The Present Long Ago
|The Coolest Dog||The Present Long Ago||Lost by a Nose|
The scene starts with an elderly woman sending for her grandson to talk to him about his bully problems. She takes out an old journal and tells a story from it, a story that takes place almost sixty years ago, in a town called Odyssey...
Trent DeWhite is getting books from his locker when Max Hampton says he wants to borrow Trent's key to the science lab, but he won't say why. He tells Trent to get the key to him by Friday, and to 'be careful.' Taking that as a threat, Trent imagines all of the horrible things that could happen to him if he doesn't, such as having his grades tampered with, being hunted by the school bully, and being framed for robbing the First National Bank.
He carries on throughout the day imagining different television character rip-offs. They all give him insane advice, from telling jokes to giant chickens. Finally Trent goes to the Bible for advice, and then he goes to talk to Max. It turns out that he was making a heart-shaped valentine for Mandy Straussberg, but he didn't want her or anyone else to know, for fear of being teased. Trent, being amused that Max was afraid as well, offers to deliver the valentine for him.
At this point the grandmother, who has been narrating the story, reveals herself to be none other than Mandy. Her grandson is confused - who's journal is she reading from? Mandy tells him that it is his grandfather's journal. She explains that the valentine, and the kindness behind it, is what started their friendship which eventually led to their marriage. Mandy's grandson then realizes that his grandfather is none other than Max Hampton. But Mandy tells him that it wasn't the sender of the valentine who she married, but the person who delivered it; Trent DeWhite.
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|Arnold Schwarzenbanger||Jess Harnell|
|Bill Crosby||Jess Harnell|
|Brandon DeWhite||Cody Arens|
|Mandy Straussberg||Aria Curzon|
|Mandy Straussberg||Jean Gillespie|
|Max Hampton||Gregg Restivo|
|Trent DeWhite||Corey Padnos|
- "The Present Long Ago" is a Trandy episode. (Trandy is a combination of Trent and Mandy.) Trandy episodes are episodes about the relationship and future marriage of Trent DeWhite and Mandy Straussberg. This episode was the very first Trandy, and the other two episodes are #602: “Mum’s the Word” and #636: “A Class Reenactment”.
- The story in this episode is later discussed in #602: “Mum’s the Word”.
 QuotesTrent DeWhite: Whoa! That was incredible! When you flexed your muscles I felt a breeze!
Arnold Schwarzenbanger: Of course you did this. That's because I'm so massively perfect. In my movies I need a whole stunt man just to play my left arm!
Max Hampton: You got the key?
Trent DeWhite: Uh, no. Hey, what did the chewing gum say to the shoe?
Max Hampton: I'm stuck on you. You've only got till tomorrow, you remember that, right?
Trent DeWhite: Uh, I remember. Uh, what bird steals from the rich and...
Max Hampton: Robin Hood.
Trent DeWhite: You know that one too, huh?
Arnold Schwarzenbanger: Besides, I was thinking about getting out of the training and trying something different anyway.
Trent DeWhite: You mean like politics?
Arnold Schwarzenbanger: What? I may be musclebound but I'm not crazy.
Brandon DeWhite: Grandpa was in Odyssey too?
Older Mandy: Of course he was, in a way this is how it started for your grandfather and I. We wouldn't marry for many years to come, but it was that valentine, and the kindness behind it, that started our friendship.
Brandon DeWhite: Max is Grandpa?! How'd you end up with Max? You said you didn't know he sent the gift!
Older Mandy: Well I said I didn't know who the special valentine came from, but I was at school early that morning and I did see who delivered it...
Younger Mandy: Trent!
Trent DeWhite: <surprised> "Oh! Hi, Mandy! Yeah, um..."
Younger Mandy: Where are you going with that heart?
Trent DeWhite: Uh, nowhere. <laughs nervously>
Brandon DeWhite: You mean..."
Older Mandy: That's right. The valentine was delivered by your grandpa, Grandpa Trent!
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