It is just another day for the Eds as they try to bring down a beehive as part of Ed's Hive-Bee-Gone. Eddy, per the usual, is going to hang back and let his friends do all the hard work. When Edd and Ed hit the hive with their baseball bats, the bees quickly fly out and swarm after them. The rush is on to Eddy's house, but Eddy gets there first. He flings open the door and locks himself in, accidentally allowing the bees to get his friends. At last, the sounds of the massacre subside, and Eddy opens the door on his swollen friends, who want to do something else.
When they try to find something else to do, they find that a heat wave has swept the Cul-de-Sac. The Eds attempt to find shade, but are unable to do so. Eventually, Ed has an idea, and they move to his house and hide in the freezer. Sarah comes along wanting ice, however, and kicks them out, The Eds end up melodramatically collapsing in a sandbox, until Kevin arrives, wanting to know what they are up to. The Eds shy away from answering, but do learn from Kevin that there's going to be a sprinkler party at Nazz's house. Despite Kevin telling the Eds that they are not invited, Eddy decides to take part with his friends.
The trio move to Eddy's house to put Eddy's plan for making a splash at the party into action. Eddy rummages through his closet and pulls out a briefcase. When unlocked, it reveals three small swimsuits, about the size of napkins. They then change into the suits, Eddy putting the most care into his look. When they finish, the suits grab at the guys' crotches, but Eddy is sure that when they make the scene, everyone will appreciate them.
Eddy spies on the party. Edd and Ed watch with him. Ed, oblivious to the care Eddy is taking, states that it looks like fun inside and tries to go in, but Eddy pulls him back, saying that the entry to a party is the most important thing. He outlines a plan for the Eds, and when they do enter, it is in the most flamboyant way possible:
The Eds enter by leaping into the party and running through it screaming, their towels tied around them like capes. Eddy tries to pull off a stunt with his friends, but they lose control and slam into a table. Nobody is happy to see them, least of all Kevin, who confronts them; when Eddy doesn't back down, he uses a sponge to wash off Eddy's penciled-in chest hairs. Eddy, in retaliation, gives Kevin a wedgie. The fighting is about to escalate, but Nazz comes by and reminds them to chill out. The two stop their fighting and melt, distracted by her beauty.
Soon enough, the party moves to the food table. Everyone has brought something to share except for the Eds. The Eds prove themselves to be big eaters, however, as in an attempt to garner attention, Ed and Edd throw buckets of hamburgers into Eddy's mouth. Ed slings Rolf's roasted pig's head into Eddy's mouth and throws Edd into his stomach. The head predictably flies out of Eddy's mouth and lands in Jimmy's quiche. Everyone looks disgusted, and so Eddy comes up with a new plan: mingle with the other kids. He sends his friends over, and they quickly begin to talk about various TV shows they have watched recently, scaring them. Eddy, seeing this not working, tells them again to "mingle". At this point, some music starts up, and the kids begin dancing. The Eds go over to dance, but as soon as they get into the groove, the music stops and the kids go back to the food. At this, Eddy comes up with a new, much more daring plan: to pull off the most daring stunt possible.
Eddy announces the plan to the other kids, but they ignore him. He then starts the stunt. Everything goes as planned until the finale, when the trio stand triumphantly. At that moment, their swimsuits snap off, leaving Ed wearing nothing but his shoes, Edd bottomless, and Eddy fully naked. After a long pause where the Eds cover their privates while absorbing what happened, Eddy notices a kiddie pool, and the Eds jump in.
Over the next few hours, several trials are suffered, including Nazz, Sarah, and Jimmy trying to find their way into the pool; the sun going down and the water getting cold; the kids going inside for the night; and the Eds' bodies absorbing all the water in the pool. Eventually, however, it is safe for the Eds to get out, and it is at this moment that they find out that their bodies have absorbed so much water that they cannot get out of the pool. The three have to walk with the pool wrapped around them. Things then go from bad to worse when they slip, end up in a tree, and have Ed's head get stuck in a bees' nest. Thus ends a horrible day with the Eds running for their lives from angry, stinging bees.
The gap in Edd's teeth disappears and reappears throughout the beginning of the episode.
Eddy's collar is yellow instead of purple when he looks through the binoculars. After Eddy leaves Ed and Edd take to take out the beehive, his collar is back to purple.
When wearing overalls, the red stripe on Eddy's shirt is missing.
When Eddy suggests the Eds find shade under a tree, the stripe on Eddy's shirt is purple. When scrambling to find more shade, the stripe returns to red, but becomes purple again when Eddy accepts Ed's suggestion of shade.
When Edd examines the swimsuits, his three hairs disappear.
When Plank is first seen, he is wearing a swimsuit (cloth held up with string). Later, it disappears.
When Jimmy is first seen, he is wearing an eye patch. Later, at the food table, his eye patch disappears, and is replaced with a bandage on his head.
Eddy's penciled chest hairs change patterns between scenes before Kevin erases them.
Eddy wears a towel cape when entering the party. As Eddy and Kevin melt at the sight of Nazz, Eddy's towel cape disappears.
Just Before Ed and Edd start talking about the movies they saw, their outlines do not move.
When Eddy stops Ed and Edd from talking about movies, the food on the table (minus the pig head) disappears. When the kids start dancing, the food reappears.
As Eddy prepares to dive from the ladder, the table with the kids is directly below him. Upon landing, there is no sign of the kids anywhere.
After Eddy jumps off the ladder, his mouth does not move when he screams.
As Eddy runs to Ed and Edd, after jumping off the ladder, Edd's shirt disappears during the second closeup.
Nazz's head is bigger than usual when she says, "You're funny."
Edd can be seen wearing his shorts in the pool when Nazz walks away, even though he is supposed to be naked from the waist down.
When the kids are sitting around the campfire, the circles of Plank's eyes are blue instead of red.
When the Eds slip on Rolf's pig head, Ed's shoes disappear. They reappear moments later when the Eds bounce backwards into the tree.
The episode plot was based on a childhood experience of show creator Danny Antonucci. During an interview, Danny stated:
The sprinkler party was a personal childhood experience for me; I was talked into going to a pool party when I didn't really want to, and was given a many sizes too small swimsuit to wear, that did indeed burst off mid-party.
Eddy says "Uh, Ed's got three nipples like that bad guy in James Bond." This is a reference to the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun, where the villain, Francisco Scaramanga, is an assassin with three nipples.
The "Ed's Hive Bee Gone" outfits reappear in "To Sir with Ed." In that episode, the text is altered as to read "Ed's Snake Bee Gone".
The music played at the party can be heard again in several other episodes.
This episode is often wrongly deemed to be the series pilot. It was portrayed that way in The Best Day Edder marathon, the Season 1 DVD, on iTunes, and on the Cartoon Network website. In actuality, "The Ed-Touchables" was the first to air.
A Cartoon Network bumper was based on this episode. In it, Eddy dives into the same pool and loses his trunks. Edd grabs them, but Ed kicks him into the pool; his trunks flying off as well. Ed dives in after Edd, throwing his underwear. The camera zooms down to the checkerboard logo as a towel, with Edd and Eddy playing tug-of-war with it.
A promo for new Ed, Edd n Eddy episodes on Cartoon Cartoon Fridays uses Eddy's line, "If you wanna get noticed, you gotta mingle."