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Corneil & Bernie

Season 1 Episode 9

Unlucky Break / Superficial Intelligence

Aired Weekdays 8:00 PM Apr 17, 2004 on Nicktoons Networks
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Episode Summary

Unlucky Break / Superficial Intelligence
Unlucky Break: Bernie takes a pretty girl named Karen to the dance so that Romeo doesn't, while he tries to hide that he has a broken leg, and he insists that they stay at their seats for a lot of romantic reasons, but since Romeo is being more active, she ends up dancing with him instead. And when Corneil gets kicked by Romeo, he decides to keep Karen with Bernie. But how many excuses can you make without everything seeming suspicious?

Superficial Intelligence: Since the newspaper says that humans are more evolved than dogs, Corneil decides to enter an intelligence contest. The other contestants are a guy with a monkey named Junior and a girl with a cat named Dido. But Corneil doesn't want anyone to get smart about his secret of talking, so he decides to act less smart than he actually is. And this actually gives Junior the upper hand!moreless

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  • This is without any doubt a great episode in this series. I wish other shows had concepts like these have.

    The Unlucky Break was very funny and the creator must have put some mind into the script. I like the idea that Bernie is trying very hard to keep his broken leg a secret from Karen, but gets exposed of having it after yet another accident. Corneil really shows his colors in this episode by giving Romeo a piece of mind that he's messing with the wrong guy. I found it to end very well when Bernie agrees with Karen that from now on he will tell the truth, but when Karen asked him how he broke his leg and he responded Corneil was playing chess with the computer, Karen didn't believe one bit. Superficial Intelligence was also one of my favorite episodes since the first time I saw it. I liked the whole idea that Corneil wanted to prove dogs are smarter than what a near by science said. Corneil puts himself in the position of being tested over two other animals in a lab, but he doesn't want to show his real brains because they might suspect something of him. Bernie is rooting for Corneil and knows he's going to win but when a stubborn Monkey owner fights fire with Bernie a fight happens over whose pet is smarter. Now this is the type of material I would like to see in other shows.moreless
Charlie Adler

Charlie Adler

voice of Junior the Monkey

Guest Star

June Foray

June Foray

voice of Dido the Cat

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • During Corniel's IQ testing, he is put through a simple maze where blue coloured arrows lead to the right path, and red leads to a dead end.
      However, since dogs are colourblind, Corniel should not have been able to recognise this.

    • The scientist determines that Corneil must be capable of speaking due to his score on the IQ test. Because of this, Corneil rigs the machine to avoid further hints of his secret. However, he is given a good score on the next test. There is no indication of the machine being fixed.

  • QUOTES (2)

  • NOTES (3)

    • Corneil's IQ is (temporarily) revealed to be 250. That's along the same lines as Stephen Hawking, which means that even if talking dogs were common, Corneil would still be unique in his intelligence.

    • The episode "Superficial Intelligence" correctly emulates a real-life fact about video games, that there are multiple game systems and that some titles are released on each of them.

    • Despite Karen's hate of Bernie seen in this episode and "Corneil in Love," a wallpaper from Millimages suggests that she will marry Bernie someday.


    • The video game console that Bernie has in "Superficial Intelligence" is similar to the short lived Sega Dreamcast; even the controller is of a similar design to that system's controller.