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"Moon Farm"
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Phineas and Ferb and friends eating ice cream on the moon.
Season: 3
Production code: 303b
Broadcast number: 119
Story by:
Jim Bernstein
Written & Storyboarded by:
Antoine Guilbaud
Kaz
Directed by:
Robert F. Hughes
Broadcast Information
Disney Channel US Premiere:
April 29, 2011 [1]
Disney XD US Premiere:
May 14, 2011
International Debut:
May 18, 2011 (Disney XD UK)
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Paired with
"The Belly of the Beast"
Due to the moon's low gravity, the moon jumping cow produced the best tasting ice cream ever.

— The missing verse from "Hey Diddle Diddle"

Inspired by the lost verse from the nursery rhyme, "The Cat And The Fiddle", the boys decide to take some cows to the moon to see if its low gravitational pull actually does produce the best tasting ice cream ever. Back at home, Candace decides to take advantage of the boys being gone and attempts to make a fancy dinner for Jeremy, but her lack of cooking skills don't add anything to the plate. Meanwhile, Dr. Doofenshmirtz attempts to use his 'Moisture Suck-inator' to turn his neighbor's plants brown, so that his plants will be greener by comparison.

Episode Summary

Stacy comes by to the Flynn-Fletcher house and sees Candace camping out under the oak tree outside. Candace states that she decided to try and bust Phineas and Ferb early, since she had plans for the day. After driving away a group of people who had also been camping out in the backyard under the impression that she was waiting for concert tickets, she reminds Stacy of the time Jeremy prepared a microwavable pizza for her, then voices her intentions to return the favor by preparing her own meal for them to share. Although neither Candace nor Stacy have cooking experience, Candace is confident their combined knowledge on cooking (if any) would help them figure what to cook and how to cook it.

As they leave, a rocket raises from the ground behind Candace. Phineas, who is in the rocket, reminds Candace of the nursery rhyme The Cat and the Fiddle and reveals the existence of a lost and excluded verse that read that the moon's low gravity made the cow's milk the best in the world. It becomes clear that Phineas intends to test this idea by raising a herd of cattle on the moon. They're set to depart after Ferb calls a herd of cows to the ship with a calling can. They ignore Candace's disapproval of their endeavor and proceed with the launch, with Isabella, Baljeet, and Buford on board with them.

Through a log stash beside the fireplace, Perry enters his secret agent headquarters, where he is told by Major Monogram that Dr. Doofenshmirtz is up to something, which as usual, must be stopped. After being told to enter Doofenshmirtz's lair through a Central Access Threshold (CAT) door installed by a vague operative (who is shortly later revealed to be Carl), the agent leaves to carry out the assignment.

Meanwhile, the rocket ship arrives at its destination on the moon, and Phineas, the first to disembark from the ship, voices to everyone to take advantage of the reduced gravity to have fun. Buford does this by dropping Baljeet on the lunar surface, then painfully body-slamming on him, allowing his illogically added weight to crush Baljeet's body.

Perry arrives at Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated to get tied up in a trap and greeted by his nemesis, who is covered in green paint. Heinz monologues that he was stricken with envy by the condition of his neighbor's lush green balcony garden, compared to his own potted plant he was struggling to take care of. Previously, the owner of a plant store answered his questions squarely saying he didn't have a green thumb. He had taken this literally and doused himself in a bucket of green paint, which, ironically, failed to reach his thumbs. Thus, he intends to use his latest contraption, the "Moisture Suck-inator" to dry his neighbor's garden to a lifeless crisp like his own. Promptly he realizes 'green thumb' was a metaphor and is stricken with dismay at the unnecessary money he had spend on the paint.

Candace and Stacy are in the kitchen, suited up in French chef uniforms and complementing each other's apparel when they hear Irving outside acting as Mission Control and communicating with Phineas and Ferb on the moon. Candace storms out and interrupts Irving, berating Phineas for disobeying her earlier. Phineas ignores this and asks how her cooking for Jeremy is going, which she hadn't started yet. Ferb indirectly suggests lamb cobbler as a tribute to Jeremy's British background. Phineas volunteers to relay them the recipe for the dish step by step through Irving. As they leave, the first instruction Irving relays to the girls is that they need a big bow, which he figures would make the dish look pretty.

