"Will Work for Ed" is the 9th episode of Season 3 and the 61st episode of Ed, Edd n Eddy. In this episode, the Eds find out that Rolf is looking for some help. Eddy convinces Ed to work for Rolf on his farm in order to make money for jawbreakers.
Once again, the Eds are flat broke, but this time their pain is worse than usual as this is the time of year that the candy store holds a three-for-one jawbreaker sale, and all they can do is mournfully look into the store at the piles of delicious jawbreakers that they could get if they only had a quarter. Just then, Kevin exits the store with his purchase of three jawbreakers, and Eddy instantly formulates a scheme. He quickly tells Kevin that Nazz is skydiving in a bikini, and swaps pants when Kevin looks up. Once Kevin leaves, Eddy joyfully takes the jawbreaker from Kevin's pants and prepares to eat only to be met by a haymaker from Kevin, who has come back for his stuff. Eddy flies out of Kevin's pants, leaving behind his ill-gotten jawbreaker and his dignity.
When Eddy lands, he comes down by a light pole. Rolf comes by with a stack of fliers, sets them on Eddy's rump, and proceeds to nail one to the pole before taking most of his stack away, leaving a single sheet lying on top of Eddy's underwear. Ed and Edd find their downed friend, and Ed asks about what he perceives to be a diaper; Edd reads the sheet and finds out that Rolf needs a hired hand. Hearing this and knowing that there must be cash in the deal, Eddy immediately gets up and goes after Rolf. Although Rolf initially refuses, Eddy says that the employee he's offering is Ed, and after a short inspection, Rolf hires Ed and tells him to come to his house in an hour.
The Eds then head over to Ed's house, where Edd fixes his friend a bowl of organic oatmeal to give him some energy to start his workday while Eddy paces the floor gleefully. Double D is happy with Ed, as he's about to carve his niche in the world, and while Edd rambles on about the working man, Ed tosses his horrid-tasting oatmeal away and gets ready to go. Edd hands Ed a lunch, but tells him to take no more than a one hour break, and fixes Ed's clothes and hair. Edd and Eddy then happily watch as Ed sets off to go to work, but Edd's content immediately goes away when he sees that Ed is actually going to try and drive a car to work, and he runs over to stop his friend.
When Ed arrives at his workplace, Rolf immediately dresses his new nincompoop down for not using the nincompoop entrance. Ed does as commanded and enters the backyard, where Rolf strips him of his tie, his haircut, and most of his clothes before throwing some mud on Ed's undershirt for color and giving Ed a pair of work boots. For these boots, he'll have to deduct Ed's pay, a transaction that makes Eddy (who is hiding with Edd) scream. Hearing this, Rolf looks up and yells at Ed, but Ed is perfectly fine with the deal. Rolf then takes Ed into the shed.
Inside the shed are a veritable mountain of spuds. Rolf yells at Ed to peel them, and Ed attempts to use his thumbnails on a potato, only for Rolf to slap him and give him a tool to do the job. There will be a rental fee for this tool, however, a proposition that makes Eddy yell again. Ed then attempts to use the peeler and gets a sliver of skin off, only to be yelled at by Rolf again because there is, according to him, too much waste on the peel. Rolf has other things to do, however, and he exits the shed, telling Ed that he has to peel all the potatoes by the time Rolf gets back or he will be fired.
As soon as Rolf leaves, Ed's friends enter the shed. When Eddy learns about the precarious situation Ed is in, he ropes Edd into helping, and Edd pulls out a hairpin that he welds into a more efficient potato peeler. Eddy doesn't think that this will work fast enough for them to peel all the potatoes, so Double D looks around and starts constructing a machine for them to peel the potatoes. When Rolf comes back, he is amazed at the size and scope of the invention, but he soon notices Ed's helpers, and he angrily states that no visitors are allowed and slaps down another pay deduction. This elicits another annoyed complaint from Eddy, and Rolf sees what has happened to the potatoes: they have been cut into french fries. Rolf sees this as sacrilege, and gives Ed another pay deduction, before beckoning Ed onwards for more work. Hearing this, Eddy complains, and tries to get Ed to stay, but he reluctantly lets go of his friend when Rolf threatens not to pay up at all.
Eddy is still upset, however, and to this end he stages a strike outside of Rolf's house. Most of the kids gather to watch, and confused by this, Kevin decides to go ask Rolf what's going on. When he tries to cross the picket line, however, Eddy stops him, and Nazz surprisingly sides with Eddy, as he is protected under the Workers Rights Act. Seeing that there isn't going to be a fight, the kids leave, and Eddy returns to picketing. Double D isn't happy with Eddy's abrasive style of confrontation, and decides that what the confrontation really needs is a mediator. To this end, he goes up to Rolf's door, and when Rolf lets him in, Eddy's interest is peaked. Eddy then heads over to the window and eavesdrops on the debate. Soon, though, the dispute is over, and Rolf, Edd, and Ed leave the house happily. What's really interesting to Eddy, however, is the fact that Rolf has given a jawbreaker to both Ed and Edd, and he's the first in line to ask for one as well. Seeing this, Rolf sighs, and decides to make Eddy an offer.
