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When he was younger, he did a bunch of stuff.
―Ferb Fletcher[src]

The Flying Fishmonger is an episode of Phineas and Ferb.

Phineas and Ferb help their grandfather relive his glory days as a daredevil. Dr. Doofenshmirtz seeks revenge against a childhood bully that always kicked sand on him.

Episode Summary

Grandpa Reg is sitting at a table with Phineas and Ferb. He pulls a scrapbook out and shows them a picture from his youth. He was a famous daredevil motorcycle rider who jumped over many things in his young life from his mom’s tea society to the queen of England. His final jump was at McGregor’s Gorge. To prepare he decided to hire a band to make an anthem for him for the event. Unfortunately for him, it rained unexpectedly. He tried again a few weeks later but there was nothing but rain, and again the next week but the rain returned once more so he decided to give up. He wishes that he could jump the gorge once more, but can’t due to his age and his many ailments. Reg shows Phineas that the Holy Mackerel, the motorcycle Reg used in his youth, has been turned into a lamp by Linda.

Phineas tells Ferb that he knows what they’re going to do today. Phineas decides to help re-create Reg’s dream by digging a deep gorge in their backyard and helping him jump it. Phineas and Ferb show Reg their new McGregor’s Gorge, while Ferb finishes repairing the Holy Mackerel, where he added sidecars so that Phineas and Ferb could jump the gorge too.

Meanwhile, Perry is seen in his lair. Carl appears on the screen, and then he tells him that Major Monogram is unable to do his duty for today because of his back injury, so Carl had to take place for today. Then he does a close up, as he tells Perry that Doofenshmirtz has purchase bags of sand, extra-long shoe lances, so then Perry leaves his lair to go stop Dr. Doofenshmirtz. Then Monogram tells Carl to hand him his pills. Meanwhile Candace, Winifred, Lawrence, and Linda go out shopping for clothing for Candace. Candace is forcibly dressed into high class British clothing, much to her disliking. Candace gets a call from Stacy and tells her parents that Phineas and Ferb built a giant gorge in the backyard, which they don’t believe.

Meanwhile, Perry arrives at Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s lair, and traps Perry in sticky flypaper. He tells him a story about a moment from his childhood when a bully named Boris would always kick sand into his eyes. Everywhere he went he was, sand was kicked into his face. Due to these events, he became paranoid and felt that sand would be kicked at him at any time. He creates a “Who’s-Crying-Now-inator” which will kick sand into his old enemy’s house who recently moved to the Tri-State Area.

Phineas, Ferb, and Reg are about to jump the gorge. When Isabella and the Fireside Girls play the anthem, it starts to rain. Reg is saddened because he still can’t jump the gorge. Phineas tells the Fireside Girls to stop. Suddenly the rain stops as well. He tells them to play it again. Sure enough, the rain starts up again. Phineas realizes that the song is so dreary that it causes it to rain. This gives Phineas an idea and he sings his own anthem for the Flying Fishmonger, which cheers Reg up completely and sends the rain clouds away.

They begin to jump the gorge but they fall right when they are supposed to land. Ferb presses a button and the Holy Mackerel sprouts wings. It flies out of the gorge but flies far off from the gorge and loses a wing. They land on a train and then they go into a river. Ferb takes off the remaining wing to make a ski for the front tire. Later they are carried back to the ramp again and they fly up and land safely on the other side, fulfilling Reg’s lifelong dream.

Candace, Winifred, Lawrence, and Linda return from shopping. Candace hurries to the backyard and sees the gorge. She runs off to get her mom to bust Phineas and Ferb.

Meanwhile, Doofenshmirtz presses the button to kick the sand unto his bully’s house. Perry interferes and knocks the controller away and loses the only way to stop the robotic shoe. The robot shoe kicks the bucket, sending the sand flying, but a sudden gust sends the sand back at Doofenshmirtz. The robotic leg disconnects from the robot and falls down on three dump trucks filled with dirt. The mud completely fills up the gorge.

Reg enjoyed the new anthem but asks to hear the older version. The Fireside Girls sing the original song as they leave the yard causing the rain to return. The rain causes the grass to grow back restoring the yard back to its original state. Candace returns with Linda but unfortunately it's too late. Reg thanks the boys for their re-creation of the jump.

Songs

End Credits

A repeat of the The Flyin' Fishmonger, but missing the first line.

Running Gags

The "Too Young" Line

None.

Ferb's Line

Reginald: I may seem like a barmy ol' git now, but when I wasn't so long in the tooth, I had some grand larks and engaged in a fair amount of daring-do.

Phineas: Translate?

Ferb: When he was younger, he did a bunch of stuff.
Reginald: Well these two roister-doisters wheeled out me old iron, built me a crackin' match for McGregor's gorge, and helped this daft ol' git have one last knees-up.

Phineas looks at Ferb in a "translate-for-me" kind of way

Ferb: I have absolutely no idea.

Hey, where's Perry?

Isabella: I brought this cute little toy over for Perry. Where is he?
Phineas: Huh. I don't know.


What'cha doin'?

Phineas: Judging from this photo of McGregor's Gorge, we're right on track! Who's the tiger?

Isabella: Hey Phineas, What'cha doin'?
Phineas: Hey Isabella, we're helping Grandpa Reg to fulfill his long crushed dreams.
Isabella: Where's Ferb?

Phineas: He's in the garage restoring the mackerel.


Perry's entrance to his lair

None.

Memorable Quotes

Phineas: How'd you do that?

