Tick, The (Animated)

Season 1 Episode 2

The Tick vs. Chairface Chippendale

Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Sep 17, 1994 on FOX
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The Tick vs. Chairface Chippendale
Chairface Chippendale is planning to carve his name into the moon at his birthday party. American Maid, Arthur, and The Tick infiltrate the party to try and stop him.

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  • Solid episode.

    The Tick and Arthur are patrolling the city to liberate "The City" from crime. Fortunately, they run into a group of generic thugs, but get badly beaten. American Maid comes by and is upset that The Tick has ruined her plan, but evidence has brought them to believe the mastermind is Charface Chippendale. Infiltrating his mansion, they find out he's going to carve his name on the moon to be remembered forever. However, The Tick, American Maid, and even the unlikely Arthur, bash the party and send Chairface Chippendale, along with his goonies, to prison.

    The story in this episode is as generic as you can get. A smaller event takes place that eventually leads into the central conflict, which is those three goons in the beginning stealing those extremely powerful lenses, followed by the protagonist group getting caught shortly after they raid the hideout, making an unlikely escape and putting the crime into place. However, it was how exactly these things were done, which were pretty ridiculous, that made this episode worthwhile. The Tick using his teeth to escape their death amongst a pit of alligators; Arthur easily penetrating to turn off the power of the ray in order to stall the writing on the moon; the antagonist himself, Chairface Chippendale, whose face is literally a chair. What could have been a generic watching is bumped a notch up because of the amusing aspects.moreless
  • Fun- As usuall

    Summary- Chairface Chippendale is plotting something very evil for his birthday- so evil- and that is- to carve his name in the face of the moon. So its up to the Tick, Aruther and American Maid to stop this immense act of evil.

    Review- This is a great episode, as usuall- and its very funny too.We see a whole new cast of original and funny villians, and we also see Aruther pluck up some courage and it is because of him that the day is save. Chairface Chippendale is voiced by the same guy who did the voice of Megabyte from Reboot. 8 out of 10moreless
  • Fly me to the moon, I'll write my name there / Fly me to the moon, my head's a big chair...

    Ambition can be a good thing. Unless, that is, your ambition is to deface the Earth's only natural satellite.

    Unrepentant felon Chairface Chippendale assembles a gala of The City's top lawbreakers, the better to witness him literally making his mark: he will have Professor Chromedome blast his name into the moon. This will supposedly intimidate weakling citizens into submitting to his further evil demands. Also, it's vandalism. That's a fine and community service, at least.

    As usual, our big blue buddy the Tick will have none of it. As not usual, his good-natured eagerness does not look very likely to bring about success. After bumbling their attempt at spying on the crooks' gathering, the Tick and Arthur must scramble to stop the lunar graffiti plot.

    Can they get there in time, or will they have a lot of explaining to do once NASA finds out? A very funny and cheerful episode where we get to see a lot of the bad guys, and where the plot resolution is not as easy as you might think. Evil has some strange people up its sleeve-- and it's a good thing that justice does, too.moreless
  • Chair-Face, moon graffiti and the Tick. What else could you ask for?

    Probably my favorite of the Tick series. Chair-face tries to write his name on the face of the moon and the world (or at least it's natural statllite) is in the hands of the Tick (and Arthur). This was the first, episode that I saw of the Tick (during it's original run, too) and it's the one I haven't seen since I started watching it again since last September. Where are you episode #2!?!?!?!moreless
  • During Chairface Chippendale's Birthday party he reveals his evil plot to write hi name on the moon.

    Pivotal in the entire series as the letters CHA remain on the moon until the C is destroyed. This truly is a good one. From the "Give me a 'C'" onward, nothing but greatness occurs.

