Straight Illin (Clarence)

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Straight Illin (Clarence)
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What cruel executive at Cartoon Network thought it was a good idea to make an episode where Clarence becomes violently ill!? Not even HowToBasic would be dumb enough to do that!
Part of Season: 1
Episode Number: 35
Air Date: April 16, 2015
Writer: Spencer Rothbell


"Straight Illin" is the 35th episode of Clarence. It aired on April 16, 2015, and hasn't been aired again since.

Plot

Clarence is playing "Truth or Dare" with his friends. Belson dares him to eat five hundred deviled eggs in one go, and he becomes extremely sick as a result.

Why It Sucks

  1. Eating more than five-hundred eggs could kill anyone who would be stupid enough to do it in real life! (Besides Gaston from Beauty and the Beast because you know, it's a fairy tale and Disney adaptation!)
  2. Throughout the episode, Clarence grows more and more sick, to the point where he begins to look and act like an actual zombie, which is disturbing for a mid-2010's children's cartoon.
  3. There are several close-ups of Clarence's sick face, especially one that is extreme! Extreme, as in a detailed manner similar to some scenes in Seasons 6-8 of SpongeBob SquarePants.
  4. Clarence's voice sounds horrifying when he’s sick.
  5. As a result of its grotesque nature, this episode sticks out like a sore thumb from the other episodes, which feature the rather fun and charming nature the show is associated with.
  6. Clarence sneezes germs and viruses through the air conditioner, and as a result everyone in the entire school becomes sick, with Belson being the only exception.
  7. Belson is very unlikable in this episode. Sure he was a bully, but he sometimes has a soft side and likable moments as seen in the episode "Zoo". But here, he dared Clarence to eat five-hundred deviled eggs which resulted him to getting Clarence violently ill!
  8. Gross and crude humor.
  9. Almost all of the characters were acting really stupid in this episode.
    1. Clarence accepted Belson's dare to eat five hundred eggs, even when Jeff warned him that it would be hazardous to his health.
    2. Despite Clarence having been violently ill, his mother and Chad allowed him to go to school anyways.
    3. Almost nobody, with Sumo and Jeff being the only exceptions, was bothered to take Clarence to see the nurse despite Ms. Baker advising him to see her. Nobody was even bothered to warn the nurse, either!
    4. Sumo and Jeff try to take him to the nurse in their own stupid way, where it is implied that it was by catching him with a net (for some reason, they don't just bring him to the nurse's office via the hallway?). However, they eventually end up there while trying to run away from Clarence through the air ducts.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The ending is alright.
  2. Belson loses at the end, and he actually deserves that. (And really honestly deserves worse.)
  3. Some characters are still likable (mostly Jeff and Sumo).
  4. Speaking about Jeff and Sumo, this episode shows that they can actually work together as good friends despite almost disagreeing with each other.
  5. It never aired again after it's release, so there's nothing to worry about.

Reception

This episode is known for being one of the worst episodes of Clarence, if not, the worst episode of the show, due to the nature of the episode being rather dark and grotesque in comparison to the other episodes.

Likely as a result of its disturbing themes, it was also banned from Cartoon Network after its initial airing. Despite this, it can still be watched on VOD, on the internet, and even on the official Cartoon Network website.

Comments


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Freddy83

3 months ago
Score 1
I thought it was The Breakup because I remember that I seen The Breakup's title card and turns out to be this episode.

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