"Misery Loves Company"
Written by Jules Dennis
Directed by Frank DePalma
Original airdate: December 5, 1992
Kevin learns a lesson in
parenting when Tasha goes through the terrible twos and Stink
fakes an injury for sympathy.
Kevin reveals that his favorite music cassette is Bullets and
Butterflies. This is probably a play on the name of the hard
rock band Guns 'n' Roses.
Annie states that Tasha is going through the terrible twos. This
would indicate that the Porters have been in the Land for over
To get Stink's help in fixing the tree-house roof, Kevin winds
up bargaining to give him 10 candy bars from his secret stash.
It's surprising that Kevin still has any candy bars left at all
after two years, let alone 10+ to bargain away. How many did he
feel he needed to bring on his family's aborted camping trip on
Earth? And considering most (or all) of it seems to be chocolate
bars, would the candy really be very good anymore? Wouldn't it
have melted in the Land of the Lost heat? Later in the episode,
we see Kevin's secret stash under a bowl on the top shelf of the
kitchen area of the tree-house and there only appear to be 4 or
5 candy bars there; perhaps Kevin has more than one stash. At
one point, we see part of the wrapper of one of the candy bars;
it looks similar to a Nestle Crunch bar wrapper, but the name
is Jim Jam.
Stink, having conned Kevin into believing he has been injured in
a fall off the tree-house roof, at several points in the episode
asks for a massage, pronouncing it muh-sa-jee like Bugs Bunny
does in Looney Tunes cartoons. He also pronounces muscles as muhs-kuhls like Popeye
in his cartoons. Later, Kevin mimics Stink's use of the word
"massage", pronouncing it muh-sa-jee as well.
Speaking of conning Kevin, in "Cheers" Stink is upset when Kevin
asks him to lie to cover up the car accident. He says, "No like
lie-fibs." Yet, here, he seems to have no qualms about lying to
Kevin to get out of the work Kevin wants his help with. And,
beyond that, he uses his con to get Kevin to essentially be his
slave for the day!
At 9:58 in the episode, when Stink shuts off the boom box, he
must have accidentally hit the eject button because the cassette
tray opens up. Yet, when Tasha turns it on again, the music
starts playing even though the cassette is still unloaded! Then,
at 10:03, actor Bobby Porter (as Stink) notices that the
cassette tray is open and quickly closes it as he also "turns
off" the music!
When Stink asks for jojiwanga fruit because it's "good for owies,"
Kevin tells him they don't have any jojiwanga and says "...how
about an apple?" Perhaps he suggests the apple because, in
the way that jojiwanga is good for
owies, an apple a day keeps the doctor away?
Apparently Spike has become a friend to the Porters, despite his
initial somewhat aggressive nature as seen in the first season.
As Kevin picks some jojiwanga fruit from a tree, he is standing
on top of Spike to do it.
At 14:45 in the episode, Scarface once again shows what a wimp
he is by getting knocked to the ground by a swipe of Spike's
tail. When he gets up again he doesn't even bother to go after
the fleeing stego, he stomps off in the opposite direction.
Throughout the episode, pretending-to-be-injured Stink has been
honking a bulb horn every time he wants something from Kevin or
Tasha. Having turned the tables on him, Kevin now has the horn
and Tasha has a similar one for calling for Stink's service. But
Tasha's horn, despite being a bulb horn as well, sounds like a
diesel air horn! Listen:
||In his sleep,
Stink says, "Anko woche nabuka."
nabuka=banana. The other words are unknown.
||Stink says, "Nabuka."
||Stink says, "Asoca?"
"Anu, Kevin Porter."
"Stink want nabuka."
"Stink want nabuka!"
"Stink want nabuka."
"Anu. No want nabuka. Want jojiwanga."
||"No. No want
banana. Want jojiwanga."
Jojiwanga is a grapefruit-sized, orange-colored fruit
with black stripes that grows on trees in the Land.
||Stink says, "Azuca!"
Earlier, Stink seemed to say "Asoca"
as the word for candy.