|Out to Launch|
|Story by||Bobby Gaylor
Piero Piluso Kent Osborne
|Directed by||Dan Povenmire
|Disney Channel US Premiere||December 5, 2008|
Lawrence is preoccupied with buying and naming stars online. He buys one for Phineas and Ferb, and also one for Candace. Candace and Isabella are preoccupied with a turn-around dance where the girls ask the boys out. Candace thinks Jeremy will refuse; and Isabella keeps getting interrupted when she asks. Phineas and Ferb build a rocket to visit their star. Doofenshmirtz is also in space, seeking revenge on an adolescent nemesis. (This is also the last episode of Season 1).
Phineas and Ferb are resting against the tree in the backyard listening to the radio with their pet, Perry between them. The radio announcer is advertising the Night of the Falling Stars girls' choice dance which is happening that night. It seems Danville is in for a meteor shower and everyone in town has gone "star crazy."
Lawrence Fletcher is especially "star crazy" as he's found out that he can purchase the naming rights to stars online and give them away as gifts. He brings out a certificate he printed online to show the boys that they are now the proud owners of their very own star. Phineas asks if Candace got one too, and being a good father, Lawrence bought her one as well despite the fact that she doesn't seem very interested in those sorts of things. He is enamored by how easy and inexpensive it is to buy stars online, comparing it to the Oklahoma land rush of 1889. Sneaking up on them, Linda tells the boys that it was the corny history references that made her fall for him in the first place. She then explains that she and her friend Vivian are going to their mahjong tournament. As Lawrence rushes back inside to buy more stars, Phineas suggests to Ferb that they go visit their star. He goes on to wax poetic about space travel: "the G-forces, eating dinner out of a tube, and going to the bathroom without going to the bathroom."
Meanwhile, at the Googolplex Mall, Candace visits Jeremy and his friends in the food court to try and ask him out. He turns around and they start laughing at her. Then the earth would be destroyed. At least this is the scenario that Candace is using to explain to Stacy why she can't ask Jeremy to the dance. Stacy, unimpressed, tells Candace that hers is kind of a worst-case scenario and that she can't let fear rule her life. She pushes Candace to call Jeremy as soon as she hangs up the phone. Candace agrees, hangs up, and proceeds to call Stacy right back to tell her she is too cowardly.
In the backyard, the boys are working on their rocket. First, they are going through tests of stamina to make sure they are suited for space travel. Ferb is exercising on a giant hamster wheel and Phineas has Buford spin him around really fast on a merry-go-round. Then, they get to work on the actual rocket. The Fireside Girls help assemble the fuselage, while Phineas and Ferb are trying to work out a formula, specifically the Tsiolkovsky rocket equation, or ideal rocket equation. They try several times, but are having difficulties coming on the correct one, with each rocket exploding in a clip of rocket failures. Ferb notices their flaw: the square root of "bomb." Once Phineas changes it to the square root of "smiley face," everything works out. They are finally ready to launch and Phineas gives Isabella and the Fireside Girls a tour of Mission Control. Even though it looks like a tiny shed in the middle of their backyard, it is huge inside since Ferb "really knows how to maximize space." The rest of the girls go inside, but Isabella stays to try and ask Phineas to the dance. Unfortunately, Katie interrupts her by asking Phineas inside to sign some liability waivers. Phineas and Ferb walk out their backdoor wearing their spacesuits. Perry, also wearing a spacesuit, is tucked under Phineas's arm. They are walking slowly and in a mist for dramatic effect until Isabella stops them. The three astronauts board the rocket as Isabella and the Fireside Girls act as Mission Control. Gretchen counts them down, but the rocket stalls out when Isabella pushes the ignition button. Phineas deduces they just need a jump-start.
Candace finally looks out the window and sees the rocket and Mission Control and heads down to the backyard. Phineas and Ferb are in the driveway with the hood of the family car open, jumper cables in hand. Candace climbs up inside the rocket and heads up the ladder into the cockpit. The boys have connect the jumper cables to the battery and Ferb hits the remote starter to start the car. It immediately launches the rocket into the sky, pulling the car along with it. They head over to Mission Control where Isabella shows them who took off in the rocket. Candace is pressed against a hatch inside and her cheeks are covering her ears because of the G-forces. Phineas tries to communicate with her, but she can't hear him. Phineas realizes they need to go after her in the second rocket they built for Candace to see her star. He doesn't know why she took his and Ferb's. The second rocket is highlighted in pink and has flowers on it. Candace escapes the atmosphere and the car comes loose from the jumper cables. It tumbles and lands on the runway into a space station to the chagrin of a pair of NASA shuttle astronauts. Somehow, the second rocket takes off perfectly and Phineas opens communications with Candace, reassuring her that as long as she doesn't start hitting buttons randomly, the rocket is pre-programmed to take her to their star. It's too late though, as she's already hitting random buttons. Phineas then asks about Perry.
