American Dragon: Jake Long

Season 2 Episode 19

Year of the Jake

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Aired Daily 2:30 AM Feb 18, 2007 on Disney Channel
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Year of the Jake
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While volunteering to mind Grandpa's shop on Chinese new year, Jake accidentally curses it with bad luck and must face the consequences.

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  • Jake tries to bail on the Chinese New Year parade by watching over the shop. He ends up cursing it with bad luck when he tries to clean it.

    9.0
    This episode was actually pretty good. Jake doesn't want to dress up like a dragon with his family in the Chinese New Year parade, so he asks Gramps if he can watch over the shop for the day. When he agrees, Jack convinces his friends to help him clean up the shop. When Fu discovers what they did, he goes into a frenzy and claims they brought bad luck to the shop. Jake doesn't believe him. That is, until Gramps' very old priceless vase breaks. While his friends watch over the shop, Jake and Fu try to reverse the curse by getting all the junk back. In the process, Jake accidentally releases evil spirits and must catch them before they wreck the parade. This epsiode had some humor in it. Spud and Tracey were hilarious while watching over the shop. They had to prevent slime from oozing out of the walls, as well as put up with earth quakes, rain, and a vortex XD The end fight scene between Fu, Haley, and Jake against the three evil spirits was pretty awesome too.moreless
  • Chinese New Year episode...

    10
    Jake's father has his family to participate in a Chinese New Year parade, which Jake, of course, doesn't want to be in. So, to get out of it, he convinces his Grandpa to let him, Trixie, and Spud watch the shop that day. His Grandpa tells him he needs to get in touch with his heritage, although he grew up in America, his roots are in China. While Haley and Susan are busy dealing with a Jonathan that thinks he's Chinese, Jake decides to clean up the shop to impress his Gramps. What he doesn't know is that cleaning on Chinese New Year brings bad luck. And, to top it all off, he unleashes three powerful demons! Now, he has to fix things before his Grandpa finds out, can he do it? I love the Chinese culture in this episode. And the comedy, hilarious. I don't like how Jake wears pants, however. As I am used to seeing him in half-shorts, half-pants. In the end, Jake learns something we all need to, reguardless of our race: to always keep in touch with our heritage. A wonderful Chinese New Year episode that takes a refreshing break from the Jake/Rose drama, after all, we'd have a heart attack if every episode had the drama that comes with their relationship. I highly recommend you watch Year of the Jake.moreless
  • Another hilarious episode

    10
    Once again, Jake avoids everything his Grandfather tells him about Chinese New Year, and ends up making everything worse. Personally, I don't celebrate Chinese New Year, but this was a great episode to celebrate it with!! I love how Jake things he's so in touch with his Chinese side of his family, even though we all know he's not!! And what I like about this episode, is that there was a lots humor! Every episode should have humor!! xDD And something uncared by most people, but I love how Jake was actually wearing pants, not those half shorts half pants stuff!! Just saying, he should wear longer pants, more often!moreless
  • great episode

    10
    wow this was one of the best episodes ever i loved it. i like the fact there was a marthon before this episode and i think this is the only episode out of all the tv shows that does a differant hoilday besides easter christmas and halloween (this one was chinese new year) i am not saying i am asian though. so with that said i love this episode. i love the line haley say "money is all evil and (opens envolope i was hopeing for a little more evil then this" so just for the word count gung hay fat choi (i think i spelled it wrong)moreless
  • jake goes to a family reoinion and he has to help out some sharks.

    7.5
    toatally my 5 fav.ep !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! who could not like it??????????? (in case you were wondering my first four faves r the one where he turns like 22 or something, promnight, hongkong longs, and the one where jake and haley switch bodies.) im doing this to fill up room . im doing this to fill up room .(by the way you dont have to read the next parts ofthis.) i told you to stop reading so stop! why are you still reading? stop reading. im still writing but that dosnt mean you have to keep reading. stop stop. stop reading this instant young - or youre grounded! oooh now youve got it! ive got to stop so o can go ground you!moreless

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Actually Gong Heii Fatt Choy is the Cantonese saying, which is a different dialect of Chinese. Gong Xi Fa Chai is the Mandarin which is the more widely used Chinese dialect. Jake's grandpa often uses Cantonese throughout the show.

    • They say Gong Heii Fatt Choy, which is wrong. The actual saying is Gong Xi Fa Cai.

    • Incorrect Chinese Tradition: Gramps gives red envelopes to Jake's parents as well. According to traditional Chinese custom, married persons should not be given red envelopes.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Jonathan(wipes tear from eye): This is going to make my Chinese ancestors so proud.
      Susan(lightly): Honey, there's really no way to put this gently: (deepens voice) You're not Chinese.
      Jonathan: Oh, woopsie dasey, I beg to differ there, honey-ho. As you may recall, one of my main dearing qualities is that I am 1/16th Navajo, and we all know that the ancestors of Native Americans arrived here via the bearing straight from, where? Asia! And what's in Asia? China!

    • Lao Shi: By problems, do you perhaps mean accidently sweeping trash out of the shop, resulting in near catastrophic bad luck until everything was returned?
      Jake: Hold up, you knew what was happening this whole time, and you didn't help!
      Lao Shi: Some lessons are more fun to watch than to teach.
      Trixie: So I dug through trash...
      Spud: And I licked slime...
      Fu: And I had my crippling fear of crickets exposed!
      Trixie: Just so Jakey could learn a lesson about his culture?
      Lao Shi: I only said it was fun, for grandpa.

    • Gramps: Good, then I won't have to remind you of the vault.
      Jake: The vault!? I know about the vault. I can teach classes on, the vault. Now you go do your Chinese New Year thingys, and don't worry your little gray head on the vault. (Calls a cab for Gramps) Bu-bye now! (Goes up to the cab driver) Go as far as 10 bucks will take him. (The cab drives up drives to the end of the street. Gramps gets out and looks at Jake.) Awww man. Just keep walkin' Grandpa!!

    • Trixie: (Tired after chasing the garbage truck) We can't catch him!
      Spud: No, but Ortho cloggy can! (throws his shoe at the truck, hitting the lever to knock out all the trash) Light-weight, yet sturdy. I knew they'd come in handy! Or...footy.

    • Jake: You don't really believe those Chinese superstitions, do you?
      Fu: Kid there not just superstitions, they're four-thousand years of culture.
      Jake: Just because it's old, doesn't mean it's true.

    • Haley: Thank you Grandpa I am not greedy like some people because money is derived of all evil and (opens envelope) I was hoping for little more evil then this!

    • Grampa: Gong Heii Fatt Choy
      Jake: Yeah Gramps, Gong Heii Chow Ya
      Grampa:Huh? You just wished me stir fry meat

    • Grampa: Gong Heii Fatt Choy
      Jonathan, Susan and Haley: Gong Heii Fatt Choy
      Jake: Gong who what where?
      Grampa:Happy chinese new year. I say it to you every year but you never listen, but I bet you listen to these (hands out red envelopes).
      Jake:Oh yeah cause money talks. Whats that little red envelope of cheddar, Andrew Jackson's inside and he brought a twin brother.

    • Spud: Orthopedic clogs! How could you betray me?

  • NOTES (6)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • "Gong Hei Faat Choy:"
      "Gong Hei Faat Choy" means Happy Chinese New Year in Cantonese.

    • Episode Title: Year of the Jake

      References to the Chinese New Year animals The Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat/Sheep, Monkey, Chicken/Rooster, Dog, and Boar/Pig (some Zodiac animals are interchangable)

    • The episode title is an allusion of the Chinese year, Year of the Dragon.

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