|“||If we let a little heat stop us from having the best day ever, then the morning DJs win.||”|
— Phineas Flynn
Phineas and Ferb build a huge paradise of a beach in their backyard on the hottest day of the year. Meanwhile, Agent P tries to stop Dr. Doofenshmirtz from stealing all lawn gnomes in the Tri-State Area in revenge for having to dress as one in his youth.
On the hottest day of the summer, Phineas and Ferb are sitting in the shade under the tree, listening to the radio. Perry is lying down nearby. DJ Stanky Dog advises everyone to take it easy by sitting under a shady tree with "an aquatic mammal of some sort". Even though they've met the recommendations, Phineas doesn't want a little heat stopping them from having the "best day ever" because this would mean that "the morning DJs win".
Linda announces that she is heading to the spa while Dad is cleaning out the basement, and heads off. Candace states that this means she's in charge by default. She surveys what Phineas and Ferb doing, then tells them to carry on and heads back inside. Phineas realizes that they need more sand, and then notices that Perry has disappeared.
Perry walks over to a decorative mushroom, opens the top and jumps inside. When he lands in his lair, he steps to his right, noting with satisfaction that his fedora falls on his head at precisely the right moment. Major Monogram gives Agent P his briefing. Lawn gnomes, which protect gardens against "the evils of black magic", are disappearing and Dr. Doofenshmirtz has to be behind it all.
Meanwhile, the first truckload of sand has arrived. Phineas signs for the delivery after confirming that he is too young to be a landscape contractor.
Isabella stops by to see what is going on. Phineas shows her their progress. Ferb is perched atop a sprinkler, and the truck pours out the sand. Isabella wants the Fireside Girls to earn their Aquatic Safety badges by being lifeguards, and Phineas approves.
Candace is talking on the phone to Stacy, but the sounds of the dolphin Ferb is carrying, and a splash alert her that her brothers are up to something.
As Phineas welcomes the Fireside Girls to their beach, Candace dismisses it as "way below your usual standards". She continues her speech but doesn't notice that Ferb has used a remote control to lower the fence until a beach ball hits her in the head. The full extent of the boys' efforts is revealed: a true backyard beach.
Nearby, Agent P has disguised himself as a lawn gnome. A giant vacuum pulls him down through the ground, to where Dr. Doofenshmirtz is observing the lawn gnomes he is collecting. There, Agent P, disguised as a lawn gnome, reveals himself. Dr. Doofenshmirtz pulls out a remote to activate a trap to catch Agent P in, but it's the remote to the garage door. He tries again, and the big screen TV turns on. The third time's the charm, though. Having caught Agent P, he tries to re-activate the TV, and it's the garage door opener again.
Back at the beach, things are getting underway: a band is playing music, people are dancing and playing in the sand, and a dolphin's waterspout is used as a drinking fountain. Ferb takes Phineas out parasailing. As Jeremy is preparing his surfboard, Candace brings him a drink but is hit on the head by a falling coconut. She falls on top of a surprised crab, who then carries her off.
The crab happens to carry her over to the limbo contest. Candace wins the contest and is crowned "Queen Wahini of the Beach". Ferb helps her celebrate by singing "Backyard Beach". Candace declares that she has never been happier.
Linda, meanwhile, suddenly thinks that something must be wrong because Candace has not called her once. She cuts her spa visit short and heads home.
It has taken a while, but Dr. Doofenshmirtz has finally located the right remote, and so he begins his multimedia presentation so that Agent P will finally understand his pain.
When he and his parents lived in Gimmelshtump, they came across lean times, and their beloved lawn gnome was repossessed. Since it was necessary to protect the zatzenfruit garden against "witches, spells and wood trolls", his father dressed Heinz up as a gnome and forced him to stand watch for hours at a time during the day and night. Any time Heinz tried to move, such as when friends came by to play "Kick the Schtumpel", to eat doonkelberries or to wave at his neighbor Kenny, his father was right there, yelling at him not to move.
This event traumatized him and drove him to take away all lawn gnomes now that he had become an adult. To achieve that goal, Dr. Doofenshmirtz built the Destruct-inator. Agent P is shocked by its terrifying sight. Dr. Doofenshmirtz is still not having much luck with remotes because when he tries to turn the TV on, he inadvertently opens the door to Agent P's cage.
Back at the beach, the surf contest is about to begin. Buford tries to push his way in, but Phineas points out the "No Bullying, No Yodeling" sign. The man in traditional Alpine clothing isn't happy with the situation either.
Bobby Nelson is the first surfer, but doesn't last long. Django doesn't fare any better because Buford has decided to combine professional wrestling with surfing. Buford scores an average of 0.375 from the judges. Phineas is up next. Using a holographic projector, he thwarts Buford's attack on him. Phineas displays some tremendous surfing skills and wins the contest. The judges give him some nearly impossible scores: 105, Infinity, and the re-thinking of Einstein's Theory of Relativity.
Meanwhile, Candace is dancing with Jeremy. Just as the band changes to a slow dance, Ferb delivers her cell phone to her on a tray. Mom is calling to see if everything is okay. Candace dreamily replies that everything is wonderful and that the boys are doing "such wonderful things". Mom knows that this isn't right and announces her imminent arrival back home. Candace finds herself having to keep her mom from seeing what Phineas and Ferb are doing.
The battle between Agent P and Dr. Doofenshmirtz continues underground below the beach. The vacuum that was collecting the gnomes has now been put into reverse, causing it to blow lawn gnomes out of what looks like a volcano. Panic ensues, causing one of the beach-goers to yell and everyone to run.
In the front driveway, Linda says she wants an explanation of what is going on, and after a moment's reluctance, Candace tells the truth.
During that time, the scene cuts back to the fight between Agent P and Dr. Doofenshmirtz. The vacuum is knocked back into "suck" mode, and it starts sucking everything down to them.
Candace is still telling the truth as the vacuum starts removing the water. She describes Buford's attempt to get the surfing trophy while the vacuum continues to suck down the water, sand, palm trees and everything else on the beach. Candace wraps it up with a plea to her mom to let her "just have my moment".
With the removal of the beach and all that goes with it, Perry climbs up out of the hole, and Phineas calls an end to the party. Phineas, Ferb, Isabella, and Perry walk back to their yard, accompanied by cheering from the others. The fence rises back up just as Linda steps into the backyard. Candace is devastated and is gently helped by her mom and Isabella inside to get her out of the sun.
Phineas, Ferb, and Perry head back to the tree to continue their relaxation. Stanky Dog gives them a shout-out and says to slather on the sunscreen because tomorrow will be another scorcher.
Read the transcript of Lawn Gnome Beach Party of Terror.
- "If Summer Only Lasted One Day"
- "Backyard Beach" (Voted #2 on "Phineas and Ferb Musical Cliptastic Countdown")
- "Our Song"
- "Perry the Platypus"
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The "Too Young" Line
Sand supplier: Aren't you a little young to be a landscape contractor?
Phineas: Yes. Yes, I am.
Ferb sings the song "Backyard Beach".
Stanky Dog: Stanky Dog here with a special shout-out to my two new pals, Phineas and Ferb, for hosting a beach party that was hot, hot, hot. And speaking of hot, slather on the sunscreen listeners, cause tomorrow's weather calls for another scorcher.
Ferb: With a slight chance of scattered lawn gnomes.
I know what we're gonna do today
Hey, where's Perry?
Phineas: We're gonna need more sand. Hey, where's Perry?
Oh, there you are, Perry
Phineas: Oh, there you are, Perry.
Perry's entrance to his lair
Perry opens the top of a decorative mushroom in the backyard. When he reaches the bottom, he steps to his right, and his fedora drops onto his head from a different tube.
The bird that runs into Phineas and Ferb's invention
Instead of running into their invention, it flies too close to the sun and bursts into flames.
A platypus? PERRY THE PLATYPUS?!
Doofenshmirtz: Who are you? (Perry takes off gnome disguise) A platypus? (Perry puts on his fedora) PERRY THE PLATYPUS?!
Stanky Dog: This is Stanky Dog, coming to you on the hottest day of the summer. Unless you live at the beach, I say take it easy and do nothing today. Yup, just find yourself a shady tree and maybe an aquatic mammal of some sort, and just blow the whole day off.
Phineas: Come on, Ferb. If we let a little heat stop us from having the best day ever, then the morning DJs win.
Doofenshmirtz: A platypus? (Perry puts on his fedora) Perry the Platypus? (Doofenshmirtz presses a remote button) You are mine now! (The garage door opens) No, that was the garage door opener. (Doofenshmirtz gets another remote) You are mine now! (The TV turns on) And that was the TV remote. (Doofenshmirtz finds the right remote and pushes the button) YOU ARE MİNE NOW! (Perry is trapped; Doofenshmirtz does an evil laugh) Now I shall finally rid myself of you! But first, pay your attention to the giant screen and- (He presses the garage door opener which closes the garage door) Maybe I need to turn the cable on first?
