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"Become a Millionaire and Give It All Away Thing!" is the twentieth episode in the first season of 100 Things to Do Before High School. It first aired January 23, 2016 on Nickelodeon.

Synopsis

The children are ready to redeem their rewards for a school achievement trip to the water park, but their "pootybucks" go missing.[2]

Summary

CJ explains what Pootabucks are, how students can earn them, and what they can spend them on. The biggest prize to spend the money on is a trip to a water park with eight friends via limousine. Because it costs 5,000 Pootabucks, no student had managed to go on the trip yet, but CJ convinced eight of her friends to pool their money together so they would have a better chance earning enough to attend the water park. The students earn ten Pootabucks from Mr. Bored and realize they now had a total of 5,000.

CJ goes to hide the money in a payphone located in an abandoned section of the courtyard. She finds the box containing her and her friends' money missing and is alarmed. She takes Fenwick and Crispo with her to tell Mr. Roberts. She knows she won't have time to make up 5,000 Pootabucks before the end of the day, which is the last day to claim the prize, so Roberts tells the three about how outstanding Alfred J. McSorely's hid a million dollars worth of Pootabucks somewhere on Pootatuck's campus. Fenwick and Crispo are intrigued, but Principal Hader comes by and tells them to not look for the treasure and go to class. When they leave, Hader tells Roberts to make sure no one found the million dollars because if someone claimed the prize, the budget for a new principal's office would be gone.

Fenwick and Crispo want to look for the treasure, but CJ would rather find where her and her friends' 5,000 Pootabucks had disappeared to. Fenwick and Crispo go search for the treasure and CJ notices that Mindy and her friends had a lot of toys and supplies. She corners them and finds out Mindy had taken the Pootabucks because she was jealous she couldn't go on the trip. CJ rushes to make up the 100 dollars worth of Pootabucks Mindy had spent and succeeds while Fenwick and Crispo look for clues on Alfred J. McSorely's award.

Because the air conditioner in the science room is broken, Slinko decides to hold class outside where it is cool. CJ hides her newly reclaimed Pootabucks in a vent in the empty science room. She then goes outside to join her science class, excited at the chance to go to the water park with her friends. A custodian tells the students that he had fixed the air conditioner, so they could go back inside. CJ questions him about hiding something in the vent, and all of her Pootabucks come shooting out of the vent, where multiple students start retrieving them for themselves.

CJ realizes the only way to earn the 5,000 Pootabucks back before the end of the day is by helping Fenwick and Crispo look for the million dollar hidden treasure. She figures out that there is a clue hidden in Mr. Roberts's office, and the four of them look for it. She finds it taped to the underside of a cabinet and the clue leads them look at a Pootabuck. Before they can figure it out, Hader takes the Pootabuck and has construction workers dig on the field where she believed the treasure was hidden so no student could claim find, claim the prize, and ruin the new office budget. CJ notices that the treasure was actually not hidden on the field and that the next clue had something to do with Pooty's old shield, which Mr. Roberts thought had gotten thrown out. CJ shows him it had not and they find a crystal and another clue.

They take the crystal from the shield and place it on the Pooty the Bear bear statue. At 2:55, the sun hits the crystal, which shines a ray of light onto the ground. The four begin digging in the spot and find Alfred's million Pootabucks. Fenwick and Crispo are excited and want to keep it all, but CJ thinks they could spend it all and take the whole seventh grade to the water park. Fenwick and Crispo reluctantly agree. Principal Hader finds out and is devastated. Hader, Roberts, and the entire seventh grade go to the water park and everyone enjoys it but Hader.

