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"A Real Boy"
A Real Boy 2
Norm wanting to be a boy for his creator Dr. Doofenshmirtz.
Season: 3
Production code: 309b
Broadcast number: 127
Story by:
Martin Olson
Jim Bernstein
Scott Peterson
Written & Storyboarded by:
Aliki Theofilopoulos Grafft
Antoine Guilbaud
Directed by:
Robert F. Hughes
Broadcast Information
Disney Channel US Premiere:
July 15, 2011
Disney XD US Premiere:
July 30, 2011
International Debut:
August 24, 2011 (Family Channel)
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Paired with
"Phineas and Ferb Interrupted"
If only I were a real boy.

— Norm

When Heinz thinks Vanessa overhears him say he would rather have a son to do his evil bidding, he feels terrible so he intends to zap her with the "Forget-about-it-Inator." Meanwhile, Norm shares his feelings of wanting to be a real boy with Doofenshmirtz and decides to play up the "son" role. Back at the Flynn-Fletcher household, Candace has Stacy hypnotize her into ignoring the need to bust her brothers so that she can spend the entire afternoon relaxing with Jeremy, but unfortunately the hypnosis trigger words end up playing right into her date with Jeremy.

Episode Summary

Norm wakes up, while playing Gumshine and Bubble Sun on the radio, and accidentally punches a hole in the wall when he stretches, so, he pushes his bed to another place and puts a picture of Heinz Doofenshmirtz in the wall. After walking by a wall full of more copies of the same picture, he paints his regular clothes in the bathroom and changes his "sleepy" head to a "happy" head, that has the same expression. He goes into the living room to make eggs, but Doofenshmirtz doesn't like it since Norm always cooks them with the shells on. Doofenshmirtz gets a video chat with Rodney as he shows his super zappinizer that he built with the help of his son, Orville von Roddenstein, that he's glad to have a son instead of a daughter that goes shopping. Doofenshmirtz complains to Rodney about what he said that daughters are useless and he should have a son that would make his life easier. Unknown to Doofenshmirtz, Vanessa was standing next to him and (supposedly) heard everything. As Doofenshmirtz sees her, Vanessa quickly leaves him and he tries to apologize to her, in addition Norm tries to cheer him up by telling that he's like a father to him but Doofenshmirtz tells him that he’s in his light before Norm can comment.

Isabella comes by the Flynn-Fletcher backyard, where she asks what Phineas is doing. He tells her about a toy which has a spring suction cup that pops in the air, and that he and Ferb had built a big one for them to ride in. As Candace watches them from a window, Phineas and Ferb, along with their friends, ride in the spring suction cup, wonders when it's gonna pop and wonders where Perry is, as the ride suddenly pops in the air.

In Perry's lair, Major Monogram discuss that the cafeteria officially stinks since they removed that Mexican stand with tacos. Carl says that he's being unfair since it still has the chili sauce. As Perry arrives, Monogram briefs him of his mission about Doofenshmirtz chatting online with the other members of the evil organization L.O.V.E.M.U.F.F.I.N. and that he should investigate immediately. After Perry has left, Major Monogram suggests that they go off the lot to eat lunch. Carl, however, disapproves, for it is against the rules to do so.

Back in the Flynn-Fletcher backyard, Phineas and Ferb, along with their friends, decide to have another go with the spring suction cup ride. As Candace watches over the window commenting that it's mocking her, she makes a puppet hand version of her and Phineas about taking a submarine inside her esophagus. Stacy comes to her room with a pocket watch that she uses for hypnotism which is why Candace needs it and she explains she needs to get rid of her urge to bust Phineas and Ferb to hang out with Jeremy. Stacy explains about the origin of hypnosis which she saw in Candace's poster, and Candace wonders why she had one.

At Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated, Doofenshmirtz tells Perry that Vanessa has given him the cold shoulder since she heard what he said earlier. To help him be a good father to her Doofenshmirtz decided to use his new invention, the Forget-About-It-Inator, to make Vanessa forget what had happened.

Stacy successfully hypnotized Candace to forget about trying to bust Phineas and Ferb by giving her trigger words, that "Holy Guacamole" will forget Phineas and Ferb and "Leaping Lizards" will turn her back to her original self. However, in the middle of her date with Jeremy after seeing a lizard, Balthazar accidentally says "Leaping Lizards!", causing Candace to go and try to bust Phineas and Ferb.

