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The Weekenders
TheWeekendersLogo.jpg
From left to right: Tino, Tish, Carver, and Lor
Format Animated series
Created by Doug Langdale
Starring Jason Marsden
Grey DeLisle
Phil LaMarr
Kath Soucie
Lisa Kaplan
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 39 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run February 26, 2000 (2000-02-26) – February 29, 2004 (2004-02-29)

The Weekenders is a Disney animated series about the weekend life of four diverse 7th graders: Tino Tonitini (Jason Marsden), Lor McQuarrie (Grey DeLisle), Carver Descartes (Phil LaMarr), and Petra Tishkovna "Tish" Katsufrakis (Kath Soucie) in Bahia Bay, California. The theme song was written and sung by Wayne Brady.

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Premise

Despite having four seventh grade children in the main roles, the show rarely touches on aspects of school life (as Recess does), as stories nearly always begin on Friday afternoon and end on Sunday evening. The few exceptions cover the aftermath on Monday morning, usually only if the plot relates to homework or other school activities. Tino is the main character, and most episodes are told from his point of view. Tino often breaks the fourth wall and speaks directly to the viewer about what's going on à la Greek chorus.

Production

The series, created by Doug Langdale, made its debut in 2000 as a part of Disney's One Saturday Morning on ABC and later on Disney's One Too on Sunday Mornings and Weekday Afternoons. Later it moved to cable channel Toon Disney and aired on The Disney Channel for a short time. In Canada, it was shown on the Family Channel three times a day on weekdays.[1] In the UK, Disney Channel began airing the show exclusively on Friday Afternoons, Saturdays and Sunday Mornings to fit in with the basic premise (the Latin American version of Disney Channel did the same when airing the show).

The show's title theme was written by Roger Neill and Wayne Brady and performed by Wayne Brady.

TV Guide dubbed The Weekenders as "the show that killed Pokémon," because ABC stole the ratings when they aired it at 10:00 am - the same time Pokémon aired on Kids' WB.

The Weekenders last aired on Toon Disney in 2008.

Episodes

Cast

  • Jason Marsden - Tino Tonitini, Colby, Tony Tortellero
  • Grey DeLisle - Lor McQuarrie
  • Phil LaMarr - Carver Descartes, Bluke, Coach Colson, Mr. Higginbottom, Mr. Descartes
  • Kath Soucie - Tish Katsufrackis, Ruby
  • Lisa Kaplan - Mrs. Tonitini, Foods of the World Lady
  • Jeff Bennett - Pizza Guy
  • Ashley Kenney - Mrs. Katsufrakis
  • Julianne Burschner - Bree, Frances
  • Peter Rist - Thompson Oberman
  • Lauren Layla - Pru, Candace
  • Ian Razowsky - Dixon
  • Cree Summer - Penny Descartes, Todd Descartes, Mrs. Descartes

Main characters

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Tino Tonitini

Tino, twelve years old, is the Italian American lead character and narrator in the series. He usually goes to his mom for advice, but she is able to read his mind before he even expresses his problems. He finds his mom's odd organic dishes revolting and his mom usually shrugs off his complaints with further advice. Although Tino is sort of the leader of the four, he exhibits the most fear, most distinctly of clowns. His fear of clowns is magnified in the episode when the four decide to try new things at the local circus. Tino works with clowns and is extremely fearful at first, until he realizes that clowns are just regular people in disguise. In the end, he still does not like clowns, but he learns that he can tolerate them. Sarcasm and witty remarks are Tino's trademark. Since he acts as the narrator, he sets up the story for the episode and ends the episode with a usually moral closing remark. He also has a notable high-pitched scream when he is scared, which serves as easy joking material to his friends.

Carver René Descartes

Carver, twelve years old, is the African American fashionista of the group. He has a great care in fashion, most notably, shoes. His shoe fetish is exemplified in the episode when the four try to enjoy each other's activities in one weekend. Carver's activity involves the four visiting a shoe fashion show. He even gets backstage passes for the four to "meet the shoes in person". He is also known by having female clothing. Carver usually seeks advice from his three friends, but during rare moments, he also goes to his older sister for advice. Asides from being into shoes and having three close friends, Carver also wishes he was the third member of Bahia Bay's Popular Kids. In his closet, he is able to open up the wall panel and reveal a Popular Kids sanctuary. It consists of candles, pictures of the two popular kids, and incense. His older sister, Penny, has caught him praying to them at the Popular Kids altar. Carver also has a toddler-aged brother named Todd.

