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Season 1 Episode 3

It Came from Beneath the Sea Duck

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Aired Daily 12:00 PM Sep 11, 1990 on
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It Came from Beneath the Sea Duck
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Despite Baloo's misgivings, he is forced to go shopping with Rebecca so Kit can babysit Molly for the first time. Kit is determined to prove he is responsible, but quickly discovers Molly can be quite a handful and ends up chasing her across town. Meanwhile, the Air Pirates deploy a submarine in an attempt to enter Cape Suzette undetected. Once Mad Dog and Dumptruck have cut through the city's huge underwater defence net however, they inadvertently allow a giant squid to enter the bay. Kit and Molly finally return home but Rebecca is less than pleased that her daughter was put at risk and throws Kit out. When the giant squid tries to kidnap Molly, Kit gets the chance to redeem himself and manages to rescue her with the help of Baloo and the Sea Duck. After the squid is returned to the ocean and the pirates escape with nothing more than a kitchen sink, Rebecca acknowledges Kit's bravery and apologises to him.moreless

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  • Great!!

    8.5
    Despite Baloo's misgivings, he is forced to go shopping with Rebecca so Kit can babysit Molly for the first time. Kit is determined to prove he is responsible, but quickly discovers Molly can be quite a handful and ends up chasing her across town. Meanwhile, the Air Pirates deploy a submarine in an attempt to enter Cape Suzette undetected. Once Mad Dog and Dumptruck have cut through the city's huge underwater defence net however, they inadvertently allow a giant squid to enter the bay. Kit and Molly finally return home but Rebecca is less than pleased that her daughter was put at risk and throws Kit out. When the giant squid tries to kidnap Molly, Kit gets the chance to redeem himself and manages to rescue her with the help of Baloo and the Sea Duck. After the squid is returned to the ocean and the pirates escape with nothing more than a kitchen sink, Rebecca acknowledges Kit's bravery and apologises to him.moreless
  • Kit tries to prove that he's trustworthy to Ms. Cunningham by babysitting Molly, but that's no easy task. He gets tangled up with air pirates as they try to rob the city. Not only that, the pirates have inadvertently allowed a giant squid into the city.moreless

    9.7
    Any episode which features the air pirates tends to be one of the better ones in my opinion. In addition to focusing on the four main character bears, this episode also spends some airtime on MadDog and Dumptruck, Karnage's two prime flunkies.



    Wanting to show that he's responsible, Kit offers to babysit Molly while Rebecca drags Baloo shopping. As we open on this, we see just what Rebecca's living space is like... it appears to be a deluxe penthouse. No wonder Baloo comments, "So this is where all our profits go."



    Kit's always been able to get on well with Molly. He's shown it ever since he first met her in the pilot movie 'Plunder and Lightning'. However, even he can't keep up with Molly's boundless energy and imagination. I have to admire Kit's shrewd way to placate her, though. "If I take you for ice cream now, will you take your nap as soon as we get home?" Ah, clever boy.



    Even that doesn't go according to plan. Gravity foils the simple ice cream trip. As Kit goes to pay the vendor, Molly plunks back in her wagon, inevitably sending it hurtling through heavy traffic as it races toward the docks. (This is one downside to the episode, though, as this somewhat comic attempt undermines the serious premise of Kit being a responsible babysitter. Molly by all rights should have been street pizza.)



    Meanwhile, Karnage has quite literally dropped MadDog and Dumptruck off in a submarine near the cliffs of Cape Suzette so they can sneak into the city to rob it. It's a clever enough idea, as the cliff guns are usually on the lookout for the skies, not the waters.



    MadDog and Dumptruck provide some of the better comic moments in this episode through their banter. The two air pirates do make it into the city, and in doing so, they cross paths with Kit and Molly down by the docks. Not wanting any witnesses to the fact that they are in the city, MadDog and Dumptruck try to take Molly with them, and perhaps would have grabbed Kit too if not for being awestruck from the giant squid that had followed them into the harbor. The two pirates bolt.



    When Kit hightails it back to Ms. Cunningham's penthouse, he finds that she and Baloo have already returned. Trying to explain himself, Kit finds himself cut off by Rebecca, who derogates Kit by telling him that she can't trust him.



    Trying to figure out a way to talk to Rebecca about the whole mess, Kit notices the squid climbing the waterfall toward Rebecca's place. From there, it's up to Kit to try and save Molly and Rebecca. Kit and Molly end up falling from the balcony, but Baloo's right there with the plane to save them both. ... I swear the two fall right through the roof of the Sea Duck as if it doesn't exist.



    The squid latches onto the plane, and from there Baloo tries to fly the squid out of the city so they can get rid of it. In doing so, Baloo manages to dump the squid right onto Karnage, who is just berating MadDog and Dumptruck about how they came back seemingly empty handed. The squid scuttles the plane, and the three pirates are forced to row back home on the wreckage.



    As I said, I think the best humor comes from MadDog and Dumptruck as they bear the brunt of physical comedy in this episode along with amusing exchanges as it happens. That's the episode's biggest plus. The minus comes from the little things that mess up the episode... Kit and Molly falling through the roof of the Sea Duck, Molly just sailing through busy traffic, MadDog stating he and Dumptruck were never in the Cape Suzette Harbor before when they were in 'Plunder and Lightning'. But if you overlook the small things that don't quite make sense and just sit back to enjoy the episode, I think it's one of the better ones by far.moreless
Sally Struthers

Sally Struthers

Rebecca Cunningham

R.J. Williams

R.J. Williams

Kit Cloudkicker

Janna Michaels

Janna Michaels

Molly Cunningham

Charlie Adler

Charlie Adler

Maddog / Hacksaw

Chuck McCann

Chuck McCann

Dump Truck / Gibber / Mayor of Cape Suzette

Ed Gilbert

Ed Gilbert

Baloo

Peter Cullen

Peter Cullen

Danger Women Radio Announcer

Guest Star

Hal Rayle

Hal Rayle

'Oops' Otter Guy

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Continuity error: MadDog says he and Dumptruck have never been in Cape Suzette harbor before, but in Plunder and Lightning (Part 2) they were there with Karnage.

    • Although Hacksaw was flying Don Karnage's plane, he mysteriously vanishes and is not with Karnage, Mad Dog, and Dumptruck after the plane sinks, which implies he drowned yet we see him in later episodes.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Dumptruck: Sink! Sink!
      Mad Dog: You mean "Dive! Dive!"
      (A sink falls on Dumptruck's head.)
      Mad Dog: Oh, I'm so sorry, you were right! That is a sink!

    • Baloo: But I hate goin' shopping with Ms. Cunningham. It's "Baloo, carry this" and "Ohh, aren't these cute"! It's enough to drive me stark raving -- happy, heh. Just telling Kit here what a lovely day to go shopping.

      Rebecca: Cut the baloney, Baloo.

    • MadDog: Would you get offa me and get on that bike!
      Dumptruck: How come I got to pedal?
      MadDog: Cause I went to school!
      Dumptruck: Did not.
      MadDog: Well, I saw a picture of one once.
      Dumptruck: Ehh... okay.

    • Karnage: Haha, you missed me you sisters of a warthog!

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Radio Announcer: Faster then a speeding airship! More powerful then a turbine! Able to leap city blocks in a single bound! It's Danger Woman!

      This is a reference to the 1940s' Adventures of Superman radio series. The announcer would introduce Superman as "Faster then a speeding bullet! More powerful then a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!"

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