Shows aired on WNUR-FM (89.3) Evanston-Chicago.
Time slot: Early Saturday 2:00-3:00 AM (extended to 3:30 AM as of
Regulars (in alphabetical order)
Kari Bowser...Various Characters
Jim Ellwanger...Fred James
Lucas Hackett...Johnny Angelo; Agnew R. Durrows
Vince Laconte...Adrien Creamsicle
Stacey Shintani...Alanis (episodes 22-27)
Lenina Ulrey...Alanis (episodes 1-21)
The Classic Twenty-Six Plus One and a Half
- Episode Zero 9/23/95
- Traveling salesman promotes a new radio show
- Episode One..."Here Come the Complacents" 9/30/95
- The Complacents: Talent agent Adrien Creamsicle, in debt to
Flaming Highway Records, forms a new band. He finds Johnny Angelo on an Arkansas
farm, Gunnar in the jungle, and Fig in the big city of California. Fred James joins
the band by accidentally signing their contract. Song: "Easy as P-I-E"
- The Curtain: Curtis Hambones, formerly a laughingstock of a
superhero as The Straightedge, becomes The Curtain with the help of his girlfriend
Debbie Duncan. The Curtain battles Dr. Nightmare as he hassles
street vendors in Manhattan.
- Episode Two..."The Complacents vs. Swami Salami" 10/7/95
- The Complacents: On a mission to buy maracas, Fig purchases a
powerful ruby ring. The evil Swami Salami wants it, however, and battles the
Complacents...going so far as to steal the Complacents' demo tape, which is
desperately needed to save Adrien's job. Fig saves the day, casting Swami Salami into
a bottomless pit, but the demo tape is gone. Fortunately, there's just enough time to
record a new demo tape. Song: "Swami Salami"
- The Curtain: The Curtain battles Seamripper and Dark Bucky with
the help of Mini-Blinds (in reality, his girlfriend Debbie Duncan). Dr. Nightmare
announces that the Brotherhood of Latter-Day Fiends and Antiheroes is going to blow
up the World Trade Center.
- McDonald's Commercial: Sticking it
to those annoying football fans.
- Episode Three..."Friday Johnny's in Love" 10/14/95
- The Complacents: Johnny's on a quest to find some action, Fig is
locked in the soundproof booth in the studio, and Adrien Creamsicle has a new
secretary--Alanis. Johnny falls in love, and wants to record love songs, to Gunnar's
dismay. Adrien fires Alanis, and then realizes he needs her back. Johnny brings his
new love Michelle into the studio, to Gunnar's further dismay. Song:
- The Curtain: Dr. Nightmare and his lackeys capture The Curtain
and Mini-Blinds and prepare to destroy the World Trade Center. Fortunately, the
Major League Supercrimebusters show up at the last minute.
- Travel PSA: Don't mistake train stations for airports.
- Five Dollars: The game show where contestants look for a
- Episode Four..."Complacents Hope" 10/21/95
- The Complacents: Fig's out of the booth, and has last week's plot
recapped to him; Michelle has her own ideas about the Complacents' music, most of them
involving more Johnny and less Gunnar and Fig. Johnny and Gunnar fight and end up in
the hospital, in the same room as Fig, who has tied himself into a Mobius strip. When
Adrien visits, Johnny and Gunnar continue to fight. However, an attractive nurse makes
Johnny forget all about Michelle. In surgery to have a kidney transplant, Gunnar
befriends the young donor, and promises a Complacents concert in the children's ward.
Song: "(Come On, Little Kids) You Can Do It"
- The Curtain: The Curtain becomes a member of the Major League
Supercrimebusters, but is revealed to have been dismissed from the group as The
Straightedge. Suddenly, the Brotherhood of Fiends and Latter-Day Antiheroes attack,
and Curtis has a plan.
- Tomfoolery's Commercial: The Complacents cast takes on radio
commercials for happening nightspots.
- Preempted 10/28/95
- Episode Five..."Battle of the Bands" 11/4/95
- Man on the Street: What did the average man on the street think
of last week's "Complacents"?
- The Complacents: All the kids liked the Complacents' song in the
children's ward, but a member of Tae Kwon Don't challenges them to enter the Battle of
the Bands, with its first prize, a chance to appear on the Fox Network's "Too
Something." The Complacents have separate encounters with members of Tae Kwon Don't,
all of whom have bones to pick with the Complacents. Both bands perform, but Tae Kwon
Don't wins. However, the Complacents get revenge when Fred's title is picked as the
winner in the "Rename 'Too Something'" contest...the new title is "Complacency's Best."
Songs: "Double Orgasm" by Tae Kwon Don't; "Rock All Night,
Sleep All Day" by the Complacents.
- The Curtain: The Major League Supercrimebusters are in the
basement following a battle they don't remember, then can't think of a plan and begin
to starve to death, all thanks to Bizarro Announcer Man. After the heroes figure it
out, Announcer Man and Bizarro Announcer Man do battle. Announcer Man sends Dr.
Nightmare and Captain Patriot spiraling backward through time, the real announcer of
the show gives Bizarro Announcer Man laryngitis, and the Curtain and Mini-Blinds are
welcomed into the Major League Supercrimebusters.
- Trigger Firearms Commercial: We couldn't convince the NRA to give
us any money.
