Finding Mary McGuffin
Heinz Doofenshmirtz buys the Mary McGuffin doll from Lawrence Fletcher
Seizoen: [[Seizoen 2|2]]
Productie code: 218B
Uitzend nummer:
Geschreven door:
Jennifer Keene
Geschreven & script door:
Aliki Theofilopoulos Grafft
Antoine Guilbaud
Uitzend informatie
Disney Channel NL Première:
November 20, 2009
Disney XD NL Première:
October 31, 2009
Internationale Première:
October 18, 2009 (UK)
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"The Bully Code"

When Lawrence accidentally sells Candace's doll to Doofenshmirtz, Phineas and Ferb become detectives to try and find it.

Episode SummaryEdit

At the Flynn-Fletcher house, Lawrence and Linda are putting on a boot sale. It turns out that Linda was going to sell her Lindana records but snatched them from a man who was looking at them. Phineas and Ferb ask Lawrence if they could watch his black and white detective films. Lawrence allows them when Heinz Doofenshmirtz appears at Lawrence's stall. He buys a Mary McGuffin doll and walks off. Candace appears a minute later and asks Lawrence if he has seen her Mary McGuffin doll. Lawrence says he just sold her for a dollar and asks if Candace wants it. She screams and Lawrence offers her two dollars.

Doofenshmirtz arrives at Charlene's house and asks for Vanessa. Doofenshmirtz hands her the doll and talks about how he's been searching for years for the doll. Vanessa, suprised at her dad's act of love thanks him and walks to her room. Meanwhile, Phineas and Ferb are influenced by the detective films and turn themselves and everything else black and white. Candace tells them about her doll and Phineas decides they will investigate.

In The Agency, Major Monogram is seen playing a video game. Perry is waiting for his assignment. Monogram tells him that Doofenshmirtz has been to a boot sale, bought an Inator and a box of 'on-off' devices. Carl tells him that they're called 'switches'. Perry's chair turns into a big ball (like a bowling ball) and rolls down a chute.

The boys and Candace interview Lawrence, asking him who he sold the toy to. Lawrence tries to describe Doofenshmirtz, 'German accent, lab coat'. Phineas and Ferb go to a lab coat shop and interrogate people there. One of the men says he doesn't know anything but then Ferb 'leans' on him. He tells them there is a guy who puts all of the costs on his ex-wife's tab. He gives them the address and Phineas tells Ferb to pack up the studio.

Back in Vanessa's room, she starts thinking about the times her dad has embarrassed her and times when he has made her day. She really appreciates her gift and puts it on her shelf with her other toys. When she closes the door, the doll falls near a box of junk. Vanessa walks downstairs, unaware of what happened and logs on to her laptop. Charlene answers the door and it is a man who works for Charitable Charities. Charlene asks Vanessa where her box of junk was and she goes to Vanessa's room. She assumes that the Mary McGuffin doll is part of the junk and puts it in the box. Charlene hands the box to the man and he puts it in the truck. Vanessa realizes that her doll was in the box and runs after the man just as Phineas, Ferb and Candace walk up to her house. Phineas interrogates Charlene and she tells them that the doll was in the box to be sent to a Charitable Charities somewhere. The group start looking around all of the Charitable Charities around but can't find Mary.

Doofensmirtz is in his building and has bought lots of things from boot sales. He is trying to find a switch to fit his Inator when Perry comes in. Doofenshmirtz activates the lobster trap that he got for free and tells Perry what he is doing. The switches he tries are too big or too small until he comes across the right one. He places it upside-down and complains that the writing is even printed upside-down. Doofenshmirtz realizes he put it upside-down and turns it around. He then turns on his invention but Perry's trap opens. Perry climbs out whilst Doofenshmirtz is still wondering why the Inator isn't switching on. He then turns around and sees the switch opening and closing the trap. He now knows why the trap was free. After a brief fight, Doofenshmirtz realises that he can't do anything evil with a machine that just opens and closes a lobster trap so Perry can go home. Perry gives a thumbs-up to Doofenshmirtz and leaves.

Phineas, Ferb and Candace are in the last Charitable Charities shop when Candace spots Mary McGuffin. Candace grabs the doll at the same time Vanessa does. They fight over the doll and the doll flies into the air into a little girl's hand. She instantly loves it and Candace says she's too old for dolls now. Vanessa wonders if she should give up the one thing that proves how much her dad cares for her, then snatches it from the girl's hands. The girl starts to cry and Vanessa phones her dad. He feels proud about Vanessa committing an evil act and says that they could build on this.


End CreditsEdit

First and last verse of Not So Bad a Dad After All


Finding Mary McGuffin title card
The image gallery for this episode may be viewed here.

Running GagsEdit

The "Too Young" LineEdit

Charlene Doofenshmirtz: Aren't you a little young to be detectives?
Phineas: If it's all the same to you, ma'am, we'll ask the questions.

Charitable Charities Man: Aren't you a little young to know about all these old detective films?

Phineas: Yes, yes we...
Pauses and puts on sunglasses in a Horatio Caine like fashion.

Phineas: ...are.

Ferb's LineEdit

Candace and Vanessa start fighting over the doll.
Ferb: This is exactly why they took that doll off the market.

