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"Mind Share"
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Phineas (in the alien's body) talking to Candace.
Season: 4
Production code: 407b
Broadcast number: 184
Story by:
Martin Olson
Written & Storyboarded by:
Michael B. Singleton
Michael Diederich
Directed by:
Robert F. Hughes
"Assistant Directors":
Derek Thompson
Herb Moore
Russell Calabrese
Broadcast Information
Disney Channel US Premiere:
April 5, 2013
Disney XD US Premiere:
April 12, 2014
International Debut:
April 12, 2013 (Family Channel, Canada)
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Paired with
"Knot My Problem"
Merchandise
DVD Releases:
Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel
All you have to do is build this highly sophisticated device and be on your way to pri- a mind share vacation of a lifetime.

— Morg

The gang switches bodies with alien tourists only to realize they were actually duped by criminals; stranded in the alien prison. Meanwhile, Doofenshmirtz tries to impress a girl named Rosie by making special boots that would make him the perfect square dancer.

Episode Summary

Phineas and Ferb are just finishing a conversation with Meap over the galactic interweb. As Isabella, Buford, and Baljeet arrive, a link appears on the screen advertising a deal. They all watch the video, where an alien named Morg advertises a "mind share" vacation; by building a "highly sophisticated device", the five kids can transfer minds with Morg and his four friends, allowing for both groups to go on a vacation. However, Morg slips up and says that they will soon "be on [their] way to pri..." before correcting himself. Baljeet thinks it sounded like they'd be "on [their] way to Perry", causing Buford to wonder where the platypus is.

Perry is hang-gliding to Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated when he receives a call from Major Monogram on his wrist communicator. Dr. Doofenshmirtz has taken up square dancing, and Monogram wants Perry to prevent him from using a "beloved American tradition" for evil.

Meanwhile, Phineas and friends have quickly finished building the mind share device, and immediately step on to try it out. Their minds are successfully swapped with the aliens'; however, they are transferred into a prison cell with a "vacation" backdrop covering the bars. They quickly realize that Morg and his friends have tricked them into aiding their escape from jail.

At the Flynn-Fletcher house, Morg and company celebrate their escape and prepare to ravage the planet Earth. When Phineas accidentally activates the aliens' communication device, Morg taunts him, saying he's duped them into escaping from prison, and to prevent them from switching back, he's set the mind share platform to self-destruct in one hour (as opposed to destroying it immediately, which would eliminate the drama).

After the communication is halted, the prison guards call for a surprise inspection. Phineas and friends do not emerge from their cell, so the guards enter and spot the communication device. They immediately confiscate it, warning Phineas (whom they believe to be Morg) that he and the rest of his crew will be put in "The Hole" permanently if they commit one more infraction. Buford and Phineas realize they can rebuild the device if they can find "the guy who knows how to get stuff" in the prison.

Back on Earth, Morg and his crew are leaving the Flynn-Fletcher yard when Candace comes across them. She thinks the kids are pretending to be aliens, and the aliens prepare to head over to Lotsmo to steal food.

Perry crashes through the D.E.I. ceiling, only to be promptly lassoed by Doofenshmirtz, dressed in cowboy attire complete with boots. Doofenshmirtz reveals that he's dressed this way because he met a woman, Rosie, over the Internet, and he pretended to be an expert square dancer in order to woo her. After arguing that everyone stretches the truth on the Internet, he tells Perry that he created the boots in order to help him win Rosie's heart; the boots respond to the commands of a square dance caller and automatically cause Doofenshmirtz to obey the actions, turning him into a top-notch square dancer. Doofenshmirtz asks Perry to be his wingman for the date; the platypus begrudgingly accepts.

In the galactic prison, Red, the guy who knows how to get things, narrates the scene. Buford and Baljeet ask him how to get the parts for the communication device; after Baljeet stops Red from swallowing Buford (who is in a fly's body), Red explains that they have to tunnel out of the prison to the Dumpster behind the nearby Lotsmo. The kids do just that, under Red's narration. They prepare to rebuild the communication device, but Baljeet realizes that they'll have to do the mind swap in prison in order to make sure the alien criminals remain incarcerated. Red narrates their return to prison, but Buford tells him they aren't listening anymore.

At the Danville Hoedown, Doofenshmirtz points out Rosie to Perry before telling him to go sit with the other wingmen and give him hand signals to indicate how he's doing. Doofenshmirtz introduces himself to Rosie, who knows him as "Johnny Ringoenshmirtz 217", and they decide to dance, to Perry's approval. They begin dancing to the square dance caller's commands, and the boots work perfectly; Rosie is very impressed with Doofenshmirtz's dancing.

In the prison cell, Phineas activates the rebuilt communication device, getting the attention of Candace, who is still in the backyard. She immediately believes Phineas when he tells her what's happened ("It's been a long summer, kid"), and he instructs her to find the aliens in their bodies and get them to stand on the mind share platform ("that platform thing") before it self-destructs in 36 minutes. Candace immediately gets on the task.

