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    Detailed Episode Analysis - 1x08 – Sportafake

    Episode Title: Sportafake
    Season: 1
    Episode: 8
    Production #: 108
    Original Airing Date: August 24, 2004
    Episode Summary: Robbie disguises himself as Sportacus to make the kids do lazy, unhealthy things. Stephanie suspects something is wrong, but won’t stand up and be heard. Now there are two Sportacuses in LazyTown, and nobody knows which one is the real one! A race is called to determine the real Sportacus. When someone cries out for help, the real Sportacus goes to help, giving Robbie the win. But Stephanie finally stands up for herself and says the real Sportacus lost the race so he could help someone.
    Opening Shot: Daytime, Sportacus is flying the airship and making flight adjustments.
    What Sports/Equipment does Sportacus use? None
    What does Sportacus eat/drink? Nothing
    Suspension of Disbelief? Sportacus always seems to be able to get ahead of whatever he throws. He can move really fast. He throws the ring frisbee and it saves Bessie. When she goes flying through the air, he is right there to catch her.
    What Gadgets/Vehicles does Sportacus use? Sportacus uses various levers and handles to adjust the airship.
    Story by: Ole Olson Steen, Magnus Scheving
    Episode Written by: Noah Zachary, Cole Louie, Magnus Scheving
    Episode Directed by: Raymond P. Le Gué
    Where does the Action mainly take place? The Mayor's House, The Town Centre.
    Recurring Characters present? All
    Recurring Characters absent? None
    Guest Appearances / Outsiders: None
    Kid's Challenge/Play/Sport: The Mayor is helping Bessie fix some things around her house. The kids are lazing around on sun chairs like Bessie. The day is really hot and Sunny. Pixel is using his arm computer to play Beach Music. Stephanie shows up and wants to play catch, but the other kids just want her to relax and do nothing. Sportacus shows up and joins the kids in doing nothing (or at least he pretends so). He jumps up and invites the kids to play catch. They all jump up and start playing very noisily.
    Mini-Save: Sportacus has to save the Mayor from a bee when he gets stuck in a tree after Stingy stole the ladder. He catches him when he falls out of the tree. Later he has to save Ziggy when he eats all the Bubble Gum and gets stuck. Then for a third mini-save he has to help the Mayor again. That must be the record for mini-saves in an episode.
    Robbie Mad: Robbie is mad that nobody wants to stay inside and be lazy on such a beautiful day. He gets even more upset when Sportacus shows up and starts playing catch with all the kids.
    Robbie Disguise: a fake Sportacus outfit
    Rotten Plan: Robbie thinks that the kids listen to Sportacus because of his moustache and outfit, so he plans to dress up just like Sportacus and get them to listen to him rather.
    Rejected Disguises: None, a few outfits are visible in the background.
    Robbie's Names for Sportacus: The Blue Suited Blowhard.
    Robbie’s Vehicles/Gadgets: Robbie has a pair of speakers that goes up and down on the pull of a chain. He uses these speakers in this episode to play and applause track for himself after his soliloquy. He can adjust the amount of the clapping and applause given to him by turning a dial. He also plays his organ again to generate his disguise.
    Music Video / Song: "No One's Lazy in LazyTown" http://www.getlazy.net/wiki/index.ph...zy_in_LazyTown
    Youtube = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkjmk3ReN78
    Stephanie's Clothes/Special Outfit: None
    Big Save: Sportacus has to save Bessie when Stingy accidentally bumps her with the ladder while she is standing on the little red wagon. She goes flying off down the road and Sportacus executes some super moves to bring her to a stop.
    Robbie Exposed: Robbie is exposed when Stephanie rips off his fake moustache.
    Bing Bang Song: Normal
    Robbie's Joke / Closing Scene: Robbie returns to his underground lair and collapses into his chair and falls straight to sleep complete with snoring.
    Moral Lessons / Point of the Production: Sometimes you have to speak up, even if non-one wants to hear it. Otherwise you won’t be true to yourself!
    The Moral Lesson Fulfilled: Stephanie finally stands up for herself and speaks her mind when the fake Robbie wins the race.
    Internal Cross References/Recurring Themes: Bessie’s Cucumber Facial Masque, Stephanie’s Diary, Bessie’s “ Miiilfoooord” Yell!
    External Cross References: Spartacus (the 1960 movie with Kirk Douglas).

