"Take This Ed and Shove It" is the 25th and final episode of Season 4. It's also the 102nd episode in the entire series, and the second two-part episode of Ed, Edd n Eddy. In this episode, Eddy finds the Cul-de-Sac kids are all growing up and tries to make his career out of it. Later, he gets hit by a bunch of items and sees himself and the Cul-de-Sac 90 years in the future. Eddy must now find a way to get himself back to being a kid.
Originally, this episode would have served as the series finale to Ed, Edd n Eddy, but due to popular demand, the show got renewed for two more seasons and a television film.
For some strange reason, Ed is in a hot dog costume and standing in front of some curtains. Soon enough, though, he explains that it's time for The Panda Eddy Show and tears down the curtains, revealing Panda Eddy and his best pal, Balloon Poochie. Soon enough, Mr. Calculator Pants and Mr. Railroad-Rump show up to complete the cast of the show. With no actual plot written out for the show, however, Eddy's only hope is to skip right to the sales pitch, and he does so, suggesting that it would be great to own a Balloon Poochie for only twenty-five cents.
His audience is unimpressed, with Jonny and Plank calling the show "kindergarten" and Sarah angrily asking if they look like babies. As soon as the three leave, Eddy angrily storms over to a trash can and throws his costume away, angry about the failure of his latest scheme. Edd tries to tell his friend that the kids are growing up, but is undermined by Ed playing with a pacifier. When Ed offers Eddy a suck, Eddy angrily throws him in the trash, too, causing the can to tip over and a tricycle to roll out of it. When Eddy asks what "lamebrain schmuck" would throw away a good trike, the answer comes in the form of Jimmy, riding a brand new bike with training wheels. Edd points out that this is another sign of the kids' burgeoning adulthood, but his friends miss the point completely and assume that Edd just hates tricycles to which Edd realizes he's talking to puerile imps and decides to just show them what he's talking about.
To show his friends what he really means, Edd takes them on a tour of the cul-de-sac. The first stop is Nazz's house, where she is inside watching TV. As the three stare at her, Edd explains that Nazz is developing on a multitude of levels; when there's no joke, however, Ed and Eddy get bored. Edd then takes them over to the lane, where they see Kevin showing off his first chin hair to Rolf. Kevin doesn't get the reaction he was looking for, though, as Rolf merely laughs and then rips his shirt off to display his hairy back to Kevin to his disgust. Ed proclaims that Rolf mutated but Edd explains that all that Rolf has physically developed and (albeit to an extreme extent) is another example of the kids growing up. Edd then mentions that it won't be long before the kids are fully grown and deciding on careers. This sparks an idea in Eddy's mind, and he drags his friends off to assist him in his latest scheme.
This scheme is Eddy's Career Counselling, which will set up the kids with their ideal career. The first one up is Jonny; after asking a few questions of him, Edd whispers something to Ed, and Ed goes and hides behind a cardboard prop painted to look like a computer. After making beeping and buzzing noises for a few seconds, Ed comes out with Jonny's career: a gofer. Eddy hands Jonny a diploma and hustles his customer away before chortling that the grown-up stuff is gold. Next up is Rolf, who is dissatisfied with his selected career as a potato-monger; thinking quickly, Eddy tells Rolf to go ahead and be a barber and sends Rolf out into the world. The rest of the kids quickly jump on the bandwagon and run forward, asking for careers, with one exception: Kevin, who thinks the whole thing is stupid.
Kevin's refusal to participate is no obstacle to the Eds, however, as the money they glean from the other kids allows them to buy jawbreakers. When they cheerfully run home from the candy store with their loot, however, they run into an obstacle: a chair placed in the middle of the yard. It seems that they have run into the office of Dr. Nazz, Denteress. She takes their jawbreakers away and locks them in her desk because they cause cavities, tapes them to the chair, and gets ready to work on them with a drill when a distraction comes in the form of a lumberjack. In cutting down a tree, Jimmy had inadvertently broken the cord that held him to the tree and slid down it, scraping his teeth against the bark and ruining his retainer. Nazz sees this as a dental emergency and goes to tend to it, allowing the Eds to escape.
