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Recap / Phineas and Ferb "Summer Belongs to You!"

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Around The World in 40 Hours.
For the Summer Solstice, Phineas and Ferb decide to travel around the world in a specially-made rocket ship following the sun to make the longest day of summer even longer. Meanwhile, Doofenshmirtz travels to Tokyo with his daughter Vanessa and a kidnapped Major Monogram to sabotage the "Annual Good Guy Convention" being held there.


  • 10-Minute Retirement: Phineas, of ALL people, gets one when he can't think of any way to get himself and his friends off a deserted island before sundown. It takes Isabella indirectly giving him an idea to bring him to his senses.
  • Advanced Tech 2000: Phineas and Ferb reveal their invention to make the longest summer day ever: a jet to travel around the world that they dubbed the Sun-Beater 3000. This prompts Buford to lampshade it.
    Buford: It's a name, followed by a big number!
  • 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.
  • Almost Kiss: Candace and Jeremy attempt to share a kiss in Paris, but it fails because Candace slowly moves away from Jeremy as the gang's jet drifts along the water.
  • Animation Bump: The animation in this episode is considerably a lot more expressive than in previous episodes, particularly during Clay Aiken and Chaka Khan's number.
  • The Anticipator: Subverted. Baljeet meets his Uncle Sabu in the Himalayas, who proclaims that he's been expecting the gang to come; turns out he just likes to say "I've been expecting you" to freak out tourists.
  • 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.
  • Artistic License – Geography: The gang's journey from the Himalayas to Paris hop all over the place if you try to plot it out, sometimes even treading backwards.note  They went from Madagascar to China to the Baltic Sea to Italy to the Netherlands to Russia to Spain to Egypt to Singapore to Australia to Greece to Belgium (in that order, and that's not even half of the places they visit throughout the entire trip) before FINALLY landing on Paris.
  • 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.
  • Bait-and-Switch Silhouette: Played with. Phineas and Ferb's Sun-Beater 3000 is hidden beneath a tarp that is somehow shaped like the Statue of Liberty, which Phineas doesn't even notice until Isabella points it out. The boys later reveal a scale model of the solar system behind a tarp that's shaped like The Thinker statue.
  • 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 (and also eat a bug). 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.
  • Big Finale Crowd Song: The final number has a triumphant dance party as Phineas and the gang celebrate successfully managing to travel the world before sunset, with Phineas, Candace, and Isabella each getting their own verses in the song.
  • Big Ol' Unibrow: Type II with Major Monogram, which Doofenshmirtz makes fun of by calling him "Major Monobrow".
  • Bilingual Bonus: The hotel Jeremy's staying at in Paris is named Hotel La Poubelle. It's French for "the trash can".
  • Body Wipe: Candace's red shirt briefly fills the screen during her verse in "Summer Belongs to You".
  • Brandishment Bluff: After Doofenshmirtz gets arrested in Paris by Monogram, Vanessa threatens Monogram and Perry with a black hair dryer, pretending that it's a gun. Surprisingly enough, it works, allowing her to steal Perry's hovercar and take her dad back home.
  • 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.
  • 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: Buford made a bet with Phineas saying that if the former's proven wrong, he has to own up by eating a bug (although he really just wants to eat a bug). By the end of the episode, as the gang's paper plane crosses the ocean, Buford exclaims happily that he finally ate 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 these, almost all of them in near-succession:
    • Doofenshmirtz's giant water balloon is flung all the way from Tokyo over to Paris, splashing into the ocean and giving Phineas and Ferb's vehicle a boost so that they can arrive home faster.
    • The world map that was used to showcase their around the world travel plan, stored inside Ferb's pocket, ends up being exactly the thing that gets the gang out of the deserted island, by virtue of it being turned into a giant paper plane.
    • In the beginning of the episode, Linda complains that there is roadwork in the city that causes her to go a longer path; also, just before the gang starts their world trip, Buford wagers the bikes he's stolen from everyone if Phineas arrives home before sundown. Sure enough, as the gang arrives at Danville, there's a road construction blocking the way; fortunately, Buford's house is nearby, prompting him to return everyone's bikes earlier than he had wagered.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Parodied as Phineas gets everyone, including Candace, to shout "I believe!" as they prepare to jump the giant hole in the unfinished road.
