Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law

Season 3 Episode 7

Evolutionary War

Aired Monday 12:00 AM Sep 04, 2005 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

When Cavey Jr.'s school refuses to teach evolution, Captain Caveman turns to Harvey to defend the hairy little boy's right to an education. Harvey does not only have to prove evolution but also explain the existence of a talking caveboy. As if that's not enough, Harvey also suffers his latest existential crisis at the hands of Reducto.moreless

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    Gary Cole

    Gary Cole

    Harvey Birdman, Judge Hiram Mightor, Various

    John Michael Higgins

    John Michael Higgins

    Judge Mentok the Mind-Taker, Various

    Stephen Colbert

    Stephen Colbert

    Myron Reducto, Phil Ken Sebben, Various

    Thomas Allen (II)

    Thomas Allen (II)

    Peanut, Various

    Peter MacNicol

    Peter MacNicol

    Mr. Felder

    Guest Star

    Erik Richter

    Erik Richter

    Singing Harvey

    Recurring Role

    Chris Edgerly

    Chris Edgerly

    Potamus / Cave Bird / Captain Caveman

    Recurring Role

    Maurice LaMarche

    Maurice LaMarche

    Cavey Jr. / Magilla Gorilla

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

      • In the beginning of the episode, when the teacher explains that God created Adam and Eve, the song "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" by J.S. Bach can be heard.

      • A man in the courtroom has a sign that reads "Nyet". This is Russian, and literally translates to "No".

    • QUOTES (4)

      • Harvey: That's right. Even though your teacher didn't want you to you read it. Why? Because you wanted to disobey?
        Cavey Jr: No.
        Harvey: Or is it because there's a mind, a hungry mind inside this, this hairy body? A mind that seeks truth, that craves knowledge.
        Cavey Jr: No.
        Harvey: I'm sorry, what:
        Cavey Jr: No, I read it because evolution is covered on the federally mandated No Child Left Behind test I have to pass to move up to the next grade.
        Harvey: Oh. So...
        Cavey Jr: Yeah, they screw you coming and going.

      • Phil: Guess who's been fighting prehistory all day. Remember when we went back in time to that hot tub and I was doing tours, and we came back, only someone forgot to close the portal, and all the savages and dinosaurs came back with us? And now, oh boy, am I thirsty--not from fighting the messadons and terradons, but from this long narrative.

      • Potamus: That you Birdman?
        Harvey Birdman: You know, now is not a great time...
        Potamus: Did you get that thing I sent ya?
        Harvey Birdman: No! No, I didn't! I never get that thing you sent me, I've never gotten that thing you sent me and I'm beginning to wonder whether you ever once sent me anything!

      • Harvey Birdman: [facing the jury]: A talking gorilla! A talking gorilla! Don't you people see, a talking gorilla. Links, no longer missing. Evolution, right here, take a picture.
        Man in Jury: Eh.
        Harvey Birdman: Sigh.

    • NOTES (2)

    • ALLUSIONS (14)

      • Water cannon.
        Refers to early demonstrations by African-Americans in the South in the 1960's which were broken up by police spraying the demonstrators with fire hoses. This treatment helped gain sympathy for the civil rights movement.

      • Ten Commandments sculpture
        The Ten Commandments are humorously rewritten by Mentok, but refer to an actual case where a sculpture like this was ordered removed from a Southern courthouse due to the constitutional separation of Church and State.

      • Alabama Governor George Wallace
        The governor stopping Cavey Jr at the school entrance is a reference to Gov. George Wallace stopping African-American children from attending a all-Caucasian school in the 1960's after the Supreme Court ordered desegregation.

      • Magilla the Gorilla:
        Harvey calls Magilla the Gorilla to the stand. For more information on Magilla the Gorilla, see Deadomutt (2)

      • Tinker:
        When Harvey is placing himself on Reducto's chart, Tinker, from Hanna-Barbera cartoon Speed Buggy is in the audience of the courtroom.

      • Down With Piltdown:
        A lady in court has a sign that reads "Down With Piltdown". The Piltdown Man was the first prehistoric remains ever found. Eventually, it turned out that these remains were actually the jaw bone of a modern-day ape and the skull of a modern-day human. This was an intentional forgery set-up by the scientist who 'found' the remains.

      • The Aeneid:
        The Science text book which they are reading in class is a section of the Latin Epic, The Aeneid, written by Virgil between 29 BCE and 19 BCE. The Aeneid is a tale about the Trojan Aeneas, who voyaged to Italy and became the ancestor to the Romans.

      • Beauty and the Beast:
        When Harvey changes into a dress and begins dancing with a non-caucasian man, Harvey could be compared to either Beauty (because of the dress) or the Beast (because he's a half-man, half-beast). Also, the intercom and the bear could be compared to the characters Lumiere and Cogsworth (Belle's friends in the movie).

      • The Flintstones:
        The frozen family in the soda machine are obviously Fred Flintstone, and the rest of his modern stone age family, best known for their 1960 cartoon series, The Flintstones, as well as numerous spin-offs, sequels, and movies.
        Fred and his family are also featured in 1x6, Fred as a mob boss from Bedrock.

      • Doggie Daddy: Evidence D is Doggie Daddy. He is of course from the TV show Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy.

      • Pink Panther Evidence D is the Pink Panther in chains.

      • The Price Is Right: The episode where a cut out of a climber is climbing up a slope is like the Cliff Hangers pricing game from the game showThe Price Is Right. The climber goes up the slope for every dollar a contestant is off the actual price the climber takes a step up the slope. When the shot zooms out it does appear Harvey and Reducto are on The Price Is Right set.

      • The Scopes Monkey Trial: This episode is based on a reverse of the famous Scopes Monkey trial that took place in Dayoton, TN in 1925. John Scopes was charged with illegally teaching evolution. Ultimately the judge found Scopes guilty (by request of his own attorney) and fined hime $100.

      • Captain Caveman: Quite probably the coolest troglodyte ever, Captain Caveman and his teenaged side kicks, originally appeared on Scooby's All Star Laff-A-Lympics in 1977. On Captain Caveman & the Teen Angels, Captain Caveman was sent to the future to solve mysteries with three girls in their late teens, Brenda, Dee Dee, and of course Taffy. The show aired from 1977-1980 on ABC. He also appeared on the Flintstone Kids.