- Episode Six..."Boot Complacents" 11/11/95
- The Complacents: Adrien Creamsicle has been moonlighting as a
giant chicken, and Quonset Hut Pizza's business is hurting due to a new pizza
restaurant opening across the street, run by the General's old nemesis, Kaiser
Schustoffle. The Complacents suggest that they play at Quonset Hut Pizza every night
to bring in more business. Quonset Hut's chef cuts off the chicken-costumed head of
Adrien Creamsicle. There's a lot of confusion, the Quonset Hut is ruined, and the
Complacents go to the General's boot camp as Adrien goes to the hospital to have his
head reattached. The Complacents manage to survive a morning at the boot camp, and
then Fig inadvertently saves the General from an exploding pizza sent by the Kaiser.
The Kaiser falls on his helmet in the fracas (and in the heart, presumably), the
General moves his operations to the Kaiser's pizza restaurant while the Quonset Hut
is being rebuilt, and the Complacents get promoted to Brigadier General and become the
Quonset Hut Pizza house band. Not only that, but "Complacency's Best" is being
cancelled. It's the best day of Adrien's life...but his head has been reattached to
a woman's body! Song: "Length of Chain"
- The Curtain: Curtis and Debbie continue the eternal "soda" vs.
"pop" debate, as Dr. Nightmare and Dr. Patriot end up in Camelot. The Major
League Supercrimebusters gather to watch World League Football, and Dr. Nightmare
attempts to change the past.
- Swilly Boy Beer Commercial: For when the Apocalypse comes.
- Episode Seven..."Four Rooms Full of Complacents" 11/18/95
- The Complacents: The members of the Complacents go to their
respective homes for Thanksgiving. Fig agrees to help out his father at the volunteer
firemen's carnival--it turns out he's the target at the "Dunk the California Queer"
booth. Fred discovers that his brother has stolen every good idea he ever had.
Gunnar has an appointment with his hairstylist, Algernon, in the kitchen of Quonset
Hut Pizza. Gunnar goes to the dentist recommended by Algernon--namely, Algernon.
Adrien goes to male strip club Manburger's Merryland for a business lunch with Agnew
R. Durrows regarding a plagiarism suit by Tae Kwon Don't's record label; the joint is
raided, and Adrien and Agnew end up in jail with the strippers. Alanis bails out
Adrien and the General (in jail for murdering the Kaiser). Song:
"Behind the Prison Fence"
- The Curtain: Announcer Man has sent Dr. Patriot, Dr. Nightmare,
Lady Guinevere, and Sir Lancelot forward in time somewhere.
- Preempted 11/25/95
- Episode Eight..."A Complacents Carol" 12/2/95
- The Complacents: Adrien Creamsicle is
fired after getting pregnant, and all of the Complacents' possessions are repossessed;
meanwhile, Agnew R. Durrows is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and
Yet to Come, and has a change of heart. Song: "Oh Ho Ho Holy Night"
- The Curtain: Curtis and Debbie sit in their Manhattan apartment
sipping egg nog, but there's a sudden rash of Christmas Eve burglaries, the work of
the evil Bizarro Santa Claus. The Curtain and Mini-Blinds defeat the evil Bizarro
Santa Claus and rescue the real Santa Claus from the South Pole. Meanwhile, Drs.
Nightmare and Patriot and Lady Guinevere and Sir Lancelot find themselves back in the
year 0, staying in the same stable as a certain young couple.
- Tae Kwon Don't Christmas Message: Thanks for buying all those
- Episode Eight and a Half..."Figs in Space" 12/9/95
- Episode Nine..."Labour d'Adrien" 1/6/96
- The Complacents: The Complacents are playing the final show of
their first tour, opening for Lunchbox. After a search for Gunnar, they only have
five minutes to play. Adrien's pregnancy, now in the advanced stages, has made him
increasingly emotional, including when Agnew R. Durrows visits and suggests one-song
concerts from now on. Meanwhile, the Complacents go to Quonset Hut Pizza, but are
chased off by a shotgun-wielding General. So they go instead to the chicken
restaurant, where Adrien used to work. Since the U.S. has run out of chicken, the
poultry pizza is topped with kangaroo. The Complacents notices that the manager,
Fanny, has a woman's head and a man's body--Adrien's. They rush to the hospital
to switch Adrien's and Fanny's bodies, but then Adrien goes into labor. It's a
beautiful bouncing baby. Adrien wakes up, hours later, with his old body back--and
the baby is with its mother. Adrien vows to fight for custody. Songs:
"Kissy Kissy Kissy", "Adrien Gives Birth"
- The Curtain: Curtis puts away the nativity scene, and notices
that Lady Guinevere and Sir Lancelot dolls have mysteriously appeared. Announcer Man
drops by with a Christmas card from Captain Patriot for Curtis, and somehow manages
to bring the four time travelers to the Arizona desert in 1969, where NASA is
rehearsing for the moon landing.
- Rock 'n' Bowl Commercial: It's the ballsiest place around.
- Episode Ten..."The Complacents Court" 1/13/96
- The Complacents: The Complacents check out the Internet.
