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You know, Dad may be a little geeky for the new century, but in the 80's, the rise of the synthesizer allowed even hopeless nerds to rock the charts.

Phineas Flynn

When Linda is asked to do a Lindana reunion concert, Lawrence worries that she might be missing the excitement of her old life, so he asks the boys to help turn him into a pop star so that he can perform at the concert and show Mom he too is an exciting guy. Across town, Dr. Doofenshmirtz plans a faux alien invasion in order to take over the Tri-State Area.

Episode Summary

Phineas, Ferb, and Candace are watching TV when a television show called 'Where are They Now?' features Lindana. Candace is thinks that she looks familiar and is surprised when the narrator says that she lives in the Tri-State Area and rushes into the kitchen and asks why her Mom didn't tell her. She responds by saying that was before she was born, and that she'd rather have a family. When Candace says that Lindana spread happiness, Linda replies by saying that she's Linda, and she's making soup. Phineas and Ferb appear in the kitchen and say that Linda has a call from an agent asking her to appear as Lindana in a 80's reunion concert. Linda isn't so sure, but Candace begs her to go so that she can go because it'll be fun and cool because she's with Lindana. Phineas supports Linda, but Lawrence reluctantly agrees.

Linda tells Lawrence from her limo that dinner is "in the oven, just heat it up." Candace appears out of the sunroof and excitedly shouts. Lawrence admits that the moment he's feared the most has happened. When Phineas asks what he means, Lawrence replies by saying that Linda will meet a lot of fun and cool people, and that he may not appear cool enough. Besides, he laments, he can't sing. Then Phineas wonders if Lawrence's failure can be turned into success. Ferb says he knows what they're going to do today.

Perry (Agent P) enters the lair through the middle sofa cushion and slides through a tube followed by money. Major Monogram says that they've monitored Doofenshmirtz constantly playing with a hula-hoop. After Agent P is shot out of the lair via a spring, he activates his hang glider and glides towards Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated. When he arrives, Doofenshmirtz is already hula-hooping. He asks Agent P to do the hula-hoop. Then he asks if he can do it with his hands on down. Agent P obliges and is trapped by Doofenshmirtz's constricting hula hoop. Doofenshmirtz stops as well, saying that his hips were nearly hula-hooped off. He unveils his Alien-inator. He demonstrates it by firing a laser that causes alien holograms to appear to scare the public into thinking an invasion is happening and that he's the alien leader so the public will give him power.

Autographed photo

Candace/Lindana's Signature

Lawrence, with the help of Phineas and Ferb, transforms into "Max Modem" an unknown 80's singer, teaching him how to play music with minimal effort. Lawrence asks how he can imitate a celebrity and Phineas replies that they aren't making him a celebrity but a has been. When they enter the concert Phineas acts like Max Modem was a big deal. Many people don't know him but because he appears to have been big they quickly act like they are huge fans. Then after Lindana and Candace sing Max Modem comes and sings.

Then Doofenshmirtz's Alien-inator projects the hologram and defends itself by knowing Agent P's every move. So Perry takes off his hat and begins acting like a mindless animal. The Alien-inator doesn't recognize Perry, and so is confused. Perry jumps up and knocks over the inator, then turns the hologram away from Doofenshmirtz and over to Max Modem.

So the song ends and Max confronts Linda asking for a cup of tea some time but Linda states that she has Lawrence. So Linda asks Lawrence why he did all this and Lawrence states that he did it since Linda was around cool people and he wanted to be cool. Then Phineas says that a manager wants a tour of Max and Lindana but Linda refuses because she states that you don't need to be cool to be happy- much to Candace's disappointment. Phineas asks how Linda kept her voice so good over the years and she replies that she has 'always' just lip synched. Then Perry comes back.

Songs

End Credits

Last verse of Alien Heart.

Running Gags

The "Too Young" Line

Ferb: Phineas, I know what we're gonna do today.
Phineas: Yes, yes you do.


Candace: I know, he really does look familiar?
Linda: Yes, yes he does.


Ferb's Line

Ferb: Phineas, I know what we're gonna do today.
Phineas: Yes, yes you do.


What'cha doin'?

None.

I know what we're gonna do today

Ferb: Phineas, I know what we're gonna do today.
Phineas: Yes, yes you do.


Hey, where's Perry?

Ferb: Phineas, I know what we're gonna do today.
Phineas: Yes, yes you do. Hey, where's Perry?


Perry's entrance to his lair

He stands at middle of the sofa as it flips over.

Evil Jingle

None.