She finds the aliens at the back of Lotsmo, loading boxes of food into a delivery truck. However, Morg and the others hear the square dance caller and are immediately hypnotized by it, causing them to make their way towards the hoedown. Candace, curious, follows them.

At the fair, Rosie is tired from all that dancing, so she asks Doofenshmirtz what to do next. He is unable to understand Perry's hand signals suggesting they eat, but Rosie makes the suggestion on her own, to Perry's approval.

The aliens arrive at the fair and immediately begin dancing. Candace realizes what's going on and takes the square dance caller's megaphone, instructing the aliens in tune to leave the hoedown and board a bus towards home.

As Candace continues commanding the aliens into the backyard, the prison guard calls for another inspection. As he heads over to the cell and Phineas implores his sister to hurry, though, she forgets the name of the mind share platform. Just in time, she commands the aliens to "climb on up that platform thing!", activating the mind swap. Phineas and friends are transported back into their bodies and Morg and crew into theirs, just as the prison guard enters the cell and discovers the rebuilt communication device. Morg claims he's been framed.

Phineas thanks Candace for getting them back into their bodies. Candace points out that she can still bust them; however, the self-destruct timer runs out and the platform disappears.

Transcript

For a full transcript of "Mind Share", click here.

Songs

End Credits

Doofenshmirtz forced to dance

Doofenshmirtz dancing, shocking Rosie.

Rosie and Doofenshmirtz are walking down an alleyway after a successful date when 2 Guyz N the Parque suddenly start playing a song, causing Doofenshmirtz to boogie uncontrollably due to his dance-command-obeying boots. Rosie, upset that Doofenshmirtz lied to her on the Internet, breaks up with him and leaves.

Gallery

Mind Share title card
The image gallery for "Mind Share" may be viewed here.

Running Gags

I know what we're gonna do today

Phineas: Ferb, I think I know what we're gonna do today.

The "Too Young" Line

None.

Ferb's Line

Ferb: (In an alien body) It appears that we were transported into some sort of inter-galactic hoosegow.

What'cha doin'?

Isabella: Hey Phineas, what'cha doin'?
Phineas: Oh, you missed it. We were just talking with Meap in the galactic web.

Hey, where's Perry?

Baljeet: It sounded like he almost said we were on our way to Perry.
Buford: (Laughs) Hey, where is Perry?

Perry's entrance to his lair

None.

Evil Jingle

None.

Memorable Quotes

Morg: Hmm! Our escape plan worked perfectly! We are now free to ransack this planet! Everyone, Celebration Noises! (Morg and his friends make various sounds; the alien in Baljeet's body makes bicycle horn noises. When everyone stops, he still makes noises. Morg turns and stares at him.) Okay, that's enough!
Isabella: Well, look on the bright side! I got nothing.
Buford: Hey, guys, I just realized somethin'! I'm the only fly in a prison full of frogs and lizards!

Baljeet: Luckily I do not think anyone else has noticed.
Inmate 1: (offscreen) You're mine, flyboy!
Inmate 2: (offscreen) Fresh fly!
Inmate 3: (offscreen) We're gonna get you!

Baljeet: Well, it was nice knowing you.
Buford: We need to find a guy who knows how to get things. Every prison has one.

Baljeet: How do you know what every prison ha—

Buford: Uh-uh!! Don't go there!
Candace: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Where do you think you're going?

Morg: We're going to Lotsmo to steal food.
Candace: Are you guys pretending to be aliens, or something?

Morg: Hm, yes. "Pretending". Hilarity noises! (Aliens make sounds until they decide to stop, while the alien in Baljeet's body continues to make noises.) I'm not gonna tell you again! (Baljeet alien honks; Morg looks back.)
Doofenshmirtz: I know what you're thinking. Why the snazzy getup? Why the boots? Well, ya see, I met this girl, Rosie, on a square-dancing website and I may have led her to believe that I'm...an expert square dancer. Hey, don't give me that self-righteous look! It's the web, man! Everybody stretches the truth! You don't think that cat really eats cheeseburgers, do you?
Red: Later that day, to make their escape, those boys crawled through 500 yards of foul-smelling nastiness I can't even imagine. 500 yards. That's the length of 11 baseball diamonds, one tennis court, a medium-sized male elephant, and a croquet wicket. It wasn't long before they found everything that they needed.

Phineas: Great! Let's hurry up and put this thing together.
Isabella: The sooner, the better!
Baljeet: But if we do the mind swap here, those criminals will still be out of jail.
Phineas: You're right! I hadn't thought of that.
Red: So even later that day, those boys crawled back through 500 yards of foul-smelling nastiness that I-
Baljeet: Actually, it is not as bad as you would think.
Buford: Yeah! Gunge is actually quite refreshing!
Red: Oh. Well, it was still 500 yards. That's the length of two volleyball courts, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, a large three-drawer filing cabinet, three French-
Buford: We're not listening anymore!