Meanwhile, Adrien decides to represent himself at his custody hearing. The hearing,
of course, goes badly for Adrien. At lunch, the Complacents see the General going
into Bankruptcy Court. Hmmm... Fig accidentally ends up in the jury room, giving
Adrien hope that he'll sway the jury to his side. The judge's Solomon-like decision
doesn't work, so the trial continues, and continues to go badly for Adrien. There's
a lot of support on the Internet for the Complacents, which brings Adrien out of his
depression, and he doesn't care if he gets to keep the baby or not--which is good,
since the jury finds that Fanny Hardy is not only the mother, but also the father,
because Fig got a little mixed up. By the way, did Johnny get married to the
bassist from Lunchbox?Song: "Snow Day"
- The Curtain: With Dr. Patriot gone for six weeks, Lady Victory
becomes head of the Major League Supercrimebusters. Bizarro Monkey Boy and Blitzkrieg
Man are on a crime spree, and there might be a crime boss controlling their actions.
Back in their apartment, Curtis and Debbie are visited by their crotchety landlady,
Mrs. Hugglebum. The next morning, the superheroes are tipped off by "S.S." to come to
a warehouse, where Benevolent Girl opens a crate containing Chet the Man-God. Meanwhile,
in the Arizona desert, the moon lander prop has been left behind by NASA.
Dr. Patriot places a call to his old friend, the Quantum Mechanic, who makes the
moon lander into a really powerful moon lander that can travel to the edge of
the galaxy and back, taking almost thirty years from Earth's perspective to do so.
- Blindy, Roadie Without Fear:
Searching for Fig's golden autoharp strings, Blindy discovers a doorway in the basement
that leads to an enigmatic maze of tunnels. He ends up in a convenience store,
inadvertently foiling a porn robbery in progress. Meanwhile, Bizarro Monkey Boy and
Blitzkrieg Man are somehow involved in all this.
- Episode Eleven..."The Complacents Should Not Throw Midgets" 1/20/96
- The Complacents: Two girls have passed out backstage at a concert,
but a quick-thinking Fred plays a British TV theme song and some Jackson 5 to wake
them up and tell them all about his maze-designing career and how he's pretty much the
driving force behind the Complacents. Meanwhile, Tae Kwon Don't head for the Lunchbox
concert--unbeknownst to them, featuring opening act The Complacents. They take their
places as close to the stage as possible, behind a group of midgets. And then the
Complacents take the stage, prompting Tae Kwon Don't to throw midgets up at them, and
the Complacents to throw the midgets back. The police come, and even Fred, the
self-proclaimed creative genius behind the Complacents, is implicated in the
midget-tossing incident. The judge, the same one from the previous episode,
sentences the Complacents and Tae Kwon Don't to rehabilitation.
- The Curtain: Chet the Man-God changes Benevolent Girl into
Benevolent Boy, switches Curtis and Debbie's minds, and other nasty stuff. Meanwhile,
Quantum Mechanic et al. overshoot the present and attempt to rehydrate some dehydrated
vodka, while Curtis gets stuck in the toilet. While pulling him out, Dr. Nightmare
is sucked out through the drain into the void of space. Lady Victory and Announcer
Man defeat Chet; Sylvia, one of Curtis's neighbors, a.k.a. supervillainess Bloody
Murder, plans to seduce Curtis.
- Blindy, Roadie Without Fear: Blindy continues his search
for Fred's golden autoharp strings, falling through an open manhole into the lair of
Bizarro Monkey Boy and Blitzkrieg Man; an FBI agent interviews the convenience store
- Episode Twelve..."Tae Kwon Don't Cry, Little Girl" 1/27/96
- The Complacents: After a recap of last week's court appearance,
the Complacents and Tae Kwon Don't have a group therapy session with Dr. Nancy. It
doesn't work out.Song: "Peace Jam"
- Blindy, Roadie Without Fear
An unconscious Blindy goes back to the days when he played Little League baseball; the
FBI agent is really an "X-Files" fanatic.
- The Curtain: Dr. Patriot, Quantum Mechanic, Lancelot, and
Guinevere land on the top of the Fortress of the Major League Supercrimebusters in the
present day. Meanwhile, the Supercrimebusters realize the presence of Chet the Man-God
at the warehouse was just a decoy. And still meanwhile, Swami Salami orders Bloody
Murder to talk to Mrs. Hugglebum about Curtis' overdue rent, and interrogates the
captured Blindy. As it turns out, Swami Salami and the Kaiser were able to escape from
Hell, and are now attempting to destroy the Complacents and the General, respectively.
- Fig in the Library: Fig has a run-in with the librarian and
explains to another library patron how he keeps his place in the books he reads.
