Total Drama Island

Season 2 Episode 1

Monster Cash!

Aired Unknown Jan 11, 2009 on TELETOON
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Episode Summary

The season starts with the castmates looking for the actor trailers while avoiding capture by a giant monster.

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  • meh

    I was very disappointed with this episode, the only bad episode of this season (so far). It is the "pilot" episode of TDA, and pilots usually aren't the best episodes. Also, some characters I loved (Cody, Noah) didn't make it. Other characters I hate (Justin, Beth, Lindsay) did. Also, Geoff and Bridgette (who I like but are better off hosting the TDA Aftermath) were making out the WHOLE time, which was pretty annoying. On the plus side, I loved the idea of a monster chasing everyone and trying to capture them before they got to their trailers. Plus, Izzy and the monster dating (LOL). Overall, one of the worst episodes of TDA/TDI so far.moreless
  • A good start to a (hopefully) great season.

    Starter episodes are always kinda slow and boring, and this episode was no exception. I don't get why they felt the need to focus on the characters personalities so much..if you're watching the show this season, you probably watched it last there's really no reason to introduce them...right? One of the things that annoyed me was the fact that they felt the need to focus on Owen, last years winner. I also don't get why the monster couldn't pick him up (probably an excuse to get him more screen time...c'mon it picked up DJ, Trent, Gwen, and I forget who else, all them together weigh A LOT more than 296 pounds...) he got all the screen time, when people like Harold for example (who have actual FANS) got only one line. There were some funny moments in this episode, and I mean funny moments, not "Oh, that's funny right now moments..." I watched re-runs of this twice, and still laughed at the same parts, props for that. Another thing that annoyed me was the constant making out of Geoff and Bridgette, didn't that annoy everyone?! One of my fave lines in this episode was "I don't think this is the kinda 'action' Chris had in mind." Way to tell them. Even without the spoilers I think it's obvious who goes home tomorrow night. Overall a good episode, not great, or awesome, or fantastic like I expected, but the season has promise, and will only get better over time...moreless
  • A good start

    The first episode of Total Drama Action! The 2nd seasn of the mega popular. Show Total Drama Island! I think this was a god start of the 2nd season. It picks off right where it leaved off at on Total, Drama, Drama, Drama, Drama Island. The returning cast is now no longer on a island. But now on an abandoned movie studio lot in Toronto, Ontario. The characters are still pretty much the same as they were in Total Dama Island. Gwen and Trent are still dating, Geoff and Bridgette are still dating. Harold is still in love with Leshawna. And everyone still hates Heather! The only thing is Jsutin talks alot more now. I think Total Drama Action will be a good season!

    I rate this episode of Total Drama Action a 8.5!moreless
  • Wow,it's a perfect episode.

    It was so great that the opening was even better and I love movies.I even loved it when Owen was eating all of that food and then he throws one of the foods.I even liked it of how he ate the biskets.I will see the next episode where they make fun of Alien.This is even better than Total Drama Island.I mean,it's so awesome than the other season and I can't believe that I saw this yesterday.Well,I will watch the next episode of Total Drama Action and it will be even sweeter than this episode.I love this season and show too.moreless
  • Season Two, Episode 0201.

    Chris McLean is taking fourteen casemates Owen, LeShawna, Beth, Lindsay, Izzy, Heather, Duncan, Trent, Gwen, Bridgette, Geoff, DJ, Harold and Justin to a film lot to do various challenges to complete with each other to win another million dollars. Chris explain the casemates about the film lot and the last person will receive another million dollars like last season.

    I really like this episode it was great start for a new season with all the characters expressions, developed and the animation looks absolutely three-dimensional to me which is a good thing. Chris is once again a antagonist like last season tricking the casemates into doing a challenge and making Chef do all the hard work wearing a motion-sensitive suit to controls the monster. That's Chris for ya!

    Geoff and Bridgette needs to get room, seriously. They'll probably get eliminated on the next episode you'll never know. Owen and his eating skills scene was marvelous funny. It was sad that he just ate foamcore, silicone, sawdust and wax LOL I would never do that even is the food do look delicious. It was great episode and I did enjoy watching TDA on Cartoon Network! Can't wait for episode 0202!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

    • According to the TDI Blog, while on the table Owen was originally supposed to tell everyone he's fine. However, Scott McCord (who voices Owen) blurted out "Nope, call 911." The production crew found it so funny that they kept it for the episode.

    • Goof: When the monster drops Leshawna and Harold in the bounce house, the backgrounds of Gwen and Trent can be briefly seen inside the bounce house instead of Bridgette and Geoff.

    • Owen wins the second challenge for the guys team.

    • In the French version "Defis Extremes: Action", the studio is said to be near Montreal, which makes no sense due to the view of the CN tower in the background, as the CN tower is in Toronto.

    • We learn that the film studio that the contestants are at is in Toronto.

    • Chef is shown being able to carry Trent, Beth, Gwen, and DJ at once, who weigh well over Owen's weight), but can't carry Owen as mentioned earlier in the series.

    • The music playing in the background when Owen is eating all the food is the music for the "You've got to eat" song first heard in Brunch of Disgustingness.

    • Instead of an outhouse, the confessional for this season is in a make-up trailer.

    • The only contestants not seen in the confessional in this episode were Beth, Heather, DJ and Trent.

    • Heather is seen wearing her wig in this episode, but when the campers run off the cart, she is shown with the hair she had from the first season.

