Lil Buddy is the 41st episode in Season 1 of Clarence.
After playing a bit too aggressively with his Lil Buddy doll, Clarence gets a timeout and his worst nightmare comes true – he misses recess and became a school's bully.
Clarence wants his classmates to play with his Lil' Buddy, but when he makes Reed fall, Miss Shoop gives him a 10-minute punishment (5 for what he did and 5 more for talking). Clarence begins to imagine all kinds of things until Miss Shoop tells him that his time ended 5 minutes ago, Clarence gets up to go play at recess, but it ends and the children go back to class, which makes it sad to Clarence. In chemistry class, Clarence does not want to play with the mass. At night, in his house, Clarence accidentally breaks the arm of his Lil' Buddy when throwing it, then he goes to the forest to bury it. Below is a montage of Clarence becoming emo. Belson convinces him that he became great and they should team up, but Clarence ignores him. The next day, Clarence appears disguised as Lil' Buddy and tries to touch Jeff with Lil' Buddy's broken arm, Miss Shoop was about to blow the whistle, but it stops when Belson drops his pants to Clarence, then he gives a big blow on his nose, he also hits Dustin for approving the violence. Later, Clarence has a special punishment in the director's room, there's Miss Baker, she gives Clarence his Lil' Buddy, which makes him happy back, she also mentions that he can have his own break just with Lil' Buddy. Clarence enjoys his own recess, Sumo mentions that they recovered the old Clarence, ending the episode.
- Ashley's Friends
- Tappy Cards Kid
- Chad (cameo)
- Mr. Reese
- The principal (mentioned)
- Unnamed Brown-Haired boy
From both sides, the episode received mixed reviews, on the positive side: many phrased the outcome of Clarence changing from his former to latter (As Emo Style to Bad Boy Style), as well as they as the part where he punched Belson as an assumption for comeuppance (even though it is not considered the reason why for this), and described as a "Wham" episode on how kids feel in real life would have to go through similar to what Clarence did, however on the negative side: Some fans described negatively on the episode for being too violent, scary, dark and depressing, described that it was one of the episodes that went too far, as Clarence for going far out of character, as it was deemed a "shock value".
- This episode premiered with a cold opening, the first to do so, later airings skip to the title card and the rest of the episode plays normally for a while, but then the cold opening was recently put back in the reruns.
- This is the first episode to have Clarence. "himself" in the title card.
- This is the first time for Clarence to be bad, which he becomes a bully in this episode
- Jeff and Sumo get along very well in this episode, even without Clarence.
- This is the third time Jeff goes out of character. (The first was "Dinner Party" and the second was "Man of the House")
- This marks Ashley's first major speaking role since "Clarence Gets a Girlfriend".
- This is the first time Clarence (or anybody) is seen punching someone else and the first time he acted out against Belson.
- This is the first time Clarence was bald.
- This is the second time Clarence gets detention, the first being "Detention".
- This is Ms. Shoop's first major role.
- There is a reference to "Over the Garden Wall" in the episode, when Clarence is at Bendle Park, silhouettes of Wirt and Greg can be seen walking in the forest. It is a reference to when at the end of the "Over the Garden Wall" the same design of Aberdale (seen in Pretty Great Day with a Girl) was reused for "Over the Garden Wall" when in it showed a zoom out of the hospital the characters were in.
- The song played during Clarence's progression into an emo is parody of Randy Newman's song "Strange Things", a song from Toy Story.
- Lil' Buddy is a reference to My Buddy.
- Ms. Baker says to Clarence to what the man already wanted and lived happily ever after is a reference to Willy Wonka's last line from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
- Lil' Buddy reappears in Chalmers Santiago
- A photo of Clarence in this episode is in a file which appears in "Freedom Cactus".
- After Clarence digs and buries his Lil Buddy, he shouts in rage during thunderstorms, it is very similar to the previous episode "Dream Boat" where Sumo shouts during thunderstorms.