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Recap / Milo Murphys Law S 1 E 05 The Doctor Zone Files

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Milo's big sister Sara wants to go see The Doctor Zone Files movie with Milo and his friends, but worries about potential problems.


  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    • In the intro for The Dr. Zone Files, Dr. Zone and Time Ape are menaced by a series of aliens and robots... ending with a piñata monster.
    • Sara's flashbacks to various disasters that struck her and her brother include a train inexplicably crashing through her birthday party, the blades on a windmill at a miniature golf course spinning out of control, and dropping her ice cream cone.
  • As Himself: In-universe, Time Ape is credited "As Himself" on The Dr. Zone Files.
  • Brown Note: Apparently, Time Ape's true form would cause an ordinary person's head to explode.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: The fan guidebook on The Doctor Zone Files, "The Doctor Zone Files Files". Lampshaded by Zack.
  • Expy: Doctor Zone is an obvious parody of Doctor Who, with one alien race being mentioned, Trashcandroids, possibly being a mashup of the Cybermen, Autons, and Mechonoids from that show.
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  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: The credits for The Dr. Zone Files go by super-fast, but are loaded with gags.
  • Hurricane of Puns: You could make a drinking game out of Doctor Zone's time puns.
  • Irony: Despite all of Sara's paranoia and caution, she's the one who ends up losing the tickets.
  • It's Quiet... Too Quiet: Parodied when Sara and Milo sniff the air, and remark that "It smells quiet..."
  • Letting the Air Out of the Band: The inspiring music grinds to a halt when Sara loses the thread of her Rousing Speech about fandom.
  • Meaningful Background Event: At the beginning of Sara's speech, you can see the car that she sets her stuff down on drive off.
  • Overly Long Gag: Dr. Zone struggling to hit the "Time Shift" button with his gift-box hand. Time Ape gives an awkward Aside Glance.
  • [Popular Saying], But...: Dr. Zone, a time traveler, when he is flying off with the Time Bee-hicle:
    Dr. Zone: Time waits for no man, except for me!
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  • Portmanteau: After binge-watching The Dr. Zone Files, Melissa and Zack are both excited and confused about The Movie.
    Melissa: I'm... ex-fused.
    Zack: And I'm... con-cited?
  • Shaming the Mob: Sara gives an impassioned speech to the crowd of riled-up fans. Milo has to help her out a bit.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Show Within a Show: The Dr. Zone Files is a show about a time traveler with the same name and his sidekick Time Ape. Milo and Sara Murphy love this show to the point where they would watch it all night.
  • Stylistic Suck: Among other things, you can see a cable holding up Dr. Zone's Time Bee-hicle as it flies off, and the shadow on a matte painting.
  • Take That!: This episode takes a shot at sci-fi fans who can be really snobbish and rude.
    Dr. Zone Fan: I'm just saying if you can't speak the Trashcandroid's binary language, then you have no place in this line!
  • Tempting Fate: Zack's remark of "What could possibly go wrong?" causes Sara to have flashbacks.
  • Visual Pun: When Sara asks the crowd of angry fans to "Lend me your ears," one of them offers her a pair of fake pointy ears.


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