Recap / Kim Possible S 2 E 12 Rufus vs. Commodore Puddles/Day of the Snowmen

Rufus vs. Commodore Puddles: Ron is planning to enter a monster movie in the upcoming Tri-City Film Festival, but finds Rufus a less than cooperative subject. Soon, he and Kim are off to Arizona to stop Drakken, who has stolen a shrink ray as part of plan to rob Area 51. However, after his poodle, Coomodore Puddles, takes a whiz on the device, it causes it to work in reverse, enlarging the poodle, which Drakken plans to use anyway. When the military proves unable to stop the giant dog, Kim & Ron try thier hands, but are quickly defeated. Fortunately, Rufus exposes himself to the ray, defeating Commodore Puddles, while Drakken escapes in a spaceship with some angry aliens. Back at the film festival, Ron plans to enter what he shot on the mission, but due to it being classified, it was confiscated and replaced with a video of him potty training entitled "Ron's First Day."

Day of the Snowmen: It's an unusually snowy day in Middleton, so the Possible family decides to enjoy it. Unfortunately Jim & Tim head off to clean people's walks, while Kim goes sledding with Ron. Things take a turn for the worse when zombie snowmen start wreaking havoc across the city. Responding to a distress call at Middleton Mall, Kim rescues a pair of bystanders, one of whom is weather reporter Summer Gale. When the snow zombies begin assaulting the Possible house, Summer's cameraman forces her to admit she created them. Wanting more airtime, she used a weather machine to create a blizzard; worse, she took water from Camp Wannaweep, and the weird chemicals in it somehow animated the snowmen. While Kim & Ron head off to stop the weather machine, the rest of the family fights off the snow zombies. Eventually, the day is saved and the water returned to Camp Wannaweep, when the eyes of a totem begin to glow red...

"Rufus Vs Commodore Puddles" contains the following tropes:

  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The base is attacked by a giant Commodore Puddles, and later defended by a giant Rufus.
  • Blah Blah Blah: "Yadda yadda.".
  • Brick Joke: While looking through Ron's old videos in his garage, Kim finds one entitled "Ron's Big Day" but he takes it from her. At the end, she finally gets to see what was on it.
  • Cassandra Gambit: Area 51 deliberately leaks true information about its operations, expecting it to be dismissed as crazy conspiracy theories. Unfortunately, Drakken believes the stories and decides to attack the base to get his hands on the alien technology.
  • Continuity Nod: Commodore Puddles was last seen briefly in ''Kimitation Nation'' as one of the sources of "mean and vicious" DNA for Drakken's pseudo-clones.
  • Crazy-Prepared: The military apparently has plans in place for dealing with giant attacking poodles and mole rats.
  • Embarrassing Old Video: "Ron's Big Day" for Ron.
    Young Ron: I make a potty.
  • The Greys: A trio of them are on the spaceship Drakken attempts to purloin.
  • Insane Troll Logic: General Simms' explanation of Area 51's Cassandra Gambit:
    Gen. Simms: We've implemented a double-negative cover story; we make sure only to leak out information that is 100% accurate.
    Ron: But then, it's not really secret.
    Gen. Simms: That's exactly what we want you to believe.
    Ron: Yeah, but then... never mind.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted; the two agents are both named Smith.
  • Toilet Humor: At the beginning of the episode, Commodore Puddles pees on the shrink ray, shorting it out and causing it to work in reverse. At the end of the episode, it's revealed that the "Ron's Big Day" video is young Ron using the toilet.
  • Urine Trouble: Drakken ignores Commodore Puddles' whimpering and Shego's nudging, continuing to work on his shrink ray as the poodle gets increasingly desperate. Finally, the poor dog can't hold it in any more.

"Day Of The Snowmen" contains the following tropes:

  • Brutal Honesty: The Tweebs comment that Summer wears more makeup than "the younger weather ladies". She is not amused.
  • Call-Back:
  • Chekhov's Gun: The discontinued five alarm Diablo sauce Ron uses to warm his hands is later used to take out some snow zombies.
  • Here We Go Again/The End... Or Is It?: After the water is returned to Lake Wannaweep, a wooden totem's eyes are seen glowing red.
  • Karma Houdini: Summer suffers absolutely no consequences for deliberately creating a massive snowstorm (which is quite bad enough even granting that the evil mutant snow zombies were an accidental side effect).
  • Mundane Utility: Jim & Tim plan to use a particle beam they invented to clear people's driveways of snow.
  • Off with His Head!: The most effective way to destroy a snow zombie (besides melting it) is to knock off or smash its head, which Kim does several times.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: They're snowmen, for one thing.
  • Punny Name: Summer Gale.
  • Shout-Out: Several to Living Dead Series including fighting several snowmen in a mall, and one jumping on the windshield as the heroes drive off.
    • Mrs. Possible gets attacked in the kitchen when she opens the fridge, like the protagonist's mom in Gremlins.
    • The confrontation against the single, gigantic Snowman, and then its melting, screaming "death", are like the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man scenes from Ghostbusters (1984).
    • While revisiting Camp Wannaweep, Ron paraphrases Al Pacino from The Godfather Part III: "every time I think I'm out, they draw me back in!"
  • Sick and Wrong: Ron quotes this trope verbatim in regard to the snow zombies.
  • Snowlems: The combination of the weather machine and the contaminated Lake Wannaweep water creates a snow zombie infestation.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Since they're made of snow, the heroes inflict cruel punishment on the snow zombies that would be much more disturbing if it was happening to humans.
  • Zerg Rush: The snow zombies generally collapse after one solid hit, but it's hard to stop them all because of their sheer numbers.