Song: "In the Library"
- Episode Thirteen..."Love Is a Many-Splendored Doo-Dad" 2/3/96
- Los Satisfechos: We accidentally pick up the Spanish version of "The Complacents" for a few minutes.Song: "Theme from 'Los Satisfechos'"
- The Complacents: The band plays a concert at the Village Park
Mall. Gunnar's a little depressed, so Adrien asks Alanis to "keep an eye on" him, and
everyone else scatters to various locations around the mall. In a series of short
vignettes, Johnny tries to teach Fig about women; Fred and Adrien go clothes shopping;
Gunnar and Alanis go to the movies; Fig's education continues, including an encounter
with an admirer of Fred's; Gunnar hates it when he misses the previews; Fig finally
finds someone who likes him and ditches Johnny; Fred goes to the arcade to play the
new "Scarlet Letter" pinball game; Gunnar and Alanis get free movie passes to make up
for the projection problems; Fig's new girlfriend Mitzi starts talking to Johnny, and
decides she likes him better; the admirer of Fred's from earlier spots him at the
arcade, and they end up going to his apartment; Fig spots Mitzi and Johnny on the
carousel, and starts feeling depressed, but Alanis uses her free movie passes to
"cheer him up."Song: "Theme from 'The Complacents' (Live Version)"
- The Curtain: Curtis hasn't paid the rent because he's been
spending all his money on superhero supplies, but he's invited Mrs. Hugglebum for tea
and crumpets--oh, and she doesn't know Debbie's living with Curtis. Meanwhile, Blindy
attempts to notify the Major League Supercrimebusters of Swami Salami's evil plot,
but says the wrong thing to a police officer. While Curtis slips out the window to
get a beer for Mrs. Hugglebum, Bloody Murder (a.k.a. Curtis's upstairs neighbor Sylvia)
has Bizarro Monkey Boy and Blitzkrieg Man kidnap Mrs. Hugglebum, and slips Curtis a
mickey. And meanwhile, some other supervillains have broken out of jail, and the rest
of the Supercrimebusters head to put them back in, but they tell Dr. Patriot to take a
hike. Unfortunately, the supervillians have the assistance of Swami Salami, and are
teleported out during a prison riot, which the Supercrimebusters must attempt to stop.
- Blindy, Roadie Without Fear: Blindy goes to jail and meets
his legless cellmate.
- Episode Fourteen..."Fred's A-Maze-Ing Adventure" 2/10/96
- The Complacents: Fig heads off to school on the school bus driven
by Mrs. Hugglebum and has a couple of run-ins with a bully which get him a detention,
which makes him late for a band appearance. However, the other kids in detention
don't like the direction the band is taking. Adrien is in a good mood until
he finds out he's six hours late for work and that he's forgotten about the "Getting
To Know Possibly Detrimental Influences on Our Children" interview. However, in
addition to Fig's detention, Gunnar's off trying to clear his head, and Johnny's off
in Europe with Mitzi. Fred's the only hope; Adrien finds him dressed as a minotaur
in his basement maze with his new girlfriend Marla. Fred's nervous about performing
solo for the community's parents, but it turns out to be a question-and-answer session.
However, the first thing the parents want to know is what the Complacents' music
sounds like. Fred sings, and the parents announce that they'll never allow their
children to drink from the well of the Complacents' poison again. Songs:
"It's A-Maze-Ing," "I Can Sing"
- The Curtain: Swami Salami has Curtis trapped in his underground
lair. At the prison riot/break, Announcer Man saves the day, sort of. The Major
League Supercrimebusters don't get any respect, though, since those three supervillains
teleported out of the prison. Swami Salami announces his plans to change the Curtain
into Dark Curtain. Debbie searches for Curtis, and gives Dr. Patriot the pattern for
Curtis's old Straightedge costume.
- Try Church! commercial: Did you know that many churches give
away free wine every week?
- Blindy, Roadie Without Fear: Blindy's cellmate breaks
out of jail, with the assistance of some stomach acid; Blindy is let out, since the
end of the world is coming.
- Episode Fifteen..."Return of the Kaiser" 2/17/96
- The Complacents: Johnny and Mitzi go to Europe, but their plane
is hijacked. Fortunately, he's rescued by the bass player from Lunchbox. Meanwhile,
Fig, Gunnar, and Adrien end up at an empty Quonset Hut Pizza--turns out all their
problems are Alanis's fault. The restaurant is empty because of some poltergeist-
induced strangeness. The poltergeist traps everyone in the restaurant; Blindy walks
in, relates his story, and realizes that the poltergeist is actually the Kaiser. The
Kaiser agrees to leave the restaurant alone, and a customer shows up, attracted by the
strange and interesting poltergeist. The General's next-door neighbor, the Cookie
Cook, shows up with pizza. Let's have a party! Song: "Kaiser Permanently"
- The Curtain: Bizarro Monkey Boy has kidnapped Mrs. Hugglebum. He
gets set on fire, but finds a den of Cub Scouts who put him out. He starts having fun,
but then Swami Salami summons him back to Manhattan with the assistance of Bizarro
Announcer Man. Mrs. Hugglebum gets picked up by the show-tune singing Cornelius and
- Episode Sixteen..."Tae Kwon Don't Kicks Ass" 2/24/96
- The Complacents: Fig is doing his laundry in the basement of his
building and singing a song to himself, which does not go unnoticed by Tae Kwon Don't's
Bowser. Tae Kwon Don't, of course, steals the song. A week later, the same thing
happens. Eventually, the Complacents figure out what's going on, and they give Fig a
song to sing that Tae Kwon Don't is guaranteed to rip off. They do, and the state of
Virginia Travel Bureau uses it in the advertisements--of course, it might be partially
due to the magic of their manager, Swami Salami. Meanwhile, Fred is fired from
"Mazes Monthly" magazine because of his moonlighting, Marla leaves him now that he
won't be making any more mazes, and he doesn't get any respect from the rest of the
Complacents. Feeling unappreciated, he leaves for the New Jersey of Fig's soul,
wherever that is. Songs: "Meg's Shirt" by the Complacents,
"Sex Hurt" by Tae Kwon Don't, "(Our Love Is Stronger Than)
Kool-Aid" by the Complacents, "(Our Love Is Stronger Than) Cruel AIDS"
by Tae Kwon Don't, "Virginia" by the Complacents,
"Virginia" by Tae Kwon Don't
- The Curtain: Swami Salami has captured Mrs. Hugglebum and prepares to turn the Curtain into Dark Curtain. Mrs. Hugglebum, who is in reality Swami Salami's daughter, helps the Curtain escape. Meanwhile, Dr. Patriot--now known as The Straightedge II--is grilled by the rest of the Major League Supercrimebusters. He passes their examination, but when he must put his straightedge powers to the test, he fails. Fortunately, Announcer Man inadvertently saves the day.
