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Sick Day 

Little Pete fakes food poisoning in order to stay home from school. As he ventures around Wellsville, he begins to realize that there's a whole different world than meets the eye.


Maggie Greenwald


Will McRobb (created by), Michael Rubiner | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview:
Michael C. Maronna ... Big Pete Wrigley
Danny Tamberelli ... Little Pete Wrigley
Judy Grafe ... Joyce Wrigley
Bebe Neuwirth ... The Mailcarrier
Chris Elliott ... Meterman Ray
LL Cool J ... Mr. Throneberry
Damian Young ... Bus Driver Stu Benedict
Aaron Schwartz ... Clem Lanell
Maris Hudson Maris Hudson ... Monica Pearlman
Danny Saltzman Danny Saltzman
Ruth Williamson ... Teacher
Sarah Shannon Sarah Shannon ... Grocery Clerk


Little Pete fakes food poisoning in order to stay home from school. As he ventures around Wellsville, he begins to realize that there's a whole different world than meets the eye.

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Comedy | Drama



Release Date:

4 December 1994 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Wellsville Productions See more »
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Sarah Shannon agreed to play the role of the Grocery Clerk, upon the condition that her real name was added to the name tag on her uniform. See more »


Big Pete Wrigley: [narrating, as Little Pete enjoys a fake sick day out of school] Pete began his adventure by taking in the little things you only notice on a sick day: the way the dust motes waft around in the sunlight; the sound of the refrigerator making ice cubes; and the sweet, marshmallowy taste of an American president going down his food hole. That's when Pete noticed something even more amazing.
Little Pete Wrigley: [finishing his bowl of President Pops, he notices one last marshmallow president floating in the milk] Ike!
Big Pete Wrigley: [...]
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Nickelodeon Balloon logo after end credits See more »


References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »


The King's Fanfare
Music by Laurie Johnson
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One of the most clever scripts ever written.
26 January 2015 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

This has got to be one of the better written scripts in the entire collection. If you listen to the lines being read, especially in the first half of the show, you get small unnoticed gags connected to the dialog. A brilliant piece of work.

For the story, Little Pete is feeling the blues of school between Feburary and April. It is a time where there are no holidays and it seems like the days are getting longer. So Pete decides to fake an illness for a sick day from school.

In a masterful piece of planning, Pete comes up with faking food poisoning by actually paying for an out-of-date label at the local supermarket. And when he passes the 'mother test' he is set for a sick day. But he will learn, as he lives out the day, that there is more to the world than just yourself. There are things and people right around you that can make you happy if you just look.

I know that most people do not look at the writing and only look at the finished product. but for me, this is a written script that is as good as any in a series. Had to watch the episode twice to get all the subtle gags and humorous jokes that was written into the show. A very enjoyable episode for teens and adults.

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