Danny Phantom

Season 2 Episode 3

Pirate Radio

Aired Friday 12:00 AM Jul 22, 2005 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary

A group of ghostly skeletons under the command of a bratty 10-year-old pirate named Youngblood attacks FentonWorks and steals the ghost shield. Soon after, all the adults in Amity Park are packing for a cruise without their kids. Danny, Sam, and Tucker discover that the cruise is a hoax and the adults are under the spell of a mysterious (and cheesy) song created by Ember to make them into galley slaves for Youngblood's pirate ship! The stolen ghost shield prevents Danny Phantom from getting on board the ship, so Danny Fenton has to lead Amity Park's teenagers in a daring attempt to save their parents.moreless

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  • Wow really..... I love how real DP is!!!

    I just caught on to how 'real' this episode is. Especially when they play it backwards. I was like whoa. Then Tucker says: "Using music to control people, why does that sound so familar?" lol But overall i like this episode, i caught to ember being behind it, when i saw that cruise pamplet. But think of it as Youndblood part 1 and Ember part 2.
  • Ember's back!

    I thought the 'M. BersBack' was really creative! :)

    "That's not a clue- that's a billboard!"

    "We've really gotta start paying more attention in these things!"

    And there was awesome animation! I also loved seeing Danny get the school to work together- he has such good leadership! Talk about teamwork!

    "You're one brave geek, Fenton! When I'm wailing on you tomorrow, I'll be wailing on hero. But I will be wailing on you."- By Dash's standards, that's a compliment.

    The scene where the kids fight Ember, Youngblood and the rest of the pirates was the best- along with where he flies everyone off the ship. Phantastic episode!moreless
  • Ember's back!

    Yay! I was so happy when I saw that Ember was back, and as, what better, a pirate! I thought the plot was great and I liked how Danny got each one of his classmates together in helping him save all of their parents. Danny was so adorable in his father's orange jumpsuits and the whole episode was funny and entertaining. I liked how Youngblood was working with Ember, too. The two of them both hate adults, and the two of them working together was well thought out and planned. Good job Butch and your team, this was defintaly a great episode.moreless
  • Ember teams up with a pirate named Youngblood in an attempt to kidnap all adults.

    This episode was very exciting and adventurous. It was funny to see Danny get ignored by everyone, but then in the end they are all forced to listen to him to save their parents. It was funny to see Danny and all of his classmates in the same outfit that Jack wears. It was also pretty interesting to see Danny fight Ember and Youngblood without his powers. My favorite part was when Dash and Danny are fighting back to back and then Dash says to Danny, 'When I'm wailing on you tomorrow, I'll be wailing on a hero. But I will be wailing on you.'moreless
  • Ember returns with a hypnotic song, working with a kid pirate captain named Youngblood to capture the adults.

    One day some strange song gets every adult in Amity Park listening. Danny then has to fight off a kid pirate captain named Youngblood, and his crew of ghosts. After the fight, he finds out Jazz and his parents have gone on a cruise, along with every other adult in Amity Park. After listening closely to the song, the trio discovers the song is telling the adults to come to the cruise, and Ember is the one broadcasting it! As their parents are captured on a pirate ship with a ghost shield, Danny Fenton must lead the kids on board to rescue them.

    I have to admit, I was looking more forward to PR than the excellent DD that aired a week before, but I was met with results that weren’t so excellent, even though it was still a pretty good episode.

    The opening was done very well. The animation they had for the shots of the sky was amazing, it made the stars look lovely, and I also enjoy that the trio enjoys doing fun stuff like star-gazing. As for the pirate attack on Fenton Works, I felt it could have been better, but it was still pretty cool. I enjoyed that Youngblood always had to turn to his parrot for advice on pirate lingo. I can understand that Danny would underestimate Youngblood because he was so young, but I thought Youngblood got his shots in on Danny a bit too easily. Also, I didn’t quite get the “He said ‘booty’” gag. But other than that, very good.

    The segment after the opener was done somewhat okay. This might just be a matter of opinion, but I didn’t like that Danny went to change the station on the radio that much. I thought it was a little rude, but that’s probably me, since I would normally walk out of the room. But Danny did that later on, so it’s alright. I was a little concerned that Jack ignored the alarm of the Ghost Shield being gone, but I’ll let it go since it was probably the song doing it.

