Danny Phantom

Season 1 Episode 18

Life Lessons

Aired Friday 12:00 AM Feb 25, 2005 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary

Danny and Valerie Gray are forced to become "parents" to a sack of flour for a one-week school assignment. At the same time, Skulker, ghost hunter extraordinaire, decides to pit Valerie and Danny Phantom against each other in a contest -- with the winner earning the privilege of becoming his prey. When Skulker's orchestrated contest ends in a tie, he handcuffs Danny and Valerie and hunts them both through the Ghost Zone. In order to survive, Danny and Valerie learn to let go of their mutual dislike and cooperate with each other -- which may just affect their relationship in the real world. Or, not.moreless

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  • One of my favorites and the among the funniest episodes

    Danny and Valerie arrive late to health class and are forced to partner up for a project on shared responsibility by caring for a flour sack like it's a baby. Valerie being overwhelmed by job and not knowing Danny well enough she practically dumps the assignment virtually all on him. Meanwhile Skulker can't seem to decide who is the better prey and decides to hunt them both at the same time handcuffed together in his territory of the Ghost Zone. They have to call a truce in order to get out alive and save their grade since Skulker is apparently holding the sack for ransom and bait. Meanwhile Tucker figures out how to make money off of this project and Sam starts to change her mind about the project being a waste of time although not for any financial reasons.moreless
  • Danny and Valerie are forced to put aside their differences and work together to stop Skulker and pass a health-sciences project.

    I loved this episode! Valerie is one of my favorite characters and seeing her and Danny working together just made my day. I thought it was funny when Skulker would do certain things to make Valerie and Danny fight, but then nobody would win so Skulker would throw a fit. Another funny part was when Tucker's mom used all the flower sacs for her cookies. It was funny to see Tucker's reaction. It was also funny when Sam took her flour sac and gave it a make over to make it look just like her. Overall, this episode was very good.moreless
  • Danny has to do a project with Valerie in which they have to take care of a sack of flour.Skulker decides to hunt both of them.Can Danny protect his identity from Valerie and fight Skulker.moreless

    Skulker can't decide rather he should keep hunting Danny or go after Valerie now that she's a ghost hunter.Danny and Valerie have to be parents to a sack of flour.Danny has to take care of the baby while Valerie works.Danny gets mad of course because he thinks she is making him do all the work while she hunts him down.Skulker creates situations were Danny Phantom and Valerie have to fight each other but Danny keeps getting away before the fights conclude.So he decides to capture them both and drag them to the Ghost Zone.He hadcuffes them together with a device that cancels Danny's powers and he takes all of Valerie's weapons.After a while Danny and Val learn they have to work together if they want to get out of this.Danny learns that Valerie works at the Nasty Burger to try and pay for college.Before he can react Skulker informs them that he has their sack so they go back.Toether they out smart Skulker,get their flour back,and free themseleves.

    The sub plot is that Tucker and Sam are the parents of a sack of flour,but Tucker makes a business in taking care of other students flours and forgets about his.Sam grows attached to theirs and becomes a over protective mom.a funny moment is when Tucker is checking on the baby he kisses Sam and they both freak out and say it never happened.Tucker's business fails when his mom uses all the sacks flour.Everyone except Danny,Valerie,and Sam gets an F for the project.

    About an average episode,but not my favorite episode.I like the fact that Danny and Valerie grow closer and are becoming friends.There wasn't to much action and the fighting with Skulker wasn't great since Danny couldn't use his powers and Valerie didn't have her weapons.I like the plot it should have been expanded it more though.moreless
  • Skulker handcuffs Danny and Valerie together and hunts them both through the Ghost Zone.

    Danny and Valerie Gray are paired up for a health sciences project, assigned to parent a flour sack for one week. At the same time, Skulker has returned, and forces a contest between the two of them, with the winner as his prey. He sets up bait to lure the two of them into battle, which includes making Danny look like he’s stealing the sack. When the fighting ceases, Skulker decides to handcuff them both and hunt them through the Ghost Zone, with Danny’s powers on the blink and Valerie’s weapons taken due to the cuffs.

    Hmmm…I didn’t enjoy watching this episode THAT much, but it’s still a pretty good one. I used to think of it as a lower score than this, but I’ve raised it up after watching it a couple extra times.

    The very beginning when Danny was flying over everybody to school gave me mixed feelings. Choosing to bypass the crammed bus and take an easy route by flying: smart. Flying as a ghost where anybody can see him: not smart. Why didn’t he go invisible? And I didn’t like Skulker’s new voice that much. I’m not that much of a fan of Kevin Michael Richardson. I think Matthew St. Patrick’s voice was much more sinister and much more appealing for Skulker. But the fact that Danny and Valerie said the same things in human mode and ghost/hunter mode was funny.

