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"The Academy" is the thirty-ninth episode of the fourth season of Teen Titans Go!, and the one-hundredth-ninety-sixth overall episode of the series.

Summary

Robin creates the Teen Titans Awards in an effort to get his teammates to clean up the tower.

Plot

All the Titans except Robin watch an award show. It all seems fine until Robin orders them to clean up the mess, but they all neglect Robin's advice anyway. Afterwards, Starfire informs Robin that they are watching the Academy Awards, yet Robin shows disinterest by saying that it's terrible. Cyborg is going to retort by giving a speech about the Academy when Raven tells them about the result of the award-giving ceremony, in which, the four are initially exhilarated but becomes mad and annoyed about it, because award is given... to, unfortunately, a person that hugely resembles Michael Jelenic and the four Titans don't like, which causes them to rage about it. Robin explains that it is just their opinions, yet the four other Titans rebut about his words by claiming that The Academy decides the awards. Robin instructs them to clean their mess, though they still refuse to do so and instead proceed focusing on the award show. This gives Robin an idea.

The next day, Robin is so enthusiastic, as he announces that a new award contest, the Teen Titan Awards is happening (in a way to motivate the four other Titans to clean). The four other Titans are filled with enthusiasm, and they take the challenge nonetheless. The next couple of seconds are movie-style scenarios of the four doing different chores.

After a week, the whole Titans Tower is cleaned, and the Teen Titan Awards ceremony has just begun, with Birdarang as the host, and Sticky Joe and Tooth Fairy as the award givers. However, all four categories were all won by Robin. Raven seems suspicious and takes a sneak peek about the awards by snatching away his cards, and she is infuriated when she realizes are all won by Robin, meaning that he has monopolized the awards. This caused her to spark outrage against him, yet he rebuts by claiming that the Academy made those decisions. Cyborg claims that there is no the Academy... until all five of them moved and spoke.

They all claimed that Robin was the deserving winner because they judged him to be the best, and they also assured that the decisions were "based arbitrary" and they recognized him as "superior", while they also give shout-outs to the sponsors of the show. Raven doubts about this, which sparked outrage for the Academy. This lead to the Titans' punishment, which also caused Robin to lose his awards, much to Robin's dismay. They started a fight, yet before that, Birdarang held an in memoriam montage. The fighting resumed, and in the end, the Academy suffered injuries. Birdarang announced the winner of the battle, which is the Academy. The Titans sparked outrage, yet after the Academy said that they will never win an award, all of them grieved in disappointment.

Characters

Trivia

  • This episode premiered a year after "Shrimps and Prime Rib".
  • The year when this episode premiered was also the year that a other episode, "Orangins", was nominated for a Primetime Emmy in the specific category of "Outstanding Short Form Animated Program".
  • The episode itself might be a self-aware joke on how the series has never won an award despite being nominated several times.

References

  • This episode is a parody of the Academy Awards.
  • The announcer for the awards ceremony mentions that it takes place in the "epicenter of entertainment", which is shown to be a movie studio with a water tower. This may be referencing Warner Bros. Studios, which animates Teen Titans Go!.
  • Each Titan (excluding Robin) has parodied a scene from a well known film.
    • Raven reenacts a scene from Back to the Future.
    • Beast Boy reenacts a scene from E.T. the Extra Terrestrial.
    • Starfire reenacts a scene from Indiana Jones.
    • Cyborg reenacts a scene from Forrest Gump.
  • During the "In Memoriam" segment, several shows were shown on screen;
    • Green Lantern the Animated Series
    • Krypto the Superdog
    • Batman the Brave and the Bold
    • Teen Titans (2003-2006 series)
  • There is writing on the bathroom wall that reads, "The Chamber of Secrets has been opened. Enemies of the Heir beware THE BATMAN." The message references the Harry Potter series. The line, "Beware the Batman", was a reference to a discontinued Batman animated series with the same name, which ran only for a year from 2013 to 2014.
  • The Academy appear to be modeled from Emmy and Oscar awards, some of the most coveted awards in the entertainment industry.
  • When the Titans battle the Academy, they do it dressed as characters from Lord of the Rings. Robin is Frodo, Beast Boy is Gollum, Starfire is Legolas, Cyborg is Gimli and Raven is Gandalf.

Continuity

  • Raven is unhooded for the 70th time.
  • One of the show's producers, Michael Jelenic, made an appearance in this episode. Marking his first appearace since "Let's Get Serious" and his second overall appearance in the series.
  • Raven wore a dress that has a very similar design to the dress she wore originally in the comic books. The first two times she wore a dress like this was in "Baby Hands" and later in "Justice League's Next Top Talent Idol Star".
  • This is the second episode Birdarang has hosted a special event. He hosted the Teen Titans Awards in this episode and he hosted Justice League's talent competition in "Justice League's Next Top Talent Idol Star".
  • The Wonder Twins get on the stage and fall off in the form of an octopus and an ice unicycle, much like they did in "You're Fired!".
  • The second time Raven saves the team from certain death by summoning a magical dome, like the first time she did against an evil cloud in "I'm the Sauce".

Errors

  • The leader of the Academy mentions that the Teen Titans will never win an award but the Teen Titans' voice actors did win awards for the specific category of "Best Vocal Ensemble in a New Television Series" from the Behind the Voice Actors Awards.

Running Gags

  • The Titans mentioning how the awards are for specific categories based on arbitrary metrics.

Transcript

The transcript for "The Academy" can be found here.

Gallery

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The image gallery for The Academy 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 - June 25, 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 WaterI Saw You DanceThe Story in Your EyesPlaying Hard to GetThe 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!BBCYFSHIPBDAYBeast GirlFlashbackBro-PocalypseMo' Money Mo' ProblemsTV Knight 3

Season 5: June 25, 2018 - TBA
The Scoop!Chicken in the CradleKaboomsTower RenovationMy Name is JoseThe Power of ShrimpsMonster Squad!

Top of the Titans: April 27, 2018 - Present
Raddest SongsBest Love SongsBeast Boy & Cyborg SongsDance PartyBest Rivals