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"Dean's List" is the tenth episode of Season 1 and the tenth episode of China, IL. This episode marks the Season 1 finale.

Summary Edit

Different departments on campus are selected for the Dean's List, an annual scavenger hunt that is much more dangerous than it sounds.

Plot Edit


Mass chaos ensues.

To their horror, many students and staff members learn they're on the Dean's List, a scavenger hunt that, in previous years, caused many casualties. Anyone who refuses will suffer negative consequences, and evidently, no one can back out. As the event starts, the teams—four teams of six—fight with one another over the items, doing anything to win for their respective departments. To add interest in the game, the Dean activates a switch that puts various and numerous weapons into play. Within a few hours, the campus sustains heavy damage, and many of the starting players die or are injured—out of twenty-four starting players, fourteen are left.

The Super Science and Spanish Teams are in the worst shape member-wise, with one member and two members alive, respectively. The History Team has five out of its original six alive, and the Literature Team still has all six of its members. Crystal tries to join forces with the History Team, as it's unknown where Stephen, her sole teammate at this point, is. While two members of the History Team are contemplating quitting, Steve rejects their suggestion, insisting they finish the game. On his way to get one of the items, Steve is injured by the Literature Team, but all six of its members are then killed by Frank. As Steve recovers, Leonard grabs the item, and his accomplice, Stephen, attacks the remaining six opponents.


Frank confronts the Dean.

As Stephen is quelled by Crystal, Leonard is held at gunpoint and contemplates teaming up with the others as well. Now, among the mere eight players left in the game are five of the objects; there's only one left—the Dean's belt buckle. Frank splits from everyone else to avenge the Dean on his own, and the others launch an attack on the Dean by breaking into his office, firing relentlessly in hopes of killing the Dean and his defenders. Using an escape route, the Dean gets to the roof of his office tower, where Frank just happens to reach at the same moment. Right as Frank prepares to kill the Dean, the Dean tells him that the game is now won as he tosses over his belt buckle.

Trivia Edit

  • The teams:
    • History TeamDonny, Frank, Hanz, Pony, Sammy, Steve
      • Survivors – Donny, Frank, Pony, Sammy, Steve
        • Near the end of the game, all surviving members merge into the history team, abandoning their own.
    • Literature TeamNelly, five unnamed members
      • Survivors – none
    • Spanish TeamCrystal, Stephen, four unnamed members
      • Survivors – Crystal, Stephen
    • Super Science TeamLeonard, five unnamed members
      • Survivors – Leonard
        • At one point, Leonard is seen with Stephen, the former having the latter ready to attack any opponents who challenge the former.
  • In chronological order, the lives are lost are as follows:
1–6. Five of the members from the Super Science Team and Hanz, courtesy of Leonard.
7–10.* Four members of the Spanish Team, courtesy of Leonard.
11–16. All six members of the literature Team, courtesy of Frank.
  • *The female student on the Spanish Team was never shown being killed but appeared as dead when the remaining competitors ambushed the Dean and his audience, meaning she was killed off-screen. On the other hand, Stephen was shown being shot at but survives.
  • The Dean's audience includes Green, Lee, the Mayor, Baby Cakes, Tim, the Dean's Assistant, the Aquarium Boss and other unnamed members.
  • Running Gags:
    • Characters using inch in place of finger.
    • Baby Cakes thinking the Dean's list is a movie starring actors.
  • The golden items in the scavenger hunt are as follow:
    1. A pair of panties
    2. A squirrel
    3. A graduation cap
    4. A pair of sunglasses
    5. The Dean's belt
    6. Condom wrappers
  • Donny's last name is revealed to be Maguppie.
  • At one point, Baby Cakes shouts, "Watch out! Air Bears!" which is a parody of Care Bears.
  • Donny and Lee make their final appearances in this episode.
  • According to the clock on the Dean's tower, it takes about four hours for Frank to climb the tower.
  • Although Donny's name is spelled as Donny here, it is spelled as Donnie in "Dream Reamer".
  • This is the 29th game of the Dean's List.
  • Despite being a history professor, Sammy isn't shown going on the vacation.
  • Leonard calls the Dean's Assistant a "silent little punk," a reference to him never speaking in the series.
  • This is the first episode in which Crystal has involvement with the History Department since changing departments in "Coming Out of the Casket". She later reveals in "The Perfect Lecture" that she helps the History Department out on occasion, and completely switches back by "The Diamond Castle", with "Do You Know Who You Look Like?" being the final episode in which she's shown in the Spanish Department.

Quotes Edit

Pony: Oh my God, how are you a teacher?

Leonard: Come back here, you silent little—punk.

Pony: I buy that you were drugged that one time—or always.

The Dean: Kill or be killed! Barbados or be Barbadosed!

Baby Cakes: Movies are better than people; you don't have to smell who you're watching.

Baby Cakes: [Having seen Leonard shoot several players] Man, that actor playing Dad went nuts.

The Mayor: Dean, where the dip at?!

[The remaining players attack the Dean and his audience.]
Baby Cakes: This movie just busted the fourth dimension!

Baby Cakes: Watch out; Air Bears!

Characters Appearing Edit

Gallery Edit

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