The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

Season 2 Episode 13

Out, Darn Spotlight

Aired Weekdays 7:30 PM Mar 11, 2004 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary

Jimmy tries to impress Betty Quinlan by auditioning for the lead role in the school play, a musical entitled MacBeth in Space. Though he loses the part to Nick, he jumps at the chance of doing the special effects. However, when Nick breaks his leg skateboarding, will Jimmy rise to the challenge, or let the play go up in smoke? Inventions: Neutronic Storminator, Hovershoes, laser spear, robo space-walker.moreless

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  • Though Pants was a good episode,and Mummy was a Great episode,this is the first episode to make a great series.

    Though it wasn't as good as the third season episodes,it is the beginning of superb episodes from the series.And the comedy in this episode is pee-your-pants funny. And I think they should have some related episodes with Bolbi being an actor.I give this,and soon to come season two-three season 10's all around.Like many other episodes,I don't put it infront of Stranded or Lady sings the news,but it is a Superb 10! Even though there are gags I saw from the very beginning of the episode,it is a must-see for loyal Neutron fans.Though I still wish Jimmy and Cindy kiss sometime,it's stuck in my dreams!

  • This episode was pure gold.

    This episode was great, Jimmy wants to impress Betty, so by getting into the play he creates the special effects for the play Macbeth in Space, well after Nick breaks his leg Jimmy gets the part and everthing goes fine untill Jimmy and Betty are about to have their big scene and before they kiss everthing goes wrong thanks to Sheen and Cindy.

    I enjoyed this episode alot it was very funny, I liked Cindy's little dance numbers while trying to impress Corky, and Sheen intruppting Jimmy giving him instructions on how to run the machine, just by saying "Got it", and of course who would love the lightsaber-type battle between Jimmy and Bolbi, very cool.moreless
  • Good show business, huh?

    Another good episode. I still enjoy Sheen saying, "Got it!" Hilarious! And I enjoy Carl riding a bicycle in the tornado, just like Miss Gulch rode her bicycle in the twister scene in The Wizard of Oz. Awesome! Watch this episode! Though, there is something fishy about that Betty Quinlin gal...
  • It all seemed to do well until Sheen messed everything up.

    Out, Darn Spotlight! was an alright episode of Jimmy Neutron which I would not count as one of my favourites.

    Jimmy's character was potrayed very well in this episode and I liked the way he was to Betty Quinlan. This episode didn't hint much of the Cindy/Jimmy relationship and thats why I loved this episode.

    Anyway, Sheen is one of my favourite characters but in this episode, he was just plain annoying. He messed up the play and made the school go in circles. And the ending wasnt as pleasing as I thought because Cindy didn't get selected by Corky! Anyway, I believe he deserved that beating in "Lady Sings the News" because he is a spoilt brat.moreless
  • I adore this episode.

    It's just plain amazing. 9.9 for this. The play, in my opinion, was awesome. And Jimmy got to kiss Betty in the end, and Jimmy was cool when he was swordfighting. I honestlty love thsie episode because of the storyline and some great and some funny scenes. 'Out, Darn Spotlight' was so good I wished I could get a DVD with this episode on. (and a few others fo course!) One fo my favourite parts was when Carl, Cindy and Libby (as wtches) sung 'Double, Double, Toil and Trouble' in funk style, and another is when Jimmy had to save the town from the tornado. That was really cool.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

Mark DeCarlo

Mark DeCarlo

Hugh Beaumont Neutron (voice)

Recurring Role

Candi Milo

Candi Milo

Nick Dean (voice)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • "Macbeth in Space" is actually not much like the real Macbeth at all. Macbeth was not a hero, he was a tyrant. There was no pirate in the play. The real Macbeth is about what happens when someone gets hungry for power: Macbeth kills the king to gain the throne, his wife shows guilt by sleepwalking and sleep-talking about that event, the witches trick Macbeth into thinking he will be king forever, and the kingdom overthrows Macbeth and kills him. Not like Principal Willoughby's rendition at all.

