Raisin the Stakes: A Rock Opera in Three Acts
Raisin the Stakes: A Rock Opera in Three Acts is the 9th episode of Clone High.
The kids of Clone High start smoking raisins which turns Joan, JFK, Abe, Cleo and the others into hippies. Gandhi goes on a journey through his subconscious and Joan attempts to bring everyone back to sobriety. Meanwhile Scudworth takes advantage of the worried parents and gets them to build a giant fence.
Jack Black as Larry Hardcore / the Pusher
In reference to the common instances of backmasking in several rock albums of the 60's and 70's, this episode contains a bunch of subliminal messages.
- At the very start of the episode, a picture flashes on screen, depicting DNA Dan next to a phonograph, with a speech bubble, reading "Let's go to the dark side!"
- Cleo's first puff of smoke forms the shape of the word "Sex" just before deteriorating.
- At the beginning of the second act, when the "Clone High" title shows up, an anthropomorphic raisin smoking an odd, censored out substance flashes on screen.
- During The Pusher's song, the second time The Pusher's face disappears, the words "Smoke Raisins" appear in the smoke, just before deteriorating.
- When Principal Scudworth first speaks at the P.T.A. meeting, a message shows up, reading "Scudworth is your favorite character."
- Cleo and Abe sit on the roof and for a flash second, they appear completely naked.
- JFK talks backwards, after crashing through the skylight. What he says in reverse is "I am talking backwards and telling you to watch Clone High and for us to get an Emmy. I'm saying that backwards ... cuz it's sneaky."
- When JFK is in his wheelchair during "Higher" the message "I Buried Ponce" flashes for a single frame.
- When Joan sings at the end of the song, My Son, a single frame shows Joan wearing the head dress of The Virgin Mary in a backdrop of the sun, while she puts her hands together and prays.
- At the end of the episode in the last scene (right before the Clone High Screen) with the Dragon there is another message for one frame "For More Information About Raisins Consult Your Local Library"
- Much of the episode had references to the 1969 album and 1975 film, Tommy.
- When Abe smashes the mirror with a chicken it parodies the mirror smashing scene
- JFK says "Watch me, hold me, sign my cast for me, wheel me". In "Tommy" it's "See me, feel me, touch me, heal me."
- "Higher" sounds like the song "Pinball Wizard".
- "The Pusher" was inspired by "The Acid Queen".
- "My Son" is a parody of the song "A Son".
- "Mud Dance Gravy Trance" is essentially a rewrite of "Incense and Peppermints" by Strawberry Alarm Clock
- The fence subplot is a parody of Pink Floyd's "the Wall"
- The "I Buried Ponce" message is a reference to the famously misheard Beatles lyric, "Cranberry Sauce" (misheard as "I Buried Paul".)
- "Sgt. JFK's magical mystery tour" is a reference to the Beatles' albums "Magical Mystery Tour" and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band".