Ben 10: Alien Force

Season 1 Episode 7

Pier Pressure

Aired Friday 8:30 PM May 31, 2008 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

While Ben has a date with Julie, it is soon ruined when a Galvanic Mechomorph named Ship makes trouble at the local fair. Ship is after Ben, but Ben doesn't know why. Ben needs to find out before the symbiote alien wrecks his night out.

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  • Ben goes out with Julie > Great episode!

    Fantastic episode! Full of action without having an evil villain. I liked the fact that Ben finallywent out with Julie. I loved all of Ships' forms. I liked the end better because I was relieved to find out that Ship wasn't evil. He wanted to help his owners: other Galvanich Mechamorphs. I was so happy when they let Ship stay on Earth with Ben. That all got ruined when Ship went after the truck in the end and Ben didn't do anything. I hope Ship comes back. He'll make a great addition to the team. They'll need his "Upgrade" abilities! He'll be like the "Pet" of the team. I liked the part when he panted like a dog when Julie asked Ben if he was going to keep him. I'm sure he will!moreless
  • This is a Ben 10 episode called Pier Pressure.

    I like this episode a lot because Julie finds out about Ben and his aliens. This episode is when Ben asks out a girl named Julie to the pier carnival or something like that. Ben tries to hide the fact that he was an alien, but it didn't last long because he had to go alien in order to save Julie. I loved it when Ben thought that she would be scared of him because of his aliens, but she thought the opposite; she thought it was really cool. Then they find another alien that looked exactly like the big one that Ben fought off that he found out wasn't really bad. Then at the end, they walked all the way to Julie's house and the little alien left to follow a truck.moreless
  • What the deuce? for some reason I seem drawn to this episode.

    Ben finally works up some nerve to ask Julie on a date and well, aliens interuppt, don't you hate it when your job interuppts your date? lol. Anyway, The carnival at the pier is attacked by a shapeshifter from the previous series who ruins everything, including the peir. For some reason I rather like this episode, brainstorm and the bigger shapeshifter are funny to me. Brainstorm because he talks smart stuff even to himself and the shapeshifter because of the frustration Ben caused him. But for some other reason I'm drawn to this episode, why? I'm not sure. Is it because there's someone who knows about Ben's alien powers? OR what? I'm not quite sure, nonetheless, I liked this episode. Hope that's short enough for you.moreless
  • Ben's first date with Julie is interupted when a stranded alien calls for help.

    Loved this episode for several reasons. One: there are no DNAliens. Two: we get to see Ben, Gwen and Kevin engaged in ordinary, everyday teen-age activities. Three: Ben introduces us to a new alien warrior, Brainstorm (who has some very interesting powers). Four: we see the characters spending time in the sunlight. This is what has been missing from the series so far. The kids have fun here (in between the action scenes) and so do we. Ben's nervousness about his first date with Julie is both touching and funny. (Who hasn't fretted over going out with someone you really like while sporting a zit the size of a state?) The scenes where Gwen literally throws Ben at Julie in an effort to get them together and where Kevin breaks into Ben's house are also funny. And there is plenty of action. This has all the things that are best about the Ben 10 series.moreless
Yuri Lowenthal

Yuri Lowenthal

Truck Driver

Guest Star

Ashley Johnson

Ashley Johnson

Tennis Player

Guest Star

Rob Paulsen

Rob Paulsen

Cotton Candy Vendor, Galvanic Mechomorph Pilot, Patrolman

Guest Star

Vyvan Pham

Vyvan Pham

Julie, Ship

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (15)

    • If you look at the scoreboard during Julie's tennis match in the beginning of the episode, you can see that her opponent's name was Carol Smith.

    • When Ben and Julie were on their date, Ben was nervous of Julie finding out that he can turn into aliens but on the last episode of Ben 10, everyone finds out Ben's secret.

    • When Ship took over the jet plane ride, he was able to fly. That's impossible because that wasn't a real jet plane and it didn't have a motor or engine. The only thing Ship could've done, was to move while on the floor.

      Response: Ship is a Galvanic Mechamorph. Which means he can upgrade any mechanical material, therefore he could have improve the jet plane and give it the necessary parts to make it fly.

    • Humongousaur is so strong that he was able to go through the energy field, when any human could've been fried into a potato, based on Ben's speculations.

    • Look Closely:
      When Ben showed his true alien identity to Julie and transformed back, Ship talks to him. For a second, the 10 on Ben's jacket vanishes and his eyes turn black.

