Teen Titans

Season 5 Episode 4

For Real

Aired Weekdays 4:30 PM Oct 15, 2005 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

Control Freak returns to Titan Tower with "The Ultimate Titans Challenge," a series of events designed specifically to challenge the Teen Titans. But what happens to Control Freak's big plan when he finds himself facing not the "real" Titans - but the Titans East?

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  • Not that bad of an episode

    This episode was pretty cool, although I would've preferred the Titans being put to the test rather than the Titans East
  • The Titans East are put to the test, THE test, by Control Freak.

    The only "regular" Titan to appear in this episode is Cyborg, okay the others are shown when Control Freak talks about them, but it doesn't really count. This is a Titans East episode, and it's a great one. Control Freak is back, so one would assume this is a comedy episode, and it is. Control Freak can be funny, but also really annoying, here it's pretty balanced, only occasionally in the beginning did I find him annoying. The Titans East are just as cool as the reglar Titans in my opinion, and they all get their moment to shine in this episode. The tests orchestrate by Control Freak are cool with some very clever twists where you go "how are they gonna accomplish that?" Especially the Mas y Menos test.

    This is a funny episode, unfortunately some gags are repeated again and again, including the chat-room people gag and the videogame-ish sequence where Control Freak go through the Titans Tower corridors, running into the Titans East. But still, this is a very enjoyable episode, the animation is a step up from the previous two episodes, it's more, I don't know, "energetic", for lack of a better word and the action scenes really benefit from it.moreless
  • A battle between two side that might not be so different after all.

    A reviewer on another site once mentioned that there might be a little Control Freak in all of us. Given that Control Freak is a major geek who is starved for genuine recognition and wants people to like him, but usually falls short from getting what he truely wants; it's not that far from the truth. We all want people to like us and sometimes we go out of our way to make them happy or impress them and when we fail, it hurts. Then you have the good side, the Titans East, who like Control Freak don't quite get the recognition they desire and usually are looked at as Titans-Lite by the general public. So seeing Titans East trying to solve Control Freak's puzzles with some fairly creative solutions makes it even more interesting because of these simularities. This is another great episode from the wonderful fifth season and the chat room sequences were very amusing to watch. I especally give them credit for making Bumble Bee into such a cool character. The comic version was pretty uninspiring (she had a honey gun and such) so they didn't have much to work with. They enhanced her powers, redesigned her outfit and gave her those cute afro puffs and there you go. (Same goes for Aqualad's hunky redesign. I like the concept of making him a hunk with drooling fangirls.)moreless
  • The Titans West are out of town, and the Titans East are there to help!

    Titans East are helping help titans West because they are fighting the brotherhood of evil. When they get there, Control Frak starts to fight them. He said that they are no match compared to the 'real' Titans. After that, they go around saving the town, but no one knows who there are. Then, when they are down, Control Freak tests them on how well they are ar being Titans. He geta Bumblebee Bumblebee to Stop a train from reaching First St. before a bomb blows up. But he shrinks her in size, and she stops the bomb in time by disabling its timer. Aqualad to stop the Gotham water supply from contaminating while fighting a mechanical shark. He completes the tast by getting the mechanical shark wedged into the pipe to block the pollution. Mas Y Menos by press two buttons at the same time. They create a whirlwind that quickly speeds them to the buttons. Speedy to stop missiles from bombarding a bridge without energy arrows. He uses himself on an arrow as a catapult and veering the missiles into each other. When he and everyone else sees that they are great, he goes out and admires them. But the attack him in time. Cyborg calls them to see whats been going on, and they tell him that everything is just fine.moreless
  • A Titans East episode. Control Freak's the best villian!

    For Real is the second episode to focus on someone other than the 5 main Titans. (The first was Trust). Anyway, from the not-so-great-but-good performance Titans East had, I think this episode was quite good because it provided excellent character development for the Titans East.

    Control Freak also had some good character development and I really think that it was quite innovative and smart of him to invent the perfect challenge for the Titans East.

    And also, I think that this episode was quite funny. The chatroom scenes and the mistaken identities were quite good. Mas Y Menos speaking english was rare and sadly, this is the only episode they speak English.

