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The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

Season 3 Episode 1

Win, Lose And Kaboom (a.k.a. You Bet Your Life Form)

Aired Weekdays 7:30 PM Jul 09, 2004 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary

A strange meteor lands in Retroville, bearing a mysterious message in an alien language. When Jimmy is finally able to translate and answer the riddle, he, Cindy, Libby, Sheen, Carl, Bolbi, and Goddard are sucked into space - only to find that the message is an invitation to Intergalactic Showdown! Team Earth must learn to work together to win - or lose their home planet! Invention: Wormhole Generatormoreless

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  • A great episode,and the beginning of the best season of the series.

    It shows the jealousy that Cindy shows to Jimmy. It starts the third,and best season,with a bang.It is alot like all the great game shows that are on modern T.V. today. Like Survivor,Wheel of fortune,Jeopordy,and Who wants to be a millionair! I think it is the forth or fifth best episode of the series,it is great that they have Tim Allen in the episode too. I think it is the third best in the third season,but needs more airtime for it's genius.All loyal JN fans,a "I wish I had seen an episode like this on T.V. episode,in other words,a well writen episode!

  • This was the best JN movie

    I absolutely loved this episode. A giant space rock lands in retroville, and everyone just wants to destroy it. Then Jimmy, being the only smart person in retroville, besides cindy, who was no help, wants to analyze it. It turns out to be an invite to play Intergalactic Showdown, one of the most famous alien game shows. When the entire gang is kidnapped into space, they are forced to play the game, and win, or their home planets will be destroyed.

    This episode has a bunch of JC, especially when Jimmy befriends April, an alien from one of the opposing teams- the Gorlocks. Cindy becomes extremely jealous! At the end jimmy and cindy make a friendship contract, and they almost kiss. It was interrupted by another giant space rock, this time being an email from April. Cindy gets really angry at Jimmy and ripps their contract.

    Any way this was a great episode. Its wat started my obsession over JN and the JC, (i missed the first airing of LP and didnt get to see it until after WLK aired). This was one of nicks greatest accomplishementsmoreless
  • The gang must work together to save Earth after a rock hits Earth.

    One of my favorite Nickelodeon movies and season premieres. This is my review for Jimmy Neutron: Win, Lose and KABOOM! Well what I thought about this movie was it really character developement and esciappaly for Jimmy. Jimmy thought he had all the power and genius-ness to save Earth in the intergalatic game show, but his plans don't work as well. And then nearby the end and the finale round, Jimmy started developing and well he really thought of the word "Teamwork". I can't believe the movie didn't end with "Jimmy-Cindy" love treatment. I think Jimmy and Cindy are a great couple.moreless
  • Jimmy and the gang solve a message stone, and are taken into space to play a gmaeshow.

    A strange stone crash lands on earth, Jimmy recognizing that stone as a message stone, wants to decode it, and see what the message is.

    The gang flow the stone to a military base, where Jimmy finds out that its a riddle, once Jimmy figures it out they are wiped away to space to play a game show called Intergalactic Showdown.

    They are pitted against 3 other teams’ needle heads, Gorlocks, and Brains, and the losing teams get their home planets destroyed, while the winning team gets a new car and their planet not blown up.

    Tim Allen was perfect for Meldar, and I especially loved when Cindy tried to hide her jealously when Jimmy was flirting with April, especially after the two times they kissed, or as April called the first one the "Gorlocian seal of trust".moreless
  • Jimmy and the gang are kidnapped into space to play on a gameshow that determines the fate of Earth.

