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A hair emergency, the worst kind.

Stacy Hirano

"Bad Hair Day" is an episode of Phineas and Ferb.

Candace gets a bad haircut and must rely on Phineas and Ferb's hair growing machine to correct it before she attends the Endangered Animal Benefit with Jeremy and his mom. However, when Candace turns up the power, her hair grows much more than expected and she is mistaken for a rare tangerine orangutan. Meanwhile, Dr. Doofenshmirtz is developing his Very, Very Bad-inator.

Episode Summary

Stacy is running over to the Flynn-Fletcher house to the aid of Candace for a matter that appears to be urgent. She opens the door to Candace's room to find her crying and panicking over her hair, which is cut in a distorted manner. She explains that she'd attempted to give herself a haircut for an endangered species benefit which would be attended by Jeremy and Mrs. Johnson and expresses blame towards a hair-styling video on the internet for how it had turned out. Phineas and Ferb enter the room, both drinking from glasses of water which they comically spit out upon sight of their sister. Candace, displeased with their presence, demands for them to leave her and Stacy alone, but Phineas offers to help her restore her hair.

Perry heads off and hops into a bird nest on a tree. The nest slides into a hole in the trunk and takes him into his lair. There, Major Monogram tells him that strange things have been going on at Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated, mainly that Doofenshmirtz has frequently been revisiting his basement and collecting parts from his old machines, as reported by Carl, who had scouted there.

At the same time, Phineas and Ferb have finished the growth machine. They advise Candace to sit on the chair with the machine over her head on setting 5 for 30 minutes before leaving the room. Shortly later, Candace gets a call on her cellphone, which is indicated by a ringtone reminiscent to a critically endangered species known as Tangerine Orangutans. Jeremy tells her that the benefit would begin soon and he'd be picking her up in ten minutes. Candace, seeking to avoid being caught unprepared, tells Stacy to raise the setting to from 5 to 20, supposing it would get the job done faster and wouldn't be there if it wasn't meant to be used. Stacy complies, and as Candace expects, her hair is restored instantly. However, as she prepares to leave, a single strand of hair is shown breaching from the skin on her neck.

Perry enters Doofenshmirtz's lair to hear him playing on a pipe organ. The platypus runs toward him preparing to attack him but falls through a trapdoor in the floor and ends up stuck in the pipe organ. Doofenshmirtz explains that his latest contraption, dubbed 'Very Bad-Inator' had been forged from old parts from previously used -inators and has yet to know what it does but hopes as he activates it above the city, that its function is evil.

Meanwhile, Candace enters the benefit with Jeremy and Mrs. Johnson. They take a seat at a table right as Candace grows hair on her legs. When Jeremy warns Candace that she has something he perceives as food on her lip, she runs to a nearby table and snatches up a spoon. She lets out a panicked scream upon seeing her reflection on the spoon, which indicates that she had grown a mustache. An old couple seated at the table appears to be confused and Candace ducks under the table to hide from them. Once there, she calls Phineas through her cell phone to complain about the effects of the machine. Phineas, who is at the time at the dinner table, asks Linda whether he could be excused.

Dr. Doofenshmirtz is flying his hover vehicle above Danville with the Very Bad-Inator, preparing to activate it. At the same time he banks it from side to side, rudely playing around with his nemesis, who is still trapped in a separated section of the pipe organ.

Candace uses the table as cover as she navigates the dining room and auditorium where the benefit is being held. She makes her way backstage as the benefit begins and, thinking she'd be safe from being seen there, throws the table, inadvertently knocking out a scientist who'd be presenting himself for the benefit. There is a massive growth spurt of hair all over her body as the curtains roll up and she is quickly mistaken by Mrs. Johnson as a tangerine orangutan. Candace makes a run for it and animal control is called to the museum. Phineas and Ferb arrive with a hair-removing air-blaster as she climbs to the roof and up a pole.

While Doofenshmirtz fiddles with the honey scooper in a jar of honey, Perry breaks free and seizes control of the hovercraft. During the struggle, the honey is spilled on Dr. Doofenshmirtz.

An animal control officer arrives on the roof of the museum with a tranquilizer gun and aims the weapon at Candace, who is still on the pole. However, he misses. The dart ricochets until it ends up in his posterior. He hands the tranquilizer to Mrs. Johnson before collapsing. Reluctant to fire the weapon, she first reads through the instruction manual.

As she reads, Phineas fires the hair-remover. The mass of extra hair Candace had grown is blown off and her normal hair style is restored. She slides down from the pole.

