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"I don't have to listen to you. I mean, who even made you leader in the first place?"
Beast Boy to Robin.

Gorilla holding Robin
"Gorilla"
Information
Season

One

Episode

12/208

Original air date

11 June 2013

Running Time

11:12 (minutes)

Viewers

1.982 (million)

Production number

106b

Credits
Produced by
Written by

Steve Borst

Directed by

Scott O'Brien

Episode guide
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DC Nation - Teen Titans Go! - Gorilla (Clip)


"Gorilla" is the twelfth episode of Season 1 of Teen Titans Go!, and the twelfth episode overall. It first aired on 11 June 2013 on Cartoon Network.

Logline

Beast Boy turns into a loud, obnoxious gorilla and refuses to change back, driving Robin crazy as he takes over the leadership of the Titans, leading to chaos.[1]

Synopsis

Robin is leading Starfire, Cyborg, and Raven in jumping jacks. He tells Raven to fix her form, reminds Cyborg he doesn't have glutes when the half-robot complains about his glutes, and orders Starfire to go faster which she does, rupturing the space-time continuity. Robin tells the Titans to stop resulting in Cyborg's disassembling and Starfire dressed as a pharaoh. Cyborg wonders if they've finished their workout, but Robin reveals they'll be doing nine hundred jump squats. Cyborg builds himself together and retorts that the "we" doesn't include Robin, who claims he's sacrificing the workout in order to supervise them.

The elevator doors open to reveal a gorilla-transformed Beast Boy who greets the Titans and wonders if he's late. Robin reveals that he is and orders him to transform out of the gorilla to exit the elevator. Beast Boy refuses and slams the doors onto Robin, apologizing for breaking the doors. Robin repeats his command to transform out of the gorilla, but Beast Boy refuses and jumps onto the couch. He plays on his phone as Robin attempts to remind him of his status as team leader, but the gorilla ignores him. As such, Robin punishes Beast Boy by ordering him to wash all of the Titans' dishes for a week. Beast Boy refuses under the excuse that gorillas don't do dishes. Angered, Robin yells at Beast Boy to transform back into a human, but he claims that gorillas don't listen to commands. Starfire and Raven persuade Robin to not let Beast Boy know he's bothering him or he'll continue to do it as a banana peel hits him in the face.

Carrying a load of boxes, Robin collapses near Beast Boy and asks for help, but the gorilla refuses. While eating, Beast Boy drops banana peels on the floor causing Raven to slip on it. Robin asks Beast Boy to pick up his mess, but the gorilla once again refuses. In front of Justice Java, Mammoth is terrorizing Jump City and avoids attacks from Starfire, Raven, and Cyborg. He charges at Robin, who pleads for Beast Boy's help, but the gorilla is swinging on a lamp post. Robin throws his staff down in defeat as Mammoth slams him on the ground and flees.

At Titans Tower, Robin vents to the Titans over his frustration with Beast Boy. Starfire asks if Robin's upset because he's not in control, but the leader claims he doesn't need to be in control before ordering the three to sit properly. Beast Boy arrives and greets the others before greeting Robin as the guy's he not listening to. Robin, frustrated further, grounds Beast Boy, but he scoffs it off claiming he doesn't need to listen to him before wondering who made Robin leader. Robin reveals it was his first action as leader and is informed that gorillas chose their leader by strength as Beast Boy sits on him. Beast Boy officially declares himself the new leader as per the law of the jungle. Robin attempts to get the others to help, but they agree with Beast Boy, who calls the Titans into action, upsetting Robin.

At the Jump City Park, Beast Boy stations the Titans to guard the monkey bars from bullies under the grounds that they're a gorilla's natural habitat and must be protected. A Little Girl attempts to approach the monkey bars, but is scared off by Beast Boy, Starfire, Cyborg, and Raven. At a swamp, the Titans are fighting crocodiles as Beast Boy has deemed them the natural enemies of gorillas. At a zoo, Beast Boy reveals that he's going to free the captive gorillas which he, Cyborg, Raven, and Starfire do. Robin criticizes Beast Boy's authority, angering the gorilla to hang him onto a hook by the cape. Robin attempts a compromise, but Beast Boy angrily states he's done talking and leaves with Starfire and Raven.