- Episode Seventeen..."The Complacents Sell Out" 3/2/96
- WNUR Phonathon episode
- The Complacents: Fanny brings the baby by for Adrien to babysit.
He gives the baby to the band to watch while he makes the supreme sacrifice--selling
the band's songs to advertisers. But it turns out the baby can sing its own
advertising jingles. In a somewhat unrelated story, Republican Presidential candidate
Rufus T. Blakewater, the leading proponent of the sex tax, hires Tae Kwon Don't's Evil
Otto as a speechwriter. Songs: "501 Jeans" by the Complacents,
"Credit" by Frank Black,
"Pizza" by Porno for Pyros, "Poop-Proof Diapers" by
- The Curtain: Various superheroes are calling WNUR to pledge money;
Announcer Man is off looking for Announcer Woman; and the minions of Swami Salami are
creating havoc at the downtown department stores. There's a big battle, the minions
are defeated, and the Curtain places a phone call to Adrien Creamsicle.
- Episode Eighteen..."Super Problem, Super Heroes" 3/9/96
- The Complacents: Adrien Creamsicle gets the message from Alanis
that Swami Salami is preparing to defeat the Complacents. Swami Salami prepares to
use his magic, but it turns out Bizarro Monkey Boy stole the Complacents' golden dental
floss, not their golden autoharp strings. Adrien calls the Curtain back, and the
Curtain tells him not to open the door to anyone, because it might be one of Swami
Salami's operatives. However, there was a Girl Scout there earlier, who borrowed Fig's
golden autoharp strings. Suddenly, Super-American crashes through the wall, followed
by the rest of the Major League Supercrimebusters. The Complacents and the superheroes
split up into teams to search for the Girl Scout. Fig screws up Announcer Man's
attempt to seize power; Johnny Angelo comes on to Lady Victory; Adrien is disappointed
by the superpowers of Quantum Mechanic and the Curtain. A representative from the ad
agency shows up, and the baby won't sing for him; suddenly, Captain Killo and Bloody
Murder show up and tie up everyone but Fred and the Curtain, who escape into the city
sewers, which were actually designed by Fred. They end up in the convenience store,
where they run into Bucky and Dr. Patriot, who agree to help save the Complacents.
They defeat some robot clones of Tae Kwon Don't using Slurpees. They then trap Swami
Salami in Fred's inescapable maze, and free Fig, Johnny and Gunnar, et al., so they can
defeat the Swami's minions with rock 'n' roll. However, the music has damaged the
Swami's secret hideout, forcing everyone to use the escape pods. The four Complacents
end up in one together.... Songs:
"Serta Baby Mattresses" and "Playboy Magazine" by The Baby,
"Exactly How I Want To Feel" by the Complacents.
- Episode Nineteen..."The Space Between Fig's Ears" 3/30/96
- The Complacents: The escape pod carrying just about everyone
lands safely on a cow, but the escape pod carrying the four Complacents has gone into
outer space. They try to call Earth on the radio, but get the siren song of the Space
Siren instead. Siren and Muse teleport into the pod seeking the assistance
of the Complacents in battling the evil Space Czar. Meanwhile, Adrien gets General
Failure's assistance in getting the Complacents down from orbit. He puts Adrien on
a conference call with General Apollo at NASA, who can bring them back in October 1998.
Mimi Hale, from "Celebrity Scoop" magazine, comes by to do an interview for a
front-page feature article. Adrien attempts to pass off Blindy as Fred, Alanis as
Fig, and himself as identical twins Johnny and Gunnar. Mimi Hale is scared off by
"escaped mental patient" General Failure, who has a rocket launcher to deliver a
glancing blow to the Complacents' pod. Song: "Completely Complacent"
by Space Siren
- The Curtain: The Major League Supercrimebusters are relaxing at
the country club after their big battle with Swami Salami and his minions. On the way
back to headquarters, they stop by Mr. Shammy's car wash. In his absence, the manager
hired 90 buxom females to wash cars. Revenues are 100 times greater, but they're
doing a bad job drying the cars because they no longer have Mr. Shammy's magic
shammy--and the former car wash attendant, Buster, has been reduced to being a shoe
shine boy. While announcing his decision to go back to the car wash, he falls into the
automatic sponge squeezer.
