"Hand Zombie" is the nineteenth episode of the fourth season of Teen Titans Go!, and the one-hundred-seventy-sixth overall episode of the series.
After Starfire kisses his hand, Robin vows to never wash it again.
The episode starts out with Beast Boy sniffing and laughing at his body odour, Cyborg poking out an ear wax with a chip and Raven laughing while emitting bad breathe until Robin starts giving the other Titans a lecture about personal hygiene. Robin says there are four main areas of bacteria; hair, face, teeth, and hands. After he orders them to say the abbreviation/acronym “HFTH” (which they clearly fail to do so), Robin then demands Beast Boy (who’s in the form of a raccoon) to wash his hair AND fur (which irritates Beast Boy), Cyborg to clean his oily face (in which Cyborg explains he’s part-robot and sprays some lubricant onto his face) and Raven to clean her teeth (and she infuriatedly responses that she has evil breathe and releases a smelly terrible breathe that reduces Robin into nothing but a skeleton). After managing to revive himself, Robin believes that Starfire also has hygiene issues and tells her to let him check her hands, only to be enamoured by the cleanness of her hands and states that he’s glad that at least there’s one among the four of them who somehow cares about the importance of hygiene.
However, Starfire says the reason why she washes her hands is if she is trapped in the Tower by a witch (this witch has made no previous appearances in the series), while she waits for the knight (once again, first time on the show) to climb the tower and rescue her after the knight kisses her on the hand. Robin then expresses his disgust to how unsanitary that is. Starfire then explains that it is "the nice gesture" and demonstrates to Robin by kissing on his right hand, which causes the other three to mock about his baby sized hands but he stops them by claiming that it’s his destiny. Then elated by seeing his crush’s lip-mark , Robin contradicts his teachings by declaring he will never wash that hand again. As Raven questions him about his contradiction (which he proclaims that it doesn’t apply on Starfire’s kiss for HIM), Beast Boy asserts his detestation towards Robin’s promising to protect the hand and Cyborg asks how Robin is going to keep it clean when bathing, Robin replies with "I will put this bag over it!" and does put and ties a plastic bag with a rubber band on his hand.
The episode's timeline hops to 3 months later with the four Titans eating crispy tots when Robin walks into the dining room. With the bag still over his hand, he’s unable to successfully take his own share of the tots, and even he accomplishes on getting one, it is WASTED (yep, it falls onto the floor). Starfire and Cyborg then glare at him while Raven reminds him of how he hasn’t washed the bag-covered hand during this period of time and Starfire believes that his hand is now “hygienically-challenged”, though Robin thinks both girls’ thoughts are impossible to be true because he justifies his own belief that the rubber band tying the bag makes an alright seal. Raven slightly angrily cites that the seal is trapping the germs instead and Starfire agrees by adding how he has an environment for the bacteria to flourish.
As Beast Boy exclaims the possibility of part of his hand being infected by germs and might have fallen off, Robin still thinks that it’s ridiculous for such thing to happen due to it being “perfectly clean”, until Cyborg addresses that unless Robin himself takes the bag off. In the beginning, Robin is irritated with Cyborg because he thinks doing so will destroy the marking from Starfire thus he can’t risk exposing it, but his friends decide to leave their seats and urge him to remove the protector bag, and under peer pressure, he reluctantly obligates and...
... The hand that is initially being at its normal position only lasts for less than a few seconds when suddenly it drops onto the ground, terrifying Robin’s friends. After Cyborg tells him the truth, Robin is horrified as well and later feels upset that he has to use his useless left hand (which obviously offends it). After Robin tells his left hand to quit looking at him annoyedly, Cyborg attempts to comfort him by saying that lots of cool guys only have one hand such as Rick Allen or a pirate, but then he notices the fallen hand has moved on its own...
