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It's Candace's birthday! We've gotta do better than last year...

— Phineas Flynn

Phineas and Ferb add to Mount Rushmore's sculpture, for Candace's 15th birthday. Agent P interferes with Dr. Doofenshmirtz plan of digging a tunnel to China.

Episode Summary

"Not our best work..."

Phineas wakes up and sees that July 11 is marked on the calendar as Candace's birthday. Since the gorilla in the cake last year didn't work out so well, Phineas wants to do better this time.

Meanwhile, Candace is dreaming she's being serenaded in a musical featuring a giant cake and a song named after her. Perry the Platypus suddenly appears in the dream and this wakes her up. She carries him downstairs and drops him on the table in front of Phineas and Ferb. "This is yours, I believe", she announces. After getting a birthday breakfast from Linda, Candace learns from Lawrence that the family will be going on a trip for her birthday.

Candace is less than enthused when she discovers that they're not heading to the mall like she wanted, but instead have arrived at Mount Rushmore. The fact that it was Phineas and Ferb's idea doesn't help, either. Things start looking up when she sees Jeremy at the Mr. Slushy Burger stand. Jeremy is there on the "Mr. Slushy Burger Worker Exchange Program". As Phineas and Ferb start carrying tools over towards the monument, Candace notices them and heads off to stop them.

Isabella and the Fireside Girls see Linda in the gift shop. They're there on a field trip. Linda lets them know the boys are over at the monument and they head that way.

Agent P heads back home to receive his mission, using a lengthy underground and underwater travel tube. When Major Monogram informs him that Dr. Doofenshmirtz has a new lair inside Lincoln's head back at Mount Rushmore, Agent P is less than enthused. Major Monogram apologizes and sends him on his way. Agent P steps out of the trash bin back at Mount Rushmore just as Candace starts her search for Phineas and Ferb. A coin-operated telescope helps Candace spot the boys climbing on the monument, but first the time runs out and then Old Reliable Geyser erupts, both of which prevent her mom from seeing what they are doing. By the time Linda goes back to the gift shop, the geyser stops gushing.

Agent P's tunneling machine in action

Phineas and Ferb begin renovation and Agent P confronts Dr. Doofenshmirtz, who explains that he's going to use his Drill-inator to tunnel to China, then charge tolls. As Dr. Doofenshmirtz climbs into the Drill-inator and speeds away, Agent P chases after him in his own tunneling vehicle. Isabella finds Phineas and asks what's going on. "It's a surprise," is his response, but suggests that she could be a lookout. She very quickly runs over to a tree, climbs up it and begins keeping watch.

Candace begins her second attempt to get her mom to see what the boys are doing. At that moment, a park ranger comes by to find out what the boys are doing. They confirm that they are too young to be restoring a national moment. This satisfies the ranger and he heads on his way.

When the Drill-inator reaches molten lava at the Earth's core, Agent P takes over the controls of the Drill-inator and heads back towards Mount Rushmore. The lava flows up through the tunnel the Drill-inator is making as it goes.

Back on the surface, Isabella sounds the warning that Candace and her mom are approaching. Phineas and Ferb speed up their work significantly, but it's not enough. Phineas signals Isabella to put Plan B into effect. The Fireside Girls drag a large painting of Mount Rushmore in place at the viewpoint, hiding the work that's going on behind it just before Candace can show Linda. Lawrence calls and tells his wife that he's finally found an "absolutely brilliant" parking space, which happens to be at the far end of the parking lot. Linda departs so she can meet him in the gift shop.

A bird flies into the painting, knocking it over. Phineas and Ferb pull the drape away from the right side of the monument. A misshapen carving of Candace's face appears. One final tap from Ferb with a sledgehammer at the base of the monument causes more rocks to fall away, revealing a good likeness of Candace. Candace is brought to tears of joy, and runs off to find Linda so she can show her what the boys have done. Linda, however, is climbing up the stairs slowly since this is the second time she climbed today and is down by half a dress size.

Perry escaping the Drill-inator

At this point, the Drill-inator comes out of the nose on Candace's statue, and begins falling towards Old Reliable Geyser. Perry escapes before impact, but Dr. Doofenshmirtz is sent flying afterward.

Lava starts forcing its way out of the statue, looking as if the statue has developed pimples. It gets worse, causing the entire statue to crumble. Phineas and Ferb make the best of it by roasting hot dogs over the lava, and an orchestra begins playing as the lava flows by them. Old Reliable Geyser finally erupts and douses the lava, leaving Mount Rushmore exactly as it was before, just as Linda walks up to Candace. She stutters as Linda sees Mount Rushmore, who thinks that this is what she's showing her and deems it beautiful, and kisses her on the cheek before walking back downstairs to find Lawrence. Candace groans and bangs her head on the post.

