X-Men: Evolution

Season 1 Episode 4

Mutant Crush

Aired Saturday 9:30 AM Nov 25, 2000 on The WB
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The only thing bigger than Fred Dukes' strength and size is his temper, which makes his first day at school rather difficult. When Jean Grey makes contact, trying to be friendly, he takes it just a bit too seriously.

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  • Blob is introduced. What is it about big, bumbling meat-heads that is just never interesting?

    Frank Dukes, the Blob is something of a sideshow freak. This is the first time, I truly understood his power, though. The guy, when he plants his feet, is basically immovable. Kinda cool. Principal Darkholm (Mystique) transfers him to Bayville High (she's putting her own team together- at the request of a shadowy benefactor) where he soon falls for the beautiful Jean Grey; the only girl that's been nice to him at this new school.

    Unfortunately, like the character himself, this episode is goofy and uneventful. There's a food fight, for crying out loud! His big thing is that he doesn't want people laughing at him. Yawn.moreless
  • This episode just doesn't do it for me...

    I don't know is it because overwhelming presence of Jeany-the-Dearest, or because Blob is really boring caracter, but this episode's just not doing it for me. I mean, it's alright, I guess, but there's no X-men's typical excitement. The only good thing about this episode is the way Rogue saved the thing in the end. Just like an angel. And dialog between her and Scott, as Henry V and Kate, that was so cute. That was the best (and beside saving things only good) part of episode, including Kurt's interuption and "annoying little brother" reference.

    Main plot of this episode is focusing on new mutant in neighbourhood - Blob (Fred). He is superstrong and also superdumb, and just for showing how dumb she is, Jean is the first in line to offer him help. Which, logicly, gets her in trouble over her head, so - logicly - Scott needs to save her, and that leads to walking out on Rogue. Which, in the end, just shows how iritating is Jean.moreless
  • Another great episode, although I found the parts with Jean and the Blob very boring, the plot on this one was soooo predictable.

    Another great episode, although I found the parts with Jean and the Blob very boring, the plot on this one was soooo predictable. That said, I really loved Rogue's use of her power. You don't really see her use her real mutant powers in the comics that much anymore. I loved the parts between Rogue & Scott and Kit & Kurt. Well worth the watch. Jean Grey is my favourite character. :)moreless
  • Nice episode, but still, this isn't my favourite story-line.

    Frank Dukes (or is it Bob Dukes?; I don't remember exactly) isn't called "the Blob" for nothing. I think he's just as powerful and tough as the Juggernaut (I might be mistaking). Anyway, when he sees Jean for the first time, he goes head over heels. And can you blame him?

    Also (if you're like me!) you're gonna love the next notes:

    - Jean has a picture of her and Scott in her backpack (weird, huh?; I mean they're not together, are they?);

    - Rogue has a crush on Scott;

    - Rogue calls Nightcrawler "an annoying little brother" (they really are brother and sister, but she doesn't knows it yet);

    - Rogue helps the X-Men rescue Jean, but still refuses to join the team;

    - (and a note totally irrelevant) This is the first time Jean wears that very short blue mini-skirt.moreless
Christopher Judge

Christopher Judge

Eric "Magneto" Magnus Lehnsherr

Kirby Morrow

Kirby Morrow

Scott "Cyclops" Summers

Venus Terzo

Venus Terzo

Jean Grey

Brad Swaile

Brad Swaile

Kurt "Nightcrawler" Wagner

Maggie Blue O'Hara

Maggie Blue O'Hara

Kitty "Shadowcat" Pryde

Scott McNeil

Scott McNeil


Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When Fred starts the food fight, he get a huge stain on the front of his overalls. But as he starts talking to Jean, the stain disappears.

    • When Rogue absorbed Blob's power (no glove on) she flipped him at the same time. But right before she threw him to the dump her power was still activated even though she had her glove back on. How did she put her glove back on while fighting?

    • How did Logan know it was Jean who has been kidnapped when Prof. X only said "She's been kidnapped"? He could have thought it was her or Storm since Kitty was with them. Plus, Why did Rogue ask Fred if Mystique had told him what her power was when both of them don't know Mystique themselves?

    • During the scene where the X-Men are talking to Rogue, she has green face make-up on, but then it turns to purple.

    • As Rogue approaches Blob to siphon off power, she is wearing her gloves, however when the shot shows Blob from behind Rogue's hand is clearly uncovered. When the shot is behind Rogue again, she is wearing the glove again.

  • QUOTES (8)

  • NOTES (8)

    • This episode along with "Speed And The Spyke" and "Middleverse" were released on the DVD X-Men Evolution: X-Plosive Days.

    • The competition between Professor X and Mystique for young mutants echoes the competition between the Prof and Emma Frost, the White Queen, for some mutants, including Kitty Pryde and Angelica Jones (Firestar).

    • When Rogue absorbs Cyclops' power, she's able to control it without a ruby quartz visor, suggesting that she's taking his powers at a genetic level, bypassing the brain damage that prevents Scott from turning off his eye beams.

    • Jean's friend Taryn is introduced, and Scott's friend Paul is named (he was in the bleachers with Scott in "Strategy X," but wasn't referred to by name.)

    • A very interesting thing is that at a certain moment Rogue says (refering to Kurt): "I swear he's like an annoying little brother"; which happens to be true in the comics being Kurt Mystique's son and Rogue her adopted daughter.

    • There's a scene where Blob hurls a filing cabinet at his captive, Jean Grey. In the episode, she's in a chair and uses her mind alone to toss it away. The same scene appears in the opening titles sequence, but instead of being in a chair, Jean is in her X-Men uniform and is using her hands to "mind push" the cabinet away. The entire background is the same, though, with the candles, etc.

    • The title of the episode doesn't just refer to Blob: we see the first signs of Rogue's crush on Scott, which will continue for quite some time.

    • Introduces Blob.


    • Scott: Teleporter to maximum, Mr Wagner.
      Kurt: Aye Captain!
      The standard "beam me up" remark from Star Trek, where Montgomery Scott was Captain Kirk's engineer and transporter chief.