Clone High

Season 1 Episode 1

Escape to Beer Mountain: A Rope of Sand

Aired Monday 10:30 PM Nov 02, 2002 on TELETOON



  • Trivia

    • This episode is one of two that doesn't have an appearance by the dolphin.

    • Abe buys non-alcoholic beer because he could not find a place (or a means) to aquire alcohol underage. However, you have to be over 21 to buy non-alcoholic beer in some areas since it does have minute amounts of alcohol in it.

    • Abe: (to Cleo) That's me; cool, honest Abe.

      'Honest Abe' was a nickname given to the original Abraham Lincoln.

    • Right before Joan realizes that she's giving advice to Cleo, the moon is visible hanging in the front yard. When the camera zooms in on Joan, the moon is also behind her, now hanging in the backyard.

    • The title Escape to Beer Mountain: a rope of sand comes from one of the creators of the show always titled his college essays "what paper is really about" : A rope of sand.
      A rope of sand is a statement that means nothing but sounds intelectual. It was added after the decision to have all the episode titles have a colon in them

    • JFK (to Gandhi): Get off my Dingey! A Dingey is really small boat used in East Indies fleets (and for some reason, JFK has one in his pool).

    • The only character shown in the beginning credits who has spoken lines in every episode, yet doesn't have a name caption is Mr. Buttlertron.

    • Goof: At the party, Gandhi keeps putting on or taking off his shirt. Gandhi starts the party, full-shirted. When Gandhi puts Van Gogh on speakerphone, Gandhi is shirtless. When Gandh is standing on JFK's boat, he is wearing his shirt, and now a jacket. Later, when Joan stuns Gandhi, he is again shirtless.

    • Goof: When Abe is sitting on the ladder to JFK's above-ground swimming pool, you see Abe's shadow on the ground. There should also be a shadow of the ladder, and maybe even a shadow for the pool.

    • Goof: The clock in the background of Scudworth's office seems to be broken or needs new batteries. The clock always shows the same time: 2.25.

    • Joan is the only one in gym class not wearing a gym-uniform shirt. Joan is, instead, wearing a short-sleeved black t-shirt that is very similiar to her standard black sweater.

    • Goof: When Scudworth names the title of his report, he holds up his right hand and his index finger, showing 5 fingers on it. During the scene, his right hand keeps alternating between 4 and 5 fingers. Also, when Scudworth is talking with Joan, he has 4 fingers until he raises his right hand and we see 5 fingers once again.

    • Scudworth: Why, creating a mechanical British servant is no more eccentric than that tie you're wearing.
      The head of the shadowy board isn't wearing a tie which makes it uncertain what Scudworth is talking about.

    • Goof: When Abe tells JFK he'll get the beer, Gandhi slides in from the right rather than the left where he was standing in the previous scene.

    • Goof: At the beginning of the episode, Gandhi has a scar from giving Cleo his left kidney. Yet, later when he's shirtless, his scar's gone. It is also missing on the murial VanGogh paints.

    • Mr. Belvetron is obviously modeled after Mr. Belvedere. This is why he calls everyone "Wesley".

    • The name of the school that Abe and the others attend is "Clone High High School"

    • We learn that Cleo and Gandhi had the same foster parents until Cleo told them to dump Gandhi.

    • Goof: When Abe leans over to tell Gandhi that it's a three-story drop to the ground (after Joan announces she's looking for people to help at community service and everybody runs), his hair turns black, then brown again.

    • Goof: In Mr. Sheepman's class, he walks in and takes a bite out of his desk from the back. He then says, "Before you leave..." even though he just got there. When Joan walks up to the desk, the bite momentarily disappears before reappearing at the front of the desk.

    • Goof: In the scene where Abe's arm crashes through the trophy rack, the trophies seem to disappear momentarily.

    • Goof: In the scene where Abe's arm bleeds, some blood drips on the floor. After Cleo talks to Gandhi, the blood on Abe's arm is still there but not on the floor.

    • In the scene where Scudworth is first introduced to us, he starts typing. When he says colon, he hits one key. In order for a person to make a colon, you must first hold down shift or else you get a semi-colon.

