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    Season One 
  • A paraphrase of Winston Churchill:
    Phineas: ...and boredom is something up with which I will not put.

Candace Loses Her Head

  • Fitting for an episode set at Mount Rushmore, the gift shop sells big sticks.

The Fast and the Phineas

Lawn Gnome Beach Party of Terror

The Magnificent Few


  • When Perry sketches Major Monogram, his art style is akin to that of The Simpsons.

Are You My Mummy?

Flop Starz

Raging Bully

  • It's possible that the A plot's resolution was a shout out to Lilo & Stitch. To recap, Doof is holding an ice cream cone, Perry uses a whale whistle to summon a whale, which somehow leaps up into the air, over the two. The most notable thing that the whale hits is the top of the ice cream cone that Doofenshmirtz was holding, which falls through the air and, eventually, lands on Phineas's head. There's a recurring character in Lilo & Stitch who always loses his ice cream in a similar manner— once even having it knocked down by the tip of a spaceship's wing, which is the most like this scenario.
  • In fact, the title of the episode is a reference to the movie Raging Bull, which is about a boxer. The fact that the climactic battle is a thumb war that takes place in mini boxing ring, along with former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield guest starring, is a testament to this.

Lights, Candace, Action!

  • The soliloquy from The Princess Sensibilities Candace keeps trying to read resembles the famous "To Be or Not To Be" soliloquy from Hamlet.

Get That Bigfoot Outta My Face!

Tree to Get Ready

It's About Time!

  • This being an episode with dinosaurs, there are several Jurassic Park references. For example, when the kids first encounter the Tyrannosaurus rex, Phineas promptly tells everyone to stand still so the dinosaur won't notice them. Later on, they all encounter a group of sauropods in a swamp as a theme vaguely reminiscent of the film's main title plays in the background. Lastly, a non-Jp reference happens at the end, when Candace is chased by the Rex in the museum, the Leitmotif of Grumpy the Tyrannosaurus from the original Land of the Lost is heard.
  • When Perry is replaced by a panda named Peter the Panda, there's a song called "Missing My Nemesis" that sounds and has similar clips to "When She Loved Me" from Toy Story 2.

Jerk De Soleil

Toy to the World

  • During one of the board meetings, there's a blink-(or... stop-listening)-and-you'll-miss-it reference to The Fast Show when one of the execs says "suit you, sir!"
  • The name is a shout out to the famous Christmas carol, “Joy to the World”.
  • The badinkadinks and the chocolate river are an obvious reference to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Meanwhile, Phineas dresses like Gene Wilder's version of the character from the 1971 film of the book.

One Good Scare Ought to Do It!

  • The haunted house shows a reference to The Haunted Mansion and Disney's Silly Symphony "The Skeleton Dance".
  • The end of the song shows the rollercoaster in a fashion very similar to the opening credits of Beetlejuice. The melody is also reminiscent of that show's theme song.

A Hard Day's Knight

I, Brobot

Mom's Birthday

Journey to the Center of Candace

Run Away Runway

  • The Triforce can be spotted in Doof's lair.

I Scream, You Scream

  • The title is a reference to a well-known children's rhyme about ice cream.
  • This episode is the first of a recurring Actor Allusion between Ferb and Vanessa, whose actors had a romantic subplot in Love Actually.

It's a Mud, Mud, Mud, Mud World

The Ballad of Badbeard

Dude, We're Getting the Band Back Together

Ready for the Bettys

  • Phineas does a Sean Connery impression to Isabella: "That, my friend, is classified information."

The Flying Fishmonger

  • According to Word of God, this episode's gorge-jumping premise was inspired by an early episode of The Simpsons, "Bart the Daredevil".

Greece Lightning

Leave the Busting to Us!

  • The tattoos on the TV show lady's hands, and her monologue with them, is very reminiscent of a scene in The Night of the Hunter.

Crack That Whip

The Best Lazy Day Ever

  • After Jeremy's band is hit with the Ugly-Inator, the bassist turns into Johnny Napalm from Guitar Hero.

Boyfriend From 27,000 B.C.

  • Candace and Jeremy's cave people costumes resemble Pebbles and Bam-Bam from The Flintstones.

Voyage to the Bottom of Buford

Put That Putter Away

  • "Disco Miniature Golfing Queen" sounds like something ABBA would perform.
  • The frail and ill Candace, hunched over and cloaked by her blanket, resembles a pink version of Emperor Palpatine.

Does This Duckbill Make Me Look Fat?

  • The boys watch a film involving a mad scientist and his put upon, abused assistant Torbo, just one letter different from the infamous Torgo from Manos: The Hands of Fate.
  • Slushy the Clown references Ronald McDonald, Big Boy, and also bears a strong resemblance to the fictional Krusty the Clown from The Simpsons.

Traffic Cam Caper

Bowl-R-Ama Drama

  • The Guinness World Records are parodied with The Most Pointless Book of World Records.
  • The post-credit scene where Doofenshmirtz is reduced to working as a "Penguin Man" in the carnival side show is an homage to the 1932 movie Freaks where the villainous trapeze artist is mutilated by vengeful side show performers into a "Chicken Woman."