    Credit: Some information and episode Summaries borrowed from the LazyTown Wikipedia Episode Page and the LazyWiki

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    Discussion Questions / Weird Things:

    1. Sportacus is busy flying the airship. He uses various levers and wheels to make adjustments to his flight. In one shot we see him adjusting the fore and aft setting of the wing stabilisers. But then a moment later he uses another wheel to extend the wing stabilisers which were already extended in the previous shot.

    2. The Mayor is helping Bessie out with a “only a couple of teeny weeny” chores (her list is about twenty feet long). But he is dressed in his yellow suit and is using the hammer the wrong way around. He already has several bandages on his fingers from some previous mishaps.

    3. Bessie is lying down in an orange striped sun chair (similar to the other coloured ones we see in “LazyTown’s New Superhero”). She has her cucumber face masque on. We have already seen this cucumber facial masque in “Sports Day”.

    4. The head of the Mayor’s hammer comes off and flies toward Stephanie who is walking and tossing her Frisbee ring, oblivious of the danger.

    5. Stephanie walks past a sign that shows no ball playing allowed. It must be a relic of the days when Robbie Rotten was the “king of doing nothing” in LazyTown. Robbie has a whole lot more of those types of signs in his underground lair.

    6. When Robbie sees Stephanie out and about playing instead of doing nothing he delivers a grand soliloquy to great applause. This seems to be a feature of his warped narcissistic personality.

    7. The Kids are all outside sun tanning and lounging around on Deck Chairs. Pixel is using his arm database mobile device thingy to play Ocean music (see him also using it in “Hero for a day” and “Happy Brush Day”).

    8. Trixie is wearing Star Glasses which she might have bought from e-bay! http://www.ebay.co.uk/bhp/star-glasses

    9. As usual, Stephanie wants to do something active and play catch with her Frisbee ring. But the kids urge her to go with the flow and do nothing.

    10. Sportacus arrives and shows us that he does have a sense of humour. He sits down on a deck chair and also agrees to do nothing. The kids are a little bit shocked by this, especially Stephanie. But then he reveals that he is just kidding them. Pixel says “This doesn’t compute.” Sportacus then pulls a second joke on Pixel.

    11. They all start playing catch with Stephanie’s Frisbee Ring (except Ziggy who tries to eat it and wear it on his head).

    12. In Robbie’s lair in the background we see the suit for his other failed Superhero attempt – Lazycus (from “Defeeted”).

    13. When Robbie dresses up as Sportacus he tries to practise some of Sportacus’ moves and exercises, but we quickly see how unfit Robbie is.

    14. Stingy seems to have a fascination with stealing ladders. I seem to remember that he steals the ladder in another episode also, which is it? Later we still see him walking around with the ladder over his shoulder during the race between Sportacus and Sportafake.

    15. The Mayor is busy trimming branches with his (curved) clippers. He gets harassed by a bee. He also gets harassed by a bee in the Season Two Episode “Double Trouble”.

    16. As bad as Robbie is at pulling off his Rotten Plans, he really is a master quick change artist. Which other episodes does he do that in?

    17. Notice how Robbie’s ears are sticking out of his hat. Sportacus always wears his ears under his hat (contributing to the legend that he is in fact – an Elf!).

    18. Pixel uses his computer again to determine that [the fake] Sportacus is joking when tells them to eat Bubble Gum. Robbie replies “Bingo Bongo, you are Wrongo!”

    19. The interesting thing about the song for this episode is that it is sung from two different locations. Sportacus in the airship and Stephanie on the ground.

    20. The fake Sportacus arrives again and offers the kids some horrible looking “health food” which is actually junk food from a place called “Slerp”.

