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Robin Good and His
Not-So-Merry Men
Director(s)

Brian Roberts

Producer(s)

Chris Wall

Writer(s)

Mark Steele
Mike Nawrocki
Tim Hodge
Brian Roberts

Music by

Kurt Heinecke

Distributor

Vivendi Entertainment

Released

2011 (production year)
March 6, 2012

Runtime

49 minutes

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Robin Good and His Not-So-Merry Men is the forty-second episode of VeggieTales. The main feature is a retelling of the English legend Robin Hood.

Plot

Countertop Intro

Larry is injured and sad because he lost his pet hamster Squeaky, and says he didn't mean to leave the cage door open. And as a result, it is one of Larry's bad days. Qwerty then tells both him and Bob that they have a video-chat with Eddie Espinosa from Boone, North Carolina, who has also been having a pretty lousy day, as he had moved to a new school and he currently doesn't have any buddies. Bob decides to cheer both of them up by telling them a few stories that remind us where God is when we're hurting.

Lenny and the Lost Birthday

(See the main page for a full plot.)

Robin Good and His Not-So-Merry Men

In the town of Bethlingham, a couple walk through the paths of Sherwood Forest, and are encountered by a group of men yelling “Har har, snicker ha!” at them. They believed they are robbed, but the men’s leader, Robin Good (Larry) swings down, and introduces the men, Bill Scarlet (Mr. Lunt), Big Red (Jean-Claude), Little John (Jimmy), and Friar Cluck (Archibald) as his Merry Men. He then shoots an arrow at a tree branch, setting up a lemonade stand. The Merry Men then offer the couple a glass of lemonade, including ballroom dancing lessons and entering them in a golf tournament. After the couple display utter confusion, Robin explains that he and the Merry Men fund-raise from the rich, and give that money to the poor. The couple states that they aren’t rich at all, as they’ve been impacted by the rough times in Bethlingham. However, after the Merry Men ask them to help out, they each buy a cup of lemonade. After they leave, Robin and the Merry Men collect their earnings and buy a ham to give to a boy, Nate, for his birthday. Nate’s mother, Miss Lewis, thanks Robin for the ham, and explains how she and her family have been suffering. However, she and her children have always remembered that there’s no hurt too big for God. As Miss Lewis is talking with Robin, the sheriff of Bethlingham (Bob) walks into the party, saying that he needs to take the ham as a part of Prince John’s orders. He apologizes for taking the ham, saying that there’s nothing he can do about the situation. After the sheriff leaves with the ham, Robin offers Miss Lewis that he could buy another ham, which she declines.

Later that night, the Merry Men talk about how unfair it was that the ham was taken from Miss Lewis. They blame Prince John for the reason why people in Bethlingham are hurting, hoping for King Richard to return to the throne. Bill Scarlet comes up with the idea to steal from Prince John, as revenge for stealing from the poor. Robin says he doesn’t like the idea, as he says it’s wrong to steal. The Merry Men decide to abandon Robin for not agreeing with them, leaving him alone. Robin prays to God asking why he’s left all alone, before spotting a giant and running away towards the kingdom of Bethlingham to hide. Once inside the kingdom, he meets up again with Miss Lewis, who’s collecting firewood. He explains to her how his friends left him, and how hurt he feels. Miss Lewis tells him to give his burdens to God, singing a lullaby of how God would be there for him when he’s hurting. Robin falls asleep to the lullaby, and Miss Lewis leaves him a blanket to keep him warm.

The next morning, Robin is awakened by fanfare advertising a celebration for Prince John. Robin attempts to fund-raise from the crowd, but no one offers to give. At the celebration, a serf (Jerry) introduces Prince John (Mr. Nezzer) on-stage. Prince John exclaims how he can protect the town from giants, as the serf sets up wooden statues of giants. Prince John shoots arrows at the statues to show how amazing he is, and while he doesn’t hit all the statues, the serf makes them fall down through a lever system. As Prince John shoots at the final statue, his arrow misses and knocks the statue towards the audience, about to land on Miss Lewis’ children. Robin spots this, and rushes to shoot the statue, splitting it in half and saving the children. The audience applauds Robin’s bravery, and Prince John sends the serf to the Dungeon of Despair for embarrassing him. Prince John then asks the sheriff about Robin, and the sheriff states that he was handing out ham the other day. Appalled by this, Prince John tells the sheriff to invite Robin to his castle for dinner, to talk with him about the hams. The sheriff walks over to Robin, and apologizes for taking the ham. He explains that people who disagree with Prince John end up in the dungeon, and the Dungeon of Despair. He then invites Robin to the king’s castle for dinner, giving Robin hope that the king will listen to his ideas about giving away his ham.

