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"Meapless in Seattle"
327 - Meap on the Space Needle
Meap on top of the Space Needle.
Season: 3
Production code: 327
Broadcast number: 154
Story by:
Jon Colton Barry
Written & Storyboarded by:
Derek Thompson
Jon Colton Barry
Kyle Menke
Directed by:
Robert F. Hughes
Broadcast Information
Disney Channel US Premiere:
April 6, 2012
Disney XD US Premiere:
June 23, 2012
International Debut:
May 21, 2012 (Family Channel)
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Story arc(s)
"The Chronicles of Meap"
A long time ago in a studio in Burbank, California, a ragtag group of animators made a fake trailer for a Meap sequel they never intended to make. Unfortunately, everyone wanted to see that episode so the animators were forced to write it and incorporate all these seemingly unrelated scenes. I guess the joke was on them. We now present.... Meapless in Seattle.

— Narrator

Meap returns to save Phineas and Ferb from his nemesis Mitch, whose real mission is to take control of all of alien-kind, putting Meap's world in danger. The boys' "cute-tracker" leads the gang to Seattle and an adventure to save the universe. Meanwhile, Dr. Doofenshmirtz decides to revisit his former nemesis, Peter the Panda, but when Agent P shows up, Dr. Doofenshmirtz finds that he has some explaining to do.

Episode Summary

The episode starts with scrolling text on a screen, referencing how this episode originally started out as a fake movie trailer. No one intended to make this episode but were requested by fans to do so. They were forced to utilize clips from the trailer that had nothing to do with one another. The clips shown during the end credits of "The Chronicles of Meap" are shown during this transition.

Mitch's ship is chasing Meap's ship. Meap weaves in and out of an asteroid belt and crashes into one, which leads him plummeting towards Earth.

Candace is departing to go to the mall with Stacy, who is suprised that Candace doesn't want to bust Phineas and Ferb. Candace realizes that she could bust both the boys and herself in a "sacrificial bust". She tells Linda, who is taking French lessons on tape, that she's going outside with Phineas and Ferb, and Linda tells her to take out the garbage. She goes to the backyard to find Phineas and Ferb fighting with giant pillows and wonders where Perry is.

Perry, now in his lair, is told by Major Monogram to go to Seattle and find Doofenshmirtz. Major Monogram's back goes out, and Carl cracks it back into place. Major Monogram tells Perry he is going to spray his hat with a waterproofing covering, and also tells Perry that his big screen's glass is now indestructible. Perry is instructed to throw the chair at the screen to test the screen's indestructibility, thus breaking the chair in the process.

In the backyard, a silhouette is seen of a giant foot about to crush Phineas and Ferb. Suddenly, Meap shows up and tells everyone to run. Isabella arrives, Phineas grabs her and everyone escapes on Meap's ship along with Candace. In the process, Meap loses his translation mustache and Mitch picks it up. Meap explains, using an emergency translation mustache that gives him a southern accent, that on his home planet, cuteness is valued above all. A long time ago, an alien named Zachariah Yore found a vein of pure cutonium, an element that is a physical form of cuteness, and used it to make himself the cutest thing in the universe, thus gaining power over all. But since absolute cuteness corrupts absolutely, he became an evil dictator and was defeated after a long war, and was drained of all his cutonium cuteness. The cutonium, due to it being too dangerous to use, was put in a capsule and launched into space. A trail emitting from the cutonium leading to Earth was discovered a week ago. Phineas and Ferb decide to help Meap by building another cute-tracker to track down the cutonium. After receiving a glare from Isabella, Phineas quickly tells her that the tracker that he and Ferb will make will ignore her cutness as well as Meap's, but she brushes him off, saying, 'I don't need your charity.' Meap tells the kids that Mitch has followed the cutonium to Earth in search of it. They use the cute-tracker and locate the cutonium, which is somewhere in Seattle. They start digging on a construction site, and Candace decides to record everything on her cellphone to show as evidence to her mom later.

