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Do you, Rosie, take Mac to be your lawfully robotic husband?
When two machines are in love, affirmative in their programming that they wish to be together forever, shouldn't they be permitted to be joined together in marriage? Or, what if one robot is facing consequences for being without a Basic Electro-Bionic Operations Permit and will be persecuted unless he can escape the charges by marrying a robot who is permitted? Such grounds for a robot soap opera take place in tonight's episode of The Jetsons. We open on our futuristic family attempting a quiet evening at home, when suddenly Mac comes bursting in looking for a place to hide. Right behind him is an officer from the DWMR (Department of Weights, Measures and Robots), and following him is Henry Orbit. What's this all about? Well, it seems as though Mac doesn't have Bebop (not the rhythm or the Ninja Turtles character), and as a result, he's facing permanent termination. Such is the penalty for going ten years without a permit. Mac has not been around that long! But anyway, Rosie finds a few loopholes in this law, revealing that the charges can be overthrown if, and I'll put this in basic terms, the accused marries a robot who IS permitted. So, it looks as though there's gonna be a wedding! Mac is fit to blow a gasket, the Jetson women grow just as excited, but as for the bride-to-be, she doesn't feel ready for such a commitment. Well that's alright, Rosie, you only have 72 hours to adjust. Now as the saying goes, it's bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the wedding...and how! Mac attempts to do all of Rosie's work for her, and does it badly. He just wants to be around her, but Rosie needs her space! Jane and Judy take her to a bridal shop, but Mac decides to follow suit...and consequently adds broken china to the wedding register; meanwhile at Spacely Sprockets (oh great, we get to hear from Spacely again). He has George pressing buttons to his last finger in a vain attempt to beat Cogswell yet again. A billion sprockets is the order. Obsess, much? Well, as luck would have it, the DWMR officer comes in to notify Spacely that his robots are not certified. Dumbfounded, he makes George think of a solution, when suddenly Jane breaks in to annoy him about Rosie's problems. What's a hen-pecked, over-worked, over-loyal lackey to do??
Rosie, meanwhile, suspects something isn't right with this Bebop law, so she heads downtown to a seedy robot dive to meet her informant: Uniblab. He informs her that the Bebop law is bogus. The DWMR commissioner is getting bribes for enforcing it. That slime-ball! But just as the conversation gets good, in comes Mac, who assumes Uniblab is trying to hit on Rosie, and so the two get into a childish shoving match. Rosie finally tells Mac off, and the forlorn robot rolls away. George informs Spacely what's up, and so he has him spy for him at city hall to get the inside scoop. Rosie goes along so she'll be able to break up with Mac with a clear conscience (little difference that will make now, Rosie.) Anyway, George, Rosie, and Mr. Spacely makes three (want something done, you have to do it yourself) spy on the commissioner, and guess who's been bribing him? The evil, super-villain Mr. Cogswell! Apparently all this bother was just so he could one-up Spacely. Somebody's got way too much time and money to waste! So while George plans a surprise inspection on Cogswell, Rosie finds a suicide note from Mac and is able to stop him from jumping off into deep space. She gives in and agrees to marry the big lug nut. For joy, for joy! Well, Cogswell is foiled again after Sentro is found without a permit, and also found is the contract Cogswell had with the commissioner. So after George manages to wrangle the contract from Cogswell and accidentally destroy his plant and eliminate his billionth cog, all is well. Turns out the robots didn't need to get married because Rosie discovered a deus ex machina in one of Mac's drawers stating that he was certified after all, but that doesn't mean they can't still date.
So, all in all, this episode has it's moments. I really laughed at the exchange between George and Spacely before the spying scene. It has some funny parts, but other than that, it's not a very memorable episode. Also, if you remember from "Rosie's Boyfriend", Mac can talk, but for some reason he doesn't here. Don Messick was available because he does Mac's "new" voice at the end. Oh well. It's worth watching. But it definitely could have gone without becoming another Spacely vs. Cogswell episode!
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