Perry had seized control of the hovercraft and is maneuvering it so that Doofenshmirtz can't attempt to regain control. At its nose, he struggles to maintain balance but falls off as soon as he is buffeted by Candace's hair, which sticks to him because of the honey.

He stops his fall against the pole on the museum's roof right as Mrs. Johnson finishes up reading the tranquilizer's instruction manual. Having missed the chain of events in the previous moments and still mistaking the being with a mass of auburn hair as the tangerine orangutan, she aims the weapon at him and fires, scoring a direct hit in the evil scientist's posterior. He loses grip of the pole and falls, only to be accidentally caught by Candace. Mrs. Johnson congratulates her for being able to catch it, but Candace remains perplexed as to how it got there. However, the perplexion vanishes when Jeremy expresses that she had impressed him.

Doofenshmirtz finds himself in a reserve for tangerine orangutans and begins to sing daizilly about the events of the previous night, before again collapsing and losing consciousness.



Running Gags

Ferb's Line

Phineas: Why? Your hair looks simplicious!
Ferb: Have you tried tossing your head back?

Hey, where's Perry?

Stacy: Hey where's Perry? (Candace glares at her) What? I'm like the only person who's never said it.

Perry's entrance to his lair

Perry climbs a tree, sits on the egg in the nest, and the nest flies into a door in the tree, winding up in the lair.

Evil Jingle

Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated! instrumental played on Doofenshmirtz's organ

Memorable Quotes

Stacy: (referring to Candace's hair) This is awful! What are these four long strands? And look at this shaved area, what's that all about? And... (she pulls a sock out of Candace's hair) is this a rolled-up sock?

Stacy: Candace, who did it to you?

Candace: Stacy, I did it myself.
Stacy: Why?
Candace: Jeremy's mom is hosting a benefit for endangered animals this evening and I wanted a new look.

Stacy: So you wanted your hair to look like an endangered species?

Stacy: Sorry, I can do nothing, but there are a couple of guys who could...

Candace: (understood the Stacy is referring Phineas and Ferb) No, no way!
Stacy: (pulls out two sticks from Candace's hair) Uh... are these chopsticks?

Candace: Oh, alright... PHINEAS AND FERB!

Carl: It was horrible down there!

Major Monogram: Carl.

Carl: I saw a rat give birth - to a SNAIL!

(with Carl screaming in the background)
Major Monogram: Seriously, Carl! What a baby!

Linda: So you guys are hair stylists now?

Phineas: Apparently.
Linda: So, what would you do with my hair?
Phineas: Nothing, it's perfect the way it is.
Linda: Wow, you are good!

Phineas: Girlfriend, please.

Perry escapes from his trap
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Perry the Platypus, did you just say "Gurngalingadung?"

Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Shot in the butt while covered in honey and hair? But you know my horoscope was right...

Dr. Doofenshmirtz: (tranquilized) Mama, I'm pretty!

Background Information

  • Listed on the Disney Channel TV Listings here.
  • Mrs. Johnson has her longest screen time so far in the series.
  • Reginald Fletcher's mother appears as a guest in the Endangered Animals Benefit.
  • Phineas and Ferb's big idea for the day besides helping Candace with her hair wasn't mentioned.
  • This is the first time Dr. Doofenshmirtz never got a chance to fire his Inator.
  • Phineas and Ferb have never been closer to Doofenshmirtz before. When he fell off the roof and was caught by Candace, she and her brothers had a direct look at him. (Though he was covered with hair.) Also, it's the fourth time Candace has had physical contact with Doofenshmirtz ("The Ballad of Badbeard", "Does This Duckbill Make Me Look Fat?", "Fireside Girl Jamboree").
  • This episode does not explain how Doofenshmirtz got back to Danville after he was tranquilized and sent to the jungle, what the Very-Very-Bad-Inator does when activated, or where it landed after it was launched into the air.
  • While Doofensmirtz was singing Shot in the Butt with a Dart, he mentioned that he'd lose consciousness in 17 seconds which was right.
  • Isabella does not make any appearances in either this episode or "Meatloaf Surprise".
  • Candace's phone-tune is an orangutan sound. Previously, it was Do Nothing Day in "Backyard Aquarium".
  • Second time Doofenshmirtz gets covered in a material so that he resembles a primate of some sort. The first was in "Get That Bigfoot Outa My Face!".
  • Doofenshmirtz says "Is this hair?" when he gets covered in hair, which is what Candace said when she fell in the dumpster full of hair in "Phineas and Ferb Get Busted!".
  • The Danville Tangerine Orangutan Preserve's waterfall is exactly the same waterfall Candace fell in while visiting Hawaii during "Phineas and Ferb Hawaiian Vacation".
  • This is the second episode that elapses from day to night following "Chez Platypus".
  • Following "Greece Lightning" and "Phineas and Ferb Summer Belongs to You!", this is the third use of a statue that resembles the famous discus thrower, Discobulus.
  • Candace makes a reasoning calculating the time for her hair dresser to finish redoing her hair the same way she and Stacy calculated the time their Lamb Cobbler would be baked in "Moon Farm".
  • Third time Candace's hair is distorted somehow. The first time was in "It's About Time!" while the second was in "Got Game?".
  • Candace wears her pink dress from "Chez Platypus" again.
  • Jeremy wears his tuxedo from "Gaming the System" and "That Sinking Feeling" again.
  • The "Yes-man" from "Toy to the World" can be seen behind Mrs. Johnson when Candace makes her first appearance full with hair.

