Vowel Play

Season 1, Ep 9, Aired 9/19/90
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  • Episode Description
  • Rebecca decides to go into the sky writing business, but when Baloo manages to spell the first message wrong, she worries they won't get any repeat business. Nevertheless, a Mr. Weasel steps in and asks for the strangest of messages to be written. Rebecca warns Baloo about his spelling, but just as he begins to write, he loses the note with the message on out the window. Once again, Baloo fails to use the correct spelling, but much to everyone's surprise, Weasel returns with another peculiar message. When Baloo suggests a snazzier alternative, Weasel becomes aggravated demanding they write his message exactly. As he leaves, Weasel accidentally drops a code book which Baloo finds interesting, but is puzzled as to its purpose. With no major crimes being committed, Detective Thursday begins to suspect a large and organised scheme is underway, but without word from agents in the field, he wonders how the criminals are communicating until he sees his answer written in the sky. Convinced the pilot knows something, he has Baloo arrested. Baloo's messages are indeed part of a plot engineered by Heimleich Menuro and his sidekick Weasel, to rob Cape Suzette of its diamonds by holding the city to ransom. Knowing the Police are tapping his phone, Menuro turns to unconventional methods to get instructions out to his henchmen by attaching an instruction from a code book to the second letter of the first word of each message Baloo writes. After explaining he knows nothing except of Weasel and his weird messages, Thursday believes Baloo to be innocent, but uses the code book to deliberately change the next message. As a result, the order to attack becomes the order to return to base, but when Baloo loses the message out the window again, it's up to a rhyme Kit learned in school to ensure the correct spelling of "weight" saves the city.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sally Struthers

    Rebecca Cunningham

  • R.J. Williams

    Kit Cloudkicker

  • Jack Angel

    Detective Thursday

  • David L. Lander


  • Linda Gary

    Kit's Spelling Teacher / Laundermat Hippo

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Fun to watch!!

    By tone-master21, Dec 13, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • Rebecca: Brilliant Baloo, really brilliant. What were two "o"s doing in "Chicken Soup"? Baloo: Uh, the backstroke?

    • Baloo: Becky, that guy's as shifty as a ten-speed clutch!

    • Baloo: From where I sit, spellin' is like playin' darts. Close is good enough! Kit: What do ya mean, Baloo? Baloo: Well s'posin' I spell cat, C-A-T. You'd know what I was talkin' about, right? Kit: Wait, but cat is spelled C-A-T. Baloo: Like I said, just like darts. Sometimes you get lucky!

    • Teacher: No, no no! There is no "ick" in Spinach, Kit! Kit: Ha, ha - you wanna bet? Taste it - ick!!

    • Heimlich Menudo: You fool, didn't you see I couldn't breathe? Weazel: Sorry, I was too busy thinking of your Heimlich Maneuver to notice that you was chokin'.

    Notes (3)

    • Originally released in syndication.

    • This episode was released on Talespin Volume 1 DVD.

    • Baloo appears naked in this episode.

    Trivia (1)

    • According to production # it should have been the 26th episode in the show.

    Allusions (2)

    • The episode title is a spoof on the saying "Foul Play".

    • Weazel: I was too busy thinking of your Heimlich Maneuver to notice that you was chokin'. Dr. Henry Heimlich came up with the method called the Heimlich Maneuver, which is used to help prevent choking victims from asphyxiation.

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