"Puppets, Whaaaaat?" is Teen Titans Go! Season 1, Episode 26b, and the 52nd overall episode of the series.
This episode is the Season 1 Finale.
Fed up with the team not listening to him, Robin makes a deal with a sock puppet which turns him and the other Titans into puppets.
The episode starts out with Robin playing with puppets in his bedroom. Each puppet resembles one of the members of his team. As Robin plays with the puppets, he makes them do everything Robin says. Robin's watch goes off, reminding him it is time for his team to get some training done, so he leaves his puppets in his room. When Robin arrives in the living room, he orders the Titans to do whatever he says. Raven reminds him that he is their leader on missions, not at home. With that, Robin nearly explodes with anger, but quickly returns to his room.
Robin uses his puppet stage to act out what should have happened if the other Titans had listened to him, allowing him to relieve stress. Robin suddenly stops playing and realizes all of the other Titans are watching him play with his puppets. Robin tries to hide his stage, but Cyborg calls him weird, prompting Robin to use his stage again. Robin acts out a scene starring him and Beast Boy, in which Beast Boy tells him he is not weird. After seeing him act it out, Beast Boy and Starfire snatch the Robin and Beast Boy puppets from his hands. They announce that they want to be weird too. Cyborg and Raven run over to the stage, and everyone grabs their own puppet. Robin begins to freak out because the other Titans are messing with his puppets, but realizes they aren't listening. Robin uses the Robin puppet yell at the other puppets, and the other Titans become frustrated that they can't move their character. Robin demonstrates how to move himself, but it is easier said than done, and the others only slightly improve. Robin becomes impatient and yells at them for not listening to his instructions on how to use them. Everyone finally becomes annoyed and leaves him alone in his room.
Later that day, Robin is shocked to see Cyborg and Beast Boy have built a wooden door, that leads to nowhere, into one of the Tower's windows. Robin glances out the door and sees a huge drop to the bottom, and asks why they didn't ask his permission first. Robin becomes really annoyed, and runs to his room to find his puppets. To his horror, the puppet stage is missing! Cyborg says that he and Beast Boy were using it outside the door. Robin uses the wooden door, and realizes too late that he had been pranked.
Robin lands safely in a bush, and starts yelling in anger. He says aloud that he wishes the Titans were more like his puppets. The magical Puppet Wizard suddenly appears, and gives Robin an offer. If he would be willing to give up his and the other Titans' mortal souls, he would make them "his puppets". Robin accepts the offer and signs the contract. POOF! Robin's teammates are suddenly on a stage that looks just like their living room. They become horrified when they realize that they are puppets themselves. Robin arrives and tells them that because they are puppets, they have to listen to him. Robin himself is a puppet, however, so he still has no control over the others. The other Titans decide they want their lives back, but Robin tells them it is too late. Raven opens her ancient legends book to find a story about the Puppet Wizard. The story says if they can defeat him before sunset, they will regain their lives. If they fail to defeat him, they will become the Wizard's lifeless puppets forever.
The Titans begin a quest to find the Puppet Wizard's castle. They travel through the jungle, the desert, a concert, and up a mountain. At almost sunset, the Titans arrive at the castle, where the Puppet Wizard is waiting for them. The Wizard tells them that they are too late, and they will never defeat him. Immediately, Raven pummels the wizard with a boulder, Cyborg shoots his shoulder cannon at the Wizard, and Robin starts hitting him with a pencil. Beast Boy transforms into a lion and attacks the Wizard. Lastly, Starfire shoots a gigantic beam at the Wizard, which causes him to burst into flames, and run away.
The Titans suddenly regain their souls and their bodies, seconds before it would have been too late. The Titans ask Robin if he has anything he wants to say to them. Back at the tower, Robin apologizes to the Titans. The camera zooms out to reveal that he is not really apologizing to the Titans, but to his puppet Titans. The puppet Titans insist that it was not Robin's fault, but their own. The Robin's Starfire puppet begins to make out with the Robin puppet. The camera pans out again to reveal the real Titans watching Robin's show, with horrified looks of shock. Everyone leaves but Starfire, who watches with shock as Robin continues to make his puppets kiss.
- Beast Boy
- Puppet Wizard (debut)
- Birdarang (television cameo)
- Beat Box (television cameo)
- The title of this episode was also leaked when the details for Season 1, Part 2 DVD were released.
- It was also mentioned by Scott Menville in an interview with CBR, saying it was an episode he was looking forward to in the future.
- This is the first episode to air in its new time slot, which airs on Thursday nights at 6:00 PM.
- Robin is never shown signing the contract, but merely shakes hands with the Puppet Wizard.
- This episode appears to be a reference to the original Teen Titans episode "Switched", where several of the Titans also get transformed into puppets by a villain called the "Puppet King".
- When Puppet Raven is looking out the window a Wayne Tech building can be seen which is owned by Bruce Wayne.
- A New Teen Titans #1 and a Detective Comics #27 were clearly visible on the floor of the puppet stage.
- On the floor on the puppet stage, the game controller seen is similar to the controller for the PS3.
- Robin's fragile mental state is once again shown, which was also explored in "Sidekick", "Uncle Jokes", and "Sandwich Thief".
- Robin is still having trouble getting his team to obey him, as also shown in "Baby Hands".
- This is the second episode to include live-action scenes, the first being "Dreams".
- Raven uses her Ancient Legends book for the fourth time.
- Starfire discovers Robin's crush on her at the end of the episode.
- While the puppets are in the living room, a person's hand can be very clearly seen for a brief second. However, this may have been done on purpose to look sloppy.
- Robin was able to trade Raven's soul to the Puppet Wizard, even though in "Salty Codgers" Raven stated she had no soul.
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