Episode 2: Follow My Leader
A Lesson in Expressing Your True Feelings
[It is a nice day in the forest, where the Veggie Animals reside. To celebrate their
first day of getting turned into animals, they are preparing a little party. Larry,
Jimmy, and Jerry are tasked with getting the decorations all set up. Petunia walks
up to the three animals, who are still setting up the decorations.]
Petunia: How's it going with the decorations, Larry?
Larry: Just great, Petunia! This is gonna be the best party we've ever had!
Jimmy: Yeah, we must remember to thank Bob for coming up with the idea for this
[However, at that moment, Archibald then walks up to the four animals, with a rather
stern look on his face. Jimmy is the first one to take notice of this.]
Jimmy: Don't look now, Larry, but here comes Mr. Stiff-Upper-Lip.
[Larry then turns around in time to see Archibald.]
Larry: Oh, hi, Archie, have you come to help us out with the preparations for the
Archibald: I'm afraid not, Larry. In fact, after looking over what's been set up
so far, I couldn't help but notice that there are quite a number of safety risks
with these decorations.
Jerry: What kind of safety risks?
Archibald: Well, for example, this banner is way too loose and flimsy. I mean
someone could trip on it and seriously injure themselves.
Jimmy: So? We can just nail it in tight and no one will trip over it!
Archibald: Second of all, there are way too many ribbons in those trees. What
if any birds who see them mistake them for worms and end up choking on them
when they try to eat them?
Petunia: *whispering to Larry* Does he know about the chandelier that we hung
up in that tree?
Larry: *whispering to Petunia* I don't think so.
Archibald: Am I forgetting anything else?
[However, at the same time that Archibald asks this, the rope that holds up the
chandelier starts to break, which surprises Larry when he looks up. Petunia,
Jimmy, and Jerry are also surprised when they see that the rope is about to
Larry: Uh, Archie?
Archibald: Do not interrupt, Larry! Can't you see that I'm in the midst of a
safety inspection of this party?
[Seconds later, the rope then breaks as the chandelier starts to fall down
towards Archibald. When Archibald looks up, he becomes surprised to see the
chandelier falling towards him, unable to move. Fortunately for him, Larry
leaps forward and is able to push Archibald out of the way just as the chandelier
crashes to the ground behind them.]
[After Larry has saved Archibald from getting hit by the chandelier, Archibald
becomes surprised when he realizes that Larry had saved him.]
Archibald: *surprised* I-I-I don't believe it! Larry, you actually saved my life!
Larry: Well, sure I did, Archibald. After all, I couldn't just let that chandelier
fall on you.
Archibald: I suppose I can let you resume preparing the party. And to spice things
up a little bit, whatever you want, Larry, just name it!
Larry: *confused* Uh, what?
Archibald: You saved me, so now I feel indebted to you for your valiant efforts.
Jimmy: You hear that, Jerry? Archibald's kissing up to Larry now.
Larry: Well, we could use a little bit of help with getting the decorations set up
for the party.
Archibald: Well, I am ready, willing and able!
[Soon, Archibald is helping Larry, Petunia, Jimmy, and Jerry get the rest of the
decorations for the party set up. After 10 minutes, the decorations are all ready,
just as Bob comes by to see how progress is going. When Bob arrives, he is surprised
to see that everything is ready in just a short amount of time.]
Bob: Wow, Larry, how were you guys able to get the decorations up in so little time?
Larry: Simple, Bob, Archie helped us out.
Jimmy: Yeah, you should've seen it, Bob. First, Archibald came in, thinking that the
decorations were a safety risk, but Larry saved him when a chandelier that we set up
snapped loose and almost fell on him.
Jerry: And he helped us get everything all ready.
Archibald: It was my pleasure helping you out.
Bob: Wow, I never realized that Archibald could actually be willing to help out with
Larry: Me neither, Bob.
Archibald: Well, Larry, all the decorations are set up, anything else I can do for you?
Bob: Larry, what is he talking about?
Larry: I saved him, Bob, so now he wants to do favors for me.
Jimmy: Well, I know of one favor he can do for us.
[At that moment, Jimmy then walks up to Larry before he starts whispering in his ear,
telling him about his suggestion. Seconds later, Larry then prepares to tell Archibald
about what Jimmy suggested to him.]
Larry: Well, Jimmy, Jerry, and I are hungry after getting the party set up, so maybe you
could get us a few pizzas or something?
Archibald: Very well, Larry. Some pizzas coming up for you and Jimmy and Jerry.