Later that night, the Merry Men are sulking in the forest, with no food or plan on how to steal from Prince John. After arguing with each other, they notice the prince’s castle, as Bill Scarlet comes up with a plan. During the dinner party, Prince John scolds Robin for giving away ham to the poor. Robin then tells him that the people of Bethlingham are starving, and that the prince sharing his ham would keep them from doing so. Prince John argues that the ham belongs to him, and that he does not want to share. While the two argue, the Merry Men sneak into the castle and steal every ham from Prince John. As soon as the Merry Men leave, Prince John notices all his ham missing, and accuses Robin of stealing them. He orders the sheriff to throw Robin in the Dungeon of Despair, and to throw away the key. The sheriff goes to handcuff Robin, but as they do not have hands, he escapes the castle and retreats into the forest. Meanwhile, the Merry Men escape the castle with a cart full of the stolen hams, but are quickly caught by Prince John’s guards.

As Robin is in the forest, he meets with Miss Lewis, once again collecting firewood. Robin contemplates what would have happened if he had gone with the Merry Men in stealing from Prince John, as he would be wanted either way. After assuring him he made the right choice, Miss Lewis says she heard that the sheriff was thrown into the Dungeon of Despair earlier, and that Robin could teach him that there’s no hurt too big for God. Robin heads toward Prince John’s kingdom to talk to the sheriff, and on the way there, notices the Merry Men being held in stocks outside the castle. As he walks over to them, they apologize for abandoning him, and for making the wrong decision. Robin states he plans to free them and the sheriff, as he would not want them to deal with any of the hurting he’s felt. He heads towards the Dungeon of Despair, sneaking past Prince John. As he arrives, Robin asks the sheriff where the key to unlock the door is, and learns that it was thrown away after locking the sheriff up. Once Robin opens the door to the dungeon, the sheriff refuses to leave, as he’s hurting too much. Robin assures the sheriff that no hurt is to big for God, and sings the song Miss Lewis had sung to him, assuring the sheriff that God will take care of him.

As Robin and the sheriff escape, a giant breaks through the walls of Bethlingham, sounding an alarm. They notice Prince John cowering in fear of the giant, and ask him if he’ll help with a plan to get rid of it. Once outside the castle, the sheriff frees the Merry Men, and has them pile the prince’s ham onto the wooden giant statues. Robin explains that the ham will be flung at the giant once he gets near the statues using the lever system, and that someone will need to lure the giant in for that to happen. The sheriff volunteers, and goes to get the giant’s attention. He leads the giant to where the statues are, chasing off Prince John and leading the Merry Men to fire the hams. The hams, however, fly over the giant, and scatter across the area. The giant looks at the sheriff with intimidation, right before grabbing and eating a ham, walking away afterwards. The people of Bethlingham congratulate Robin for chasing away the giant, while Robin brings attention to the sheriff, stating he should be the guardian until their king, King Richard returns. The town later holds a celebration, with a bonfire, fund-raising activities from the Merry Men, and the sheriff passing out ham.

Countertop Outro

Back on the countertop, Larry’s hamster Squeaky returns, leading him to feel happy. He thanks Bob for telling the stories, as they made him and Eddie feel better. Bob and Larry recap the stories and the moral, explaining how God is with us whenever we’re hurting. After the “What Have We Learned” song plays, Qwerty displays a Bible verse:

"Give all your burdens to the LORD, for He will take care of you."
— Psalm 55:22

As Bob and Larry say goodbye, Squeaky escapes his cage again, leading Larry to chase after him and fall off the countertop again.

Characters

Lenny and the Lost Birthday

Robin Good and His Not-So-Merry Men


Songs

Production

This episode started on Facebook when Big Idea asked the fans what kind of episode they should do in the future. The fans voted for the proposed title "Where's God When I'm Hurting?". According to Mike Nawrocki, they were going to mix the story with "David and Jonathan," but was cut in the final. However, they had a great giant design and decided to use it in the show.

