Even Stevens

Influenza: The Musical

Season 2, Ep 21, Aired 1/25/02
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  • Episode Description
  • Ren comes down sick and her prefect attendance record is at stake so she wants to go in. In her feverish state she imagines that the whole school has turned into a musical with singing and dancing abound...

  • Cast & Crew
  • Tom Virtue

    Steve Stevens

  • Donna Pescow

    Eileen Stevens

  • Nick Spano

    Donnie Stevens

  • Shia LaBeouf

    Louis Anthony Stevens

  • Christy Carlson Romano

    Renèe 'Ren' Stevens

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Ren is sick and wants to go to school anyway to win the perfect attendance award. So Ren sneaks to school, but when she arrives, she finds nothing is going her way. After what seems the worst day ever for Ren, she wakes up finding it was all a dream.

    By manny95, May 14, 2006

  • Love love love it!

    By amyruby, Aug 31, 2005

  • The coolest musical episode ever made!

    By TriviaDude, Jun 28, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Lyrics to the song "We Went to the Moon": We went to the moon in 1969 Um, not 1968, but a year later We went to the moon in 1969 That's when the astronauts first walked inside a crater We went to the moon in 1969 Not 1970 but a year sooner We went to the moon in 1969 That's when thet made a landing that was lunar We didn't go up to the sun or stars We didn't go to Mercury or Mars But we went to the moon in 1969 Not 1968 but the year after And once they got there the astronauts felt fine They smiled at each other and there was laughter We went to the moon in 1969 Not 1970, a year before, uh-huh The rocket that flew had a really neat design When it took off it the engines made a roar We went to the moon in 1969 The trip wasn't all that easy And when we got there we were surprised to find That it was solid and it wasn't cheesy We went up to the M-double-O-N We went up to the moon sing it again We went to the moon in 1969 Not 1970 but a year sooner We went to the moon in 1969 That's when they made a landing that was lunar.

    • Lyrics to the song "Ren got an F": Ren got an F! That's got to be a first I can't believe that she messed up so badly. Ren got an F This is my lucky day. I'm sorry it had to end so sadly. Ren got an F, Ren got an F (haha), Ren got an F, Ren got an F.

    • Lyrics to the song "It's Just an Award": There'll be no award You missed a day of school You never shoulda gotten influenza It's just an award It doesn't mean a thing I think that we should sing another stanza! It's just an award x4.

    • Lyrics to the song "Master(s) of the Gym": Welcome lads now I must enforce Your participation in the obstacle course Designed by me with no remorse I'm the master of the gym Master, I'm the master, I'm the master of the gym Faster, for the master's patience has run thin This is a test that you won't forget You'll be soaking wet with sweat Hurry up or you will regret Ending up like him Master, I'm the master, I'm the master of the gym Move faster for the master or your future will look grim You have lost your authority This here is a mutiny From now on it is plain to see We're the masters of the gym Masters, we're the masters, we're the masters of the gym Move faster for the masters or you're future's looking grim Masters, we're the masters, now we're getting back at him Masters, we're the masters, we're the masters of the gym.

    • Lyrics to the song "6th Period": 6th period, 6th period, 6th period 6th period is drawing near To ruin my junior high career That test run by Tugnut Is gonna kick my butt Oh how you fill my heart with dread, 6th period 6th period, 6th period, 6th period I'll tell my college plans farewell (Gee we remember when) When I hear that 6th period bell (We could rely on Ren) I think I ate bad shrimp Stevens don't be a wimp Try and be a man instead, 6th period 6th period, 6th period, 6th period Ren's presentation time has come (Oh I can't wait to see) Oh no I'm gonna look so dumb (What Ren's prepared for me) We hope to leave the gym With all of our limbs And of course with all our heads Steve, Ren's not in her bed (We better find her) Yeah let's hustle (Ow, I think I pulled a muscle) Wow these halls get so crowded, 6th period 6th period, 6th period, 6th period.

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    Notes (7)

    • All of the regular cast and co-stars have singing parts in this episode, right down to Donnie, who only sings one solo line, "You never should have gotten influenza!"

    • A few outtakes of Louis and Twitty in the gym scene are shown in this episode's epilog. This, if our memory is correct, is only the second time this has been done on the show. The other time was in "Movie Madness."

    • Kim Blank is credited as this episode's choreographer.

    • Jim Wise, who plays Coach Tugnut, is credited with writing the original songs for this episode.

    • A "Behind the Scenes" segment about this episode started appearing on the Disney Channel during the Christmas holiday. A clapboard seen on this segment listed a date of production as May 21, 2001.

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    Trivia (13)

    • In the beginning of the episode, Eileen puts on a musical for Ren to watch while bedridden, and the actor in the movie sings a song which includes the lyrics 'I'm singing to my horse / In 1869'. The tune of the song (and a few lyrics) is the same as Ren's song near the end of the episode, 'We Went to the Moon in 1969'.

    • Tawny wears a t-shirt with a design like a sash worn by a beauty pageant contestant that reads "Miss Understood."

    • During the song "Sixth Period", while Coach Tugnut is "running" on the treadmill, if you watch the treadmill, you'll notice that it isn't actually moving at all.

    • The dancer who wears a red sweatshirt throughout the episode is first seen in the gym during "Master of the Gym," he then appears in the science classroom for "We Went to the Moon in 1969."

    • In "What's the Matter With Ren?" when some of the kids are walking toward the table, you can see the letters on the bottom of their lunch trays.

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    Allusions (5)

    • During the scene where Louis is in bed acting sick, he makes one final, loud sneeze right in his father's face. This is a near-recreation of a scene in the 1994 Jim Carrey movie The Mask.

    • The song 'Morning Announcements' was a parody of the song 'Lave-Boheme' from the hit broadway musical Rent.

    • Coach Tugnut: I'm the master of the gym. "Master Of The Gym" is a parody of "Master Of The House" from Broadway's Les Miserables.

    • Eileen Stevens: Yeah, let's Hustle! The Hustle is a disco dance from the 1970's in which the man draws his female partner close to him, then sort of pushes her away, holding onto her with one hand while she spins around, then repeats the action. An instrumental song called "The Hustle" by Van McCoy went to #1 on the charts in 1975. As noted above, Donna Pescow's (Eileen) best-known movie role was as Annette in Saturday Night Fever (1977) the most famous film about disco dancing and the 1970's disco scene.

    • Louis: I've got hot soup! Delicious chicken soup! When Louis brings up the hot chicken soup at the end of the episode it shows the Stevens' Jewish side. It's a traditonal Jewish thing if someone is sick to give them chicken soup. Normally made by a grandmother or mother.

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