- Episode Twenty..."Band on the Run" 4/6/96
- The Complacents: The rocket is fired, and it brings down the
K-NEWS traffic helicopter. Agnew R. Durrows wants the Complacents to record
another song quickly so their new album will be longer than Tae Kwon Don't's. So
Adrien, Blindy, and Alanis decide to record a song themselves, after finally figuring
out the combination for the safe in which Fig's special autoharp is hidden. They
record a song, intending to use some studio trickery to make it sound more like the
Complacents, but Agnew R. Durrows shows up and demands the tape immediately. In
outer space, Siren teleports the rest of her crew into the pod, including a space
troll, Astrobeard the pirate, Zixxon the cyborg computer expert, Bambi the skunk-tailed
woman, and Whirlybird the dragon/bird. Fig falls in love with Bambi after she frees
his face from the toilet, and it turns out her real name is Mi-Shell. The pod
encounters two space cops at the border with the Intergalactic Federation of Empires,
and manages to get past them thanks to the ventriloquism of Whirlybird. The cops are
signaled, however, by the space troll. Songs: "Sock Monkey" by
Adrien, Blindy, and Alanis, "Mi-Shell" by the Complacents.
- The Curtain: The Major League Supercrimebusters free Mr. Shammy
from the sponge squeezer using a rope made out of bikini tops and Lady Victory's
costume. Mr. Shammy realizes that Buster's shoe shine rag can also be used to dry the
cars, and so everyone's happy until two female cops show up. They send Buster out to
wash their car so there won't be any indecent exposure arrests. However, Buster is
arrested after spilling hot wax on his pants. Meanwhile, Announcer
Man, Furry Kitten, and Quantum Mechanic go through a cosmic wormhole and meet Dark
Nightmare. And also, Bucky goes to Major League Supercrimebusters Headquarters to tell
the Curtain not to go back to his apartment, since Mrs. Hugglebum has hooked his
doorknob up to a thermonuclear device, but is fooled into releasing Chet the Man-God.
- Episode Twenty-One..."Just Like Buddy Holly" 4/13/96
- The Complacents: It's been two weeks since the Complacents went
into space, and Adrien breaks down and tells Agnew R. Durrows (temporarily using a
voice synthesizer) that they might be dead. Fortunately, the Complacents' new album
is selling extremely well, so Agnew R. Durrows decides to turn their upcoming world
tour into a tribute tour. Since the Complacents are dead, Agnew R. Durrows sends over
a new Flaming Highway Records signee band for Adrien to manage. It's Tae Kwon Don't.
They record a song "in the style of the Complacents" for a Complacents tribute album.
Adrien plans to perform some studio trickery on the song and destroy Tae Kwon Don't,
just as the Complacents would have wanted. Meanwhile, the Complacents themselves have
been captured by the Space Czar. Several of the Complacents' companions are defeated
in the Space Czar's Arena Area; however, Mi-Shell presses The Button and all of the
weapons which Space Czar has taken control of go off. Space Czar and Siren fall in
love, and Siren creates a portal to Earth for the Complacents, which Whirlybird also
goes through. But the Earth is all cold and dark, and the constellations are wrong.
Siren didn't send the Complacents to the Earth, she sent the Earth to the Complacents.
Song: "Little Jessica" by Tae Kwon Don't
- The Curtain: Dr. Patriot meets a talking bilingual rat who
recruits him to join a sideshow.
- Episode Twenty-Two..."Fear of a Dark Planet" 4/20/96
- The Complacents: Johnny Angelo's caught some disease that makes
him sound funny. They find a newspaper that says they're dead, and believe they're
on an alternate Earth. In fact, it's so alternate that Adrien Creamsicle is producing
Tae Kwon Don't. The tribute album has gone triple platinum on pre-orders alone, so
they have to keep pretending the Complacents are dead. Johnny gets worse, and then
gets better, while Whirlybird scares away Tae Kwon Don't. Johnny can now transform
himself into anything. But Agnew R. Durrows and Tae Kwon Don't are at the door. The
Complacents hide inside Johnny, who has changed himself into a statue, but Blindy
smells them. Because Johnny can do cool stuff, Tae Kwon Don't invite him to join,
and he accepts. They drop Ridley to make room, and Agnew R. Durrows forces Adrien
to accept Ridley into the Complacents.
Song: "All the Pretty Stars in Space"
- The Curtain: At Quonset Hut Pizza, the teleportation of the
Earth means no more two-for-one pizza deals, and the Kaiser becomes evil again, not to
mention omniscient. He and Blitzkrieg Man go on a rampage, but fortunately, Lady
Victory happens by. Pimples flings himself and the two Germans into a fiery portal.
Meanwhile, Announcer Man, Quantum Mechanic, and Furry Kitten are being held prisoner
by Dark Nightmare, controller of all dark matter in the universe. He has created some
supervillains made of dark matter, the Dark Gang: Dark Evan, Spacebird, and Dark
Patriot. Fortunately, the planet Earth is teleported on top of Dark Nightmare, and
the three heroes escape, and then defeat the Dark Gang...except for Spacebird, who
Quantum Mechanic convinces not to destroy Earth. And still meanwhile, the Major
League Supercrimebusters arrive back at their headquarters and notice the absence of
Chet the Man-God, who tries to drive to his mother's house, but is worshipped as a
god by the citizens of Manhattan after he warms it up and creates light. They line up
at his throne to make requests of him. Benevolent Girl gets him to move the Earth
- Preempted 4/27/96
- Episode Twenty-Three..."Vox Creamsicli" 5/4/96
- The Complacents: Alanis explains what's been going on to a
National Enquirer reporter. Adrien gets back from a paintball
match with Agnew R. Durrows with paint in his throat, making him sound completely
different, just as they have to settle some creative differences between Gunnar and
Ridley. They come to an understanding when they realize they're each the sensitive
one. Meanwhile, after several ideas for getting the paint out of Adrien's throat fail,
Fred has him inhale helium...but it ends up making Adrien sound funny for a week.