Later that day, the Eds are hard at work. Ed has been promoted to a supervisory position and given the title of Turkey Eyes, while Edd and Eddy work underneath him. When Rolf asks for a report on their progress, Ed tells him that Edd is good worker, while Eddy is a sad sack who can't perform his job. This is underlined when an angry rooster starts chasing Eddy, who runs from it. When Ed calls Eddy a nincompoop at the same time as Rolf, Rolf realizes that his protege has learned well and leaves. With Rolf gone, Eddy runs from the angry fowl while Ed merely laughs and deducts his friend's pay for being a nincompoop.
Eddy: "Hiya, Kev. Holy cow! Is that Nazz skydiving in a bikini?" Kevin: [turns his head in the direction Eddy points as Eddy discreetly swaps pants with him off-screen] "No way! Where? Yeah, right. I'm on to you, dork!"
Rolf: "Ah, may I borrow your rump?" [placing fliers on Eddy's rump] "Yes, thank you." [hammers a nail on the flier to the streetlight pole] Eddy: [dazed, noticing Rolf] "Hiya, Rolfie-Boy, got any loose change?" Rolf: "Not in this life, Ed-boy." [He laughs and walks away, leaving a flier on Eddy's bottom.]
Ed: [noticing the flier on top of Eddy's underwear] "Why is Eddy wearing a diaper, Double D?" Edd: "Well, Ed, a diaper would be worthy of Eddy's character, but this posterior posting is a job placement. Seems Rolf's looking for a hired hand." Ed: "Rolf lost his hand? Boy, that is sad, Double D."
Eddy: [after hearing about the job] "Reporting for duty and ready to work, Rolf! So, uh, what kinda income are we talking about?" Rolf: "Poppycock! Rolf requires one with the backbone of a yak! This is no job for a jellyfish like yourself." Eddy: "Yeah right! I don't work, but he does!" [He shows Ed off to Rolf.] Ed: [with his shoes on his ears] "Polly wanna cracker! Arf, arf, arf! Tweet, tweet, tweet!"
Edd: [after Ed gets into a car and attempts to start it] "ED, NO! YOU'RE TOO YOUNG TO DRIVE!"
Ed: "Tell me a story, boss."
Eddy: [picketing] "Rolf's a jerk! Ain't gonna work! Rolf's a jerk! Ain't gonna work! Rolf's a jerk! Ain't gonna work! Rolf's a jerk–" Jonny: [interrupting Eddy] "WE HATE BROCCOLI!" Eddy: "…ain't gonna work!"
Nazz: [after Kevin pins Eddy] "Kevin! According to the Worker's Rights Act, Sub-section E, paraphrase 4, Eddy is entitled to express formal protest as to wherefore, must be totally respected." [Kevin, Edd, and Eddy gape at her, stupefied.] "Babysitters gotta know this stuff."
Rolf: "Tell Rolf the progress of the laborers, Turkey Eyes." Ed: "Well, yeah. Let's see here, boss. This guy I got no problems with." [He points to Edd, who has a clean and tidy work station.] Edd: "Double D waiting for orders, Turkey Eyes, sir." [Ed points at Eddy, who has a dirty work station and is attempting to take the chicken's temperature.] Ed: "But then there's the sad-sack, boss. A real slowpoke, trouble with a capital 'R'." [Eddy kicks the chicken coop, and a rooster comes out and chases Eddy.] Eddy: "Help! I hate chickens!" Ed & Rolf: [in unison] "HEY, NINCOMPOOP!" [Both look at each other, surprised.] Rolf: [patting Ed on the head] "You've learned well, Turkey Eyes." [Rolf leaves.] Eddy: "Stop the chicken, Ed!" Ed: "Nincompoop! I'm deducting your pay 'cause you're a nincompoop! Pretty good, huh, Double D?"
Edd seems to be wearing hairpins in his hair since he took one out from under his hat.
Rolf deducting Ed's pay repeatedly for little or no reason and Eddy complaining about the deduction issue (often Eddy says "WHAT?!?" in response to the pay deduction).
Rolf calling Ed "Nincompoop."
Ed calling Rolf "Boss".
Rolf says "Nincompoop" 15 times and Ed four times which would make for a total of 19 times. However, one of those times, both of them said "Nincompoop" at once in unison. So that would really make for a total of 19 times that Nincompoop was said overall.
Goof: When Ed tells Rolf that he has only four more potatoes left, more than four potatoes come out of the machine.
This is the 43rd time that the Kankers don't appear.
This is the second episode where Eddy is chased by a chicken because he angered it. The first was in "Button Yer Ed".
Also another interesting fact is that the chicken that chased Eddy in this episode is the same one from "Button Yer Ed".
The word "sloot" ("tools" spelled backwards) is written on Rolf's tool box.
There seem to be several sticks of dynamite and a detonation box inside Rolf's shed. It is unknown why he would own dynamite, or what use he might have for it.
This is the first episode to air in 2002.
Nazz is highly knowledgeable in the field of labor laws, stating that "Babysitters have to know this stuff."
There are two lines that are reused from previous episodes; "You have broken the trust of a son of a shepherd!" which was said by Rolf in "Key to My Ed", and "Eggs, eggs, eggs, eggs" which was said by Ed in "Who, What, Where, Ed" and "Rambling Ed".
Ed says "tell me a story" for a second time in the series. The first time he said this was "Knock Knock Who's Ed?".
When the Eds were looking through The Candy Store window at the beginning, the lollipops had a sign that said "Cheaper by the Doz". This is a reference to the 1950 movie "Cheaper by the Dozen".
Kevin getting his jawbreaker back after Eddy tried to take it.