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"A Farce" is the 12th episode of the third season of Teen Titans Go!, and the 116th overall episode of the series.

Summary

Brother Blood takes the Titans to court; since they do leave quite a lot of reckless destruction in their wake every time they "save" Jump City from evil villains.

Plot

The Titans begin the episode by searching Jump City for Brother Blood causing massive damage in the process, but Blood captures the Titans and brings all of them to trial.

In the trial of the Teen Titans, the Brain serves as the judge with Monsieur Mallah as the bailiff, Brother Blood as the prosecutor, and Robin as the defense attorney. The Titans start out loudly, protesting the trial as a farce until Blood asks if they're finished. After a brief pause, Raven pounds the table one more time. The Brain announces that if the Titans are found guilty, they will be sentenced to death.

For his opening statement, Brother Blood attempts to depict the Titans as the true menaces to Jump City, not the villains. As a rebuttal, Robin ends up going into details about his many insecurities, such as his habit of biting his toenails off, and his going to bed and night wondering if he will die alone.

Brother Blood first calls on Starfire to testify. Though Starfire is nervous, Raven assures her that things will be okay, and encourages her to be honest. However, when Blood asks if the Titans cause unnecessary damage, Starfire responds with a yes, prompting Raven to call back "to honest!" When it became Robin's turn to question Starfire, he asked her if she would go out with him. And he keeps asking and demanding a straight answer from Starfire when she does not say yes. Blood objects, saying it is just embarrassing, and his objection is sustained.

Robin later calls on Beast Boy and Cyborg to testify. They say that on the whole, only 4 out of 5 Titans are good people, and they name Robin as the sole exception. When Robin tries to object, the Brain overrules him, saying he cannot object to his own witnesses. Cyborg and Beast Boy start taunting Robin in response, and when the Brain tries to call for order, they start placing orders like at a fast food restaurant. Monsieur Mallah tases them to silence them, and the Brain calls for a recess.

Robin believes the Titans are winning their case, but the others are starting to believe that they are about to be sentenced to death as they see the villains preparing a guillotine outside. But Robin is not ready to concede, and he goes over to Raven to ask her if she can speak in a New York accent. She confirms this by saying in said accent, "What's it to you?" Robin then asks if she knows about cars, and she confirms this by talking about her family's long involvement in the auto industry. Robin is now ready to put on a show for the jury.

When the trial reconvenes, Robin calls Raven as his final witness and asks her to identify a car in a picture, reminding her to use the New York accent. She identifies it as a 1971 Skyhawk. Robin shows another picture, this one of skid marks, and asks if the Skyhawk could have created those marks. After Raven says it could not, Robin publicly expresses doubt at her ability to tell just by looking at pictures, but then she offers to explain. When Brother Blood tries to object, stating that this is irrelevant testimony, the Brain overrules him, curious to know where this is going. As Raven explains her stance, the Titans are impressed at the show she is putting on. Raven concludes that the only vehicle capable of making those marks was an Enfield Hurricane. Robin, quite satisfied, dismisses Raven, and now the Titans are confident that they were able to sway the jury. Robin calls this a show.

The Brain announces that the jury has reached a verdict. In his mind, Robin is already celebrating the Titans' acquittal, and he imagines, among other things, getting high-fives from all of his teammates, and getting a thumbs-up from Batman. But in the end, the verdict was guilty, much to Robin's dismay.

Characters

Trivia

  • A farce is a comic dramatic work using buffoonery and horseplay and typically including crude characterization and ludicrously improbable situations.
  • This episode aired one year after "Serious Business" and two years after "Power Moves".
  • Music from "Mouth Hole" is reused.
  • Animation from "Dignity of Teeth" is reused.
  • This is Batman's first appearance in the third season.
  • Overall, this is Sticky Joe's fifth appearance in the show.
  • This episode reveals that Trigon used to be a mechanic.
  • This episode reveals that Robin often watches court room drama shows.
  • The way Raven talks in a New York accent resembles Princess Attea from Ben 10: Omniverse.  Both are voiced by Tara Strong.
  • When Raven was shown evidence in court and responded with a New York accent was a reference to the movie: My Cousin Vinny

Continuity

  • Starfire says that she loves Robin "like the brother", similar to what she said in "Be Mine".
  • This is the second time Cyborg calls a character whose name starts with the letter "B" BB (Beast Boy, Brother Blood). The first time he did so was in "Brain Food".

