Kim Possible

Season 2 Episode 2

Grudge Match

Aired Daily 1:30 AM Jul 25, 2003 on Disney Channel
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Episode Summary

Grudge Match
Ron tries to make his move on new girl, Zita Flores, while Kim investigates a missing super robot in the underground world of robot pit fighting.

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  • Not the best but is still watchable

    With a theft of a robot prototype, Kim's investigation leads her to an underground sport of robot fighting. The prime suspect is the former lab partner of Dr. Fen who is in reality clueless about robotics. With some sleuthing it turns out that the former lab partner is the real inventor and Fen is a fraud plus the theft was a hoax.
  • Don't hold it against me.

    While at the movies, Ron meets Zita, a pretty girl working the ticket stand. He wants to summon the nerve to talk to her, but can't quite get it together. The theft of a robot prototype created by Fen, a colleague of (Mr.) Dr. Possible, sends Kim looking for the culprit.

    One of the better second-season episodes, thanks mainly to an intriguing mystery element to the story. Fen's former partner, Vivian, is the prime suspect, so Kim and Ron (with the help of cousin Larry) head to her main hangout, the Robot Rumble. The underground railway chase also provides some excitement.

    The Ron-Zita storyline has some good moments, especially toward the end. However, the Kim-Ron conversation outside the theater seems to set an unfortunate tone for the shippy nonsense of later episodes. Also, the ultimate villain is, without question, one of the show's weakest.

    Overall, "Grudge Match" is a good episode.moreless
  • Ron tries to make his move on new girl, Zita Flores, while Kim investigates a missing super robot in the underground world of robot pit fighting.

    Ron tries to make his move on new girl, Zita Flores who works in the theater. Zita seems nice. Meanwhile, Kim investigates a missing super robot in the underground world of robot fighting. Kim uncovers a disgruntled former employee. This episode was the first appearance of Zita. My favorite part of this episode is when we see Zita and when at the end of this episode Ron says that he was not good for Zita but then he sees that Zita is sitting right next to him in the theater and so they share popcorn. I hope that you liked this episode very much and that this was one of your favorite episodes.moreless
  • Grudges have no referees!

    Grudge Match was an alright episode of Kim Possible and had us seeing a new villian, Fen. We are also introduced to a VERY minor character, Zita Flores, who only appears here and in Vir-Tu-Ron. I wonder why Ron and Zita never got it goin on!

    Anyway, the storyline was quite shocking to see Fen being the villian, but I wish that Vivian wasn't so mean and I also wanted her "boyfriend" to be real because I wanted to see him without his pants....

    Anhywho, the ending was happy for all of us and I hppe Fen doesn't appear in a long time to come. I also was happy when Ron and Zita were at the movie. SO, we learnt something about grudges here today, there is no referee in them!moreless
Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright


Tahj Mowry

Tahj Mowry


Will Friedle

Will Friedle

Ron Stoppable

Gary Cole

Gary Cole

Dr. Possible (voice)

Christy Carlson Romano

Christy Carlson Romano

Kim Possible (as Christy Carlson Romano)

Shaun Fleming

Shaun Fleming

Jim and Tim Possible



Monique [as Raven]

Guest Star

Brian Posehn

Brian Posehn


Guest Star

Shawnee Smith

Shawnee Smith


Guest Star

Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny


Recurring Role

Corey Burton

Corey Burton

Robot Rumble Ring Announcer

Recurring Role

Rob Paulsen

Rob Paulsen

Theater Boy #1, Robot Rumble Scanner

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (16)

    • When Kim and Ron leave the theater in this episode, Kim says "You and me...on a date?", and Ron says "It could happen". This is a clue into the future events on season four where they are a couple.

    • During the pan at the beginning of the rumble between Oliver's robot and the Kimmunicator, you can see Ned appear twice. Both have the exact same animation and body positions. The one of the left is the brunette Ned with an orange Bueno Nacho uniform shirt and dark pants; the one on the right is blond Ned with light blue shirt and brown pants. Both are wearing the management tie with the correct colors.

    • Three of the Robot Rumble club members have been seen before (or will be soon).

      Ned (Assistant Manager from Bueno Nacho), Justine Flaner (from the upcoming episode Partners) and the unnamed girl in blue from Middleton High (who is in almost scene that requires background extras).

    • Fen's skin has a definite greenish cast in the final scenes in the magnet room that it didn't have before.

    • When we first see that the subway train is actually Ron and Rufus with the Kimmunicator, it shows that the light is coming out of the center of the bullhorn. Later, the light is being beemed out of the Kimmunicator screen.

    • When Ron says "Seemingly coming out of a date movie - together," the bottom of his shirt is red.

    • During Ron's "If someone didn't know that we were just best friends..." ramble outside the theater, Kim's mouth and nose seem to "droop" a bit as she closes her eyes, as if a cel overlay of her expression had slipped. Her nose moves from between her eyes to across her left eye.

