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November 09, 2010
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(We find our friend, the Critic, on his recliner wearing a white shirt that says "I O Donuts" (the O being a donut) with various food items (including a bag of Tostito chips and a box of Zebra Cakes) piled on top of him. He's not looking too good.)

NC: Oh. Hello. I'm the Nostalgia Critic. I remember it so ... (stuffs his face with a cookie) Well, ever since last week, when the comments were made by the director of My Pet Monster, I've been doing a little thinking, asking myself some questions, like...what the fuck am I doing with my life? Is this really what I wanna be? This pathetic loser? So, I do what I always do when I get really depressed. I watch old nostalgic TV.

(We start seeing various commercials that we watched during our childhoods.)

NC (vo): Oh, Sgt. Slaughter. You represent a simpler time when your last name could also represent illegal war crimes, or when your biggest problem was NOT collecting the latest action set.

NC: Fight the good fight, Sgt. Slaughter! (sadly munches on some potato chips)

(Footage from a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Pies commercial plays.)

All four Ninja Turtles: We're heroes in a half-shell, we're baking a surprise! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Pies!

NC (vo): Oh, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pies. I remember when the line "Fresh from the Sewer" actually sounded appetizing.

One of the Ninja Turtles: Fresh from the sewers to you!

NC: God, is this the only thing to bring me pleasure? Just pure, pathetic nostalgia? I'm a wreck! (holds his head)

Dino-Rob: (coming in) Aw. There, there, Critic! It's not so bad. (pats NC on the back)

NC: It is so bad! Get out of here!

Dino-Rob: Fine. Fine. ... I'm a dinosaur. (walks away)

(Footage from various commercials plays.)

NC (vo; sighs): Fucking commercials. What is it about them that draws me to them? They're so conniving, and yet so inviting. It's like they're in their own little world, a world that wants to be nice to you but scam you at the exact same time. Something about them strangely gives me comfort.

NC: I could actually watch these ads all day. (Beat) Actually...that's not a bad idea. Maybe I need to take a break from nostalgic movies and nostalgic TV shows and take a look at the stuff in between.

NC (vo): I mean, I loved commercials growing up. They got me excited for all the things I pestered my parents over until their ears gushed with blood. Every time you watched them, you felt like you were making a deal with them: You buy their products, and they, in return, deteriorate your intelligence and physical health. It's a good trade.

NC: How could such cunning manipulation go unappreciated? You know what? Fuck it. I'm gonna take this whole episode, I'm just gonna watch commercials. Yeah, this is a tribute to all the plastic, sugar-coated nonsense that we loved growing up. This is a segment I like to call "After These Messages..."

(We then see a compilation of ABC clay animated "After These Messages" bumpers.)

Three Clay Singers: After these messages...

Clay Fire Hydrant: (sings) After these messages...

Clay Cowboy: (sings) After these messages...

Clay Dog: (sings) After these messages...

(The title "After These Messages..." is shown.)

Three Clay Singers (audio): ...we'll be right back!

NC: I'm not gonna go in any order or tie them together with any theme. It's just going to be commercials, commercials, commercials. So, let's get started.

Apple Jacks[]

(TV static transition to: Apple Jacks commercial. A group of male teenagers are at a high school eating the cereal, while several girls look at them)

Girl 1: Look, it's Jeff Armstrong. He's eating Apple Jacks.

NC (vo): Ah, Apple Jacks. You remember these commercials, right? It always starts off with a group of kids eating this cereal, and some snooty know-it-all always asks why they like eating it if it doesn't taste like apples, which is a good point. Why the hell doesn't it taste like apples? It's like if Cocoa Puffs tasted like Oat Bran. It's kinda false advertising.

Girl 1: (commenting to another girl about a male teen eating the cereal) Look, it's Jeff Armstrong. He's eating Apple Jacks.

Girl 3: He's cool.

Girl 2: We'll see.

NC: (as Girl 2, in the manner of an evil schemer) Yes. We'll see if he's cool by subjecting him to the Apple Jacks Test.

Voice (Girl 1): Not the Apple Jacks Test.


Girl 2: (approaching the boys) You're eating Apple Jacks? Shouldn't it taste like apples?

