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Season 1, Episode 9
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Air date

May 15, 2006

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After getting shot in the eye with Shapey's BB gun, Orel's father tells him to be more responsible and mature. In order to learn more about maturity, Orel goes to the local pub and drinks alcohol which is known to him as Maturity Juice.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Orel and his little brother Shapey are in the backyard, and Shapey is aiming around haphazardly with his BB gun. Orel scolds his brother for being so careless, and Shapey begins a tantrum. Their mother, busy in the kitchen, tells Orel to play nicely with his brother, otherwise the neighbors will think she is a bad parent. While Orel is preoccupied with explaining to his parents about the situation, Shapey gets the barrel of his gun under the boy's eye and shoots. Orel is then admonished by his father because of the accident, and told that he will have to be more responsible and mature.

In order to learn more about adults, Orel decides to visit the local pub, where the adults of Moralton go to drown their sorrows. Orel absorbs from his experience that the key to being an adult is to drink the special "maturity juice". Returning home, he goes into his father's study and helps himself to the liquor supply. Soon he becomes so drunk that he begins seeing himself as middle-aged, then as an old man.

Orel is later given a talking to by his father. This time, he is told that one cannot simply drink alcohol to be more mature. First, he must experience stress over things he cannot control, as well as a "soul-numbing" job, among other things. Gradually, as one endures these hardships and learns to accept them as normal, that person earns the right to drink on a daily basis.

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Notes[edit | edit source]

  • This was the first of the three episodes awaiting approval from Standards & Practices due to its depiction of a child drinking alcohol and domestic violence.
  • Orel turns 12 in this episode.
  • Intro gag - Orel is waving with a 'God is #1' foam hand.
  • This is the first and only time that Shapey gets spanked.
  • In the uncut version of this episode, there is an additional scene where the Figurelli's are fighting in which Mr. Figurelli punches Mrs. Figurelli after she slaps him.

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