Yes, indeed it is, and it even begins to stand up with two of the fingers as its legs. This freaks out the Titans except for Robin who’s excited and glad it’s still alive and believes that it’s the kiss mark which has done such work, because Starfire is a princess and she has awakened his hand from its slumber with her “true love kiss” (at least it’s Robin himself self-proclaiming this), though Raven still disagrees with him and further explains such phenomenon is caused by bacteria infection which Beast Boy reckons it will soon turn it into a “hand zombie”. Cyborg agrees with Raven by adding that it’ll probably try to eat one’s brain after some time, nonetheless Robin persists in believing that this is fairytale magic and still refuses to wash this detached hand. Although Cyborg attempts on continue persuading that the mutated hand is a mindless zombie, Robin orders it to do a flip in order to prove his own point, and he’s very proud of it as it does so, scoffing Cyborg by saying “Can a mindless hand zombie do that?” though Raven speaks out her disagreement as she has never seen one before. Suddenly, the crime alert rings, and Robin immediately commands everyone to take actions, even including the hand.
Switched to the crime scene, Mammoth has just broken out of Jump City Bank and ready to escape with his loot—two huge safes, until he’s met with the Titans and...Robin’s hand. Robin greets Mammoth (not forgetting to add a hand-related pun) before giving his hand a small red cape and a high five. Mammoth, of course, doesn’t see it as a threat and throws the safes towards it, but instead they become useful steps for the hand and it instantly turns itself into a fist, punching Mammoth in the face who loses a tooth and crashes onto a nearby wall. Even though Mammoth recovers from his stance right after Robin makes a bro-fist with the hand, it agilely takes out its own staff and advantageously avoiding his stomps, it beats him up really hard, surprising Starfire who begins to fall for its superior prowess. Luckily (at least for Robin who doesn’t wanna see the kiss being washed away), even Mammoth is being pushed by the hand and damages a fire hose, Robin still saves the hand by blocking the hose water with his cape to prevent the kiss from being washed away so as to preserve its “magic”. Hearing Raven is getting annoyed with the “magic” thing, Robin decides to put the hand back into the bag, however the hand disobeys and it flirts with Starfire instead, making her to like its confidence. Knowing that the hand refuses to get in the bag but still wants the kiss to be preserved, Robin cautions it to stay away from water, soap, anti-bacterial gel, moist towelettes or ANYTHING he SUPERSTITIOUSLY considers that might wash away the kiss that "brings it to life".
Nonetheless, later that night, Robin is seen searching the whole living room searching for the hand while Beast Boy and Cyborg are playing video games very attentively that they don't notice Robin has lifted up the couch so as to look if the hand is hiding underneath, until Robin asks them if they have seen it anywhere (offending his left hand again). As Cyborg says he thinks the right hand is in the shower, Robin instantly freaks out and rushes into the toilet while wishing it to be wearing the bag and not to wash away the kiss, yet the worst has come... when the bathtub curtain is being opened, the hand (which covers itself with a bath towel) reveals itself to have washed away the kiss, much to Robin's horror and despair. Despondent, Robin predicts that his hand will fade back into eternal slumber and blesses it to rest gently, however he is soon confused to see it still alive and using a nail-clipper. After Robin questions it being alive and well while it throws away the nail-clipper, Starfire, who has dressed herself in a set of green dress, a pink rose on her head, a green bead necklace and green shoes, appears and asks if the hand is ready. Then she answers Robin's inquiry by telling him that she and the hand are going to have a date, and nods continuously and later repeats "yes" as Robin tries to confirm if she is telling truths, not forget to mention that she and the hand have mutually reciprocated feelings of romance, though she doesn't allow him to go with them because she thinks three is a number related to crowds before accepting a flower given to her by the hand which is nicely dressed in a suit and exits with it, making Robin envious. As Starfire and the hand leave the tower, Beast Boy say they are a beautiful couple, Cyborg bids them to have fun and Raven expresses her happiness for them, but Robin is annoyed with the three who already know the fact. Beast Boy explains how obvious it is, Raven has seen it coming a mile away and Cyborg further indicates that this all start ever since that fateful first kiss and reminds Robin that he can just feel the chemistry between Starfire and the hand. Rather than feeling pleased, Robin blames himself for being so blind earlier by thinking the hand as an enchanted gift and then realizes that his crush is in deep trouble.