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Okay, I think I finally got the right one. Now, Perry the Platypus, you will finally understand my PAIN. (Narrating a flashback) Back in Gimmelshtump in the days of my youth, the Doofenshmirtzes were a proud family. But those were lean times for my father and our beloved lawn gnome was repossessed. Who would protect our zatzenfruit garden from those witches, spells and wood trolls? From a tender age, my father decided that it would be me.
Mr. Doofenshmirtz: Bewege dich nicht! (Caption: "Don't move!")
Stanky Dog: Let's go to the judges. Ten to the fifth power, infinity, and oh! It seems that Phineas Flynn's radical surfing has made judge number three re-think Einstein's Theory of Relativity! Cowabunga, laws of nature!
Stanky Dog: GNOOOOOOMES!!! (Gets hit by a falling lawn gnome) Oof!
Stanky Dog: Run for your lives! It's gnome-ageddon!
Candace: Phineas and Ferb built a beach in the backyard, just like they said they were going to. But instead of just a cute little beach in their sandbox, it turned out to be this absolutely huge beach, with a coastline, and palm trees and a pier, and hula dancers, water-skiers, and tiki huts and dolphins and dancing and surfing, and everybody from the neighborhood showed up. ...and then I was just about to share a smoothie with Jeremy when a coconut dropped on my head... ...and just for a moment, it seemed the wily Buford would steal away the coveted surfing trophy from under the noses of our heroes... ...but I can only continue my benign reign and spread love, happiness and ultimate popularity throughout my kingdom! If you would just let me have my moment.
- In the episode, Ferb is voiced by Danny Jacob doing a Jamaican rapper impression instead of Thomas Sangster for the singing part of "Backyard Beach".
- This episode became "Lawn Gnome Beach Party of Error!" after Dr. Doofenshmirtz used his Change-inator-inator on it as part of the Spot the Diff marathon.
- From this episode onward, Phineas' voice is a falsetto, though it isn't noticeable until "Jerk De Soleil".
- Episode description from a 2007 press release:
- It's the hottest day of summer in this showcase episode, "Lawn Gnome Beach Party of Terror," and ingenious Phineas Flynn and his resourceful stepbrother Ferb Fletcher decide to make a tropical beach paradise in their very own backyard. Soon, all the neighborhood kids come to enjoy it, the boy's dad uses the influx of sand to search for a rare bottle cap and bonds with Baljeet who is also a collector and Isabella and the Wilderness Girls Troop serve as lifeguards. Candace alerts mom that she'd better come home to see what's going on but quickly changes her mind when she becomes the most popular girl on the beach. Meanwhile, Perry the Platypus (aka Agent P) must stop evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz from stealing all the lawn gnomes in the Tri-State Area, leaving thousands of gardens unprotected.
- In the United States, this episode was used as a second preview, airing on September 28, 2007, after the television premiere of Sky High, and on December 31, 2007, as part of "Happy U Year".
- Originally, there was going to be a plotline about Lawrence and Baljeet bonding over collecting bottle caps, as described on the press release. It was likely scrapped due to the episode getting too long.
- November 1, 2007 (Disney Channel Germany)
- February 1, 2008 (Disney Channel Poland)
- February 6, 2008 (Disney Channel Latin America and Brazil)
- March 13, 2008 (Disney Channel Spain)
- June 2, 2011 (Disney XD Canada)
- When Candace cries "What have you done to my paradise?!", Phineas' shorts are plain orange when they're supposed to have white clouds on them.
- As Candace emerges from hiding behind a palm tree to hand Jeremy a pineapple drink, the flower pattern on her bikini top briefly disappears as the drink in her left hand passes in front of it, making her top appear plain red while her skirt still has the flower pattern. The pattern on her top becomes visible again after the drink in her right hand passes in front of her top.
- In the beginning, when Isabella asks Phineas if the Fireside Girls can help, she briefly has two sets of upper teeth.
- When Candace is talking to Stacy, she is in her normal outfit, but barefoot. Her shoes and socks reappear when she is outside busting her brothers.
- Phineas performs a Hang-32 in the surfing competition, but as his wisdom teeth presumably have not yet come in, he should only be capable of a Hang-28.
- At the beginning, when Phineas, Ferb, and Perry are sitting under their tree, Perry's eyes are blue when they are supposed to be brown.
- At the beginning of the song, the blond girl at the bottom left has some of her hair missing.
- The third judge is said to have considered rethinking Einstein's Theory of Relativity. However, the equation crossed out is e=mc2, which is Einstein's mass-energy equivalence.
- After Candace asks Jeremy "So, are you having fun?", the music and lights come up. However, the lights are also totally visible in the sky in the background.
