Kim Possible

Season 2 Episode 12

Exchange

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Aired Daily 1:30 AM Nov 07, 2003 on Disney Channel
9.2
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When Ron is sent to a mysterious school in Japan with an exchange program, he soon discovers that the school has its own secrets. Meanwhile, Kim and Monique fall for Ron's replacement.

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  • good episode...

    8.6
    Ron goes to a school in Japan while a Japanese comes to Middleton. It is like an exchange program. Kim and Monique fall for the new boy and everyone loves him. He is all cool, ripped, and drives a motercyle. Meanwhile, Ron is in the middle of no where at a cool school on the top of a mountain learning kung fu. Interesting, right? Evil monkey guy shows up and Ron, his new girl, and the other students defeat him. Then they exchange back and life pretty much goes back to normal. Overall, great story, good characters, and a good episode.moreless
  • Naturally, it would be my honor to review this episode.

    10
    This episode worked very well on so many levels. New supporting characters were introduced. The episode featured a divergence from the typcial Ron screws up, and KP saves the day. The Japanese ninja school storyline was very intriguing. The introduction of the Yori character is a big hit. I'd like to see her in more of the episodes goign forward. She provides a balance to Kim's neuroses and Ron's comical humor. She shows that one can be calm in the face of danger and yet still be effective. Sensei also was a delight. The Yori/Ron relationship could also provide some future interesting plot twists in juxtaposition to the KP/Ron relationship.



    In summary, the episode was a terrific break from the typical KP show. The introduction of Yori was a huge success.moreless
  • Ron Stoppable, with his Monkey Kung Fu Badness!

    9.0
    While there may be other episodes that spotlight Ron Stoppable, nothing is quite so satisfying as when he goes up against his Original arch foe, Monkey fist. It's nice to know that Ron isn't the only good guy with mystical monkey powers (go Rufus, with your bad self!)And while Ron may be a Naco-eating, sleep until noon kinda guy, it's nice to see him persevere through something so out of his element. Sure, he wouldn’t really be a world-saving kinda guy without Kim, but watching him rise to the occasion always makes me happy.

    In short, Massively awesome Ninja School, sweet Japanese girl kickin' some evil bootie, and a magical sword. What does it spell? BADICAL!moreless
  • This episode is about when Middleton High School participates in a student exchange program, Ron is selected to go to a school in Japan while a student named Hirotaka is chosen to come to Middleton.moreless

    10
    When Middleton High School participates in a student exchange program, Ron is selected to go to a school in Japan while a student named Hirotaka is chosen to come to Middleton. Ron finds out that the school he was assigned to visit is a secret ninja school while Kim and Monique eventually start crushing on Hirotaka. However, when Lord Monkey Fist steals the Lotus Blade from Ron’s sensei, it’s up to Ron to save the day; though without Kim’s help. My favorite part of this episode is when we see that the school in Japan is a ninja school, when we see that Yori likes Ron, when we see Monique and Kim having a crush on Hirotaka, when Ron calls back the Lotus Blade and lastly when we see that Hirotaka likes Bonnie.moreless
  • This shows that Ron can be strong without Kim's help!

    9.4
    It all starts when the school holds an exchange program with their sister school in Yamanachi, Japan. The student from the sister, Hirotaka, switches with Ron. When Ron is at the Japanese airport, he meets a girl named Yori. She takes him to the school, there he finds out that the school is a secert ninja school! He finds out about the Lotus Blade, but one of the studetns, Fukushima, who thinks thats he's too much of an ousider to know about it. While at the school, he learns how to be a ninja, but he really sucks at it. He couldn't even get susi from the lunch lady, but Rufus ends up eating the susi. That night, he tries to get some sleep, but the next morning, the Lotus Blade is solen! While searching around the school, they find Monkey hair! When Sensa tells Ron that he has the honor of retriving the Lotus Blade back, he says that he's not ready for it. So Yori ends up getting to Blade back. Ron hears about this, and ends up going after Yori. Fukushima tells Ron that he needs his help to save the blade and Yori. When they get to the loaction, they split up. Ron finds Yori and tells her that him and Fukushima are getting the blade back. Yori says that Fukushima told the location of the blade to Monkey Fist. Just when Ron and Yori are about to reach their doom, Rufus saves them. and takes the blade from Monkey Fist. They start to run off, just when they thought it was safe, Fukushima breaks the bridge, and they have to stop. Monkey Fist demands the blade from them, but Ron refuses, then Fukushima hits Ron so he drops it. The blade falls into the crack. They get mad, then the Yamanachi school comes by and defeats them. Sensa tells Ron that he can call the blade back. When he saves the day, without Kim's help, he is told that he can't tell a soul about the adventures in Yamanachi. So when he goes back to Middleton, he just says, "Same ole, same ole."

