Greg the Bunny

Season 1 Episode 1

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Aired Wednesday 7:30 PM Mar 27, 2002 on FOX

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  • Trivia

    • In the scene where Jimmy goes to visit his dad's office where he reveals Greg is not an actor, Greg pops out the top of Jimmy's shirt. In a wide shot with Jimmy sitting down and facing the camera (looking towards his father) you can see a puppeteer's arm coming out the bottom of his shirt. It explains the uncomfortable position Jimmy is sitting in!

    • After Alison first discusses firing Rochester with Gil, he opens the door real wide to give her and her team of executives the cue to leave his office. After Alison says that the show will be cancelled if he doesn't fire Rochester, the door is far less open than it was in the previous shot.

  • Quotes

    • Jimmy: You okay?
      Greg: Sure, this place is filled with freaks. I'm gonna fit right in.

    • Blah: Rochester, my friend. Don't do it blah
      Rochester: Give me one good reason why I shouln't.
      Blah: Uh..prison rape.

    • Greg: That's it? Don't blow it. That's your best sho..uh, yeah wow, not since Vince Lombardi, has anyone gave such a rousing and inspirational speach, thanks Jim.

    • Jimmy: Okay, I'll tell you what. If..if you hire Greg back, I'll come work for ya.
      Gil: Wow! That's a sweet deal, I get not one, but two idiots.

    • Gil: Son, what kind of future do you think you have as a pool boy?
      Jimmy: I'm a pool man.

    • Tardy: Crayon's taste like purple.

    • Greg: So, puppets and humans may seem different, but, you know, in the end, we all want the same things. Love, acceptance, and... to luck our way into a cushy job that we really don't deserve.

    • Greg: Jimmy, you know how hard it is for me to get a job out there. I am sick of working one day a year on Easter.

    • Greg: Hey, Jimmy. Didja see what's on TV?
      Jimmy: What?
      Greg: Not me!

    • Gil: Alright, let me tell you something about television. I vouched for him to the network! Okay? I expressed an opinion! That's the kind of thing that ends careers in this business.

    • Greg: Sorry. It's just that, I mean, I--I love you! I--I've seen everything you've ever done! "Godspell," um, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat"...
      Warren: Yes, well, if it was lame and about Jesus, I was there.

    • Greg: Wow. Count Blah, can I just say that you scared the piss out of me. And I mean that from the heart, sir.
      Blah: Please. You may call me Blah, blah.
      Greg: Okay. Blah Blah.
      Blah: No. Just Blah... blah.
      Greg: Just... Blah Blah.
      Blah: Blah! My boy, it is simple. Just Blah... blah.
      Greg: Just Blah... Blah.
      Blah: Look, don't turn this into a frickin' Abbott and Costello routine, okay? Just call me Blah, and leave it at that.

    • Greg:(Singing) Snowball, snowball, what do you do with snowfall? You ball it up, and make it stick, and then you hurl it like a brick. Snowball, you are my best friend. Snowball, your love never ends. Whether you are white or yellow, you are sure my favorite fellow. Snowball, I'm in love with you. Snowball, you complete me. Snowball, you make me rock my world.
      Alison: You're right. He's cute. He's quick. He does improv. He's like Robin Williams.
      Gil: Yeah. Only not as furry.

    • Gil: Yes, Warren. Uh, we're having a little casting session in here. We're, uh, thinking of making a small cast change.
      Warren: You spotty bastard! I give you the best years of my life, and this is how you repay me? Well, the joke's on you, you godless bloodsucker! I am an actor. Hmm-mm. Yes, I have range. And I don't need your insipid, little Moppet Show!
      Gil: I just want you to read with the other actors, Warren. We're replacing Rochester.
      Warren: Oh. Well, apparently, you do read the suggestion box.

    • Alison: I know that. I know that. I'm as sentimental as the next person, Gil. Trust me, I'm so sentimental. But his--his fur is thinning, and his ears are drooping, and it's gross. We--we need to find the next Elmo if we're gonna reach a younger audience.
      Gil: A younger audience? We already reach 4-year-olds. How young do you wanna go? Fetal?

    • Gil: Guys, guys, can we just try and get this right, because the new boss from the network is here.
      Dottie: Where'd she come from?
      Gil: PBS.
      Blah: Looks more like PMS, blah.

    • Gil: The, uh, the line, Rochester, is, "Can static electricity be used to light up a Christmas tree?"
      Rochester: Yeah, well, the only thing that's lit up is Warren.

    • Gil: Alright. Alright. Send your friend in, I'll see what I can do. But, Jimmy, I'm really worried about you, son. You know, I just read this article about children of highly successful fathers. And these kids, they sabotage their own futures, 'cause they can't compete with their father's, you know, brilliant accomplishments.
      Jimmy: You babysit actors on some lame kiddie show.

    • Greg: (voiceover) Fact: There are 3.2 million puppets -- or as we prefer to be called, Fabricated Americans -- currently residing in the United States. And, despite all of our many accomplishments, most people would still rather chamois their car with us than have us date their daughters. But, you know, I don't let it get me down. Hey, after all, you know, some of my best friends are humans.

    • Greg: Yeah, well, at least you have a job. It is impossible for a puppet to find work out there.
      Jimmy: Well, they're hiring at the arcade.
      Greg: Yeah. Dollar fifty an hour to be a whack-a-mole. I don't think so. You should see the guy I'd be replacing. Talks like Mohammed Ali.

  • Notes

    • The outtakes tag for this episode was not broadcast by FOX. It was replaced with a promo. In this show, one outtake is shown during the closing credits: Rochester Rabbit telling Warren a long story about how they fired him, to which Warren replies, "Yeah, I'm sorry. I totally drifted off on you."

    • The Hyperjinx Tricycle album Soft Skull Shortwave contains "Greg the Bunny," their bid for a theme song, which ended up rejected and replaced with the one we're all familiar with. (Among other things Shortwave contains is an ode to Matt Groening -- who drew some of the cover art -- and The Simpsons.) This was probably the basis for the title of frontman, Daniel Johnston's, previous album -- Rejected Unknown.

    • Speaking of Steven Levitan's other shows, this is the second premiere in a row of his to feature an animal humping a human's leg. Here, it's Greg the Bunny humping Alison's leg. In Stark Raving Mad, it's Edgar the dog humping Henry's (Neil Patrick Harris) leg.

    • David Spade of course starred on Steven Levitan's other show, Just Shoot Me.

    • Music: "Living for the City" by Stevie Wonder

  • Allusions

    • Alison: We need to find the next Elmo if we're going to reach a younger audience.

      This is one of many Sesame Street references. Elmo is a furry red monster with an orange nose who hosts his own segment on Sesame Street.

    • Count Blah: Look, don't turn this in to a freakin' Abbott and Costello routine, okay?

      During the fifties, Abbott and Costello, of The Abbott and Costello Show, were known for their slap-stick humor routines.

    • Greg: Whatcha' talking 'bout, lady?

      This is a famous line from the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes.

    • Greg: ...not since Vince Lombardi has someone given such a rousing and inspirational speach...

      Vince Lombardi was the head coach of the Green Bay Packers from 1959 to 1967, and was well known for his pre-game speaches.

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