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And of course, we’ll all stay up till midnight and watch the New Year’s Eve ball drop!

Vivian Garcia-Shapiro

Phineas and Ferb plan their own New Year’s Eve ball drop, complete with a customized multi-dimensional ball, while Candace makes it her resolution to refrain from busting her brothers before the clock hits midnight. Meanwhile, Doofenshmirtz uses a Resolution-Changer-inator in his tie as he continues the never-ending attempts to take over the Tri-State Area.

Episode Summary

It’s New Year’s Eve, and Linda has dropped Phineas and Ferb off to Vivian Garcia-Shapiro since she’s taking care of all the kids tonight. Candace, who is in the car, is complaining about not being late for her first grown-up party. After the car drives away, Isabella can’t wait to have fun, and Vivian comments on staying up late to watch the New Year’s Eve ball drop, as Buford elbows a sleeping Baljeet. Isabella reminds Phineas that another tradition is kissing someone special at midnight and hopes she can be kissed, but Phineas doesn’t get the hint and says they’re going to make a New Year’s ball and drop it from outer space. Vivian, oblivious, says he has an active imagination. Isabella, disappointed, adds it’s not active enough. Vivian goes back inside to make some hot chocolate and wonders where Perry went.

Meanwhile, Perry enters his lair, seeing Major Monogram wearing a snow outfit since the lair is frozen due to a broken heating system and the repairman was on vacation in Aruba. He tells Perry that they are in the same climate until a ball hits the background showing Monogram and Carl are on a tropical beach. He briefs to Perry that Doofenshmirtz is doing something at City Hall and has to put a stop to whatever it is before joining Carl for Jet Skiing. Perry, annoyed, leaves.

At the backyard, the kids finish building the giant New Year’s ball. Later, Irving, the Fireside Girls, and other kids arrive at the backyard. Phineas shows them the inside of the New Year’s ball, including punch bowl sailing, a balloon room, “the bed of a thousand coats,” an infinity slide, and a grand ball room. Irving then gets on the infinity slide and can’t get off.

At Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated, Norm keeps saying “Happy New Year!” so much that Doofenshmirtz keeps telling him it’s not midnight yet. Perry arrives and is quickly trapped in a giant sparkling cider bottle as a cork. Doofenshmirtz explains him that he learned that there is a tradition in America of making a “New Year’s Resolution” that he didn’t understand since back in Drusselstein, any changes were forbidden. Since he lives where everything changes, he created the Resolution-Changer-inator that looks like a bow-tie and plans to change everyone’s New Year’s resolution to making him their leader and obeying his command to take over.

At City Hall, Linda and Lawrence can’t wait to dance in the party while Stacy and Candace remind each other that they’re adults now. Candace tells her resolution is that she’s no longer going to bust Phineas and Ferb, but her obsession starting to affect her until Stacy restrains her. Jeremy and Coltrane arrive to welcome the girls. Meanwhile, Perry escapes the bottle by shaking it until it pops him out; Norm comments that carbonation is fun. At the same time, Doofenshmirtz arrives in City Hall and asks someone what their resolution is, telling them, “That’s what you think!”.

At a table, Candace keeps thinking of her resolution about Phineas and Ferb and her obsession keeps coming back. She gets so tense that Stacy tries to calm her down, telling her that it’s just a temporary relapse. As Jeremy comes by and asks her about her New Year’s resolution that Stacy told him, she quickly goes to the restroom and Jeremy realizes that she’s experiencing a relapse.

Doofenshmirtz continues asking people about their resolution, and Perry arrives. Doofenshmirtz tells him that this is a black tie party, so Perry quickly leaves and comes back a few seconds later wearing a tuxedo. While Perry chases Doofenshmirtz, Linda and Lawrence discuss male and female Egyptians wearing makeup.

At the restroom, Candace tries to restrain herself from busting her brothers, but she hears two ladies talking to each other. One points out that the other is breaking her resolution against eating sandwiches in the bathroom, but the other lady states that it’s not midnight yet. Candace decide to bust them before midnight starts and runs back to her house. Phineas activates the giant New Year’s Ball to go up just as Candace arrives, but Irving tells her that he’s live-streaming the event on the Internet so that everyone could see it. Candace tells the camera that she’s going to bust Phineas and Ferb, and runs back to City Hall. After she leaves, Irving tells the camera that she never busts them and “Internet-land” isn’t real.

