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The Joke's on Schemer is the seventeenth episode of the third season.


It is the day before Schemer's favorite holiday, April Fool's Day, and the kids know it. They dread Schemer's pranks, so they decide to play a trick on him. They tear a page off Stacy's calendar so that it reads April 1st. Schemer walks in and sees this, exclaiming that everyone is going to be out to get him. So he rigs up a bunch of pranks, including whoopee cushions, chattering teeth, and lining the entrance to the arcade with glue. However, everyone thinks that Schemer is even weirder than usual and it just so happens that Mr. King is coming so Schemer can renew his arcade lease. It would have worked out, but Schemer regarded the whole thing as a big joke and shredded the lease. Soon, Schemer discovers the kids' prank, just as some movers start packing up the arcade machines. Stacy tells the kids to talk to J.B. King about this!

Cast and Characters

Main Cast

The Flexitoon Puppeteers

Guest Starring

Mentioned Characters

Thomas Story

A lady wearing a green floppy hat somehow makes Gordon's fireman (who was new to the job) assume the conductor waved his green flag. As a result, Gordon leaves without his passengers or their baggage, causing a huge delay. As if that wasn't bad enough, Edward is switched onto the main line by mistake since the signalman was not informed about the change of plan. Gordon is switched onto the branch and arrived on a harbor siding. Next morning, Bill and Ben tease GOrdon the next day by wondering if they should scrape him and dump him into the sea or just act looney in general. BoCo arrives and sends the twins about their business. Gordon expresses gratitude to BoCo, not knowing that the twins were only teasing.

Jukebox Band Segment Song

  • This Old Man

Cartoons and Songs

  • Laugh and a Half
  • Cartoons used in the song:
    • Merrie Melodies - Hamateur Night (1939)
    • Merrie Melodies - Prest-O Change-O (1939)
    • Gulliver's Travels (1939)
    • Merrie Melodies - Wackiki Wabbit (1943)
    • Noveltoons - The Stupidstitious Cat (1947)
    • Noveltoons - The Wee Men (1947)


  • In the Nick Jr. version, the song Laugh and a Half is edited out. The scene where Schemer thinks Ginny has "fake" tomatoes and trying to use his buzzer is also edited out.
  • Mr. Conductor tells Wrong Road to Dan, Becky and Kara in this episode.
  • In the Fox Family version:
    • The scene where the kids decide to trick Schemer was shortened.
    • The scene where Schemer puts the glue down outside his arcade was cut out.
    • The scene where the kids tell Mr. Conductor what they did to trick Schemer was shortened.
    • The scene where Schemer thinks Ginny has "fake" tomatoes and trying to use his buzzer was cut out.
    • The Jukebox Band song, This Old Man was cut out.
  • When Mr. Conductor is chased by the chattering teeth, some notes from the theme from Jaws can be heard.


  • Becky says that Gordon's conductor was to blame for causing the mix-up at the station in "Wrong Road," but the one to blame was actually Gordon's fireman.