Perry tracks Doofenshmirtz into a coffee shop that Doofenshmirtz quickly tries to escape from. To both their surprises, Peter the Panda walks up to them with two cups of coffee. Perry glances at Doofenshmirtz suspiciously, and the doctor nervously tells Perry that the second cup of coffee that Peter is holding is not for him, claiming that he is holding his own coffee, and grabs the urn of cutonium that he accidentally finds. Either under the impression that it's actually coffee or pretending that it is, he drinks it, and turns into a two foot tall cuter version of himself. Peter dropps the coffee as he and Perry stand in shock. Mitch finds him and Doofenshmirtz recognizes him from the time he found Balloony on his space station. Doof calls Mitch a best-friend-stealer. Mitch then kidnaps him to extract the cuteness from him (though he comments that it didn't have much of an effect on Doofenshmirtz) and orders his robots to destroy Perry and Peter.

The kids quickly learn that Mitch found the cutonium. They grab Doofenshmirtz and escape with him while Mitch goes after them. Mitch then use the tractor beam to catch them. This causes Meap and Doofenshmirtz to fall off the ship. Meap falls on the Seattle Space Needle, knocking off his translater moustache, while Doofenshmirtz is saved by Peter and Perry, who take Doofenshmirtz and escape. Unfortunately, Mitch catches Doofenshmirtz again and Peter and Perry go off to rescue him in Peter's spaceship. Meap explains to the kids, by using a third translation moustache that gives him a British accent, that Mitch was going to his home planet and contacts the rest of his species in order to warn them of the situation.

Peter and Perry follow Mitch to his planet and infiltrate Mitch's lair to rescue Doofenshmirtz. Meap gives the kids some armor and Isabella wonders why they need mirrors. In reply, Meap tells her that they want to play it safe. She still doesn't understand, but goes in with the others anyway. Mitch puts Doofenshmirtz in the extraction chamber to be drained of his cuteness. After the extraction, Perry and Peter rescue him and run as the rest of Mitch's robots are alerted and give chase.

The Meapian army then attempts to break into Mitch's base while Mitch is confronted by Meap and "Team Phineas", as Meap calls to the team, but Candace complains that she never agreed to the name. Mitch reveals himself to be as small as Meap, wearing a mechanical suit that can act on its own. He emerges from the suit and commands it to find Team Phineas, which it has trouble doing. Mitch shoots himself with a beam of cutonium, turning him into a being of irresistible cuteness. Meap warns them not to look at Mitch or they will be mesmerized by his appearance, but Phineas is already stunned by Mitch's looks.

The robots are now swarming Doofenshmirtz. He meets Balloony, who is now in an armored suit and has energy axes that he uses to attack Doofenshmirtz. The Meapian army then breaks in and is stunned by Mitch's looks. Candace makes a recording of herself saying that they are losing and may not make it back home after all. Meap fights Mitch while unaffected by Mitch's looks, because he looked at him via a mirror. Meap fires a rainbow beam and Mitch fires a white one at him, which Phineas referred to as "really cute death rays". Mitch's robot body arrives at the platform Team Phineas is on and chases Ferb and Candace around it.

Doofenshmirtz tries to tell Balloony about their times together that Balloony remembers and protects him and destroys the robots, but gets popped in the process. Doofenshmirtz collects the now deflated body of his former friend and attempts to keep him alive, failing to do so.

EpicIsabella

"Hey, Mitch!"

Mitch defeats Meap with ease by making Meap look at him. Isabella manages to snap Phineas out of his cuteness trance. Phineas explains that his is because Mitch is only cute on the outside, while Isabella's cuteness goes right down to her core. He motivates her to swing down on a rope to the platform where Meap and Mitch are battling. Isabella out-cutes Mitch and he reverts to his natural state, and the cutonium is destroyed in the process. As Mitch tries to escape, Candace throws her cellphone to hit a button that closes the door that he is about to go through, trapping him but destroying the phone in the process. Now in the custody of the Meapians, Mitch is taken away to have a 15-minute timeout, and Meap regains his original translation mustache.

Meap brings the kids back home. Mitch's ship is towed away and Meap says his goodbyes and thanks them for their help. Candace gets busted by Linda for not taking out the garbage and wonders where Perry is. At Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated, Doofenshmirtz is depressed after what happened to Balloony, but Perry gives him a repaired Balloony with a patched hole. The two are seen doing various activities together, and later crash onto the Seattle Space Needle where Perry and Peter are having dinner together.

Transcript

For a full transcript of "Meapless in Seattle", click here.