    As for Danny, I liked him throughout most of the episode. I liked that he tried to get the kids excited about putting good music on the school’s radio station, despite the fact that he was basically ignored. The fact that Tucker and Sam’s attempts to support him were feeble didn’t bother me; I certainly feel uncomfortable being the only one in a crowd to shout something. And his being suspicious about the cruise was pretty good as well, although I would’ve first expected that from Sam (more on that later). Also, his being the somewhat leader of the Casper High kids to get their parents back was nice, but that whole phase certainly could’ve been done better (also, more on that later).

    I was able to find Youngblood plenty funny and a bit more impressive than I really thought he would. I was expecting Ember to take center-stage, but I actually found this pretty good as well. As I mentioned, his turning to his parrot for proper pirate lingo was funny, and he was also, as he said, mature beyond his years. His fighting abilities and leadership skills were quite impressive for him being so young.

    I was hoping Ember played a bigger role as a villain in PR, but she still played a pretty good one. And I liked that she abandoned Youngblood when things started going down. Very sinister. I was also hoping Danny would be more spiteful towards her after the events of FtF; it was also something I had expected in DD.

    I had a problem with Sam in this episode. The fact that she cared more about the radio station that being suspicious about the adults being gone was quite OOC, since she’s usually the one of the trio that is the most logical. But her being happy that her parents were gone didn’t bother me THAT much, since she pretty much has it hard with parents like hers. But she improved very much over the course of the episode. I know some were bothered with the end where Sam pointed out that Danny let them use the op-center, but not so much for me. She probably couldn’t tell what was going on with how far away she was.

    I could definitely notice the threat in this episode, but I honestly don’t think it was addressed as being one by the teens. I was hoping they would be much more worried that their parents were in danger. The only sign of that was when Paulina yelled, “Hey! They got my parents!” After that, Kwan celebrated, and everyone started fighting. I enjoyed Danny taking charge, but there wasn’t enough energy in his role as leader, IMO.

    Some humor in this episode was very good, but others were goofy gags that didn’t suit me. I thought the trio’s little part where they spoke simultaneously about that song was funny, but I wish it would’ve appeared more. And Danny’s remark about not being invited to a party at his house was hilarious. I also liked Sam’s remark about Jack being the second biggest blimp in the family, and where the control for the op-center was. And I also liked when the parrot said, “So what’s powering the ship?” when the adults ran off. But I didn’t enjoy Danny’s remarks to Paulina as Phantom. “You should make out with him”? “Wrap your mind around Paulina Fenton”? Oy. That’s something Tucker would say, not Danny. And Maddie’s cry of “At last!” was sort of funny, but not that much.

    The animation was very sweet with the shots of the ship flying. And the music to go with it was very proper for what was going on. Quite theatrical. Also, the shot with Ember’s hair flying out like fire…awesome. And the fights they had were pretty cool, although I wished the last one could’ve gone longer.

    The ending started pretty mediocre, but picked up. When Jack confronted Danny about possibly taking the op-center, I thought he should’ve said they were being controlled by a ghost and he used it to save them. Also, how could he have guessed that Danny used the op-center at all? And I didn’t like that he was grounded for that long. But when it showed the pirates trapped on the ship, thanks to Tucker, that was very cool. A bit harsh, but IC for Tucker and appropriate for the little punk.

    All in all, PR was an enjoyable episode. I give it 8.2/10.moreless
Taylor Lautner

Taylor Lautner


Guest Star

James Sie

James Sie

Alarm Voice

Guest Star

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)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (13)

    • When Youngblood shows up at Casper High, Mr. Lancer runs in terror. But in "Fenton Menace," Youngblood says only kids can see him, so Mr. Lancer should not have been able to.

    • If the subliminal message was: "Leave your KIDS, Come to the cruise", how was Jazz effected? Even if she does believe she's an adult, she doesn't have any children of her own, so the message shouldn't have worked on her.

    • In Fanning of the Flames Jazz fell under Ember's spell because teenagers fall under the spell of the song. In this episode, adults fall under the spell. So Jazz should not have been under the spell in Fanning of the Flames because she's an adult, or vice versa.

