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Recap / Ready Jet Go S 2 E 19 Astronaut Ellen Ochoa

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Air date: March 8, 2019

Astronaut Ellen Ochoa:
Written by: Craig Bartlett, Christie Insley, Rachel Lipman, and Joe Purdy

When astronaut Dr. Ellen Ochoa comes to visit the DSA and review an engineering project, she runs into the kids, who are running Sean's lemonade stand to raise money for a rocket to Mars. They end up hanging out with her before her DSA meeting. They solve an engineering problem together, which inspires Ellen to use the same solution with the engineering project at the DSA.

  • Absentee Actor:
    • Sadly, Face 9000, as per usual these days.
    • Mr. Peterson is one of the DSA scientists, yet he does not appear in this episode alongside his colleagues.
    • Strangely, Mitchell is listed in the credits of this episode, even though he doesn't even appear or speak in this episode.
  • Agony of the Feet: Dr. Bergs hurts his foot after Beep runs over it.
  • An Aesop:
    • The best solutions come from the most unlikely places.
    • Kids can have great ideas too.
    • It's important for children to play. By playing, they learn.
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  • Bait-and-Switch: At one point in Part 2, the scientists hear footsteps approaching the door, and think it's Ellen. It turns out to just be the kids.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • Sydney 2 from "Sydney 2" reappears in this episode.
    • Dr. Rafferty and Dr. Bergs' boss (who may or may not be Mindy's mom) from "My Fair Jet" reappears briefly in this episode.
  • By the Lights of Their Eyes: Happens when Beep turns off the lights.
  • The Cameo: Celery makes one.
  • Cliffhanger: As per usual with the two-part episodes, Part 1 ends on one.
  • Comical Overreacting: Dr. Bergs overreacts when his Ellen Ochoa mug gets smashed.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Once again, the events of "From Pluto With Love" get brought up.
    • Sean setting up a lemonade stand to raise money for a rocket to Mars is similar to the plot of "Ice Moon Enceladus".
  • Drama Queen: Dr. Bergs acts like this when his Ellen Ochoa coffee mug gets broken.
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  • Drink-Based Characterization: Ellen Ochoa drinks some lemonade from the kids' lemonade stand. This gives us some insight into her character by telling us that even though she's a major scientist, she's really just a normal person and is also One of the Kids.
  • Face Palm: Sean facepalms when Carrot says that he gave away all the dollars earned from the lemonade stand as napkins.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Carrot when he removes the spigot valve from the lemonade machine. Lemonade ends up flowing everywhere, but luckily, Sunspot serves lemonade to the neighborhood cats.
  • Fanboy:
    • Dr. Bergs seems to be one to Ellen Ochoa. He even has a coffee mug with her face on it.
    • Sean also seems to be an Ellen fan, judging from his reaction when he first sees her.
  • Freudian Trio: Dr. Rafferty, Dr. Bergs, and Dr. Skelley end up forming one in the episode. Dr. Bergs is the Id, because he's the most emotional of the trio. Dr. Rafferty is the Superego, since she seems more composed than Bergs, though that's not saying much. Dr. Skelley is the Ego, being the middle point between the two and the most level-headed one.
  • Ill Boy: Lampshaded when Sean mentions that low gravity makes him space-sick.
  • Imagine Spot: The kids and Ellen have one where they fly in space and go to the International Space Station.
  • It's a Long Story: Dr. Bergs says this word for word when Ellen finds his mug with her face on it.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: When the kids show their drawings to Ellen, Sydney shows her a Commander Cressida comic she drew, Mindy shows her a Pluto drawing, and Jet shows her a drawing of a cucumber sandwich he ate the week before.
  • Multi-Part Episode: This episode is split into two parts. This is also the first episode to have four writers.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: As shown in the beginning of the episode, Jet somehow came up with a convoluted yet awesome way to make lemons into lemonade.
  • Mundane Object Amazement: Jet finds the very concept of treehouses to be amazing since there aren't any treehouses on Bortron 7.
  • Must Have Caffeine: In this episode, Bergs' already-established caffeine addiction is taken Up to Eleven, where he drinks lots of coffee to compensate for his nervousness and is devastated when his Ellen Ochoa coffee mug breaks. As such, Dr. Skelley advises him to drink decaf instead.
  • Nervous Wreck: While all the DSA scientists are nervous about Ellen's visit, Dr. Bergs certainly takes the cake. He tries to drink coffee to compensate for it but is only made more hyper. This isn't helped when his Ellen mug gets shattered.
  • Not Quite Starring: Ellen Ochoa is featured in the episode, but she doesn't voice herself. Instead, she is voiced by Kathleen Barr.
  • One of the Kids: Ellen hangs out with Jet, Sean, Sydney, and Mindy, and genuinely enjoys it. She even ends up playing with them.
  • Pinch Me: Upon realizing that they're having an engineering discussion with astronaut Ellen Ochoa, Sean asks Sunspot to pinch him. Once again, Sunspot takes it literally.
  • Running Gag: Sean exercising while doing math equations.
  • Serious Business: Bergs' motto is to stay calm, but coffee is an exception to that rule.
    Dr. Skelley: What about your rule about staying calm in any emergency?
  • Special Guest: Ellen Ochoa, in this episode, even though she doesn't star as herself.
  • Stock Footage: When the kids explain how to play a game to Ellen, stock footage from the infamous "Sean's Year in Space" episode is seen.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: The episode has two plots. The main one is Jet, Sean, Sydney, and Mindy meeting Ellen and hanging out with her. The subplot is Dr. Rafferty, Dr. Skelley, and Dr. Bergs panicking over Ellen's impending visit. When Ellen helps revise Jet's rocket chair, this inspires her to use the same solution with the DSA project.
  • Wingding Eyes: Sean gets fireworks in his eyes when he sees Ellen.
  • You Remind Me of X: Ellen says that the kids remind her of herself, when she was a kid.

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