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A Dissertation on the American Justice System by People Who Have Never Been Inside a Courtroom, Let Alone Know Anything About the Law, but Have Seen Way Too Many Legal Thrillers

"A Dissertation on the American Justice System by People Who Have Never Been Inside a Courtroom, Let Alone Know Anything About the Law, but Have Seen Way Too Many Legal Thrillers" is the fourth episode of Clerks: The Animated Series. It was the first of the two episodes that aired.

Disclaimer joke: "With that in mind, America, let's rise up against our celebrities and make fun of them."

Plot summary

After slipping on a soda Randal spilled, Jay sues Quick Stop for $10,000,000 dollars. The trial is held by Judge Reinhold and the jury consists entirely of black NBA All-Stars. Randal defends Dante, where he does nothing but try to "get hip" with the jury and demand famous film directors to give him back his ticket money for their awful films he saw. The episode never reaches a verdict, due to the script pages of the episode being lost and replaced by Korean animation craziness.

Production notes

  • The original disclaimer joke was "With that in mind, America, let's rise up against our celebrities and kill them." but was forcibly changed by ABC executives.
  • Kevin Smith and the fellow writers spent the night of the episode's airdate reading internet reviews.
  • This is the first episode without an ending segment with Jay and Silent Bob. Probably because of this, this is the first episode of the show where Silent Bob doesn't speak. Kevin Smith has stated that they wrote one segment spoofing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints public service announcement in which a grandfather tells his grandson about prejudice.
  • The speech bubble during the faux-Korean animated section loosely translates to "Work with enthusiasm!", echoing the "Everybody work!" of the dubbed dialogue.

Running jokes

  • Near the end of the episode, before the verdict is reached, someone has a dream of the verdict and wakes up in bed. In Randall's dream, the jury finds in favor of him; they give him a large check for ten million dollars; Dante proclaims that he (himself) is 'The Biggest Idiot Ever' (a reference to episode 2), and is also dressed like Larry Flynt. An idea suggested was Jay and Silent to have dreams (or share a dream), and to find themselves waking up in someone's house which they've broken into.

Pop culture references

"Bear is driving" internet phenomenon

An Internet phenomenon originated in this episode. In the final scenes, the ending of the script was apparently "lost" overseas and the episode was finished by the North Korean animators, so the episode proceeds in a surreal fashion featuring many anime genre clichés and nonsensical events. After being chased out of a courtroom by riot police, Dante and Randal enter a getaway car driven by a bear. Dante, in a badly dubbed voice, exclaims: "Who is driving? Oh my God, Bear is driving! How can that be?". The Bear has been touted to appear in the (Clerks: Sell Out) animated movie.

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