|Season 1, Episode 7|
|Air Date||July 22, 2005|
|Storyboard by||Joe Murray|
|Written by||Mark O'Hare and Joe Murray|
|Directed by||Brian Sheesley|
|Song(s)||My Buddy Wuddy|
|Swimming Buddy||It's No Picnic|
Parasitic Pal is the seventh episode of season one and the seventh episode on the series.
Lazlo comes out of Leaky Lake with a sea lamprey attached to his head. Lazlo attempts to have fun with "Lamar" (the sea lamprey) until he sucks away Lazlo's blood.
Lazlo goes swimming in Leaky Lake, and a bloodsucking sea lamprey attaches itself onto Lazlo's head. Unaware of this, Lazlo thinks it is a special day at Camp Kidney because everyone is grossed out. Raj tells Lazlo about the lamprey and Lazlo goes to Nurse Leslie to receive help. Nurse Leslie's charts indicate that the sea lamprey is sucking Lazlo's blood; however Nurse Leslie tells Lazlo he is fine.
After that, Lazlo names it Lamar. At this point, a song named "My Buddy Wuddy" is heard. Lazlo extolls his affection for his new "little buddy" for Buddy Day (a special day at Camp Kidney), by playing games, such as ping-pong. Edward wants Lamar off Lazlo's head, so he tells Chip and Skip to jump out of a bush and pull Lamar off. They pull hard but Lamar remains on his head.
Then, Lamar sucks all the blood from him, causing him to be tired and drowsy. Because of this, Lazlo is forced to throw him back into the water, but he discovers that those are Lamar's babies and that he was a female all along. Lamar's name is changed to Lauren, Clam is seen "feeding" his blood to the baby sea lampreys and everyone else (except the Jelly Beans) ends up in Nurse Leslie's office.
At the end, When Nurse Leslie sees how many patients there are, he turns the lights off and rolls off in his chair.
- Romeo And Juliet Overture - Fiachra Trench & Peter Tchaikovosky
- Banjo Stomp - Larry Hochman
- Romantic Closing [#28] - Harry Bluestone
- Romantic Opening [#26] - Harry Bluestone and Emil Cadkin
- Lazlo: [after figuring out Lamar's gender] "Lamar wasn't a Lamar, she was a Lauren!"
- The song played about Lamar in this episode is written by staff writer Martin Olson. The song's rhythm is close to the song "Knee Deep", except with different lyrics to match Lamar's description.
- In the Buddy Day Egg Toss event, if you look closely on Ping Pong's neckerchief, instead of the abbreviation of "BS" for Bean Scout, it says "AS"!
- When Lazlo falls to the water with Lamar, when he is searching for Lamar, he has no bathing suit. Until the life guards get him out of the lake, he has his bathing suit back.
- When Lazlo comes out of the Mess Hall on the animal farm, when everybody is running away, Clam looks bigger. Also, on the next scene, when the swim race was about to begin, Clam is one of the contestants.
- When Lazlo crashes through the lunch hall, you can see a couple of Squirrel Scouts eating.
- When the leech first attaches to Lazlo, it is on the left side of his face. Later on, when Lazlo is on the teeter totter with Raj, it has switched to the right.
- When everyone was running out of the mess hall, there were three Freddies (Harold). Also, Edward was running out too, even though he was a contestant.
- When it showed the scene of the swimming race, Harold was a bystander, then he was running with the crowd again.
- The name "Lamar" is a possible reference to Half-Life. In the game, Isaac Kleiner, a scientist, owns a head crab named Lamarr. In the game, head crabs are parasites that attach to peoples' heads and turn them into zombies.
- Joe Murray said that he intended for "Parasitic Pal" to be "one of the first" episodes broadcast. Cartoon Network believed that Lazlo should be established as a character "without a leech stuck to his head", so the network broadcast "Parasitic Pal" about "4 episodes in".