Do you think you could look after Suzy for a few hours?

— Jeremy Johnson

Candace panics when she inadvertently agrees to babysit Jeremy's little sister Suzy but to her surprise, Suzy is docile in the absence of her brother, saying that when Jeremy isn't around, she's "off the clock." The two of them bond and Suzy shows Candace how to get Phineas and Ferb to bust themselves. Meanwhile, the boys build a replica of Niagara Falls in their backyard with the intention of riding over the falls in a barrel. Back at Doofenshmirtz Evil Inc., Dr. Doofenshmirtz decides to increase his carbon footprint (though he doesn't know what that is), by inventing a Carbon Footprint-inator.

Episode Summary

Candace is talking to a paper mache version of Jeremy in her room when Jeremy actually calls her. He asks her to look after Suzy, since his parents aren't home and he got called into work. Candace, in a love-induced daze, agreed without really listening to him; she realizes her mistake only after he hangs up. Candace rushes to ask Linda for advice, but Linda only sees it as a babysitting job for Candace. Linda then proceeds to the store to get a replacement part for the sprinkler, comparing it to Niagara Falls in front of Phineas and Ferb. Ferb tells Phineas that Niagara Falls is a huge attraction for daredevils, which gets Phineas thinking.

Candace, in preparation for Suzy's visit, removes anything even remotely dangerous from the house, and greets them wearing a large foam suit. Suzy asks Candace if she wants to have fun, and Candace fears the worst, though Suzy does nothing harmful. Suzy then tells Candace she only humiliates her as a means to control her brother. Candace is amazed by this ability, and when Suzy learns that Candace cannot control her brothers, she considers this unacceptable and declares that they are going to the backyard!

Meanwhile, Major Monogram and Carl are unshaven as they warn Perry that Dr. Doofenshmirtz has NOT bought anything in bulk from the internet, which concerns them. Doofenshmirtz is interested in increasing his own carbon footprint; he doesn't know what that means, so he builds himself a large carbon foot made by carbon paper saved from the 70's. He traps Perry by tying him up in giant shoelaces.

Phineas and Ferb are busy making a replica Niagara Falls in their backyard, with the assistance of Buford, Baljeet and Isabella. Buford is chewing Tuff Gum, a super-strong gum chewed only by bullies. When Suzy comes out, she asks, "What'cha doin'?", to Isabella's annoyance. Using her usual sweetness, she has the boys give her a glass of lemonade. Candace is in awe of Suzy's skill, and after being coached by Suzy, tries to get the boys to bust themselves. She starts by imitating Suzy's method (wide-eyed and smiling widely), but it makes Phineas uncomfortable. She gives up and asks Phineas to call their mother himself, which he thinks is a great idea. He borrows Candace's cell phone to call Linda, convincing her to come home. Linda receives the call in a store, at first believing it's Candace. She's astounded when she hears Phineas's voice, talking about his and Ferb's Big Ideas the way Candace usually does. After they hang up, Linda shakes her cell phone in her hand and grunts, "I curse the day these things were invented!"

The boys try out the waterfall ride, with Isabella and Baljeet in the barrel. Isabella tells Buford to leave his gum on the side as it is a choking hazard. Buford later jumps into the pool at the bottom, landing on Baljeet. Candace is excited at the prospect of the boys busting themselves. Everyone rushes out to greet Mom as she gets home.

Doofenshmirtz takes his carbon foot out via his dirigible. When Perry frees himself, he lunges at Doofenshmirtz, but he flies out a sliding window in the blimp. Instead, he follows by becoming a truck driver of a banana truck to the tune of Alabama Bound. Doofenshmirtz first tries to stomp on the waterfall the boys built, but it sticks to the bottom of his foot thanks to Buford's gum. Complaining that nature always gets stuck to the bottom of feet, he shakes it off, causing it to crash into a spring water bottling plant. Doofenshmirtz's second attempt to destroy nature is foiled as Perry dumps his giant banana on top of his truck on the ground. The carbon foot slips on the peel, swings around and crashes through the top of his blimp.

Linda fixes the broken sprinkler in the backyard, which had been feeding the waterfall earlier, and offers Phineas and his friends some pie. Candace, upset at being foiled, blames Suzy, who responds lightly that "Results may vary." Jeremy returns to the backyard, prompting Suzy to once more embarrass Candace, asking her to hold the hose and then turning it on, wetting Candace's hair. Candace sighs and says, "Guess we're back on the clock."


Read the transcript of Suddenly Suzy.


End Credits

A repeat of Alabama Bound


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Running Gags

The "Too Young" Line


Ferb's Line/I know what we're gonna do today!/Hey, where's Perry?

