Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law/High Speed Buggy Chase
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High Speed Buggy Chase is the fourth episode of the second season of Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, and the thirteenth episode overall. When Avenger quits and goes to work for Vulturo, Birdman must find a new assistant before the Speed Buggy court date arrives.
Avenger has put in his letter of resignation as Birdman's assistant in order to take a job as Vulturo's new assistant. He tells Harvey that his last day is the first day of the High Speed Buggy Chase case, but Phil offers to find Harvey a new assistant before long. Phil hires a finch, but he's too light to press down the keys and likely doesn't understand English. Phil also tries hiring an emperor penguin who keeps turning down the thermostat and an emu that keeps attacking Peanut. Although the emu starts to work out once Peanut "breaks him," Phil also offers a parrot that can recite cockney limericks.
At court, Birdman faces Vulturo in the Buggy case. Vulturo accuses Speed Buggy of reckless endangerment and not having a driver's license, but Birdman insists that it was a simple mistake. During Vulturo's examination of the witness, Birdman's parrot comes in handy with law history but winds up quitting and switching sides. Luckily for Birdman, Avenger was fired by Vulturo, but not so lucky that Avenger could come in to assist him.
While questioning Tinkerer, Birdman states that Speed Buggy is controlled by remote control and thus couldn't suddenly attack everyone. In a bout of unfortunate timing, Speedy Buggy does exactly that. Although Birdman is at a loss, Avenger suddenly comes in (with the emu) and shows that the reason why Speed went berserk is because Mark was sitting on the remote control while making out with Debbie.
Behind the Scenes
- Alternate Title: This episode was originally meant to be titled simply "High Speed."
Allusions and References
- Speed Buggy: Speed Buggy was yet another Scooby-Doo patterned series by Hanna-Barbara which aired on CBS in the early 1970s. The series was about a sentient race car with a speech impediment and its friends. The four would routinely solve mysteries and spy capers in between races.
- Funky Phantom: The Funky Phantom was the main character from the series of the same name, which aired on ABC. The Hanna-Barbara series also featured four people solving supernatural mysteries with their ghostly friend Jonathan Wellington "Mudsy" Muddlemore.