After managing to push the Moisture Suck-inator onto the balcony, Doofenshmirtz fires the weapon at his neighbor's garden, which, to his shock, doesn't dry up as expected. He then tests it on Perry, on whom it works fine and dries him into a dehydrated shadow of himself smacking his lips for moisture. At the same time, however, it has loosed the ropes around his body. Heinz fails to realize this until Perry fires the weapon at him in retaliation. Both feebly smack their tongues for a moment until Doofenshmirtz offers for them to share a drink.

Stacy shows pessimism for how the cobbler will turn out, seeing as most of the ingredients they'd put in it are simply ludicrous and aren't even edible, including the bow, the pound of desk lamp, and most recently, the cup of self-righteous flowers. Nonetheless, she and Candace continue to follow the instructions being relayed by Irving. Finally, they're told to bake it in the oven at 350 degrees for an hour, after which Irving tries to flirt with them, only to be answered by Candace, who curtly shuts the door on him. Subsequently, Candace and Stacy decide to shorten the time for the cobbler to be cooked by baking it in the oven for five minutes at 9,000 degrees.

After setting up a farm on the moon and feeding the cows, Phineas, Ferb, and company harvest their milk and use it to make ice cream. It comes out perfectly and Phineas comments it being the best he's ever tasted.

After a glass of iced tea with Perry, Doofenshmirtz jet packs to his neighbor's balcony only to notice that the garden and the person watering them are made of plastic. He isn't greeted pleasantly by the owner of the apartment, who challenges him for trespassing on his balcony. Upset, Doofenshmirtz attempts to leave on his jet pack only to find out it has stopped working properly.

As soon as the lamb cobbler is taken out of the oven, Candace and Stacy are in awe at how beautiful it has turned out despite that they didn't put lamb in it. At the same time, Phineas and Ferb's rocket lands in the backyard on its return from their trip to the moon. Phineas offers Candace some moon ice cream, but Candace doesn't care if they give her it. Just before she runs off to get Mom, the cows unwittingly sit on the control panel causing the rocket to blast off. Phineas wonders the cows will do on the moon, and Ferb tells him the photosynthesis will make oxygen and even an atmosphere and they'll be fine. Phineas replies they know where to go for ice cream.

Perry pushes the Moisture Suck-inator into the street below and the resulting rogue ray hits Candace's lamb cobbler. Promptly, she checks on it to find out that it has dried to a hideous crisp. As Jeremy arrives, she hides it behind her back trying to cover it up. At the same time Phineas and Ferb see what's left of it and stealthily switch it with their ice cream. Candace is surprised to see what her lamb cobbler has been replaced with but along with Jeremy is satisfied with it.

Doofenshmirtz, having neglected to bring his keys on his jaunt to his neighbor's balcony has gotten himself stuck in the CAT and calls Perry for help. However, instead of helping him, Perry leaves a "Do Not Disturb" sign hanging on his posterior before departing. Doofenshmirtz curses him in response.

Transcript

For a full transcript of "Moon Farm", click here.

Songs

End Credits

A repeat of Moon Farm. At the end logos, Baljeet shouts that they have discussed this earlier, but the Disembodied Reggae Space Voice replies "It's in the lyrics, man."

Gallery

Moon Farm title card
The image gallery for "Moon Farm" may be viewed here.

Running Gags

The "Too Young" Line

None.

Ferb's Line

The rocket has just taken off.

Phineas: Huh, so, how do you think our cows will do on the moon?
Ferb: Well, photosynthesis will start creating oxygen, and then eventually an atmosphere. Our bovine friends will be fine.

Phineas: Cool. We'll know where to go for ice cream.

What'cha doin'?

None.

Hey, where's Perry?

Phineas: Hey, where's Perry?

Oh, there you are, Perry

None.

Perry's entrance to his lair

Perry enters through the side of the fireplace.

Evil Jingle

Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated!

Memorable Quotes

Carl: So now I'm an operative?
Major Monogram: We're still not paying you, Carl.
Phineas: Remember everyone, the moon's gravity is 83.3% less than Earth.

Buford: So what?

Phineas: So what? So let's bounce!
Baljeet: (While Buford holds him by his ankle) NO, NO, Buford, please do not drop me! (Buford lets go and he falls slowly) I, oh, well this is not so bad.

Buford: Yeah? give it a second. (Cannon-balls down)

Baljeet: OH! How is it, that you are actually heavier on the moon?
Irving: Phineas and Ferb say--

Candace: Uh, not in the house!
Irving: (backs up) Phineas and Ferb say, two cups of self-righteous flowers!
Stacy: See, Candace? I mean, self-righteous flowers? What are self-righteous flowers?
Candace: Well, roses always seem stuck up to me.