At the meantime, Starfire and the hand arrive at the restaurant Le Chez Romantique. In the beginning, the hand politely lets her to seat first, and then it calls two waiters to serve them, one holding plates of sushi for them and the second one to play them the accordion, with the accordion-playing waiter winking at her. The hand attempts to use chopsticks to get its share of sushi though it fails to do so, which makes Starfire thinks that he's funny and cute and starts giggling, so it blushes. Starfire continues to enjoy the date with her mouth being wiped with a napkin by the hand and she thanks it. Nonetheless, when she is about to smooch with the hand, Robin, who hates witnessing waiter #2's flirtatious action and wanting to stop the hand from harming Starfire, comes "just in time" and after scaring waiter #2 away by breaking the accordion with his staff, he decides to sabotage the moment and believes that she and the hand have fooled him. Upset by his prescence, Starfire pleads Robin not to further ruin their evening with his jealousy and his hand puns, yet when he exposes the hand's identity is a zombie who desires to eat her brain...
Turns out Robin isn't lying this time, as the hand rips off its suit in a flash and reveals a fangs-filled mouth, panicking Starfire. Robin challenges it to a hand-to-hand combat without hesitation and punches it away, and it retaliates by biting him. After managing to toss it away before it stands up again, he speaks to it that it has left him no choice and he's biting a hand that feeds him, which he indeed does so but gets slapped by it upon spitting it out. As he watches it returns to attack Starfire who is petrified and begs it not to consume her brain, he stops it by dashing towards it to distract its attention and confronts it with an arm-wrestling... no, hand-wrestling in this place. Fortunately, with Robin being the protagonist, the thumb of his left hand hits the right hand and leading to his success of pinning it, meaning that he has earned his victory of the competition!
Having his right hand stitched back onto his right arm, Robin returns to the tower with Starfire, and they meet with Raven, Cyborg and Beast Boy who are waiting them outside the elevator. Raven thanks Robin for saving their brains, but Cyborg condemns him for almost permitting the hand to go after them. Guilty, Robin apologizes for putting fairy-tales ahead of his personal hygiene and unknowingly triggers his right hand become a zombie and promises not to let such incident reoccur once more... until Starfire conveys her gratitude to how he has saved her brain. He neglects the lesson he has learned straightaway and removing his left glove, he allows her to leave a kiss on his left hand. Last but not least, he bags the left hand (meaning that he's trapping it!) quickly, and the episode ends with his poor left hand suffocating inside that sealed bag.
- Beast Boy
- Robin's Hand Zombie (debut)
- Octopus (cameo)
- Waiter (cameo)
- Waiter #2 (debut, cameo)
- This episode was briefly discussed at the Teen Titans Go! panel at WonderCon 2017.
- This is Mammoth's second appearance in the fourth season. His first appearance in the season was in "The Streak".
- This episode was premiered one year after "Bottle Episode".
- Although Robin’s hands are confirmed to be baby sized, his right hand turns into normal size after sometime becoming amputated.
- Robin's one-sided relationship with Starfire and her not showing any sign of romantic affection towards him is once again shown in the series.
- The restaurant where Starfire and the hand dined together is the same one from Rocks and Water.
- The episode title could be a possible reference to iZombie, which is a popular show on The CW channel.
- When Robin's hand fall off and came to life was a possible reference from the 1995 horror film Idle Hands.
- Robin was struggling to get his hand in the bag, referencing to the famous Pokémon Sun and Moon meme, "Get in the bag, Nebby".
- Robin's left hand getting angry at him.
- Robin trying to prevent the kiss on his hand from being washed away.
The transcript for "Hand Zombie" can be found here.
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