    21. The French Fries that Robbie offers the kids look similar to the French Fries that he builds the Eiffel Tower with in his underground lair.

    22. When Robbie walks past the fence that Sportacus repaired, he is able to flick all of the wood pickets right off with just his fingers. Shame on you Sportacus for repairing it so badly! No taking Short Cuts (See episode “Zap It!”).

    23. When Stephanie is back in the Mayor’s House, in his kitchen she asks if she can speak with him. As she does this she glances down again (Is she looking at the puppeteers?). She did this in a previous episode as well.

    24. The moral lesson for this episode – “Sometimes you have to speak up, even if non-one wants to hear it. Otherwise you won’t be true to yourself!” is given by the Mayor. Stephanie almost immediately gives him his own advice back.

    25. When the Mayor is talking to Stephanie at home, he now has band aids all over his face and bandages on almost every finger – probably from some of his earlier mishaps.

    26. The scene where Sportacus and Robbie Rotten (dressed as the fake Sportacus) square off is a play on the famous Scene (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8h_v_our_Q) from the movie Spartacus with Kirk Douglas where he is being sought by the Romans and many of the other slaves stand up and claim “I’m Spartacus!” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054331/?ref_=nv_sr_3

    27. As Robbie and Spartacus are walking around each other and examining each other, Robbie sticks his tongue out at the real Sportacus.

    28. When Stephanie and the Mayor are trying to determine who is the real Sportacus, Stephanie gives her trademark “There’s always a way!” saying.

    29. Robbie also gives a signature phrase by suggesting that the loser “has to leave town forever!”

    30. Sportacus has to save Bessie when Stingy accidentally bumps her with the ladder while she is standing on the little red wagon. She goes flying off down the road and Sportacus executes some super moves to bring her to a stop. In which other episodes does Sportacus have to save Bessie?

    31. Robbie seems really amazed that he actually won the race and is almost genuinely excited about it.

    32. Eventually Stephanie works up the courage to speak up and tell her mind on the real Sportacus issue. She always seems to have an intuition about the real Sportacus (and you can see the real Sportacus have a little smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye as she does this). This is her fulfilling the moral lesson of this episode.

    33. When Bessie thanks the Mayor for all his hard work, you can actually hear his heart start beating faster. He really has the hots for her. She goes to give him a kiss, but is interrupted when Stephanie starts the Bing Bang Song (The kiss part is cut out of the Sprout version of the episode).

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    Re: Detailed Episode Analysis - 1x08 – Sportafake

    This was a great episode..

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    Re: Detailed Episode Analysis - 1x08 – Sportafake

    In Germany it is the episode 15 and not 8
    Sportacus and Stephanie fit very well together as a team. Friends are friends since.

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    In Germany it is the episode 15 and not 8
    how did you come to this conclusion?

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    Re: Detailed Episode Analysis - 1x08 – Sportafake

    http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51SStji8cLL.jpg

    Episoden:
    13 Der geklaute Kuchen
    14 Pixelspaß
    15 Der Doppelgänger
    16 Der Zahnbürsten-Geburtstag

    I'm sorry but it looks to me the DVD the episode "Sportafake" is here 15
    Sportacus and Stephanie fit very well together as a team. Friends are friends since.

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    Re: Detailed Episode Analysis - 1x08 – Sportafake

    Quote Originally Posted by Sportastephanie View Post
    http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51SStji8cLL.jpg

    Episoden:
    13 Der geklaute Kuchen
    14 Pixelspaß
    15 Der Doppelgänger
    16 Der Zahnbürsten-Geburtstag

    I'm sorry but it looks to me the DVD the episode "Sportafake" is here 15
    seems the DVD contains just a random ep-compilation with a random numbering because not a single position matches the official ep-number...every compilation DVD is affected afaik

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    Re: Detailed Episode Analysis - 1x08 – Sportafake

    It's not that I do not believe that there is a different sequence but here in Germany are just the consequences all other refined.
    Sportacus and Stephanie fit very well together as a team. Friends are friends since.

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