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Recap / Danny Phantom S 1 E 11 Fanning The Flames

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Pop star Ember McClain is the hottest thing in music at the moment, but little does anyone know she's a ghost who is brainwashing the populace with her music. When Danny gets in her way, she decides to distract him by magically making him fall in love. With Sam!

Tropes found in this episode:

  • Everyone Can See It: Sam and Danny have to spend the entire episode telling everyone "We're not together!" and "We're not lovebirds!"
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  • Flight of Romance: Danny's and Sam's flight from school after Ember unexpectedly turns into this.
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: The Fenton Phones that Sam wears throughout the episode are what protects her from being hypnotized by Ember's music.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Invoked. In order to free Danny from Ember's love spell, Sam kisses Dash in front of him.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Tucker is shown to sing horribly in this episode; it's later weaponized to free the populace from Ember's hypnosis.
  • Immune to Mind Control: Ember's music hypnotizes the city and her love spell affects Danny, but not Sam, because of the Fenton Phones she was wearing the entire time.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Ember ends up trapped in the area of the Ghost Zone with the overly friendly Klemper, who keeps chanting her name. Since he's not a human and she can't feed off his chanting, she demands he stop saying her name.
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  • Laugh of Love: Sam giggles while asking Danny "You really think I'm smart?" after Danny compliments her individuality and intelligence.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Ember's spell makes Danny unable to think or care about anything but Sam.
  • Love Potion: In order to keep Danny distracted from stopping her, Ember uses her power to put a spell on Danny that makes him fall madly in love with Sam.
  • Magic Music: Ember's music hypnotizes anyone who hears it.
  • No-Sell: Because he's half-ghost, Ember's music can't affect Danny until a huge amount of chanting makes her more powerful. It doesn't affect Sam at all because she keeps wearing the Fenton Phones.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Even straight-laced preppy Jazz is obsessed with Ember.
  • Popularity Power: Ember gets stronger the more people chant her name. She planned to broadcast her concert to the whole planet which would effectively make her powerful.
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  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After Ember is defeated, her band disappears, likely realizing they don't stand a chance against Danny.
  • Something We Forgot: Sam and Danny try to free Tucker from the influence of Ember's music by strapping him into a Cramtastic Mark 5 A Clockwork Orange-style. When Sam happens to say his name 12 hours later, she realizes they left him there and never went back! (At least those 12 hours of forced intensive studying did what she'd hoped.)
  • Stealth Pun:
    Danny: Do you take requests? How bout Beat it.
  • Supernatural Repellent: The Fenton Phones are Bluetooth-like devices designed to repel spectral noise. Sam likes wearing them because she thinks they make cool earrings.
  • Villain Song: "Remember", which essentially sheds light on Ember's backstory.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Once Ember's spell wears off, she freaks out and begs everyone to say her name rendering her powerless.
  • Whole Plot Reference: The plot is a cross between The Real Ghostbusters episodes "Banshee Bake A Cherry Pie" (where a famous female singer is actually a ghost who tries to stop the heroes from interfering with the concert where her Evil Plan will go down by putting one of them under a love spell) and "Janine's Genie", where Janine wishes for Egon to fall in love with her, producing the exact same effect that Ember's spell has on Danny in this episode.
    Egon: (to Janine) You're beautiful when you're scared out of your gourd.
    Danny: (to Sam) You're beautiful when you're wracked with guilt.


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