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"Titans, focus! You heard Control Freak. If we don't improve this show, we'll be rebooted!"
Robin.

Titans discover the fourth wall
"The Fourth Wall"
Information
Season

Three

Episode

113/208

Original air date

20 October 2015

Running Time

11:21 (minutes)

Viewers

1.493 (million)

Production number

305a

Credits
Produced by
Written by

Michael Jelenic, Aaron Horvath

Directed by

Peter Rida Michail

Episode guide
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Teen Titans Go! S3E9 Preview Clip 1 "The Fourth Wall"


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Teen Titans Go – The Fourth Wall clip 2


"The Fourth Wall" is the ninth episode of Season 3 of Teen Titans Go! and the one hundred and thirteenth episode overall. It first aired on 20 October 2015 on Cartoon Network.

Logline

Control Freak informs the Titans that they are on a TV show he created and demands that they earn him an award.[1]

Synopsis

The Teen Titans gather in the living room for TV Night. After Beast Boy flips through a few shows, Control Freak appears on the screen. Robin tells Beast Boy to change the channel, but Control Freak tells them to not bother. Starfire asks for the reason for his interruption and he explains he heard it was TV Night at Titans Tower and offers them a show to watch: Teen Titans Go!. The Titans are shocked that they're on a show, but Control Freak clarifies that they are the show and that people are watching them at that very moment. Robin is stunned to know people are watching them and Control Freak tells them their every move is being watched by the audience from just beyond the fourth wall. The Titans approach the fourth wall where Ann, Raven, Cyborg, Starfire, and Beast Boy call the audience creeps. Well, except for Ann, because she states she is good to the core. Control Freak tells them to stop antagonizing the audience while Robin shifts the camera to focus on him as he flexes his muscles and asks Control Freak about his plan.

The villain reveals he had hoped that the show would bring him awards and respect from the entertainment industry, but, instead, everybody thinks it's garbage. Starfire wonders why anyone would dislike them and Control Freak states it's because of their dookie jokes. Raven protests that they don't only do dookie jokes and Beast Boy says they do toot jokes as well and farts. He continues by saying their sense of humor is low brow, which Cyborg thinks is a good representation of them but not Ann. He also mentions their acting, notably their incessant screaming which Starfire claims is how they talk. Control Freak says the final complaint is how they look and Robin flexes again, but Control Freak clarifies that he was talking about the animation quality. He displays a clip where a dismembered Cyborg walks to Beast Boy in the kitchen.

Robin scoffs that they don't care about Control Freak's problems, but Control Freak tells them that if the show doesn't get better, he will reboot them. Cyborg calls his bluff, but Control Freak reveals he rebooted them before and shows them clips from Teen Titans which he claims had character development, drama, and heart. Ann immediately recognizes the series and reminds both the fourth wall and her friends that she used to watch Teen Titans back in high school back in Hey You, Don't Forget about Me in Your Memory. The Titans agree that their previous incarnations were better and Raven announces she wants to watch the series with Ann warning her that she is about to cry. After viewing the final episode, the Titans are shocked that Control Freak ended the show before there could be a sixth season to resolve the cliffhangers. Along with the titans binge-watching the final episode, Ann cries with two emotions: sadness and nostalgia. As Raven goes to comfort her, Control Freak admits that rebooting those Titans and adding Ann was a mistake, but states he won't regret rebooting them if they don't bring him an award and leaves the screen.

Robin turns to the Titans, but asks about Beast Boy's whereabouts. Cyborg tells him that he's doing his Underpants Dance in front of the fourth wall. Beast Boy begins performing the dance and Raven tells him to get away from there before Ann pukes fire, but he refuses. She uses her soul-self to smash Beast Boy against the fourth wall. Robin tells the Titans to focus as they have to improve the show or face being rebooted. Beast Boy suggests adding more toots and begins farting, but Robin orders him to stop with toots and dookie as they don't earn awards. Beast Boy jokes that they do hand out toilet paper for dookie, but Robin uses his joke as an example of the kinds of joke that would get them rebooted. He says they have to lose the low brow humor and do smart people comedy from now on. He tells the Titans to shut their butts and get high brow.

The Titans dress up fancily and Starfire, Cyborg, Beast Boy, and Raven engage in a picnic outside while Robin rides a horse nearby. Ann politely states that she is happy with how they dressed. Starfire, in a poised manner, asks Cyborg if he heard news about the election, but he jokes that he's listening to the current exit polls concerning the election and the two laugh. Raven asks Beast Boy if he would care for a pear and he jokes "a pear of what?" causing the two to laugh as well. Robin approaches the Titans and compliments them on their word play and puns and measures their brows, showing that they're high. Robin gathers the Titans on a stage where he tells them that they have to improve their acting for the next step. He hands them a line and instructs them to deliver it with the emotion he gives them. However, he criticizes each of their performances and stops Beast Boy before he could give his and dramatically delivers the line, impressing the Titans.

