Recap: Kim Possible S 1 E 7 Number One

At Middleton High, Bonnie makes a play to be captain of the cheerleading squad, much to Kim's displeasure. However, before she can do much about it, Kim is recruited by Global Justice, the world peacekeeping force, to locate Professor Sylvan Green a retired scientist who's gone missing. To help her, she is partnered with Will Du, one of GJ's top's agents, a humorless, by the book agent, whose arrogance rubs her the wrong way.

While Kim & Will look for Professor Green, Bonnie creates a new routine for the squad and organizes a fundraiser by selling chocolate bars, which earns them new uniforms. Meanwhile, following up on the trace of "hyperactic acid" left at the professor's house, Kim & co travel to the black market, and learn via Big Daddy Brotherson that a large amount was purchased by Duff Killagen, a rouge Scottish golfer. The heroes quickly travel to his island-based castle and free the professor, learning that Duff plans to use the professor's fast growing grass to make the whole world into a golf course.

Tracking Duff to Japan (the first country where he was banned from a golf course) Kim defeats the villain by using a dandelion, which, combined with the super grass, traps Duff in a giant puff. Will thanks Kim for assisting him, with an angry Kim complaining about his arrogance, not seeing how it compares with her and Bonnie. Back at school, Kim agrees to let Bonnie be captain, who is relieved she no longer has to work hard...until Kim tells her that being captain means lots of hard work. As an upset Bonnie storms off, Kim tells Ron she figures she'll last "two weeks, tops."

This episode provides examples of:

  • A Day in the Limelight: This episode introduces Duff Killigan, and is the only episode featuring him as the solo villain.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Both Kim and Will fail to notice Killigan's exploding golf ball landing right between them while they're reading up about him on their communicators. Good thing Ron didn't.
  • Hidden Depths: This episode proves that Bonnie's truly passionate about cheerleading and that she's (surprisingly) competent to actually lead their squad, and even comes up with some pretty good routines and gets the squad cool new uniforms (that are only seen in this episode).
  • Hypocritical Humor: At the end, Kim complains about how Will is arrogant and can't conceive that anyone can actually do something good on their own, unaware that is the exact same attitude she's had towards Bonnie for the entire episode.
  • Improvised Weapon: Kim & Duff both fight with Duel Wielding golf clubs. Kim wins, naturally.
  • Ironic Echo: As noted below under Kidnapped Scientist, Will believes Professor Green was kidnapped for his weapons skills, with Kim noting her was a weapons expert in the 60's and "you could look up what he knows in a public library." Later, after they rescue him, Will asks him about any weapons secrets Killigan may have stolen from him, with Green admitting he could look up any of his work in the public library.
  • Kick the Dog: First thing Will Du does upon meeting Ron is paralyze him and Rufus with his stop watch because he came within one foot his person.
  • Kidnapped by an Ally: Kim's introduced to Global Justice by being suddenly dropped down a trapdoor into a pneumatic tube.
  • Kidnapped Scientist: Played with—Dr. Green was a weapons-expert in the 1960s, and his once-top secret missile defense system is of no real significance in the current decade. Kim and Dr. Green himself even point out to Agent Du that anyone can look up Dr. Green's work at a place like a public library—what Killigan really wants is the super grass-growing formula that Dr. Green had developed in his free time as a hobby.
  • Never Say "Die": Averted.
    Kim: Mr. Killigan, put down the golf clubs!
    Killigan: Yeh'll have to pry them from me cold, dead hands!
  • No Sell: Will Du's stopwatch merely bounced off Killigan when he tried using it. It worked the second time, though.
    Will tries using his stopwatch on Killigan. It bounces off.
    Killigan: Are yeh daft, lad?
  • Palette Swap: The new uniforms the squad gets are just long sleeved versions of their usual ones, just with the colors switched.
  • Pretender Diss: Will Du is quite disdainful of Team Possible, believing that world-saving confrontations with villains should be left to trained professionals like the employees of Global Justice.
  • Quicksand Sucks: Duff has this around his castle lair.
  • Reality Ensues/Wanting Is Better Than Having: At the end of the episode, Bonnie succeeds in becoming the new MHS-cheerleading captain (with the surprise of Kim supporting her), and is genuinely excited about it...but figures that she's done with the hard work she had done to gain the position in the first place. It's not until Kim points out that with Bonnie being the captain now, the hard work is really only just beginning, that Bonnie realizes the pressure and responsibilities of actually being the captain—and Bonnie starts having obvious second thoughts about being the captain. Ron thinks that Bonnie will only last a month as the captain, but Kim gives her "two weeks, tops."
  • Shout-Out: "Check it out Killigan's Island".
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The whole relationship between Kim & Will.
  • You're Insane!: Will calls Killigan this when he says that he plans to turn the world into his own personal golf course.