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"Tip of the Day"
Phineas and Ferb along with their friends spread the word of aglets in the mall.
Season: 2
Production code: 202b
Broadcast number: 50
Story by:
David Shane
Written & Storyboarded by:
Jon Colton Barry
Piero Piluso
Directed by:
Robert F. Hughes
Broadcast Information
Disney Channel US Premiere:
May 8, 2009
Disney XD US Premiere:
February 20, 2009
International Debut:
April 10, 2009 (Disney Channel Brazil)
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Toon Disney Premiere:
January 23, 2009
Paired with
"Interview With a Platypus"
DVD Releases:
Disney XD NY TV-KANAL! (Denmark only)
You are going to waste a whole day promoting aglets? Who is going to care?

— Baljeet

The boys decide to spread the word about the tip of the shoelace, called the "aglet." Meanwhile, Doofenshmirtz is featured in the newest viral video to hit the internet. (Unofficial season 2 premiere; it aired on Toon Disney as a preview)

Episode Summary

Lawrence is sitting at the breakfast table surrounded by his family, doing his morning crossword puzzle. The puzzle's theme is "Tip of the Day." After Linda answers the first two questions, the family gets stumped by the third clue, "The tip of a shoelace." Candace gets annoyed and very loudly and condescendingly suggests they use the computer to solve the puzzle. Phineas then wonders since no one of them know what it is.

Candace starts to use the computer to look up the answer, but gets sidetracked when she finds that 20 of her friends sent her the same video. She starts watching the hilarious video, and refuses to let Phineas and Ferb find the information Lawrence is looking for. But then the internet crashes, so they decide to check with Baljeet instead.

The reason we've called you here today is to raise awareness for the aglet

Phineas explains about the aglet.

At Baljeet's house, they look up the answer in Volume 8 of A Child's Guide to Useless Shoelace Facts. Baljeet reads that it is called an aglet, one of the most useful, yet most overlooked inventions in history. Phineas thinks it is a great injustice that no one knows what an aglet is called, but decides to head home without doing anything.

Once home, the boys tell their dad the answer and he fills in the crossword puzzle. When Linda walks in, they tell her, too, but she mistakes it for something completely different. She replies to him saying, "Aglet you too, Phineas." Phineas once again muses about why no one knows what an aglet is. At this point, Candace rushes in and tells them it is because it doesn't matter. This convinces Phineas that they must make the world aware of aglets. He knows what they're going to do today!

Meanwhile, Agent P drops into his lair and Major Monogram proceeds to brief him on Heinz Doofenshmirtz's viral video, of a teenage Heinz rollerskating into a toilet while in his underwear, that's gone viral on the Internet. Major Monogram believes that all of Doofenshmirtz's previous schemes have been distractions leading up to taking over the world with this newest plot to infect the world with his video.

Perry watches the video and also finds it funny, then Major Monogram says that this no laughing matter and gives Perry a remote that is programmed with a button and the words "Universal Delete Button" so he can delete the video from every computer on Earth. Meanwhile Carl is laughing at the video but Major Monogram tells him that there is nothing funny about a man in his underwear skating into a toilet. Carl then agrees with him, and Major Monogram says that limericks are funny.

Phineas calls and asks his friend to spread the word of the aglet. Isabella asks what it is and Ferb enlightens them. Phineas tells them to spread to the word by giving them a shoelace and ties it into a ribbon with a motto "never forget the aglet". Baljeet is annoyed by wasting the whole day promoting aglet, and he agrees when Buford threatens him for dissing aglets. In the mall, they started to spread word by giving out shoelaces.

They meet up with Candace and tell her that remembering would make her life better, but she thinks it still doesn't matter. When spreading the aglet to the mall, Phineas decided to take it to the next level.

Candace and Stacy talk about the Doofenshmirtz's viral videos and talking about being an insta-star, until Stacy talks about the aglet; immediately afterwards, Jeremy asks them if they want to go to the big aglet concert. Candace freaks out and runs away.

Perry jumps out the plane and cuts off Major Monogram for talking while he's falling. Upon arriving at Doofenshmirtz's building, he sees Doofenshmirtz feeling depressed about his video that he released and stated that he should have thrown it away and always look in the box.

At home, Candace tells her mom about the aglet, the name of which she still doesn't remember, and freaks out again when she is also aware of the aglets. She then hides in her room when Phineas invites her to the big aglet concert that could make her an instant star. Candace agrees but the aglet still doesn't matter.

Back at Dr. Doofenshmirtz's building, he tells Perry that his viral video was ruining his life even when he goes out to his own kitchen, everyone laughs at him as the guy who thinks he is a superstar rollerskating into the toilet. Perry then gives him the Universal Delete Button, but Doofenshmirtz quickly restrains Perry and tells him that he already created a helmet, the Read My Mind-inator, that will delete the video from everyone's minds instead of from just the internet and attaching the Universal Delete Button to make it work, thus making the Delete From My Mind-inator.

