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"Brain Food" is the forty-third episode of the first season in Teen Titans Go!, and the forty-third overall episode of the series.

Summary

Tired of being the least intelligent of the Titans, Beast Boy attempts to make himself "smarterer". But when his methods prove useless, he resorts to Raven's Spellbook- not to make himself smarter, but to make the other Titans dumber, so as to come to his level of thought.

Plot

The episode begins with an astroid hurtling towards earth, and the Titans performing calculations to try and stop it. Robin assigns each Titan with a special job to help take the astroid out of the sky. However, when Beast Boy awaits his assignment, Robin simply gives him a vial of water to hold, telling him it's "science juice." Beast Boy eagerly grabs the vial and begins dancing in excitement for his important job, but then he accidentally drops and breaks it. Cyborg, Starfire, and Raven congratulate him on at least trying, only to have Beast Boy confused as to why they're cheering him up. They try to politely explain that he is unintelligent, but Beast Boy is unable to understand their explanations, until Robin bluntly states "you're not smart." Beast Boy is angered by this ridiculous brand and declares he can help the others. Robin tells him the best help he could offer was to bathe Silkie in such a way he vomits.

Beast Boy is determined to prove the others wrong, and tries various methods to make himself smarter. First, he tries the task of opening a door, all to no avail (he is pushing instead of pulling). Raven opens it from the other side and gives him a black eye. Another time he tries to open a book but again tries pushing the cover instead of pulling it over. After doing these foolish things, he decides that if he'll use a spell to make himself smarter. So he asks Raven if her spell-book has a spell to make people smarter and if there are more words than pictures or vice-versa. She responds and Beast Boy nonchalantly flies away with Silkie to find the book. He finds it and opens it and finds the right spell.  

Walking out of his room, Beast Boy believes he has become smarter and tests himself with a toy to see if it works, but realizes it the magic didn't work. He goes back to the spell-book and decides that if he can't be smarter, he will just make the Titans dumber. So he casts a spell and goes to see if the spell worked. He watches Robin and Cyborg try to catch a bird but run into the window. Amazed that the spell worked Beast Boy and the other Titans start dancing while Silkie tries to work out how to stop the astroid.

The next day, the other Titans can not figure out how to make cereal but Beast Boy shows them how to do it, amazed on how he did it they start to say that he is the smartest. Meanwhile, Silkie is still trying to build something to stop the astroid with only twelve minutes left.

Later Beast Boy was trying to help Raven with a toy, but Robin keeps saying that he can't find his shoe and that foot is in a bucket. Meanwhile Silkie is trying to stop the astroid. Later Raven says she can't see as she's put her cloak on backwards, but Beast Boy fixes it, so when the astroid is getting closer to Jump City, all the Titans depend on Beast Boy to fix it, and after he figures out that he can't do it he regrets what he did. So he puts a banana in his ear to become smarter, and then says "OK we know that the astroid is coming at us with a little thing called gravity right, and gravity is controlled by the ocean, and that means if we can kill the ocean then then the asteroid will go back home." And then the Titans jump into the ocean.

In the ocean they start randomly punching things; meanwhile, it is revealed the Silkie was building a robot that looks like him to fight the asteroid. When Silkie finally destroys the astroid, the Titans think they have succeeded and hold Beast Boy in praise, as he apparently saved them all. Beast Boy remarks that he still regrets being smarter. He wishes to undo the spell and asks Raven where her spell book is. However, she interprets that he wants her SPELL book, but she gives up.

Later that day the Titans and Beast Boy still have difficulty making cereal, and Beast Boy reveals he cast the same spell he used on himself on the team. Robin Asks him why he didn't just cast a spell to make them smarter, but Beast Boy says he doesn't know why. The Titans continue to blunder about the kitchen, then get captivated by a butterfly and try to catch it, but they just hit a window again.

