December 8, 2017
100 good Deeds for Eddie McDowd
100 Deeds For Eddie McDowd is a show on Nickelodeon in the late '90s and early '00s. The title character was a bully, turned into a dog after messing with the wrong hobo, with the condition that he would only change back if he did 100 good deeds. Aside from the man who put the curse on Eddie, the only person that can hear the dog Eddie talk is Justin Taylor, the last kid that Eddie bullied as a human. Hilarity Ensues.It was canceled in the U.S. after just 40 episodes, long before Eddie could change back into a human and still having 60 good deeds remaining, due to low ratings. Bait-and-Switch Comparison:
I can't believe you let that filthy beast into the house!
Yeah, and now he has a dog.Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The man who cursed Eddie is known only as "The Drifter" - a possible shoutout to Robert A. Heinlein's —All You Zombies—'', perhaps? Jerkass: The titular character himself. Also, the Drifter, but to a lesser extent. Parental Favoritism / Sadist Teacher: Averted. Justin's father is the Shop Class teacher, and is extra hard on Justin despite him being actually quite competent. Poor Communication Kills: In a two-part episode, the Taylors call the host family where Gwen is in the UK. Tori answers the phone and mistakes "Taylor" for "Tailor", who she was mad at for botching up an order so she threatens to send the other dress back in pieces - the Taylors assume they're talking about Gwen. Well, long story short, it drives one of the plots for the episode. Recycled Premise: Of the short lived 1980s show The 100 Lives Of Black Jack Savage. Shop Class: It was Eddie's only good class when he was a human - revealed in the episode wherein Justin's father almost becomes the permanent shop teacher. Justin himself is also rather competent in Shop - his father is just extra hard on him. Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Drifter is trying to to teach Eddie to stop being a Jerk Ass (Eddie nearly crossed the Moral Event Horizon when they crossed paths), but does he really have to be a dick about it? It probably wasn't a good idea to erase his entire family off the face of the Earth (seriously). The Drifter also does this to other kids too; one episode has a dog who is undergoing a similar trial just like Eddie, and the only person who can hear her speak is the last person whose car she destroyed. (She "Pooled" them.) One can only imagine how many dogs are actually transformed teens.
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