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Ladies and Gentlemen, someone in our studio audience has a date with history. So come on up because this is your backstory, Heinz Doofenshmirtz.

— Norm

Agent P quickly figures out there is more to Norm's odd reality show that celebrates the eventful life of his creator Dr. Doofenshmirtz, which is recreated through flashbacks and special guests.

Episode Summary

Candace is talking on the phone with Stacy about how sea water would be deeper with sponges. She hangs up when interrupted by a noise, which is Phineas and Ferb playing table tennis (or ping-pong). Candace decides to wait and see for any weirdness that might happen and wonders where Perry is.

The scene cuts to Perry, who's flying toward Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated. Major Monogram contacts him using his wrist watch, saying that Doofenshmirtz has bought a hundred chairs and telling him to investigate. As Perry arrives, the top balcony of the building starts to close. Dr. Doofenshmirtz, who is sitting in a row of theater chairs tells him to join him, then Norm shines a spotlight on Doofenshmirtz, and Doofenshmirtz comes up to a stage where Norm is. When Norm says to give him applause, he pulls a lever that traps Perry's arms and forces him to clap. Norm tells him that they will all see what makes Doofenshmirtz what he is by using memory extraction technology to show all of Doofenshmirtz's suppressed memories by having him sit in the chair and put the memory cap on, projecting his memories onto the screen.

Norm starts the clip show by showing Doofenshmirtz's bad childhood, that started from his birth. The machine shows an image of when Doofenshmitz was born; his parents were not there. Norm then introduces Doofenshmirtz to Dr. Mortimer Shlussel from Gimmelshtump Memorial Hospital. Doofenshmirtz greets him, but the doctor just spanks him and states that he's breathing. Norm tells later introduces him to his mother; Doofenshmirtz is happy to see her but she spanks him continuously and leaves.

Norm then asks him about his father; Doofenshmirtz remembers his time acting as their lawn gnome and trying to jump from a high dive. Norm reveals a "Gnome-o-meter" near his assistant Vanna, the gnome rising every time Doofenshmirtz feels emotional pain, and Perry becomes suspicious about it. When Doofenshmirtz states he's gotten over his father, but suddenly he appears and tells him "Don't Move!" in German.

Norm then introduces Doofenshmirtz to his younger brother, Roger Doofenshmirtz, angering Heinz. Doofenshmirtz then remembers having to wear dresses for a whole year when Roger was born, giving his mom a teddy bear and watching her give it to Roger, and trying to impress his mother by playing kickball (accompanied by a song from Love Händel). After the scenes, Roger decides to leave since he's still running as mayor, and Doofenshmirtz tells him to not let his ego hit him on the way out.

Norm thens turn to Doofenshmirtz's social life in Drusselstein. Doofenshmirtz talks about he celebrated his birthday on his own, a bully named Boris kicking sand at him all the time (Boris gives him a bunch of sand as a gift), and remembers his time with Balloony. When Balloony appears, Doofenshmirtz is happy to see him; when Balloony suddenly pops, he starts to cry. However, Norm tells him that wasn't the real Balloony and the real one popped three weeks ago, causing Doofenshmirtz to cry again and the "Gnome-o-meter" to rise. Doofenshmirtz then continues his story about his first -inator and a baking soda volcano always stealing his show. He then wonders where Perry is since he sees the robotic arms tied up and spots him trying to go behind the curtains. Doofenshmirtz orders Norm to pull a lever, trapping Perry again with the claw arms and revealing the Backstory-inator. Doofenshmirtz explains that it collects all his painful memories and when it fills all the way, all the concentrated evil will reinject back into him, turning him into the most powerful evil person and allowing him take over the Tri-State Area. He is promptly pounced on by Mama Ocelot.

Meanwhile at the backyard, Candace starts to get bored as she continues to watch Phineas and Ferb playing table tennis, still waiting to see what unusual thing happens so she can bust them.

Back at Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated, Doofenshmirtz explains again the purpose of his Backstory-inator and shows that the "Gnome-o-meter" has almost reached the top. As Doofenshmirtz tries to remembers any of his back stories, Vanessa comes in and asks her father for the keys to the car. As Doofenshmirtz reaches for his keys, he remembers some good memories with his daughter, causing the "Gnome-o-meter" to go back down. Finally, Doofenshmirtz gives the keys to Vanessa and she leaves.

Doofenshmirtz is disappointed that he has to start over again, and Norm asks him about how he ended up in America. Doofenshmirtz explains that when he was sixteen his mother told him to go to the Schtor to get some goods, but it was actually a trick by his parents to send him away on a boat to America, and they were both happy when he was gone. Doofenshmirtz ended up cleaning the ship until he reached America to start a new life for himself. Norm also reminds Doofenshmirtz during his high-school days that he made a now-viral video of himself in his underwear skating into a toilet, raising the "Gnome-o-meter" a little. Norm then shows Doofenshmritz the digital remix, which has 10 billion hits.

