Ben 10

Season 3 Episode 11

The Return (1)

Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Apr 07, 2007 on Cartoon Network
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While driving on a Florida highway, a bus of escaped felons rams into the RV. Ben transforms into Stinkfly (though not intentionally) and tries to stop them. With a little help from Grandpa's handy driving, and a magic spell from Gwen, the felons are put back in jail. On the news, the Tennyson's hear about purple lightning delaying a space shuttle launch. Remembering the lightning from the encounter with the werewolf and mummy aliens, they head to Cape Canaveral. At the Space Center, Ben comes under attack by the werewolf and mummy aliens, and new Frankenstein alien. However, why is the purple lightning occurring, and what ties does it have to an old "friend"?moreless

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  • It was a great installment.

    A shuttle launch at NASA is interrupted by a purple lightning storm. This attracts the attention of Ben, Gwen, and Max, who hope to discover the origin of the alien werewolf and mummy. While at NASA, Ben runs into an ill-tempered scientist by the name of Dr. Vicktor. Surveilence tapes associate him with the purple lightning storm, and he is quickly shown to be in cahoots with the two creatures. Ben, Gwen, and Max encounter the creatures again, in addition to Doctor Vicktor in his true form. Following a losing battle, the Tennysons split up: Max and Gwen board the space shuttle that Doctor Vicktor launches, and Ben follows Vicktor as XLR8. The mummy's onboard the space shuttle, and Vicktor sends the werewolf to New Mexico in a flash of purple lightning through use of a teleportation device. But as Ben confronts Dr. Vicktor, the scientist reveals that he is not carrying out his own plan. To Ben's horror, Vicktor revives his master: Ghostfreak.moreless
  • A Thep Khufan, a Loboan and a Transylian revives Ghostfreak. Can Ben stop them?

    One of the best episodes of Ben 10 ever! It is also the first time Ben uses our mummy friend, Benmummy but did not use him well. Grandpa Max also mistakes Benmummy as the evil mummy alien! Dr Vicktor, a Transylian has extremely good reflexes, a really smart brain, can survive in space without a spacesuit and disguises himself as a professor working in NASA teleports the mummy and the werewolf alien to their destinations on Earth to revive Ghostfreak via the mysterious purple lightning. Ben also learns that it is better to work as a team. This is the first two part episode, too!moreless
  • Purple lighning!!! The return of Ghostfreak!

    being hit by a bus driven by convicts Ben decides to stop them. but can't so Grandpa tries his idea but cuts the bridge in half and sends the bus full of convicts in to the water below while Gwen uses a spell to make sure they don't get away They then hear of a space shuttle launch that has been delayed due to purple lightning so they go decide to investigate and find a scientist called Dr. Vicktor who was the cause of the purple lightning while the Wolf and the Mummy help dr. Vicktor to get ready for the return of Ghostfreak and his master plan.

    A Great episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • The Wolf, The Mummy, and Dr. Vicktor prepare Ghostfreak's coming back party.

    After being hit by a bus taken over by the criminals, Ben decides to stop them, but ends up as Stinkfly, who isn't getting the job done, so Grandpa jumps in with his own way, but cuts the bridge in half and sends the bus full of convicts over the edge, while Gwen uses a spell to make sure they don't swim away. Back in the Rust Bucket, Grandpa hears a space shuttle launch has been delayed due to purple lightning, so the three head over to investigate, and find that Dr. Vicktor is more than human, while the Wolf and the Mummy head to there stations to prepare for the return of their master, as well as the final acts of his plan to shroud the world in darkness.moreless
  • Benwolf,Underwraps and Ghostfreaked Out are back with a new scientist.

