The Spectacular Spider-Man

Season 1 Episode 7

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Apr 26, 2008 on Disney XD
9.4
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Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson go to the Midtown High Fall Formal. Meanwhile, the Green Goblin tries to take down L. Thompson Lincoln.

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  • Out of all the episodes in the last 2 seasons this is my favorite.

    10
    Peter and Mary Jane go to Midtown Highs Fall formal.

    Meanwhile J.Johna Jameson and John Jameson go to a fund riser haled by L. Thompson Lincoln when the Green Goblin attacks.Now of course Spider-man(Peter)has to leave The formal to try stop the Goblin's reign of terror.

    I have no idea why I love this one so much but every thing about it for me was awesome,from every one whirring suites and dresses to just the formal theme in general made it just the more enjoyable.I have not even talked about Mary Jane's and Harry's roll in the episode and I am not going to for spoilers sake.

    So watch it already,BEST EPISODE YET.moreless
  • Finally get to see a more accurate depiction of Mary Jane, plus The Green Goblin's first appearance.

    10
    Everyone's reaction to Peter's date, priceless. Especially since we get a mention of his bet with Flash.



    Though I feel bad for Gwen, good to see that she got a smile after seeing MJ with Flash in Peter's absence.



    Like everyone else, I'm certainly not a fan of Sally.



    Leaving Mary Jane to help Tombstone. I'd say this is my favorite example of The Parker Luck. Good thing that MJ takes Peter's departure well, and that he gets the last dance.



    Too bad that Harry was dumped, but at least Flash and the gang got a bit of karma. Don't dump the guy with the limo indeed.moreless
  • Peter Parker is forced to abandon his dream date at the school dance when a new villain, the Green Goblin, attacks Tombstone at a public event.

    10
    I loved everything about this episode. The dialogue is exceptionally well-done here. The exchange of quips between Green Goblin and Spiderman is as hilarious as their battles are thrilling. The great thing about this series is that it captures the spirit of the Spiderman from the comics better than any other screen adaptation I have seen. The Sam Raimi movies, for example, give you a touch of Spiderman's trademark fighting banter, but in this series Spidey goes all out. And, as in the comics, he occasionally uses his banter to goad his opponents into making careless mistakes. The Goblin is a delightfully twisted villain, somewhat reminiscent of--but more dangerous than--the Joker.moreless
  • On the night of the Midtown High Fall Formal, Peter Parker and his date Mary Jane Watson, enjoy the night. But when the Green Goblin tries to eliminate Tombstone, will Spider-Man be willing to take on this new challenge at the price of his date?moreless

    9.6
    This episode surprised me in many ways, not just the appearance of the Green Goblin, but the stunning ways this episode was well plotted, animated and written. As this episode continues from "The Invisible Hand", Peter and MJ are at Fall Formal. Meanwhile, Harry tries to make himself known with the A-Listers. However, Glorie Grant happens to unknowingly dump him and get back together with Kenny Kong. Seeing Harry's expression on his face when he saw his girlfriend cheat on him made me sad, and also puzzled me when they showed him drinking the "Gobulin Green" serum. Although, it's highly doubtful that Harry would become the Goblin before his father, since this show so far has been keeping it to the comics as much as possible.



    Green Goblin was just freaking awesome. When I had first seen his designs, I wasn't quite sure how he would turn out. But Steven Blum changed my mind after hearing his voicework with his insane laugh. Great dialogue for this incarnation. Probably some of the best quotes where when GG was fighting Spidey for the first time and convincing him to join alongside him. Perfect use of Goblin's insane personality with the voice. Bravo, Mister Blum!



    As for the other appearances:



    -Gwen Stacy & Eddie Brock

    I thought they made a cute couple at the dance. Gwen jumps to conclusions that Peter lied to her about not coming, while Eddie's looking angry as ever. (I sense more tension between him and Peter, and Venom buildup coming...)



    -J.J.J. & John Jameson

    Ah, the first good look at John Jameson. More hints at the upcoming Venom arc as J.J.J. mentions about him piloting a space shuttle mission. Good use from the 1994 series. Hopefully, we'll see more of him soon. As for J. Jonah Jameson, still brilliant work for his character: the loving father of John and the yappy dog-like, time pinching Bugle owner. Old J.J.J. has taken a spot as one of my fave characters in this incarnation as being the comic relief. (1994's Jameson ties up with Spectacular's anytime.)



    -Ned Lee

    A brief appearance, but a hint of what's happening with the Hobgoblin storyline with him. His investigation about Spider-Man's identity will be interesting once it starts to surface.



    -Mary Jane Watson

    Still growing used to her character, but it's only been one full episode with her, so we'll see later how that clears up. Do I sense a school transfer in the future? Loved how what she did to anger April after dancing with Randy. April's face was priceless...



