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"Black Friday" is the sixteenth episode of the third season of Teen Titans Go!, and the one-hundred-twentieth overall episode of the series.

Summary

Starfire is visited by three ghosts and shown the true meaning of Black Friday.

Plot

As the Teen Titans sit around the table about to indulge in a Thanksgiving dinner, Robin makes a short toast thanking his friends. He, Beast Boy, Raven, and Cyborg begin eating their dinner rapidly, surprising Starfire who believes they should enjoy their time together and the meal. Robin tells Starfire that there's no time as they have to get ready for Black Friday, saddening Starfire. Cyborg urges Starfire to shove a lump of cranberry into her stomach so they can head out faster, but she announces that she can't participate in the year's Black Friday, shocking the others. Cyborg claims that it's the most important holiday of the year while Starfire reveals that she does not like the holiday. Raven, Robin, and Beast Boy attempt to persuade her, but Starfire reiterates that she cannot participate and leaves to lay down in her bed.

As Starfire dreams, she is visited by the Ghost of Black Friday Past and accidentally angers him when she calls his evening gown a dress. The ghost takes Starfire to last year's Black Friday where Starfire wandered Jump City Eletronics for a surround sound system that the Titans can enjoy only for her to be shoved by Kyd Wykkyd, Más y Menos, Kid Flash, and the system to be taken by Jinx. The Ghost of Black Friday Past tells Starfire that if she hadn't been so courteous, she could have bought the system for her friends, but Starfire says the item was unimportant. The ghost takes Starfire to Titans Tower where after she fell asleep, the Titans gathered to enjoy their brand new TV, but were upset about the poor sound quality. The ghost blames Starfire for the lack of sound and she begs that he stop showing her the past.

Starfire wakes up in her bed and wonders if her actions really caused her friends to be upset. She decides to spend time with them, but not participate in Black Friday. Starfire finds the Titans at the front of a line outside Jump City Electronics and greets them. Robin asks if she came to celebrate Black Friday, but she says that she only came to spend time with them. Beast Boy says that's sweet, but orders her to go to the back of the line. Robin explains that the front of the line is only for people who know the true meaning of Black Friday. So, the Titans send Starfire to the back of the line.

Starfire falls asleep and dreams that she is an abandoned parking lot save for one truck. She approaches the truck and meets the Ghosts of Black Friday Present who offer her a burger or burrito. They tell Starfire that they're there to show her what she's missing and open the truck. In front of Jump City Electronics, the Titans are shivering in the cold and Starfire comments that they look miserable. However, upon a closer look, she sees that the Titans are actually bonding as they wait in line. Beast Boy offers Raven a coffee from Justice Java and Cyborg warms up the Titans by becoming a heater. Starfire notices that they're not yelling at each other and that Robin hasn't hit anyone with his stick which the ghosts attribute to the Black Friday spirit. Starfire agrees that spending time together is important, but that Black Friday isn't the way. The ghosts begin taunting her and Starfire pleads for them to stop.

Starfire wakes up as Jump City citizens run past her and enter Jump City Electronics. More run toward her, accidentally carrying her inside the store. She searches for her friends, but calls out to the consumers, telling them that they do not need to behave wildly when Batgirl bumps into her. She tells Bumblebee and Mother Mae-Eye not to fight over television sets as there are plenty, but Jayna runs into her. Starfire spots Aquaman as he fights Aqualad and asks if its worth sacrificing their soul for unnecessary possessions, but is knocked out by Dr. Light's elbow.

Starfire meets the Ghost of Black Friday Future and she takes her to an ally where Robin, Beast Boy, and Raven are rummaging around. Starfire wonders if they're searching for clues to a criminal investigation, but the ghost informs her that, without Starfire, they paid too much for goods on Black Friday and are reduced to living with the rats and filth. She asks about Cyborg's whereabouts and the ghost tells her that he was trampled to death when trying to buy a laptop that was ninety percent off. Starfire promises to change her ways and honor Black Friday in her heart.

Starfire finds herself at Jump City Electronics and asks an employee, the The Brain, the date. He informs her that it is Black Friday and Starfire, noticing that it's not too late to change, tells him to get out of her way. She finds the Titans fighting with Brother Blood, Control Freak, Kitten, Mad Mod, Mammoth, Mumbo Jumbo, Ravager, and Doctor Light and knocks the villains to the side. She rallies the Titans to participate in Black Friday. Cyborg transforms into a shopping cart and the Titans take merchandise from Mammoth, Billy Numerous, and Killer Moth. They spot Jinx running to the cashiers with a surround sound system in her hands and chase after her. The Titans run over her and the system lands in Starfire's arms.

