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Yeah, we're inside Candace's stomach.
―Phineas

Isabella's dog, Pinky, eats her Fireside Girls sash, so the boys build a mini-submarine to retrieve it, but they end up inside Candace instead. Perry is forced to take direct action when Dr. Doofenshmirtz's latest scheme specifically threatens Phineas and Ferb.

Summary

Phineas and Ferb can’t make up their minds on whether to build a submarine or a shrink ray. Linda says that they have wonderful imaginations. Candace is eating her favorite cereal, when Jeremy calls. He asks if she would like to go for a walk later, causing her to spit her cereal and milk out. She accepts and then calls Stacy and Jenny screaming with excitement. Meanwhile, in the backyard, Phineas and Ferb are still trying to decide what to build. Isabella walks along with her dog, Pinky, to show them her Fireside Girls sash with all her accomplishment badges. However, when she does so, Pinky jumps up and eats it. Isabella gets upset because she needs it for the ceremony that afternoon. Ferb shows Phineas their blueprints and they decide to create a shrinking submarine to retrieve it from Pinky’s stomach.

As that is going on, Perry slips into his lair. Major Monogram tells him that Dr. Doofenshmirtz is hiding out in the old abandoned vacuum cleaner factory and to find out what he’s up to.

Back at the house, Phineas explains to Isabella that he and Ferb will shrink down into Pinky’s dog food and when he swallows them they will fold up the sash to microscopic size and exit through his drool. Isabella says that he will eat anything but dog food, though he does like grilled cheese sandwiches. Phineas says that he and Ferb will build the submarine while she makes the sandwich. When she returns with it, she finds Phineas with the completed submarine. She places the sandwich on the ground; Phineas and Ferb activate the submarine and drop into it. However, when Isabella places Pinky on the ground, he runs off chasing a cat instead of eating the sandwich. After Isabella leaves to chase after him, Candace comes into the garage to tell the boys to stay out of her way as she goes on her date with Jeremy. She sees the sandwich on the ground and decides to eat it so she doesn’t look like a pig on her date.

Meanwhile, Perry breaks into Doofenshmirtz Abandoned Vacuum Cleaner Factory and Dr. Doofenshmirtz suggests they “mix it up a little” this time. So Doofenshmirtz tells Agent P his plan before he captures him. He shows Agent P the “Make-up-your-mind-inator” he invented to destroy people who can’t make up their mind. Then, Perry remembers that at breakfast, Phineas and Ferb said they couldn’t make up their minds about what they were going to do that day. Enraged at this, Perry then cuffs Doofenshmirtz to a nearby pipe and calls Major Monogram to send backup to come get Doofenshmirtz.

Phineas and Ferb are sitting in the submarine in Candace’s mouth waiting to be swallowed. When Candace hears the doorbell ring, she swallows the submarine and goes to meet Jeremy at the door. As they go down her throat Phineas comments that Pinky's neck is really long. When they get to her stomach and search for the sash, he notices tacos similar to the ones Linda made for dinner the night before and then Candace’s favorite cereal. When he begins to realize what's going on, Phineas gets a call from Isabella, who is wondering where they disappeared to, inadvertently confirming his suspicion. Phineas hangs up and tells Ferb they are inside Candace instead. He then states, “That’s creepy on so many levels.”

While they are waiting, Doofenshmirtz tells Perry that there is travel chess set in one of two nearby handbags. Sensing a trap Perry opens the other bag. When he opens it, there is a self-attaching belt that sticks itself to any flat surface which traps Perry. Dr. Doofenshmirtz frees himself and shows Perry that there was one in both bags so no matter which one he picked he'd be trapped and unintentionally traps himself.