    -Otto Octavius

    A very brief scene with him, but good foreshadowing of what's to become of his transformation into Doc Ock. "Look at yourself, Otto. You're afraid of your own shadow..." Otto's confidence is definitely going to grow in the next episode: "Reaction". I can't wait!



    Other things:



    -Animation

    As always, absolutely brilliant. GG and Spider-Man's fight scenes was especially the best of it all. Best scene was probably when GG did an awesome mind blowing backflip over a skyscraper in mid air and landed right back onto his Goblin Glider with no problems. With this being seen, Spider-Man responds, totally baffled: "Okay, wow. Just wow." Well said, Spidey...



    -Writing

    Totally excellent. Again, Green Goblin stole the show with some of the best lines:

    "What I want is your undying loyalty...or the dying kind."

    "Just the special fire and brimstone pumpkin bomb I left as a present for our Mister Lincoln. Any minute now, the creme de la creme of New York City is going to paint the town red! Well, the ballroom, anyway..."



    However, Spidey's snappy quips are good too, especially with his one that made me laugh so hard:

    "Sorry, I make it a rule not to partner with anyone green...or, you know, PSYCHOTIC."



    There are still links to be tied that leave viewers at the edge of their seat until next week:



    -Just who is the identity of the mysterious Green Goblin? Norman or Harry Osborn? -Will Tombstone confront Norman Osborn after tracing the Green Goblin's technology back to Oscorp?

    -How did Harry steal the "Gobulin Green" formula from Oscorp?

    -Will Gwen and Eddie confront Peter about what happened at the dance?

    -And will MJ become Peter's girlfriend?



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    After all that, great episode. Stay tuned for next week for Doc Ock's big appearance! (I know I will...)moreless
  • Green Goblin...Harry or Norman??

    9.8
    The episode was great, like usual. However, I have to say, I'm a bit confused. Like others have said, why would Harry become Green Goblin and go after Lincoln just because he lost his date? But, if he's not the Goblin, then why show us Harry drinking the formula if he's not the Goblin? I do believe that they should show a type of flashback in the next episode to explain how Harry came in possession of the formula to begin with. Although, I'm almost thinking that it's Lincoln who tries to sabatoge Osborne's lab, thus creating Doc Ock. Did you see the look on his face when he caught one of the Goblin's batarangs?moreless
Steven Jay Blum

Steven Jay Blum

Green Goblin

Guest Star

Daran Norris

Daran Norris

John Jameson

Guest Star

Andrew Kishino

Andrew Kishino

Kenny "King" Kong, Ned Lee

Guest Star

Peter MacNicol

Peter MacNicol

Dr. Otto Octavius

Recurring Role

Kevin Michael Richardson

Kevin Michael Richardson

Big Man, Tombstone

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (7)

  • QUOTES (21)

    • (Gwen Stacy and Eddie Brock watch as Mary Jane and Flash become the King and Queen of the dance)
      Gwen Stacy: Okay, I know it's totally petty, but seeing Peter's date curled alongside Flash... makes me smile.

    • Spider-Man: Ah, where are my manners? Here you come to terrorize the Tombster and I don't even say thank you. My only excuse is that you're also holding innocent people hostage, it's confusing to my poor Spider-brain.
      Green Goblin: Yes, quite the puzzler, but the Green Goblin has a solution: You and I join forces! Consider what we could accomplish by combining our powers. We could rule New York!
      Spider-Man: Are we talking Manhattan or all five? Nah, sorry. I make it a rule not to partner with anyone green... or psychotic.
      Green Goblin: Oh well, your loss... of life!

    • Green Goblin: May I see your invitation, Spider-Man? Otherwise, I'm afraid I'll have to ask you to leave.
      Spider-Man: Leave now? While table seven still needs horderves?

    • (After the hostages are freed and Green Goblin's henchmen are arrested)
      J. Jonah Jameson: Robbie, I got your headline: "Colonel John Jameson saves New York's Elite!"
      John Jameson: Dad, there could be an investigation that could scrub me from the mission!
      J. Jonah Jameson: (Groans) Robbie, scratch that headline. Give the credit... (Mumbles) To Spider-Man. To Spider-Man confound it! But fire Parker, the kid never showed up! What?! What do you mean he just e-mailed photos?!

    • Sally Avril: (Upon seeing Peter Parker with Mary Jane) Geeks like Parker do not get girls who look like her! I mean us!

    • (After saving the building from exploding, Spider-Man gets a small applause from Tombstone)
      Spider-Man: You know, an applause from you makes me wanna shower.
      Tombstone: Perhaps, but someone should point out that I offered you a handsome salary to do just the sort of thing you did tonight. And instead, you did the Big Man's business for free. That, my heroic friend, is what grownups call "irony."

    • Spider-Man: (Kicks the Green Goblin) That's for making me protect Tombstone.