    • Apparently, Bolbi is a good actor!

    • Goof: When Sheen's laser-spear is accidentally shot, the image pans to a kid who has a hole in his hat. The kid is none other than Chuck Lester! But what is he doing there? Didn't he move to Greece?

    • Why would Sheen need a real laser spear if he never actually fires it in the play?

    • Miss Fowl said it was unfair when Principal Willoughby immediately casted Nick as Macbeth. But she didn't mind when he immediately casted Carl, Cindy, & Libby as the witches.

    • At first Bolbi calls Act 5 the "Act of 5" but later he says "What doing Jimmy? Bolbi need jet pack for return in Act 5"

    • Betty says, "Macbeth, Macbeth, wherefore art thou, Macbeth?" She's using "wherefore" as "where," but it means "why."

    • Nobody was credited for the voice of Corky Shimazu.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Betty:Mcbeth, Mcbeth, where art-thou Mcbeth?
      Jimmy:(Dreamy voice)Hi!

    • (after Jimmy uses the Neutronic Storminator to prevent Nick from kissing Betty)
      Nick: Hey! Watch it Neutron!
      Jimmy: (lying) Sorry Nick, won't happen again!
      Cindy: I'm on to you Neutron...
      Jimmy: Accidents happen!
      Cindy: Just don't mess anything wrong while I'm on stage. If someone messes me up, I mess them up!

    • Sheen: (commenting on the tornado) That wasn't too bad! I thought it would be much worse!
      Jimmy: It will be! In the outside atmosphere, the tornado will increase in size!
      Hugh: You know I don't usually like the classics, but this is pretty good!

    • Betty: See you onstage, Jimmy... I mean, Macbeth.
      Carl: Uh, Jimmy, I thought we agreed that we didn't like girls.
      Jimmy: We don't; Betty is a woman.
      Sheen: Got it!

    • Jimmy: To prepare for my role, I researched Shakespeare, Scottish kings, and downloaded the Keanu Reeves acting crash course. (as Reeves) Whoa ... is this a laser sword I see before me?
      Judy: Oh, that was...
      Hugh: That was stink-a-roony, Jimbo! Open up a window!
      Judy: Hugh!

    • Nick: (screams as he flies through the air) DUDE!! Oh, man, I broke my leg!
      Sheen: Alright! That's good luck! Way to go, Nick!!

    • Principal Willoughby: Sheen, I see you more as Soldier #5.
      Sheen: What?! A lousy soldier?! No way! (throws down the script) Forget it! I'm outta here!
      Principal Willoughby: He gets to carry a laser spear.
      Sheen: Laser spear?! For the love of UltraLord, please let me be Soldier #5!

    • Principal Willoughby: Carl Wheezer! You can not be in the play if we can't hear you! You are wasting our time...
      Carl: (hysterically) It's not my fault! I didn't even want to do this! My mom forced me! She said it would be good for my self-esteem!
      Principal Willoughby: Ladies and gentlemen, we found our first witch.
      Carl: (curtsies) Thank you.
      Principal Willoughby: Louder!

    • Mrs. Vortex: My daughter, Cynthia, is the star of the show.
      Hugh: She's MacBeth?
      Mrs. Vortex: No, she's a witch.
      Judy: (rolls her eyes) So I hear.

    • Carl: Hey, Jimmy, I just found out that the play Macbeth has a curse, and you're not supposed to say "Macbeth," 'cause if you say "Macbeth," bad things happen because you said "Macbeth," and we've been saying "Macbeth" a lot.... And congratulations on getting the part of Macbeth! (gasps) I SAID "MACBETH"!!!

    • Jimmy: (explaining how to use the Neutron Storminator) Okay, Sheen. All you have to do is press the buttons--
      Sheen: Got it!
      Jimmy: I'm not done. You press the buttons one at a time--
      Sheen: Got it!
      Jimmy: I'm not done! Press the buttons one at a time when they light up.
      (Sheen blinks)
      Jimmy: I'm done.
      Sheen: Got it!

