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After a failed attempt to stop Professor Dementor from raiding a scientific research lab, Kim and Ron return to school. It turns out that one of the small orbs Dementor used to neutralize the guards got lobbed into Ron's pocket. Inevitably, it accidentally gets activated, creating "super-strong molecular adhesive" bonds linking Ron to Mr. Barkin and Kim to Bonnie, leading to complications as they have to stick together during their daily routines and Team Possible's mission to stop Dementor's latest plan.

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  • Big Ego, Hidden Depths: Bonnie turns out to be this—in this episode, Kim discovers that Bonnie has kind of a rough home life, in that her rival has two older sisters (named Connie and Lonnie) who're just as mean to Bonnie as she typically is to others.
  • Brainless Beauty/Feigning Intelligence: Lonnie's considered to be the most beautiful of the Rockwaller sisters, and in her and Connie's first (and only) appearance in the entire Kim Possible-franchise, she incorrectly calls France a city (it's country in Europe) after she and Connie corrected Bonnie on Cincinnati not being a country (it's a city in Ohio).
  • Chained Heat: Kim and Ron each get literally stuck with their respective Sitcom Arch-Nemesis.
  • Chekhov's Gun: While with the Pixie Scouts, Ron attempts to do a squirrel call, only for it to drive squirrels away. Later on, when he and the Pixies are sneaking into Dementor's complex, the call ends up being useful in taming Dementor's mutant dachshunds.
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  • Continuity Nod: Sort of—Bonnie mentioned in "Hidden Talent" that she had "older sibs," and Connie and Lonnie, Bonnie's older sisters, make their first (and only) appearances in this episode.
  • A Day in the Limelight: This episode marks Professor Dementor's first time in the series as the main villain rather than his usual minor role as Drakken's Always Someone Better. He would later get another one in the Season 4 premiere "Ill Suited".
  • Fluffy Tamer: Ron makes friends with Professor Dementor's giant mutant dachshunds and sets them against their former master.
  • Freudian Excuse: It's strongly implied that Connie and Lonnie's cruel treatment towards Bonnie is the biggest reason (if not the sole reason) in Bonnie's turnout as a mean person. See Big Ego, Hidden Depths above.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In the end, Dementor is hit by his own Bondo Ball, which sticks him to his mutant dachshunds.
    Dementor: Suddenly, I have a craving for kibble schnitzel.
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  • Lampshade Hanging: Bonnie questions why Dementor is taking the time to tell Kim and her the contents of his evil plan instead of just getting on with it.
  • Properly Paranoid: Ron claims that Barkin has been after him ever since he accidentally looked at him funny in 9th grade, which Kim feels is an exaggeration. Later on, Barkin confirms that he felt Ron was trouble ever since that incident.
  • Red Filter of Doom/Scary Flashlight Face: Professor Dementor tries to make himself look scary by lighting his face from below with a red flashlight. Kim and Bonnie are not impressed.
  • Saved by a Terrible Performance: Ron's squirrel call ends up being the worst Barkin has ever heard. However, it eventually proves to be an excellent mutant wiener dog call.
  • Scout-Out: Mr. Barkin's revealed to be the "den mother" to a troop of Pixie Scouts (a Girl Scout-style organization)—although Barkin prefers "Brigadier Pixie" and he also runs the troop more like a military unit. The Pixies also accompany Barkin and Ron on the mission.
  • Shout-Out:
    • When Ron is commenting on his relationship with Barkin and Kim's relationship with Bonnie, he refers to it as 'the Circle of Life'. Kim comments that's an interesting choice of words considering that Ron is right beside a lion's cage.
    • When Dementor escapes the lab with the stolen device, he says, "So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye!" to Kim and Ron.
  • The Reveal: See Big Ego, Hidden Depths and Freudian Excuse above for Bonnie and Scout-Out for Barkin.
    • To a lesser extent, when the Pixies untie Kim and Bonnie from Dementor's device, Kim reveals that she was a Pixie Scout as well when she was younger.
  • The Smart Guy: Connie's said to be the most intelligent of her sisters.
  • The Spark of Genius: Kim asks her brain surgeon and rocket scientist parents to have a look at the adhesion link and see if they have any ideas for neutralizing it. They examine it, but quickly conclude that their knowledge of actual science is no help in dealing with "mad" science.
  • We Have the Keys: Ron and Barkin break down the door to Dementor's lair, much to his dismay:
    Dementor: Why did you have to break down the door? It wasn't locked! I just had it painted!
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