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"Reef And That Evil Totem"
Season 1, Episode 9
Canadian Airdate: August 16, 2009
USA Airdate: September 10, 2009
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"Reef And That Evil Totem" is the ninth episode of the first season of Stoked, and the ninth overall.

Summary

Reef finds a tiny Haida totem near a waterfall, which he turns into a talisman-like necklace. But when it turns out unlucky he must get rid of it. Meanwhile Lo must handle watching over some of the hotel kids.

Plot

Johnny, Reef and Broseph go to the Office to find that there are no waves going on. They try to do other stuff then decide to cliff dive off the Office's waterfall. On the way up, Reef tells the guys about what happened with him and Fin on the "deserted island". Apparently they had another fight but Reef thinks it will cool down. The guys decide to race to the top of the waterfall, but end up falling into a hole at the top. Reef finds what Johnny identifies as likely being a genuine Haida totem in it and Reef thinks it is lucky. However, he drops it in the waterfall and this makes Johnny believe that it is a sign. But the boys jump off the cliff into the waterfall and Reef finds his totem. While both Broseph and Johnny have a wedgie from the jump, Reef does not get one, this makes him keep the totem as a necklace. He pulls out his boardshorts' draw string and threads it through the totem's eyes, tying it around his neck. At the dining room, Bummer asks Kelly to spare a server to look after some guests' kids. Noticing that Lo is praying not to be chosen, Kelly, as she hates Lo, picks her to go. Lo is given two young sisters, Erica and Brianna, and the Marvin boys. Not knowing what she should do, Lo runs back to the dining room and asks for Emma's advice. Emma suggests she take them to the beach. However the kids aren't really sure what to do, so Lo gets the kids something to drink on the beach.

At the beach, Fin and Reef meet up. Fin compliments Reef on the totem necklace, which makes Reef want to keep it forever. However, the Kahuna notices the necklace and is immediately concerned, asking Reef where he got it from. After Reef explains how he ended up with it, the Kahuna tells him that if anyone takes something from the Office, they will be cursed for eternity. The last guy who took something from the waterfall lost his legs to a shark. Reef doesn't believe him, but soon after his swimming trunks fall down. While he doesn't even notice, George does and snaps a cellphone picture. The Kahuna points this out as the curse at work, but Reef says it's only because he removed the draw string. Meanwhile, Lo builds a sand castle, but the Marvin twins destroy it. When Lo is about to yell at them, she notices a cute guy she saw before and acts sweet to the kids. The boys decide to bury Lo in the sand, which Lo is willing to let them do until the boys leave her there and the girls refuse to help her. Lo asks for her phone but Brianna will only give it to her if she can have Lo's new purse. Lo is dismayed, as she had saved up two week's worth of tips to buy it, but agrees in frustration.

When Reef is surfing, he breaks his surfboard in two. The Kahuna is persistent that it is the totem but Reef still refuses to believe it, even after a crab pinches his toe! Emma comes to Lo's aid yet again and pulls her out of the sand. Emma then suggests that she take them to the pool, which she does. While in the bathroom, the hot water knob on the bathroom sink breaks off in Reef's hand. He tries to cover the water shooting out with his hands, but it squirts out into his eyes, making him fall to the floor in pain. Bummer then opens the door and gives him a strike. At the pool the boys cause chaos, Erica goes against her mom's diet, and Brianna goes shopping at the gift shop which she wasn't allowed to do. Bummer then tells Lo to take the kids away from the pool area -- NOW!

At the beach Reef is waxing his new surfboard along with Broseph, while the Kahuna hangs out with them, when a fork falls from an airliner flying overhead and spikes itself into his board. He dismisses it as a one-in-a-million chance, and as he gets up and heads to the water, three more forks land where he was sitting. Then another crab pinches him, making him drop his board and fall, face planting into the board. Both the Kahuna and Brospeh try to get Reef to ditch the totem, but he thinks they will take it and sell it, so he still keeps it. He steps on the end of his board still on the ground, and it whips up and whacks the left side of his face.

Reef, now sporting a black left eye, comes across Fin as she is talking with Snack Shack on shift by the pool, sharing something on her cellphone. It turns out she has George's cell picture of Reef naked from before, much to his embarrassment. Snack Shack points out that all the employees were sent the picture. This is the last straw: Reef is now convinced that the curse is real and yanks the totem off. He then decides to sell it to George for five bucks. Lo calls Fin to ask for her advice, while the kids decide on horseplay in a nearby fountain. Fin points out that she's just as bad with kids as she is, but Lo presses her; Emma has run out of ideas. Fin then states that a change of locations is always good.

Reef and Broseph are relaxing back at the Staff house and the Kahuna comes by, asking if Reef brought the totem back. Reef tells Kahuna that he sold it to George, but Kahuna explains that the person who took it must return it or they will be cursed forever. Reef immediately goes to find George... but not before he runs head-first into a porch support beam. By the pool, Snack Shack tells them he hasn't seen George lately, but mention that Reef's picture is now up on the employee blog. The seagull also gets a shot in by dive-bombing Reef's head.