Stacy: (pauses) Okay. Well, let's go pick some roses.
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Behold, the Dehydrate-inator! I don't know why I built it here when I was going to use it on the balcony. Anyway, I'm going to use it to dehydrate my neighbor's plants making mine greener in comparison. Then, I'll be the one with the green thumb! No--Not litterally, metaphorically. I'll have a--(pause) Oh, it's a metaphor! And I've wasted all that money on a can of green paint!
Cow: Moo!

Buford: Moo-nah! 2 syllables, cow. 2. Moo-nah!
Cow: Moo!

Buford: Man, these cows are dumb!
Male Singer: (from the last line from the song) We left de marshmallows at home, I blame Baljeet!

Baljeet: Hey! What do you mean you blame Baljeet?!
Male Singer: Well, it was clearly your responsibility.
Baljeet: Where are you getting your information from, disembodied reggae space voice?!
Male Singer: Hey, I have a name you know.
Baljeet: Oh yeah, what is it?
Male Singer: Well... it's... disembodied reggae space voice, but that's a coincidence! You didn't know that.
Baljeet: Uh, look who's sensitive. Besides, Buford could have brought the marshmallows.
Buford: Hey, leave me out of this.
Phineas: Guys, guys, we have limited time here. Baljeet, could you please stop arguing with the soundtrack?

Baljeet: He started it!
Irving: Phineas and Ferb say bake at 350 for one hour. Serves two. Speaking of 'serves two,' I was thinking, you know, after you girls are done here maybe we could- (Candace closes the door in his face) Okay, that's cool too. We'll just--we'll just put a pin in it for now.
Stacy: Relax, Candace. It's simple math. Instead of cooking it at 350 degrees for one hour, we could cook it for five minutes at... (Punches into a calculator) 9000 degrees! What could go wrong?!
Candace: I don't know, Stacy; I've got a bad feeling about this. What am I going to do if it isn't even edible?

Stacy: Well, technically, it is English food....
(Candace opens the pot and gasps)
Candace: Lamb cobbler! And it's beautiful!

Stacy: How could that be? We didn't even put lamb in it.
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Uh, Perry the Platypus? Yeah, I'm down here. (Dr. Doofenshmirtz is seen stuck in the C.A.T. Door) Yeah, I left my keys in there and thought I could fit through the--

(Perry opens the door to let himself out, then closes it again)
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Oh, good! You're going to get the building's super? Hey, where are you going?
(Perry places a "Do not disturb" sign on Dr. Doofenshmirtz's posterior)

Dr. Doofenshmirtz: What's that? That better not be a "Do Not Disturb" sign! CURSE YOU, PERRY THE PLATYPUS!
Dr. Doofenshmirtz:Hey you, I got a question for you. How do you get your plants—What? Plastic! (pokes plastic man)

Man: Something I can help you with, rocket man?
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Yeah! What's with all the plastic plants? And the plastic man?
Man: I like plastic.

Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Oh so you're just trying to make me look like a fool. Well I don't need you-- (accidentally turns on jet-pack) Ow Ow Ow Ow Ow! I’ll just take the stairs.

Background Information

  • The episode was aired on Disney Channel On Demand on April 22, 2011.

Production Information

  • Although Alyson Stoner was credited, she didn't have any dialogue in this episode.
  • Production on the episode was in 2010.

International Premieres

  • May 18, 2011 (Disney XD UK)
  • May 19, 2011 (Disney Channel Latin America and Brazil)
  • June 1, 2011 (Disney XD Canada) [2]
  • June 11, 2011 (Disney Channel Asia)
  • September 9, 2011 (Disney XD Germany)
  • October 9, 2011 (Disney XD Spain)
  • October 22, 2011 (Disney XD Poland)
  • October 29, 2011 (Disney Channel Poland)
  • November 5, 2011 (Disney Channel Portugal)
  • December 6, 2011 (Disney Channel Scandinavia)

Errors

  • When Phineas explains about Ferb finding something at the Dead Sea at the start of the episode, Ferb's bigger eye was in front and his smaller eye was at the back.
  • Because of the way Dr. Doofenshmirtz was holding the paint bucket, his hands and the outside of his arms shouldn't be green.
  • When Candace is seen in her chef outfit, she is wearing her trademark shoes but when she walks outside to Irving she is wearing black trainers.
  • After Dr. Doofenshmirtz pours green paint all over himself, his right arm changes to a lighter shade of green for a second.
  • Near the end of the episode, when the rocket comes back Ferb's big eye is facing the viewers.
  • Candace cannot eat the ice cream because she is allergic to dairy. Though some lactose intolerant people can handle very low amounts of dairy related products.
We must get to our stations

