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"Animals, It's Just a Word!" is the 14th episode of the third season of Teen Titans Go!, and the 118th overall episode of the series.

Summary

Beast Boy presses the fire button on Cyborg's laser cannon and the Titans die, but Beast Boy puts his blood in them to save them from dying and now have the ability to transform into animals and act like animals.

Plot

The episode starts with Cyborg showing off his new laser cannon invention with Beast Boy in the control booth. He transforms into a cat and is tempted to press the fire button, but Cyborg orders him to control his "animal urges". Cyborg keeps a close eye on him, but Beast Boy eventually pushes the button and the Titans end up in the hospital. Beast Boy announces that he replaced all the blood they lost with his own, much to their disgust. Robin yells at him, and while yelling at him suddenly transforms into a dog, howling. This makes them realize that Beast Boy's DNA must have given them the power to turn into animals, and Starfire eagerly turns into a cat, exclaiming that she is adorable. Raven then announces she is thirsty, transforms into a goldfish and hops into a bowl. Cyborg turns into a parrot, shouting about how cool this was. Robin warns that they can be animals but not become them, to which Cyborg replies "Whatever. I just want to turn into a tiny donkey!" And does so, dancing to music with the Titans cheering him on.

Back in the Tower, Robin (in dog form) takes a pan filled with meat off of the stove, announcing breakfast is ready. He dumps the meat on the floor, and the Titans (all in dog form) eat it. Cyborg walks in and sniffs. He asks what smells so good and Starfire answers that it is the meat. Cyborg replies that it's not that, but it's Beast Boy's dog behind. The Titans then go about sniffing each others behinds. They all then transform into birds, flying high over Jump City and pooping on Dr. Light's shiny new car in the process. They then spot the H.I.V.E and attack them as sharks. That night, the Titans are playing cards in the Tower. Starfire then suddenly goes crazy yipping and runs toward the window. They ask her what is wrong and she exclaims that she has spotted a cat. The rest of the Titans then join her yipping and screaming at the window. Raven then stops, wondering what just happened, and Beast Boy explains that it was their animal urges. It then changes to a montage of the Titans (excluding Beast Boy) going about their everyday life as animals which shown of Robin as a dog, Cyborg as a parrot, Raven as a fish, and Starfire as a cat.

The next day, Beast Boy walks in and asks the Titans if they are ready to sniff some butts. They eagerly agree and try to shape-shift, but it doesn't work. Robin figures that their power must have been temporary. Starfire than says she still urges to claw at the couch And Cyborg says he wants a cracker. Raven then starts flying around, complaining how dry it was in the Tower. Starfire then begins know king everything off the counter and Cyborg perches on the couch like a bird, angrily stating he wants a cracker. Robin then begins crawling around and stops to sniff Beast Boy's behind. He throws a toy and Robin and Starfire fight over it. Beast Boy then decided that he will train the animal Ttians to behave. A montage then shows of Beast Boy training the Titans.

Later, Beast Boy is sitting on the couch with Robin, Starfire and Cyborg when he notices that he forgot about Raven. He finds her at the end of the hallway, flopped down on the floor with her eyes closed. Beast Boy exclaims that she is dead and tearfully flushes her down the toilet. Later, the crime alert rings and they leave. Beast Boy exclaims "Let's do this!" , but the Titans are bunched together, scared. Cyborg is perched on a light pole, but flies down at Beast Boy's angry command. Cinder block towers over the Titans, but then a manhole cover appears on the ground and Raven jumps out with an alligator and a rat. She yells "ATTACK!" and the three punch him, defeating him. She explains to the Titans that She was sleeping, and then woke up in the sewer. She was now mutated and had cool new "sewer friends". Cinderblock then wakes up, and they quickly defeat him.

The episode ends back in the tower, with Beast Boy saying that a valuable lesson was learned and Raven saying that her sewer friends would hang with them.

Characters

Trivia

  • This is the fifth episode to be released on the Cartoon Network app before its official date. The other four were "The HIVE Five", "The Return of Slade", "More of the Same", and "Scary Figure Dance".
  • The Titans (excluding Beast Boy) have been acting like an animal they like throughout the episode: Starfire as a cat, Robin as a dog, Cyborg as a parrot, and Raven as a fish.
  • Music from "Artful Dodgers" is reused.
  • The information for this episode is often confused with "A Farce".
  • When the Titans transform into dogs, they turn into the following breeds: Starfire is an Afghan Hound, Raven is a pug, Cyborg is a St. Bernard, Beast Boy is most likely a chihuahua, and Robin is either a German Shepherd or a mixed breed.
  • As birds: Robin is an actual robin, Raven is an actual raven, Starfire appears as a cardinal (without black markings), Beast Boy is possibly a green-styled Blue Jay, and Cyborg, of course, is a parrot.

Continuity

References

  • The Titans telling Beast Boy not to push a red button is a reference to the movie "Cats & Dogs".
  • The Titans playing poker in dog form is a reference to C. M. Coolidge's series of oil paintings titled "Dogs Playing Poker."
  • The mutant alligator sounds similar to Michelangelo from the Nickelodeon TMNT series. This may be a nod to both Greg Cipes (Beast Boy) voicing both characters, and to Leatherhead, a mutant gator-man appearing in most continuities of the franchise.
  • The mutant rat seems to be based on another TMNT character, Dirtbag [1], as both are mutant rats with tatoos on their right shoulders, hard hats with flashlights on top, male tank tops, jeans pants and boots.
  • When Cyborg is doing the "tiny donkey" dance, a sound-alike tune to the pop hit I Need Your Love by Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding can be heard.

Errors

  • Beast Boy replaces Cyborg's blood with his blood. However, in "Tower Power", it's said that Cyborg doesn't have blood.

Running Gags

  • The Titans using their animal urges.
  • The Titans telling Beast Boy to not push the red button.

Transcript

The transcript for "Animals, It's Just a Word!" can be found here.

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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 Record

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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