Even Stevens

Season 3 Episode 8

Close Encounters of the Beans Kind

Aired Weekdays 10:30 PM Jun 14, 2002 on Disney Channel
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Close Encounters of the Beans Kind
Ren volunteers to tutor an outside student for a school volunteer project and is assigned to tutor Beans in creative writing. Louis and Twitty watch an Alien television program and start to wonder if Aliens are living along with us... and more specifically, right in there own hometown! When the doorbell rings they find a mysterious man standing there who seems to be looking for Beans. This leads Louis and Twitty to start trailing Beans to find out just where he really does live and ends up leading straight to what appears to be a normal, ordinary looking house with a normal, ordinary looking mailbox out front. Except for the fact that Beans parents look like giant termite parents!moreless

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Matt O'Toole

Matt O'Toole


Guest Star

Ariel Baker

Ariel Baker

TV Show Host

Guest Star

Sean McNamara

Sean McNamara

Man on TV

Guest Star

George Anthony Bell

George Anthony Bell

Conrad Wexler

Recurring Role

Steven Anthony Lawrence

Steven Anthony Lawrence


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • At the show's end when Bean's "alien" behavior is being explained, he's shown briefly sitting at Ren's computer typing his story. For a split-second this text is visible:

      "My Day As An Alien
      By Bernard Arangaran
      It started out like any other day, well almost. Cause I changed my underwear and it was itchy. A bacon omellete was waiting impatiently for me. I should have known though that something was wrong when Louis's mom offered me a salad for lunch.
      Ren is tutoring me right now and she smells pretty. Like a banana cream pie in the sun. If I were a visitor from outer space however I'm not sure that I would want her to be my tour person. I mean she's Ren."

    • When Louis and Beans fall from the sky on the bike, if you look carefully, you will see that they're both dummies.

    • Right after Mason says 'And we always get our book,' a car drives behind him. The shot changes to Louis, Twitty, and Beans, and the car doesn't drive past.

    • When Twitty apologizes to Beans at the end, Twitty extends his hand for a high five and Beans makes no motion toward him. That and the scene after were probably filmed at different times.

    • When Louis puts the belt on Beans, it looks like he put it over both his shirts, but when they're in the woods it seems that it's only over one of his shirts. But I guess it's possible for him to have pulled his second shirt out.

    • Louis and Twitty say they are not sure where Beans lives, and when they follow him home, he's shown living in a remote wooded area. But in "The Secret World of Girls," the first episode Beans appeared in, he said he lived across the street from Louis.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Louis: Hey dude, do you think aliens really live among us?
      Twitty: Well, we don't have turnip fields in Sacramento, do we?
      Louis: Well, I don't know. What's a turnip look like?

    • Louis: So where'd your dad get these night vision goggles?
      Twitty: I don't know. I'm not supposed to ask.

    • Louis: Huh, well what about Twitty's magnet going crazy?
      Eileen: A simple magnet could have done that.
      Twitty: You mean, like my lucky magnet?

    • Ren: OK, you know what, um, forget about imagination, just, just write what you're feeling right now.
      Beans: I can do that!
      Ren: Good, that's great!
      Beans: (pause) Does gassy have two s's or three?

  • NOTES (1)

    • When Principal Wexler is reading the kids' stories at the end, the teacher's name on the blackboard is Ms. De Stefano, the same last name as episode director KC Lynn De Stefano. That's her sitting at the teacher's desk behind Mr. Wexler.


    • Louis: I'm the King of the World, Beansy!

      This is an allusion to Leonardo DiCaprio's famous line, "I'm the King of the World!" from the movie, Titanic.

    • The title is an obvious reference to the 1977 Steven Spielberg science fiction movie Close Encounters Of The Third Kind. An interesting point to add to this is that there are several scenes in this episode, as mentioned in other places, that refer to Spielberg's other, more famous science fiction movie E.T.

    • The part where Louis and Beans are flying through the air on the bike (or Louis thought they were anyway) is a reference to E.T. where in that movie they had a scene where Eliot and E.T. were flying through the air on a bicycle to escape the cops and FBI.

    • Louis: Man , this is so E.T.

      A reference to the classic Steven Spielberg-directed movie of 1982, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial.