My Life as a Teenage Robot

Season 1 Episode 8

Sibling Tsunami / I Was a Preschool Dropout

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Aired Unknown Oct 03, 2003 on Nickelodeon
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Sibling Tsunami: When Jenny, feeling like a "lonely only," finds her prototype sisters, she's instantly elated. However, she learns the hard way that sibling relationships aren't all fun and games. I Was a Preschool Dropout: Upon finding out that Jenny is only five years old, the officials take her out of high school and put her into kindergarten.moreless

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  • Oh Boy, Where To Start...

    1.0
    If you want to know which Teenage Robot episode sucks the most, it's this one. I'm going to drop Sibling Tsunami (even though it sucks) and make this review about Preschool Dropout. This episode is the PERFECT reason why I think XJ9 (Jenny Wakeman) is one of the most unlikable protagonists in recent memory. The plot of this episode is that the officials of the high school find out that XJ9 was built 5 years ago and then move her to the kindergarten class, much to her dismay. So much so that she acts like a bully to the kindergarten students. I mean, she smart-talks one kid after saying more words than him, she is infuriated during a game of pretend when she has to be the dog, and even knocking out each and every student after getting a mud pie to the face, which she obviously deserved. And then for no reason the students enjoyed this all because they think her powers are cool. Screw that! What really should happen is this: Jenny gets expelled for knocking out several preschoolers with a ball, and then burnt to scrap metal. I'm f-cking sorry. When a character acts like an a-hole to other characters, the show should be aware of it, and make it out as a bad thing. There's enough in this episode that is destine to anger anyone who hates main protagonists that are unlikable. Like I said, this episode is the most evident reason why the writers thought it was a good idea to make Jenny a self-absorbent pr-ck. I hope I never see this stupid and miserable episode ever again.moreless
  • Sister Bonding

    10
    The episode "Sibling Tsunami" is one of the best in this show. Why, you ask? Well, let's see: we find out that Jenny wishes she wasn't an only child, but she also wished she had a brother a sister to hang out with. Fortunately, she finds out that she has eight sisters, the XJ's as I like to call them. They are the previous XJ models, who are incredibly different from Jenny, and yet, they are awesome! I love the way they made each and every XJ model incredibly different from one another.



    The episode is also amazing, because Jenny finds out just how important family really is, even if they embarass you or yell at you. "Oil is thicker than water" as XJ-6 would say, and it really is, because nothing stops Jenny and her sisters from having fun and saving the day when working together. Also loved how Jenny stood up for her sisters, when Dr. Wakeman told her that she shouldn't have activated them because they were failures (she can be so mean sometimes, you know?)



    I give this one a 10, for being such a heart-warming episode.moreless
  • jenny drops out of school because she's sended to the kindergarten teacher, to have lessons from her, first she doesn't like, but after a day with them, she likes it alot. She doesn't wanted to leave, when she ahd to go away.moreless

    10
    i think this is one of the best episodes of i am a teenage robot:D:D:Di think this is one of the best episodes of i am a teenage robot:D:D:Di think this is one of the best episodes of i am a teenage robot:D:D:Di think this is one of the best episodes of i am a teenage robot:D:D:Di think this is one of the best episodes of i am a teenage robot:D:D:Di think this is one of the best episodes of i am a teenage robot:D:D:Di think this is one of the best episodes of i am a teenage robot:D:D:Di think this is one of the best episodes of i am a teenage robot:D:D:Di think this is one of the best episodes of i am a teenage robot:D:D:Di think this is one of the best episodes of i am a teenage robot:D:D:Dmoreless
  • One of the best

    10
    The first part of this episode, "Sibling Tsunami", is decent; the second, "I Was A Preschool Dropout", is one of the series' very best.



    In "Sibling Tsunami", XJ9 discovers that she has eight 'sisters' -- the earlier prototypes created while the professor was working up to her -- named XJ1 through XJ8. In the course of the episode, she learns that while they all have flaws, they make a great team when they work together.



    In "I Was A Preschool Dropout", XJ9 is sent back to preschool when the principal finds out that she was only created a few years ago. She is eventually a target of derision but eventually wins over her classmates by showing off her powers. The story is great, but what makes this one of the most memorable episodes is the presence of two silly little songs. One, "The Minky Momo", is based on the song "Pressure" by The Kinks, from their album Low Budget. The other song is "I Am The Robot". Watch this a few times and you will find yourself singing both of these songs all the time.moreless
Chad Doreck

Chad Doreck

Bradley "Brad" Carbunkle (voice)

Cree Summer

Cree Summer

Tiffany "Tiff" Crust (voice)

Audrey Wasilewski

Audrey Wasilewski

Tucker "Tuck" Carbunkle (voice)

Candi Milo

Candi Milo

Mrs. Norene "Nora" Wakeman / Jantrice / Pteresa (voice)

Janice Kawaye

Janice Kawaye

XJ9 (Jenny) Wakeman (voice)

Quinton Flynn

Quinton Flynn

Sheldon Lee / Don Prima (voice)

Kath Soucie

Kath Soucie

XJ4, XJ5, Kid

Guest Star

John Kassir

John Kassir

Hammer Brothers, Man 1

Guest Star

Grey DeLisle

Grey DeLisle

Mrs. Binty, Amber, Gerald

Guest Star

Chad Doreck

Chad Doreck

Man 2, Alex

Recurring Role

Audrey Wasilewski

Audrey Wasilewski

XJ7, XJ8

Recurring Role

Candi Milo

Candi Milo

Woman, XJ6, Carla, Jump Rope Girl

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • In "I Was a Preschool Dropout," we learn that the time period of My Life as a Teenage Robot is aproximately 2130.

    • When Jenny was reading the note left by Dr. Wakeman, at the end she read "Love, Mom." But it actually said "Yours, Wakeman." Additionally, according to the note, Dr. Wakeman left motor oil for XJ9 in case she got thristy. When we see her drinking it, however, it's actually a can of WD-40, an abrasive.

    • In "I Was a Preschool Dropout" Jenny said that she didn't remember Superbowl C (100 in Roman Numerals). Assuming since she was 5 years old, Superbowl C was probably at least 6 years ago because Brad mentioned it, therefore making this show having to take place after 2070 since the year 2003 has Superbowl XXXVIII (38 in Roman Numerals).

    • The title of the episode states that Jenny was sent back to preschool, when in fact she was sent to kindergarten.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Ms.Binky: Jenny you can join Amber's group.
      Jenny: So, what are we making belive.
      Amber: We're playing house. I'm the mommy and Kevin is the daddy. Gerald can be the smelly uncle and Alex can be the pool boy.
      Jenny: And who should I be?
      Amber: You, you can be the dog.
      Jenny: I'm not gonna be the dog.
      Alex: And I'm not gonna be the pool boy. I'll be the robot, Doot Doot Danger Danger.
      Jenny: Hey, if anyone should be the robot it should be me.
      Amber: How can you be the robot if you're the doggy.
      Jenny: I actually am a robot.
      Alex: I am an actual robot. Zoot Zoot Rfft Rfft Rfbt Rfbt.

    • Jenny: And this is XJ8. She's the closest to me in age, but she's still my little sister.
      XJ8: It would appear that I am larger than you, therefore I am the bigger sister, and you are the little sister. The puny, scrawny, inferior--
      Jenny: Yeah, ok, really, but she still looks up to me.
      XJ8: Actually, since I am taller than you...

    • Brad: (singing) A-minky-minky-minky-minky-minky-minky-minky-minky-MOMO! The Minky Momo is an attitude, the Minky Momo is a mellow mood. You're Momo when you're drinkin' lemonade, you're Momo soakin' in a marinade. I know you're Minky, 'cause I'm Momo, too. And so I know what you're goin' through. But there's no mo' Momo whenever I ... get ... close ... to ... you! (stops singing) Man, I hate that song!
      Jenny: What's that noise coming out of your throat? Are you sick or something?

    • XJ8: This human was blindfolded and was using a stick type weapon to vandalize a colorful paper pig.
      Jenny: (annoyed) Ohh, it's a game, XJ8!

    • Jenny: This ... is ... so ... STUPID!!!
      (everyone gasps)
      Amber: She said the s-word!

    • Jenny: After all the bad stuff I said...
      XJ8: That's what sisters are for.
      XJ6: Oil is thicker than water.
      XJ4: But so much harder to get out of a carpet.
      XJ5: A few harsh words aren't going to break up the XJs!

    • (after noticing XJ8)
      Brad: Jenny?
      Jenny: Hey guys, I'd like you to meet my sisters!
      Brad: But we thought you were an only child?
      Jenny: Me too. Guess mom was holding out on me!

    • Jenny: This little sweetie is XJ1.
      (XJ-1 starts crying)
      Jenny: Somebody needs her oil changed!

    • Jenny: Hey XJ7, what's got you down?
      XJ7: Oh, life, the universe, everything.

    • Mrs. Wakeman: Good night XJ1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. And, good night XJ10!
      Jenny: What?!
      Wakeman: Kidding. Just kidding!

    • Kindergarden Deliverer: Don't worry, we're taking you to a place with all the cookies you can eat!
      Jenny: ...But I don't eat.

    • Jenny: Me? I'm a high school student. A nap in the middle of the day sounds ... pretty good.

    • XJ5: (to Tuck) Oh look, a midget! You smell a little funny! (laughs at Tuck)

    • Mrs. Wakeman: For heaven's sake, can't I even run to Radio Shed without pandemonium breaking loose?!

    • XJ8: What's wrong, sis?
      Jenny: What's wrong? I thought it would be great to have sisters. But you guys are terrible! (to XJ8) You're a thug, and (to XJ4) you're a neat freak. (to XJ7) You're a mope, and (to XJ2) you're just destructive! (to XJ5) You never shut up, and (to XJ1) you--
      (XJ1 cries)
      Jenny: Forget it. You're on your own. I'm back to being an only robot! (storms off)
      Brad: Jenny, I hate to break this to ya, but brothers and sisters are supposed to embarrass you and drive you crazy. It's like their job. (Looks to Tuck, who takes a bite out of a watermelon, spits seeds at a flower like a machine gun, begins to chokes on a seed, coughs it out and smiles, and then starts shooting at the flower again)

  • NOTES (1)

    • "I Was a Preschool Dropout" was originally titled "Back to Preschool." "Sibling Tsunami" was originally titled "Wait 'til Your Mother Gets Home."

  • ALLUSIONS (6)

    • XJ9: What's got you down, XJ7?
      XJ7: Oh, life, the universe, everything.

      XJ7 is most likely a parody of Marvin the Paranoid Android from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy. XJ7's above-stated line is the title of the third book.

    • Character Design: Mad Hammer Bros.

      They are a reference to the Mario Bros., Nintendo's mascots, and they share the name of the enemy in the Super Nintendo game Super Mario World as well as using the jump sound from that game. The short, fat one resembles Mario, and the tall, thin one even looks like Luigi.

    • Alex: I am the robot.

      He is doing the 'robot', a very old dance immitating a robot's movement.

    • Brad: (singing) Minky Momo...

      Minky Momo was a Japanese cartoon in the 1980's about a young girl with magic powers. It was a retelling of the Japanese fairy tale Momotaro. In the story, a boy born from a peach becomes a small village's only hope against oni (ogre-like monsters) and his three sidekicks are a dog, a pheasant and a monkey. Those animals became the girl's pets in the show.

    • Mrs. Wakeman: For heaven's sake, can't I even run to Radio Shed without pandemonium breaking loose?!

      Radio Shed is a spoof of Radio Shack.

    • Original Title: "Wait 'Til Your Mother Gets Home"

      The original title for "Sibling Tsunami," "Wait 'Til Your Mother Gets Home," was a reference to a cartoon called Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home.

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