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8th Season, Episode 173 (Transcript | Credits)
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Red and Harold race each other in the Possum Van and on a bicycle, respectively, to see who can go the farthest.

Cast (in order of Appearance): Red Green, Harold Green, Mike Hamar, Winston Rothschild, Bill Smith, Ranger Gord

DVD: Red Green: Stuffed and Mounted, Vol. 3; The Red Green Show – 1998 Season

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DVD Commentary by Steve Smith[]

{from Stuffed and Mounted}

STEVE SMITH: Once in a while, I get a reaction to a program, or even a segment, that I don't expect. Uh, "Life Cycle" is certainly one of those. In this storyline, as you'll see, it was... Red really doesn't appreciate all the great things about bicycles, and Harold is a proponent of bicycles, and we had a bit of a wager going on and that kind of thing. That's what it was based on. I mean, I thought we were just having fun, but I did get a very irate response from a fan who thought I was slagging bicycles. And he said– he told me he would never watch The Red Green Show again. Mind you, I'm sure getting home from work on his bike is hard for him to get there in time anyway, so... {shrugs}

Segment Summary[]

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Plot: Red gripes that bicyclists and biking are a nuisance, but Harold thinks that they are good for the environment. This prompts Red to challenge Harold to a race, Red in his van and Harold on a bike, to see who can go the furthest with ten dollars. Harold surprisingly beats Red, who then proposes a friendly wager on the outcome of the race: if Red wins, he will receive a trophy; if Harold wins, they will exchange vehicles for one day. Surprisingly, Harold wins the contest. Red grudgingly agrees to Harold's end of the bargain and they exchange vehicles. Harold is enjoying driving the Possum Van. Eventually, Red returns the lodge driving a motorcycle, which is not even Harold's bike.

Opening Scene: Red shows a way to melt ice off of your car windshield.

The Possum Lodge Word Game: Mike tries to guess the word "shopping" to win five pounds of chopped beef.

Red's Campfire Songs: The gates of heaven.

Handyman Corner: Red makes the Possum Lodge Fire Engine Chili.

Midlife: Being prescribed glasses as you get older.

Men Anonymous: Winston chatted with a fellow passenger on a plane trip, but never explained about sewage.

Adventures With Bill: Red, Bill and Harold have a tug-of-war.

Visit With Ranger Gord: Gord tries to dispel the notion of fighting fire with fire.

Fun Facts[]

Inside References[]

  • Red's Midlife topic is about men needing glasses and that they should get them if necessary. This contradicts his advice in an earlier episode, The Hydrogen Project, in which he said not to get glasses when you're older.

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