The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

Season 1 Episode 14

Broadcast Blues / Professor Calamitous, I Presume

Aired Weekdays 7:30 PM Mar 14, 2003 on Nickelodeon
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Broadcast Blues: Jimmy lands the spot of host on Lindbergh Elementary's Public Access show! When the show fails miserably, Cindy and Libby are brought in as producer and co-star, changing informative Science With Jimmy to flashyFunky Jam Dance Party (with some science). Inventions: Gravitrax SK30, AccoustaVac. Professor Calamitous, I Presume: The bad Professor Finbarr Calamitous, who can never finish anything, plots to take over Retroville, with some help from its resident boy genius. Invention: Swiss Army Laser.moreless

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  • Jimmy gets his own show/ Goddard gets Kidnapped

    In Broadcast Blues, Jimmy gets his own show, the show, ends up bombing big time, So Cindy, and Libby are bought in to "jazz"up his show, it becomes a sucess, but Jimmy gets mad with Cindy and Libby hogging his show, so he puts an end to it, but he show ends also.

    This was a pretty good episode, I liked Sheen's puppet act, it was great.

    In Professor Calamitous, I Presume, Jimmys dog is kidnapped by Professor Calamitous, and small old bald man who never finishes anything, in hope that Jimmy well finish his inventions for him.

    I liked this episode Professor Calamitous becaome my favorite villain, he's really dimwitted, but hes also really funny.moreless
Andrea Martin

Andrea Martin

Miss Winifred Fowl (voice)

Carolyn Lawrence

Carolyn Lawrence

Cynthia Aurora "Cindy" Vortex (voice)

Frank Welker

Frank Welker

Goddard (voice)

Recurring Role

Crystal Scales

Crystal Scales

Liberty Danielle "Libby" Folfax (voice)

Recurring Role

Mark DeCarlo

Mark DeCarlo

Hugh Beaumont Neutron (voice)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Sheens show is called "puppet house party with no science"

    • We learn that Goddard can do 11,000,004 things, except clean up after himself

    • At the beginning of "Professor Calamitous, I Presume," when Professor Calamitous is planning against Jimmy, he is looking at newspaper clippings that show Jimmy's heroic deeds and interesting creations, such as when Jimmy defeated the pants, when he made Granny Neutron a baby, when he froze the town, and when he created Goddard, Brobot, and the Willy Loman 3000.

    • When Calamitous heads to the Candy Bar, the man at his screen is frozen, as if Professor Calamitous stopped the tape, but we never see him doing it.

    • When Jimmy arrived at Professor Calamitous's house, he parked his rocket in the front lawn, facing the street. When he runs out, however, the rocket is on the opposite side of the lawn, facing the house.

    • Hugh was put out by Calamitous's sleep gas and says he has been asleep for 6 hours. If that is so, how come Jimmy saw Professor Calamitous just leaving the house when he came back? Does kidnapping Goddard really take 6 hours?

    • When Jimmy's showing off his "miniature fusion reactor that perfectly duplicates the Sun's carbon-nitrogen cycle," he's wearing his blue Science With Jimmy coat in the close up shots but his gold Funky Jam Dance Party coat in the group shots.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Nick: Can I have a little drumroll please?
      (the drum rolls on the stage)
      Nick: Thank you.

    • Jimmy: For a bumbling genius, he's pretty dangerous!

    • Carl: The universe. It's really, really, really, really, really, really big and stuff. Join us now as we explore into the unknown with Science with Jimmy! YAY!!! WOOH!!!!!
      Jimmy: That's enough, Carl!
      Carl: Sorry.

    • Calamitous: I will take over Retroville, or my name isn't ... errr ... uh ... oh, forget it! Mwahahahaha!

    • (during the auditions for the TV show)
      Carl: Uh, what's public access?
      Willoughby: NEXT!

    • Professor Finbarr Calamitous : Do you think that sometimes, in the right light, Miss Fowl looks kind of ---
      Jimmy: (Turns from Calamitous' invention that he had been working on to face Calamitous) Finished!
      Calamitous: Ah. Fast as you are smart, I see.

