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"Batman is about to learn that, from now on, he is not the boss of me! Ah! I didn't mean it Batman! I'll clean all this up! Please don't be mad!"
Robin.

Batman arrives
"Sidekick"
Information
Season

One

Episode

33/208

Original air date

13 November 2013

Running Time

11:12 (minutes)

Viewers

1.730 (million)

Production number

117b

Credits
Produced by
Written by

Amy Wolfram

Directed by

Scott O'Brien

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DC Nation - Teen Titans Go! - "Sidekick" (clip)


"Sidekick" is the thirty-third episode of Season 1 of Teen Titans Go!, and the thirty-third episode overall. It first aired on 13 November 2013 on Cartoon Network.

Logline

Robin gets called back to the Batcave, but only as a house-sitter while Batman's away. The other Titans show up and tease him about his sidekick status.[1]

Synopsis

Beast Boy, Cyborg, Raven, and Starfire are laying on the couch, mindlessly watching TV when Robin passes by them revealing that he is heading on a top secret mission. He fails to earn a response and begins to obnoxiously remind the four that it's top secret, annoying Raven enough to ask where he's going. Robin gasps at the response before yelling at them that it's top secret. The Titans wish him good-bye, but Robin reveals that if they need him he'll be at The Batcave. The four Titans jump at the announcement and begin to beg for Robin to take him to Batman's lair. Robin smugly denies each and every one of them claiming to be the only one Batman trusts enough to watch over the Batcave. He boards the R-cycle reminding the Titans that they're needed here to stop someone from jaywalking. He crashes through the window and drives across the country to the Batcave.

Batcave

Robin enters the Batcave.

Upon arriving at a mountain, Robin unearths a small control panel and repeatedly states his name only to be denied entry until claiming he's the Boy Wonder. At this, he is allowed entry and drives to a ledge where he overlooks the Batcave before reminding himself to get to work. He uses his grappling hook to somersault toward the supercomputer where he instantly opens his DCUbook page. After cooling several statuses, Robin notices a message from Batman which thanks him for cave-sitting and informs Robin of juice. Beast Boy happily cheers for the reveal of juice, shocking Robin who asks how he passed the security systems. Behind him, Cyborg and Starfire are looking around in awe as Raven reveals he left the door open.

Beast Boy plays with the keyboard until Robin hits him with his staff telling him not to touch anything as a siren begins to blare. Starfire wonders if the siren is reporting a crime, but Robin reveals the siren is announcing that it's time to feed the fish. He grabs the fish food and heads over the bowl in a hurry beginning to feed them until the other Titans start laughing. Robin notices that they're laughing at his old uniform which is depicted in a picture. Grabbing the frame from them and placing it on the shelf, Robin tells his teammates that they're not allowed to be inside the Batcave. Beast Boy reassures Robin that they'll leave, but after they look around and transforms into a bat to do so. Robin chases after Beast Boy before spotting Raven with bats on the ceiling. He tells her to get down but the demon convinces the bats to ignore him. Cyborg throws Batman's batarangs and Robin begins to count them in order to ensure that none have been lost. He spots a silhouette of Batman looming over him and shivers in fright until he sees that it belongs to Starfire who has don herself in Batgirl's outfit. Overcoming his attraction, Robin orders Starfire to take the costume off but she reveals it's too tight for her to remove causing him to regain his attraction. He soon snaps out of it after spotting a T-rex transformed Beast Boy preparing to combat Batman's mechanical one which is controlled by Cyborg. Robin begins to tell Cyborg that the T-rex isn't a toy, but the robotic Titan ignores him as its broken head lands nearby.

Robin stops Beast Boy and Cyborg

Robin stops Beast Boy and Cyborg from touching the Ultimate Batarang.

As Robin watches in disbelief, Cyborg and Beast Boy notice the Ultimate Batarang and are entranced by it. However, before Cyborg could reach the weapon, Robin interferes stating no one is allowed to touch it. Cyborg breaks the glass by extending his arm over Robin and throws the weapon at Beast Boy who catches it as if it were a frisbee. Outraged, Robin begins to act out what would happen once Batman returns and slaps him before trembling in fear. Cyborg asks Robin why he's afraid of Batman, but the Boy Wonder claims that he isn't. Beast Boy accuses Robin of being scared of Batman due to him being his former boss, but Robin brushes the accusation aside referring to the two as equal. Raven labels him a sidekick, angering Robin who claims to be no one's sidekick. The other Titans mock him through the use of the word side until the alarm rings once more. Starfire tells Robin to feed the fish, but he reveals that the siren is announcing a crime being committed by the H.I.V.E. Five. Cyborg glances at a shelf filled with Batman's equipment and asks the Titans if they should. The others, save Robin, agree and quickly load the weapons, bats, and Ultimate Batarang onto the Batmobile.