Inside Candace the boys tap into her eyes and ears through her nerves to see what she sees. They see that she is on her date with Jeremy and realize that means they're on a date with him. Phineas calls Candace to tell her and she doesn't believe him. To prove it Ferb uses a feather duster to tickle her. Phineas sees some monkey bars and asks her if she still gets sick when she hangs upside down. He apologizes, but tells her they have to help Isabella as they tap into Candace's arms and legs. They walk her over to the bars and make her hang upside down and they begin to move out of her stomach, however, she gets off and swallows them back down. As she and Jeremy arrive at his uncle’s sandwich shop, Phineas and Ferb, still inside her throat, tickle her so she will cough them back up. Jeremy goes to get her some water and they get coughed out and returned to normal size. Candace quickly calls Linda, who says she’s on her way to the shop to pick up some sandwiches Lawrence ordered.

Doofenshmirtz, while wearing the belt, begins to roll himself along the wall and out through a window. Perry proceeds to do the same, chasing the doctor up building and up the giant vacuum cleaner that sits on top of it. Doofenshmirtz manages to break his belt off on the switch of the vacuum and falls down into Phineas and Ferb's submarine. Perry also breaks his belt off using the switch and turns the vacuum on. It moves forward and manages to suck up Doofenshmirtz and the submarine, just before Linda arrives.

Linda calls Candace imaginative and walks off as Isabella comes up to Phineas and tells him that Pinky threw up and she got her sash back. Jeremy then shows Candace his uncle’s menu and tells her he had grilled cheese sandwiches named after her on it because he knows that’s her favorite. As he hands her one, Doofenshmirtz activates the shrinking submarine and falls into it. After they go inside to eat, as Jeremy suggested, Candace is about to eat her sandwich, but Pinky jumps up and eats it instead, with Doofenshmirtz inside. Later, while Pinky is sleeping, Doofenshmirtz wonders where he is. He learns that he's inside Pinky and plans to pee all over the Tri-State Area and laughs evilly, then pauses, sighs, and wonders, Oh, what am I doing with my life?

Songs

Running Gags

The "Too Young" Line

Phineas: Aren't you wondering if we're a little young to be building a submarine?

Delivery Man: Yes, yes I am.

Phineas: Yeah. We get that a lot.


Ferb's Lines

Isabella: But Pinky will eat anything but dog food. He likes grilled cheese sandwiches!
Pinky makes a craving sound.

Phineas: Not a problem. You make the sandwich, we'll build the sub.

Ferb makes the same sound as Pinky.


Phineas: Okay, let me call you back. (hangs up) Yeah, we're inside Candace's stomach.
Ferb: That's creepy on so many levels.


Phineas: (Looking through Candace's eyes in screen) Look, we're getting an image. She's on her date with Jeremy. That means we're on a date with Jeremy.
Ferb: Again, creepy on so many levels.


What'cha doin'?

Isabella: What'cha doin'?

Phineas: Oh, hi Isabella.
Isabella: Hi Phineas, you remember Pinky?

Phineas: (Seeing Pinky) Oh yeah. Hi Pinky.


Perry's entrance to his lair

He uses a keypad to activate a rotating section of the fence, which flings him through a trap door in the lawn.

Evil Jingle

Doofenshmirtz Abandoned Vacuum Cleaner Factory!

Memorable Quotes

Candace: Oh my gosh! Guess who just called and ask me out on a date!

Stacy: Who!?
Candace: Jeremy!
Stacy: Ahh!
Candace: Ahh!
Stacy: Ahh!
Candace: Ahh!
Stacy: Hold on, let's conference in Jenny!
Candace: Okay! Ahh!
Jenny: Ahh!
Candace: Ahh!
Stacy: Ahh!

Phineas: LET'S GO OUTSIDE!


Isabella: One grilled cheese sandwich, hot off the—oh, cool!


Isabella: No, Pinky! Chasing the cat is so cliché! You're better than that!


Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Perry the Platypus, I...You know, we always do the same thing. I have a scheme, you try to stop me, I trap you, I tell you my scheme, you escape, then we fight, and I'm defeated. Let's mix it up a little!


Major Monogram: Agent P, what's wrong? (Perry shows Major Monogram Doofenshmirtz handcuffed to pipe.)

Major Monogram: Oh, you've caught Doofenshmirtz. That's weird. He usually traps you, then you escape and then—

Doofenshmirtz: We mixed it up a little!


Doofenshmirtz: Should I go with "Make-Up-Your-Mind-Inator" or is that too on the nose? It's funny, now I can't make up MY mind.

Perry jumps onto Doofenshmirtz, punches him and kicks him backwards. He handcuffs one handcuff to Doofenshmirtz.
Doofenshmirtz: Perry the platypus wha-?
Perry drags him over to the pipe
Doofenshmirtz: Well I did NOT see that coming.
Perry handcuffs the other one to the pipe, jumps over Doofenshmirtz and takes out his phone communicator.

Doofenshmirtz: Calling Headquarters, huh? You didn't even give me a chance to trap you! See, I was going to put you in that snow globe over there...now I have to return it!


Phineas: (not knowing he's inside Candace instead of Pinky) Wow. Pinky's neck is really long.


Phineas: Ah, tacos. You know who makes the best tacos? Mom. These kinda remind me of the ones we had...for dinner...last night.


While Doofenshmirtz is inside Pinky
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: (clapping his hands together) Perfect. Now I can pee all over the Tri-State Area! (laughs evilly then stops)...Oh, what am I doing with my life?


Background Information

  • Candace is allergic to dairy products ("Candace Loses Her Head", "Oh, There You Are, Perry"), but the severity is not specified. If it is a mild allergy, this may explain why grilled cheese sandwiches are her favorite. They typically use processed cheese instead of unprocessed, and this difference may allow her to enjoy them with little or no reaction.
  • This is the first episode where Perry shows his affection towards the boys. This is also the first episode where Perry doesn't fight Doofenshmirtz to stop him, simply cuffs him to a pipe after being told the plan.
  • Uncle Joe is probably Jeremy's mom's brother because he looks like her.
  • This is the first episode in which Doofenshmirtz directly interacts with/uses one of Phineas and Ferb's inventions.
  • This is the third episode with Candace's name ("Lights, Candace, Action!", "Candace Loses Her Head").
  • When Doofenshmirtz indicates the large snow globe he was going to trap Perry in, a bit of the instrumental of S'Winter plays.
  • Phineas and Ferb build a submarine again in "Voyage to the Bottom of Buford".
  • This is the second time Candace's ears were seen ("Got Game?").

Production Information

  • Episode description from the original Phineas and Ferbruary 2008 press release: [1]
In "Journey to the Center of Candace," airing Friday, Ferb-ruary 29, Isabella's dog, Pinky, accidentally eats her Fireside Girls sash, so Phineas and Ferb devise a plan to build a shrinking submarine so they can go inside Pinky's stomach and retrieve it. Unfortunately they end up inside Candace instead, right in the middle of her big date with Jeremy.

Errors

  • If the tacos had been in Candace's stomach since the night before, they wouldn't be recognizable as tacos anymore. In fact, they would already be digested and not in there at all. Also, they appeared to have been swallowed almost whole.
  • When the submarine connects to Candace's nerves, Phineas says that they are in her stomach. However, there is no way to connect to the nerves within there.
  • During the song "Hemoglobin Highway", we see a red blood cell split in half as if by mitosis. They do not reproduce in this manner. However, this may not count, as there is much biological inaccuracy in this episode.
  • When the boys are building the submarine it is green, however, when it is seen inside Candace, it is blue. This could be explained as different body fluids adding a tint to it.
  • In Oh, There You Are, Perry, Candace says she is allergic to dairy products, yet she is seen eating cereal with milk. She is also seen eating a grilled cheese sandwich in this episode, although it could be some sort of dairy-free cheese but this is not likely because it was made for Pinky and not her. Swampy and Dan realized this mistake in a later interview, with Dan saying simply that it was "soy cheese".
  • During the song Hemoglobin Highway, we see Candace's eyeball but there is no way they can see that.
  • Candace apparently does not have peristaltic action.
  • Linda should've seen the submarine from a distance down the street.
  • The submarine would've dissolved in Candace's stomach acid.