Characters

Trivia

  • When Beast Boy opens Raven's spell book, you can see written in the left hand corner, "To Raven, from Dad"
  • In the montage where Beast Boy is doing "smart things," "Smartest" is spelled incorrectly (Smartist). This is probably intentional, though, as to advertise just how uneducated Beast Boy is.
  • When Silkie obtains knowledge, he appears with glasses, which is a stereotypic way to interpret smart people.
  • This is one of the episodes that has the most running gags (in one episode) in the series so far. It's tied with "Driver's Ed", and in third is the next episode, "In and Out".
  • This was the first episode that introduses the Silkie Bot. The other episode is "Some of Their Parts".

References

  • In the "Science" backdrop at the start, Atom's head can be seen next to the words.
  • In the Titans library, there is a Batman poster saying "Swear to Read!", which is similar to a line from Batman Begins, "Swear to me!"
  • This episode is similar to an episode of The Fairly OddParents known as "Dumbbell Curve.", as both episodes involve a character magically making everyone else dumber than himself.
    • Coincidentally, both involve a meteor heading toward the Earth and a character voiced by Tara Strong.
    • In an episode of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius known as "Normal Boy", the show's main protagonist makes himself dumber, and this episode also features a meteor heading toward Earth.
  • In Raven's spell book, next to the brain enhancing spell that Beast Boy used on Silkie, there is a picture of Bane, an arch-enemy of Batman, under the influence of the strength enhancing toxin called Venom. This is likely a spell for making people super strong.
  • While Beast Boy looks at the readouts, Batman and the Dark Knight Rises variant of Bane can be seen on the screen.
  • The device Beast Boy is shown playing on resembles the Nintendo DSi.
  • This episode is barely similar to the Regular Show episode, "More Smarter" where both dumb protagonists make themselves smarter. However, "More Smarter" did not involve a meteor, and Rigby mainly wanted a high school diploma so he could get some food from a food truck, while Beast Boy didn't, and just wanted to be the smartest of the team. In both episodes, the character uses something to get smarter (Beast Boy uses Raven's Spellbook, and Rigby uses Brain Max).

Continuity

  • This is the third time Beast Boy assumes leadership of the team. The first time was in "Gorilla" and the second was in "No Power".
  • This is the third time Beast Boy uses Raven's spell book. The first two times were in Meatball Party (to turn the couch into a burrito) and "Double Trouble" with Cyborg (to make clones of themselves).
    • Curiously, this time Beast Boy doesn't even know how to open a book.
  • This is the third time Silkie has been shown with his eyes open. the first two times were "Starliar" and "Dreams".
  • This is the fifth time Raven is seen unhooded or without her cloak. The previous ones were:
    1. "Laundry Day"
    2. "Meatball Party"
    3. "Power Moves"
    4. "Legs"
    • Also, when Beast Boy is trying to get into the library, you can see a picture of Raven unhooded.
  • The Riddler's (another enemy of Batman) question mark is seen yet again while Beast Boy is thinking.
  • This is the second time Beast Boy said "Titans, Go!", which he first did in "Gorilla".
  • The VS. image from the episodes "Laundry Day", "Parasite", and "Terra-ized" is used again for the first time in a while.
  • This is the first time Silkie is shown wearing glasses. The second time will be in Some of Their Parts, with the Smart Silkie emiclone.

Errors

  • Beast Boy doesn't know how to open a book, even though he could in "Books".
  • Beast Boy tries to eat a fish, even though he's a vegetarian.
    • Though as he treated it as "brain food" and ate it by shoving it in his ear, he may have thought of it differently than normal food.
  • Beast Boy apparently doesn't know how to work the Titan's computer, even though he was able to in "Hey Pizza!"
  • Despite having a library, the Titans couldn't find any more books to read in "Books."
    • Although it's possible that the Titans' love for books influenced the addition of a library.

Running Gags

  • Beast Boy being told to "Pull not push," but continuously forgetting.
  • Beast Boy shoving brain food in his ear.
  • The Titans seeing a flying animal they want to catch, and running into the window.
  • The Titans accidentally using cereal bowls upside down.
  • Beast Boy being an ignoramus.
  • Beast Boy doing his science dance.
  • Starfire saying windows are invisible
  • Beast Boy making the Titans dumb

Gallery

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The image gallery for Brain Food 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 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 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 Contest

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