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Danny Phantom

Season 1 Episode 10

Shades of Gray

Aired Friday 12:00 AM Sep 24, 2004 on Nickelodeon
out of 10
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Episode Summary

When ghosts wreck a popular co-ed's school social life, she dedicates herself to hunting them, which forces Danny to deal with a threat just a few lockers down the hall. Worse yet, Tucker has a crush on the girl.

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  • By an unlucky encounter with a ghost dog, a new enemy emerges and dedicates her life and passion to fighting and hunting ghosts with Danny as her main target.

    Valerie Gray once a popular and wealthy girl suddenly falls on hard times because a ghost dog Danny was trying to stop and it trashed the lab that her father was in charge of security and doing a demostration in front of a boss/head of a Axion Labs. Once Valerie's dad loses his job and career, Valerie loses her status and the fake friends that went with it. Seeing that Danny who was trying to control the dog Valerie assumes that the dog belongs to Danny and that all ghosts are the same as in annoying reckless troublemakers. Meanwhile Valerie receives some high tech ghost battle and tracking equipment (courtesy of Vlad) and Tuckers starts falling for her. Even more she returns the affections. Not only does Danny have to deal with another ghost hunter but have to find out why the ghost dog keeps returning from the ghost zone. Meanwhile Valerie's dad gets another chance and Danny risks the final remanent of Valerie's dad's chance, Valerie's fury with weapons, and possibly worse situation with the ghost dog along with having nothing to show for it.moreless
  • This episode introduced Valerie, a girl whom Danny would soon find to be an enemy.

    Valerie was born lucky with her spoiled attitude, popularity, and beauty. However, a few accidents with Danny Phantom as the ghost boy causes her to lose it all, and she dedicated her life to hunting him down and destroying him as well as all other ghosts.

    The episode wasn't too good in my opinion, but I gave it a high rating because of the major DannyxSam moment. Anyway, Valerie over-reacted to the problems in her life, and she hadn't bothered to hear Danny's side of the story. She just figured that all ghosts were the same, and using her new ghost equipment, started hunting them down. She is a bit pushy and I don't think that it's a good quality in this case. Don't get me wrong, I don't hate Valerie. I just don't like that she didn't give Danny a second chance.

    Moving on to the big reason as to why I reviewed this... The fake-out make-out! It actually took me a long time to finally get to see this episode, and I wound up watching it for the first time at my uncle's house. Anyway, the fake-out make-out took me by surprise, but I loved watching the way they reacted after it. Sam had taken the guns on this make-out, and she made Danny lose his mind as well as his control. If that hadn't been proof of their blossoming relationship, I don't know what would have been. YAY to DXS!moreless
  • Valerie Grey, a student at Danny's high school, deticates her life to fighting ghosts and hunting down Danny Phantom.

    Wow! This was such a great episode. With such a greatly plotted story line and wonderful character changes, Valerie went from being Paulina's best friend, to depending on herself, and her new hobby; fighting ghosts and hunting down the ghost that she is sure ruined her life- Danny Phantom. I adored the Ghost Dog and how cute he was as a little puppy. It was so funny to watch poor Danny have to try and catch the little guy. I like the idea of Valerie getting more involved with the show, and she is no longer just the second friend of Paulina. Adorable and excting, I adore this episode.moreless
  • Valerie Gray becomes Danny's new enemy when given ghost hunting gear by Vlad.

    This has got to be one of my favorite episodes ever! I love the idea of Vlad giving ghost hunting equipment to Valerie. This will definitely make the series more interesting and exciting. I especially loved the little ghost dog! He was sooooo cute (in his small form)!!!! I also liked the nickname Danny gave him, it fit him perfectly. I liked it when Danny and Valerie both had to go fight ghosts, so they asked to be excused in one scene, but were fighting in the next scene. It was funny seeing Sam and Tucker look from Danny to Valerie when they both asked to be excused and it was funny seeing them holding onto the tree and being dragged by the ghost dog. I thought that was funny.moreless
  • Wow! Danny got a new enemy because Valerie held a grudge. I am so glad that "fake-out make-out" was in the episode, otherwise...

