|And surprisingly, jokes about turning your underwear inside out will be nowhere to be found.|
The Titans somehow make their way back into Titans Tower, still trapped inside the jiggling gelatin.
Raven criticizes Robin for blowing
up the slime monster and magicks them all out. Unfortunately, their clothes are
going to require the magic of Tide to be slime-free. That gunk is everywhere.
|Anyone else suddenly get a craving for Jell-O?|
Beast Boy: "It's even in my nose."
Cyborg: "Not part of the slime monster, Beast Boy."
|Has Beast Boy never encountered his own boogers before? I find that highly dubious.|
You know what? I know you might expect me to get after this show for using gross-out humor, but I ain't even mad, brah.
Did I find this gag funny? Certainly not. Although the other meaning of "gag" is coming into play.
But you know what I'd give anything to see? How Beast Boy wiping a booger on Cyborg made it into the episode.
I've been listening to the commentaries, for both Superman and Batman: The Animated Series lately, so the writers' room process is something I've been thinking about lately. It's easy to imagine the writing process as simply consisting of a single writer sitting at his computer, typing up a script, and handing it to a producer. But there's a lot of back-and-forth, negotiation, rewrites, delegation... Quite frankly, writing for TV is a business. As easy as it is to imagine that this episode and all of its gags were the brainchild of Michael Jelenic, the writer, I wouldn't be surprised if there was some degree of collaboration. Maybe not to the degree of other episodes written by Jelenic, since those are also credited to Aaron Horvath.
In fact, I know for a fact that there's at least a modicum of collaboration on some episodes thanks to various interviews Horvath and Jelenic gave on the writing process. Apparently, they schedule brainstorming sessions right before lunch, which is why so many of them center around food.
But can you imagine a story meeting for this episode? A bunch of people sipping coffee, brainstorming slime-related gags, deciding which ones stay and which ones go?
"All in favor of the Titans getting trapped in a goo cube? Okay. Moving on to Andy's suggestion. Now, Andy, I know you had some concerns about Cyborg tasting the monster slime, so why don't we get everybody's opinion on that?"
How did they decide that Beast Boy would wipe his booger on Cyborg? Was it a unanimous decision? Did the person who suggested it fight tooth and nail to keep it in? Did one of the writers bring his kid to work that day, and they didn't have the heart to tell little Billy that the joke he wrote wouldn't be in the episode?
Or maybe this entire is Michael Jelenic's, from start to finish. Who knows? Other than Michael Jelenic.
Anyway, Robin is adamant that the clothes need to be washed.
Starfire: "But whose turn is it to do this most disagreeable of chores?"
Starfire, you lick your pet silkworm to clean him. You don't get to say which chores are "disagreeable."
Robin: "...Uh, you know, they're not that dirty."
Beast Boy: "What's a couple more weeks without soap?"
And Cyborg gives Beast Boy a sniff, answering the question by dying from the smell. His soul begins to float up to heaven before Beast Boy vacuums it up like a green plumber and shoves it back into his semi-mechanical friend.
|"I have returned from beyond the bonds of flesh and
Such beautiful horrors I have seen beyond the thin veil separating infinite worlds...."
|That is oddly specific.|
|The Avengers contented themselves with actually seeing who drew the short straw.|
Round 1: Cyborg vs. Starfire
Round 3: Beast Boy vs. Beast Boy
Quickly escalates into actual altercations with the three materials.
Challenge 3: Hot Dog Eating Contest
|Look at that smile. She knows she's about to inflict some pain.|
Despite a good showing from all Titans, Starfire simply can't be stopped.
|Also, Beast Boy farts in Robin's face. Which is supposed to be funny because... fart?|
Okay, look. Gross out gags can be funny when properly utilized. But this show has resorted to random gross outs on two non-consecutive occasions twice in less than a minute. That seems kind of like a crutch to me.
|Can I also just point out the Titans' clothes have been suddenly and inexplicably slime-free since the beginning of these challenges?|
And so, Raven magically disrobes the other Titans
Starfire covers up with her
pet worm-monster, Silkie, Robin sticks his clipboard over his junk, Cyborg's
head tells the others to stop looking at his circuits, and Beast Boy couldn't
|Which is usually something that only happens in fan fiction.|
I would also like to point out that the slime has mysteriously returned to the Titans' costumes.
|Oh, and Raven is wearing her cloak, while it's also in the basket.|
All the Titans but Robin rush off so quickly that he gets spun around and becomes dizzy. Unable to properly find the door, Robin runs out of an emergency exit and falls out of the tower.