Aglet concert

Phineas, Ferb, and Baljeet at the aglet concert.

Phineas and Ferb host a concert, performing the song A-G-L-E-T to tell the world about aglets. Everyone sings along. When Candace guest-sings, she tells them that it doesn't even matter.

However, Doofenshmirtz further explains what he is going to do and tells Perry that people who aren't aware of what he is thinking are unaffected by his helmet. As he turns around, he trips over his shoelace and realizes he needs to replace his aglets, automatically thinking of an aglet.

He presses the delete button on his helmet, deleting the word aglet from every mind in the Tri-State Area. When Candace tells everyone that they're hanging out in a stadium to know what the tip of a shoelace is called, Phineas tells Candace that she is the only one that cares about the aglet, leaving Candace dumbfounded.

Doofenshmirtz thinks that everyone has forgotten about his video that he quickly destroys the helmet along with the remote and releases Perry. He ran out happily until everyone laughs at him again. He returns and states, "I have an ouchie. In here."


For a full transcript of "Tip of the Day", click here.


End Credits

Phineas and the audience sing the last verse of A-G-L-E-T. During the end logos, Candace is heard saying "It doesn't matter!"


Tip of the Day title card
The image gallery for "Tip of the Day" may be viewed here.

Running Gags

I know what we're gonna do today!

Linda: Oh, hi boys.

Phineas: Aglet, Mom.
Linda: Aglet you too, Phineas.
Phineas: No, Mom. The shoelace tip - It's an aglet.
Linda: How interesting!
Phineas: Yeah! Nobody seems to know the word. I wonder why?
Candace: I'll tell you why! doesn't matter! You can live a long, happy life without knowing the tip of the shoelace is called a...
Phineas: Aglet --
Candace: It doesn't matter!

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

The "Too Young" Line


Ferb's Line

None, but does make a hissing sound as if Phineas is on fire when he asks Candace if she found the answer on the computer, and appears to say the letter "L" in the song.

What'cha doin'?


Hey, where's Perry?

Lawrence: Oh, look at this one, honey. 27 across. Five letters. Where's blank?

Oh, there you are, Perry


Perry's Entrance to His Lair


Memorable Quotes

Phineas: But isn't it weird that none of us know its name?

Candace: No. That's why they make smart word box for tell monkey hard brain hurty things.

Phineas: Removing prepositions makes it more condescending.
Phineas: So uh, Candace, smart word box find name shoelace tip?
(Ferb licks his index finger and touches it to Phineas's shoulder, making a hissing sound as though he is on fire)
Linda: Oh, hi boys.

Phineas: Aglet, Mom!

Linda: Aglet you too, Phineas.
Doofenshmirtz: I am a superstar! (Muffled by splashing water and flushing sounds) It won't stop flushing!
Major Monogram: Carl I told you, there's nothing funny about a man in his underwear skating into a toilet.

Carl: Of course, sir.

Major Monogram: Now, limericks. Limericks are funny.
Baljeet: You are going to waste a whole day promoting aglets? Who is going to care?

Buford: If you diss aglets one more time, I'll fray your head so bad it won't fit through your shirt hole!

Baljeet: (Weakly) Aglets, yay...
Man: Excuse me, what did you say?

Phineas: Aglets! It's that little plastic tip at the end of a shoelace.
Man: Aglet?
Woman: Aglet? Oh, Lewis, I will marry you!
Lewis: Aglet!
Boss: The promotion is yours!
Man: Aglet! (Hair suddenly pops up from his head) My hair's grown back!
Apparently Blind Man:: Whoa, what's going on here?
Man: The shoelace tip. It's an Aglet!

Apparently Blind Man: (Gasps) I can hear!
Major Monogram: (On radio) Your halo jump is a go. Go, go, go! Jump and fall! Keep falling, and keep being a platypus. Visualize it, you're a falling plat- (Perry turns off radio)
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Did you ever had an old box of junk that's been sitting in the attic forever, and you think: "I bet I could just get rid of this whole box, and my life would go on completely unaffected of the loss of whatever would be inside like, for instance, an old forgotten video tape made in high school". Look in the box, Perry the Platypus. Always. Look. In. The box.
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Well, that kind of killed the moment.
Laughing Man 1: Look, it's that idiot from the video again!

Laughing Man 2: Let's use mockery to keep him inside.

Dr. Doofenshmirtz: I have an ouchie... (Points to his heart) in here.

Background Information

  • The HALO jump that Major Monogram attempts to talk Perry through stands for High Altitude-Low Opening.
  • In this episode Candace is hostile to the trivial nature of the aglet—she never even says the word. In the "Kisses and Basketball" episode of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, heiress London Tipton, cut off from making any purchases, wants to make a tiny purchase and asks about "that little piece of plastic at the end of the shoelace that nobody knows what it's called". Maddie Fitzpatrick (played by Candace's voice actress Ashley Tisdale) immediately says, "You mean an aglet?"

