Maddie Fenton (Mom)
Samantha "Sam" Manson
Jack Fenton (Dad)
Maddie Fenton (Mom)
Pam/Talk Show Hostess
When Ida is showing Sam the photo album depicting her youth, the picture of her as a teenager shows her with pupils, yet Ida doesn't have pupils normally.
How is it that Danny was in ghost mode when he came out of Lancer's body? He was in human mode when he first overshadowed Lancer and if he had gone ghost, the two white rings would've appeared but they never did.
When Danny cut the rope, it should have broken there but it had split in the middle instead.
When Lydia's tattoos are scaring the crowd in the circus tent, a curly red haired woman's eyes are red.
The Fentons and Mansons said but your all still grounded. But Tucker isn't either one of thier kids, so they couldn't have grounded him.
When Danny catches Sam, a white outline appears around Sam. In the next scene, the white outline disappears.
When Danny is standing on the tight wire, he has no gloves for a second.
When the camera zooms out on the parents saying, "But you're all still grounded!," Sam's mom's jewelry is purple, when it should be white.
When Danny comes into Sam's kitchen, he has the "Morbid Antisocial Youth" CD with him. However, after the commercial for Circus Gothica comes on, the CD suddenly disappears.
On the train, when Freakshow says, "He's under my control now," the lines on his forehead are gone.
When Danny locks Lancer in the janitor's closet, the key he is holding instantly disappears.
Sam: Well, look who decided to slum it with the troubled teens!
Danny: What? I'm not in trouble!
(Sirens are heard coming towards Danny)
Sam: Oh yeah, your an upstanding citizen. Need to hide from the law?
Danny: No... (Goes invisible)
Freakshow: (On TV) I am Freakshow! Master of the Circus Gothica, where your nightmares come alive. Circus Gothica, where the clowns never smile. Circus Gothica, come and get your freak on. Circus Gothica, coming to Amity Park. Cross over, to the dark side.
Sam: (After her parents wake her up and open the blinds, letting the sun in) I'm a creature of the night, doomed to a family of morning people....
Danny: (After seeing the jewelry hover in the air) And I thought the merchandise is flying off the shelves was just an expression.
Danny: (Controlled; to Freakshow's minions, while zapping their behinds) Ecto-butts in gear! (Freakshow's minions scream as Danny zaps them) This party's just getting started!
Sam's Dad: (After seeing the brick wall surrounding the Circus Gothica tent) We're trapped!
Sam's Mom: (While writing on her list) Okay, that's objectionable, immoral, and obnoxious.
(Sam sees a shadow of a bat, then screams and hides under a train)
Tucker: Hey, Sam! Is this a great Circus Gothica hat or what? (Sam slaps the hat off Tucker's head) I'll take that as an "or what."
Sam: (To controlled Danny, while on the train) I saw you up on that high wire, you were fighting him the whole time! Fight him now, Danny! You're not just a ghost, fight him!
Danny: Quiet! All of you! I'm trying to think!
Freakshow: (To his minions) Stop her, now!
Sam: (As Freakshow's minions lead her off the edge of the train) Well, it's the crystal ball or your friend, Danny, your choice! (As she is about to fall) I didn't mean that to be so literal! (Sam screams as she falls off the train)
Tucker: Sam! No!
Danny: Sam? Sam! (Flies down to catch Sam; Freakshow's staff breaks; Danny's eyes turn green again)
Sam: (As Danny flies up with Sam in his arms) Danny? Are you okay?
Danny: I think so, it's all a blur. I did some bad stuff, didn't I?
Sam: Nothing you can't fix. (They fly up to the train)
Tucker: Great, now maybe you can convince Tiny to let go of me.
Sam's Grandma: (To Sam, after climbing down from her window on a ladder) And just where do you think you're going, Bubeleh?
Sam: You don't understand, grandma! My friend is in trouble and if I don't do something right away...
Sam's Grandma: You know, I had a wild streak when I was your age. (Pulls out a photo album and shows Sam a picture of herself when she was fourteen)
Sam: Why are you showing me this?
Sam's Grandma: Who knows? Maybe I'm old and babbling... or maybe you should sneak out and help your friend while I'm lost in my memories. (Smiles at Sam, then Sam kisses her on the forehead and runs off; Sam's grandma takes off her sweater revealing Sam's blouse underneath) This is so wrong... (Puts on a wig matching Sam's hairstyle) But I dig it!
Sam: (After Danny locks Mr. Lancer in the closet) Danny, what are you doing?! We're in too much trouble as it is!
Danny: (Hypnotized) No such thing as "too much trouble"! Unleash your dark side at Circus Gothica! (Phases through wall)
Tucker: (To Sam) Man, we better follow him!
Sam: (Sarcastically) Oh, no! But that would mean skipping detention and going to the circus! (Tucker stares at Sam strangely) Hello? Irony? (Grabs Tucker by his hand and he screams as they leave)
Sam: I wanted to experience something horrific and unimaginable, this isn't what I had in mind. (Camera focuses on Lancer clipping his toenails)
Sam's Grandma: (Trance-like) Cross over to the dark side! (Sam's parents stare at her) I'm just kidding, lighten up!
Principal Ishiyama: (To Danny's & Sam's parents) Some might call this little act of rebellion, "a cry for attention." But I call it, "a cry for detention!" Ha, ha, ha! Isn't that clever?
Talk Show Host: (On TV) Up next: Is your teenage daughter moody? Surly? Is her outlook on life blacker than her eyeliner? (Sam's parents glare angrily at Sam) Take an active interest in your child! Know who her friends are! Learn to recognize a bad influence when it walks in your door!
Danny: (Walks into the Manson's kitchen) Hey, Sam! I got that "Morbid Anti-Social Youth" CD you wanted. (Sam's parents glare angrily at Danny) What?! Have you heard "My Parents Reek"? That cut rocks. (Sam's parents glare even more angrily at Danny)
Freakshow: (To ghosts, who are no longer under his control) Okay, when I called you "minions," it was really a term of endearment, like -- like, "I love my minions."
Danny: You wanted a big haul, try this on for size! (Blasts a pile of money, causing it to fall on Freakshow)
Sam's Mom: (About Danny, while they're in the principal's office) Samantha, I forbid you from seeing this boy or any other of your troublesome friends.
Sam: My friends are perfectly normal!
(Door opens; Tucker and Mr. Lancer walk in; Tucker is dressed as Sam)
Principal Ishiyama: (Holds her forehead) This is so wrong.
Mr. Lancer: (Locked in the janitor's closet) Waiting for Godot, is anybody out there?! This is so wrong!
Janitor: (Comes in) See you Monday.
(Leaves and closes the door behind him; Lancer begins pounding on the door)
Freakshow: (To Sam) What are you doing back here?
Sam: Whoa, Freakshow! This is so cool! (Quietly to herself) Focus. (To Freakshow) Um, I'm looking for a friend of mine who is acting kinda weird.
Freakshow: Oh. That narrows it down to, uh... everyone in this tent! (Laughs obnoxiously; to Danny) What are you doing, dolt? Get back out there and do your encore!
Freakshow: What is that? Is that -- is that free will!? Obey me, minion!
Sam: You're controlling him?!
Freakshow: (To Danny) Get her! (Sam screams as Danny swings his ax)
Freakshow: (About Sam) Please welcome another victi - talent to the high wire in her first... and final performance.
(Jack and Maddie have just used the weapons built into their jumpsuits to ward off all the ghosts in the circus)
Maddie: (To the Mansons) I ask you once again... you got a problem with jumpsuits?!
Sam: (Sarcastically) Nice job, Danny! Maybe I should've cried, "Hey, it's Inviso-Bill"?!
Danny: I'm sorry! I don't know what came over me back there.
Jack: (To Danny) Bad judgment, that's what! Next time think before you act! (Wrist ectoplasmic goo launcher accidentally misfires and splatters goo all over Sam's parents)
Sam's Mom: Obviously, the apple doesn't fall far from the overbearing, orange jumpsuited tree.
Jack: You got a problem with jumpsuits?!
Maddie: Jack, let me handle this... You got a problem with jumpsuits?!
Tucker: (Dressed as Sam) This is so wrong. (To dollar bill) But you make it right!
Jack: (To Danny, Sam, & Tucker, about Freakshow) Nice work, kids! You caught that weirdo Goth punk thief red-handed!
Sam's Mom: I'm just happy you're all safe.
Sam's Dad: They're more than safe, they're heroes.
Maddie: We're so proud of you! (Scene changes to Sam's house)
Jack, Maddie, & Sam's Parents: But you're all still grounded!
Sam's Mom: Sam! Shouldn't you be in detention?
Sam: Um... Lancer let us out?
(Back at the school, Lancer is still locked inside the janitor's closet)
Mr. Lancer: Let me out!
Sam's Mom: I'm keeping a detailed list of anything I find objectionable, immoral, or obnoxious. (Jack accidentally gags popcorn and soda all over Sam's parents)
Sam's Dad: He on the list?
Sam's Mom: Right now, he is the list!
Cop #3: Curse you, ghost kid!
Danny: (Sarcastically) Great, more fans.
Cop #1: (After finding jewelry on the floor after Danny leaves) Hey, you wanna take this stuff and blame the ghost kid?