Fun Facts

Moral

  1. It doesn't matter how bad your day is, God will help you through even the toughest of times.

Explanations

  • Leap years are certain years where an extra day is added. Mike stated this was added because he wanted a twist on why no one remembered Lenny's birthday, and he knew a few friends who have their birthdays on leap years.
    • The year this episode was first released in, 2012, was also a leap year.
  • Mahogany is a straight grained type of wood made from Swietenia mahogani, found in Central America.

Trivia

  • This episode was the first for several things:
    • The first rhyming story Bob tells that isn't based on Dr. Seuss.
    • The first and only time Chris Wall voices Mike Asparagus.
    • The first appearance of Ermie Asparagus.
    • The first time a Silly Song was used from a previous episode.
  • This episode was the last for several things:
    • The last episode where Bob and Larry get a video chat from a kid to date.
    • The last episode in which Qwerty speaks to date.
    • This marks Mike Asparagus's last appearance since The Wonderful Wizard of Ha's to appear with his original design.
  • There were a few differences between pre-production and the final version of the episode.
    • Lenny was going to be named Lester.
    • Dad was going to be in an air-force uniform.
    • The silly song was originally going to be about tornado catching before being replaced with Bubble Rap.
    • The woman with Scooter was going to be Miss Achmetha. (See also Goofs)
    • The currency was going to be slices of ham, but was changed since they didn't want to confuse viewers.
    • The scene on the Sheriff with the harmonica was cut. (This can be found on concept art from the teaser) Mike stated for the reason was because Phil sarcastically mentioned "Another 'harmonica in a dungeon' scene."
    • Robin Good finding the key easily was Mike's idea.

Remarks

  • In some parts, the subtitles don't capitalize the "s" on Squeaky.
  • Despite being at the end, Serf wasn't in the dungeon with the Sheriff when Robin tries to rescue him.
  • The credits state that it released in 2011, but it didn't come out until March 2012. Though this is likely when it was completed.

Goofs

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  • When you first select the scene selection, the silly song is just a still image compare to the other scenes. But if you select the other numbers, and go back to the first page, it changes into an unreleased segment about Larry, Jimmy and Mr. Nezzer trying to catch a tornado. The origins of the silly song are unknown. (See image)
  • The credits has Miss Achmetha listed, even though she never appeared in the episode. (See also Trivia)
  • During the subtitles on the opening countertop, Squeaky's name is not capitalized at the beginning.
    • Although not necessarily considered a fixed goof, it takes until the third time Larry mentions him for his name to finally get capitalized at the beginning.
  • In the scene where Lenny tells his mom that, "This is the day that the Lord has made. You're special to Him, you'll be OK", his mouth doesn't sync up with the audio.
  • When the Bible verse is displayed, the word "he" is not properly capitalized, even though its use refers to God.

Inside References

  • Aside from the moral, this episode has a few connections towards Little Joe:
    • The kid tells Bob and Larry that he has trouble in school.
    • The silly song is performed by Boyz in the Sink.
    • Both Bob and Mr. Nezzer play similar authority figures (Bob being the sheriff, Mr. Nezzer being the main guy).
  • Prince John sleeping with a teddy bear is a reference towards Mr. Nezzer in The Toy That Saved Christmas.
  • Eddie's situation is similar to Erica Bangeman's from Sheerluck Holmes.
  • Bob warning to watch out where Larry's going, which follows with him injuring himself is similar to what happened in Rack, Shack and Benny.
  • Some of the Robin Hood elements from Bully Trouble were used (the plunger arrows). This also connects towards Chris Wall, and said episode was the first one he worked on.
  • Larry mentioned before about losing a hamster in Lessons from the Sock Drawer. Incidentally, Squeaky is the same name of the hamster the kid in the special lost.
  • Bob playing a character who was forced to do something he knew was wrong is a reference to King George and the Ducky (when Bob played Louis, the character was forced by King George (Larry) to help him steal Thomas(Junior)' ducky when Louis knew it was wrong).

Real-World References

  • The title is a parody of Robin Hood and his Merry Men.

Episode Transcript

Gallery

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