Continuity

Allusions

  • Journey to the Center of the Earth - The name of this episode is derived from the novel Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne.
  • Fantastic Voyage - The submarine that Pinky swallows is an homage to the film Fantastic Voyage.
  • Infocom's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1984) - Elements of this story may also have been influenced by this text-based computer game. An important part of its plotline involves your character finding himself on a microscopic spaceship which is eaten by a small dog, ending the game. However, if you feed him a grilled cheese sandwich earlier in the game, he is preoccupied with it and ignores the spaceship.
  • Barney and Friends - When Jeremy shows Candace a menu that has "The Candace Special", a similar tune to "I Love You" can be heard.

Cast

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References


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Media

Animated Productions: Phineas and Ferb | Videography | Take Two with Phineas and Ferb (Episode list) | Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension | Feature film
Video Games: Phineas and Ferb | Phineas and Ferb Ride Again | Disney Channel All Star Party | Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension | Agent P Strikes Back | Phineas and Ferb: Quest for Cool Stuff | Where's My Perry? | Disney INFINITY (2.0) (3.0) | Phineas and Ferb: Day of Doofenshmirtz
Albums: Phineas and Ferb | Phineas and Ferb Holiday Favorites | Phineas and Ferb: Across the 1st and 2nd Dimensions | Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars soundtrack

Disney Parks

Agent P's World Showcase Adventure | Celebrate the Magic | Phineas and Ferb's Rockin' Rollin' Dance Party

Characters

Major Characters: Phineas Flynn | Ferb Fletcher | Candace Flynn | Perry | Major Francis Monogram | Heinz Doofenshmirtz | Linda Flynn | Lawrence Fletcher
Secondary Characters: Isabella Garcia-Shapiro | Baljeet Tjinder | Buford Van Stomm | Jeremy Johnson | Carl Karl | Stacy Hirano | Ginger Hirano | Milly | Katie | Holly | Adyson Sweetwater | Gretchen
Recurring characters: Giant Floating Baby Head | Django Brown | Coltrane | Charlene Doofenshmirtz | Vanessa Doofenshmirtz | Roger Doofenshmirtz | Vivian Garcia-Shapiro | Irving | Jenny Brown | Suzy Johnson | Danny | Bobbi Fabulous | Sherman | Meap | Mitch | Norm | Clyde Flynn | Betty Jo Flynn | Pinky | Albert | Peter | Klimpaloon | Talking Zebra | Monty Monogram | Hildegard Johnson | Reginald Fletcher | Winifred Fletcher | Aloyse von Roddenstein
Minor Characters: Jerry | Khaka Peu Peu | The Regurgitator | Bob Webber | Princess Baldegunde | Melissa | Unnamed Fireside Girls | Agent E | Brobots | Drill Sergeant | Buck Buckerson | Tiana Webber | Jack Johnson | Mrs. Johnson | Wendy | Eliza Fletcher | Nicolette | Mandy | Thaddeus and Thor | Mindy | Amanda | Lucy Fletcher | Adrian Fletcher | Beppo Brown | Dr. Hirano | Annabelle Johnson | Sara | Brigitte, Josette, and Collette | Mishti Patel | Liam McCracken | Rodrigo | Morg | Glenda Wilkins | Dr. Gevaarlijk | Heinz Doofenshmirtz's mother | Blanca Dishon | Professor Poofenplotz | Lyla Lolliberry | Balloony
Guest Characters: Santa Claus | Kim Possible | Pinocchio | Baby Baboon | Thor Odinson | Spider-Man | Hulk | Iron Man | Red Skull | Nick Fury | Venom | Whiplash | MODOK