  • Commercial Pop-Up: Parodied. A fake pop-up appears declaring "You're Watching Television!" appears as a sound effect is heard indicating Phineas has an idea; Phineas complains that the "ad" is obscuring a visual gag, and the pop-up disappears to show Ferb holding a triangle.
  • Continuity Cavalcade: Many times.
  • 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 Khan are wearing the "Summer All The Time" collection from "Run Away 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.
  • 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.
  • Cut-and-Paste Note: Carl received a note from Monogram that says he hasn't been kidnapped and that he's just on vacation. Said letter is stylized with this trope, which Carl lampshades by pointing out how weird it is that he took a lot of time to cut each letter out of a magazine.
  • Dancing Bear: A good chunk of the advertising for this special focused on the fact that it was the longest episode of Phineas and Ferb ever, with the summer solstice plot explicitly playing into the episode's length.
  • Descent into Darkness Song: "City of Love", which is initial glee at Isabella being in the most romantic place in the world, slowly sinks into despair and sadness as Phineas is way too focused on fixing the plane and doesn't even notice her. It even helps with the changing of the background.
  • 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 a total of 46 minutes without advertisements, longer than any other episode in the series; it's only beaten by specials such as Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars and the two movies.
  • Fun with Acronyms: This is the first time the agency that Major Monogram and Perry work for is mentioned by name: the O.W.C.A., or the Organization Without a Cool Acronym. Lampshaded.
    Doofenshmirtz: Wow, that really isn't a cool acronym.
    Monogram: Told ya.
  • Global Ignorance: Stacy thinks that the pyramids are located in France. When Candace calls her out on it, she corrects herself by saying that they're located in Belgium instead.note 
  • Gratuitous Japanese: When the gang arrives at Tokyo, Ferb finds one of Stacy's relatives and greets her with 「こんにちは、ステイシーの友達です。」note  Gratuitous, because it turns out Stacy's relatives are all able to speak English anyway, albeit slightly off.
  • 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. He's only snapped out of it when Isabella indirectly gives him an idea to bring him to his senses.
    • 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.
  • Human Snowball: Doofenshmirtz is sent via ejection seat to the Himalaya mountains to get Vanessa home, but he accidentally crashes into the snowy mountainside and falls over, creating a giant snowball that's headed right towards Phineas and Ferb's jet.
  • Incredibly Long Note: "We make rubber baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaands!"
  • Impossibly-Compact Folding: The boys prepare a giant world map to showcase their planned trip around the world, which neatly folds into a tiny little square inside Ferb's pocket.
  • Intentional Engrish for Funny: The lyrics to "Welcome to Tokyo" are in English, just not exactly perfect English.
    Welcome to Tokyo
    Being glad that you are here
    We came visiting, delightful us
    Welcome to Tokyo

    As for a list of exotic amusements
    Which makes between the summer, there
    Is here we look at baseball
    Like the fact that it does
  • 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.
  • It's Probably Nothing:
    • Carl briefs in Perry by stating that he receives a letter from what appears to be Major Monogram, stating that he hasn't been kidnapped at all and no one should look for him, while also mentioning that Monogram is the keynote speaker of the Annual Good Guy Convention in Tokyo, where Doofenshmirtz and his daughter are also visiting. He concludes by stating the whole thing is just a big coincidence, and that Perry is free to take the day off. Luckily, Perry doesn't buy it and heads to Tokyo anyway.
    • Also played with: Phineas notices that the plane is losing altitude thanks to them not accounting for an extra passenger (Vanessa) hopping along for the ride. Candace asks if this will affect their arrival in Paris, to which Phineas replies that he'll let her know in about two seconds. Literally two seconds later, the plane crashes through a mountain and lost both of its wings.
  • Just in Time: The gang finishes the journey around the world and arrives home with only one second remaining before the sun goes down.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: This part from Isabella as she gives Phineas an encouraging pep talk.
