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HBO's The Last of Us episode 4 scarecrow joke explained

Fans of the source material were delighted to see HBO’s inclusion of Ellie’s book of puns, ‘No Pun Intended,’ and we explain the scarecrow joke in case anyone needs it, provide a preview for episode 5 and confirm how many episodes are left in season 1. 

Episode 4, titled Please Hold my Hand, ended with Joel and Ellie meeting Henry and Sam, while the four of them hid from Kathleen and the Hunters.

Created by Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann for HBO and based on the 2013 video game of the same name by Naughty Dog, The Last of Us series follows smuggler Joel who must escort teenager Ellie across a post-apocalyptic America ridden with infected creatures.

Ellie’s scarecrow joke explained

During an early scene of the series in episode 4, Joel and Ellie are sleeping outside, and just as Joel is trying to sleep, Ellie asks:

“Why did the scarecrow get an award?”

To Ellie’s shock, Joel replies to the joke with the right answer: “Because he was outstanding in his field.”

The joke refers to a scarecrow, which is a mannequin placed in farmers’ fields used to stop birds from eating the crops.

In the joke’s case, a “field” can also refer to someone’s area of expertise, combined with the adjective “outstanding” used as a double meaning for “out standing.”

Since the UK’s streaming platform, Sky Go, doesn’t have subtitles, there’s a chance some viewers may have missed Joel’s answer to the joke due to his slight mumbling.

The Last of Us episode 5 preview

The Last of Us episode 5, which is yet to receive a title, is scheduled to release on Friday, February 10, 2023, at 9 pm ET, on HBO and HBO Max.

Episode 5 will see riots break out across Kansas City amidst Kathleen’s search for Henry and Sam, while Joel and Ellie unite with them elsewhere.

The Last of Us episode guide and release schedule lets you know when every episode airs, along with titles as they are announced.

By Jo Craig – [email protected]

The Last of Us is now showing on HBO and HBO Max.

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Jo Craig

Jo Craig is a staff writer at GRV Media reporting pop culture content on Forever Geek and brainstorming with the HITC Entertainment team. After nearly a decade in the game, Jo finds dissecting Marvel trailers for hours standard practice and still finds time to review, analyse, and research film, anime, video games and everything on the nerdy spectrum. Maintaining a strong social media presence, Jo’s passion for contributing to the geek culture community is a staple in their work and the spark behind vibrant discussions with comrades, even though some disagree that The Lord of the Rings is the best franchise.

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