Cyborg stays behind and blames Robin of letting things go out of control. He passes the blame onto Cyborg, Starfire, and Raven for listening to Beast Boy, but Cyborg reveals they have no choice as he's taken over the position as alpha which means Robin grew soft to allow such a thing to happen. Dismayed, Robin realizes Cyborg is correct, but the robotic Titan offers to help Robin regain his position by training him at the zoo due to his hatred of bananas. At the monkey cage, Cyborg tells Robin the first step is to act like an alpha and tickles Robin with a feather. He berates Robin for laughing as he's supposed to be tough, but the Boy Wonder continues to laugh otherwise.

At the tower, Beast Boy transforms the living room into a jungle and makes himself a nest. Starfire shares her criticism of Beast Boy's leadership skills and its affect on the Titans but Raven claims nothing's change. However, she soon picks Starfire's hair and eats a bug. Batman calls the tower, resulting in the three Titans to go ape-crazy and destroy the control panel. Back at the zoo, Cyborg tells Robin to do whatever he says and orders him to steal a white tiger's steak, but the tiger mauls him. At the elephant pen, Cyborg tells Robin not to question him and orders him to clean the elephant, but the animal begins to eat the former leader. At the snake den, Cyborg orders Robin to kiss each of the snakes. Robin realizes Cyborg's trick and reminds the robotic Titan that he's the leader before throwing him into the den. Cyborg congratulates Robin and he embarks to regain his alpha position.

Beast Boy, Starfire, and Raven continue to go ape crazy as Robin arrives to take back his leader status. Robin and Beast Boy wrestle with Robin eventually gaining the upper hand. Cyborg suggests to find Beast Boy's weakness and offers him a feather which Robin takes to tickle Beast Boy into submission. The gorilla begs to stop, but Robin refuses until Beast Boy sees him once again as the leader. He transforms out of the gorilla and tells Robin he's his leader. Robin orders Beast Boy to make him a sandwich which Beast Boy obediently does. Raven and Starfire congratulate Robin, but he scolds them for forgetting who their leader was, threatening them to never forget again. Robin praises his position as Batman calls once again, sending Cyborg, Starfire, and Raven into a frenzy.

Transcript

For a full transcript of "Gorilla", click here.

Cast and characters

Voice actor Character
Greg Cipes Beast Boy
Scott Menville Robin
Khary Payton Cyborg
Tara Strong Raven
Hynden Walch Starfire
Uncredited
Tara Strong Little Girl  
Non-speaking roles
Mammoth  
Character debut
Speaking debut
Episode debut


Trivia

General

  • This is the longest time Beast Boy has gone in one of his animal forms.
  • Running Gag: Robin getting a banana thrown at his face.
  • Food Content: Beast Boy eats bananas and throws banana peels on the floor and Robin's face.
  • This episode aired with a rerun of "Dog Hand".
  • Second episode with a one-word title ("Ghostboy").

Continuity

  • Justice Java moved from a street corner cafe to a location sandwiched between two tall buildings.

References

  • Batman calls the Titans twice.
  • Beast Boy saying the natural enemies of gorillas are crocodiles is a reference to the game, Donkey Kong, where crocodiles serve as the main antagonists.
  • A portion of the Howie Scream can be heard when Beast Boy and Robin charge at each other during their fight.
  • The laugh Beast Boy made while Robin tickled him is a reference to Disney's The Jungle Book when King Louie is tickled by Baloo.

Errors

  • When Beast Boy drops a banana peel on the ground, a box of Bat-O's can be seen on the table. However, in the next frame, it's gone.
  • Raven trips on a banana peel despite floating in midair.
  • When Batman called the second time, Cyborg joined Starfire and Raven in acting like gorillas to destroy it, even though he was training Robin while Beast Boy drove the others insane.

Gallery

Gorilla title card
The Image Gallery for Gorilla may be viewed here.

Footnotes

  1. DC Nation - Teen Titans Go! - "Gorilla" (Clip). DC Comics (2013-06-06). Retrieved on November 11, 2013.

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