The Jetson family awakens to a somewhat pleasant surprise: Judy's cooking breakfast. Yep, cooking. Something she learned just yesterday. Just pressing a few buttons on the food-a-rack-a-cycle and then breakfast is served. A no-brainer, right? Don't rightly see how Judy could fail. But as predicted, the machine goes haywire, tossing eggs Copernicus all over the place. As a result, Jane feels it's time for a new one. At Spacely's Space Sprocket sweat shop, Mr. Spacely watches his new favorite game show, Family Fallout, on which he and the family would be appearing that night. Since he fancied himself as quite the thinker, he needed somebody with below average intelligence to compete against on the show in front of millions. Guess what name comes to mind. Give ya a hint, it starts with a G. He was reluctant at first, but Spacely managed to sweet talk him into trying out. So George goes home to tell the family, who react with mixed feelings. Judy is excited because the emcee goes around kissing everybody. So, it looks like they're in it...to win it.
Family Fallout is the Jetson universe's answer to Family Feud, two families going toe to toe to win the dough. In this case, The Jetsons- George, Jane, Judy, Elroy and Rosie vs. The Spacelys- Cosmo, Stella, Mrs. Meltdown, Arthur and Zero. The host, Richard Rocketeer made good his reputation by smooching the women, but when he attempted to kiss Elroy, he met with the cold hard barrel of a BB gun. He's bisexual AND a perv. So, the game was on, and almost immediately Rosie was disqualified since robots are forbidden from being on the show...dogs are okay however, for some reason, and so Astro takes her place. In the first round, the Jetsons are in the lead, and unless the Spacelys can advance, Cosmo is under the threat of his mother in-law moving in with him. Before much longer, the score was tied 7 to 7. Unfortunately, they ran out of time so they would have to come back next time for the tie-breaker. Being the sore-loser that he is, Spacely decided to put George through hell in order to break his spirits. What is the deal with Spacely? He wanted George on the show, the whole thing being his idea, and now he's upset because George happens to be doing better at it than him? What a little bitch. Don't worry, though, he gets what he deserves in the end. Putting Jetson through holy hell wasn't enough for Ol' Spacely, who intended on cheating during the game, wearing an earpiece establishing radio contact with RUDI, who would tell him the answers. What a butt-head. Night of the game found George with laryngitis and too chicken to be on the show, so the rest of the family goes on without him. Rosie, meanwhile, has established telepathic abilities to communicate to Astro. Sitting in the audience, she feeds him the answers. Her robotic telekinesis is interrupted by some form of interference, so she goes to locate the source. It's RUDI. She uncovers Spacely's diabolical deed and sends him some bad vibrations; Final round, the big question that was worth the grand prize: what does R.U.D.I. stand for? Being the only person in the galaxy who knows the answer, George materializes on set and answers: Referential Universal Differential Indexer. Funny Spacely didn't know that since he owns the freakin' thing. And so, the Jetsons win a new food-a-rack-a-cycle and as for the Spacelys, rather than reveal their "constellation prize", let's just say it was poetic justice and irony in its purest, sweetest form.
I liked this one. I'm surprised this show didn't have more spacey variations on game shows, which were pretty big at the time; the plot was good, the story was entertaining, and it was absolutely hilarious seeing Spacely gets his just-desserts with a year supply of his competitors' goods. Glad everything worked out. Jetson fans as well as quiz show fans should give this one a look. Ironically, one of the questions asked was who sung Eep Op Ork Ah-Ah, and naturally Judy knew the answer being Jet Screamer. I'm surprised she didn't also mention that she wrote the song in question. Probably because nobody would believe her.
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