    This is one of my favorite episodes ever!!! I don't really care for this show, but this movie was awesome. I didn't care for the beginning part though; it wasn't until after they were introduced into the game that it got good. My favorite scene is towards the end of the movie where Hugh trips over the cord of Jimmy's machine and he accidentally throws his nachos into the portal. Another favorite scene of mine is the very end where Jimmy and Cindy are making a truce and then they almost kiss. Too bad they were interrupted. In all, this movie was really good.moreless
Andrea Martin

Andrea Martin

Miss Winifred Fowl (voice)

Carolyn Lawrence

Carolyn Lawrence

Cynthia Aurora "Cindy" Vortex (voice)

Rob Paulsen

Rob Paulsen

Carlton Ulysses "Carl" Wheezer (voice)

Crystal Scales

Crystal Scales

Liberty Danielle "Libby" Folfax (voice)

Jeffrey Garcia

Jeffrey Garcia

Sheen Juarerra Estevez (voice)

Mark DeCarlo

Mark DeCarlo

Hugh Beaumont Neutron (voice)

Jess Harnell

Jess Harnell

singing Meldar

Guest Star

Tim Allen

Tim Allen


Guest Star

Alyssa Milano

Alyssa Milano


Guest Star

Jeff Bennett

Jeff Bennett

Gorlock #2, Brain #1

Recurring Role

Rob Paulsen

Rob Paulsen

Test Pilot, Announcer, Mr. Wheezer, Mrs. Wheezer

Recurring Role

Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Bolbi Stroganovsky/Bolbi, British Tourist

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (23)

    • We learn that Carl goes to Bolbi's house for cookies.

    • When they said that the Gorlocks and Humans were tied in first, that would mean that the Gorlocks would have had to lose to the Brains the first time and the Needleheads the second time, meaing that they would be 2-2. If the Needleheads beat them that would make 3-1, meaning that the Needleheads acutally won.

    • When the gang was facing Needleheads the first time, there were only 3 of them. In the challenge the next day, there were 4 of them. Where did that other one come from?

    • Before they get into the space car, Sheen says "Shotgun!" But when they are in the car, Jimmy and Cindy are in the front seats.

    • Look hard!
      As the kids are in the hypnosis created by the Brains and running out of the Candy Bar, if you look above the doors, it says Established since 1970.

    • Goof: While the kids are in the hypnosis created by the Brains and the zombie adults are chasing them, when Hugh is leaving the Candy Bar, for a few seconds his hair is black.

    • The friendship contract that Jimmy and Cindy signed (and was later ripped up) did not contain the exact words that they said as they signed it. After Jimmy signed it, it read:

      "I, Jimmy Neutron seriously bury the blood stained hatchet with Cindy Vortex that has ever so complicated the lives of the residents of our town, Retroville, and the rest of the galaxy. I promise to get along and try to understand the genius of Cindy Vortex and kiss her hiney.

      I, Jimmy Neutron also agree to do my best to see things her way, and not to create crazy inventions to prove her wrong that otherwise may turn the town upside down and create the disturbances they have in the past."

    • Channels on the Galactic Cable Network include:
      - OMGLOL
      - ROFL
      - DNAMC
      - Micherovision
      - Silaction Station
      - Planetary Discovery
      - Galactic History
      - Alien Game Shows
      - Nebulon 5 Station
      - Live from Rigel
      - Alpha Center
      - Brain Box Office
      - ESPQKN
      - Martian Movie Channel
      - Zebetian Battle Network
      - C-Spax
      - Plutonian Cooking
      - Zaxxianofollrpg
      - Space Soaps
      - Flexnard Classics
      - Teh Cabage
      - Blork Channel
      - Gorlock gardening
      - Intergalactic Channel
      - Space Travel Channel
      - Needlehead news
      - Nixelodeocq.

    • During the interview after the first day of Intergalactic Showdown, Jimmy, Cindy, Bolbi, and Sheen were classified as Big-Headed Human, Big-Mouthed Human, Species Unknown, and Dangerously Unstable Human, respectively.

    • Jimmy signs Cindy's "friendship" contract to become friends.

    • We find out that Sheen and Carl shaved their heads once.

    • Members of the audience for Intergalactic Showdown include the Yokians ("Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius"," The Eggpire Strikes Back"), mitochondria ("Journey to the Center of Carl"), lima bean monsters ("I Dream of Jimmy"), the Junkman, Roxie, and Gortox the Irritable ("The Junkman Cometh"), Zix and Tee ("A Beautiful Mine"), and Captain Betty ("Monster Hunt").