    I am a HUGE DannyXSam fan (you can see that) and so I only liked this episode because Sam and Danny kissed even though it was only a fake-out make-out and still... This episode could have used a little more work, but all in all I'd say that this episode deserved a thumbs up. I'm also glad that Tucker gave up on his crush on Valerie because she is a snob and a stuck up jerk (no offense Valerie fans)! Please respond to this review by either agreeing or disagreeing. I need more words so...

    Danny and Sam forever!Danny and Sam forever!Danny and Sam forever!Danny and Sam forever!Danny and Sam forever!Danny and Sam forever!Danny and Sam forever!Danny and Sam forever!moreless
Phil Morris

Phil Morris


Guest Star

James Sie

James Sie


Recurring Role

Kath Soucie

Kath Soucie

Lunch Lady

Recurring Role

David Kaufman

David Kaufman

Computer Voice

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When Tucker says, "Valerie, wait up!" and falls on top of her, she doesn't seem to think much of him knowing she is a ghost hunter. Though in episodes to come, she doen't seem to want anyone to know she hunts ghosts.

    • When Danny shoots the Ecto Ball, The biggest form of the dog is the size of a tree. However, when he ties the dog to the tree in its biggest form, it is only about 3 quarters of the tree.

    • Danny said that every time Dash fails, he comes after him, but Dash said he got a "D" on the spelling test, and even though it's a bad grade, it is not technically failing, so Dash should not have went after Danny.

    • When Valerie said "because you are going down" to Danny, his arm is cut and his arms are in a 90% angle, after the commercials when Valerie said that, neither Danny's arms are cut and his arms are pointing down.

    • Right before the second commercials, Danny is floating, after them, he's standing on the ground.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Sam: (After the ghost dog breaks loose from being leashed to the tree Sam and Tucker climbed on, therefore dragging them along with it) This is why I'm a cat person.

    • (Danny and the ghost dog crash through the Axion building and Danny falls to the floor in front of Valerie, Damon, and his boss)
      Valerie: What are you? (Ghost dog spits green ectoplasmic saliva on Valerie)
      Danny: I'll tell you what I'm not: covered in dog saliva. (Valerie screams)

    • Danny: Wow, ghost dogs are a lot more entertaining that regular dogs.
      (Floats on to the sidewalk; squishing sound is heard)
      Danny: (Sarcastically) Oh, great, invisible dog doo.

    • Danny: Great, my friend has a crush on a ghost hunter.
      Sam: That's life, well, your life, anyway.

    • Valerie: (Reading the card on her box) "Heard about your recent ghost troubles. Hope this helps - Vlad." (Vlad, watching from the window, disappears, grinning) Don't know who you are, Vlad, but if this does what I think it does, I can't say that I care! (Ecto-gun accidentally fires)
      Damon: Valerie?!
      Valerie: I'm okay!

    • Danny: Sam, hide!
      Sam: No time! (Pushes Danny into the bushes)
      Valerie: (Valerie flies to where Danny is) No escaping me now, ghost boy! (Sees Danny and Sam kissing)
      Sam: Aaah! Do you mind?!
      Valerie: Ah, gross, loser love! I always knew you two geeks would end up together. (Valerie flies off)
      Sam: That sounded like Valerie. (Looks at Danny, who is smiling) Uh, Danny, you didn't think it was a real kiss, did you?
      Danny: (Nervously) No! Why, did you? (Scene changes to school)
      Tucker: Wait. You guys kissed?
      Danny & Sam: No, it was a "fake-out make-out"!!
      Tucker: But that still has the words, "make" and "out" in it, right? Maybe I should try that on... (Bumps into Valerie) Valerie! Hi! (To Danny & Sam; pushy) Okay, guys, see ya.

    • Valerie: (To Danny) So, Tucker tells me your parents hunt ghosts.
      Danny: Did he now? What else did he tell you?

    • Danny: That lady isn't edible, and neither is anything she cooks.. and neither am I!
      (Dog drops lunch lady and runs after Danny)
      Lunch Lady: (With lunch food in her hands) It's still good, who wants seconds?

    • Danny: (To ghost dog who he's about to put in the portal) Okay, Cujo, in you go. (Gets ectoplasmic goo on himself) Bleh, that's it, I'm getting a hamster.

