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JoJo's Circus

Season 3 Episode 9

Circus Town Makeover

Aired Daily 8:30 AM Jan 08, 2007 on Disney Channel
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Episode Summary

Circus Town Makeover
When Tater doesn't show up for school, JoJo and her friends become worried and decide to check up on him. It turns out that he's not ill, but he and his family have a problem --- they've become stuck to their couch. They'd been sitting there doing nothing but eating snacks and watching television for so long that they can't get up. When a newsreporter named Nosey Rosie covers the story, Jumping Jack of the program Circus Town Makeover catches the broadcast and puts them on his show. JoJo is excited, as this is her favorite TV show and TV star. As a close friend of Tater's, she too gets to be on the program. Tater and his family, the Spudinskis work hard, but discover that changing their ways requires a lot of effort. They find that it's all worth it though when they're able to do things they never could before.moreless

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  • The Spudinskis are couch potatoes. They're so inactive that they *literally* get stuck to their couch. Then Jumping Jack shows up and puts them on the reality/makeover series "Circus Town Makeover."moreless

    JoJo's friend Tater and his family, the Spundinskis, have never really been active like the other get-up-and-go characters on the show. When Tater misses school, JoJo and her friends decide to check up on him. They discover that he and his family have actually become stuck to their own couch due to inactivity. A news reporter, Nosey Rosie (voiced by Kathie Lee Gifford) reports on their situation and Jumping Jack (voiced by Billy Bush) catches the broadcast. He puts the whole lot of them on "Circus Town Makeover," but they have concerns.

    This was a fun episode of the show. One thing I've always liked about "JoJo's Circus" is that it's surprisingly and refreshingly in your face. It doesn't dance around the issue --- it has a family of actual couch potatoes and the characters actually say stuff like "This, my friends, is what happens when you eat lots of unhealthy snacks and stay in one place too long." Some folks may not appreciate this, but this is how this show has always been --- it's never evaded any issue.

    As a fan of reality-shows, I thought this was a fun episode. They had the characters doing confessionals and Jumping Jack used tough love to reform the Spudinskis. In the end, they showed what they were made of and impressed everyone. Another nice thing was that the whole community got involved, cheering on the Spudinskis and providing encouragement when they were feeling down.

    This episode was written by Douglas Wood, who is the major staff writer for the current season. Nick Balaban and Michael Rubin of "Blue's Clues" provided one of the songs for this episode.moreless
Billy Bush

Billy Bush

Jumping Jack

Guest Star

Kathie Lee Gifford

Kathie Lee Gifford

Nosey Rosie

Guest Star

Bruce Bayley Johnson

Bruce Bayley Johnson

Mr. Russ Spudinski

Guest Star

John Stocker

John Stocker

Federico Frogini

Recurring Role

Neil Crone

Neil Crone

Fellini Frogini

Recurring Role

Patrick McKenna

Patrick McKenna

Fire Chief Seltzer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In "Circus Town Makeover," for the first time ever, somebody other than JoJo was featured for the Spotlight Moment. Jumping Jack asked JoJo what she learned, but she stated that she didn't learn nearly as much as the Spudinskis. So they were placed in the spotlight. They learned that eating healthy food and exercising makes you feel great and that when you feel great, you can do just about anything.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Mrs. Spundiski: I learned that eating healthy food makes you feel great.
      Mr. Spudinski: And I learned that exercising makes you feel great too.
      Tater: I learned that when you feel great, you can do just about anything.
      Small Fry: (giggles)

    • Tater: The Spudinskis present to you the wonderful couchcycle.
      Mrs. Spundinski: All the comforts of your comfy couch, but specially designed for the more active couch potato.

    • JoJo: If we're active every day and healthy food most of the time, then it's okay to have a small amount of sweets and treats every now and then.

    • Tater: (in confessional) I tried to be happy, but when Jumping Jack threw all our snazzle-pop, cheese pa-doodles and candy clowns into the garbage, I got kind of sad.

    • Jumping Jack: We're in the home of the Spudinskis, a family of couch potatoes who are actually stuck on their own living room couch. This, my friends, is what happens when you eat lots of unhealthy snacks and stay in one place too long. In the next week, you'll see what happens when I give the Spudinskis a total fitness makeover.

    • Jumping Jack: High five, buddy!
      Tater: Uh, maybe later. I'm exhausted.

    • Jumping Jack: (singing) Are you kind of bored? / And don't know what to do? / It looks like you've got the couch potato blues.

    • Jumping Jack: Before you know it, you'll have the energy to get up off that couch and have some serious fun. Your lives will never be the same! And you'll be TV stars, especially you, Tater. I can already tell, you've got star quality.

    • Jumping Jack: Caught you on the news just now, JoJo, and came right over to help.
      Tater: You mean, you're gonna get us off the couch?
      Jumping Jack: No, dude, you are! It's something you gotta do yourself.

    • Nosey Rosie: I am standing in the Spudinski household, where the family of couch potatoes is sort of, kind of like stuck on the couch.

    • JoJo: (in confessional) And then things got really crazy. We called for help and the Spudinskis' living room turned into a --- well, a three-ring circus.

    • JoJo: (voiceover) Then I asked, "How come you weren't in school today, Tater? Are you feeling okay?" And that's when we heard about the big problem.
      Tater: I'm fine. We're just kind of, sort of like stuck on the couch.
      Goliath: Stuck?

    • JoJo: Tonight's a really special night here at the Big Top. My friend Tater and his family are gonna be on a TV show.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The first names of Tater's parents are revealed on the program for the first time. They are Mrs. Ida Spudinski and Mr. Russ Spudinski.

    • Billy Bush and Kathie Lee Gifford appear in a special "Guest Starring" section of the credits for their roles as the voices of Jumping Jack and Nosey Rosie.


    • JoJo: We're all gonna be on my favorite TV show Circus Town Makeover, with my favorite TV star Jumping Jack.

      Circus Town Makeover is essentially a parody of ABC's now-canceled Extreme Makeover. Hosted by Sam Saboura since its second season, this series features participants who are given a "fairy-tale" experience through plastic surgery and other makeover techniques. Though canceled, it was popular enough to spawn a spin-off, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, which is focused on home improvement.