|Number in season:||3b|
|Original Airdate:|| November 13, 2013|
October 29, 2013
April 25, 2013
|Written by:||Ken Pontac|
|Storyboard by:||Ken Cunningham|
The unthinkable has happened! Buster has lost his flair for funny, and the harder he tries to make people laugh, the worse it gets. Fortunately, comic legend Vince Ruckles is on hand to teach Buster the true secret to comedy.
Buster starts the show by showing of his 'comedy garden' with clown nose bushes, squirting flower patches, banana peel patches, and his big tree, which holds bad jokes. Buster, at the top, reads a joke, which askes what a boy says when he reaches the top a dead tree. It says 'Aaaa!', and Buster says so when he falls.
Buster tells a joke, but tells it over and over. When he says it to Binky, Arthur squirts drink from his nose. Binky thinks it's hysterical. Buster discovers the kids think it is boring, as Muffy says they got it the first time. Mrs. MacGrady says that he is using old jokes, and should get new material.
Buster gets a joke book and crazy clothes, and then smashes watermelons in Binky's yard. Binky says "You're cleaning this up, right?" and eats a piece. Brain and Muffy listen to some jokes, but says they aren't funny. Buster gets Arthur to throw pies at his face, but Bitzi gets upset.
Buster gets to go see Vince Ruckles and he gets him to sign his copy of the book. Vince tells Buster that he lost his touch in life, and then says that he stopped entirely. Buster does just that, and makes jokes unintentionally. Soon, he starts making the gang laugh again, and then he joins along.
- Buster Baxter
- Vince Ruckles
- Leah MacGrady
- Arthur Read
- Bitzi Baxter
- Muffy Crosswire
- Francine Frensky
- Binky Barnes
- The Brain
- Ladonna Compson
- Ramon Molina
- Emily's mother
- Maria Pappas
- Smashing a watermelon with a hammer is a signature act of American comedian Gallagher.
- When Buster is performing some observational comedy, it's in the style of American comedian Jerry Seinfeld.
- Vince Ruckles' name is a reference to Don Rickles.
- Several of the baby books Buster had read in "Buster's Book Battle" are on the shelves of the bookstore.
- Elwood City Books has been the host of book-signings before, in "Fern & Persimmony Glitchet" and "Falafelosophy".
- An alternate title for this episode is "Buster Flops", possibly due to the Boston Marathon bombings occurring not long before this episode first aired.