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Ladies and Gentlemen, someone in our studio audience has a date with history. So come on up because this is your backstory, Heinz Doofenshmirtz.


Agent P quickly figures out there is more to Norm's odd reality show that celebrates the eventful life of his creator Dr. Doofenshmirtz, which is recreated through flashbacks and special guests.

Episode Summary

Candace was talking on the phone with Stacy about sea water won't be deeper with sponges. She later hangs up and interrupted by a noise, which was Phineas and Ferb playing table tennis (or ping-pong). Candace decides to wait and see for any weirdness might happens and wonders where's Perry.

Screen goes to Perry, who's flying toward Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated was contacts by Major Monogram in his wrist watch about Doofenshmirtz buying a hundred chairs and telling him to investigate. As Perry arrives, the top balcony of the building started to close. Doofenshmirtz, who is sitting in a row of theater chairs tells him to join him, then Norm shines a spotlight on Doofenshmirtz, and Doofenshmirtz comes up to a stage where Norm is. When Norm says to give him an applause, he pulls a level that traps Perry arms and force him to clap. Norm tells him that what make Doofenshmirtz for what he is by using a memory extraction technology to show all of Doofenshmirtz's suppressed memories by sitting in the chair, putting the memory cap on and projecting his memories onto the screen.

Norm starts the clip show by showing Doofenshmirtz's bad childhood, that started from his birth. With the machine showing an image of Doofenshmitz was born and his parents were never there. Norm then introduces Doofenshmirtz to Dr. Mortimer Schnussel from Gimmelshtump Memorial Hospital. Doofenshmirtz greets him, but the doctor just spanks him and tells that he's breathing. Norm tells later introduces him to his mother, Doofenshmirtz was happy to see his mother but she spanks him continuously and leaves.

Norm then ask him about his father that Doofenshmirtz remembers and was shown in the screen from his time acting as their lawn gnome and trying to jump from a high dive. Norm reveals a "Gnome-o-meter" by his assist Vanna, the gnome rising every time he feels emotional pain, and Perry becomes suspicious about it. When Doofenshmirtz states he gotten over his father, but suddenly his father appears he tells him to "Don't Move!" in German.

Norm then introduce Doofenshmirtz to his younger brother, Roger Doofenshmirtz the Mayor of Danville that Norm pulls the lever again to give him a great cheer that Doofenshmirtz was angry about it that this was his show. Doofenshmirtz then remember his time about when Roger was born and had to wear dresses for a whole year, giving his mom a teddy bear but ended up giving it to Roger and trying to impress his mother by playing kickball with a song from Love Handel. After the scenes, Roger decides to leave since he's still running as Mayor and Doofenshmirtz tells him that don't let his ego hit him.

Norm then turn to Doofenshmirtz's social life in Drusseltein that Doofenshmirtz talks about he celebrate his birthday on his own, a bully name Boris kicking him sand all the time (Boris gives him a bunch of sand as a gift), and remembers his time with Balloony. When Balloony appears, Doofenshmirtz was happy to see him until Balloony suddenly pops that he started to cry. However, Norm tells him that wasn't the real Balloony and the real one popped three weeks ago that causes Doofenshmirtz to cries again and the "Gnome-o-meter" increase raises up. Doofenshmirtz then continued his story about his first inator and a baking soda volcano always steal his show. He then wonders where's Perry is since he saw the robotic arms where tied up and sees him tries to go behind the curtains. Doofenshmirtz orders Norm to pulled down a lever, that traps Perry again with the claw arms and revealing the Back-story-Inator. Doofenshmirtz explains that it collects all his painful memories and when the it reaches full, all the concentrated evil will eject back to him and will turn him into the most powerful evil person that will help take over the Tri-State area until he was pounced on by the mother ocelot.

Meanwhile at the backyard, Candace started to get bored as she still watches Phineas and Ferb playing table tennis and still waiting to see what happen unusual for her to bust them.

Back at Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated, Doofenshmirtz explains again the purpose of his Back-story-Inator and shows the "Gnome-o-meter" almost reach the top. As Doofenshmirtz tries to remembers any of his back stories, until Vanessa comes in and ask his father for the keys of the car. As Doofenshmirtz tries to his keys, it gives Doofenshmirtz to remembers some good memories with her daughter and causing the "Gnome-o-meter" to go back down. Finally, Doofenshmirtz finds the keys gives it to Vanessa and she leaves.

Doofenshmirtz was disappointed that he had to start over again, and Norm asks him about how did he ended up in America. Doofenshmirtz explains that when he was sixteen when his mother told him to go to scthor to get some goods but actually was a trick by his parents to send him away on a boat to America and they were both happy when he was gone. Doofenshmirtz ended up cleaning the ship until he reach America to start a new life for himself. Norm also reminded Doofenshmirtz during his high-school days that he make viral video of himself in his underwear skating to a toilet that Doofenshmirtz thought he deleted every ones mind of it and "Gnome-o-meter" raises a little. Norm then shows Doofenshmritz the digital remix, which has 10 billion hits.

Norm tells him about he used to date Lindana but she never came since she never remembered him. Doofenshmirtz also talks about he used to sell some bratwursts and Norm also reminds him about his love life, and later introduce his ex-wife Charlene to him with his alimony check. Charlene asks Doofenshmirtz about the set that she thinks its a game show and if he spent the money on it that he replies yes. After Charlene greets Norm and leaves, Doofenshmirtz tells Norm to bring out more painful memories of the failed inators. "Gnome-o-meter" continues raises more to the top.

