I am super behind on these. October is my busiest month.
I enjoyed listening to everyone's thoughts on this episode. It seems to be a majority fan favorite and there are certainly many good reasons why. There is some very grim content in here, which is also why I think the comedy aspects were pushed so hard and maybe some scenes were a little bit more cartoony than we usually see from this show. Which is actually more of how I like it. I like dark comedy and grave humor and both these elements, as well as the introduction of many fans' favorite villains, really set this episode apart.
MoDad pointed out this scene where Chance suddenly is in costume in a second. I never thought of this being too slapstick and out of tone with the show. I think part of this is because when you see things as a kid, sometimes you just keep accepting them as an adult without thought. I still think the cartoon timing is at least in sync with the entire scene of Chance watching cartoons for "an 80 hour marathon". But to be fair, this is probably as slapstick as the show has gone, but Chance is also kind of his own comedy relief at times.
I agree with Mark. I don't think this scene is so out there that it merits the "big-lipped alligator moment". (A phrase inspired by "All Dogs Go To Heaven where the appearance of the big-lipped alligator really derails the whole tone of the movie.) But I think this scene would have been worthy of the podcast's own coined Madkat moment.
And it's funny that Venture Bros was already brought up in this thread because at the mention of Hackle having a garage sale, I thought of Venture Bros, too with Dr. Venture having his yard sale and practically all his enemies show up to buy his inventions. Hackle keeps wondering why there's so many of his prototypes on the street. He keeps forgetting he is selling them for $5 from his yard every Saturday morning.
Lastly, here's a quick doodle to coincide with the discussion. Great episode everyone!