this was the last live episode of The Tick aired. It was
actually one of the first taped, though, so some of the
elements from the beginning of the show are back (The Panda,
The Cape) but there
isn't anything off chronologically. The premise of this
episode is that Arthur
has to tell his mother and sister (Dot) that he has chosen
to be a superhero and that he lives with the Tick.
continue the subtle insinuations that being a superhero
is roughly analogous to being gay, and that's pretty funny.
Mom and Dot eventually have Arthur committed by Francis
Peacock (Dave Foley), a superhero psychiatrist who can 'cure'
their 'addiction'. Peacock really just seems to have jealousy
issues and wants to destroy the heroes, but hey, no one's
rapidly goes (more) insane without Arthur and eventually
Liberty, and Tick bust him out.
funniest things in this episode are (1) hearing Tick say
'we're makin' gravy without the lumps! (an Evil
Midnight Bomber quote from The Tick
vs. The Tick) and (2) seeing Francis Peacock dancing
around in his office wearing Arthur's moth suit and listening
to the theme from 'Greatest American Hero'
episode features these Superheroes:
The Tick, Arthur,
Liberty, and The Cape
episode features these Supervillains:
breakfast looks a lot like someone...
Peacock tries to comfort Arthur
like to see the little fella who left this behind...
Captain Liberty is not at liberty…ironic…
I'm on the edge of my seat!
Look at me…I'm out there. I'm WAY out there!
We've got a devilishly clever commode here.
Arthur's words do nothing for your nervous, white-knuckled
We're makin' gravy without the lumps!
I'm mad at bad!
That was the mom and Dot of last week. The mom and
Dot of this week are much nicer.
That is icky to infinity.
Dottie, you tell that boy of yours that his uncle
and his blue friend are a crime fighting duo. A
two-headed cobra of goodness slithering down the
path of righteousness leaving its venom deep in
the hindquarters of evil.
If you have to say anything, use the quite voice
You haven't told your mother that you're…super?
Villains can smell a closeted superhero a mile away.
Perhaps the moment is inopportune but I find your
sister strangely compelling…
I know that scent…a soccer mommy! My only weakness…
I'd make the argument that nothing is more important
Fine. Batmanuel will eat your Fondue and his Fondue.
No Fondue for you. You get no Fondue! You Fondue?
No can do. You Fondue? I do too…I Fondue you…
Poetic justice! (Arthur) Is there any other kind?
(Tick) Puppet show justice.
Why is it that you chose your own name as your superhero
Oh, yeah…who's super now? I think it's you, Francis!