"There has got to be a better way to make him eat!" --Calvin's Mom, after his dad tells him that his dinner is a toxic waste pile "that will turn [him] into a mutant if [he] [eats] it."

Dinner is an often used running gag. All the meals in the series take the form of nondescript blobs. Calvin usually hates what his mom prepares. He often makes comments on the meal, such as "This looks like bat barf." He occasionally orders pizza secretly. He often sees his meal as alive. In order to make their son eat, Calvin's parents usually tell him that it's something gross, like stewed monkey heads.

"It'll build character!"
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