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Looks like we're gonna need a bigger shark.

— Phineas Flynn

For Harbor Days Festival, Phineas and Ferb celebrate by creating a mechanical version of the historical elusive shark of Danville Harbor. Seeing what the boys are up to, Candace enlists some help to capture the mysterious shark. Meanwhile, Dr. Doofenshmirtz invents the 'Salt Water Taffy-inator' to give cavities to every kid in the Tri-State Area.

Episode Summary

The Flynn-Fletcher family is at the Danville Harbor, in 1700s era apparel for the Harbor Day festival. According to the song the "sailors" sing, Harbor Day is the anniversary of the day in the 1700s that the inhabitants of Danville drove out a giant shark that had terrorized them by eating teachers and politicians. There is a reenactment of this every year at the festival, for which Buford and Baljeet have dressed like a shark. Upon seeing how poorly prepared the reenactment is, Phineas decides what he and Ferb are going to do for the day.

While the Flynn-Fletcher family watch the festival, Perry goes off to his lair, which is flooded because the plumbing backed up, and is told his mission. Meanwhile, Candace and Stacy anticipate how poor the reenactment will be when they see a large mechanical shark which had been built by Phineas and Ferb being lowered into the water by two helicopters.

Candace, seeing an opportunity to try and bust her brothers again takes Stacy with her and gets into a boat with Captain Squint to chase the giant robot shark (which is controlled from inside by Ferb in a wired shark suit).

Meanwhile, Perry finds Doofenshmirtz in a crab boat, planning to make saltwater taffy in the sea to give all the children in the Tri-State Area tooth decay. When he arrives on the boat, Doofenshmirtz throws him into the storage with the crabs.

The chase between Candace, Captain Squint and Stacy and Phineas and Ferb heats up. Phineas and Ferb, not seeing it's Candace and believing that the reenactment has begun, decide to run from them.

Perry manages to escape and gets to Doofenshmirtz's Saltwater Taffy-inator. They begin to fight physically, as usual, but get stuck in the taffy. Phineas and Ferb's robot shark swallows Captain Squint, who the boys offer cheese and sausage (which he had used as bait). However, he declines and remarks that he'd expected the inside of a shark to look more "stomachy."

Candace and Stacy are left alone on the boat. Candace, with her last shred of patience now gone, assumes control as captain and maneuvers the boat to seize custody of the shark. She launches a number of toilet plunger "harpoons" at the shark, catching hold of it and starts pulling the shark towards the shore. Phineas, still under the impression that they're conducting a reenactment, switches to full power, extending the shark's mechanical body to its full capacity and starts pulling the other way.

Doofenshmirtz and Perry are still stuck in the Taffy-inator, which is causing large waves on the water surface and making Candace's attempts at catching the shark difficult. Stacy manages to launch several more toilet plungers at the shark, one of which is tied to Candace's leg and pulls her towards the shark. She is entangled to the shark's hull for the duration of the struggle. A large wave pushes the shark ashore and the captain disembarks from it, thanking Phineas and Ferb for the new rocket-propelled leg they built. He leaves quickly.

When Candace tries to get Linda's attention, the Taffy-inator breaks, lashing out a long strip of taffy, which pulls the shark away, leaving Candace on the ground with seaweed in her hair. Linda removes starfish from her eyes and only sees Buford and Baljeet dressed as the shark. Candace tries to tell her it isn't what she meant, and Linda says it never is. She then leads the kids away for some blood pudding, and Candace is left sad and tired.

Meanwhile, Perry escapes the taffy, leaving Dr. Doofenshmirtz and the machine to get crushed by the mechanical shark.


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Running Gags

The "Too Young" Line


Ferb's Line


What'cha doin'?


Perry's entrance to his lair

Perry enters his lair through the skirt of a woman's 1800s style dress, who seems a bit surprised when Perry is heard descending. When he enters the lair, it's flooded.

I know what we're gonna do today

Phineas: Ferb, I knoweth what we are going to doeth today!

Hey, where's Perry?

Lawrence: Hey, wereth is Perry?

Oh, there you are, Perry


Evil Jingle

Doofenshmirtz on a crab boat!

Memorable Quotes

Buford: I am a shark. I can poop in the ocean!

Baljeet: You're not going to, right?

Buford: Keep pushing, dweeb.
As Perry arrives in front of the screen

Major Monogram: Happy Harbor Day, Agent P. In honor of the occasion we flooded your headquarters. Hope you like it.
Carl: Actually, the plumbing just backed up.

Major Monogram: I'm just trying to put a happy face on it, Carl.
Candace: Yo ho Captain Kidd. We need your ship. My Brothers are in that shark.

Captain Squint: ‘Tis the same beast that swallowed me leg.
Candace: Yeah, yeah, that’s fascinating. Tell me after we shove off.
Captain Squint: Ah. That sharks a mean one alright. Took me leg to pick his teeth up, he drives alone in the car pool lane, he threw poor Timmy down the well, and he won’t give up his seat for little old ladies on the bus.
Candace: Yeah. I know. He sounds like a bad guy.

Captain Squint: Oh ya think!
Stacy: So, did a shark really eat your leg?

Captain Squint: Probably, but he definitely chewed on my arm.
(Pulls up sleeve, revealing a dark spot on his forearm)
Stacy: That's just a birthmark.

Captain Squint: I'm tired of this conversation.
Candace: Well, at least we'll all get wet. (giant jet of water hits her, while the captain and Stacy remain dry) Really...Really?!

Captain Squint: (An octopus lands on the captain's head) Arrgh! It's the octopus who ate me pancreas!

Candace: Thank you.
Candace: (Upon seeing that the captain is using rubber ducks to track the shark) Rubber ducks? Are you serious?!