The Monster of Phineas-n-Ferbenstein

Oil on Candace

  • Phineas, Ferb, and Django spend the episode in the Unpainted Desert, echoing the real-world Painted Desert.

Unfair Science Fair

  • The girl who wins the science fair in the end is wearing a Doctor Octopus arm harness.

Unfair Science Fair Redux (Another Story)

Out to Launch

  • This episode is chock full of them. Most notably when Phineas quotes Luke Skywalker.
  • The music that plays during the trip through the asteroid field bears a striking resemblance to a portion of the The Empire Strikes Back soundtrack called "The Asteroid Field".
  • Doof's robot is takes some cues from Gigantor.

Got Game?

  • Doof is trying to adopt a dog and Perry disguises himself as a dog to foil his plans. The pet shop owner tells him "I'm not even sure that's [Perry] a dog." It's entirely possible that this is a Shout-Out to Lilo & Stitch, where the woman in charge of the kennel Lilo is trying to adopt a dog from says pretty much the same thing about Stitch.
  • Isabella's "I'm going to take that ball and shoot it into that goal" speech is based on Billy Jack's famous Badass Boast, right down to her assuring him "and there's nothing you're gonna be able to do about it."

Comet Kermillian

Out of Toon

Hail Doofania!

  • Doof declares the title micro-nation to be his own "fortress of evil-tude", a nod to Superman's Fortress of Solitude.

    Season Two 
The Lake Nose Monster
  • There's a boat named Nosebud and even has somebody drop a snowglobe towards the end of the episode.

Interview With a Platypus

  • The title is a reference to Interview with the Vampire.
  • One of the animals coming for interview is a fat, orange and striped cat with the demand for more food despite being fed more than plenty, similar to Garfield.

Tip of the Day

  • The kids host Aglet-Aid, a reference to the old Band-Aid concerts.

Attack of the 50 Foot Sister

Backyard Aquarium

  • Doofenshmirtz and Perry's fight is very reminiscent of the battle between Yoda and Dooku in Attack of the Clones. Doofenshmirtz even pantomimes an attempt to Force Pull a nearby wall fixture.
  • A blink-and-you'll-miss-it example during the Doof and Perry fight: At one point, Perry nonchalantly switches his hot-dog from his right hand to his left.

Day of the Living Gelatin

Elementary My Dear Stacy

Don't Even Blink

  • The title "Don't Even Blink" could possibly be shout-outs to the Doctor Who episode "Blink". Of course, minus the creepy parts.

Chez Platypus

  • The heart-shaped moon in "Evil Love" is a reference to Kingdom Hearts.

Perry Lays an Egg

  • The episode is full of references to Finding Nemo, specifically baby sea turtles, krill, and speaking whale language.

Gaming the System

  • When Doofenshmirtz traps Perry in the ball gown, the first few notes of the theme of Beauty and the Beast (notes of the line "Tale as old as time") plays.
  • The digitizing ray is an obvious reference to TRON, but it's probably just a coincidence that their last name is "Flynn". The game that Buford has is also similar to a Nintendo DSi. Additionally, one of the sounds in Jump & Duck is the sound that plays in Super Mario Bros. when the player gets a coin.
  • One of the castles in the game is drawn in the style of M.C. Escher's most famous print, Relativity.
The Chronicles of Meap

Thaddeus and Thor

  • There's a Pythonesque-style giant cartoon foot stomping down.

De Plane! De Plane!

  • The title is a reference to Tattoo's catchphrase from Fantasy Island.

Let's Take a Quiz

At the Car Wash

Oh, There You Are, Perry

  • Doofenshmirtz exclaims "We did it! We did it! Lo hicimos! We did it!", which is a reference to the "We Did It" song from Dora the Explorer (minus one "We did it").

Swiss Family Phineas

Hide and Seek

That Sinking Feeling

  • The episode is one Affectionate Parody to both Titanic and The Love Boat. Also, we see Major Monogram and Carl playing a game not unlike Rock Band while waiting for Perry.
  • After Phineas talks about girls liking sugar, spice and everything nice. Baljeet protests that is what they are made out of and he doesn't want to build one, which is a clear The Powerpuff Girls shout-out.

The Baljeatles

  • When Candace is listing examples of nicknames boyfriends give their girlfriends, she caps it off with "Peg Leg Pete."
  • Baljeet begins his song "Somebody Give Me a Grade" by shouting "I have got something to say!" Someone on the writing staff is clearly a Def Leppard fan.
  • The band's name is The Baljeatles.

Vanessassary Roughness

  • When trying to decide on a present for Jeremy, Stacy recalls that he likes camping and outdoors activities. She then mimes using a bow and arrow and invokes the story about William Tell, declaring, "Take that, apple on kid's head!"

No More Bunny Business

  • The Attack of the Clones fight between Yoda and Dooku is parodied between Perry and Dennis near the end.

Spa Day

  • In a Take That! to its fellow Disney Channel shows, Stacy interrupts Candace's melodrama-laden apology by saying she "sounds like one of those shows we like to make fun of".

