The Adventures of Pete & Pete

Season 2 Episode 3

The Call

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Aired Unknown Oct 09, 1994 on Nickelodeon
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It's the hottest day of the year and there's a phone that has been ringing for years on end. Little Pete decides to be brave and answer the call, while Big Pete decides to try and find out who is supposed to be receiving the call.

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  • Showdown with an evil phone.

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    This adventure is constructed like a Western/Samurai epic where a rag tag bunch of cowboys or samurai would help a town in trouble. This rag tag bunch is lead by Young Pete with the help of Artie, Nona, and a few others on a quest to save the town from the bad karma the acursed ringing phone has produced, and unfortunately in their journey they do take causulties one by one to the last man in a final showdown.



    There is even a parallel subplot adventure that is constructed sort of like a noir mystery where Older Pete is like a P.I. whose busness is slow until he gets a call to help out a Phone Crisis Center which is like a form of Police to stop the rampant chaos plaguing the town. He launches an investigation to track down the person the call was ment for so everything is set right.



    What I like about this episode was how it was both ridiculously funny, for example seeing both Ellen and Old Pete use a bike as a shield against a Mail Lady that has lost her mind and is throwing envilope which produce deadly paper cuts, both characters act as though their in some kind of shootout. Also rather painful because from the continaual orange color thoughout the episode you couldn't but feel the heat how hot and unconfortable it truely is. It helped artistically because it was ironic metaphor from the grip of fear and anxiety everyone was going though. The episode theme was basically about fear and why it's important to overcome it despite how we feel. We see two types of heroism in dealing with the problem; from Older Pete it was more non direct and for Young Pete it was direct. Both had something in common in the episode

    they both felt fear and yet they knew they had to go on, even if it cost them their lives they had to solve the problem so things would get better, because they couldn't live in fear forever, nor can anyone else in life.moreless
Michelle Trachtenberg

Michelle Trachtenberg

Nona F. Mecklenberg (1994-1996)

Toby Huss

Toby Huss

Artie (1993-1995)

Hardy Rawls

Hardy Rawls

Don Wrigley

Danny Tamberelli

Danny Tamberelli

Little Pete Wrigley

Michael Marrona

Michael Marrona

Big Pete Wrigley

Judy Grafe

Judy Grafe

Joyce Wrigley

Bebe Neuwirth

Bebe Neuwirth

Mail Lady McGintee

Guest Star

Winnie Zhang

Winnie Zhang

Libby

Guest Star

David Zahorsky

David Zahorsky

 

Guest Star

Aaron Schwartz

Aaron Schwartz

Clem Linell

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • In the area where the ringing phone is, you can see an advertisement for the movie "In the Heat of the Night," a film made in 1967 based on the novel by the same name by John Ball.

    • This is the first episode to have Carl as one of Pete's friends.

    • According to Pete's Mom, she was younger than Older Pete when the phone started ringing. Since Pete was 16 at the time of this episode, that means that his mom was 42 years old at the most.

    • 18 minutes and 47 seconds into the episode, during a scene where older Pete is talking to his mother, for a brief moment you can see the tip of a fuzzy gray microphone at the top of the screen.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Big Pete Voice Over: (Closing Lines) After nearly three decades, the curse was finally over. But as we were about to learn, the legend of the ringing phone would never end. Hub knew that Mom would never pick up the phone, but it didn't really matter. To him, the rings were like an eternal flame that he kept lit, by simply staying on the line. And to this day, when we hear the rings, it reminds us that true love, if it's really true... doesn't need an answer.

    • Little Pete: Kill us, Artie!
      Artie: (focusing on Pete with his magnifying glass) Soon, you will be as cheese. Melty, melty melty...

    • Big Pete: Hello? Hello? Hello, sir?
      Ellen: Sometimes they're just looking for answers.
      Big Pete: What do you tell them? It's not like you know when it'll stop.
      Ellen: We know when it started-- May 15, 1967, look.(she shows Pete a binder of records)
      Big Pete: But who was the call for? I mean, was somebody expecting it?
      Ellen: They think so, but they don't know who it was.
      Big Pete: What if we could find that person?

    • Little Pete: Follow... shiny... bike...
      Big Pete voice-over: As I raced to the rescue, Pete and his friends followed me, the way a fish follows a lure.

    • Big Pete voice-over: It was the hottest, doggiest dog day of the summer. The kind of day you don't just stick to vynil-- you stick to everything. It was one of those days where all your summer dreams are burned out of your memory like butt flesh on a super-heated back seat.

    • Dad: Joyce, what are you doing?
      Mom: Something I should've done 27 years ago!

    • Big Pete voice-over: Suddenly, I had a mission. And it turned out, Pete had one, too.
      Little Pete: I got it. It'll save the summer, and make us heroes.
      Nona: What are you talking about?
      Carl: What is it?
      Little Pete: We're gonna answer the ringing phone.

    • Big Pete voice-over: Why doesn't someone answer it? Everybody has a theory.
      Crossing Guard: Hey, you get within five feet of that baby and and WHICK! it's liquid brains. Heh, not me, chief.
      Mail Carrier: I heard that when you answer it, you learn the exact day, hour, minute, and second that you die.
      Big Pete voice-over: Even the phone company was afraid to go near it.
      Phone worker: Uh, w-we're not afraid, exactly. Phone regulations-- it's a private call.
      Big Pete voice-over: The longer it rang, the less it seemed like anyone would ever answer it. But someone was about to try, and Wellsville would never be the same.

    • Big Pete voice-over: This is Wellsville, my home town. In a lot of ways, Wellsville is like most towns in America. The streets are safe (crossing guard blows whistle), the mail... almost arrives on time (mail carrier puts a "Return to Sender" sign on a Valentine), and the ice cream man knows just how to beat the summer heat (Mr. Tastee gives out popsicles). But there's still one thing about Wellsville you won't find in any other town, and it's something that makes us tremble in fear. It's a phone. A seemingly ordinary pay phone that's been ringing for 27 years.

    • Psychiatrist: (while holding a harpoon gun) Don't be alarmed... I'm a psychiatrist.

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