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"Money Grandma" is the fourth episode of Season 2 of Teen Titans Go!, and the fifty-sixth episode overall. It is also the first holiday episode in the season and the third overall. It first aired on 3 July 2014 on Cartoon Network.
When Robin starts a smear campaign against all of the other Titans so that he can be reelected as Team Leader, Raven uses a time machine to bring a great leader from the past to teach Robin how to lead.
Raven, Beast Boy, Cyborg, and Starfire are watching a show when pink smoke obscures their vision briefly as Robin appears. He tells them of a video he spent all night making which is met with enthusiasm by the Titans who urge him to play it. After entering the video into a VCR, Robin uses his grappling hook to swing from the lamp to the couch where he presses play. The video depicts Cyborg in a positive light as Robin's voice praises him before saying that he's a jerk much to Starfire's shock. In a clip of edited video, Cyborg insults Beast Boy, offending the green Titan. The video continues with Beast Boy calling Cyborg gross and super weird in edited clips. The two begin yelling at each other until Raven intervenes by explaining that Robin messed with the tapes to put them in a bad light yet the two remain arguing. Robin shushes them before they miss the ending which reveals the video to be part of a smear campaign to reelect Robin as team leader.
Starfire begins clapping as the video ends, but Cyborg demands to know the meaning behind. Robin explains that the election for team leader is approaching, and he's out to do whatever it takes to win. Cyborg protests that no one else is running against him, but Robin chooses to view this as him crushing his opponents before they could try. He supports this claim by citing George Washington but Raven states that he inspired military leadership and humility. Robin scoffs at this, claiming he would've made a much better President than him. Beast Boy questions if the Titans vote for a leader, and Robin flash backs to the previous year's election. The flashback depicts Robin voting for himself before time runs out, thus winning the election by his sole vote. Following the flashback, Robin shares his expectations of a landslide victory and threatens the Titans should they chose to run against him.
Starfire raises a pendent supporting Robin when the crime alert rings, causing Robin to call the Titans to action. The H.I.V.E. Five are robbing Jump City Bank once more when Gizmo spots the Titans approaching. Raven uses a demonic fist to punch Billy Numerous and his clones against a wall while Starfire quickly uses her starbolts to blow up him and their monster truck. Beast Boy, transformed as an ox, chases Mammoth while Cyborg punches See-More repeatedly and Raven chases Jinx through building rooftops as Robin mischievously records the fight.
Back at the Tower, Starfire alerts her friends to a news broadcast about their battle with the H.I.V.E. which Robin claims is from the video he handed the news station on his single-handed victory. Raven argues that they were all there yet the video shows all the Titans with Robin's face edited in place of theirs. Beast Boy, Raven, and Cyborg accuse him of taking credit for their hard work while Starfire expresses an interest to meet one of Robin's brothers with her physique, but Robin simply denies doing anything wrong before throwing confetti and marching out of the room. Cyborg and Beast Boy resolve to teach Robin a lesson while Raven expresses an idea on who.
Outside, Robin whistles to the tune of "Yankee Doodle" and sets a campaign poster among the many scattered all across the Tower when he spots the others. Starfire shares their belief that he has lost the meaning behind leadership which Raven plans to resolve through the teachings of a great leader from the past: George Washington. Beast Boy questions the identity of what he believes to be the old lady but Cyborg demands for him to show respect as she's the woman in the back of the dollar bill who Beast Boy dubs Money Grandma. Washington begins sharing his advice on teamwork through the metaphor of a gardener and his garden but Robin mistakes this for him attempting to steal his position as Team Leader with a threat to ruin him should he try. Starfire attempts to explain, but Washington opts to run against him for showing insolence, and the two begin a slap fight which Beast Boy and Cyborg enthusiastically support. Starfire asks if their fight was part of Raven's plan but she simply responds, "more or less," as the fight turns more violent.
The campaign begins with Washington cutting down a cherry tree and baking it into an apple pie for Raven and Starfire. However, Robin pushes Washington's head into the pie while leaving behind a birdarang which soon blows up. Washington puts up wall-scaled posters in the living room, but Robin draws on them with a marker. While Washington speaks to the four Titans, Robin removes his pants and powdered wig while adding signs making unflattering comments. Beast Boy and Cyborg stroll a baby down the hall as Washington prepares to kiss it, but Robin jumps on his back, causing his wooden teeth to lodge onto the baby's head.
The debate soon follows with Silkie as the moderator, who beckons for Washington to speak. Washington vows to lead the team to a city without villainy whereupon they'll earn the right to call themselves the Teen Titans. Beast Boy and Cyborg cheer for him, but Silkie quiets them down through his gavel and beckons for Robin to speak. Robin begins by reminding the team that Washington is known for being unable to tell a lie, a fact Washington supports. He then recalls a moment where Washington notes the smell of a noxious odor and tells him to reveal that he was the one who caused it. Unable to lie and stammering, Washington relents and reveals he's the one who passed gas.
