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Lil Buddy is the 41st episode in Season 1 of Clarence. It was produced in 2014, but aired in 2015

Synopsis[]

After playing a bit too aggressively with his Lil Buddy doll, Clarence gets a timeout and his worst nightmare comes true – he misses recess and became a school's bully.[1][2]

Plot[]


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Episode begins with Clarence showing the class an advertisement for a doll called, "Lil' Buddy". After that, Clarence shows everyone his own Lil' funny. At recess, Clarence wants the other kids to play with his Lil' Buddy, but no one wants to. When he tries to get Reed to play with it, Reed backs away and falls into the sandbox. Ms. Shoop gets angry with Clarence for making Reed cry, so she gives him a five minute time-out. Clarence can't stand having time-out while watching the other kids play, then he starts imagining years and years going by. Suddenly, Clarence stops imagining because Ms. Shoop tells him his time-out ended 5 minutes ago, and that he should start playing before the bell rings, but as soon as Clarence gets up to play, the bell rings, and Clarence, having been unable to play, begins to sulk, to which Ms. Shoop does not show any sympathy.

In chemistry class, Clarence is too disappointed to play with the goo, causing him to mindlessly tip it over, and not even a comforting from Sumo helps. That night, in Clarence's room, Clarence is still really upset about missing recess, angrily mimicking Ms. Shoop, prompting him to throw his Lil' Buddy at the wall, causing its arm to fall off. Horrified and heartbroken, Clarence rides his bike to Bendle Park to toss Lil' funny into a hole and bury him. The next day, as Mary drives Clarence to school, she tells Clarence a joke to get him to smile, but it doesn't work. At school, a montage starts showing Clarence being very upset, and not even having fun with Sumo and Jeff because he misses his Lil' Buddy. After awhile, Clarence goes bald and starts wearing a black hoodie. The montage ends with Clarence and Belson in detention. Belson tells Clarence that he actually looks cool, but Mr. Reese disagrees. Belson thinks he and Clarence should team up, and Clarence ignores him.

At recess, Clarence appears dressed as Lil' funny and he tries to get Jeff to hold the Lil' Buddy’s broken arm. As Ms. Shoop is about to blow her whistle, Clarence tries to stop her. At that moment, Belson pulls down Clarence's pants, and the kids laugh at him. Clarence gets really angry and punches Belson. Dustin cheers and Clarence knocks him down. Later, Clarence sits inside the 'Cool off zone' room all by his lonesome. Some of the kids watches him from the outside, wondering what's going to happen to him, then Clarence is taken to the principal's office for his special punishment. When Clarence of a down, Ms. Serj reveals that it's her in the principal's chair. Ms. Baker talks to Clarence and gives him his Lil' Buddy which makes him happy again. Ms. Baker also mentions that it wasn't fair that Clarence missed recess, so she allows him to have his own recess just with Lil' Buddy. Clarence hugs Ms. Baker and goes outside to play. As Clarence enjoys recess, the other kids watch him from the window and Sumo says that they got their old Clarence back, ending the episode.

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Trivia[]

  • This episode premiered with a cold opening, the first in the series to do so. However, for a while, reruns would skip to the title card and the rest of the episode would play normally. The cold opening recently returned in reruns.
    • There would not be another cold opening until the Season 3 episode "Jeffery Wendle".
  • This is the first episode to have Clarence himself in the title card.

Character Connections[]

  • Jeff and Sumo get along very well in this episode, even without Clarence.
  • This is the first time Clarence goes out of character as it went further into higher depths.
  • This is the third time Jeff goes out of character, the first was "Dinner Party" and the second was "Man of the House".
  • This marks Ashley's first major speaking role since "Clarence Gets a Girlfriend".
  • This is the first time Clarence (or anybody) is seen hitting someone else and the first time he acted out against Belson.
  • This is the first time that Clarence is bald.
  • This is the second time Clarence gets detention, the first being in the episode, "Detention".
  • This is Ms. Shoop's first major role.