Phineas and Ferb's Quantum Boogaloo

Bubble Boys

Isabella and the Temple of Sap

Cheer Up Candace

  • Perry's fight with his evil robot duplicates referenced the "Burly Brawl" sequence from The Matrix Reloaded.

Fireside Girl Jamboree

  • The old "Shave and a Haircut" snippet plays when Candace falls asleep on her keyboard and wakes up with some keys stuck to her face.
  • The Jeopardy music plays as Candace tries to solve the word problem of 15 senior citizens trying to cross a street that's 50 feet across.

The Bully Code

Finding Mary McGuffin

Picture This

Doofenshmirtz: (sticks his head out the window) Who's tap-tap-tapping? Is it that pesky raven again?
  • Also, when the boys try to teleport Buford and a housefly using their transporter machine, they accidentally briefly end up with a Buford-fly hybrid.

Nerdy Dancin'

What Do It Do?

  • Phineas invokes the "Friends, Romans, Countrymen" speech to the group assembled in his yard: "Friends, Bullies, Irving".


  • When Irving's camera is stolen by an eel, Phineas suggests that he can take pictures in his mind and store them in his memory. Irving does this (or tries) by saying "Click!", like Cam Jansen of the titular children's detective book series.
  • During the song, Ferb is seen drinking tea that fills his helmet, much like Spongebob and Patrick do in the episode Tea at the Treedome.
  • Candace calls herself "Frank Lloyd Wrong", a play on the famous architect.

Just Passing Through

Candace's Big Day

  • When Ginger whip-cracking in the song "Wedding Adventures", she's wearing Indiana Jones's clothes.
    • There is another one in "Wedding Adventures" right before the whip-cracking scene. Milly is doing the idol scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark.

I Was a Middle Aged Robot

  • The title is an allusion to the I Was a Teenage... series released in the 1950s.

Suddenly Suzy

Undercover Carl

  • The episode begins with Phineas saying "Ha ha, gravity." This is the exact same line that Aang from Avatar: The Last Airbender makes in one episode. Just a few seconds later he says they're busy 'defying gravity', possibly a reference to the Wicked song.
  • Much like Candace's Costume-Test Montage in "Flop Starz", the montage that occurs during the updated version of Carl's theme song features him dressing in the same costumes as the Village People (among several other costumes).

Hip Hip Parade

  • The Unification Day Parade is reminiscent of the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.

Invasion of the Ferb Snatchers

Ain't No Kiddie Ride

  • Whenever something weird happens, a character says "Well, what do you know? Nostradamus was right."
  • Baljeet and Buford briefly play a "Dance Dance Revolution" style arcade game.

Not Phineas and Ferb

  • Doof's plan to steal famous landmarks sounds like something Carmen Sandiego would do.
  • When Baljeet switches on the holographic projector, it does so with the exact same heavy thunk and shrill hum that the Ghostbusters' proton packs do.

Phineas and Ferb-Busters!

The Lizard Whisperer

  • During Ferb's speech alludes to the famous "We Shall Fight on the Beaches" speech. It's not just Winston Churchill, though — it starts like Aragorn's speech at the black gates and ends with "we band of brothers."

Robot Rodeo

  • One of the villains attending the convention seems Horribly familiar...
  • At the end of his stand-up routine, Ferb tells his audience to "try the veal", a common sign-off of Las Vegas comedians.

The Beak

  • The title superhero functions as a cross between Iron Man and Superman.
  • In his propaganda video, Doofenshmirtz stands in front of a Citizen Kane-style poster of his face.
  • Linda imitates an Austrian accent and says, "I'll be back".

She's the Mayor

The Lemonade Stand

Phineas and Ferb Hawaiian Vacation

  • The episodes featured many shout outs to Lilo & Stitch, including a cameo by the Fat Tourist and Candace wearing Lilo's signature outfit.
  • Candace has to get rid of a cursed Tiki charm, similar to the plot of The Brady Bunch's Tiki curse problem when they were in Hawaii.
  • Doofenshmirtz points out the crabs on the beach worshipping the Evolutionator, saying it was "Looking Kubricky".

Nerds of a Feather

  • In Candace's dream, the zebra holds a poster, with a poster of her and the words "Yes We Can".
  • The fandoms in the convention alludes to Star Trek, specifically the whole "even numbered movies are the only good ones" part. The Lord of the Rings is also shown.
  • Doofensmirtz pitching the idea for a TV show, only to rage quit after the producer asks for one small change, despite already approving of the show, has been done before in Family Guy. Almost word for word. To further elaborate, Jeff McGarland is voiced by Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Family Guy.
  • Buford references a "Hyborian Age", the place where Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian stories take place.

Wizard of Odd

  • The episode's name, as well as most of the plot, is a direct allusion to The Wizard of Oz.
  • A subtler one: in the original series of books, there are Ozian creatures called kalidahs, which were part tiger and part bear.

We Call it Maze

Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet Max Modem!

The Secret of Success

  • A motivational speaker asks a girl if she knows what it takes to be president. She says "Yes. Yes. I. Can."