At City Hall, Doofenshmirtz and Perry runs into the coatroom and fight each other. Later, Candace returns, exhausted, and Jeremy offers her an apple cider. Candace refuses since this is her last chance to bust them; Jeremy realizes she’s still having a relapse. Candace plugs her cellphone into the giant screen, showing the giant New Year’s ball, but everyone finds it amazing. As Candace tries to find Linda, a woman states that if they were her boys she would bust them; Candace asks her to adopt her. Phineas pulls the lever again to drop the ball, since it’s almost midnight.

At the coatroom, Doofenshmirtz leaves Perry trapped in a straitjacket and hears that it’s one minute to midnight. He readies his Resolution-Changer-inator and runs to the stage. Perry escapes the straitjacket and, wielding a chair, rushes toward Doofenshmirtz. However, Perry puts down the chair and sits down, letting Doofenshmirtz proceed with his plan. As everyone counts down to midnight, Candace tries to get Linda’s attention but finds her and Lawrence about to kiss in the courtyard. At the same time, the kids count as the giant New Year’s ball goes down to earth, and the lady in the bathroom tries to finish her sandwich.

At midnight, Doofenshmirtz activates his Resolution-Changer-inator to the crowd and ask what their New Year’s Resolution is; they all say that they will follow Doofenshmirtz as their new leader. Doofenshmirtz, happy that his plan has worked, insults Perry before ordering everyone to follow him to take over City Hall; however, no one follows him. He then asks why they aren’t following their resolution, but a man tells him that no one keeps their New Year’s resolution. Doofenshmirtz then realized that Perry knew this was going to happened even after fighting each other. Perry then gives him one of Norm’s New Year’s noisemakers and they both join the party.

Everyone then dances for the New Year, both at the City Hall party and Phineas and Ferb’s ball. After the kids exit, Ferb launches the giant New Year’s ball into space, where it explodes into fireworks. Candace and Jeremy go to a balcony where Candace tells him that she won’t be able to keep her resolution. Jeremy tells her it’s okay since he likes her just the way she is. They wish each other a happy New Year and kiss.



End Credits

Second verse of It’s a New Year, and Norm saying “Happy New Year!” while with kissing an air conditioner.

Running Gags

The "Too Young" Line


Ferb's Line

Phineas: Alright, let's start this bash in a ball.
Everyone: Yeah!
Phineas: Is this your doing, bro?
'Ferb: "Auld Lang Syne" literally means "old long ago," but I'd rather think of New Year's as an unspoiled universe.

He was also shown counting down alongside the others.

Whatcha doin'?


I know what we're going to do today!

Isabella: And, of course, there's the other tradition of kissing someone special at midnight.

Phineas: Well then, I know what we're going to do tonight.
Isabella: Really?

Phineas: Yeah! We're gonna make our own New Year's ball and drop it from outer space!

Where's Perry?

Vivian: I'm going to make some hot chocolate. You kids come in when you want to warm up. Hey, where's your platypus?

Perry's entrance to his lair

Perry lifts a patch of ice in the backyard and drops down into his lair

Evil Jingle

Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated!

Mistaking Doofenshmirtz for a pharmacist

Doofenshmirtz: How do I look?

Norm: Like a pharmacist in a bow tie.

Doofenshmirtz: Good enough.

Memorable Quotes

Isabella: And, of course, there's the other tradition of kissing someone special at midnight.

Phineas: Well then, I know what we're going to do tonight.
Isabella: Really?
Phineas: Yeah! We're gonna make our own New Year's ball and drop it from outer space!
Vivian: Your mother is right, Phineas. You have such an active imagination!

Isabella: (flatly) Not active enough.
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: How do I look?
Norm: Like a pharmacist in a bowtie.
Random woman: If those were my boys, they would be so busted.
Candace: Please, adopt me right now!
Doofenshmirtz:Oh, it never stops being... (gasps as Perry enters)

♪ Perry! ♪
Doofenshmirtz: Perry the Platypus? You can't come in here; this is a black-tie affair. (Perry closes the door, then reenters wearing a half of a tux)
♪ Perry again! ♪
Perry chatters

Doofenshmirtz: Actually, I guess it doesn't really specify pants anywhere, so I guess you're okay.
Candace: (to Irving's camera) Hey y'all out there in Internetland, watch closely 'cause I'm gonna bust Phineas and Ferb!
Irving: Heh-heh-heh, she never busts them.....and "Internetland" is not a real place!
Candace: (standing with Jeremy on a balcony, watching the fireworks) You know, I don't know if I'm gonna be able to keep this resolution.

