Campbell’s Chunky Soup is a notable sponsor of the NFL and has been for years, though perhaps not as much as in years past, when Donovan McNabb and his mother starred in a long string of commercials for the soup (that eats like a meal). During the run-up to Super Bowl XL, Campbell’s took full advantage of the Jerome Bettis media blitz and sponsored several events with Bettis and McNabb, even going so far as putting each of their mothers on people-sized scales (with cans of soup on the other end) to raise money for charity.
But now, Bettis is retired and no one likes McNabb anymore for some reason. Time goes on. But our barf-tacular 37th episode, “Chunky” is here to stay, oh yes. Do you hear that, world? Franks and Beans will never leave you! We’re like a best friend, a guy living in your basement, or an unfortunate and stubborn rash, and this episode exemplifies that idea.
The main thrust of this episode, I suppose, comes down to the idea of “wouldn’t it be gross to eat vomit?” And as someone who has thrown up a few times in the past, I would have to say that yeah, it probably would be.
If there is a problem with this episode, it may lie with the fact that there’s really no surprise in what the joke is ultimately going to be. Once Larry puts his container of puke (patent pending) on the counter, it’s pretty obvious that something terrible is going to happen with it, and we lay it out pretty clearly once Larry tells Jeff that he can have some of the soup that’s on the counter. I guess, though, that whether it was obvious or not, the joke depends much more on the gross out factor than it does on the element of surprise, so in a way it can still succeed.
One thing that I learned from this episode is that clam chowder is actually pretty gross in and of itself. Larry loves the stuff, so I went ahead and bough a can of it for the episode. We ate it cold, for some unknown reason, and that may have had something to do with it, but I’ve never been a fan of seafood before and this event didn’t change my opinion. I also don’t like to eat barf.
The “NO!” ending for this episode comes from, of course, the GI Joe cartoon. We chose it because – get this! – “Joe” sounds like of like “No” and that’s all we were really looking for. So if there is any significant catch phrase that ends in “bow”, “doe”, “foe”, “go”, “hoe”, “low”, “mow”, “oh”, “Poe”, “quo”, “row”, “sow”, “tow” or “woe”, chances are that we’re going to get to it one day. So…look out for that.