Production Information

  • This is the unofficial Season 2 premiere. It aired on Toon Disney as a preview.
  • Episode description from a 2009 Disney XD Phineas and Ferb press release:[1]
Phineas and Ferb produce a huge concert event, Aglet Aid, to raise awareness for the "aglet" (the plastic doohickey at the end of shoe laces), while Candace thinks it doesn't matter. Meanwhile, a humiliating video of Dr. Doofenshmirtz has been leaked on the internet so he creates a memory eraser; Candace finally makes her mom realize that Phineas and Ferb are out of control with their projects, until her memory, and everyone else's, is accidentally wiped clean by Doofenshmirtz's machine.
  • The episode started as a joke in the writing room by Dan Povenmire, though Swampy took it seriously.[2]
  • This episode was still being worked on as of 1/8/2009.[3]
  • When asked about the episode, Dan Povenmire stated:
We thought "Tip of the Day" was just a great fun departure from the norm. We try to let the characters develop and we also try to give our writers/board artists a good deal of freedom to try new things. We just do our best to make sure that the characters remain true.

International Premieres

  • April 10, 2009 (Disney Channel Brazil)
  • May 21, 2009 (Disney Channel Scandinavia)
  • July 22, 2009 (Disney Channel Latin America)
  • October 7, 2009 (STV Slovakia)
  • June 2, 2011 (Disney XD Canada)


Holly's Green Skirt

Holly's skirt is green.

  • When Phineas walks past the Fireside Girls explaining his aglet mission, Holly's skirt is transparant.
  • When Candace was arguing with the crowd, they had shoelaces on their fingers. After they were hit by the lightning, the shoelaces instantly disappeared.
  • When Stacy is first seen with an aglet on her finger, she didn't have it while talking to Candace.
  • When Lawrence is doing the wordsearch, he says one clue: "Where's blank?" However, the newspaper's theme is the tip of the day. (Although not all clues in a themed crossword follow that theme.)
  • Doofenshmirtz mentioned that the whole Tri-State Area would forget everything, but at the end when he breaks the memory eraser he says the whole world forgot about the video of him.
  • The word "aglet" was erased from all minds and computers, meaning the word can not be found on the internet.
Fireside Girls with their Aglet Awareness ribbons

Ginger has three eyelashes.

  • When the Fireside Girls sing "Don't forget it", Ginger's right eye repeatedly switches from two to three eyelashes.
  • In the beginning of the chorus of A-G-L-E-T, the big screen above Phineas spells "Taglet". (However, this could just mean the screen had been running for a while.)
  • When the lightning comes out of Doofenshmirtz Evil Inc., the logo outside the building is split.
  • The sign and the audience was zapped by the Read My Mind-inator, but Phineas, Ferb, Candace, Isabella, Buford and Baljeet were not shown being affected by it, although Candace was not affected.
  • When Candace was putting the computer in a weird way in the beginning, she has four eyebrows.
  • When Phineas and Ferb come into the living room when Candace is on the computer, part of the Kitchen Lamp wire disappears
  • Normally the house's chimney is on the left (when viewed from Isabella's house). In this episode it's on the right.
  • In the song A-G-L-E-T, Phineas has a microphone stripped on his face. But when the first time they say "A-G-L-E-T", Phineas has a microphone that is on the floor of the stage and his mouth does not move.
  • Lawrence's crossword should not have a 2-Across; because of the design of the puzzle, it should go from 1-Across to 8-Across.
  • Up close Ferb's shoe has visible laces, but zoomed out it does not.
  • What happened to Buford, Baljeet and Isabella after the Delete From My Mind-inator activated?
  • In the song when Candace begins her solo, both of her legs are in an impossible position.


  • When Candace is speaking about searching the information on the computer, the computer has scenes from "Lights, Candace, Action".


  • Band Aid concerts - The "Aglet-Aid" concert bears similarities to the old Band Aid concerts.
  • Awareness ribbons - "Aglet awareness" laces are similar to, e. g., "Breast Cancer awareness" ribbons.
  • Memory aids - Tying a string around a finger is a common way to remember things. Tying a shoelace around a finger seems an especially fitting way to remember aglets.
  • Helen Keller - A guy with dark sunglasses and a guide-dog -implicating blindness- starts dancing after hearing "aglet" screaming "I can hear again!" implying he was both blind & deaf like Helen Keller.
  • Wizard of Oz-When Perry The Platypus is falling, he forms a giant bubble around himself, similar to Glinda the Good Witch of the South.



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  1. Phineas and Ferb press release:
  2. Dan Povenmire Q&A
  3. forum message by "Strudelcutie427" (Message no longer available on the forums)
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