    I do prever VS. Science over VS. Chairface Chippendale, but this really is a goodie.
Pat Fraley

Pat Fraley


Guest Star

Jess Harnell

Jess Harnell

Sewer Urchin

Recurring Role

Rob Paulsen

Rob Paulsen

The Forehead

Recurring Role

Tony Jay

Tony Jay

Chairface Chippendale (voice)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • After Chairface successfully carves "CHA" into the moon, he's stopped. However, the "CHA" stays on the moon throughout the whole series (at least until the "C" is removed).

    • Despite being left behind by the Forehead, both Boils Brown and Zipperneck can be seen among the guests at Chairface's party during the scene where the Tick is force-feeding the 'little crab things' to the Man Who Looks Like Peter Lorre.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Professor Chromedone: (confronting Arthur) You've ruined everything, you terrible rabbit person!
      (Arthur shines flashlight into Chromedome's face)
      Professor Chromedone: Ach, mein eyes! I am momentarily blinded!

    • American Maid: The party's over, Chairface!
      Chairface Chippendale: Would you people stop saying that!?

    • The Tick: Party's over Chairface. Give it up or I'll write this place off the earth!
      Chairface Chippendale: Okay.

    • The Tick: (to American Maid) We only have seconds to thwart Chairface's evil scheme and bring his villainous crew to justice!
      Chairface: Gimme a C!
      (heat ray fires)
      Villains: C!
      The Tick: Oops! Heh-heh.

    • Chairface: Another birthday present: Superheroes! This must be the part where I reveal my sinister plot.

    • Chairface: (unwraps a box) Diamonds. How original. More gifts!
      Man that Looks like Peter Lorre: Happy birthday, Chairface. I hope you like it. He's Dean, my best henchman. He has the strongest hands in the criminal world!
      (Dean crushes a diamond into dust)
      Chairface: Oh, I like him!

    • The Tick: Hey, it's the Sewer Urchin!
      Sewer Urchin: Yeah.
      The Tick: How are you?
      Sewer Urchin: (sighs) Very poisonous. Don't touch me.
      The Tick: Ho, ho! Who'd want to?

    • (to the Deadly Nose)
      The Tick: Don't you blow your nose at me, Mister!

    • The Tick: Your plan didn't work; now let's use my plan - brute force!

    • (sneaking in as a waiter)
      The Tick: The Tick caters to no man!

  • NOTES (3)

    • Although his name is never given, the guest who gives Dean to Chairface at the party is called the Man Who Looks Like Peter Lorre.

    • No less than 16 villains appear in this episode: Chairface Chippendale himself as well as Zipperneck, Boils Brown, The Forehead, Dynamole, Professor Cromedome, The Crease, Headless Henderson, Harriet Curse, The Guy with Ears Like Little Raisins, Shiela Eel, Jack Tuber - the Man with a Thousand Faces, Eyebrows Mulligan, The Deadly Nose, The Guy that Looks Like Peter Lorre, and Dean.

    • First appearance of Sewer Urchin.


    • Sea Urchin: The voice and manner of speaking of Sea Urchin are based on the character Raymond Babbitt from the film Rain Man, played by Dustin Hoffman.

    • The Guy That Looks Like Peter Lorre: Although his name is never actually mentioned, this is what the man who gives Dean to Chairface is called. His appearance and his voice and mannerisms are all modeled on actor Peter Lorre, known for playing wormy, shifty characters.

    • Jack Tuber, Man of A Thousand Faces: Jack Tuber has a potato for a head, with fake facial features attached to it. This of course is an allusion to the classic children's toy, Mr. Potato Head.

    • Man with a Thousand Faces
      A silent film era actor Lon Chaney, Sr. was known as "The Man of a Thousand Faces, for his ability to transform himself into a large and diverse assortment of characters through makeup and pantomime.

    • Villain Names:
      Chairface Chipendale, Zipperneck, The Forehead and the rest are modeled after the villains from the Dick Tracy comics. Each villain in Dick Tracy has some grotesquely exaggerated feature for which he is named, such as Pruneface or Flattop.

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