The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

Season 2 Episode 17

Men At Work

Aired Weekdays 7:30 PM Jun 02, 2004 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary

To raise money for his inventions, Jimmy decides that he, Sheen, and Carl should get jobs. Skeet, employee of the month at McSpanky's, hires Sheen and Carl, but doesn't think Jimmy's the "McSpanky type," though he agrees to try Jimmy out. Jimmy, however, is not pleased with the brainless (and humiliating) work he has to do, so he takes it upon himself to show everyone what he's capable of - by bringing McSpanky's into the 21st century.
Inventions: Hover Hats, Bee-Be-Gone, McSpanky's improvements (including a tongue scanner and Customer Satisfaction).moreless

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  • men at work

    jimmy, sheen, and carl get jobs at mcspanky's. however, jimmy does not like the dumb things he has to do, so to show Skeet (Their employer) a lesson, he livens mcspanky up. everyone loves it there and it becomes wildly popular. Until mcspanky tries to destroy all other restaurants in town so it won't have competition. can jimmy stop this before it is too late?

    good episode, the first half if better for me in terms of comedy but the last half has a better plot. put those together and you got, to me, an A+ grade for an episode!moreless
  • I think they got the Skeet Character from a local McDonald's close to DNA's HQ!

    It’s apparent that Jimmy is not suited to work in fast food. Only in such an environment can someone as smart as Jimmy look awkward and completely incompetent. Not surprisingly Carl and Sheen seem to fit in like that round peg that’s finally found the round hole. The character Skeet is quite something to behold! Complete with surfer lingo and uni-brow, Skeet was obviously the result of countless hours of research on the part of the DNA folks to create the perfect fast food clerk characterization. The inception of Skeet is yet another masterful and very well thought out character from the DNA crew. If you see this episode you’ll see what I’m talking about here…It’s hilarious!

    Jimmy, Carl, and Sheen realize that they need jobs so they can replace what was reduced to ash by Jimmy’s new hover helmets, gold! After scanning the want ads, the guys settle to work at McSpanky’s where Skeet takes them under his wing. As I mentioned before, Carl and Sheen seem to fit in nicely but Jimmy is not really suited for thoughtless, mundane, and repetitive work. He job is eventually reduced to wearing the Hamburger costume outside to coax in customers. His humiliation is finally complete when Cindy and Libby happen by and have a field day at Jimmy’s predicament. An exasperated Jimmy decides that fast food needs the Neutron touch.

    The new modified McSpanky’s now simply scans your tongue and prepares the ideal burger per the customer’s taste bud configuration. It’s an immediate success as people are lined up out the door to get in. The computer constantly monitoring customer satisfaction looks something like the HAL 9000 from “2001 a Space Odyssey” complete with red fish eye lens views like in the movie (if any of JN’s younger viewers have seen it). Cindy and Libby try to schmooze Jimmy for a table ahead of the line, where Jimmy gladly invites them to enjoy their McSpanky’s meal in the utility closet. Hey, he’s was still accommodating, but couldn’t resist taking a shot himself after the burger costume comments.

    The restaurant is a success and operates with perfection. However, who in Retroville can wreck havoc on perfection? That’s right! Hugh Neutron! Hugh’s constant complaining about not being able to eat at Taco Shack forces the McSpanky’s computer to “Correct” the problem. The whole restaurant lurches skyward and proceeds to reduce the competitors under a volley of molten cheese. Jimmy modifies Goddard’s taste buds to create a special high temperature order. This forces McSpanky’s to fly to the sun to fulfill the order, but aliens commandeer it before it can be completely destroyed.

    A lot of great fast food jokes in this episode. The references to 2001 were also subtle and well done.

  • Jimmy, Sheen and Carl get a job!

    Jimmy, Sheen And Carl get a job so they can purchase gold for Jimmy's hover helmets, so the get a job at McSpanky's. Jimmy decides to take McSpanky's into the 21st Century by maikng it state-of the art, which of course backfires and it wants to become the only place to but food in Retroville.

    I thought this was a good episode, lots of laughs, Jimmy trying to show up skeet by making Mc Spanky's state-of the art, and the brief apperance by Zix, Travoltron, and Tee.

    Overall: This episode was great.moreless
  • The boys want to make some money so they get a job at a fast-food restaurant. Jimmy is not happy about the brainless work he does there & thinks it is humiliating. so he shows people how smart he can be. He Brings the Mrspanky restaurant into the 21st Cenmoreless

    I think it is really funny. There are alot of comical things in this episode. I give it a 10. My friends liked it too. It was so funny we played a game at recess about this episode. Again really funny, I think it is one of the best episodes that the writer made. The fact that Jimmy turns the restaurant into a high tech eating establishment. He puts in all kinds of stuff he invented like a tounge reader that shows what they are in the mood for & they get the food real fast. The Mrspanky restaurant is booming with buisness. Watching this trio is really funny especially when they are employees & are working in a fast-food establishment. 5 Stars. 2 thumbs up. Kudos to the Director & Writer.moreless
  • This is a fine example of how children bug parents for money.

    This is a fine example of how children bug parents for money. JImmy, Sheen and Carl get jobs at Spanky's after an experiment Jimmy tried wiped out their gold and money. The ending was pretty god, although I would have loved to hear a little more from Tee than a laugh. Good episode nonetheless.
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


  • TRIVIA (11)

    • The end of this episode when the three aliens were laughing menacingly at Skeet's picture implied that there would be a future sequel involving him. However, no such sequel was produced.