Phineas: Niagara Falls? Know anything about that, Ferb-meister?

Ferb: It's over 167 feet high. It's also tremendously popular with daredevils.

Phineas: Ferb, I know what we're gonna do today! Hey, where's Perry?
Ferb grunts as he throws a boulder at the top of the replica Niagara Falls.
Phineas: You know, even though I know that's paper-maché, that's still an impressive throw.

What'cha doin'?

By Isabella:

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

Phineas: Hey, guys! What's with the baby carrier?
Baljeet: Ask him.

Buford: My chiropractor recommended it, it's just as humiliating as a half nelson and easier on my tennis elbow.

By Suzy:

Suzy: Hey guys. (giggles) What'cha doin'?

Isabella: Um, hello?

Phineas: Hey Suzy! We were just putting the finishing touches on our waterfall ride.

By Candace:

Candace: Hey boys! What'cha doin'?

Isabella: Ugh, do I even need to be here?

Phineas: Going over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Wanna come? It's gonna be sweet.

Oh, there you are, Perry


Perry's entrance to his lair

Perry lays on the grass and it flips for a second to a bunny in a patch of snow, then it flips again and Perry appears in his lair.

Evil Jingles

Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated and Doofenshmirtz Carbon Footprint

Memorable Quotes

Candace: (talking to her Jeremy statue) It's you! (picks up phone) Hello, Jeremy!

Jeremy: Hi, Candace. I was wondering if you could do me a favor?
Candace: (dreamily) Yeah...
Jeremy: Listen, I got called into work and my parents aren't home... do you think you could look after Suzy for a few hours?
Candace: (dreamily) Yeah...
Jeremy: I'll be right over. Thanks!

Candace: Yeah... huh? Oh! Wait, what did you say? Jeremy? No Jeremy!
Major Monogram: Agent P, we're getting very suspicious about Doofenshmirtz. He hasn't ordered any bulk items off the Internet lately. Get over there, and put a start to it!
Major Monogram: Carl, you disgust and fascinate me.
Phineas: What's that grinding sound?

Buford: Tuff Gum! Like the song says...
Pound nerds like a drum,
Stop a train with your thumb,
It's Tuff Gum!
Phineas: Wow. Can I have some?
Buford: Nah, I don't think so. It's for bullies only.
Phineas: (to Ferb) You got any regular gum? (Ferb pulls out a stick of gum and hands it to Phineas)
Male Singer: Regular Gum!
Phineas: All right everyone, Ferb and I built a giant waterfall ride and we want to do a test run. Who's in?
Isabella and Buford: Me!
Baljeet: Can I go?

Buford: Well just be careful, 'cause I worry about you.
Doofenshmirtz: (referring to carbon paper) I always thought that was going to come back. Shame.
Suzy: So, Candace, are you ready to have some fun?

Candace: N-n-n-no. I'm good. I hate fun.
Suzy: (threateningly) I've got a little game we can play!
Candace: G-g-g-game?
Suzy: It's called making...
Candace: M-m-making?
Suzy: Paper...
Candace: P-p-p-paper?
Suzy: (sweetly) Dolls!

Candace: (scared) PAPER DOLLS?! Huh?
Suzy: Oh, no. Making you look bad is one of the ways I control Jeremy. When he's not here, I'm off the clock.
Candace: I have so much to learn.
Buford: Tough guys don't drop stuff. TUFF GUM!
Linda: Phineas? You sound just like Candace. I mean, you sound like you but the things you're saying sound...

Phineas: Hurry up, you gotta see it.

Linda: All right, all right! Just as soon I find the right sprinkler part.(hangs up cell phone) I curse the day these things were invented.
Isabella: Better eighty-six the gum. It's a choking hazard.
Buford: Oh, all right. (pulls gum out of mouth and sticks it on faucet) But I'll be back for that bad boy!
Mr. Banana Manager: Congratulations, you are now an official driver for the Mr. Banana company. (Perry drives off) Man, that is so funny. I literally just wrote a song about a platypus driving a banana truck...(looks around) Hmm? Hmm? Wait! My demo!
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Okay, see, this is why I hate nature. It always gets stuck to the bottom of your foot.
Farmer's Wife: I can't believe it. You walk away from a profitable miniature golf course franchise to open up a spring water bottling plant in the middle of downtown. What, did you expect a mountain spring to just fall out of the sky?

Phineas and Ferb's replica of Niagara Falls falls behind the shop

Farmer: You've never believed in me.
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Okay, we'll try this again. Blah, blah, blah, carbon footprint!
Candace: Don't you have anything to say?
Suzy: Results may vary?