Red: Oh. Okay, then.
(After Rosie asks Dr. Doofenshmirtz what they should do next)

Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Oh, well let's see. (Perry rubs his stomach.) We can rub our stomachs and, (Perry points to his mouth) point to our mouths, and later we can roll our eyes, and put our heads in our hand.
Rosie: How about we get something to eat.

Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Oh, that sounds good too, let me, hang on, let me check. (Perry gives a thumbs-up) Let's go.
Rosie: I would never go out with someone who would stretch the truth on the Internet! Goodbye!
Doofenshmirtz: Oh, come on!! You don't think that cat really plays the piano, do ya?

Background Information

  • Jaime Pressly of My Name is Earl fame voices Rosie.
  • Paul the Delivery Guy makes a non-speaking cameo in this episode. He is seen tied up with his mouth covered behind Lotsmo when Morg and his alien friends inside Phineas and their friends' bodies steal from the store.

Production Information

  • This episode was aired on Disney Channel on Demand on March 29, 2013.
    • This episode was part of "Freaky Freakend" on Disney Channel from April 5-7, 2013, as it was paired with "Does This Duckbill Make Me Look Fat?" on April 5 and 6, and then was rebroadcast on April 20.

International Premieres

  • April 12, 2013 (Family Channel, Canada)
  • May 2, 2013 (Disney XD UK)
  • May 8, 2013 (Disney Channel Portugal)
  • May 28, 2013 (Disney Channel Brazil and Latin America)
  • June 2, 2013 (Disney XD Spain)
  • June 3, 2013 (Disney XD Italy)
  • June 15, 2013 (Disney Channel Scandinavia)
  • June 17, 2013 (Disney Channel Asia)
  • July 14, 2013 (Disney XD Poland)
  • October 7, 2013 (Disney Channel Russia)
  • October 9, 2013 (Disney XD Germany)
  • October 20, 2013 (Disney Channel Hungary)
  • December 8, 2013 (Disney XD Latin America)

Errors

  • When Buford mind switches with the alien the sclera of his eyes are red with a grid. During the square dancing his eyes look like everyone elses yellow sclera with red squares pupils. His sclera should have remained red.
  • During the "Square Dance", Candace sang, "if you're a reptile, four by four", but there are a total of five (two reptiles, two frogs and a fly).
  • At the square dance, the two couples between Doofenshmirtz and Rosie only do-si-do and do nothing else.
  • When Doofenshmirtz and Rosie are dancing, one of the women has a bow on both sides of her head. However when Morg and his friends dance, the woman has a bow on only one side of her head.
  • When Ferb is programming the mind share device he is wearing two-finger gloves but when he runs onto the platform seconds later he is not wearing the gloves.
  • Although the platform self-destructed, Candace could have been able to bust Phineas and Ferb for the Galactic Web monitor.

Continuity

None.

Allusions

  • There are many references to The Shawshank Redemption:
    • After Buford realizes he's "the only fly in a prison of frogs and lizards", one of the other prisoners calls out, "Fresh fly!", a reference to Andy Dufresne's first night in Shawshank.
    • The prison guard that calls a surprise inspection says the same line as "Head Bull" Haig at the end of the movie, but his voice is more similar to Captain Hadley, played by Clancy Brown.
    • The character Red is an allusion to the character of the same name from the film, who was the narrator in the movie and was played by Morgan Freeman (including his role as "the finder").
    • The scene where they escape through the hole hidden behind the poster, through 500 yards of sewage pipe and climb out of the end in the rain is similar to the scene when Andy escapes from prison with the hole being concealed by a poster of Raquel Welch.
    • One Million Years B.C. - The poster hiding the hole in the cell is similar to the movie poster, also featured in The Shawshank Redemption.
    • In an advertisement for the episode on Disney XD, two additional phrases from the movie were used: "Crawling through 500 yeards of gugne" and "Get busy livin' or get busy gungin'".
  • Wolfman Jack - When Meap is wearing the translation sideburns he sounds like the famous American DJ.
  • LOLcats (specifically Happycat) and Keyboard Cat - When describing how people stretch the truth on the Internet, Doofenshmirtz uses these two memes as examples.
  • Hillbilly Hare - Candace's square dance call is similar to Bugs Bunny's square dance in this cartoon.
  • Dear Pen Pal - The "mind swap with prisoners" plot is strikingly similar to A. E. van Vogt's short story Dear Pen Pal.
  • Mindswap - a humorous science fiction novel by Robert Sheckley in which the hero is tricked into taking a mind-exchange vacation by an alien con artist.
  • These Boots Are Made for Walkin' - Doofenshmirtz says, "These boots were made for dancing... literally," a reference to the Nancy Sinatra song.
  • Twelve Days of Christmas - Seems that Red is about to compare 500 yards to "three French hens, two turtledoves, and a partridge in a pear tree" before being interrupted by Buford.
  • The Lotsmo store may be a reference to Big Lots and BevMo!, or may simply be a play on "lots more".
  • Johnny Ringo - The alias Doof uses with Rosie is a nod the the American Outlaw.

Trivia

Cast

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References

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