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Fairly Old Parent (The Fairly OddParents)

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Fairly Old Parent
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Since when could the elderly have fairy godparents?
Series: The Fairly OddParents
Part of Season: 9
Episode Number: 146
Air Date: March 28, 2015
Writer: Ray DeLaurentis
Will Schifrin
Alec Schwimmer
Kevin Sullivan
Becky Wangberg
Previous episode: Gone Flushin’
Next episode: School of Crock


"Fairly Old Parent" is the thirty-seventh episode in Season 9 of The Fairly OddParents, and is a 22-minute special.

Plot

After developing enough magic power, Poof becomes the fairy godparent of Mr. Crocker's mother. Timmy, Cosmo, and Wanda don't like that, and try to get him back.

Why It's Too Old

  1. This episode's premise is beyond lazy and nonsensical. It was clearly made to force in yet another Crocker episode.
  2. Mrs. Crocker is too old to have a fairy godparent and this breaks one of the show's biggest rules, which is that only miserable kids get assigned fairy godparents. This results in a massive plot hole.
  3. Mrs. Crocker is a super boring and uninteresting character, especially when dominating a 22-minute special. Her character design and voice are laughably terrible, and was created to be (and worked much better as) a one-off joke character.
    • To add onto this, she wishes for many absurd things, overworking Poof all day and all night. Not to mention, Poof being a baby renders him too young into being a fairy godparent.
  4. All of the other elements in the story are predictable and boring, and have all of the typical "Season 9-isms".
  5. The humor in this episode specifically was really awkward and out of place, and consisted of stereotypical "old people" jokes, especially gross-out ones.
  6. While Jorgen does explain that Fairy World wants to hit the "miserable old people" demographic, the concept of this is very far-fetched and the writers really went out of their way to put Mrs. Crocker in the spotlight.
  7. Pointless running gag of Cosmo being turned into a sandwich and Sparky trying to eat him. This is also the only purpose Sparky serves in this episode.
  8. This is a minor gripe, but on the episode title card, there is an old picture of Poof, yet he is still a ball. All fairies are only supposed to look like that when they are a baby, and then have regular shaped bodies when they get older (according to the episode "Poof's Playdate" from Season 6 at least).
  9. This episode was produced right before "School of Crock" (the episode where Poof starts speaking), but aired 10 months after it. This could likely cause confusion for the people watching the show in airing order, as to why Poof isn't talking again.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Mrs. Crocker wanting to spend time with her son is heartwarming.
  2. Dr. Rip Studwell and Denzel Washington's cameos were kind of funny.
  3. We could at least say that the episode starring Poof is a positive because he had been quite ignored at this point in the series.
  4. It is one of the few episodes in this Season where Mr. Turner is nowhere to be found.

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