Dinosaurs

Season 2 Episode 3

I Never Ate for My Father

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Aired Friday 9:30 PM Oct 02, 1991 on ABC
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Robbie, after not being able to go through with eating a mastodon with the other guys at an initiation, starts to think that he might not be a carnivore after all. When Earl finds out, he's none too pleased. Robbie struggles with his feelings, and when he voices his dislike for eating meat at dinner, things only get worse.moreless

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      • In this episode, the Sinclair family seems to look down on eating vegetables and Robbie asks why they eat meat every single night, but in previous episodes we've seen the entire family eat vegetables.

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    • ALLUSIONS (5)

      • Title:
        The episode title refers to the Oscar-nominated 1970 drama, I Never Sang for My Father, starring Melvyn Douglas and Gene Hackman.

      • Earl: Are you now, or have you ever been an herbivore?

        This alludes to what was known as the "$64 question", "Are you now, or have you ever been a member of the communist party of the United States?", asked by the House Un-American Activities Committee of suspected communist sympathizers. The committee was active from 1938-1975.

      • Martin Luther King: Robbie's speech about how he "dreams about Dinosaurs being judged not by the food they eat, but instead by their character" is derived off of Martin Luther King Jr. speech.

      • The songs performed at the Salad Bar are parodies of "Abraham, Martin and John", and "This Land is Your Land" by Bob Dylan.

      • YMCA:

        Robbie goes to the YMCA- Young Male Carnivores Association- for his initiation. This is a parody of the Young Male Christians Association in modern time.

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