Cop #2: (Sighs) You're under arrest.
Cop #1: Aww!
Danny: The crooks got away, I'm late for school, and... I've never seen so many Goths out in broad daylight. (Goths open umbrellas)
Freakshow: Don't let the rantings of the closed-minded norms beat you down. Show them your true colors! And when I say "colors," I mean all black. Make them see you for who you are.
Danny: (Hypnotized) Make them see us for who we are. (Eyes turn red) Hey, everybody! Over here! We're Danny Fenton and Sam Manson. We cut school and we're proud of it!
Goth Boy: (Spray paints Danny's shirt black) You're one of us now.
Sam: Danny, it's us! Sam and Tucker, your best friends, remember?
Danny: (Starting to come out of the spell) Tucker? Sam? I... I... (Falls back in) ... am a ghost. I have no friends.
Freakshow: Save your breath, children. He's under my control now.
(The Circus Gothica train is leaving Amity Park)
Sam: We have to jump!
Tucker: Are you crazy!? I can't jump!
Sam: And I can't abandon Danny! (They both jump on the Circus Gothica train and scream until they land on it) Plus, I'll never hear the end of it if my parents learn they're right about him being evil.
(Going in and out of Freakshow's control, Danny has cut Sam off the tightrope and then catches her before she falls)
Sam: Danny, don't scare me like that!
Danny: (Back under the spell) How should I scare you?
Danny: (To circus ghosts) You know, it's ghosts like you that give ghosts like me a bad name!
Cop #3: Freeze, Inviso-Bill!
Danny: Although, it's hard to come up with a worse name than that.
Sam: How ironic is it that I'm stuck under house arrest while my parents go to a free Circus Gothica show?
Tucker: Only slightly less ironic than the fact that they were right about it being evil.
We don't learn the names of Sam's parents at all in this episode. However they are credited as Jeremy and Pamela.
Sam's mom is the first person in the show to call Sam by her full name, Samantha. The second was Tucker in "King Tuck."
Cable Episode Info:
Sam rebels when her parents forbid her from attending the circus that has come to town.
Sam acts more Goth than usual in this episode, most likely because of Circus Gothica's presence.
Look Hard: At the end when Sam was wearing the floral dress, her black necklace is not shown.
While Danny is trying to catch ghosts robbing the bank he says "Opening up a new bank account? Don't forget your free toaster!" This is likely a reference from the movie "Spider-Man 2" where if you sign up for a new bank account you get a free toaster. It's very likely since Danny's life and Spider-Man's life are almost identical.
This is the second object used to control Danny. The first being in "Fanning the Flames" when Ember made Danny fall in love with Sam with her guitar.
Insight Digital Description: Sam tries to bring Danny back to his senses after he falls in with ghosts in the guise of circus performers.
Look hard: Danny's eyes are red with a little black under them while he's under Freakshow's control, which foreshadows Dark Danny's eyes in "The Ultimate Enemy."
This episode begins with Danny already in ghost mode.
This is the first time in which Danny overshadows Mr. Lancer.
Apparently, Danny or Jack at some point must have got Maddie and Jazz out of the weapons vault in "The Million Dollar Ghost" since they are not in the weapons vault in this episode.
Tiffany Snow calls Mr. Lancer an "out of shape teacher," which is exactly how Danny described him in the previous episode, "The Million Dollar Ghost."
Look Hard: In Sam's room, there is a poster that reads "Morbid Anti-Social Youth," which has a picture of two Goth boys and an old lady on it.
The way how Tucker asks Danny to "give him five," followed by Danny shooting an ectoplasmic energy blast at Tucker's hand, is the same thing that happened in "What You Want."
This episode marks the second time that Jack uses his soda drinking hat. The first time was in "Parental Bonding."
Look Hard: Some of the Goths who were at Skulk and Lurk Books in "Lucky in Love," including the manger and the Goth boy ("The Beholder") who read his poem, can be seen in many shots of Circus Gothica's opening ceremony.
Look Hard: Throughout the episode, these following picket sign slogans can be seen, held up by the angry parents:
1) No Goths.
2) Save the Children.
3) Our Kids are not Clowns.
4) Go Away Freaks.
5) Goths Must Go.
This is the first episode in which none of the scenes take place at FentonWorks.
Sam's mom is apparently ambidextrous. When she is first writing her list of list of objectionable, immoral, and obnoxious things, she is writing with her left hand. Then when she notes on how being trapped in the tent should be on the list, she writes it down with her right hand.
According to Freakshow, his family used a crystal ball for centuries to control ghosts, meaning that people have had access to the Ghost Zone long before Jack and Maddie made the Fenton Portal.
