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Clum Babies
Drawntogethers02e05
Drawn Together Episode
Season/Episode Season 2 Episode 5
Production Code 204
Original Airdate November 16, 2005
Guest Voices Chris Edgerly
Victor Yerrid
Written By Jonathan Kimmel
Directed By Rich Moore
Previous Episode Captain Hero's Marriage Pact
Next Episode Ghostesses in the Slot Machine

"Clum Babies" is the twelfth episode of Drawn Together.

StorylineEdit

While trying to rescue drowning animals in the pool as part of their latest reality show challenge, the housemates are startled by a commotion inside the house. They enter to find the kitchen completely trashed, and Wooldoor humping everything in sight. Foxxy explains that Wooldoor has finally reached puberty, and realizing he needs an outlet for his newfound urges, she teaches him how to masturbate. This leads to the "birth" of his magical Clum Babies, which have healing powers. Foxxy and Spanky decide to make a profit using Wooldoor's Clum Babies to heal people who are sick and injured. Clara, representing the conservative Christian viewpoint, declares that Wooldoor's constant "masturbation" and the use of his Clum Babies to heal the sick are acts against God, and vows to stop them. She recruits a group of Christian vegetables known as the VeggieFables (a parody of the VeggieTales), who convince Wooldoor masturbation is a sin.

In a second plotline, Ling-Ling is revealed to be a regular clubgoer who has been picking up other battle monsters to fight with and abandon the next morning. After one such encounter, Ling-Ling receives a call from his father telling him that it's time to settle down and find one battle monster to fight with for the rest of his life; even worse, he informs Ling-Ling that he has already chosen him a partner. Ling-Ling resists the idea, but changes his mind upon meeting the monster his father sets him up with, the beautiful Ni-Pul. Ling-Ling and Ni-Pul have a passionate affair, but before too long, Ling-Ling realizes the spark may have gone out of it already. He tells Ni-Pul that perhaps the two of them shouldn't be tied down to each other, and suggests they begin seeking other partners to battle against. Ni-Pul suggests to Ling-Ling that they should drop the battle metaphor and just have sex. Ling-Ling happily agrees.

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The guys go clubbing.

Shortly after getting Wooldoor to swear off masturbation forever, Clara becomes ill with tuberculosis, leaving it up to Foxxy and Spanky to convince Wooldoor to produce another Clum Baby to save her life. As Wooldoor has been brainwashed by the VeggieFables, Foxxy and Spanky are forced to kidnap him and show him a pornographic film in an attempt to get him aroused; the plan works, as shortly after the film begins, a Clum Baby pops out of Wooldoor's mouth. As Clara cradles the Clum Baby in her arms, the two lead vegetables, Bob the Cucumber and Larry the Tomato, confront the foursome and demand that Clara put the Clum Baby down, insisting that if she uses it to heal herself, she would be disobeying the word of God. Foxxy tries to explain that The Bible is more of a guideline to live a good life than a literal set of rules. Clara and Larry the Tomato decide that Foxxy may be right, but Bob the Cucumber refuses to listen. Instead, he goes psychotic and pulls out a gun, and proceeds to go on a mad killing spree, shooting Clara and Foxxy almost instantly. After Larry protests that no one was supposed to get hurt, Bob shoots him too, and then turns and shoots Spanky. Wooldoor flees from the room in terror, and Bob chases after him. As he is pursuing Wooldoor through the house, Bob kills Captain Hero, Xandir, Toot, Ling-Ling, Ni-Pul, a masturbating teenager, and Steve and his female companions.

Bob corners Wooldoor and declares that he intends to save him from hell by killing him. As Wooldoor begs for his life, one of the Clum Babies touches Bob, curing him of his psychosis. Bob is happy until he realizes the carnage he caused with his killing spree. Filled with grief and remorse, he kills himself. Wooldoor decides that God killed off everyone but him so that he could finally masturbate the way God intended: alone. It is implied at the end of the episode that when Wooldoor has finished masturbating, he will use the Clum Babies to resurrect the others; when a Clum Baby approaches Clara's corpse, he says "Not yet, little friend."

Musical number: "God Is Watching Everything You Do", a menacing song the VeggieFables (Bob, Larry, and three unnamed others) sing to convince Wooldoor to stop masturbating, alternating between a typical children's song and the VeggieFables menacing Wooldoor. Also, in a parody of The Karate Kid, Part II, Peter Cetera's "Glory Of Love" plays during Ling-Ling's battles with Ni-Pul.

CharactersEdit

Major RolesEdit

Minor RolesEdit

Lyrics to "God is Watching Everything You Do"Edit

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Wooldoor and the VeggieFables.

VeggieFables: [singing] God is watching everything you do!
Larry the Cucumber: [singing] When you get undressed or take a shower...
Bob the Tomato: [singing] When you touch yourself for hour after hour...
VeggieFables: God is watching everything you do
[dramtically] And He thinks you're a nasty, naughty nympho slut!
You sinful filthy whore, you're going to Hell!
Your flesh will burn, your bones will churn,
Your soul will be torn asunder!
Princess Clara: Aaaaaaah!
VeggieFables: You wretched heathen heretic, burn in Hell...
Bob the Tomato: [resumes singing normally]...for eternity!
Larry the Cucumber: So you'd better remember...
VeggieFables: God is watching everything you do!