At Titans Tower, in the morning, the Titans stack their purchased electronics in the living room. Beast Boy notes how much they've saved and Robin says that they couldn't have gathered the merchandise without Starfire. Starfire says she's happy that she got to spend time with her friends and places the surround sound system on the pile. The pile suddenly glows, releasing the spirit of Black Friday, Buster, who congratulate Starfire for embodying the spirit of Black Friday. He rewards the Titans with ninety-nine percent off all future merchandise and wishes that the spirit of Black Friday be with them always. As he leaves, the Titans wish the same for Buster.

Characters

Trivia

  • Terra and Aqualad, once again mysteriously escape from the trash hole, without us knowing how.
  • This is the first time Ed appears since season one's episode "Caged Tiger", and his fourth appearance overall.
  • This episode reveals that The Brain is working at the Jump City Electronics. One can note that his name tag says "Brian", a running gag continued from the episode "Brian".
  • Gizmo is the only member of the H.I.V.E. to not appear in this episode, while Speedy is the only member of the Titans East to not appear.
  • This episode was aired before the premiere of Adventure Time: Stakes special.
  • This is the second time Mad Mod and Rose Wilson appear, the third time Kyd Wykkyd and Kitten appear, and the fourth time Mother Mae Eye appears.
  • This episode is similar to The Thundermans episode 10 season 2, when Max doesn't believe in Christmas and Phoebe is Past, Present, and Future.

Continuity

  • The decorations and table settings from "Thanksgiving" are seen again.
  • Beast Boy's love of burritos and Cyborg's love of burgers are shown again. The first times were "Burger vs. Burrito" and "Baby Hands".
  • Beast Boy's orange sleeping bag appears for the second time. ("Slumber Party".)
  • Arcade machines of Circle Guy and Pie Hunter can be seen in the van owned by the Ghosts Of Black Friday Present. These video games were respectively associated with Raven and Cyborg in Video Game References.
  • This is the second time Scrooge McDuck is referenced in the series, and the third time Ducktales is mentioned in the series (if this episode is counted in that category). The first two episodes to reference DuckTales were "The Date" and "Missing".
  • This is the eleventh episode when Beast Boy doesn't make any animal transformations.

Running Gags

  • Starfire calling ghost Robin's old-timey pajamas a "dress".
  • The Titans yelling at Starfire to go to the back of the line.

References

  • The entire plot is a take on the classic Charles Dickens story "A Christmas Carol", with Starfire being visited by three ghosts and being shown the true meaning of Black Friday paralleling Ebenezer Scrooge being visited by three ghosts and being shown the true meaning of Christmas.
  • Starfire mentions Scrooge McDuck when she decides not to shop on Black Friday at the beginning of the episode. Easily mistaking McDuck for Ebenezer Scrooge from the classic A Christmas Carol story.
  • Similar to the original series, Robin wore a heavy coat in the episode "Snowblind" but in this episode he wears a heavy jacket opposite that he wore.
  • Similar to the 2003 series, Starfire wears a hat that resembles the same one she wore in original series episode "Snowblind".
  • Starfire calling ghost Robin's old-timey pajamas a "dress" is a similar running gag from the SpongeBob episode"Sentimental Sponge", where there's also a running gag of someone commenting about Squidward's night shirt being a dress, only to be corrected.
  • When Starfire is shopping hard with the other Titans at the end of this episode, the music in the background sounds very similar to the song, "What I Like About You", by The Romantics.

Gallery

Robin as the Ghost of Black Friday Past
The image gallery for Black Friday may be viewed here.

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, 2018
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 CreepsHand ZombieEmployee of the Month: ReduxThe AvogodoOranginsJinxedBrain PercentagesBL4Z3Hot Salad WaterChapter One: I Saw You DanceChapter Two: The Story in Your EyesChapter Three: Playing Hard to GetChapter Four: The Night Begins to ShineLicationLabor DayClassic TitansOnes and ZeroesCareer DayTV Knight 2Justice League's Next Top Talent Idol StarThe AcademyCostume ContestThrone of BonesDemon PromThanksgettingThe Self-Indulgent 200th Episode Spectacular!BBCYFSHIPBDAYMo' Money Mo' Problems

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