[Scene transition, we now see 6 large pizza boxes which are now empty, before we see Larry,
Jimmy, and Jerry laying on the ground after having apparently eaten all of the pizzas. It
is obvious that Jimmy and Jerry are really enjoying the taste of the delicious pizzas that
they had eaten, while Larry is a bit more solemn about what's been happening in the last
Jimmy: *moaning happily* Boy, Larry, those were the best pizzas I've ever eaten. Archibald
can really do favors for a guy, you know. And those anchovies and the cheese in the crust!
Mmmmmmm! *rubs his stomach with both paws*
Jerry: You really said it, Jimmy. *licks his lips happily* That was dee-licious!
Larry: I don't know, guys. I'm happy that Archibald has loosened up a bit since I saved him,
yet I feel uneasy about it at the same time.
Jimmy: What's the matter, Larry? Got indigestion from those black olives?
Larry: No, Jimmy, it's not indigestion. It's just that Archibald might be showing up sooner
or later to ask another favor from me.
Jimmy: What's so bad about that? I actually enjoy Archibald doing favors for us. It gives
us a chance to get something to eat.
Larry: Well, yeah, but you never know when he'll show up, just like a bolt of lightning.
[Sure enough, as soon as Larry says this, Archibald then walks up towards Larry, Jimmy, and
Jerry with a rather confident air that makes Larry feel uncomfortable.]
Archibald: Well, boys, how were the pizzas?
Jimmy: They were delicious, Archibald! Thanks!
Jerry: Yeah, thanks!
Archibald: At least it's good to know that your bellies are full. *to Larry* So, is there
anything else I can do for you, Larry?
Larry: *unsure* Uh, I'll have to take a raincheck on that, Archie. I'll let you know if
you need to do anything else for me, okay?
Archibald: Very well, Larry. I can wait. I am very patient, after all.
[At that moment, Larry then picks himself up off the ground, before Jimmy and Jerry also
get up as well, before following after Larry. Of course, they stop just a few feet as
Larry continues walking further away into the woods.]
Larry: What am I gonna do? Ever since I saved Archibald's life, he just won't leave me
alone with favors.
[While Larry takes a little break in the woods, he looks up to see a familiar Great Horned
Owl up in the trees. Larry is able to recognize this owl as Aristotle.]
[Aristotle then perks up when he hears Larry's voice, before looking down in time to notice
Larry down on the ground.]
Aristotle: Oh, hello, Larry. What are you doing out here in this part of the woods?
Larry: I've been doing some thinking, and since I found you, maybe you can help out. Can
you come down here, please?
[With that, Aristotle then spreads out his wings before he starts to fly down to the ground,
before landing in front of Larry.]
Aristotle: So, what seems to be the trouble?
Larry: You see, Aristotle, we were preparing a party to celebrate our new lives as animals
when Archibald showed up and thought that the decorations were a safety risk. Then a chandelier
that we set up was about to fall on Archibald, but I saved him, and now he's inclined to do
favors for me since I saved his life, and he just won't leave me alone.
Aristotle: Oh my, that is truly bothersome. Well, Larry, the best way to get Archibald to
stop doing favors for you is to tell him how you really feel about it.
Larry: But if I do, then he'll just go back to being the stuffy old feline that he is again.
Aristotle: So, what if he does? The Lord tells us that we need to be sincere with our feelings.
[For a few minutes, Larry starts to think about these words, before he begins to come up with
Larry: You know, Aristotle. You're right. If I want Archibald to stop doing favors for me,
then I have to be honest to him about my feelings.
Aristotle: *nodding* Exactly.
Larry: That means, that since I saved Archibald, then he'll want to save me, and then we'll
both be even! Thanks, Aristotle! I know just what to do now!
[Larry then runs off after that, leaving behind Aristotle, who is completely bewildered
that Larry had actually missed the point.]
Aristotle: That wasn't what I meant at all, Larry! *sighs*
[Larry then continues running until he meets up with Jimmy and Jerry once again.]
Larry: Jimmy! Jerry! I got an idea on how to get Archibald to stop doing favors for us!
Jimmy: You do, Larry? And I really liked the idea of him getting food for us too.
Larry: Trust me, guys. Since I saved Archie earlier, then all we have to do is get
him to save me, and then we'll be even.
Jerry: Uh, how are we gonna do that?
[Fortunately, Larry is able to come up with an idea, so he, Jimmy, and Jerry huddle
together to discuss the plan. Later, it is then revealed that Plan A in getting Archibald
to save Larry is to have Larry pretend that he is trapped inside a hollow log. Jimmy
and Jerry are both looking through binoculars, keeping a close watch for when Archibald
would show up.]
Larry: *from inside the log* See him yet, guys?
