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Moral Orel
Season 3, Episode 5
Air date October 23, 2008
Written by Mark Rivers

Dino Stamatopoulos

Directed by Ross Shuman
Episode Guide

As Orel Puppington is shooting poorly during a marksmanship lesson from his father, an unhappy boy who is depressed because his parents ignore him joins them and his shooting skills impress Dad so much he winds up usurping Orel's place in the family.

Plot Edit

While Doughy Latchkey is playing outside, he gets a scrape on his knee and goes inside to ask his mother for a bandage, but they refuse to treat his injury and kick him out of the house in order to be alone. While wandering around the town, Doughy becomes jealous of bonding fathers and sons he sees, longing for a caring parental figure of his own.

Just then, he witnesses Clay Puppington teaching Orel how to shoot a gun out in the front yard. Doughy wanders over and participates as well, revealing himself to be an excellent marksmen. When asked how he did it, Doughy tells him he can shoot so well because he believes that he doesn't matter, and nothing he does ever means anything to anyone. Clay tells Doughy to keep an eye on Orel.

Soon, Bloberta Puppington comes to tell Orel she accidentally washed his lucky Bible. Orel suddenly seizes up and fires his gun near his mother. Clay reenters and makes an empty threat of taking Doughy on the trip instead. Forming an idea, Doughy intentionally tries to get Orel to flinch and shoot his gun in order to take Orel's place on the hunting trip with Clay.

Clay appears to start favoring Doughy over Orel, much to Doughy's pleasure. Doughy ends up taking Orel's spot at the dinner table, and is even taught by Clay how to smoke. After a while, Orel begins to feel the same dejected rejection as Doughy and manages to shoot all his targets in the yard. Clay then proclaims his son ready to go on the trip. An anxious Doughy asks if he can still come as well, to which Clay explains that his apparent favoritism of Doughy was all a ruse to make Orel learn how to shoot better. Clay finishes the episode by saying "Why, I wouldn't take you on that trip even if you were Lee Harvey Oswald".



Episode Tie-Ins Edit

This episode is connected to Courtship, Nature Part 1 and Nature Part 2


This was the only episode in Season 3 that had its traditional opening apart from Grounded and Passing.