"Spice Game" is the fifth episode of Season 3 of Teen Titans Go! and the one hundred and ninth episode overall. It first aired on 27 August 2015 on Cartoon Network.
Tired of Robin's bland cooking, the other Titans try their hand at spicing up their food.
At night, Raven is levitating and reading a book while Cyborg is playing a video game, Beast Boy relaxes as a cat, and Starfire plays with Silkie on the couch. Their stomachs begin growling for food and Cyborg wonders who cooked dinner. Robin announces that his specialty, boiled potatoes, are ready, disappointing the Teen Titans. They gather at the kitchen table where Robin happily consumes his food while the other Titans are upset at eating the mush he always makes. Starfire says her flavor buds crave excitement and Beast Boy suggests adding a little fire and holds out a bottle of hot sauce. He pours some on his boiled potato and celebrates the new flavor. Cyborg, Starfire, and Raven follow suit and agree with Beast Boy, but Robin warns that they're ruining their lives. Beast Boy makes him inhale the hot sauce and Robin overreacts, gulping down a gallon of milk to get rid of the spiciness. He tells them that the "spice game" is a never ending escalation of spice that keeps getting spicier until they don't know what spicy is anymore. He claims the spice of life is routine and notes that it's 7:15 pm, bedtime. Robin scurries off, leaving the other Titans in the dark.
The next day, Robin notices that Raven, Cyborg, and Starfire are longing for spice and he decides to get their minds off of it. He introduces them to a potato, but Beast Boy introduces them to a Hot Pepper, who claims it's their ticket into Spicy Town. Robin warns them that they've escalated from hot sauce and that the spiciness will consume their souls. Beast Boy ignores him and tells the Titans to eat up. Robin tries to get them to go back to the bland side, but the Titans decide to embark on the spicy life. They celebrate by singing a song, "I'm a Hot Pepper". Later, Robin is peeling a potato when the other Titans come up to him, celebrating the spicy life. Robin orders them to handle themselves, but Raven taunts that they're too spicy for him. He tries to disprove them by adding a single grain of salt to a pot of boiled potatoes, but claims that it's too spicy and drinks another gallon of milk to quench the spiciness.
Beast Boy claims that they don't need salt as they've got jalapenos, but the peppers have no effect on the Titans. They try again with serrano peppers, but to no avail. Raven demands eating four habanero peppers without food, but the result is the same. Robin reminds them of his warning and explains they're now immune to spicy food. Cyborg asks Beast Boy for another pepper, but he tells them he doesn't have a hotter one. Starfire believes there is one they have not yet tried and Raven uses her magic to summon the Tears of Zephos, peppers that grow in gardens of eternal life and bring great pain and suffering to whoever is foolish enough to eat them. They each take a bite out of the pepper, and begin screaming and breathing fire. Raven summons gallons of milk for her friends to quench the spiciness, but Cyborg reports that it's not working. She summons Ancient Legends and tells the Titans that they must travel to the Dairy King's lair and drink the infinity milk from the Dairy King's immortal udders. However, she cannot read the map as her eyes are too watery.
Robin smugly notes that they spicy life has consumed their souls just as he predicted. He asks the Titans if they're ready to live life to the bland again and they agree. He leads them across a desert, a lake, and through the Mystical Mounds of Gomera until they arrive at the foot of the stairs to the Dairy King's lair. He warns the Titans to be cautious as they have no idea what's inside, but they run in screaming, wanting to be first. However, they slam into the Dairy King, a ginormous cow, who stomps on them. Robin appears at the doorway and demands he give up his milk, but the Dairy King simply moos. He tries attacking with his staff, a birdarang, and punches, but the Dairy King deflects him every time. Robin wonders how the Dairy King could predict his predictable moves and decides that he needs a little spice in his life. He sprinkles a single grain of salt onto his tongue and begins blabbering, confusing the Dairy King. Robin takes out two grappling hooks and latches them onto two of the teats. He begins squirting milk from them, directing the milk to land on his teammates, curing them. Eventually, the udders completely drain and the Dairy King collapses. Cyborg cheers for sweet relief while Beast Boy admits that they should have listened to him about being bland and predictable. However, Robin claims that the lesson is to live life in the middle, not to bland, but not to dangerous. Starfire guesses that the lesson sounds reasonable.
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Running Gags: The Titans drinking milk. Robin's obsession with potatoes.
Food Content: Robin serves boiled potatoes at dinner. The entire episode focuses on Beast Boy, Starfire, Cyborg, and Raven eating spicy food, including hot sauce and peppers. The Titans drink milk to wash down the spiciness.
When Robin is showing the Titans the potatoes he'd cooked at the beginning, a brief image of Batgirl is shown, but wearing her mask and a party dress instead of her usual costume.
The mountain the Titans cross to the Dairy King's lair bears resemblance to the Mystical Mounds of Gomera, home of the Master of Whistles in "Mouth Hole".
Cyborg screaming is basically a homage of Beast Boy screaming from Scary Figure Dance.
Beast Boy turns into a dragon that resembles Jake Long from Disney's American Dragon: Jake Long.
Robin's explanation of having too much spice is exemplified in a Q*bert-stylized game of the Scoville heat scale, which refers to the "spice" levels in food, including chili peppers. The top pepper is the bhut jolokia or the ghost pepper, which is the world's hottest pepper as it has the potential to suffocate and kill by consumption.
The Titans consult the Dairy King to help them cool off. The Dairy King is a possible reference to Dairy Queen, a fast food restaurant chain that specializes in ice cream.
Beast Boy claimed he could not turn into mythological animals in "Friendship", but he transformed into a dragon. This could mean that he meant that he can, but simply chooses not to.
The Dairy King's udders were said to be immortal, but they were shown to be drained by Robin.