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"It's No Picnic"
Phineas and Isabella on their picnic
Isabella and Phineas having a picnic in the backyard.
Season: 4
Production code: 417b
Broadcast number: 212
Story by:
Dani Vetere
Written & Storyboarded by:
J.G. Orrantia
Eddie Pittman
Directed by:
Sue Perrotto
"Assistant Director":
Derek Thompson
Broadcast Information
Disney Channel US Premiere:
August 8, 2014
Disney XD US Premiere:
June 23, 2014
International Debut:
February 8, 2014 (Disney XD Poland)
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Paired with
"Steampunx"
Merchandise
DVD Releases:
Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars (DVD)
Gretchen, we have a Code Pink! Romeo is alone! Repeat: Romeo is alone!

— Isabella Garcia-Shapiro

Isabella plans an impromptu picnic for Phineas when the rest of the gang have plans of their own. Meanwhile, Doofenshmirtz uses a Teleport-inator to send his daughter to a movie marathon.

Episode Summary

In the backyard, Phineas is planning the next big idea when all of his other friends except Isabella have to leave for certain reasons -- Buford's family is visiting, Baljeet is taking an eastern Indian cooking class, and Ferb has a dentist appointment. With only Isabella left, Isabella suggests she and Phineas spend some time together. Upon realizing it would be difficult without Ferb around, Isabella leaves to get the Fireside Girl Manual for inspiration. Soon after this, Phineas realizes Perry is gone.

Perry gets his usual briefing from Major Monogram, who tells him that OWCA has surveillance footage of Dr. Doofenshmirtz stealing from thrift-store dollar bins, and isn't sure if it's evil, but is pathetic. Before Perry leaves, he asks him to bring Doofenshmirtz some coffee.

Isabella calls the Fireside Girls and tell them that Phineas is alone, and they set up a mobile tactical version of their clubhouse to plan things. Candace notices this and barges in on them, and Isabella tells her about her crush on Phineas and wants to spend time with him. Candace promises to leave them alone and keep Linda out of the way as well.

At Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated, Perry greets Doofensmirtz, now with a five o'clock shadow on his face, and gives him the coffee. After he gets trapped as usual, Doofenshmirtz tells him that Charlene is out on an Extreme Eco-cultural Exploration Vacation where she literally tosses out his money. And he's been spending money on his new Teleport-inator and doesn't have enough for Vanessa to go to the movies to see the Grievance movie marathon. He adds that he was going to send City Hall and Roger to Drusselstein. He soon gets an idea: he could use the Teleport-inator to send Vanessa to the movies, and use it on Roger as well.

Isabella returns to the backyard, initiating "Operation: Perfect Picnic" for her and Phineas. At the same time, Candace leaves herself, since they are together now. Isabella puts on her best valley girl impersonation as she and Phineas set their picnic up, and enjoy looking at Isabella's homemade Mexican-Jewish meals. In the middle of this though, Irving peeks over the fence and sees the action, so the Fireside Girls kidnap him and take him to the clubhouse.

Doofenshmirtz finishes working on the Teleport-inator and calls for Vanessa, saying that he can now send her to the movie theater without having to worry about getting any money. Though Vanessa doesn't really care of going to see the Grievance movie marathon anymore, she ends up being transported to the theater as Doof promised. Unbeknownst to him though, the -inator sends her to the Ducky Momo Film Festival, where a bunch of kids (and Candace) are watching it, much to Vanessa's surprise. Just as Doofenshmirtz is about to use it to teleport Roger, Perry breaks free of his trap and attacks him, inadvertently setting the Teleport-inator to Random Fire mode.

Back in the backyard, Isabella and Phineas' picnic is going on without incident, but it is suddenly stopped when Doofenshmirtz's Teleport-inator teleports Ferb, who is still at his dentist appointment, to the backyard, where Phineas greets him and declares this will be the biggest picnic ever. After he runs off, Isabella tells the Fireside Girls that "Operation: Perfect Picnic" is now "Operation: Ginormous Non-romantic Overblown Picnic". Phineas returns with blueprints and decides to relocate to the park so he and Ferb can start working on their big idea.

Meanwhile, Doofenshmirtz and Perry are fighting, and Perry gets zapped with the Teleport-inator, causing him to teleport to various locations while still fighting Doofenshmirtz.

