Who do you think wrote the original graffiti in "Truth or Ed"?
That’s actually ‘Pick an Ed’, and it’s always been something that sat wrong with me about the episode. There are a ton of believable answers they could’ve come up with to cap off the episode, because the show at that point had done nothing but build up an army of characters who like to say mean things behind Eddy’s back. Why leave it as another unsolved mystery when it could have just as easily been something obvious, like how no one was fooled by Jonny being Melonhead?
The main reason I feel that way is THIS is the opening shot of the story. In one second, the storyboarders convey two people with ongoing vendettas against Eddy, currently provoked by Eddy, AND we get a glimpse of the home ec incident that motivated them.
The only evidence against either of them being the culprit is that both Jonny and Kevin are shown taking different paths than Eddy, suggesting the graffiti was the work of someone outside the class, or could have happened at any time without the Eds noticing it. Was it just an invisible outsider trying to get the main cast’s attention? Jimmy being passive aggressive? It’s pretty suspicious that the Kankers are nowhere to be seen in this episode…
I’d also like to point out that the final cut of the episode ends on an odd note, with Edd just staring at the graffiti…
I originally thought it looked like Edd was as curious about the vandal as the audience would be, and I also wouldn’t blame you if you thought it suggested Edd wrote the graffiti and was feeling guilty. However, there’s a deleted final shot with Edd still in the school, late at night, obsessively trying to clean the wall, which I think suggests Edd is innocent and naively prioritizing cleaning over crimesolving. Let’s be honest, Edd would have better penmanship than that.
Look at how neatly Edd wrote “Carl.” “HUgo” was probably Ed’s handiwork.