Danny Phantom

Season 1 Episode 16

Maternal Instinct

Aired Friday 12:00 AM Feb 18, 2005 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary

Maddie relishes the chance to bond with emotionally distant Danny at a weekend mother/son science seminar. However, the seminar is a ruse orchestrated by Vlad Masters -- a.k.a. Vlad Plasmius, Danny's archenemy! Vlad's plan is to convince Maddie and Danny to live with him while simultaneously destroying Jack with a massive ghost attack. When Vlad short-circuits Danny's powers, Danny gets to witness Maddie's impressive ghost fighting prowess. Meanwhile, a reluctant Jazz is pressed into ghost-fighting duty with Jack -- and likes it, in spite of herself!moreless

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  • This episode was really cool even though all team Phantom weren't in it!

    I thought this was a terrific episode! I really enjoyed seeing everyone in the Fenton family kicking butt a lot! It was also a really smart move for Danny to trick Vlad, and at the spurr of the moment! He's soooo smart! *fangirl sigh* Anyway, I also liked how dramatic everything was. Seeing the path through Danny's eyes was interesting, and awesome animation! Yet again, an awesome episode. I wish my mom could fight like Maddie does! Plus, I liked the ending- after everything they pretended nothing happened. Plus, I thought Jazz fighting ghosts adds an interesting twist to the storyline and to her character. I always thought she should support what her parents do the way Danny does. And I liked Danny finally beating Vlad without having to use blackmail. Two thumbs up! I loved this!moreless
  • Vlad tries to convince Maddie and Danny to live with him at the same time that he's trying to kill Jack.

    In my opinion, this is the best episode of season 1. As I've said before, I absolutely love Vlad and every episode he is in is one of my favorites. The parts I enjoyed are when Danny is criticizing Vlad and then Vlad retaliates by shooting ecto-beams at Danny, when Danny suggests that Vlad should get a cat or try internet dating, and the fight between Danny and Vlad which results in one of them getting their powers shorted out for three hours. Oh! Another part would have to be where Vlad and Danny say they'll give each other a five minute head start, but they really only give them a five second head start. There was no part in this episode that I didn't like.moreless
  • This was the first episode of Danny Phantom I saw.

    It was a good episode they go out on vacation at vlad masters A great episode the first of Danny Phantom I saw at first I thought this show made no sence but the more and more I watched it the more and more I liked it the first episode I ever saw.
  • The best episode of season 1

    Maternal Instict is my favorite episode of the season. Vlad is at his best here, and the episode is full of awesome action. When Danny and his mother attemtp to go to on a bonding trip, they get forced onto Vlad's house. Vlad has created creature ghosts who chase after Danny, and Danny and his mother go back to Vlad for help. They must find a way to get out of his place and back home. I liked this episode because it shows that there is still strong emotion between Danny and his mother. Best of season 1, it definitely is.moreless
  • danny bonds with his mom

    i liked this episode, although i like any episode with vlad in it. danny training at the begining was fun to watch, i also liked the whole dalv thing being vlad spelled backwards, i cant beleive i didnt catch that this show does that kind of stuff all the time. jack was funny when he answered the door to a ghost and didnt relize, he really is a idoit. i just really love vlad, he is a great villan, he makes it on my really cool villians list, which is encredibly short. any way dannys mom kicked but though i agreed with danny how could she not have a cell phone. danny with out his powers is really wimpy and i didnt like that, i mean he should have been scared but he was just to helpless and that annoyed me, he really needs to start thinking about fixing that.moreless
David Kaufman

David Kaufman

Danny Fenton/Phantom

Recurring Role

Kath Soucie

Kath Soucie

Maddie Fenton (Mom)

Recurring Role

Rob Paulsen

Rob Paulsen

Jack Fenton (Dad)/Pilot

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

  • QUOTES (31)

    • Jack: Ah, yes. Nothing says 'bonding' like backwash!

    • (After Maddie is done destroying the animal ghosts in the woods)
      Maddie: (To Danny) Now, young man! Could you mind telling me what you thought you were doing--
      (Danny suddenly jumps from the tree and starts hugging her arm)
      Danny: You are awesome!
      Maddie: Oh! Honey, thank you!
      (A small gopher-like ghost appears next to them)
      Ghost: I will destroy you!
      (Maddie takes her weapon and smashes him)

    • Danny: You carry a lot of stuff, Mom. How about a Fenton Cellphone so we can call for help?
      Maddie: Cellphone? (Chuckles) You can't fight ghosts with a cellphone, silly! Not that we're likely to find a ghost in here.

