The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

Season 1 Episode 3

Brobot / The Big Pinch

Aired Weekdays 7:30 PM Sep 13, 2002 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary

Brobot: Jimmy, fed up with being an only child, invents his very own little brother, Brobot. Although at first he is happy with the results, Jimmy's actions soon backfire when Brobot steals the attention of Jimmy's friends and family. Inventions: MegaHop, Brobot. The Big Pinch: Jimmy brings Thomas Edison to the present using his Time Pincher. But the future of western civilization is threatened when Edison falls in love with Miss Fowl and refuses to return to his own time! Inventions: Time Booth, voice-altering Walkie-Talkies.moreless

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  • This wasn't too bad, I kind of liked it.

    A lot of people have complained about these two episodes being boring. I don't think they were too bad. It did acknowledge the issue of Jimmy being an only child, and helped to illustrate his relationship with Cindy (boy vs. girl-although boy and girl kind of like each other). It was funny when Brobot says, 'I think he likes you,' to Cindy, though a little off topic. My only quarrel is the historical innaccuracy involving the discovery of electricity and Thomas Edison, but I guess they did that to introduce a name which everybody would recognise.

    All in all, the episodes were alright, but could maybe have been a little better if they had chosen on episode and had made it 22 mins instead of 2 x 11 mins.moreless
  • Jimmy creates a little brother/ Jimmy brings Thomas Edison to school to prove Cindy wrong.

    In Brobot Jimmy gets bored when no one has time to play with him, so he comes up with the idea that he needs a brother, but when his parents try to remind him how complicated baby-making is, Jimmy decides to take matters into his own hands buy creating the perfect little brother, Everything goes fine until Brobot becomes annoying and hisfriends like Brobot more then Jimmy, so he comes up with the plain of building he a mombot and popbot and sending them to the moon.

    I thought Brobot was a little annoying, The episode was funny, and Brobot revealing Jimmy's "secret" about liking Cindy was funny. But the only thing that stopped this episode from being a 10 is how annoying Brobot was, but he wasn't that anoying in The Junkman Cometh.

    In A Big Pinch Jimmy takesThomas Edison from his time and brings him to school to prove Cindy wrong, well after only being there for about 5 minutes he starts hitting on Ms. Fowl, and to make things worse, everything that runs on electricity, disappears, because Edison has been in the present too long, So Jimmy comes up with a plan to break up Thomas Edison and Ms. Fowl so he will go back to his own time.

    This was a pretty good episode, I though Thomas Edison was funny, I wounder if he really would act like that if some how he was brought here from the past, but of course that not possible.moreless
  • Wow, this was bad!

    This episode was just the worst that I can imagine! Incredibly awful! Brobot is so annoying, but he's supposed to be like that. But they brought it to an extreme, and made this episode very, very bad. I can't find a Jimmy Neutron episode that was worse than this one.

    The Big Pinch was stupid, too. First of all, for some reason, Ms. Fowl let Jimmy leave school for no reason at all! It's based on something that can't be true! And if Jimmy's so smart, why did he bring Thomas Edison to the present anyway? He should know better, considering he's a genius!

    Overall, two thumbs way down. Very bad and un-Jimmy like!moreless
  • We finally get to meet Brobot!

    Brobot is really annoying! But I still like him! He calls Jimmy his brother and says that he is the best ! But he doesn't seem to notice that he is better than Jimmy in making friends and playing sports and Pogog Sticking! He made Jimmy so jealous it was funny!
Andrea Martin

Andrea Martin

Miss Winifred Fowl (voice)

Carolyn Lawrence

Carolyn Lawrence

Cynthia Aurora "Cindy" Vortex (voice)

Paul Greenberg

Paul Greenberg

Brobot, Man on TV

Guest Star

Frank Welker

Frank Welker

Goddard (voice)/Llama

Recurring Role

Crystal Scales

Crystal Scales

Liberty Danielle "Libby" Folfax (voice)

Recurring Role

Candi Milo

Candi Milo

Nick Dean (voice)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • In this episode we learn that Ms. Fowl's first name is Winifred.

    • On the handheld device Sheen has in the beginning of the episode, it says "Ultra-Lord Demoliton!" But when Jimmy asks him to play baseball he says he is playing "Ultralord vs. Robo Fiend!"

    • The electricity wouldn't have gone out when Thomas Edison was in the present too long. Thomas Edison invented direct current (electricity used in flashlights; batteries). It was his rival that invented alternating current (electricity with cords and such).

