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Total Drama Island

Season 1 Episode 1

Not So Happy Campers (Part 1)

Aired Unknown Jul 08, 2007 on TELETOON
out of 10
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Not So Happy Campers (Part 1)
The twenty two contestants arrive at the island, are divided into teams and learn the rules of the competition they will be taking part in.

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  • An OK pilot of a show that continues to get better with each episode

    Plot Summary: Chris Maclean, the host of Total Drama Island, introduces the show, we meet the campers, they settle into their new teams, and the first challenge is revealed.

    I thought the pilot, as a stand alone episode, was not the best. However, this is very explainable because although this show is a reality show, it is also a cartoon show, which means that the viewer needs to feel more invested, in my opinion, to the characters. A pilot that spends half the episode introducing the characters sets up good things for later, but that does not mean that it is a good stand alone episode. The show reveals right off the bat who is comedy relief, who is a filler character, who is a protagonist, and who is a villan. There were a few good comedy sequences, including the cockroach, Chef's food crawling on the ground, and some of the camper's entrances. I could tell right away who the couples were going to be, and who the enemies were going to be. All the characters were unique in this episode, and it really managed to set up great things for later.moreless
  • This was an O.K start to Total Drama island but it could've been better,

    I thought this was an O.K start to Total Drama Island. Now i mean this review won't be long because there really isn't that much to say about this episode but it was just O.K pretty all that happened in this was that Chris did explain the rules we met the campers. I did lower the score because I did find this episode kind of boring and predicable. The funny parts was when Chris was explaining the rules at the very beginning, Harold saying to LeShawna "I've never met anyone so big and so Loud." and Justin's enterance was really funny. Duncan killing a bug with an axe was funny. The very ending was pretty funny as well. Well not that much funny parts so overall an ok episode 6.5/10.moreless
  • The campers hear about the challenges they will take place in.

    I'm gonna go straight to the point. This is a good episode of a heavenly show. This episode, I didn't think got well into the plot. No real rivalries start in it. Yes we get that Heather and Eva are mean. Bring on the drama! Still a good episode. It really brings out the likable and dislikable campers.

    This is what I got of it:

    Owen- Likable

    Harold- Somewhat Likable

    Ezikial- You Won't Remember Who He Is In a Month (Besides die-hard E fans as myself)

    Gwen- Dislikable and Likable at the Same Time

    Heather- Stone the Witch! It Burns, It Burns!

    Geoff- Plays it all coolio.

    Those are the ones that stood out the most.moreless
  • This is a very good pilot, the reason why I got into this series.

    Really great episode, where we meet all of the campers, Ezekiel, the homeschooled kid, Eva, the tough and strong girl, Noah, the know-it-all, Justin, the attractive, hot guy, Katie and Sadie, the annoying BFF's, Tyler, the jock that is not-so athletic, Izzy, the psycho girl, Cody, the geek who just wants a girl, Beth, the nerdy girl, Courtney, the C.I.T, Harold, the other nerd, Trent, the singer and laid back guy, Bridgette, the surfer chick, Lindsay, the dumb blonde, DJ, the scardy cat and a softy, Geoff, the party man, Leshawna, the sassy but sweet girl, Duncan, the juvenile delinquent, Heather, the jerk and main antagonist, Gwen, the goth girl, and last but not least, Owen, the overeating party dude. Not to mention Chris, the evil, narcissis host, and Chef, the chef (No duh :P) and assistant helper. Nothing memrable exept the cockroach incident (Cockroach:Help me!LOL) , but still a great episode, a two-parter, ending right before the challenge (DJ's a potty mouth :P). Overall great episode and series starter so watch it if you haven't!!! Webby OUT!!!moreless
  • pilot!!!

    The episode that started it all. 22 campers arrive on an island and learn they'll be staying on an abadoned summer camp for a few weeks. They're divided into two teams: The Killer Bass and The Screaming Gophers. Our friends learn they'll have to compete and strategize into order to stay on the island. Everyone wants to win the $100,000. Of course, as in every reality TV show, people get on each others nerves, alliences are formed, and people push each other's buttons.

    Hands down, this is one of the best shows on Cartoon Network in a long, long time. Hopefully, the show's quality will continue throughout its run on Cartoon Network (which I hope will be several years/seasons).


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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (22)

    • When Owen first arrives, he has a blue luggage bag with him, which is in the bottom right corner of the screen. After Owen speaks, Chris says something and there is a close up of his face. After Chris is done speaking, the scene goes back to the way it was and Owen's blue luggage bag disappears.

    • When Tyler wipes out in the beginning of the episode, he lands in a pile of luggage. Two of those bags of luggage have leopard print on them. Later, LeShawna comes with two leopard-print bags of luggage, which contradicts the previous scene.

    • It is never mentioned if the campers are competing to win $100,000 in Canadian or American dollars.