Boy: Actually, that's not why it tastes so good.

Girl 2: Then, why?

(As the boys think of an answer, we then cut to a scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade)

Grail Knight: You must choose...but choose wisely.

Girl 3: They just do.

Grail Knight: You have chosen...wisely.

Male Teen: (announcing as the cereal is presented) Kellogg's Apple Jacks cereal is part of this complete breakfast.

(The commercial ends with the kids posing for a photo, which is shown with a piece of writing that says "Apple Jacks 94")

NC (vo): And then they all end with the kids taking a picture together. But my absolute favorite is the caption at the bottom: Apple Jacks '94. Somebody actually looked at this picture and called it "Apple Jacks '94", as if to say:

NC: God. I remember that summer. That was the summer of Apple Jacks. The summer where anything was possible. The summer where boys became men and girls became women. THAT was Apple Jacks. I know. I wrote in on a picture.

(Footage of the TV-miniseries/movie It plays as the seven main kid characters take a picture together)

NC (vo): Do you think the kids from It did that, like when they all took that picture together, they simply labelled it the summer of Apple Jacks '54?

NC: You know, instead of the summer of...

(A new caption shown on the photo is shown)

NC (vo): "Oh, my God, a killer clown! A fucking killer clown!!! Don't ever forget the killer clown! A killer clown!"

NC: Eh, it could happen.

Male Teen: (announcing as the cereal is presented) Kellogg's Apple Jacks cereal is part of this complete breakfast.

Girl 2: I don't know what she (Girl 3) sees in him.

Kids: We eat what we like. (All pose for the picture)


(TV static transition to: Popples commercial. The commercial shows several kids playing outdoors with the Popples)

Background singer: ♫ Pop, pop, pop your basketball Popple. ♫

Chorus: ♫ Who's got the ball? ♫

NC (vo): How about Popples? That was a clever idea. It was a series of sports balls that could be turn into cuddly creatures.

Kid #1: I got a Popple!

Background singer: ♫ Pop your basketball Popple! ♫

Chorus: Who's got the ball?

Kid #2: I got a Popple!

NC (vo): This raises a few questions, though, like why were they playing with a furry pillow-like ball to begin with?

NC: (to somebody offscreen) Hey, you got our basketball? (pretends to examine his "Popple Ball") Oh, wow, that's a hairy fucker. It doesn't bounce in the slightest. This will do us well. (pretends to toss the "ball" aside)

NC (vo): And then, of course, when they go after the ball ...

Kid #1: I got a Popple!

NC: Well, shit. He's got a supernatural creature that hasn't been discovered by science yet, but where's that darn ball?

NC (vo): Also, I felt bad playing with these because...I always felt like I was giving the Popples a migraine. I mean, you're kicking them around, throwin' 'em... Doesn't that hurt? The Popples wouldn't come out like this. (We see an image of the Popples as their normal selves) They'd look more like this.(Then we see an image of the Popples in first aid bandages and I.V.s attached to them) But, oh, well. You can't fault it on still being a clever product.

Announcer: They're new from Mattel!

Giggles Cookies[]

(TV static transition to: Giggles cookies commercial. Two kids, a teen and a toddler, are eating cookies, and the toddler can't stop giggling throughout the whole commercial)

NC (vo): Okay. I don't know what the fuck this kid is on, but I want some.

Teen: (to the camera) ...two kinds of cream inside. He likes Giggles' funny faces. There’s fudge and vanilla cream in each one.

(The toddler is still giggling)

NC (vo): My God, people stoned out of their minds don’t laugh this hard!

Announcer: New Giggles Cookies: Two kinds of cream in each funny face.

Teen: (to the toddler, who’s still laughing) Are you gonna eat that?

NC (vo): Turn the gas off! Turn the gas off!

Background singers: ♫ Nabisco! ♫ (The Nabisco logo appears with a “Ding!”)


(TV static transition to: Crossfire commercial. The commercial shows an arena with a large crowd cheering as two boys play the Crossfire game in an action-packed fashion)

Announcer: It’s some time in the future…

NC (vo): Oh, this ad was unbelievable. This is, like, one of the most fucking epic commercials ever put on television.

