The Suite Life of Zack & Cody

Neither a Borrower Nor a Speller Bee

Season 2, Ep 12, Aired 4/14/06
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  • Episode Description
  • Zack borrows money from a guest named Maynard to play video games, but starts to fear him when he can't pay it back. Cody enters a spelling bee. London and Maddie help a homeless family.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ashley Tisdale

    Maddie Fitzpatrick

  • Brenda Song

    London Tipton

  • Cole Sprouse

    Cody Martin

  • Dylan Sprouse

    Zack Martin

  • Kim Rhodes

    Carey Martin

  • Fan Reviews (22)
  • Not a good subplot

    By hawkingisthebest, Oct 27, 2013

  • Very funny to me!

    By SLionsCricket, Oct 01, 2012

  • subplot was boring

    By futuramarama, Jul 05, 2010

  • I really didn't like this episode very much. It had some funny moments but to me this episode was kind of boring.

    By blondwildboy, Aug 14, 2009

  • Uh-oh...sounds like some trouble!

    By lae10, Jul 01, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (51)

    • Mr Moseby: Now Carey, there have been complaints about offensive behaviour by parents in the audience.
      Carey: Now, I'm not surprised. Some people get way too caught up in these competitions.
      Mr Moseby: All the complaints have been about you!

    • Zack: Buddy, there will be plenty of other spelling bees. You only have one brother.
      Cody: Mum's still young. She can have more!

    • Barbara: Fracas. F-R-A-K-I-S. Fracas. (Wrong button goes off) Host: Oooh. So close, but close only counts in horseshoes. Barbara: F-r-a-c-i-s. (Button goes off again) Barbara: C-E-S. A-S. U-S! Host: U S done!

    • Maddie: Why are you dressed like that? London: Because, it makes me look good!

    • Mr. Moseby: Have fun and BEE-have.

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    Notes (19)

    • The German episode title is "Der Buchstabier-Wettbewerb", meaning "The Spelling Bee".

    • This episode aired in Australia, for the first time, on the Disney Channel, on Monday 18th of September. Only four days before "Loosely Ballroom" aired in Australia the first time as well.

    • This episode aired in Canada, on the Family Channel, on Thursday July 20th 2006.

    • It's mentioned that Carey was in a spelling bee.

    • We learn that Cody enjoys spelling.

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    Trivia (6)

    • A part of this episode is in the opening credits (of Season 3): when Maddie is hanging from the ceiling.

    • London actually pronounces heiress right in this episode.

    • When Zack is writing his "will" you can tell he is not really writing words but rather he is just scribbling.

    • Zack and Cody always say that their mom is old, but in this episode, Cody says that his mom is young.

    • Mr. Moseby always has his name tag on his upper left side of his suit. However, right after Carey shouts at the Spelling Bee after Barbara got eliminated, we see a shot of Mr. Moseby, but his name tag is on the other side. This means the image for that particular shot was reversed.

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    Allusions (6)

    • Episode title: The movie Akeelah and the Bee came out two weeks later, which is also about a spelling bee.

    • Mr. Moseby: Next time Cody spells a word right, try not to start the wave! This is a reference to Full House, in which D.J. said... D.J.: Next time I win, try not to start the wave!

    • The name Maynard K. refers to the economist Maynard Keynes who is famous for Keynesian Economics.

    • The name of this episode is a play on words of Shakespeare's Hamlet. Polonius tells his son, "Neither a borrower nor a lender be," in Act I, Scene III.

    • You may recognize "Monique Coleman" from High School Musical, she played Taylor.

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