Weird Science: An Episode Guide

Episode Descriptions

Season Five

Episode 71 - "I Dream of Gene"

Original Air Date: January 5, 1997 (Sunday 7:30pm)

Lisa feels lonely in the world so she decides to find out if there are other magic genies out there that she could become friends with. She meets Gene - another genie from Texas - but when Chett gets jealious he goes snooping through Gene's home (a teapot) for his Master's address and notifies his Master where Gene is. Lisa finds out that Chett told on him which makes Chett realize he made a mistake so he goes back to get Gene back. However, when he free's Gene from the curse of genie-hood he leaves Lisa in the dust for another woman.

Written by:
Jeff Vlaming

Directed by:
Sandy Smolan

Guest Stars:
Bruce Jarchow as Principal Scampi
Leslie Jordan as Boyd Butayne
Rainer Grant as Clarisse
David Heisey as Drunk Guy
Sonya Morales as Lupe

 

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Episode 72 - "Girl Talk"

Original Air Date: January 12, 1997 (Sunday 7:30pm)

Lisa feels sad that she doesn't have any Girl friends to hang out with, even though Gary and Wyatt try to be her "girl friends" and play "Girl Friend games" with each other. However, they can't really take over as a real girl-friend so Lisa makes friends with a waitress at the Java Man and becomes really good friends with her. She starts lying her so much to her to protect her secret, but feels so badly about all the lies she has told her new girl friend and decides to take a chance tell her the whole truth about herself. Bad mistake! Her friend has a real problem keeping a secret and so eventually the whole school finds out about Lisa, and soon the whole world will know. Can Lisa stop everyone else from finding out about her? Oh, and Chett gets electric shocks everytime he thinks a sexy thought about Lisa.

Written by:
Jimmy Aleck & Jim Keily

Directed by:
Ricardo Mendez Matta

Guest Stars:
Bruce Jarchow as Principal Scampi
Kimberly Bailey as Tish
Sonya Hensley as Carmen
Suzanne Turner as Austrailan Mom
Cathy Susan as Mom 2
J F Pryor as Conspiracy Nut
Josephy N. Conti as Alien

 

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Episode 73 - "Boys on the Hide"

Original Air Date: January 19, 1997 (Sunday 7:30pm)

Scampi gets honored at a ceramony held at a school assembly. The only problem is that someone has messed up his picture. Unfortunately, for Scampi, he doesn't have enough power to investigate the situation and punish the vandals. That is until Lisa feels sorry for him and offers to help. Scampi's special team then searches for clues and finds a tweakie wrapper that leads them to finding Gary and Wyatt guilty. Can our heroes keep running from Scampi long enough to find out who really is too blame? Oh, and Chett loses his arm in this episode.

Written by:
Joanna Sandsmark & Sherri Budnik

Directed by:
David Grossman

Guest Stars:
Bruce Jarchow as Principal Scampi
Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs as Mr. Block
Larry Hankin as Mr. Renfro
Lorna Scott as Mrs. Newman

 

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Episode 74 - "Gary Had a Little Cram"

Original Air Date: January 26, 1997 (Sunday 7:30pm)

Wyatt is applying to Paxton University for the next semester and has Lisa zap the envelope to make it invinciple. To test it he perfoms a number of tests on it including taking a hot blow-torch to it, blowing it up, and giving it to Chett to shoot at for target practice. Gary soon realizes that he is the only one who hasn't applied to a college and begs Wyatt and Lisa to help him get in. Lisa refuses to use any magic as she doesn't want Gary to have to cheat to get in, however, after hearing how much getting into a college would mean to Gary, agrees to help out a little by zapping up a magic helmet that allows Gary to fun super fast and win the triathelete at Farber. But what will happen when Gary becomes such so popular and gets endless endorsement offers? Will he forget about college all together and stick with his new professional athletic career? Oh, and Chett destroys the house... a little.

Written by:
Jim Lincoln & Dan Studney

Directed by:
David Grossman

Guest Stars:
Bruce Jarchow as Principal Scampi
Persia White as Kim
Michael E. Dempsey as Harold
Sabastian Tillinger as Dick
Rahim Muhammas as Bubba
Denyn Pysz as Ty
Tarra Greenhut as Katie

 

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Episode 75 - "Forbidden Janet"

Original Air Date: February 2, 1997 (Sunday 7:30pm)

Wyatt dreams of the perfect girlfriend and has Lisa zap up a magic hat that will pull the dream girl right of Wyatt's head and make her real. Trouble ensues when Gary and Chett use the same helmet to make their own ideal dream-girls real.