Background Information

  • This episode may happen before "Perry Lays an Egg" because Major Monogram has facial hair that is obviously real.
  • The "Tuff Gum" jingle is heard 3 times, and one parody, "Regular Gum".
  • This episode implies that Suzy does not love Jeremy at all and only loves the control she has over him.
  • Carl plays the Perry the Platypus theme on his one whisker.
  • Phineas asks Ferb for some gum. This time, Ferb complies. ("Thaddeus and Thor ")

Production Information

  • The episode was aired first in Latin America (January 27, 2010) on Disney Channel entitled "De Pronto, Suzy" (Suddenly Suzy).
  • Alyson Stoner posted a video of her recording session for this episode and "I Was a Middle Aged Robot" on YouTube.[1]

International Premieres

  • January 27, 2010 (Disney Channel Latin America)
  • March 24, 2010 (Disney XD Spain)
  • September 11, 2010 (Disney XD Scandinavia)


  • When Phineas ask his friends about making a trial run on the Niagara Falls, Buford's shorts turn black instead of brown.
  • Buford put his gum on the side of the Niagara Falls hose, but when Dr. Doofenshmirtz picks it up with his giant carbon foot it's on top of the hose.
  • When Doofenshmirtz hits Niagara Falls, it should have been crushed, because earlier in the episode, Ferb throws a rock all the way to the top of it, then Phineas says, "...Even though I know that's paper-mache, that's still an impressive throw."
  • Candace is wearing a protective suit when Suzy arrives to the house, but when Suzy's asking her to make paper dolls, she's back in her normal clothes. 
  • When Suzy drinks her lemonade, the lemonade didn't get less.
  • Though the Nagging Wife mentions to her husband that he walked away from a "profitable miniature golf franchise" (seen in "Put That Putter Away"), he is clearly not exactly the same person as seen in that episode (having gone from an Irish-Scottish appearance to a plainer-looking man in glasses). She may be referring to an opportunity to invest with the Irish-Scottish owner in Little Duffer's that he declined.
  • When Perry drives the truck, the camera faces on its feet and when the camera faces Perry slowly, Perry's hat is not the fedora but the worker's hat that he didn't wear at first.
  • When Jeremy and Suzy come to Candace's house, Candace wears a big pajama set. But when Suzy in the house, Candace wears her normal suit.
  • Perry shouldn't be able to get sunburn, because he's got fur.
  • When Perry sticks his arm back in the banana truck, his sunburn is gone.
  • When Doofenshmirtz hits the Banana smoosh with the carbon footprint, Perry is driving the truck. A few seconds later, when everyone walks into the backyard, Perry is already there.
  • After Phineas and Ferb ride Niagara Falls, they were soaked. However, when mom got home a few seconds later, they were completely dry.
  • When Suzy says "If he's not here, I'm off the clock," her foot overlaps the wall.



  • The title may be a parody of the song "Suddenly Seymour" from Little Shop of Horrors. A more direct allusion may be the 1990s sitcom Suddenly Susan, staring Brooke Shields.
  • Carbon paper is a type of paper (which, as Dr. Doofenshmirtz points out, is no longer used that much) which is placed in between two sheets of paper to create a copy of the original document as it's being written, from which the term "carbon copy" originates. This was eventually phased out in favor of Xerox machines. Doofenshmirtz is taking literally the phrase "carbon footprint", which actually represents the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by a household or corporation. Reducing carbon footprints is a major part of the environmental movement popularized by Albert Gore and others in the late 2000s.
  • Niagara Falls is a large waterfall stationed between two towns sharing that name in New York and Ontario, Canada. Jumping Niagara Falls- especially in a barrel- is a popular stunt both in reality and fiction.
  • The mudflaps on Perry's truck mimic a popular mudflap design depicting the Warner Bros. character Yosemite Sam brandishing two guns with the inscription "Back Off!"
  • "Tuff Gum" may reference the popular sports gum "Quech Gum."
  • Hancock - The manner by which the brute stopped the commuter train with his thumb in the Tuff Gum ad was reminiscent to how John Hancock halted a freight train in the film.
  • When Carl is making music by plucking the hair on his face, it may be a reference to the film adaptation of The Cat in the Hat, where, in one scene, the Cat plays a tune on his whiskers.
  • The "Mr. Banana" company was based on the same company in Kim Possible, where Monique works.
  • Caterpillar, Incorporated - Perry's trucker cap says, "PLAT." The color scheme of the logo and style of the letters resembles the classic CAT trucker cap.
  • The song "Alabama Bound" may be a parody of the song "East Bound and Down" from the movie Smokey & the Bandit.




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