Back at Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated, Doofenshmirtz is trying to "take a picture" of his daughter, but discovers she was wearing headphones and did not hear a thing he said the entire time. He tries to blast Perry, but blasts himself instead as Perry switches the place when Doofenshmirtz got distracted by Norm. Norm fools him into thinking that he is his son and Perry escapes. Doofenshmirtz then finds fun in pushing the fire button on his Forget-About-It-Inator, which by coincidence hits Linda just as Candace finally was able to bust Phineas and Ferb. After a few repeats hit by Linda who says "Holy Guacamole", making Candace hurriedly get back on her date with Jeremy and forgetting Phineas and Ferb. Linda gets hits by the ray one last time and sees Perry, not able to notice Phineas and Ferb.

Doofenshmirtz is still pressing the button, but the machine explodes due to an overload, bringing Doofenshmirtz's memory back. Doofenshmirtz says that Norm is not his son, and Vanessa gives him her headphones, saying "Thanks, sis" and Vanessa replying "No problem, bro." Later, Norm is sitting in the closet with Vanessa's headphones in his ears when Doofenshmirtz walks in, saying that he discovered someone who he considers family and that is "Perry the Platypus, see ya around, junkpile!" The episode ends with Norm sitting in the dark, happily saying, "Apology accepted, dad".


For a full transcript of "A Real Boy", click here.


End Credits

Second verse of Real Boy


A Real Boy title card
The image gallery for "A Real Boy" may be viewed here.

Running Gags

The "Too Young" Line


Ferb's Line


What'cha doin'?

Isabella: Hi Phineas, what'cha doin'?

Phineas: Well you know those little spring suction cup things that you put down and never know when they're gonna pop up in the air?
Isabella: Yeah, what are those things called anyway?

Phineas: I don't know, but Ferb and I built a big one.

Hey, where's Perry?

Isabella: So when's it gonna pop?

Phineas: That's the fun part. You'll never know when it's gonna take off! Hey, where's—

(The spring suction cup takes off)

Perry's entrance to his lair

Unknown, but he entered while Major Monogram and Carl are discussing about the cafeteria food.

Evil Jingle

Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated!

Memorable Quotes

Norm: Good morning, sir!

Doofenshmirtz: Eh!
Norm: (picks up a carton of eggs) One egg or two? (puts all of the eggs in the frying pan)
Doofenshmirtz: None! I don't like them the way you cook them! You always leave in the shells! Who does that?!

Norm: I like mine crunchy.
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Sure, it would be nice to have a son, I mean in addition, someone to have a nice game of catch with, but...

Norm: Sir, you can have a game of catch with me! I have always thought of you as my fath-
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Norm, you're in my light!

Norm: -therrr.
Major Monogram: Well, Carl, I don't know what happened, but our cafeteria officially stinks!

Carl: But sir, it's not that bad.
Major Monogram: The old Mexican food station is gone. Vanished!
Carl: But sir, they still have the chilli.

Major Monogram: Oh, right, because chilli is a perfect substitute for a nice, crunchy taco! IT'S PRACTICALLY THE SAME!
Major Monogram: Carl, we're going off the lot for lunch today!

Carl: Is that allowed, sir?

Major Monogram: No...
Candace: (imitating Phineas) "Oh, hi, I'm Phineas! Ferb and I are gonna do something totally bust-worthy!" (in her own voice) "Yeah, like what? A submarine that'll go into my estophogus?"

Stacy: Candace, what are you doing?
Candace: "Nothing. Did you bring the hypnotism stuff?"
Stacy: If you mean the pocket watch, then yes. Why do you want to do this, Candace?
Candace: I have to meet Jeremy in the park today, but I can't go unless I get this busting out of my head!
Stacy: But hypnotism? It's just so 1843 of you.
Candace: 1843?
Stacy: You know, 1843 when James Braid published the "Rationale of Somnambulism" in which he invented the term "hypnotism", named after the Greek god, Hypnos.
Candace: (In a stunned tone) How do you even know that?
Stacy: It's written on your poster. Apparently he also invented the comb-over. Freaky.