The Doof Side of the Moon

  • Among the odd features of the kids' skyscraper to the moon is a more modestly dressed version of Aphrodite in the Sandro Botticelli painting.
  • As in Dumbo, some elephants help put up a circus tent.
  • Phineas and Ferb show off an M. C. Escher themed floor.
  • Linda's words to her sons, that they make the neighborhood a more interesting place "just by being you", invokes the Signing-Off Catchphrase of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

Split Personality

  • Candace is cloned and runs around trying to find her clone. At one point when told that her clone has gone off with her mother, she does, of all things, an imitation of Donald Sutherland's famous howl from Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
  • The outfit Linda is trying on in the dressing room is clearly the outfit Jesus wore in the GodSpell movie.

Brain Drain

  • The video game Phineas, Ferb, Baljeet, Buford, and Isabella are playing greatly resembles M.U.G.E.N.
  • The controllers Phineas, Ferb, Baljeet, Buford, and Isabella use to play the game greatly resemble Dreamcast controllers.
Rollercoaster: The Musical!
  • There was a pile of these right in the first song including: Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Oklahoma!, Singin' in the Rain, Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, The Music Man, Les Misérables, The King and I, and Chicago. All in less than about three minutes.
  • "Permanecer sentados por favor" (Spanish for "Please remain in your seats") from the "Rollercoaster" song is a shout-out to the safety spiel at the end of the Matterhorn Bobsleds in Disneyland.
  • At the end of the episode, they mention the phrase "Carpe Diem", which means "Seize the Day". Then they go into the last song, "Carpe Diem", choreographed by Kenny Ortega, who was the director and choreographer for the musical film Newsies, which had a song called "Seize the Day". What's more is that the set for "Carpe Diem" is reminiscent of High School Musical, another Kenny Ortega musical film.

Make Play

  • Candace and Baldegunde's situation is taken directly from Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper.

Candace Gets Busted

    Season Three 

The Great Indoors

  • When Phineas and Ferb are showing off their biosphere to the Fireside girls, Phineas asks, "Can we cook, or can't we?", a Shout Out to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, were Dr. Carol Marcus asks "Can I cook or can't I?" when showing Kirk the Genesis Cave.


  • Trade in a milk jug and chicken leg for a beer and donut, and the sleeping Jeremy would be a dead ringer for Homer Simpson.
  • The garlic roach cone quotes Catch-22: "So cold..."

Run, Candace, Run

Last Train to Bustville

  • Candace's reaction to the train making it to the top of the mountain is to paraphrase The Little Engine That Could. ("I knew we could, I knew we could, I knew we could!")
  • The episode's title references The Monkees song "Last Train to Clarksville".

Phineas' Birthday Clip-O-Rama!

The Belly of the Beast

  • The episode eventually morphs into a Moby-Dick reference, guess which character channels Ahab and which two titular characters become the white whale. Also, the boat chasing the shark is named "Pea-quad" (the Pequod).
  • This episode also features a few references to Jaws, the most obvious one being when Phineas says, "we're going to need a bigger shark!" (Candace also uses the same line).

Moon Farm

  • During the song, streaks of light go past Isabella's helmet in the same way 2001: A Space Odyssey ended.
  • Doof's neighbor insults the evil scientist by calling him Rocket Man.

Ask a Foolish Question

  • The supercomputer's voice sounds like Hal from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  • He also makes the same declaration as the villain from I, Robot: "My logic is infallible."

Misperceived Monotreme

  • Major Monogram has security footage of Dr. Doofenshmirtz singing a song about Shangri-La, which may be a reference to Xanadu (which featured a song of the same name sung by Olivia Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra—the latter of whom, likely coincidentally, has a song called "Shangri-La").

Candace Disconnected

  • Candace reacts with horror and tears when she sees her cell phone being destroyed, much like in the old Warner Bros. short Feed the Kitty.

Magic Carpet Ride

Bad Hair Day

Meatloaf Surprise

Phineas and Ferb Interrupted

  • "Houston, we have a problem."
  • In the musical number, Perry and Doof briefly dress as Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty.

A Real Boy

  • The plot involves Norm wanting to becoming a real boy a la Pinocchio.
  • Among the posters in Candace's bedroom is one for "Mimez II Men", a nod to Boyz II Men.

Mommy Can You Hear Me?

  • The 2001: A Space Odyssey references are taken up to eleven:
    • The transition from a bone tossed in the air to a space station.
    • The use of "The Blue Danube" as background music.
    • The wormhole sequence.
    • And of course the entire ending scene with an old Sergei, and Ferb as the Star child.
  • The episode's name is almost undoubtedly a shoutout to the Yentl song, "Papa, Can You Hear Me?"
  • When the space station gets an "Asteroid Warning" on the computer displays, the asteroid on the display resembles one depicted in the arcade game "Asteroids".

Road Trip

  • When Perry and Doofenshmirtz are fighting in the cab of Doofenzshmirtz's truck, the fight choreography is directly taken from Indy's fight with the driver of the German truck in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Tour de Ferb

  • The title references the famous annual bike race, the Tour de France.
  • The kids ride their bikes over a chasm, invoking the flying bike scene from E.T.

Skiddley Whiffers

  • The titular board game is an amalgam of various board games, most notably Monopoly and Mouse Trap.

My Fair Goalie

  • Candace's plot line, as well as the episode's title, is a reference to My Fair Lady. To drive this point home, Ferb's cousin (who isn't named after David Beckham), is named "Eliza".


  • The preview for the episode features the return of "Doofenshmirtz is a Superstar", which includes Heinz running headfirst into a toilet. His cry of "It won't stop flushing!" might be a reference to the Super Toilet/"So much clogging!" gag from The Fairly OddParents!.
  • There's also a literal shout out, right in line with the one from The Secret of Success. In the middle of the musical number, the L.O.V.E.M.U.F.F.I.N singers belt out "YES! WE! CAN!"

That's the Spirit

  • You can hear a voice say, "I'm incorporeal. Isn't that scary?" in the haunted house. He's speaking in an impression of Vincent Price's narration of the Thriller music video.
    • As is Russell's dad, Waylon's voice.
  • Baljeet's costume looks an awful lot like the creature that Daffy Duck is turned into in one of the No Fourth Wall episodes of Looney Tunes ("Duck Amuck"). In the preview Buford even calls his costume a daffodil, despite looking nothing like one.
  • Doof is cursed to transform into a herbivorous werebeast by the full moon due to a brain-related experiment going wrong. Why does that sound familiar?

The Curse of Candace

Escape from Phineas Tower

Lotsa Latkes

  • Buford has a sock puppet, saying, "Hey! Who turned out the lights?" in exactly the same inflection as Proper Dave in "Forest of the Dead".

Ferb Latin

  • The most basic formula of Ferb Latin is identical to "pig latin". Phineas even describes it as "all the fun of Pig Latin, but safe for vegetarians to use".
  • The Buford-potato hybrids act much like the Gremlins.

Tri-Stone Area

  • Many of the characters come off this way, being cavepeople, but Buford in particular looks like he walked right off the set of The Flintstones.
    • Easily missed among the cave talk, Doofendung refers to prehistoric Perry as "Bunka da bunkakwunk." In the TV special, The Cat in the Hat claims that he's "a bunka in a bunkakwunk, in Eskimo."

Doof Dynasty

  • The training montage song "Way of the Platypus" contains multiple nods to Mulan, and has this lyric:
    • There's also a brief nod to Wax On, Wax Off (which Buford, of course, fails to grasp), and the giant terracotta warrior's opening move against Doofus Khan is the Crane Stance, also from The Karate Kid.
  • The giant robots are a shout out to Japan's love of giant mech series. This is lampshaded by Regent Monogram. It might be taken a step further, with Doof's dragon referencing Godzilla, or Kaiju in general, and the terracotta warrior referencing Super Sentai (five pilots controlling a single humanoid robot) or Ultraman (a humanoid robot who fights kaiju) but it's hard to say.


  • The title and the mystical sword are references to the Arthurian legend Excalibur. The quest is given to them by the Lady of the Puddle (Vanessa), who mentioned the Lady of the Lake (the one who gave Arthur Excalibur) is her mother. Then it cuts to the Lady of the Lake (Charlene) who is in the middle of giving King Arthur Excalibur.
  • There is a swamp in The Neverending Story. In order to cross it, you must not think unhappy thoughts. "This swamp was made for me, Ferb!"
  • Among the ten thousand monsters gathered by Phineas and Ferb is a Gargoyle resembling a green Goliath.
  • The episode is loaded with nods to fantasy stories like The Lord of the Rings, The NeverEnding Story, and The Princess Bride.
  • Malefishmirtz's name and outfit is a nod to Maleficent from Disney's Sleeping Beauty.

Phineas and Ferb and the Temple of Juatchadoon

Monster from the Id

  • The title is a nod to Forbidden Planet. The opening of the episode has the kids sharing their minds; besides the obvious Star Trek mindmeld shoutout, the set-up also calls to mind Inception's dreamsharing. Near the end of that adventure, while inside Candace's mind, all the kids have to give Baljeet a 'kick', by shocking him with grammatically incorrect contractions. It also appears that Buford remained behind with Candace's primal self, in her mind's limbo. The music during this segment also bears strong similarities to Hans Zimmer's score for Inception, particularly the use of electric guitar.


  • Doofenshmirtz gets the turkey from the Turkey-inator stuck on his head. This is also a callback to the Friends episode "The One with All the Thanksgivings".

The Remains of the Platypus

Mom's in the House

Perry The Actorpus

  • "Let's Spend Half a Day" is a new-wave 1980's song in the style of the Go-Gos, and the boys and Perry even recreate a few scenes from the music video for "Vacation".

Let's Bounce

  • The B-plot involves a mad scientist using an experiment designed to cause chaos by exposing people's little white lies, which sounds suspiciously like the "Fibber" episode of Lilo & Stitch: The Series, another Disney cartoon.

Bully Bromance Breakup

Quietest Day Ever

The Doonkelberry Imperative

  • While retaking his driving test, Doofenshmirtz drives a Yugo.