Songs

End Credits

Phineas and Ferb - Meap Me in St00:32

Phineas and Ferb - Meap Me in St. Louis


Narrator: And now, a trailer for an episode that we also have no plan to make.
Baljeet: Pay attention up there!
Candace: Jerry the Platypus?
Phineas: Ferb, aren't those extinct?
(Meap walks away from his ship as it explodes.)
Jeremy: As a matter of fact, I object to this union.
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Yes, I'm just a guy who's a sucker for the sounds of mass transit.
(Meap and Suzy fight each other in the Bango-Ru convention, as seen in the Meapless in Seattle trailer)
Narrator: The Chronicles of Meap, Episode 42.
Meap: Meap!
Narrator: Meap Me in St. Louis.
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Hey, wasn't that Suzy stuff supposed to be in this one?

Gallery

Meapless in Seattle title card
The image gallery for "Meapless in Seattle" may be viewed here.

Running Gags

I know what we're gonna do today!

Candace: Okay Phineas and Ferb, what are we going to do- (She gets squashed in between two giant pillows, dropping the garbage bag) today?

The "Too Young" Line

(In the opening trailer) Mitch: Are you little young to save the universe? Phineas: Yes, yes I am.
Candace: I don't know, Phineas, that door looks pretty solid. Are you going to try to hack the lock mechanism or crack the code sequence?
Phineas: Yes, yes I am. I think the sequence is "push the big red button."

Ferb's Line

Isabella: How will we know when we get to Seattle?

(Meap's ship passes a "Welcome to Seattle" signpost and enters a rainy, overcast area.)

Ferb: We're here.

What'cha doin'?

Isabella: Hey Phineas...

(Isabella's theme music stops and a record scratch is heard. Phineas grabs Isabella and runs)

Phineas: Run!
Isabella: Hey, Mitch! (Mitch turns around. Isabella also turns around is surrounded with a flashing pink aura.) What'cha doin'? (echoes)

Where's Perry?

Phineas: You know who else would love this?

Candace: Yeah, yeah, yeah, do that. Say "Where's Perry?"

Phineas: Well, I was going to say Buford, but where is Perry?
Linda: Candace, I thought I told you to take the garbage out. You are so busted, young lady.

Candace: Of...course I am.

Phineas: Hey, where's Perry?

Oh, there you are, Perry

None.

Perry's entrance to his lair

None.

Memorable Quotes

Stacy: Yeah, I guess if you're going to have an unhealthy mind frame, it might as well benefit me. Now, the mall is waiting!
Candace: I mean if I did half the things they do, I'd get so... busted.

Stacy: (Stacy opens the Flynn-Fletcher's front door) Uh-oh. I just lost you, didn't I?
Candace: Stacy! If I do what Phineas and Ferb were doing, I will get busted and them along with me! It's a sacrificial bust!
Stacy: I almost got you...
Candace: I can take the hit-
Stacy: ...out the door...
Candace: -but they'll never see it coming!
Stacy: ...to the mall.

Candace: Mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!
Phineas: Wow, cool ship. Is that yours?

Meap: Meap!
Phineas: Say what now?

Meap:(Meap puts on the universal translation mustache and clears his throat.) RUN!
French Audio Teacher: The spaceship is right behind you. Le vaisseau spatial est juste derrière vous.

Phineas: Hey look, there's Mom!
French Audio Teacher: Your children are climbing in the spaceship now.
Phineas: Hi Mom!
French Audio Teacher: Vos enfants sont à la hausse dans le vaisseau spatial aujourd'hui.
Phineas: We're going to outer space!
French Audio Teacher: Oh for the love of, would you turn around?
Phineas: See ya!
French Audio Teacher: Oh pour l'amour de, serait que vous tournez autour?

Linda: Well when is that ever going to come up in conversation?
Meap's spaceship's computer: Autopilot engage.

Meap pushes the emergency translation mustache button
Meap's spaceship's computer: Emergency translation mustache activated.

Meap:(With a southern accent.) I beg your pardon for the hustle and bustle kids, it's just that my planet needs your help!
Phineas: No problem, Ferb and I can build another cute-tracker with these parts. (Ferb goes through the box of parts.) Of course, this time, we have to adjust the setting to ignore Meap's cuteness.

(Screen pans right and Isabella is shown frowning.)
Phineas: Oh, and yours too, Isabella!

