The Boy Who Tried Wolf
Season 3; first aired in U.S. on March 10th, 2002
Merton's bitten while performing some dental work on a wolfed out Tommy. The idea of becoming a werewolf is just a tad too strong to resist, and despite Tommy and Lori pushing him to consume some wolfsbane before the next full moon, Merton tricks them and lets the transformation continue. He's unable to fully resist the evil impulses that come attached with lycanthropy, and Merton's ill-timed conversion happens to coincide with the arrival of a monster hunter that's recently trotted into town.
Average rating: 8.57 / 10
(of 25 ratings)
Recent review: Ray -- An earlier reviewer of this episode offered an explanation for why Merton became an evil werewolf, whereas Tommy remains good. I'd now like to offer my own explanation, which I think makes far more sense: For starters, back in the "Bookmobile" episode, it was made clear that Merton really wanted to be a werewolf, whereas as Tommy did not. In this current Season 3 episode, Merton's werewolf-ism made him popular with the girls and allowed him to fend off bullies. So, it's perfectly understandable that he wanted to stay that way. Tommy, on the other hand, never had bully-problems and was already popular with girls prior to his werewolf days. As a result, his greatest fear was that he'd become unpopular if people learned his secret. (This, of course, is why he wanted the werewolf-ism gone). Hence, it would appear that the desire to be a werewolf is what makes a person evil, whereas the desire to NOT be a werewolf causes the person to remain good. Support for this may seen with Evil Lori's desire to continuing transforming in "Manchurian Werewolf" or the evil Mr. Dunleavy's love for lycanthropy in "Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow." If Merton had no problems with bullies and didn't need werewolf-ism to be popular with girls, then I seriously doubt he would have become evil. Yet, regardless of this perfectly rational explanation for why Merton went evil, I was still disappointed that it happened. I would have much preferred to see Merton overcome the evil urges and remain good, thus allowing him and Tommy to become a crime-fighting werewolf duo.
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References: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
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