Organizations/Groups

Organization Without a Cool Acronym | Fireside Girls | League Of Villainous Evildoers Maniacally United For Frightening Investments in Naughtiness | Love Handel | Canadian Organization Without a Cool Acronym

Episodes

Season One: "Rollercoaster" | "Candace Loses Her Head" | "The Fast and the Phineas" | "Lawn Gnome Beach Party of Terror" | "The Magnificent Few" | "S'Winter" | "Are You My Mummy?" | "Flop Starz" | "Raging Bully" | "Lights, Candace, Action!" | "Get That Bigfoot Outta My Face!" | "Tree to Get Ready" | "It's About Time!" | "Jerk De Soleil" | "Toy to the World" | "One Good Scare Ought to Do It!" | "A Hard Day's Knight" | "I, Brobot" | "Mom's Birthday" | "Journey to the Center of Candace" | "Run Away Runway" | "I Scream, You Scream" | "It's a Mud, Mud, Mud, Mud World" | "The Ballad of Badbeard" | "Dude, We're Getting the Band Back Together" | "Ready for the Bettys" | "The Flying Fishmonger" | "Phineas and Ferb Get Busted!" | "Greece Lightning" | "Leave the Busting to Us!" | "Crack That Whip" | "The Best Lazy Day Ever" | "Boyfriend From 27,000 B.C." | "Voyage to the Bottom of Buford" | "Put That Putter Away" | "Does This Duckbill Make Me Look Fat?" | "Traffic Cam Caper" | "Bowl-R-Ama Drama" | "The Monster of Phineas-n-Ferbenstein" | "Oil on Candace" | "Unfair Science Fair" | "Unfair Science Fair Redux (Another Story)" | "Out to Launch" | "Got Game?" | "Comet Kermillian" | "Out of Toon" | "Hail Doofania!"
Season Two: "The Lake Nose Monster" | "Interview With a Platypus" | "Tip of the Day" | "Attack of the 50 Foot Sister" | "Backyard Aquarium" | "Day of the Living Gelatin" | "Elementary My Dear Stacy" | "Don't Even Blink" | "Chez Platypus" | "Perry Lays an Egg" | "Gaming the System" | "The Chronicles of Meap" | "Thaddeus and Thor" | "De Plane! De Plane!" | "Let's Take a Quiz" | "At the Car Wash" | "Oh, There You Are, Perry" | "Swiss Family Phineas" | "Phineas and Ferb Musical Cliptastic Countdown" | "Phineas and Ferb's Quantum Boogaloo" | "Hide and Seek" | "That Sinking Feeling" | "The Baljeatles" | "Vanessassary Roughness" | "No More Bunny Business" | "Spa Day" | "Bubble Boys" | "Isabella and the Temple of Sap" | "Cheer Up Candace" | "Fireside Girl Jamboree" | "The Bully Code" | "Finding Mary McGuffin" | "What Do It Do?" | "Atlantis" | "Picture This" | "Nerdy Dancin'" | "I Was a Middle Aged Robot" | "Suddenly Suzy" | "Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation!" | "Undercover Carl" | "Hip Hip Parade" | "Just Passing Through" | "Candace's Big Day" | "Invasion of the Ferb Snatchers" | "Ain't No Kiddie Ride" | "Wizard of Odd" | "The Beak" | "Not Phineas and Ferb" | "Phineas and Ferb-Busters!" | "The Lizard Whisperer" | "Robot Rodeo" | "The Secret of Success" | "The Doof Side of the Moon" | "She's the Mayor" | "The Lemonade Stand" | "We Call it Maze" | "Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet Max Modem!" | "Nerds of a Feather" | "Phineas and Ferb Hawaiian Vacation" | "Split Personality" | "Brain Drain" | "Make Play" | "Candace Gets Busted" | "Summer Belongs to You!" | "Rollercoaster: The Musical!"