Production Information

International Premieres

  • July 29, 2011 (Disney Channel Brazil)
  • August 5, 2011 (Family Channel)
  • August 20, 2011 (Disney XD Canada)
  • October 18, 2011 (Disney XD UK)
  • October 22, 2011 (Disney Channel Asia)
  • October 26, 2011 (Disney XD Germany)
  • November 6, 2011 (Disney XD Spain)
  • November 26, 2011 (Disney Channel Portugal)
  • December 9, 2011 (Disney Channel Scandinavia)
  • January 20, 2012 (ZNS Bahamas)
  • July 28, 2012 (Disney Channel Bulgaria)


Behind Stacy's Eye

Stacy's transparent eye

  • Stacy claimed that she has never said "Where's Perry?", even if she did in Put That Putter Away. However, this may either taken place before that episode, or Stacy has forgotten to have said it due to her lack of focus.
  • When Stacy is going to sit next to Candace in her room, the mirror lamp is seen behind Stacy's eye.
  • Candace says the event that she and Jeremy are going to takes place in the afternoon. However, the event is shown taking place at night.
  • When Major Monogram was talking to Perry, one can see the nest and an intact egg. But when Perry was leaving, the egg has broken in half.
  • Jeremy's shoes changed from black to green while standing in the entrance of the museum.
  • At one point in the museum Candace knocks a cup over to reach for a spoon, but the cup is there later as it gets knocked over again.
  • When Stacy says "Where's Perry?", Candace's laptop disappears.
  • When Perry is tilting Doofenshmirtz's flying platform, the Picnic Basket falls off, but Perry is standing on it to use the controls.
  • When Doofenshmirtz is activating the Very-Bad-Inator, the pipe behind the controls is gold, but turns gray in the next scene.
  • When Phineas shot Candace with the Hair Remover, ALL of Candace's hair should have fallen off.


  • The Flawless Girl theme from "Attack of the 50 Foot Sister" played during the online hair video.
  • Doofenshmirtz' Very-Very-Bad-Inator is, as his explanation suggests, made of numerous -inators from earlier episodes. One of the obvious parts would be the container for the Stain-inator that holds the giant paintballs. ("Magic Carpet Ride")


  • Rifleman's Creed - Mrs. Johnson reads from the manual for the tranquilizer dart rifle: "There are many like it, but this one is yours," a play on the opening line of the Rifleman's Creed of the United States Marine Corps.
  • Futurama - The professor in the endangered animals meeting is called Professor Herbert Farnsworth Weatherman Jones, giving a resemblance to Futurama's mad scientist, Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth. Farnsworth may refer to Hubert's ancestor, Philo T. Farnsworth, one of the inventors of television in real life.
  • King Kong - Both Candace and Doofenshmirtz being on top of the museum is similar to King Kong.
  • The Lord of The Rings - Mrs. Johnson says "I see you!" when she sees Candace in the dome in a similar way to Sauron when Frodo wears the One Ring for the first time.
  • Myron of Eleutherae - Phineas knows the name of the ancient Greek sculptor, famous for Discobolus, the discus thrower.
  • Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Dr. Doofenshmirtz plays an organ before talking to Perry, similar to Ganondorf before the first battle.
  • Let's Call the Whole Thing Off - The animal control guy says, "Tomato, potahto", which is a parody of the lyrics of the classic Gershwin song.


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