorium.

Musical number: "Who's That Guy", sung by Spanky and the crowd at the Department of Motor Vehicles, expressing awe at Ling-Ling's successful driving test. The scene is a parody of "Grease 2", with Spanky in the Michelle Pfeiffer role.

Notes and inside references

* This episode contains a shorter opening credit sequence, eliminating the roll call of all the characters' names. It would only be shorter for this one episode, however; in the next episode, the credit sequence would be restored to its normal length.
* In this episode, we learn that Ling-Ling, and presumably all Asians in the "Drawn Together" universe (and non-Asians with their eyes narrowed, as demonstrated by Clara), see everyone as anime characters, although no signs of it were seen when Ling-Ling was scanning the night club in "Clum Babies". This also implies that their vision is responsible for their language and their mathematical ability.

* Among the shows Foxxy flips past before landing on "Super Nanny" are an exercise program (which Captain Hero watches later in the episode), a Godzilla movie (setting up his appearance later in the episode), "Now Where They At?" (from "Captain Hero's Marriage Pact"), and "Drawn Together".

* The man lying on the massage table during the "Thank you, Ling-Ling!" montage is the same man who appeared in Foxxy's sex ed lesson in "Clara's Dirty Little Secret."

* When Ling-Ling tells Spanky that he doesn't have a driver's license, Spanky immediately understands him, confirming that Spanky Ham can indeed understand Ling-Ling's speech. This was previously implied in the episode "Clara's Dirty Little Secret" when Spanky proclaimed, "Misinterpret Ling-Ling" after the other housemates had done just that.

* When Captain Hero confronts Super Nanny and her army of children at the White House, President George W. Bush, Vice-President Dick Cheney, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice can all be seen sitting on naughty stools in the Oval Office.

* When Ling-Ling is shown on the cover of 'Appropriate Use of Turn Signal Weekly' while he still has the tape on his eyes, they are their normal color, rather than white, as shown in the rest of the episode.

* Among the background characters in the DMV is a young woman with curly bright brown hair tied in a ponytail and wearing a pink blouse. She appears in several second season episodes afterwards, such as "Xandir and Tim, Sitting in a Tree" as one of the people laughing at Spanky's farts, and "The Lemon-AIDS Walk" as a mall shopper and later a participant in the AIDS walk.

* When Captain Hero opens his mouth to show that his peas are gone, it is revealed he has a forked tongue. He also is shown to have a number of dental hygiene problems, and a severed human finger belonging to a woman with a diamond wedding ring attached to it. Earlier, it is also revealed he uses his feet as a monkey can to hold things and bring them to his mouth.

Animated cameos

* Though he is usually thought of as a movie monster, Godzilla has been an animated character before, starring in the 1970s cartoon "The Godzilla Power Hour". However for this episode the sound used for Godzilla's "speech" is taken from the original Toho movies of the 1960s.

Cultural references

* When Clara sees Foxxy with her eyes artificially narrowed, Foxxy's breasts are considerably larger than normal. This is a treference to Ecchi anime women characters have their breasts at uncommonly large sizes to back up the sexy style of that particular anime.

* When Captain Hero "battles" Super Glue, he is shown hanging from a scaffolding on a construction site by his helmet (which is attached to a girder with said glue). This is a reference to TV commercials for Krazy Glue, which featured a construction worker doing the same thing.

* Captain Hero dressing in workout gear (with a T-shirt that hangs off one shoulder) is a reference to Jennifer Beals's character in "Flashdance".

* The NAAYP is a parody of the NAACP, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The Y in NAAYP stands for yellow, a slang term for people of Asian race. It is also a parody of the NAAAP, the National Association of Asian American Professionals.

* During the shot where Captain Hero shouts "Noooo!" while in his cave, a marquee can be seen with the display "Accident on North 405 Freeway/Expect Delays," a reference to a freeway in Southern California notorious for its severe and frequent traffic congestion.

* During the vision test part of Ling-Ling's driver's test, he says "R" for every letter, and a shot of the eye chart shows that every letter is "L". This is a general parody of Engrish. In Japanese, there is no letter "L", and the letter "R" makes a sound that is a combination of "L" and "R". Often when words are translated back and forth between English and Japanese, the two letters are mixed up; this makes the "L"/"R" discrepancy one of the more famous examples of Engrish, which Ling-Ling speaks from time to time. In several episodes (including this one), Ling-Ling also pronounces "R" as "L" on occasion.