    Overall, this episode may not be exciting but its the kind of episode that won't stop you from laughing because it has one of the series best villians: Control Freak!moreless
Alexander Polinsky

Alexander Polinsky

Control Freak/Computer Geek

Guest Star

Wil Wheaton

Wil Wheaton

Aqualad/Computer Geek

Recurring Role

Dee Bradley Baker

Dee Bradley Baker


Recurring Role

Freddy Rodriguez

Freddy Rodriguez

Mas Y Menos

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • When Bumblebee was disabling the bomb, why was her stinger touching the railroad ties, instead of the rails, which circulate the electricty necessary for stopping the bomb?

    • What sort of underground railroad needs railroad ties?

    • Speedy shouldn't have been able to stop those missiles, since his first contact with one of them should have killed him. And how is it he knew reflexes as well as Robin? He was trained to use a bow and arrow, not to spar with Robin-based moves.

    • There were only about 8 missiles in the sky when Speedy and the people on the bridge first saw them. Later on, when Speedy is going to stop them, there's at least 20 of them.

    • Bumblebee said the challenge was cancelled, but the test was already over before Bumblebee knocked Control Freak out.

    • How was Speedy able to steer a missile?

    • During the scene where Control Freak states his master plan to the public, it shows the man Aqualad saved, but in Killer Moth's house.

    • Since Control Freak's remote collar only stopped Bumblebee from growing in size and Bumblebee's strength is the same, regardless of her size, as we learned in "Wavelength," why was she so powerless in stopping the bomb or the train?

    • If the Titans East are guarding the Teen Titans' city while they're away, then who's guarding Steel City?

    • At one point, when Bumblebee is chasing the train, an animation error caused the train to run on top of the wooden railroad ties instead of rails, which were underneath the wooden ties.

  • QUOTES (33)

    • Control Freak: Speedy! Your challege is to fend off my indomitable incoming missiles. If you cannot, the Bay Bridge will be annihilated.
      (Speedy holds up an arrow, but it and his other arrows disappear)
      Control Freak: Uh... nah... uh... ah, no arrows!

    • Control Freak: Mas Y Menos! For you, I have created an amazing race through the city. If you are able to push these two buttons located across town from each other, then you will stop my device.
      Mas: Okie dokie.
      Menos: We got it!
      Control Freak: But you have to touch both buttons at the same time, which means you can't be touching!
      Mas Y Menos: How can we be at two places at once?!

    • Control Freak: Aqualad! On the other side of the reservoir is a tank full of polluted water. I have deverted the flow of water to the flow of polluted water is heading straight for the reservoir. If you cannot shut off the main bound in time, the city's water supply will be contaminated.
      Aqualad: Piece of cake!
      Control Freak: While fighting a ferocious shark.
      Aqualad: Did you forget?! I can speak to animals.
      Control Freak: No! Which is why I devised a mechanical shark who only listens to my commands. Get him, Glen!

    • Bumblebee: We are here to protect the city, not for the recognition. And there's still a villain on the lose so...
      Control Freak: (On TV) Greetings, Titans East! Your evil nemesis is back!
      Speedy: Looks like he found us.

    • Control Freak: What do you think of the Titans East now?!
      Computer Geek #1: Anyone can say they're a Titan, doesn't mean it's true.
      Computer Geek #2: Who decides?
      Computer Geek #3: They should have matching jackets.
      Computer Geek #4: There should be a test.
      Control Freak: There should be a test!

    • Aqualad: Why did you do that?!
      Bumblebee: They are trusting us to protect the city! Do you want them to think we are in over our heads with some second-rate bad guy who didn't even make the list!

    • (After Bumblebee blamed Silkie)
      Cyborg: (About Silkie) Well, Starfire left plenty of food for him.

    • (While Mas Y Menos are sweeping Titans Tower, they see Silkie hiding under a pillow)
      Mas: It's okay, Mr. Silkie.
      Menos: (Carries Silkie like a baby) Pappi, is here.

    • Speedy: (Looking around Titans Tower) Man, they even have flat panel computer displays. How come we don't have flat panel computer displays?!

