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"They never listen to me! I wish they were more like my puppets."
Robin's wish to the Puppet Wizard.

Titan Puppets
"Puppets, Whaaaaat?"
Information
Season

One

Episode

52/208

Original air date

5 June 2014

Running Time

11:05 (minutes)

Viewers

1.986 (million)

Production number

126b

Credits
Produced by
Written by

John Loy

Directed by

Luke Cormican

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Teen Titans Go! "Puppets, Whaaaaat?" (Clip)


"Puppets, Whaaaaat?" is the fifty-second and final episode of Season 1 of Teen Titans Go! and the fifty-second episode overall. It first aired on 5 June 2014 on Cartoon Network. The episode marked the show's transition to its new premiere time, Thursdays at 6:00 pm.

Logline

Robin makes marionette versions of the other Titans as a way to deal with their lack of respect. However, he takes things a little to far when he wishes the Titans were more like his puppets and The Puppet Wizard grants his wish.[1]

Synopsis

Robin begins playing with marionette versions of his teammates in his room, commanding Beast Boy to make a sandwich, have Raven clean the bathroom, and passionately kiss Starfire. He is interrupted by an alarm which notifies him that it's time for the team to go on a run. He heads to the living room where the real world Titans are relaxing lazily. Robin implores the Titans that it's time to begin jogging, but Cyborg responds that they're relaxing. Raven reminds Robin that he's their leader on missions and not around the household while Starfire volunteers to follow Robin's orders once she finishes relaxing. Robin continues attempting to persuade the Titans but Beast Boy responds that the best part of their show is coming up which features Birdarang and Beat Box in starring roles.

Puppet Fitness Time

Robin creates marionette versions of the Teen Titans to deal with stress.

Angered by their refusal to follows his orders, Robin's eyes dilate and the Titans prepare themselves for his outburst. However, he quickly flees to his room and begins reenacting the scene with the puppets, having them praise him and run around the couch. The Titans enter Robin's room and remark that him playing with puppet versions of themselves is weird. Raven notices that Robin must use these puppets for stress while Cyborg remarks that's its creepy causing Robin's eyes to dilate and glow red. Starfire tells Cyborg to take it back, but he claims that he can't deny the fact. Instead of freaking out, Robin begins playing with his puppets reenacting the scene so that they instead praise him for his puppets.

Unable to play with puppets

The Teen Titans are unable to play with their puppet counterparts.

The Titans gather around the stage to see their marionette counterparts with Beast Boy claiming that he's handsome. The Titans declare that it's Puppet Time and begin playing with the puppets, but can't make them stand upright, branding them as broken. Robin tells them to be careful and begins explaining that puppetry is an old form of entertainment and an art and has them practice yet the Titans are still unable to have the puppets move properly instead making them bounce around. Angered at their lack of respect for his puppets, Robin orders the Titans to leave which they gladly do calling his fascination with them weird.

Puppet Wizard offers Robin a deal

The Puppet Wizard offers Robin to turn the Teen Titans into puppets in exchange for their mortal souls.

Later, Robin spots Beast Boy and Cyborg making a door on the side of Titans Tower as a joke. Robin begins to get angry at their lack of respect for the tower and heads to his room to play with his puppets. However, he returns wondering where they went and the two reveal that they used the stage to make the door and placed his puppets behind the door. Robin rushes out the door in excitement before realizing the trick and scolding himself for falling for it. He falls into the bushes below and angrily wishes that the team should act more like his puppets causing the Puppet Wizard to appear. He reveals his abilities to transform humans into puppets for the low price of his mortal soul. Robin agrees and signs the contract, transforming the animated setting into a live-action one.

The Titans are relaxing when they are transformed into puppets much to their confusion. Robin arrives and declares that the Titans now have to do everything he says. Starfire interrogates Robin on his actions and he reveals that he turned them into puppets to obey him. Beast Boy interrupts him by wondering if he could still transform into any animals which he does. Robin tells the Titans that as puppets they must listen to him, but Raven reminds him that he is also a puppet. She asks for a bathroom but is unable to find one as Beast Boy wonders where the kitchen is as he's hungry. Robin reminds them that it's a stage causing the Titans to declare that they want to be human again. He tells them that the Puppet Wizard stole their souls causing Raven to explain that the Puppet Wizard is an evil wizard who replaces humans with puppets and that they must defeat him before sunset to get their souls back and return to normal.

Facing the Puppet Wizard

The Titans confront the Puppet Wizard.

The Puppet Titans crowd in the elevator and disembark to find the Puppet Wizard. They pass a clearing and enter a jungle where they are attacked by a tiger. Escaping the animal, they cross a desert and begin dancing in a night club until the tiger returns to attack. The Titans reach the mountain where the Puppet Wizard gloats about his inevitable victory due to the Titans' status as puppets. Robin orders the Titans to attack and punches Puppet Wizard while Cyborg shoots a cannon at the wizard. Beast Boy transforms into a lion and shreds the wizard as Raven levitates a rock to punch him. Starfire uses her energy powered eye blasts to disintegrate the wizard, thereby restoring the Titans to their original forms.

The Titans cheer at being human again and begin praising Robin about his brilliant strategy to combat the Puppet Wizard only for it to be Robin playing with new marionettes. He has Puppet Robin begin kissing Puppet Starfire, freaking out the Titans as they watch from the doorway. Each Titan flees in shock as Starfire is left shocked and speechless.

Transcript

For a full transcript of "Puppets, Whaaaaat?", click here.

Cast and characters

Voice actor Character
Greg Cipes Beast Boy
Puppet Wizard  
Scott Menville Robin
Birdarang
Khary Payton Cyborg
Tara Strong Raven
Hynden Walch Starfire
Non-speaking roles
Beat Box
Character debut
Speaking debut
Episode debut


Trivia

General

  • This is the final episode of Season 1.
  • This is the second episode to use live-action ("Dreams").
  • A sneak peek of the episode was broadcast at Wonder Con 2014 with Michael Jelenic commenting on the episode's production.
  • This episode aired with a rerun of "Little Buddies".
  • This is one of Scott Menville's favorite episodes.[2]

Continuity

References

  • The poster used to advertise the series can be seen in the background of the stage.
  • There is a replica of Detective Comics #38 (which is Dick Grayson/Robin's first appearance) on the floor of puppet stage.
  • When Raven looks out of window as a puppet, she sees Wayne Tech building. 

Errors

  • At one point, a person's hand can be seen controlling the live-action puppets.

Gallery

Puppets, Whaaaaat? title card
The Image Gallery for Puppets, Whaaaaat? may be viewed here.

Footnotes

  1. Teen Titans Go! - "Puppets Whaaaaat?" (clip). DC Comics (2014-06-02). Retrieved on June 2, 2014.
  2. Estrella, Ernie (2013-07-26). TEEN TITANS GO! Crew, Cast Glad Fans Giving Goofy Approach a Chance. Newsarama. Retrieved on July 30, 2013.

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