    • Goof: Chef controls the monster using an optical motion capture ("MoCap") suit, which is a black body suit with small reflective balls or LEDs attached to the joints, which are tracked by cameras. Chef's MoCap suit has force feedback but a real MoCap suit has no electronics and would not have feedback.

  • QUOTES (27)

    • (in the confessional)
      Owen: Maybe the monster won't look for me in here. I love Izzy. Not like love, love, but I think she's amazing. I just wish she'd notice me, and not that dumb monster. How can I compete with it? Sure, we're both big, and we both eat a lot, but it's really tall.

    • Owen: (looks at the contestant trailers) I choose...the squished one.
      (the rest of the guys groan and complain)

    • Owen: (after Chef offers him some bicarbonate soda) Don't worry, I'm cool. My mom says I have a gut like a goat. (his stomach gurgles) Nope, call 911.

    • (in confessional)
      Justin: Last year, I wasn't really a contender but this year...this year will be different! I may be a pretty boy on the outside but in here (thumps chest) there's a man filled with rage who's in this thing to win and mark my words, I will stop at nothing so no one better stand in my way cuz I will make sure they don't, uhhh, stand in my way for long! Ok? (looks in mirror handed to him) Ahhh, perfection....

    • (in the confessional)
      Geoff: Way to find the key dude. I use to think Owen was just some party dude, but he's really a stand up guy. Party on!

    • (in the confessional)
      Duncan: Do you see that? The dude ate foam core and wax! Full props for that, man.

    • Geoff: This chow looks like something out of a commerical.
      Lindsay: Oh, can I star?

    • Duncan: How did you manage to escape?
      Izzy: The monster and I had a romantic date. He doesn't take "no" for an answer. Pretty crazy, I can't even tell you guys.

    • Owen: (out of breath) I... surrender.
      Chef: Kid really needs to lay off those cheese puffs.

    • Lindsay: (as the monster roars at Heather) You tell her. We don't like her.

    • LeShawna: (as the monster picks her up) Easy now. This booty is breakable.

    • LeShawna: C'mon, string bean, I hope you can run. We got a challenge to win.
      Harold: If I wanted to, I could run as fast as a prong horned antelope. It's the fastest land mammmal next to the cheetah.

    • Gwen: This challenge isn't so bad. What? No explosions? No burning buildings? No bears?
      Trent: Maybe it's not in the budget.
      (A building burns up in front of them and a bear comes out chasing them)
      Chris: I thought the bear was tranquilized and returned to it's handler.
      Chef: Had one day left on his contract.
      Chris: Nice.

    • Gwen: How are we supposed to find the actors trailers anyway?
      Justin: Follow the good looking people.
      Beth: Yeah, follow Justin.

    • (in confessional)
      LeShawna: (referring to Owen) Know what that boy has? Guts. Guts full of foam core and rubber, but guts just the same.

    • (in confessional)
      Owen: My mom says I eat when I'm upset...and happy and tired...not to mention bored, gassy, morose, joyous, comatose, semi-conscious, avuncular..(laughs)..avuncular.

    • (an exhausted Owen collapses in front of the inflatable tent)
      Trent: It took ten and a half hours to walk three city blocks?
      DJ: That's just sad, man.

    • (in confessional)
      Owen: Boy, am I ever glad I didn't go on that diet! (laughs) Being big can really have its advantages. You know, like, uhh, when you're trying not to, uhh, be captured by an animatronic monster for example. That's just off the top of my head.

    • (in confessional)
      Justin: I'm not just another gorgeous face and abs and butt and shoulders, ok? I'm also a master strategist and this year, I'm in it to win it!

    • LeShawna: (sarcastically) Worried we might cut into your early morning makeout session (makes kissing noises)
      Bridgette: Yes...kind of.

    • Harold: (to LeShawna as the two are falling) I love you!
      LeShawna: Say what, now?

    • Trent: Beth, you got your braces off. Nice.
      Justin: Hot as ever. (looks at his reflection in Beth's teeth)

    • Chris: And action! (nobody moves) Uh, that means "Go".

    • (Trent, Gwen, Beth and DJ are being chased by a monster)
      Trent: Everyone follow me!
      Gwen: (in confessional) That's what makes Trent such a great boyfriend. He's always thinking of others. That's one of the things I love about him.
      (Trent runs off and Gwen and Beth follow. DJ stands back, afraid of the monster. Trent notices and pulls him away)
      Trent: It's ok, big guy. I got ya!
      (Trent and DJ push through a door and everyone realizes it's just a studio)
      Trent: You mean, everything around here is fake?
      Gwen: (in confessional) That and Trent's exceptional powers of observation.

    • Duncan: (seeing Geoff and Bridgette making out) Ummm, I don't think this is the kind of 'action' Chris had in mind.
      (in confessional)
      Bridgette: What was I thinking? Duncan is so right. I like Geoff but, hello, I'd also like a million bucks.
      Geoff: Duncan's right. Time to get our head in the game. Booyah!
      (the two proceed to make out in the confessional)

    • (in confessional)
      Gwen: The gilded Chris? (scoffs) What a narcissist! Don't get me wrong, I still want one.

    • Heather: Step off!
      Gwen: You step off!
      (both growl at each other)

  • NOTES (4)


    • The Wedding Crashers

      Izzy: Thanks for the date, baby! Don't ever leave me. Cause I'd find you!

      Izzy's quote is a reference to the movie The Wedding Crashers, a 2005 comedy film starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn.