"Vanessassary Roughness"
Ferb catches Vanessa
Ferb catches Vanessa from falling when trying to get the Pizzazium Infinionite.
Season: 2
Production code: 214b
Broadcast number: 69
Story by:
Scott Peterson
Written & Storyboarded by:
Michael Diederich
Perry Zombolas
Directed by:
Robert F. Hughes
Broadcast Information
Disney Channel US Premiere:
August 7, 2009
Disney XD US Premiere:
July 25, 2009
International Debut:
December 26, 2009 (Disney XD Spain)
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Paired with
"The Baljeatles"
DVD Releases:
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Wait, Dad. I can do this for you. I can go find this--this Pizzazzium thing and prove to you that I can be responsible. That I can do things on my own. Then you can get me my own car, right?

— Vanessa Doofenshmirtz

Vanessa tries to get her dad, Dr. Doofenshmirtz, a capsule containing a rare chemical in the Superduper Mega Superstore in order to convince him that she's responsible enough to have her own car. Even with Ferb helping her, what initially seems an easy task becomes complicated when Candace, Stacy, Buford, Baljeet and Perry also try to get the capsule for their own purposes.

Episode Summary

Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz and his daughter Vanessa are riding on a scooter, where she is explaining that she is old enough now to have a car, and that she can't ride around the back of his scooter everywhere she needs to go. A boy drives up them on a motorcycle and asks if she wants a ride on a 'real bike', at which point Doofenshmirtz fires an Away-Inator installed on his helmet at him, and the boy is vanished to another dimension, where he is crushed by a baby alien with a mallet. Doofenshmirtz claims that driving his fun again, since he has his Inator.

Meanwhile, Linda is driving Phineas, Ferb, Candace, Stacy and Perry to the Superduper Mega Superstore, and Phineas tells Ferb that it is the largest supplier of everything in the Tri-State Area. Ferb, however, is too distracted to be listening to him, as Doofenshmirtz and Vanessa pull up next to their car, and Ferb is too busy focusing on Vanessa. The kids ask what Linda is going to be getting, and she replies that she will be needing 80 pounds of potatoes and mayonnaise to make salad for her bridge club, and they marvel at how much potato salad she needs. They reach the Superduper Mega Superstore, and Phineas and Ferb stare in awe at how big and amazing the store is.

After being dropped off at the "Park Your Pooch" area, Perry receives a call from Major Monogram on a bone phone, who informs Perry that Dr. Doofenshmirtz is present at the mall. Perry realises he cannot go into the mission undisguised, as there are many of his acquaintances around, so he grabs a sporty Hawaiian shirt, sunglasses, shoes and puts them on, who is then seen by a guy who is dressed exactly the same way as him, who says, "You look fabulous!"

Pizzazium Infinionite Showcase

The Pizzazium Infonionite in its case.

Doofenshmirtz and Vanessa arrive at the store with a long shopping list. Vanessa is still begging Doofenshmirtz for a car, but he blankly refuses saying that taking the easy way out is not the right thing to do. He then notices a capsule of Pizzazium Infinionite, an extremely rare element (but oddly, commercially available), the uses of which are currently unknown. He is pleased that he has finally found a capsule, but Vanessa is confused by this, asking what it is. To answer her question, Doofenshmirtz pulls out a projector and a screen, and shows a black and white documentary on the discovery of Pizzazium Infonionite. Vanessa asks him where he got the projector and screen, but is cut off by Doofenshmirtz noticing that the last capsule of Pizzazium has been taken by someone else right under his nose.

It is then revealed that Baljeet has the capsule which he needs for his science project, with Buford acting as an "angry wall of meat" to protect it. Doofenshmirtz rages on about how he now has to go search for the missing capsule all over the huge store. Seeing an opportunity to get her own car and prove to her father that she's responsible, she offers to help him find the capsule in return of getting a car for herself. Doofenshmirtz reluctantly accepts and gives her a Pizzazium-locator to aid her in the search.