    The two teen foes were presented quite nicely in this episode. Danny’s little moment of noticing that others could get hurt when he and Valerie were fighting was very nice, and he the way he acted with Valerie with the flour, in both Fenton and Phantom mode, was very much IC. But when Skulker threw him the sack and Valerie showed up, why didn’t he just hand her the sack? He’s got to realize that Valerie isn’t going to listen to him after the events of SoG. And I also thought Danny telling Valerie he knew about her job was a little rushed. But he was quick to think that Skulker had booby traps set up, and I liked that coming from him.

    As for Valerie, she did definitely improve quite a bit from SoG. She wasn’t nearly as prone to jump to her own conclusion as she was then. But that may be because it’s a different situation. Anyway, even before she and Danny were forced to help each other, I liked the moment where Danny put the sack down and she retracted her weapons. Also, the fact that she has a job as Nasty Ned was a very interesting surprise.

    Tucker and Sam…I didn’t like them that much in this episode. They were okay, but just not that great. I was surprised to see that Tucker didn’t seem to like Valerie anymore, and that was actually made definite in RS. I was expecting Tucker’s crush on her in SoG to play a bigger part later on in the series. Anyway, the fact that he went overboard with the flour project was fine, and the fact that he charged to baby-sit other sacks was IC. And as for Sam, her acting motherly towards the sack, while it bothered others, I didn’t mind it. Hey, she IS a girl, after all. But the kiss that they had…yeesh. I’m saying this partially because I’m a D/S supporter, but also because it seemed thrown in there. But I liked their reactions afterward; Sam definitely wanted to forget it ever happened, and Tucker…who knows?

    I enjoyed the fact that Valerie was willing to cooperate with Danny. I always enjoy seeing an enemy becoming an ally, if only temporary, which is why I enjoyed RS so much. I really wished that truce they made would have carried over, but it’s probably pretty early for that anyway, so it’s probably for the best.

    One thing I unfortunately didn’t like was that the moral wasn’t presented in as nearly a subtle as PB, which also had a clichéd plot, but was handled much better. It was done in more of a monologue in LL instead of just forgetting about it and moving on in PB.

    And as for the end, I didn’t overall like the fact that the sacks got torn apart. How did Danny’s and Valerie’s get ripped, anyway? But they got a C, so it’s okay. But the fact that Tucker’s babysitting business was a bust was something I didn’t like much. I never really enjoy it a lot when a character ends up getting the short end of something, one reason why I didn’t like the ending of FK. But Danny’s wearing of the Nasty Ned suit was nice for him, but I was just a little confused at how Sam figured out Valerie was the one originally wearing it. Did she take a wild guess or something? But the short little segment with the Box Ghost at the end was very funny, and offered a bit of relief to end the episode.

    Overall, this wasn’t that bad of an episode. The action was pretty good, the threat was there, and I give LL a 7.3/10.moreless
  • Skulker can't decide whether he should hunt Valerie or Danny, so he decides to hunt them both at the same time. Danny and Valerie must settle their differences and work together to escape Skulker's lair.moreless

    It was a good episode, but not on my favorites list. There wasn't much ghost-fighting in this one. It was mostly about the character relationships and running away from Skulker. The comedy usually makes up for lost action, but it wasn't enough for this one. There should have been more fighting between Danny and Skulker. This was just an above average episode. I hope the next time we see Valerie it will be more action packed. Who wants to see an episode about a flour sack? This episode was a little disappointing. At least it kept my attention. Seemed like a waste.moreless
Kimberly Brooks (II)

Kimberly Brooks (II)

Tucker's Mom

Guest Star

David Kaufman

David Kaufman

Danny Fenton/Phantom

Recurring Role

Kath Soucie

Kath Soucie

Maddie Fenton (Mom)

Recurring Role

Grey DeLisle

Grey DeLisle

Samantha "Sam" Manson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (26)

    • While in Skulker's lair, the "baby" flour sack has a ghostly glow.

    • Lilith: Sam names her flour sack this, which surprisingly it means ghost, storm goddess, or spirit of the night.

    • When in Skulker's lair with Valerie, Danny gets paralyzed. Throughout this part he is walking or moving some other way, even though he's supposed to be paralyzed. And this is BEFORE it wore off.

    • When Skulker's trap knocked Danny out, he woke up still in ghost form. In other episodes, being knocked unconscious generally reverts Danny to human.

    • When Sam was looking at her flour sack lovingly, you can see she has pupils.

