Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)

Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)
Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)

Monday, November 12, 2012

The First Rule Of Cuddlestown, You Do Not Speak About Cuddlestown

Deb was pondering the impending series finale of the Bananas, and what it should entail. She wrote this fantastic synopsis--

Episode 153: The Wedding Episode
The episode begins with B2 receiving an unexpected job offer in Paris. Although B2 is initially excited that his career is finally taking off, he brought down to earth with a thud when B1 refuses to go with him. The two bananas have a fight and B2 storms off vowing never to speak to B1 again.

Meanwhile, Morgan is finally realising that Amy is more than just a good friend to him. He tries to talk with her about it but she misunderstands him and instead reveals that she has a crush on Charlie. Morgan decides not to say anymore and leaves without telling Amy how he really feels.

Concerns about Bernard's health come to a head when he collapses while driving Lulu to a dance lesson. Lulu is seriously injured and both characters are rushed to the hospital. Amy is shopping in Rat's store when Rat gets a call from the hospital to say that one of the teddies has been seriously injured in a car crash and is asking for Amy. Amy, not knowing if the victim is Morgan or Lulu, rushes to the hospital. On the way, she realises her true feelings are not for Charlie but for Morgan. Will she make it in time to tell him how she really feels?

Morgan also hears about the crash and rushes to the hospital. Both teddies, desperate to see if the other will survive, find each other outside the door to Lulu's room. Suddenly realizing they both feel the same way, Morgan proposes and Amy accepts. Lulu is overjoyed to see both her friends and, upon hearing the wonderful news of their engagement, makes an immediate miraculous recovery so that she can start planning the wedding.

Both B1 and B2 are invited to the wedding but concern is mounting about the seating arrangement given that the two bananas are no longer on speaking terms. Pedro tries to intervene and sort it out but both bananas are adamant that the other banana has no idea how they are thinking. B2's plane leaves for Paris the day after the wedding. Will there be a chance for them to make up before B2 leaves forever?

The day of the wedding is fraught with hilarious mix-ups. Morgan gets lost and then stuck in a tree. Charlie invents a bear-retrieval machine that can save Morgan but it needs two people to operate it. No one is brave enough to man the experimental machine until..... the bananas both realize that they've been thinking the same thing. It's Groom-bear rescuing time!

Working together to rescue Morgan reminds the Bananas of all the good times they've had together solving problems. B2 asks B1 to forgive him for applying for the job without talking it over with him first. B1 admits that he was jealous of B2's success and that this had clouded his judgment. He encourages B2 to take the job and pursue his dreams. The Bananas are friends again...just in time for everyone to go to the wedding!

Morgan and Amy's wedding is beautiful and all of Cuddlestown is there to see it. Afterwards, at the reception, B1 and B2 give a hilarious speech recounting all of the great moments of Cuddlestown history. At the end, B1 announces that he's decided he's going to Paris too! B2 can't do without him.

The next day, all of Cuddlestown turns out to wave the Bananas goodbye. Although they are leaving for good, they know Cuddlestown is more than just a location - it's a destination in your heart. Awwwwwh. As the plane takes off, the camera pans back to the crowd waving goodbye. What's that? At the back? Could that be Charlie with his arm around Lulu?! Well, who knew!

Thanks Deb for that golden nugget of potential Australian television goodness!  Actually, I can now reveal to you the real ending, though you musn't speak of this to anyone. Put it in the vault. It's really quite simple really, but it may knock clean off your proverbial socks. Ready for it?

There is no B2.

There never has been a B2. B2 is the Tyler Durden of Cuddlestown, a mere figment of the deranged mind of B1.  Do you think it's easy growing up as a lone piece of talking fruit who refuses to get out of his jarmies each day? Consider the ridicule. No, to survive the harsh badlands of C-town, B1 invented a friend. A very close friend. when ever in a scrape, he could defer to his alter ego. Are you thinking what I'm thinking? And funnily enough, he always was.

Anyway, I know you will have myriad questions. But I've already said too much. You will have to keep watching. And brace yourself for the Biggest. Climax. In. Australian. Television. History.


Anonymous said...

This post is gold on so many levels.

Deb, I already suspected that you were hilarious, but this confirms it. Lulu's miraculous recovery especially made me laugh!

Ben, I'll never be able to watch Bananas in the same way again! How could I not have realised B1 was schizophrenic? It's so OBVIOUS now!

Gary Ware said...

you win the internet today.

Is B2 my bad dream? Or am I B2's?

Deb said...

Blown AWAY!!! I see it now on so very many levels.... The existential angst of it all! How do I know I am really me? How in fact do I know that I exist in any more a real a form than my imaginary other? So deep. So very, very deep.

I can't believe we have to wait so long for the final episode. I'm just going to be hanging on the edge of my seat until we get there.

Karen said...

Wow. Multiple personality disorder. I don't think any of us saw that coming.

I hope you're sharing all these ideas with the script writing people since I'm assuming you just draw what they tell you to?

Nathan said...

So you could say, on a couple of levels, that the final episode is a potential Banana Split...

One for a wish.. said...

Makes me want to re-watch all the episodes to see if the Teddies really relate to B2 or if its only B1 who interacts with him....
Oh hang on, I have a 3 year old, of course I will be re-watching old episodes!