Henry & the Woodpeckers (Henry Danger)

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Henry & the Woodpeckers (Henry Danger)
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This episode's not disgusting.
Part of Season: 2
Episode Number: 4
Air Date: October 3, 2015
Writer: Dan Schneider
Avin Das
Director: Mike Caron
Previous episode: One Henry, Three Girls: Part 2
Next episode: Captain Man: On Vacation


Henry & the Woodpeckers is the fourth episode in the second season of Henry Danger. It premiered on October 3, 2015 to an audience of 1.57 million viewers.

Premise

When Piper's basketball coach quits, Henry becomes the coach of Piper's team. As he tries to whip the team into shape, he is challenged by the League Board and its unorthodox rules. Meanwhile, Ray & Shwoz have a beard growing contest.

Why It Rocks

  1. The lesson the episode is teaching is actually good. Which is: it's okay to lose at times because that's what makes you wanna try hard and get better.
  2. "That's disgusting!"
  3. The tiny chair running gag.
  4. Henry's a lot more likable than he usually is.
    • Plus, even though it's not that important, Piper is nicer than in other episodes in seasons 1-3.
    • The other original characters, except Ray, are likable as well.
  5. The S.T.A.B did get their comeuppance in the end with Henry disobeying all their rules and giving them bad participation awards.
  6. Charlotte was right about the beard contest being stupid and unnecessary.
  7. There are a lot of good jokes.
  8. The main premise is interesting and it makes the episode good enough to be a great early Henry Danger episode.
  9. At least, Ray and Schwoz stopped the beard contest before any of them could win.

Bad Qualities

  1. The S.T.A.B members are unlikable characters for making mean rules so none of the teams will "lose" and "feel bad".
  2. As mentioned above, the beard contest was pretty stupid and wasn't even necessary in the first place.
  3. Ray is still unlikable in this episode.

Trivia

  • This is the second episode about basketball; the first was Too Much Game.
  • This episode pokes fun at the current debate around "political correctness" in youth sports. We see this in S.T.A.B feeling they need to ensure that children's feelings are protected (even going so far as to take a trophy away from a "sweet little girl"), S.T.A.B forcing Jasper to lower the basket, and S.T.A.B preventing Henry from yelling and encouraging parents to cheer; all of these things to the fun out of the game.
  • The plot is kind of similar to the 1976 film The Bad News Bears, in which a coach coaches a poorly performing baseball team and turns them into one of the best teams in the league.
  • The 3 Board Members are named Ms. Weiner, Mr. Berman and Ms. Sherwood. These names are the last names of Crew Members Robin Weiner, Bruce Berman and Kim Sherwood.
  • At the beginning of the episode when Jake is watching television, you can hear the tv announcer say "Toilet Wars", a show that was seen two times in Sam & Cat.

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