The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

Season 2 Episode 7

Return of the Nanobots (a.k.a. Attack of the Nanobots)

Aired Weekdays 7:30 PM Nov 14, 2003 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary

Jimmy tries to update those mischievous Nanobots to correct his non-scientific homework, but the Nanobots become obsessed with pleasing "The Great Creator" and start correcting everything. Invention: Correcto-Tech.

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  • Jimmy's nanobots return; this time with a plan to please 'the creator' by deleting everyone.

    In my opinion, this is one of the best episodes of Jimmy Neutron. I don't really care for this show, but this episode was really good. I like the nanobots. They're so stupid that it's funny. I liked the part where they were going around the school trying to correct everything. Mrs. Fowl's hair looked really stupid (lol). I also liked the part where they were flying around the school trying to delete everyone. It was funny to watch everyone try to run away. I also liked the part where Hugh was enjoying his 'Hugh Time' That part was just too funny!moreless
  • The nanobots strike back

    The nanobots return and and try to please their "great creator" and take things to far when they start deleting everybody in Retroville and the world. I like the nanobots there really funny, I think one reason why they never succeed is that they fight too much and they try to pleased Jimmy too hard. overall: a great episode.
  • Originally reviewed by nycgreg. The Nanobots set out to wreak havoc on the world in order to get the attention of their "Great Creator".

    Although the episode "Return of the Nanobots" was not as developed as it could have been, it was great to see the Nanobots again. Voiced by Daran Norris (Cosmo, from The Fairly OddParents) and Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants), the Nanobots, who first appeared in "Safety First", set out to wreak havoc on the world in order to get the attention of their "Great Creator", Jimmy Neutron. Even though this episode had many down points and is surely one of the more disappointing episodes of the show to this point, it is one of the better Hugh Neutron episodes, especially with his "Hugh Time", when he does the things he's always wanted to do, but has never had the chance to because the people of Retroville would never let him. However, many of the characters viewers have grown to love did not even have significant roles at all. Overall, "Return of the Nanobots" has a decent plot, but it is not an incredibly well-written or well-shaped episode.

    *** Not a necessitymoreless
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

Rob Paulsen

Rob Paulsen

Carlton Ulysses Wheezer (voice)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (16)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Nanobot 1: What's it like in your little 'dream world'?
      Nanobot 2: A little humid...

    • (After the Nanobots sample the school's lunch)
      Nanobot 1: Error! Error! Detecting tasteless chipped beef special.
      Nanobot 2: The beef-to-chip ratio is way off. Adding steak sauce.
      Nanobot 1: Steak sauce? Spicy mustard is the way to go.
      Nanobot 2: Oh, really, Wolfgang? Why don't we just throw in an old shoe?
      (The module throws a shoe into the pot)
      Gretchen: But I already made shoe twice this week!

    • Hugh: Not a soul on the entire block! ... Maybe they got together and formed an angry mob! (yelling) Wait up, everybody, I wanna be in the mob, too!

    • Nanobot 1: We must follow the Creator and await our chance to correct for error.
      Nanobot 2: And then he'll love me again!
      Nanobot 1: (tiredly) Oh, what is it like in your little dream world?
      Nanobot 2: A little humid.

    • Nanobot 2: Ohh, if I had the old module back, I'd correct for error like no one's ever corrected for error before! Then the Creator will be pleased with me.
      Nanobot 1: I have it! I'll use the old module to correct for error. Then the Creator will be please with me!
      Nanobot 2: Hey! You stole my idea!
      Nanobot 1: I used your idea as a springboard.
      Nanobot 2: You stole my springboard.

    • Jimmy: "Ode to Cindy." (the Nanobots take his poem) Hey!
      Nanobot 1: "Roses have low spectral wavelengths / Violets have high."
      Nanobot 2: "Cindy is unable to express these values in Angstrom units, / 'Cause she's not as smart as I."
      Nanobots 1 & 2: (pause, then laugh) Error! Error!

    • Nanobot 1: Woah, two eyes! Now my gaze is twice as commanding!

    • Nanobot 1: He's giving us a second chance!
      Nanobot 2: (laughs evily) The fool!--I mean,
      Nanobots 1 & 2: Yay!

    • Nanobot 2: I'm telling Motherboard!

    • Nanobot 1: We are programmed to delete extreme error! But this module has no delete function!
      Nanobot 2: It's got a molecular atomizer.
      Nanobot 1: Close enough!

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  • ALLUSIONS (11)

    • Jimmy's Poem: Cindy sings the body electric...

      I Sing the Body Electric is a poem by the great American poet Walt Whitman that appears in his most famous collection Leaves of Green. It was also later used by science fiction writer Ray Bradbury for the title of an episode of the Twilight Zone, and later again as the title of a collection of short stories.

    • Nanobot 2: Julio Iglesias!

      Nanobot 2 mentioned Julio Iglesias, who is the father of Enrique Iglesias. They are both Hispanic pop stars who have had successful careers in the United States.

    • Hugh: My own personal time, my piece of the sky, my secret garden!

      This could be a reference to two famous books "A Piece of the Sky", and "The Secret Garden." "A Piece of the Sky" is a modern autobiographical classic by Robert Newton Peck that tells of his running the family farm after his father's death. "The Secret Garden" is a famed children's book by Frances Hodgson Burnett about a girl named Mary and her discovery of a secret garden in a gloomy manor.

    • Music: "Powerhouse"

      The music that plays when the Nanobots go around deleting Retroville is a spoof of the old Raymond Scott "Powerhouse" music used on countless Looney Tunes cartoons.

    • Jimmy: (making the nanobots find the exact value of pi)

      When Jimmy asks the nanobots to check his homework one last time, causing them to self-destruct by making them find the exact value of pi, which is relative and therefore infinite, he employs the same tactic that Mr. Spock used in Star Trek episode 43 "A Wolf In The Fold" to shut down the Enterprise's computers that had become the host of a malign alien intelligence.

    • Nanobot 2: Adieu, adieu, to you, and you, and you!

      This is a line in the song "So Long, Farewell," from The Sound of Music. It is sung when the von Trapp children are saying goodnight.

    • Nanobot: Llamagram?

      The scene where the Nanobots are trying to get into Jimmy's lab is taken from an early Saturday Night Live skit. In the skit, a landshark tries to get into people's apartments, first by telling them they have a telegram, like the Nanobots did. Carl, like the apartment owners, didn't believe this. Next, the landshark called, "Candygram!" This worked. For Carl, the Nanobots called "Llamagram?" Of course, this worked on Carl.

    • Nanobot 2: (sarcasticallly calling Nanobot 1 "Wolfgang" while correcting the tasteless chip-beef special)

      This is a reference to Wolfgang Puck, a famous chef.

    • Cindy: Shall I compare Jimmy's head to a summer's day? It is more pointy, and more ill-formed.

      Cindy's first poem was a spoof of William Shakespeare's "Sonnet XVIII."

    • Cindy: . . . somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout; but there is no joy in Retroville--cause Jimmy is an idiot!

      Cindy's second poem was a spoof of the famous "Casey At The Bat," by Ernest Lawrence Thayer. The last lines of the poem are: "... somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout, But there is no joy in Mudville-- mighty Casey has struck out!"

    • Hugh: (being the last man on Earth)

      Hugh being the last man on Earth was a parody of The Twilight Zone episode "Time Enough At Last", where a man was the last person on the planet and could do whatever he wanted. Instead of an endless supply of pie, he wanted to read all the books in the public library. (However, before he could start, he broke his glasses!)