- “It's not illegal unless you get caught. THEN it's illegal.”
- ―Wade Watson
The PuffRuff Knights' umpire Wade Watson convinces four members of the baseball team – Andrew, Pyro, Westley, and Mike – to lose a championship match against the Northern Valley Steelers in exchange for money. However, MJ and Kirby discover that Wade's deal is, in fact, a sham.
- This episode's title is a pun on the 1980 film The Empire Strikes Back.
- This episode's plot is inspired by and features references to the "Black Sox" scandal of 1919–21.