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Recap / Danny Phantom S 2 E 18 Double Cross My Heart

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The Guys In White have returned to Amity Park determined to find Danny Phantom's Secret Identity and capture him once and for all. Danny can't decide which is worse — fending off his newest pursuers, or watching Sam hook up with Hungarian exchange student Gregor. In fact, it's quite a coincidence Gregor moved into town the same time the Guys In White did and is always around whenever they appear, isn't it...?


Yes, yes it is.

This episode provides examples of:

  • Continuity Nod:
    • Danny still isn't over his feelings for Valerie.
    • When they steal Skulker's armor, the Guys In White also get the PDA he stole from Tucker, which leads them to Tucker and Mr. Lancer, since they connect the schedule inside with the assignment Danny did for him in "One of a Kind."
  • Derailing Love Interest: Gregor exists purely to throw an obstacle between the hero and his official love interest.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: In context, it's understandable the Guys In White concluded the Ghost Boy must be the white haired boy always seen with Tucker Foley and Sam Manson (it's sheer luck for Danny that, for the time being, that happens to be Gregor). It's also easy to see how Danny concluded Gregor must be working for them.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: Danny Fenton doesn't make the Guys In White's list of suspects for the Ghost Boy because he's too scrawny.
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  • Fauxreigner: "Gregor" is actually a kid from Michigan named Elliott who made up the name, accent, and background to impress Sam.
  • Foot Popping: Sam does this when she and Gregor kiss.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • When Gregor sits down to face Sam, his face looks more confident and smug as opposed to the lovesick one she makes. This hints he's not quite the person Sam thinks he is.
    • He claims that in Hungary, people where their berets backwards. Tucker is later seen tripping and knocking into things, suggesting that may have been a cruel lie and that he's not as nice as he presents himself.
  • Gender Flip: Danny and Sam switch places from "Flirting With Disaster," where Sam was jealous of Danny dating Valerie.
  • Giving Them the Strip: Skulker ejects himself from his suit to escape the Guys In White. The suit and the data it contains are all they wanted in the first place.
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  • Green-Eyed Monster: Sam's attraction to Gregor makes Danny (and possibly Tucker) jealous.
  • Hypocrite: Sam has one of her biggest such moments in this episode when she flips out at Danny for spying on her date with Gregor. No one ever points out that she spied on every single one of Danny's dates with Valerie in "Flirting With Disaster."
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    Sam: (seeing Danny stare longingly at Valerie) You'll never catch me going googly-eyed over some... oh, my...
  • Laugh of Love: Sam does this several times around Gregor.
  • Mood Whiplash: Danny goes from sighing over Valerie to burning with jealousy over Sam in literally less than one minute. While it was good of the writers not to ignore or forget his previous romance arc, such a transition doesn't help make his feelings here seem natural.
  • Naïve Newcomer:
    Gregor: A ghost?!
    Sam: Welcome to Amity Park.
  • Relationship Writing Fumble/Ship Tease: For an episode supposedly devoted to Danny's feelings for Sam, Tucker has some very interesting scenes. For example, after Danny tells him he saw Sam and Gregor kiss, a dismayed Tucker asks him, "Whoah, hold up — Gregor kissed Sam?" Then, even though he's spent the whole episode telling Danny he shouldn't spy on them, Tucker immediately volunteers to take over the job. And unlike Danny, who stayed out of sight and let Sam enjoy her date no matter what they did, Tucker inserts himself between Sam and Gregor, acting as loud and obnoxious as possible, ruining their time together. At the end, when Sam claims no boy could ever really like her, Tucker insists, "That's not true!" before Danny does. This left many fans raising an eyebrow over whether or not Tucker's attracted to Sam, too, but nothing ever came of it.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Sam falls head over heels for a guy with spiky white hair and green eyes who dresses entirely in black and white. Well, that sure doesn't resemble anyone else she knows...
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Danny insisted Gregor must be lying to Sam. It turns out he was right... but Gregor was just lying to impress her, not because he's a government spy.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After one too many attacks by ghosts and the Guys In White, "Gregor" decides "I'm going back to Michigan!"
  • Secret Chaser: The Guys In White are searching for Danny Phantom's human alter ego. They eventually conclude it's Gregor.
  • Spaghetti Kiss: Danny, watching Sam and Gregor share a plate of spaghetti on their date, says, "If they share a strand of that spaghetti, I'm gonna hurl." They don't.
  • Villain Opening Scene: The episode opens with the Guys In White chasing Skulker.

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