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"Interview With a Platypus"
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Phineas and Ferb build an animal translator for Perry
Season: 2
Production code: 202a
Broadcast number: 49
Story by:
Jon Colton Barry
Written & Storyboarded by:
Antoine Guilbaud
Kim Roberson
Directed by:
Zac Moncrief
Broadcast Information
Disney Channel US Premiere:
May 8, 2009
Disney XD US Premiere:
February 20, 2009
International Debut:
April 9, 2009 (Disney Channel Brazil)
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Paired with
"Tip of the Day"
Book Adaptations:
Perry Speaks!‎‎
DVD Releases:
A Very Perry Christmas
Disney XD NY TV-KANAL! (Denmark only)
I wonder what *imitates Perry's chatter* means.

— Phineas Flynn

Phineas and Ferb decide to find out what Perry's chatter means. However, they later find out that the Perry translator works on all animals and decide to use it to help all of the animals in Danville. Meanwhile, Candace tries to spend some time with Jeremy, but she keeps being interrupted by Suzy's poodle. Dr. Doofenshmirtz tries to flood the Tri-State Area, and invents a vehicle that drives on water.

Episode Summary

Animal translator

Phineas and Ferb about to test the translator.

Phineas and Ferb are sitting with Perry in their backyard. Perry does his chattering noise when Phineas asks him what he wants to do. Phineas tells Ferb that some people say Perry is just a mindless platypus, but he might actually be thinking real thoughts. Phineas says that he knows what they're going to do today: they're going to build a Perry translator!

Candace is talking on the phone with Stacy about Jeremy when she revives a phone call from him. He asks her to come over since he has just gotten a new video game. Candace rushes at Jeremy's house as he tells Candace that Suzy is not home. Meanwhile, Phineas and Ferb complete their contraption, but when they turn around, Perry has just entered his lair.

At the lair, Major Monogram tells Perry that the organization is using alternative energy and trying to become "green", as the lights in Perry's lair are malfunctioning. Since the organization is saving paper Major Monogram just tells Perry that the assignment involves Dr. Doofenshmirtz. As Perry is ready to fulfill his assignment, he is grabbed by Phineas so he and Ferb can test Perry on the new made translator. As Phineas and Ferb are ready to hear Perry say something, they are interrupted by Isabella, who asks them what they're doing. This distraction gives Perry enough time sneak out and do his mission.

Squirrel Interview

Phineas interviews a squirrel.

Phineas and Ferb find out that the Perry translator was not only meant for Perry, but for all the other animals in their neighborhood as well. They interview the animals and talk to them about their problems. Phineas finds out that all the animals want things that they can't have, which gives him an idea. Phineas says that they should tell all the pets' owners what their pets want.

While Jeremy is showing Candace his new video game, Suzy's dog jumps in the couch between them. As Candace sees the dog's friendliness towards Jeremy she tries to pet the dog, receiving a hostile growl back from the dog. As Jeremy and Candace are playing the video game, Suzy's dog steals Candace's shoe, causing Candace to run after it and suffering a major accident in the bathroom, which makes Candace to run away from Jeremy's house.

Perry goes to the forest where Dr. Doofenshmirtz traps him in a bargain shark cage. The Doofenshmirtz goes off to explain his plan to flood the entire Tri-State Area by opening the Danville Dam so that the entire Tri-State Area will be flooded to make it like Venice, Italy; or to a lesser extent like Venice Beach, California; thus forcing the inhabitants of Danville to purchase his BO-AT.

Candace arrives at Phineas and Ferb's backyard and asks what are they doing. Phineas tells her that they created an animal translator to help understand what animals are thinking. Candace shouts at them and tells them that animals are stupid and she is fed up with them. The animals hear her and run after her. Phineas and Ferb talk to the pets' owners and tell them what their pets want while Candace runs around the neighborhood.

Jeremy putting Candace's shoe on

Jeremy putting the shoe on Candace.

Dr. Doofenshmirtz presses a button on his remote and opens the Danville Dam, activating his BO-AT (Buoyancy Operated Aquatic Transport). Perry jumps onto his BO-AT and interferes. However, Candace runs across the water just in time for all the animals to be swept away onto Dr. Doofenshmirtz's BO-AT. Perry jumps off the BO-AT and opens up the moat. The flooding water rushes into the moat and it leads off to sea, leaving Danville unharmed.

Candace shows her mom the Perry translator, but she thinks that it is a very cute idea. Phineas tests out the animal translator on Perry, but they find out that his chattering noise doesn't mean anything at all. Linda states that Perry is just saying, "You guys are the best!". Phineas, Ferb, Isabella, and Candace go inside for some snacks, and Jeremy comes over to the backyard. He brings Candace back her shoe and says that he washed it for her, leaving Candace in a trance.


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Running Gags

I know what we're gonna do today!

Phineas: Hey, Ferb! I know what we're gonna do today! Let's build a Perry translator. We can finally figure out what (Chatters) means. Some say he's just a mindless platypus, but he might actually be thinking some profound thoughts. Just like another quiet animal I know.

