Codename: Kids Next Door

Season 3 Episode 3

Operation: U.T.O.P.I.A. / Operation: R.O.B.B.E.R.S.

Aired Weekdays 3:00 PM Jun 25, 2004 on Cartoon Network
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Operation: U.T.O.P.I.A. / Operation: R.O.B.B.E.R.S.
Operation: U.T.O.P.I.A.: The evil Chester is developing his Happy Headband, a strange device he plans to sell to parents to keep kids "out of their hair." Numbuh 1 breaks into his lab and steals it, but when escaping on his G.A.R.G.O.C.Y.C.L.E., Chester shoots him down. The operative lands on a strange island which seems to be a children's utopia - lakes are made of soda, candy grows from trees, you can have birthday cake for dinner, and best of all, no adults! But soon, Numbuh 1 remembers a cardinal rule - when something seems too good to be true, it usually is. He follows the clues, and realizes that he's in the middle of Chester's virtual reality world, where the villain has complete control! Can Numbuh 1 escape this dreaded matrix?! Operation: R.O.B.B.E.R.S.: It's time for the morning commute to school, and for once, Numbuh 4 is anxious to go, mostly because he has a crush on the new teacher. But on the way to school, the bus is attacked by kids dressed by cowboys packing chewing-gun loaded six-shooters, demanding the students' spelling homework! Now Numbuh 4 pursues the bandits outside, while Numbuh 5 engages them on the bus itself. Can they save the day before first bell? And who is the brains behind these delinquent desperadoes?moreless

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  • Operation U.T.O.P.I.A.- After escpaing Chester's lab. Nigel finds the perfect island- is this a real Utopia or is it a trap? Operation R.O.B.B.E.R.S. - This 6 Gum Gang tries to steal Numbuh 4's homework? Will Nigel get his homework back ormoreless

    Operation U.T.O.P.I.A. - The whole happy headband thing is really creepy. This episode wasn't as exciting as it could've been and it felt choppy and uneven the whole time. It was a good premise-- yet there is no follow through. Therefore, I'll give this episode a 5.

    Operation R.O.B.B.E.R.S.- while Numbuh Five and Numbuh Four go to school the 6 Gum Gang tries to steal Wallie's homework. This really could've been a short instead of a full episode, it feels very elongated and dull. The ending is weird too and the episode just seems to be begging for time to waste itself. Personally, I give this episode a 4.moreless
Cree Summer

Cree Summer

Numbuh 5/Delightful Child From Down the Lane #5

Benjamin Diskin

Benjamin Diskin

Numbuh 1/Numbuh 2

Dee Bradley Baker

Dee Bradley Baker

Numbuh 4

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Numbuh 3

Benjamin Diskin

Benjamin Diskin

Robber #4

Recurring Role

Jennifer Hale

Jennifer Hale

Robber #3/ Mrs. Thompson

Recurring Role

Frank Welker

Frank Welker

Bus Driver

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In "R.O.B.B.E.R.S." the Six-Gum Gang steals everybody's homework on the bus. When the scene switches to the classroom, the Delightful Children from Down the Lane lie to Mrs. Thompson that they loved doing spelling homework so much, they did it sixty times. When Mrs. Thompson shows the pile of "Homework the DCFDTL did", it shows Wallabee's blue paper. That same paper was stolen from the Six-Gum Gang, so this could give you a pretty good idea that the Six-Gum Gang work for the Delightful Children from Down the Lane. This is a strong conclusion later proven to be true in the episode "E.L.E.C.T.I.O.N."

    • Numbuh 5's watch conviently appears when she needs it, then disappears a second later.

  • QUOTES (15)

  • NOTES (16)

    • First appearance of the Six-Gum Gang.

    • Operation: U.T.O.P.I.A. is a Numbuh 1 episode.
      Operation: R.O.B.B.E.R.S is a Numbuh 4 and 5 episode.

    • U.T.O.P.I.A. stands for Uncovering The Only Peaceful Island Accidentally.

