Detective Banana is already 20 years old and old enough to watch horror films...but not yet on his own. As heir of a long lineage of detectives, he carries deduction and intuition in his blood: he is unbeatable playing ClueTM. His charisma induces the sympathy of the whole city and is invited home for dinner by all the moms in Bellville. But he prefers to concentrate his efforts solving the banana case...unless there is tiramisu for dessert.
Ever since Joe Banana ́s father, retired detective Jim Banana, put the town’s last criminal behind bars years ago, Belleville’s residents have boasted of their city’s safety. Life is so orderly and the townspeople so well behaved, simply yawning without covering one’s mouth incurs indicting stares and grumbles of disapproval.
But now, that tranquility has its days numbered. Is it an urge for revenge? Fame? Who is behind the havoc? The answer is not entirely clear...the bananas are indeed deceiving... Although they do have a ton of potassium, and that does help the brain.
Bellville ́s fragile harmony
It would seem foolish that a city with no crime would need the services of a private investigator. Yet crime hides behind every corner, blended among the civilization, chaos being a constant threat. You need trained eyes to detect and cope with them. In a city where misconduct no
longer exists, a city that proudly claims the “Safest city in the World” title, any offence, no matter how small or absurd, can originate turmoil.
That is because the most civilized people are also the most vulnerable. They consider jaywalking as an attempt against cohabitation and the Bellvilleeno who actually witnesses such behavior can suffer from an acute heart attack. One time, someone jaywalked near a school ́s entrance and there were eighteen faints...at least.
If on top of that, the criminal is gone from the scene faster than a toupee on a windy day, or is capable of encouraging such behavior on the rest of the townsfolk, then the situation closes apocalypse.
There is where Joe Banana comes to play. Someone has to fight such atrocities; no one else in Bellville is ready for such an unrivaled challenge, and much less their own police department. On top of that, the criminal ́s signature statement: a banana! No, that is something that Joe Banana cannot overlook. His fellow cocitizens trust him, the city needs him like it once needed his father; and he will not rest until Bellville lives free of such heartless criminal.
A mysterious criminal is terrorizing Belleville, the world’s most civilized city. His talent for encouraging minor infractions like littering, jaywalking, and stepping on “Do Not Step!” signs has brought life to a standstill. Every outrage is so skillfully executed that the only evidence authorities ever collect is the whimsical signature he deliberately leaves at the scene to panic the town’s citizens further: a banana.
Only one man stands a chance of stopping the wily criminal: Detective Joe Banana. With the help of his girlfriend, Tina, and their young friend, David, the Detective patiently unravels the mystery behind every crime. Yet the true criminal remains laughing in the shadows...
Important secondary characters
The best major the safest city in the world has ever known is a 9yearold boy named Timmy. He lives surrounded by his advisors that are constantly praising him. When a case has been solved, he never doubts to celebrate it with such amazing measures as “free ice cream day”.
He is the weakest and most useless head of police in the entire world. His ineptitude always plays against him, yet he manages to over come it thanks to unexplainable good luck episodes that happen without him even noticing.
His only role is to appear near every crime scene with his synthesizer or piano and compose the soundtrack of the situation. Everyone knows who he is and accept without question his discreet, yet vital, doing.
Family and allies
Joe ́s father, the original Detective Banana. Now, already retired, he leads an easy and peaceful life. His numerous boring and affected hobbies, like gardening, contrast with his past frantic life. He gives Joe advice when he can, yet neither his methods nor the time they both have had to live coincide.
Tina T. ́s best friend. She is the waitress at Moondog Café, the coolest joint in all of Bellville. From inside, she perfectly knows everyone that comes searching for her famous milkshakes. Very few know that her secret ingredient are the banana ́s that Joe gives to her in exchange for information.
Abby B. Muz:
Joe Banana ́s older sister is the FBI ́s most talented agent. She is so professional that she never takes off her perfectly tailored black suit, not even during her vacations at Bellville. Will she be able to take the absurd reality and methodology of his brother?
Lenny is the owner of a water gun shop. When Detective Banana stops by, he opens his secret back room and provides him with the most bizarre gadgets, of doubtable quality and which he mostly finds on the internet.
Mister Ex (so it shows on his driver ́s license) is Joe Banana ́s irritant private informer. By own insistence, they always meet at places and hours that would irk any living person. Due to this, and the completely ambiguous and not necessarily useful information he provides, Joe only seeks his help when of absolute necessity. If that wasn ́t enough, he isn ́t cheap.