Norm tells him about the time he dated Lindana, but she is not appearing on the show since she never remembered him. Doofenshmirtz also talks about he used to sell bratwursts before Norm reminds him about his love life, and later introduces his ex-wife Charlene who has brought his alimony check. Charlene asks Doofenshmirtz about the set, thinking it's a game show; she asks if he spent her money on it and he replies yes. After Charlene greets Norm and leaves, Doofenshmirtz tells Norm to bring out more painful memories of the failed -inators. The "Gnome-o-meter" continues to approach the top.

As Doofenshmirtz watches his failed love life and -inators, the "Gnome-o-meter" is just one memory away from filling the Backstory-inator. However, as Norm tells him that the rest of his memories now are comical, Perry escapes from the claw arms, and kicks Doofenshmirtz. Unfortunately, Doofenshmirtz thanks him, taunting him over the fact that Perry humiliated him to add up for another painful memory, sending the gnome over the top and making it fall into Vanna's foot. Realizing now that he has made things worse by foolishly making Doofenshmirtz suffer even more, a horrified Perry watches as Doofenshmirtz activates the Backstory-inator to transform himself into an evil giant monster. He grabs Perry (who is now extremely scared of him) and attempts to rid himself of his nemesis once and for all. However, at the last second in an attempt to rectify his mistake, Perry takes out his wallet with pictures of him and Doofenshmirtz, causing Doofenshmirtz to have good memories, causing Doofenshmirtz to revert to his original self and accidentally destroy the Backstory-inator. As Perry leaves, Doofenshmirtz curses him until Vanna walks by and tells him to pay for her shoes, as her boyfriend is a lawyer. He and Norm start to clean up the spilled backstory.


Read the transcript of This Is Your Backstory.


End Credits

Phineas and Ferb are still playing table tennis. Candace leaves in frustration, but soon after, the ball stops in mid-throw and begins to hover. Phineas exclaims in delight that they have finally gathered enough kinetic energy into the ball to create a quantum vortex. The vortex sucks up everything, leaving behind only blank space and Candace looks around hesitantly and says "Mom?".


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Running Gags

I know what we're gonna do today!


The "Too Young" Line


Ferb's Line

Candace: Alright, what is this?

Phineas: Table Tennis.

Ferb: Ping-pong for the lay man.

What'cha doin'?


Hey, Where's Perry?

Candace: All right, so where's Perry?
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Hey, where's Perry?

Oh, there you are, Perry


Perry's entrance to his lair

None, but Monogram briefs him while flying.

Evil Jingle

Doofenshmirtz Quality Bratwurst (heard in a flashback and not said seriously)

Mistaking Doofenshmirtz with a pharmacist

Vanna: I think he's a pharmacist.

Memorable Quotes

Doofenshmirtz: Whatever, I'm so over it.
Doofenshmirtz's father: Bewegen Sie nicht! (Doofenshmirtz stands straight up as though he was a lawn gnome)
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Don't let your ego hit you on the way out!
Doofenshmirtz: He was always kicking sand in my face. When I was in the sandbox: sand. My first date: sand! Balancing my checkbook: sand! The beach-- Oddly enough nothing. But I couldn't relax, because I kept waiting for it.

Norm: Well, Boris owns a car dealership now, and declined to appear on this show. But he did send some sand! (A huge mound of sand falls on Doofenshmirtz)

Doofenshmirtz: Well, at least he cared enough to do that.
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Oh, Balloony, I missed you so mu- (Balloony pops) BALLOONY!

Norm: (Laughs) We're just having fun with you! That wasn't the real Balloony.
Doofenshmirtz: (Crying) It wasn't?

Norm: No, of course not. The real Balloony popped three weeks ago. (Doofenshmirtz resumes crying)

Background Information

Production Information

  • This episode was aired on Disney Channel on Demand on October 26, 2012.
  • This was the last episode produced for Season 3, but was the penultimate episode aired during the season.

