This is part of my weekly Saturday Morning installment dedicated to archiving and commenting on the wonderful “what else can we put in here to make it an hour” ridiculousness that is the cartoon series, Super Friends.
Season 1 – Episode 10: “The Fantastic Frerps”
Airdate was November 10, 1973.
Short Synopsis: This episode didn’t mess around – BOOM – we’re introduced to “King Plasto” and his personal jester, Styro. King Plasto wants to create his own country. He is the inventor or F.R.E.R.P. (Fiber Reinforced Epoxy Resin Plastic). No, wait, sorry – King Plasto says anyone can make FRERP, but he added a secret ingredient, which apparently allows him to make working duplicates of anything that expand out of a pantyhose egg. Really:
He’s stealing all the research and plastic shipments that are supposed to belong to G.R.E.P.S.
G.R.E.P.S – Government Research and Experiment Project for Space
Turns out Super Friends playing golf is no more interesting to watch than regular people playing golf.
The Super Friends dickin’ around – practicing for a charity golf event they plan to attend, notice Wendy and Marvin holding hands, like a couple of creepy ghosts:
The golfing took up about 15 minutes of the show.
Aaaaaand, here they are, at the event, at the Haunted Hills Golf Course, which is being televised: “As the Super Friends continue to display their dazzling array of golf tricks…” – Narrator
W.T.F. Screen Shots
The Anagram Board at Justice League Headquarters. Because that many villains use anagrams in the Super Friends Universe.
Superman flies face first into a rubbery plastic flying saucer and loses his flying grace:
The Batmobile drives over an egg with a ferris wheel in it, and then gets stuck on top of it.
I Learned a New Word from Super Friends!
Perspicacious – adjective – having keen mental perception and understanding.
In a sentence: “A very perspicacious suggestion, Wendy.” – Batman
Another example: “The Super Friends writers are not perspicacious when it comes to science and the mechanics of plastic.” – Me
If you would like to see these shenanigans for yourself, the first season is available on DVD.