    • Skulker's lair before the commercial is totally different than his lair after the commercial.

    • Look hard: one of the posters in Valerie's room is titled "Who is the ghost boy dating?" shows two pictures: one of Sam and one of Paulina.

    • When Danny overshadows Valerie, her eyes stay the same instead of turning green like they usually do when Danny overshadows a person.

    • When Dash is shown in his football uniform, his jersey number is zero. However, in "What You Want" and "Lucky in Love," his jersey number was four.

    • When Danny and Valerie leave the Ghost Zone with the flour sack, Valerie did not take her Ectogrenade Launcher with her, but in the scene where she is chasing The Box Ghost, she suddenly has it.

    • After Danny tugs off Valerie's Ectogrenade Launcher to give Skulker a taste of his own booby trap, he goes over to Skulker to get the key, but the Ectogrenade Launcher is nowhere in sight.

    • According to Mrs. Testlaff, the health sciences project was supposed to be a week, but this episode suggests that Mrs. Testlaff started giving grades on the second day.

    • Valerie became a ghost hunter in April, as evidenced in "Shades of Gray," but in two of the pictures of Danny Phantom, that have the dates "September 14" and "October 22" on them. That would mean that Valerie and Danny are in the tenth grade in this episode, but in "Reign Storm," Nathan says that it is only three years until the senior prom and since that movie came after "Life Lessons," that must mean that Danny and Valerie are still in the ninth grade.

    • When Valerie and Danny are riding on Valerie's jet sled for the first time, Danny's hair flows back strongly in the wind, but when Danny points to the handcuffs, his hair flows back very lightly.

    • In the scene where Valerie is dragging Danny, he has bruises on his face and he's missing a tooth from hitting the rocks. However, in the next scene that shows Valerie and Danny, Danny's bruises are gone and his missing tooth is back in place.

    • When Valerie pulls her Ectogrenade Launcher, the spectral paralysis dart fires at Danny's rear. In the next scene, where the camera shows Valerie running while dragging Danny, the dart is gone.

    • Before Valerie transforms into her ghost hunting outfit for the third time in this episode, she was wearing a white sleeveless shirt with red skintight shorts, but when Danny got Valerie home and deactivates her ghost hunting costume, Valerie was wearing her usual trademark clothes.

    • When Danny saves Tucker from the falling Nasty Burger sign, neither the cot nor the backpack is in sight.

    • When Tucker was giving refunds to the couples, he had a lot of dollar bills in his hand, but after he gives the third refund to the third couple, all the money suddenly disappears.

    • There was a long line of kids waiting to get a refund from Tucker, but after Tucker gives only three refunds to three couples, everybody else that was behind the third couple suddenly disappear.

    • Valerie destroyed the Nasty Burger sign that was on a pole with the rockets from her Ectogrenade Launcher, when she was trying to destroy Danny at Nasty Burger, but when Danny was in the Nasty Ned costume, the sign can be seen standing completely undamaged.

    • Tucker takes the camera that Danny was using to take a picture of himself, Sam, and the flour sack with Nasty Ned. When he puts his arm that's holding the camera by his side, his arm and the camera suddenly disappear.

    • The gauges on the flour sacks that determine whether they are calm or cranky disappear many times throughout the episode.

    • Valerie's eyes keep disappearing throughout the episode, when she is in her ghost hunting costume.

    • In this episode, when Skulker reminisces about his oath, he says that he sworn to have Danny's pelt adorn his wall, but in "One of a Kind," Skulker sworn to have Danny's pelt rest at the foot of his bed, not his wall.

    • Skulker is paralyzed by his darts, but he is wearing a suit of armor, therefore it should be impossible for him to feel the darts.

  • QUOTES (35)

    • Skulker: Ok, now my nose itches. Can anybody help? Anyone? Please.
      (Danny returns and the flour sack farts on Skulker's face)

    • Danny: (Valerie begins to chase after Danny)Oh, she's too busy to watch the kid, but when it's time to kick my butt she's front and center?!

    • Danny: (Baby is crying and cannot get it to be quiet) I've been a parent for all of one day and I'm probably already down to a C-!

    • Danny: I can move again! Thanks for the save back there.
      Valerie: Yeah? Well thank you for nothing! Its your fault were stuck in this freaky ghost world!
      Danny: Right. Cause clearly the maniac who cuffed and dragged us in here didn't have anything to do with it!!

    • (The "baby" "soils" it's diaper)
      Danny: Oh, come on!
      Sam: Just be thankful it's only flour.
      Danny: Then why does it smell like beans?