Perry is sneaking down the rocket, putting on his fedora and answering his communications device. Major Monogram is on the other end informing him that Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz has built a space station, but The Agency can't afford to launch him into space due to budget cuts. Major Monogram gets cut off because Agent P shows Major Monogram that he is already in space. Agent P's mission is to find the Doofenshmirtz space station and stop the evil doctor. Perry opens an airlock and lets go of the communication device sending it out into the blackness of space and disorienting Major Monogram.
Candace has been studying her instruments wondering what all the red flashing things are. Phineas calmly tells her they're asteroids. Candace's rocket soon gets hit by two asteroids knocking out her engines. The boys change course to rescue her. Doofenshmirtz's space stationAdded by Topher208Perry has arrived at Doofenshmirtz's space station. It is shaped like a giant robot with huge hands and nothing below the waist. He gets sucked inside the robot and frozen in an ice cube tray by Doofenshmirtz. Using a crane on a track, Doofenshmirtz shows Perry the Platypus his station while telling him a story from his teen years. It seems Doofenshmirtz was very adept at hand shadows, or shadow puppets. He found it great fun for entertaining people and meeting girls (Frauleins). Unfortunately Heinz's fun was ruined when a new boy arrived by the name of Huge Hands Hans. His puppetry wasn't very good, but that didn't stop him from taking away the girl that Heinz was trying to win over. He never did a shadow puppet again. Until tonight. His plan is to use a pair of gloves to control the hands of the robotic space station and make hand shadows on the moon.
Candace's situation is getting worse. She's in a decaying orbit and can't escape the gravity of one of the asteroids. According to Phineas, her only option is to put on the space suit and take a space walk to their rocket before crashing. She is afraid, but Phineas is trying to talk her out of being afraid, "You can't let fear rule your life." In the meantime, Ferb has already reached her. Together, they head back to the pink rocket where Phineas contacts Isabella at Mission Control. After determining everyone is alright, Isabella starts to ask Phineas to the dance again but an alarm sounds inside the rocket. They are running out of fuel. Surprised, Phineas and the gang desperately try to find a fuel source, then find out that they were getting closer to something bright. (Meanwhile at the space station, Linda Flynn's car stays outside, still blocking the Space Shuttle which was scheduled to land.)
Phineas finds out that the bright thing was a star, Shooting Star Milk Shake Bar. The boys head inside, after pleading Candace to come, but she refuses. The Milkshake Bar is a run down place. Phineas introduces himself and Ferb, and the bartender welcomes them, stating them as the new owners. Phineas does not understand this, but Ferb shows them the star certificate their father gave them, and it turns out they have the same matching coordinates. The bartender asks them how they think of the joint. They decide to fix up the place.
We see the Earth again falling to destruction. Isabella tells Candace that that is a worst case scenario. Candace remembers her brothers and goes off to find them. Inside, Candace is told to review a shake, and a boy nervously asks her if it's silly to be nervous to ask the girl of your dreams out, like Candace and Jeremy. She gives him advice and he asks her (Silvia, the girl of his dreams) out. Phineas gets some fuel and they leave. Unfortunately, the battery dies. Turns out that Candace used the video phone without the engine running. Meanwhile, Dr. Doofenshmirtz is plotting his evil plan, but Agent P's ice tray begins to melt.
Back with the kids, they find mom's car for another jump start. Since they left the starter remote at home, Candace has her learner's permit and has to do the jump starting. Dr. Doofenshmirtz thinks this is Huge Hands Hans and grabs her. Candace escapes though, and the chase begins. Isabella and the Fireside girls find out that huge monsters do not corner well. They all are in the asteroid belt, and Doofenshmirtz gets hit.
On Earth, Mr. Fletcher gives a pizza man a tip, his very own star. The pizza guy is not happy ("Uptown, they give Quasars!") The kids go back to earth and Linda arrives home and Candace greets her. She announces that she won although the Grand Prize was a star, to which Lawrence replies happily. Candace calls Linda to the yard, while she notices that the car is not parked. She proceeds to park it and since it was still connected to the rocket and it launched up to space again, while Isabella and Candace ask their crushes out, with Isabella going on a 1.5 date with Phineas and Ferb. Candace has more success, getting Jeremy to go on the Dance.
