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|The Search for Samson's Hairbrush|
June 25, 2005
Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Samson's Hairbrush is the twenty-fifth episode of VeggieTales and the first Minnesota Cuke episode.
The main feature is a parody of the Indiana Jones films by Paramount Pictures, specifically "Raiders of the Lost Ark," and is also based on the 2003 video game Minnesota Cuke and the Coconut Apes.
On the countertop, Bob and Larry both get letters from two different kids. Bob gets a letter from a kid from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and Larry gets a letter from a kid from San Antonio, Texas about being bullied and what God says to do about it and start a couple of stories.
In "Bully Trouble", Junior is a young boy who is discouraged when a big bully named Gordon claims the playground as his own and threatens to pound anyone who trespasses. Back in his tree house, Junior starts daydreaming about being very heroic. When he declares that he is not afraid, Dad comes and gives him advice on how to overcome his fears.
Later, the kids return to the playground. Gordon appears and threatens to pound Junior every day. But soon, the other kids gain courage to stand up to Gordon as well. Gordon leaves and everyone cheers.
In the Silly Song "Pizza Angel", Larry sends out for a pizza, but for some reason, it's taking a long time to arrive. Larry sings about missing his pizza in the style of a teen tragedy. Towards the middle of the song, some pea angels appear as backup singers. Finally, the Pizza man arrives and tells Larry that he couldn't find his house, so he got hungry and ate his pizza.
The main feature, "Minnesota Cuke", begins with Minnesota searching for the Golden Carrot Nose of the Abominable Snowman in the Himalayas. However, after a chain of events, his arch enemy, Professor Rattan, ends up swiping the Golden Carrot Nose and declaring, "Finders keepers!"
At the Moose Lake, Minnesota Children's Museum, Minnesota complains about Rattan to his assistant, Martin. Then, a Parkman from New York City arrives to inform Minnesota about a plot to steal Samson's hairbrush, which is believed to possess the great powers of Samson. Apparently, Canadians want to use the power of the hairbrush to take over both halves of Niagara Falls. Minnesota decides he wants to use the power of the brush to get revenge on Rattan.
The first stop in his search is an ice cream shop in Malta. He seeks advice from an old friend, a former archaeologist named Julia. She gives him an address where he can find out more. Shortly after he leaves, Rattan arrives seeking the same information. When Julia refuses, Rattan sets the freezer to melt causing strawberry ice cream to flood the entire shop. Minnesota returns to save Julia, and she informs Minnesota they must go to Seville.
In the Barbershop of Seville, they are welcomed by barbers Figaro and Leo, who tell Minnesota of the Catacombs where the hairbrush is secluded. They offer him a map, which Rattan immediately steals. However, they also inform Minnesota of a shortcut to the Catacombs. Minnesota finds the hairbrush, but is confronted by Rattan and the Parkman (who was working for Rattan the entire time) who have captured Julia. Minnesota offers him the brush for Julia's freedom. Martin calls and claims that the brush has no power, that Samson's power came from God rather than the artifact. Minnesota and Julia escape the Catacombs but again run into Rattan and the Parkman. Figaro and Leo arrive with two Canadian Mounties who attempt to arrest Rattan, but Minnesota shows compassion by convincing them to let him go. This redeems Rattan, who offers the brush in return for friendship.
Back at the countertop, the lessons learned are that sometimes we can't do anything to change a bully and that God doesn't want us to try to get even because that just make us bullies too but God wants to love them.
- Bob the Tomato (Himself/Marten)
- Larry the Cucumber (Himself/Minnesota Cuke)
- Petunia Rhubarb (Julia Rhubarb)
- Mr. Lunt (Professor Rattan)
- Jimmy and Jerry Gourd (Canadian policemen)
- Scallion #1 (The Parkman)
- Gourdon Smithson (debut)
- Junior Asparagus
- Laura Carrot
- Percy Pea
- Lil' Pea
- Annie Onion
- Mike Asparagus
- VeggieTales Theme Song
- Robin Hood Song
- Silly Songs with Larry: Pizza Angel
- What Have We Learned
- Minnesota Cuke Theme Song
- Love your enemies!
- White, wheat, and sourdough are different types of bread.
- The stops Minn made before he went to Malta were Lombard and Franklin. Lombard was the previous location where Big Idea was located before, and Franklin is the current place the company is.