Meapless in Seattle

  • The title is a parody of Sleepless in Seattle.
  • For another absolutely epic Star Wars reference, we are given the opening credits.
    • In another Star Wars reference, Mitch's pod walker looks similar to an AT-ST, and is taken out by wrapping its legs, like an AT-AT in the Battle of Hoth.
  • As Phineas, Ferb, Isabella, Candace, and Meap fly into Seattle, the scene is accompanied by a song reminiscent of "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Fitting as Seattle was known for being a Grunge Rock hotspot from the mid-80's well into the 90's, as well as Seattle being Nirvana's home turf.
  • As Meap makes a call to his home planet, one of the Meap intel officers enters a Kubricky War Room to inform the Meap General.
  • Also, in a very generous piece of Parental Bonus, we get Candace referencing The Blair Witch Project when she leaves the last message to mom on her phone.

Delivery of Destiny

  • Paul the delivery guy shifts his truck to "turbo," causing it to jump down the street like KITT's turbo boosts in Knight Rider.

Buford Confidential

  • Buford parodies the famous line from Casablanca: "Of all the clearings in all the woods the world, she walks into mine."

The Mom Attractor

  • The giant robotic Linda climbs Doof's building like King Kong.

Cranius Maximus

Agent Doof

  • Doof references the famous joke that inspired The Duck Song ("And the duck says 'got any grapes?'") while on a coffee break with Agent P and the other agents. Needless to say, the duck is not amused.

Minor Monogram

What A Croc!

Sci-Fi Pie Fly

  • The pizzeria promises "Delivery in 37 minutes of it's free", a nod to the now-defunct Domino's gimmick.
  • Additionally, the pizzeria is called Rocko's, referencing another show Dan and Swampy worked on.

Sipping with the Enemy

  • The title is a reference to "Sleeping With the Enemy".

Tri-State Treasure: Boot of Secrets


  • FFC Regulations are brought up in the musical number: "IF you're watching at home there's a 7-second delay." This refers to the Television Delay rule set up by the FCC ever since the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show controversy.
  • Perry and Platy!Doof's slow motion kung fu fight mirrors some action scenes from The Matrix.

Norm Unleashed

Ferb TV

When Worlds Collide

What'd I Miss?

  • When Buford is questioned regarding him teaching squirrels to dance, he responds that "He's like an onion."
    Baljeet: Because you have layers?
    Buford: That too!

Road to Danville

  • Doofenshmirtz is set to star in The Pizza Guy Cometh, a nod to The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O'Neil.

This Is Your Backstory

  • The title, as well as the format of Doofenshmirtz's plot, refers to the old TV series This Is Your Life.


  • Candace tells her dad to "Tear down this fence!", parodying Ronald Reagan's famous "Tear down this wall!" speech.

    Season Four 

For Your Ice Only

  • During the kids' ice show, the famous stage direction from A Winter's Tale is recreated: "Exit, pursued by a bear."
  • The kids' ice show of a dystopian world where everything is constantly exploding brings to mind Mad Max.
  • The title is a reference to the James Bond movie For Your Eyes Only.

Happy New Year!

  • About 40 seconds into the New Years song we cut to Phineas and Ferb doing the Gangnam Style dance.
    • In fact, the kids dance a number of famous dances throughout the song, including the Running Man, Stayin' Alive, and the Conga line.

Fly On the Wall

  • When Fly!Candace is caught in her mother's car, she smacks against the back window wailing "Help Meeee!"

Bully Bust

  • Perry's trap is basically a giant game of Mousetrap.

My Sweet Ride

Der Kinderlumper

  • Doofenshmirtz's musical number has him in a white tux accompanied by a jazz band dancing in a way remarkably similar to Cab Calloway performing "Minnie the Moocher" on The Blues Brothers. Heck, the song might even be considered a reference to 'The Old Man of The Mountain", famously used in a Betty Boop cartoon of the same name.


Primal Perry

  • While Perry and Doof are preparing to confront Liam, the music imitates the Predator theme.

Mind Share

  • The episodes includes several references to The Shawshank Redemption, including the drainpipe escape and the prison including an inmate named Red who knows how to get things, with his narration done in the stye of Alice's Restaurant...
  • The basic plot is that the heroes are given the chance to vacation on an alien planet by swapping minds with its inhabitants, only to discover once the swap has taken place that they've been conned. This is very similar to the opening chapters of Robert Sheckley's 1966 novel Mindswap. In fact the phrase "mind swap" actually occurs in the episode.

Backyard Hodge Podge

  • Linda is baking for the "Live and Let Pie" charity event.

Bee Day

Bee Story

Great Balls Of Water

  • The title is a reference to the Jerry Lee Lewis song "Great Balls of Fire".

Where's Pinky?

  • Doofenshmirtz uses the password "reindeer flotilla" to get to the deed to the tri-state area.
  • In the 'History of the Tri-State Area' song, the guide speaks of the Tri-State capital building being carried on the backs of giant sea-turtles, likely referencing Discworld.
  • When Perry and Pinky catch up to Dr. Doof, Doof: " Perry the Platypus!?"And your little dog, too?!"