- Let's Take a Rocket Ship to Space
- Shooting Star Milkshake Bar
As the last verse of Let's Take a Rocket Ship to Space plays, Jeremy and Candace dances in Night of the Falling Stars girls' choice dance. Jeremy then points out a big shooting star, which turns out to be Doofenshmirtz inside the burning robot space station and falling to the ocean coast of Danville. He resurfaces and curses Perry and Hans. During the end logos, a man says "It's the final frontier, baby."
The "Too Young" LineEdit
|Candace: Does this suit make my butt look big?Phineas: Yes, yes it does.|
|Candace: What?! Oh, no, no, no, no, no. Can't you guys just find some old nuts and bolts lying around and jerry-rig up some machine-y-deal-y-bob and gets us out of this situation?Ferb: Candace, we are just kids.Candace: Argh! Why am I arguing with this? Hand me the suit.|
Perry's entrance to his lairEdit
Perry flies into space with Candace on Phineas and Ferb's ship, to realize that he is needed to be in space via videophone, but due to budget cuts can't be sent up there, when he is up there thanks to Phineas and Ferb.
The bird that runs into Phineas and Ferb's inventionEdit
A bird hits Phineas and Ferb's ship during the countdown. This is a reference to the famous video clip from Space Shuttle Discovery's STS-114 flight where a turkey vulture flew into the side of the shuttle's fuel tank nosecone just as it was lifting off.
|Stacy: Don't man the phone, girl. Phone the man!|
|Isabella: Why are you guys walking so slow?Phineas: Dramatic effect.|
|Isabella: Hey Phineas, can I ask you something? Will you go to the dance--Katie: Excuse me, Phineas. Can I get you to sign some liability waivers?Phineas: Sure thing! Hold that thought, Isabella.
Isabella: Sure. No prob.
|Candace: Brothers. Does every sister have to deal with this? No. Do I have to deal with this? Of course. You'd think I'd have better things to do and more important things to worry about. Every single day it's one thing after another. But do Mom and Dad see it? No. Do they get in trouble? No. And another thing...Arriving at the cockpit and only seeing Perry making a chatter.|
|Phineas: Candace, how'd you get in there?Candace: I can't hear you! My cheeks are covering my ears!|
|Candace: Nothing to be scared of?! There's the never-ending, icy cold, soul sucking darkness of space!|
|Phineas: If by bad you mean we're stranded in the never-ending, icy cold, soul sucking darkness of space... then yeah.|
|Isabella: (After Candace explains why she's afraid to ask Jeremy to the dance) You do realize that's kind of a worst-case scenario, right, Candace? But I do feel for you. I've been trying to ask Phineas to that same dance all day.Candace: Phineas! What is taking those boys so long?! They were supposed to find fuel ages ago! Later, Isabella!Isabella: Sure. No prob.|
|Phineas: So, Candace?Candace: Well, what? I guess I learned that I wouldn't be afraid to ask Jeremy out if he were growing out of the back of my head! I'm out of here. (Stomps off)Phineas: I just wanted to see if she liked the shake...|
|Isabella: Hey Phineas. You guys were great!Phineas: Thanks. You weren't too bad yourselves.Isabella: Oh, [giggle] thanks. So, would you like to go to the Night of the Falling Stars Girls' Choice dance tonight?
Phineas: Sounds like fun. Isabella: Really? Phineas: Ferb, what's our schedule like? [Ferb gives a thumbs-up] Okay, we'll be there. Isabella: Both of you? Phineas: Yeah. Why don't you come by and we'll all walk over together. Isabella: Sure. No prob.
|(Perry chatters)Phineas: Oh, there you are, Perry. Where you've been?
(Perry chatters again)
- 47th episode produced. 44th episode aired, first broadcast on December 5, 2008.
- "Building a rocket..." is a line in the Title Sequence, giving a preview for this. It showed Phineas jumping off the rocket in a Neil Armstrong fashion, as Ferb stays still behind him.
- It is confirmed that Perry is working for the government when Major Monogram says the line, "Now I've contacted the president and...". This was mentioned in the original story pitch, but was deleted from "Rollercoaster" for unknown reasons.