    Why do that werewolf and mummy have to come back?I don't mind Ghostfreak coming back but more animal aliens egyptian scientists????????!!!!!!! The last sentence is sorta confusing but get used to it.I didn't know Gwen had her magic back.Now she can use them to prank Ben.But Ben has to learn that you can't go hero without your family and friends.He's gonna have to learn it the hard way.Who's this Dr Vicktor and why should he interfere with the others.Who was a computer geek again? When the werewolf saw Ben as that mummy he should have thought that it was the enemy mummy.Can't wait for the next part.moreless
Meagan Smith

Meagan Smith

Gwen Tennyson

Paul Eiding

Paul Eiding

Max Tennyson

Steven Jay Blum

Steven Jay Blum

Heat Blast/Ghostfreak

Tara Strong

Tara Strong

Ben Tennyson/Upgrade

Dee Bradley Baker

Dee Bradley Baker


Fred Tatasciore

Fred Tatasciore

Ripjaws/Cannon Bolt

Steven Jay Blum

Steven Jay Blum


Guest Star

Fred Tatasciore

Fred Tatasciore


Guest Star

Jim Ward

Jim Ward

Radio Announcer/NASA Engineer

Guest Star

Richard Doyle

Richard Doyle

Dr. Shueman

Recurring Role

Khary Payton

Khary Payton

Convict #1

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • XLR8's tail vanishes for a short while after recovering from being knocked away by Dr. Vicktor before he asks "Uh, what is he gonna do with that?"

    • Listen Closely: The chant Gwen used to summon the dragon was the same chant Gwendolyn uses in "Ben 10,000."

    • Think Back: In the picture of a younger Max at NASA, he has black hair. However, in flashbacks in "Truth" and "The Visitor", as well as in "Don't Drink the Water", he had red hair.

    • Look Closely: When Ben first changes into XLR8, the triangles on the Omnitrix symbol are touching until Dr. Vicktor knocks him away.

    • Think Back: In "Ghostfreaked Out", Ghostfreak was destroyed in Bancroft Academy, but here, he was revived in the NASA Space Station. Also, Ben/XLR8 claims that he knows the place where Vicktor revives Ghostfreak as the place where he killed Ghostfreak.

    • Think Back: It doesn't seem likely that Ghostfreak could have coerced Dr. Vicktor, and alien mummy, and an alien wolf into working for him; his personality had been trapped in the Omnitrix. Besides that, whatever time he spent getting out of the Omnitrix in "Ghostfreaked Out," he couldn't have gathered these three together, especially since he was reduced to ashes at the end of the episode.

    • Look Closely: When the Omnitrix turns Ben into Cannon Bolt instead of Four Arms, he complains, "Oh, man! What does it have against Four Arms!" When he said this, Cannon Bolt's teeth are flat and square. Usually, they are sharp like Grey Matter's teeth.

    • Right before Ben turns into the Benmummy, he sets it to Heat Blast, and right before he starts pressing the face down, it's going down on its own.

    • The bridge at the beginning of the episode is the Seven Mile Bridge going to Key West. Why was Grandpa Max going to Key West?

    • Grandpa Max's full first name is revealed to be Maxwell.

    • Among the escaped prisoners on the bus is the pony-tailed crook who tried to rob the fish stall in "A Change of Face."

    • Ben closed the door to the G-Force resistance tester using the palm scanner, but he should not have been able to do so.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Cannon Bolt: (Ben turns into Cannon Bolt instead of Four Arms) Oh, man! What does it have against Four Arms?

    • Ghostfreak: (after being restored to life) I LIVE!

    • Gwen: This spell's gonna blow all you alien freaks away. Trista Combetitus!
      (nothing happens)
      Dr. Vicktor: I've got some magic for you. I'm going to make all of you disappear!

    • Dr. Vicktor: (to Ben) I was told of the Omnitrix, but you are not the only one who can transform. (changes into his true form)

    • Ben: (to the wolf alien) Heat Blast's gonna singe that mangy fur coat of yours. (changes into Benmummy)
      Benmummy: The mummy? Oh, man!

    • Dr. Shueman: Dr. Vicktor, there you are. I need to speak to you about your credentials.
      Dr Vicktor: Not now!
      Dr. Shueman: Dr. Vicktor, I am your superior!
      Dr. Vicktor: You have no idea how wrong you are!
      (the mummy alien attacks Dr. Shueman from behind)

    • Ghostfreak: You and I have a score to settle, Ben Tennyson.

