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Looks like the whole town is in a blackout.

Phineas Flynn

Candace is put in charge of Phineas and Ferb just before they seize the opportunity to make the most of Danville's electricity blackout while Dr. Doofenshmirtz tries to use pity to his advantage.

Episode Summary

At Doofenshmirtz Evil Inc., Perry has already been captured by Dr. Doofenshmirtz. He claims it is the most sophisticated trap he has ever invented. It is so escape-proof, in fact, that he couldn't get the last guy out, as he points to a skeleton inside a similar trap. He then says he has to buy a new plastic skeleton for Halloween. Doof says he has a "pitiable life", and that everyone should pity him. He believes that if he gives himself big, sad eyes, people will pity him give and him whatever he wants. To accomplish this, he created the Big Sad Eye-inator, which takes up a lot of electricity. He prepares to start the -inator, and when it reaches full power, it blows up, and the entire city goes dark in a power outage.

Meanwhile, Candace is talking to Linda, who is on a date night with Lawrence. Candace has been left in charge of Phineas and Ferb while they were gone. Candace and Phineas both agree that parents are weird. After the conversation, the house goes dark, and only their eyeballs are now visible. Phineas says that he and Ferb will check the fuse box, and that Candace should look for a flashlight. She agrees, and goes to look. Where she looks, she finds a stapler, some scissors, and an old banana. She finally finds a flashlight, but the batteries are almost dead. She tries to walk back to Phineas and Ferb, but accidentally trips over a chair.

Phineas and Ferb head outside, and notice that the whole town is in a blackout. Buford joins up with them, then Isabella, then Baljeet. With everyone there, Phineas announces that he has an idea that could make this the best blackout ever. Candace joins them, trying to find out what is going on. Linda calls and tells Candace that they are stuck in traffic. Candace tries to tell Linda that Phineas and Ferb are building something huge, but she accidentally trips again, and her phone flies into a wood-chipper and is destroyed. Phineas wonders where Perry is. Back at Doofenshmirtz Evil Inc., Doofenshmirtz tells Perry that the blackout is a good thing, as no one will be able to see anything but his big, sad eyes. He tries to make Perry feel sorry for him, but it does not work. Doofenshmirtz informs Perry that he is heartless. After trying Perry, Doofenshmirtz decides to go out onto the street to try out his eyes. He takes Perry with him.

Phineas and Ferb continue building their project in the dark. Candace is trying to figure out what exactly it is. She flashes the light, and sees a small part of it, with robotic arms retracting back into the machine. She tries to ask Phineas what they are building, but he says it is hard to put into words, and that she has to experience it. After he gives her some gear, she goes through the contraption, where she zigzags around, gets stretched, and many other crazy things, some of which may or may not have been her imagination. After she is done, Phineas comments that he never thought of riding it before.

On the street, Doofenshmirtz meets a person who feels sorry for him. The guy gives him something and goes to get more free stuff to give to him. Another person does the same thing. Some more people come along and give him free stuff, and then they all fly away on their jetpacks, going to get him even more stuff. He is unable to identify anything that they gave him in the dark, but he notes that his sad eyes are working. Doof realizes that if he could fool a jetpack squad, he could possibly fool Roger into making him mayor. Major Monogram contacts Perry via wrist communicator, telling him that he must go to the power plant to get the power back on; not to stop Doofenshmirtz, but so he can finish heating up his burrito in the microwave and he's also getting scared alone in the dark. Linda and Lawrence arrive back at the house, revealing that the restaurant had closed due to the power outage. Candace tries to get them into the backyard to see what Phineas and Ferb have made, but she doesn't know exactly what it is.

Doofenshmirtz walks towards City Hall with Perry's trap. He then sees Perry's "eyeballs" fall to the bottom of the trap, revealing that Perry has escaped. Perry is seen flying towards the power plant, where he flips a red switch. After he flips the switch, the entire city's power instantly comes back on. Candace takes Linda into the backyard. Linda says she feels something pointy. The power comes back on, and it is revealed that she is grabbing Phineas's nose. After Candace asks them what happened to the thing they built, Phineas explains that a bunch of people on jetpacks came by and asked if they could have it, so they gave it to them.

At City Hall, an annoyed Roger asks Heinz what made him think that he would hand the city over. Doofenshmirtz shows Roger his big sad eyes, which are sticking out of his skull and are bloodshot. Roger says freak him out. Heinz realizes that the eyes work better in the dark. The jetpack squad returns, with something rather large. They drop Phineas and Ferb's invention, still a mystery at to what it is, on Doofenshmirtz. All that is seen are the aforementioned robotic arms.