Meanwhile, Tae Kwon Don't discover that, since Johnny can transform himself into a
whole rack of instruments, they'll never need to play an instrument again and can play
several shows a day. In the back room of the arcade where Johnny Angelo is about to
play, Coily sees him trying to contact the Space Czar and mistakenly contacting
Pimples in hell. Later, Lunchbox comes to the door of Tae Kwon Don't dungeon...but
not to see Tae Kwon Don't, to see Johnny. They hug him, and he assimilates them,
becoming the Angelo-Zixxon-Lunchbox Composite.
Songs: "Cybernetic Love" by Johnny Angelo
- The Curtain: Benevolent Girl has left the Major League
Supercrimebusters to become Chet the Man-God's personal assistant. Meanwhile, the
episode flirts with receiving a "parental discretion advised" warning, and Dr.
Nightmare creates bizarro versions of some of the Supercrimebusters. Quantum Mechanic
has converted the shower into an anti-matter shower so Spacebird can use it, but
Super-American accidentally uses it. Quantum Mechanic and Spacebird go stand in line
to see Chet the Man-God so he can put Super-American back together. Curtis and Debbie
go back to their apartment building to pay their last month's rent, and meet up with
a magically endowed Edna Hugglebum, who demands Curtis's life. They fake his death
and ship him off to the California branch of the Major League Supercrimebusters.
- Episode Twenty-Four..."Ch-ch-ch-changes" 5/11/96
- The Complacents: Fig's off scouting locations for a new video,
and the rest of the Complacents go out to look for him. They stop for a red light in
front of Tae Kwon Don't dungeon, and Tae Kwon Don't reluctantly ask for their help.
Fred realizes that Johnny wasn't infected by a virus, he was infected by Zixxon as
part of a plot by Space Czar to take over Earth. Johnny begins to assimilate the rest
of the cast, beginning with Tae Kwon Don't. The Complacents get the Angelo-Zixxon-
Lunchbox Composite to reveal his plan for taking over the Earth so Space Czar can
launch an attack against Siren...he wanted to put a digital signal that would drive
the population insane on a CD. Now that he's going to assimilate all three bands,
he can put out three different CD's...but Fig's not here. He's at the junkyard,
according to Fred. The Composite transforms into a car to take them there, where
Fred directs him under the giant electromagnet. As the magnet causes Zixxon's data
to be erased, everyone is de-assimilated. Johnny is welcomed back to the Complacents,
and Ridley is welcomed back to Tae Kwon Don't. It turns out Fig's in Atlantic City
looking for a big red plastic hotel, and Whirlybird's hanging around the junkyard.
- The Curtain: Benevolent Girl prevents Chet the Man-God from
turning Quantum Mechanic into a chicken. He tries to trick Chet the Man-God into
putting Super-American back together, but it doesn't work. Spacebird gets a chicken.
Quantum Mechanic has to resort to a quick machine that makes Dr. Nightmare ask Chet
the Man-God to reconstruct Super-American. His real wish is to change Benevolent Girl
into Malevolent Woman and for her and Chet the Man-God to join him.
- Pimples in Detroit: It turns out Pimples, the Kaiser, and
Blitzkrieg Man aren't in hell, they're in Detroit, where they encounter the
Detroit branch of the Major League Supercrimebusters, and are captured. Den Mother
realizes they're not criminals, but sells them to the evil Big Gang.
- Dr. Patriot in the Sideshow: Dr. Patriot has even put on a
corset, but no one shows up for the sideshow; they're all in line to see Chet the
- Episode Twenty-Five..."Baby, Baby, Baby on Board" 5/18/96
- The Complacents: It's a beautiful sunny day with only a few
overdubs on the agenda. Fred has even finished counting all the holes in the
soundproofing tiles, but Fig's been throwing darts. Fred realizes he can make a maze
out of the holes in the tile. Fanny comes by to pick up the baby, which has been
living in the ductwork for several months. Adrien sends Fig, Gunnar, and Johnny out
for baby supplies. Gunnar goes to Quonset Hut Pizza to get a pizza for the baby.
The General tells the story of how he came to run a pizza restaurant, which involved
a secret German biological weapon. It turns out that the General's new cook, an ape
named Priscilla, is Gunnar's old friend from the jungle. Fig, taking the baby for a
walk, tries to find a place to have him washed, but the baby obliviously crawls
through a construction site, and then through the zoo. Fortunately, Fig catches him
shortly after he crawls through a car wash. Looking for baby clothes, Johnny Angelo
takes a beautiful street flower vendor to a Mexican restaurant...but she belongs to
that man Jose. They compete win her love through song. She picks Jose, even though
Johnny's song sounds more Spanish. Gunnar brings Priscilla home, where she reveals
that Gunnar is actually an Oxford University graduate who's been faking his artistic
principles and indie cred this whole time. Oh, and his real name is Terrence. Agnew
R. Durrows drops by with some exciting news...Fred, who was whistling while he made
his maze, has been signed to a Flaming Highway Records recording contract.
