Jodene Sparks appears in the Cartoon Network Adult Swim animated series Sealab 2021, parodying the original Hanna-Barbera cartoon Sealab 2020. He is the undersea research station’s resident radio operator, possessed of a caustic demeanor and a penchant for thinking up underhanded schemes. He also often conspires with Captain Murphy and assists in the crazed leader’s activities. In one of Murphy’s dreams, Sparks is shown as the leader of a terror organization hidden away in a mountain fortress, where he is known to his underlings as “The Overlord.” Sparks is also always seen with his swiveling office chair and wearing his communications headset, even while scuba diving out in the ocean.
At one point, after being stabbed in the legs by Debbie, he claims that he can’t feel them in order to get a work promotion via affirmative action. However, he contradicts this in another episode, claiming that he isn’t crippled, just lazy. He is still derided as a cripple by the rest of the crew, most of the time by Captain Shanks. Sparks has an obsession with making money, devoting most of his time to dishonest and illicit methods for raking in cash. He was responsible for the creation of the addictive Stimutacs kelp pill, and also planned to murder the rest of the crew to collect on their life insurance policies.
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