    • In the vote-off, Jimmy and Goddard voted for Cindy, Cindy and Libby voted for Jimmy, and Sheen, Carl, and Bolbi voted for Bolbi.

    • Again, Jimmy and Cindy almost kissed. April kissed Jimmy twice, but the first time was the "Gorlockan Seal of Trust."

    • It took about 500 years for the humans to solve the riddle. (This is because the rock kept getting destroyed before scientists could study it.) The riddle was, "In the dark, they appear without being fetched; in the light, they vanish without being stolen." The answer was, "The stars."

    • April is of the species Gorlock, and her real name is "Chee-AAAAAAAAHHHHH-toh."

    • Libby admitted that she "already likes Sheen" and wants to "let their relationship progress naturally."

    • The species of aliens that compete against the Humans are the Gorlocks, Needleheads, and Brains. The games included Florgus Ball (Gorlocks vs. Humans), Mountain Menace (Needleheads vs. Humans), Greased Martain Toss (Needleheads vs. Brains), Can You Eat This (Humans vs. Needleheads), Obstacle Course Challenge (Humans vs. Brains), and Trivia Showdown (Humans vs. Gorlocks).

    • Meldar's first appearance.

    • Captain Betty is not an alien, so how would he get to a different planet? The same goes for the enlarged mithocondria. However, Captain Betty as an alien could be a joke.

    • The slide that Jimmy put into his machine was a picture of Nick. However, the machine projected Hugh next to the rock.

    • After Team Earth's second match, the scoreboard showed the Gorlocks in first place, the Brains in second, the Needleheads in third, and Earth in fourth place. However, the Needleheads had won their first two matches, so they should have at least been in second place, if not tied for first.

    • At the ending when Jimmy starts to reply to April's message rock, we can see that Cindy is yards away from Jimmy, storming off in the opposite direction, and doesn't seem to be changing course. However, as soon as the Candy Bar is out of view, we can hear Cindy yell, "All right that's enough!" while Jimmy protests, obviously implying that she launched the space rock back into space to prevent Jimmy's reply. How could she have changed course that quickly, run back approximately 25 yards, AND launch the space rock in the limited amount of time in which we hear Jimmy say (as to reply), "Dear April," let alone any of the above?

  • QUOTES (21)

    • (to the Brains team)
      Sheen: Take that, alien slime! Can you smell what the Earth is cookin'?

    • Hugh: Jimbo's right, kids. Having your planet blown up can ruin your whole week.

    • (Cindy talking to camera, about Jimmy)
      Cindy: Neutron's being a total butt-brain! I swear, if he gets the earth blown up our friendship is over!

    • Cindy: Oh, right, like I didn't just see you swapping alien spit! Not that I care...at all...

    • April: I don't understand, Jimmy Neutron. Is this pale, homely female your mate?
      Jimmy: Ewww!
      Cindy: Ewww! Homely?!

    • Bolbi: (whispers) Bolbi not wearing underpants (winks to the camera) (puts his vote in the jar).

    • (slide comes on, showing Sheen scuba diving in a toilet)
      Sheen: ...CARL!!!!

    • Jimmy: But General A, it's a message to us from space! I'm on the verge of translating it!
      General Ambercrombie: I don't care if you're gonna dress it up and take it slow dancing! It's strange and unfamiliar, so we have to destroy it!
      Jimmy: No offense, General, but you don't know what you're talking about!

    • (when Carl has to eat the Plutonian Gut Chunks)
      Jimmy: (glares at Cindy) Great. Don't listen to the guy who computed the torque spin - he lives in a sad little fantasy world.

    • Sheen: Uh, Jimmy? What the heck's wrong with our parents?
      Jimmy: Could be anything ... stress, lack of sleep, being turned into zombie aliens - either way, RUN!

