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Double The Fist

Season 1 Episode 5

High School Challenge

Aired Friday 11:20 PM Jun 18, 2004 on ABC1
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Episode Summary

Steve Foxx proves that the public education system is weak and that teachers don't deserve the pay-rise they so greedily desire by pitting the Fist Team against 4 of the top students from Arundell High School in a series of academic challenges.

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  • Arguably the worst episode in the series, but it's still got plenty of laughs. Although, it didn't feel the same without Mephisto.

    After meeting with Craig, Bryab, and Doug, and revealing that this was one of my least favourite episodes, they fully understood, and said it wasn't one of their favourites either.

    That's not saying the episode is entirely awful. Despite some bits that didn't work at all (the Library Challenge, most of the Science Challenge), there are some great moments in this episode, the most memorable being the fight between Steve and Blue Womp, and the gag starting with "Pick a number between 1 and 500!".

    In summary, this episode is good for a laugh, but if you're introducing someone to the series I wouldn't recommend it.moreless
  • One of my favourites.

    'High School Challenge' ranks as one of the best episodes in my mind in two key areas. The first is the writing - the satire of Steve railing against the public school system when, in fact, the students continually outclass the Fist Team is great. Even though the students only win one of the four challenges, they really should have won the other three - they find the key in the library (only to have Blue Womp steal it), Rod is shown up as a fool in the Mathematical Matterhorn (only winning due to Steve's callousness), and do what is asked of them in the History challenge (only to have Steve reveal the trick nature of the task).

    The second area is the subversion of the TV format. More so than any episode before it, 'High School Challenge' plays around with the conventions and standards - from completely deleting the missing Mephisto from the show (even from the opening credits) to the mockery of the ABC's advertising limitations and censorship, it marks the way the remaining three episodes will follow.

    'High School Challenge', in my mind, is one of Double the Fist's finest half-hours.moreless

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    • In the segment "Lawn Super Bowls", the first elderly woman to be vapourised by Rod Foxx is Bryan Moses' grandmother, Edith Moses. Edith was the inspiration for the character of the same name in the episode "Fist Makeover".
      Sadly, Edith dies within a year after this scene was shot.

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    • The contest "Mathematical Matterhorn" is based on "The Price is Right" game "Cliff Hangers", and even uses similar yodelling when a player progresses.