After choking out the answer that she did appreciate her birthday present from the boys, Candace trudges down the stairs to join her mom and dad. Ferb wraps things up by saying, "Well, it was definitely better than the gorilla in the cake."


Read the transcript of Candace Loses Her Head.


End Credits

Jeremy's birthday gift

Jeremy gives her a birthday present of a Mount Rushmore bobble-head set. Even though she disapproved of it before, Candace says that she loves it and pronounces that this was "the best birthday ever", just as Agent P parachutes in behind her.


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Running Gags

The "Too Young" Line

Park Ranger: Ah... Excuse me, aren't you boys a little young to be restoring a national monument?

Phineas: Yes, yes we are.

Park Ranger: Well, it's good to see young people taking an interest in our national heritage!

Ferb's Line

In reference to their birthday present for Candace the previous year.
Ferb: Well, it was definitely better than the gorilla in the cake.

What'cha doin'?

Isabella: Hi, Phineas. What'cha doin'?

Phineas: It's a surprise.
Isabella: Can I help?
Phineas: We can use a lookout.

Isabella: You got it. (scrambles up tree, causing birds to fly out)

Hey, where's Perry?

Phineas: Possibilities...Hey, where's Perry?

Oh, there you are, Perry


Perry's entrance to his lair

By a trash bin at Mount Rushmore and a lengthy travel tube ride. His trip is delayed for a few seconds to let Agent R go first through an intersection in the travel tube. (Perry returns to Mount Rushmore by exiting through the door on the side of the house and hops into a nearby bush to re-enter the travel tube.)

The bird that runs into Phineas and Ferb's invention

It runs into the "Plan B" painting, knocking it over and revealing the real Mount Rushmore.

Memorable Quotes

(Phineas has just woken up seeing July 11th with Candace's picture)

Phineas: Yes! Hey Ferb! (chucks pillow at Ferb's face) It's Candace's Birthday! We gotta do better than last year...
(Flashback to the gorilla coming out of the cake and scaring Candace.)

Phineas: Not our best work.
Candace: Is it the mall?

Linda: No.

Candace: Okay. (beat) But it's the mall, right?
Candace: Wait... please don't tell me we're going to Mount Rushmore.

Linda: Isn't it great? Four American presidents carved into the side of a mountain!
Lawrence: It was Phineas and Ferb's idea.
(Candace glares at the boys)

Phineas: (brightly) You're welcome.
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Ah, Perry the Platypus. Your timing is impeccable. And by "impeccable," I mean completely peccable!
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: As they say in China, "Arrivederci!!!!"
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: The molten lava at the Earth's core completely slipped my mind.
(In tears of joy.)
Candace: It's... it's... it's beautiful! Mom!
Linda: You know Candace, this is the second time I've climbed up there. I'm already down half a dress size.

Background information

  • In two instances, Agent P and Dr. Doofenshmirtz are able to look out the window of the Drill-inator and see lava ahead of the vehicle, even though the Drill-inator had not yet tunneled through that part of the Earth in both cases. In the second instance, it is specifically shown that the vehicle is traveling upwards through a previously-drilled tunnel, but in the scene immediately prior, a new tunnel is being created.

Production Information

  • Episode description from the original Phineas and Ferbruary 2008 press release:[1]
In "Candace Loses Her Head," airing Tuesday, Ferb-ruary 5, Phineas and Ferb set out to surprise Candace on her birthday by carving her face along those of the Presidents of Mount Rushmore. Meanwhile, Perry the Platypus finds Dr. Doofenshmirtz in his underground cavern and foils his plan to bore a tunnel to China.
  • This episode premiered in a few countries before the United States.

International Premieres

  • November 1, 2007 (Disney Channel Germany)
  • February 1, 2008 (Disney Channel Spain)
  • February 4, 2008 (Disney Channel Brazil)
  • February 5, 2008 (Disney Channel Netherlands/Flanders)
  • February 5, 2008 (Disney Channel Poland)
  • June 1, 2011 (Disney XD Canada)


Is that Katie behind Isabella, or Ginger?

  • In this episode, it is shown that Mount Rushmore is approximately a few hours away from Danville in driving distance. However, later episodes depict Danville as being near the ocean, making it impossible to drive from Danville to Mount Rushmore within a day, as South Dakota is nowhere near the ocean.
  • When Isabella talks to Linda at the gift shop:
    • Ginger stands next to her. But when Isabella asks if Phineas is here, Ginger is colored with Katie's color scheme.
    • Also at the same time, when Isabella and the Fireside Girls first show up, Isabella is wearing her uniform (but with her regular hair bow in place of her beret). When she comes upon Phineas and Ferb working on the monument, she switched to her regular outfit.
    • This error may occur due to the scenes are changing unusually fast.
  • The Candace on Phineas's calendar is wearing a shirt with sleeves instead of a sleeveless one.

