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The Great Balloon
Grayson and Paul get stuck in mid-air inside a Hot Air Balloon.

Season: 1 Episode: 9
Total Episode Count: 9
Prod. no.: 1RBK09
First Aired: May 7, 2000

Guest Starring: Kieran Fischer
Featuring: Grayson Masson, Paul Masson, Jimmy the Balloon Man, Officer Ryder
Also Appearing: Nina Masson, Stella Masson, Wilbur Masson, Emmy Masson, Cora Nesbitt, Kamil Úvain, Sarina Úvain, Dr Powell, Riley Adams, James Nesbitt, Buckley Partly-Farmer
Musical Numbers: This Giant Air Balloon Of Mine

Director: Jerry Cowburn
Writers: Dean Descoe, Annie Waltman, Victoria Shanks
Storyboarders: Emily Bane, Karen Greene, Mariah Wong



Plot: Grayson, Paul and Stella are sitting in the lounge. While Stella is reading a real-life magazine, Grayson and Paul are watching an infomercial on Hot Air Balloons. The broadcaster, who calls himself "Jimmy the Balloon Man", announces that he is giving two lucky persons a ride on his hand-crafted Hot Air Balloon. To participate, all the two persons had to do was be the first bodies at the park (address shown on-screen) on Thursday morning. Grayson switches the television off and proclaims that he and Paul will be the first to get there on Thursday. Stella snorts, stating that their chances of arriving first are slim. Grayson retaliates, remembering the last time he was first for something.

Cutaway to a scene in Zelen's General Hospital where Grayson pushes past a line of children with their respective patients, who stands in front of Dr Powell, with his right arm sleeve rolled up, and informs her that he's ready for his flu injection.

Emmy walks into the lounge to see her dad and younger brother standing still on one leg. When she asks what they're doing, Paul tells her to shut up or she'll destroy their auras. Emmy calls them "fucking crazy" as she leaves.

It's the big day, and father and son are prepared! Grayson and Paul are indeed the first to arrive, but are shocked when they learn that Jimmy the Balloon Man is high. Nina urges Grayson not to go up there, even Paul seems panicked with the new problem, but Grayson seems adamant on going up there, so drags the man and his son.

A few hundred feet up in the air, the hot air balloon begins to make some alarming noises and then it gives in. Paul and Grayson react frantic; but Jimmy think's the situation is cool. Officer Ryder and his police squad are on the scene, along with a few other residents of Zelen, and after a few hours and a couple dozen phone calls, the police squad manage to save all three of them.

A couple of days later, Stella reads aloud from the newspaper that Jimmy was arrested and is awaiting sentence for causing unknown harm to customers and for possessing Class B drugs. Grayson then states that he's learnt his lesson; if you want to fly in a Hot Air Balloon, you have to do it yourself. Emmy calls him "fucking crazy" once more.

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