    • Jimmy states that the only place Mcspanky's can obtain 20,000 degrees in the galaxy is the Sun. But how can that be true, if there are over 10 million stars in the Milky Way galaxy that are equal or hotter than our Sun?

    • The fast food restaurants in Retroville are McSpanky's (a burger stand), Taco Shack (a Mexican food restaurant), Pizza Clown (a pizzeria), and The Big Pilgrim (a sandwich/coffee restaurant).

    • Second appearances of Zix, Travoltron, and Tee. Third appearance of Captain Betty.

    • Jimmy prepared Cindy and Libby a table in the broom closet. When McSpanky's started to go crazy, we see all the people running from the place, but where are Cindy and Libby?

    • When Jimmy looks at the restaurant targets in his hovercar, where is the Candy Bar?

    • A few minutes after Bolbi took his meal, the security camera scanned the restaurant, and it showed Bolbi standing in line. But just after that, he was at a table, about to eat the meal he originally ordered.

    • Reply: Tee was listed for his laughing voice.

    • Tee didn't speak, but he was listed in the credits.

    • Amber ran out of McSpanky's after Judy and Hugh, and she can be see running near Miss Fowl while the Neutrons talk. Back in McSpanky's, however, before Jimmy tells Skeet to leave, she runs in front of the camera.

    • Carl was surrounded by - and probably stung by - bees in this episode; however, in "Time Is Money," he said that he was allergic to bees.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Carl: I knew a fast food restauraunt where you can have it your way was just a crazy dream!
      Sheen This is a dream? Bring on the dancing tubas!

    • Libby: One for the utility closet, please?
      Cindy: Make it two!

    • Jimmy: (imitating Skeet) No human brain can add more than three things, dude! Only the machine knows the tax, dude!

    • Sheen: Hey Carl, give me a taxi driver with a Polish accent.
      Carl: You want a hamburger with peanut butter?
      Sheen: No, but if Jimmy's leaving, we'll need a ride home.

    • Zia: For weeks, we've been searching for a ship that will help us in our quest to take over the universe.
      Barbarino: Yeah, and one that gets good gas mileage.
      Zia: And has good lumbar support for my lower back.
      Barbarino: And has room for lots of groceries. I love groceries.
      Zia: Yeah, those gallon water jugs take up a lot of--would you be quiet?!

    • Jimmy: (to Goddard, while improving the McSpanky's drive-through window) Don't worry, boy, it's just a giant, mechanical Scotman's head. But by tomorrow, it's gonna be smarter than Skeet! (knocks on it) Come to think of it, it's smarter than Skeet now!

    • Carl: I knew a fast-food restaurant that lets you have it your way was just a crazy dream.
      Jimmy: Hey, wait a minute ... Carl, that's it!
      Sheen: You mean this is all a crazy dream? All right! Bring on the dancing tubas!

    • Sheen: Hey, Jimmy, is the restaurant supposed to be rising off the ground?
      Jimmy: (in a small voice) No.
      Sheen: Bummer.

    • (Cindy and Libby walk up to Jimmy, who's dressed as a hamburger.)
      Cindy: Congratulations, Speutron. When were you elected leader of the one-man dork parade?
      (Cindy and Libby laugh)
      Jimmy: Ladies, aren't we all a bit too old for sophomoric name-calling?
      Libby: He's right, Cindy. Call him by his real name - "Patty"!
      (Cindy and Libby laugh again)
      Jimmy: I'll have you know that jobs like this are hard to come by!
      Cindy: Really? I thought they were only medium-rare!
      (Cindy and Libby laugh more)
      Jimmy: That's it! I don't have to take this! (storms off)
      Cindy: Calm down! Don't pop your sesame seeds!
      Libby: Bye, Jimmy! I relish this moment!
      (Cindy and Libby laugh harder)

    • Skeet: I also did not hear you say, "Big McThankies from McSpanky's," to the customer.
      Jimmy: Well, frankly, it struck me as clichéd. What do you think about this? "Don't let our food be denied you - put our polyunsaturated fats and triglycerides inside you!"

    • Sheen: (at the drive-through window) Welcome to McSpanky's, home of the Belly Buster! May I take your order?
      Mother: Yes, we'll have one chicken bits and a Purple Flurp, one plain McSpanky burger, and I'll have a cheeseburger, no pickles, fries, and a vanilla shake.
      Sheen: (to Carl) Gimme a cow in a earthquake, a dancin' albino with a heart condition, and a baby in a rickshaw!
      Carl: (flipping burgers) Comin' at ya!

  • NOTES (4)


    • The title could have derived from a movie starring Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez, about 2 garbage men who found a dead body in a garbage can, and they were trying to get a man to get rid of it.

    • Sheen: I have seen the future and it is awesome!

      This could be a reference to the movie Zardoz, which has the tagline, "I have seen the future and it doesn't work."

    • Title: "Men at Work"

      Men at Work is an Australian band from the '80s. Their hits included "Down Under," "Who Can It Be Now?", and "It's A Mistake."

    • Hugh: I can still get the Big and Cheesy at Pizza Clown!
      Pizza Clown is probably taken from Pizza Hut.

    • Carl: I knew a fast-food restaraunt that let you have it your way was just a crazy dream!
      "Have it your way" is Burger King's slogan.

    • Willoughby: It's Burgergeddon!
      "Burgergeddon" is a take on the word "armageddon."

    • Hugh: We're goin' to Taco Shack!
      Tack Shack is another spoof of Taco Bell.