"In Dinos We Trust"
Written by Jules Dennis and Richard Mueller
Directed by Gabe Torres
Original airdate: October 31, 1992
Kevin is blinded by a spitting
viper in the
The title of this episode is based on the motto
"In God We Trust" which was added to U.S. coinage in 1864 during
the Civil War and which became the official U.S. motto, despite
some protests, in 1956.
Like a typical teenage boy, Kevin's idea of bird watching is
using his binoculars to spy on girls! In this case, Christa
while she goes for a swim in the pond, since she is the only
human female around (besides his sister).
While doing his "bird-watching" Kevin is interrupted by a
Triceratops who is not Princess, as evidenced by it having two
complete horns on its head.
Christa refers to the binoculars as "far-eyes".
As seen throughout the series, Stink often mimics the words and
phrases spoken by the Porters after they say them. Here, he
mimics Annie's tone of voice as she calls for Tasha. Listen:
As Tom explains to Stink that they are going to build a raft out
of logs and vines, the Paku suddenly produces an animal jawbone
with serrated teeth, proclaiming "Stink cut vines!" Since Stink
does not wear clothes and is not carrying a pouch, where did the
jawbone suddenly come from? He was not holding it a few seconds
earlier! And he did not pick it up from the Porters' things
because they do not recognize it. It's like he's Bugs Bunny or
When Tom asks Kevin if he's coming along with the rest of them
to build the raft, his son replies, "No, Pasadena, Dad, I'll
take a raincheck." Pasadena is a city in southern California.
Here, Kevin appears to be using the city's name as a slang term
for "I'll pass."
Kevin finds the skull of a saber-tooth tiger in the Valley of
Death. Are there still living ones in the Land?
At 9:12 in the episode as Kevin walks through the Valley of
Death, we see the skeletons of many creatures. To the right is a
large, crested skull that may be of a Parasaurolophus or
Pterodactyl. But it appears to be attached to the long neck of a
sauropod dinosaur! Possibly, it is simply the juxtaposition of
the skull and another, unrelated, skeleton or that it is a
sauropod skull and skeleton with another bone or rock behind it
creating the illusion of a crest.
At 9:42 in the episode, Kevin discovers what appears to be a
very large, pre-carved stone spearhead. What is it doing in the
Valley of Death? Who carved it?
As Kevin approaches a large skull, Tasha starts making even more
noise than usual and shaking her head. Did she smell the viper
that was coiled within?
The "viper" (Christa calls it a shika) that crawls out
of the skull actually looks more like a python.
|LOTL spitting viper
||Indian rock python (from the
Friends of Snakes Club).
As the snake is seen slithering away at 10:52 in the episode, it
looks more like it is being pulled along by its handler,
obscured by a conveniently placed tree.
Ironically, Kevin is blinded by the venom of the spitting viper
after he had just been caught spying on Christa while she swam.
At 16:37 in the episode, we find that Tasha has got herself
caught in a net trap, hanging from a tree. Although it is never
mentioned, presumably this is a trap set by the Sleestak (as
seen in the first season episode "Wild Thing").
At 18:47 in the episode, we see, once again, Scarface "pulling a
Grumpy"...he stands there looking and roaring at Kevin and Tasha
when he should be chowing down on them! And then he gives up
rather easily after Tom throws a makeshift spear into his neck.
A T. rex should be able to take more abuse than that
when fighting for a meal.
Unless we missed the inclusion of some ingredients, Christa's
medicine to cure Kevin's blindness is concocted of some type of
mashed berries mixed with water. She then soaks a handkerchief
in the mixture and applies it to Kevin's eyes.
"Acuba ne, Porters, Stink."
"Greetings, Porters, Stink."
"Anu, Annie, anu!"
||Stink says, "Shika!
Bad!" Shika is the Pakuni name for
the type of viper that has spit its venom at Kevin.