The More Heinous They Are, the Harder They Fall

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The More Heinous They Are, the Harder They Fall
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Premiere date: October 20, 1990
Run time: 23:00
Starring: Keanu Reeves
Alex Winter
George Carlin
Danny Cooksey
Music composed by: Chuck Loeb
Writers: Mary Jo Ludin
Directors: Gordon Hunt
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"The More Heinous They Are, the Harder They Fall" is the fifth episode of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures season one. It aired on October 20, 1990 on CBS. It was written by Mary Jo Ludin, and voice directed by Gordon Hunt.

When Deacon has a bully problem, Bill & Ted travel into the past to get one of history's biggest bullies for help.

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Memorable quotes


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Ted "Theodore" Logan Keanu Reeves
Deacon Logan Danny Cooksey
Killer Gabron Unavailable
Bill S. Preston, Esquire Alex Winter
Fox Unavailable
King Henry VIII Unavailable
Queen Anne Boleyn
Ivan the Terrible Unavailable
John Rambo
Old man Unavailable
Calamity Jane Unavailable
King George III
Paul Revere Unavailable
Eddie Van Halen
Benjamin Franklin Unavailable
Benedict Arnold N/A





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The theme song was performed by Randy Peterson and Kevin Quinn. The music was composed by Chuck Leob for Score Productions. Bodie Chandler was the director of music production.


Dates are in order of release:

  • United States: October 20, 1990 on CBS

Behind the scenes

  • Bill and Ted also landed next to an outhouse being used in the 1989 film Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.
  • Bill mentions the Wicked Witch of the East, when he really means the Wicked Witch of the West, the main villain of the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz.


  • When Bill and Ted are first in the booth, Bill is missing his eyes until he starts moving.
  • The American Revolution, Boston Tea Party, and Benjamin Franklin's discovery of electricity did not happen on the same day.

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