Fillmore!

Season 1 Episode 1

To Mar a Stall

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Aired Saturday 9:00 AM Sep 14, 2002 on ABC
8.8
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To Mar a Stall
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X Middle School's bathroom renovation project teeters on the brink of disaster as the new tagger "STAINLESS" strikes at will. Out of leads, Fillmore and Ingrid turn to Randall Julian, the former vandal "FLAVA SAVA," currently in solitary detention. His help puts them back on the trail, but Randall escapes, forcing Fillmore and Ingrid to hunt down both "STAINLESS" and "FLAVA SAVA" before they strike again...moreless

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  • There is a new tagger at X, and it is up to Fillmore and the safety patrol to stop him or her before he or she strikes again. Relying on Randall the Vandall to help track the tagger down, there isn't much time... and the clock is ticking.moreless

    10
    This is exactly why I watch this series! The plot… excellent. The characters…. brilliant. The sampling of "Silence of the Lambs" for Randall Julian's character was genius and provided a rich, complex character that complimented the brilliant writing style of Eddie Guzelian and the creative directing style of Christian Roman. "To Mar a Stall" provides an interesting introduction to the series, as it shows off the characters well, has plenty action and it is by far one of the best in the series. 10 out of 10. 5 stars. However you rate it - this episode is a good one.moreless
  • A nice series starter

    8.6
    The episode begins by a girl called Robin Spencer cutting a ribbon to declare the opening of the new bathroom. When they go inside they see that the whole bathroom is tagged with the word STAINLESS. Fillmore and Ingrid have a vandal on their hands. They decide to visit "the tagger". They visit a high security detention centre where Randall Julian (AKA master tagger FLAVA SAVA) for some assistance on catching STAINLESS. Randall Julian later makes a break for it after Fillmore drops his pencil in the doorway but Fillmore finds him and convinces him to give up his vandalism days.



    Culprit: Robin Spencer



    Motive: She wanted stainless steel toilet stalls which she said was graffiti-proof so she vandalised the new stalls to try and prove her point.



    Clue 1: Randall says that the tagger writes, right to left to avoid smudging the tag so STAINLESS is left handed



    Clue 2: Tehama says that the marker sprung a leak so STAINLESS is walking around with a marker stain somewhere on their arm or wrist.



    Clue 3: Randall leaves an old copy of the school paper in his detention cell and Fillmore finds that Robin is cutting the ribbon with her left hand and is wearing a glove.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

Shanie Calahan

Shanie Calahan

Jean

Guest Star

Josh Peck

Josh Peck

Randall Julian

Guest Star

Kurtwood Smith

Kurtwood Smith

Mr. Galser

Guest Star

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Karen Tehama

Recurring Role

Kyle Sullivan

Kyle Sullivan

Danny O'Farrell

Recurring Role

Lukas Behnken

Lukas Behnken

Frankie

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When Robin is telling the delivery crew where the next batch of stalls are suppose to be, her pen is in her right hand. When Fillmore and Third confront her on being Stainless, it's moved to her left hand.

    • Continuity Error: Near the beginning of the episode, Anza mentioned that Stainless' weapons of choice were red, black and green markers. Where did Anza see black and green words?

      Also, if Anza is right, then Tommy could've been Stainless as he uses a black marker.

    • Wouldn't the stain on Robin Spencer's arm be staight or run down all but the bottom/back of her arm? It's wavy.

    • Maybe the guard relaxed procedures because Fillmore and Ingrid had already visited Julian twice. Either way, it was a costly error.

    • When visiting Randall Julian in solitary confinement for the second time, an almost stub of a pencil falls out of Ingrid's backpack--allowing Julian to let loose with the graffiti (not to mention escape). Yet the first time the two officers went to see Julian they were extensively questioned and dispossessed of any writing implements they may have. No such search a second time?

    • When in Randall Julian's room, Ingrid's mouth is slightly dislocated.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (Fillmore places Vellejo's fishing rod over by a wall, Vellejo suddenly opens the door.)
      Vellejo: (snaping sound) What's goin' on? Tell me you got Stainless.
      Tehama: (holding Robin) Right here chief.
      Vellejo: Looks like I'm gonna be able to fish in peace after all. (sees Fillmore and Third's shocked expression) What? What is it? looks behind the door FILLMORE!

    • (Interrogating Frankie Polk)
      Ingrid: You must have been upset when you lost the space for your club.
      Frankie: No...Not really. I find offices to be creatively confining. The only thing that truly upsets me is the lack of beauty around us.
      (Frankie picks up two buckets of fuschia paint and pours the paint on his head)
      Frankie: I call it "The Interrogation of Self".

    • Vallejo: Is that - for me?
      Anza: Got your name on it.
      [Vallejo opens box and a springy fish pops out. He pulls out a "Singing Fish"]
      Singing Fish Model: Row Row Row your boat gently down the stream, merrily merrily merrily merrily life is but a dream.
      Glee Club: [chimes in] Life is but a Dreeeaaammm!

  • NOTES (6)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Robin Spencer:
      Robin Spencer bears a creepy resemblance to Tracey Flick, a student overly dedicated to perfection in the film "Election".

    • Randall Julian:
      Randall's confinement and interaction with the Safety Patrol officers while in confinement is based on Hannibal Lecter in "The Silence of the Lambs."

    • Cornelius Fillmore:
      Fillmore is named after The Fillmore in San Francisco, one of the most important venues in the history of Jazz and Rock & Roll.

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