- When Phineas is explaining the plan to Isabella, Ginger, Katie, Milly and Holly are there too. But after the fence falls, Milly is gone and Adyson and Gretchen are there instead.
- In the same scene, a house and a tree can be seen behind the fence despite the beach being built there. When the fence falls, the beach appears.
- All of the Fireside Girls (except Isabella) have tangerine necks off and on throughout the episode.
- Ginger wears her usual hairstyle when she first appears, but she has pigtails after the fence falls.
- In one of the overview scenes, Isabella is wearing a tangerine swimming cap instead of her pink bow.
- The same period of Dr. Doofenshmirtz's childhood seen in this episode is revisited and expanded upon in the episodes "Got Game?", "The Chronicles of Meap", "This Is Your Backstory", and "Father's Day".
- Movies - The episode references several "cheesy" beach party movies from the 1950s and 60s.
- Spaceballs - There is a suck/blow lever in Doofenshmirtz's lair, referencing the 1987 film.
- This is the first time that Ferb sings.
- This is the second episode with a song in the end credits that was not featured in the episode.
- During the construction of the beach, for a moment it appears that Ferb is doing the "sprinkler" dance, but he is, in fact, standing on top of a large water sprinkler.
- The lawn gnomes currently sold in the Tri-State Area are basically unchanged from when Heinz Doofenshmirtz was growing up in Gimmelshtump. Since Major Monogram states that the gardens are no longer protected because the lawn gnomes were stolen, this would indicate that this particular lawn gnome design has proven itself quite effective over many years in combating magic. It's possible that they are being imported to Danville from the Gimmelshtump area.
- Heinz Doofenshmirtz was still forced to stand in as a lawn gnome even after the family's situation changed. The details are revealed in "Got Game?" and are later seen in "The Chronicles of Meap".
- Jeremy doesn't speak in this episode.
- Phineas' sandals seem to resemble the ones worn by Django Brown, but unlike the latter, his sandals are blue.
- This is the first time that Perry is seen exiting Doofenshmirtz's hideout.
- This is the first episode in which Doofenshmirtz does not say "Curse you, Perry The Platypus!".
- This episode marks the first appearance of Buford, Stacy, Jenny, and Django.
- It also marks the first appearance of the rest of the most-prominent Fireside Girls: Adyson, Gretchen, Milly, and Holly, while Katie and Ginger were already featured in "Rollercoaster".
- It is also one of the few episodes to mention Buford's last name, during the surfing contest. Here it is pronounced "Von Stom", but it is later changed to Van Stomm.
- This is one of two episodes where Isabella wears a bow that is not close to the color of clothes she is wearing (she wears a red swimsuit, but with a pink bow). The other time is in "Candace Loses Her Head", where she also wears a pink bow with her Fireside Girl uniform.
- This is the first time that Phineas and Ferb deliberately clean up one of their big ideas. However, only the beach sand is cleaned up on purpose; the water is cleaned up when Perry changes the setting of the Destruct-inator to suck.
- This is the first time that Candace didn't try to bust Phineas and Ferb.
- Candace's bikini can be seen again for a short moment in the episode "Flop Starz". She wears it again in "The Mom Attractor".
- Stacy's bikini can be seen again briefly for a short moment in the episode "Phineas and Ferb Get Busted!".
- The song from the end credits, "Perry the Platypus", was later extended in "One Good Scare Ought to Do It!".
- Doofenshmirtz says that maybe he needs to "turn the cable on first" when trying to get the giant screen to work, just like Mrs. Garcia-Shapiro tells Linda to "turn on the cable box first" in "The Fast and the Phineas".
- Vincent Martella as Phineas
- Ashley Tisdale as Candace
- Thomas Sangster as Ferb
- Caroline Rhea as Mom
- Alyson Stoner as Isabella
- Mitchel Musso as Jeremy ♣
- Dan Povenmire as Dr. Doofenshmirtz
- Jeff "Swampy" Marsh as Major Monogram
- Richard O'Brien as Dad ♦
- Dee Bradley Baker as Perry
- Bobby Gaylor as Buford
- Kelly Hu as Stacy
- Mark Thompson as Announcer Dave ♦
- Brian Phelps as Announcer Rick ♦
- Ariel Winter as Gretchen ♣
- Keone Young as Dancer
- Eileen Galindo as Mrs. Garcia-Shapiro ♦
- Additional Voices: Dee Bradley Baker, Brian Phelps, Alyson Stoner, Bobby Gaylor, Dan Povenmire, Mark Thompson, Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, Caroline Rhea, Ashley Tisdale, Mitchel Musso, Keone Young
- ♦ designates a character that did not appear in this episode
- ♣ designates a character that appears but does not speak
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