Fantastic Four

Season 1 Episode 11

Bait And Switch

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Jun 30, 2007 on Cartoon Network
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Bait And Switch
Dr. Doom causes an energy surge during one of Reed's experiments. As a result the Four have swapped powers with one another. Now the team must face Doom with new and untrained skills.

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  • The team randomly switch powers. Ben can stretch, Sue can flame, Johny can turn invisible, and Reed is the thing.

    The episode was ok. In every series of the Fant. 4, there seems to be an episode where the characters get different powers. The episode is not the most original of the bunch. However, it is entertaining to watch. Reed, Sue, and Johny hate the switch, but Ben enjoys having Reed's stretching, for one obviouse reason: he is no longer a rock. It's pretty obvious that the powers will return to their original owners at the end of the episode, but before that arrives, it is fun to watch them mess around with other powers. At least they didnt switch bodies.moreless
  • Made me really enjoy this series!

    I didn't really like this new version of Fantastic Four until I watched this episode. I really enjoyed the writing, it was able to blend an enjoyable story, a few jokes, and a little bit of action. Of course, to open the episode with broccoli jokes, you know it's going to be a great one! Basically, the team switch powers due to a power overload or energy disruption (Dr. Doom is involved, unknown to the team at this time). Sue and Johnny switch powers (interestingly, similar plot line in the new FF movie) and Ben and Reed switch their powers. One interesting note is Ben stretching, touching different surfaces and saying "I can feel!", a very nice touch as I don't think I've ever thought about that before. I know it was only shown for a few seconds in the movie, and obviously Ben has switched to human form numerous times in the comics, but I can't remember him mentioning this simple, basic function...and something he obviously lacks as the Thing. The whole episode is filled with these little reminders of how each other's power affects their lives - Reed breaking things as he walks around, Sue not being able to control her flight, even aspects of their personalites are switched. Johnny gets to scold Sue and tell her "that's what you get for being a hothead". Doom realizes the team "does not seem themselves" and seeks to destroy them. He sends Doombots after the team, but as the bots are configured to defeat each member according to their own power, they fail due to the switch. The doombots eventually adapt, but too little too late.

    There is also a line throughout the episdoe with Reed saying he would switch back Sue and Johnny, but neglecting to mention himself and Ben. He states the obvious towards the end where he says he will not make Ben become the Thing again, he is more than happy to sacrifice himself so that Ben can retain his human form.

    Obviously this cannot happen, as Ben understands they cannot shut down the sphere causing the energy disruption unless they all work together...all 4 go back to "normal" and Doom is defeated for the time being. It was a very enjoyable seemed to me that the writing was much more intelligent here, but it's probably just me - I need to go back to the other episodes and pay attention this time!moreless
Brian Dobson

Brian Dobson

Benjamin Grimm/The Thing

Christopher Jacot

Christopher Jacot

Johnny Storm/Human Torch

Hiro Kanagawa

Hiro Kanagawa

Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic

Lara Gilchrist

Lara Gilchrist

Susan Storm/Invisible Woman

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Reed: Excellent. The artificial cosmic rays are beginning to alter the broccoli's genetic structure.
      Ben: Great, you're making monster broccoli. I'm going to end up fighting this thing.
      Johnny: Seriously, Reed, why would you do that? What did broccoli ever do to you?

    • Johnny: Ouch! The pizza bit me or something.
      Sue: It was probably hot, Johnny.
      Johnny: Hot? Yeah, I remember that.

    • Ben: It's interesting. Perhaps when our powers switched, aspects of our personalities did as well.
      Reed: I was thinking that too, but I got hungry and forgot to tell you.

    • Johnny: I've mastered your powers, Sis, but you know what: they're still lame.

    • Reed: I've always wanted to say this; It's clobbering time!
      Ben: Hey, that's my line!

    • Ben: I'm human again! (arms stretch to the ceiling) Well, more human anyway.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Lucia Von Bardas
      Lucia first appeared in the 2004 Secret War series. She was Latveria's prime minister who is filling in as ruler of Latveria while Dr. Doom was incapacitated in Hell. While pretending to repair relations between Latveria and other countries, she secretly employed the Tinkerer to create technology for B-List supervillains. After an attempt by SHIELD to stop her operations, Lucia was rebuilt into a cyborg, and subsequently shut down by SHIELD Agent Daisy Johnson. This version of Lucia, however, seems to be little more then Doom's lackey.

    • This episode premiered in Canada on YTV on March 16, 2007.