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Recap / Kim Possible S 4 E 17 Clean Slate

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During an encounter with Drakken and Shego, a malfunctioning device accidentally erases Kim's memories. As Ron struggles to get Kim to remember he's her boyfriend, Drakken works on a plan that he claims is "foolproof".

This episode contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Advice Backfire: During cheer practice, Ron told Kim to ignore what Bonnie says to her. It ends up biting him in the butt when Kim disregards Bonnie's comment about them dating.
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  • Amnesia Episode: Kim loses her memory due to a malfunctioning memory recovery device.
  • Amnesiac Lover: Ron finds himself frustrated as Kim seems to remember everything about her life except for the fact that Ron is now her boyfriend. It's not until the end when Kim remembers in one of the most heartfelt moments of the series.
    Kim: I remember that you're my boyfriend! And that I think I love you!
    Ron: For real?
    Kim: For real! (hug)
    Ron: Now this is a memory.
  • As You Know: Parodied and Lampshaded in the opening:
    Drakken: "Shego, at last! Pure nanotronium is mine! The smallest, most powerful energy source known to..."
    Shego: "Are you for real? I was with you! I know what it is, Doctor Exposition."
  • Batman Cold Open: The episode begins with Kim and Ron foiling Drakken and Shego's theft of an energy source, ending with Ron losing his pants.
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  • Chekhov's Gag: Ron losing his pants was actually useful in helping Kim regain her memories of her and Ron dating.
  • Continuity Cavalcade: Kim watches a DVD filled with clips of previous episodes. There's also a reference to Rappin' Drakken when Drakken converts his mind control shampoo into a serum. Also, at the end of the episode, there's a montage of all the times Ron lost his pants.
  • Continuity Nod: Kim mentions the dream Ron had in Ill-Suited.
  • Cue Card: To keep track of his ideas, Drakken writes down everything on 3x5 cards, much to Shego's chagrin. There's even a moment when Drakken stops mid Evil Gloating to read the rest off a card.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Drakken starts describing how he drove all the soldiers off a military train by activating an overload alarm... and then reveals/realizes that he caused an actual engine overload rather than just a false alarm.
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  • Flowers of Romance: To prove he was her boyfriend, Ron tried to present Kim with a bouquet of flowers. Unfortunately, Kim thought it was a salad, though Ron admitted it was technically in the salad family.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: The main focus of the episode.
  • Low Clearance: Drakken confronts Kim on top of the train, and ends up getting knocked off when the train heads into a tunnel.
  • Never My Fault: Drakken denies responsibility for Kim losing her memory because Dr Langford wasn't the one to fix the Memory Recovery Machine.
  • Oh Wait, This Is My Grocery List: This little bit while Drakken is sneaking through the halls of the Middleton Hospital:
    Drakken: We break into the lab, steal the MRM, I remember my foolproof plan, and then...we bowl with the henchmen! Wait. No. No! Bowling's tomorrow! Grr! These cards are out of order!
  • Reverse Polarity: Putting the Parapulser Power Cell in backwards caused the MRM to erase memories.
  • Running Gagged: This episode was obviously the big send off for Ron's pants losing gag, despite it being referenced in following episodes. There was even a montage of nearly every time it happened to him.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: How Shego reacts when she finds out that Drakken actually did set the train to explode.
  • Shout-Out: Drakken's favorite dance show Ballroom With B Actors is clearly a reference to Dancing with the Stars.
  • Slasher Smile: Shego grins evilly when she realizes Kim doesn't remember anything.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Apparently, Drakken and Shego had plans to bowl after Drakken's scheme.
  • You Are Grounded: Kim's father grounds the Tweebs when they take advantage of Kim's amnesiac state.
  • You Just Told Me: When Kim addresses Wade by name, Ron asks how she knew it, with her replying that he said it first.
  • You Say Tomato: When Dr Langford corrected Drakken on the MRM's power source being a Parapulser Power Cell instead of a battery, Drakken retaliates with "Tomato, Toh-Mah-Toe".
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