Written by:
Jim Keily & Jimmy Aleck

Directed by:
Christopher Hibler

Guest Stars:
Deborah Kellner as Janet/Jade/Jena
Bruce Jarchow as Principal Scampi

 

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Episode 76 - "Man's Best Friend"

Original Air Date: February 9, 1997 (Sunday 7:30pm)

When Chett is dumped in the mountains about five miles from home by his two friends, a friendly dog follows him home, but when the dog almost gets struck by a truck, Chett darts out in the nick of time to save him. They become best friends from that moment on -- man and dog. When Lisa sees how nice Chett is with the dog, she zaps the dog and turns him into a real human, but with strange results.

Written by:
Kari Lizer

Directed by:
Alan Cross

Guest Stars:
Patrick Richwood as Buddy
Bruce Fine as Rocco
Ingo Neuhaus as Rick
Harmony Smith as Amanda
Cynthia Madvig as Shelly

 

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Episode 77 - "Show Chett"

Original Air Date: February 16, 1997 (Sunday 7:30pm)

When Chett shows disrespect for women and considers them sex objects, Lisa makes him a male stripper at "Chip n Tails," a woman's club. He seems to like it and rises to fame quickly. He considers himself to be a DANCER rather than a STRIPPER.

Written by:
Chris Black

Directed by:
Tom Spezialy

Guest Stars:
Adrienne Barbeau as Lily
John Carlos as Ramses
Rainer Grant as Driver
Michael Caldwell as Flex
Randi Ask as Xybo

 

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Episode 78 - "Bee In There"

Original Air Date: February 23, 1997 (Sunday 7:30pm)

Wyatt and Gary are discussing how their fathers never played with them when they were kids and needed to develop skills, so Lisa agrees to grant Wyatt's wish to go back in time, but as their dad's so that they as their fathers can teach themselves (as a kid) how to throw a baseball. Lisa tells them it sounds like sloppy wishing, and indeed it turns out to be sloppy when Lisa zaps Gary into his MOTHER's body instead of his father's. When Gary (in his Mother's body) and Wyatt (in his father's body) start doing things together, trouble ensues between Wyatt's mother and Gary's father. Oh, and Chett calls Wyatt the "Greatest little brother in the whole world."

Written by:
Jim Keily & Jimmy Aleck

Directed by:
David Grossman

Guest Stars:
Andrew Pine as Wayne Donnelly
Melanie Chartoff as Marcia Donnelly

 

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Episode 79 - "Future Bride"

Original Air Date: March 7, 1997 (Friday 12:30pm)

Wyatt is dining with various girls and none are acceptable, so he complains to Lisa who gives him a 'Bride Detector' - which has the power to detect your future bride if the future bride is in a close enough raidus. Lucky for Wyatt, his future bride is sitting right across from him on the other side of the Java Man. Chett also thinks that this would make a great way to get Lisa to become his bride, and so he gets an "Engerneering for Dummies" book and tinkles with the Bride Tracker so that it go off when it points at Lisa. Lisa knows all about the trick, but plays along with him so that she can torture him. Wyatt ends up taking his "Future Bride" too seriously and ends up losing her. However, as it turns out the Bride Tracker wasn't real anyway... Oh, and Chett goes through some serious testing to obtain Lisa.

Written by:
Adam Lapidus

Directed by:
Ricardo Mendez Matta

Guest Stars:
Bruce Jarchow as Principal Scampi
Marisa Caughlan as Barbara
Carolyn Lawrence as Dasha
Cory Oliver as Cynthia

 

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Episode 80 - "Stalag 16"

Original Air Date: March 14, 1997 (Friday 12:30pm)

Scampi is tricked by Chett with an award (a China pig) for being "Educator of the Decade" and they have a fist fight which takes them into the new toy Lisa has created fro the boys — a holodeck. A parody of Stalag 17/Hogan's Heroes ensues.

Written by:
Ed Ferrara & Kevin Murphy

Directed by:
David Grossman & Ricardo Mendez Matta

Guest Stars:
Bruce Jarchow as Principal Scampi
Kenneth Mars as Kommandant
Lawrence Poindexter as Pommafritte
Larry Hankin as Manfieldy
Rick Zieff as Mr. Fehley
John Granun as Guard 1
Doc Duhame as Guard 2
Robert Shook as Guard 3

 

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Episode 81 - "I, Chettus"

Original Air Date: March 21, 1997 (Friday 12:30pm)

Principal Scampi, drassed in a toga, berates the boys not just because they are late, but have not observed the dress code. They blame Lisa, but she realizes it is Chett that has brought about this state of affairs. Properly dressed, they arrive in ancient Rome and must undo what Chett done.