As Doofenshmirtz watches his failed love life and -inators and Norm tells him the rest of his memories now are comical, Perry escapes from the claw arms, and kicks Doofenshmirtz. Unfortunately, Doofenshmirtz thanks him for that caused him to be humiliated and the gnome to go over the top and falls into Vanna's foot, causing Doofenshmirtz to activate the Back-story-Inator to transform into an evil giant monster. He grabs Perry and attempts to rid himself of his nemesis once and for all. However, at the last second, Perry takes out his wallet with pictures of him and Doofenshmirtz, causing Doofenshmirtz to have good memories, causing Doofenshmirtz to revert to his original self and accidentally destroys the Back-story-Inator. As Perry leaves, Doofenshmirtz curses him until Vanna walks by and tells him to pay for her shoes and her boyfriend is a lawyer and he and Norm starts to clean up the place.


End Credits

Phineas and Ferb are still playing table tennis. Candace leaves in frustration, but soon after, the ball stops in mid-throw and begins to hover. Phineas exclaims in delight that they have finally gathered enough kinetic energy into the ball to create a quantum vortex. The vortex sucks up everything, leaving behind only blank space and Candace looks around hesitantly and says "Mom?".

Running Gags

The "Too Young" Line


Ferb's Line

Candace: Alright, what is this?

Phineas: Table Tennis.

Ferb: Ping-pong for the lay man.

Whatcha doin'?


Hey, Where's Perry?

Candace: All right, where's Perry?
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Hey, where's Perry?!

Perry's entrance to his lair

None, but Monogram briefs him while flying.

Memorable Quotes

Doofenshmirtz: We had a very distinct relationship.

Doofenshmirtz's father: Bewegen Sie nicht!

Doofenshmirtz: (stands straight up as though he was a lawn gnome)
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Don't let your ego hit you on the way out!
Doofenshmirtz: He kicked sand on me everywhere! Balancing my checks: SAND! On my first date: SAND! On the beach: Oddly enough, nothing. But, I didn't know he wouldn't do it, because I kept waiting for it!

Norm: Well, we have a special appearance from Boris himself, who declined to appear on the show. But, he did send over some sand!
(a huge mound of sand falls on Doofenshmirtz)

Doofenshmirtz: Well, it was really nice of him to do that!
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Oh, Balloony, I missed you so mu- (Balloony pops) BALLOONY!

Norm: (Laughs) We're just having fun with you! That wasn't the real Balloony.
Doofenshmirtz: (crying) It wasn't?

Norm: No, of course not. The real Balloony popped three weeks ago. (Doofenshmirtz resumes crying)

Background Information

  • This episode was first seen mentioned on Aliki Theofilopoulos' twitter.
  • Three things are revealed in this episode:
    1. Charlene knows about Norm.
    2. How Doofenshmirtz came to America.
    3. Perry keeps pictures of him and Doofenshmirtz in his wallet.
  • During Doofenshmirtz's failed -inators sequence Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture was played, a common theme for fireworks, or objects exploding.
  • This is the first two-part episode to not focus on Phineas and Ferb.
  • This is the first 2-part episode that Linda Flynn does not appear in. Though, she was mentioned.
  • Third episode where the episode changes in time ("The Remains of the Platypus","What'd I Miss?")
  • 16-year-old Heinz wears the same clothing that the present Doofenshmirtz wore in "Unfair Science Fair".
  • This is one of the rare occurrences where Doof calls his nemesis Perry instead of "Perry the Platypus".

Production Information

  • This episode was aired on Disney Channel on Demand on October 26, 2012.

International Premieres

  • January 27, 2013 (Disney XD Canada)
  • February 21, 2013 (Disney Channel Brazil and Latin America)
  • March 9, 2013 (Disney Channel Asia)
  • March 13, 2013 (Disney XD Poland)
  • March 18, 2013 (Disney XD Spain)
  • March 22, 2013 (Disney Channel Sweden)
  • March 23, 2013 (Disney XD Latin America)
  • April 26, 2013 (Disney Channel Portugal)
  • April 27, 2013 (Disney Channel Bulgaria, Czech, Hungary, Poland, Middle East, South Africa, Romania)
  • May 3, 2013 (Disney XD Netherlands)
  • May 24, 2013 (Disney XD Germany)


  • In this episode is mentioned that Doofenshmirtz emigrated to the US when he was 16 years old (or about), but in "Oil on Candace" he mentions that he attended college in Gimmelshtump. However, he could have gone back to Gimmelshtump later to attend college.
  • In the clips of Doofenshmirtz's failing schemes, when Perry is rescuing Doofenshmirtz from the exploding hideout his fedora is gray.
  • Doofenshmirtz said he had to become a lawn gnome because his family was poor, but according to Doofenshmirtz in "Got Game?" his family became rich with their award winning dog and then he became a lawn gnome.
  • Doofenshmirtz said that the cake was later confiscated because there was a two person limit, but in the episode "Raging Bully" he said in his backstory that he took the cake home but on the way he was attacked by bats.



  • This Is Your Life - The episode title spoofs the television documentary series, originally hosted by Ralph Edwards.
  • Family Guy - In this episode, Doof makes a machine to turn himself into a more evil person, the same as Stewie does in a episode of the 9th season of Family Guy. Also Dan Povenmire worked on that show as a writer before creating Phineas and Ferb.
  • The Price is Right - The "Gnome-O-Meter" used in this episode is clearly a spoof of the pricing game "Cliff Hangers" from the iconic game show.
  • Wheel of Fortune - The famous game show is alluded to as there is a hostess named Vanna.
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