Reginald: It's just a little bit of "how's your father." I may seem like a barmy ol' git now, but when I wasn't so long in the tooth, I had some grand larks and engaged in a fair amount of daring-do.
Phineas: Translate?

Ferb: When he was younger, he did a bunch of stuff.
Newsboy: Extra! Extra! Fishmonger and kids jump McGregor's gorge!

Motorcycle jumps and misses the platform on the other side of the gorge
Newsboy: Extra! Extra! Fishmonger and kids plummet to their doom!
Motorcycle flies upwards with wings. One of the wings breaks off

Newsboy: Extra! Extra...oh forget it... Throws the newspapers over his shoulder
Linda: I think that hat's on a bit too tight.
While flying through the air after breaking a wing

Phineas: Well, that can't be good.
pause
Reginald: Spot of tea?

Phineas: Yeah, all right.
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Tube socks? What is this, 1974?


Background Information

  • Due to a legal claim by a real life band in New York named The Bettys, this episode and its partner episode, "Ready for the Bettys", were never rerun on either the Disney Channel or Disney XD in the USA from 2009 to 2015. However, the episode was still available on services such as iTunes and Netflix while still airing in other countries. Though, this episode COULD be ran by itself or with another episode, similar on how Disney ran two episodes with different codes in spring 2012, and again in July 2013.
  • While Candace and her step-grandmother enter and Candace talks about her favorite store, you can hear the song Gitchee Gitchee Goo playing in the background.
  • When Dr. Doofenshmirtz is describing all the times sand was kicked in his face, he is shown in a sandbox building an "inator" sand sculpture.
  • The teenager from the Mount Rushmore gift shop can be seen walking by in the background when Candace and her mom are watching the TV in the store window. ("Candace Loses Her Head")
  • Fifth episode with a song that the same name as the title. ("Leave the Busting to Us", "The Ballad of Badbeard", "Ready for the Bettys", "S'Winter").
  • Phineas was wearing a racing suit and Ferb was wearing a pilot hat, the same clothes that they wore from "The Fast and the Phineas".
  • When Reginald is describing his exploits as The Flying Fishmonger, the same music is heard that plays when Phineas wraps up explaining the rules of the F Games in "Got Game?"
  • In this episode, Reg wears a Pith helmet when he jumps the gorge. This hat was worn by Phineas and Ferb in "Are You My Mummy?"
  • The alliteration on Big Black Boots Boris the Bully is similar to Huge-Hands Hans in Doofenshmirtz's backstory in "Out to Launch".

Production Information

  • Episode description from a 2008 Phineas and Ferb press release:
In the episode entitled "The Flying Fishmonger," Ferb helps Grandpa Fletcher achieve the Fletcher family tradition of successfully jumping over MacGregor's Gorge. Meanwhile, Dr. Doofenshmirtz invents a machine to kick sand all over his childhood bully's house.
  • In Holland, the episode is called "De Hemelse Haring", which means "The Heavenly Herring".
  • This episode is titled "Daredevil Ferb" in Australia, according to the listings provided at YourTV.com.au.
  • This episode is titled "El Pescadero Volador" ("The Fishmonger Who Flies") in Spain.
  • Since "git" is a mild swear word in the UK, it was edited out when it aired there:
    • The line "I may seem like a barmy ol' git now..." was changed to "I may seem barmy now...".
    • The line "...and helped this daft ol' git have one last knees-up" was changed to "...and helped this daft ol' guy have one last knees-up".

Errors

  • Before Ferb quotes that he has no idea what his grandfather is saying, Phineas smiles very quickly.
  • The Flynn-Fletcher backyard has a gorge in it, but when Dr. Doofenshmirtz's remote falls down, the backyard looks normal.
  • On the drive home from the mall, Grandma Fletcher is not in the car.
  • When Ferb is sitting in the Holy Mackerel, his eyes are about the same size.
  • Right before the Fireside Girls play the old anthem for the last time, Ferb's big eye is in front of his small eye.
  • Isabella and Gretchen do not have sleeves when they sing back-up onscreen. Also, the blue patch on Gretchen's sash is square instead of round.
  • Just like in "Flop Starz" and a few other episodes, Isabella's uniform changes. When she was playing the original Fishmonger theme song, she was wearing her Fireside uniform, but when she was playing it the second time she was in her normal dress.
  • When Grandpa Reg first start explaining about his past, Phineas, Ferb and their grandfather are sitting at the table. When Grandpa Reg finishes, they are in the living room.
  • When Grandpa Reg says to Phineas that he wishes to hear his old theme song there is a huge gap in the fence but when the grass grows there is no gap in the fence.
  • When Doofenschmirtz first fires up the sand-inator, the gear indicator on the machine is pointing at the "R", indicating reverse. The indicator does not move when he shifts the machine into forward "D" (drive) mode, but stays on Reverse.

Allusions

  • This episode recalls the craze of jumping things like the Grand Canyon and other canyons, made famous by Evel Knievel.
  • Candace's outfit in the mall is similar to that worn by Queen Elizabeth II.
  • The newspaper boy was a common feature in movies once upon an age.
  • The motorcycle plunging down the gorge and then narrowly avoiding crashing by taking off like an airplane, is taken from Wallace and Gromit:A Close Shave.

Cast

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Major Characters: Phineas Flynn | Ferb Fletcher | Candace Flynn | Perry | Major Francis Monogram | Heinz Doofenshmirtz | Linda Flynn | Lawrence Fletcher
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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 | Hawaii

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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