Announcer: The ultimate challenge: Crossfire!

NC (vo): Look at it. It’s set in this apocalyptic future where the fate of the world rests in the hands of two kids who sit at a table and throw marbles at even bigger marbles.

Background singers: ♫ Crossfire! You'll get caught up in the Crossfire! ♫

NC (vo): It’s like the world of Tron if it was run by Lucas (from the movie The Wizard). It’s the most badass commercial ever!

Background Singers: ♫ Crossfire! You'll get caught up in the Crossfire! ♫

NC: Go, Billy! The fate of Armageddon lies in your hands!

Background Singers: ♫ You'll get caught up in the Crossfire! Crossfire! Crossfire! Crossfire! ♫

(NC gets energized with anticipation as the commercial continues and one of the players wins the game)

Announcer: Crossfire!

(NC yells skyward in victory as he is struck by blue lightning and disappears from his chair)

Santa Claus Hotline[]

(TV static transition to: A 1-800 phone line commercial featuring Santa Claus)

Announcer: Santa has a very special Christmas message he wants everyone to hear.

NC (vo): I don’t think they do these anymore, but a long, long time ago, they used to have hotlines for everything.

Announcer: Call 1-900-909-4300; $2 first minute, 45 cents each additional.

NC (vo): Look at that, just $2 for the first minute and only 45 cents every additional minute. It’s pretty fucking costly for the 1980s!

Announcer: And Santa needs your help to spread the Christmas cheer. Be a Santa’s helper!

NC (vo): I always remember, you'd call them up and some jerkoff would talk as slowly as possible so he could make sure that he eats up your time and your fucking money. What a dickcock!

Announcer: Get your parents’ permission to call Santa’s special phone number now.

NC (vo): Actually, this sort of takes on a different meaning nowadays, doesn’t it? When you make a call that costs money, there’s usually a different idea behind it, and the idea of Santa being a part of that is pretty freaking creepy.

(NC calls Santa on the phone)

Santa: (audio on the other end of the line) Ho-ho-ho! You’ve reached Santa’s hotline! Have you been a naughty little boy? I bet you have. (chuckles) What are you wearing, naughty little boy? I have a candy cane in my pants for you. (NC yelps and drops his phone) Ho-ho-ho! Get naked!

Fruity Pebbles[]

(TV static transition to: A Christmas-themed Fruity Pebbles cereal commercial)

Singers: ♫ Season’s greetings in our souls… ♫

NC (vo): Speaking of Santa, how many of you get nostalgic whenever you see this commercial every year? It’s practically a staple of Christmas now.

(Santa Claus is shown visiting Fred Flintstone at his home while eating Fruity Pebbles cereal)

Santa: (sings) ♫ Yabba-dabba-fruitylicious-do. ♫

Barney: (sings while disguising himself as Santa before sliding down the chimney) ♫ Ho-ho-ho, I’m h-h-hungry… ♫ (slides down the chimney and then runs up to Santa) Santa? My pebbles!

Fred: (to Barney, angrily) Your pebbles?

Santa: ‘Tis the season to be sharing, Fred.

Fred: (smiles) Happy holidays, pal. (shares his cereal)

Barney: Aww, Fred.

NC (vo; as Barney): Hey, Fred, how can we celebrate Christmas if Jesus isn’t born yet?

NC (vo; as Fred): Just eat your fucking cereal.

Nintendo Cereal System[]

(TV static transition to: Nintendo Cereal System commercial)

Background singers: ♫ Nin-ten-do! It’s for breakfast now! ♫

NC (vo): Get this: When Nintendo was all the rage, they actually made a Nintendo cereal. Yeah, it wasn’t a Mario cereal or a Zelda cereal. It was just Nintendo in general. What a weird idea. It’s kind of like making Internet: The Cereal, isn’t it?

NC: Though it would probably be the first cereal where you have to be over 18 to eat it.

NC (vo): And it wasn’t just called Nintendo Cereal, it was called the Nintendo Cereal System. What the hell does that mean? Do you really have to put the word “System” at the end? Are we really gonna confuse this Nintendo for another Nintendo?