International Premieres

  • January 27, 2013 (Disney XD Canada)
  • February 21, 2013 (Disney Channel Brazil and Latin America)
  • March 9, 2013 (Disney Channel Asia)
  • March 13, 2013 (Disney XD Poland)
  • March 18, 2013 (Disney XD Spain)
  • March 22, 2013 (Disney Channel Scandinavia)
  • March 23, 2013 (Disney XD Latin America)
  • April 26, 2013 (Disney Channel Portugal)
  • April 27, 2013 (Disney Channel Bulgaria, Czech, Hungary, Poland, Middle East, South Africa, Romania)
  • May 3, 2013 (Disney XD Netherlands)
  • May 24, 2013 (Disney XD Germany)
  • June 29, 2013 (Disney Channel Turkey)
  • September 29, 2013 (RCTI Indonesia)


  • In this episode is mentioned that Doofenshmirtz emigrated to the US when he was 16 years old (or about), but in "Oil on Candace" he mentions that he attended college in Gimmelshtump. However, he could have gone back to Gimmelshtump later to attend college.
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    In the clips of Doofenshmirtz's failing schemes, when Perry is rescuing Doofenshmirtz from the exploding hideout his fedora is gray.
  • Doofenshmirtz said he had to become a lawn gnome because his family was poor, but according to Doofenshmirtz in "Got Game" his family became rich with their award winning dog and then he became a lawn gnome.
  • Doofenshmirtz said that the cake was later confiscated because there was a two person minimum, but in the episode "Raging Bully" he said in his backstory that he took the cake home but on the way he was attacked by bats.
  • During the same song, in the mirror part of Doofenshmirtz's hand dissapears on both sides.
  • How could Balloony be popped if he was fixed at the end of Meapless in Seattle?
  • How was Doofenshmirtz able to be born if his mother wasn't there?
  • The Gnome-o-meter was at the number 2000 after his flashback to America, when it was all the way down and it wasn't even close to being tragic enough to reach the number.



  • This Is Your Life - The episode title spoofs the television documentary series, originally hosted by Ralph Edwards.
  • The Price is Right - The "Gnome-O-Meter" used in this episode is clearly a spoof of the pricing game "Cliff Hangers" from the iconic game show.
  • Wheel of Fortune - The famous game show is alluded to as there is a hostess named Vanna.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants - The blank, empty world that Candace ends up in by herself could be a reference to the episode SB-129 where Squidward was transported to a similar surreal blank world.
  • The Emperor's New School - The jingle from the Gnome-o-meter was used in the episode "Mudka's Secret Recipe" as the Meat-Mug add jingle.
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Doof mentions the space encounter with Balloony was "highly improbable", possibly a reference to the "Improbability Drive" in Hitchhiker's Guide.


  • Three things are revealed in this episode:
    1. Charlene knows about Norm.
    2. How Doofenshmirtz came to America.
    3. Perry keeps pictures of him and Doofenshmirtz in his wallet.

Pictures of Perry and Doofenshmirtz, in Perry's wallet.

  • First two-part episode to not focus on Phineas and Ferb.
  • This is the third clip episode. ("Phineas and Ferb Musical Cliptastic Countdown", "Phineas' Birthday Clip-O-Rama!")
  • Second time that most of the episode focus on Doofenshmirtz. ("Road to Danville")
  • Doofenshmirtz mentioned the phrase "True evil is born from pain and loss". ("Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension")
  • Fifth two-part episode that Isabella does not appear in, and is also the only two-part episode in Season 3 that she is absent in. ("Phineas and Ferb Get Busted!", "The Lake Nose Monster", "Phineas and Ferb Hawaiian Vacation", "Nerds of a Feather")
  • Fifth episode that is from the point of view of someone other than Phineas and Ferb (or their counterparts) for the majority of the time. ("Isabella and the Temple of Sap", "Not Phineas and Ferb", "Delivery of Destiny", "Road to Danville")
  • This is the second time Doofenshmirtz's plan has transformed him into a large grotesque creature ("That's the Spirit").
  • First time the father of Doofenshmirtz appeared outside of flashbacks, and the first time he speaks English.
  • Third episode where the episode changes in time. ("Remains of the Platypus", "What'd I Miss?")
  • This is one of the rare occurrences where Doofenshmirtz calls his nemesis Perry instead of "Perry the Platypus".
  • 16-year-old Heinz wears the same clothing that the present Doofenshmirtz wore in "Unfair Science Fair". Doof also wore similar clothers in a flashback in "At the Car Wash".
  • Third time Doofenshmirtz says "Curse you and thank you". ("Gaming The System", "Split Personality")
  • Doof is mistaken with a pharmacist again.
  • When Doofenshmirtz talks about the backstories that appeared in previous episodes, he uses the exact same dialogue word-for-word when he talks about them again in this episode.
  • If they spent a full day hitting ping pong balls, Phineas and Ferb would have had to have hit roughly 18.09 balls a second to reach 1,562,978. If they spent half the day playing table tennis, nearer to the time they would have if they woke up near usual and played till dinner, supported by it being light outside, they'd have to hit the ball an average of 36.18 times a second with no breaks. With the length of a table tennis table being 2.74 m, the ball would have had to have been travelling at a minimum speed of 99.13 m/s or 356.88 km/h (221.75 mi/h).
  • This episode marks the last appereance of Balloony.


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