Fillmore!

Season 1 Episode 9

A Cold Day at X

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Aired Saturday 9:00 AM Nov 23, 2002 on ABC
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A Cold Day at X
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Mrs. Cornwall's Pre-Algebra final exam looks like it's going to be a tough one; however, four of her students have decided to take more extreme measures beyond studying. Fillmore sleeps over in the school to safeguard the exam, but an unexpected blizzard leaves him standing alone to face a desperate gang of determined exam thieves.moreless

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  • Unlike the other episodes thus far, this ep is unique in the fact that it deals with a very real threat- the pressure to cheat.

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    The episode starts out with the teacher of a very difficult class (algebra,) learns that some of her students are inclined to steal the answers for her upcoming test. so instead of hiding the answers, she leaves them in the open, believing that her students will do the right thing in the end. That doesn't sit well with Fillmore, however, and he does an all-night stakeout that turns into an all-day chase when school is closed from a blizzard, and four kids show up to take the test's answers. Most of the other episodes of Fillmore so far have dealt with unrealistic cases such as stealing all the library's books or going after a cerial bathroom vandalizer. This deals with the very real pressure to cheat and get as good of a grade as possible, which these four kids want to do, each for their own reasons. Of course, in traditional Fillmore style, it goes about the case in a round-about and unrealistic way, but that's what makes this show so cool. In the end, the kids DO decide to do the right thing with a little nudging from Fillmore, just like the algebra teacher suggested they would. and it ends with the cutest ending line I've heard all season: "The Value of X remains constant."moreless
Wendie Malick

Wendie Malick

Principal Folsom

Orlando Brown

Orlando Brown

Cornelius Fillmore

Danny Tamberelli

Danny Tamberelli

Joseph Anza

Tara Strong

Tara Strong

Ingrid Third

Horatio Sanz

Horatio Sanz

Jr. Commissioner Vallejo

Jeff Probst

Jeff Probst

Vice-Principal Raycliff

Tara Strong

Tara Strong

Ariella Third

Guest Star

Spencer Klein

Spencer Klein

George, Francis

Guest Star

Ogie Banks

Ogie Banks

Carter

Guest Star

Kyle Sullivan

Kyle Sullivan

Danny O'Farrell

Recurring Role

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Brenda/Karen Tehama

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Re: Power Outage?
      Well, since the Thirds are a family of geniuses I'm sure they built a generator of some kind that keeps the power going at their house.

    • Ingrid clearly tells Fillmore that because of the snow storm, phone and electricity lines are down. As she's saying that, she's looking at her computer that can only work through electricity.

    • Goof:
      The system of equations on Mrs. Cornwall's board has no solution:

      2+x=5
      x-y=16
      -2x-y=-14
      2x+4y=12
      -2x+5y=5.

      If you solve the first two equations, x=3 and y=-13. These don't work in the remaining equations.

    • Fillmore's desk nameplate is clearly visible early in the episode as the gang goes through Safety Patrol Headquarters, but becomes obscured by files later in the episode.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (Fillmore is throwing fruit at the group of cheaters as they look for him)
      Carter: I say! Are we hunting him, or is he hunting us?

    • O'Farrell:You know what bugs me, Fillmore? you can't really see your own butt.
      Fillmore: O'Farrell...
      O'Farrell: I mean, sure, you may catch a glimpse of it in the mirror every now and then, but do you ever really know what it looks like? I mean... REALLY know...
      Fillmore: danny, I am BEGGING you, man!
      (silence)
      O'Farrell: It's like a zen riddle. can any of us be sure we have butts... if we can never see them? (Pauses.) Hey Fillmore. If I gave you my camera, would you take a picture-?
      Fillmore: (Interrupting him,) here we go people.

    • (Ingrid tries to contact Fillmore with her walkie talkie.)
      Ingrid: Fillmore?
      Bully: Your friends a little... tied up for the moment.
      (Ingrid expresses a shocked look.)

  • NOTES (1)

    • The first time (and only time) we see Ingrid's sister, Ariel. This is also the second appearance of her father (who first appeared in Red Robins don't fly)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

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