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Recap / Total Drama Broadway Baby

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The contestants' next challenge takes place in New York City. In an attempt to save herself from future elimination, Heather goes out of her way to be a valuable teammate.


  • Absurdly-Spacious Sewer: Like in most modern media, New York is depicted as having one.
  • Accidental Kidnapping: To sabotage Team CIRRRRH, Heather exchanges their baby carriage holding Noah with a baby carriage holding a baby while the team isn't looking, Noah is sleeping, and the child's mother is distracted by a phone call. Team CIRRRRH take the carriage with them to the finish line and only there realize they've got a baby with them and not Noah. Because they can't win without their full team, Alejandro rushes back and exchanges the baby for Noah just as the mother realizes something isn't right.
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  • Actually Pretty Funny: When Sierra reveals Chris was in a boy band, Chef is one of the people laughing in the confessional.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Chris initially likes Sierra's compliments, but wants no more of it when she brings up embarrassing details from early in his career. To get her to shut up, he smiles gently and pats her on the head, then turns the final pat into a shove away from him.
  • Air Quotes: After Heather whipped Courtney during the previous challenge, Courtney wants to be rid off her. Gwen promises her vote, prompting Courtney to quip that they should whip Heather off. In the confessional, Heather using air quotes as she mockingly repeats "whip me off" before explaining why that won't happen.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: The beginning of this for Heather and Alejandro.
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  • Big "NO!": Lindsay, once she learns that she won't be able to go shopping.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Chris tells Sierra to "zip it" when she reveals more about Crhis' old career than he wanted.
  • Black Comedy Cannibalism: When DJ throws a turtle that bit him back into Turtle Pond, it gets eaten by a much larger turtle.
  • Comically Missing the Point: This exchange:
    Lindsay: Ooh, pick me! I love it when people call me baby.
    Noah: (to Tyler) Make a mental note of that, bro.
    Tyler: (pats his pockets) I don't have a pen.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When Team Chris are in first class:
    (Owen rolls off the couch, revealing a squashed Noah)
    Noah: (in obvious pain) Finally! Thanks for not noticing I was missing last night! Who am I, Tyler?!
    Tyler: Hey! (accidentally spits food on Alejandro)
  • Enemy Mine: While squabbling over their team's current fortunes, Gwen offers to side with Courtney in order to vote Heather off the next chance they get. This is why Heather seeks to ingratiate herself to Cody and especially Sierra.
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  • Even Evil Has Standards: Alejandro isn't impressed by Chris' way of finding joy.
    Alejandro: (to Chris) You are pure EVIL!
  • Got Volunteered: Once again, DJ is forced to do the challenge for Team Victory.
  • Hand Rubbing: During a confessional, Heather notes that she'll stay on the team either if she proves her worth or manipulates Sierra and Cody into slavishly obeying her. She rubs her hands gleefully while considering the second option.
  • "Hell, Yes!" Moment: The members of Chris is Really Really Really Really Hot when Chris reveals this was all a rewards challenge and thus they don't have to go through an elimination ceremony.
  • I'm Okay!: Gwen says this after she hits the bottom of the firepole with a loud, painful-sounding thud.
  • I'm Standing Right Here:
    • Noah barely survives being stuck underneath a sleeping Owen. He's peeved when he finally gets free and berates his team for not wondering where he was, noting that he shouldn't be as forgettable as Tyler. Tyler is one of people he's berating and not happy with the dig.
    • Chris closes the episode with the question whether Heather will ever get the respect of her teammates. She's within earshot and calls attention to the offense.
  • Jaw Drop: Gwen does a brief one when she recognizes the song from Chris's boy band, and then realizes he was in Fametown.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Cody mentions that Heather has only spoken to him three time, counting once in this episode.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Alejandro manages to convince Sierra to reveal Chris's prior career decisions, under the impression that Chris sees them as his glory days, and that people will sympathize. Not only is Chris clearly livid when Sierra brings them up, but the entire cast laughs at him.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Cody almost suffocates in Lady Liberty's cleavage, enough said.
  • Now That's Using Your Teeth!: Part of the challenge in New York City is to bob for human-sized apples in a pond in Central Park. The three bobbers may not use their hands and Chris specifies only their teeth may be used. Of the three, only DJ actually uses his teeth to pull the apple by its stalk while the other two use their heads to move their apples.
  • Old Shame: In-Universe. Chris considers many of his prior career decisions such as his cooking show, and especially his decision to be in Fametown.
  • Over-the-Shoulder Carry: Tyler gets the apple bobbing in the pond for Team CIRRRRH. However, this leaves him exhausted, so Owen grabs him and throws him over his shoulder to carry him along to the finish line.
  • Palm-Fist Tap: During a confessional, Heather wonders what caused Sierra to act the way she did and lose Chris's favor. In a flash of realization, she recalls Alejandro's smile and taps her palm with her fist as she comes to the conclusion that he manipulated Sierra into it.
  • Post-Victory Collapse: Tyler gets the apple bobbing in the pond to shore by smashing it forwards with his head. He succeeds, but ends up more than a little dazed because of it. Tyler goes under, prompting Owen to grab into the water and haul him up. Owen also carries him the rest of the challenge.
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: Owen is on the receiving end of this from Chris.
  • Rousing Speech: With only half the member count compared to the other teams and a solid losing streak, Team Victory does not feel great about their odds. Lindsay pulls DJ and Leshawna out of their slump by giving a short but fiery speech.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Alejandro mentions the Wheaties slogan, "the breakfast of champions".
    • "What's Not to Love" is a homage to the song "New York, New York" from the musical On the Town, and the animation style and color scheme used reference Rhapsody in Blue.
    • During "What's Not to Love", Owen's dancing references West Side Story and Big, while Leshawna dances like Gene Kelly. Lindsay also dresses like Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
  • Sleep Squashing: Owen accidently fell asleep on top of Noah, who's rather annoyed no one noticed he was missing.
  • Sweet Tooth: Cody really goes after the candy given by Chris in one of the apples, treating it like a G-Rated Drug.
  • Titled After the Song: The title comes from a song in the musical Follies.
  • Too Much Information: Sierra reveals her knowledge about Chris's career, including being in a boy band and a cooking show that was canceled after one episode. Eventually, he snaps and tells her to shut up. Doesn't help that Alejandro invoked this just to piss him off.
  • Troll: Chris "forgets" to mention that it was a reward challenge the whole time.
  • Twitchy Eye: Chris when Sierra reveals his boy band history and sings lyrics to one of their songs.
  • Worthy Opponent: Heather and Alejandro first see each other as this in this episode.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Alejandro thinks Heather is buddying up to Sierra because Chris adores the fangirl. Actually, Heather's primary interest is to counter Gwen and Courtney teaming against her.
  • You're Cute When You're Angry: Alejandro says this to Heather.
  • Zonk: The Meat Grinder, which is promptly thrown out because Heather thought it was this.

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Noah was missing all night

Owen slept on Noah all night. No one noticed.

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