    • Larry picks up the helmet-thingy from the curb before he goes in to the Robot Rumble, but it wasn't there in the wide shot as Larry, Kim and Ron pull up to that area.

    • When Kim, Larry and Ron are riding down the elevator-thing to the Robot Rumble, Kim changes positions between the moment of the long shot and the close-up of her and Larry. (During the long shot, she is facing towards him. In the close-up, she is facing away from him.)

    • When Ron and Kim walk out of the elevator, the bottom of Ron's shirt turns red.

    • As Kim, Ron and Larry go down the elevator, Kim is talking but her mouth doesn't move.

    • Where was Rufus' skeleton when Ron passed through the X-ray machine?

    • During the Robot Battle, when Wade is controlling the robot, why would Wade need both the keyboard and the joystick to just move the robot? The robot isn't doing anything but moving so Wade's key pushing would be pointless.

    • Wade appears on the screen, yet when the movie is being shown there are several little scratches and dark spots, which would indicate a projector.

    • Near the end of the episode, Ron takes a ticket from Lamar which is covered with sweat. This couldn't logically have happened, since the ticket seems to come out of a mechanical dispenser, which a person wouldn't touch.

    • The lighting in the Robot Rumble area must have been especially dark or rather unusual, like a filter, because Kim's normally green eyes appear brown during those scenes.

  • QUOTES (10)

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (15)

    • Brainiac:

      The computer voice for the space center security devixes is voiced by Corey Burton, who voiced Brainiac in the WB/DC Animated Universe. The security device voice is very similar to his Brainiac performance.

    • X-ray Machine:

      The X-ray machine Ron does the leg thing with is almost identical to the one in the Herge comic book "The Adventures of Tintin: Destination Moon". The two policemen in the series (Thompson and Tompson) split up to look for a "criminal". One Thompson, instead of finding a criminal, almost got scared to death by a "skeleton". The other Thompson doesn't believe him, and goes down the hallway... and sees the skeleton! What they are unaware of is that they are looking at each other through an X-ray - Thompson #1 was looking at Thompson #2 through the X-ray (who was standing in front of a "screen"), and goes back to tell Thompson #2. Thompson #2 then goes back (alone) to check it out, while Thompson #1 stands in front of the "screen". Thompson #1 then sees Thompson #1 through the X-ray.

    • Frankenstein:

      Vivian's first two initials (VF) match Victor Frankenstein's initials. Victor Frankenstein is a character in Mary Shelley's book, "Frankenstein", which was made into a movie. Just like Vivian, Frankenstein created his own living being, but his monster wasn't a robot, whilst Vivian's creation (Oliver) was.

    • Disneyland:

      The scene where the train headlight heads straight in Kim's direction references the train collision scene at the end of the Disneyland attraction "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride".

    • Ron: "My Little Puppy 2; Puppy's Pride"

      "My Little Puppy 2; Puppy's Pride" is a combined reference of My Little Pony and Pound Puppies, two cartoons based on toy-lines from the 1980's.

    • Ron: Changed my mind, thought I'd catch "Meeting Cute" instead

      "Meeting Cute" is a writers' slang for the scene in a story where the protagonist meets their love interest.

    • Ron: Changed my mind, thought I'd catch "Meeting Cute" instead

      "Meeting Cute" was the title for an early episode of Matt Groening's comic strip "Life in Hell." That particular strip also dealt with a loser (Binky the rabbit) trying to work up the courage (and constantly saying he didn't have a chance) to ask out a cute girl rabbit (Sheba).

    • Batman Beyond

      Zita's name is a reference to "The Zeta Project." This was "Batman Beyond" spinoff that aired on the WB where Will Friedle (Ron) starred as the voice of Batman (who he voiced regularly on the orginal series).

    • Brazil:

      The Robot Rumbles' personnel identification machine is very similar to a security device used in Terry Gilliam's "Brazil" (though the one in "Brazil" looked more like an eyeball)

    • Schwarzenegger #3: Oliver's unmasking:

      Oliver is very similar to Stan Winston's T-800 endoskeletons (though definitely less evil looking).

    • Schwarzenegger #2: Robot pursuit scene

      The robot climbing on the back of the railcar mirrors the mental hospital escape scene in Terminator 2 where the T-1000 climbs up the back of the police car that John and Sarah Connor are escaping in.

    • Schwarzenegger #1: X-ray machine at Space Center

      Last seen in a security checkpoint in "Total Recall" (1990).

    • 2001: A Space Odyssey:

      When Mr. Dr. Possible talks about an artificial intelligence for a top-secret Jupiter mission, this is a reference the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, HAL-9000 is the intelligent computer aboard a spacecraft headed for Jupiter. While the mission is not top secret, the true purpose is.

    • The Wrong Trousers:

      The robotic legs that run amok in Fen's lab are a reference to the 1993 Nick Park claymation film "The Wrong Trousers" featuring the characters Wallace (the master) and Gromit (his dog).

    • Battle Bots:

      The robot fighting thing is a reference to the TV show "Battle Bots." A show which features robot fighting.