Unfortunately, the jawbreakers are locked inside her desk very tightly. Ed and Eddy grab the desk and run off to Eddy's garage, where his father has power tools, only to be stopped by Sarah, who is working as a traffic light. Ed has to stop for the light, and he lets go of the desk, which bounces across the street and lands on a lawn. When the light changes, he runs over to get it and stands on it, his friends pursuing him, only for the desk to start moving, pushed by an unseen underground force. This force is Jonny, who had misinterpreted his job as "gopher" instead of gofer. He eventually stops digging his gopher tunnel, sending the desk flying into the middle of the cul-de-sac, where it is commandeered by Rolf as a shampoo table as he gets to work cutting Ed's hair. When Edd and Eddy track him down, Ed has been given a haircut identical to Rolf's, but the bigger problem for them is getting the desk back. Eddy distracts Rolf by calling for a haircut, and while Rolf does his hair, Ed and Edd steal the desk. Once his haircut is done and his hair resembles Rolf's, Eddy takes off for his garage, telling Rolf to put the charges on his tab, and gets ready to go to work with his friends.
The Eds proceed to try and break the lock on the desk in order to get to the delicious candies inside. The work is slow going, but it seems they're making progress, until Jonny suddenly burrows into the garage, sending Eddy flying towards the ceiling, where he clutches at a light fixture for support. Jonny climbs out of his hole, proclaiming a lunch break. Edd sees this as well-deserved, but Eddy considers the gopher a pest. Eddy doesn't have much time to contemplate this, however, as the board holding the fixture breaks and Eddy falls into the hole. Other things, stored above his garage, fall into the hole as well, and all of them hit him on the head, knocking him unconscious.
When Eddy awakens, he is in his room. He rises, body aching, and sees an old man in the mirror, whom he waves to, recognizing his grandpa. When the image in the mirror waves back, he looks around and sees that the old man is actually him. When he finds a cane in his hand, he tosses it away and heads for the door. When he throws it open, he is greeted by his two friends, who are also senior citizens. When Eddy asks Edd what happened to them, as they're kids, Edd chuckles and notes that they haven't been kids for over ninety years. Hearing this, Eddy freaks out and takes off running. Along the way, he passes his open garage and notices that the jawbreakers are still locked away even after all this time.
Eddy blunders through the cul-de-sac, scared at what he's witnessed. Along the way, he runs into a blind and somewhat deaf Jonny, who is playing chess with Plank. Jonny asks what he's staring at, and suggests that a decrepit Nazz forgot her pants again. Worried, Eddy runs away again, as Jonny starts the same conversation with a now no longer there Eddy.
Eddy escapes into a backyard, where he runs into Sarah, who is knitting with Jimmy. She hits him, and Eddy heads off, dazed, and runs into a light pole. This attracts the attention of Rolf, who calls him "Kevin" and proceeds to act strange. It seems that Rolf has gone senile. When Rolf angrily tells him to leave, Eddy is quick to comply, as he doesn't want to have to deal with this insanity when it's possible to escape it. Eddy starts to cross the street, but sees that his cane has reappeared in his hand and tosses it away. Kevin, now confined to a motor scooter in his advanced age, runs into Eddy, and proceeds to run over Eddy repeatedly in order to bully his old nemesis before leaving. Edd finds Eddy lying in the road and suggests that they go home. Hearing this, Eddy gets the idea that the jawbreakers are the key to their youth, and they head back to the garage.
Once inside, Eddy finds that his advanced age makes it impossible to pick up any tools. Thinking quickly, he instructs Ed to break the desk open, and Ed shambles forward with his walker. Ed raises the walker over the desk, but before he can bring it down, he sneezes. The sneeze crumbles the desk to dust. Eddy panics at this, and when he sees that his cane has once again reappeared, he falls into a frenzy, bashing himself repeatedly on the noggin with the cane until he suddenly wakes up in his garage, a kid again. Apparently the whole thing was a hallucination brought on by his being hit on the head with the items stored in his garage, but now everything is back to normal. Eddy cheers this, and he is only made happier by the sight of Ed having sawed through the desk, revealing three delicious jawbreakers. Eddy gladly takes one and prepares to savor the delicious flavor.