- Capisce is Italian for "You get it?" or "You understand?"
- This episode was the first for several things:
- The first episode to have more than one letter to answer (not counting Lyle the Kindly Viking since they never state who wrote the letters for that episode).
- The first episode Chris Wall worked on.
- This was the first episode Petunia appears without Madame Blueberry.
- The first episode known to have its credits designed by PopTop Studios, according to a demo reel made by the company.
- This episode was the last for several things:
- Bully Trouble will return in Little Ones Can Do Big Things Too!, and Growing Courageous Kids!.
- The episode was originally going to be released on May 24, 2005, but was rescheduled back to June 25, 2005.
- In some shots of Malta, there's a poster about a missing falcon.
- The script for this episode was finalized on August 31, 2004, one year before this episode was released.
- On the DVD versions, after the FBI Warning fades out, there’s a line on the bottom of the widescreen and it fades to black. If you compare this with the original VHS, there’s some teasers that were missing in the DVD (eg. Sheerluck Holmes teaser comes on after Lord of the Beans ended).
- The canisters returned, but only two came back. The third would return in Gideon: Tuba Warrior.
- Larry did get fan letter in the first Larry-Boy episode, though it was in the form of an email.
- Scooter's nose is in a different color in this episode.
- In the dream sequences, Annie isn't wearing her glasses.
- After Matren shows the newspaper to Minn, he puts it away behind him, and it disappears, as it was hammer space.
- It was never explained why Julia gave up being an archaeologist in the first place.
- Minnesota sort of breaks the fourth wall when the camera was looking at the bottom.
- The melted ice cream in the malt shop is portrayed as a yogurt type liquid. In real life, the ice cream would've been more frothy type. The crew acknowledged this in the audio commentary.
- After Minnesota rescues Julia, the table that she was standing on that's about to be shredded was already in pieces.
- The DVD main menu has Larry's High Silk Hat playing, even though that song is not in the episode.
- One shot shows Professor Rattan without his teeth.
- After you select the Family Fun selection, you can see that the inside of Julia's mouth is missing while flying on the rope with Minnesota.
- Some of the background characters were from the previous episode.
- The crushed can Gourdon kicks is the same from Sumo of the Opera.
- During the credits, you can spot a whale, a pirate ship with a life saver, Lyle's boat, and four penguins, who are Zidgel, Midgel, Fidgel, and Kevin.
- Cuke hums some bars of "The Hairbrush Song." Julia even makes a reference to this.
- This is the second episode that VeggieTales did a space alien character.
Real World References
- Junior's dream in the beginning and end of Bully Trouble is a spoof on Robin Hood.
- Mr. Nezzer's dream outfit is a spoof on Mike Ditka's.
- Minn mentions Rattan once stole Salvador's dolly. This is most likely referring to the painter Salvador Dali.
- Because it's a spoof on the Indiana Jones films, many references were used here.
- Cuke says "Worms! Why'd it have to be worms?" when he's suspended over the bridge. This is a reference to a quote from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. Only Indiana says "Snakes! Why'd it have to be Snakes?"
- Minnesota Cuke would eventually find Noah's umbrella.
- The arrow plungers would be used again in the next episode.
- There's a later episode where they spoof Robin Hood.
- There's a later spoof where Bob explains his feelings about the song.
- Unknown (Albanian) (existence unconfirmed)
- مينيسوتا كيوك والبحث عن فرشت شمشون (Arabic) (same translation)
- Sampson 失梳事件 (Cantonese) (Sampson combing incident)
- Minnesota Cuke und die Suche nach Samsons Haarbürste (German) (same translation)
- Unknown (Hungarian)
- Unknown (Korean) (subtitled only)
- Minnesota Luke og jakten på Samsons hårbørste (Norwergian) (same translation not counting Minnestoa Cuke's name change)
- Minnesota Cuke e a Escova Perdida de Sansão (Portuguese) (Brazil) (same translation)
- Minnesota Cuke y la Búsqueda del Cepillo de Sansón (Latin Spanish) (same translation)
- A Busca da Escova de Cabelo do Sansão (Portuguese) (Portugal) (The Search for Samson's Hairbrush)
- Миннесота Огурчик И Искать Расческу (Russian) (same translation)
- Unknown (Taiwanese)
- Minnesota Cuke và cuộc tìm kiếm chiếc lược của Samson (Vietnamese) (same translation)