Lor MacQuarrie

Lor, twelve years old, takes on a more boyish character than her female parallel, Tish. She has Scottish American heritage, which results in her enjoying Scottish games. In different episodes, she is said to have 13 to 16 brothers, but it is never known exactly how many she has in total. She is usually the most confident except for one instance when she is a contestant on a school talent show, which requires her to sing "Home on the Range". She becomes nervous and begins to panic about her performance until Tish helps her out. Lor is not the smartest of the bunch academically. In one episode, she must get a "B" grade, or passing, on her American Civil War test, in order for her not to be sent to military school by her father. She studies with extreme difficulty in the beginning, but after playing a war-themed video game about the American Civil War, brought in by Carver, she gets a good mark on her test. She like tino but never think about it.

Tish Katsufrakis

Tish, twelve years old, comes from a fictional country unknown to both viewers of the show and the characters on the show itself. She is the smartest of the group, picky and perfectionist to an obssesive-compulsive level, as seen in the episode when the four friends create a seaweed sculpture for "Helper's Helping the Helpless' Kelp Day," when Tish is in charge of painting the sculpture and becomes obssesed with every detail, therefore ending up taking over the project and presenting it unfinished. She is a straight A's student but her flawless streak is interrupted in the episode when she receives a "B" letter grade from one of her teachers. She is deeply affected by this, but learns that no one is perfect. Tish also loves William Shakespeare and enjoys pursuing artistic endeavours, such as painting and sculpting.

Secondary/Recurring characters

Ms. Tonitini: She is a very easy going mother and tries to give Tino advice when needed. She is very concerned with cooking healthy meals like seaweed casserole, tofu, and other dishes that nobody likes but Tino eats even when it gives him nightmares.

Mr. Tonitini: Tino's father has a full-time job around the east coast. With Tino and his mother living in the west coast, he only has an opportunity to visit his son and ex-wife once a year. He only appears in one episode ("Tino's Dad"). In another episode ("Father's Day"), Tino is upset that his father couldn't come for Father's Day, but still enjoys it with his friends and their dads. He shares the same paranoid and timid nature as his son, claiming everything as a "breeding ground for bacteria", and was known in school as "Screamy Tonitini".

Dixon: Ms. Tonitini's boyfriend shares the interests of Tino and his friends (such as being a Captain Dreadnought fan, a Shakespeare reader, having a degree in literature, being a shoe fanatic, athletic, and a Scottish games champion) and has a childlike personality. Nevertheless, he is a responsible parental figure, especially when bringing up his 14-year-old daughter Moira. He has the tallest head of any of the characters.

Mrs. Katsufrakis: A former roller derby of her unnamed home country, Tish's mother has good advice for her daughter. She is known to have foreign pronunciation in English, as opposed to her husband. Usually when Mrs. Katufrakis says something, Tish and, rarely, her husband, pronounce it properly so Tish's friends, or even they themselves can understand. She is nicknamed "Berschtuki" meaning "She who loves soup".

Mr. Katsufrakis: A college professor, his English is a lot clearer than his wife's. He was nicknamed "The Brain" until he grew a beard and was thus nicknamed "Beardy-man".

Tony Tordellaro: A boy who bears a very strong resemblance to Tino, and in one episode becomes Tino's new friend. All he can say is "sure".

Dodie Weems: An elderly woman and regular around the town. She believes that all children are lazy and ungrateful, and unwilling to help others.

Bree and Colby: The two 'cool kids' usually seen hanging around Bahia Bay. Their hobbies include leaning against various things around town. They believe that any form of movement other than walking the way they do is uncool. They are so cool that everybody else is invisible to them.

Bluke & Frances: Two social outcasts who become friends part way through the series. Bluke is a brainless oaf yet friendly and warm-hearted, while Frances (once a normal girl who was Tish's best friend and one day 'just changed') is an insane (yet harmless) little girl obsessed with "pointy things". All she ever says is "I like pointy things."

