Johnny says that Stu and the Stubbies are singing a song that he wrote. They sing the song "What a Surprise" which Johnny wrote in the story "Root's Dadoots.
For the first time on Johnny and the Sprites, humans appear who are not played by actors who appeared on Broadway. The band, "Stu and the Stubbies" are played by cast members of the off-Broadway cast of the musical "Altar Boyz", but only Carlos L. Encinias has been on Broadway previous to this episode airing.
This episode features the songs "That's What Friends Do" and "Rules Are Made For A Reason." The first was written and composed by Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Welker and the second by Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler.
Ginger: So let me get this straight, Johnny -- rules have got to make sense.
Johnny: That's exactly right.
Johnny: (singing) They let you know that sometimes you should act a certain way / But rules should not be made up willy-nilly.
Lily: Willy-Nilly? Who's Willy-Nilly?
Sprites: (singing to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star") Johnny, help, it doesn't work / Rules have made it so much worse.
Lily: No one is helping and I'm getting very upset. The water is not clean, the rocks need to be scrubbed and I don't know what to do!
Basil: Lily, Lily, Lily, breathe.
Lily: I don't have time to breathe. I'm supposed to keep singing and there is something very wrong with these rules!
Basil: Okay. So far we have... 743 rules.
Ginger: Is that enough?
Basil: I have no idea!
Basil: Wow, these rules sound like a great idea, Johnny.
Ginger: Yeah! Let's go make some up right now! (The Sprites all shout in agreement.)
Johnny: But guys, guys, it's not that easy, guys, I... whoo! This is gonna be interesting.
Johnny: Wait a second. Don't you guys have any rules down in the Grove for solving problems like this?
Johnny: Yeah, rules.
Basil: Um, what are rules, Johnny?
Johnny: Oookay, I think we found the problem.
Johnny: Here's one -- "Mi casa es su queso." Which means -- "my house is your cheese." (The fuzzies giggle.)
Fuzzie: I like cheese.
Johnny and Basil: (singing) And if you need me / I'll be there for you / 'Cause that's what friends do / I know you'd do the same thing too / 'Cause that's what friends do.
Johnny: Sounds like Basil made a lot of promises he didn't keep.
Johnny: Well, we have pie crusts, but no pie.
Ginger: Hi, pals.
Johnny: Ginger, hi. Please tell me you brought something wonderful for our potluck dinner.
Ginger: Uh, well, if by "wonderful," you mean "nothing."
Ginger: Oh, hiya, Sage!
Sage: Oh, hi there, Marjoram.
Johnny: Well, geez. If we don't have Root's salad, or Lily's seaweed pasta, or my pie, then what are we going to have for dinner?
Lily: Well, hopefully Ginger will bring something good and big.
Basil: Hey, do you have a name?
Purple Fuzzie: Um, well, not really, no?
Basil: Um, The Fuzzies.
Purple Fuzzie: Oh, too obvious.
Basil: The Fuzzless.
Frank: Oh, too postmodern.
Basil: You know, in the Grove, everyone dances in a very disorganized fashion.
Johnny: You're just in time. I'm watching this video of this really cool band called "Stu and the Stubbles." They're singing a song I wrote. Isn't it amazing?
Chris Nee provided the teleplay for the first story and Robert Kurtz provided the teleplay for the second story. Jim Martin directed both.
The cast of the hit off-Broadway musical Altar Boyz make a cameo appearance in "Basil's Band." Show songwriters Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Welker wrote the score for this play.
First new episode of the series since it changed timeslots from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. to make room for the new Playhouse Disney series My Friends Tigger and Pooh.