    • Hugh: (To Judy) Look at our little Jimbo! The camera loves him!
      (A little later)
      Hugh: My mistake, the camera only likes him as a friend.

    • Calamitous: You see, these walls are lined with pure chromium steel, with just a hint of magenta in the piping, to really bring out the--oh, never mind.

    • Calamitous: They called me "Half-done!" and "Never-finish!" Which weren't particularly good nicknames, but they stung all the same!

    • Hugh: Well, Jimbo's at school right now. He does that during the day.
      Calamitous: Does he have something he really cares about, like, uh--
      Hugh: A girl? Tennis racket? Different girl? A dog? Oh, well, you know, he does have a dog.

    • Carl: Do you guys think that, you know, sometimes, in the right light, Miss Fowl looks kinda--
      Sheen: Hey, hold that thought, Carl! Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird!
      Carl: It's a plane!
      Jimmy: It's a self-propelled android travelling at approximately 237 miles per hour.
      Sheen: Oh. Sorry, Carl, what were you saying about Miss Fowl?
      Carl: (quickly) Nothing, never mind.

    • Jimmy: I've located Goddard. I'll signal if I need back-up.
      Sheen: Roger. We'll sit tight here in the Candy Bar in case the guy who stole your dog comes in for a snack. Over and out.
      Carl: Who's Roger?

  • NOTES (3)

    • The Labels on Jimmy's sound sucking machine- Apparantly, Jimmy labeled his invention with a "Dymo" labeler, as evidenced by the red color and raised white lettering unique to that labeler.

    • This episode can be seen on the DVD Sea of Trouble.

    • "Broadcast Blues" was originally going to air with "Journey to the Center of Carl." "Professor Calamitous, I Presume" (originally simply titled "Professor Calamitous") was going to air with "Ultra Sheen."

  • ALLUSIONS (13)

    • Broadcast Blues: Title
      The title of the episode is a reference to the 1980s film Broadcast News.

    • Sheen: It's a show about nothing...
      Sheen pitching the hand puppet show and using this as the first sentence could be a reference to the way Seinfield was pitched (and rejected by most of the major networks until NBC picked it up).

    • Broadcast Blues: Title

      An episode of Even Stevens is also entitled "Broadcast Blues."

    • Jimmy: Enrico Fermi

      Jimmy mentions Enrico Fermi, who was an Italian physicist who helped in developing the nuclear reactor. For this and his work in discovering new radioactive elements, he won the Nobel Prize in 1938 and went on to help design the atomic bomb while he was in America.

    • Libby: Now it's time for adorable hunk tricks.

      The Late Show with Dave Letterman has a segment called "Stupid Human Tricks."

    • Visual: Episode Title

      The episode title is "half-painted" which is a reference to the fact that Calamitous can't finish anything.

    • Funky Jam Dance Party: Concept

      Cindy and Libby's show in "Broadcast Blues" (Funky Jam Dance Party with Some Science) is very similar to Club Mario. Both are very funny and cool, but trendy, shows featuring a blond main character (Tommy Treehugger on CM, Cindy here), and an Africian American co-star (Co M.C. on CM, Libby here). Also, on CM, there is a boring character named Dr. Know It All, who annoys the hosts to no end. Jimmy is exactly like that in this episode.

    • Carl: A half-eaten Crunchy Creme Jelly Doughnut!

      "Crunchy Creme" is a spoof of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.

    • Title: "Professor Calamitous, I Presume"

      This is a reference to the famous quote "Dr. Livingstone, I presume."

    • Jimmy: Goddard! I'm home!

      Whenever Ricky Ricardo from I Love Lucy would get home from work, he would yell "Lucy, I'm home!"

    • Carl: (as he's announcing Jimmy for Science With Jimmy) Yay! Hey-oh!

      Carl is doing Ed McMahon's welcome for Johnny Carson when Carson hosted The Tonight Show.

    • Jimmy: Atomic batteries to power ... turbines to speed...

      In Batman, Robin would say this before the Batmobile started up.

    • Hugh: A chimney sweep! Oh, that's just grand! Do you sing and dance?

      This is a reference to Mary Poppins, where there were singing and dancing chimney sweeps.