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Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law

Season 2 Episode 9

Gone Efficien...t

Aired Monday 12:00 AM Jun 13, 2004 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

Gone Efficien...t
Phil gets in a cost cutting kick and hires an efficiency expert named "Dvd" (was David but he cut vowels from his life to save time). Harvey is forced to prove his worth, get more efficient, or be sent packing. The pressure to find a case increases as Harvey's every move is timed and assigned a dollar value. Also, X the Eliminator returns in an effort to, well, kill Harvey. In court, Yakky Doodle wishes to change both his names.moreless

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    Stephen Colbert

    Stephen Colbert

    Myron Reducto, Phil Ken Sebben, Various

    Gary Cole

    Gary Cole

    Harvey Birdman, Judge Hiram Mightor, Various

    John Michael Higgins

    John Michael Higgins

    Judge Mentok the Mind-Taker, Various

    Thomas Allen (II)

    Thomas Allen (II)

    Peanut, Various

    Fred Tatasciore

    Fred Tatasciore

    Lawyer / Nikos

    Guest Star

    Steven Jay Blum

    Steven Jay Blum

    Yakky Doodle, Stavros

    Guest Star

    Peter MacNicol

    Peter MacNicol

    X The Eliminator

    Recurring Role

    Chris Edgerly

    Chris Edgerly

    Dvd / Potamus

    Recurring Role

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (3)

      • A man eating a large burrito in the resturant not only never leaves, he spends the whole episode chewing a single bite!

      • A number of the ads that get attached to Harvey's shirt vanish and reappear at different parts.

      • At the bottom of Yakky's court paper, it says it was dated June 27th, 2004. This episode aired June 13th, 2004. This episode was meant to air last with two more episodes before it. However, due to the network's poor planning, this was the last episode, minus the two episodes that would have come before it. The last two epiodes were bumped out of the schedule to be aired later.

    • QUOTES (9)

      • Phil: Hey Dvd, What if we just combine the urinal and the water fountain? [unzips his pants, causing the guy drinking from the fountain to spit out water]

      • Mentok: Zombie guards, SEIZE HIM!
        Tell me that's not fun to say.

      • Dvd: Who has efficient nipples?
        Everyone: YOU DO!

      • Phil: [over the PA] Attention employee! Attention employee! It is against Sebben & Sebben regulations to tamper with or disable toilet paper dispensers in the lavatories! You are allotted one sheet of tissue per visit.
        Harvey: *One* sheet?
        Phil: Repeat: One sheet per visit.
        Peter Potamus: [appearing from under the stall partition] Want mine? I ain't gonna use it.

      • Mentok: Mr. Birdman, you clearly have something on your mind, know how I know tha-
        Harvey: Yeah yeah, Mind-taker.
        Harvey: Sorry.
        Mentok: That's ok, what's up?

      • Phil: Harvey, it's come to my attention that you're not using both sides of the toilet paper. You're wasting a ply!

      • Phil: Birdman meet our new efficiency manager Dvd.
        Harvey: Interesting name, is it Norweg-
        Dvd: It was David I removed the vowels to save time.
        Phil: Brllnt!

      • (Movers take Harvey's chair away)
        Harvey: What are they doing with my furniture?
        Phil: Correction, my furniture! Chairs are for earners!
        (Cut to shot of Potamus asleep in a room full of chairs)

      • Phil: If it's yellow, leave it mellow. If it's brown, flush it down... maybe.

    • NOTES (3)

      • Dvd's method of shortening his name by eliminating the vowels "to save time" is commonly used in Professional Shorthand, a form of writing utilizing the cursive method, eliminating short-sounding vowels (ah, eh, ih, awh, and uh) and other forms of contractions ('ch' becomes 'C', 'sh' becomes 'S', etc). Using this method, Dvd's name would actually be written davd because of the long 'a', and Harvey's would be written hrve, because the 'y' at the end is in fact the long-sounding 'e' vowel; however, this way of shortening things only really works in written form, and loses its time-saving ability when spoken (since Dvd takes everyone in the episode about as long to speak as David would).

      • The episode makes several AOL Time Warner jokes, the company that owns Cartoon Network.

      • When Harvey starts to talk about weird names, you can see Secretary of State; Colin Powell.

    • ALLUSIONS (4)