Danny Phantom

Season 3 Episode 10

Claw of the Wild

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Aired Friday 12:00 AM Aug 23, 2007 on Nickelodeon
9.3
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Danny's class goes to a camping trip with Mr. Lancer and Ms. Teslaff to an abandoned place which is seemingly haunted. Soon reports of monster sightings and missing students have the whole camp shook up. Monsters start showing up and disrupting the camping trip. To Danny's surprise, these monsters are ghosts working for Walker, on the hunt for Wulf. Now Danny must save his old friend and his class from Walker!moreless

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  • Wulf returns!! So does Walker and his goons.

    9.0
    This is one of the best episodes of season 3. Not only did Wulf finally return, but so has Walker and his cronies. They start kidnapping campers left and right in order to get Danny to surrender Wulf and even himself. However in the end, the tables turn on Walker. In the game of cat and mouse, Walker turned out to be the mouse or even a rat. Imagine telling this sort of ghost story around a campfire.moreless
  • at first people are like, " Oh no, it's a camping episode!" Then would be like " Oh... not an ordinary camping episode... figures."

    9.5
    Great episode! Starts off as a typical camping trip would, then when kids start disappearing, it's up to Danny and friends to get to the bottom of the disappearances. then, the camp counselors, Mrs. Teslaff and Mr. Lancer divides the camp in two separate teams, one doing normal camp stuff while the other on a little hunting trip. Danny and Tucker are on the normal stuff side while Sam's on the other. While the normal group is canoeing, fog comes, giving Danny the perfect opportunity to " Go ghost " and look for Sam's group, but, apparently while Danny does that, the group Tucker's in disappears.



    So when Danny comes back with Sam, they see ruined canoes everywhere and meet up with a very old friend, Wulf! We find out that Wulf escaped the ghost zone prison... leaving the portal he came out of wide open. So now we find out the disappearances are the work of Walker's goons.



    By the end of the episode they find the missing campers and Wulf is free from Walker, forever! There's a hint a the very end of the episode that Danny and Sam love each other...moreless
  • Okay.... When all is going well, and you're just out in the woods...................

    8.4
    When all is going well, and you're just out in the woods with some classmates and two crazy teachers, what could possibly go wrong? Did I forget to mention Danny Fenton is along on this camping trip? Well he is. So the camping trip will be no ordinary camping trip. Ghosts will pop out of nowhere, kids will start to disappear, the usually unhappy girl will be the only happy person. Danny must betray someone in order to save everyone. He must risk his life, and put his best friend Sam's life in danger. Can a wulf be of any help, or will it be all over for the campers, Danny and his friends Sam and Tucker? "Claw of the Wild" is set in summer at Amity Park, which is apparently more grey than anything else. For camp at Lake Eerie is dead, lifeless, and the site of numerous disappearances!



    Not too much to say on this one...



    I appreciated that this episode did have a different angle and approach than most of Season 3. After several new villains, a lot of Vlad, and so many "Today Amity Park...tomorrow, the world!" plots, it was nice to be in a distant location with faces from the Rogue's Gallery we haven't seen in some time, with more of a horror movie/mystery angle.



    Having said that, the absence of Valerie and the fact that, EfaE and D/S aside, no major story arcs from the previous seasons have been developed makes me think that Marmel's departure was both less than pleasant and resulted in a good chunk of the blueprints for Season 3 being shelved.



    Outside the "and Tucker" moments, I actually felt the D/S in this episode was very nice, because a lot of it was not overtly romantic. The plan to infiltrate Walker's home base, Sam's work with the wrist laser, Danny's faith in her when fighting came up, and the bit with the collar were all fantastic IMO. I think the collar bit has the potential to read rather weak for people who haven't seen PE at all or haven't seen it in a long time, but for those who follow the continuity, it has the potential to play very well. And I enjoyed the starlit ending with the quiet exit music.



    It was great to see Wulf again. I kept thinking of him as all of the monsters appeared and kept thinking he'd have some irrational but empathetic reason to be behind the disappearances, but I thought the way things ultimately played out worked very well. The disappearances themselves were effective, I thought, and created a nice sense of mystery, if not dread and fear for the characters. But feeling something was nice.



