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For the longest day of Summer, Phineas and Ferb decide to travel around the world in a specially-made rocket ship following the sun to make an almost 24-hour long day. Meanwhile, Doofenshmirtz travels to Tokyo with his daughter Vanessa and a kidnapped Major Monogram to sabotage the "Annual Good Guy Convention" being held there.


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  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Done by Candace to Ferb in the final song sequence. And considering it's pretty much the only time so far that she's shown physical affection to her little stepbrother, it's nothing short of adorable.
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  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Buford suddenly begins to doubt that Phineas and Ferb could follow the sun around the world, thus experiencing a 40 hour day, despite spending the whole summer with them and seeing all the incredible things they've done. Buford even lampshades this. Although it is implied that Buford instigated this just so he could eat a bug.
    Buford: There's nothing I've ever seen that would make me believe that you could pull this off...Except for that time machine thing and oh, and that roller coaster, and other than that, nothing. Oh, and that time you played that song and the platypus came back. Man, nature just bends to your will, doesn't it?
  • Artistic License: The day before Summer Solstice, Phineas says their summer vacation is more than halfway over; in reality, Summer Solstice is the first day of the summer season altogether.
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  • Art Evolution: By this point in the series, the animation and art have noticeably gotten better. This is especially evident in the scene with Phineas showing his friends the plane at dawn.
  • Art Shift: "J-Pop (Welcome to Tokyo)", the musical number done by Stacy’s cousins, shifts to an Animesque style.
  • The Bet: If Phineas, Ferb and the gang make it around the world before the sun sets back home, Buford has to give them their bikes back. If not, they'll have to spend the rest of the summer doing nothing.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Shared between Candace and Jeremy in the end.
  • Body Wipe: Candace's red shirt briefly fills the screen during her verse in "Summer Belongs to You".
  • Break the Cutie: Isabella suffers this when her attempts to have a romantic moment with Phineas in Paris are continually sabotaged by his focus on getting the plane repaired.
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  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    Linda: It sure would be helpful if they could just make the days a little longer.
    [A "ding" noise signaling an idea is heard as the bottom half of the screen is covered with an "advertisement" reading "You're Watching Television!"]
    Phineas: Hey! Do you mind? We've kinda got a visual gag going on here!
    [Advertisement disappears, revealing the "ding" was actually from Ferb with a triangle.]
    Phineas: Thank you!
  • Brick Joke: All Buford wanted was to eat a bug.
  • Characterization Marches On: While in the second season a lot of the characters have undergone a fair personality development, but it's this episode that really skyrocketed with deepening the characters' individualities. Phineas showing that he's not completely resourceful, getting frantic once he's realized his perplexity and showing anger and impatience for once, Ferb working on his relationship with Vanessa, Candace gaining belief in herself and things seemingly impossible, Vanessa accepting her father's quirks and peculiarity, Jeremy earning the ability to tell Candace about her annoying obsessive behaviour (which further led them to become an Official Couple), Isabella crossing the edge of her endurance to Phineas' ignorance towards her and revealing to be the only one able to encourage him into not giving up. Even Buford gets some screen time showing that he is fluent in French and can quote Voltaire from heart. Only Baljeet remained unaltered by the episode.
  • Chekhov's Gun: This episode has a series of Chekhov's Guns in near-succession: Doofenshmirtz's giant water balloon, Ferb's map, the road construction, and finally Buford's stolen bikes.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • In "Swiss Family Phineas", Candace questioned how come Phineas and Ferb didn't make something to get them off the island and even suggests how they should have done it, including using a giant slingshot to launch them off the island. In this episode, they use a slingshot to launch a giant paper plane so they can leave this island.
    • Clay Aiken and Chaka Kahn are wearing the "Summer All The Time" collection from "Runaway Runway", which is oversized versions of Phineas and Ferb's wardrobe.
    • In "Vanessassary Roughness", Ferb starts to tell Vanessa what his name is short for, but interrupts himself before he can finish. In this episode, Vanessa asks Candace what "Ferb" is short for; Candace doesn't know.
  • Continuity Cavalcade:
  • Crush Filter: During "City of Love", the background is noticeably pinkish with hearts floating in the air. As Isabella grows more saddened, the background becomes desaturated and the hearts eventually break and litter the ground.
  • Despair Event Horizon: When Phineas, Ferb, Candace, Isabella, Baljeet, and Buford are stranded on a desert island in the Atlantic with an industrial sized rubber band, two palm trees, a row of airplane seats, an ox, and only a few minutes left before the sun sets and he has to give up inventing forever. He tries desperately to produce a means of escape, but with so few tools none of his plans can work. Eventually he collapses in defeat and resigns himself to watching the sunset, and it takes an impassioned plea from Isabella to snap him out of his funk and produce a plan that can work.
  • Extra-Long Episode: This episode runs for one hour, longer than any other episodes.
  • Hammerspace Hair: Ferb gets an extra pencil for Isabella out of his hair.
  • Heart Symbol: Hundreds of hearts, full and broken, appear throughout "City of Love".
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • Phineas undergoes one when the gang is stranded on an island and he tries to figure out what to do to get off in time only to lose hope.
