Recap / Kim Possible S 2 E 5 Car Trouble

Driver's Ed is happening at Middleton High, which is considered a "rite of passage" for the teens, although Kim isn't worried (Ron however, fears failing and taking the bus like a student named Russ Needlemeyer). However, during the test, everyone, save her rival Bonnie, fails, frustrating her to no end. Meanwhile, automation expert Dr. Freeman is kidnapped by Drakken and Shego to help with Drakken's scheme to world domination by building an army of battle robots.

One of Freeman's projects, a self-aware car named S.A.D.I. note  ("Sadie"), enlists Kim's help to rescue him. When the teens retake the test, SADI poses as the test car and allows Kim to pass with the highest grade, but she feels bad about her tainted success. Meanwhile, Drakken has no success in convincing Freeman to fix his Destructobots, until Shego uses reverse psychology to appeal to the doctor's ego.

When Team Possible arrives to rescue him, they are set upon by the now dangerous Destructobots, but manage to defeat them, with help from SADI. However, Drakken & Shego flee, setting the factory to be covered in molten metal; with SADI's circuits fried, Kim is the only one who can drive them out, so SADI admits she didn't help Kim during the test, allowing her to save the day (and capture Drakken as well). SADI later admits her earlier claim was a lie, but it did help Kim's confidence, allowing her to retake the driving test and learn a legitimate B-.

This episode provides examples of:

  • Call-Back: When Ron first meets SADI, he comments that her cupholder looks big enough to hold a king-sized Slurpster. Later, he tests that out to find out it's true.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    Ron: You cheated?
    Kim: She just did it.
    Ron: I'm sorry, let me rephrase; you cheated...and you didn't let me cheat too?!
  • Department of Redundancy Department: "Is it cheating if I cheated, but I didn't mean to cheat?"
  • Dumbass Has a Point: After Kim mentions that she can do anything, Ron points out that also means she's capable of failing.
  • Fence Painting: After Drakken's attempts to coerce Dr. Freeman fail, Shego cons him into working for them by snidely questioning his competence (with Drakken joining in when he realizes that Shego's approach is working). This spurs him to prove himself by going ahead and building the robots.
  • Karma Houdini: SADI's cheating on Kim's behalf is never found out, as Kim voluntarily retakes the driving test and gets a B- grade.
  • Kidnapped Scientist: Dr. Freeman. He initially refuses to help Drakken, but gets tricked into doing it anyway.
  • Magic Feather: Zig-zagged. First, S.A.D.I. gets Kim through the driving test by doing the driving for her, leaving her feeling guilty about cheating. Later, during the escape from Drakken and Shego, S.A.D.I. tells her that she'd actually passed the driving test fair and square on her own. After they make their getaway, S.A.D.I. admits that she herself had done the driving during the test, but that Kim had just driven them out of danger entirely on her own — S.A.D.I. had been damaged and needed a human driver, so she lied in order to bolster Kim's confidence behind the wheel.
    • At the end of the episode, Kim re-takes the test and passes it, much to the puzzlement of Mr. Barkin who wondered why she'd throw away the perfect score she (actually S.A.D.I.) got the first time.
  • Mecha-Mooks: The Destructobots.
  • Never My Fault: Ron claims that he didn't crash the car, they just built the gym too close to the parking lot.
  • Pass the Popcorn: When watching Kim and company fight his robots, Drakken can be seen with a carton of popcorn.
  • Scare 'em Straight: Barkin shows the Driver's Ed class a scratchy old black-and-white film called "The Ghost Car". Initially, Kim and Ron mock the antiquated depiction of teenage life, but then they are horrified by a gory crash scene intended to teach a lesson about careful driving.
  • Sentient Vehicle: S.A.D.I. ("Sadie")
  • Sidetracked by the Analogy:
    Ron: Yeah, I'm thinking this whole driving thing is overrated. Did Thomas Jefferson drive a car? Did George Washington? The Wright Brothers flew airplanes, but did they drive? Actually, I don't know, but the point is...
  • Tempting Fate: While on the run, Ron proudly points out that he jumped two fences and didn't rip his pants... only for them to rip on a nearby bush.