    • Near the end of the episode at the mess hall, Katie is sitting with the Killer Bass and Sadie is sitting with the Screaming Gophers. This should actually be reversed.

    • Before the start of the preview for the next episode, the line "Oh sh--(bleep)" is heard. In the Cartoon Network version, they edited out the line though the line is read in the closed-captioning.

    • When everyone is in the mess hall, Chef calls Owen "Fat boy". However, when this episode aired on the Cartoon Network, he call him "Big guy" instead.

    • Trent's shirt with the hand print switches from right to left multiple times during the episode.

    • When Harold first arrives at the camp, he asks, "So are you saying this show is at a crappy summer camp and not on some big stage or something?". But when this episode aired on the Cartoon Network, he calls the camp "Yucky" instead of "Crappy".

    • In the mess hall scene, Chef tells Harold, "You'll get a whole lot of shut the heck up!". But on the Cartoon Network version, he says, "You'll get a whole lot of sit your butt down now!"

    • In the Teletoon version of this episode, when Chris talks about the communal bathrooms, Lindsay says, "Commual bathrooms? But I'm not Catholic." and Chris says, "Not communion, communal". In the Cartoon Network version, Lindsay says, "Where's the spa? I'm confused" and Chris says, "Wow, that's a shocker".

    • The final scene where DJ swears at the sight of the cliff was cut from the Cartoon Network broadcast of this episode.

    • Gwen says "So far this stinks" instead of "So far this sucks" when this episode aired on the Cartoon Network.

    • When this episode first aired on the Cartoon Network, the scene where Heather says, "Drop dead, you skeez" to Duncan was edited from the Canadian airing. Instead of a skeez, she calls him a goof.

    • When Katie asks DJ what he thinks their first challenge will be, she has Sadie's voice.

    • According to Chris, all of the campers are sixteen years old.

    • Before the beginning of the episode, there is a sign shown that is read by Chris that says:

      This episode of TDI contains extreme stunts performed by animated teens. Do not try any of what you see here at home. Seriously, you could get really messed up.

      This is shown during every episode in the Canadian airings.

    • The only campers who don't arrive with luggage were Courtney, Heather, Izzy, Ezekiel, Tyler, Justin and Cody.

    • This is the only two-parter episode in the series so far.

    • The first campers to use the confessional were Gwen, Lindsay and Owen.

    • Here is the order of the campers that arrived on the island:

      1. Beth
      2. DJ
      3. Gwen
      4. Geoff
      5. Lindsay
      6. Heather
      7. Duncan
      8. Tyler
      9. Harold
      10. Trent
      11. Bridgette
      12. Noah
      13. LeShawna
      14 and 15. Katie and Sadie
      16. Ezekiel
      17. Cody
      18. Eva
      19. Owen
      20. Courtney
      21. Justin
      22. Izzy

    • When Chris is introducing the campers, he says that Trent was the ninth person to arrive, when actually he was the tenth.

    • The campers are split into two teams: the Killer Bass and the Screaming Gophers.

  • QUOTES (34)

    • Chris:Hey Gwen.
      Gwen: You mean we're staying here?
      Chris: No, you're staying here. My crib's in airstream with A/C that-a-way.

    • (Duncan slices a cockroach in half with an ax)
      Gwen: That's one way to kill a cockroach.
      Tyler: (to Lindsay) If you ever see one like that again, just let me know. Because, you know, I can do that too. (Lindsay smiles at him)
      Duncan: They always go for the jocks.

    • Harold: (after being informed he's a Bass) Awesome. It's like...AMAZING.

    • (Eva drops her bag on Cody's foot, he starts hopping around)
      Cody: Ow! What's in there, dumbbells?
      Eva: Yes.
      Duncan: (to DJ) She's all yours, man.

    • Tyler: (to Gwen) At least you don't have to share a bunk with him. (points at Duncan who's giving a noogie to a deer)

    • Duncan: Excuse me, what would the sleeping arrangements be? Because I'd like to request a bunk under her. (points to Heather)

    • Noah: Nice piercings Mr. Original. Do them yourself?
      Duncan: (grabs Noah's lip and takes out a hair pin) Sure, you want one?
      Noah: Uhh, no, thanks. Can I have my lip back, please? Thanks.

    • Izzy: (on the boat) Hi, Chris, Hi. (she falls off the boat, bonks her chin off the docks and falls in the water)
      Tyler: Ha ha! That was bad...
      Courtney: You guys, she could be seriously hurt. (she pulls Izzy out of the water)
      Izzy: That felt so...good! Except for hitting my chin. Is this summer camp? That is so cool! Do you have paper mache here? Are we eating lunch soon?
      Owen: That is a good call!

