Ding Dong Daddy
If the T-Car is highly advanced and super fast, how can a giant pit-stop on wheels catch up on them so easily?
Raven is clearly very frustrated when Starfire accidentally reveals to Gizmo that Robin's suitcase is up for grabs, yet her powers didn't go out of control. Yet in "Switched," whenever Starfire (in Raven's body) felt emotions too much, her powers went out of control.
During the beginning of the episode, when Ding Dong Daddy says, "Be there or be square," Robin is missing from the picture, until the next scene.
How did Red X know that the briefcase was up for grabs if (obviously) none of the Titans or other people told him about this and Gizmo didn't send a transmission until much later?
When Beast Boy had become a horse and pulled Cyborg to the finish line, how did he catch up with the Titans so fast after Robin won the race?
Gizmo seemed like he wanted the briefcase pretty badly.
If Gizmo wanted Robin's briefcase for himself, why did he call all those other villains? Doing that might cause him to lose the race. He could've had less competition.
When Starfire and Raven get off the bus, they fly for about a couple seconds, even though they weren't supposed after being hit by Ding Dong Daddy's beam. A possible explanation is that the effect of the beam was terminated when Ding Dong Daddy's car was destroyed.
When Red X went after the other villains' cars, after Mumbo and the Puppet King's cars land in front of Dr. Light's car, he vanishes for a second. But in the next frame, he is flying forward.
The buttons on Ding Dong Daddy's car for his weapons were arranged horizontally at first. Later on, they're shown vertically towards the end of the race.
Why couldn't Raven have just used her powers to up the speed of the car they were in?
During the end of the episode, Ding Dong Daddy's hot rod has gotten smaller. He has also taken up the whole front part of the car instead of just the left-hand side.
Why didn't Raven just take the briefcase from Ding Dong Daddy at the start of the episode? She had no excuse.
Since Raven's flight is generated by telekinesis, why would a neutralizer beam have even affected her in the first place?
Another question: Since Raven still had her powers after she was grounded, could she have just teleported to the finish line instead of trying to hitch a ride?
Why didn't Cyborg fire his proton cannon instead of using his regualr cannon in this episode to stop Ding Dong Daddy?
When Beast Boy and Cyborg come out of the tunnel, Cyborg's real eye is entirely gray.
During the chase scene at the start of the episode, the "R" on the left side of Robin's motorcycle is backwards.
Since Raven and Starfire have different sources to their flying abilities, how come only one energy blast kept both of them grounded?
Why didn't the Titans try to incapacitate Ding Dong Daddy's hot rod at the very beginning?
Gizmo: Attention all bad guys! Bird Boy Robin's secret stuff is up for grabs! All you have to do is win some stinking race! Start your engines!
Raven: This is a waste of time, let's just fly passed him and to the finish line.
Starfire: Yes, victory shall be ours.
Ding Dong Daddy: No can do, kitty cats. Daddy's code of the road says flying's for squares. (Zaps Raven and Starfire with a ray) You swingers want the goods, you got to cross the finish line with rubber touching the road.
Robin: Forget that map, just follow that chase. I don't know how Ding Dong Daddy stole it, but we have to get it back!
Beast Boy: What's so important about a briefcase!
Robin: It's personal!
Ding Dong Daddy: What's buzzing, cousins?
Robin: You're going to hand over what you've stole. Now!
Ding Dong Daddy: Chill out, cool cat. The Ding Dong Daddy ain't cruising for a bruising. The prize is yours, all you got to do is race me for it.
Beast Boy: What does he mean "prize"?
Ding Dong Daddy: 100% titanium alloy, bullet-proof, fire-proof, blast-proof, and cryptic lock. Now here's the real kick up. (Shows an "R" on the briefcase)
(After Robin saves Red X from an explosion)
Red X: Briefcase means that much to you?
Robin: You have no idea.
Red X: Then go get it.
(Starts sabotaging enemy vehicles)
Cyborg: That's it, Beast Boy, take the wheel.