Election Day arrives and Raven uses her powers to levitate two votes, one for Washington and one for Robin, thus ending in a draw. Robin, dumbfounded, questions why the others didn't vote and they decline with Beast Boy declaring he's not into politics. Starfire questions how'd they break the tie which Robin and Washington agree to through a fight. Raven and Cyborg attempt to dissuade them, but the two prepare for battle with Robin raising his staff and Washington wielding an ax. The two jump out of the window with Washington summoning an eagle to aid him in flight. Robin rolls out of the bushes and throws three birdarangs at Washington, but he activates a freedom shield to defend against the projectiles. Beast Boy cheers on Washington from the hole in the Tower as the president unleashes a liberty punch which catapults Robin into the air. He recovers and rolls a grenade underneath Washington, exploding the president into the water.
Robin admires his handiwork before turning around until a rumbling shakes the island. The Statue of Liberty rises from the water, manned by Washington who swings the torch to collapse on top of Robin. Washington asks Robin if he finally yields and he agrees. The others arrive at the wreckage where Starfire asks if Robin is okay for being stripped of his leadership status. Robin notes his mistakes and promotes Washington to the rank of Team Leader before apologizing. However, he apologizes for them being unable to witness him becoming the greatest leader ever and enters Raven's abandoned time machine. Starfire questions his motives, but Robin turns the year back to 1776 and the time machine vanishes.
Beast Boy alerts the others to look at his dollar bill, with the image shifting from Washington to Robin, before permanently changing to Robin's likeness. Raven is astonished by this as Cyborg activates a monitor to show a video which explains that Robin's kung fu moves defeated the British, thus resulting in him becoming the First President of the United States. Starfire inquires if this was part of Raven's plan, but she simply responds with "more or less," once more before saluting as the Betsy Ross version of the American flag billows behind her.
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Cast and characters
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- The episode confirms that the show takes place during the year 2014.
- This episode marks the first time where reused audio is confirmed to be heard as the audio of Gizmo laughing is reused from "Laundry Day" as noted when he says "-trol" before laughing.
- The ending of the episode was foreshadowed through Robin claiming he would make a better President than Washington.
- Adult humor is present when one of the signs depict the rear end of an Equidae animal (i.e. a horse, donkey, zebra, etc.).
- Third holiday episode ("Second Christmas", "Be Mine").
- Second episode with a founding father ("Books").
- Second episode with the word grandma in the title ("Grandma Voice").
- Running Gag: Raven responding "more or less" when Starfire asks if an outcome was part of her plan. Beast Boy and Cyborg mistaking Washington for an old woman and calling him Money Grandma.
- This episode aired with a rerun of "Dreams".
- Second time the puppet show is shown ("Staff Meeting").
- Second time Robin's status as team leader is threatened ("Gorilla").
- The versus title card from the staring matches in "Laundry Day" appear once more, but is altered to fit with the patriotic theme with a backdrop of the Betsy Ross flag version of the American flag.
- Second time Silkie is shown to have a human profession, with the first being a minister ("Matched").
- Third time Robin falls from the top of the tower ("Laundry Day", "Puppets, Whaaaaat?").
- Second time Robin loses his status as team leader ("No Power").
- Robin draws DC villains Bane, Bizzaro, Catwoman, and The Joker on George Washington's posters.
- At the end of his smear campaign video, Robin's head is superimposed on top of 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama's.
- The news channel, 52 News, parodies the DC Universe reboot, The New 52.
- When Robin is putting up a campaign poster, he whistles to tune of "Yankee Doodle", an Anglo-American song from the Seven Year's War which is often sung patriotically today.
- Robin's poster parodies the Barack Obama HOPE poster by Shepard Fairey.
- Before Washington fights Robin, he raises his axe above his his head shouting "By the power of America!" followed by a lightning bolt and shouting "I have the power!", referencing He-man's transformation in "He-man and Masters of the Universe".
- George Washington's presence causes several allusions to the history of America.
- The Betsy Ross flag is used periodically.
- George Washington's wooden teeth.
- George Washington's fabled tale of cutting down a cherry tree.
- Washington calling Robin "redcoat" references his opponents in the American Revolution, the British.
- The Robin vs. Washington debate is a common presidential campaign, popularized by the 1960 Kennedy Nixon debates.
- When Washington punches Robin, the background showcases the Liberty Bell cracking.
- Washington uses the Statue of Liberty as a robot.
- Throughout the episode, George Washington's wooden teeth transform into regular teeth and vice versa.
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