"Guys! This is wrong! ... You've taken something that's meant to be for kids and made it totally inappropriate just so you can still enjoy something you should have outgrown!"
— Raven to Beast Boy and Cyborg about the clown.
"The Return of Slade" is the fiftieth episode of Season 2 of Teen Titans Go! and the one hundred and second episode overall. It first aired on 28 July 2015 on Cartoon Network.
Beast Boy and Cyborg insist on hiring a clown for a Titans party, even though Robin tells them that clowns are for little kids. When the clown fails to live up to their memories, Cyborg and Beast Boy decide to give the clown some cool updates.
Raven is watching Pretty Pretty Pegasus while Starfire, Beast Boy, and Cyborg sit beside her on the couch. Robin punches through the TV, shattering the screen to announce a crime alert. Cyborg tells him to call the police and Starfire gives him the number to call. Robin tells them they don't understand and reveals that Slade has returned. Beast Boy wonders if the Titans are ready, but Robin says they have no choice and orders them into battle. Much later, the Titans return to Titans Tower, battered and bruised, and celebrate that Slade has been vanquished once and for all. Raven adds on that the fight wasn't just amazing, but that many compelling storylines came together and were resolved in a satisfying way. Starfire says that the fight was a compelling mixture of action and drama with light moments of comedy. Robin announces that he finally got a kiss from Starfire, and she giggles. Beast Boy says it sucks that no one will ever get to see it, but Cyborg says it's better that way as the fight was too epic.
Robin announces that, after saving the world, the Titans have earned themselves a party with food, dancing, and any form of entertainment they want. He suggests a DJ, rocker, or magician, but Beast Boy and Cyborg request a clown, stunning Raven. Starfire wonders what a clown is and Robin shows her a picture, causing her to scream and ask what they do. Raven answers that they entertain small children and Starfire shakes Robin and slams him against the door, wondering who would let a creature near a child. Beast Boy and Cyborg say that clowns are cool and that they've loved them ever since they were kids. They begin vocalizing clown music and explain they want a clown since they haven't seen one in years. Raven says that clowns are for little kids and that they're too old for clowns. Cyborg retaliates by asking Raven how season six of Pretty Pretty Pegasus is going and Raven excitedly recites the plot, but stops and claims that it's completely different. Robin is hesitant on hiring a clown and Starfire begs Beast Boy and Cyborg to change their minds, but they refuse and Robin repents.
During the party, Robin announces that the clown has arrived. Starfire screams and hides in a plant while Cyborg and Beast Boy cheer for the clown. He throws pins, rides a bicycle, and throws a pie on his face, horrifying the two. They claim that the clown is horrible, but Robin says the clown is performing a classic act. Cyborg labels the clown for kids and Raven yells that clowns are for kids. Beast Boy says that clowns were cooler when they were kids and Cyborg says they had depth and meaning. Beast Boy says the clown is garbage and that kids don't know what they're missing. Cyborg suggests that they could fix him and make him cool again, but Robin says clowns were never cool and that they're letting nostalgia cloud their memory. Raven says that kids' entertainment is not something to mess with as it's sacred and fears that altering the clown will lead to disastrous consequences. Beast Boy apologizes to Raven and Cyborg grabs the clown and they run off.
At a laboratory in the tower, the clown is strapped down while Beast Boy insults the clown for looking like a clown. Cyborg says they'll dress him up like they remember, but Beast Boy claims he doesn't remember only that he was cool. Cyborg changes the plan to making him cool with science and Beast Boy tells the clown to sign a waiver that allows them to experiment with his mind, body, and spiritual being. Cyborg presses the clown's flower, spilling ink onto the waiver. The two laugh maniacally and experiment with a chemical that transforms a spider into a cute creature. Unsatisfied, they work again and the chemical transforms the spider into a monster. They tie up the clown and dip him into an X-treme-ification Chmaber.