Isabella: I don't need your charity.
Candace: (Into cell phone) Mom, look! I'm in mortal danger! (Points phone toward Ferb) Say hi, Ferb.
Meap: Well, my little friend, it looks like we're about to fall into our untimely demise.
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Yeah, speak for yourself! I'm gonna try and land on you, so you'll break my fall!
Meap: My word, we've been fallin' for a long time!
Doofenshmirtz: Oh, a joke about the commercial break, yeah, that's how I want to spend my last few seconds!
Phineas: Big Mitch grabbed the Cutonium. Do you know where's he's going?

Meap: Meap. (Meap breaking the glass of the back up emergency translation mustache and putting it on and then spoke in a British accent.) He's heading back to my home planet! I must warn them! Red alert! Red alert! Mitch has the Cutonium and he's on his way there. You must rally the troops and head him off at the evil fortress, this is war.
Meapian Female Operator: (Confused) Meap?
Meap: Oops, pardon, forgot I have this silly thing on.(Takes off the back up emergency translation mustache.) Meap!

Meapian Female Operator: (Gasp) Meap.
Isabella: Meap, why are you taking the mirrors?

Meap: Better safe than sorry.

Isabella:(Confused) Okay...
Meap: Hold it right there Mitch!

Mitch: Meap! How'd you get here?
Meap: With the help of Team Phineas!

Candace: I never agreed to that name.
Phineas: Aww, look at the little guy. What's the fastest way I can transfer all my assets into his name?.
Phineas: Aww, they're blasting away at each other with really cute death rays.
Phineas: Is... Isabella. Hey wait a minute, Isabella we had the secret cute weapon all this time. You!

Isabella: Me?
Phineas: Don't you see, you can take him. He's only cute on the outside, but your cuteness goes right to your core.
Isabella: So what you saying is; you think I'm cute?
Phineas: It's a scientific fact.(Picking up the Cute-tracker 2.0) I had to put an 8000 Ohm resistor in the cute-tracker just to keep you from burning it out.
(Long pause, than Phineas fidget and pushing buttons on the Cute-tracker 2.0)

Isabella:(Slightly frustrated) Close enough. I'm on it!
Meap: Good work, Candace. He's going to get a serious time out now. Fifteen... sixteen minutes.
Meap: Friends, I can never thank you enough for helping me save my planet.
Phineas: Our pleasure, and I think we all learned a valuable lesson today- but we all know what it is, so why waste our time restating it?

Background Information

  • Originally, the episode stated at the end of The Chronicles of Meap was supposed to be a joke, but because of large fan speculation and demand, Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh went on to plan the episode for creation.
    • This fact is referenced in the beginning of the episode during a Star Wars parody.
    • The episode was confirmed to exist during the 2010 Comic-Con by Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh.[1]
  • In "The Chronicles of Meap", it was said that the episode ("More than Meaps the Eye", as it was called) was Episode 38. However, the credits state "Meapless in Seattle" is Episode 40. This is justified since the second half of the episode was originally planned to be called "Episode 39: We Meap the Enemy". It however, never explained why "Meap Me in St Louis" in episode 42. it's possible episode 41 was the 2nd half of this episode.
  • This episode is a half-hour special.

Production Information

Meapless
  • This episode's storyboard is featured in the beginning verses of the Animatin' Rap.

International Premieres

  • May 21, 2012 (Family Channel)
  • July 14, 2012 (UNITEL Bolivia)
  • July 15, 2012 (Disney Channel Brazil and Latin America)
  • July 21, 2012 (Channel 13 Chile)
  • August 5, 2012 (Disney Channel Asia)
  • September 27, 2012 (Disney Channel Israel)
  • December 1, 2012 (Disney XD Netherlands)
  • December 29, 2012 (Disney XD Latin America)
  • January 12, 2013 (Disney XD Spain)
  • January 24, 2013 (Disney XD Poland)
  • February 17, 2013 (Disney Channel Poland)
  • April 6, 2013 (Disney Channel Bulgaria)
  • April 13, 2013 (Disney Channel Portugal)