    And I actually thought Tucker, when he was on-camera, was appropriately handled. He would bring the gadgets, keep track of the thermos, and konk out when the entertainment was star-gazing rather than the latest B-horror flick IMO. And in this particular episode, which did focus in on D/S, I thought his absence from the proceedings was appropriate. But throughout the season, he could have and should have been used more effectively.



    And Paulina's concern for Star aside, I really didn't care for how the Casper High crew was used. It was nice that Lancer was closer to the kids than Tetslaff, but come on, Sullivan! This character got spotlighted in TotY and has had several remarkable moments throughout the show's run. Give him a bloody role to play in the proceedings! And why throw away everyone else? And where the hell is Valerie!? While Danny, Sam, Tucker, and the class go on a summer camp in Camp Skull-and-Crossbones, ghostly monsters have been invading the place. Plus the students and counselors are being held hostage by Walker who still wants to capture Danny. The only reason that Walker, his guards and the monsters are loose is because of Wulf's escape rift. What's also interesting is that Danny and Sam learned how to speak Esperanto in order to communicate with Wulf. I like the ending when Danny, Sam and Tucker are enjoying the great outdoors while the others are trapped in a giant tank in suspended animation. Now that Danny set Wulf free, things are turning out to be great. OMG! This eppi had a lot of really good moments. I loved it when Danny and Sam thought the stuff the campers were floating in was oatmeal. LOL! I really liked the eppi overall. My favorite part was the end when Danny almost put his arm around Sam after Tuck fell asleep. That's adorable. I didn't really think that Wulf could have a major role in any of the eppis. Butch really made a good comeback of the show with season 3. I especially liked this eppi cuz I'm in 6th grade and we were SUPPOSED to have a camping trip. There's like... three xD; One and Two were when they both were like "I wouldn't be able to live without you... or Tucker." And the third one was near the end when they give each other lovey-dovey eyes. Oh! and there's a fourth one at the very end when Tucker finally falls asleep [in fact, they make it seem like Danny is tryint to put his arm around her shoulder i cant wait to see the pics i asked for she said she will try to get me em and i cant wait to share em with you!!!!xd

    now remeber these are danny and sam moments yall and thats wat i like in a good dp eppie!!!! Plot spoilers, well at least half of it. If you don't want to know what happens don't read this. Danny Sam and Tucker go on a camping trip to Camp Skull in Lake Eerie(sound familiar? cough cough GNO cough cough) only to find that the camp site that was supposed to be beautiful is in ruins! To make it worse, Mrs. Tetslaff and Mr. Lancer are the chaperones, and there are no bathrooms there whatsoever! Mikey and Nathan try to run behind a tree since they've been holding it for a rilly long time, but Mikey runs out alone saying that some freaky ghost attacked and kidnapped Nathan. The campers get frightened and Mrs. Tetslaff of course says that this place is not haunted even though it's supposed to be. Danny and Tucker get put in a cabin with Dash and Quan who use their heads to score points for their game of hackey sack. Each time it lands on a head you score. Sam gets put in a cabin with Paulina and Starr. Danny and Tucker sneak out at night and take Sam with them to look into this whole haunted camp business. They run into a ghost which they instantly suck into the thermos after a quick fight. The next morning they're eating breakfast when Dash runs in saying that Quan was attacked and kidnapped Quan just like with Nathan. When the timing is just right Danny flies off while canoeing in Lancer's group with Tucker but accidentally leaves the thermos behind. He saves Sam who was in Tetslaff's group but accidentally wandered off track. He realizes he left the thermos so he quickly freezes the ghost that attacked Sam. Soon Tetslaff and her group are ambushed by Walker's goons and kidnapped themselves! That may explain Quan and Nathan's disappearence. Meanwhile, Danny and Sam return to find the camp site even more ruined then before. Not to mention, it looks like Lancer's group was taken too. They find Tucker's portable video game broken and the thermos gone. The bush behind them moves and Danny goes ghost and shoots an energy blast at it. Wulf comes out and Danny immediately stops tryin to blast him. I don't quite know what happens next but I think that Wulf's going to warn them about Walker kidnapping everyone. Then they're all going to go after Walker and his goons and they'll of course free all of his prisoners and foil Walker's plan.moreless
  • Adventurous.