      R.O.B.B.E.R.S. stands for Rather Ornery Bandits Burglarize Educationally Required Schoolwork.

    • In Chester's reality where he defeats Numbuh One in the National Villains Bank and Mr. Boss congratulates Chester by giving him a check with bumillion dollars on it, among the villain seen there are Crazy Old Cat Lady, Principal, Professor XXXL (in his turtle shell), Gramma Stuffum, Professor Bob, Count Spankulot, Stickybeard and his Candy Pirates, a Cheese Ninja, Mr. Wink and Mr. Fibb, Common Cold, Knightbrace, Miss Goodwall, Toilenator, Great Lenny Puttinski, Mega Mom, Mr. Mogul and Simon, Big Brother, Major Mrs. Manners, the Ice Cream Man, an unknown lightbulb-themed villain, and an unknown purple and yellow-costumed villain.

    • Numbuhs 1, 2, and 3 don't appear in Operation R.O.B.B.E.R.S.

    • The Homework Bandits are also known as the Six-Gum Gang.

    • KND Vehicle: G.A.R.G.O.C.Y.C.L.E. - Granite Augmented Rocket Glider Outstandingly Creates Your Cool-Looking Escape (seen in Operation: U.T.O.P.I.A.)

      KND Weapon: S.P.L.A.N.K.E.R. - Solid Pine Loaded Artillery Nicely Kicks Enemy Rear (seen in Operation R.O.B.B.E.R.S. It was used in previous episodes, but this one gives the weapon's designation).

    • Season 3 debut of the Delightful Children From Down The Lane.

    • The city where Chester's lab is located is obviously a different city than the team's hometown - it is much larger (there are no skyscrapers in the town where the Treehouse is located). Possibly, the reason Numbuh 1 was assigned to handle Chester is because his team has encountered him before.

    • Response to the first post: Chester is probably one of those "wild card" villians, who can and will become anything to stop children. He was also featured in Operation: C.A.M.P. as a camp counselor (though unnamed at the time), and as the aforementioned fast-food vendor. This would lead one to believe that he has no official occupation; he just wants to get rid of kids and make money for doing so.

    • Villains: Chester; The Homework Bandits, Delightful Children from Down the Lane.

    • Good series continuity occurs in "Operation U.T.O.P.I.A." when Numbuh 1 realizes Numbuah 4 can't swim, making him realize his mind is being manipulated.

    • In addition to not being able to swim, it appears that Numbuh 4 can't spell either.

    • Lizzie can be seen on the bus (though you only see her back).

    • Numbuhs 5 and 4 are in the 4th grade. Apparently they haven't gotten out for summer vacation yet and go to 5th grade in the fall, that or they go to year-round school.

    • Chester isn't really just a burger guy like we all thought in his first appearance (Operation F.A.S.T.F.O.O.D.), he's really a mad scientist. He created a headband that brings you into a dream illusion of your perfect place or perfect moment in Operation U.T.O.P.I.A.


    • Katy: This is where I live! (moves plants out of view)

      When Katy says this and uncovers her home, she shows a whole bunch of beautiful scenery, this can probably be a reference to The Lion King when Timon shows Simba his and Pumbaa's home as he moves plants out of the way and says the same thing.

    • U.T.O.P.I.A.: Virtual Reality
      This might be a long shot, but it is possible that the plot of U.T.O.P.I.A. was inspired by "The Matrix" trilogy it maybe basde on the Superman comic For the Man Who Has Everything which Superman was pulled into a fantasy but later turned the tables on Mongul.

    • Utopia: Response
      The novel "Utopia" was written in 1516 by Sir Thomas More. Many believe that the island he named Utopia was based on Australia, which was used as a prison colony at the time, but which many believed could be a perfect spot for proper colonization.

    • Episode Title: Operation: U.T.O.P.I.A.
      Utopia is the name of a book about a perfect island. The island's name is the same as the book title