God Wants Me to Forgive Them? is the second episode of VeggieTales released one year after Where's God When I'm S-Scared?. The first story is an in-name-only parody of "The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck, while the second is a parody of the 1960s sitcom, Gilligan's Island.
Bob and Larry welcome us back to VeggieTales. Bob said "The other day I was walking home from my bowling league when I bumped into Marco, one of our TV friends!". But Marco asked "Why do I have to forgive my baby sister?". Then, Larry decided to tell the story of "The Grapes of Wrath". But, Bob keeps interrupting Larry when in a cliff-hanger or something, because he wants to know how the story goes.
The Grapes of Wrath Edit
The Grapes of Wrath are driving in their old car that keeps sputtering and coughing. Then, the Grapes sing a song about them, and at the end, a tree runs away and jumps into the pond, making a little splash! The Grapes of Wrath were driving in there car until when they hit a bump! The kids were thrown out of the car, and start to blame each other and start to call each other names, such as "Ya big possum head", and "you taco salad, rabbit-nose!". But Pa Grape told Rosie to apologize to her brother for calling him a boy, which turned out to be 18 years old. But then, Rosie spotted Junior, who was playing with his dump truck. Rosie noticed Junior and not knowing what Junior was asked Pa. He said that Junior was a "cheese headed bean-boy"! But Junior said that he was not a "bean", he was an "asparagus". And, he added that it was not cheese, it was a hat. Then, Junior took off the hat, and the grapes laugh at his hair because it looked like he "glued peas to his noggin". This makes Junior burst into tears, and luckily, Dad Asparagus hears this, comes outside and explains to the grapes that it hurts to be made fun of; the grapes agree. But then they make fun of him again after Junior accidentally tumbles down a hill and gets thrown into the sandbox which leaves him covered in sand. Junior reluctantly forgives them, and learns that one must forgive 70 times 7. After this, Rosie multiplies that and gets 490. The grapes decided to be nice, So they couldn't be called " the Grapes of Wrath" anymore, so Dad suggests "the Grapes of Math"! The grapes like the name and then drive off in to the sunset.
This episode doesn't include a silly song, but has a commercial hosted by Scallion #1 instead. In this commercial, Scallion #1 is dressed as a salesmen and tells the audience (Bob, Larry and Junior, who are obviously watching the advertisement on an offscreen TV set) that misdeeds called sin need to be forgiven. He then introduces the Forgive-O-Matic, an invention that supposedly forgives your sins when you use the dial and hit the button. He also says customers who order while the advertisement is still running would receive a set of indestructible knives. To prove so, he has a potato who works as a miner from West Virginia say (by obviously reading an off-screen reading card despite not having eyes) that he and his coworkers dug through solid granite with the steak knives, and they were still going strong.
All of a sudden, Junior comes on stage (despite leaving the countertop, leaving Bob and Larry perplexed) and tells Scallion #1 that he knows lots of people who have been forgiven without the scallion's product. He says that if we ask God for forgiveness, then he will forgive us. Knowing that no one will buy his product after what Junior said, Scallion #1 announces other dubious capabilities about the product and even introduces a Chia Forgive-O-Matic. Junior tells Scallion #1 to say goodnight as the lights go out. Scallion #1 chases after Junior but trips over a cart that holds the Chia Forgive-O-Matic.
Larry's Lagoon Edit
In the second story, Larry's Lagoon, Bob, and Larry drive some passengers on a 3-hour tour. During the middle of their tour, Larry accidentally crashes the ship into a rock. Bob, Larry, and the other passengers are now stranded on a deserted island, and everyone is mad at Larry. Larry says he's sorry, but Bob says that wasn't good enough, causing Larry to think that meant he wasn't good enough and run away. The next morning, Bob and the other passengers set off to find Larry, and when they find him, they forgive him. In turn, he forgives them for when they had not forgiven him. Then, Palmy appears and begins to sing a song about forgiveness, until the professor arrives in a bamboo helicopter, and everyone flies off into the sunset. In the meantime, Larry decides he and Bob could sell lemonade like everyone else.
- Bob the Tomato
- Larry the Cucumber
- Sunny the Sun (debut, cameo)
- Tom Grape (debut)
- Rosie Grape (debut)
- Ma Grape (debut)
- Pa Grape (debut)
- Snake (debut, cameo)
- The Tree (debut, cameo)
- Junior Asparagus
- Dad Asparagus
- Scallion #1
- Henry (debut)
- Lovey Asparagus (debut)
- Archibald Asparagus
- A Movie Star(Ginger) (debut, mentioned)
- Another Girl(Mary Ann) (debut, mentioned)
- Captain Larry Romanov (debut, flashback)
- Two Great Blue Whales (debut, flashback, cameos)
- Commader Boblov (debut, flashback)
- Palmy the Palm Tree(debut)
- The Coconuts (debut)
- Everybody makes mistakes and we have to learn from them.
