"Squash & Stretch" is the twentieth episode of Season 3 of Teen Titans Go! and the one hundred and twenty-fourth episode overall. It first aired on 7 January 2016 on Cartoon Network.
The Titans learn about cartoon-style violence in order to get revenge on a snack-stealing squirrel.
The Teen Titans are lounging by the pool when Cyborg compliments the sun and breeze, calling it perfect weather. Beast Boy agrees with him and Robin adds on that Cyborg's assorted nuts are good as well. He hands the bowl to Cyborg, who hands it to Raven, who passes it to Beast Boy. He prepares to pass the nuts to Starfire but a squirrel intercepts them and perches on a tree branch.
Robin tells the squirrel to return their nuts, but the squirrel smugly consumes them instead. Shocked by the squirrel's actions, Robin orders the Titans to attack and throws three birdarang at the branch. The squirrel, however, runs from the projectiles before they detonate, causing the branch to fall on Robin. Cyborg extends his arms to try and catch the squirrel, but it scurries around the tree, tying them up. Beast Boy changes into a cat and a monkey while in pursuit of the squirrel, but when he transforms into a snake, he is snatched away by an eagle. Starfire chases after the squirrel, but she crashes into Raven after the squirrel jumps to avoid them.
The Titans return to Titans Tower where Robin is dismayed at having been defeated by a squirrel. Cyborg notices that the squirrel is still mocking them and Robin has the Titans list off some of their revenge fantasies. Beast Boy eagerly supports destroying the squirrel, but Robin tells him they are unable to do so because the world they live in frowns upon violence. Cyborg, however, expresses belief that society was okay with violence as long as it was funny, but Robin and Raven don't agree with him. He shows them a cartoon, and when the Titans laugh, tells them they're laughing at violence. Raven acknowledges that it's a cartoon, but wonders if real world violence is funny. Cyborg decides to find out by punching Robin, but notes that it isn't funny. Raven and Starfire also hit Robin, but Raven says it isn't funny as Robin is crying. Beast Boy wonders why cartoon violence is funny and Cyborg believes it's because Robin didn't make crazy noises. Starfire says that in order to get their revenge on the squirrel, they have to do it as cartoons. Raven wonders if turning into cartoons would cause them to lose their depth. Cyborg says it's either that or letting the squirrel win which Robin refuses to do.
The Titans transform into silly cartoons and compliment their new appearance. Cyborg reminds them that they still have a job to do and rallies the Titans into attacking the squirrel. The Titans attempt to defeat the squirrel by cutting down its tree and blowing it up, but they are injured instead. Eventually, they return to Titans Tower in casts. Starfire and Raven wonder why they're the ones getting injured and Cyborg remembers that, in silly cartoons, the hunter never catches the prey. Starfire wonders how they're going to get their revenge, and Cyborg says it's not by being funny. Raven asks if there's another form of cartoon violence and Cyborg informs her that there is. Robin realizes he's talking about action cartoons and Cyborg sets off an explosion, transforming them to the Teen Titanz.
Cyborg announces that their transformation is complete and that they can defeat the squirrel and retrieve the nuts. He tells the Titans to head to their battle stations and the five board spaceships and surround the squirrel's tree. The squirrel, however, manages to avoid their lasers and Cyborg suggests transforming into Zolton. The five spaceships connect to each other, creating a giant robot that corners the squirrel. Cyborg orders an attack and the robot shoots a purple laser, sending the bowl of nuts into the air. A robotic arm retrieves the bowl and the Titans beam to the ground.
Beast Boy, Cyborg, and Robin celebrate their victory over the squirrel, but Raven and Starfire notice the squirrel's lifeless body. Cyborg decrees that they went too far over a bowl of nuts and Robin announces that he sees violence is never acceptable. Cyborg drops the bowl of nuts and the Titans begin to sob. He picks up the squirrel, but its head suddenly rolls off, revealing a stick of dynamite. The dynamite explodes, reverting the Titans to their original forms and defeating them. The squirrel emerges from the bowl of nuts and gloats over his victory by calling himself a stinker and cheering.
For a full transcript of "Squash & Stretch", click here.
The cartoon that Cyborg shows the Titans is a parody of both The Amazing World of Gumball and Looney Tunes. A character that resembles Gumball Watterson serves as Wile E. Coyote who's trying to catch a character that resembles Darwin Watterson and Road Runner. Road Runner's tongue movement and the way Wile E. Coyote is injured are also parodied.
Toon Titans is a parody of classic theatrical cartoons such as Looney Tunes and Tom & Jerry. During the sequence, the background music is a rendition of Bug Bunny's theme, "The-Merry-Go-Round Broke Down".
When the Titans are about to be crushed by a tree, Beast Boy holds up a sign to communicate his thoughts like Wile E. Coyote in Looney Tunes.
Teen Titanz is a parody of the animated television series Voltron.
The squirrel's line, "Ain't I a stinker?" is a reference to Bugs Bunny's catchphrase. Afterword, when he cheers for his victory, he references Daffy Duck's "woo-hoo!".
The Image Gallery for Squash & Stretch may be viewed here.