Robin tells the Titans that they've improved their acting and humor, but says that award season is almost upon them and they still have to do something about their design and animation. Raven misinterprets his words as reanimation and brings dead people to life. He informs her of her mistake and the zombies groan and rebury themselves. Robin explains that animation is performed by tireless people working to create the illusion of life and that their animators are doing a terrible job. Starfire says the animators are doing their best with an aggressive schedule and limited budget, but Robin says it's no excuse. After telling Ann she is okay with her current animation, he speaks to the fourth wall to the animators, instructing them to animate in a more whimsical style. The fourth wall then breaks, showing the animators meeting Robin's request. Cyborg, Beast Boy, Starfire, and Raven compliment the new animation and Robin suggests bringing their improved selves together and win accolades.

Outside Titans Tower, a pelican is drinking tea while inside, Cyborg, in a whimsy voice, asks if any of them would care for a slice of rhubarb pie. Starfire, in a whimsy voice, says she wouldn't want anything else than a slice of 3.1459 which Raven, in a whimsy voice, says is circular of her. Beast Boy, also speaking in a whimsy voice, compliments Starfire's joke and announces he has to toot. He begins playing a trumpet while Robin, in a whimsy voice, shares his belief that their brows are the highest they've ever been and their performances are worthy of Shakespeare. Control Freak appears on the screen and congratulates the Titans on their improvement. Starfire asks if this means he won't re-shoe them, but Control Freak informs them that he doesn't have to as they already rebooted themselves which Robin, still in his whimsy voice, claims was his evil game all along. Control Freak says it was easy to get them to change and Raven, in a whimsy voice, says they won't let him get away with his plan. He claims they have no choice as he can still reboot them and tells them to sit back and let the accolades roll in.

Robin, back to his normal voice, says they have to be true to themselves even if it means being rebooted and orders them to toot. Starfire toots, blowing Silkie across the couch and Control Freak tells them that tooting is low brow. Robin orders all the Titans to fart together, so they all put their butts at the tv farting a song transforming them back into their normal selves. Control Freak threatens to reboot them, but Robin tells him to go ahead as they're proud of who they are, what they represent and that they won't change any of that for his evil whims. Control Freak says that was beautiful and they aren't so awful after that, but still plans on rebooting them. He aims the remote and tells the Titans to look at their audience for the final time. Robin, remembering the fourth wall, says they have to break it so that he won't be able to broadcast them. Beast Boy transforms into a ram and cracks the screen, followed by Cyborg and Starfire punching it. Robin kicks the fourth wall and Raven uses her soul-self to create a fist that shatters it, much to Control Freak's dismay. After breaking the fourth wall, you can hear Ann scream " Bring back my passion!"

Transcript

For a full transcript of "The Fourth Wall", click here.

Cast and characters

Voice actor Character
Greg Cipes Beast Boy
Michaela Dietz Ann
Scott Menville Robin
Khary Payton Cyborg
Tara Strong Raven
Hynden Walch Starfire
Alexander Polinsky Control Freak
Trevor Devall Whimsy Beast Boy  
Whimsy Starfire  
David Kaye Whimsy Robin  
Whimsy Cyborg  
Kari Wahlgren Whimsy Raven  
Non-speaking roles
Pelican
Silkie
Character debut
Speaking debut
Episode debut


Trivia

General

  • This episode was set to air on 1 October 2015, but was postponed for unknown reasons.[2]
  • The episode title refers to the term "the fourth wall" which is an imaginary wall in which the audience sees the action of the world in a play, television program, movie, etc.
    • Numerous fourth wall breaks occur throughout the episode:
      • The Titans look at the viewer and calls them "creeps".
      • Beast Boy performs the Underpants Dance at the viewers and is later slammed against it.
      • The Titans watch the show's theme song.
      • Control Freak knows that he rebooted the Titans once.
      • The Titans watch clips from 2003's Teen Titans.
      • Control Freak plans to re-reboot the Titans.
      • The Titans learn about acting and animation.
      • Animators re-animate the Titans as whimsy people.
      • The Titans (except Ann) break the fourth wall one last time by smashing the screen.
  • Fourth episode to show clips from the 2003 TV series Teen Titans ("Más y Menos", "Dreams", "The Mask").
  • Running Gags: The Titans calling the audience "creeps". The Titans tooting as an example of their low brow humor.
  • This episode aired with a rerun of "Accept the Next Proposition You Hear".

Continuity

References

  • Clips from 2003's Teen Titans were shown during the episode when the Titans watched.
  • When Robin is teaching the Titans how to act, the background stage props are of Gotham City (presumably) and Arkham Asylum.
  • The Dawn of Just Us has the likeness of Batman and Superman and is a reference to the 2016 film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Errors

Gallery

The Fourth Wall title card
The Image Gallery for The Fourth Wall may be viewed here.

Sources

  1. CLIP: King-Sized Bucket of "Teen Titans Go!" Clips for Week of October 19, 2015. ToonZone (2015-10-18). Retrieved on October 18, 2015.
  2. jjsthekid (2015-09-04). Cartoon Network September 2015 Premiere Info. ToonZone. Retrieved on September 4, 2015.

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