The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy

Season 2 Episode 6

The Crawling Niceness / Smarten Up / The Grim Show

Aired Friday 8:30 PM Jul 18, 2003 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

The Crawling Niceness / Smarten Up / The Grim Show
Crawling Niceness: Mandy tells Billy to get a soda. Billy goes in Grim's trunk. But in the trunk, a huge spider named Jeff comes out and thinks Billy is his dad. Billy get very scared of him and tries to squish him, but Jeff just wants to help his "dad".

Smarten Up: Billy isn't smart enough to take the test. So Grim gives him a bookworm, which will make him much smarter, but Milkshakes, Billy's Cat eats the worm by mistake and Milkshakes is forced to tutor him.

The Grim Show: Grim goes to the TV station furious that his favorite show got cancelled, and decides to make his own show. But, Mandy gets tired of Grim's popular show. Will Mandy cancel "The Grim Show"?moreless

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  • Crawling Niceness is an A episode, others are also very good.

    Like I said, they were all good episodes. Crawling Niceness is the best, but the other two are pretty good.

    Crawling Niceness: I love Jeff the Spider! When I first saw him gigantic, it made me LOL. But when Billy calls Mandy at 3AM because there is a "very scary bug" in his room, it was just hilarius. Also, another highlight is that cowboy in "#Killmobil 17", especially "I'll need a big boot" line.

    Smarten Up: Another great episode. It was a bit plotless, but Milkshakes trying to teach Billy had some very good laughs.

    Grim Show: Yet another great episode. There were some very good lines, and the funniest scene was Grim's show, the scene with the Dracula. Only the ending scene was bad, but I guess they couldn't think of some other way to end the epsisode.

  • Just... okay

    Yeah, just as I put down, The Crawling Niceness, Smarten Up, and The Grim Show was just out of character. Pretty boring too. Out of all of these, Smarten Up was probably the best one. The "bookworm" comes into town to help Billy, but Billy gets all stupid with him, 2 + 2 = President Lincoln!
  • The Crawling Smartness was a good one, Smarten Up was a funny one but The Grim SHow was a very sad and bad one.

    THe Crawling Smartness was the middle ranked cartoon in this episode. This episode brought out a new recurring character, Jeff. This episode was handled well but I felt some parts of this episode could have been handled better. Though, i am not sure how to say it.

    SMarten Up was the best segment in this episode. I liked the bookworm's anger and Billy's stupidity in this episode. I really hope Billy passes that Math test!

    The Grim SHow was just horrible for me. I mean, Mandy was the one who told him to go down the street. And besides, i don't believe any fan would be laughing when they showed his footage. Big deal! WHY would despicable supernatural creatures laugh at him? They are retards! Anyway, if Grim doesnt want to do Mandy's chores, Mandy must leave him! Its not HIS chores anyway. SO, as a fan of this show i would not recommend you to laugh at THe Grim SHow because it is very sad indeed.moreless
Gregg Berger

Gregg Berger


Guest Star

Mark Hamill

Mark Hamill

TV Producer, Vampire, Co-Host

Guest Star

James Horan

James Horan

Narrator, Cowboy, Show Host

Guest Star

Maxwell Atoms

Maxwell Atoms

Jeff The Spider

Recurring Role

Grey DeLisle

Grey DeLisle


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In previous episodes, the TV studio wasn't there, just a lot of houses! Yet, in this episode, the TV studio is there! But, in future episodes there's no TV studio in sight!

    • How could Grim possibly be unaware that his favorite show was filmed right across the street from Mandy's house? Especially with the HUGE promotional poster and all.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Mandy: (angrily) My chores are piling up!!

    • Milkshakes: Pay attention! If a train leaves Chicago at 3 o' clock, travelling at 90 miles per hour and another....
      Billy: Oooo, Oooo, me!
      Milkshakes: (dryly) Yes?
      Billy: What colour is the choo train?
      Milkshakes: (pauses) It doesn't matter.
      Billy: Can it be blue? I like blue!!
      Milkshakes: Fine, a BLUE train leaves Chicago at 3 o'clock and...
      Billy: Oooo, Oooo!!
      Milshakes: Yes?
      Billy: Who's riding on the choo choo train?
      Milkshakes: That's totally irrelevant!
      Billy: Can it be full of clowns named Carl and Larry??
      Milkshakes: (getting annoyed) OK! A BLUE train leaves Chicago at 3 o' clock, full of CLOWNS named CARL and LARRY, and...
      Billy: OOo, Ooo, pick me! PICK ME!!
      Milkshakes: (angrily) WHAT?!
      Billy: Can one of the clowns be a fire juggler named Tim, who is a vegetarian, but actually sneaks bacon when no one is looking? (snickers)
      Milkshakes: Sure! Why not? YOU ARE MISSING THE POINT!!!

    • (Billy comes in instead of Mandy)
      Billy: Hello! ..Where am I? (faces audience) Who are you people?

    • Mandy: So, wanna help me do my chores?
      Billy: Can't! We've got that big maths test tommorow, and I STINK AT MATH!!!
      Mandy: You stink at everything, not just math.
      Billy: Don't try to cheer me up!

  • NOTES (7)


    • Billy: (Looking in Grim's trunk) ...monkey's paw

      This is a reference to the famous W.W. Jacobs story The Monkey's Paw. The paw is supposed to grant three people three wishes each, but with terrible consequences.

    • Episode Title: The Grim Show

      This could be a parody of the movie, "The Truman Show".

    • Name: PlayGhoul magazine

      It is an allusion to the real world "PlayGirl," not "PlayBoy," which has never featured male pictorials. Assuming Grim is male even without skin and organs.

    • Episode Title: The Grim Show

      This is a parody of Comedy Central's original series, "The Man Show".

    • When Billy is lying in his bed, he sees a shadow on the wall. He goes over and sees that it is a stuffed octopus on top of his lamp. This stuffed octopus looks exactly like the one that Bubbles has from The Powerpuff Girls.

    • Billy: A store is born.

      This is a reference to the phrase "A star is born".

    • When magazines are falling with Grim on the covers, look closely and you can see a magazine that says "Play Ghoul" showing Grim naked. This is an obvious parody of the adult magazine "Play Boy".

    • Milkshakes/Bookworm: "I'm very well acquainted, too, with matters mathematical, I understand equations, both the simple and quadratical."
      This quote that the Bookworm says as he introduces himself is from the song "Modern Major General" from the threatrical production "The Pirates of Penzance". Click the link for the full lyrics of the song if you wish.

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