    • (Gwen and Eddie see Peter and Mary Jane together)
      Gwen: He said he wasn't going... guess he meant he wasn't going with me.
      (Gwen walks away, sad, while Eddie glares at Peter)

    • Spider-Man: (After one of the Green Goblin's razor-bats slashes his costume) Hey, did I mess up your costume? Leave off the threads, Emerald Elf. And that's an order!
      Green Goblin: Ah, but the Green Goblin does not take orders from insects. The Green Goblin swats them to oblivion!
      Spider-Man: See, that's a common misconception. Spiders are actually arachnids.

    • Flash Thompson: How did Puny Parker end up with her?
      Gloria Grant: He cleans up well.

    • Tombstone: What do you hope to accomplish here tonight?
      Green Goblin: So the whole "wanting to destroy you and take over your empire" thing wasn't clear? Well, darn.

    • Spider-Man: (To Tombstone while searching for the bomb) I'm surprised you're sticking around.
      Tombstone: My party, my mess.

    • Spider-Man: (While webbing up Green Goblin) Now, what's so funny?
      Green Goblin: Just the special fire and brimstone pumpkin I left behind as a present for our Mister Lincoln. Any minute now, the creme de la creme of New York City is going to paint the town red! (Laughs) Well, the ballroom anyway...

    • Tombstone: Your timing is impeccable.
      Spider-Man: So, your latest superloser turned on you, Tomby?
      Tombstone: I don't know who he is, yet, but he's not in my employ.
      Spider-Man: That's okay, I can always pretend he's yours while I trounce him. I'll still feel all warm inside.

    • Flash Thompson: So, Parker, you actually got yourself a date. I mean, sure, Mary here's not the twenty year old you wanted to bring, but at least she's non-fictional. So I guess you win the bet. (Laughs)
      Mary Jane Watson: (To Peter) What'd you bet?
      Peter Parker: (Blushes) Loser dresses as a cheerleader for Halloween?
      Mary Jane Watson: (To Flash) Well, big boy, I hope you got the legs for the skirt.

    • Spider-Man: Okay, where's the dude with the nasty 'tude? (Dodges a sudden barrage of lasers from behind him)
      Green Goblin: Present and accounted for!

    • Spider-Man: (To the audience) The dictionary defines defenestration as the act of throwing a person or thing out a window. (Cut to Spider-Man being thrown out a window) Really not my favorite word...

    • Green Goblin: You know the old saying: if you can't join them, beat them!

    • Spider-Man: Okay, if I were an evil pumpkin, where would I hide?

    • Spider-Man: (Crawling through a hole in the window) Um, excuse me, is it alright for me to enter through here or do I have to break in my own window?

    • (Spider-Man falls with one web-shooter empty)
      Spider-Man: Don't panic Spidey, you still have one web-shooter left. (Uses it, finding out its empty) Okay, now you can panic!

  • NOTES (4)

    • Disney XD Premiere Date:
      April 20, 2009 @ 7:30pm (ET)

    • This episode can be seen on "The Spectacular Spider-Man: The Goblin Strikes!" DVD.

    • The costume of The Spectacular Spider-Man incarnation of Green Goblin seems based on the original appearance of the Green Goblin, with the addition of a pumpkin symbol on his stomach.

    • The Green Goblin
      Appearing as the Goblin in The Amazing Spider-Man #14 and as Norman Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man #37, the Green Goblin is best known as Spider-Man's archenemy. Working for years after his wife's death, pushing his son away in the process, Osborn creates a serum that gives him super strength and an insane personality. He becomes the Green Goblin, modeling himself after his childhood fear. Being the first to learn Peter's identity, he has caused many tragedies in Peter's life, such as the death of Gwen Stacy, his destroyed friendship with Harry and the disappearance of his unborn daughter.

  • ALLUSIONS (7)

    • Ray Charles:

      The musician playing the saxophone at Tombstone's party is modeled after the famous blind musician Ray Charles.

    • Green Goblin: You know the old saying: if you can't join them, beat them!
      A reverse parody of the old saying "If you can't beat them, join them."

    • Green Goblin: Keep our guests comfy, boys. I'll be back in a New York minute!

      A New York minute is the term given to a short period of time. The name comes from how New York people are so rushed and impatient.

    • Globulin Green #994:

      The number of the serum is based on the year 994 AD, the year that the title characters from the Gargoyles animated series live in at the start of the series.

    • DJ: Sean "Cheeks" Galloway

      The DJ shown at the Fall Formal resembles the artist for the character designs of the show, Sean "Cheeks" Galloway.

    • Green Goblin offering Spider-Man a chance to join forces with him is similar to that of the live-action movie, Spider-Man.

    • Spider-Man: Back off, Emerald Elf!

      Spider-Man's nickname for the Green Goblin, Emerald Elf, was used in the videogame adaptation for the live-action movie Spider-Man.

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