Recap / Kim Possible S 1 E 8 Mind Games

Kim is surprised when she receives a call for help from Dr. Drakken of all people, although it turns out to actually be a one Private Cleotis Dobbs, whose body Drakken has stolen for some sinister purpose. Before heading off to save him, Kim laments about the upcoming cheer regionals, which leads she and Ron to have a discussion about how easy the other's life is. Soon, they arrive in Drakken's new lair located near the Grand Canyon, and, though they manage to escape with Dobbs, end up having their minds switched in the process.

At school, both learn how hard the other actually has it; Kim finds that Ron is bullied and generally mistreated by the student body, while Ron learns that Kim's popularity results in her volunteering for many projects, which leaves her stressed. They also learn that Drakken stole Dobbs body to steal "the Neutronolizer" a powerful military weapon no one seems to know anything about. Eventually, the three track Drakken to his new lair (a time share with Professor Dementor) but are captured.

Drakken returns to his normal body and decides to use the Neutronolizer since the world did not meet his demands (due to him making his ultimatum with a puppet), but it blows the power, so he decides to destroy the base. Freed by Dobbs, Kim & Ron use the Kimmunicator's power core to power the brain switch machine and restore themselves to normal, as the base explodes, leaving the Neutronolizer okay (as it's "dang near indestructible"). Back at Middleton High, Ron is surprised to be given gifts by his former D-Hall bullies, with Kim explaining she gave them a little "sensitivity training" while still in his body.

This episode provides examples of:

  • Accidental Pervert: Kim (in Ron's body) gets tossed into girls' bathroom by a couple of bullies, much to Bonnie's indignation.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Ron figured being popular like Kim would be a "can of corn"; how wrong he was.
  • Big Red Button: The Self-Destruct Mechanism on the timeshare lair is activated with one of these.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: When Drakken (in Dobbs' body) finds out that Dobbs (in Drakken's body) escaped, he vents his rage at Shego... who is intimidated and actually resorts to flirting with him to deflect his wrath. This can't be chalked up to the fact that he now has a soldier's body — Dobbs' physical appearance is, if anything, even less intimidating than Drakken's.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: Drakken's first lair, located near the Grand Canyon, is one of these.
  • Foreshadowing: The timeshare lair also belongs to Professor Dementor who shows up many episodes later.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Kim and Ron; Drakken and Dobbs.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: If you pause when Kim!Ron is kicking one of Drakken's henchmen, you can see that the bottom of his shoe reads "Made in Hollywood."
  • Hand Puppet: While stuck in Dobbs' body, Drakken uses a ridiculously crude Drakken puppet to record his ultimatum message.
  • I'd Tell You, but Then I'd Have to Kill You: While Dobbs (in Drakken's body) accidentally mentions the Neutronaliser, Kim's dad jokingly asks if this trope applies. Dobbs pauses awkwardly for a moment, and tells everybody to forget that he'd said anything.
    • In any case, all Dobbs knows about the Neutronaliser is its name and the fact that he's supposed to keep everybody but authorized personnel away from it.
  • Insistent Terminology: Ron doesn't have dumb luck, he has "dumb skill."
    • Also, getting food is always called "snackage", never "lunchage" cause that's just way stupid.
  • The Meddling Kids Are Useless: When you think about it, Kim and Ron didn't do anything to foil Drakken's plan. Not only did they get captured due to being in each other's bodies, but Drakken's plot was foiled on its own due to the power being drained out of the timeshare lair. Basically, the only reason they went there was to switch back to normal.
  • Noodle Incident: Kim apparently once delivered a donkey's calf in the dark and rain.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "I. Want. My. Body!" said twice by Drakken-in-Dobbs'-body.
  • Self-Destruct Mechanism: Drakken's timeshare conveniently has one.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Ultimately, Kim and Ron aren't responsible for Drakken's plan being foiled, it being because the mind-switch machine drained the timeshare lair's power and Drakken decided to engage the Self-Destruct Mechanism. Furthermore, Drakken was able to easily capture Kim and Ron in their swapped state and they ultimately need help from Private Dobbs to escape.
  • Shout-Out: Several sources have claimed that the scene of Kim/Ron switching brains, with their spirits shown ghosting into the other, is taken from the classic Star Trek episode Turnabout Intruder note 
  • Unusual Euphemism: "Jumping catfish!"
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: No one in the audience seems upset or confused about a boy participating in cheerleading regionals.
  • Voices Are Mental: Standard example where the characters retain their usual voices despite having each other's bodies and—presumably—vocal cords.
  • With My Hands Tied: Dobbs!Drakken headbutts Shego this way.
  • The Worf Effect: Though Kim is usually capable of fighting Shego one-on-one, and even in Ron's body was capable of performing her usual acrobatics, she was easily captured.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Dobbs says his mother never told him to do so... unless she locked him in a crate.