    • Goof: After the shadowy figure leaves and Scudworth goes into the hall, the cast on his right leg, which was there previously, has disappeared.

  • Quotes

    • (during the next week's episode preview)
      Narrator:...with celebrity guest star Marylin Manson!
      Marylin Manson: Hey, kids. I'm Marylin Manson!

    • Abe: Welcome back, Joan.
      Gandhi: You got breasts.
      Joan: Geez, Abe, you grew, like, a foot.
      Gandhi: You grew, like, a pair of breasts.
      Abe: Luckily, the extra height doesn't feel that awkward (smashes head on tree branches, falls to the ground) Ah! (gets back up) I'm up.
      Joan: I wish I'd seen you more over the summer but I was at camp.
      Gandhi: Was it breast camp?
      Joan: Ok, you get one more.

    • Police Officer: Well, well. If it isn't my old friend, underage drinking. So we meet again. How are you, underage drinking- besides illegal?
      Gandhi: (acting very drunk) Underage drinking?! Shame on all of you! Shaaame!! Back to you, Kojak!
      Police Officer: This kid's not sober, is he? And none of you are twenty-one, are you?! And these potstickers aren't made with real crab, are they? (eats one) I stand corrected.

    • Gandhi: Man, I'm tired of hanging out with the geeks!
      Joan: Gandhi, they aren't geeks... they're... delightfully eccentric!
      Carver: Hello, cohorts! It is I, George Washington Carver! I spent my summer bioengineering this antropomorphic peanut!
      Peanut: Hello! I'd shake your hand but, you know, peanut arms!
      Joan: Okay, they are geeks.

    • Abe: A girl is interested in me and I'm not going to ignore it.
      Joan: Abe, I want you.
      Abe: You want me to what?

    • Gandhi: Cleopatra coming at ya yow! Cleo: Do I know you? Gandhi: Gandhi. We had every class together last year.... I gave you one of my kidneys....(Shows his remaining Kidney) I was your foster brother for 10 years until you convinced our parents I wasn't good enough for your image and you had me transferred to another home. Cleo: Benji? Gandhi: Gandhi! Cleo: Oh, that's so great for you.

    • JFK: (to Abe, in the bathroom) I will see you there, and by will, I mean won't! Bahahaha! (exits, comes back) Cause you're not invited. I, uh, wasn't sure if I was clear earlier. So, uh, you're not... invited, that is... (exits, comes back) to my party! (exits, comes back) Forgot to wash my hands!

    • Abe: This is about not having to put your hand on your own buttock and pretend it's a woman's breast.

    • Abe: Ok, how the hell am i gonna get that beer?
      Gandhi: Easy! Tell them that they heard you wrong. What you really said was 'I'll bring the...beards'
      Abe: That makes no sence.
      Gandhi: Yeah, but if you think about it, it would still be a pretty sweet party.

    • Scudworth: Tell me your likes and dislikes.
      Joan: Well, I dislike being tied to a chair.
      Scudworth: Good, I'll use a big font, double up the margins, and I'll be home in time for Jay Leeno.
      Joan: Heh, you would like Leno.
      Scudworth: How dare you insult that big chined every man with his various african american bandleaders!

    • Scudworth: (refering to Mr B) He calls everyone Wesley. I don't know why.

    • Genghis Khan: Pinata!

    • Elvis 1: Ooh, steamed vegetables! What do you have?
      Elvis 2: Nine fried peanut butter sandwiches and a thermos full of tranquilizer pills. Thank you very much. I have left the building.
      Abe: Looks like 1 of the Elvises let himself go.

    • Gandhi's Kidney: I miss him....!

    • Scudworth: Raise the roof...RAISE IT
      (kicks Mr. B)
      Mr B.: (raising arms) Where are my bitches!?

    • Joan: Congradulations, Abe. The people gathered to make asses of themselves and you gave them the means to do it.
      Abe: I could only get non-alcoholic beer. They're going to notice.
      (shot of four naked kids around the keg)
      Nostrodamus: I'm a pony!
      Joan: You'll be okay

    • Abe: Dude! That's a three story drop!
      Gandhi: I don't care, I'm going for it.
      (Gandhi jumps out the window and lands hard)
      Gandhi: Oh my God! I can see my bone!