Jimmy: Not yet, Larry! Maybe he decided to go home today.
Jerry: No, wait, Jimmy! I see him! Here he comes!
Larry: Great, now you know what to do, right, guys?
Jimmy: You betcha, Larry!
[At that moment, Larry then starts to flail around from inside the log, just as Archibald
comes up the hill. Jimmy and Jerry take their places afterwards.]
Jimmy: Oh no, Larry is stuck inside a hollow log and he can't get out!
Jerry: Yeah, who will save him?
Archibald: Why, I will save him! Hang on, Larry! I'll get you out of there!
[Archibald then grabs the log while Larry anchors himself to the ground with his tail
wrapped around a tree branch. Seconds later, Archibald manages to pull the log off
Larry, but unfortunately, Archibald also ends up getting stuck in the log as well.]
Archibald: Oh dear! Help! Get me out of here!
Jimmy: Looks like you better save him again, Larry.
Larry: *sighs* If you say so, Jimmy.
[Larry then has no other choice now before he also grabs the log and manages to pull
it off Archibald. Once that's over with, Archibald is happy that he had been saved.]
Archibald: You saved me again, Larry!
Larry: *to himself* Yeah, I was afraid of that.
[Later, Larry comes up with Plan B, which is to pretend that he is drowning in a
nearby stream. Once again, Jimmy and Jerry are keeping watch for Archibald.]
Jimmy: Larry, how much longer do we have to keep watching for Archibald? We're
getting tired here.
Larry: Come on, Jimmy, this is the only way to get Archibald to stop doing favors
Jerry: He's right, Jimmy.
Jimmy: Very well, Jerry.
[The two Gourd Jackals then look through their binoculars, before they see Archibald
start to come towards the stream.]
Jimmy: Archibald's coming, Larry!
Larry: Great, guys. Now you better hide so that Archie won't suspect anything.
[Jimmy and Jerry then hide in some bushes, at the same time that Larry starts
flailing around from inside the waters of the stream, pretending that he is
Larry: Archie! Help! I'm drowning! I fell in the stream and I can't get out! Help!
Archibald: Hold on, Larry! I'll save you!
[Archibald then dives into the stream before swimming over to Larry. Archibald
then grabs Larry by the hand before they both begin to swim back to the shore,
but unfortunately, Archibald ends up getting his tail caught between two rocks
that are underwater.]
Archibald: Larry, help! My tail is stuck! Save me!
Larry: *sighs* Not again.
[Larry then submerges under the water before he is able to loosen Archibald's
tail from the rocks. Soon, both the Lemur and the Himalayan cat have made it
back to shore once again.]
Archibald: Oh, thank you, Larry. I don't know what would've happened if you
hadn't loosened my tail from those rocks.
Larry: Yeah, I don't know either, Archie.
[Larry has then met up with Jimmy and Jerry once again, before they are once
again able to come up with Plan C to get Archibald to save Larry. This time,
the plan involves Larry pretending that he is about to fall out of a tree,
with his tail caught between the main branch and a smaller branch. Once
again, Jimmy and Jerry are keeping watch for Archibald.]
Jimmy: Larry, why don't we just give up? There's no way that Archibald will
save you from any of these phony dangers you've been staging.
Larry: Look, guys, it's the only way we can get Archibald to stop following
us around for favors all day.
Jimmy: But you're the one who's been saving him, can't we just call it quits?
Larry: If we quit, then Archie will never leave us alone!
Jerry: Uh, Larry! Archie's coming!
Larry: Perfect! There's no way this plan will fail now!
Jimmy: *unsure* If you say so, Larry.
[When Archibald starts coming over the bend, Larry then pretends that is in
danger of falling from the tree, with his tail stuck in the branch.]
Larry: Archie, help me! I was climbing up this tree when I lost my balance
and now I'm about to fall!
Archie: Not to worry, Larry! I'll save you!
[Archibald then starts to climb up the tree to try and save Larry. However,
at the same time this happens, Aristotle, who had been flying through the
forest in an attempt to stop Larry, flies onto the exact same tree that
Larry is dangling from. The minute Aristotle lands on a higher branch, he
becomes surprised when he sees Larry actually going through with faking
being in danger.]
Aristotle: Larry! Stop! You don't know what you're doing!
Larry: *surprised* Aristotle?
Archibald: Aristotle, what are you doing here?
[However, just as soon as Archibald says this, he looses his footing off the
branch and falls off, but Larry is able to grab him by his paws, but the added
weight causes the branch to break, which causes both Larry and Archibald to
fall out of the tree while yelling in anguish until they crash to the ground
below right in front of Jimmy and Jerry, before Aristotle flies back down to
the ground once again. Seconds later, Larry and Archibald pick themselves up
off the ground.]