Candace: (Still stunned) Why would I have bought that poster?
Doofenshmirtz:(to Perry) Oh this is terrible, look at her, look what I've done. She's been giving me the cold shoulder ever since she overheard something out of context. This is like one of those sitcoms where somebody says something that's misconstrued and the snooty next door neighbor got the wrong package delivered after his in-laws come to visit, somebody has two dates on the same night and they have to paint a white line on the middle of the room, but this isn't a sitcom, Perry the Platypus, this is real life.(Doof and Perry briefly look at the camera) And... I'm... And I'm the father.
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Funny, I don't seem to remember much.

Norm: You like playing ball with me, your son.
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Really, I like that?
Norm: Yes.
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: What else do I like?
Norm: Crunchy eggs for breakfast.

Dr. Doofenshmirtz: I do? Man, what kind of weirdo am I?
Vanessa: Did you say something, dad? takes off her headphones

Dr. Doofenshmirtz: What? You're wearing headphones? So you haven't heard a word I've said all day?

Vanessa: Why do you think I wear the headphones?
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Hey, Wait a minute! You're not my son! You're that walking junkpile, Norm!

Norm: But, Dad-
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: And I am not your father. I'm fairly sure about that.
Norm: B-b-b-b-but...
Vanessa: Here Norm. Wear these. It helps.
Norm: Thanks... Sis!
Vanessa: No problem... Bro.
Norm is sadly listening to music in a closet
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: (knocks at the door) Hey, buddy. are you a... busy?
Norm: No. Not really.
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: You know Norm it occurs to me that though I've never had a son, there is someone I can always count on to be there, someone I've begun to think of as family.
Norm: Yes?
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: And that someone is Perry the Platypus. See ya 'round Junkpile!

Norm: (smiles)Apology accepted, Dad.

Background Information

Production Information

  • This episode appeared on Disney Channel in the morning of July 15, 2011.
  • In production order, this is the last episode to air with the Disney Channel Original logo at the end and would not be seen again until "Doof Dynasty".
  • Candace's animation of pointing up and saying "Phineas and Ferb" is in a promo for Disney Channel Summer 2013.

International Premieres

  • August 18, 2011 (Disney Channel Latin America)
  • August 24, 2011 (Family Channel)
  • November 13, 2011 (Disney XD Spain)
  • November 19, 2011 (Disney Channel Asia)
  • December 3, 2011 (Disney Channel Spain)
  • December 4, 2011 (Disney Channel Portugal)
  • December 12, 2011 (Disney Channel Scandinavia)
  • January 20, 2012 (Disney XD Poland)


  • While Norm was changing the picture of Doofenshmirtz his eyebrows were transparent.
  • Norm changes his CD, it looks in front, but his table is at the side of his bed.
  • When Norm puts in the CD, there is a CD drive. Later, it is not there.
  • When Norm paints his clothes on, the only color paint he has is blue-gray, even though his clothes are also red and white.
  • When Norm puts on his other head, first his freckles are darker, but then they become normal on the same scene.
  • When Phineas presents the gang the section cup thing, there are five seats. However, after everyone gets inside it, there are only four, and while everyone is sitting, Buford is laying behind the seats.
  • When Doofenshmirtz said "What you had me believe is that I should rather have a son than a daughter", Vanessa is not wearing her headphones. Later, she appears with her headphones when Doofenshmirtz figures out about the headphones Vanessa is wearing and how Vanessa has not overhear dad talking about having a son rather than a daughter.
  • When Heinz learns about Vanessa's headphones, Vanessa's hair goes down to her shoulders instead of mid-back.
  • When Heinz says "treat her with dignity" to Perry, his head is drawn outside of his hair.
  • When Norm wakes up and moves his bed a little to the right since he accidentally poked a hole while he was stretching, he then puts a picture of Doofenshmirtz on his wall. The picture looked evil, but after he put it there, Doofenshmirtz's picture looks like he is smiling.
  • Major Monogram says they aren't allowed to leave O.W.C.A. for lunch, but in Does This Duckbill Make Me Look Fat?, he says they eat lunch at Slushy Burger every day. Although since his exact words were "going off the lot," this could imply that there is a Slushy Burger within the O.W.C.A. compound. However, in this episode, Monogram decided to break the rules, which he might do every day.
  • When Candace runs from Jeremy she has nothing on her wrists, but when she enters the backyard she has a watch on.
Candace's invisble neck