And then he wakes up. It seems that he dozed off in the middle of the cribbage game that the trio were playing in his room. When he realizes that he is in fact an old coot and will never be young again, Eddy bangs his head on the table, and it collapses. Ed then gets an idea and requests that Eddy pull his finger. Fed up, Eddy demands that his elderly friend grow up; seeing the humor in this, Edd begins to laugh, and the mirth spreads around the table. Even Eddy laughs, although he's still upset by the loss of his youth.
There are two deleted scenes from "Take This Ed and Shove It" that did not make it into the episode. These were first shown at the 2007 San Diego Comic-Con.
First Deleted Scene
After Eddy looks in the mirror and sees he is an old man, he thinks it is just a joke that is seen only in old cartoons. He then tells Danny Antonucci to wake him up. When he doesn't answer, Eddy yells at Antonucci to wake him up now. Antonucci doesn't respond to that either, so Eddy says he will give him [Antonucci] a new quarter if he [Antonucci] wakes him [Eddy] up, but when Eddy tries to take out his wallet, he instead finds a jar of Aunt Bonni's
prunes. Eddy, upon realizing that he just got out a jar of prunes, protests that his "youth ain't gone".
- [An old man stretches and stands up.]
Eddy: "Oh, my aching back! How'd I get back in my room?" [The old man is seen in the mirror. He seems to be an older form of Eddy.] "Oh, hiya, Grampa!" [He lifts his arm to wave.] "Aah! You're not granddad!" [The old man goes for a closer look.] "You're me!" [Eddy realizes what's going on.] "Oh, I get it! This is some kind of joke. This is one of those stupid done-to-death cartoon nightmares." [laughing] "Okay, you can wake me up now, Mr. Cartoon Director!"
[The director does not comply.]
Eddy: "Hey! Antonucci! Wake me up!" [He rummages in his pocket.] "Wake me up and I'll give you a shiny new quarter!" [He pulls out a jar of prunes.] "Eh? This ain't my wallet!" [Eddy observes the jar closely and soon figures out what it is.] "Prunes?!? My youth ain't gone!!!"
Second Deleted Scene
After Ed unintentionally turns the desk to dust by sneezing on it, the scene is different. Instead of Eddy backing away, Eddy starts to sob over it. Lee Kanker comes in to see who it is. It's then revealed that she and Eddy have been married, had their honeymoon at the junkyard and had lots of babies (although these may be grandchildren, considering the ages of the characters). It is also revealed that Ed is married to May Kanker (who, like Eddy, uses a cane) and Edd is married to Marie Kanker (who has become obese). It then cuts to the main scene with Eddy hitting himself with the cane repeatedly until he becomes a kid again. Oddly, the audio track of Edd saying "Time has reduced it to dust, Eddy" still plays even when the scene where the desk crumbles has been passed by a few scenes. It is possible that the line was later added in when the previous scene was cut and that the clip played at Comic-Con used the aired scene rather than the production scene.
- [The Eds are in the garage, ready to crack open the desk.]
Old Eddy: "Ed! Bust the stupid desk!"
Old Ed: "Ed? I'll go get him, Eddy!"
[The elderly workhorse lumbers forwards. He raises his walker over the desk and sneezes. The desk collapses into dust.]
Old Ed: "Ed's not here, Eddy."
[Eddy dives into the dust, head in hands.]
Old Eddy: "It's just not fair! What'd I do to deserve this?"
[A grandmotherly Lee throws the door open.]
Old Lee: "Who's bellyachin' in here? Eddy! Welcome home my little truffle of love!"
Old Eddy: "Kankers!"
Old Lee: "Be a good husband and give me a wet one." [She makes a smoochy face at Eddy.]
Old Eddy: "HUSBAND?!" [clinging to Edd] "TELL ME WE DIDN'T MARRY THE KANKERS! TELL ME, DOUBLE D!"
Old Edd: "And we honeymooned in the junkyard. Don't you remember, Eddy?"