    • Isabella gets one at the same time as she out her feelings to Ferb that he didn't even notice her in Paris, and thinks of giving up. She snaps out when she realizes how much the situation relates more to Phineas than herself.
  • Hidden Depths: Apparently, Paris brings out the best in Buford, since he speaks fluent French and is able to quote Voltaire.
  • Incredibly Long Note: "We make rubber baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaands!"
  • The Item Number: "Rubber Bands, Rubber Balls", the obligatory Bollywood number in the Himalayas. Originally, the female dancers were drawn more promiscuously. They were changed to look somewhat more conservative.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: "Well, that's not the Phineas Flynn I fell in...to...this situation with."
  • Literal Metaphor: When the group ends up on a deserted island, Candace said the only other thing on the island besides themnote  was "a big, fat ox". Buford took offense to that, but Candace pointed out she meant there was an actual ox on the island with them.
  • Little "No": Isabella says this once Phineas gets a Heroic BSoD and has a realization about what he should really be doing now.
  • Mood Lighting: When "City of Love" begins, the colors are vibrant and the sky is clear, but when Isabella becomes saddened near the end, the colors become slightly desaturated, and the sky becomes cloudy and dark.
  • Mood Whiplash: Occurs in "City of Love"; what seems like a romantic love ballad suddenly turns into a heartbreaking one as Phineas is too focused on fixing the plane that he unknowingly hurts Isabella's feelings.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: While in Paris, Isabella wants Phineas to spend time with her, not knowing that they have a bet to fulfill and they're in danger of losing it.
  • Oblivious to Love: Taken to extreme here with Phineas, as he has absolutely no idea Isabella is trying to seize a romantic moment with him in Paris and only assumes she's showing him suggestions on how to fix the plane. Furthermore, Phineas is not oblivious of the crush Ferb has on Vanessa and the crush Candace has on Jeremy, and the fact both of those groups had some alone time in the city of love. The fact Phineas is aware of the potential romance between those other couples is enough to drive Isabella to pencil-snapping head-explosion-imagining aggravation.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: When Candace is reluctant to get on her old tricycle so they can race home before time runs out, Phineas loses his temper and snaps at her. "GET ON THE TRIKE!"
  • Orbital Shot: Isabella has a brief one during "City of Love".
  • Pep-Talk Song: "I Believe We Can" by Clay Aiken and Chaka Khan.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Phineas suffers these in Paris, during the "City of Love" number as Isabella is trying to have a romantic moment with him. Whenever she points out a specific location, he misinterprets the meaning and thinks of something to fix the plane depending on what is shown.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Candace and Jeremy officially become boyfriend and girlfriend.
  • Reveal Shot: Before "I Believe We Can" as Phineas is delivering his Rousing Speech, he climbs onto the plane wing and we see what appears to be his feet stepping into view in close-up, then the camera zooms out to reveal the feet are really those of Clay Aiken in Phineas' clothes.
  • Roundabout Shot: Phineas and Isabella have one as they dance during the closing song. Provides the trope's page image.
  • Rousing Speech: Isabella gives one to Phineas, having snapped out of her Heroic BSoD thanks to having a "Eureka!" Moment, in an attempt to never give up and not lose the bet.
  • Series Continuity Error: At the beginning of the episode, Phineas mentions "we traveled through time twice", and Isabella says the same thing later on when attempting to break Phineas out of his Heroic BSoD. However, neither should be aware of this since in "Phineas and Ferb's Quantum Boogaloo" when Future Candace fixed the past, Past Isabella time traveled to the time of the beginning of said episode to give the boys the tool they need, thus canceling the plot of the rest of the episode entirely.
  • "Setting Off" Song: "Bouncin' Around The World" by Love Handel, which plays during the montage of the gang...well, you know what's described.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Spaghetti Kiss: During "Bouncin' Around the World", when the plane bounces over Italy, Buford and Baljeet share a strip of spaghetti and kiss, aggravating Buford.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: The rope-jumping robot suddenly disappears from the backyard offscreen between the time Perry returns and the time Linda comes. A later scene shows it got caught on the tail of the plane Doofenshmirtz and Vanessa are taking to Tokyo.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: Vanessa "rented" a scooter.
  • Tears of Remorse: Isabella sheds these as she is telling Ferb about her feelings for Phineas being ignored.
  • Time Zones Do Not Exist: Averted, since the main plot is the kids traveling at the speed of Earth's rotation to have a super-fun, twenty-four hour day by taking advantage of the time zones to always be in daylight all day.
  • Title Drop: By Candace during her conversation with Phineas when she sees Jeremy talking to friends in Paris.
  • Too Upset to Create: Phineas is so upset that he might fail that he starts snapping at everyone around him and his usual ability to think up insane solutions on the fly won't work. Isabella has to snap him out of it as he gets more and more desperate.
    Phineas: Look, a sponge and a starfish! There's gotta be something we can make out of this! (throws them away) Ah, no, that's ridiculous!
  • Trailers Always Spoil: Almost every promo spoils the ending, especially the final concert at the end. Said scene was even spoiled in a promo during the final commercial break in the original airing.
  • Whole Plot Reference: This episode is an updated and modified version of Around the World in 80 Days, with a wager to travel around the world, numerous unexpected setbacks, and finally coming down to the last tick of the clock.
  • Your Head Asplode: Happens to Isabella in one scene. She was actually imagining it.

 
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Isabella's attempts to have a romantic moment with Phineas in Paris are sabotaged by his obliviousness and concentration at wanting to get the plane repaired.

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