Kid Announcer: Nintendo Cereal System is a super part of this nutritious breakfast.

NC: Ohh, you meant Nintendo, the Entertainment System! I thought you meant Nintendo, the…Animatronic Horse That Only Eats Toothpaste and Circus Midgets. It’s very big in Sweden.

NC (vo): It was kind of cool, because it was technically two cereals in one. That means there were two bags in each box. But I remember it was kind of a pain. Once you open the bag, you can’t really close it. (Images of what NC describes are shown, with the boy shown to be screaming "Son of a--" upon spilling the cereal) So if you open both of them and poured it out, you’ll get double the cereal all over the place. Maybe that’s why it didn’t last so long, because half of it was on the floor instead of the bowl. Well, if it had Nintendo on it, you know we were gonna love it anyway.

Background singers: ♫ Two cereals in one! Wow! ♫

Burger King Kids Meal[]

(TV static transition to: Burger King Kids Meal commercial)

Kid: (reading the dialogue on his toy cup) “Skeletor is trying to take over Castle GreySkull!”

NC (vo): Just like today, fast food joints handed out toys with their kids meals, and sometimes, you get a cup, like these He-Man ones here at Burger King. They always told epic stories -- or, at least, as much as they could, being on a cup. But here’s my favorite part of this commercial. The kids get the cups, and what do they do? Use them as swords. (The kids are shown acting out a swordfight with the cups) Man, those must be some pretty ghetto kids. I mean, was a stick really too expensive to use as a sword, so you have to use these? Were these your birthday gifts right after they took you to your party at the Dollar Store? Hardcore, kids. Really hardcore.

Background singers: ♫ Aren't you hungry…for Burger King now? ♫

Digger Dan[]

(TV static transition to: A toy truck commercial. Four boys are dressed as construction workers and playing in the sand with their toy trucks.)

Leader of the boys: (as a foreman) Come on, guys, there's work to do! Let’s move!

NC (vo): I don’t know what this kid’s problem is, but he cracks me up.

Boy Leader: Go! Make!

NC (vo): Listen to him. He’s taking fun-time just a little too freaking seriously!

Boy Leader: Go! Move!

NC (vo; laughs): Calm down, kid! You’re building sand castles and Lincoln logs! You’re not a contracted construction worker!

Boy Leader: Move!

NC (vo): Why are these kids even hanging out with him? All he’s doing is yelling at them all day! He’s like a junior Sam Kinison!

Boy Leader: Yeah!

NC: (mocks the boy) Yeah!

Boy Leader: Move!

NC: Move!

Boy Leader: Go!

NC: Go!

Boy Leader: Make!

NC: Bake! What?

Boy Leader: Come on, guys, there's work to do! Let’s move!

NC: (mocks the boy) I have to support a wife and kids working with you bozos, so let’s get it right!

Boy Leader: Be a man, can!

(Footage from the movie Back to School in which Professor Terguson yells at a woman is shown)

Announcer: Riggers and trucks. Power makes the cranes and hardhat. Each sold separately. Batteries not included. New from Revell.

(The Professor screams again)

Transformers Insecticons[]

(TV static transition to: A Transformers toy commercial. A farmer and his son witness the arrival of the Insecticons)

Man: What is it?

Announcer: It’s the Insecticons!

NC (vo): Hell, yeah! Transformers! These were the coolest toys out there, even if they did take an hour to figure out how the fuck they worked! They were still awesome, and we loved every minute of ‘em! The coolest one of these commercials was the Insecticons, the robots that looked like insects.

NC: Why? Because, goddamn it, I like to think Tom Hanks influenced something in the movie Big.

(A screenshot of Tom Hanks' character in Big holding a toy prototype and saying, “Make ‘em bugs”.)

NC (vo): Yeah, we heard his idea, we thought it was awesome! And it kicked ass to suddenly see these things around.

Background singers: ♫ Transformers! More than meets the eye! ♫

NC (vo): Something that used to be in every Transformer commercial was an awesome but kind of creepy moment when the kids would say the “Robots in disguise” line.