    • Chris: Here comes Courtney.
      (Courtney comes off the boat and Chris takes her by the hand)
      Courtney: Thank you. Hi, you must be the other contestants. It's really nice to meet you all.
      Owen: (shakes Courtney's hand) How's it goin'? I'm Owen.
      Courtney: It's nice to meet you,Ow...(sees Justin arrive)...wow!

    • Chris: Beth, what's up?
      (Beth runs up and gives Chris a hug)
      Beth: It's so incredulous to meet you. Wow, you're much shorter in real life.
      Chris: Uh, thanks.

    • Geoff: Dude, could we order a pizza? (Chef throws a knife at the wall, scaring Geoff) It's okay, man. Digging the brown goop.

    • Chris: Cody. The Codester. The Codemeister.
      Cody: Dude, psyched to be here, man. I see the ladies have already arrived. Alright. (tries to say something to LeShawna but she stops him)
      LeShawna: Save it, short stuff.

    • Duncan: Nice board. This isn't Malibu, honey.
      Bridgette: I thought we were going to be on a beach.
      Chris: We are. All right, that makes..(Bridgette bonks him on the head with her board) Ow! Darn it, that hurt!

    • Katie: What do you think they'll make us do?
      DJ: It's our first challenge. How hard can it be? (cut to a scene where the campers are on top of a huge cliff) Oh, (bleep).

    • Chris: Time to meet our first eleven campers. We told them they would be staying at a five star resort, so if they look a bit T.O'd, that's probably why.

    • Chef: Listen up. I serve it three times a day and you will eat it three times a day. So grab your plates, get your food and sit your butts down now!

    • Chris: Just so you know, we picked you based entirely on your looks.
      Justin: I can deal with that.

    • Katie: I've got to live with Sadie or, I'll die.
      Sadie: And I'll break out in hives. It's true.

    • Chris: Sadie, Katie, welcome to your new home for the next eight weeks.
      Katie: Oh, my gosh. Sadie, look, it's a summer camp.
      Sadie: Okay, I always wanted to go to summer camp. EEEEEEEE!

    • Owen: Hey, guys, listen up. I've got something very important to say. (farts)

    • Geoff: Chris MacClean! What's up, man? It's great to meet you, man.
      Chris: The Geoffster! Welcome to the island, man.
      Geoff: Thanks, man.
      Gwen: If they say "man" one more time, I'm gonna puke.

    • Duncan: I don't like surprises.
      Chris: Yeah, your parole officer warned me about that, man. He also told me to give him a holler anytime and have you sent back to juvie.
      Duncan: Ok, then.

    • DJ: Yo, man, are you sure this is the right place? Where's the hot tub at?
      Chris: Yo, dawg, this is it. Camp Wawanakwa.
      DJ: Looked a lot different on the application form.

    • Owen: I like your pants.
      Justin: Thanks, man.
      Owen: Because they look all worn out. Did you buy them like that?
      Justin: No, I just had them for a while.
      Owen: Oh, cool. (to himself) Stupid!

    • Chris: Ezekiel. What's up, dude?
      Ezekiel: I think I see a bird.
      Chris: Okay, look, dude, I know you don't get out much. Been home schooled your whole life, raised by freaky prarie people, just don't say much and try not to get kicked off too early, okay?
      Ezekiel: Yes, sir.
      Gwen: Wow...that's just...Wow.

    • Heather: I'm calling my parents. There is no way you can keep me here.
      (Chris holds up the contract Heather signed.)

    • Lindsay: Excuse me, Kyle? Can I have the cabin with the lake view since I'm the prettiest?
      Chris: Well, you are, but that's not how it works. And It's Chris.

    • Noah: Is this where we're staying?
      Duncan: No, it's your mother's house and we're throwing a party.

    • Trent: Hey, good to meet you, man. I saw you on that figure skating show. Nice work.
      Chris: Thanks, man! I knew I rocked that show.
      Beth: I saw that. One of the guys dropped his partner on her head. So they got immunity that week.
      Harold: Lucky! I hope I get dropped on my head.
      Lindsay: Me, too.

    • Gwen: I did not sign up for this.
      Chris: Actually, (holds up a contract) you did.
      (Gwen takes contract, rips it up and throws it in the water)
      Chris: The great thing about Lawyers, is they make LOTS of copies.
      Gwen: I am not doing this.
      Chris: K, but I hope you can swin, 'cuz your ship has just sailed.
      (the boat has already left the island)
      Gwen: Jerk!

    • Harold: I've never seen a girl like you in real life before.
      LeShawna: Excuse me?
      Harold: You're real big...and loud.

    • Harold: So you mean this show is at a crappy summer camp and not on some big stage or something.
      Chris: You got it,
      Harold: Yes! That is so much more favourable to my skills.

    • Noah: Did you get my memo about my life threatening allergies?
      Chris: I'm sure someone did.

    • Lindsay: You look so familiar.
      Chris: I'm Chris MacClean, the host of the show.
      Lindsay: That's where I've seen you from.

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