Beast Boy: Dude, are you serious?
(Cyborg breaks the wheel and gives it to Beast Boy, Beast Boy groans)
Cyborg: Look what they did to my baby! (Starts crying)
Beast Boy: Sweet! (Puts sunglasses on) We're a convertible!
(Cyborg continues crying)
Gizmo: Who's side are you on, barf-brain?!
Red X: Mine. (Blows up his vehicle)
Starfire: (Pretending to be a super-villain) Then, after I seized control of the city, I had my image carved in cheese . . . in every household!
Starfire: This is my henchman . . . Henchie.
Beast Boy: Oh, I don't feel so good.
Cyborg: You better not get car sick in here!
Beast Boy: Look at me, I'm green. I mean greener than usual green.
(At a gas station)
Starfire: (Sees Gizmo, gasps) We know him!
Starfire: You, stop!
Gizmo: Crud! Hey, I didn't do anything! Yet...
(On pick-up truck)
Starfire: I did not know that chickens could be so adorable.
Raven: They smell, they're noisy, and their feathers get everywhere. Nothing about them is adorable.
Beast Boy: Uh, Cyborg? What kind of car is that?
Cyborg: (Looking back) That's no car. It's a pit stop on wheels!
Ding Dong Daddy: (On megaphone) Daddy's putting a shout out to the cat in the groovy, metal threads.
Cyborg: (Driving the T-Car) Yeah, what do you want?
Ding Dong Daddy: The junkyard called. They want their scrap heap back! (Laughs)
Beast Boy: Dude, this map makes no sense.
Cyborg: That's because you're holding it upside-down.
Beast Boy: (Flips map) Right, I knew that.
Cyborg: Robin, when you said we had to stop a crook, I think you left out a minor detail. You were the one robbed!
Cyborg: That's right... nothin' can stop the T-Car!
Raven: (Looking at Cyborg on rear axle being pulled by Beast Boy) Uh... what T-Car?
Raven: (After being hit by Ding Dong Daddy's laser and talking to Robin) Starfire?
Starfire: (Waving to Raven from a pick-up truck with chickens) Over here! I have found us transportation!
Raven: It just keeps getting better and better...
Ding Dong Daddy has an accent which sounds like a jazz musician from the 1960's.
This is the last episode of the series to have its theme song sung in Japanese.
Running Gag: The pitstop on wheels taking the T-Car apart.
At the end of the show when Robin offers to show the team his prized possession, Raven says, "Some secrets are better left kept." This alludes to the fourth season's story arc, where Raven tried to keep the terrible truth of Earth's eventual destruction from the gang.
This is the only Season 5 episode to have closed-captioning.
YTV airdate: May 15, 2006.
This is Red X's last appearance.
Since Red X was able to "teleport," it seems that he's either gotten more Xenothium or he found a different way to power his suit.
The plot of this episode is a similar to Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, where there is a long struggle over a briefcase. In both stories, while we know there is something valuable inside, the contents are never revealed to the audience.
Gizmo's vehicle looks a lot like General Grevious' wheel bike from Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
Adonis changed his costume from a black/red theme to a yellow/white theme, since producer Glen Murakami felt that the show was using a black/red theme too much with villains.
The bike Red X uses is similar to Robin's.
All of the bad guys on the bus were shown in "Episode 257-494" when Beast Boy said that every galaxy in the world watches "Clash of the Planets."
Lauren Tom didn't do the voice of Gimzo as she usually does, that was done by Tara Strong.
The story Starfire is telling the villains on the bus, as well as the disguises she and Raven are wearing are both based on Trigon the Terrible and his demon servants that attempted domination of the world in "The End."
This is the first appearance of the T-Car in this season, as well as the third time it was destroyed since "Car Trouble."
The same guy with the chicken head that appeared as a Titans fan on "For Real" appears again as the driver for a villains' bus.
Cyborg carries weights among other material in his car trunk.