Memorable Quotes

Candace, Phineas, Ferb and Perry are watching a TV commercial about Lindana

Narrator: This week, we ask "Where did they go?" about Pop Stars from the 80's... First up, this perky pop-star stole a One Wonder Hit by declaring I'm Lindana and I wanna have Fun.
Candace: Hey, she looks familiar.
Narrator: Lindana's real name is Linda Flynn-Fletcher and she's now living in the Tri-state area.
Candace: What? Mom, mom, mom!
Phineas: I can't believe she didn't know that.
Candace then runs to Linda
Candace: Mom, mom, mom, mom! You never told me you were a pop star!
Linda: Oh yeah! Well, that was long before you were born. It was fun, but I was happy to give it up to raise a family.
Candace: But you were Lindana and you wanted to have fun!

Linda: Well, now I'm Linda and I wanna stir broth.


Lawrence: I'm afraid I'm hopelessly nerdy.


Phineas: You know, dad may be a little geeky for the new century, but in the 80's, the rise of the synthesizer allowed even hopeless nerds to rock the charts.

Ferb: Phineas, I know what we're going to do today.

Phineas: Yes, yes you do.


Major Monogram: Dr. Doofenshmirtz has been spotted playing with a hoop. See what he's up to.

Perry stares

That's it. That's all we got.


Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Mustn't forget to open the roof. A little something we learned from the Diarrheainator debacle, right, Perry the Platypus?


Referring to Doofenshmirtz

Sally: Papa! Papa, I wanna see the clown!
Sally's father: Sally, He's no clown, he's a nut-job!

Doofenshmirtz: Oh, ha-ha-ha, laugh it up, now. And when your friends ask you what happened to casual Friday nights, you can tell them you opened your big mouth!


Candace and Linda are talking after singing "I'm Lindana and I wanna have fun"

Candace: I can't believe I sang backup for Lindana!
Linda: You can call me Mom.

Candace: I just sang backup for Mom... Nah, doesn't have the same ring...


Perry disables the Alien-Inator, and leaves Doofenshmirtz alone again in his alien costume
Doofenshmirtz: (Sighs) Great, now I am a nut-job.


Linda: Nice work, Max, you still got it. Though I can't say I remember you having it in the first place.

Lawrence: You weren't so bad yourself. What say we go out for a spot of tea sometime.
Linda: Oh no thanks. I've got an absolutely wonderful husband back home.

Lawrence: Yeah, well you better believe it tuckie.


Phineas: So mom, after all these years how did you keep your voice in such great shape?

Linda: Oh I was lip synching. Even back then.
Perry chatters

Oh there you are Perry.


Background Information

Max Modem backstage

"Max Modem" coming into the studio.

  • This is the first episode when Ferb says the "I know what we're gonna do today" line and Phineas's name, apart from in the song Backyard Beach.
  • This episode reveals that by this point in time, Phineas and Ferb know Lindana is Linda, but Candace does not.
  • Doofenshmirtz builds a robot that can't recognize Perry without his hat, not unlike Doof himself.
  • This is the first episode where Lawrence is shown singing alone.
  • This episode reveals that Lawrence knows how to play the keytar and the keyboard.
  • This episode reveals that Linda was just lip syncing I'm Lindana and I Wanna Have Fun! and before with her one-hit wonder day. This could be an inside joke about the fact that Olivia Olson actually sings the song. It could also be a reference to 80's pop group Milli Vanilli, who won a Grammy but returned it after it was revealed they just lip synched to pre-recorded voices.
  • The Charity Girl from "Finding Mary McGuffin" makes an appearance in this episode. Her name was also revealed as Sally.
  • Doofenshmirtz mentions to Sally's father about Friday nights, which is ironic, considering that the majority of Phineas and Ferb episodes premiere on Friday nights on Disney Channel. This may also be another example of a fourth wall break in the series.
  • This is the second episode when Phineas and Ferb don't make something.They just help Lawrence to create a non-existent famous singer of the '80's. ("Tip of the Day")
  • Dr. Doofenshmirtz stands on a soap crate, like Phineas in "Phineas and Ferb Summer Belongs to You!".
  • During the song "She's Got An Alien Heart!", the front row chanters are the same people from the Aglet Awareness concert, and are wearing aglets. ("Tip of the Day")
  • When Max, Phineas, and Ferb enter the Danville Arena together, the rhythm for the What Do It Do? (song) is played.
  • When Max, Ferb, and Phineas walk into the Arena, one of the dancers from S.I.M.P. (Squirrels In My Pants) makes an appearance.
  • This is the second time when money falls along with Perry as he enters his headquarters ("Atlantis").
  • When Max Modem walks in the convention center, one of the bystanders resembles Clive Addison. ("Nerds of a Feather")
  • The Alien-inator picture of Agent P is the same pose as in "Phineas and Ferb Musical Cliptastic Countdown".
  • The line "Thank you, Tri-State Area!" is a nod to the lines "Good night, Tri-State Area!" and "Good night, Gimmelshtump!" ("Dude, We're Getting the Band Back Together", "Thaddeus and Thor").

