The Spectacular Spider-Man

Season 1 Episode 11

Group Therapy

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM May 31, 2008 on Disney XD



  • Trivia

    • This is the first episode where Gwen Stacy doesn't appear.

    • Doctor Octopus calls Electro by his full name, Maxwell, in this episode.

    • Peter has a more muscular physique in this episode. This is most likely due to the Symbiote's effect on him.

    • In the comics, the Symbiote had no true effect on Peter (aside from giving him organic webbing, the ability to change his appearance and take over his body when unconscious). In the Spider-Man: The Animated Series, it was reimagined as increasing his power and make him more aggresive and vicious. The Spectacular version is shown to be a mix of all incarnations.

    • Aunt May's heart attack is borrowed from a plot in the Amazing Spider-Man# 17, which was her first near death experience in the comics.

    • This is the first episode where the red and blue Spider-Man suit isn't seen.

    • The white spider-symbol on Spider-Man's chest is altered in this episode.

    • Much like the original Sinister Six, Doctor Octopus is presented as the leader of the group.

  • Quotes

    • Peter Parker: (Reads paper) Spidey stops Sinister Six? Photos by Peter Parker? I don't remember any of this. It's like I slept through the whole fight. This wasn't me wearing the suit, it was the suit wearing my body. This alien, it's some kind of symbiote. Still, what do we care? The six were put down hard, Parker gets paid for the photos, what else matters?

    • Mary Jane Watson: Pete, where have you been? Your aunt...
      Peter Parker: Sush. She's still asleep upstairs.
      Mary Jane Watson: No, Peter, he had a heart attack last night. She should be okay, but she's in the hospital.

    • Robbie: Update from Time Square. Plenty of property damage, no serious injuries. But one elderly woman had a heart attack.
      Jameson: Well give me a name Robbie. The people want to know who to pity.
      Robbie: May Parker.
      Betty: (Gasps) That's Peter's Aunt May. I have to call him.
      Jameson: (Sympathetic) No, no, I'll call Peter myself.

    • Sandman: A sandwich? This is joke, right? Raw silicates only, Toomes! I don't eat food no more!
      Vulture: Just save room for dessert: Spider-Man, a la mode!

    • Shocker: Well Doc, you was right. Guess some folk are just too dumb to live.

    • (After the Sinister Six finish dinner in the restaraunt they hold captive and come up with a plan to lure Spider-Man)
      Doctor Octopus: Check please.
      Waiter: (Frightened) Um, on the house sir?
      Doctor Octopus: How kind of you... and wise.

    • Doctor Octopus: (To Spider-Man) Your new suit interests me, arachnid. I'm going to enjoy peeling it away from you for further study.

    • Spider-Man: Only Six, huh? What happened, Lizard and Goblin had Knicks tickets?

    • Mary Jane Watson: (To Eddie Brock) Pete may not be perfect, but whatever his faults, he's twice the man you'll ever be.

    • Spider-Man: Ah, Rhino. I knew no prison was wide enough to hold you.
      Rhino: "Wide enough". Yeah, funny.
      Spider-Man: Wow, I knew they taught trades in the slammer, but a sense of humor?

    • (The Sinister Six unites)
      Doctor Octopus: Now arachnid, any last words?
      Spider-Man: Homina, homina, homnina comes to mind...

  • Notes

    • Aunt May said her right arm hurt before she fell down. It was later discovered she had a heart attack. However the way males & females have heart attacks are differant. Males feel a pain in their right arm, women do not.

    • Disney XD Premiere Date:
      May 18, 2009 @ 9:00pm (ET)

    • This is the first episode of the series to premiere on The CW4Kids.

    • The lineup of the Sinister Six of "The Spectacular Spider-Man" is almost the exact same as the first group in the comics. The only difference is that Shocker and Rhino replace Mysterio and Kraven the Hunter since those two haven't debuted yet.

    • The Sinister Six
      The first Sinister Six appeared in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1. Doctor Octopus united five of Spider-Man's most dangerous enemies together. After some like Doctor Doom and Green Goblin rejected, Doc Ock was left with The Vulture, Mysterio, Electro, Sandman and Kraven the Hunter. Later incarnations replaced some with other villains. Other versions of the group include the Sinister Seven and the Green Goblin's Sinister Twelve, the largest gathering of Spider-Man villains.

      In the 1990's Spider-Man series, the Sinister Six was was initially composed of Doctor Octopus, Rhino, Shocker, Scorpion, Chameleon and Mysterio. The latter was eventually replaced by the Vulture later in that series.

  • Allusions

    • At the start of the episode, Aunt May is watching a news report that states "...making this the third time the singer's baby was found driving her car." This is most likely an allusion to Britney Spears, who had her young baby sit in her lap while driving.

    • Mrs. Watson: ... was just hilarious as Falstaff.

      Falstaff is a fictional character in a number of Shakespeare's plays, tipping off the audience of the kind of play Mrs. Parker and Mrs. Watson were going to see. Furthermore, the sign above the theater provides the play's title: The Merry Wives of Windsor.

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