Raven is allergic to chickens. This probably explains her moody expression to the chicken doll she was given in "Sisters."
The map Ding Dong Daddy gives to Beast Boy looks a lot like a pirate's treasure map.
This is the second time Red X has appeared other than his cameo in "Homecoming (2)," and in both times he has started out as a villain, but then helped out in the end.
Running Gag: 1) Raven sneezing and Starfire saying "Guhluvnorg." Which apparently means "bless you." 2) Beast Boy asking to drive the T-Car, but can't.
Kitten and Fang are still a couple.
In this episode, 8 villains other than Red X, Ding Dong Daddy, and the unknown villains in the bus appeared driving vehicles.
Mad Mod - Giant Big Ben-shaped car
Kitten and Fang - Pink Limo
Mumbo - Giant Hat-shaped car
Gizmo - Giant wheel-dome
Johnny Rancid - Motorcycle
Control Freak - Car shaped like his remote
Dr. Light - Motorcycle-like vehicle
Adonis - Yellow sports car
Once again, Red X is battling for his own selfish purposes, but in the end, he goes "to his own side" and helps Robin win the race.
Robin's secret possession is known to the Titans, but not known to us, the viewers.
Cyborg's T-Car can now fire lasers from an area above the headlights.
Robin's briefcase is composed of titanium alloy and is blast-proof, fire-proof, bullet-proof, and has a security lock.
Opener: Ding Dong Daddy is confronted by the Titans, reveals that he has stolen Robin's titanium briefcase, and challenges him to race to get it back.
Mad Mod's 4th appearance. He rides the Big Ben Mobile.
Red X returns with a motorcycle to race.
Main villain(s): Ding Dong Daddy.
Secondary villain(s): Gizmo & Red X.
Villains with non-speaking cameo appearances: Mad Mod, Johnny Rancid, Puppet King, Dr. Light, Kitten & Fang, Control Freak, Adonis, & Mumbo Jumbo.
First non-cameo appearance of Ding Dong Daddy, who was briefly seen in "Homecoming (2)."
Ding Dong Daddy: Character
Ding Dong Daddy seems to be a combination of stereotypes from two cultural movements of the late 1950's/early 60's--the "hot rodder"/ "greaser" (as iconized in the musical Grease ) and the "beatnik." The name Ding Dong Daddy comes from the song "I'm a Ding Dong Daddy from Dumas," written by Phil Baxter in the 1920's and recorded several times, notably by Phil Harris (whom fans of animation may know by voice as Baloo the Bear and Thomas O'Malley the cat, from the Disney films The Jungle Book and The Aristocrats, respectively). "Ding Dong Daddy" was once used as a slang term, essentially meaning a really cool guy.
The entire episode is a spoof of the Hanna-Barbera Cartoon, Wacky Races, in which a number of of Hanna-Barbera characters from other shows would race for one reason or another.
Raven & Starfire: Blazing Saddles
When Starfire pretends to have captured a Teen Titan, in order to lure two bad guys away from a line full of villains is a parody of a similar scene from the movie, Blazing Saddles. In the movie, one of the heroes pretends to have captured the others, to lure two bad guys away from a line of villains, steal their clothes, and take their places in the line.
Red X & Robin: Motorcycle fight...
The motorcycle fight between Red X and Robin is similar to the video game Road Rash , where players race other motorcycle drivers while exchanging punches and weapons during the race to the finish line.
Control Freak: Car Launch
When Control Freak's car starts and rushes off, it's a perfect recreation of he Batmobile launch from the opening to Batman: The Animated Series.
Raven & Starfire: Stranded
Raven and Starfire being stranded in the desert and then getting a ride from a truck full of farm animals is a classic gag that is used often in situations like this one.
Ding Dong Daddy: Steel City or bust.
Steel City is the city where Titans East are located and it's especially known for its crime rate.
Ding Dong Daddy: Character
The character Ding Dong Daddy is based on real-life hot-rod customizer, Big Daddy Roth.
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