The Adventures of Pete & Pete

Season 2 Episode 11

Yellow Fever

Aired Unknown Dec 11, 1994 on Nickelodeon
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Yellow Fever
Older Pete's class takes a field trip on a bus driven by Bus Driver Stu Benedict, who's deeply in love with Bus Driver Sally.

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  • Bus Trip to Hell

    Sometimes in school bus trips long or short you can discover a lot about someone, hidden sides of them either positive or negative. This episode is my second favorate, it's both funny as usual but also very dark and takes a rather unfun turn. This episode theme is on repressed internal beasts, everyones darksides. But also rebirth.

    What creates evil or makes good people embrace their darkside, we see that mainly it is created due to many things. In a way Pete's journey is somewhat similar to Martin Sheen in "Apocalipse Now". Just as the hellish enviorment and the experences make Sheen's character go though a slow transformation discovering things within himself he never thought were there, Pete also goes though some process of self discovery along the way. He discovers he actually has feelings which extend more than friendship for Ellen, but feels his chance at discovery is robbed and he will lose Ellen to the secret admirer. Whether he knows it or not the thought is tearing his soul apart and igniting an anger which is not going to stay on hold. He soon unintentually makes friends with his worst enemy Endless Mike who litterally speaks to his darkside, getting Pete to do things he normally wouldn't do.

    It's both great, funny and at the same time a little unsettling seeing Pete decend into darkness. We know he is a good person but he's only guilty of doing bad things and is one step away from going into the darkside. Athough the really cheerful moments were with Wendall Hyde who is a positive force in the episode, he's sort of a Frank Sinatra like singer and he of course serves as a plot device later.

    The cinamatorgraphy as well as the audio in some places seem, similar to the ones in David Lynch's "Blue Velvet" making the world around the characters seem somewhat distorted and out of sorts. Like in a scene where Pete flicked Mark Twibbs ear, everything is in slow motion he looks at his hand as if he had a knive in his hand with both remorse and shock as if he just killed someone and thinking "what have I done" and then looks at Ellen in slow audio saying "I'll never talk to you again." almost like the words have given Pete some sort of blow.

    Even the enviorment reflects the psyche of Pete, the discolored leaves red and brown look almost like flames as if Pete is in Hell, the burning anger within him, and from his robbed chances with Ellen it's as if something in him as well as the beauty around the world has died. The name of the school bus is ironic as well, since Yellow Fever is the name of a plague which has killed thousands, that is always how a darkside within us operates like a incurable plague which infects someone slowly destroying them and theres nothing they can really do about it. Then there is the animated butterfly which acts as a positve symbol and foreshadowing for rebirth.

    In the end it ended happily for Pete who thought the painful journey in the end goes though a rebirth. Where he is once again a good man but more wiser and stronger. We all have darksides but there is also light at the end of the tunnel.moreless
Ellen Cleghorne

Ellen Cleghorne

Bus Driver Sally Knorp

Guest Star

Liza Weil

Liza Weil


Guest Star

Rick Faugno

Rick Faugno


Guest Star

Damian Young

Damian Young

Bus Driver Stu Benedict

Recurring Role

Dave Martel

Dave Martel

Teddy L. Forzman

Recurring Role

Rick Gomez

Rick Gomez

Endless Mike Hellstrom

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Look Closely: While Endless Mike talks with Older Pete on the bus, after Bus Driver Stu freaks out about being lost, you can see Stu beating up the scarecrow he was asking directions from through the bus window.

    • When Bus Driver Stu reads the road signs and finds out that he's lost, one of the signs is in the Greek language. According to the episode's commentary, the sign reads "All the world's a stage."

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Wendell Hyde: (singing) Cobwebs in the rain
      making patterns as we walk down lover's lane;
      seems that each new step is somehow preordained.
      I've not travelled this way before.
      Rainbows in the sky
      seem forever but we know by and by.

    • Endless Mike: Once a dink, always a dink. You're outta my gang!

    • Bus Driver Stu: I joined this service to help people! To do good for man kind! If you screw up one more time... back you go.

    • Teddy: (after burying his eating graph) I hate myself!!

    • Stu: Welcome aboard the Yellow Fever. I am your captain, Driver Stu Benedict. Our travelling time will be approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes, and we will be travelling at a speed of 55 miles per hour, cruising steadily away from the SHATTERED REMAINS OF MY LIFE!

    • Stu: This is your driver Stu, with an update on onboard regulations. Passengers will refrain from KILLING MY SOUL.

    • Big Pete: Who died and made you butt sherrif?

  • NOTES (3)

    • When Bus Driver Stu walks back into the bus after speaking with the scarecrow, he tosses the scarecrow's rake onto the floor. According to the Rewind Collection, Damian Young (the actor playing Stu,) cut his hand with the rake and needed to have it wrapped, which he didn't take much liking too.

    • According to the Nick Rewind Collection commentary, this episode won an award, persuading Nickelodeon to continue on with the show for one more season.

    • Surprisingly, this is the ONLY episode in which Little Pete does not appear.


    • Stu: "Della! Dellaaaaa!"

      A play on the famous scream of anguish of "Stella! Stellaaaaa!" by Marlon Brando in the film A Streetcar Named Desire.

    • Look Closely: The soda brand Endless Mike and his gang pour onto the bus floor is labeled "Kreben Up," a play on the sode "7 Up."

    • N/A: N/A:Episode Title.
      The episode of "Yellow Fever" comes from a once deadly disease of the same name. It was usually caught in the sub-
      tropical areas and was the cause of millions of indians deaths from the 1500's to the 1800's. The disease was eradicated in the wild though, in 1982.