Background singers: ♫ Transformers! ♫

Boy: (sings with glowing green eyes in a low voice) Robots in disguise!

NC: (gets scared) Jesus!

NC (vo): I mean, it’s cool, but it’s also pretty freaky. It’s like the kid got possessed by the Devil or something.

Pazuzu (from The Exorcist): (dubs over the boy) Your mother sucks cocks in Hell!

Announcer: Each sold separately. From Hasbro.

Connect Four[]

(TV static transition to: A Connect Four commercial)

Background singers: ♫ 1, 2, 3, 4/1, 2, 3, 4/ 1…2…3, 4/ Connect Four! ♫

NC (vo): Yeah, can’t go wrong with this game, and the song, it turns out, was pretty catchy, too. If you haven’t played this game, then you have no childhood. This game was entertaining then, and it’s still entertaining now, if you’re waiting for the dentist and they have it in the little toy basket. (An image of a dentist's waiting room is shown)

NC: But it still counts!

Background singers: ♫ 1, 2, 3, 4/Connect Four! ♫

NC (vo): Kind of a lame joke they would do is that they would find as many puns they can do with the word “four.”

Background singers: ♫ Connect Four! ♫

Kid #1: For real!

Kid #2: For everyone!

Kid #3: For laughs!

Chef: Fortissimo!

Kid #4: For winning!

Kid #5: Forget it!

Kid #6: Forgive me!

Knight: Forsooth!

NC (vo): Yeah, those were good, but let’s see how far we can really push it.

Kid #1: For real!

Kid #2: For everyone!

Kid #3: For laughs!

Aragorn: (from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King) For Frodo.

Abraham Lincoln: Four score…

Ronnie Barker: Fork 'andles.

General: (in a child’s voice) Forever.

Background singers: ♫ Connect Four! ♫

NC (vo): What else can you say about a solid game with a solid ad?

Announcer: Connect Four, from Milton Bradley.

Chia Pets[]

(TV static transition to: A Chia Pets commercial. The commercial showcases an animal toy that can grow into a plant if it's watered)

Off-screen Female Singer: ♫ Chi-Chi-Chi-Chia! ♫

NC (vo; in a low voice): Behold, the most boring thing in the entire freakin’ world! (normal) I was fascinated by kids who had Chia Pet. You know how they say something is so boring, that they'd rather watch grass grow? Well, now they made a toy out of it! They made a toy out of watching grass grow! That’s how bored apparently we got! And just look at this incredible selection they have.

Announcer: Chia Teddy Bears! Puppies! Kittens! Rams! Bulls! There’s even a Chia tree!

NC (vo): Tree? They actually put a tree in there? It’s already a fucking tree! It does nothing except grow! That’s all a tree does!

Off-screen Female Singer: ♫ Chi-Chi-Chi-Chia! ♫

Announcer: Chia Pet: The pottery that grows.

NC (vo): If you liked it, good for you, but don’t be surprised if you have a sudden fascination with Chia Paint Dry. And for the love of God, don’t invite your friends over to watch it. You will be pitied.

Off-screen Female Singer: ♫ Chi-Chi-Chi-Chia! ♫

NC: (imitating female singer) Ba-Ba-Ba-Bullshit!

Micro Machines[]

(TV static transition to: Micro Machines commercials. All the commercials show the Micro Machine Man, played by John Moschitta Jr., showing the viewers various Micro Machines sets in rapid-speed)

Micro Machine Man*: (talks very quickly) This is the Micro Machine Man presenting…

NC (vo): Oh, this guy is awesome! He started off as the Fed-Ex Man and moved onto a toy called Micro Machines, which, sadly, I don’t think exist anymore.

Micro Machine Man: (talks quickly) (your guess is as good as mine at what he actually says!) ‘Course, your mini Micro Machine vehicles plays a boast to the police station, the marine, the mini motorcycle repair shop, gas station, the construction office, work the real-working bridge highway, passing to wrapping garage doors.

NC (vo): This guy is an advertiser’s dream come true. He gets out all the information you need in seconds, literally seconds.

Micro Machine Man: (talks quickly) The dramatically in sail triply trim rebel comes with the real thing that holds 25 Micro Machines with fabulous fantastic features, two totally tripping elevators, real-working hoist, runway and two cargo arms.

