21 Jump Street rewatch: “Wooly Bullies”

Rewatching 21 Jump Street! We’re going back — way back — to high school in season three, episode eleven, “Wooly Bullies.”

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What’s goin’ down: Penhall is undercover as a brainiac, where he’s mercilessly bullied. He can’t outmuscle the bully without blowing his cover. At the Jump Street chapel, everyone shares stories (with flashbacks!) to times they were bullied in high school.

OMFG, a nerd!

OMFG, a nerd!

 Here’s Hanson: Hanson’s flashback bully story takes him all the way back to fourth grade, with a kid who looks nothing like Johnny Depp.

Looks more like young Crispin Glover.

Looks more like young Crispin Glover.

 Penhall’s prerogatives: Penhall’s childhood bully tormented him for years. He then learns the sad life the bully ended up with, and he feels better now.

 

Book ‘em: Booker’s flashback also takes us back to his youth, with a kid who looks a lot like young Booker.

It must be the hair.

It must be the hair.

Undercover blues: As you can guess, the commiserating stories help Penhall deal with the bully in his undercover case. He convinces the nerdy kids that he used “psychology” to out-muscle the bully.  

Has a "Kick Me" sign every really worked?

Has a “Kick Me” sign every really worked?

Goin’ to the chapel: This episode is a spiritual sequel to last season’s “Chapel of Love,” in which the characters sat around the chapel after hours and reminisced about their past romances.

 Trivia time: It’s a DeLuise family reunion. Peter DeLuise’s brother Michael plays young Penhall, and father and comedy legend Dom DeLuise plays Penhall’s uncle. Michael and Peter would later co-star on the second season of SeaQuest DSV.

 

Also, Penhall’s bully in his flashback is played by edgy comedian Christopher Titus.

"I bare my soul in my standup act, but I still don't mention this episode."

“I bare my soul in my standup act, but I still don’t mention this episode.”

 Jumpin’ or not? While “Chapel of Love” felt different and experimental, this one feels like, “We’re doing this again.” Dom DeLuise is hilarious in the way he keeps ad libbing and interrupting the other actors, but other than that, there’s not much of interest in this one. Not jumpin’.

 

Next: The Dark Buckins Rises.

 

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