    • Hugh: (inhales deeply) Oh, what a day! Morning, Wheezer! Morning, squirrel! Morning, two ton space rock hurtling down on my he--AAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!! (covers)

    • (after Jimmy engages the cloaking device on the space rock)
      Captain: Hey, where'd the space rock go? Oh, well. Men, back to the base for milk and cookies! Yeehaw!!

    • Cindy: Jimmy, as your new friend, may I say something?
      Jimmy: Of course.
      Cindy: It was your stupid brain power that got us into this!!

    • (after April insults Cindy about not being worthy of Jimmy as a mate)
      Cindy: You want a piece of me, girlfriend?!
      April: I thought you'd never ask!
      (Cindy and April start fighting)
      Sheen: (running over) Catfight! Catfight!
      Jimmy: Cindy, April, stop!
      Sheen: (grabbing Jimmy by the collar) Are you out of your MIND, dude?!?! I dream about girls fighting over me EVERY NIGHT! ... That, and swimming in a vat of pudding....

    • (after Sheen voted) (looks at camera)
      Sheen: Well, you know what they say, dude. You can fool all the people some of the times, but you can't fool the time and the people that leap and strut--forget it! DANG! (walks off)

    • Sheen: (talking to the camera) Yeah, I'll be honest with ya. This is a man's planet. Like I was sayin' to my chicky babe Libby earlier... (makes moves like he was riding a horse)"Cupcake," I said, "just sit back and let your big strong hunk of man take care of you, all right?" (makes a kissing motion as Libby comes up from behind)
      Libby: (annoyed) That's it! Stop the cameras! And you! Come with me! (grabs Sheen's ear)
      Sheen: Ow! Not so hard! I'm delicate....
      (Libby drags him off-screen)

    • Sheen: (covering his ears because of the Needleheads) Oh, man! I'm gonna run over there and get that mushroom just to shut them up! (to Libby) Check it out, babe! Cowabunga!! (runs to the entrance, where the monster inside the cave lights him on fire; runs back and hides behind Libby) Takes a real man to run that fast!
      Meldar: Nice try Sparky. But how about waitin' 'til I START THE GAME!

    • Jimmy: Non-geniuses can really make life difficult.
      Sheen: And how.
      Carl: Tell me about it.

    • Jimmy: (answering April's Warp Mail) "Dear April..."
      Cindy: Okay, that's enough!!
      Jimmy: Cindy, wait! No!
      (Cindy sends the unfinished Warp Mail off)

    • Carl: (while voting out Bolbi) I hope that once you get over the betrayal, you'll still come over for cookies....

    • Bolbi: Bolbi worship space rock...(makes meditative pose with hands) Bolbi spiritual...

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (33)

    • Sheen:Can you smell what the Earth is cooking?!

      This is a reference to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's famous quote during his wrestling days, "Can you smell what the Rock is cookin'?"

    • When April threatens Jimmy to not call her by her other name and to "call her April", this is a parody of Dot Warner not wanting to have nicknames in Animaniacs.

    • When the aliens were interviewing Sheen, you see Libby grab Sheen by the ear and drag him away from the camera after talking about her. This is very similar to Pokémon, when Misty drags Brock away by the ear whenever he flirts with a girl.

    • Space Rock: Letters

      The characters (letters) on the space rock are the same as Phoenician, a dead Semitic language with origins in Canaan.

    • Space Cable Channels: OMGLOL and ROFL

      The names are common laughing expresions. OMGLOL means 'Oh my God! Laughing Out Loud', and ROFL means 'Rolling On The Floor Laughing'.

    • Win, Lose, and Kaboom: Plot

      The plot of this movie is similar to an episode of Dave The Barbarian, "The Figar." It is also similar to an episode of Johnny Bravo, "Third Dork From The Sun."

    • Space Cable Channel : Planatery Discovery

      This is a spoof of The Discovery Channel.

    • Space Cable Channel:C-Spax

      This is an obvious spoof of C-Span.

    • Space Cable Channel: Nixelodecq

      This is an obvious spoof of Nickelodeon.

