Recap: Kim Possible S 1 E 2 Sink Or Swim

The cheerleader squad is on a bus (driven by Mr. Barkin) to an event, 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 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.

This episode provides examples of:

  • All Up To You: Gil traps Kim, Mr. Barkin, and the cheerleaders with his slime, leaving it up to Ron and Rufus to capture him 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 the squad is.
  • Fish People: Gil.
  • 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 phoney cheer competition.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Camp Wannaweep.
  • Ship Tease: Tara is 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.
  • Skewed Priorities: Even with them being stranded in an abandoned camp and being hunted by a mutant fish monster, Bonnie was more concerned about missing the cheerleading competition they had supposedly been invited to. Even when she and the other cheerleaders were in danger of becoming mutants, she was more worried about the judges disqualifying them for being mutants.
  • Slasher Movie: Affectionate Parody of the "there's a stalker at summer camp" kind.
  • Summer Campy: Ron has very bad memories of Camp Wannaweep.
  • That Man Is Dead: Played for laughs — Gil declares that he is no longer "Gil" but "Gill" with an added "L".