    • Tucker: Hey, mom.
      Tucker's Mom: Cookie, dear? Just made 'em fresh for the big bake sale.
      Tucker: (Takes cookie) Thanks, mom! (Eats cookie)
      Tucker's Mom: No, thank you, son. For picking up all that flour for me.
      (Tucker spits out cookie; sees everyone's flour sacks torn open and empty)
      Tucker: NOOOO!!!!!

    • Danny: I think we got this teamwork thing down! (Skulker lifts Danny and Valerie toward him by the handcuffs)
      Valerie: Just in time to get our butts fried!
      Skulker: Now, before I destroy you both, I must know what is so valuable about this package?!
      Valerie: It's not the package that's valuable, it's how you take care of it that counts!
      Danny: And dude, you're a horrible mother! (Flour sack farts in Skulker's face)

    • Skulker: I'm offering you a sporting head start, prey! I suggest you take it!
      Valerie: Noooo!
      Danny: (While running with Valerie) Less freaking, more running!

    • Tucker: (While rockets are falling on Nasty Burger) My baby!
      Danny: (Sees Tucker) Tucker! (Flies to him and makes them both intangible while Nasty Burger sign falls)
      Tucker: Thanks, but this is gonna cost you extra!
      Danny: Bill me later! Right now, I gotta stop this fight before somebody gets hurt. (Goes intangible, flies behind car, and turns back to normal)
      Valerie: (Looking through ghost goggles) No ghost kid! I gotta get out of here before this gets any worse! (Flies behind Nasty Burger)

    • Danny: Now, where's that lame-o Box Ghost?
      Valerie: Only lame-o ghost I see here is you!

    • Valerie: Thought I forgot about you, ghost? (Shoots water container)
      Danny: (Water container overflows) Nope, but I'll bet you forgot about that!

    • Sam: (About giving Valerie the day off) You're not half bad, Danny, maybe someday Valerie will realize that the other half isn't either?
      Danny: I didn't say it was Valerie.
      Sam: You didn't say it wasn't. Relax, I'm sure wherever she is, she's finally enjoying herself. (Scene changes to Valerie chasing The Box Ghost on her jet sled)
      Valerie: You're going down!
      The Box Ghost: You can't catch me, for I am The Box... (Valerie zaps him with her Ectogrenade Launcher and he screams)

    • Danny: (Knocks on door) Valerie, it's Danny... and Junior. You're taking the kid, now!
      Valerie: But m-my job!
      Danny: I know all about your stupid job!
      Valerie: (While shoving an ecto-gun out of sight with her foot) What?! Who told you about that?!
      Danny: Doesn't matter, the free ride's over. Now get your lazy butt in gear and start pulling your weight!

    • Tucker: I'm gonna have to charge you extra, Danny. Hazard pay and all.
      Danny: (Hands Tucker another dollar bill) Fine, whatever! Right now, I just want to give Valerie our kid... and a piece of my mind!

    • Tucker: (To Danny) I oughta bust you for child endangerment! (To flour sack) There, there. Daddy's here. Daddy loves you. Yes, he does.
      Sam: Uh, Tucker, point of information: it's a flour sack that you almost got killed over! (Looks lovingly at flour sack and wipes off bruise on its face)

    • Danny: (To Valerie, while throwing ectoplasmic energy blasts at her) Don't you have anything better to do?
      Valerie: (Charges up Ectogrenade Launcher) This is what I do!

    • Danny: (Sees The Box Ghost) Oh man, can you watch the kid for me?
      Tucker: What do I look like, a baby-sitting service? (Danny hands him a five dollar bill; Tucker looks at Danny's flour sack) Come to Uncle Tucker and his baby-sitting service.

    • Danny: (About Valerie) Oh, she's too busy to watch the kid, but when it comes time to kick my butt, she's front and center?!

    • Tucker: You want me to take one of you? Family photos help boost your grade!
      Danny: That would require having the whole family, but Mommy is too busy with her job to pull her weight and keep this kid quiet!
      Tucker & Sam: Danny, you're scaring the baby!
      Sam: (Realizing what she said) Which that is not, that's a flour sack.

    • Valerie: (To Danny, while walking away) See? And it's that kind of parental attention to detail that is goinna get me a good grade... or else!

    • Sam: (About the flour sacks) The only thing it's teaching me is how pointless this assignment is!
      Danny: (Referring to Valerie) Not to mention dangerous. Now I have to spend a week playing house with an ecto-hating ghostophobe!

    • Tucker: (While giving back the dollar bills he got for his baby-sitting service) Gonna miss you, Alexander... and Andrew... and especially you, Benjamin! (Takes down "Flower Power Daycare Service" banner)
      Sam: Cheer up, Tuck, you can still visit Lilith on weekends.
      Tucker: Sam, it's just a flour sack.

