One Small Step for Pearson is episode 32b of Comedy World. It premiered on Kids' WB on January 29, 2000.
Mrs. White's class goes on a field trip to the local space center, but Eric "accidentally" ends up launching the entire class to the sun! Over there, they encounter Buzz Aldrin, who has been left stranded there by aliens who want to blow up the sun.
- Andrew Rannells as PC Guy, The Narrator, Tour Guide, Christian, Skipper and Alien #1
- Josh Peck as Eric
- Buzz Aldrin as himself
- Dan Green as Dallas and Simulator Operator
- Tress MacNeille as Mrs. White
- Mike Pollock as Principal Walker
- Veronica Taylor as Carver
- Edward Felker as Stanley, Gordon, Luke and Admission Booth Clerk
- Gary Sauls as Joey, Constantinos and Alien #2
- Eric Stuart as Sebastian, Gurney and Frankie
- Rickey D'Shon Collins as Blake
- Mary Kay Bergman as Lola (posthumously)
- John DiMaggio as Tony
- Dee Bradley Baker as Alien #3 and Old Man Esmond
Kimberly and Travis also appear, but are silent.
- This episode is available to watch on the There's No Place Like Home DVD and the Season 3 Volume 1 box set.
- During the scene where the rocket blasts off and heads for the sun, "Mavericks" by The Woodies can be heard playing.
- "Rescue" by Cecil Milner plays as the title card track for this episode.
- It took PC Guy 20 seconds to run from the surface of the Sun to its core. This is a distance of 432,288 miles, meaning PC Guy had to run 21,614 miles per second, or 77,811,840 miles per hour.
- To sum it up, PC Guy is almost as fast than the speed of light.
- The ending where the rocket crashes and lands on the apartment wasn't always planned. The original ending for this episode was PC Guy asking, "Now that the aliens are defeated and we're on our way back home, what can go wrong?", only for the camera to pan out, revealing a large Conspicuous CG alien about to eat the spaceship that everybody is in.
- The title is a reference to Neil Armstrong's famous quote, "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
(The episode opens with a shot of Lakeside City School)
The Narrator: Ah, Lakeside City School, a school where yard fights are encouraged and the education is rock bottom. Here we see its fine, fine principal in his natural habitat.
(Walker is at his computer, eating a deep fried cheeseburger on a stick. Mrs. White comes in his office with an envelope)
The Narrator: And how could I forget his bondswoman, the local algebra teacher?
Principal Walker: CATHERINE! Where's my mail?!
Mrs. White: (hands him the envelope) Right here.
Principal Walker: Thanks for the onvelope.
Mrs. White: It's ENvelope.
Principal Walker: No, it's ONvelope. (reads the letter) Eh? Our school just won a trip to a space center? I don't remember winning a survey.
(Flashbacks to Walker clicking on several online ads that congratulate him for being the "1,000,000,000th visitor")
Principal Walker: Buuuut I don't have the funds for THAT! Besides, I have lottery tickets to spend on. (folds the paper into the shape of an airplane and attempts to throw it in the trash, however it lands on Mrs. White's eye instead and she yelps in pain)
Mrs. White: (unfolds the paper) It says here that unless atleast one class goes, human resources will shut down the school.
Principal Walker: Oh, they're just speaking a load of bull. They can't do anything.
(Immediately cuts to the school shut down, with police tape and locks everywhere)
Principal Walker: NOT MY BEAUTIFUL SCHOOL!!!! (cries) I can't believe this.
Mrs. White: I don't know what else you expected.
Principal Walker: Fine, fine, we'll go on this stupid trip. But I'm only taking YOUR class, not the entire school. I'm not gonna pay for boatloads of insurance.
(Cuts to Mrs. White's class in a bus, with Walker driving it)
PC Guy: Isn't this exciting, Eric? A field trip to the Lakeside Space Center!
Eric: I'm only in it for the free sodas.
(In the back of the bus, Sebastian is making paper airplanes)
Mrs. White: Charmatz! No paper airplanes! You'll shoot an eye out!
Sebastian: That's impossible. Watch. (makes another paper airplane, but this one comes back to him like a boomerang and hits his eye, and he screams in pain) AAAAAHHH!!!!! AAAAUUUGGGHHHH!!! (slams his head against the wall) WHAT ARE THE ODDS?!!? (continues screaming)
(The bus arrives at Lakeside Space Center, and everybody gets out)
Principal Walker: Hmmm...
(Walker looks at the space center's event calendar. Today is Thursday, which means Classes Get in for $250, but Friday is Classes Get in Free. Walker switches it around so that he can make it look like it's Friday, and he goes up to the admission booth whistling)
Admission Clerk Booth: Hello! Welcome to the museum! That'll be $250.
Principal Walker: I thought today was Friday. (points to the calendar)
Admission Clerk Booth: Okay, enjoy the free admission! (unlocks the door)
(The class heads inside of the museum, but Tony catches his eye on a zero gravity simulator. He runs to it, and Skipper catches up)
Simulator Operator: (to Tony) Whoa, whoa, whoa, big boy. You're a little too heavy for the ride. Safety first, eh?
Tony: (sighs) Maybe next year. (walks away with Skipper)
Skipper: I told you this is a ripoff.
(The operator slaps a tag on the simulator's sign, and the tag reads "USED TO BE $30 -- NOW $90 FOR THE ENHANCED EXPERIENCE!")
(A family with damaged bones exit the simulator)
Simulator Operator: Watch your step, people.
(A tour guide is leading the class, and they go inside a rocketship)
Tour Guide: (in the background) As you can see here, this is Apollo 11, the rocketship that carried Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin and that other guy to the moon. Hmmm, what was his name again? Anyway, they were the first humans to set foot on the moon...
Eric: I'm exhausted from all this walking. (spots the control center) Hey! That seems comfy to sit on.
PC Guy: (gasps) ERIC! DON'T!