Whatcha doin'?Edit


Perry's entrance to his lairEdit


Evil Jingle(s)Edit

Doofenshmirtz's Ex-Wife's House on a Hill Somewhere! and Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated in CSI: Miami style

Memorable QuotesEdit

Phineas: Piece of cake.

Pause. Ferb hands him a piece of cake.

Phineas: Ooh, chocolate! Thanks, Ferb.

Candace: Why is everything black and white in here?

Phineas: We painted everything like it was in an old detective movie!
Candace: What about you guys?
Phineas wipes a bit of the white stuff off his nose.

Phineas: Detective makeup.

Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Oh, man, how many different kinds of on/off switches can there be? I mean, look at this. An octagon? And one shaped like the Statue of Liberty? That doesn't even make sense. Oh, and here's one. The exact same size and shape that I'm looking for except it's upside-down. I mean, the words are actually printed upside-down. What kind of a dummkopf would invent an upside-down... switch...that...

Pauses, sighs, and flips the switch so that it's right-side-up.

Dr. Doofenshmirtz: I did it!

Candace: Oh, forget it. I guess I'm too old for dolls anyway.

Vanessa: Yeah, maybe I don't really have to have the one object my dad spent years to find in order to show me his affection.
Pause. Candace stares at Vanessa uncomfortably.

Vanessa: No, actually I do. Give me that, kid!

Phineas: The sun beat down on the city like a hammer, a relentless hot beating hammer hammering down like a big metaphor that was... hot, for some reason.
Candace: Stop with the narration and start finding my doll!

Doofenshmirtz: Remember how you said if I got you a little Mary McGuffin doll, I'd be the world's greatest dad?
Vanessa: Yeah, when I was like, seven.

Phineas: For an average Joe, he gave us an above-average clue. Our next step was clear.

Lawrence: Who is he talking to?

Candace: Ugh. Don't get me started.

Charlene: Are you with the census?
Phineas: No, ma'am, today we're detectives.

Dr. Doofenshmirtz: (talking to Vanessa on the phone) So you just took it from the little girl and left her there crying? Wow, that is evil! Honey, I am so proud of you! It felt good didn't it? Yeah, we can build on this.

Dr. Doofenshmirtz: You know, I may be an evil scientist, but it doesn't take a degree purchased from the internet with your ex-wife's money to know how special and important you are to me!

Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Well, I'd better run. I bought a used "inator" today at a garage sale and it's missing one small part.

Vanessa: Really, what does it do?

Dr. Doofenshmirtz: I don't know yet, it's missing a part. But whatever it is, I'm sure it will be pure evil!

Vanessa: Dad, what are you doing here? This isn't your weekend.

Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Yes, yes I know, but I have a surprise for you and I just couldn't wait!
Vanessa: (excited) A surprise? Really?
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Yes, it's something you've always wanted. Something you've asked for time and time again. In my hand, I hold the key to...
Vanessa: ... my new car!

Dr. Doofenshmirtz: (holds up Mary McGuffin doll) No, your happiness!

Background InformationEdit

  • This episode premiered in the UK on October 18, 2009.
  • Currently listed on the following sites: MSN TV and the Disney Channel TV schedule
  • The episode aired in the UK on the 18th of October at 9:30 a.m.(British Summer time) on DisneyXD


  • When the lobster trap falls on perry it opened and closed from the bottom; but when Doofenshmirtz was accedently opening and closing the trap, it opened from the top.
  • When Phineas and Ferb walk to Vanessa's mother, Ferb's left eye is bigger.
  • When Ferb packs up the interrogation scene in the Labcoat Emporium, the manager folds with it.



  • During the montage of Charitable Charities interviews, several detective parodies are seen, including Starsky and Hutch, Miami Vice, and CSI: Miami.
    • Starsky and Hutch: Though the car driven by Detectives Ken Hutchinson and Dave Starsky was a 1974 Ford Gran Torino, the one driven by Phineas and Ferb was an AMC Javelin.
    • CSI: Miami - Phineas did Horatio Caine's sunglasses gag and the screaming where the boys are traveling on the air-boat is the same as the start of its theme tune, "Won't Get Fooled Again" by the Who.
  • The title and doll refers to a MacGuffin, a common item in TV shows whose single, sole purpose is to drive the plot of the episode forward, either directly or indirectly.
  • The lost doll plot is similar to Family Guy episode 'Road to Rupert', which Dan Povenmire directed.
  • The Plot is also similar to an episode of the Nickelodeon show Rugrats: All Grown up, in which Angelica Pickles loses her Cynthia doll after her mom sells it, as well as an episode of Disney Channel's Even Stevens called 'Where in the World is Pookie Stevens?' in which Ren's Pookie doll accidentally drops into a box that is taken down to their family's yard sale and prompts her younger brother to search for it.
  • The title is similar to Disney/Pixar's hit "Finding Nemo".
  • "Mary MacGuffin" doll may be in reference to the popular "Cherry Merry Muffin" dolls of the 80's.


Vorige geproduceerde aflevering:
"The Bully Code"
"Finding Mary McGuffin" Volgende geproduceerde aflevering:
"What Do It Do?"
Vorige uitgezonden aflevering:
"The Bully Code"
Volgende uitgezonden aflevering:
"Picture This"

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