Square One TV

Season 1 Episode 2

Episode 102

Aired Unknown Jan 27, 1987 on PBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • George: How did Grunt get his name?
      Jane: I don't know. One day I asked him his name and he said "Hoo hoo hoo."

    • Captain Curt: It appears in this era the humans are much older than they appear to look.

    • Does this work with bigger numbers too? / Yep! / Let's try this: 3,487! / Mmm. 9*3,487 is 31,383. 3+1+3+8+3 is 18, 1+8 is 9, it always works!
      - From the "Nine, Nine, Nine" Song.

    • Sprock: That's illogical. The average cannot be higher than any of our ratings.

    • George: I had a Winnie the Pooh bear when I was a kid and I hated to part with it. Actually, it's still around somewhere. Martha hid it.

  • Notes

    • The character of Jane Rice Burroughs is played by Yeardley Smith, an actress probably best known as the voice of Lisa Simpson on "The Simpsons." Interestingly, although she was playing a young girl, Yeardley Smith was actually about 23 when this episode aired.

    • Beginning with this episode, a segment is shown after the opening of "Mathnet" detailing what happened in the previous episode. This is still different from future segments in the series in which these segments detailed stuff that happened not just in the previous episode, but in all the previous episodes in the case. The caption "COURTESY YESTERDAY'S SHOW" appears in white at the bottom of the screen in these segments and Kate Monday does a voiceover description of the events.

    • The following skit in this episode does not appear in the version of this episode shown on the cable/satellite channel Noggin: "Nine, Nine, Nine." The segment in this episode showing what happens in the next episode is also edited by Noggin.

    • Normally in every "Mathnet" episode that follows the first episode of the case, there's a segment detailing what happened in the previous episode(s) after the opening monologue. There is no such segment in this episode.

  • Allusions

    • Jane points out that Grunt wouldn't run away without his Fay Wray doll. Fay Wray is an actress best known for her role as Ann Darrow in the classic 1933 film King Kong, a story about a giant prehistoric gorilla who kidnaps the woman and then runs amok in New York City. Given this background, it makes sense that Grunt feels attached to his Fay Wray doll!

    • The character Jane Rice Burroughs is a double allusion in this ape-themed Mathnet case. "Rice Burroughs" is a reference to Edgar Rice Burroughs, the creator of Tarzan. "Jane" is almost certainly a reference to Tarzan's true love, Jane.