Knot My Problem

  • The premise of the episode is that the kids want to recreate the legend of Alexander the Great and the Gordian knot.
  • Buford quotes Curly Howard (of Three Stooges fame): "I'm a victim o' circumstance!"

Just Desserts

  • After the kids finish climbing their climbing-wall and are surrounded by stars and "getting light-headed".
    Buford: Oh I Get it. We are in space. AAAHAAAHAAAHAAA! I heard that.

La Candace-Cabra

  • The song is a pastiche of Johnny Cash and his cowboy ballads, especially "Ghost Riders in the Sky".

Happy Birthday, Isabella

  • Stacy's horror movie, The Grievance, is named like The Grudge, and the plot point of scary girl with long dark hair comes directly from The Ring.

Love at First Byte

  • Chloe and Norm quote Romeo and Juliet's parting words.

One Good Turn

Thanks But No Thanks

  • The song Doof's annoying neighbor keeps playing is "Scotland the Brave".

Troy Story


  • An Actor Allusion occurs when Vanessa dresses as a vampire queen for the Halloween party. Her voice actress, Olivia Olson, plays Marceline the Vampire Queen on Adventure Time''.
  • The "Vampire Queen and Scarlet Pimpernel" song is a parody of the song Beauty and the Beast, including the line "tale as old as time".
  • The two twins that exit the elevator resemble the Grady Twins from The Shining.

Terrifying Tri-State Trilogy of Terror

Face Your Fear

  • Doof recalls watching a movie about giant kittens terrorizing a city called "Night of the Felis" and being inspired by the attempt to make something cute into an object of horror by making it big, exactly like the classic horror flick Night of the Lepus attempted to do with rabbits.
  • The "meanwhile at the Hall of Justice" line from Super Friends is parodied at the Danville Space Laboratory (not Labrador).
  • Doof's username is Heinz 58, because Heinz 57 is already taken.

Cheers for Fears


  • Much of this episode directly points to Ken Burns' documentary on the American Civil War: The closeup on the coin, the period music, and the narration, for instance.

Return of the Rogue Rabbit

  • The sequence of the giant Fireside Girl puppet walking through town is taken from this video of a giant marionette called "The Little Girl Giant" that the crew found online when they searched "Giant Puppet" on YouTube.

Live and Let Drive

  • With a title that's a reference to Live and Let Die, it's no surprise that the first half of the story seems to be an exercise in "how many James Bond references the writers can squeeze in 5 minutes": Perry drives an Olson Martin 1963, accompanied by a Suspiciously Similar Substitute of the Dr. No opening theme; Doofenshmirtz plays cards in a casino and tells a player who walked away in disgust at losing to never say never; a casino official who looks suspisciously like Oddjob tells Doof that no pets are allowed (Doof was holding a white cat); Norm found metal teeth in the lair Doof is currently staying where there's also still standing a rocket; and Doofenshmirtz' new jingle is a straight-up Bond Theme (with strong influences from the Goldfinger theme).

Lost in Danville

  • The episode was written by Damien Lindelof, a co-creator of Lost, and features Terry O'Quinn as the voice of Professor Mystery and a polar bear that turns out to be Lawrence from another dimension.

The Klimpaloon Ultimatum

  • An entire scene is devoted to a reference to the Leeroy Jenkins Video, with Phineas making a plan and Buford taking on the infamous role of Leeroy Jenkins.
    Phineas: Okay. (gets into the snow and maps out a diagram) I'll just create a diversion here so that Buford and Baljeet can flank them from the left. Ferb can then use his intimidating shout to scatter them so that Isabella can come in from behind. That should work unless they have reinforcements. What do you think, Baljeet? Can you give me a number crunch real quick?
    Baljeet: Uh, gimme a sec. I am coming up with a 32.3% chance of success.
    Phineas: Well, we've seen worse.
    Buford: Alright, guys, let's do this! BUFORD VAN STOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMM!!!!!!
    Phineas: He just ran in!
    Candace: Let's go! Let's go! Let's go!
    Isabella: Dang it, Buford!
    Phineas: Stick to the plan, man! Stick to the plan!

The Inator Method

Tales From the Resistance

  • When the giant mechanical ants are destroyed, they make the same screaming sound that the ants in Them! made when they were killed.

    Season Five 
Cloudy with a Chance of Mom

License to Bust

Dry Another Day

Tropey McTropeface

  • The title is a reference to the infamous meme boat, "Boaty McBoatface".

More Than an Intern

  • The title is a reference to the Boston song "More Than a Feeling".

The Aurora Perry-Alis

  • The title is a play on "aurora borealis".

Lord of the Firesides

Meap Me in St. Louis


Spot the Diff

Phineas and Ferb Musical Cliptastic Countdown

  • Major Monogram shouts "Great googly moogly!" This is a reference to Frank Zappa (who in turn took it from a doo-wop single, "Stranded In The Jungle" by The Vibrations.)

Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation!

