- “We'll build the best dang car wash in the whole dang world, dang it!”
- ―Phineas Flynn
"At the Car Wash" is an episode of Phineas and Ferb.
Phineas and Ferb help Isabella and the Fireside Girls by building an automatic car wash to help with fundraising to save the star-nosed mole. Meanwhile, Stacy advises Candace to play hard to get with Jeremy. But when Jeremy asked Candace out for a ride to her brother's car wash, she ignores her BFF's advise and goes on the date, anyway. Elsewhere, Dr. Doofenshmirtz tries to make a mountain out of a molehill - literally.
They see Isabella and the Fireside Girls trying to raise money to save the endangered star-nose mole. The girls have made efforts at a bake sale, cat-sitting, and a lemonade stand to make some money, but so far nothing has worked. Phineas suggests that they should construct the tallest zip-line in their backyard, but Isabella suggests a car wash. Phineas and Ferb decide to build the world's most elaborate automatic car wash, and wonder where Perry is.
Perry dives with style into a tube to his lair. Major Monogram scores his dive a 9.5 while Carl gives him an 8.5. They argue over this until Major Monogram smells something burning. Carl runs off to save his spaghetti. Major Monogram goes to his briefing, where he informs Perry that Dr. Doofenshmirtz has been dabbling in seismic activity. Carl comes on-screen, saying that he wrote his sophomore thesis on seismic activities and has a website on them, and Major Monogram reminds him about his spaghetti and Carl runs off again.
As the boys start to build their car wash, Candace talks to Stacy about Jeremy, who has taken twelve minutes to respond to her text message, and wonders she's going to do. Stacy suggests that Candace plays "hard to get" to Jeremy. Jeremy calls Candace and asks her to go for a ride in his mother's car which needs a wash. Candace and Stacy agree that it's "so grown up," but Stacy tells her to be "hard to get," anyway. However, Candace agrees to go with him. She sees the automatic car wash that her brothers build and gets hosed down by the super-charged über nozzle as a test run.
At Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated, Perry manages to get through Dr. Doofenshmirtz' anti-platypus security, but gets tripped up in a hanging foot-noose. Doofenshmirtz shows Perry his Mountain-Out-of-a-Molehill-Inator explains how he was repeatedly told to "don't make a mountain out of a molehill," (first by his mother as a child, later by his father as teenager, and most recently by the Danville Fire Department) that will, in fact, make molehills grow to the size of mountains. Doofenshmirtz reveals that his information on seismic activities came from "some kid's website," which turns out to be Carl's website. (He also tells Perry about the funny pictures of cats he found while surfing the net.) He finishes the backstory by proclaiming that he knows it's a metaphor, but he is just trying to make a statement.
Phineas and Ferb start up their car wash, and Candace, intending to bust the boys, accidentally stands on the conveyor belt bringing the cars in and is cleaned like the other cars as a song starts.
After going through the car wash, Jeremy calls and tells Candace that the car wash is so popular he may not be able to get in and tries to cancel the date. Candace tells him to wait and as Phineas comes over to comment on how well the car wash is doing, she asks Phineas to speed up the car wash so she won't miss her date. Phineas obliges and tells Ferb, who accelerates the car wash to a ridiculous speed. She yells for it to slow down again, and lands on the windshield of Jeremy's car. Jeremy invites her in and compliments her waxed, sealed hair from the car wash.
At Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated, Dr. Doofenshmirtz tries to turn on his invention, but realizes his battery has run out. He searches for a spare battery, and eventually finds one; however it falls under his refrigerator. He digs it out, along with his old retainer.
As Candace and Jeremy ride inside the car-wash, Doofenshmirtz starts the inator to make the energy ball grow. It gets stuck in the hole it should go down, so Doofenshmirtz employs the Unstuck-Inator, a giant boot, to stuff the ball down. The ball breaks through several floors, making Doofenshmirtz realize he should have installed the Mountain-Out-of-a-Molehill-Inator at the basement, and enters the Earth, making molehills begin to grow.
There happens to be a molehill under the boys' car wash, and, when it grows, a giant star-nose mole breaks out. Phineas comments that's what been eating his mom's hydrangeas. The mole carries away the car wash atop its head.
Perry tosses his hat Frisbee-style, which severs a tie holding up some cables and the rope binding him. The cables fall onto the power switch for the inator, pushing it to a dangerous level and electrocuting Doofenshmirtz. He falls in the hole made by the Unstuck-Inator. The building blows up and Perry flies away on a glider. The Unstuck-Inator explodes out of the building along with Dr. Doofenshmirtz inside the giant boot and curses Perry.