The "Too Young" Line

Bird: Aren't you a little young for inter-species communication?
Phineas: Yes, yes I am.

Ferb's Line

No spoken lines. However, he does make that chattering sound Perry makes.

What'cha doin'?/Hey, where's Perry?

Phineas: Okay. Now all we need is our subject. Where's Perry?
Isabella: Hey Phineas. What'cha doin'?

Phineas: Oh, Ferb and I invented a Perry translator so we can finally figure out what he's saying.
Isabella: That's great, but don't you need Perry to be here for it to work?

Phineas: That's weird, Perry was here just a few seconds ago.

Oh, there you are, Perry

Monogram: Ah, there you are, Agent P. Sorry about the lights. We're using an alternative energy source, and haven't got it working smoothly yet. I decided it was high time our operation went green.

Perry's entrance to his lair

He takes a secret tube to his headquarters. The entrance to the tube is not shown.

Evil Jingle

Doofenshmirtz out in the forest!

Memorable Quotes

Phineas: What to do, what to do, what to do today! Any ideas, Ferb? (Ferb shrugs) How about you, Perry? Bursting with any plans?

(Perry chatters)
Phineas: Ah. I'll never get tired of you doing that.
(Perry chatters)
Phineas: Awesome. (imitates Perry's chatter) Come on, Ferb, fire one off!
(Ferb imitates chatter; Phineas imitates chatter; Perry chatters; Phineas imitates chatter; Ferb imitates chatter; Perry chatters)
Phineas: I wonder what that means.

(pause; Perry chatters once more)
Phineas: Some say he's just a platypus, but he might actually be thinking some profound thoughts! Just like another quiet animal I know!
pause; Ferb chatters
Major Monogram: For crying out loud, Carl, pedal faster. I need to check my email.
Bird: I sure love worms!

Phineas and Ferb look at Isabella

Isabella: Don't look at me.
Squirrel: Yeah, yeah, yeah. I'm cute. Now, nut me!
Candace: Aw, who's a good girl? (Suzy's poodle growls) Obviously not me.
Phineas: Yeah, I see what you're saying, but you don't really have an argument. They're giving you twelve cans a day. Technically, you're not underfed.
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: You like my new cage? I got it from a secondhand shark supply store. It was half off, because, you know, something bit half of it off.
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: But how will people get around? They will have to buy my latest invention! It's like a car, but it can drive on the surface of water! Behold! (Takes the cover off his "invention") You like it? I call it the "Buoyancy Operated Aquatic Transport", or "BO-AT" for short.
Candace: Look, I'm getting the hang of it!
Jeremy: No Candace you just paused it... and you reset the game.
Jeremy: That's weird. Suzy trained her so well.
Candace: I see. Suzy trained her.
Isabella: Okay. We've got 78 complaints about food quantity, 42 requests for belly rubs, and we're still trying to explain TV to Pinky.
Milly: (To Pinky) Again, forget the idea of little people in there.
Candace: An animal translator?! I have had it up to here with stupid animals today. Why would you want to know what stupid animals are saying? Oh, I can tell you what they'll say. 'I'm an animal and I bite my own hiney!' 'I've got a small cranial capacity!' 'Look at me! I don't have opposable thumbs!' 'I eat with my face!' 'I sweat through my tongue!' 'I'm a furry, flea-bitten loser!' Like any other animal on this planet!
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Look at me! I'm driving on water! I'm BO-ATing!
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Perry the Platypus?! How did you...? I always forget you are a semi-aquatic mammal.
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: No! Don't open the Metropolitan Oval Aquatic Trench! No, no, no, no, no— oh, hey, look! It spells 'moat'!
Candace: See, Mom? They built an animal translator!

Linda: Oh, that's adorable!

Candace: Wait, no, it is not!

Background Information

  • Linda Flynn-Fletcher finally finds out about the invention of Phineas and Ferb. But as it doesn't work on Perry, she just assumes the boys are playing pretend like usual and walks away.
    • However, Perry may have been meaning to chatter and nothing else.
  • Doofenshmirtz mentions turning Danville into a canal city like Venice, Italy or at least Venice, California. Executive producer Jeff "Swampy" Marsh currently lives on Venice, California.
  • It is unknown if the boys keep the Animal Translator or destroy it after the episode ended.
  • When Jeremy puts on Candace's shoe at the end, an orchestral version of Isabella's theme music can be heard.
  • Despite when in busting mode, Candace doesn't mention the word "bust" in any way for the first time this season.

Production Information

  • Episode description from a 2009 Disney XD Phineas and Ferb press release:[1]
Phineas and Ferb wonder what Perry's really trying to say, so they invent an animal translator. Soon every animal in the neighborhood shows up with a list of complaints. Meanwhile, Candace is dealing with her own animal problems courtesy of Little Suzy's evil poodle, and Doofenshmirtz is trying to harness a Buoyancy Operated Aquatic Transport (aka, BO-AT).