Old Lee: "Hey! Quit running from your responsibilities!" [She pushes forward a wheelbarrow filled with screaming newborns.]
[Eddy backs away when he hears Old May's voice.]
Old May: "Hey, Eddy. What's the matter? Scared of a little dukey?" [Ed is holding three crying infants.]
Old Marie: "Or did you swallow your denture drool again?" [Edd is feeding a baby a bottle.]
[The Kankers laugh as Eddy backs away from the horrific scene.]
Old Edd: "Time has reduced it to dust, Eddy."
Old Eddy: "But I'm just a kid!" [He looks down and spots the cane in his hand once more.] "This is not happening!" [He hits himself over the head with his cane repeatedly.] "I'm not old! I'm not old! I'm not old! I'm not old! I'm not old! I'm not old!"
[A normal Eddy is bandaged up in his garage, under a blanket with a pillow beneath his head. He is pretending to hit himself over the head with a cane.]
Eddy: "I'm not old! I'm not old!"
- When Kevin gets grossed out by Rolf's back hair, Kevin's chin hair disappears.
- Eddy jumps over a bush while chasing the desk. When seen again, he is covered in brambles from the bush, even though he never went through it.
- When Eddy falls into the hole Jonny made, he takes the garage light with him. Upon hiting the bottom, the garage light isn't there.
- In the first deleted scene, the chair next to Eddy is transparent.
- When Old Eddy runs outside, the back of Eddy's house is colored blue instead of pink.
- In "Your Ed Here", Eddy is revealed to be twelve years old. Factoring Old Edd's comment that they haven't been kids in over ninety years, Old Eddy would be at least 102 years old.
- In the first deleted scene, Eddy pulls out a jar from his pocket labeled "Aunt Bonni's prunes". This is a reference to Bonni Reid, the color designer of the show.
- In the first deleted scene, Eddy breaks the fourth wall by saying "You can wake me up now, Mr. Cartoon Director!" He then says "HEY, ANTONUCCI, WAKE ME UP!"
- Hot Dog Ed and Old Ed can be seen again in Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show when Ed gets zapped with the electric gum.
- Old Jimmy mentions that he was sewing a bedpan cozy for Sarah. A bedpan is a device used as a toilet by bedridden people, possibly indicating that Old Sarah has developed bladder problems.
- This was the last episode produced with traditional ink and paint. Since then, A.K.A. Cartoon switched over to digital color, beginning with Ed, Edd n Eddy's Jingle Jingle Jangle. Because Ed, Edd n Eddy is considered to be the last major animation production to use the traditional ink and paint process, "Take This Ed and Shove It" can be considered the last episode in animation history to be produced with traditional cel animation.
- It is revealed that Jonny's favorite color is magenta, his pants size is 12, and his favorite vegetable is sprouts.
- The episode title is a reference to the song "Take This Job and Shove It."
- Old Edd's cat, Niels Bohr, is named after the famous Danish nuclear physicist of the same name, who won the Nobel Prize for physics in 1922.
- Ed shouts "Magellan!" while assisting Edd with creating Jonny's career profile. This is a reference to Ferdinand Magellan, a famous 15th century Portuguese explorer who was the first to circumnavigate the Earth.
- Eddy calls Rolf "Figaro". This is likely a reference to Figaro, a character (and barber) in the play The Barber of Seville.
- This episode is featured on the Ed, Edd n Eddy Vol.2: Fools' Par-Ed-ise DVD.
- This is the only episode to have deleted scenes released.
- It is unknown why the two scenes were rejected. Excessive run time could have been a factor. Had the scenes been kept, the episode would be 22:48 in length, assuming no other omissions.
- The letter shapes and positioning of the phrase "shove it" in the title card might have been intentionally positioned to suggest a vulgar word.
- Edd reveals that he wishes to be an explorer when he grows up.
- Eddy responds to this by revealing that he wants to scam kids for the rest of his life.
- The latter half of the episode may be a reference to Rip Van Winkle, a short story in which the main character falls asleep for 20 years and awakens to find himself old.
||"Where's the cash?!?" – Eddy|
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