Bug loses his white gloves thanks to Daffy’s usual antics and is forced to wear biker gloves instead. Meanwhile, Daffy decides to change his name to “Professor Duck” and ends up having to teach a Political Science college course that Porky is currently taking.
Rebel Without a Glove is by far one of the best episodes of The Looney Tunes Show that has aired, set apart from the rest by its concept and execution as well as the way it linked two silly stories together that finally bring in the laughs. Bugs’ scenario involves him losing his white gloves and having to wear black biker gloves instead. Because of this development, his personalty begins to shift and twist into that of a delinquent who doesn’t play by the rules. It was absolutely golden for this to happen for Bugs, as the writing crew was given a chance to take risks with his character and take it outside the show’s usual comfort zone. I was chuckling so hard, even at the scene when Lola’s parents reject his new personality and he screams out “I’ll come back for ya!” to Lola on his motorbike.
Also, many thumbs up to the writers for giving some interesting contact between Bugs and Wily E. Coyote. It would be great if there could be a episode where Wily gives up on the Road Runner for a change and aims for Bugs, which could be a humorous homage to the classic cartoon shorts such as Hare-Breadth Hurry.
Daffy’s plot brings more of his fun stupidity by having him teach a political science class that Porky just so happens to be in. This was a very well thought out idea that gave Daffy a simple scenario to get some great laughs. I was cracking up slightly from his explanations that the President’s cabinet was just a portal of mystery and that the concept of Checks and Balances as really being a circus act. However the true best aspect about this episode was that there is finally a moment where both stories intersect, when biker Bugs is confronted by “Professor Duck” about his behavior, in a mimicry of various 1980s biker movies.
Porky Pig’s confused remark that everything going on with Bugs and Daffy makes no sense sums up exactly what every episode of The Looney Tunes Show should be like: A show that balances storylines for these two characters that eventually merge together on a path to a hilarious conclusion. If this series could just keep this looney and whimsical flow going, then we could finally get a great weekly comedy act that new and old fans can enjoy together.