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Recap: Teen Titans S 5 E 4 For Real
"You sound more like a fanboy than a nemesis."
Aqualad

With the Titans scattered all over the world, Jump City is left without heroes. At the request of the main team, Titans East goes to the city and encounters Control Freak seeking the "real" Titans. Disappointed with what he considers to be the poor man's substitute, he sets up a series of tests for them.

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  • Badass Crew: Titans East eventually cement themselves as this in Jump City and Control Freak's eyes.
  • Cutting the Knot: How Titans East beats most of Control Freak's challenges. Can't shoot a rocket out of the sky with your arrows? Hijack one of the rockets themselves. Giant shark keeping you from reaching a main valve you need to plug up? Stick the shark in the valve instead. Can't stop a train before a bomb goes off? Short-circuit the trigger of the bomb.
  • Fandom Nod: Control Freak's online chats.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Control Freak's mechanical shark that he sends after Aqualad is named "Glen," after one of the show's producers Glen Murakami.
  • Improvised Weapon - Speedy's arrows are taken away for his challenge, so he ends up using himself as an arrow, and the bridge cables (plus tow truck to provide tension) as an improvised bow.
  • Lower Deck Episode: This episode has most of the Titans absent, with the focus on the Honorary Titans.
  • Opinion Flipflop: As soon Titans East actually begin winning their challenges, the Internet trolls change their tunes.
  • Take That, Audience! - Two of them, actually. The first one is when Control Freak is speaking to his online friends; the bizarre theories of the people Control Freak chats with ("Starfire and BB forever!") were apparently taken from actual forum posts. The second one is a more general take that to the audience; the episode was directed at people who were highly critical of Speedy, Aqualad, Bumblebee, and Mas y Menos. We learn from this episode that no, Speedy is not useless if he doesn't have any arrows, Aqualad is physically strong even if he's at an aquatic disadvantage, Bumblebee's powers are awesome even when she's not in combat, and Mas y Menos can come up with a way to overcome their "have to be touching" disadvantage.

The End (part three)Recap/Teen TitansSnowblind

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