Even Stevens

Season 1 Episode 21

A Weak First Week (aka Pilot)

Aired Weekdays 10:30 PM Feb 23, 2001 on Disney Channel
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A Weak First Week (aka Pilot)
Ren and Louis are at the carnival on a Ferris wheel when the ride gets stuck with them at the top. As the two argue, a repair woman comes climbing up to their bucket and serves as a moderator for their argument. In flashback form, we see Louis' first days at junior high and how he embarrasses Ren. We also see the early rivalry between Ren and Larry Beale, plus Louis' first flirtations with Tawny.moreless

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    Karen Maruyama

    Karen Maruyama


    Guest Star

    Audrey Wasilewski

    Audrey Wasilewski

    Irene Roman [uncredited]

    Guest Star

    William Rubin

    William Rubin


    Guest Star

    Eric "Ty" Hodges II

    Eric "Ty" Hodges II

    Larry Beale

    Recurring Role

    George Anthony Bell

    George Anthony Bell

    Conrad Wexler

    Recurring Role

    Jim Wise

    Jim Wise

    Coach Tugnut

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (16)

      • Donnie's football jersey number is 32, the same number as many other great sporting figures like Jim Brown and O.J. Simpson in football and Earvin "Magic" Johnson in basketball. Donnie's number was retired at Lawrence Jr. High.

      • When Louis is in the hall listening to Ren practicing her speech, he exclaims "Oy!" at one point. This is one of the only indications we've seen, other than in "Heck of a Hanukkah," that the Stevens family is (half) Jewish.

      • Principal Wexler's first name is not given, but the nameplate on his desk says "C.Wexler." (Much later during the third season we learn that his first name is Conrad).

      • Ren does not have the braces yet that she wears for the rest of the first season.

      • The voice on the P.A. at the carnival that says, "Ladies and gentlemen, you're stuck!" sounds like it belongs to Jim Wise (Coach Tugnut).

      • On the ferris wheel, you can see the scar on Shia's chin from the 13th episode that 'Louis' claimed to be a sport's injury.

      • When Louis is sitting against the stair railings in the hall he knocks on the door and the door is wide open, but then the next camera shot we see Ren behind the door when it was almost closed...

      • When Louis puts a spoon with cream cheese (or something else) on his nose, he takes it off and his nose is clean. But when the shot comes back to him he has food on his nose.

      • When Louis is sitting in the hall, you noticed that the set is much different that the Steven's house. For example, the railing Louis is leaning up against is a dark brown, where as in every other episode it's white with a light brown at the top. It also kind of resembles the Lizzie McGuire set, you see that Ren's room is where Lizzie's room is in the Disney Channel show Lizzie McGuire.

      • On the chart Ren uses in her speech, the graph goes from grade 3 to 11, but she and Larry are only in 8th grade. If you notice though, after 8th grade, the changes from a straight line to a broken line.. One can assume the broken line is showing a speculation, or estimate, about the turn that Larry's grades will take in the coming years. Knowing that Ren thinks about the future means this may not be a goof.

      • A sign in the cafeteria endorses "Ren Spivey for Policy Monitor".

      • Ren is seen here without braces in the flashbacks to the beginning of the school year. But in "Quest for Coolness" it was said that she had been wearing braces for three years.

      • Louis says he's had thirteen sodas while stuck on the Ferris wheel, though it's obvious he only has one soda with him. Even if this is supposed to be some kind of exaggeration it's a little much!

      • When Larry Beale is giving his speech at the assembly, the monitor he is reading from has "Ren Spivey" printed at the top.

      • Donnie's name, partially obscured by Coach Tugnut, is still given as "Spivey" on a banner hanging from the wall in the gym.

      • When Louis is talking to the principal he pronounces his mother's name "ah-LANE."

    • QUOTES (9)

      • Ren: Principal Wexler, this is my brother and on behalf of the entire family I would like to apologize for anything he might do this year!

