Title: "Freely's Flim-Flam Film Scam"
Story (out of 52 pages): 39 p.
Writers: J.M. Sweet, Jack Staten Monahew, and Jean-Kate Costman
Pencils: Ethan W. "Meat" Jackson
Letters: Jose A. Wheat
Colorist: Jack Staten Monahew and Theo E. "Jet" Swann
When news hits Jigaboo Junction that C. Arthur Burroughs, the famous Hollywood director of such films as "Mandibles" and "Paducah Smith and the Tower of Terror", is looking for a local dog to star in a project he's directing, Jon decides to audition his dog Buddy.
The whole town has turned out for the casting call, and competiion is fierce. Burroughs, however, takes an immediate interest in Buddy's talents and offers him a contract. Brandy, however, takes an equally as immediate dislike to Burroughs, barking and fussing so much she has to be excused.
However, "Burroughs" is revealed to actually be Dr. I.P. Freely in disguise. The doctor has returned with an elaborate and clever ruse: by impersonating C. A. Burroughs and using phony contracts to finagle dogs away from gullible owners, Freely hopes to make a killing selling them to the highest bidder. Buddy's only hope is for Brandy to warn Jon and the others that Burroughs is a phony--but are they too star-struck to listen?
Meanwhile, when Burroughs turns him and his act away, Jon's rival Tony Moneran has his own idea to sabotage the production out of spite. He arranges several on-set "accidents" to make Buddy look bad and then tries to convince the director to use his dog instead.
The Two and a Half Men joke (page 14) plays on the fact that the "Half", Angus T. Jones, has grown significantly since the show began and is actually at least as tall as Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer, the "Men".
"Schubert the Wonder Dog" is an amalgam of the Beethoven and Air Bud franchises. Both starred talented dogs (and, later, their offspring). The name Schubert, incidentally, refers to Franz Schubert, a famous composer.
Buddy riffs on the famous line by Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) in Sunset Boulevard (p. 17).
"What is the deal?" (p. 26) is a line often used by impressionists and comedians when imitating Jerry Seinfeld's meandering stream-of-consciousness shtick, though the comic seldom actually uses that phrase.
Michael Richards appears in a remake of Kramer vs. Kramer in his Cosmo Kramer role from Seinfeld (p. 29). His dialogue is a nearly word-for-word quote of his angry screaming tirade towards several black patrons in an L.A. nightclub back in 2006.
The actor on page 40 is a caricature of Jackie Wright, who appeared for years on The Benny Hill Show. He was best known as Hill's comic foil, often receiving humorously-overdubbed pats on his bald head in sketches, his 4-foot-11 height, and heavy Irish brogue.
A cutaway gag shows Catra and Battlecat in a scene from She-Ra, Princess of Power (p. 44).
A flashback explaining how Freely survived the boiler explosion and collapse of his last hideout was excised for space constraints. Editor Jonathan Sweet explains it was to be an homage to the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Riddler's Reform", in which, trapped in an inescapable room and having only seconds before a bomb explodes, The Dark Knight ducks into a nearby iron safe trusting it will withstand the blast.
There is one two-page insert appearing in this issue:
"The Pace of Change". Is there too much emphasis on hope and change in America? Arch-conservative Jonathan Sweet thinks so. Read his thought-provoking essay on how to combat the nightmarish progressive agenda of the Obama administration.
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