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Cyberchase
Season 2, Episode 12
Air date September 17, 2003
Written by Barry Harman

George Arthur Bloom

Directed by Larry Jacobs
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Plot

Hacker returns to Poddleville with a peace offering: a magnificent statue of the Mayor of Poddleville. But at the unveiling party, Hacker accuses someone of stealing the key to his recharger chair. The accused claims he’s innocent. Like Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, the kids and Digit investigate the crime by interviewing eyewitnesses and recreating the crime scene. But the more they investigate, the more the accused is placed at the scene of the crime. Everyone saw him. It appears that Hacker has found the culprit. But has he? And what’s that strange noise coming from inside the statue?

Trivia

Inez taking off her glasses scene
  • This is the first time Inez takes off her glasses.
  • The episode's black and white flashbacks may be a tribute to film noir, a style of filmmaking characterized by elements such as cynical heroes, starking lighting effects, frequent use of flashbacks and more.
  • The episode makes references to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's characters, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. Sherlock Holmes is a detective that solves mysteries in his novels, and Dr. Watson helps him on his cases.
  • Sleight O' Hand's name refers to the phrase "Sleight of hand". According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, one of its definitions is "a cleverly executed trick or deception".
  • The episode uses a common television trope of police officer eating a donut,
  • Hacker's threat to destroy Poddleville used the literary device of alliteration. Alliteration defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary is the repetition of usually initial consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words or syllables,
    • " I came here in peace! I came here as a friend! And what happened? That trickster with the dog stole my recharger key! Well, hear this Poddles, no more mister nice guy! I want my key back! And if it’s not returned in twelve hours, Poddleville will perish in a pile of pumice!"

Extras

  • Math Topic: "The Guilty Party" deals with identifying 3-D geometric shapes from different points of view.
  • For Real Segment: Bianca learns to win a game by looking at things in a different way.

Transcript

The Guilty Party (transcript)

References

  1. “Alliteration.” Merriam-Webster, Merriam-Webster, www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alliteration.
  2. Britannica, The Editors of Encyclopaedia. “Film Noir.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 26 Sept. 2017, www.britannica.com/art/film-noir.
  3. “Donut Mess with a Cop.” TV Tropes, tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DonutMessWithACop.
  4. “Sleight Of Hand.” Merriam-Webster, Merriam-Webster, www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sleight%20of%20hand.

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