End credits

Last verse of What Is This Thing? (During the credits broadcasts by itself)

Running Gags

The "Too Young" Line

Candace: Parents are weird.
Phineas: Yes, yes they are.

Ferb's Line


What'cha doin'?

Phineas: Looks like the whole town is in a blackout. (Buford enters from screen right.)

Buford: What'cha doin'?
Phineas: Isabella? Your voice sounds horrible.
Buford: Fooled ya, it's me Buford and my voice isn't horrible, it's raspy. You get to spend hours screaming in the closet to get it like this. Hours. (Isabella enters from screen left.)
Isabella: Hey Phineas, what'cha doin'?

Phineas: There's the original.

Where's Perry?

Phineas: Hey, where's Perry?
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Hey, where's Perry... the Platypus?

Perry's entrance to his lair


Evil Jingle

Doofenshmirtz isn't illuminated!

Memorable Quotes

Doofenshmirtz: It's a pitiful existence I lead, Perry the Platypus. Do- Do you pity me? You should because I am pitiable. Everyone should pity me. Eh, you don't have to say pity too many times before it stops sounding like a word. Pity. Pity. Pit- See? That is only like two times and it's already just gobbledygook. Gobbledygook, too. I can't- I can't even get through that once. Gobbledy- Now see, I am not even consider the last syllable and it's already... (sighs) Great. Now, I am forgetting what I was talking about... Which is another reason to pity me! YEAH! Back on topic, baby!
Phineas: Okay guys let's get to work.

Candace: Hey, hold it right there. Who else is back here. Roll call.
Phineas: Well there's Ferb, Isabella, Buford, Baljeet and Me. Oh, and there's that kid in the corner with the eyepatch.

Kid with one green eye: But, is it my left eye, or my right eye? You don't know.
Buford: Hey Baljeet.

Baljeet Tjinder: Hey Buford, your voice is so raspy. It sounds as if sandpaper and a washboard had a baby.

Buford: See, closet time's paying off.
Candace: Phineas and Ferb made a dangerous...thing in the backyard, in the dark. Oh this stupid fence! Why do we have this stupid fence? Dad, tear down this fence!

Linda Flynn: What do you think, should we tear down this fence?

Lawrence Fletcher: That's that sarcasm I like.
Roger: So why is it that you think I'm just going to hand over my mayorship to you?

Heinz Doofenshmirtz: Oh, because I've got these big sad eyes.(shows Roger his eyes, which are sticking out of his head, and bloodshot)

Roger: Yeah, and they're kind of freaking me out.

Background Information

Production Information

  • This episode aired on Disney Channel on Demand on November 23, 2012.
  • This is the season 3 finale episode in the US. (It is not the last one of the season in production order).
  • Ashley Tisdale recorded some dialogue for this episode.
  • Along with "What'd I Miss?" and "Nerdy Dancin'", this episode was premiered in Latin America and Brazil on Disney's website first.

International Premieres

  • December 3, 2012 (Disney's Website, in Latin America and Brazil)
  • December 31, 2012 (Disney XD Canada)
  • January 25, 2013 (Disney Channel Israel)
  • February 22, 2013 (Disney Channel Latin America and Brazil)
  • March 2, 2013 (Disney XD Spain)
  • March 17, 2013 (Disney XD Latin America)
  • March 21, 2013 (Disney XD Poland)
  • April 13, 2013 (Disney Channel Spain)
  • April 21, 2013 (Disney Channel Portugal)
  • May 3, 2013 (Disney XD Netherlands)
  • May 8, 2013 (Disney Channel Asia)


  • In the dark, when a man is feeling bad for Doofenshmirtz, he walks in front of Doofenshmirtz. However, only his eyes can be seen when he walks in front of Doofenshmirtz's big sad eyes.
  • Candace puts on a lead apron and mouth guard just before riding the invention. However, during "What is This Thing?", she is never seen with the apron on and the mouth guard isn't visible in her mouth. However, she did say she thinks she swallowed the mouth guard.
  • When Baljeet describes Buford's voice as "if sandpaper and a washboard had a baby", his eyes are blue instead of brown.


Disney Allusion

  • Space Mountain- The step-brothers big idea could not be seen while Candace was riding it, similar to the roller coaster in Anaheim, California and Orlando, Florida.
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