Holly's shirt has a flower on it.

  • Before Doofenshmirtz enters the Drill-inator, the door handle is shown horizontally, but is vertical with an indentation when he closes the door.
  • When Isabella first enters:
    1. Gretchen is at the end of the line, but when the camera zooms in on Isabella, Gretchen has switched to between Ginger and Holly, and apparently goes too far behind them. Also, Ginger goes behind Isabella.
    2. A flower is on Holly's shirt. When the camera zooms in on Isabella, the flower is gone.
    3. Linda's left leg is in a place that is inhumanly possible.
    4. Katie and Adyson are missing.
  • When Isabella says "They're getting closer!", her eyes are black instead of blue. This also occurs on Ginger when she pulls the rope when Plan B begins.
  • While the Fireside Girls are hauling the wall over to the viewing area:
    1. Ginger and Katie's eyes turn transparent briefly.
    2. You can clearly see Adyson with sleeves.
    3. Ginger's shoes are brown instead of red.
    4. Adyson, Gretchen, and Holly's sashes are looser than usual.
  • In the end credits when this is a full episode, under additional voices, Jeff "Swamp" Marsh is seen instead of "Swampy".
  • Arrivederci is actually Italian for goodbye, not Chinese. This is probably a deliberate error.
  • When Candace says "Perry?!" she's wearing her normal clothes before her night gown.
  • At the end of the song Candace, the background singers' mouths don't move.
  • When Perry comes out of the trash can, his eyes are briefly blue.
  • When Doofenshmirtz tells Perry his plan, the D on the Drill-inator is dark red instead of bright red.
  • In the beginning, when Phineas wakes up, he has two pillows, but when he throws a pillow at Ferb, he only has the one he throws.

Candace's skirt is red instead of white

  • When the camera pans back as Candace sees the giant cake in her dream sequence, her skirt is red instead of white.
  • In the dream sequence, when the singer presents Candace's picture, the picture shows Candace with a white collar on her shirt instead of red.
  • When Isabella said hello to Linda at the gift shop, she addressed her as "Mrs. Fletcher". Linda's full name is Linda Flynn-Fletcher, not Linda Fletcher.
  • Although there were only twelve steps up to the viewing platform, it took longer for Linda to get up there.
  • When Linda starts climbing up the stairs the second time, she climbs up two steps, but after the close up of Candace, she is starting to climb up the first two steps again.
  • When Linda looks through the binoculars to Candace's request, Candace's gestures change.
  • When Lawrence says "And after that, we have a surprise" Perry's eyes are blue.
  • Candace could've probably dragged Linda up the stairs rather than just wait for her.
  • Old Reliable Geyser is in Wyoming and Mount Rushmore is in South Dakota. Thus, most likely, you should not be able to see Mount Rushmore and Old Reliable Geyser in approximately the same place.
  • Candace has an allergy to dairy as revealed in the song “She’s Candace”, but Linda gives her a pile of pancakes and syrup for breakfast, both which contain dairy products.




  • RMS Titanic - The lava flows past an orchestra, who keep playing as the disaster occurs. The band on the ocean liner Titanic played music to keep the passengers calm during the evacuation after it struck an iceberg.
  • Theodore Roosevelt - The "big sticks" sold in the gift shop are a reference to Roosevelt's famous slogan, "Speak soflty and carry a big stick."
  • Superman - Perry drills straight down into the ground, like the titular character did in the Superman movie.
  • Metal Slug 3 - The Drill-inator looks like the Drill Slug from Metal Slug 3.
  • Old Faithful - The Old Reliable geyser is a reference to Old Faithful, a geyser in Yellowstone National Park known for erupting on schedule. Of course, in real life, there are no geysers located in the vicinity of Mount Rushmore.


  • Candace's birthday is July 11, which occurs on a Friday in this episode.
  • Candace is allergic to dairy products, as revealed in the song Candace.
  • First appearance of Lawrence Fletcher.
  • This episode shows that Isabella is a very fast runner.
  • First time the Fireside Girls are mentioned.
  • Gretchen's scleroses are visible again ("Lights, Candace, Action!").
  • Second episode with Candace's name ("Lights, Candace, Action!").
  • Third time Candace sees the Big Idea (or part of it) disappear. ("Flop Starz", "Lights, Candace, Action!")
  • In production order, this is the first episode where Perry does not rejoin Phineas and Ferb at the end and the first time no one says "Oh, there you are, Perry".
  • Second time the big idea reappears after Linda leaves ("The Fast and the Phineas").



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