The next day, Raven is playing with a Pretty Pretty Pegasus doll while Robin tries to get Starfire into coming out from under the couch. Beast Boy and Cyborg announce that they succeeded in making the clown cool again and Starfire screeches that they keep him away from her. The two unveil the clown who looks menacing and dangerous, causing Starfire to scream and hide underneath a rock in the Pacific Ocean. Robin says that the clown doesn't look funny and Beast Boy tells the clown to do his act. He grabs Robin and sprays him with ink and then punches him against the window. Beast Boy and Cyborg see the clown's actions as proof that clowns are funny, but Raven says that it's a little funny, but wrong. She says that they made something for kids totally inappropriate just so they could enjoy something they should have outgrown. Beast Boy says they only made him just like they remember and Cyborg reveals their plan to release him to spread joy to all the kids in the world. Raven says that the clown they modified is not for children and she's worried about its influence on children's entertainment. Cyborg hands Beast Boy the Xtreme-ifier who hands it to the clown so that he can make kids happy. The clown uses a unicycle equipped with jet rockets to fly toward Jump City, leaving Robin groaning on the floor.
Later, Raven prepares to watch the latest episode of Pretty Pretty Pegasus, but the show transforms into a dark version of itself with Butterbean feeling betrayed by King Jellybean and Sparkleface thirsting for blood. Raven wonders what could transform a kids' show and the clown flashes on the screen. Meanwhile, the clown makes his way to Lil Alfred's Toy Cave where he begins spraying toys, transforming them into menacing versions that terrorize kids. The Titans, except Starfire, watch from their TV and Robin says that all of children's entertainment will be threatened. Cyborg realizes they lost sight that clowns were cool because it was age-appropriate and Beast Boy says that they can't hold on to their childhood forever as things change. Raven says it's time to grow up and Cyborg suggests going in guns blazing, but Raven claims the only way to stop the clown is by reminding him of his true self.
The Titans fly to Lil Alfred's Toy Cave with the T-Jet and launch a missile into the store. It releases a small car that catches the attention of the clown. Robin, Raven, Beast Boy, and Cyborg exit the small car, confusing the clown. Robin throws pins while vocalizing clown music that falls on him, causing the clown to laugh. Beast Boy and Cyborg encircle each other with a unicycle and small tricycle, respectively and hit each other while Raven throws a pie onto her face. Robin notes that it's working and the Titans prepare their big finish. The clown suddenly stops laughing, thanks them for the laughs, and aims the Xtreme-ifier at them. Robin tells Raven her plan was a horrible idea and Cyborg shouts that children's entertainment is doomed. The clown approaches them, but is knocked out with a sudden punch by Starfire, who says that she will never trust clowns.
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This is the fifth episode to be leaked before its initial release date and the second to be leaked through On Demand services after "The H.I.V.E. Five." It is also the second episode to be released on the Watch Cartoon Network Anything app.
This episode aired as part of a week of brand new episodes leading up to the Season 3 premiere.
The clown music vocalizing throughout the episode is officially known as "Entrance of the Gladiators". It was modified by Louis-Philippe Laurendeau as "Thunder and Blazes" and that version came to be associated with circuses.
Lil Alfred's Toy Cave is visited for the first time. The sign is decorated with caricatures of Alfred Pennyworth riding a Batmobile, Two-Face, Catwoman, the Joker, Scarecrow, the Penguin, and Batman. The toys include Kryptonite gloves by LexCorp and Wonder Woman's invisible jet. It also has figurines of Batman, the Flash and Green Arrow, and has a model car based off the T-Car's original design.
Robin breaks the TV at the beginning of the episode, but it is in perfect condition by the time of the party. As it is unknown how long the gap between the planning and the actual party, they could have bought another.
The Titans return from their fight with Slade with ripped clothes and bruises, but after Cyborg says he can’t believe what happened, they look unscathed.
When the modified clown is first introduced, both of the words on his knuckles say "honk". However, when he is punching Robin, one of these transforms into "pie!".
The Image Gallery for The Return of Slade may be viewed here.