Need to be mature? Fake it.
Since part of the theme of this newsletter is trying something new, it's appropriate to look at two Season 2 episodes where several of the characters also tried something new.
"The Lizard Whisperer" is an episode where Phineas and Ferb get a new pet, a chameleon they name Steve. Steve had wandered by, looking for food, and found mushrooms more to his liking than frozen yogurt.
Meanwhile, Jeremy stops at the first of his two appointments to teach guitar lessons and it's at Doofenshmirtz Evil, Incorporated. Dr. Doofenshmirtz found some ancient Egpytian sheet music that he's convinced will summon aliens from outer space to do his bidding, but he needs guitar lessons to play it. Vanessa wanders by, but when she learns that Jeremy doesn't share her musical interests, she loses interest in him pretty quickly. Following some bad advice by Dr. D, Jeremy accidentally zaps Steve with the Gigant-inator.
As Steve grows to 40 feet tall and begins wandering through downtown Danville, Phineas, Ferb and Isabella go in search of him, and Ferb gives his famous inspirational speech, the longest continuous speech of the entire series.
Dr. Doofenshmirtz gets good enough to master the sheet music and the aliens arrive, but separate actions by Steve and Agent P send the aliens back to outer space. The day is saved and Jeremy can go on to his next appointment, which is giving Major Monogram lessons.
It's a rare event when Phineas and Ferb are not sure what they want to do for the day, so they ask Isabella what they should do. She suggests getting help for the Fireside Girls to get their Rodeo Clown Patches. And the obvious way to do that is by building mechanical bulls and have a "Robot Rodeo".
Upstairs in the house, Candace is really excited to go see Tiny Cowboy, but Stacy can't go because her mom things Candace is too flighty. They come up with a plan: Candace will fake being mature, which she hasn't done before, though she did fake being Irish for a week. Step 1 is wearing fake glasses because "nothing says real focus like fake glasses".
Elsewhere in Danville, L.O.V.E.M.U.F.F.I.N. is having a convention to see who will win the Inator Creator contest and get the belt for the year. Dr. Doofenshmirtz isn't having much luck coming up with anything, but realizes that if he sets the Agents free that had been captured, it will buy him more time to finish an Inator. Which he does, by having it destroy Rodney's Inator. The only prize that's available is a red balloon, and that leads to some pain for the bad doctor.
Back at the house, Candace has been doing her best to remain mature, but can't overcome her urge to bust her brothers. Luckily, Dr. Hirano decides that Candace's efforts were a kind of maturity and she let's Stacy go to the concert.
Of the two episodes, I like "Robot Rodeo" a bit better, mainly because it shows Isabella standing back to let her team earn the patches and because of the song that plays at the end of the episode, Izzy's Got the Frizzies. But I do also appreciate the reference to Jurassic Park that was in "The Lizard Whisperer". It's a subtle reference that you have to be watching closely to catch. Good shows reward their audience for paying attention, as Phineas and Ferb did in both episodes.