- Holding grudges against others can hurt them, and it also doesn't do any good.
- Nobody is perfect.
- This episode was the first for several things:
- The first appearance of the Grape family, the miner and Lovely Asparagus. This also marks the only speaking role of Rosie.
- As Phil Vischer had not considered the Silly Songs with Larry segment a regular staple of the series at the time, this is the first episode to not have a Silly Song. After frustrated and confused fans flooded the Big Idea studio with letters asking where the segment was, however, Phil suggested to Mike Nawrocki that he write more Silly Songs for future shows, which ultimately led to the segment becoming a regular appearance.
- The first episode not to have a letter from a child. Instead, Bob is asked a question by Marco, one of his TV friends (though what this means is uncertain).
- The first episode to spoof classic literature.
- The first episode to use constriction (pupils shrinking).
- The first episode where someone cries.
- The first episode where someone spits.
- The first episode where someone cheers.
- The first episode not to have Frankencelery, Lisa Asparagus, Scallion #2, and Scallion #3 since their debut appearances.
- The first episode where QWERTY displays two verses on one episode. The second was in Abe and the Amazing Promise.
- The first episode that reveals more of the kitchen countertop, including cabinetry. The kitchen sink was not yet added until Are You My Neighbor? where it is seen in The Hairbrush Song.
- This is also the only episode in which the cabinetry and drawers look different.
- This is the first time Junior appeared on the countertop, as shown in The Forgive-O-Matic.
- This is the first episode that ended with Larry saying God Made You Special, and He Loves You Very Much by himself. The second was in Rack, Shack and Benny.
- The first episode not to have a prototype video cover.
- An episode based, however loosely, on The Grapes of Wrath was actually suggested by Mike prior to production on the first episode.
- This episode is notorious for having more animation errors than any other episode in the VeggieTales series.
- This is the only other episode to have Larry's lower dopey voice. However, Larry's voice was starting to improve and bear more resemblance to his current voice from the next episode. His voice gets to its final form in the closing countertop.
- The Forgive-O-Matic segment was based a puppet show Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki performed at Bible college.
- The sound effect of the boat's motor in the second segment was actually Mike Nawrocki making a motor boat sound with his mouth. The grapes' car's motor was also a sound effect made by series musician Kurt Heinecke using his mouth as well.
- Larry's original daydream that caused him to crash the boat was that his nose would come off his face and float around him, but the production team thought the idea was strange.
- In the Forgive-O-Matic, when Scallion One tells Junior that he's busy with advertising, a picture of Bob, Larry, Junior, Lisa and Mike Asparagus with the original VeggieTales logo can be seen on a bulletin board in the background if you look closely.
- The first few copies of the original 1994 VHS has the same designs as the original 1993 VHS of the previous episode.
- The Latin Spanish and Japanese dubs have the theme song from Where's God When I'm S-Scared?.
- There was a much older VCD that had this episode and the previous episode paired together. The front VHS cover designs of both episode were combined into one with Junior screaming in front of the TV along with the Grapes of Wrath setting.
- The Slovenian and Japanese dubs are the only dubs that perfectly time Bob and Larry's screaming with their voice actors.
- Larry blowing on a sail to propel himself out at sea is physically impossible due to the concept of closed systems.
- When the grapes sing their song in their car, they sing about smiling seldom and never laughing, despite doing both several times later in the segment. They might not have found something so amusing until seeing Junior's sprouts.
- As he flies the helicopter, the Professor claims he "made it entirely out of bamboo and coconuts," but those materials alone cannot be used to make an engine capable of flight.
- This is the only classic episode whose audio and footage have not been remastered in its VeggieTales Classics reissue, and without a 5.1 Surround Sound audio track on the DVD.
- This could possibly be because the original project files of God Wants Me To Forgive Them!?! have been lost/deleted, or Big Idea didn't want to go through the trouble of re-rendering the whole episode in high quality (with the exception of most footage for the The Forgiveness Song strangely being re-rendered in high quality for Very Silly Songs!). It is possible, given that the Grapes' car twitching (when the Grapes leave in their car after being renamed the Grapes of Math) was an error, Big Idea has never bothered trying to recreate that scene.