    • Ghost: Thank you for flying Air Evil Plot!
      Maddie: Oh, don't be so glum, Danny. Just look at the view!

    • Maddie: (While looking through several rooms for a phone) No phone. (Checks another room) No phone. (Vlad and Danny pass through the walls while fighting after she closes the door; Maddie goes to the top of the house only to find a hellicopter) Helicopter, but no phone. And Danny thinks I'm a nut!

    • (In the private jet)
      Maddie: Come on, Mr. Pouty Pants, this is supposed to be our weekend. Those "Dalv" people sent this private jet just for us. How perfect is that?
      Danny: (Sarcastically) Do you want the truth, or one of those little white lies that doesn't hurt your feelings?

    • Vlad: Maddie! Daniel! You've returned to me! (Checks watch) Ooh, and not a moment too soon.
      Maddie: Danny, go somewhere else while the adults talk. (Lowers her eyes seductively; Vlad stares at her confused)
      Danny: Oh, sure, Mom. You and Vlad get cozy. If you need me, I'll be over there... barfing.

    • Danny: B -- but before you go in there and flirt our way out of here, I -- I just want to say, (Gives Maddie a hug) I love you! (Takes the key out of her pocket while Maddie hugs him back)
      Maddie: I love you, too! (Pushes him away) Clingy!

    • Vlad: Personalized gift baskets?
      (Maddie squeals like a little girl and walks over towards Vlad)
      Danny: You're up to something.
      Vlad: Oh, you think? (Maddie grabs the baskets out of his hands and sits down on the golf cart, while Vlad starts whispering into his watch) They're here, kill Jack!
      Maddie: W -- what was that?
      Vlad: (Nervously) I... I said flapjacks, mmm, hmm, pancakes, I have pancakes!

    • Danny: (To Maddie, after their trip is over and on the way back home) Sorry I was such a jerk. I really had a great time. Backwash?
      Maddie: Aw, Danny. That is so sweet.

    • (A hairy leg stomps down in front of Danny)
      Danny: Either Mom needs to shave her legs, or this is really bad news.

    • (Vlad tries to duplicate himself, but the Specter Deflector weakens him and he stops after another head forms)
      Vlad: (With both heads talking) Huh? What? I can't duplicate my form.
      Danny: Geez, I don't know which head to hit. So, I'll have to hit 'em both!

    • Jazz: (After seeing a huge jumpsuit that Jack made for her) Nice...
      Jack: Uh, sorry about the size. I was hoping you'd be swimming in my end of the gene pool. The end that's filled with ranch dressing, melted cheese, and fudge, lots of fudge.

    • (After Danny defeats Vlad)
      Vlad: Fine, Danny, you've defeated me. But you forgot about my pets! (Whistles; the ghost animals appear on cue) Finish him!
      Danny: Finish me? Why are you mad at me? I'm not the one who made your pelts into wall art! (Animals turn angrily at Vlad)
      Vlad: Don't even think about it, you spectral freaks! I'm still more powerful than you!
      (Danny shocks Vlad with the Plasmius Maximus and transforms back to normal)
      Danny: And now, you're not. I'll give you a five-minute head start, Plasmius.
      Vlad: Really?
      Danny: Minutes, seconds. You know how bad I can be at math. GET HIM!
      (Ghost animals run after Vlad, while he runs out of his house and into the forest)

    • Vlad: I've forgiven him for many things: causing the accident that ruined my life, stealing you, the backwash incident.
      Maddie: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, back up. What was that?
      Vlad: Causing the accident that ruined my life?
      Maddie: No, after that.
      Vlad: The backwash incident?
      Maddie: (Annoyed) No, in the middle!
      Vlad: Oh, the stealing you part? Oh, you always could see right through me! Oh, Maddie, I'm just going to come right out of it. Please dump Jack and stay here; you and Danny both can! What do you say?
      (Scene cuts to Maddie storming out angrily with Danny trailing behind her)
      Danny: Bye, Vlad! And as a lonely single man in your forties, might I suggest Internet dating? Or a cat?!
      Vlad: Mark my words, Maddie! Nobody says no to Vlad Masters! You will rue the day you spurned my affection! And I will not get a cat!