    10
    When all is going well, and you're just out in the woods with some classmates and two crazy teachers, what could possibly go wrong? Did I forget to mention Danny Fenton is along on this camping trip? Well he is. So the camping trip will be no ordinary camping trip. Ghosts will pop out of nowhere, kids will start to disappear, the usually unhappy girl will be the only happy person. Danny must betray someone in order to save everyone. He must risk his life, and put his best friend Sam's life in danger. Can a wulf be of any help, or will it be all over for the campers, Danny and his friends Sam and Tucker?moreless
  • Summer camp is marked by strange disappearances.

    6.5
    "Claw of the Wild" is set in summer at Amity Park, which is apparently more grey than anything else. For camp at Lake Eerie is dead, lifeless, and the site of numerous disappearances!



    Not too much to say on this one...



    I appreciated that this episode did have a different angle and approach than most of Season 3. After several new villains, a lot of Vlad, and so many "Today Amity Park...tomorrow, the world!" plots, it was nice to be in a distant location with faces from the Rogue's Gallery we haven't seen in some time, with more of a horror movie/mystery angle.



    Having said that, the absence of Valerie and the fact that, EfaE and D/S aside, no major story arcs from the previous seasons have been developed makes me think that Marmel's departure was both less than pleasant and resulted in a good chunk of the blueprints for Season 3 being shelved.



    Outside the "and Tucker" moments, I actually felt the D/S in this episode was very nice, because a lot of it was not overtly romantic. The plan to infiltrate Walker's home base, Sam's work with the wrist laser, Danny's faith in her when fighting came up, and the bit with the collar were all fantastic IMO. I think the collar bit has the potential to read rather weak for people who haven't seen PE at all or haven't seen it in a long time, but for those who follow the continuity, it has the potential to play very well. And I enjoyed the starlit ending with the quiet exit music.



    It was great to see Wulf again. I kept thinking of him as all of the monsters appeared and kept thinking he'd have some irrational but empathetic reason to be behind the disappearances, but I thought the way things ultimately played out worked very well. The disappearances themselves were effective, I thought, and created a nice sense of mystery, if not dread and fear for the characters. But feeling something was nice.



    And I actually thought Tucker, when he was on-camera, was appropriately handled. He would bring the gadgets, keep track of the thermos, and konk out when the entertainment was star-gazing rather than the latest B-horror flick IMO. And in this particular episode, which did focus in on D/S, I thought his absence from the proceedings was appropriate. But throughout the season, he could have and should have been used more effectively.



    And Paulina's concern for Star aside, I really didn't care for how the Casper High crew was used. It was nice that Lancer was closer to the kids than Tetslaff, but come on, Sullivan! This character got spotlighted in TotY and has had several remarkable moments throughout the show's run. Give him a bloody role to play in the proceedings! And why throw away everyone else? And where the hell is Valerie!?



    And I *thought* something was off about that "Lester" name.



    Furthermore, something seemed wrong about Walker. I'm not sure what it is, but he just didn't feel the same.



    Animation was great, music was great. As always.



    A mixed bag, this one. I'll give it a 6.5 out of 10.moreless
S. Scott Bullock

S. Scott Bullock

Ghost Cop #2

Guest Star

Tara Strong

Tara Strong

Star

Guest Star

James Arnold Taylor

James Arnold Taylor

Walker

Guest Star

James Sie

James Sie

Kwan

Recurring Role

Dee Bradley Baker

Dee Bradley Baker

Wulf/Mikey/Ghost Cop #1

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Walker put Danny in the fenton thermos, Sam got him out in no time. But in the episode "Secret Weapons" Tucker said it took SIX hours to get Danny out.