- Doofenshmirtz' hand machine has realistic hand movements, probably indicating that it is computer-animated.
- This is the second time Gretchen talks, the first being The Fast and the Phineas.
- On the Disney Channel U.S. website, before the episode aired, the website misspelled the episode as "Out to Lunch".
- Candace is supposed to wear a space suit. She was wearing her normal clothes when she checks on Phineas and Ferb to find gas.
- Isabella says "Sure. No prob." three times in the episode.
- This episode marks the second time we see Phineas and Ferb in space. The first was when their coaster went into orbit in "Rollercoaster". In "Traffic Cam Caper", the boys had built an elevator to the moon, but it is not seen.
- The elevator music version of "I'm Lindana and I Wanna Have Fun!" is playing during the establishing shot of Googolplex Mall.
- Candace asks Stacy "What if while I'm asking him, a satellite falls out of orbit and crashes into the..." This is the same scenario she presents to her mom when asking if she's in charge in "Rollercoaster".
- Also from Rollercoaster, when the bird hits the rocket, it falls, like when it hits the rollercoaster.
- This is the third time you see Phineas facing straight at the screen. At that angle, his head is like a needle.
- This episode shows Stacy in her room for the second time since "It's a Mud, Mud, Mud, Mud World" and also shows a poster of the Bettys on the end of her bed.
- Phineas and Ferb wore the same orange spacesuits in "The Doof Side of the Moon" when the boys and Isabella build their building too high and hit the Moon.
- There are several references to the space epic Star Wars:
- "Just like beggar's canyon back home," is a line from Star Wars: A New Hope referring to the treacherous journey along the Death Star.
- The giant hand machine Doofenshmirtz uses is possibly a reference to the Death Star in A New Hope.
- Perry being frozen in the ice cube tray is similar to Han Solo being frozen in carbonite in The Empire Strikes Back.
- Phineas, Ferb and Candace being chased through the asteroid field is similar to when Han Solo and Chewbacca flew through the asteroid field being chased by TIE fighters in The Empire Strikes Back. Their spaceship even makes a swing around an asteroid similar to what the Millennium Falcon did.
- The rocket building montage contains real-world footage of American efforts to build successful rockets during the early years of the space race in the 1960s. It is likely that the writers had Phineas and Ferb fail several times as an homage to all the hard work these scientists did to fulfill President Kennedy's dream.
- The dramatic, vapor filled walk Phineas and Ferb take while boarding the rocket mimics that of several films including The Right Stuff, Armageddon and Apollo 13.
- Armageddon or the Tintin comic "Explorers on the Moon" may also be the influence behind the orange space suits.
- "It's the final frontier, baby," the line at the very end in the song, is a reference to the famous "Space; the final frontier" of Star Trek.
- Phineas comments on Ferb's ability to maximize interior space, a subtle poke at the larger-on-the-inside TARDIS used in Doctor Who.
- The rabbit Dr. Doofenshmirtz makes on the moon might be a reference to the 'Moon Rabbit'.
- When Candace enters Jeremy's house in the radioactive-suit like space suit, it's a reference to when Marty wears a similar suit to convince his father to ask his mother out in Back to the Future. Candace uses the same raspy voice, too.
- The milk shake bar is probably a reference to Miliways from The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.
- Some of the aliens are drawn in the style of DePatie-Freleng, best known for the Pink Panther cartoons.
- Candace slides down the ladder of one of the rockets in a similar manner as Romulus (played by Thomas Sangster, the voice of Ferb).
- The title resembles the saying "Out to lunch."
- The expanding faces of the astronaut commander and Dr. Doofenshmirtz are similar to what happens to humans exposed to zero atmosphere in the movie Outland; however, in that movie they continued until they blew up.
- Phineas and Ferb's turn behind the milkshake bar resembles a similar scene between Tom Cruise and Bryan Brown in the movie Cocktail.
- Phineas's line, "Let's light this candle," is from The Right Stuff. (Scott Glenn as Astronaut Alan Shepard)
- The part where Phineas, Ferb, and Candace enter a bright light is similar to 2001: A Space Odyssey.
- When Phineas says, "Danville, we have a problem," it is an obvious allusion of the memorable phrase uttered by Jack Swigert on the Apollo 13 mission, "Houston, we have a problem."
- The astronaut that is trying to park his space shuttle Closely resembles Jango Fett from Star Wars: Attack of the Clones.
- Phineas and Ferb's orange space-suits resemble the ones worn in 2001: A Space Odyssey.