Written by:
Chris Black

Directed by:
Tom Spezialy

Guest Stars:
Bruce Jarchow as Principal Scampi
John Michael Higgins as Timidius
Felicity Waterman as Bodacious
Paul Parducci as Canturian
Randi Ask as Rebel 1
Daniel Zelman as Soldier
Joe Hart as Roman 1

 

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Episode 82 - "The Genie Detective"

Original Air Date: April 11, 1997 (Friday 12:30pm)

Lisa sees the boys off to school and then opens her VR closet and chooses a game, "The Genie Detective," which sends her back to the 30's and presents a case based losely on "D.O.A." But when Chett comes in, thinking this would be a good way to get with Lisa, he soon finds out that if you die in the VR world, you die for real! It's up to Lisa to solve her first real case to save Chett, and runs into Wyatt who jumped into the game as well.

Written by:
Howard A. Klausner & Christer G. Hokanson

Directed by:
David Grossman

Guest Stars:
Bruce Jarchow as Principal Scampi
D. Edwig Woodruff
Bobby Porter as Jockey

Special Note: This was the last new episode to air on USA Network. The final 6 episodes were not aired until an entire year later and were broadcast by The Sci-Fi Channel (USA Network's sister network).

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Episode 83 - "Magic Comet Ride"

Original Air Date: July 11, 1998 (Saturday 11 a.m.)

Lisa travels to a comet to learn more about her powers from the Genie Master in this Yoda training sequence parody. She is going to need a lot of training, though.

Written by:
Jim Lincoln & Dan Studney

Directed by:
David Grossman

Guest Stars:
Bruce Jarchow as Principal Scampi
Ed Gale as Genie Master
Vanessa Lee Asher as Java Man Girl 2
Jode Leigh Edwards as Java Man Girl 1
Harmony Smith as Kelly
Cynthia Madvig as Rachel

Special Note: This was the first of the final six episodes to air an entire year after the last new episode was broadcast on USA Network. This episode was broadcast by The Sci-Fi Channel (USA Network's sister network) instead.

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Episode 84 - "School Spirits"

Original Air Date: July 11, 1998 (Saturday 11:30 a.m.)

The gang helps out the ghosts of former Farber faculty in keeping their "homeroom" at Farber High, but Scampi and a creepy ectocist have other plans.

Written by:
Jimmy Aleck

Directed by:
Tom Spezialy

Guest Stars:
Bruce Jarchow as Principal Scampi
Morwenna Banks as Petula
Robert Mandan as Principal Farber
Ritch Brinkley as Mr. Cabeza
Brent Hinkley as Ectocist

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Episode 85 - "Wicked Wish"

Original Air Date: July 18, 1998 (Saturday 11 a.m.)

Lisa and Wyatt feel sorry for Mrs. Donnelly, who doesn't feel young or pretty anymore. Lisa's wish messes up (what else is new) and makes Marcia want to be the "fairest of them all".

Written by:
Jim Lincoln & Dan Studney

Directed by:
David Grossman

Guest Stars:
Andrew Pine as Wayne Donnelly
Melanie Chartoff as Marcia Donnelly
Keith Amons as Mirror
Autumn Browne as Admiring Woman

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Episode 86 - "Night of the Swingin' Steves"

Original Air Date: July 18, 1998 (Saturday 11:30 a.m.)

"Night" brings back the characters Agents Sculder and Molly ("Fly Boy") and the Alien Race of Steves ("Chett-A-Nator")

Written by:
Chris Black

Directed by:
Ricardo Mendez Matta

Guest Stars:
Larry Poindexter as Scolder
Jamie Rose as Molly
Ian Patrick Williams as Alien Steve
Bill Bolender as Smoker
Steve Fitchpatrick
Robert Zachar as Todd

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Episode 87 - "Genie Junior"

Original Air Date: July 25, 1998 (Saturday 11 a.m.)

Attempting to test Chett's commitment, Lisa accidentally makes herself pregnant. Later, a wish from Chett puts the "load of responsibility" on him.

Written by:
Susannah Hardaway

Directed by:
Ricardo Mendez Matta

Guest Stars:
Bruce Jarchow as Principal Scampi
Larry Poindexter as Doctor
Bruce Fine as Rocco
Raymond Guth as Irritated Patient
Lauren Law as Little Patten
James Lew as Bossman

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Episode 88 - "WS4"

Original Air Date: July 25, 1998 (Saturday 11:30 a.m.)

In this series finale spectacular performance, The school body is full of hate towards each other on Groundhog Day. Lisa zaps "peaceful" aliens to the school to help "Erase the Hate," but they attack the school.

Written by:
Jim Lincoln & Dan Studney

Directed by:
David Grossman

Guest Stars:
Bruce Jarchow as Principal Scampi
Sabastian Tillinger as Trek Clubber 1
Chad Cox as Home Economic Student
Johnny Dark as Janitor Bob
J.F. Pryor as Drama Student
Mike Damus as Doomsday Member

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