Transformers Animated

Season 1 Episode 2

Transform and Roll Out, Part II

Aired Saturday 8:00 AM Dec 26, 2007 on Cartoon Network
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Transform and Roll Out, Part II
Optimus Prime and the Autobots continue to fight off Megatron and the evil Decepticons. Eventually, the team assumes heroic roles in Detroit City.

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  • good episode

    Optimus Prime and the Autobots continue to fight off Megatron and the evil Decepticons. Eventually, the team assumes heroic roles in Detroit City. The Autobots battle Starscream, but being inexperienced none of them are a match for him alone. He explains that he is the one who defeated Megatron by overloading his circuitry, telling the Autobots that they don't deserve the title of "hero". He begins firing on the humans who run to the train for cover. When Starscream fires a shot that threatens to hit Sari, Bumblebee jumps in the way, taking the full brunt of the blast! He tells the Autobots they have one Mega-Cycle to bring the Allspark to him or he will destroy the train and his hostages including Sumdac and Bumblebee. The Autobots decide to execute a plan by Sari to distract Starscream using the Allspark while Prowl and Sari sneak the hostages out. Sari uses her key to reactivate Bumblebee. With Sari still inside, the train almost goes over the edge of a building but Prowl and Bumblebee manage to hold it in place, that is until Starscream blasts them from behind! Bumblebee gets Sari out of the train while Prowl keeps it from hitting anyone below. Soon, the Autobots play a game of "keep away" with the Allspark, passing it to each other to keep out of his hands. This only works temporarily until he blasts Optimus and takes the Allspark! He begins utilizing its energy to destroy everything around him. Optimus grabs one end and he and Starscream wind up playing a tug of war with it. Eventually the casing opens, causing an energy surge that sends Starscream packing but also critically damages Optimus Prime. Sari uses her Key and the Allspark to bring Optimus back to life. The Autobots quickly set to work to fix the damage done by the latest battle. Inside Sumdac's personal lab, he regrets not being able to tell Detroit's heroes the truth behind his robotics empire: the disassembled form of a Decepticon known as Megatron! stars on this episode: David Kaye (Optimus Prime), Bumper Robinson (Bumblebee), Bill **** (Bulkhead), Corey Burton (Ratchet), Jeff Bennett (Prowl, Captain Fanzone), Tara Strong (Sari Sumdac), Tom Kenny (Isaac Sumdac) Guest Star: David Kaye (Firefighter, Technician #1), Corey Burton (Dispatcher), Bill (Technician #2), Tara Strong (Boy, Teletraan I), Tom Kennymoreless
  • Autobots to Earth

    After Megatron boards the Autobot ship in hopes of obtaining the Allspark, Optimus has to think fast to save his crew, but an explosion decimates Megatron, as well as the Autobot ship, hurtling them towards a portal that thrusts them into Earth's atmosphere. Megatron falls short, and is found by a boy who was watching the stars, while the Autobots speed to the depths of Lake Erie, where they engage in cryostasis.

    50 years later, an experiment at Sumdac tower goes awry and escapes, while merging with electronic equipment to increase its mass. However, the Police Chief of Detroit orders they try to blow it up, but to no avail, however a piece of the creature enters the Autobot ship and forces the ship to lift the cryostasis so the Autobots can cleanse their ship. A drone is sent to scout the area, while Ratchet begins to figure out what the substance is, and the Autobots scan a few vehicles to blend into their surroundings: Optimus becomes a firetruck; Ratchet, an ambulance; Bumblebee turns into the Police Chiefs car; Bulkhead transforms into an army truck; and Prowl assumes the identity of a motorcyle. As the Autobots (minus Ratchet) begin to battle the creature, Bulkhead gets his wrecking ball stuck in the creature, which Prowl cuts off, and is soon absorbed himself. Ratchet manages to create a solution, but the only way to apply it is to use it from the inside, so Bumblebee is sent into it. Just when it looks like the Autobots are doomed, the cure kicks in and reduces the nanobot to dust, thus saving the day, and with the help of Bumblebee's friends Sari, heroes.moreless
David Kaye

David Kaye

Firefighter, Technician #1

Guest Star

Bill Fagerbakke

Bill Fagerbakke

Technician #2

Guest Star

Corey Burton

Corey Burton


Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Character(s) Introduced:
      Captain Fanzone

    • When the recon bot is scanning vehicles for the Autobots, everyone's vehicles are the same colors as themselves except Bulkhead's, which is black and gray.