Memorable QuotesEdit

"Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle."

"Oh, so it's fine when you say it."

(Foxxy electrocutes Clara with a electric necklace)

- Foxxy Love and Princess Clara

"I'm saying you need to masturbate."

"But, isn't masturbation a sickening, indefensable sin against God?"

"Princess, please. Masturbation is fun and natural. Not to mention it's a great way to earn five bucks without touching a guy."

"You have an answer for everything, don't you?"

"Yep! Except for math"

- Foxxy Love and Princess Clara

"Ling-Ling found new shampoo and worst lingual enemy."

(Ling-Ling struggles to read the title of Prell)

"P-plerr."

(In confessional) "Oh, Plerr. How can you leave Ling-Ling hair with such shine and body and leave soul with such shame and embarassment?"

- Ling-Ling

"I'm sorry for being so phalic."

- Bob the Cucumber

"I'm sorry for buying slaves from third world countries."

"Free!"

"I said I'm sorry not stop dusting!"

- Princess Clara and her slave

"Ni-Pul, we must talk. You are wonderful battle monster. Any monster lucky to battle you."

"What you say Ring-Ring? You no wanna battre me no more?"

"Baby, baby, it not you, it Ling-Ling."

"Oh, no Ring-Ring. I feel it too. There no spark when we battre... I have a crazy idea, now bear with he here. Maybe instead of battre, we just fuck!"

"So, you suggest we drop the metaphor and Ling-Ling dip crispy noodle in your duck sauce?"

"Sure!"

(The two of them start going at it and making love)

- Ling-Ling and Ni-Pul

Notes and inside referencesEdit

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Ni-Pul.

  • The end credits reverse the whole sequence with Bob the cucumber killing everybody, except for Larry the tomato, Foxxy Love and Princess Clara.
  • Ni-Pul's voice is provided by Cree Summer. The character's name is a pun on the word "nipple".
  • Many fans have pointed out that the way Wooldoor produces his Clum Babies is similar to SpongeBob SquarePants's elaborate ritual for producing bubbles underwater. However, Executive Producer Bill Freiberger has stated that SpongeBob SquarePants is not being referenced in any way. "No, it wasn't based on that SpongeBob episode. When we came up with the idea of satirizing stem cell research we had to jump through a lot of hoops to get the episode past the broadcast standards and practices department. That's why the masturbation process is so weird and complex -- it couldn't in any way reflect actual masturbation. That's also the reason he makes Clum Babies instead of just secreting a liquid of some sort and the reason that they come out of his mouth." [1] Freiberger also added, "Standards and Practices wouldn't let us have Wooldoor jerk off into a spoon and then have sick people drink his semen so we made his sperm big and cute so they looked like small animals as a compromise." [2]
  • Ling-Ling's father speaks English (albeit heavily accented) in this episode. In his previous appearance, he spoke in the same subtitled dialect as Ling-Ling. He would also speak English in his next appearance in "Freaks & Greeks". Ni-Pul and the other battle monsters speak English as well, although not perfectly ("Oh, Ring-Ring, it not you."); however, they have no trouble understanding Ling-Ling's language.
  • When Ni-Pul suggests that she and Ling-Ling drop the "battle" metaphor and just have sex, Ling-Ling ironically replies with another metaphor: "So you suggest we drop metaphor, and Ling-Ling dip crispy noodle in your duck sauce?".
  • When Bob the Cucumber goes on his killing spree, he kills, in order, Clara, Foxxy, Larry the Tomato, Spanky, Captain Hero, Xandir, Toot, Ling-Ling, Ni-Pul, the masturbating teenager, Steve from Long Island, and Steve's two female companions. Though their slayings are not shown, the corpses of those who were healed by Clum Babies can also be seen, including a naked Farmer Alfalfa (left on the kitchen counter with a knife in his back) and the crippled boy whose leg braces were "cured" from squeaking (impaled with one of his crutches).
  • It would later be revealed in the episode "Super Nanny" that Ling-Ling sees everyone as anime characters. However, in this episode, while he is scanning the room looking for Hoochie, he seems to see perfectly normally.
  • Shortly before Bob runs into the confessional and kills her, Toot says, "[I knew what Xandir was trying to tell me,] that I was fat, and guys aren't into real [women anymore]!". These were lines she originally spoke in "Hot Tub"; however, it cuts off in the middle of her dialogue, and she is killed before she can finish the statement.
  • Jonathan Kimmel, the writer of this episode, invented the word "clum" in reference to when semen takes on a clumpy form.
  • According to web site commentary for the episode "Freaks & Greeks", the Drawn Together creators expected this episode to produce a great deal of controversy due to its graphic violence and attacks on religion. However, the only note they received expressed concern over whether the blind boy was masturbating when he died. [4]
  • In the episode's Spanish language dubbed version, when Ni-Pul can be seen lying in bed and Ling-Ling is fighting her, a sample from "The One Wherein There Is a Big Twist, Part II" (when Ling-Ling spots the soiled underwear in the Sockbat Snacks machine and proceeds to put a quarter in it) can be heard in the background, instead of the usual Ling-Ling theme played in the original.
  • In the televised version of this episode, there is a female Sockbat whose nipple is green like Wooldoor's televised fake breasts. But in the same version, there is another female Sockbat with a pink nipple showing (this being possibly forgotten to be censored).
  • In the televised version of this episode, in scenes of Foxxy's and the teenage boy's masturbation, their hands remain still, though they are moving in the DVD version of the episode. This also happened in "The One Wherein There Is a Big Twist, Part II" as well.
  • Bob's shooting spree involves a conventional 6-shooting revolver. Apart from his suicide, he fires a total of 29 shots.