References

  • Robin saying "You can't handle the truth" is a reference to A Few Good Men[1].
  • Raven's testimony about cars and tire-marks is a parody of a scene from the 1992 movie, My Cousin Vinny. Raven and Robin are portraying the characters played by Marisa Tomei and Joe Pesci.
  • The song that plays during the beginning of the trial is similar to theme music of the show The People's Court.

Running Gags

  • The Titans constantly yelling and hitting the table.
  • The Titans trying to prove their innocence and go off topic while doing so.

Transcript

The transcript for "A Farce" can be found here.

Gallery

Farce
The image gallery for A Farce may be viewed here.

Source

v - e - d Episode Guide

Season 1: April 23, 2013 - June 5, 2014
Legendary SandwichPie BrosDriver's EdDog HandDouble TroubleThe DateDude RelaxLaundry DayGhostboyLa Larva de AmorHey Pizza!GorillaGirl's Night OutYou're Fired!Super RobinTower PowerParasiteStarliarMeatball PartyStaff MeetingTerra-izedArtful DodgersBurger vs. BurritoMatchedColors of RavenThe Left LegBooksLazy SundayStarfire the TerriblePower MovesStaring at the FutureNo PowerSidekickCaged TigerSecond ChristmasNose MouthLegsBreakfast CheeseWafflesBe MineOppositesBirdsBrain FoodIn and OutLittle BuddiesMissingUncle JokesMás y MenosDreamsGrandma VoiceReal MagicPuppets, Whaaaaat?

Season 2: June 12, 2014 - July 30, 2015
Mr. ButtMan PersonPiratesMoney GrandmaI See YouBrianNatureSalty CodgersKnowledgeSlumber PartyLove MonstersBaby HandsCaramel ApplesSandwich ThiefFriendshipVegetablesThe MaskSerious BusinessHalloweenBoys vs. GirlsBody AdventureRoad TripThanksgivingThe Best RobinMouth HoleHot GarbageRobin BackwardsCrazy DaySmile BonesReal Boy AdventuresHose WaterLet's Get SeriousTamaranian VacationRocks and WaterMultiple Trick PonyTruth, Justice, and What?Two Bumble Bees and a WaspOil DrumsVideo Game ReferencesCool SchoolKicking a Ball and Pretending to Be HurtHead FruitYearbook MadnessBeast ManOperation Tin ManNeanCampfire StoriesAnd the Award for Sound Design Goes to RobThe HIVE FiveThe Return of SladeMore of the SameSome of Their Parts

Season 3: July 31, 2015 - October 13, 2016
Cat's FancyLeg DayDignity of TeethCroissantSpice GameI'm the SauceHey You, Don't Forget about Me in Your MemoryAccept the Next Proposition You HearThe Fourth Wall40%, 40%, 20%Grube's FairytalesA FarceScary Figure DanceAnimals, It's Just a Word!BBBDAY!Black FridayTwo ParterThe True Meaning of ChristmasSquash & StretchGarage SaleSecret GardenThe Cruel Giggling GhoulHow 'Bout Some EffortPyramid SchemeBeast Boy's St. Patrick's Day Luck, and It's BadThe Teen Titans Go Easter Holiday ClassicBatman v. Teen Titans: Dark InjusticeBottle EpisodeFinally a LessonArms Race with LegsObinrayWally TRad Dudes with Bad TudesOperation Dude RescueHistory LessonThe Art of NinjutsuThink About Your FutureTTG v PPGCoconut Cream PiePure ProteinOpen Door PolicyCrazy Desire IslandThe Titans ShowBooty ScootyWho's Laughing NowOregon TrailSnuggle TimeOh Yeah!Riding the DragonThe OverbiteThe Cape

Season 4: October 20, 2016 - TBA 2017
Shrimps and Prime RibHalloween v ChristmasBooby Trap HouseFish WaterTV KnightTeen Titans Save ChristmasBBSFBDAY!The StreakThe Inner Beauty of a CactusMovie NightBBRAEPermanent RecordTitan Saving TimeThe Gold StandardMaster DetectiveEaster CreepsThe AvogodoHand Zombie

Unconfirmed and Upcoming Episodes
The Titan Who Smelt ItA Dirt Nap in the FamilyHeart of Ice CreamNewest 52Batman Forever (ish)Man of Steel of Cut Oats

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