    • When Jimmy falls down the tree, the voice communicator he was holding to make Thomas Edison's voice falls to Jimmy's side. Edison picks up the communicator at his own feet!

    • In the shot of the outside of the Candy Bar (before zooming in on Miss Fowl and Thomas Edison's "date"), Brittany is walking off screen with Butch. However, inside the Candy Bar, just before electric things stop working, she's dancing with Nick by the juke box!

    • Marconi nor Edison was the first to invent the radio. The true inventor of the radio was named Nathan B. Stubblefield, and he invented his in 1892. Also, according to the supreme court, the inventor was Nikola Tesla.

    • Nobody "founded" electricity. Benjamin Franklin just discovered that lightning was made up of electricity when he flew his kite during a storm.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • (about Edison)
      Sheen: Cool! I've never met a dead guy before!

    • (Jimmy knocks on Cindy's door)
      Cindy: Neutron?
      Jimmy: What am I thinking?!

    • Jimmy: Hey, Carl, would you like to assist me in a test of my modified Nuclear-Powered Pogo Stick? I call it the Mega Hop.
      Carl: (doesn't take his eyes off the TV) Uh, no thanks, Jimmy. I'm kinda busy. I'm watching the Llama Channel. They're showing When Good Llamas Go Bad.
      Guy on TV: Who's a pretty llama? Who's a pretty South American, cud-chewing (the llama bites the guy's hand) AAAAUGHHH!!

    • Jimmy: Mom, Dad, I want a little brother.
      Hugh: (Spits out drink) Jimbo! Baby making is very...complicated.
      Jimmy: Dad, it's not complicated, really. It's basically conception right? Then a 9 month gestation period.
      Hugh: La la la la! (continues on as Judy tries to talk over him)

    • Butch: Yeah, right. And maybe mutant tree frogs will rule the world.

    • Jimmy: Mom, Dad, I have an announcement to make.
      Judy: Ooh, tell me now if this involves any principals, policemen, or government people.
      Jimmy: Nope, not this time!

    • Edison: Hovercar? What the rooty toot's a hovercar? (Later) I'M IN A HOVERCAR!! Whoo-hoo!

    • Brobot: Jimmy's got a girlfriend! Jimmy's got a girlfriend! Jimmy's in love! Jimmy's in love!

    • (Sheen and Carl stop suddenly on the Bat Outta Heck, hanging upside-down)
      Carl: Why have we stopped moving?
      Sheen: They probably wanna build up the suspense!
      Carl: Okay, all the blood's rushing to my head....
      Sheen: Mine, too! This is awesome! Whoo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo! Hoo! (dizzily) Hoo....

    • Edison: So, you're Cindy, eh? Well, listen up, chickypoo! The radio wasn't invented until 1893! Couldn't have happened without my electricity neither, but did anyone send me a Thank You note? No, they did not!

    • Jimmy: You just take this ticket and hand it to the bus driver, and then you go One Way!
      Brobot: Haha, neat! (hops on the bus) I love this game!
      Jimmy: Me too!
      Brobot: (rides off, giggling) One Way, One Way, One Way...

    • Jimmy: We have to get you back to the lab!
      Edison: Oh, no. I ain't goin' back! (spins around on his skates happily) I like this new-fangled world of yours ... and I got the hots for Winifred, too....
      Jimmy: (quickly) No, see, but you don't understand. If I don't--Winifred?

  • NOTES (2)


    • Edison: Well, knock a hundred points off my IQ and call me Tesla!

      He is referring to the scientist Nikola Tesla, a prominent rival of his.

    • The Candy Bar: Music

      The music playing in the Candy Bar when Thomas Edison and Miss Fowl is an instrumental version of "Earth Angel" by the Penguins.

    • Brobot: Name

      There is also a robot named Brobot on the show Samurai Jack

    • The Big Pinch: Plot

      "The Big Pinch" is similar to the episode of The Fairly OddParents called "Twistory."

    • The Time Pincher: Appearance

      The Time Pincher itself seems to be based on the Tardis -- a time-travelling police booth -- of Doctor Who fame.

    • Retroland Ride: Bat Outta Heck

      The ride "Bat Outta Heck" is a spoof of the Meat Loaf song "Bat Outta Hell."

    • Sheen: (playing his UltraLord video game)

      When Sheen plays his UltraLord video game, the handheld he's playing it on looks exactly like Nintendo's Game Boy Advance (in indigo).