    • Gandhi: Shazam! We're in. Any ideas how to get the beer?
      Abe: (smiling) Nope.

    • JFK: (to Joan) Are you drunk enough to sleep with me?
      (Joan dropkicks JFK)
      JFK:(weakly) Answer the question!

    • JFK: (to Abe)Mark my words, you and your friends are not coming to my party!
      Abe: I'll bring the beer
      JFK: Be there at eight!

  • Notes

    • The Get Up Kids lend their talent twice in this episode, the first song being "Campfire Kansas" and the second being "Valentine." Similarly, Dashboard Confessional also has two separate songs in this episode.

    • Music:
      Several times at the party, Dashboard Confessional's "The Good Fight" can be heard.
      Dashboard Confessional also had their song "Standard Lines" played twice, once when Gandhi talks about joining the 'Teen Crisis Hotline', and once when Cleo and Abe kiss for the first time.
      The Abandoned Pools also lend their musical talents twice in the show. One song is the opening theme song, which will be heard in every episode but episode 11. The other is when Cleo gives Abe the note at the end of the episode, "Start Over" can be heard.

    • This episode originally aired in the U.S. on Jan. 20, 2003.

  • Allusions

    • Diane Fossey
      Principal Scudworth proposes that he should act as Diane Fossey in order to observe the students. Fossey (1932-1985) was a scientist who studied animal behavior (an ethologist). She is primarily known for her study of gorillas, especially because she actually lived among them for years in Rwanda.

    • Got Milk?
      Cleo's foamy beer moustache is reminiscant of the Got Milk? advertising campaign, where various celebrities get milk moustaches from drinking milk.

    • The Grassy Knoll is the name of the diner where the kids all go to hang out. The grassy knoll is where the second shooter was supposedly spotted during the asasination of JFK.

    • JFK: I invaded her Bay of Pigs, if you catch my meaning.
      This is a reference to the failed invasion of Cuba known as The Bay of Pigs. It was an attempt by Eisenhower but implemented by Kennedy to overthrow Castro. It was a failure and despite JFK having very little to do he was blamed.

    • Kojak
      Gandhi calls the cop Kojak, who is a bald cop on the 70's television series, Kojak. Kojak was a chain-smoking police officer, who used lollipops as a substitute for smoking.

    • Flavor Flav:
      Mr. Buttlertron is wearing a clock on a chain around his neck. This alludes to Flavor Flav, who also is known for wearing a clock on a chain around his neck. Flavor Flav is a rap artists, from the band Public Enemy.

    • Fat Boys:
      Scudworth, dressed up as Cloney McStudent, is wearing a Fat Boys t-shirt when he goes to the party. Fat Boys is a hip hop music trio from Brooklyn, in the early 80's.

    • My Two Dads
      JFK compares his life with his gay-foster dads like the television show, My Two Dads. NBC's My Two Dads is about two straight men raising a teenaged daughter, after her mother dies.

    • Jay Leno
      Apparently, Scudworth enjoys Jay Leno. Jay is a large italian-scotsman, who is the host of NBC's The Tonight Show.

    • Elvis When The Gang is going back to school they comment how the Elvis Clone has really let himself go. This is referring to the latest years in the real Elvis' life. He began to do many shows in Vegas and gained alot of weight.

    • George Washington Carver: Hello cohorts, it is I, George Washington Carver, and I spent my summer bio-engineering that anthropomorphic peanut. GWC's clone is a rather geeky sort who is deep into science, and in a latter episode is shown in his "peanut lab" complete with peanut wallpaper and a peanut shaped door. The real George Washington Carver was a famous scientist in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, who studied chemistry; in particular, making new products from various organic materials. His most famous feat was producing over 300 products out of (you guessed it...) peanuts.

    • JFK: (to Joan) Are you drunk enough to sleep with me?
      When Joan drop kicks JFK, he says " Bobby ". Bobby Kennedy was John F. Kennedy's brother in real life.

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