The Jetsons: Season 3, Episode 10

Spacely for a Day (12 Nov. 1987)

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George is chosen to be Mr. Spacely's replacement while he's on vacation, and nearly runs them out of business.

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George is chosen to be Mr. Spacely's replacement while he's on vacation, and nearly runs them out of business.

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Does George Have What it Takes?
17 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Know your limits. Don't try to be any more than you are or what you can be. For example, George Jetson and Mr. Spacely are two completely different people, but could one become the other? The possibility does exist, however it probably shouldn't be attempted because the end result will not be a good one...it will be a funny one however, so let's see what would happen: it seems Mr. Spacely's old battle-ax wants him to go on vacation with her for two weeks. The only problem is finding somebody to run the plant while he's gone. His colleague Professor Nebula will help test all of Spacely's employees (George) to determine who is fit to fill Spacely's tiny shoes while he's away. George does well on each test, however he's thrown for a loop when Spacely keeps interrupting him. I swear, that man has WAY too much time on his hands. That evening, Elroy manages to hack into the Nebula lab computers so they can find out George's score. As he, Judy and Astro watch on, they discover their fearless father scored a whopping 73....out of 1,000. Deciding to fight fire with fire (in this case cheating with cheating) Elroy boosts his score to 780. Judy insists 837, and Astro, he secretly ups the ante to 1,001. After all, he roves Reorge.

Next morning the brazen executive is too nervous to go to work, until Jane gives him an interactive study course on how to boost your self confidence. It instantly transforms George into a lean, mean managing machine...which also lasts instantly. Meanwhile the other miser with too much time on his hands sees a golden opportunity to once and for all crush Spacely Sprockets. With Jetson at the helm, how could Cogswell lose? So, he treats George to a round of golf, hoping to earn the gullible sap's trust. After letting George win a few holes, Cogswell manages to convince him to take up the Universal Products Unlimited account, unbeknownst to the new exec, they're a company of deadbeats. They order three million sprockets...Mr. Spacely would be tossing in his grave, or he will if he ever finds out. After this, George's ego inflates like a Good Year blimp. He becomes the boss from Hell...he becomes Mr. Spacely. After George blows off a customer of 23 years, good old RUDI, knowing what a twit Jetson is, tried to intervene, but no such luck; Cogswell rejoiced in the mess George has created. It feels so good to be so bad, right Cogsy? Next, destroy Spacely's plant. He sells George on a phony story of the receding ozone layer causing molecular disintegration turning everything brittle, and encourages him to cover the plant with Brittle-Off. Meanwhile, Elroy fesses up about changing George's grade so Jane forces him to confess. In the process, George discovers that Brittle-Off destroys things rather than protects them so while he goes to curse out Cogswell via the telephone, Elroy and Jane hatch a plan to get even with that evil cog-meister. They park the tanker of Brittle-Off directly over Cogswell's who, thinks it's over Spacely's, activates it and inadvertently dumps that crap all over his plant, reducing it to a melted pile of refuse, which swallowed up Cogswell whole. Could this be the last we see of him? No. He calls up Spacely, now back from vacation, and begs to buy the three million sprockets produced for the deadbeats. So, it all works out and dummy Jetson turns down a partnership and receives his old job and salary again.

This was the last regular episode of the Jetsons. And what a way to end: a Spacely vs. Cogswell story, however this one played out pretty well. It had plenty of good moments; well, after this the Jetsons met The Flintstones and hilarity ensued; in 1988 Judy Jetson finally got the spotlight in her own made for TV movie, though it's obscure, I'd like to see it one day. Then in 1990 came the final word on The Jetsons with their full length feature film, which ultimately failed to fire. The show was apparently canceled once and for all in 1987 because this didn't really feel like a final episode, but then how else could the show have ended? So I say give this episode a look-over, as well as the series. Though it has its ridiculous, incomprehensible and absurd moments, it's still funny and has it where it counts. Now, as they saying goes, "Ooba Dooba"!


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