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Wise Quacker
Season 1, Episode 57
Wise Quacker
Air date November 19 2002
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Wise Quacker is the fifty-seventh episode of the series.

Plot

Melissa Duck watches a TV show starring a comedian named Ron Pickles, who tells jokes at people's expenses, and amuses those whom he's not joking about.

Influenced by that show, Melissa tells a joke she got from Ron Pickles, and amuses Petunia, but the latter says Ron Pickles is kind of mean. Melissa, doubting this as "everyone" laughed at his jokes, says she wishes she could make people laugh like that. While Sylvester is bringing a big pile of everyone's favorite toys in his arms outside just to make everyone think he's the "cat's meow", he accidentally steps on Daffy's toy bus which has fallen from the pile, and lands when he trips on the edge of the kiddie pool. As Granny is going in to get him a towel, Melissa jokes about his accident, amusing everybody but Sylvester. Bugs tries convincing Sylvester that it was pretty funny, but Sylvester then just pretends to be amused.

Back in the bedroom-attic, she asks if she's as funny as Ron Pickles, and then goes to tell a joke about Sylvester's blanket, not listening to Petunia, when she points out she was "kind of mean".

Outside, as Taz tells the others Granny says it's time to eat, Melissa jokes about his behavior. Bugs tells Taz he has to learn to laugh at himself. At dinnertime, she even jokes about Granny, who is serving spaghetti and says it's "going to be a long dinner". Bugs also points out that Granny can take jokes about herself.

Later, when Bugs is playing a video game, he overhears the other kids laughing. He enters to hear Melissa making fun of his trademark line. She also asks, "Why did Bugs bury his video game? Because he's so silly, he thought the batteries were dead!" This does not amuse Bugs. Melissa then tells Tweety he is so short he needs a ladder to tickle a worm's belly, amusing Daffy. She asks what the difference is between Daffy and a rubber ducky. She answers that everyone likes rubber duckies, but not only is Daffy not amused, neither is Sylvester, who tells her it wasn't very nice. She then jokes about his talking, and laughs, unaware that the kids are angrily leaving her all alone.

Finally, in the backyard, while Lola is making fun of her tail (which "looks like a marshmallow"), and her bow. Finally, she makes fun of Lola's ears, telling her they are so big she should tie them into a knot... but not if she's an elephant. Instead of amusing Lola, it makes her cry and run off. Melissa is confused and let down.

When Granny is watering flowers in the watering room, Melissa explains the problem with Lola in tears for a reason Melissa herself doesn't know. She tells Granny that she was with Lola the whole time telling her jokes but didn't see her fall down or anything, but Granny reveals that perhaps it was Melissa's jokes that hurt Lola. Melissa doesn't understand how her jokes could hurt her, as she was only "being funny". She then asks Melissa how she would feel if someone said her feet looked like water skis. But they don't. Now aware of what it feels like to be made fun of, Melissa vows never to tell any more jokes. Granny tells her not to stop telling jokes; she just shouldn't tell them at people's expense, as being funny is fine, but not if someone else is hurt. So, Granny and Melissa have an idea on making it up to everyone else.

To make it up to everyone, Melissa is introduced to the other kids (who are on the couch as she is standing on the coffee table) with stand-up comedy, much to the other kids' dismay. Granny tells them to give Melissa a chance. Melissa tries joking, but doesn't get any laughter, until she pretends the wooden spoon (which she has been using for a microphone) is broken. Finally, she gets some laughter from the other kids.

Trivia

Ron Pickles is a parody of real-life comedian Don Rickles.

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