GoofsEdit

  • During the "God Is Watching" musical number, Bob and Larry's voices are reversed after the first chorus; however, they return to normal for the rest of the song and throughout the rest of the episode.
  • During the scene where Bob kills Steve and his female companions, one of Steve's companions, a lady dressed in blue, is shown wearing high-heeled sandals. When she is shown again later, after Bob has committed suicide, she is wearing ordinary pumps.

Animated cameosEdit

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Looks like Sylvester has broken his leg in one of his plans to catch Tweety. XD

Cultural referencesEdit

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Bob goes insane.

  • When Foxxy talks about masturbation being natural, Clara informs the others that they'll all go to hell, and vanishes in a puff of black smoke. This is a reference to the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz.
  • Ling-Ling describes his new shampoo (Prell) as his worst lingual enemy; he pronounces it "Plerr", providing another instance of Ling-Ling switching L's and R's. When he then asks how "Plerr" can give his hair such shine and body yet leave his soul with shame and embarrassment, a giant sweat drop forms on his face; the sweat drop is a common symbol in manga used to denote embarrassment or exasperation. Later in the episode, after Ling-Ling sees Ni-Pul for the first time, a vein stroke can be seen in his front; this is another manga symbol, in this case indicating anger or irritation.
  • When Wooldoor demonstrates his masturbating skills and lifts up a Clum Baby, everyone bows down. This is a reference to Disney's The Lion King.
  • Clara voices her moral objections not only to masturbation, but also regarding the use of Wooldoor's Clum Babies for their healing powers. ("This is madness! Sacrificing potential lives to save existing ones?") This is a satire of the contemporary debate over stem cell research.
  • After hearing the news that he is to have an "arranged battle," Ling-Ling exclaims, "Yoko Ono!," a pun on the "oh no!" in her name, as well as a reference to the potential disruptive influence of the female battle monster in question (the point of reference being Ono's alleged role in the breakup of the Beatles). Ling-Ling would use Ono's name as an expletive again in "Freaks & Greeks".
  • The blind boy with hairy palms is a reference to an old wives' tale that masturbation leads to vision loss and hair growing on the palms of one's hands.
  • The way Spanky Ham introduces the Clum Babies to the public is a parody of the Leptoprin advertisements that ask, "When is a diet plan worth 153 dollars a bottle? When it works!"
  • Bob the Cucumber and Larry the Tomato are based on two VeggieTales characters, host Bob the Tomato and supporting vegetable Larry the Cucumber; the characters' names are simply reversed. Despite the name of Bob and Larry's group, both tomatoes and cucumbers are fruits.
  • When Spanky sends the Clum Baby seekers away after Wooldoor stops producing Clum Babies, Spanky says "You don't have to die at home, but you can't die here," a reference to the line, "You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here". This a phrase often used by bartenders trying to shoo away their last remaining patrons at the end of the night.
  • When Foxxy debates over whether she should help Clara, at one point, she changes to a kid version of herself and says, "But the frosty side of me told me I had to help!" This a reference to TV commercials for Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats, which featured adults saying they liked the cereal's wheat side for its fiber content, but then changed into kid versions of themselves and said something to the effect of "but the kid in me likes the frosted side!"
  • The scene in which Spanky and Foxxy strap Wooldoor in a chair with his eyes clamped open and force him to watch pornography in order to produce a Clum Baby for Clara is a parody of the Ludovico technique from the Stanley Kubrick film adaptation of A Clockwork Orange, though in Clockwork the method was used to reduce a character's violent inclinations.
  • The movie shown to Wooldoor to induce him to masturbate, Sockbats Gone Wild, is a parody of the Girls Gone Wild video series.
  • There are flying doves in scenes where Ling-Ling with Ni-Pul and Steve from Long Island are killed. This is a reference to John Woo's use of doves in climactic gunfights in his movies. Bob's gun never seeming to need reloading is another parody of Woo's films, as well as action films in general.
  • Clara's pose as she lies dead at the end of the episode resembles that of the sleeping Princess Aurora from Disney's Sleeping Beauty.
  • In the Season 2 finale, Bob the Cucumber's shooting spree is dated April 20th, 1999. This is most likely a reference to the Columbine High School massacre, which took place on that date.


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