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  • Season 1 Episode 13: The ex-Girlfriend

  • This is the only episode that was never aired.

  • Season 1 Episode 10: The Motivational Speaker

  • The Motivational Speaker (Nathan Abrams) personal weakness is getting shot by paint from a paintball gun--on his self-help program, he recommends his listeners play paintball. He has to keep eating bologna (as he's "full of baloney") and he can only be "killed" by "eating his own words."

  • The Motovational Speaker was based on one that really does exist in the world of "Deadly Games"--a self-help guru by the name of Nathan Abrahams who swindled Gus into purchasing his junk self-help tapes right after Gus was going through the depression of divorce. Gus' video-game version fires a gun that shoots copies of his audiocassettes that reduce the victim to nohing but a pile of audio-tape.

  • The Motovational Speaker was based on one that really does exist in the world of "Deadly Games"--a self-help guru by the name of Nathan Abrahams who swindled Gus into purchasing his junk self-help tapes right after Gus was going through the depression of divorce. Gus' video-game version fires a gun that shoots copies of his audiocassettes that reduce the victim to nohing but a pile of audio-tape.

  • Season 1 Episode 9: The Divorce Lawyer

  • In nearly every episode, Gus, Lauren and Peter use some kind of gun to fire at the weekly villain--here, it's a rubber dart gun.

  • In this episode, The "Cold-Steel Kid" is not the true hero. The "Girl" is--Lauren herself. Although she is captive, she is the one to save the day. Lauren told Gus that he was too self-centered in their marriage. Despite all this, Peter is the one who saves the day.

  • While there is the usual way to make the henchman obliterate by simply foiling the plan (in this case, electrifying the Supreme Court), a way to make Courtney simply go up in light (the "automatic kill") is to throw a record album copy of Billy Joel album "The Stranger," the frisbee--which was Gus and Lauren's song. Even though Lauren herself doesn't remember.

  • While there is the usual way to make the henchman obliterate by simply foiling the plan (in this case, electrifying the Supreme Court), a way to make Courtney simply go up in light (the "automatic kill") is to throw a record album copy of Billy Joel album "The Stranger," the frisbee--which was Gus and Lauren's song. Even though Lauren herself doesn't remember.

  • The key villian in this episode is based on Lauren's real-life divorce attorney. Her weakness is rubber as she's incredibly an electrical baddie (like "Electro" from "Spider-Man") and rubber is electrical resistant. She absorbs electricity from numerous electrical outlets.

  • Season 1 Episode 8: The Car Mechanic

  • In nearly every episode, Gus, Lauren and Peter use some kind of gun to fire at the weekly villain--here, it's brake fluid from a Super-Soaker squirt gun as the Mechanic never fixed Gus' leaky brakes.

  • The Car Mechanic was based on a corrupted auto-mechanic who charged Gus $200 after his car was in a wreck--and then ran off with the money without ever fixing the car. He lost his first ride and didn't get to make out with the girl he would've at the drive-in he would have.

  • Season 1 Episode 7: The Practical Joker

  • The only way to defeat The Practical Joker is to foil his master prank--a bomb placed in a VCR. Hitting "STOP" will detenate it immediantly. But hitting "EJECT" will pause the tape to eject... and disarm the bomb (as well as disolve The Practical Joker).

  • The Practical Joker was the only bad guy Gus didn't program himself. Gus' friend designed him and placed him into the game as a joke.

  • Season 1 Episode 6: The Camp Counselor (2)

  • In this episode, we see Amber was based on the real Kathy Ireland. Here, she "dies" as when all the characters are brought back from the matrix--another Amber is and the two cancel each other out.

  • The evil Camp Counselor was patterned after Gus' own as a child who blew his retainer and humilated him in front of the rest of the camp, as well as the girl Gus was seeing.

  • Season 1 Episode 5: The Camp Counselor (1)

  • In nearly every episode, Gus, Lauren and Peter use some kind of gun to fire at the weekly villain--here, it's a bow-and-arrow. Gus fires a shot at Chuck--the arrow at the bull's-eye--the center "O" in Camp Chatooga" on his T-shirt.

  • Kathy Ireland plays a character Gus designed for the video-game that isn't actually a villain. An ideal dream woman who idealizes The Kid. Her character is based on the real Kathy Ireland Gus saw in her magazine ads.

  • Season 1 Episode 4: The End of the Jackal

  • Both The Jackal and Gus' own father (who was the source model) have a car with the license plate that read: "J.K.L."

  • We see that Gus' father Jordan is also a physicist--an incredibly and achieved successful one.


     

  • Usually, if the villain-of-the-week's plan is foiled, said villain can be instantly defeated--going up in light. But it won't work with The Jackal here as this is the last level and the last level and master-boss is supposed to be the most difficult.


     

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