    • Pay Attention and Look Closely:
      The pier was empty and had almost no visitors. But when the roller coaster is shown, the train is completely full.

    • Look Closely:
      When Ben was waving his shirt and saying "andale," the white stripes were on his left sleeve and then they moved to his right sleeve.

    • Pay Attention:
      When Ship hides behind the pole while controlling the police car, he's standing up and no one notices him.

    • Pay Attention:
      When Gwen and Ben walk over to Julie after the game, the audience vanishes in less than a few seconds.

    • Look Closely:
      The two men in the audience have identical faces. Their features are very alike.

    • Look Closely:
      The truck at the end of the episode is the same as the one that Ship took over in the beginning.

    • This episode marks the first time the new Omnitrix is referenced as having a power limitation in that it can only handle a limited amount of transformations in a short period of time before shutting down to recharge. This can be seen as similar to the original model's "Time Out" limitation.

    • This marks the first time the new Omnitrix acts on its own self, choosing to transform into a different alien than the one Ben selects.

    • Look Carefully:
      When Ben says the Omnitrix needs recharging, the Omnitrix is still green, instead of it's red "uncharged" light from the previous series. How Ben therefore knows the watch needs a recharge is unexplained.

    • Brainstorm is the first of the Alien Force aliens to actually choose his name, instead of Ben automatically knowing it.

  • QUOTES (39)

    • (truck goes by and Ship chases after it)
      Ben: Well, so much for bonding.

    • Galvanic Mechamorph: Yes, well as I was saying... Before I lost consciousness, I extruded a symbiote. The one you call Ship.
      Ship: Ship!
      Galvanic Mechamorph: Thank you. And setted off to find the nearest Plumber.
      Julie: Because your sink was clogged?
      Humongousaur: No. The Plumbers are intergalactic police officers. (Julie looks puzzled) Yeah, I'll explain later.

    • Ben: Wait, I've seen that thing before.
      Julie: You have?
      Ben: Kinda. I used to be able to turn into one of those. Called myself Upgrade.
      Julie: Well whatever it is, it's hurt.

    • Ben: Hey did I miss anything?
      Julie: What? Wait, you didn't see that?
      Ben: See what? (Ship rises behind him)

    • Ben: (shows Julie the cotton candy) Look. I've got pink and blue! Your pick.(shows Julie his blue teeth)

    • Cotton Candy Man: (angry) Kid, you and me have a date with my insurance adjustor!
      Ben: (remembers Julie) Date? Ah! (grabs cotton candy) Look here's my allowance. It's all I've got! (gives him change and runs)

    • Ben: (puts his jacket back on) I hope there is a simple explanation for this. I kinda doubt it.

    • Gwen: (yelling at Kevin) At least when Ben likes a girl, he lets her know, he asks her out. Maturity... isn't that a novel approach?

    • Kevin: (mimics Ben's father) Now remember Benny boy, your mother and I want you back by ten o'clock sharp or you can't go to the disco.
      Julie: Disco?
      Ben: He watches a lot of reruns.

    • Sheriff: (investigating truck) I found that truck... No, no sign of whoever took it... What do you mean he says it drove away by itself. That just doesn't happen... (Ship drives away with the police car) ...much!

    • Julie: Back so soon?
      Ben: (shy) Um, yeah... So Julie, I was wondering if you would like to, I don't know, get together sometime.
      Julie: Sure! When?
      Ben: (Ben walks over to Gwen) She said when. That's like a yes, only more specific. Now what?
      Gwen: You say; how about tonight?
      Ben: (gulps) Tonight? (walks back to Julie) I mean we could go to the pier, tonight.

    • Kevin: Constantly. But enough about me. Gwen says that you need a favor.
      Ben: Uh...yeah. See, I kinda wanna go to the pier...tonight. With Julie.
      Kevin: I bet you do.
      Ben: And since I don't have a car...
      Kevin: Or a license.
      Ben: Or a license. I was wondering if you could give us a ride?
      Kevin: Kay.
      Ben: (surprised) That's it? No jokes, no insults, no blackmail?
      Kevin: Nope.
      Ben: Wow. Thanks. ( Kevin walks over to door) Wait, your going to wait till we're in the car, and your going to make my life miserable, aren't you?

    • Ben: Listen, uh, sorry about Kevin.
      Julie: Why is he so mean to you?
      Ben: It makes him happy.
      Julie: (laughs) You're nice to let him.

