please tell me about s01e03: Deep-Fried Fishes

here you go!!!!

oh man!!! Season 1 is so weird to watch now! I know some people said it wasn’t so good in the beginning but I kind of miss it! It got so serious in the later seasons.

Anyway this episode is the one where Trey tries to get a part time job so he can buy one of those razor scooters (shut up they were cool at the time!!) to impress Julia, the cute girl at school! So he starts working at this one fast food place, and finds out they make everything there out of fried fish?? and he gets creeped out, but is sort of okay since he is not really a fish but a sea creature or something.

Anyway the boss is kind of creepy? Like he keeps giving weird looks at Trey (which of course the fandom has translated into a ton of fics?? I mean ship whatever you want but it creeps me out!!!) and we find out he’s a were-bear!! And he ends up trying to lure trey into a deep fryer because bears eat fish?? And it’s like this giant horrifying fight with a deep fryer behind them and it was SO TENSE!

Anyway Trey uses his merman strength to fend him off, but then he gets stuck in the freezer?? Like the guy was pushing him backwards and he hid in there, I don’t know. But it’s BAD NEWS because his merman blood has more H2O in it than human blood so he might freeze and his powers are going away because he is so cold!!!! and of course there is a commercial break there UGH!!!!

Luckily the B-plot involves Carlos trying to get into the newspaper club, and he’s trying to solve this mystery involving all these dead fish found at the reservoir to prove he has journalistic chops, cus nobody takes him seriously!! So he’s like sneaking around and sees the bear guy eating fish like he’s starving, cus like, I guess it’s hard for a werebear to find enough fish to eat?? So he follows him to work and like, is making all these hilarious quips, but when he sees him like, push Trey into the back room right before their big fight he’s like ‘OH NO!’ and rushes in with this giant plastic fish mascot from outside the place, and manages to knock out the were-bear guy and break the lock on the freezer open!!

Anyway then Trey is like ‘what if he saw me use my powers during that fight!!!’ but luckily Carlos got distracted by a hot babe or something.  So they bring the werebear to the cops and luckily they don’t notice anything weird so Trey’s secret is safe!!!1 And Carlos writes about it and gets into the newspaper! Which sets up stuff for the big School Election Scandal plotline later!! And I don’t know how Trey makes the money for his razor scoter after that? Cus he definitely has one in episode 5. Whatever! I’m kind of sad that Kristy wasn’t in this episode, but I mean, she had to practice for the scholastic decathlon/the actress who played her had a baby (btw the behind the scenes photos of the cast with her kid are SO. CUTE.)

Anyway it was only an okay episode? Like watching it again it’s kind of not as good as season 3 or 4, and even the Carlos lines are less funny, but they were just getting into the swing of things! I was really distracted by the actor originally playing the Journalism teacher though, totally different from the Mr. Penderghast we love from season 2!! And now that I think of it, the fish fast food plotline is kind of like in the muppet movie, with the whole ‘you are the food’ thing. Wow, teen merman writers, stop cribbing plot lines from movies! this is not the first time it’s happened!)


Oh man, you missed it?!?! it was the second half of a two parter!!!!

ok so like, last week: Trey (the Teen Merman) totally was going to ask Julia to be his lab partner cus like, there’s this big project coming up, and she is really good at applied physics, and Trey is kind of okay but he wants her to like, teach it to him to like, smoothly get her to spend time with him, you know?? so he is totally psyching himself up in the bathroom, and like he accidentally breaks the tap on the sink with his merman powers and then there’s water everywhere and he turns into a merman because like, those are his powers!! and he’s totally gonna be late for class and he’s like freaking OUT!

and then the new kid,  Winnebago Cunningham comes in, and Trey has to hide in a stall really quick and he’s like “oh shit does he know about me!?!?!” but like, Winnebago doesn’t say anything, like he might not know Trent is there, but I dunno, the Camera had this dramatic shot of Winnebago looking into the mirror with Trey in the stall behind him and Winnebago looked kind of scary, but then he leaves.

so anyway like, Trey dries off under the hand drier thing and gets into class but he is there like 20 minutes late and the teacher tells him he is getting written up for cutting class 🙁 and that’s like really bad because you know how Trey totally skipped class in episode 3 for the big Leon family merman thing, and in episode 7 when he totally had to go save Kristy from the Kraken and and in episode 8 where he skipped class to get ice cream with his friend from his previous school, Jeremy because he was having serious troubles being addicted to the drugs?? (I wonder where Jeremy is now?)
ANYWAY so Trey totally has more than 3 absences, and the science teacher totally tells Trey he will get an F and flunk the 11th grade!! and the episode like, ends like that!!

Trey is like telling the teacher he will come up with an amazing project to bring up his grade and since Trey is like totally a good guy, the teacher says okay. so Trey leaves class and goes to the beach. And he like puts on his special merman-preventing wetsuit that Julia designed for him when he revealed his secret (before she got hit in the head in episode 3 and lost her memory) and surfs for a while? and like, Winnebago shows up and says something like “didn’t think I’d see you out here. on the water. like this.” and Trey is like “oh hey Winnebago” but inside he’s also like ‘oh shit does he know my secret oh man the merman council will be so upset if he knows!!!’ but Winnebago doesn’t say anything else.

Anyway Trent’s friend Kristy shows up and so does Trent’s best bro, Carlos, and they like have corn dogs or whatever and Trent tells them his problems. And both of them are kind of like ‘trent julia is not worth all this trouble!!!’ because like they are both jealous of how Julia takes up all of Trent’s time and Kristy totally has a crush on him from when they were kids. But then Trent is staring at the waves and he’s like “omg I can do the physics of WAVES!!” and he like runs home and makes this amazing presentation. But the next day when he presents it he realizes that now he has no reason to talk to Julia and he has a crisis!!! and he’s like thinking about this and the camera does this creepy pan of Winnebago, who is walking by him in the hallway and I swear, Winnebago has fangs or something???? The music gets all weird too.

Anyway Trey decides to be honest and gives his presentation and the teacher is like “Trey good job you don’t have to flunk 11th grade” and Julia is like “Trey that was fascinating, do you want to go to the beach sometime and talk about waves?” and Trey is like totally happy.

BUT THEN there is this like, ending scene where Winnebago is behind the school, talking on his cell phone and he is like “I’ve located him. It’s definitely him. Yes, I know. The Merpeople MUST PAY” and he looks all supernatural???

and now all the people on the forums are FLIPPING OUT trying to figure out what he is omg it’s getting SO REAL. And there were some great Carlos lines this week.
(for reference, here is our first post about teen merman.)