    • Sam: (To Danny, after seeing ghost dog attack cafeteria) You're not much of a dog catcher.
      Danny: Yeah, no kidding. Who let the dogs in? (Sam stares) See, the song is "Who Let The Dogs Out," but I said "Who Let the Dogs In." (Sam continues staring) I'll be right back.
      Sam: Bring some new jokes! (Danny goes ghost)

    • Tucker: (To Danny) Don't you trust me?
      Danny: You, yes. It's your hormones I worry about it.

    • Danny: (About Tucker liking Valerie) Two-hundred seventy-nine girls in our school, and he's gotta have a crush on the one with the weapons and the grudge.

    • Sam: (About Danny & the ghost dog) A boy and his dog... somehow it's not supposed to be this freaky.

    • Valerie: (To Tucker) What are you doing here?
      Tucker: Um... hoping for a fake-out make-out?

    • Danny: (Picks up dog) Just like Dash, only with better breath.

  • NOTES (48)

  • ALLUSIONS (11)

    • Tagline: In Spectrescope.

      The tagline is a parody of classic cartoon, in which the title of the episode follows with "In Cinemascope" at the bottom.

    • Axion Labs: Appearance
      Axion Labs appears to be based on Star Labs from the DC Comics, primarily in the Superman Comics.

    • Episode Title: Shades of Gray
      The title of this episode seems to be pertaining to Valerie's character, as she is neither a "hero" or a "villain". Her morality status is not all black (evil) or all white (good), there are some "shades of gray."

    • Valerie & Danny: Fighting Scene
      The scene where Valerie shoots rays from her ecto-gun in slow motion while jumping to the right, followed by Danny dodging each blast in slow motion seems to be taken from The Matrix.

    • Valerie: Anti-Hero Origin, Costume, & Weapons
      The way how Valerie becomes one of Danny's archenemies is oddly similar to how Harry Osborn became the second Green Goblin, one of Spider-Man's archenemies. Valerie blames Danny Phantom for her sudden poverty and unpopularity, even though it was not directly his fault, which is very similar to how Harry blames Spider-Man for the cause of his father's (the original Green Goblin) death, which is also not directly Spider-Man's fault. Driven by her anger, Valerie receives strange weapons and gadgets to hunt down the bane of her unhappiness. Harry does nearly the same thing; the spirit of his father led him to a hidden room in their house filled with the Green Goblin weapons and gadgets and uses them to try to destroy Spider-Man. Valerie's skin-tight costume and jet sled is very similar to Harry's skin-tight costume and his "Goblin Glider." In addition, the razor discs that Valerie uses at one point in the episode is very similar to the "Razor Bats." Also, the way how Valerie's gloves glowed pink seems to suggest that she could shoot energy blasts from her fingers, just like the Green Goblin's.

    • Dash: Dumpty Humpty rocks! (Imitates guitar)
      The rock band's name, "Dumpty Humpty," seems to be a play on the name of a Mother Goose nursery rhyme called "Humpty Dumpty." The fact that their symbol was a cracked egg strengthens this assumption. More Info

    • Danny & Sam: Fake-Out Make-Out
      The fake-out make-out is similar to a scene in part 2 of the Justice League season 2 finale, "Starcrossed (2)." To cover their story of being married, Wonder Woman kisses Bruce Wayne.

    • Danny: (To ghost dog) Okay, Cujo, in you go.
      Danny refers to the ghost dog as Cujo at one point in the episode. This is a reference to the book/movie by Stephen King entitled Cujo about a friendly St. Bernard who contracts rabies and lets loose a reign of terror upon a small town. Ironically, the actor who plays the boy who owns the dog is named Danny Pintauro.

    • Sam: Are you going to be more careful now that Valerie the Ghost Slayer is around?
      The name Sam gives Valerie, "Valerie the Ghost Slayer," is a spoof on the title of the popular TV show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

    • Danny: Who let the dogs in?
      This is a spoof of a song sung by The Baha Men, "Who Let The Dogs Out?." Danny even mentioned that the song was really titled "Who Let The Dogs Out?."

    • Book Title: Ghost Killing For Dimwits
      One of the books that Valerie was holding was called Ghost Killing For Dimwits. This is an obvious spoof of the popular For Dummies books. The book even had the same design as the For Dummies books. More Info