Kim Possible

Season 4 Episode 14

Mathter and Fervent

Aired Daily 1:30 AM Jun 17, 2007 on Disney Channel
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Episode Summary

Mathter and Fervent
When Ron is assigned to write a paper about his hero, he decides to use Hego as his subject. While helping Hego to fight a new villain, the Mather, Ron gets zapped by a ray that causes everything he touches to explode. Now, an unexpected hero arises to save him.moreless
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  • Not the best one i have ever see.

    I don't think that this episode of Kim possible was the best there ever was but I don't think it was that bad. In this episode, Ron was turned into an antimatter transformer, which means he can blow stuff up when he touches it. In the episode to combat this problem, they put him in a bubble as he calls it “oh man I'm in a hamster ball”. Therefore, to turn Ron back to normal s must the flight the Mather. Kim, Ron, and his father with assistance from Hego take on the Mather who inside his layer he made and a Libra or room that can turn pure mathematical thought into a weapon. That's a little far-fetched even for a cartoon. However, I will say that the ending credits are the best Mr. Barkin is so funny, and also one of the lines he said at the very end and “hamster balls look like fun on the outside but they sure not on the inside. How about no hamster balls for either us from now on buddy” :Pmoreless
  • Wow, this was terrible.

    I thought this episode was terrible. I mean really. It is borderline Grande Size Me. The villain is really dumb, and his math-based puns were really stupid. Everything he said was a badly written math joke. The whole villain side of the plot was terribly written, and badly planned out by the writers. The other side of the story involved Kim and Ron writing a paper on one of their heroes. Let me just say that seeing Mr. Stoppable in a cape is not why I watch this show. Ron making everything explode when he touches it was really dumb. Besides, he was in a containment bubble the whole time, so hardly anything really exploded. That plot line could have really been explored more if given a chance. Finally, I thought the whole episode was badly rushed, and nothing really was developed as far as it should have been. I did like one thing in this episode: the closing tag. Barkin's joke in it was hilarious.

    Overall: 3/10moreless
  • Extremely silly, and badly done

    The summary says it. This episode was just weird. Ron was looking for a hero to write about, but he didn't chose his dad, so he had to prove himself for Ron, by joining various "hero-like" groups like volunteering for the fire department. And I looked forward to see Team Go again, but we only saw Hego. That was a disappointment. And the villain? Lame. I liek math, but this was just weird and terrible. He had bad math puns in every sentence, and hsi weapons were just as weird as he was. And the final battle between Ron's dad and the Mathter? Please. Save me. It was horrible. Thsi episode was truly at the bottom of the barrel

  • This episode is terribly misunderstood, the point of this episode was mostly to flesh out Ron's Dad more. IMO it did just that.

    Seeing this episode getting slammed here irritates me for a couple reasons.

    The first reason people seem to not like this episode is because of a villain who has a gimmick based on Math. How people found The Mathter to be embarrassing on the same show that has a Rogue Golfer(Duff Killigan) as a villain is something I don't really understand. Plus he was from Team Go's Rogue's gallery, and their villains have had this certain degree of campiness to them. Also KP calling the Mathter lame multiple times was pretty funny.

    But my biggest frustration with people and their dislike for this episode is that they fail to realize that this episode made Mr. Stoppable a more 3-dimensional character, but people don't see the reasons why.

    Until this episode came along I found both of Ron's parents to be bland and uninteresting. But the scenes involving Ron's dad(him wearing a cape into BN, getting jumped by the police, being chased by wild animals, and handling a FD fire in the kitchen) that people seem to despise are all things I could see Ron portraying. These scenes showed that Ron and his Dad are more alike than we all thought IMO. Him being the hero in the same group as Kim and Hego was probably the best moment for Mr. Stoppable in the entire show. I know people complain about the Mathter but I thought he was good enough foil for "The Actuary of the Year".

    Overall while this episode doesn't step in the same league as the best this season has to offer (Ill Suited, The Cupid Effect, Stop Team Go) I still find this to be a solid and under appreciated episode.moreless
  • And they say math is good for you...

    Ron has to write a paper about a person whom he looks up to and admires...a hero, as it were. As members of Kim's family are off limits (and as his father doesn't exactly inspire him), Ron seeks out Hego. Unfortunately, one of Team Go's villains picks this time to attack.

    The Mathter (not a typo, by the way), from his numberspeak to his weaponry, is pure cheese, but he does prove to be a threat as Ron is erased from computer networks and given an explosive touch.