As Candace and Vanessa leave the movie theater, Vanessa thanks Candace for introducing her to her love of Ducky Momo, which she believes is ironic, and Candace is surprised to hear Doofenshmirtz was raised by ocelots. She suddenly takes notice of a picnic themed amusement park in Danville Park that her brothers built, and Vanessa leaves, hence she doesn't care for amusement parks. Candace knows this isn't a romantic picnic, but "Bust Town U.S.A." as she explores the amusement park. She immediately calls Linda, who is on the way to pick up Ferb from the dentist; after Candace tells her that Ferb is at the park, she assumes he got out early and decides to pick him up there.

Meanwhile, Baljeet is showing Buford his famous Tjinder family vindaloo, while Buford wants him to try the Van Stomm family Bitterballen. After an argument, they end up getting each other's foods in the other. Baljeet wonders how they'll taste together, but Buford declines and decides to kill it with fire.

Perry is still fighting Doofenshmirtz, and they as well as the Teleport-inator end up transporting to the amusement park, which Doofenshmirtz finds it so impressed. However, Perry jumps on top of the Teleport-inator, but rather than pressing the self-destruct button, he instead sets it to the "home" setting and activates it, causing himself, Doofenshmirtz, and the entire amusement park to disappear just as Candace brings Linda over to see it. When Linda only sees Phineas and Isabella under a tree, she loves it and declares it adorable. Phineas is surprised that everything's gone, but is glad they still have the normal picnic stuff from before, much to Isabella's delight. Linda takes a dumbfounded Candace home with her.

Transcript

For a full transcript of "It's No Picnic", click here.

Songs

End Credits

Vanessa and Candace singing "Punky Momo".

Gallery

It's No Picnic title card
The image gallery for "It's No Picnic" may be viewed here.

Running Gags

I know what we're gonna do today

None.

The "Too Young" Line

Phineas: Wow. I don't know where it all went. It's a good thing we brought our own basket, huh?
Isabella: (Squeals excitedly, slaps herself) Yes. Yes it is.

Ferb's Line

Linda: I'm afraid that your plans will have to wait after Ferb's dental appointment. Come on honey, time to go.

Ferb: All right.

Phineas: Wow, I've never seen Ferb so nervous.
Isabella: (speaks into a microphone in the ear) All right girls, Union Jack is back. Operation "Picnic Perfect" is now Operation "Ginormous Non-Romantic Overboard Picnic".

Ferb: (with his mouth full of procaine) Al flabahem abla flapabla.

Isabella: It's all right big guy, you guys just do what you do.

What'cha doin'?

None.

Hey, where's Perry?

Phineas: Wow! Even Perry's gone, but that's pretty normal.

Oh, there you are, Perry

None.

Perry's entrance to his lair

Perry's dives through a cereal box to his lair.

Evil Jingle

None, but the doorbell to Doofenshmirtz's sounds like the main building's jingle.

Out, Peace!

Buford: Eh, no can do, Dinner Bell! It's family day, and the Van Stomms from the low countries are visiting. (walks away) Buford is outtie, G!
Candace: Well, the operation is in phase two and I'm gonna make myself scarce. Cadet Flynn is out, peace!

Memorable Quotes

Candace: Okay, what are you doing? And what has to do with my brothers?

Isabella: Um, it's something of a delicate matter.
Milly: Romeo is all go.
Candace: Delicate?
Isabella: Well. You might not know, but I have a little bit of crush on Phineas.
Ginger: Little being subjective.
Isabella: Stand down, Fireside Girl.
Candace: Totally get the crush thing. You know I don't quite get the Phineas thing. I mean, you do realize that his head is a triangle.
Isabella: Yeah, it's so acute.

Candace: Whatever. I've got your back, sister. I will stay away from the yard and keep mom out of the way too, like, that should be difficult.
Isabella: Here we go. Let's just take a look -- You know, I'm kinda hungry.

Phineas: Well then, why not just have a picnic?
Isabella: Well. What a great idea! And I just happen to have...a picnic basket right here!
(Cut to Gretchen at the computer.)

Gretchen: Ooh, she's good.
Holly: Oh no! We've got a code Irving!

Gretchen: Strike team deploy!
(Irving was quickly taken away by the Fireside Girls)
Phineas: Did you hear something?
Isabella: Nope.
(Fireside Girls brings Irving to the Fireside mobile tactical headquarters)
Ginger: Mission accomplished.

Irving: Hello ladies. Rrrawr.
Baljeet: Try our famous Tjinder family vindaloo!

Buford: No, no. Try our Van Stomm family bitterballen!
Baljeet: (running) Try the vindaloo!
Buford: (also running) Bitterballen!
Baljeet: Vindaloo!
Buford: Bitterballen!
Both bump into each other.
Baljeet: Hey, you got your bitterballen in my vindaloo.
Buford: And you got your vindaloo all over my bitterballen!
Baljeet: I wonder if these two great tastes will taste great together.
Buford: Nah. We should kill this with fire.

