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The Neighbors: Larry Bird Presents An Oscar-Winning Film By Larry Bird

Max is ecstatic when he is chosen to compete in the spelling bee, but Marty and Debbie worry he will be humiliated. Larry is so impressed with the Oscar ceremony that he decides to make his own film and win an Oscar, with the unfortunate Max as his star.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x17
Airdate: Wednesday February 20th, 2013

Co-Guest Stars
Nick EldredgeNick Eldredge
As High Pants Alien
Patrick OPatrick O'Sullivan
As Johnny Unitas
Joseph ButtlerJoseph Buttler
As Moderator
Elizabeth TrippElizabeth Tripp
As Type-A Third Grader
Main Cast
Jami GertzJami Gertz
As Debbie Weaver
Lenny VenitoLenny Venito
As Marty Weaver
Simon TemplemanSimon Templeman
As Larry Bird
Toks OlagundoyeToks Olagundoye
As Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Clara MametClara Mamet
As Amber Weaver
Tim JoTim Jo
As Reggie Jackson
Ian Patrick (2)Ian Patrick (2)
As Dick Butkus
Max CharlesMax Charles
As Max Weaver
Isabella CrampIsabella Cramp
As Abby Weaver
Episode Notes
Episode viewers (millions, Live + Same Day): 6.34

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Dave Thomas Junior3 WishesLarry screens his finished movie
George M. CohanThe Yankee Doodle BoyWhen Dick is called to the spelling bee stage

Episode Quotes
Debbie: Becoming a little fast and loose with the old fist pump. You're becoming like a fist-pump slut.
Larry: That's a good one.

Debbie: Larry? (snaps fingers to wake Larry from trance)
Larry: I... am going to win... an Oscar.

Larry: (to Larry and Debbie) When I first arrived here, I wanted to win a Nobel prize. But after watching the Oscars, I realized that the Nobel prize is just small potatoes.

Marty: What word did you spell?
Max: They picked the words out of a hat, and I had to spell "Weaver."
Debbie: Oh. So you got in by spelling your last name?
Max: Pretty cool, huh?

Dick: I got into the district spelling bee.
Jackie: Oh, that's wonderful, son. Do you need me to help you study?
Dick: No, thanks. My intellect surpassed yours years ago.

Larry: Care to join me for "The Blind Side"? Apparently it's a heartwarming story of a Southern woman who takes in a giant black child who needs a home.
Jackie: Oh, I remember what it was like to be needed by a child. Though mine's not a giant black. More of a petite ginger.

Larry: We need someone more... camera-friendly, someone who seems like a long shot to win a spelling bee, but is so lovable that you root for him against all odds.
Max: Whoa! (falls off his skateboard) I'm okay!
Larry: Maxwell "Against All Odds" Weaver. I am going to make you a star.

Marty: We're gonna start buckling down on the homework a little more.
Max: Finally some structure. I've been drowning over here.

Cultural References
Larry: I mean, can you even name one Nobel prize winner?
Debbie: That's easy...
Larry: And don't say Nelson Mandela.

Nelson Mandela won a Nobel prize for his work promoting equal rights in South Africa.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDan Fogelman
Executive ProducerDan Fogelman  |  Chris Koch
Co-Executive ProducerKristin Newman  |  Kirker Butler  |  Kat Likkel  |  John Hoberg
Supervising ProducerScott King
ProducerBari Halle
Co-ProducerIsaac Aptaker  |  Elizabeth Berger (2)
Associate ProducerNick Pavonetti
Production DesignerP. Erik Carlson
EditorJonathan Schwartz (3)
CastingSusan Vash
Unit Production ManagerSuzanne Geiger
First Assistant DirectorMatt Hinkley
Second Assistant DirectorAdam Martin
MusicChris Koch  |  Jim Murphy
Music EditorChris Foster
Music SupervisorJennifer Pyken
Costume DesignerKarla Stevens
Key GripJordan Garretson
Camera OperatorAdam Sklena  |  Buddy Fries
Set DecoratorErica Rogalla
Location ManagerDuffy Taylor
Transportation CoordinatorRob Young
Property MasterPola Shreiber
Construction CoordinatorMichael Reinhart
Production Sound MixerMark Hopkins McNabb
Script SupervisorNila Neukum
Production CoordinatorJonathan Deiner
Assistant EditorLiza Cardinale
Supervising Sound EditorRandy Thomas
Re-Recording MixerBrian Harman  |  Dean Okrand
Director of PhotographyJoe Pennella
Post Production CoordinatorSara Dolin
Costume SupervisorMichelle Matt
Visual Effects SupervisorCraig Weiss
Production AccountantVicki Perez
Chief Lighting TechnicianThomas Pugh
Production StaffNancy Han  |  Dan Tanger  |  Kaylee Carson  |  Sarah Stimpson  |  Sydney Alford  |  Tracey Davey
ThemeChris Koch
Dept. Head Make-up ArtistRobin Siegel
Dept. Head Hair StylistKerry Mendenhall
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