Josh Whipplewhite went to the Brown Detective Agency saying that his lunch had been stolen. Josh explained that birthday party was that afternoon and that his mother put a birthday cake and a loaf of garlic bread on the window sill to cool, but both were stolen. He believed Bugs and a few other Tigers were behind it, so he enlisted the help of Encyclopedia and Sally to prove it.
The awkward part here is that Encyclopedia and Sally didn’t seem to know that Josh was having a birthday party that afternoon, which means that they weren’t originally invited, so Josh had to invite them at the last minute. Meanwhile, the two detectives had to ignore the fact that the only reason they were being invited was because they were needed for something, and had Bugs not just stolen something, the party would have gone on without them.
Also, garlic bread and cake is not a balanced lunch.
The three went to the Tigers’ Clubhouse to confront Bugs. As they approached, they saw that the Tigers were chewing parsley. Josh figured the best way of figuring out if it had been them who stole the bread was to smell their breath. He reasoned that their breath would stink of garlic. Sally explained that they had been chewing on parsley to cut the garlic smell.
First off, I had no idea parsley had that effect on garlic breath. How would have these thuggish children have known that? Secondly, assuming everyone in Idaville learned at an early age that parsley got rid of garlic breath, how would the Tigers explain their reasons for sitting around chewing on parsley? Wouldn’t the sight of a few kids sitting around, chewing parsley, look suspicious? Not even just to people looking for garlic bread thieves. If I saw a bunch of kids chewing parsley, I’d immediately suspect that something was wrong.
Sally smelled everyone’s breath, and there was no trace of any garlic. Damn that parsley trick once again! Sally had no other way of proving Bugs wrong and Josh was reserved to believe that his birthday party was ruined. However, Encyclopedia came to the rescue.
While chewing parsley would help get rid of garlic bread, since it was apparently general knowledge that the Tigers never washed their hands, the smell of garlic would still be on their hands. Bugs realized they were caught, he agreed to pay to replace the garlic bread and cake.