Recap: Kim Possible S 2 E 11 Exchange

Middleton High is participating in a week long exchange student program, and Ron is chosen for it. While the school gets Hirotaka, a handsome, motorcycle riding Japanese student, Ron is sent to the mysterious Yamanouchi School in Japan. There, he learns the school trains its' students in the art of Tai Shing Pek Kwar, note  and falls for a beautiful young student named Yori, while earning the enmity of Fukushima, another student. Back at Middleton, Hirotaka has managed to attract nearly all the girls in town, save Kim and her friend, Monique.

In Japan, Ron finds himself failing all of the ninja lessons and begins to question his place in the school, planning to leave until the school is attacked and the Lotus Blade, a powerful sword, is stolen. Learning Yori went out to retrieve it, Ron decides to follow her. Tracking her into the mountains, he finds Monkey Fist has stolen the sword note  and rescues Yori, who tells him that Fukushima turned against the school and helped the villain steal it, leading to both being captured. Meanwhile, Kim and Monique soon fall for Hirotaka's charms, and try to convince the other to date him, but that soon leads to both of them competing with each other for his affections.

Ron and Yori are suspended over a pit of lava, but manage to escape, thanks to Rufus, and ride down the mountain to safety. Monkey Fist & Fukushima follow them, and, during the battle, the Lotus Blade falls into a crevice, after which the Yamanouchi students show up to save the day. Ron apologizes for losing the sword, but Sensei tells him he can summon it to return, which he does (destroying a building in the process). Back in Middleton, Hirotaka prepares to leave after saying goodbye to his "number one girlfriend," who turns out to be Bonnie—Kim and Monique reconcile, acknowledging that it was really stupid of them to actually risk their friendship over some guy.

After Ron & Rufus arrive, Kim asks them how their trip was, but, having been sworn to secrecy, Ron replies simply with "same old, same old."

This episode contains examples of:

  • As You Know: Sensei reminds Ron he is the only person, outside of Monkey Fist (and, technically, Rufus), that has Mystic Monkey Power.
  • Bishōnen: Hirotaka appears to be a parody of this kind of character.
  • Call Back: When Kim and Monique are persuading the other to for Hirotaka, Kim tells Monique that the two are "truly, madly." Later, when both girls decide to compete for his attention, Monique notes "who was all 'truly, madly?'"
    Kim: I don't even know what that means.
    Monique: You said it!
  • Comically Missing the Point: Upon seeing Yamanouchi for the first time, Ron wonders if it's a public school. After Sensei explains it's true origins, Ron is surprised that it's a secret ninja school, then wonders if it's a public secret ninja school.
  • Convection Schmonvection: Not only are Ron and Yori are suspended in a cage over lava, but Ron gets his feet in it and the cage is lowered into it until it nearly dissolves, all with no lasting burns.
  • Cool Old Guy: Sensei.
  • Cool Sword: The Lotus Blade; it can transform into any object its' user wishes, from nunchucks to a telephone.
  • Continuity Nod: The fact that Ron has Mystic Monkey Power is brought up, with clips from Monkey Fist Strikes even shown to emphasize the point.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Ron is shown to be this.
  • A Day in the Limelight / Hero of Another Story: This episode is all about Ron, with Kim relegated to the subplot, despite her being the star of the show.
  • Epic Fail: Ron's attempts at ninja training.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Fukushima turns against the school and helps Monkey Fist, presumably due to their acceptance of "the outsider."
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: Despite everything he accomplished at Yamanouchi, Ron is sworn to never tell about it. For now.
  • Jaw Drop: Ron's reaction upon seeing Yori for the first time.
  • Motivational Kiss: Ron receive one on the cheek from Yori to give him encouragement.
  • Mundane Utility: Kim uses Wade's resources to track Hirotaka's location (and it's not the first time she's used Wade to track someone she was crushing on, either).
  • The Rival: Fukushima is this for Ron, more so after he betrays the school.
  • Shallow Love Interest: Aside from his good looks and martial arts skills (and, to a lesser extent, his cool motorcycle), there isn't much to Hirotaka's character—it's a surprise that someone like Kim would fall for him at all.
  • Shout-Out: Word of God is that Ron turning blue and powering up to fight Fukushima was a reference to AKIRA not Dragon Ball Z, as some would suspect.
  • Unusual Euphemism: "aw Fuji."
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: "Aw Fuji, why is it always monkeys? Why can't I be attacked by crazed supermodels?"