    • When Walker is telling Danny about how he captured a few of his friends, a short clip is shown of Paulina being grabbed in the woods. But she wasn't captured until later, when Teslaff's search party was captured as a group.

    • In "Prisoner of Love" Walker is unable to touch Danny as long as he's human, but when Walker's minions grab Sam, they are able to hold onto her. They shouldn't have been able to, because she's a human.

    • In Reign Storm, the kid with the red afro was named Nathan. Yet throughout this entire episode, everyone refers to him as Lester.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Tucker: Ah, breakfast. The most (lady scoops gray mush onto Tucker's plate) ...disgusting meal of the day.
      Kid: (about the mush) It's gray and lumpy, just like my grandpa!

    • Tucker:(while dangling off a cliff, about to fall off) The sad thing is: this is still better then the cabin.

    • Tucker: (after reading a sign that says 'Camp Skull and Crossbones on beautiful Lake Eerie') Creepy with two "e"s all right. In fact, this may qualify for three.
      Sam: C'mon, you guys! There's nothing scary about this place!
      Mr. Lancer: Hello pioneers! (walks out of the mess hall with Ms. Tetslaff)
      (students gasp dramatically)
      Danny: Mr. Lancer? Ms. Tetslaff? What are you doing here?
      Students: (quietly) Please say "just passing through," please say "just passing through"...
      Mr. Lancer: Children, relax! For the next eight weeks, we're not your teachers!
      Ms. Tetslaff: Better! We're your counselors!

    • (Walker's men grabs Danny and Sam)
      Danny: Listen Walker, you've got me. Let Sam go.
      Walker: Let someone go. That would be against the rules. (Shows collar) This collar worked on Wulf, but since he's not here, I'll just have to put it on ... someone else.
      Danny: You can't scare me Walker
      Walker: I'll make a note of that Ghost Boy, but you're not the one whose gonna wear this. (Is about to put it on Sam and she struggles)
      Danny: NO!

    • Danny: (After Danny brings the gym back with Sam inside and sees Walker with his men) You've brought the whole gang to welcome me, I am touched. Release my friends.

    • Sam:(About the Fenton Wrist Ray) It's the perfect accessory of..... pain!

    • Danny: Remember how humans can pass through things in the Ghost Zone?
      (Sam jumps through the wall)
      Sam: Now, there should be a switch here somewhere.
      (Wulf presses a button; the wall lifts up)
      Wulf: Uh... Duh!

    • Dash: The monster ate Kwan! (Dash accidentally knocks over a bowl of oatmeal)
      Tucker: At least the monster got to eat.
      Danny: That's impossible. Dash, I'm sure Kwan just went to the batheroom.
      Dash: No way, you don't know about Kwan's amazing bladder. He can hold it for--
      Sam: Please don't finish that sentence until I'm safely out of the building.
      Tucker: Please don't finish that sentence at all, dude.

    • Danny: Wait, where's Wulf?
      (Wulf's tongue is stuck to block of ice)
      Sam: Ferocious? Yes. Smart? Not so much.

    • Sam: I'm impressed!
      Danny: With my strength?
      Sam: No. That you knew what reverse polarity was.
      Danny: Funny. (To Wulf) You're free my friend! Run, before Sam tries to make another joke.

    • Teslaff: You kids return to the cabin, meanwhile Mr. Lancer and I will look for Lester's remains.
      (Everyone screams)

  • NOTES (13)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Danny: A little reverse polarity should do the trick.


      "Reverse the polarity" is a term used in science fiction stories. It's origin is unknown, though it was popularized by the British sci-fi series, Doctor Who, namely during the era of John Pertwee, the Third Doctor.

    • Episode: Storyline
      This storyline is the similar as Sink or Swim from Kim Possible. The students go to an abandoned camp that is haunted by a monster and the students get scared.

    • Danny: Come on, we have to go warn Tetslaff of the Jungle about the ghost monsters.

      Obvious reference to "George of the Jungle".

    • Episode Title: Claw of the Wild

      The title is an obvious parody of Jack London's novel, The Call of the Wild. Lancer even mentions it in one of his random exclamations.

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