After running around the grounds, finding comical new ways to hide his junk from the camera with convenient scenery, Robin comes across some random fangirls that were apparently hanging out in front of the tower. One of whom has a camera.
|Congratulations, miss, you have pictures of a probably-underage Robin. You're breaking the law.|
Raven has changed into a bathrobe, "ewww"-ing the slime-covered laundry.
Raven: "So, what exactly gets out evil alien slime stains?"
But instead of trying... well, anything, Raven simply shoves all the clothes into the machine and mashes "start," resulting in a gooey mess. You know, it might help if you actually put detergent in, Raven.
Instead, Raven tries a hose, a hammer, a chainsaw, the MacReady special, a jackhammer, and some kind of laser cannon. Nothing doing.
As she continually fails to clean the laundry with tools that don't actually get things clean, Raven starts getting angry at Robin for shirking his duty. Which is his cue to pop up in the window to beg to be let in. She only agrees to let him in if he agrees to do the laundry, so there is no deal between them. And so, Robin is left outside to fend for himself as the clothes begin to move of their own accord....
Elsewhere, as Cyborg struggles to decide which robot body to wear until his normal one is clean...
Starfire: "Laundry day has given me the perfect excuse to take up that most fascinating of Earth hobbies."
Underwater basket weaving?
And so, Starfire gets to town with some fabric, glue, handsaws, and milk before tossing the arrangement into an oven set to 425 for fifteen minutes. In the face of all logic, she has somehow created a beautiful pink gown.
Starfire: "Glorg florger! It's hideous! Perhaps I did not use enough milk?"
We then cut from the kitchen to the... kitchen. Where the oven is suddenly closed, and Beast Boy is suddenly rummaging around the fridge for tofu, singing a little song that I can't help but wonder if somebody got paid to write.
Beast Boy: "Tofu, tofu, gonna eat me some tofu. Mm-hm-hm. Tofu in my mouth."
He sings, eats, plays video games, and finds many different ways to block his nudity from view, just like Robin. Speaking of him, he's given the girls and the bees the slip, but Gizmo (Lauren Tom), the diminutive inventor, has just arrived to take over the city with his army of robots!
Gizmo: "Robin... you aren't wearing any pants."
Robin: "This ends now! Or I'm going to have to come over there! Don't think I won't, Gizmo."
Gizmo: "No, no! Stay over there! I'll take over the world another time...."
And with Gizmo and his metal army fleeing, Robin can now claim with little exaggeration that he defeated and entire robot army using only his penis.
Anyway, Robin crawls back into the building through a convenient ventilation duct, managing to cover up his shame with dust and dirt.
In the interests of good taste and the television rating system, the animators have decided to not outline Robin's dirt-covered junk. Which has the side effect of making it look like Robin has a cloaca. Like A-Bomb.
|No wonder Gizmo was so grossed out. Cloacae are disgusting.|
Anyway, Robin and the other Titans head off to confront Raven about hurrying up with the laundry, but they all end up confronted by their own clothes, which seem to have been given life by the evil goo. In an interesting stylistic choice, they speak in pictograms, making it clear that they plan on unleashing mayhem. And dancing.
|You know, if you flipped the Robin-suit's thrusting around, Raven-suit's twerking would look totes inappropriate.|
|As usual, the internet has that covered.|
|I must say, Raven actually wears Robin's costume well. Ditto for Robin and Starfire's costume, oddly enough.|
Robin: "The truth is, if we could only get out of this, I'd do all the Teen Titans' laundry for the next year."
Raven: "That's just what I was waiting to hear."
And with that, she undoes the spell she put on the clothes to make them come alive. The slime was just slime, it didn't do anything to make their clothes come to life after all.
|Despite Raven's visible shock over seeing the clothes move.|
When she was completely alone, and would therefore have no reason to pretend the clothes were alive yet.
Robin: "Oh, man. That sounds messy."
And so, the Titans head off in each other's costumes, ready to fight the good fight.
|Boy, it's a good thing Raven's hood isn't an all-corrupting cloak of darkness, or anything....|