Tom Goes to the Mayor: Puddins
(S02E15) This is an early review.
Tragedy strikes Tom and his step-family when his son Brindon dies from a
pudding buffet food overdose. The poor kid actually ate so much pudding he literally exploded at his birthday party. Tom is distraught, but he doesn't get much sympathy from the Mayor or anyone else. Whenever Tom brings it up people just laugh at the hilarious way his son died. Tom has trouble letting go and carries a framed picture of his stepson, and also builds a shrine to him in his front yard.
Since pudding was Brindon's favorite food, Tom visits Puddins, a pudding-only shoppe with flavors like Thousand Island, Shellfish and Oyster, and Pine Cone. An employee, played by Paul Reubens, takes Tom to Puddins Sample Town where Tom is hooked to a machine that forces pudding down his throat. While hooked to the machine he sees his son in heaven, and Brindon tells his stepfather he loves him. This is the only touching moment in the episode, the rest of the time Tom is ridiculed for being such a whiny little wuss.
The Mayor sees Tom coming out of Puddins and thinks his friend is on a pudding fast, since it's well-documented that parents who lose children will often go on long stretches where they only eat their kid's favorite food. Tom decides this is a good idea so he eats nothing but pudding. Eventually he goes insane and moves into the dumpster behind Puddins. He finds a cat to replace Brindon, but the cat jumps through the window of the Mayor's office. Tom spends several weeks crying and sobbing on the Mayor's floor. As usual, nothing is really resolved, but we do see the Mayor's family for the first time. He has a wife and three kids, and apparently he worships Zeus.