Isabella's bow turns purple

  • When Baljeet, Buford and Isabella peek out of the rocket ship, Isabella's bow is purple. When they're inside the rocket when Phineas asks where Perry is, Isabella's bow is pink again.
  • Stacy states that instead of cooking at 350 degrees for 1 hour, they could cook at 9,000 degrees for 5 minutes. This is more than twice the "real" value of 4,200 degrees. If Stacy had mistakenly punched in 750 degrees for 350 degrees, 9,000 degrees would have been the result. Of course, the "real" value is debatable - should it be measured from room temperature, zero Fahrenheit, zero Celsius, or Absolute zero? In any case, no kitchen oven would ever get that hot except in a cartoon series.
  • Doofenshmirtz does not know that having a green thumb is a metaphor, when he used the metaphor in "Atlantis", which he soon figures out when he states that " he'll have a green thumb. Not really, but metaphorically-". However, it is possible that this episode happened before "Atlantis", or that he forgot what it meant.
  • When Candace says to Irving "not in the house!" Irving doesn't actually step outside of the house.
  • After Doofenshmirtz uses the Moisture Suck-Inator on himself, he leaves to go get "a glass of water", but later on, him and Perry are seen drinking lemonade instead.
  • At the Doofenshmirtz Evil Inc. building, you can see a sign saying "Secret C.A.T door" at the cat flap, that Perry uses to enter Doofenshmirtz lab. However, later in the episode, when Doofenshmirtz gets stuck in the cat flap, the sign saying "Secret C.A.T door" is gone.
  • When the camera zooms out at the rocket when it blasts off, Isabella has no neck for a moment.
  • Both Phineas and Ferb state that through photosynthesis, the grass would create an atmosphere on the Moon. This would not normally be possible with the following problems:
  1. The grass couldn't survive extreme lunar temperatures.
  2. Carbon dioxide is required to create oxygen, therefore, photosynthesis alone would not create an atmosphere.
  3. The moon wouldn't be able to hold the atmosphere because the Sun's heat would literally bake it off.
  • Part of the Cat and the Fiddle (the part involving a Dish and a Spoon) was not mentioned.
  • When Stacy asked "What should we cook", her bracelet was there. However, it was gone for the rest of the episode.

Continuity

Allusions

  • The Jolly Green Giant - When Doofenshmirtz is painted green, he closely resembles this General Mills mascot.
  • Apollo 13 Mission- The song about the ice cream starts with the line "Houston we have a situation!"; an obvious parody of the line by astronaut John Swigert saying "Houston we've had a problem!" after the near disastrous explosion of the spaceship's fuel cells on an April 1970 mission to the moon.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants - Phineas eats his ice cream the way Sandy eats her Krabby Patty in "Karate Choppers".
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey - During the song, the various lights flashing by Isabella is a reference to the famous "Psychedelic" scene from this movie.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog - Nine different colored scoops float around Baljeet, similar to how the Seven Chaos Emeralds float around Sonic.
  • The Simpsons - Stacy's crazy math for baking the food could be an allusion to a Simpsons episode in which Marge made the same for cooking her meatloaf in 24 minutes.
  • George of The Jungle (1997) - When Baljeet argues (breaks the fourth wall) with the male singer (Disembodied Reggae Space Voice) while floating in space, it is similar to when the two "henchmen" argue with the narrator while taking Ape out of the jungle.
  • "The Cat and the Fiddle" - An alternative name for the rhyme "Hey Diddle Diddle". The most commonly used modern version goes:
Hey diddle diddle
The Cat and the fiddle
The Cow jumped over the moon
The little Dog laughed to see such sport
And the Dish ran away with the Spoon
  • Apollo XVII mission - The view of Earth as seen from the Moon appears to be the iconic image taken by the Apollo XVII crew in 1972 on their way to the final lunar mission.
  • Rocket Man - Doofenshmirtz's neighbor with the plants calls him "Rocket Man". This could be an allusion to this famous song by Elton John.
  • Caddyshack - The "So what? So let's dance!" line is parodied.
  • Dragon Ball Z - Stacy says to cook the meal at 9000 degrees for 5 min.. This could be a reference to the "ITS OVER 9000!" line from "Dragon Ball Z".

Trivia

Cast

References

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"The Belly of the Beast"
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