    • In his pre-Earth form, Bumblebee's shape resembles some elements of G1 Bumblebee's pre-Earth "flying saucer car" mode. These elements disappear once he is reformatted.

    • The alternate modes the Autobots take on:
      Optimus Prime- Fire Truck
      Bumblebee- Police modified sports car
      Prowl- Police Motorcycle
      Ratchet- Ambulance
      Bulkhead- Armored Truck

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Sari: (about the Autobots) So... can we keep 'em?

    • Captain Fanzone: (about the Autobots) I want their names. I want their badges. I... (sees Prowl and Bumblebee) Where are the drivers? How is my car driving itself?!

    • (after Sumdac's speech)
      Optimus Prime: And to think, Ultra Magnus told me not to be a hero.

    • Sari: (About the Transformers) It's okay, they're friendly. Well most of them... the red and white one is grumpy!

    • Optimus Prime: (About Sari) How did you get down here?
      Bumblebee: Um... it followed me home. Can I keep it?

    • (The Autobots go underwater)
      Sari: Uh... am I gonna be able to breathe down here?
      Bumblebee: Oh, sure, sure... what's "breathe"?

    • Prowl: Wh-What happened?
      Optimus Prime: Your teamates just saved your curcuits Prowl, whether you like it or not.

    • Optimus Prime: Ratchet, we need back up... stat!
      Ratchet: I'm busy.
      Optimus Prime: That's an order!
      Ratchet: Typical Acadamy Bot: rather beat a problem than fix it.

    • Bumblebee and Bulkhead see Sari and Sparkplug
      Bulkhead: What's that thing over there?
      Bumblebee: I think that's the pet.
      Bulkhead: Why would the four-legged one want a pet that big?
      Bulkhead: (Approach sari) Hi there, little creature. My name's Bulkhead. Did you lose your owner-bot? (Sari screams)
      Bumblebee: (Bumblebee screams) That thing must be armed with some sort of high-frequency sonic weapon!
      (Sari runs off screaming]
      Bulkhead: I think it's scared. Don't worry, little creature! I'm not gonna to hurt you! )(Sari is grabbed by Robot-slug)
      Bumblebee: But that thing might.

    • (after the team transforms into vehicle mode)
      Optimus Prime: Not bad, huh?
      Bumblebee: Sweet!
      Prowl: Impressive.
      Bulkhead: Roomy!
      Ratchet: It'll do.

    • Bumblebee: I'm Bumblebee.
      Sari: I'm Sari.
      Bumblebee: Don't be. I like my name.

    • Bumblebee: You comin', doc-bot?
      Ratchet: (About the nano-bug) Someone's gotta analyze this thing. Besides, who needs a bot with one servo in the scrap heap?
      Bumblebee: Not gonna let that one go, huh?
      Ratchet: No.

    • School Boy: What's it like to grow up around all these robots?
      Sari: I dunno. What's it like to go to school with other kids?

  • NOTES (2)

    • Toonami Jetstream Airdates:
      February 11th, 2008 - March 31st, 2008
      October 27th, 2008 - December 8th, 2008

    • This is the third time Optimus Prime transforms into a fire truck in a Transformers series. The first series was Robots In Disguise and the second series was Transformers Cybertron.


    • Scooby-Doo
      One of the children in the tour group at Sumdac Industries bears a strong resemblence to the character Velma from the Scooby-Doo series.

    • The group of rescue vehicles, that respond to the emergency at Sumdac Labs, resemble the Generation 1 Protectobots.

    • Optimus Prime: That's an order!
      This phrase was used several times by Optimus Primal in Beast Wars and used occasional by other characters in the same series.

    • Name: Sparkplug
      While in this series, Sparkplug is a mechanical dog. However, it was also the name of Optimus Prime's Minicon in
      'Transformers Armada' and the name of Spike's father in the Generation One series.

    • The Witwicky Family
      In the beginning of this episode, a family seen eating ice cream resembles the adult Spike, his wife Carly and their son, Daniel, from the Generation One cartoon.