Lo decides to treat the kids like grown ups so they will behave like grown ups by taking them into town, but on the tour bus they still are misbehaving, this time with water balloons. When Lo tries to get them to settle down, they use one on her offscreen. Broseph and Reef (his head now bandaged) try to spot George at the golf course, where Reef gets hit in the head with a golf ball. When in town, Lo gets distracted and does some shopping, trying on some new bikinis. But the kids are bored of shopping, and when they tell Lo this, she tells them to wait outside the store. Reef and Broseph now recruit Fin's help with the search for George, and she takes them up to the penthouse using her housekeeping keys. The guys are impressed, and she tells them not to touch anything, especially Reef. Broseph brings down the flat screen TV, which Reef realizes is a 92" plasma HDTV, but didn't know they existed. He happily nuzzles the TV, only to have it break off its mount and the horrified Fin and Broseph run off, while Reef stands frozen in shock.

The kids are still waiting outside the store for Lo, bored out of their minds. They convince the Kahuna that Lo said to take them back to the hotel, and that Lo will catch up with them. Lo exits the store only moments later after the tour bus leaves, only to find that the kids are gone. Frantically, she looks for them, but she calls Johnny and admits that she can't find them. She has Johnny round up the kids' parents and she will tell them that she lost their kids.

Reef and Broseph find George by the pool. Failing to steal it back, Reef tries to give back the $5 for the totem, but George refuses to give up the necklace. So they use force to bring him to the Office while he is rolled up in a pool towel. They arrive during a thunderstorm and Reef explains they're at the top of a waterfall: either George gives him the totem to throw over the waterfall, or he can just throw George off instead. As the storm gets worse and worse, George hands the totem outside the towel. Reef goes to throw it over the waterfall, and can see a flash of green in the eyes, caused by a lighting bolt. He throws it over and the curse is lifted after it hits the water at the bottom. The storm also quickly and mysteriously dissipates. Broseph and Reef take the rolled-up George back to the hotel themselves, otherwise he'll see the Office.

Lo is about to tell the parents what happened with Bummer and Johnny standing behind them, but the kids show up from behind the lobby fountain and say that they had a good time with Lo, adding that she took them to do wholesome and educational activities. Johnny breathes a sigh of relief for Lo. The parents are happy and the mothers each give Lo a large tip. Bummer is impressed with how things turned out, and decides to make Lo the permanent hotel child sitter. She thanks the kids for not getting her in trouble by buying them beaver tails and then has an idea of what to do with them tomorrow, by taking them to the beach and teaching them how to surf, so that afterwards they are too tired for chaos. The kids love it and show their affection for Lo by group tackling her to the sand. Reef and Fin go surfing and talk about the totem. Underneath them from below, you can see the totem as it drifts past them, the eyes flashing as it passes through the sunlight.

Appearances

Trivia

  • We find out that the other Marvin twin's name is Mark.
  • Erica and Brianna make their first appearance in this episode.
  • We see that when it comes to buying new stuff, Mr. Ridgemount was serious when he said Lo would be cut off from her credit cards. Lo saved up her tips in order to buy a new purse she wanted.
  • Reef's surfboard gets snapped in two and he has to get a new one. It is white with red on it.
  • Before they fall into the hole with the totem there is a crow on the covering. Crows have been know to be signs of bad luck, so its appearance is a little ironic.
  • This is the second time that Fin has seen Reef naked.
  • When in the Penthouse Reef says the television is a 92 inch.
  • It seems Reef really knows his flat screen TVs. The TV would have likely been a plasma, as current technology only allows large to very large plasma displays to be manufactured cost-effectively compared to LCD or LED TVs. In fact, making plasma TVs smaller than 40 inches would become too expensive.
  • Lo is given a new job, as the resort's child sitter. In later episodes, it's shown that when there are kids to be looked after, Lo does that instead of waitressing. Other than that, up until "Endless Bummer", serving in the Pirate Ship is her regular job.
  • This is the second time that Bummer has given an employee's job to someone else because the first person couldn't work for medical reasons. The first time was in "Hang 9" when he gave Reef's job to Fin.
  • The paper bills that the mothers give Lo for her tip were green. Following the color scheme of Canadian money, these could only be twenty-dollar bills.
  • The fried dough pastry that Lo buys for the kids at the end are a reference to "BeaverTails" by BeaverTails Canada Inc. The storefront and red wrappers are all similar to BeaverTails. The store's sign has no words, but a simple picture: a rather cute beaver that is chewing, with bites taken out of its own tail. There are currently four BeaverTails stores in BC. U.S. President Barack Obama is known to have developed a fondness for BeaverTails, so much so that there is a variation by BeaverTails Canada named the "Obama Tail" in his honor.
  • The totem cursing Reef may be a reference to the episode "Up The Creek" in the show Total Drama Island. Beth picks up a tiki idol that curses her team for three episodes in a row.
  • Stoked Radio:
    • "Thanks to You" by Honey Claws
  • The plane that flies over, from which a fork falls out and nearly hits Reef, is a Boeing 767.
  • In Canadian airings, when the Kahuna is driving Lo and the kids to town in the tour bus, the voice of an angry driver outside the bus is added when one of the Marvin boys drops a water balloon on the driver's car. That voice is not heard in the episode's American airings.

Goofs

  • When Reef gets out of the bottom of the waterfall after retrieving the totem, he is wearing his regular necklace, but in the next shot it has disappeared.
  • At the golf course, Reef's head is already bandaged before he is nailed by the golf ball. There is no reason shown or mentioned why his head is wrapped after the time the seagull bombed him at the pool area. It's possible the animators jumped the gun in adding that detail.
  • Johnny said he had a wedgie, yet he did a bellyflop.

Quotes

Reef: Hey, it's the Kahuna, up for a quick session, before my first lesson.
The Kahuna: Right on! (spots Reef's necklace) Hey, where did you get that?
Reef: The waterfall! Pretty cool, huh?
The Kahuna: No, dude, hugely not cool! You never take anything from the waterfall, the waterfall goddess will curse you for the rest of you life.
Reef: Yeah, right!
The Kahuna: No, for real, man! The last cat that took something from the Office lost both legs to a shark, now he has to surf on his belly, which is still cool.
Reef: Sounds like a load of baloney.

George: (Wrapped in a blanket) Put me down! Help!

Lo: Can you believe Fin and Reef haven't kissed yet?! So impending!

George: Ow, you guys are so dead.
Reef: Okay, here's the deal, that totem is going over the falls! You can make this easy and hand over the totem or you can go over with it.

George: Let me out of here! Help!
Broseph: If we make him walk, he's gonna see the Office.
George: What's the Office?
Reef: Never mind.
Broseph: Nothing, man, nothing.

Johnny: So what's with you and Fin?
Reef: Well, I thought she was on the Reef train when we were stranded on that deserted island!
Johnny: You mean the one ten minutes down the beach from the hotel!
Reef: Hey, we drifted for hours! Anyway, this morning she called me a barnacle on the butt of humanity, whatever that means!
Johnny: So what did you do?
Reef: Laughed at her bed head!
Broseph: Bad move!
Reef: Whatever! Give me a day or two and the Reefster will be back in the Fin game, boys!

Bummer: Lo, this is Erica and Brianna! Girls, this is Lo!
Lo: Hey there!
Erica: Are you trained in First Aid?
Lo: Am I what?
Erica and Brianna's Mom: Of course she is, honey! Now, no shopping for Bri, we're trying to get her to stick to an allowance and this one's on a diet, so nothing unhealthy allowed.
Lo: Okay, so that means no-
Erica and Brianna's Mom: Okay, well I'm off, have fun girls!
Lo: So just the two of them! I can handle that!
Bummer: Not exactly! Boys, boys come on over here!
Sonny: (After being saved by Buster) Thanks buddy, I owe you! (Buster continues to perform the Heimlich maneuver) You! Can! Stop! Now!
Lo: Oh no! I have to watch them!
Todd: We made you drop your tray!
Lo: I remember!
Bummer: Mess this up and you'll answer to your father!
Lo: Right!
Todd: So what are we going to do today?
Lo: Hmm... Wait here, don't move! (Runs to the DR for Emma) Emma! Help!
Emma: (To a guest) Excuse me a moment! What's up?
Lo: What do you do with kids?
Emma: Oh, it's easy, the key is to keep them busy! Take them to the beach!
Lo: Great idea, and I can work on my tan!

Reef: FIN! I need your help! (Fin turns off the vacuum) We have to get the totem back from George and return it to the waterfall so the Haiku Goddess chick doesn't keep cursing me!
Fin: Okay, even you couldn't make that up, come on!
Broseph: Nice!
(Reef, Broseph and Fin are in the Penthouse)
Fin: So this is where the princess lives!
Broseph: Whoa!
Fin: Now remember, don't touch anything... (To Reef) especially you, bad luck boy!
(Broseph touches a button on the remote and brings down a flat screen TV)
Broseph: (Seeing the TV) Sweet!
Reef: It's a 92 inch flat panel HD Plasma Screen (goes to hug the TV) I didn't know they existed!(Reef hugs the TV and it falls)
Fin and Broseph: Run!

Gallery

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"Fast Times when the Rip Tide's High" "Charging into the Night"
Season 1
Welcome to Paradise, Dudes!Another Grom Bites the DustBoard and ConfusedTake Your Kook to Work DayWaves of CheeseThe Very Very Very Very Very Important GuestHang 9Fast Times when the Rip Tide's HighReef And That Evil TotemCharging into the NightO Broseph, Where Art Thou?Reef, Broseph, and Emma's Totally Stupid AdventureBoards of GloryGroms Gone Wild!Chum MusicPenthouse of HorrorMr. WahineGrand Theft Whale BusA Boy Named LeslieWho Knows What Evil Lurks in the Heart of Clam?Slumber Party AnimalsEndless BummerBrofingerA Prank Too FarThe Pirate who Came to LunchThe Day the Sea Stood Still

See also: Episode Guide

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