Production Information

  • The first information about this episode was revealed in an April 17, 2009 article in the St. Petersburg Times .[1]
  • This episode was first aired on Disney Channel Latin America on July 23, 2010, also in Disney Channel Taiwan and in English on Disney Channel Hong Kong on August 8, 2010 and also in English Disney Channel Asia on August 22, 2010.
  • Premiered on Verzion on Demand on September 17, 2010.

International Premieres

  • July 23, 2010 (Disney Channel Latin America)
  • August 8, 2010 (Disney Channel Taiwan)
  • August 22, 2010 (Disney Channel Asia)
  • August 31, 2010 (Disney Channel Brazil)
  • September 6, 2010 (Disney XD Poland)
  • November, 14, 2010 (Disney XD France)
  • December 11, 2010 (Disney XD Spain)
  • December 16, 2010 (Disney Channel Spain)
  • February 8, 2011 (Disney XD UK)
  • February 11, 2011 (Disney Channel Scandinavia)
  • March 18, 2011 (Disney XD Scandinavia)

Errors

  • FerbsInvisibleBlink

    You can see what is behind Ferb's right eye.

    When Phineas and Ferb appear in the kitchen and say that Linda has a call from an agent, Ferb blinks and you can see right through his right eye.
  • Before Max Modem sings Alien Heart, the crowd have the shoelaces around their finger. This does not seem fitting to the theme of the song ("Tip of the Day").
  • When Perry is about to turn into pet mode, his eye color changes from brown to blue.
  • The ring on Lawrence's hairdo is red, but when he is shown walking through the line at the arena it is brown. Then, in the next shot, the ring is red again.
  • During the song I'm Lindana and I Wanna Have Fun!, the backup singers are girls, but the voices of the singers are male. This may be due to the fact she was lip-syncing.
  • On TV at the beginning of the episode, Lindana's image is mirrored, most noticible because her belt says YOT instead of TOY and her hairbow is on the other side.
  • On T.V when there is a close up of "Lindana" she doesn't have any pupils.
  • When Doofenshmirtz is in his "King of the Aliens" costume, his face turns a darker brown color.
  • In the last shot of the episode, the spots on Linda's jacket disappear.

Continuity

Allusions

  • The Jetsons - Lawrence's suit and the ring on the top of his hair is similar to this cartoon.
  • Space Invaders - The holographic aliens descend from the sky in rows, just like they do in the game Space Invaders. This is also alluded to by Doofenshmirtz shouting "You're being invaded! From Space! By invaders! From space!".
  • Playback rate - There are a lot of allusions to the urban legend about performers on stage only miming in the performance while a recorder plays back their song.
  • Max Headroom - The name and looks of Max Modem is obviously a parody of the famous Max Headroom from the famous Coke ads and TV show of the 80s.
  • Daft Punk - The robot musicians behind Lawrence may be an allusion to the duo Daft Punk, who dress as robots when performing.
  • Hidden Mickey - The hidden Mickey is seen in a green inverted Mickey style logo in her left collar of Linda's jacket during at the end of the episode.
Riffandmax
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show - Lawrence's "Max Modem" suit design and hairstyle are similar to Riff Raff's Space Commander suit in the climactic scenes of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Lawrence's voice actor, Richard O'Brien actually created the play, helped write the screenplay and played Riff Raff in the film. Lawrence's line "You know, I feel strangely comfortable like this" may be an allusion to this earlier role.
  • Vinyl Records - When Max Modem first enters the convention center, one of the crowd mentions having his 45. This refers to a format of vinyl records popular before cassette tapes were used. The number refers to the number or rotations per minute.
  • Concerts - During the song Alien Heart, a woman throws her legwarmers on stage. This alludes to the practice of people throwing various garments, commonly underwear, on stage of famous performers.
  • Songs from the 70s/80s - Lindana's lyrics ("I'm not Roxanne, I'm not Eileen, I'm not Sharona") reference three songs from the late 70s/early 80s: "Roxanne" by The Police, "Come on Eileen" by Dexys Midnight Runners, and "My Sharona" by The Knack.

Cast

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References

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