Mrs. Gloria Duwong: The coordinator of Helpers Helping the Helpless. She has an extremely hard time using words other than help, helpful, helping, etc. in phrases. She is on an endless search for her lost thesaurus (which Dixon ends up finding). Mrs. Duwong also is seen pregnant throughout the series and was in the same grade as Tino's father.

Tasha: A punk rock girl with purple and yellow hair. She is Tino's crush. She shares his love of Captain Dreadnought comics.

Jan The Man Local DJ and radio personality. Known for being extremely irritating and for his trademark catchphrase, "Hey, yowzaa!" Tish was once bumped as parade marshal for Jan's cat who could play fetch.

Running Gags

  • The constantly changing themes of the pizza place (one weekend it's Pizzamergency, and another it's Pizzanaut).
  • Carver's horrible penmanship.
  • A reference to Lor's many brothers and Lor never being quite sure exactly how many there are.
  • Lor's brothers' constant urge to dog-pile on someone.
  • Tino's mom serving foods of highly questionable origin (Such as kelp ravioli and spinach Jell-O cones).
  • Chloe Montez's unusual, and often embarrassing predicaments.
  • Strange and exotic food exhibits at the anthropology museum (Including ants and putrid shark).
  • Whenever Mrs. Katsufrakis says something, Tish says what she means, and Mrs. Katsufrakis then says: "is what I say (That's what I said)." (e.g.: In the episode To Tish, Mrs. Katsufrakis says "I leave you to kitchen my cup." when she really meant "I leave you to kiss and make up.")
  • Tino's mom knowing everything about all of the predicaments he's ever gotten himself into. This usually leads to her finishing his sentence for him.
  • Tish's obsession with having perfectly trimmed toenails.
  • Tino (or someone else in the group) always summing things up and ends an episode with the statement "Later days".
  • Frances constantly saying, "I like pointy things." e.g.: The Halloween episode shows her dressed as a pair of scissors.
  • Jan "The Man" Testeverde constantly saying, "Hey yowza, dudes!"
  • The kids' teacher, Mr. Hossinfeld, referring to something as "a kick in the pants".
  • Tino having constant fears and obsessions.
  • The charitable duties of Helpers Helping the Helpless, led by the perpetually pregnant Gloria Duong.
  • Coach Colson answering the door in his robe (or worse).
  • Tino becoming glued to various objects, such as beach towels and trees.
  • Carver's obsession with shoes and being cool.
  • Tino's fear and lack of coordination with anything sports related (except horseshoes).

References

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

The weekenders, is a cartoon show produced by Disney, and created by Doug Langdale. The show is based around four twelve-year-old friends living in a coastal area of California, USA calle Bahia Bay and who are "living for the weekend." The four characters are the overly sarcastic, athletically inept "Tino", the Brainy girl from some peculiar country "Tish", the fashion concious guy, desperatly seeking popularity "Carver" and the sporty, if a little dumb "Lor".

Outside of the main four characters the most memorable quotes would be from Tino's mom who has such a good read on her son and his friends they don't even have to speak, whilst Tino is occassionally teased for taking her advice the other's in the end, benifit, because she is always right.


Carver: Curse you modern day technology, CURSE YOU!!!


[repeated line] Tino: Later days!


[about Tish]
Tish's Mom: I'll leave you to kitch en mai cub.
Lor: Urgh, kitchen my cub?
Tish: Kiss and make up.


[about Tish]
Tish's Mom: Tishie your friends here for apel chiz.
Tino [Whispers]: That's apologies.


[dragged to Scottish games by Lor]
Tino [Thoughts]: I Don't know what's worse, this or the shoe show...
Carver [Thoughts]: I wonder if I'd look good in a kilt.
Tish [Thoughts]: I think I sat in some Haggis.


[about Lor]
Tino's Mom: Aren't you overreacting?
Tino: Mom, she's wearing pink.
Tino's Mom: Ooh, that is serious.


Tish: If I'm a winter, how about this?
[Comes out of dressing room dressed in a white faux fur coat that covers all but her face]
Tino: Stand absolutely still.
Carver: What if it hunts by scent?
Tish: Ha, ha. Very funny.
Tino: Aah! It's seen us! Run!