    • Vlad: (About Danny's powers) You're barely a threat to me with them. Without them... (Eyes flash red) I wouldn't need fifteen seconds, would I?

    • Vlad: (To Danny) I'll give you five minutes before I send my minions to destroy you. The clock's ticking, Danny, on you and your father. Run. (Danny runs out of cabin) Get him! (Animals run after Danny) Five minutes, five seconds. Oh, apparently, I'm bad at math, too!

    • (Danny drinks Jack's milk)
      Danny: (Spits milk out) Eww, backwash!

    • Vlad: (To Maddie) Maddie, I'm so glad you're here. It gives me the chance to apologize for Jack's behavior at our college reunion.
      Danny: Um, correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't Dad possessed by some filthy, putrid, lonely, single ghost?
      (Vlad shoots Danny with beam from his finger)

    • Vlad: (To Danny & Maddie) So, what brings you two to these parts?
      Maddie: You'll never believe it. We were on our way to the Symposium and our pilot forced us out of the plane right over your house.
      Danny: Yeah, it's almost like it's some sort of villainous plot. What an incredibly well planned coincidence.
      Vlad: That would be an oxymoron, dear boy. Oh, and speaking of morons: how's your old man?
      (Danny growls angrily; eyes change to green)
      Vlad: (Pretending to be scared) Ooh, the scary eyes! (Shoots an energy blast out of his eyes at Danny and knocks him into a wall)

    • Jack: (To Jazz, who is wearing one of Maddie's suits) Maddie? You're home!
      Jazz: Dad, it's me, Jazz.
      Jack: Jazz? Why, look at you. You're the splitting image of your mother. (Sniff) I knew this day would come.

    • (Danny tries to duplicate himself, but results with two heads and one body)
      Tucker: (To Danny) Wow, you could eat a nasty burger and fries at the same time.

    • (A ghost delivers a letter to Jack)
      Jack: (Thinking that the ghost is a human) Thanks, pal. (Gives ghost nickel; nickel goes through his hand) Oh, and try to get some sun. You're pale as a ghost.

    • (After Danny crashes into a wall)
      Tucker: (Imitating Danny) Hi, I'm Danny Fenton. Don't let the concussion and bruises fool you, I need more practice.
      (Danny uses his ghost powers to make Tucker fall through the floor)
      Sam: Wow, it's quiet in here.

    • Danny: (Overshadowing Tucker's body) Hi, I'm Tucker. Don't let the PDA, glasses, and lack of muscles fool ya. I'm a stud. (Leaves Tucker's body)
      Tucker: I hate when you do that...

    • Danny: Great, at midnight, I get my powers back, at 12:01, the belt zaps me, and at 12:02, Vlad tries to make out with my mom. Those are going to be the worst two minutes of my life.

    • Jack: (As Jazz fights two vulture ghosts) Wow, note to self: make a Jazz action figure.

    • Danny: (About Maddie's Specter Deflector) How could she not have a phone in there?

    • Maddie: (To Jack, about to leave) Oh, and Jack, please try not to trash the house while I'm gone.
      Jack: Ehh. Suck the house into a parallel dimension one time, and you just can't let it go, can ya?

    • Maddie: As much as I hate to say this, I think we should go back to Vlad's.
      Danny: But he's my archenemy! I mean... he said all those horrible things about Dad.
      Maddie: We both know he's a creep, but he's a creep with a phone and transportation -- and pancakes!

    • Jack: How was your weekend?
      Danny & Maddie: Boring, ho hum, totally dull, snore...
      Danny: I got to go call Tucker and Sam. But, um...(Kisses Maddie on the cheek) You know...
      (Maddie walks away touching her cheek with a smile)
      Danny: (To Jack) So, how was your weekend?
      Jack: Oh, you know. Same old.
      Danny: Well, I guess everything's back to normal then.
      (Jazz runs out the door fighting a ghost)
      Jazz: (To ghost) Get out of my house, you freak! (Sees Danny) Hi, Danny!
      Jack: Hey, wait for me! It's my turn! (Runs after her)

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