NC (vo): Every time he came on TV, you felt like you were doing ecstasy. Everything just seemed so fast, that everything else moved in slow-mo after he was done.

(NC sits watching as the Micro Machine Man continues to talk fast)

Micro Machine Man: And these play-sets fit together to form a perfectly precise Micro Machine world…

Slow, Deep Voice off-screen: Billy, it’s Mother. (NC looks off-screen puzzled) Come to dinner.

Micro Machine Man: (talks quickly) The Micro Machine Man here, carrier there. You can’t have that, but you can have this.

NC (vo): Thank God this guy doesn’t do audiobooks.

(NC listens to an audio tape with headphones on)

Narrator: (talks very fast) “To be, or not to be, that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them? To die, to sleep, No more; and by a sleep to say we end the heart-ache, and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to: 'tis a consummation Devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep; To sleep, perchance to dream – ay, there's the rub: For in that sleep of death what dreams may come, When we-“ (NC explodes)

NC (vo): The toys were awesome, and this guy was awesome. Let’s hope they both make a comeback sometime soon.

Micro Machine Man: (talks fast) Remember, if i doesn't say Micro Machines, it’s not the real thing.


(TV static transition to: Ecto-Cooler commercial. The commercial shows a closed supermarket, where a worker is putting boxes of Ecto-Cooler on the shelves. One box opens to release Slimer, stunning the worker)

NC (vo): Speaking of awesome, why the hell is there no more Ecto Cooler in the world? This was, like, the coolest drink ever, and, by God, it was the only good thing that snotbubble Slimer ever produced.

Announcer: Hi-C Ecto Cooler: Slimer’s new fruit drink.

NC (vo): Though, speaking of which, what are we supposed to assume that stuff is? I mean, did the best thing to come out of Slimer literally come out of Slimer? Oh, my God, we could be drinking Slimer splooge! He already sort of looks like a giant sperm. It’s like the sperm of a sperm or…

NC: (disgusted) Urgh, I don’t want to think about it!

NC (vo): Ah, screw it. Whatever it was, it was incredible, and it lasted a real long time, but at some point, they discontinued it, and by God, were we pissed off! I keep hearing they’re gonna make a new Ghostbusters movie sometime soon, and I’m telling you right now: If they do not do a crossover with Ghostbusters 3 and bring Ecto Cooler back, somebody really will be a fucking ghost.

Announcer: Ecto Cooler. You’ve been warned.

Grocery Boy: (after drinking an Ecto Cooler drink) Wow.

Wet Banana[]

(TV static transition to: Wet Banana commercial. Throughout the ad, we see kids and their parents sliding on a yellow water slide)

Announcer: Here's Wet Banana!

NC: Uhhhhhhhhh… (looks around uncomfortably)

Announcer: You can dash and splash on Wet Banana like Billy!

NC: (smiles) Yes, be like Billy and take a ride on the Wet Banana.

Announcer: You can dip and slip like Ricky!

NC: (laughs) Yes, dipping and sliding is a very good thing to do with your Wet Banana.

Announcer: Slippery wet fun for the whole gang!

NC: A very special kinda gang, but, yes, slippery wet fun is guaranteed.

Announcer: Could that be Mom on Wet Banana? (NC does a spit take at that line) It is!

NC: MOM!! Get off my Wet Banana! (pauses) What would Dad say?

Announcer: Regular Wet Banana 25 feet long, and the new Wet Banana Super Slide 30 feet long!

NC: My, MY, that’s a fucking big banana!

Announcer: Each sold separately from Koki!

NC: Caution: May hurt some women.

Fraggle Rock PSA[]

(TV static transition to: A PSA commercial on reading. It starts with a boy watching the intro of Fraggle Rock on TV)

Fraggle Rock puppets on the TV: Down at Fraggle Rock! Down at Fraggle Rock.

(A boy turns off the TV and dances in place)

Boy: I LOVE Fraggle Rock!

NC: Then why did you turn it off?

Mother: Chris, why don’t you read something?