Baljeet: (pauses) Agreed.
Linda: Come on Candace, let's go home.

Candace: But, but, but... a whole park.
Linda: Yeah, and just the two of them.

Candace: I get it, but ew!

Background information

  • Baljeet's surname is revealed in this episode.
  • In this episode, Isabella tells Candace about her crush on Phineas.
  • The movie The Grievance from "Happy Birthday, Isabella" is mentioned again.
  • It is revealed that Charlene Doofenshmirtz goes on vacations to tropical islands for Doofenshmirtz's money.
  • It is revealed that Ferb is afraid of the dentist.
  • Like the others, Isabella now uses a smartphone.
  • The theater Candace and Vanessa pass by says "Ducky Momo Festival", and they sing a variation of the Ducky Momo theme song at the credits.
  • The Slacks from "Attack of the 50 Foot Sister" are seen again.
  • Vanessa does not care for amusement parks.
  • Irving flirts with the Fireside Girls in this episode.

Production Information

  • The script of this episode with its name was seen in the picture posted by Swampy Marsh on Twitter.[1]
  • On August 12, 2013 Swampy Marsh confirmed that this episode is real.[2]
  • By 7 months and 23 days, this is the longest an episode (along with "Steampunx") has aired its segments air separately in the US, beating out "Perry The Actorpus" and "Bullseye!", which aired 6 months and 3 days apart.
  • When this episode premiered on Disney XD, it was shown before its "a" episode, "Steampunx", and its end credits were seen after "Steampunx" as well.

International Premieres

  • February 8, 2014 (Disney XD Poland)
  • February 24, 2014 (Disney Channel Asia via WATCH App)
  • May 13, 2014 (PlusPlus - Ukraine)
  • July 31, 2014 (Disney XD Germany)
  • August 6, 2014 (Disney Channel Brazil & Latin America)
  • September 12, 2014 (Disney XD Latin America)
  • September 21, 2014 (Disney XD Spain)
  • September 27, 2014 (Disney Channel Spain)
  • September 28, 2014 (Disney XD Canada)
  • October 25, 2014 (Disney Channel Portugal)
  • November 5, 2014 (Disney XD UK & Ireland)
  • November 29, 2014 (Disney Channel Asia)
  • December 7, 2014 (RCTI Indonesia)
  • April 18, 2016 (Disney Channel Poland)

Errors

  • Doofenshmirtz is shown with a 5:00 shadow but in "Crack That Whip" he says he's unable to grow facial hair.
  • During the song, Baljeet and Buford are seen enjoying the rides, but after the song they are with their families.
  • Linda comes to the park to pick Ferb up, but at the end she takes Candace home and doesn't even take Ferb with them.
  • When Linda first appears, her head disappears for a single frame.
  • After Isabella says she can get the Fireside Girl Manual, the collar of her shirt is superimposed over the bottom of her head.
  • While Gretchen is saying "Initiating Operation: Perfect Picnic", the outline of Ginger's hair is superimposed over her shirt.
  • In this episode, Doofenshmirtz mentioned that he was paying for Charlene's expensive vacation with alimony money. However, in very many previous episodes, it was made very clear that the way it worked in their divorce was that Charlene pays Doofenshmirtz the alimony. ("I Scream, You Scream", "Finding Mary McGuffin", "Rollercoaster: The Musical!", "Run, Candace, Run", "Lotsa Latkes", "This Is Your Backstory")
  • During "Punky Momo", when first seen, the blue haired guitar player has a pink guitar. Later in a close up, her guitar is yellow.

Continuity

Allusions

  • Yogi Bear - The Pic-A-Nic Bust song is written how Yogi would pronounce picnic.
  • Batman - The Fireside Girls have a red phone under glass like the one Commissioner Gordon and Chief O'Hara had in his office to contact Batman.
  • Carl Stalling - At one point, Isabella blinks to two xylophone notes. This was a trademark of this cartoon composer, who would often silence the orchestra for a couple of xylophone hits with an eyeblink.
  • The Brady Bunch - Isabella attempts to perform the "Greg Brady Yawn Move" on Phineas.
  • Reese's - This is the second time the "Peanut butter in my chocolate" ad is parodied after "Split Personality".

Trivia

Cast

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References

Previous:
"The Return of the Rogue Rabbit"
Episodes Next:
"The Klimpaloon Ultimatum"

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