    • Space Cable Channel: ESPQKN

      This is obviously a spoof of the sports channel ESPN.

    • Hugh: Look at all these great shows! Laser Soccer from Regulon ... Who Wants to Marry a Yokian ... Studs!

      Studs was an early-'90s dating show hosted by Mark DeCarlo, who voices Hugh.

    • Music: "Blue Danube Waltz"

      The music that played while one of Meldar's robots twirled like a ballerina was Johann Strauss the Younger's "Blue Danube Waltz."

    • Meldar: (chanting) WOOF, WOOF, WOOF!

      This chant comes from The Arsenio Hall Show.

    • Riddle Stone: Rúns
      The stone that falls into the Earth's atmosphere in the begining contains special characters called rúns. A rún (pronounced "rune") is Anglo-Saxon for "magic symbol," and these are on the stone. More importantly, they have a strong similarity to the Dwarvish Rúns in the Lord of the Rings.

    • Meldar: I still control all that you see and hear!

      This is a reference to a line from the opening narration of The Outer Limits: "For the next hour, sit quietly, and we will control all that you see and hear."

    • Vandanna: It's the Antares Z class sedan with multi-warp star drive and optional cloaking device!

      The prize car appeared to be based on a Delorian, which was the car used in Back to the Future.

    • Music: Mission: Impossible

      The music that played while Jimmy, Cindy, Libby, Sheen, Carl, and Goddard were breaking into the military base was similar to the Mission: Impossible theme.

    • Jimmy: If the rock won't come to the lab, then the lab will come to the rock.

      This is taken from the saying "if the mountain will not come to Mohammed, Mohammed will go to the mountain."

    • Vandanna: Who wants to buy a vowel?!

      Vandanna is a take on Wheel of Fortune's Vanna White.

    • Meldar: (singing) There they are, the dominant life-forms! There they are, highly evolved.... The dreams of a million species who are smarter than granite can come true on some beautiful planet if they live to be the most dominant life-form of all, all, aaallllll!

      This is a spoof of the Miss America winning song.

    • Mountain Menace: Appearance

      The monster guarding the cave is like the "man-eating bunny rabbit" from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, right down to the spitting fire and eating people in one bite...

    • April and Cindy: (running up each other's feet and flipping backwards)

      This was a move done by Charlie's Angels.

    • Meldar: And by the way, you're fired.
      This is what Donald Trump says to the contestants he fires on his reality show, The Apprentice.

    • Libby: I don't think we're in Retroville anymore.

      This line is taken from Dorothy's famous line in Wizard of Oz and Wicked, "I don't think we're in Kansas anymore."

    • Meldar: Well done, Gorlock. Now, remember, the rules allow you one "lifeline" - someone from back home who can answer the question for you. Here's your question.

      The trivia show was a parody of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

    • Sheen: Can you smell what the Earth is cookin'?!

      This line is a spin on "Can you smell what The Rock is cookin'?!", a phrase made popular by the famous WWE wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

    • Hugh: Ooh, Andromeda 90210!

      This is a parody and a mixture of the titles of the popular 90's teen soap opera Beverly Hills, 90210 and the sci-fi action/adventure show Andromeda.

    • Carl: Please, sir, can I have some more?

      Carl is refrencing the famous book/movie/play Oliver Twist - this line is said by Oliver and is one of the most well known lines of the movie.

    • Wormhole Generator: Design

      The Wormhole Generator design was based off of the design of the Stargate from Stargate SG-1.

    • Meldar: Bad news, nitrogen-gulpers. As the last place team, you must now vote off one of your teammates.

      This voting off was a spoof of Survivor.

    • Sheen: What's Florgus Ball?

      This game is a parody of the famous wizard sport Quidditch, from Harry Potter.

    • Hugh: My favorite soap opera, General Post Office, has been cancelled!

      General Post Office is a parody of the soap opera General Hospital.

    • Title: Win, Lose And Kaboom

      This is taken from the game show Win, Lose or Draw.