Archibald: Are you alright, Larry? Is there anything I can do for you?
Larry: No, Archie, I don't need you to do anything.
Aristotle: *whispering* Remember, Larry, tell Archibald how you feel.
Larry: Archie, the reason I don't want you to do anything for me is because,
to be honest, I've been getting tired of you doing favors for me. I thought
you'd loosen up ever since I saved you from that chandelier, but you've
become even more annoying than before!
[After Larry finishes this explanation, Jimmy, Jerry, and Aristotle stand in
surprise at what they just heard, while Archibald becomes crestfallen from
hearing these words from Larry.]
Archibald: If that's the way you feel about it, Larry, I will stop doing
favors for you, if it will make you happy.
[Archibald then starts to walk off, at the same time that while Larry is
satisfied that he is able to tell Archibald his feelings, he can't help
but feel a bit downhearted that he might've hurt Archibald's feelings.
Jimmy and Jerry walk up next to Larry, while Aristotle flies up next
to Larry afterwards.]
Larry: I don't understand, Aristotle, I thought that if I told Archibald
how I felt about him doing favors for us, we'd be on better terms about
the party. Yet, now that I think about it, I feel terrible.
Aristotle: That's the problem, Larry, you've forgotten one important
aspect when telling Archibald your feelings.
Jimmy: What would that be, Aristotle?
Aristotle: You seemed rather harsh to Archibald when expressing your feelings
to him. Aside from telling someone how you feel about them, God wants us to
also be kind to those around us when doing so.
Larry: Boy, I guess I really have messed up, huh?
Jerry: Uh-huh, you really messed up.
[Later, Larry, Jimmy, Jerry, and Aristotle have met up with Bob and Petunia
again, as well as the French Peas, Jean-Claude and Phillipe. Once Larry
explains what happened, Bob feels disappointed in what Larry had done.]
Bob: Larry, I'm disappointed in you. I can't believe that you'd actually
tell off Archibald like that, and after you saved him too.
Larry: I'm sorry, Bob, but I couldn't take it anymore. Ever since I saved
him from that chandelier, I thought he'd lighten up, but while it was fun
at first having him do favors for us and helping us out, it was starting
to get on my nerves after a while. And now I feel terrible about it.
Petunia: Larry, don't be too hard on yourself.
Aristotle: Yes, Petunia is right, Larry, as I've explained before, the
Lord wants us to be kind to others when telling them how we feel about
Larry: Yes, Aristotle, I know that now. I just wish there was something I
could do to make it up to Archie.
Jimmy: How about we go look for him, and you apologize to him?
Jerry: Yeah, apologize!
Larry: You know what, guys? I think that's a great idea!
Aristotle: Yes, splendid!
Jean-Claude: Tres-bien, Larry! Just tell us what to do and we'll help you
Phillipe: Mais oui! Just say ze word!
[Soon, Larry then goes off to look for Archibald, while Petunia, Jimmy,
Jerry, Jean-Claude, Phillipe, and Aristotle go with him. Bob stays behind,
however, so that can he make sure that the final preparations for the party
are all set up. Larry and the others then split up into different areas
of the forest so that they can cover more ground when looking for Archibald.]
Larry: Archie! Archie, where are you?!? Archie, can you hear me?!?
Jimmy: Archibald! Come out, come out, wherever you are! *to Jerry* See him
Jerry: Not a sign of him anywhere, Jimmy.
Jean-Claude: Oh, Archie!
Phillipe: Archie! Yoo-hoo!
[Aristotle flies over the forest, but he also does not see Archibald anywhere
in the forest. This time, Larry is now looking in what looks like a large rocky
area of the forest, where there are lots of cliffs and boulders abound in the
area. Aristotle then flies up to Larry afterwards.]
Larry: Did you find him, Aristotle?
Aristotle: No, I'm afraid not, Larry. But be careful around this area, this
is Boulder Plateau, one of the most hazardous places in these woods. The
boulders on these cliffsides are incredibly unstable and could fall if
you make one careless move.
Larry: Don't worry about me, Aristotle. I'll be sure to keep my eyes open
for danger in these parts.
[However, just as soon as Larry says this, he steps on a false spot on the
ground, which causes one boulder to fall from the cliffside and roll towards
both Larry and Aristotle. The Lemur and the Owl both become surprised when
they see this boulder coming towards them. Aristotle quickly flies out of
the way, but when Larry tries to leap away, he ends up tripping and falls
to the ground hard, just as the boulder then falls on top of his tail. The
minute Larry notices this boulder on his tail, he tries to loosen his tail,
but the boulder is too heavy.]
