Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law

Season 4 Episode 2

Incredible Hippo

Aired Monday 12:00 AM Oct 09, 2006 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

Peter Potamus consumes radioactive pellets that transform him into "the creature," turning him green and tripling his waist size. Meanwhile, Atom Ant is charged with having high radiations levels in his home.

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  • Every bit of it was as wonderful as I hoped it would be! :!:

    I immediately knew when I saw the previews to this episode a year back, that this was an episode that I should watch! Unfortunately, life got in the way somehow (I don't remember the cause) and I didn't catch it! But after waiting for sometime, the episode Finally re-aired on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim and I have to say it Was worth the wait because I Loved it! When Peter Potamus eats donuts that have been contaminated by radiation from Atom Ant, he becomes The Creature, a very green, very much stronger, very much wider hippopotamus whenever he's angry, hungry, or he's got the hots for Judy as Birdgirl! But Judy proves to be a kindred soul. She helps Peter learn how to control his emotions properly so that he can function in normal life and yet use his powers when the need arises so he can help people! And he will need to learn how to do this to, because when a fire rages, someone needs to save Judy! And that someone is Peter Potamus as The Creature! I don't know about you, but I think Peter Potamus and Judy are going to get married someday, it could happen! That's why I love this episode! It parodied yet respected "The Incredible Hulk" at the same time which is why I love this episode! :idea: Enough said, true believers! ;)moreless
  • Definietly one of the best episodes in all four seasons. I\'m sure all of them will be as good as this.

    Atom ant is being persecuted, due to his home having high radiation levels. Meanwhile Potamus, after losing some weight (15 oz., eats a poppy-seed donut that contains radioactive pellets from Atom Ants behind (he seems to drop them everywherE, probably some bowel problems XP) Soon Potamus turns into the Incredible Hippo, yeah, its a corny pun. Phil learns of the \\\'creature\\\' and tries to hunt it down. In the end, Phils legs are rendered useless, either because Potamus ran over him, X the Eliminator ran over him, or the serum he was injected with paralyzed him waist down. The \\\'creature\\\' saves Phils daughter and everything went back to normal, except for Atom Ant, since he\\\'s now in Mentoks ant farm. It was hysterical, from the piano tunes (used in the hulk), Phil trying to hunt Potamus, and the ending which was almost like the ending in the Incredible Hulkmoreless
Gary Cole

Gary Cole

Harvey Birdman, Judge Hiram Mightor, Various

John Michael Higgins

John Michael Higgins

Judge Mentok the Mind-Taker, Various

Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert

Myron Reducto, Phil Ken Sebben, Various

Thomas Allen (II)

Thomas Allen (II)

Peanut, Various

Chris Edgerly

Chris Edgerly


Guest Star

Maurice LaMarche

Maurice LaMarche

Atom Ant / Inch

Recurring Role

Paget Brewster

Paget Brewster

Birdgirl / Judy

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Judy: Ahm, daddy?! Your panzer is parked on my foot.

    • Peter Potamus: Please tell me those ain't Heisenberg Brothers bagels! What kind should I have?
      Harvey Birdman: I'm uncertain.
      Peter Potamus: I haven't had bread in months! I've had a wallear for a kaiser roll or something starchy. Oyster crackers-anything! A sammich without bread isn't a sammich-it's meat with mustard on your hands!

    • Peanut: Hey Hippo! Wanna doughnut?
      Potamus: Don't make me hungry Mr. Peanut, you wouldn't like me when I'm hungry.

    • Potamus: Hey Buzz, you get that think I sent ya?
      Buzz: What thing?!

    • Judy: Let's try poses! Legs up the wall pose! Intense spread-leg stretch! Beaver pose!
      Potamus: You wouldn't like me when I'm horny.

    • Phil: No, this more of cheap poly-bland while the sample is cotton.
      Birdman: Not to mention mines blue.
      Phil: Next! ...Ok that's rayon..Lets see if there's cotton under here. Cotton alright! And missing fabric iiiiiin the crotch! Lucky for you lady this came from a cuff seam!

    • Phil: (After being stabbed in the crotch by a serum) Ha Ha! Numby Nutkins!

  • NOTES (0)


    • Heisenberg Brothers Bagels is an allusion to the real company Einstein Brothers Bagels. These names tie in with the atomic radioactivity theme.

    • Hulk:
      "You wouldn't like me when I'm Hungry/Horny" is related to the original phrase, "You Wouldn't like me when I'm angry".

    • Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle:
      The box of Heisenberg Brothers bagels features the equation of Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, an important result of quantum physics. This is also why Harvey answers Potomus' question with "I'm uncertain".

    • The Lord of the Rings:
      The scene where Reducto was acting, his voice was highly squery, and sitting in a creepy pose resembles the character Gollum from the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

    • The Incredible Hulk (1978-1982):
      This episode uses several elements of the TV show starring Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno. Potamus being exposed to radiation, his irises changing color when he was angered, indirectly warning people that he could harm them, etc. Of special note is Potamus seeking Judy's help in controlling his rage (a running them of the show, as David Banner always moved on at the end of an episode), and finally, the end credits where Potamus is walking on the road somewhere and the soulful music playing over the credits. In the The Incredible Hulk television series, every episode ended in this fashion. Unfortunately, it wasn't the same piano piece, which was called "The Lonely Man"

    • The Incredible Hulk:
      Peter Potamus turning into "the creature", several copied scenes from the 2003 feature film Hulk and the ending sequence all point to the cartoon character of the same name.

    • Atom Ant:
      Atom Ant was first seen on Sunday, September 12, 1965, when NBC aired a half-hour special titled The World of Secret Squirrel & Atom Ant, for the purpose of introducing viewers to a couple of its new Saturday morning stars. The actual Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show began a few weeks later, on October 2. Atom's co-star was a response to the James Bond craze.