International Premieres

  • April 9, 2009 (Disney Channel Brazil)
  • June 2, 2011 (Disney XD Canada)


  • When Doctor Doofenshmirtz was driving his BO-AT, somewhere in when he says "Look at me! I'm driving on water! I'm BO-ATing", the BO-AT's steering wheel disappears for a split second and does not spin.
  • Suzy's poodle appears to pee on Candace's left shoe, but she removes her right shoe to clean it and is missing her right shoe the rest of the episode. It's possible the poodle peed further than usual.
    • However, when the screen zooms out when Perry chatters into the Platypus Translator, Candace is wearing both shoes.
  • After the animals get on Doofenshmirtz BO-AT the gorilla is seen driving, but after Perry opens the MOAT Doofenshmirtz is driving again.
  • In some parts of the song of this episode, Candace's hair is damaged (because the animal attacked), but there are scenes in which she is well groomed and the next second, it is again as before
  • In one scene, when Candace is angry with the animals, they crowd her, there is a dog, and the animals start to get angry, then in a different frame it is then next to the machine shouting 'Get her', then he reappears in his previous spot.
  • If you look closely as Candace repeatedly pauses and resumes the game, she is actually pressing the "down" button.
  • In this episode, Candace does not know anything about playing video games, and yet in "Tree to Get Ready", she is shown playing a video game with Stacy.


  • The Fireside Girls trying to get Pinky (Isabella's chihuahua) to forget about "little people" could be a reference to the end of "Journey to the Center of Candace" where Dr. Doofenshmirtz gets trapped in a shrunken submarine and eaten by Pinky, and then finds out how to control Pinky's brain using the submarine.
  • Candace mentions liking video games again, and is still bad at playing them ("Tree to Get Ready").


  • Interview With the Vampire - The title of the episode is an allusion to Anne Rice's popular first book in the Vampire Chronicles.
  • Noah's Ark - The angry animals that were chasing Candace got on Dr. Doofenshmirtz's BO-AT (Buoyancy Operated Aquatic Transport) making it look like Noah's Ark and travel the city in which appears to be just like the city of Venice, Italy.
  • The bird going and telling all the animals about the invention may be a reference to the common phrase "A little birdie told me that..."
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - The bird going and telling all the animals may be a reference to the songbirds gathering all the animals together to warn the dwarfs about Snow White's poisoning.
  • Veggietales - The squirrel sounds like Larry the Cucumber from VeggieTales.
  • Wasp/Waspinator - The squirrel is also similar to Wasp/Waspinator from Transformers who is also voiced by Tom Kenny.
  • Garfield - While Phineas and Ferb are interviewing animals using the animal translator, a cat they interview looks very similar to Garfield, and also has the same demand of his owners: more food.
  • Enchanted - While Jeremy is putting Candace's shoe on her foot, fantasy music is heard; the first two notes sound like the first two notes from the chorus to the Enchanted song True Love's Kiss. After Candace swoons to the ground, Jeremy asks her if she's okay. She responds, "Enchanted."
  • Cinderella - At the end, the way Jeremy puts Candace's shoe on her foot the same way as Cinderella tries on the glass slipper.
  • The Benny Hill Show - The animals then show up and chase them off as Candace run for their lives through the city is similar to a Benny Hill-style chase.
  • Hit Me With Your Best Shot - When Phineas told Perry "Hit me with your (Perry's chatter) shot," it may be a reference of the song "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" by Pat Benatar.
  • Mississippi River – Gulf Outlet Canal - The Mississippi River – Gulf Outlet Canal is known as Mr. Go by the locals from New Orleans, as the abbreviation is MRGO, similar to Danville's MOAT.
  • Titanic (1997) - Dr Doofenshmirtz does the King of the world scene when he's on the BO-AT.
  • My Friends Tigger and Pooh - This episode makes an homage to the "My Friends Tigger and Pooh" episode "Buster's Ruff Day", in which the main characters try to teach their pet to talk using their animal translator. Coincidentally, Buster and Perry are both voiced by Dee Bradley Baker.
  • When Doofenshmirtz says he'll make the tri-state area like Venice, Italy, or to a lesser extent Venice Beach, California. Venice Beach, California is where Jeff "Swampy" Marsh lives.
  • Scooby-Doo, Where are You! - The chase scene is reminiscent of the chase scenes seen on Scooby-Doo, as both were accompanied by songs that had nothing to do with what was happening on screen.


  • This is the first time that Phineas and Ferb's Big Ideas didn't disappear with the help of Dr. Doofenshmirtz.
  • First season 2 appearance of Isabella.
  • When Candace says "[I'm an animal and I] bite my own hiney", it may be a reference to S'Winter, when Perry escapes from the chocolate casing by "eating his own hiney".
  • Phineas and Ferb mistake first Perry's, "Hi, Phineas," and then the bird's, "I sure love worms!" for something Isabella has said. In "Get That Bigfoot Outa My Face!," Candace thinks a squirrel is talking to her, only to find that it is her grandmother's voice.
  • Doofenshmirtz invents the BO-AT, but he already knows what a boat is when he is loaded onto one in "Toy to the World." It's possible this happened before that episode.
  • The singers of My Nemesis from "It's About Time!" return to sing Perfect Day.


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