  • NOTES (6)

  • ALLUSIONS (19)

    • Mrs. Vortex: (interrupting Principal Willoughby when he introduces the play title and star of play) I'll bet it's my Cynthia! She can play all the parts!(to Mr. and Mrs Neutron) I played all the parts in Snow White, even all the Dwarfs: Happy, Gloomy, Zippy, Shuyguy....

      Shuyguy is the name of a Super Mario Enemy that wears a mask and robes that made it's debut in Super Mario Bros. 2 for NES in 1988.

    • Jimmy: Whoa! Is this a laser sword I see before me?

      Also a parody of Cleopatra when she says "Is that an asp I see before me?".

    • When Jimmy explained he downloaded the Keanu Reeves acting crash course, he spoke like the dumb Keanu Reeves character Ted in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.

    • Jimmy: Is this a laser sword I see before me?
      This line, slightly altered, comes from the final scene of the first act of Macbeth, in which Macbeth prepares to kill Duncan, the current King of Scotland.

    • Cow: (in the tornado)
      This is from Twister.

    • Jimmy and Bolbi: (dueling with the light-swords)
      This is a parody of the lightsaber fights that can often be seen in Star Wars. The protagonist's lightsaber (Jimmy's) is blue (like Obi-Wan's), and the antagonist's (Bolbi's) is red (like Darth Vader's).

    • Jimmy: Get thee to another galaxy!
      This is a spoof of Hamlet's famous charge to Ophelia to "Get thee to a nunnery!"

    • Willoughby: What a world!
      This is the famous last line of the Wicked Witch of the West from the movie The Wizard of Oz.

    • Jimmy: Maketh my day.
      This is a slight modification of the macho challenge, "Go ahead. Make my day," echoed by Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry.

    • Nick: (on his knees) LADY MACBETH!!!
      This is a take on the line "STELLA!!!!!" from A Street Car Named Desire.

    • Bolbi: A plague a' all your galaxies! Parting is such sweet sorroooooow!
      These are modified quotes from Romeo and Juliet. ("A plague a' both your houses!" and "Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say good night till it be morrow.")

    • Cindy: Hi everyone! My name's Cindy! What's yours?
      Mrs. Vortex: Smile, baby!
      This is a reference to the Broadway play/movie Gypsy, about the life of Gypsy Rose Lee. In the acts, Gypsy Rose Lee (aka Louise) performs with her sister June when their mom (Mama Rose) put them in showbusiness. When she entered, June would say, "Hi everyone! My name's June! What's yours?" And Rose would sometimes shout stuff from the wings, like "Smile baby!" or "Sing out!" to them.

    • Bolbi: Now is the winter of your discontent!
      This is another modified quote, from Richard the Third. ("Now is the winter of our discontent.")

    • Betty: "Macbeth, Macbeth, wherefore art thou Macbeth?" and "But soft, what piercing comet through yonder porthole breaks?"
      These are modified quotes from Romeo and Juliet. ("O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?" and "But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?")

    • Bolbi: "I come to bury Macbeth, not to praise him" and "Friends, Moldexians, countrymen - lead me to your ears!"
      These are modified quotes from Shakespeare's tragic play Julius Caesar. ("I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him" and "Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears!")

    • Principal Willoughby: 'Twas long ago, in a galaxy most far, far away....
      This is a parody of the famous Star Wars opening line, "Long ago, in a galaxy far away...."

    • Carl: (riding a bicycle in the tornado)
      This scene resembles the Wicked Witch of the West when she was riding a bicycle in Dorothy's window during a tornado in The Wizard of Oz.

    • Title: "Out, Darn Spotlight"
      "Out, Darn Spotlight" is taken from a quote in Shakespeare's Macbeth: "Out, darn spot," said by Lady Macbeth.

    • Bolbi: I'll be backeth!
      This is a slight tweak of the line "I'll be back" from The Terminator.