    • Skulker: (About Danny & Valerie, while sniffing) I can smell how near they are: sweat, fear... and beans. One of them has had a burrito.

    • Valerie: (After arriving in the Ghost Zone, handcuffed to Danny, and seeing Skulker) Ahhh!!! Huh??!!! Help!! Ahh!! What is this place?! Who's he?! What's going on here?!
      Danny: Okay, in order: this is the Ghost Zone, that's Skulker: Ghost Zone's greatest hunter, and other than you dislocating my shoulder, we're about to be hunted like animals.

    • Skulker: (While Danny & Valerie are fighting) At last: people hitting people. Is there anything more beautiful?

    • Valerie: (To Danny) I'll make this quick: I don't like you and you don't like me.
      Danny: (Sarcastically) Cool, I'm glad we got that out of the way!

    • Sam: Don't worry, Danny. Valerie doesn't know your secret and as far as she knows, you don't know hers.
      Tucker: Besides, she can't be gunning for you, if she's taking care of your special floury sack of love! (Singing) Danny, Val, and baby sittin' in a tree, K-I-S-S -- (Valerie takes off his hat) Hey! (Valerie stuffs his hat in his mouth)
      Valerie: You dropped your hat.
      Tucker: Come on, Sam. Our child doesn't need to see this kind of negativity.
      Sam: What?! Tucker, it's a flour sack!

    • (School bell rings)
      Valerie: Later for you, punk!
      Danny: I'll be waiting, creep!
      (Valerie and Danny both change back into their normal state and run toward the same "Health Sciences" class and bump into each other)
      Valerie: Watch it, punk!
      Danny: You watch it, creep!
      Mrs. Testlaff: Fenton! Gray! Congratulations, you two stragglers are paired up for a special week-long health sciences project. I now pronounce you man, wife, and child. (Mrs. Testlaff hands Danny the flour sack)
      Danny: I am so not kissing the bride!
      Valerie: What makes you think you can?

    • Skulker: (About Danny & Valerie) Ah, I shall force a contest between the hunter girl and the ghost boy. And to the winner - the honor of me using their skull as a tether ball.

    • Danny: (To Valerie) Look, I don't wanna hurt you.
      Valerie: What makes you think you can?

    • Danny: (To Valerie) Head for a door, any door. Sometimes they're portals between the Ghost Zone and Earth.
      (Valerie opens the door and a train starts coming towards them)
      Danny: Not that door! (They quickly slam it shut)
      Valerie: Then maybe you should have been more specific, huh?!

    • Tucker: (After discovering that Sam has dressed up their flower sack like her) What have you done to our child?! (Marches over and takes the sack; puts a beret on it) Give him back! It's obvious Tucker Jr. needs a strong father!
      Sam: (Takes sack back) No way! Lilith needs to be in a nurturing environment, not some over-crowded baby barex!
      Tucker: Oh my gosh, the other babies! Gotta go! (Kisses flour sack) Bye! (Kisses Sam; pause; Tucker realizes what he did)
      Tucker: Uh...
      Sam: That never happened.
      Tucker: Ya got that right. Daddy's gotta run!
      Sam: Don't forget to pick up milk!

    • Danny: (To Valerie) This is the Ghost Zone. I am a ghost. I can help us both!
      Valerie: Why should I trust you? (Danny lifts up his arm and points to the handcuff) Fine, I'm open for suggestions.

    • Valerie: (To Danny) Well, thank you for nothing! It's your fault that I'm stuck in this freaky ghost world!
      Danny: Right, 'cause clearly the maniac who and dragged and cuffed us here had absolutely nothing to do with it!

    • Danny: (As he's flying home, looking at the school bus) One good thing about ghost powers: no fighting the bus crowd.

  • NOTES (53)


    • Danny and Valerie: Handcuffed together
      This seems to be a spoof off of an old movie made by Alfred Hitchcock in the 1950s or 1940s called The 39 Steps. In the movie, a man and a woman who had grown a mutual hatred for each other became handcuffed together somewhere in the middle of the Scottish countryside. Throughout the majority of the movie, they were on the run from two spies who were out to kill them (similar to Skulker), all the while handcuffed together. This experience also sparked a slight romance between the two of them, who had previously strongly disliked each other, just like it had through this episode and the upcoming episode, "Flirting With Disaster."

    • Nasty Burger Mascot: Nasty Ned
      The Nasty Burger mascot, Nasty Ned, seems to be a parody of the McDonald's fast food restaurant mascot, Ronald McDonald.