  • During the opening for "Phineas and Ferb's Christmas Vacation", you can see the kids getting a yeti to decorate a Christmas tree, a likely reference to the ending of the classic Christmas special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
    • Near the beginning, when Phineas is defending the existence of Santa, his evidence references in turn the Patterson Bigfoot footage, the Loch Ness "surgeon's photo", and the Shroud of Turin.
    • During the montage of everyone decorating the town, Ferb is seen imitating a certain web-slinger while stringing up lights.
    • During the credits, a blink-and-you'll-miss-it scene shows everyone recreating the dancing scene from the A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Phineas and Ferb: Summer Belongs To You!

A Phineas and Ferb Family Christmas

Where's Perry?

  • "On the Savannah" opens with a nod to the sunrise shot from The Lion King (1994).
  • The kids maneuver their Highly Unconventional Vehicle to do the Saturday Night Fever dance.
  • Among Doofenshmirtz's various inators is the Derezz-inator.
  • Doofensmirtz asks if the plane him and Major Monogram are on board has a life-boat on board, a stealth reference to Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
  • Candace's Jungle Princess phase is clearly similar to the Tarzan lore.

Phineas and Ferb Musical Cliptastic Countdown Hosted by Kelly Osbourne

Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel

  • Ferb refers to the S.H.E.D. (a shed that's bigger on the inside) as using "a little British Science Fiction technology."
  • When Dr. Doofenschmirtz meets the Red Skull, he asks him if his head bursts into flame or is he thinking of that other guy.
  • Spider-Man and Hulk both confuse Perry with Howard the Duck.
  • When Candace is expelled from S.H.E.D., Buford says you shouldn't get Phineas angry, "you wouldn't like him when he's angry," as she slowly walks away to a soundalike of the music from The Incredible Hulk (1977).
  • As the heroes get their powers back and prepare for battle, the camera does the 360-degree turnaround shot from The Avengers, with Spider-Man and Perry the Platypus standing in for Hawkyeye and Captain America.
    • Hulkjeet saves Iron Man from a fall to his death in a moment reminiscent of that same film, after which Iron Man paraphrases one of his famous lines from the movie as, "We've got a Baljeet."
  • Stan Lee, granddaddy of the Marvel Universe and a frequent The Cameo in movies starring Marvel characters, voices an Ink-Suit Actor version of himself as a hot dog vendor just like in the X-Men movie.
  • The final shot, as the gang walks away from a trash can where Perry has discarded his superhero disguise, is a copy of a famous image from Amazing Spider-Man #50, in which the wallcrawler did the same thing.

Phineas and Ferb Save Summer

Phineas and Ferb Star Wars

  • Candace's trooper designation is TK-90210.

Night of the Living Pharmacists

  • The title of this episode plays off the title of George A. Romero's famous 1968 zombie film Night of the Living Dead for laughs.
    • Additionally, Romero voices the reporter on the street, Don Adaded (which sounds like 1978's Dawn of the Dead).
  • Simon Pegg and Nick Frost do their Shaun of the Dead characters Shaun and Ed in this episode.
  • A callback to The Rocky Horror Picture Show in one scene where Phineas, Ferb, Candace, Isabella and Vanessa do the Janet-Dr. Scott-Janet-Brad-Rocky gag. Small wonder Richard O'Brien, who created the film (and stage show) is Lawrence's voice actor.
  • A reference to Sir Francis Bacon when both Buford and Doof make comments to "shaking bacon". Bacon died studying how meat would be in a frozen state.
    • Another callback to Die Hard when both Buford and Doof yell "Yippie-Ki-Yay!" to taunt the "mindless repulsive pharmacists". Each time, Doof says in a Take That! moment that it's a callback to something he didn't even hear.
  • Buford makes a couple to Aliens, doing his best Corporal Hudson impression, such as "Game over, man! Game over!" And later, ranting about "They're gonna come in here, they're gonna come in here!"
  • Isabella rattling the trap door to the Fireside Girl's cabin is a reference to the original The Evil Dead.
  • Candace says that she's gotten all the Cardio she needs for a lifetime.
  • Ferb quotes Egon Spengler when he says that he's "terrified beyond the capacity for rational thought."
  • The ending in which Danville is enclosed by a large wall that keeps the Doofenshmirtz zombies out is a clear reference to Attack on Titan.
    • Alternately it might be a shout out to Land of the Dead, which is about a walled city to keep the zombies out.
  • At one point Carl refers to Perry as the Omega Platypus, a reference to the 1971 film adaptation of I Am Legend, The Ωmega Man.
  • This episode is filled with a truckload of World War Z shout-outs.

Last Day of Summer

  • One of the sneak peeks released shows the gang and Candace in a washed-out and empty city with time-holes opening up. Dialogue indicates that they have to get back into the flow of time; this is reminiscent of the Stephen King novel The Langoliers.
  • The effect of the Do-Over-Inator bears a striking resemblance to the 12th Doctor's new title sequence for Doctor Who.
    • The holes in space/time that cause people to forget the people or things sucked through are similar to an overarching story arch for the Eleventh Doctor.
      • Although that plot line has also been done in Star Trek and in Eureka, so it's hard to know which one they are making a shout out too.
  • One of the things to be sucked through the holes in time during the "Groundhog Day" Loop are the groundhogs.

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