Captain Squint: Does a penguin fly?
Candace: No.
(Awkward Pause)

Captain Squint: Now I'm tired of this conversation too.
Stacy: (After the captain is eaten by the shark) We're gonna need a bigger captain.
Inside the mechanical shark

Phineas: Cheese and sausage? (Offers plate)

Captain Squint: So this is what the inside of a shark looks like?... I always thought it would be more... Stomachy.
Stacy: Maybe it's just time to call it quits.
Candace: Stacy, I'm tired of this conversation!
Stacy: I found more harpoons! And I'm gonna pretend these have never been used!
After being hit by Phineas & Ferb's metal shark.
Dr. Doofenshmirtz:A bubble came up. Curse you Perry the Plat... Silent, until another bubble came up ...ypus.

Background Information

  • The episode was aired on Disney Channel On Demand on April 22, 2011.
  • According to Swampy's Twitter, the unnamed captain at the harbor is named Captain Squint.
    • Despite this, he is addressed as "Captain Kidd" by Candace.

International Premieres

  • May 17, 2011 (Disney XD UK)
  • June 1, 2011 (Disney XD Canada)
  • June 4, 2011 (Disney Channel Asia)
  • October 22, 2011 (Disney XD Poland)
  • October 29, 2011 (Disney Channel Poland)
  • November 5, 2011 (Disney Channel Portugal)
  • December 6, 2011 (Disney Channel Scandinavia)


  • The captain's black eye switched when he, Candace and Stacy were walking onto the ship, also both of the his eyes were opened when he saw the mechanical shark jump out of the water. However this could also just simply that both his eyes are fully working and he just closes the eye for show, which is very possible considering his style of storytelling.
  • When Candace, Stacy and Captain Squint leave the harbor on the ship, the top mast disappears.
  • Perry uses a wet suit even though he's semi-aquatic.
  • In some scenes throughout the episode, the mechanical shark's eyes turn black.
  • After Doofenshmirtz's evil laugh, he wiped away the fog on the inside of his helmet from the outside.
  • While the Captain is talking to a random kid before Candace, the walkway behind him is short and leads to the ship behind him. When Candace is starting to push him with Stacy behind her, it appears to be the same one but the walkway has changed and became very long, appearing to go over all the ships before arriving at his ship.
  • In the scene, in which Ferb controls the whale in such way that Captain Squint's ship is driven off by waves, and when Phineas looks at it and appreciates Ferb, his bigger eye is facing the audience.
  • When Captain Squint is swallowed by the Shark, he doesn't have a peg leg, and when he stands up, he does. Also, his boot came off when he was swallowed, so his foot was bare, but in the scene where the shark is on shore, he has his boot back on.
  • When Candace becomes captain, from Stacy's point of view the plunger Candace is holding is behind the sail, but when it switches to Candace's point of view it is in front of the sail.
  • After the shark is brought to shore, Stacy has mysteriously disappeared.
  • When the shark gets pulled into the water causing Candace to fall into the sand, she has seaweed in her hair, but when she walks up to Linda the seaweed has disappeared.




  • Moby Dick - The main parody of the episode. Candace's scream "From Danville Harbor I stab at thee; for the sake of busting I spit my last spit at thee!" parodies the famous "From Hell's heart I stab at thee; for the sake of hate I spit my last breath at thee!" from the classic novel. (Candace has spit on the plunger so it will stick to the shark better.) Also, the name of Captain Squint's ship is the Pea-quad. In the novel, the ship is the Pequod.
  • Jaws - Phineas says "We're gonna need a bigger shark", and Stacy says, "We're going to need a bigger captain", both parodies of the famous line: "You're gonna need a bigger boat." The whole catching process of the shark is also from Jaws, only with rubber ducks instead of barrels, and even the boat resembles the Orca from the film. The shark leaps out of the water and lands on the boat, thereby swallowing the captain, similar to how the shark from Jaws kills Quint. Captain Squint is named after Captain Quint from the film. Also, the commercial has the theme of Jaws.
  • Lassie - Among the list of infractions committed by the shark, one is "Tossing Timmy down the well." This is the stereotypical problem associated with the show, although it never actually happened.
  • Donald Duck - Candace and Stacy's outfits include caps that appear to be the same as fellow Disney star, Donald Duck. Their outfits are also similar to the blue sailor suit worn by Donald Duck.
  • Sea-Fever - a poem by John Masefield has the line "And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by..." Candace says, "All I need is a metal shark and a mom to bust her by."
  • Pirates of the Caribbean - The tune heard when Phineas notices that the sailor on the boat should drive them out to the sea, is similar to the one used as the theme song of the Pirates movies (the song "He's a Pirate"). This tune was also featured in the Phineas and Ferb episode "Hide and Seek".
  • H.M.S. Pinafore - Major Monogram is dressed as one of the characters of this play.


  • This is the fourth time that Lawrence asks "Hey, where's Perry?". ("Out of Toon", "Tip of the Day", "Swiss Family Phineas")
  • Second time that Buford and Baljeet pretended to be a mythical creature. (the first was Nosey in "The Lake Nose Monster")
  • The politician eaten by the shark has a striking resemblance to Roger Doofenshmirtz.
  • Phineas has channeled the catch line from Jaws before, when the kids were "going to need a faster bike". ("Traffic Cam Caper")
  • Second time a bubble pops with Doof cursing Perry. ("It's a Mud, Mud, Mud, Mud World")
  • On July 19, 2014, this episode was shown paired with "Live and Let Drive" for Disney XD's "Show Me the Shark" programming gimmick.
  • Candace doesn't interact with her brothers in this episode.
  • This episode and its sister episode are one of few episodes where Perry does not go back to Phineas and Ferb nor does Phineas say "Oh, there you are, Perry" in both segments.



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