Boy: But the Fraggles are really fun. (The TV turns itself on and throws a few books at him through the screen) Wow!

NC (vo): Ah, yes, the TV that actually encourages you to read. That’s something you don’t see very often.

NC (vo; as the voice from the TV): I’m so confident you won’t stop watching me, that I’m just giving you books! Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! You can’t rid your addiction of me! I won’t die until the Internet’s invented! I got 10 more years, suckers! (laughs evilly)

Magic Potty Baby[]

(TV static transition to: Magic Potty Baby commercial)

Off-screen Girl Singer: ♫ Magic Potty Baby… ♫

NC (vo): Oh, God! Not one of these! Quit while you’re ahead, commercial! You might be able to sell it if you stop now!

(Two girls are placing a baby doll in a toy potty)

Off-screen Girl Singer: ♫ Help you with your training pants, you make me so proud. ♫

(The baby starts peeing in the toy potty)




Female Announcer: It’s fun to help Magic Potty Baby learn to use her potty.


NC: God, and they say boys can be disgusting! Ew!

Off-screen Girl Singer: ♫ Magic Potty Baby, I’m so glad… ♫

(A girl kisses the baby doll on the cheek)

NC (vo): Don’t kiss it, you don’t know where it’s been!

Female Announcer: Magic Potty Baby and her magic potty. No water, no mess.

NC (vo): Just pray that thing doesn’t have to go Number 2.

(TV static)

NC: There! I spent all my time watching no nostalgic movies and no nostalgic TV shows. Just commercials! Nothing but commercials! (pauses to reflect on the whole special) Oh, my God, that’s even more pathetic! Wha-- I spent my time watching this shit that people skip? What the hell’s wrong with me?! Gah, this isn’t life, this is make-believe! I’m pathetic! I’m not a man! (holds his head and starts to sob) I’m not a man! (looks down and picks up a school photo of himself as a kid while "Sad Romance" by Thao Nguyen Xanh plays) Look at yourself. You had such dreams ahead of you, such promise. You were perfect back then. Okay, you had birth-control glasses, teeth like a chipmunk, and a Dumb and Dumber haircut that only got dumb and dumber, but you had such hope. (puts the photo down and sighs) There’s nothing left for me anymore. I am a loser. You were right, director of My Pet Monster! I’m a loser; a weak, pathetic loser.

(NC falls forward in his chair and drops the photo, holding this pose for several seconds)

NC: (sings a la Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas) But I never intended all this bullshit. Never! And nobody really understood. Well, how could they?

That all I ever wanted was to bring them something great! Why does nothing ever turn out like it should?

Well…what the heck? (stands on his chair triumphantly) I went and did my best. And by God, I really tasted something swell!

And for a moment, why, I made directors cry! (jumps onto the floor) And at least I told them they can go to hell, I did!

And for the first time since... (drinks a glass of water for a bit while the singing continues) I don’t remember when, I felt just like my critical self again.

And I, Nostalgia Critic! That’s right... (tears his current clothes off to reveal his normal getup) I AM the Nostalgia Critic! Ha, ha, ha, ha!

(Zero spins in a vertical circle with joy)

And I just can’t wait until my next review, ‘Cause I got some new ideas that I really want to do! And my God, I’m really going to give it all my might! Uh-oh. (looks to see Zero holding Santa Claus’ hat) I hope there’s still time to set things right. (gasps) Sandy Claws!

(NC walks off-screen for a moment, but then comes back)

NC: Sandy Claws? I don’t wanna save Sandy Claws, I wanna do another review! (to the camera) I dunno. Jesus, what do you think?

Jesus: Let him rot.

NC: Okay. (walks off-screen to sit at his desk) Well, folks, I’m back! I may be pathetic, but I’m proud. So, welcome back to the traditional Nostalgia Critic, where everything is back to normal.

Oogie Boogie: (speaks off-screen while turning a crank to dump Sally and Santa Claus into a boiling vat of lava) Bye-bye, Sandman! (Santa and Sally slide down, and a plop is heard)

NC: Oh, except…Christmas…may be gone forever. Bye! (waves and stands up to walk off-screen)


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Announcer: Could that be Mom on Wet Banana?

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