    • Cyborg: (To Speedy) Now, make sure to activate the security lock-down every night. (To Mas Y Menos) And if you're going to wash the T-Car, buff counter-clockwise. (To Aqualad) Oh, and don't eat the turkey leg in the fridge. (To Bumblebee) I'm saving that for turkey night. Uh, turkey.
      Bumblebee: Don't worry, Sparky. You just concentrate on stopping the Brotherhood of Evil. We have everything under control here. Bumblebee, out. (Turns off Cyborg's radio)

    • (On radio)
      Cyborg: Titans East, come in.
      Aqualad: Hey, Cyborg.
      Cyborg: I'm transmitting a list of villains to keep an eye out for. When word gets out the Titans are out of town, someone may try to pull something.
      Speedy: When word gets out the Titans East are in town, they'll think twice.
      Cyborg: Okay, guys, thanks again for looking after the city while we're off fighting the Brotherhood of Evil.
      Bumblebee: We're happy to help.

    • Control Freak: I devised this aerial sensory detonator to intercept Robin's birdarangs in mid-flight. It will easily annihilate your puny arrows.
      (He blasts an aerial sensory detonator that looks like a hand, Speedy lets an arrow fly, the arrow and the detonator collide and the detonator gets pinned to the wall by Speedy's arrow, Control Freak stares open-mouthed, from the collision, to Speedy)
      Speedy: You were saying?

    • Control Freak: But there's no way Bumblebee can stop the train in time.

    • Control Freak: (After his gadgets fail to stop Titans East) Those would have worked on the real Titans. Your powers are just . . . stupid. I don't want to fight you anymore. (Teleports away)
      Speedy: Did the bad guy just zap himself out of the fight?

    • Speedy: This stinks. Nobody even knows who we are.
      Aqualad: So what if the kid didn't know your name? Let it go, Robin.
      Man: (On TV) Before I knew it, I was surrounded by dolphins, and some guy in a unitard pulled me out of the water.
      Aqualad: "Some guy in a unitard"?
      Speedy: Let it go, Unitard Guy.

    • LeBlanc: (Being taken to jail) With the Titans out of town, I thought I had a chance.
      Mas: We are the Titans.
      Menos: It is true.

    • Old Woman: (Running out of bank, to Titans East) Don't go in there. Wait for the Titans.
      Bumblebee: We are Titans.

    • Control Freak: Greetings, Titans! Your number one - (Sees Titans East) Hey, you're not the Teen Titans!
      Bumblebee: We're Titans East!
      Aqualad: Aqualad!
      Speedy: Speedy!
      Mas Y Menos: Mas Y Menos!
      Bumblebee: And, Bumblebee!
      Control Freak: Uh... yeah, never heard of you.
      Speedy: Never heard of us? Who is this guy?

    • Bumblebee: (About Titans Tower) There she is. Home sweet tower. At least temporarily.
      Mas Y Menos: La casa de ellos es la casa de nosotros. (Translation: "Their house is our house.")

    • Control Freak: Stingers, huh? Well, Bumblebee is never gonna be as cool as Starfire.
      Computer Geek #1: Starfire and Robin forever.
      Computer Geek #2: Starfire should be with BB.
      Computer Geek #3: No way.

    • Control Freak: (About Speedy) He used himself as an arrow. Unbelievable.
      Computer Geek #1: You never said he could use himself as an arrow.
      Computer Geek #2: Hey, don't be a Titans East hater.
      Computer Geek #3: Titans East are cool.
      Computer Geek #4: Bumblebee and Aqualad forever.

    • (After Mas Y Menos stop a train from falling off a cliff)
      Computer Geek #1: Big deal.
      Computer Geek #2: Mas Y Menos just go fast.
      Computer Geek #3: I wonder if they can eat fast, too.
      Computer Geek #4: LOL.

    • Cyborg: The Tower sensor detected weapons fired. Everything okay?
      Aqualad: We had to deal with Control -
      Bumblebee: Controlling Silkie. He's eaten everything. Must've eaten through one of the sensors. (To Silkie) Bad Silkie.

    • Control Freak: (On TV, to Titans East) You guys were so cool. (Zaps himself out of the TV) I mean, I didn't think you could pull it off, but you did.
      Speedy: I can't believe the bad guy just zapped himself in front of us.

    • Old Woman: (To Bumblebee) You look familiar. Are you Starborg?

    • Control Freak: (To Speedy) So, are you, like, the Robin of the group?
      Bumblebee: No. I'm the leader of the team, and we're done talking.