    • In the scene where Ember says "That's right pop fans, Ember's back, and ready to rock" her guitar is in her left hand, which is the opposite hand to when she had it in "Fanning the Flames," though it's corrected later.

    • During the scene of which the pirates are taking Casper High's exercise equipment, the D on Danny's chest is more turquoise.

    • Why couldn't Danny just use the Emergency Ham to make the Fenton Jet like in the upcoming "Reality Trip"? It would have worked better than the blimp.

    • For a second when Danny is floating everyone off the ship back down to the ground, his eyes are green all over like Vlad's eyes, except Danny's are green, while Vlad's are red.

    • The number of adults in the hold of the pirate ship changes in each scene.

    • When Youngblood forced Danny off the plank, wouldn't he be able to go ghost if he was outside the shield?

    • If Danny got shocked in the shield, how did Youngblood, Ember, and every skeleton on the ship withstand it?

    • Youngblood's Peg Leg And His Hooked Arm Change Sides of His Body.

    • During the close up of Jack and Maddie's not on the magazine (when Danny is reading it), Danny's hand is a darker skin tone than usual. It's actually more the color of Tucker's.

    • When Sam says that Jack isn't the only blimp in the family, she has pupils.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Danny: All right pee-wee! Talk! Tell me what you want with these people or I'll...I'll...spank you or something!
      Youngblood: I'd love to see you try! (Blasts Danny with rays from eyes)

    • Ember: (To Youngblood; after she burns the ship's mast) Okay, maybe not the best idea. Ah, well. Bon voyage, kid! Catch you on my comeback tour! (Laughs and disappears)

    • Danny: Now if I were my dad, where would I put the secret control panel for the Op-Center? Someplace where I would see every time I come here. (Figures out it would be the refrigerator; goes to it; finds and presses the button) Yep, next to the ham!
      Computer Voice: Defense system activated. Also, the ham has spoiled.

    • Sam: (Cheering the acronym for her radio station) P-A-R-T-Y!
      Tucker: We ain't got no alibi!

    • Sam: (Looks at cruise brochure, after seeing that Ember is back) M. Bersback? Ember's back! That's not a clue, it's a billboard.
      Tucker: We really have to start paying attention to these things.

    • Danny: Paulina, you're good with make up. I need you to disguise Tucker as an adult so he can get aboard the pirate ship and disable it from within.
      Paulina: Aye-aye, captain! But you still have no shot at me.

    • Danny: (To Ember, after she says she's working with Youngblood) What, is the music career going so poorly you have to pick up babysitting jobs on the sides?
      Ember: I guess you could say me and him share the same opinion of adults.
      Ember & Youngblood: Hate 'em!

    • (Tucker is aboard Youngblood's ship and below deck, where all the adults are fueling the ship by exercising)
      Tucker: Mom! Dad! You're under mind control! And looking really trim! Maybe you guys should exercise more often.

    • Danny: (Over megaphone) Listen up, everybody. If you want your parents back, you're going to have to follow my lead.
      Dash: Why should we follow you, Fen-toad?
      Danny: You're right, Dash. Let's follow the other kid who comes from a family of ghost hunters and knows how to work all their gear.

    • Danny: (Giving Dash a weapon) Dash, you're with me on offense. We're gonna spring the adults from the pirate ship.
      Dash: So, I get to hit some people?
      Danny: Oh, yeah!
      (Dash grabs Danny's shirt)
      Danny: Not me!
      Dash: (Lets go of Danny's shirt) Sorry, old habits.

    • Star: (Cheerleading, while fighting pirates) Okay! We hate pirates, yes we do! I hate pirates, how 'bout you?

    • Jack: Why do I suddenly feel like I have buns of steel?
      Maddie: At last! I mean, I love you just the way you are. (Hugs Jack)
      Jazz: Ew.

    • Youngblood: Argh! Me prisoners are escaping!
      Parrot: So, what's powering the ship?
      (Ship starts falling)

    • Danny: (Sees the ship gone after battling Youngblood) Well, one thing's for sure. It's gonna be awfully quiet at my house tonight.
      (Scene changes to party at Danny's house)
      Danny: Not getting invited to a party is one thing, but not getting invited to a party AT MY OWN HOUSE!