    • Ben: How did you get in here?
      Kevin: The usual way. Incidentally, you may want to fix that hole I punched in your back door before your mother sees it.
      Ben: You couldn't knock?
      Kevin: I sorta did.
      Ben: Has anyone ever told you that you are a strange and dangerous person?
      Kevin: Constantly.

    • Gwen:: See, she waved! She likes you! You should definitely ask her out.
      Ben: No way! What if she finds out about the Omnitrix? I don't want her to think I'm weird.
      Gwen: Ben, you are weird. But you're also funny, and sensitive, and well-mannered! Unlike some people I know. (Kevin is snoring)

    • Julie: Um, explosion's over.
      Humongousaur: (stops hugging Julie; embarrassed) R-Right.

    • Ben: (Ship chases truck) Well, so much for bonding!

    • Julie: (referring to Ship) He's cute. Are you going to keep him?

    • Ben: I bet you, this is the worst date you've ever had.
      Julie: Not the worst, just different. And being different is fine.

    • Julie: That's why Ship was trying to get your attention.
      Ben: Get my attention? He wrecked the pier. He kidnapped you!

    • Ben: It's a countdown. That thing is going to explode! (transforms into Humongousaur)

    • Jetray: (flying) What have you done with Julie?
      Julie: I'm here. And how do you know my name?
      Jetray: Julie don't be scared. It's me... it's... Ben...
      Julie: (looks at Jetray) You're a monster?

    • Jetray: None of this makes sense! Why am I being attacked by carnival rides? And why did they grab Julie?

    • Ben: (hanging) This is just not my night. (falls into water)

    • Brainstorm: (Ship dodges his attack) What the deuce?

    • Brainstorm: Hmm, I'm not Jetray. I'm a seafood platter!

    • Julie: (suspicious) Ben are you hiding something?
      Ben: No, no secrets here. My life is just an open book! Just your basic regular guy.

    • Ben: (Holding cotton candy) Sorry, you would not believe the line!
      Julie: Ben, there's nobody here.

    • Ben: (teasing Ship as a bumper car) Hey bumpo, bumpo. Andale!

    • Ben: (sarcastically) What is this? When carnival rides attack?

    • Cotton Candy Man: (Ben jumps over stand) Watch it!
      Ben: Sorry! (Ship runs over stand and destroys it)

    • Ben: (Omnitrix beeping) Typical. Everything's going great and then this freaks out on me.

    • Ben: Slow night. This place is packed on weekends.
      Julie: Good. This way we'll have the place to ourselves.

    • Kevin: (teasing Ben and Julie) Ben's got a girlfriend, Ben's got a girlfriend.

    • Kevin: (slams and breaks door) Knob's broken!

    • Ben: (preparing for date) Great. My hair looks stupid, my shirt is wrinkled, and I have a zit the size of Kansas! (Kevin appears from behind)
      Kevin: Yeah that's one big zit alright!
      Ben: How did you get in here?
      Kevin: The usual way. (shows metallic hand)

    • Julie: Great! Guess I'll hit the showers.
      Ben: Yes, good, me too! I mean...uh.
      Gwen: He'll come by around seven. (grabs Ben) Sometimes I wonder how this species survives!

    • Ben: (talking to Julie) Way to go! Great game, match, set... whatever.

    • Kevin: (wakes up) What did I miss?
      Ben: She won!

  • NOTES (13)


    • Baz-El: And you wonder why most aliens communicate through your cattle.

      What Baz-El is referring to is cattle mutilations, which is the apparent killing and then mutilation of cattle under unusual or anomalous circumstances. Which often includes seeing a UFO after the event has occurred.

    • "This looks like a job for Jetray!"

      This is a play on the line used in the Superman comics- 'This looks like a job for Superman.'

    • Ship - Speech
      Ship apparently has the ability to speak only his own "name," similar to Coco from Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends.

    • Brainstorm : What the deuce?
      This is a well-known line used by Stewie in Family Guy. Both of them surprisingly talk in a formal manner.

    • Allusions from the Previous Aliens:
      Brainstorm seems to have the ability of Benvicktor's lightning and Grey Matter's intelligence.

    • John Cleese:
      The Galvanic Mechamorph appears to be channelling John Cleese, a British comedian mostly known for Fawlty Towers and anything Monty-Python related.

    • Pier Pressure - Title:
      "Pier Pressure" is a play on the term, "peer pressure," meaning you are pressured by someone around your age to do something. The word "Peer" changed into "Pier" because it occurs on a pier during a carnival.