The Penguins of Madagascar

Season 2 Episode 1

The Red Squirrel

Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Mar 13, 2010 on Nicktoons Networks



  • Trivia

    • Goof: When the penguins minus Private are laughing, you can clearly hear Kowalski say "Touche" but he doesn't actually say it because he's too busy laughing.

  • Quotes

    • Skipper: That voice... That steely gaze.
      Rockgut: You sugar puffs gonna stand there? Spill your tater tots. Where's the red squirrel?
      Skipper: The red squirrel. Then you really are... Special agent Buck Rockgut.
      Kowalski: The Buck Rockgut?
      Private: Um, is that - is that some famous, then?
      Skipper: Sweet ignorant Private, Buck Rockgut is our greatest american penguin hero. I've patterned my whole life after rotgut.
      Kowalski: The bird who brought down penguin enemy number one: The red squirrel and may I say, it is honor, sir.
      Rockgut: 86 the kiss-up, fauntleroy. let's get to brass tacks. I caught the squirrel, all right, but big red broke out, disappeared in the underground. so that's what I did too. 47 years I've been down in this bunker, waiting for the red squirrel to show his fluffy tail again. 47 years.
      Private: 47 years?
      Rockgut: 47 years!
      Private: Do you think the red squirrel would have shown up by now?
      Skipper: Private.
      Rockgut: College boy, huh? You see that bunker door? It only open when the red squirrel returns. Is it open now, dough boy?
      Private: Yes.
      Rockgut: Then red is back and you four lollipops are gonna help me find him.

    • Skipper: What happened? I thought we mapped this tunnel.
      Kowalski: I'm not sure. This wall shouldn't be...a vintage pass code lock.
      Skipper: Excellent work, Kowalski. But can you open it?
      Kowalski: Well, it is state of the art hyper encryption technology... from 1963. Nailed it.
      Skipper: Move in cautiously, men. Rico, ominous background music.

    • Skipper:: Kowalski, progress report.
      Kowalski: Nearing completion on escape tunnel 15, Skipper.
      Private: Isn't that being overly cautious?
      Skipper: Even better. It's full-blown paranoia!
      Private: No, I mean, we already have 14 escape tunnels. Isn't that enough?
      Skipper: Manfredi and Johnson thought so. What was left of them came back in a manila envelope.
      Kowalski: From Manila, ironically.
      Skipper: There's no such thing as "too paranoid", Private. Remember that and forget you ever heard it.
      Private: Um, I don't think that works the way you think it...
      Skipper: Eyes on the flippers.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • The entire episode is an allusion to the U.S.'s raving paranoia of Communism and specifically Communists spying on or infiltrating to try to take over America. The word "Red" was very often used to describe Communism, and the "Red Scare" describes exactly this event in America during and after the Cold War. This is also carried on when the general enlists the penguins, who are usually good and reasonable, and he makes them believe their friends are spies and attack them.