Carver: I am going to be CARP!
Tino: Did you say Carp?
Carver: That stands for what I want to be. Cool And Radically Popular.
Tino: It's a good thing you don't want to be Cool RICH And Popular.
Carver: Why?


[repeated line]
Tish's Mom: Is what I say!


Tino: If you try to make everyone follow your plan, you're really no better than a gym teacher.


Tish: Maybe you're confusing us with your imaginary friends.
[Tino turns to the camera and addresses the audience]
Tino: She thinks I have imaginary friends. Ha!


[about his mother's vegetarian Halloween candy]
Tino: That's so healthy, its un-American...


Lor: On our planet we call that a golf course.


Tino: If a game doesn't have rules, it's not a game is it?
Carver: No, it's politics.


Carver: You have a point there, Lor.
[Frantically checking her chest]
Lor: Where?


Tino: We may not be as interesting as the people on Teen Canyon, but at least we aren't made up characters on T.V... or are we?


Tino: Want me to leave so you can say bad words?
Tino's Mom: Yeah that would be nice...


Tino: Why can't you be one of those nice moms who just say "That's Nice, Dear" and leave it at that?
Tino's Mom: That's nice, dear.
Tino: Well it's a little too late for that now.
Tino's Mom: That's nice, dear.
Tino: Okay, you can stop that now.
Tino's Mom: That's nice, dear.
Tino: No talking!


[Tish is forcing her friends to do a radio play]
Carver: I can't work under these conditions! I'll be in my trailer!
[Walks into a closet and closes it]
Tino: That's my closet, Olivier.


[a girl who humiliated Carver is waving at him at the beach]
Carver: SHE'S WAVING AT ME? Isn't there a law against that?
Tino: [Sarcastic] Yeeah, it's enforced by the Federal Bureau of Waving.


[Tino is poking his dinner with a fork, but not eating it]
Tino's Mom: It isn't going to bite you.
Tino: That works out nicely, because I don't plan to bite IT.


Carver: Do you have a compass in there?
Tino: Yup!
Carver: Maybe you can use it to find your way back to REALITY!


Tino: They're coming to get me! Mutant clowns from the Hollow Earth! They're real! It's the clown-pocalypse! Aaah!
Carver: I think he's getting better.He's rolling on his own.


Mrs Duong: Thank you for helping Helpers Helping the Helpless. Your help was very... helpful! And if anyone finds my thesaurus please let me know.


Tish: Me? JEALOUS? I haven't got a jealous bone in my body!
Carver: Do you have any jealous internal organs?


Carver: Excuse me while I spend the rest of my life in the attic.
[Carver walks off]
Lor: Wow! That must be a pretty nice attic! Er... what?


Tish: Lor, don't you think you're being a tad melodramatic?
Carver: A tad? More like five tads and sixteen smidgins.


Carver: Ugh, I think my stomach just resigned in disgust.


Tino: I think your cooking may have military applications.
Tino's Mom: Watch it...


[Tino is upset because he didn't win a category in the yearbook]
Tino: I'm just a fat, ugly, loser.
Lor: You're not fat!


Francis: [dressed as scissors for Halloween] Pointy, pointy.


[repeated line]
Francis: [snickers] I like pointy things...
[snickers again]


Dixon: [playing ball] Try to keep your eye on the ball this time, it won't bite.
Tino: It's not so much biting I'm worried about as much as bone-shattering impact.


Tino's Mom: [Tino refuses to leave his room] He said he won't come out until the city's been cleared of its un-holy clown infestation.


Lor: Have you seen the World's Funniest Medical Blunders?
Carver: I have. Once, this guy swallowed his dentures and when the doctors gave him an x-ray, his kidneys were smiling back at him.


Tino: Hello, could you at least knock before you enter my mind?


Lor: [watching Carver riding Tino's scooter] Huh,you have pretty good posture for someone without a backbone.


Tish: If you need an idea, use your imagination.
Lor: I think I sprained mine.


Tino: Can I have a map to that sentence?


Lor: [Mowing Tino's lawn] Was that a rosebush?
Tino: Not anymore.


