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|Guest Stars:||Ed Begley, Jr. as Mayor Ragnar|
Katie Gill as Dorta
Mary Kate McGeehan as Helga
|Writer:||Jeff Hodsden, Tim Pollock|
|Originally Aired:||December 4, 2009|
"The Swede Life" is the 13th episode of the second season of The Suite Life on Deck.
Zack, Cody, London, and Bailey visit Martensgrav, a Swedish town founded by the twins' ancestors, only to discover the townsfolk consider the great Martin family as villains. Apparently Zack and Cody's ancestors had let the whole town down by letting a bear "steal" the town's supply of herring. Cody figures out that the story is a lie, but the only way to prove that it's a lie is to read the diary of Knuut's (one of the Martin ancestors) true love, so they steal the diary from the mayor (who also knows that the story is not true but tells everybody that it is). They read the diary and reveal that the mayor's ancestor dressed up as a bear in order to frame the Martins and get them banished, and the mayor's family has been living off the supposed goodwill for centuries. The mayor tries telling everyone to just let it go and move on, but everyone's still mad at him for lying and throw fish at him like they did to the twins earlier in the episode.
Meanwhile, Marcus and Mr. Moseby want to visit a museum for the Swedish pop group ABBA, but get stuck at a Swedish furniture store, "Umaka", in search of a missing screw for Moseby's Swedish nightstand. After a long day at "Umaka" Mr. Moseby and Marcus find out that the screw they need "jerkface" is no longer being made. In the end they end up switching Mr. Moseby's nightstand for an identical one which upsets them due to the fact that it is also missing a screw.
- Zack and Cody are revealed to be of Swedish descent (but it's not revealed if they're fully Swedish or only part Swedish).
- It is shown in the episode that Mr. Moseby and Marcus both love ABBA.
- Cody is shown to be very weak, though in the episode "Shipnotized" he rips a towel in half, though his in-the-moment anger may have contributed to that and in "It's All Greek to Me", he lifted a heavy glass lid.
- "Umaka" is an allusion to the Swedish furniture store IKEA.
- When London says that bears eat honey and hangout with tigers and piglets, she is referring to the story of Winnie the Pooh.
- This episode plays transitional music from The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.
- Some transitional music for this episode also included an instrumental to the song Dancing Queen by the group ABBA.
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