Why is Mr. Feeny a Car? - S03E08 – Small Wonder (1985) – S02E01 – “Smoker’s Delight (Chewed Out)”

We saved the best very special episode for last! Wait a minute, check that… this is actually the worst. Take a syndicated show about a goofy loser who invents a perfect robot replica of a little girl, and then have them take a strong stand on tobacco with some extremely interesting takes on adolescent privacy and smoking cessation for youth, to put it mildly. Hey, it’s Small Wonder, but at least it’s short. Next week, on to KNIGHT RIDER!

Why is Mr. Feeny a Car? - S03E07 – Little House on the Prairie (1974) – S02E15 – “A Matter of Faith”

Does this episode even qualify as a very special episode? Maybe as a cautionary tale to keep your tetanus shot updated? Jay and A.Ron ponder this and many other intersections of the tradwife lifestyle and old school settler/colonialism in 19th century America. Plus, an update on how to do CPR properly from a health care professional. They sent along a video of a robot doing chest compressions on a human being and it’s not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach!

Why is Mr. Feeny a Car? - S03E06 – Punky Brewster (1984) – S02E16 – “Cherie Lifesaver”

You’re a kid. You’re looking for a great place to hide during the neighborhood hide-n-seek tournament. What’s that? An old abandoned refrigerator? Nobody would ever think to look there! DON’T LET THIS BE YOU! Watch this episode to learn how to no longer properly do CPR, avoid the dangers of laziness when removing doors off retired appliances, and the value of staying the hell out of enclosed spaces.

Why is Mr. Feeny a Car? - S03E05 – Diff’rent Strokes (1978) – S05E16-17 – “The Bicycle Man”

Here it is. The tactical nuclear bomb of very special episodes: “The Bicycle Man”. This is some rough stuff, and no wonder it’s become a core gen-x traumatic memory. Are you ready to see Arnold dodge an experienced pedophile while spitting one liners to the audiences’ over the top laugh track despite the absolutely horrible things are happening? If so, you might come away surprised at how well this incredibly difficult subject is handled!

Why is Mr. Feeny a Car? - S03E04 – Full House (1987) – S04E08 – “Shape Up”

Ah, Full House, that wholesome mainstay of TGIF television where an x-rated comic, a male model, and the guy who turns out is dating one teenage Alanis Morrisette, raise two adorable girls and a toddler terrorist. Today the Tanners are in trouble. DJ is trying to fit into a bikini in time for her friend’s birthday party just weeks away, and she’s killing herself to make it happen. Literally! Can her dad Danny solve DEEJ’s body issues and budding eating disorder, in just 23 minutes, and still have time for Michelle to mug for the camera? Find out with us on this very special episode!

Why is Mr. Feeny a Car? - S03E03 – Saved by the Bell (1989) – S02E09 – “Jessie’s Song”

Coke? Don’t make me laugh? Meth? Kid’s stuff. Alcohol? Mother’s milk. The real threat to teenagers way back in the 1900’s was the demon caffeine. It even brought down squeeky clean, driven, intelligent young women with bright future prospects. Take Jessie here. One bad Geometry exam and she’s hitting that bottle harder than Frank Thomas. Gather your loved ones to watch this episode, it just might save your life!

Why is Mr. Feeny a Car? - S03E02 – Family Ties  (1984) – S02E014 – “Say Uncle”

We’re continuing our nostalgic look back at the Very Special episodes of yesteryear with a look into how the Keatons handle an alcoholic Tom Hanks on “Family Ties”. Uncle Ned is struggling, but Hanks being Hanks still draws plenty of increasingly inappropriate laughter from the audience. Can his family win him over with some tough love? If you’re not familiar with Family Ties, the other major draw is getting to see a young Michael J. Fox in his teen-heart-throb era on his climb to ultimate 80’s super stardom.

Why is Mr. Feeny a Car? - S03E01 – Boy Meets World  (1993) – S04E021 – “Cult Fiction”

We’re taking a bit of a detour through our nostalgic trip back through the action shows of yesteryear, with a Very Special Season of Feeny. That’s right, we’re checking out the cheesy, cringy, gather the family around to watch a 23 minute attempt to tackle serious societal issues. And first up, BOY MEETS WORLD takes on the wackadoo world of cults. And of course, we get to shine a spotlight on the “real” Mr. Feeny, who appears in this episode with 100% less tire but about 1000% more fire.

Why is Mr. Feeny a Car? - S02E11 – Knight Rider (1982) – S01E01&E02 – Goliath

It’s time to pull back into the back of the semi-truck and put FEENY into hiatus until it’s time for our next shadowy flight through the action TV of yesteryear. Before we go, we recap an all-time classic Knight Rider episode, the feature length season 2 premiere, “Goliath”. It’s got everything. The evil Garthe Knight, African warlords, conniving widows, menacing science montages, and Michael and KITT getting legitimately jacked up in a scene that traumatized me as a youth. Can a millennial ever hope to understand the love between a Gen-X boy and his increasingly magical Trans-Am? Find out on this very special season finale of MR. FEENY!

Why is Mr. Feeny a Car? - S02E10 – The Greatest American Hero (1981) – S03E10 – Wizards and Warlocks

We left it up to listeners to guide us to the most improved THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO episode ever, and what can I say? They rolled a natural 20 and crushed the skill check. The show writers had a lot of thoughts on Dungeons and Dragons, Satanic Panics, the Youth and Their Vidya Games. A lot of hilariously wrong thoughts, but in the best, most entertaining way possible. Grab your giant sand dial, don your best fez, and be sure to draw your destiny card because it’s time to enter the dark, sinister, literally underground world of Wizards and Warlocks!