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Recap / Transformers Animated S 2 E 10 Black Friday

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"Don't you see?! She's just using us! Grimlock, as soon as she gets that genetic modifier, she'll drop us like a used engine block!"
Optimus Prime to Grimlock

Blackarachnia has recovered after trying to get the Allspark, and has seduced Grimlock and his team to free Meltdown so he can use his intelligence in the field of genetic modification to purge her organic spider half. Meltdown, however, needs a certain genetic modifier to complete this task, so Blackarachnia blackmails Optimus and Grimlock into getting it by attacking Bumblebee and Prowl and infecting them with her venom. Whether Optimus and Grimlock can work together isn't the only problem, for Meltdown may not be purging the half that Blackarachnia has in mind.

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  • Actually Pretty Funny: Optimus is amused by Bumblebee exploiting Loophole Abuse to beat Prowl's bet.
  • A Father to His Men: Optimus. Most evidently seen when he apologizes to the dying and unresponsive Bumblebee and Prowl when it seems he has failed to cure them in time.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Grimlock does this after Blackarachnia abandons the group.
  • Art Shift: Done as a homage to beast manga comics when Meltdown's pets charge at Optimus Prime and Grimlock.
  • Bait-and-Switch: The episode fools the viewers (and Meltdown) into thinking that Sari sprung Meltdown out of prison to help get revenge on Powell, but it's actually Blackarachnia looking for a cure to her mutation.
  • Big Damn Heroes: As Optimus and Grimlock struggle against Meltdown's experiments, Snarl and Swoop arrive to smash them up.
  • Big "NO!": Blackarachnia does this just as Meltdown is about to experiment on her.
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    • Meltdown later does it himself when the genetic modifier turns him into shapeless goo.
  • Darker and Edgier: More violent and tense than the usual Animated episode, even compared to the rest of Season 2 and even Season 3. This episode definitely drew upon the Horror genre at times.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Grimlock when Blackarachnia ditches the group at the end, though it's Played for Laughs (somewhat).
    • Optimus' reaction is much more subtle, and he definitely saw Blackarachnia's betrayal coming - though that didn't make it any easier.
  • I Gave My Word: Blackarachnia leaves the antidote for Optimus as silent gratitude for him saving her from Meltdown, even if she wasn't able to get what she truly wanted - her Cybertronian form.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: After a season of corrupt dealings and awful behavior, Porter C. Powell gets served a lot of abuse: terrorized by Grimlock, expensive equipment being destroyed, and Fanzone threatening to arrest him for being a public nuisance. Sari almost feels sorry for him.
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  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Blackarachnia's first scene highlights how she hasn't been seen since the end of last season.
    Blackarachnia: [entering] Hello, boys! Did you miss your little Blackarachnia?
  • Loophole Abuse: Bumblebee is able to beat Prowl's bet of having to stay quiet for at least 10 cycles (which is 15 minutes, given that a cycle is 1.5 minutes) because of the venom that Blackarachnia gave them. Prowl argues that it doesn't count, but Bumblebee says that it's cheating to add more rules and demands payment in the form of axle grease.
  • Mad Scientist: Meltdown, particularly when he's about to purge Blackarachnia of her Cybertronian half.
  • Never My Fault: In the Sumdac lab, Grimlock falls over onto some very expensive equipment. As Porter angrily glares at him, Grimlock simply points at Optimus and says, "Him did it."
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Prime may be sympathetic to Blackarachnia's plight, feeling responsible for her traumatic mutation, but he is pissed at her poisoning Bumblebee and Prowl to force him into co-operation.
  • Papa Wolf: Optimus is not at all happy about Blackarachnia using Prowl and Bumblebee as leverage to blackmail him. Any other sentient being (read: Powell) who gets in his way of completing Blackarachnia's task is not treated kindly, for every second wasted is a second off of Bumblebee and Prowl's lives.
  • Scream Discretion Shot: Horribly averted while Blackarachnia is being "experimented on" by Meltdown.
  • The End... Or Is It?: Meltdown's gooey remains are seen reshaping at the end of the episode. Unfortunately however, see What Happened to the Mouse? below.
  • Tranquil Fury: The stress of having to save Bumblebee and Prowl before their lives are taken by poison makes Optimus slightly more ruthless in his actions tonight.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Because of Executive Meddling, the human characters were Out of Focus in Season 3, leaving Meltdown's ultimate fate unclear.
  • "You!" Exclamation: Meltdown's stunned reaction to the Dinobots breaking him out of prison.
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