Cultural References[]

  • There is a reference to "Over the Garden Wall" in the episode, when Clarence is at Bendle Park, silhouettes of Wirt and Greg can be seen walking in the forest. It is a reference to when at the end of the "Over the Garden Wall" the same design of Aberdale (seen in "Pretty Great Day with a Girl") was reused for "Over the Garden Wall" when in it showed a zoom out of the hospital the characters were in.
  • The song played when Clarence becomes a bully is a parody of Randy Newman's song "Strange Things", a song from Toy Story.
  • Lil' Buddy is a reference to My Buddy.
  • Clarence imagining years and years going by is a reference to the 1960 movie adaptation of HG Wells' The Time Machine.
  • Ms. Baker says to Clarence to what the man already wanted and lived happily ever after is a reference to Willy Wonka's last line from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
  • The title refers to The Skipper's nickname for Gilligan in Gilligan's Island.

Episode Connections[]

  • The Lil' Buddy doll reappears in "Chalmers Santiago".
  • A photo of Clarence in this episode is in a file which appears in "Freedom Cactus".
  • After Clarence digs and buries his Lil' Buddy, he shouts in rage during a thunderstorm. This is similar to when Sumo shouted during a thunderstorm in "Dream Boat".

Reception[]

  • From both sides, the episode received mixed reviews. on the positive side: many praised the outcome of Clarence changing from his usual self into a bully, as well as the scene in which he punched Belson as an assumption for comeuppance (even though it is not considered the reason why for this), and described as a "Wham" episode on how kids feel in real life would have to go through similar to what Clarence did, however on the negative side: Some fans described negatively on the episode for being too violent, scary, dark and depressing, an claimed that it was one of the episodes that went too far.

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— Lil' Buddy —
Season 0 Pilot
Season 1 Fun Dungeon Face OffA Pretty Great Day With a GirlMoney Broom WizardLost in the SupermarketClarence's MillionsClarence Gets a GirlfriendJeff's New ToyDinner PartyHonkDollar HuntZooRise and ShineMan of the HousePuddle EyesDream BoatSlumber PartyNature ClarenceAverage JeffLizard Day AfternoonThe ForgottenNeighborhood GrillBelson's SleepoverToo Gross For ComfortPilot ExpansionPatientsRough Riders ElementaryNothing VenturedBedside MannersJeff WinsSuspendedTurtle HatsGoose ChaseGoldfish FolliesChimneyStraight IllinDust BuddiesHurricane DillissHoofin' ItDetentionHairenceLil' BuddyChalmers SantiagoTuckered BoysWater ParkWhere the Wild Chads areBreehn Ho!The Big Petey Pizza ProblemThe Break UpIn DreamsBalanceSpooky Boo
Season 2 The InterrogationLost PlaygroundBird Boy ManFreedom CactusPlane ExcitedEscape from Beyond the CosmicRen FaireTime CrimesSaturday SchoolAttack the Block PartyField Trippin'Ice Cream HuntCompany ManStump BrothersThe Tails of MardryniaClarence Wendle and The Eye of CooganSneaky PeekyGame ShowSkater SumoMystery GirlThe SubstituteClassroomDullanceJeff's SecretSpace RacePlant DaddiesBucky and the HowlWorm BinClarence and Sumo's Rexcellent AdventureBirthdayTree of LifeCapture The FlagClorisFishing TripBelson's BackpackMotelMerry MoochmasPizza Hero
Season 3 Sumo Goes WestValentimesClarence for PresidentRock ShowThe Phantom ClarenceJeffery WendleBadgers & BunkersDingus & McNobrainBye Bye BakerFlood BrothersPool's Out For SummerBig GameThe Boxcurse ChildrenKarate MomClarence Loves ShoopyPublic RadioChad and the MarathonOfficer MoodyGilben's DifferentCool Guy ClarenceJust Wait in the CarMissing CatBig Trouble in Little AberdaleDare DayThe TradeA Nightmare on Aberdale Street: Balance's RevengeChadsgivingA Sumoful MindAnimal DayThe TunnelTalent ShowRC CarDog King ClarenceTrampolineClarence The MovieBelson Gets a GirlfriendBrain TVEtiquette ClarenceVideo StoreAnywhere But Sumo
Shorts Beauford T. PusserHave a BallBig BoyBeach BlastBelson TouchSeparation AnxietyBeansSticky ClarenceClaw MachineBirding With GuylerRainy DayClarencio MagnificoDoodle BattleLonely Lonnie
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