Recap: Kim Possible S 1 E 2 Sink Or Swim

Mr. Barkin's driving a bus with the MH-cheerleading squad (including Ron and Rufus) to a cheerleading competition that they've been invited to, when Ron suddenly becomes agitated at the sight of a "too familiar" place. He becomes even more upset when Kim shows him their current location on the Kimmunicator, announcing that it's his "worst nightmare — return to Camp Wannaweep".

The bus then hits a nail board, flattening two of the tires and forcing it to stop. Everyone takes shelter in the abandoned campground, while Ron recounts the awful summer he spent there as a child. Among other things, he was bullied by another camper named Gil, who spent most of his time swimming in the lake (which Ron avoided because it looked and smelled dubious).

Meanwhile, a creature resembling a giant humanoid frog is lurking and watching, finally moving in to attack. It turns out to be Gil, mutated by the polluted water of Camp Wannaweep and determined to get revenge on the one he blames for his condition: Ron Stoppable.

Ron uses his knowledge of the camp and his excellent lanyard making skills to defeat Gill, who is handed over to Dr. Lurkin, a scientist who might be able to cure him in hopes of returning him to normal. Mr. Barkin and the cheerleaders thank Ron for saving them (including Bonnie Rockwaller—albeit very reluctantly), and Kim tells Ron that she's really proud of him for what he did.

However, Kim admits that it's "ferociously unlikely" that she'll actually let him lead their next mission when he asks her about it.

This episode provides examples of:

  • All Up to You: Gil traps Mr. Barkin and all the cheerleaders (including Kim), ultimately leaving it up to Ron and Rufus to capture Gil and save the day.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: At first, Ron's flashback with Gil seemed like another random story, until we find out what the creature hunting him and the squad is.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Taking that arts & crafts class and making lanyards really worked out for Ron.
  • Dwindling Party: A non-fatal example.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: Or at least, Ron thought so; even the squirrels were apparently vicious.
    Kim: Ron, I think we've established the squirrels mean us no harm.
  • Fish People: Gill.
  • Flashback Cut: Many to Ron's times at Wannaweep.
  • From Bad to Worse: "There I was, trapped in the hollow of a tree (gasps)" (beat) "then, the woodpeckers came."
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Gill's primary dislike of Ron seems to be based on how Ron ultimately stayed normal and even went on to become the sidekick to a world famous teen hero, while he himself became a mutant.
  • Lured Into a Trap: Gill went to great lengths to bring Ron and the cheer squad into his clutches, from causing a blowout of the bus's tires and jamming all communications to even sending out an invite to a phony cheer competition.
  • Kids Are Cruel: According to Ron they are, anyway.
    Ron: Ah Bonnie, you remind me of the mean kids at camp. Sticks and stones.
    Tara: (gasps) They called you names?
    Ron: Yes, as they were hitting me with sticks and stones.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Camp Wannaweep.
  • Never My Fault: Gill blames Ron for him being a mutant, but he was the one who willingly swam in the polluted water, even though Ron told him it seemed funny, so Gil really only has himself (and, to a certain extent at least, the nearby science camp) to blame.
  • Oblivious to Love: Tara's nicer to Ron than the other cheerleaders, but Ron's a little too busy freaking out over being back at Camp Wannaweep (and being hunted down by Gill) to notice.
  • Out of Order: Although this was the second episode aired, chronologically it takes place prior to ''Attack of the Killer Bebes'' as Ron didn't become the Middleton Mad Dog until that episode.
  • Putting a Hand over His Mouth: Gill does this to Barkin before dragging him into a bush as he abducts him.
  • Science Is Bad: Gill thinks so, as the toxic runoff from the science campnote  made him into a mutant.
  • Ship Tease: At the end of episode, Tara kisses Ron on the cheek for saving her and the rest of cheerleaders.
  • Skewed Priorities: Even with them being stranded in an abandoned camp and being hunted down by a mutant fish monster, Bonnie was more concerned about missing the cheerleading competition they had supposedly been invited to. While hiding in Cabin 13, she points out that they're now short two cheerleaders and no one can drive them, but a cheerleader named Crystal tells Bonnie to just forgot the competition and points out that they may not even survive the night with whatever's hunting them down. Bonnie then says, "Okay, okay, you're right." Beat "Do you think that something can drive?" Even when Mr. Barkin and the cheerleaders were in danger of becoming mutants, Bonnie was more concerned about the competition not letting "a squad of mutant cheerleaders" compete in it.
  • Slasher Movie: Affectionate Parody of the "there's a stalker at summer camp" kind.
  • Smooch of Victory: Tara gives one to Ron (albeit on the cheek) after everything is wrapped up.
  • Summer Campy: Ron has very bad memories of Camp Wannaweep
  • That Man Is Dead: Played for Laughs; "I am no longer 'Gil', now I am "Gill!"
    Ron: What's the difference?
    Gill: I added an extra "L", you know, as in "gill." As in, THESE THINGS THAT GREW WHEN I MUTATED!