Danny does not catch a ghost in the Fenton Thermos in this episode.
Opener: Danny stops Freakshow's circus ghosts in a jewelry store. They leave and cover him with jewels. The police arrive, thinking he's stealing the jewels, and Danny leaves. One cop suggests taking the jewels and frame Danny, but the other cop puts him under arrest.
Major Human Debut(s): Sam's mom, Sam's dad, Tiffany Snow.
It's revealed that Jack and Maddie's ghost-hunting jumpsuits have special ghost-destroying laser cannons.
1) Goths making colorful clothes black with spray cans
2) Everyone saying, "This is so wrong!"
3) Lancer screaming in the closet.
4) Jack and Maddie screaming, "You got a problem with jumpsuits?!," to Sam's parents.
5) Someone saying, "Cross over to the dark side!"
6) People dressing like Sam.
7) Jack's ghost hunting gear misfiring at Sam's parents.
When a ghost is under Freakshow's crystal ball's spell, its eyes turn red.
Jack wears his jumpsuit's hood for the second time in this episode. The first time was in "Fright Night."
Freakshow gets arrested and his ghost-controlling staff is destroyed at the end of the episode.
Freakshow is only Danny Phantom's third human enemy (if you count Maddie).
Introduced Ghost Power(s): Ghost Energy Ball - Danny curls up into a ball of ghost energy, that can rebound attacks.
Jazz, Dash, & Paulina are absent in this episode.
Danny is referred to as Inviso-Bill in this episode, which he was last referred to as in "Lucky in Love."
Sam's parents look nothing like Sam; Sam's mom has red hair and her dad has blonde hair. However, the picture of Sam's grandma when she was fourteen looks a lot like Sam in the present.
Title Screen Caption: "The Freakiest Show On Earth!"
No new named Fenton inventions were introduced in this episode.
Major Human Villain Debut(s): Freakshow - The freaky ringmaster of Circus Gothica. He has a crystal ball that can hypnotize any ghost and put them under his control. However, without it, he serves no real threat, since he's just an average human.
Because Danny is half-human, he was only half-controlled by Freakshow's crystal ball, since it only controls ghosts.
Main Villain(s): Freakshow.
Sam and Tucker: (Entrance to the train)
The way that Sam jumps down into the train gracefully and quietly, and then is followed by a loud, screaming Tucker falling flat on his face, is increasingly similar to the entrance to CRD of Buffy and Xander in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode I Robot, You Jane. Buffy jumped into the "Bad guys" lair quietly, while Xander came plummeting down behind her and screaming in horror, landing with a sickening crunch and crash.
Episode Title: Control Freaks
The episode name is similar to a villian off the DC comics animated show "Teen Titans," Control Freak. He's a couch potato who has a special remote that controls any non-living thing and brings it to life. This is similar to Freakshow who uses a staff to control ghosts.
Tucker: Can we take time off from your Gothapalooza to actually look for Danny?!
This reference is obviously a forshadowing event for "Reality Trip"; Sam wants to go to Gothapalooza, in the bleak Nevada Desert.
Ellistca's powers of streching and turning her arms to rubber could be a reference to the many stretching super heros such as Mr. Fantastic, Rubberband Man, Plastic Man, or, most likely, Elastigirl from Disney/Pixar's The Incredibles.
Jack: (To Sam's dad, about his apology) Save it for the bake sale, Thurston!
Jack calling Sam's dad Thurston, is a reference to Thurston Howell III, a millionaire castaway on the old TV show, Gilligan's Island.
Circus Gothica: Objects
Freakshow's ghost controlling staff has the Batman "bat symbol" at the near end of it. In addition, the Circus Gothica hats had the Batman logo on it, as well as the pamphlet shown on Sam's television.
In detention, Tucker is reading a famous book called A Farewell to Arms, an anti-war novel written by Ernest Hemmingway.
Title Screen Caption: "The Freakiest Show On Earth!"
This is probably a reference to Barnum & Bailey's Circus which often uses the title "The Greatest Show On Earth!" More Info
Freakshow: Cross over to the dark side.
This might be a reference to the "Dark Side" in the Star Wars saga.
Mr. Lancer: Waiting for Godot!
Mr. Lancer is referring to the book Waiting for Godot, which was written by Samuel Beckett in 1997. More Info
Mr. Lancer: Cask of Amontillado!
Cask of Amontillado was a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe in 1846. It told a tale of great revenge. It also involved someone being walled inside a wine cellar, similar to when Lancer was locked up in the janitor's closet.
Freakshow's appearance seems to be somewhat inspired by The Joker from Batman. It wouldn't be surprising if Joker's design was used as a reference for Freakshow's design, with all the comic book references in the show and all.
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