Songs: "Microwave Love" by Jose, "Donde Esta" by
Johnny Angelo, "What's Gonna Happen Next Week?" by the Complacents.
- The Curtain: Curtis comes back from California with Monkey
Boy and Bizarro Blitzkrieg Man...and proposes marriage to Debbie, who's six months
pregnant. Fortunately, Quantum Mechanic and Spacebird have the same idea, and so he
builds a robot priest. Lady Victory wants to have a passionate affair with Johnny
Angelo. Meanwhile, Dr. Nightmare and his gang of bizarro Supercrimebusters plot to
defeat the Major League Supercrimebusters. Fortunately, Announcer Man learned a new
trick for defeating bizarro versions of superheroes...unfortunately, his announcer
powers are fading, because Bizarro Announcer Man stole his powers. Fortunately,
Announcer Man plays his trump card, causing all the bizarro versions to disappear.
But Chet the Man-God turns half of the Major League Supercrimebusters into the dark
versions of themselves.
- Pimples in Detroit: The Big Gang attempt to take Pimples, the
Kaiser, and Blitzkrieg Man to their headquarters in suburban Grosse Pointe, but get
lost. Fortunately, they come upon the circus sideshow which Dr. Patriot is a part of.
The Detroit branch of the Major League Supercrimebusters happen by to see the
sideshow. Dr. Patriot recognizes Den Mother from Major League Supercrimebusters
Technical Institute; the problem, it turns out, is a lack of personnel at the Detroit
branch. The other sideshow freaks are enlisted, and it turns out the missing
Electromagnetic Wave and Corn Muffin were going undercover as members of the Big Gang.
In fact, everyone in the Big Gang is on the side of good, not evil. Even Pimples
is named an associate member of the Major League Supercrimebusters, and gets a train
ticket back to California.
- Preempted 5/25/96
- Episode Twenty-Six..."All Complacent Things..." 6/1/96
- The Complacents: It's the future, and Fred James is being
interviewed by a reporter from U.S. Newsweek & Time Report on what he thinks is
the 60th anniversary of his first maze appearing in print. The reporter, though,
wants to know about the Complacents, the most influential band of all time. The story
is told in flashback form. While Fred embarks on his whistling career, Adrien manages
to get a game show called "Name That Complacents Tune" on the air for three weeks, and
then a movie starring the Complacents is made, directed by Gunnar. After some
production problems, it's released to overwhelmingly negative reviews. Then there's a
Complacents joke book, edited by Johnny Angelo. Meanwhile, Agnew R. Durrows won't let
Fred eat crackers or draw mazes, afraid of something happening to his million-dollar
lips. Fred sleeps through the part of the story where Tae Kwon Don't break up due to
artistic differences, leaving the Complacents free to record their comeback album,
which flops, except for the single on which Fred appeared. The Complacents break up.
Alanis becomes Fred's personal secretary, Gunnar goes to work for the CDC fighting
the Ebola virus, Johnny ends up as a backup guitarist for Lunchbox, and Fig becomes a
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District commissioner, with an office at City Hall and
everything. Things are going well for Fred, until he has some champagne shortly before
a New Year's concert broadcast worldwide...and the alcohol causes him to never be
able to whistle again. He goes back to his job as a maze artist, and stays there until
the last maze magazine stops publication. The Complacents get back together to
perform at Adrien's funeral, which is presided over by the Reverend Blindy. Fred's
interview is interrupted by the five o'clock news, which reports that
former President Fig Collins was assassinated...by Evil Otto, who has already killed
Johnny and Gunnar, and dressed up in a reporter costume so he could kill Fred. All
because the Complacents lived happily ever after, and Tae Kwon Don't didn't. Evil
Otto shoots Fred...but Fred is teleported away by the Space Siren, who invites him to
rule the universe by her side, now that Space Czar kicked the bucket. Not only is
Fred young again, and can whistle again, it turns out that since the universe is
infinite, there are an infinite number of maze magazines to which he can submit mazes.
So now he's living really happily ever after.
Song: "You Are Going To Die"
- The Curtain: Only Announcer Man, Lady Victory, and the Curtain
are left to battle the villains. Dr. Nightmare, Chet the Man-God, and Malevolent
Woman sabotage the nuclear core of the Major League Supercrimebusters headquarters.
The Curtain sneaks into the air vents to find out the secret de-darkifying formula on
the Major League Supercrimebusters computer system. He's discovered, and almost
defeated, but uses his Curtain Boots to turn the tables. At last, he makes a
de-darkifying gun and uses it to make Malevolent Woman into Benevolent Woman, and
de-darkifies the heroes. Just as the nuclear blast is going off, Chet the
Man-God captures the energy from the explosion. Spacebird swallows him, but is
destroyed herself. Fortunately, Benevolent Woman eases Quantum Mechanic's pain.
Upstairs, Dr. Nightmare has taken Debbie as a hostage. Curtis blasts him with the
de-darkifying gun. A week later, Curtis Hambones marries Debbie Duncan in a ceremony
presided over by the robot priest, and they all live happily ever after, although
not quite as happily as Fred James.
The Returns of the Complacents
- "WNUR Action Hour" episodes...1996-1997
- Descriptions coming soon!
- CD original episode..."Attaqistan" 2004
- Description coming soon!