The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

Season 2 Episode 15

Foul Bull / The Science Fair Affair

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Aired Weekdays 7:30 PM Mar 26, 2004 on Nickelodeon
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Foul Bull During a class trip to a rodeo, Jimmy, Carl and Sheen fall for a cute cowgirl, Sally. To prove themselves worthy of Sally's heart, each of the boys set out to master a specific rodeo talent. Sheen turns himself into a rodeo clown, and Carl wrestles a pig, but it's Jimmy who comes out the victor with his impressive bull riding – and fool proof robotic bull, of course. Once the bull malfunctions however, the boys need the help of a real cowboy to save the day. That cowboy, or cowgirl, turns out to be none other than Miss Fowl. Invention: Hyper-dimentional Super-controlling Electro-Magnet, Bullinator 8000

Science Fair Affair Cindy leads a campaign to ban Jimmy from the school's science fair, citing unfair competition. But even an ousted Jimmy steals the spotlight when his patented oil-generating machine earns him a Nobel Prize for Science – then malfunctions and places everyone at the science fair in grave danger. Invention: The I Can't Believe It's Not Oil 8000moreless

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  • Finally saw these episodes and I'm glad I did...

    9.0
    I would have to say that both of these episodes show interesting character twists in addition to being just genuine fun. It’s interesting to see Jimmy and Cindy’s relationship further transform, while still clinging to their combative ways to hide it. Libby seems to be the only one catching on to these changes. Her perceptive nature and wise beyond her years persona actually catch Cindy stumbling over her words and revealing a definite affinity for Jimmy. Cindy, of course, quickly attributes her slip-up as purely accidental, but Libby has no interest in pursuing it further, at least for now.





    Foul Bull reveals much with the characters including Ms. Fowl, who was once a horse riding steer roping cowgirl before tragic events (i.e. being thrown from her horse) lead her to safer and more stable life of teaching. We catch up to the crew on a class field trip to a rodeo. All is normal as we suspect. Jimmy is using the idol time on the bus to work on yet another invention while Cindy sits nearby taking every opportunity to vex him. One wonders of course, does Cindy go out of her way to always be the voice of derision in his head, or does she secretly hope he’ll put down the gadgets and pay more attention to her? We get some insight into this later in the episode.



    Enter rodeo girl Sally, who is completely adorable in every way. Sally’s sparkling eyes, warm smile, and acrobatic horse routine are more than Jimmy, Sheen, and Carl can resist. The lads are all love struck and begin swooning for Sally. Their sophomoric behavior is both slightly embarrassing and infuriating to Cindy who immediately makes catty comments attempting to reduce Sally’s luster. Even Libby joins in with her domestic boots remark.





    The boys do what boys normally do in these situations, act like complete idiots as they all go to extreme efforts to impress Sally. Jimmy’s attempts are, of course, the most elaborate with his robotic bull complete with internal electro magnet to hold his stainless steel underwear while riding. Sally is initially impressed with the antics and starts to warm up to the guys, but Cindy manages to expose them for the frauds they really are and short-circuits any potential romantic interest on Sally’s part.





    Here we see Cindy working to ensure that no other girl becomes the apple of Jimmy’s eye. While the Jimmy/Cindy romantic antics in the Love Potion episode ended badly for both, it seemed that Cindy was anything but put-off by Jimmy’s swooning. Even if he was completely at the mercy of the pheromone he unwittingly inhaled. Basically Cindy is playing her cards well. She’s keeping Jimmy sufficiently corralled while remaining at arms length at the same time. It’s a plaintiff skill that mostly girls have ability to manage at this age, and Cindy is no exception here. She’s keeping him in check until the endocrine system kicks in, which will eventually plant Jimmy’s romantic switch firmly in the ‘ON’ position. This is not an isolated example either. Cindy’s attempts to sabotage his chances with Betty Quinlin are well noted further down the episode chain.





    In the “Science Fair Affair” Cindy manages to exclude Jimmy from the one activity he truly loves, the Science Competition, an arena where Jimmy has an upper hand regardless of category or level of detail. The hilarious mock hearing basically relegates Jimmy to “less than spectator” status for the competition.





    This gives Cindy what she always wanted; with Jimmy gone she’s left to win the contest, but remorse starts to set in especially since Jimmy had made some hasty repairs on her Sweat Sock Transmorgifier device before judging. She honestly feels genuine regret, and not because she didn’t really beat Jimmy at his own game either. Jimmy’s willingness to help, when he could’ve just as easily sat back a watched her invention fail, actually hits home for her. Jimmy’s kind selfless actions in helping Cindy almost border on altruism. Perhaps it’s a reach, but he certainly had nothing to gain from fixing Cindy’s invention other than maybe quelling his fix-it addiction. It’s now obvious to Cindy that underneath all the crazy experiments and scientific banter, there exists a genuinely nice guy. Something she probably knew all along but seeing it come to the surface was unexpected for her.





    Cindy too shows to be mindful and resourceful even if it benefits Jimmy. Her leadership in stopping Jimmy’s “I can’t believe it’s not oil” machine before it consumed her school principle reveal her to be quick thinking and confident. Cindy’s heroics go barely noticed by all the participants save for Jimmy, who attempts to consol her with the fact that the efforts of scientists often go unrecognized. Not exactly something a girl pining for recognition wants to hear. Cindy stuffs Jimmy’s head into one of her newly made pink sweaters as if to say, “Gee, that makes it all better!…NOT!”moreless
  • Jimmy, Sheen, and Carl fall for a pretty cowgirl named Sally/ Jimmy is banned from the science fair

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    In Foul Bull- Jimmy and the gang go on a fild trip to rodeo, while there Jimmy, Sheen, and Carl fall for a prett cowgirl named Sally, so to impress her, Jimmy, Sheen, and Carl do different things to try and win her heart, the result, no one wins, Cindy exposes them for the fauds they really are, but in the porcess gets a little Jealous.