    "Well, that's not the Phineas Flynn I fell situation with."
  • Literal Metaphor:
    • When Doofenshmirtz threatens Monogram, the latter proclaims that he can't be swayed, for he has "nerves of steel, and an iron will, and... gold teeth, and a... copper spleen. Basically, I'm 35% metal."
      Doofenshmirtz: Oh, man. It must be hard getting through the airport.
      Monogram: Oh, don't get me started.
    • 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.
  • Living Clothes: This episode introduces the Klimpaloon, a magical Old-Timey Bathing Suit that lives in the Himalayas, and whose only form of speech is saying "NANG NANG NANG NANG" over and over.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • O.O.C. 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.
  • Real After All: As the gang passes through the Himalayas, Phineas mentions the cryptid living in the area known as Klimpaloon, which is a sentient old-timey bathing suit. Candace says that he made that up, but later when the gang actually crash into the Himalayas, Klimpaloon walks past them, prompting Phineas to say, "And you thought I made it up!"
  • 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:
    • Phineas gives one to all the kids in the backyard, as the gang prepares for their journey around the world. This is quickly followed by an inspirational musical number featuring Clay Aiken and Chaka Khan.
    • 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.
  • Running Gag: In the second half, there's everyone pointing out how Candace completely missed the Clay Aiken/Chaka Khan musical number, much to her annoyance.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: Doofenshmirtz mentions that him, Perry and Monogram are heading to a place called "siraP", according to his "SPG"; Perry notices and turns Doofenshmirtz's GPS right side up, confirming that they're heading to Paris.
  • 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: Subverted. During "Bouncin' Around the World", when the plane bounces over Italy, Buford and Baljeet share a strip of spaghetti and almost kiss, aggravating Buford and prompting him to dump the entire plate of noodles all over Baljeet's face.
  • Special Guest: Clay Aiken and Chaka Khan as themselves.
  • 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: This exchange after Vanessa arrives with a scooter to take her and Ferb to the Eiffel Tower.
    Phineas: Vanessa, you rented a scooter!
    Vanessa: Uh, yeah. "Rented."
  • Teasing the Substitute Teacher: Played with. The gang's giant paper plane passes through an annual substitute teachers' convention meet, much to the annoyance of the teacher who's hosting.
  • Tempting Fate: After the boys managed to fix the jet and travel away from Paris, Phineas says that the gang might arrive in Danville ahead of time, "barring any unforeseen mishaps." As soon as he says that, Ferb's steering wheel breaks, and then the jet's engine falls off, and then the vehicle continues to break apart until only the seats and one rubber band remain, and then the gang gets stranded on an island.
  • 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. Also, the titular "Summer Belongs to You!" song at the very end of the episode.
  • Tokyo Tower: The tower makes an appearance in the episode, with Vanessa (who wanted to go to Paris instead) lampshading the fact that it resembles the Eiffel Tower.
  • 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.
  • Watching the Sunset: Discussed and later defied. Phineas has wagered his entire worldview on getting the group around the world by the end of the day, but as the sun is almost set they've crashed on a deserted island with no apparent way off. Just as Isabella (who has a crush on him) is forlornly wishing that he would give up and just watch the sunset with her, Phineas loses all hope and falls to the ground next to her, weakly saying that they can "at least watch this beautiful sunset together." Hearing the despair in his voice makes Isabella jump up and give a Rousing Speech that winds up saving the whole enterprise.
  • Waxing Lyrical: As the gang prepares the paper plane slingshot to take them back home, Phineas stretches the rubber band "with super special density", singing the tune from the earlier number "Rubber Bands, Rubber Balls".
  • Whole-Plot Reference: This episode is an updated and modified version of Around the World in Eighty Days, with a wager to travel around the world, numerous unexpected setbacks, and finally coming down to the last tick of the clock.
  • You Didn't See That: After Buford speaks fluent French to a restaurant staff, he threatens Baljeet to not tell anyone about it.
  • Your Head Asplode: Happens to Isabella in one scene, after she gets so upset by Phineas not noticing her romantic approaches. She was actually imagining it.



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