    What Ron goes through could've made for a mini-classic, with a more disciplined script. Unfortunately, the tendency to go for laughs smothers potential enjoyment. I'd love to see a somewhat serious take on Ron being erased (fanfic writers, wink-wink).

    Still, the Mathter's puns are (for the most part) funny, as is seeing Hego without his brothers. There's also an amusing sight gag early on that reminded me of the terrific film, "Monster House" (hint: there's a cape, involved). This earns "Mathter and Fervent" 0.5 more points then it would've gotten on its own. (There I go with the math.)moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Kim and Ron depart from Ron's house for their mission, Ron's father says that he won't stand with someone putting his son in a bubble. The way it is presented makes it sound like he is mad at the Mathter, but in reality Kim's father put him in that bubble.

    • Rufus was in Ron's pocket when Ron was hit by the anti-matter conversion beam, but after this we see him sitting on the top of Ron's containment bubble, outside it. In reality, he too should have been placed in a containment bubble since he would have the "gift" as well.

    • This marks the second time this season that Ron has been placed in a containment bubble. The first was when he was placed in a bubble by the Tweebs in the episode Mad Dogs and Aliens.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • (After Ron is cured, Kim hugs him)
      Ron: Oh, yeah. That feels nice.
      Kim: I was starting to think I'd never get to do that again.

    • (After the Mathter zaps Ron with his calcu-laser, Kim knocks it out of his hand)
      Kim: That's right, Math-freak. Nobody messes with my boyfriend!
      Mathter: Never the less, you'll soon learn I've left your 'boyfriend' with a new problem to solve!

    • (Kim and Ron learn all traces of Ron's existence are gone
      Kim: Who'd want to erase Ron?
      (The Mathter and his minions appear)
      Mathter: Don't you mean subtract?
      Ron: (groans) Oh, great. Now the math guy is back.
      Kim: (sighs) And he's not even our villain.

    • (The class is having a hard time watching Barkin's slideshow)
      Barkin: Alright, people. I think you can see the point of this presentation.
      Ron: Uh, you're showing us how not to run slide projector?
      (The projector catches fire and Bsrkin puts it out with an extinguisher)
      Barkin: I knew the school should've spent their tech budget updating the AV equipmet instead of those stupid voice-activated lights.
      Computer Voice: Lights.
      (The lights come on)
      Barkin: (Sighs) Anyway, these people were heroes in their own time. Your english assignment is...
      Kim: To interview and do a report on a hero in our own lives?
      Barkin: Riiight.
      Computer Voice: Lights.
      (The lights go out)
      Barkin: (sighs) Lights. (the lights don't come back on) I said lights!
      Computer Voice: Lights.
      (The lights come on)
      Ron: Hero, huh? (Looks at Kim) Oh, the Ron-man has this one in La bag.
      Barkin: And no. You can't interview the person you're dating.
      Ron: Brutal. How do you sleep at night?
      Computer Voice: Lights.
      (The lights go out)
      Barkin: He said "night", not lights!
      Computer Voice: Lights (they come on) Lights (they go out)
      Barkin: Oh, I hate that stupid thing.
      Computer Voice: Ring. Activating school bell.
      (The bell rings and class is dismissed)

    • Kim: (after seeing the Mathter for the first time) Okay, lame villain!

    • Mathter: (before he attacks Kim) Let's throw out some numbers!

    • Ron: (to Rufus) How about no hamster balls for either us from now on, buddy?

  • NOTES (2)

    • In the United States, this episode was first aired back-to-back with the American Dragon: Jake Long episode titled Bite Father, Bite Son on Father's Day. This coincides with the fact that both episodes deal with a main character's relationship with their fathers.

    • This episode first aired on May 2nd, 2007 in the United Kingdom.


    • Dragonball Z Cell Saga Gohan V Cell:

      The final fight scene between Ron's dad and the Mathter is similar to the final fight sequence of Dragonball Z Cell Saga Gohan V Cell. Ron encouraging his father to beat the Mather is the same action Goku does at the end to get Gohan to win and save the world yet again.

    • Power Rangers Turbo:

      The Mather's weapons, which are based on numbers and math symbols, are like those of the monster "Numbor" from Power Rangers Turbo.

    • The Bubble Boy:

      The bubble that Ron is placed into after being struck with the Mathter's ray is a lot like the bubble in the movie The Bubble Boy.

    • Mathter and Fervent:

      This is a play on the phrases "master and servant" and "mother and father" only combined with the word "math".