    • Convict: They sure got some butt-ugly bugs down here.
      Stinkfly: Who you calling "butt-ugly," butt-ugly?!

    • Stinkfly: Nobody gets out of jail free when this fly is on patrol!
      Convict #1: Oh! And I thought the prison food smelled gross!

    • Ben: Those cons picked the wrong bridge at the wrong time.
      Grandpa Max: Ben, this time we need to figure out our plan before you go charging off.
      Gwen: Grandpa's right.
      Ben: Okay, here's the plan - you guys sit back and enjoy the hero show.
      Grandpa Max: Ben, Gwen and I can help.
      Ben: (laughs) That's funny, Grandpa. I'm out of here!

    • Gwen: Oh, goody. Another game of Follow-The-Loser.

  • NOTES (22)

    • Benmummy's transformation sequence was not shown, making him the first new alien in which the transformation sequence is not shown in its debut episode.

    • Alien Mistransformations:

      Four Arms-Stinkfly.
      Heat Blast-Benmummy.
      Four Arms-Cannon Bolt.

    • This episode aired as the season finale for Australia.

    • Despite Vilgax being the "main" villain of this series, Ghostfreak, with just one episode, was given enough status for the first two-part Ben 10 episode.

    • Main Villain Bio: Dr. Vicktor - An alien resembling Frankenstein's monster, Dr. Vicktor works at NASA, disguised as a human scientist as a means to hijack a space shuttle. He is incredibly intelligent, and working for Ghostfreak. His immediate plan was to resurrect his master, whose ultimate plan was to prevent the sun's light from reaching the earth using various satellites (therefore meaning that Ghostfreak would be at full power all of the time). He serves as the unofficial leader of the three horror-themed aliens. The purple lightning that the previous two horror aliens appeared in was generated by a teleportation machine that he uses.

    • The building where Ghostfreak was destroyed in "Ghostfreaked Out" is seen in this episode, as its presence is necessary to gather the ashes that would restore him to life.

    • XLR8's original transformation sequence is seen for the first time since "Kevin 11."

    • Aunt Vera (from "Permanent Retirement") is mentioned yet again in this episode.

    • Cartoon Network (UK) airdate: April 7th, 2007.

    • It is confirmed that the purple lightning is a form of teleportation, created by Vicktor to transport the mummy and wolf aliens.

    • Main Transformation(s): XLR8.

    • Gwen uses 2 new magic spells in this episode. The first spell was a water spell to catch the men in the water from escaping by making a fountain-type attack. The second spell was when she used the defense spell to protect herself, Ben, and Grandpa Max from the 3 aliens by summoning the giant energy snake to block the attack of Dr. Vicktor.

    • Running Gags:
      1) The Omnitrix kept on preventing Ben from transforming into Four Arms by changing him into another alien.
      2) Grandpa Max using a high-tech device and saying "Plumber's standard issue."
      3) Gwen trying out a spell from Charmcaster's spellbook and it results in something unexpected.

    • Alien Form(s) Used:
      1) Stinkfly.
      2) Benmummy.
      3) Cannon Bolt.
      4) XLR8.

    • Ben uses his mummy alien form for the first time. Its name is Benmummy, according to the credits.

    • This is the first time that Gwen or Max has identified an alien as Ben based on the presence of the Omnitrix logo.

    • This is the first time an episode ends with a "To Be Continued," making it the first two-part episode.

    • It is revealed that Grandpa Max used to work for NASA. He also used to work along with Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong.

    • This episode marks the return of Ghostfreak since his last appearance in "Ghostfreaked Out."

    • We find out the Yenaldooshi werewolf alien survived the cave-in in "Benwolf" and it releases the mummy alien that got frozen by Ben in "Under Wraps."

    • Ghostfreak has three monster-themed alien minions: the werewolf alien, the mummy alien, and a Frankenstein's monster alien disguised as a scientist named Dr. Vicktor.

    • Main Villain(s): Dr. Vicktor, Mummy Alien, Werewolf Alien, & Ghostfreak.