Larry: Aristotle, help! I'm stuck!
Aristotle: This is terrible! I'll go get the others!
Larry: Well, hurry as fast as lightning! Because I think we've got even
[Larry then looks up at the cliffside that he is directly under, while an
even bigger boulder is perched precariously on the edge. Aristotle then
flies off so that he can find the other animals for help. Larry tries
to pull his tail out from under the boulder, but his tail is still stuck
under the boulder. The boulder on the cliff starts to slowly lean forward
on the cliff.]
Larry: Archibald! Help!
Archibald: (Off-screen) Larry, is that you?
[Seconds later, Archibald then appears in front of Larry.]
Larry: Oh, Archibald! Thank goodness I found you!
Archibald: Now, wait a minute, Larry! Have you forgotten what you've told
me earlier? About how you wanted me to stop bothering you?
Larry: I know what I said, Archie! But I'm really sorry! But, please, you
have to help me for real this time!
[Seconds later, Aristotle then reappears, while followed by Petunia, Jimmy,
Jerry, Jean-Claude, and Phillipe.]
Petunia: We came as soon as Aristotle told us, Larry!
Jean-Claude: Never fear, ze cavalry is here!
Phillipe: Oh ho! Ze cavalry!
Larry: Oh, thank goodness you guys have come!
Jimmy: Hey, since when did you find Archibald, Larry?
Archibald: He didn't find me, I found him here in Boulder Plateau when I heard
his cries for help.
Aristotle: Alright, everyone together!
[Soon, the other animals are trying hard to help Larry get his tail loosened
from under the boulder, at the same time that the boulder on the cliff leans
forward even more. Petunia pushes on one side of the boulder, as do the French
Peas and Jimmy and Jerry, but they still have no success in trying to remove
the boulder from Larry's tail.]
Jimmy: It's no use, this thing's too heavy for us to move.
Archibald: Perhaps I can be of some assistance.
Jimmy: How can you help us, Archibald?
Archibald: Just watch carefully, and you'll see.
[Soon, Archibald then begins to dig at the ground around the boulder. The
boulder on the cliffside is now dangerously close to falling.]
Aristotle: Smart thinking, Archibald, by digging at the ground around the
boulder, we'll have a better chance of moving it.
[Seconds later, parts of the ground around the boulder have now been all dug
up, which gives Archibald, Petunia, Jimmy, Jerry, Jean-Claude, and Phillipe
another chance to try and remove the boulder. This time, the boulder is able
to move, as Larry is able to free his tail from under the boulder.]
Larry: I'm free! Thanks, guy! *smiles*
Aristotle: We're not out of the clear yet, look up!
[The animals then look up in time to see the boulder on the cliffside lean
forward even more. Soon, the boulder then falls off the cliffside, before
Larry, Archibald, Petunia, Jimmy, Jerry, the French Peas, and Aristotle
quickly get away from the area, just as the boulder then falls on top of
the other boulder, which causes the boulder on the ground to get broken
into pieces. With the whole ordeal behind them now, the animals are
relieved that they were able to get out of the plateau before the boulder
could fall. Larry then turns his gaze towards Archibald while smiling at
Larry: Archie, you saved my life! And for real this time.
Archibald: Why, yes, I have, Larry. And don't forget that you need to be
more careful around this area.
Larry: Now that's the Archie we all know and love. *smiles*
Aristotle: As the Bible says, "For whenever our heart condemns us, God is
greater than our heart, and he knows everything. 1 John 3:20"
Archibald: Exactly, and that means that even though we are exceeded by our
feelings, God knows how we feel.
Larry: Well, now that that's over with, we've got a party to go to.
Archibald: Not yet, we don't!
Larry: What now, Archie?
Archibald: Since we're now even in debt, there is still one thing we need
to take care of.
Larry: And what would that be, Archie?
[It is then revealed that at the party, Archie has been given a chance to
read some poetry to some of the party-goers.]
Archibald: "She walks in beauty, like the night, Of cloudless climes and
starry skies; And all that’s best of dark and bright, Meet in her aspect
and her eyes."
Jimmy: Cheer up, Larry, at least Archie's not asking you for favors anymore.
Larry: I know, but I didn't think he'd actually want to be at our party.
Petunia: I think he still remembers about how you saved him from that
chandelier earlier today, Larry.
Larry: Please, Petunia, don't remind me. I've learned my lesson about
telling others how I feel, and I don't intend to make the same mistake
[The others then start laughing heartily at Larry after that, before
the screen irises out, ending the episode.]
(Ending credits playing)