HIVE fears Batman

The H.I.V.E. Five dreads "Batman's" arrival.

At Gotham City, Jinx, Billy Numerous, and See-More blow up several cars while Gizmo sets several barrels of oils to explode in five minutes. The villains notice the arrival of the Batmobile, shocking and stunning them until the Titans reveal themselves and attack. Robin exits the Batmobile and claims that retrieving Batman's equipment is more important than combating the H.I.V.E. Five. Cyborg begins to throw Batarangs at Billy Numerous, but Robin collects all five of them, freeing the duplicating villain in the process. Gizmo activates robotic arms to attack Beast Boy, but the shape-shifter transforms into an octopus, but slams into the Batmobile and transforms back. Robin pushes Beast Boy toward Gizmo as he attempts to salvage the vehicle. After watching for a split second, Gizmo traps Beast Boy in a net.

Robin notices a bat flying past him and turns to see the bats attacking See-More while Raven watches. He reminds them of the rules and sends them home as See-More traps Raven in a green bubble. Meanwhile, Jinx runs down the street until Starfire lands in front of her. Jinx dodges an eye blast and shoots hex bolts at Starfire which she dodges until Batgirl's cape cover her face, shielding her from a blast that sends the Tamaranean flying. Gizmo flies toward the oils he rigged to explode as Cyborg activates Batman's grappling hook to reach him. Robin throws his birdarang to knock the grappling hook out of place, causing Cyborg to injure himself once landing on the ground. He quickly counts the equipment and notes the absence of the Ultimate Batarang when Raven reveals it's in the possession of the H.I.V.E. Five.

Robin states that they can't let the H.I.V.E. Five use the weapon causing Beast Boy to worry that its use would kill the Titans but Robin states Batman would kill him. Gizmo presses the button and throws it as Robin heads to grab the weapon. However, it evades Robin and heads to the tied up Titans before veering off course and activating a lightshow in the sky. Confused by the purpose of the Ultimate Batarang, Beast Boy wonders what Batman would need it for. In a flashback, Batman and James Gordon are lying on the grass while enjoying the Ultimate Batarang's lightshow. Robin states he's no longer afraid of Batman as a result of the lightshow and smiles smugly before using Batman's equipment to capture the H.I.V.E. Five.

Destroyed Batmobile

Robin frames the Batmobile's destruction on the Joker.

Back at the Batcave, Beast Boy finishes returning Batman's destroyed artifacts to their rightful places as Cyborg attempts to repair a destroyed Batmoile. Raven asks Robin if he'll be all right while Starfire offers to stay while he confronts Batman. Robin declines stating it's time he told Batman that he's no longer a sidekick and vows to let his old mentor know that he's no longer the boss of him. At that instant, a silhouette of Batman appears behind Robin who breaks down in tears begging forgiveness until Beast Boy reveals it to be a suit on a hanger. Knowing he's still a sidekick, Robin uses spray paint to graffiti the Batmobile, pinning its destruction on the Joker before leaving the Batcave.

Transcript

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

Cast and characters

Voice actor Character
Greg Cipes Beast Boy
Scott Menville Robin
Khary Payton Cyborg
Tara Strong Raven
Hynden Walch Starfire
Lauren Tom Gizmo
Uncredited
Voice recognition device
Non-speaking roles
Batman
Billy Numerous
James Gordon
Jinx
Mammoth
See-More
Silkie
Character debut
Speaking debut
Episode debut


Trivia

General

  • Robin is revealed to be bothered by being called Boy Wonder.
  • Eighth episode with a one word title ("Ghostboy", "Gorilla", "Parasite", "Starliar", "Terra-ized", "Matched", "Books").
  • Second appearance of the R-Cycle ("Starfire the Terrible").
  • This is one of the few episodes where Robin doesn't say "Titans, Go!".
  • #SaveYoungJustice appears on DCUbook, alluding to the campaign to renew the series for a third season following the announcement of the show's cancellation.
  • This episode aired with a rerun of "Colors of Raven".
  • This is one of Scott Menville's favorite episodes.[2]

