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How's Bayou
Season 1, Episode 2
Hb0
Air date September 16, 1989
Written by Jeffrey Scott
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"How's Bayou" is a Season 1 episode of Captain N: The Game Master. It is the second episode of both the season and the series.

The episode was written by Jeffrey Scott.

Plot SummaryEdit

Mother Brain learns that Kevin isn't good at the Bayou Billy video game. So she lures him to the world, where Dr. Wily unleashes a deadly new swamp creature to battle him. It's up to Kevin to overcome his weaknesses and save his friends, with the help of Bayou Billy himself.

Character AppearancesEdit

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

N Team Forces of Chaos Others

Note: Characters with the same number first appeared in the same shot.

TriviaEdit

  • The footage of (real-world) Kevin playing his NES in version one of the episode was later incorporated into the Season 2 introduction sequence.
  • The Adventures of Bayou Billy is notorious among NES fans for its difficulty. It may not be coincidence that it was selected as the one game even Captain N never beat.
  • In the original NBC version of this episode, the music that Kevin and Lana were dancing to was a cover version of the underground theme from Super Mario Bros. 2. In later reruns in syndication and the Shout Factory DVD releases, it was changed to generic 80s DiC stock music.
  • Crocodiles appeared in this episode, although there was a crocodile that is Bayou Billy's pet.
  • The snake that was seen on the cover of the Bayou Billy game appears in this episode.
  • A frog monster that appears is based on Fred the Frog from Blaster Master.
  • Bayou Billy's vehicle appears also in this episode.
  • Bayouland is the main world in this episode.

ErrorsEdit

AnimationEdit

  • The "unfinished" version one of the episode features a variety of animation errors. Two frames don't even have a background and some animation seems rushed.
  • When Mother Brain says "Only a Mother Brain could love [the Swamp Monster]" her eyes are white instead of the proper yellow.

ContinuityEdit

  • The flashback to "just before" Kevin was sucked through the Ultimate Warp Zone into Videoland has Kevin playing The Adventures of Bayou Billy (which looks nothing like the actual game), but, in "Kevin in Videoland" (and the opening themes), he was playing Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!.
  • When Kevin loses the game in the flashback he calls himself "Captain Klutz". This sounds like it's meant to be a play off his hero name in Videoland, but the flashback was before he knew anything about "Captain N".
  • Futhermore,the Live Action Kevin from the Flashback scene spoke with Matt Hill's voice which is a possible error since the Live Action version of Kevin from the Opening Intro was played by a different actor than the Animated Kevin.
  • Lana and Kevin's dialogue while dancing implies Kevin (and presumably Lana) can go back to Earth anytime. This clashes with Lana's "you forget everything when you go back" speech in "The Big Game."
  • Most of the enemies shown in the episode are animals or swamp monsters, but most of the enemies in the actual game are gangsters.

LogicEdit

  • Dr. Wily says that his swamp creature was programmed for one reason: to destroy Captain N. Yet it chases Lana and Simon. Dr. Wily should have said it was programmed "to destroy the N Team."

Variants and AlterationsEdit

  • Hoo boy, where to begin? Well, it had two versions; version one aired only once on NBC while the second version aired as a rerun. Version one was incomplete, with several scenes missing. In version two, some lines were added in, some lines were taken out, the music was different in some scenes, even entire scenes were added in. And here's the kicker: when the DVD came out, version one was put on there while version two faded into obscurity. Funny how life works.
    • The infamous missing backgrounds animation error from version one was even pointed out by popular YouTube reviewer Doug Walker (a.k.a. "The Nostalgia Critic"). In fact, he pointed out that DiC made this animation error seven times throughout the entire episode. Did they really get so lazy here that they forgot to the episode again before they sent it out to broadcast?
  • And on top of that, the episode's song, a cover of "Born on the Bayou" by Creedence Clearwater Revival, was different in each version. Plus version two had a reprisal at the end. Both versions were replaced by "Mega Move" though.

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