Season Three: "Run, Candace, Run" | "Last Train to Bustville" | "The Great Indoors" | "Canderemy" | "The Belly of the Beast" | "Moon Farm" | "Phineas' Birthday Clip-O-Rama!" | "Ask a Foolish Question" | "Misperceived Monotreme" | "Candace Disconnected" | "Magic Carpet Ride" | "Bad Hair Day" | "Meatloaf Surprise" | "Tri-Stone Area" | "Doof Dynasty" | "Phineas and Ferb Interrupted" | "A Real Boy" | "Mommy Can You Hear Me?" | "Road Trip" | "Skiddley Whiffers" | "Tour de Ferb" | "My Fair Goalie" | "Perry the Actorpus" | "Bullseye!" | "That's the Spirit" | "The Curse of Candace" | "Escape from Phineas Tower" | "The Remains of the Platypus" | "Ferb Latin" | "Lotsa Latkes" | "A Phineas and Ferb Family Christmas" | "What a Croc!" | "Ferb TV" | "Mom's in the House" | "Minor Monogram" | "Excaliferb" | "Monster from the Id" | "Gi-Ants" | "Agent Doof" | "Phineas and Ferb and the Temple of Juatchadoon" | "Delivery of Destiny" | "Let's Bounce" | "Quietest Day Ever" | "Bully Bromance Break Up" | "Doonkleberry Imperative" | "Buford Confidential" | "Sleepwalk Surprise" | "Sci-Fi Pie Fly" | "Meapless in Seattle" | "The Mom Attractor" | "Cranius Maximus" | "Sipping with the Enemy" | "Tri-State Treasure: Boot of Secrets" | "Doofapus" | "Norm Unleashed" | "When Worlds Collide" | "Road to Danville" | "Where's Perry?" | "Blackout!" | "What'd I Miss?" | "This Is Your Backstory"
Season Four: "Fly On the Wall" | "My Sweet Ride" | "For Your Ice Only " | "Happy New Year!" | "Bully Bust" | "Backyard Hodge Podge" | "Der Kinderlumper" | "Just Desserts" | "Bee Day" | "Bee Story" | "Sidetracked" | "Knot My Problem" | "Mind Share" | "Primal Perry" | "La Candace-Cabra" | "Happy Birthday, Isabella" | "Great Balls of Water" | "Where's Pinky?" | "Mission Marvel" | "Thanks But No Thanks" | "Troy Story" | "Love at First Byte" | "One Good Turn" | "Cheers for Fears" | "Just Our Luck" | "Return Policy" | "Imperfect Storm" | "Steampunx" | "It's No Picnic" | "Terrifying Tri-State Trilogy of Terror" | "Druselsteinoween" | "Face Your Fear" | "The Klimpaloon Ultimatum" | "Doof 101" | "Father's Day" | "Operation Crumb Cake" | "Mandace" | "Tales from the Resistance: Back to the 2nd Dimension" | "The Return of the Rogue Rabbit" | "Live and Let Drive" | "Lost in Danville" | "The Inator Method" | "Act Your Age" | "Phineas and Ferb Save Summer" | "Night of the Living Pharmacists" | "Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars" | "Last Day of Summer" | "O.W.C.A. Files"

Locations

Locations at or near Danville: Danville | Mr. Slushy Franchise | Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated | Flynn-Fletcher House | Atlantis | Googolplex Mall | Old Abandoned Amusement Park
Other Locations: Africa | England | New York | Big Ben | Mars | Tokyo | London | China | India | Canada | Chile

Selected songs

Today is Gonna Be a Great Day | Summer Belongs to You | City of Love | Jump Right In | Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow | Perry the Platypus Theme | Gitchee Gitchee Goo| | Where Did We Go Wrong? | Busted | Little Brothers | What'cha Doin? | Carpe Diem | S.I.M.P. (Squirrels In My Pants) | I'm Me | Rollercoaster | The Ballad of Klimpaloon | Evil for Extra Credit | Backyard Beach | Happy New Year | Great to Be a Baby | Serious Fun

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