The giant mole from the backyard marches through the streets of Danville with the car wash on its head, and Candace and Jeremy drive out of the car wash down its back. Stacy calls Candace, telling her that she was supposed to be playing "hard to get." Candace tosses her cellphone at the back of the car and smiles at Jeremy, embarrassed.
Doofenshmirtz lands on the beach in the giant boot, which the giant mole promptly steps in. As the mole walks out to sea with the car wash, the boot, and Doofenshmirtz, he reflects that maybe this was why one shouldn't make mountains out of molehills and curses the mole.
Phineas says "there goes a good car wash" and greets Perry. Isabella worries how they are going to save the star-nose mole now, and Ferb states that it can take care of itself.
The second verse of Phintastic Ferbulous Car Wash.
The "Too Young" Line
Phineas: I suppose you're gonna ask me if I'm too young to use this stuff.
Worker: Nah, just try not to blow a hole through the Earth's core or we'll both be in deep doody.
Isabella: Oh no! Now how are we suppose to save the star-nose mole?
Ferb: I think he can take care of himself.
Phineas: Hey, Isabella. (Seeing Ferb lands with the air bag) Good thing we installed an air bag. So, what'cha doin'?
Isabella: The Fireside Girls are trying to raise money to save the star-nose mole.
Perry's entrance to his lair
He enters through the mole hill in backyard. He gets a 9.5 and 8.5 from Major Monogram and Carl respectively for his landing.
Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated!
Phineas: Hi, Mom!
Linda: Hi, boys. What are you kids up to today?
Isabella: We started a bake sale...
(they all look at Holly who's face and hair are all blown up)
Major Monogram: Hey, is something burning around the stove?
Carl: My spaghetti!
Phineas: Okay, Ferb, let's test out the super-charged über nozzle.
Candace: WHAT THE HECK IS GOING— (screams as water sprays her in the face)
Candace: This is so romantic, it's like we going through to our very own tunnel of l-(After the Fireside Girls throws water balloons at the car) HORROR!
Computerized Voice: System overload. Cliché explosion imminent.
- Dr. Doofenshmirtz finds his information on seismic activity on Carl's website, while Carl had mentioned the website to Perry and Major Monogram earlier in the episode.
- Isabella and Gretchen break the fourth wall by washing the inside part of the screen before the song.
- When we see Katie with bandaged arms from the lemonade stand, the Fireside Girls jingle plays off key.
- Places where Dr. Doofenshmirtz looks for a battery (in order):
- An electric toothbrush
- A toy car
- A flashlight
- Frankenstein's head
- A cymbal-banging monkey toy
- A radio (He looks excited at first, but then he realizes that there's no battery)
- A smoke detector
- An alarm clock
- Norm's rear end
- Things seen on the floors of the D.E.I. building when the sphere of compressed nitrogen molecules crashes through them:
- People working on laptops. There is a bookcase and a large graph, so it could be a library.
- Two old men sitting in an animation studio. It could be the show's animators.
- Three men in an office breakroom
- Bathroom (toilets)
- A man siting in a recliner
- A lady feeding her cats
- A woman and a boy who is playing the piano
- This is the only episode Phineas and Ferb ask money for a ride in their invention apart from the rollercoaster (as shown when Phineas states that they should have charged more).
- The car Jeremy drives is a mid-1960s Ford Falcon Futura.
- Star-nosed moles are found in Canada and north-eastern USA so Danville may be near there.
- In the opening scene of "At the Car Wash," when you see Phineas and Ferb riding their new invention (the Ladybug 2000 Roving Swing Set), the music being played is the opening notes to the 90's TV Show Warners Brothers Animaniacs. By the end of the scene, the music sounds like a reference to "The Blue Danube Waltz" (Johann Strauss II).
- The Giant floating baby head reappears again, passing a window while Candace is talking on the phone with Stacy.
- Buford and Baljeet are wearing mascot outfits again ("The Flying Fishmonger").
- The giant shoe from the "Un-Stuck-inator" is similar to the "Who's Blinded by Sand-inator", otherwise known as "Who's Crying Now-inator" ("The Flying Fishmonger").
- When Doofenshmirtz finds out that the Mountain out of a Molehill-inator is working, the Mr. Slushy Burger stand in the forest can be seen ("Rollercoaster").
- Bab's Beauty can be seen when the molehills start growing ("The Magnificent Few").