      • Larry: Issue #1, keep the school's little mutant off the flagpole!

      • Tugnut: You are not fit to clean the mud off Donny Stevens cleats!
        Louis: Actually I have cleaned the mud off his cleats . . . I'm his brother.

      • Louis: Hey! I like your look. It's very ... uh ... uh ... black.
        Tawny: An answer would be wasted on you, as I am sure you're mommy still picks out your clothes for you.
        Louis: My mom's dead.
        Tawny: Omigosh! I am so sorry!

      • Louis: (to Tawny) Yeah, you're right, she does still buy my clothes. But unfortunately she's blind.

      • Louis: Listen, I know we barely know each other. But my mom and I were talking about you a few nights ago. She says that you like me.
        Tawny: Yeah, right.
        Louis: Oh, I know, I told her how you gave me mean looks, and how you try to avoid me, and she said that's what girls do sometimes. So mom's wrong, huh?
        Tawny: Very.
        Louis: OK, so I'm a dork. That's OK.

      • Coach Tugnut: (to Louis) Really? You're Donnie Stevens' brother? I would have guessed you were his sister!

      • Ren: If you turn your attention to the chart, this red area represents...
        Louis: The number of kids that have fallen asleep since the speech began.

      • Louis: (to Tawny) Hey, Wednesday Adams, how's it goin'?

    • NOTES (6)

      • The flashback clips from this episode were taken from the original pilot episode. The show was originally going to be called Spivey's Kid Brother. In some scenes you can tell that the dubbed in "Stevens" for "Spivey."

      • Unseen characters: Ren mentions Bobby Deaver while stuck on the Ferris wheel: Irene's brother Marty, whose voice is heard.

      • The stock footage of the amusement park used here is of a park named Kennywood, located near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This is some older footage, as the roller coaster that is shown was torn down ten years before.

      • Ren is shown in a flashback at the 1997 California Spelling Bee, which indicates to us that this episode might have been shot in that year or the next.

      • Louis tells Principal Wexler that his father belongs to the law firm Windham, Windham & Stevens. In "Family Picnic," Louis ID's his father's firm as Deming, Deming & Deming.

      • Rather than being a genuine first episode, "Pilot" actually seems to use footage from a previous version of Even Stevens known as Spivey's Kid Brother. This series was produced by the same production company as ES and featured much of the same crew and cast. Basically it appears to have been the same show filmed about a year earlier with the family named Spivey instead of Stevens. At several points in the episode the soundtrack is redubbed to say "Stevens" where the characters originally said "Spivey." All the cast regular cast members (except A.J. Trauth [Twitty]) appear in this episode, but only Shia LaBeouf (Louis) and Christy Carlson Romano (Ren) are in the new footage (the Ferris Wheel scene). Information about Spivey's Kid Brother was gotten from the Internet Movie Database (www.us.imdb.com) page for that show, which was later combined with the Even Stevens page. We don't know how many episodes were made or even if the series was ever broadcast or not.

    • ALLUSIONS (3)

      • When Eileen Stevens is shown giving a speech to a crowd, it's actually some footage from the 1988 Democratic National Convention at the Omni arena in Atlanta, Georgia in 1988.

      • Louis: Hey, Wednesday Addams, how's it goin'?

        Wednesday was the young daughter of the ghoulish Addams family, who were the title characters in a TV sitcom (The Addams Family 1964-66) and two feature films (The Addams Family 1991 and Addams Family Values 1993). She was well known for dressing in all black and having a creepy, menacing stare. Wednesday was played by Lisa Loring in the TV series and Christina Ricci in the films. The Addams Family characters originally were created by cartoonist Charles Addams in the The New Yorker magazine. There were also a couple of animated versions of the TV show and a short-lived series The New Addams Family in 1998-99.

      • The book Donnie reads in this episode "The Six Habits of Super Successful Teenagers" is an allusion to the real-life book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens written by Sean Covey.