Continuity

References

  • Starfire wears Batgirl's uniform throughout most of the episode.
  • The following include, but are not all, of the references to Batman.
    • Batman appears on a picture with a younger Robin on his shelf of souvenirs.
    • He appears in a thought bubble fighting villains alongside Robin.
    • Robin impersonates him and Alfred Pennyworth.
    • A copy of the Batman: Year One graphic novel.
    • Batman appears alongside James Gordon in a flashback sequence.
  • Killer Croc's likeness appears on the right panel of the Batcomputer and appears in Robin's "Dynamic Duo" thought bubble.
  • The Dark Knight Rises incarnation of Bane's likeness appears on the left panel of the Batcomputer and he appears in Robin's "Dynamic Duo" thought bubble.
  • A post by Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes) appears on the DCUbook.
  • Catwoman's likeness appears on the left panel of the Batcomputer.
  • Clayface's likeness appears on the left panel of the Batcomputer and appears in Robin's "Dynamic Duo" thought bubble.
  • Harley Quinn's likeness appears on the right panel of the Batcomputer.
  • The Justice League group portrait which includes: Martian Manhunter, Superman, a floating goldfish representing Aquaman, Batman, The Flash, Plastic Man, and Wonder Woman appears on Robin's DCUbook page. A folder entitled 'JLA Sensitive Secrets can be seen on the Batcomputer's desktop.
  • Man-Bat's likeness appears on the right panel of the Batcomputer, and his apparent skeletal remains are on display at The Batcave.
  • Owlman is possibly referenced by the ROY labeling on Gizmo's bomb.
  • Poison Ivy's likeness appears on the right panel of the Batcomputer. It also appears on a potted plant that Robin kicks over in a cutscene.
  • Scarecrow's likeness appears on the right panel of the Batcomputer.
  • Superman is referenced by a ring brandishing a large Kryptonite gemstone. In the DC Universe, Superman regularly supplies Batman with the material as a last resort should he ever go bad.
  • The Joker's likeness appears on the left panel of the Batcomputer. A giant "Joker" card can be seen suspended from the ceiling and his likeness appears on Robin's graffiti on the Batmobile.
  • The Penguin's likeness appears on the left panel of the Batcomputer.
  • The Riddler's likeness appears on the left panel of the Batcomputer.
  • Two-Face's likeness appears on the right panel of the Batcomputer. A giant penny on display at the Batcave references the one seen in the "Almost Got 'Im" episode of Batman: The Animated Series.
Dynamic Duo thought bubble

The "Dynamic Duo" thought bubble's rogues gallery.

  • The following villains appear in Robin's "Dynamic Duo" thought bubble:
    • Killer Croc
    • The Dark Knight Rises incarnation of Bane.
    • Clayface
    • Hush
    • Man-Bat
    • Mr. Freeze
    • Poison Ivy
    • Ra's Al-Ghul
    • Scarecrow
    • The Joker
    • The Mad Hatter
    • The Penguin
    • The Riddler
    • Two-Face
Batman memorbilia

The souvenir shelf at The Batcave.

  • Batman has a shelf filled of souvenirs which includes:
    • A bag labeled "Selina's Kitty Litter".
    • The bandages of Hush.
    • The Ventriloquist's Scarface dummy.
    • A cracked question-mark crystal ball referencing The Riddler.
    • Jason Todd's ashes in a funeral urn marked ROBIN II and the crowbar The Joker used to beat Jason Todd to death, both of which reference his demise in the controversial 1980's storyline "A Death in the Family".
    • Mr. Freeze's encapsulated and disembodied head, referencing the loss of his body in the The New Batman Adventures episode, "Cold Comfort".
    • Renuyu - the fictitious mutagenic chemical substance which transformed Matt Hagen into Clayface.
    • A vintage domed helmet from The Joker's Red Hood persona.

Errors

Gallery

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

Footnotes

  1. DC Nation - Teen Titans Go! - "Sidekick" (clip). DC Comics (2013-11-08). Retrieved on November 12, 2013.
  2. SDCC 2014 TEEN TITAN GO questions. Pansagee Channel on YouTube (2014-07-28). Retrieved on July 29, 2014.

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