The collar on Candace's shirt is over her neck

  • When Candace went back to the backyard, the collar on her shirt overlaps her neck.
  • When Norm said "I have squirrel on a treadmill" in the song, he was incorrect since the squirrel was on a hamster wheel.
  • In one scene Doofenshmirtz loses a little of hair, then it reappears.
  • When Doofenshmirtz says "Someone I've begun to think of as family," when talking to Norm near the end of the episode, his eyebrows move up and down rapidly.
  • When Candace tells Jeremy she doesn't feel like busting her brothers, her mouth briefly goes in front of her right eye.
  • Doofenshmirtz claims that Vanessa was wearing her headphones all day. However, she was not wearing them when Doofenshmirtz was talking with Rodney about having a son instead of a daughter.
  • When the "Forget-About-It-inator" explodes, Dr. Doofenshmirtz remembers everything from before he got shot with it. However, this effect did not happen on Linda.
  • When Stacy said "you will awaken with no recollection" the captions say "you will awaken with no knowledge".



  • The Adventures of Pinocchio - Becoming a real boy is a theme popularized through the story of Pinocchio, specifically the Disney movie.
  • Three's Company - Doofenshmirtz rambles about this situation being like a sitcom, where a mis-heard remark causes hilarious misunderstandings and situations. This was a stock plot of Three's Company, the eighties sitcom starring John Ritter and Joyce DeWitt.
  • Boyz II Men - There is an another poster beside Candace's James Braid poster with a band called Mimez 2 Men.
  • The Alamo - Doofenshmirtz made his Forget About It-Inator to commemorate the 170th anniversary of the 1836 Battle of the Alamo Mission, where the Mexican army decimated a small force of Texians (later Texans) who had captured the mission and tried to defend it. The Texians' subsequent battle cry, "Remember the Alamo!" is still used today and would be a formidable challenge to the Forget-about-it-inator. The 170th anniversary would have been in 2006.
  • Little Orphan Annie - The phrase "Leaping Lizards" got popularized by Annie as her catchphrase.


This is real life

Perry and Doofenshmirtz looking at the camera.

  • Rodney reappears in this episode.
  • Another time Linda sees what the boys had done, but something erases it out of her memory.
    • This is the first episode, where Candace busts her brothers more than once. (Because her mother forgot it several times.)
  • Perry and Dr. Doofenshmirtz break the fourth wall by looking directly in the camera when Dr. Doofenshmirtz says that he is not in a sitcom.
  • Phineas and Ferb's invention doesn't disappear in this episode.
  • Doofenshmirtz has come to think of Perry the Platypus as family.
  • This is the first episode to focus on Norm.
  • This episode reveals that Doofenshmirtz may have halitosis (bad breath).
  • Rodney likes building "-inizers," and not "-inators" in the episode.
  • Third time the Doof and Perry subplot is the main plot, leaving the Phineas and Ferb plot as the subplot. ("Hail Doofania!", "Brain Drain")
  • Following "Finding Mary McGuffin", this is the second time Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated shows up, but does not have the evil jingle play until later in the episode.
  • One of the female singers in the song is also seen in "Comet Kermillian" and "Candace Gets Busted" but with blonde hair. The other female singer is also seen in Comet Kermillian, as well as in the Mix and Mingle Machine from Cheer Up Candace
  • The music Norm listens to on the player sounds as if it could be the heavy-metal instrumental piece heard after the song, "I'm Me" from "Vanessassary Roughness."; Vanessa also listened it in her computer in "Finding Mary McGuffin"
  • At the end of Norm's rap, he is in supposely in a huge blimp hangar. Phineas and Ferb use this same hangar in "Run, Candace, Run" to see if they can outrun light in their high-speed shoes.
  • After Doofenshmirtz tells Norm that he isn't his father, Norm says "Bu-bu-bu-bu-but..." like Candace did during the song "There is No Candy in Me" from "Picture This".
  • This is the third time that someone says "I am not your father". The first was Major Monogram's "daddy" in "Get That Bigfoot Outa My Face!" and the second time was Mitch in "The Chronicles of Meap".
  • 9th time Ferb doesn't talk.
  • This is the second episode to begin at Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated, the first being "Hail Doofania!".
  • Third episode when Phineas and Ferb are "Busted" ("Phineas and Ferb Get Busted!","She's the Mayor")
  • One of the backup singers during Real Boy first appeared at Candace's "intimate get-together" during "Candace Gets Busted," although with blond hair instead of brown.
  • Second episode to end with someone in the dark. ("Flop Starz")



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