Errors

  • When Meap is in the crane grabbing Doofenshmirtz, he's not wearing his Translator Mustache, but in his spaceship, he's suddenly wearing it again.
  • When Doofenshmirtz finds Balloony, all of Mitch's robots' eyes are gray, instead of orange.
  • Right before Mitch exits his suit his left eye suddenly has a scar on it. Even if the suit was somehow magically hiding the scar it should not have been showing before he got out.
  • After Meap's friends fall for Mitch's cuteness, the camera shows a long shot of Phineas on the balcony, but his eyes are normal. In the next shot, his eyes are dilated again.
  • When Isabella tries to get Phineas' attention while looking through her mirror, she is shown with no visor on. However, seconds later she removes her visor to get Phineas out of his cute trance.
  • When Isabella snaps Phineas out of his "cute trance" her boots are light pink, but when she grabs onto the rope, her boots are orange.
  • When Isabella is swinging down to save Meap from Mitch, she is wearing her normal shoes again, instead of the red boots.
  • When Isabella is going to swing down to save Meap, her eyes turn white for a single frame.
5 fingered Izzie

Isabella has an extra finger

  • When Isabella lands after swinging down from the rope, she has five fingers instead of four.
  • After Phineas and Ferb slides down the ropes, their ropes disappeared when the camera cuts to Candace coming down her rope.
  • When Perry and Peter were trapped by the robots, Peter's pupils were gone and when they were watching Doofenshmirtz cry in misery, Peter wasn't paying attention.
  • When Meap thanked the gang, Candace's hair is in front of her chest.
  • In Split Personality, it shown that Doof can't swim. But he's seen in the swimming pool with Balloony in this episode.

Continuity

Allusions

  • Sleepless in Seattle - The title is a parody of the 1993 romantic comedy film.
  • The Wheedle on the Needle - The scene when Meap is shown on top of the Space Needle may be a reference to the popular children's book in which the main character, the Wheedle, seeks refuge on top of the Space Needle.
  • Star Wars - The scrolling exposition that starts the episode is from Star Wars. Also, Doofenshmirtz's line "This is some rescue!" is a line said by Princess Leia in Episode IV. In addition, the way Candace throws her phone to close the door onto Mitch mirrors how Luke defeats the Rancor by throwing a bone at the door switch.
  • Battlestar Galactica - The phrase "ragtag group of animators" calls back Commander Adama's narration of "a ragtag fugitive fleet" from the original series. Battlestar Galactica itself was influenced by Star Wars.
  • Burbank, California - The location of the Walt Disney Company headquarters and studio productions.
  • The Blair Witch Project - When Candace records her cell phone message on Mitch's spaceship, she holds the phone close to her face and speaks in a panicked tone in a very similar manner to this movie.
  • Meet Me in St. Louis - The supposed next episode in the "The Chronicles of Meap" saga's name parodies Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis, a song written as a tribute to the 1904 World's Fair exposition, as well as a 1944 musical film and a 1989 Broadway musical.
  • Greek Mythology - The usage of mirrors in this episode is a reference to Perseus battling Medusa by only looking at her reflection in his shield so as to not being affected by her power.
  • Duck Soup (1933) - The "To War" song is similar to the "Fredonia's Going to War" musical sequence from the classic film.
  • John Dalberg-Acton - When Meap mentions that absolute cuteness corrupts absolutely, this is a take on Acton's famous quote which states; "Power tends to corrupt; and absolute power corrupts absolutely".
  • Douglas McArthur - The commander of the army on Meap's home planet closely resembles the World War II commander.
  • Nirvana - The music playing in the background when the gang arrives in Seattle greatly resembles the style of the 90s band: Nirvana, a band who originated in Seattle.

Trivia

Differences from the fake trailer

  • In the original preview, in the credits of "The Chronicles of Meap", when Balloony enters, Doofenshmirtz says "Balloony!" and Mitch says "Colin!". In the episode, Mitch was not with Doofenshmirtz when he and Balloony reunited.
  • Meap Me in St. Louis suzy
    A new scene shows Meap and Suzy fighting each other in the Bango-Ru convention. This is also in the Meapless credits trailer, when Doofenshmirtz breaks the fourth wall by saying "Hey, wasn't that Suzy stuff supposed to be in this one?".
  • The scene when Candace says, "What? Jeremy is going to be there?" is revamped.
  • Mitch doesn't say "Aren't you a little young to save the universe?".
  • In the trailer, Monogram says "I want your hat on my desk" and Carl is doing his arm pointing, then Perry throws his chair to the screen, which was implied to be immediately afterwards. In the episode, both scenes are separated.
  • When Mitch laughs at the beginning on the fake trailer, the background is different.

Cast

Main article: Meapless in Seattle/Credits

References

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