Cast

Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast

Notable Dialogue

Mr. Roberts: You could look for the legendary million dollar treasure of Alfred McSorely.
CJ: The what?
Mr. Roberts: According to legend, in 1982, outstanding student Alfred McSorely hid a million Pootabucks somewhere on school property. When I went here, my friends and I spent three years looking for it, but the treasure eluded us.
Fenwick: A million dollar Pootabuck treasure?
Crispo: Amazing!
Fenwick: I know!
Crispo: Alfred J. McSorely, most outstanding student, 1982. Good-looking guy.
Fenwick: And, if he was such an amazing student, he'd clearly leave clues to where his treasure's buried. "It's with great honor in Pootatuck Middle School, the apple of our eyes, Alfred J. McSorely of 1982, shall be the most outstanding student beholder."
Crispo: Once, in a movie, I saw a guy decode a clue by reading every fourth word.
Fenwick: That is never going to work. Okay, write this down. "It's in the eyes of the beholder."
Crispo: Eyes, eyes. Where have I seen eyes?
Both: The lost and found!
[they rush to the lost and found]
Crispo: I found something! [shows Fenwick a hat]
Fenwick: That is not McSorely's treasure.
Crispo: [puts on the hat] But tell me I don't look like a million Pootabucks.
Fenwick: Fine, it looks good.
Crispo: Yeah.
CJ: [reading a clue] "Pooty's got his eyes on the prize."
Crispo: What's with this guy and eyes?
CJ: [snatches the Pootabuck out of Mr. Roberts's hands]
Mr. Roberts: Okay, you realize how rude that was, right?
Fenwick and Crispo: [after finding the million Pootabucks] We're rich!
Blake: Wow, that's a lot of Pootabucks.
Fenwick: Get back. This is our Poota-money.
Crispo: Goodbye homework, hello me time.
Fenwick: Pootabuck shower! [Crispo pours Pootabucks over Fenwick]
Mindy: Well, have fun at Sir Soaky's.
Crispo: My turn!
Fenwick: You got it! [Fenwick pours Pootabucks over Crispo]
CJ's voice-over: They say the more you give, the more you receive. And after a fun-filled, sun-filled and bus-filled day at Sir Soaky's, I'm a believer. Because when you stop and really think about it, what's truly better in life? Having a ton of money or having a ton of friends?

Trivia

  • This episode was filmed in April 2015.[3][4][5][6][7]
  • Sir Soaky's Typhoon Splash City Water Park Lagoon is a business that exists in this universe.
  • It is revealed that Jack Roberts attended Pootatuck Middle School. He had to have attended some time after 1982, as he mentioned he spent his years looking for the rumored one million Pootabucks left by Alfred J. McSorely, who attended Pootatuck in 1982.
  • There is a Pooty the Pootatuck Bear bear statue.
  • The previous Pootatuck principal is mentioned.
  • The "cash" sound from Big Time Rush plays when CJ receives the Pootabucks from Roberts. Also the "fancy" theme from said show plays when the students celebrate finding the buried cash.

Continuity

  • Mr. Bored is seen reading the Icelandic history book that had a small feature in "Stay Up All Night Thing!"
  • Hader and Roberts debate over the definition of administration and principal office like in the pilot.

Errors

  • When CJ discovers her Pootabucks box is missing, she opens the payphone with her right hand, but the hand that is shown opening the payphone is a left hand.

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References

  1. SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Saturday Cable Originals & Network Update: 1.23.2016 This episode received 1.315 million viewers on its premiere night and came in thirty-ninth place in the top 150 original cable telecasts.
  2. Become a Millionaire and Give It All Away Thing!
  3. @bradyreiter: "Fun day on set 💙 outfit creds to #100things wardrobe 💁" This picture was posted by Brady Reiter on April 21, 2015. She can be seen wearing one outfit her character wears in this episode.
  4. @isabelamoner: "when there's a huge limo on set... " This picture was posted by Isabela Moner on April 23, 2015. It is a picture of the limousine that was featured in this episode.
  5. @bradyreiter: "Loves 💘🎬" This picture was posted by Brady Reiter on April 24, 2015. They can be seen wearing the outfits their characters wear in this episode.
  6. @jaheemtoombs: "Hangin on set with @owen_patrick_joyner and his twin lol" This picture was posted by Jaheem Toombs on April 24, 2015. Owen later posted this same picture to his Instagram on April 25, 2015. They can be seen wearing the outfits their characters wear in this episode.
  7. @bradyreiter: "Set days are the best days." This picture was posted by Brady Reiter on April 25, 2015. Multiple characters featured in this episode can be seen.

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