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A Deal With The Devil by GoodCaptainClack A Deal With The Devil by GoodCaptainClack
Here's a screencapture from the Raccoons' second budget-saver...err, clip show (the first being "Let's Dance" before there was even a show), "Time Trap!". Cyril and either Boyd or Floyd (it is pretty hard to tell which of them is which) have been traveling back in time in T. O. M. the time machine and reliving Cyril's most embarrassing moments from season 1...and fixing them to make everything better for Cyril in the present. He's already managed to travel back to "Rumours" and give an epic stage performance, get himself knighted, and gain the rights to all the land in the Forest. He then gets a chance to fix his blunder in "Gold Rush!" Cyril missed his chance to make a deal with Mr. Knox to buy the ink and paper companies and put the Standard out of business thanks to all his clocks being slow as a result of a secret policy he had in place to increase the amount of work his employees put in. Now he has a chance...because he's given the extra time he needs. To the gang's horror, Cyril gets the call...and he's going to make the deal. UNLESS...Ralph and Melissa agree to sign ownership of the Standard over to him, basically becoming his newest lackeys. Melissa tries to fight, but alas, she and Ralph quickly give up when they realize Cyril's serious. They agree to sign over the Standard's ownership to him. Here we see a very disheartened Melissa and Ralph, looking quite ashamed as he's surely realized life is now going to be hell for him and Melissa. They won't be able to report the truth anymore and they'll likely only be allowed to write nothing but glowing praise and propaganda for Cyril and his business. Good thing this episode was only an unconscious dream by Cyril!

Oh, and just for fun, the contract Cyril has Ralph and Melissa sign has some...interesting wording on it. It reads "AS PER, QUANTUM LEPEM UNO AD NAUSEUM UND PAPERIUM HERIN IZ VERBOTTEN AS GIBBERIRIUM IZ NOT VERISNAVIUM." In other words, as it basically says, it's a bunch of random Latin gibberish. More creative than a bunch of indecipherable squiggly lines, that's for sure!

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:iconyrt9401:
Since TOM blew up before Cyril could go back in time, he never tried it again. I figured that afterwards, TOM is sitting somewhere in Cyril's mansion collecting dust.

I also had the idea that maybe Bentley was able to figure out how to make TOM work (on his own). And if Bert and Cedric found out that Bentley knew how to get TOM working, to keep Cyril from finding out.
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:iconkobebabeef:
Good quality screen grab. Good job. From the 'Raccoon Nightmares' folder.
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:iconsricketts14381:
That was definitely a sad moment. I bet Cyril wish he still had T.O.M., then he could have gone back in time to the penultimate episode of the whole series, and stop Midas before he could even order the Pigs to dump those barrels.
But glad what Cyril did in Time Trap was a just dream. :)

Interesting fact. After I saw "Time Trap" in 1997, and before I saw the full episode list in 1999, I thought "Time Trap" was the first episode of season 2, as Lisa Lougheed did the music, and all the clips came from season 1. Now I know it's the last episode of season 2.

Also, it took me a while to realise Melissa's lines from "Rumours" and "Gold Rush", were redid by Susan Roman.
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i love this ep becuse it shows what wold happen if Cyril won in some of the episodes all but the one where Cyril heard that the king and Queen were coming into the evergreen forest and it turns out to be a play i cant rember that episode
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David31 Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow Gillis sounds like he took a page out of Cosgrove Hall's book when they come up with that random Latin gibberish. I believe it was the slightily higher pitched pig who went with Cyril, so that's Floyd. ;)
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GoodCaptainClack Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It was more creative for them to do that rather than just have the contract be filled with a bunch of squiggly lines, or just be completely blank altogether. I like how right in the middle of the random Latin it basically says it's gibberish :D

They really needed some better way to tell the pigs apart than just their voices. Maybe their uniforms could have been a different color, or something.

I think something like this would be one of Ralph's worst nightmares. Having to give up ownership of the Standard to Cyril and probably no longer being able to report the truth-instead he'd have to fill the paper up with tons and tons of praise for Cyril. Seeing that it pained Ralph quite a bit just writing a TRIBUTE to Cyril in "Last Legs" (he had an extremely hard time coming up with anything nice to say about him), that would be pretty much be hell for him. Plus poor Melissa will probably have to take tons of photos of Cyril's ugly mug and plaster the paper full of them...Yeah, I think it's safe to say if this were real Ralph and Melissa's lives would be pretty much ruined. This has to be one of Ralph's two worst nightmares-the other one probably being the idea that Melissa could run off and leave him and wind up in the arms of Troy Malone, or hell, any other man :D
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David31 Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You pretty much described every nightmare Ralph has, LOL, I can just see the Pigs using whips to get poor Ralph and Melissa to work faster and have Bert play delivery boy all the time, plus that would ocupy the Pigs so that Cyril wouldn't have to contend with them. :D

Yeah Huey, Dewey and Louie had colour co-ordinated shirts, a pity the Pigs never had that, probably due to budgeting restriaits or something?
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GoodCaptainClack Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Haha, I think I did :D Well, Ralph probably has also had bad dreams in which Melissa died, I'm sure she's had dreams about things like that happening to Ralph too.

Ouch. Cyril basically makes Ralph and Melissa his psuedo-slaves. Work would no longer be fun for Ralph and Melissa at all. I imagine that whole scenario would have a really negative effect on their personal relationship as well...

Budget problems...well, that would obviously explain the clip shows in the first place :D You already know me; I'm not a big fan of clip shows as to me they always seem so needless. I understand they save the studio money, but they always feel like somewhat of a real gyp, even the good ones like this one (this was probably the Raccoons' best clip show) or "So It's Come To This: A Simpsons Clip Show".
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David31 Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well they never had a major budget to begin with as this was a small time Canadian production, it's not like it was funded by DiC or something, if it was, no doubt the show would have been brought over to the U.S. via major TV stations. :D

You saying psuedo-slaves makkes me think of the pigs wearing black bondage leather as they whip the poor Raccoons to get their work done. :D
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GoodCaptainClack Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Understandable; it was a home-grown Canadian show. I will at least give this particular clip show credit for having an interesting story to go with it, but I really doubt the clip shows are anyone's favorite episodes of the Raccoons. I think what surprises me more is the fact that the Simpsons actually had so many clip shows...five total. I can see them doing ONE, but wow, you'd think by season seven, nine, or THIRTEEN (when the last Simpsons clip show, "Gump Roast", aired) the show would have made more than enough money to the point where there would be no need to do a clip show. Than again, in the Simpsons' case, I can easily imagine they did those just to mock the whole concept of the clip show in general, which they pretty much did...in EVERY clip show :D

How weird is it that you mentioning the pigs in leather made me imagine them dressed like the Coachman from Pinocchio's creepy henchmen? (I'm sure you know what I'm talking about...) Except, of course, Ralph and Melissa won't be turning into donkeys...well, that would be weird if they did! :D
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