- Ferb is wearing his cap backwards ("The Chronicles of Meap").
- Jeremy vows to Candace that she will be safe from what she is scared of and the two embrace. ("Bowl-R-Ama Drama")
- In the UK, this episode is known as "The Car Wash."
- While Phineas states that they're "gonna build the best car wash on the whole dang world (dang it)," Isabella's Fireside Girl shirt is completely orange instead of orange and white.
- After the giant balloon drops on Jeremy´s mom's car, Candace's hair is back to normal but when they get out of the car wash, it's like how it looked when they got in.
- During Phintastic Ferbulous Car Wash, Isabella is first seen in her Fireside Girl clothes, followed by her signature look, and then a raincoat, but for most of the episode, she is wearing her Fireside Girls uniform.
- When Doofenshmirtz looks for a battery, he looks in Norm when it says later that Norm runs on Squirrel power ("Phineas and Ferb-Busters!"). However it's possible that Norm runs on both of them. Along, with that Norm's eyes were red instead of white.
- Moles are carnivorous. They would not eat hydrangeas.
- After his back story, Doofenshmirtz's forehead was higher and stayed like that for the rest of the scene.
- Despite the fact that Perry is upside down, his hat doesn't fall down. However, it's possible Perry's hat is so tight that it wouldn't fall off from hanging upside down.
- When Candace is walking over the cars going into the car wash, the cars are moving faster than the conveyor belt. Even if the cars had been powering themselves forward as well, the conveyor belt had ridges, so the cars would have been bouncing over the ridges.
- When Doofenshmirtz lands on the beach in the giant shoe, he looks down at the shoe and says, "Hey! Check it out! An aglet!" ("Tip of the Day")
- There is a picture of the Bettys on Stacy's wall as she talks to Candace on the phone ("Ready for the Bettys").
- When Doofenshmirtz looks for batteries he checks in Norm and in Frankenstein's brain ("Hail Doofania!", Phineas and Ferb Theme).
- The worker said to Phineas "Just don't blow a hole through the Earth's core...". The androids Phineas and Ferb made dug a hole that they were assigned to do ("I, Brobot"). It could also refer to when Doofenshmirtz tried to make a tunnel to China and almost got caught by lava ("Candace Loses Her Head").
- Car Wash - The title of the episode is a reference to the song Car Wash by Rose Royce (or the Christina Aguilera song Car Wash).
- Lolcats - Doofenshmirtz references lolcats he finds on the Internet. He mentions the famous "Invisible Cheeseburger" picture.
- Star Wars - When Candace is scrubbed with some brushes, she gets Princess Leia's hairstyle from A New Hope.
- During the song when Phineas says "We're even on your TV," there is an AT-AT in the background.
- Pocahontas - Perry jumps out of the building as it was about to explode in the same jump from Pocahontas.
- Dragon Ball Z - After Candace stopped screaming through Jeremy's cellphone, his hair resembled that of a Super Saiyan. Candace's hair after landing on Jeremy's windshield might be similar to that of a Super Saiyan 3, but orange.
- Time Bandits - When the mole walks away into the sea with the car wash on his head resembles the giant walking out of the sea with the boat on his head in Time Bandits.
- Godzilla - When the mole walks out to sea is like when Godzilla walks out to sea at the end of some movies.
- James Bond/Mortal Kombat - Perry tosses his hat in order to cut through some support cables, a la Oddjob's throwing bowler hat from Goldfinger (or Kung Lao's razor-edged hat).
- The Fairly OddParents - Doofenshmirtz makes a Crocker compilation when he gets zapped by electrocutes.
- Spider-Man 2 - When Doofenshmirtz introduces his invention and gets it to work, it resembles that of the machine Dr. Octopus invented to create energy through tritium.
- The B-52's - The song Phintastic, Ferbulous Carwash is done in the style of this art-rock band from Athens, Georgia. Phineas even sings it in a Fred Schneider-type vocal style.
- Vincent Martella as Phineas, Additional Voices
- Ashley Tisdale as Candace
- Thomas Sangster as Ferb, Additional Voices
- Alyson Stoner as Isabella
- Caroline Rhea as Mom
- Mitchel Musso as Jeremy
- Maulik Pancholy as Baljeet
- Dan Povenmire as Dr. Doofenshmirtz, Additional Voices
- Kelly Hu as Stacy
- Jeff "Swampy" Marsh as Major Monogram, Additional Voices
- Dee Bradley Baker as Perry, Additional Voices
- Additional voices: Isabella Acres, Clancy Brown
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