    • Parrot: (With ship underwater surrounded by ghost shield in reverse) Let me out of here! Let me out!
      Youngblood: Actually, it would be more like, "Ahoy, matey! I'm marooned on this island!"
      Parrot: Oh, shut your gob, you twit!

    • Danny: Mom, Dad! I really wanna use the emergency op-center to start a radio station!
      (Silence; Danny looks around and finds no one)
      Sam: That's a yes!
      Danny: (Finds note on a catalogue; reads note) "Your mother, sister, and I are on a weekend get-away fun cruise. We're sure you will take charge and act responsibly. Love, Mom & Dad." (Removes note and sees catalogue) M. Bersback Cruiselines? Weird, they went on a fun cruise with Jazz, who isn't fun in the least?

    • Dash: (After Danny, in ghost mode, saves kids from the force field) Hey, where's Fenton?
      Danny: He's safe. I, uh, rescued him. (To Paulina) He sure is cool. You should totally make out with him.
      (Paulina blinks)

    • Mr. Lancer: Of course, you kids should feel free to, as you might say, "Bust out your own freaky beats!" As long as they're not too freaky or... uh, beaty?
      Danny: (Runs to the radio station) Sweet! Where do I sign up to yank this crud off the air? (Danny scratches the Vapor Drone record with the record needle)
      Dash: Fenton a D.J.? Yeah, right! Who would ever listen to you?
      Danny: I'll show you who'll listen! What do we want?! (Silence) Um, this is the part where you say, "Good music." What do we want?!
      Tucker & Sam: (Hesitantly) Uh... Good music?
      Dash: (Pushes Danny out of the way and Danny screams) What do we want?!
      Kids: Good music!
      Dash: When do we want it?!
      Youngblood: (From nowhere) NOW!

    • (After the ghost pirates steal the ghost shield generator)
      Youngblood: Fall back, me hearties. We got da... got da... What's the word?
      Parrot: Booty.
      Youngblood: Ha, you said booty! (Laughs)
      (Pirate ghosts begin laughing)
      Danny: Hey! They're stealing my dad's ghost shield generator! (Flies toward ship, Youngblood gets in the way and turns his peg leg into a cannon and fires at Danny, which makes Danny fall; ship gets away)
      Sam: Nice goin', matey. You just got your butt kicked by Short John Silver.
      Danny: Hey, considering he just took my dad's ghost shield, you think maybe you could be a little sympathetic, like Tucker?
      (Tucker starts laughing)
      Danny: Tucker?
      Tucker: He said booty!

    • Youngblood: Avast ye! Aw, man, what's the word?
      Parrot: Scurvy dogs.
      Youngblood: Right! Avast ye, scurvy dogs! Prepare to be booted by captain Youngblood and his skeleton crew!
      Danny: Hey, isn't it past your bedtime, kid?
      Youngblood: (Makes a slingshot with his hook and fires a beam at Danny) Don't call me kid! I'm mature beyond me years! (Blows a raspberry)

    • Dash: (To Danny, while they're fighting the pirates) You're one brave geek, Fenton. When I'm whaling on you tomorrow, I'll be whaling on a hero. But I will be whaling on ya.

  • NOTES (44)


    • Ember: (To Danny) Wasting your time, wannabe!
      "Wannabe" is the title of a pop/rock song. It was once played in the 2005 movie Chicken Little, performed by the characters Abby Mallard and Runt of the Litter; or, to a more specific extent, Joan Cusack and Steve Zhan, the voices of the characters.

    • Episode Title: Pirate Radio
      The title is probably a reference to the act of illegally downloading music.

    • Sam: Nice goin', matey. You just got your butt kicked by Short John Silver.
      The name that Sam gives to Youngblood, Short John Silver, is obviously a parody of Long John Silver, a famous fictional character from the novel, Treasure Island. He was a pirate and the ship's quartermaster under the notorious Captain John Flint. More Info

    • Tucker: Survey says, no.
      Danny: Survey says, going ghost!
      Tucker and Danny both say "survey says" in the beginning of the episode. This was a commonly used phrase in Family Feud, a game show where the answers were taken by survey. This phrase was also used by Sam in "Public Enemies."