    Meanwhile, all the girls in Middleton end up having crushes on Hirotaka. At first Kim and Monique are in denaill, but later on they fall for him. At first it seems inicent, but later, it looks like the friendship is on the line. But later on they work things out over time, and also he kissed Bonnie.moreless
George Takei

George Takei

Sensei

Guest Star

Dante Basco

Dante Basco

Fukushima (voice)

Guest Star

Keiko Agena

Keiko Agena

Yori

Guest Star

Raven-Symone

Raven-Symone

Monique

Recurring Role

Rider Strong

Rider Strong

Brick Flagg

Recurring Role

Tom Kane

Tom Kane

Monkey Fist

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (11)

    • Yori tells Ron that everybody starts training at four in the morning, but, when they are outside, it is far too bright to be four in the morning.

    • Sensei claims that Toshimiru, the founder of Yamanouchi, was a master of Tai Sheng Pek Kwar (Monkey Kung Fu), but Tai Sheng Pek Kwar is Chinese, not Japanese.

    • Yamanouchi (ŽRƒm"à) and Fukushima (•Ÿ"‡) are both locations in Hokkaido, northern Japan. This just so happens to be where this story is set. The former means "within the mountains" and the latter means "island of good fortune".

    • When Ron is at the airport, he is carrying a lot of luggage, then when he gets out of the taxi, he has none and is seen with nonthing but Rufus when he arrives.

    • When the students are lining up to get sushi from the lunch lady, Yori is wearing her black ninja uniform. Yet a moment later, she is wearing a white ninja suit just like everyone else just before her turn comes up.

    • When Kim drops down the vent, she goes in head first; though appears sliding down feet first in the next scene. The vent was a tight space so it's unlikely that she could have flipped herself that quickly with such limited room.

    • In a shot before the second commercial break, the black circles under Monkey Fist's eyes were not black.

    • Fukushima's eyes are "bigger" (they aren't just dots) when he trips Ron and before he destroys the bridge.

    • Ron complains about his clothes ripping off "even in Japan", but it's already happened in Tokyo in the episode "Crush".

    • When Kim says "Are we the only two girls in Middleton not crushing on him?", her ear is given details.

    • For one brief shot, as Yori waits in Master Lunchlady's sushi line, her ninja school uniform is black (like the garb she dons later in the episode) rather than white (which it returns to shortly after).

  • QUOTES (15)

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (13)

    • Thundercats:

      Ron: Here sword, here boy.

      Ron calling for the Lotus Blade is alot like how Lion-O, from the Thundercats calls for the Sword of Omens.

    • Name: Yamanouchi:

      Name is fictional but appears to refer to Yamanashi, both a prefecture (county-sized province) and a small city within the prefecture.

    • Romeo and Juliet:

      When Bonnie kisses Hirotaka at the end, the theme from the Romeo and Juliet ballet is faintly in the background. The theme sounds as if played with a plucked string instrument, like a banjo or any number of Asian string instruments.

    • Ranma 1/2:

      When Ron is trying to get some sushi from the Master Lunchlady it is very similar to Ranma trying to get the "Phoenix Pill" from Cologne in the Japanese anime Ranma 1/2(episode: Behold! The "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire" Technique (3) )

    • AKIRA:

      When Ron turns blue and his hair stands up as he stomps the ground near the end of the episode, he is not supposed to be like the guy from DragonballZ but Tetsuo from the Japanese anime movie: AKIRA. Steve Loter said so in a Questions & Answers session.

    • Shrek:

      Also a musical score from the movie Shrek is used in that scene(from the scene wherein Lord Farquad is walking through his castle).

    • Monique: You're the one who said madly deeply

      This is a reference to the Savage Garden song "Truly Madly Deeply"

    • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon:

      The Lotus Blade is a subtle reference to The Green Destiny, the coveted magical sword from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000).

    • Character: Sensei:

      The character of Sensei is drawn to resemble kung fu master Pai Mei, who appeared in several Shaw Bros. Kung Fu films during the '70s and '80s, and was recently featured in the Tarantino kung-fu homage Kill Bill

    • Mulan:

      Here are a couple more Mulan references: Yori whips out her fan, reminiscent of when Mulan pulls out her fan as she faces Shan-Yu at the climactic scene in the movie; secondly, when Yori runs and grabs Ron as they escape the lava flow, it is reminiscent of when Mulan grabs Captain Shang as they escape the avalanche. Plus, George Takei (Sensei) also did the voice of the "First Ancestor" in Mulan.

    • Mulan:

      When Ron and Rufus are putting on their gear to go rescue Yori, they are both facing the window with their backs to the camera and tying the belts on. This is also reminiscent of a scene from Mulan when she is donning her father's armor.

    • Ron: The boys are back in town!

      Ron references the classic Thin Lizzy song when proclaiming his return to the states.

    • Mulan:

      The scene where Ron and Yori are riding down the mountain on a shield is somewhat similar to a scene in the Disney film Mulan, in which characters in that film perform a similar action to escape the enemy.

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