- Out of all the early VeggieTales episodes that were edited for later re-releases, this is the only episode whose modifications with the scenes, animation, voices, music and sound effects from the original version (with the exception of the VeggieTales Theme Song and an added 1997 Big Idea logo with Bob and Larry) remained untouched for every re-release.
- The original 1994 VeggieTales Theme Song is included as a bonus clip on the 2004 DVD release, in which it can be watched when you answer all the hard Trivia questions correctly. However, this version of the theme song has the text "Original Open from 'God Wants Me To Forgive Them!?!'" added on the screen prior to the text "Big Idea Productions presents" popping up on the screen, and also has the 2004 audio (with Larry's current voice) dubbed over the original.
- On the alternate VHS cover for the original Latin Spanish dub (with the La Bamba font), the back states that the video features "Silly Songs with Larry", which is indeed false because of the aformentioned Forgive-O-Matic skit having replaced it in the actual episode.
- The original 1994 VHS of this episode is one of only three 1993-1997 VeggieTales VHS tapes (the other two being the original 1993 VHS of Where's God When I'm S-Scared? and the 1996 VHS of Dave and the Giant Pickle) that have a different sticker label aside from the rest of the tapes from 1993-1997. The 1997 Lyrick Studios VHS of Are You My Neighbor? didn't count.
- When Larry says it's great Bob bumped into his TV friend, his tooth is missing.
- When Bob says, "Oooh, that's a classic! This'll be good!", the lid on the pink canister briefly changes to a lighter purple color before reverting back to its standard purple color.
- As the Grapes' car leaves behind smoke in the first shot, the edge of the shadows of trees on both sides flickers.
- The other road path (behind the grapes) is glitched via overhinge.
- The car appears to fly above the road in one shot.
- One shadow suddenly disappears.
- In the shots showing the side of the Grapes' car as they're driving, neither of the Grapes have mouths, even when they're singing.
- Pa and Ma's glasses clip through their noses.
- Rose's braids clip through Tom's hat while they're driving.
- One of Rose's braids clips through the piece of fence in the back of the car as she is throwing the snake into the tree's milkshake.
- One shadow renders too late.
- The car's tires are clipping through the ground when they're driving.
- The tree running down doesn't stay on the sloped hill.
- After the Grapes' car hits the tree stump, when Tom and Rose are arguing over "who did it," Rose is floating above the ground.
- Pa Grape clips through the car as he jumps out while asking Rose to apologize to Tom.
- Rose's pigtails are displayed in front of the stump instead of behind it in one shot.
- When Pa Grape says, "Well it must be some kind of a bean or something," something black appears to the right of his nose and flickers in the shot afterwards.
- Junior states that he's in a Liliopsida genus. Liliopsida is not a genus, but a class.
- After Junior takes off his hat, a small part of his eyes clip through.
- When Pa Grape admits he and the other Grapes of Wrath are teasing Junior, Dad Asparagus's tie flickers between various color schemes, which was dubbed "disco tie" by the production team.
- Tom's hat clips through the car.
- There are many shots where either the tool, sandbox, or truck disappear.
- In the scene where the grapes wonder what Junior is, Ma Grape's (who's in the car) mouth flickers.
- As the Grapes leave in their car after being renamed the Grapes of Math, the car twitches. Phil explained in the audio commentary that this was an unfixable mistake.
- The knife cache is removed after it falls. Whether or not this is an error or someone removing it is unknown.
- Bob's eye twitches while he and Larry talk on the boat before taking off.
- The steering wheel's center glitches in one shot.
- Bob's eyes are detached from his nose in one shot.
- There's an inconsistent background shot when the millionaire and his wife were talking without any movement.
- Archibald's eye clips through his wife's hat in one shot.
- Palmy's coconuts are floating and are not connected.
- Palmy's leaves clip through his body.
- The ladder vanishes after its end reaches the helicopter.
- Bob's eyelids twitch for a bit when he says, "You smashed our boat! Now what are we gonna do?"
Real World Referances Edit
- The Chia Forgive-O-Matic is a spoof on Chia pets.
- QWERTY is seen playing Pong, on of the first commercially available video games, before pulling up the first Bible verse.
- Mike states in the Very Silly Songs! audio commentary that the shot in which the shipmates fly into the distance on the helicopter is reminiscent of a 7-UP commercial that was popular at the time.
Follow Up Episode Edit
- Are You My Neighbor?