The Sir casually appears in some episodes. Sometimes as a witness, even though he usually lies and makes up the story; others as an onlooker, asking annoying questions and judging when no one asks him to.
Tina T. or Ms. T is Detective Banana ́s beautiful girlfriend. She works as a teacher at a local school and loves to practice sports. She is clever enough to help her boyfriend out of any mess and on top of that she has a car. Someone has to drive Joe Banana when his bus pass is out of funds.
David is 10 years old and is the neighbor and best friend of Joe Banana; everyday they snack and play videogames together. But when terror spreads through the streets, he will be Detective Banana ́s own “Robin”. Parallel investigations and infiltrations are his specialty.
Joe´s best adult friend. He spends his days in his home-office, procrastinating and eating everything in his fridge. He helps Joe in his cases when he has nothing better to do.
5. The case of the un-alphabetized library
As an avid reader of crime novels, Joe Banana goes to the public library accompanied by his good friend David in search of a new book to take out. There he discovers first hand the biggest crime he has ever confronted: someone has changed the order of the books, placing them on different shelves, and making an alphabetic search impossible. Again, a banana is in the mix. Both friends will examine the area in hunt for clues, but without saying a word. Because as you know, silence is key in any library… even though no one is bothered by the music of good old Jazz.
8. The case of the stepped on “do not step on” grass
Joe´s investigation of footsteps under a “do not step on” sign seems to be coming to an end. The own FBI branch, commanded by Abby B. Muz, Joe´s sister, has decided to take matters into its own hands. However, Detective Banana doesn´t give up easily and continues to work on the case on his own. Therefore, each of the Bananas, following his/her own unique methods and resources, will try and capture the criminal…without success. They still don´t know that only by working together will they be able to find the banana and solve the case.
9. The case of the pen snatcher
Something´s wrong with Bel: today her milkshakes weren’t as good as usual. Banana, Tina and Reggie are obviously worried and try to figure out what is wrong with her. Dispirited, she explains that someone did not return the pen she had lent him/her. Suddenly, a mysterious caller affirms he is the Banana Criminal and demands Bel's secret milkshake recipe in exchange for her favorite pen. They all doubt the authenticity of the caller, as, until now, the Banana Criminal had not shown his face, but a banana appears in Bel´s purse. Will our protagonists play the caller´s game, or will they risk the integrity of the precious pen and try and capture him?
10. The case of the sand castle smasher
Panic in Cococabana beach! A lunatic is running around destroying every sand castle the little kids have built with all their care and hard work. Even though Joe hates the beach (that sand gets into everywhere!), he will take on the case with the help of Tina and the coordinated effort of the special beach police brigade (policemen in bathing suits and floaties). They soon find the banana and manage to capture the criminal, but it will take time for them to figure out the true culprit …the ocean itself!
12. The case of Ding Dong Ditch
The police hotline is on fire: numerous Belleville-enos are complaining because someone rings their doorbell and disappears before they can figure out who is there. Banana and Reggie try to follow his footsteps with no success (Reggie is not of much help). Joe will have to swallow his pride and seek help from his sister. She rapidly figures out the criminal´s pattern, getting a step ahead of him. They soon capture the culprit, a confused pizza delivery boy. He explains that someone calls him at the last moment, constantly changing the delivery address. Joe, as a reward for job well done, decides to try some of that unclaimed pizza…only to find there is a banana inside the box!
21. The case of the open refrigerator door
Joe, Tina, Mister X and Jazz are all invited to spend the weekend in the Major´s great summer home. Isolated from the rest of the world, they spend an amazing day until they find that someone has left the refrigerator door open. What a calamity! And an investigation starts where everyone is a suspect. However, they don´t take long to find the banana that obstructs the door from closing. Are they really the only ones in the mansion?
1. The case of the lying dog poop
A horrible sight abruptly interrupts Jim and Joe Banana´s pleasant morning walk: someone has left its dog´s poop unattended, in the middle of the sidewalk. Who could have left it there without picking it up? Oddly enough, Jim recognizes the little smelly mountain: it´s from the mascot of a terrible villain scientist he put behind bars back in his days. After discovering the banana, father and son unite to solve the case expecting the worst. They are unaware that the “terrible villain” they are looking for has been completely and exemplarily assimilated into Bellville´s civic society. Someone took away his last doggy poop bag, so he had to run back to produce a new one. Stores closes on Sundays…his laboratory does not.