    I liked this episode, for 3 guys who aren't suppose to like girls they sure act like idots everytime they see a pretty girl cross their path.



    In The Science Fair Affair, Jimmy is banned from the science fair to give the other kids a chance at winning for once (Thanks to Cindy) but Jimmy ends up winning a nobel prize only to have it taken away when his invention goes haywire.



    This one like the last part had some good J/C moments, she was glad that Jimmy was banned but sad at the same time because she couldn't beat him.



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  • Really funny episode, some J/Cness too!

    9.0
    I really liked this episode a lot. It was funny seing Sheen dressed up as a rodeo clown. Not that he isn't already. The J/Cness parts were really good too. This is one of the first few episodes where Libby starts to suspect something between Jimmy and Cindy. Same in the Science Fair Affair, where Jimmy is banned from the science fair, because of Cindy. Really funny episode!
Andrea Martin

Andrea Martin

Miss Winifred Fowl (voice)

Carolyn Lawrence

Carolyn Lawrence

Cynthia Aurora "Cindy" Vortex (voice)

Frank Welker

Frank Welker

Goddard (voice)

Recurring Role

Crystal Scales

Crystal Scales

Liberty Danielle "Libby" Folfax (voice)

Recurring Role

Mark DeCarlo

Mark DeCarlo

Hugh Beaumont Neutron (voice)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Lars Svenson pronounces the letter J with a Y sound, as in "Yimmy Neutron." However, at the end of the episode he says "I can't believe you're not in jail!" but pronounces "jail" with a J sound.

    • A while after Carl fell asleep on Libby's lap, the bus swerved out of control because Miss Fowl was talking to the class instead of watching the road. Carl tumbled into the aisle of the bus, but he fell out of the seat behind Libby. How did this happen if Carl was sitting with Libby at the window seat?

    • When Lars Svenson gave Jimmy the Nobel Prize, he pinned it on Jimmy's shirt. But, all through the episode it wasn't visible on Jimmy's shirt. However, it was there when Lars snatched the award off.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Cindy: Let's ban this brain and, ease our pain!

    • Cindy: Superhuman balance and courage, huh? All he had was a super magnet under his lying butt! (shows the super-magnet Jimmy was wearing)
      Sally:(gasps) Jimmy! I am disappointed in you!
      Jimmy: What a coincidence, I'm disappointed in me, too. Why don't we discuss our mutual disappointment over a Purple Flurp?

    • Jimmy: (whispers) Sheen, call me as a witness.
      Sheen: That's just what they're expecting, I call Carl Wheezer as a witness!! Mr. Wheezer, state your name.
      Carl: Carl Wheezer?
      Sheen: A likely story! Where were you on the night of the 16th?
      Carl: I don't remember...
      Sheen: You don't remember or you don't want to remember? Answer the question!
      Carl: (timidly, slightly scared of the interrogation) Which question?
      Sheen: THE QUESTION YOU DARE NOT ANSWER!

    • Sheen: Don't make me habeas your corpus!

    • Lars Svenson: (mocking) "I Can't Believe It's Not Oil." Ha! I can't believe you're not in jail!

    • Cindy: What a bunch of tongue dragers! If I ever get the hotts for that idiot Jimmy, just lock me up!
      Libby: Don't you mean if you fall for ANY of them?
      Cindy: (laughing nervously) Hehe, right! Ahah ... that's what I meant.... (slowly backs away)

    • Sheen: Ah, farmland. Source of the eggs for our breakfast table. And the milk we propel out our noses.

    • Sheen: I object!
      Principal Willoughby: You're out of order!
      Sheen: No, you're out of order! This court's out of order! The soda machine in the gym is out of order!

    • (after Jimmy rides the Bullinator 8000)
      Sally: Jimmy! That was amazin'! How'd it feel?
      Jimmy: (dazed) If I'm elected Miss America, I will try to bring honor to this tiara....

    • Jimmy: Hi there, Sally! Fancy meetin' y'all here.
      Sally: Um ... I work here!
      Jimmy: Right! Well, uh, fancy meetin' me'all here!

  • NOTES (9)

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Cindy: (storming into classroom) Jimmy Neutron, j'accuse!

      This is a reference to the famous, scathing newspaper story of the same title ("J'Accuse") written by French novelist Emile Zola in comdemnation of the Dreyfus Affair in 1898, in which Jewish army captain Alfred Dreyfus was wrongfully accused of espionage because of the government's anti-Semitism.

    • Miss Fowl: (jumping off)
      When Miss Fowl jumps off the horse in "Foul Bull," she lands the way Trinity landed in the Matrix Reloaded at the beginning and end of the movie.

    • Willoughby: The court finds in favor of Cindy Vortex.
      Jimmy: What?! Why?!
      Willoughby: Because her rhyme was so catchy. "Ban this brain and ease our pain!"

      "Ease our pain" comes from the classic 1989 film Field of Dreams. The Voice says "ease his pain," urging Ray Kinsella (played by Kevin Costner) to push himself and Shoeless Joe Jackson (Ray Liotta) beyond the expected limit.

    • Willoughby: You're out of order.
      Sheen: No, you're out of order! This court's out of order!

      "I'm out of order? You're out of order! This whole damned court is out of order!" is a famous line said by Al Pacino's character, Arthur Kirkland, in the 1979 film ...And Justice for All.

    • Jimmy: It's the 'I Can't Believe It's Not Oil 8000'!

      The "I Can't Beleive It's Not Oil 8000" is a parody of the brand "I Can't Beleive It's Not Butter."

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