Tino: Tish has lost her dignity.
Lor: Look under the sofa cushion. I find all sorts of stuff under there.


Tino: How long have we been here?
Lor: Somewhere between an hour... and a hundred thousand years.


Tish: Don't you want to broaden your minds?
Lor: Our minds are already broad enough.
Carver: Yeah, I already have trouble finding hats that fit.


Carver: How do you spell beautiful?
Cherrie: M-e-l G-i-b-s-o-n


Tino: [Carver is wearing a latex suit and helmet] You look like a roll-on deodorant.


Carver: Interesting. And how did you obtain your data?
Tino: I made it up.
Carver: I see.


Carver: Those geeks... those geeks... Those geeks are my friends!
Tino:Way to go Carver! Wait, did he just say geeks?


Tino's Mom: You know, a kite flies on a string, not a stick.
Tino: [pause] Wow, I could see your lips moving, but all I heard was "blah, blah blah".


Lor: It's the crazy, backwards universe.
Tino: Where up is down and boy bands play instruments.


Tino: The cliff-dwellers didn't have skateboards! Cliffs plus wheels equals BAD!


Lor : It's the crazy, backwards universe again.
Tino: Where cats chase dogs and sitcoms are funny.


Lor: If that counts as dancing then it counts as singing when I burp.


Tino: Mom, which one of these shirts projects a mysterious, vulnerable, dangerous, lost puppy quality?
Tino's Mom: Come here. Let me feel your forehead.


Tish: I have here plans for a twelve-foot granite pyramid with twenty thousand miniature workers dragging stone blocks.
Tino: Uh-huh? And I have *here* cardboard, glue, sticks and paint.
Tish: Okay. How about a one-foot pyramid with two miniature workers dragging a sugar cube.
Tino: I know you spent a lot of time on those plans, Tish. I'm sorry you had to compromise your artistic vision.
Tish: And *I'm* sorry you had to sit on a tube of paint.
Tino: Oh great. Looks like I sat on a leprechaun.


Carver: You guys are toast.
Tino: Well you're double toast.
Lor: You're triple toast.
Tish: You're *French* toast.
Tino: *French* toast?
Tish: [sighs] It's been a long day.


Lor: Go fish.
Carver: We're playing Crazy Eights.


Tino: You're going to be combing pudding out of your hair!
Carver: You can't comb dreads!


Tino: Games involve strategy, cunning, and knowledge of the humans psyche. Sports involves me looking like a geek.


One of Lor's brothers: [literally handing Lor over to Tino, Carver, and Tish] She makes waffles, she says "please," she won't punch anybody. FIX HER!


Tino's Mom: You know, there's a lesson in this.
Tino:'" Why did I know there would be?
Tino's Mom: Sometimes, we think somebody would be perfect if only one thing about them. But when we change that one thing, suddenly they're no that person we knew."
Tino: Yeah, OK."
Tino's Mom: And before you know it, you're divorced and raising a child all on your own."
Tino: This isn't about Lor anymore, is it?
Tino's Mom: Lor who?


Tino: So, Carve, imagine the worst thing that can happen if you went back on the radio.
Carver: Well, I go in, totally choke really bad, get suspended from school, get kicked out by my parents, hop a freight train out west, get arrested for being a hobo, and end up in a chain gang with a guy named Lenny who calls me George and keeps talking about the rabbits.
Tino: OK...you're not allowed to use your imagination anymore.


Carver: I am clearly not fit to be the voice of Bahia Bay. Don't worry, I'm completely content with being the voice of total failure.
Lor: You could start with being the voice of mediocrity and work your way down from there.


Carver: [on the way to sign Tino up for clown school] Don't worry, T., we're all gonna sign up for clown school with you.
Lor: [cheering] Clown school! Clown school! Clown school!
Tino: Great, my friends will be there to see me get scared and vomit.
Lor: [cheering] Vomit! Vomit! Vomit!


Lor: [As the gang celebrates getting yearbook superlatives] I'm gonna have "Most athletic" tattooed to my face! Carver: Oh man, I was gonna do that, only with "best shoes." Lor: Why would you wanna tattoo "best shoes" to my face?


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