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Something Stupid This Way Comes
Something Stupid This Way Comes
Series The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
Grim & Evil
Season 1
Production code 113
Writer Craig Lewis
Broadcast information
Broadcast number 13
Cartoon Network US Premiere July 26, 2002
Paired with Grim or Gregory?
Chronological information
Grim or Gregory?
A Grim Surprise
Something Stupid This Way Comes is the thirteenth episode of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy. It was originally part of a Grim and Evil episode.


Billy and Mandy are playing idly in the yard as a mysterious carnival shoots right up from the ground. The manager is the lonely Nergal, who founded this carnival in hope of finding friends. Unfortunately, as Mandy and Grim are not able to forgive him for his past indiscretions, he is as lonely as ever. Billy, however, feels sorry for him, and tries to help him find friends without Nergal having to resolve to violence. To do this, Billy teaches Nergal the "The 5 'C's of Friendship; Cleanliness, Consideration, Compliments, Conversation, and, uh, Sharing.


Nergal following the 1st "C": Cleanliness. Note the mushroom.

Nergal does well in Cleanliness by scraping all the mushroom out of his armpits. But he is incapable of making any of the other goals. He insults a little girl by complimenting how awful she looks in a fun-house mirror, when in fact the mirror is out of order and the girl is awful in reality. His idea of conversation makes Pud'n vomit as Nergal only knows of anecdotes depicting whose plots revolve around diseases, and bad smells. In the end, while trying out "sharing", he wins a stuffed animal and offers half of it to a girl, scaring her away. Nergal, all out of ideas, asks Grim how he made friends with Billy and Mandy. Grim answers that he was forced, and this gives the demon an idea. Nergal uses his tentacles to zap people into "nergalings", similar to him in appearance, and the last one he only zaps, as they enter the Earth's core, is the viewer (thus breaking the fourth wall).


  • Story by: Craig Lewis
  • Storyboard by: Maxwell Atoms
  • Directed by: John McIntyre, Robert Alvarez


  • Nergal is voiced by Martin Jarvis in the Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy. But in Grim and Evil, as well as this episode, he is voiced by David Warner.
  • The title of this episode is spoofed from the movie Something Wicked This Way Comes based on the novel by Ray Bradbury.
  • The Five C's Of Freindship actually has four Cs since C #5 is a S instead of a C.


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