    • Cyborg: I got reports of missiles, explosive devices, and... a mechanical shark?
      Bumblebee: Don't worry, Sparky. We've got everything under control.
      Cyborg: Great. I knew you could handle it.

    • Control Freak: Did you see that? He talks to dolphins?
      Computer Geek #1: So?
      Computer Geek #2: Beast Boy can be a dolphin.
      Computer Geek #3: Yeah, Beast Boy rocks!

    • Control Freak: (Clicking his remote towards Mas Y Menos) Take that! And that!
      (After Mas Y Menos got zapped by Control Freak's remote)
      Mas: Nothing happened.
      Menos: Must be the batteries.
      Mas Y Menos: Aah! (Slapping their mouths shut)
      Control Freak: Spanish Language Converter.

    • Control Freak: Who are these guys? So, my chatroom chums, tell me, what do you know about the Titans East? Do you think they're real Titans?
      Computer Geek #1: There's a Titans East?
      Computer Geek #2: IMHO, Robin is the only real Titan.
      Computer Geek #3: These guys are just poseurs.

    • Control Freak: (To Titans East, after they question who he is) I am Control Freak! Master of mass-media! Ruler of reality! And I escaped from prison to defeat my arch-nemesi - the Titans! The real Titans! (Dressed as Robin) Robin, teen wonder! (Dressed as Raven) Raven, mistress of magic! (Dressed as Beast Boy) Beast Boy, shape-shifter supreme! (Dressed as Cyborg) Cyborg, half-man, half-robot! (Dressed as Starfire; sounding in love) And, Starfire, alien powerhouse. She's too good for Robin, he'll never appreciate her. (Done with his speech)
      Mas Y Menos: (Lovestruck) Si!
      Aqualad: You sound more like a fan boy than a nemesis.
      Control Freak: Uh, uh, uh, uh... a great villain always studies his adversaries, 'kay?
      Speedy: Well, if you are such a bad dude, why aren't you on their bad guy list?

    • Kid: (After Speedy saves his cat) Thank you, Robin. I liked your other costume better.
      Speedy: I'm not Robin, I'm Speedy.

    • Control Freak: (Looking over a list of the Titan's deadliest enemies, shocked that he's not on the list) "List of notorious villains. Plasmus, Overload, Johnny Rancid… the Puppet King"?! They only fought him once! I'm a recurring villain.

  • NOTES (51)

  • ALLUSIONS (10)

    • Control Freak: ...I'll be back!
      Mas y Menos: Hasta la vista, Control Freak.
      Both these lines are catchphrases used by Arnold Schwarzenegger in his movies.

    • Bumblebee's Test
      Bumblebee must stop a train before it reaches a particular station, or it will blow up, because of a bomb. This is very similar what John McClane must do in the Die Hard: With a Vengeance movie.

    • LeBlanc: Name
      LeBlanc's name is a reference to the original comic book he was in - Andre LeBlanc.

    • Control Freak: Challenge
      The idea of Control Freak's challenge to the Titans East resembles The Amazing Race, where couples try to meet certain objectives to see who is best.

    • Computer Geek: Starfire should be with BB.
      This might be a joke to Teen Titans fanwriters on Fanfiction.net, where they pair up the Titans in their stories. Like Beast Boy with Starfire, or Robin with Raven.

    • Mechanical Shark: Name
      Control Freak calls his giant shark Glen, an in-joke referencing the show's creator, Glen Murakami.

    • Bank of Perez: Name
      LeBlanc is seen robbing the "Bank of Perez," which is a reference to comic artist George Perez, who drew for the Titans comics in the early to mid-eighties and co-created several of the Titans West.

    • Control Freak: Star Wars Kid
      The scene in which Control Freak twirls his plasma staff and nearly falls after slipping on the coat is an obvious reference to Ghyslain Raza, the Star Wars Kid.

    • Control Freak: Computer
      Control Freak's computer is like The Matrix. When they look at the code, it looks like that.

    • Control Freak: Sword
      When Control Freak unsheathes the plasma sword, you can tell he is attempting to mimic Star Wars Episode I. This is a possible reference, because Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon both fought Darth Maul with a blue and green lightsaber, while Maul used a double-bladed sword that was red.