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Recap / Ready Jet Go One Small Step

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Air date: June 17, 2019
Written by: Craig Bartlett

To honor the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, Jet uses his brand-new Super Saucer to fly himself and his friends to the moon for a sleepover. Drama ensues when Jet and Sunspot go missing, but Sean and Mindy use their knowledge of the Apollo 11 mission to locate them, whilst Sydney fixes the saucer. Meanwhile, Mitchell tries for the umpteenth time to spy on Team Propulsion, but comes through for them in the end.

  • Ambiguous Situation: Towards the end of the special, the kids land their saucer in Little Dipper Lake, where Mitchell is rowing a boat. When the kids are rescued by Mitchell, Jet explains that they built a super saucer and went to the moon. Later, Mitchell is invited to the kids' slumber party, where everyone, including Mitchell, sings about how hard it is to get back to Earth from space. It's really made unclear if Mitchell knows that the Propulsions are aliens or not.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Sydney and Jet 2 get their moment when they fix the super saucer together, allowing the gang to head back home.
    • Mitchell also gets his moment when he saves the kids from drowning in the lake.
  • Crazy-Prepared: A Running Gag involves Sunspot conveniently packing a lot of items the kids need and pulling them out whenever they needed. He packed food, Mindy's teddy bear, a moon rover, a parachute, and more.
  • Fanboy: Even though Sean was already established to be a huge Neil Armstrong fanatic, he truly shows his fanaticism here. The special can best be described as Sean gushing over the Apollo 11 mission for 60 minutes.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • During the song "Super Saucer", the kids sing about how it's easy going to space, but hard getting back. Later, the gang has trouble getting back to Earth from the moon because Sydney used the landing gear crank to fix the saucer. The gang ends up using a parachute and crashing into Little Dipper Lake, where they almost drown but Mitchell rescues them.
    • At one point, Jet 2 presents Sydney with a mysterious object that Sydney thinks is a robot arm. She asks Jet 2 if they will need it in the future, and he says no, so Sydney uses it to fix the saucer. It turns out that the "robot arm" was the landing gear for the saucer. Without the landing gear, the landing will be difficult. So, the kids end up using a parachute and crashing into Little Dipper Lake back on Earth instead.
  • Free-Range Children: This special marks the first time that the kids go to space by themselves. However, they got Carrot and Celery's permission to go by themselves.
  • Group Hug: Jet, Sean, and Mindy share one when Mindy and Sean find him.
  • Harmless Electrocution: While attempting to turn on the engine of the super saucer, Jet 2 is electrocuted. However, he turns out okay, and since he's a robot, it doesn't inflict much damage as it would a human or alien.
  • Hidden Depths: Sydney's knack for engineering and mechanics, first implied in "Sydney 2", are greatly shown here, as she was able to fix the super saucer.
  • I'm Standing Right Here: The kids have a brief 'moon monster' scare, and when it turns out to be fake, Sean says that it would be scary to find an actual alien lifeform and Sydney says it would be weird-looking. This is all said in Jet's presence.
    Sean: Man, the idea of finding an actual alien lifeform is really scary.
    Sydney: Yeah, think how weird looking it might be.
    Jet: Hey, guys? I'm right here.
  • I Will Find You: Sean and Mindy become worried when Jet and Sunspot go missing. At one point, Mindy even thinks that a "moon monster" got them. So, Sean and Mindy make it their mission to go and locate them. Along the way, they learn about the Apollo 11 mission. When they finally find Jet, they share a Group Hug.
  • Kissing the Ground: Sean kisses the ground towards the end of the movie, then spits out sand.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang!: When Jet and Sunspot go missing, the gang splits up: Sean and Mindy go to look for Jet and Sunspot, and Sydney and Jet 2 stay behind to fix the saucer.
  • Mini-Golf Episode: Mini-golf is a major plot point in the movie. Mindy is very eager to play mini-golf at the sleepover. The reason that Jet and Sunspot went missing is because they were building a mini-golf course on the moon. The kids then play mini-golf there. Towards the end of the movie, Mitchell and Mindy play mini-golf together.
  • The Movie: The second TV Movie after "Back to Bortron 7". Jet builds a super saucer and takes the kids to the Moon for a slumber party celebrating the Apollo 11 mission. However, the saucer has a rough landing, and Jet and Sunspot go missing. Sydney and Jet 2 stay behind to work on the saucer, and Sean and Mindy look for Jet and Sunspot, while Sean teaches Mindy all about the Apollo 11 mission.
  • Ms. Fixit: Sydney was able to fix the super saucer with general ease, with the help of Jet 2, of course.
  • Ship Tease: At the end of the special, Mitchell rescues the kids from drowning in the lake with his rowboat. The kids head off to have the slumber party in Jet's backyard. Mindy goes back and invites Mitchell to sleep over as well. Mitchell has a huge smile on his face, stammers a bit, and says he's in. Mitchell and Mindy escort Jet 2 to the backyard together. At the backyard, while the older kids, Jet 2, and Carrot and Celery are sitting around the campfire, Mitchell and Mindy are off to the side playing mini-golf, just the two of them. They also sing together.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Slumber Party: The kids plan a slumber party, and then take it to the moon to celebrate the Apollo 11 mission. They then take it back to Earth, where they invite Mitchell.
  • Time for Plan B: When the gang is heading back to Earth, Sydney reveals that she used the landing gear to fix the saucer. Jet says that it's time for Plan B, and Plan B involves manually deploying the landing gear himself.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: The main plot is Sean and Mindy looking for Jet and Sunspot after the latter two went missing, and the other one is Sydney and Jet 2 fixing the super saucer. There's also a tiny subplot involving Mitchell doing his spying as usual.
  • Water Is Dry: When the kids land in the lake, they don't seem to be wet at all.
  • Wrench Wench: Sydney is shown to be an expert mechanic, fixing the super saucer with ease.