Jeremy: That's okay. I like you just the way you are. Happy New Year, Candace.
Candace: Happy New Year, Jeremy.

(they kiss; fireworks go off reading "HAPPY NEW YEAR")

Background Information

Production Information

  • This episode was aired in Disney Channel on Demand on November 30, 2012.
  • In Canada, Latin America, Taiwan, and Hong Kong this episode was the Season 4 premiere before Season 3 ended. This was done in order to broadcast the episode in the New Year season, even though Season 3 has not ended by the time.
  • This episode along with it's paired episode, was originally announced as a winter vacation special featuring seasonal sports and a New Year's celebration.
  • For unknown reasons, this episode aired in April in Scandinavia.
  • This will air around Chinese New Year in Taiwan and Hong Kong.
  • This episode marks Sue Perrotto's debut as a full-time director.
  • Olivia Olson sings "Happy New Year" in this episode.

International Premieres

  • December 13, 2013 (Disney Channel UK)
  • December 14, 2012 (Family Channel)
  • December 27, 2012 (Disney XD Canada)
  • December 30, 2012 (Disney Channel Brazil and Latin America)
  • December 31, 2013 (Disney XD UK)
  • February 9, 2013 (Disney Channel Taiwan and Hong Kong)
  • April 20, 2013 (Disney Channel Scandinavia)
  • April 20, 2013 (Disney Channel Sweden)


  • Major Monogram greets Perry with "Morning, Agent P," but it is nighttime.
  • At certain points in the episode, Isabella's scarf briefly changes to a darker shade of purple.
  • At some points in the episode, Milly's hair is lighter.
  • During the close up of the three kids on the infinity slide in the song, they weren't wearing their coats, but when they join the conga line their coats suddenly appear on them.
  • While the kids were watching the fireworks, if you look closely you can see Baljeet and three other kids have their eyes not outlined.
  • During the ten-second countdown to the new year, it actually took MORE then ten seconds in real life. Also, everyone didn't count down in ten seconds, it technically took twenty seconds.
  • Up close the Resolution Changer-Inator says "Resolution Changer-Inator", but zoomed out it is wordless.
  • When Phineas is saying he's excited to finally see the New Year's ball drop, Ferb's hair is outlined with black instead of green.
  • Phineas and Ferb's ball lands way too early before the audience finishes the countdown. It should've landed at the final second WHILE Doofenshmirtz uses the Resolution Change-inator on the audience.
  • Perry wore a tuxedo at the party in City Hall, but during Happy New Year, he wasn't wearing a tuxedo while dancing with Doofenshmirtz.
  • Katie is nowhere to be seen during the kids' conga dance.
  • Just before the clock hits midnight, Candace is looking at Linda and Lawrence about to kiss in the courtyard. After the countdown and when the song begins, Candace is immediately on the dance floor waltzing with Jeremy. Linda and Lawrence have also appeared on the dance floor even though it has been about twenty or thirty seconds since they were in the courtyard.
  • Doofenshmirtz says he hates New Year's according to the song I Really Don't Hate Christmas.
  • When Phineas and Ferb begin to drop from the ball, you can see the Earth below and you can see that it is connected somewhere in Africa. (We know that Phineas and Ferb live in the U.S.)
  • The ball drop would've taken more than a minute as it descends from outer space and takes longer to drop from there. Therefore, the pole should've been 77 feet (23 m) long. (Although they do drop the ball before the one-minute-to-go mark.)


  • The tradition of dropping a ball to count down to midnight on New Year's Eve originated in New York City in 1907-1908. It remains arguably the most well-known of all New Year's celebrations, and has inspired similar celebrations around the world.
  • Gangnam Style - During the song and montage, Phineas and Ferb are shown imitating the viral music video by Korean singer, Psy. Phineas was dressed up as Psy and Ferb was dressed up as Yoo Jae-Suk, the man in the yellow suit from the video. Also, in the very next shot, Isabella and the Fireside Girls do the dance.
  • Auld Lang Syne - Auld Lang Syne, mentioned by Ferb as literally meaning "old long ago", is a Scottish poem written in 1788 by Robert Burns. It's generally sung to celebrate the beginning of a new year. And, at the beginning of the episode, the song is heard.
  • Various famous dance moves: During the song and dance montage various dances can be seen, in order: The Running Man, Staying Alive, Voguing, Swing Dancing, the Monkey, and a Conga Line.
  • The Infinity Slide is in the shape of an Infinity ring.


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