Written by Len Janson and Chuck Menville
Directed by John Carl Buechler
November 16, 1991
A heat wave sends the Porters
in search of water and Stink in search of his favorite fruit.
At the beginning of the episode, the Porters seem to indicate
that the Sleestaks live far away from the tree-house. Based on
the frequency with which the humans bumped into them in earlier
episodes, they don't seem that far away!
At 3:17 in the episode, Kevin says "the problem isn't the gumby
Sleestaks." I hadn't heard the term "gumby" used in this way
before. In fact, I hadn't heard the word at all except in
relation to the famous claymation character called Gumby.
According to the
Babylon Dictionary, the prime definition of gumby is:
...and according to
Wikipedia, the Monty Python characters known as Gumbys often
behaved in a manner of "violent and oafish clumsiness." That sounds like the
Sleestak all right!
/guhm'bee/ n. [from a class of
Monty Python characters, poss. with some influence from
the 1960s claymation character] 1. An act of minor but
conspicuous stupidity, often in `gumby maneuver' or
`pull a gumby'.
At 5:43 in the episode, as Annie is about to tend to her garden,
Kevin warns her to "watch for those killer tomatoes." This may
be a reference to the 1978 camp-horror-spoof
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.
As Tom and Kevin push the cart through the heat on their trip to
the water hole, Tom comments he'd rather be sailing around San
Francisco Bay. Perhaps sailing is one of his hobbies? He also
mentions that he's been known to do some running in his day.
When Tom and Kevin see Nim and Keeg filling their water bags on
the other side of the lake, Tom comments that the drought must
have driven them south. This would indicate that the Sleestak
lair is North of the Porters' tree-house.
Keeg manages to sniff out the humans' presence at the lake. He
even comments at one point that he can smell a human a
mile away (though Tom is hiding unnoticed in the branches above
him and Kevin under the fallen tree trunk on which he is
sitting, when he says this). This
may indicate that he has a better sense of smell than Nim,
perhaps even trained to track by scent, since he was also the
one who was able to track down the humans in
"Day for Knight"
(though scent was not specified in that episode). Nim also asks
Keeg why he didn't smell the thunder lizard when they are chased
The ants in the Land of the Lost are extremely strong and
cooperative, even for ants; they are seen carrying away Stink's
leaf-wrapped meal (about the size of a hot dog)! And after
carrying it into their large ant hole and finding it unfit for
consumption, they don't carry it out again, they throw it out!
They also apparently have a sound-making ability; we hear a "peeyew!"
as the foodstuff is forcibly ejected from the mound (it sounds
like Danny Mann, who is also the "voice" of Tasha). Listen:
The suinaku fruit that Stink so loves looks like purple
eggplant. Even the interior, when cut into slices, looks like
eggplant. However, Tom comments that the sliced fruit looks
"nice and sweet", so the Porters do not seem to recognize the
resemblance. When the Porters taste the fruit, they all make
faces and run to spit it out as if it tastes bitter; eggplant is
known for a bitter taste, especially if eaten raw. In one
episode of LOTL70 ("The Stranger"), Holly picks
from a bush a purple fruit that looks like suinaku.
In my study of "Shung the Terrible", I speculated that perhaps
the Porters were able to understand the Sleestaks' speech as
English due to the telepathic properties of Shung's crystal
telepathic abilities of Shung himself). But neither Shung nor the
crystal are near when Tom and Kevin encounter Nim and Keeg, yet
they are able to understand everything they say, even when
eavesdropping on the two Sleestaks' conversation. So, how is it
that the Sleestak have come to speak English?
At 19:36 in the episode, as the Porters and Stink use sound and
motion to attract Scarface's attention and get him to chase the
Sleestak, Kevin appears to be using his karate moves, first seen
in "Day for Knight".
||Stink says, "Bawmi!
||Stink says, "Bawmi,
||Annie says, "No
Stink says, "Tasha, poosafoosa!"
Stink says, "poosa"
Christa says, "Acuba ne, Annie Porter."
"Greetings, Annie Porter."
Christa says, "zabanay"
nasty or mean
Christa says, "Osu."
Stink says, "Tasha! Malu!"
Stink says, "anu"
Stink says, "Stink mabuki."
"mabuki" is unknown.
Stink says, "Zabi, Porters. Zabi."
"zabi" is unknown but, from the context, may mean "help
yourself" or "have some".
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