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Goodbye, boys.

"Since it's our last day of summer, we're thinking a grand finale is in order!"
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On the inevitable 104th day of summer vacation, the season — and the series — is quickly coming to an end and it’s Candace’s last chance to bust her brothers, who build huge playground equipment for the finale of summer. She is quickly foiled, but when she goes to return a DVD to Vanessa and finds Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s Do-Over-Inator, she finds an opportunity to redo the day, which results in other consequences like rips in the space-time continuum, the shortening of days and the disappearance of her brothers.

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  • A Day in the Limelight: This is honestly more of a Candace and Doofenshmirtz story than a Phineas and Ferb one.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Vanessa says one to her father about his new job as Tri-Governor of the Tri-State Area:
    Vanessa: I don't think this lifestyle choice is making you happy either, is it?
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Dr. Doofenshmirtz manages to take over the entire Tri-State Area (for the second time) by creating a political position for himself, Tri-Govenor. He even signs a legislation preventing Perry and the OWCA from thwarting him and his schemes until his term is over. The first time was in "Phineas And Ferb Save Summer".
    • Victory Is Boring: Of course, he eventually reaches an epiphany, realizing that despite his success, he has found no happiness.
  • Book-Ends: Perry, whose method of entering his lair to recieve his mission was Different in Every Episode, uses a remote-activated door at the side of the house just like in the first episode.
  • Continuity Porn: Being the show's final song "Thank you for coming along" is full of this.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The spoon is the first object that disappears in the space-time. At the end Candace saves the day by throwing a spoon at the self destruct button of the Do-Overinator.
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  • Dance Party Ending: The series closes out with all the characters jamming out while thanking the audience for watching.
  • Description Cut: With Candace, Phineas and Ferb stuck outside the timeline, Candace figures out their parents never had kids and assumes they now must have boring lives. The viewers get to see that their lives are anything but.
  • Door Closes Ending: The final shot (as seen above) has Phineas wave goodbye to the viewers before closing the door.
  • End-of-Series Awareness: The title of the special itself alludes to the show ending.
  • Eye Am Watching You: Done by Candace to the boys as everyone goes inside at the end, which is followed by a smile and point.
  • Grand Finale: As the title states, its the last day of summer which was the season the series was set in, and thus the final episode.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: For Candace and Doofenshmirtz, who were both inside the -inator's bubble upon its activation, so they both relive the last day.
  • Internal Deconstruction: This special effectively deconstructs both Candace and Doofenshmirtz's life goals.
    • As Linda subtly implies (twice), Candace has essentially wasted the entire summer attempting to bust her brothers. Her refusal to give up this goal drives her to activate the Do-Overinator, so she can obsessively continue her attempts to bust her brothers, to the detriment of the fabric of space-time. After the escape from limbo, Candace seems to have realized how pointless her obsession was, as she decides to simply sit with her brothers and their friends in the back yard for the rest of the day, happily reminiscing over all the fun things they did over the summer.
    • After he succeeds in becoming Tri-Governor, Doofenshmirtz feels like his victory is a hollow one. With Vanessa's help, he realizes that his daily schemes of conquest aren't really making him happy at all because he's not really evil, just bitter and petty about his Hilariously Abusive Childhood. After the Do-Overinator's effects are undone, he decides to give up being evil, and spends the rest of the day with Vanessa, Norm, and Perry.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Doofenshmirtz gives up evil for good in this episode. "Phineas and Ferb: Act Your Age" makes it clear that it stuck.
  • The Last Title
  • List Song: The final song has the kids mentioning some of the adventures they had.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Candace is horrified when Phineas and Ferb are pulled out of existence, and even moreso when she learns the time loop is becoming smaller, to the point where all existence will eventually vanish.
  • No Fourth Wall: The song "Thank You For Comin' Along" breaks the fourth wall in various ways. The characters acknowledge events that occurred in the series that they normally would not know about, such as the events of "Phineas and Ferb Get Busted", "Across the Second Dimension","Night Of The Living Pharmacists" and "Act Your Age". Isabella is surprised by the last part. The song also has the characters singing to the audience, thanking them for watching. At the end of the song, Phineas waves goodbye to the audience before closing the door. During the song, Phineas also mentions that "Unfair Science Fair" has "two parts".
  • "Pan Up to the Sky" Ending: Done just before the final musical number.
  • Race Against the Clock: At the climax, Candace is stuck in a loop where she and her friends return the Do-Overinator to the timeline, only for it to be too far away to reach before the loop point, which is becoming shorter and shorter by the loop, while Doofenshmirtz has completed the Time-Straighten-Outinator but wastes valuable time being Mr. Exposition.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Vanessa gives one to Doofenshmirtz for only being evil out of obligation for his Hilariously Abusive Childhood.
  • Ret Gone: A secondary effect of the -inator is that spacetime rips absorb things and living beings, after which everybody (save for Candace and Doofenshmirtz) forgets they exist. This includes Phineas and Ferb.
  • Riddle for the Ages: "But we're still baffled by the Giant Floating Baby Head."
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Despite being the Series Finale, the episode is more focused on Candace and Doofenshmirtz. Somewhat justified in that the previous episode tied up Phineas and Isabella's plot line as well as that of most of the other main characters, with the exception of Candace and Doofenshmirtz — the latter of whom was revealed to have had a Heel–Face Turn, which we see here.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: When Baljeet realizes the loop point is becoming shorter, he uses a hook and a piece of paper to explain it to his friends. Later on, Doofenshmirtz says he'd use those things to explain if he had them.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: Vanessa points out that Doofenshmmirtz indulges in his evil schemes only because he feels obligated to do so by his horrendously difficult childhood.
  • Tempting Fate: When Doofenshmirtz's plan to become Tri-Governor works, he decides to deactivate the Do-Over-inator to prevent it from undoing his victory but it gets sucked out of the timeline before he has a chance to. Doof then hopes that the inator won't be able to cause time loops where it is. Cue the next time loop.
  • Thanking the Viewer: The song "Thank You For Comin' Along" has the characters singing to the audience, thanking them for watching. At the end of the song, Phineas waves goodbye to the audience before closing the door.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Doofenshmirtz finally gets one over on his brother, takes over the Tri-State area, reconciles with Vanessa during the time loops, and even thinks he saved the day (it was really Candace since the -inator to fix the loops wasn't plugged in but Perry never reveals this to him).
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: Cosinus equal to 17 is by definition an impossible result. Of course, knowing this show's style, it's more likely a Genius Bonus.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Doofenshmirtz finally takes over the Tri-State-Area but his victory becomes moot when the Do-Over-inator undoes it. But since Doofensmirtz has had his Heel–Face Turn and reconciled with Vanessa he doesn't really care.
  • You Are Too Late: Doof gave one to Perry as he signed a law forbidding any O.W.C.A. agent to thwart him until his term as Tri-Governor is over, which left Perry extremely depressed.

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