* Wooldoor gets Ling-Ling's test results by breaking open a fortune cookie. He reads, "He has suffered a mild concussion. The best thing for him now is to get some rest." He then adds playfully, "in bed!" This is a reference to a well-traveled joke that you can add the words "in bed" to the end of any fortune cookie fortune to create a funny pun.

* When Wooldoor slants Clara's eyes so she sees things as Asians do, she identifies a picture of a cat as "beef and broccoli". This is a reference to how in some Asian cultures, animals that are considered pets in the Western world are considered food instead, as well as urban legends associated with the ingredients used in meals at Chinese restaurants. [http://www.snopes.com/critters/edibles/tourist.htm] She also identifies a picture of two obviously identical Asian men as "two guys who look completely different" (lampooning the perception that "all Asians look the same"), and is able to successfully solve an incredibly complex mathematical equation as "7" (though the equation is, in fact, complete nonsense).

* The Asian man who operates his business in the high-crime area is Korean, as indicated by the text on his sign. This may be a reference to the rampant destruction of Korean businesses in the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

:*The text on the Korean shopkeeper's sign has nothing to do with groceries. Instead, they are excerpts from the South Korean national anthem (and not shown in the correct order). The fragments are (roughly) translated as: "God watch o'er our land forever!" / "Until the East Sea's". [http://david.national-anthems.net/kr'.htm] .

* Captain Hero has a giant old Israeli sheqel coin in his crimefighting lair, similar to the giant penny that Batman keeps in his Batcave. Its color is wrong, but its design and text in both Hebrew and Arabic are correct (see [http://www.bankisrael.gov.il/catal/eng/bill_all_eng.htm?series_num=24&series_name=New%20Agora%20and%20Sheqel%20Series&pg_name=c030&pg_kot=1%20SHEQEL|original coin] ). That's another hint regarding Captain Hero's roots.

* Wooldoor vows to give a "round eye to the Asian guy", a pun on the title of the popular makeover show "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy".
* After Ling-Ling's eyes are taped, he discovers that he actually has a small penis instead of a large one, a reference to the stereotype that all Asian males have small penises.

* Godzilla disparagingly calls Ling-Ling a Twinkie, a derogatory term for Asians who are perceived as not being true to their heritage. It's equivalent to an African-American being referred to as an Oreo. He also holds up a sign accusing Ling-Ling of being a "house monster", "house" being a slang term used by blacks toward other blacks who are perceived as selling out their race.

* Ling-Ling refers to Spanky as "Honorable Pig Demon", which is what the Vietnamese children called him in "Gay Bash." This is a reference to Japanese fairy tales and anime, within which anthropomorphic animals, who often possess supernatural powers, are referred to as youkai (demons). Perhaps the most internationally famous such program is the anime "InuYasha".

* The way the children are animated disembowling and mutilating Super Nanny is a reference to "Day of the Dead".

* The Super Nanny theme song in this episode, "Behave, Behave" is a parody of the real "Supernanny" theme song, "Be Good Johnny" by Men at Work.

* Batman, Green Lantern, and Spider-Man (Spidey) are referenced in this episode. It should be noted that Batman is, apparently, now accepting phone calls from Captain Hero again. In "Little Orphan Hero," Hero states that Batman no longer returns his calls after imitating the murder of Batman's parents. Ethan Hawkman, from the previous episode, "Ghostesses in the Slot Machine", is also mentioned.

* Batman is mentioned to be on the naughty stool for playing a prank on Alfred involving Alfred's pills. Captain Hero says to Batman that he shouldn't have done it and that he knows that Alfred needs those pills to live. This is perhaps a reference to the movie Batman and Robin. In the movie Alfred is dying from the same illness as Mr. Freeze's wife, but is saved by a treatment developed by Mr. Freeze.

*When Ling-Ling is giving his speech about culture at the NAAYP meeting, the music playing in the background is the same music used in theatrical trailers for the 2004 anime film, "Steamboy".


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