While Mrs. Flynn goes shopping, Candace and Stacy go off to find the perfect present for Jeremy, because it is the anniversary of the first time Candace and Jeremy went to Slushy Dog together, where he apparently spilled a cheese dog with mustard all over her. Candace searches for a gift, but she is stuck. She then remembers that Jeremy likes camping, and Stacy suggests a pocket knife or a bow. Candace then suggests a lantern, which Stacy says could also work.

Phineas and Ferb stumble across massage chairs, where they both take a seat and relax as it massages them.


The lantern falls into Candace's hands.

Baljeet is then explaining to Buford what he is going to use the Pizzazium for, when Buford carelessly drops the capsule several floors down. Candace and Stacy are still looking for a lantern, but none of the sizes are right. Stacy claims that the perfect lantern just can't fall out of the sky, but the Pizzazium capsule falls right into Candace's outstretched hands, where she mistakes it for a lantern and decides to give it to Jeremy. Realizing the perfect gift has fallen out of the sky, Stacy says, "I stand corrected".

Perry has overheard the conversation between Vanessa and Dr. Doofenshmirtz earlier about the capsule of Pizzazium, steals it from Candace only to drop it later when he bumps into Dr. Doofenshmirtz. The doctor asks him if they have met before.

Vanessa And Ferb Duet

Ferb and Vanessa singing I'm Me.

Ferb is reading when he sees Vanessa approaching the capsule after finding it with her locator, which has ended up behind his chair. He pushes her out of the aisle, narrowly missing Buford and Baljeet riding a cart who regain the capsule. This also causes the Pizzaizum-locator to break by impact, much to Vanessa's anger. The song I'm Me is then played as Vanessa runs around the mall to get the capsule (with Ferb's help), and at the same time, she gets really furious by the interference of Perry, whom she recognizes through his disguise.

During this whole time, Phineas remains largely inactive, relaxing on the massage chair, claiming that his fingers look like snakes, and that he can't feel his brain.

Ferb in the ballpit

Ferb in the ballpit.

They then cut to Buford and Baljeet who have the capsule, but Buford accidentally drops it into a ventilation system, finally ending up in a ballpit. Vanessa sees it, and hopes that no one sees her searching for it. She then notices Ferb in the ballpit with a vacuum cleaner. Linda passes by and asks Ferb if he is too old to play in the ball pit, and he replies "Yes, yes I am". Linda accepts this and walks off. Vanessa then asks Ferb if 'Ferb' is his real name. He replies that it is actually short for something, and he is about to tell her his real name, but he is cut off when he finds the capsule. Vanessa thanks him and runs off.

Candace and Stacy chase after the capsule wearing helmets and rollerblades. Dr. Doofenshmirtz accidentally activates a lawnmower, which joins the party in a humorous and noisy chase all around the mall. Ferb and Vanessa cooperate smoothly, both displaying impressive acrobatic skills. Perry enters a ball launcher, successfully catches up with the others and temporarily gets hold of the capsule before bumping into Dr. Doofenshmirtz once more. Candace, Stacy, Buford and Baljeet end up crashing into a line of shelves; where Stacy discovers they do actually make a card for a "spilled cheese dog with mustard".

Ferb Vannesa Escualtor

Ferb rescuing Vanessa from the escalator.

Vanessa swings down the ground floor on a rope of lanterns. She grabs the capsule, but the rope she uses gets caught in the rampaging lawnmower which is stuck at the top of an escalator. The lawnmower is slowly pulling her up the escalator when Ferb swings to her rescue on a fishing rod. Ferb cuts the rope and swiftly disassembles the mower with a Swiss army knife. Vanessa thanks him and says she has to get the capsule to her dad, and Ferb uses the ball launcher to send the capsule flying across the mall, landing near the entrance. Dr. Doofenshmirtz gleefully picks it up, but Perry pulls a detector towards the doctor and the alarm goes off, as the capsule hasn't been paid for. Dr. Doofenshmirtz is accused of shoplifting and dragged away by the security guards, claiming he doesn't have anyone to curse.


For a full transcript of "Vanessassary Roughness", click here.


End Credits


Vanessa kisses Ferb on the cheek as a "thank you".

The end credits begin with Candace and Stacy being surprised when they see Linda with a shopping cart full of potatoes and mayonnaise. Meanwhile, Vanessa is upset to see her dad being taken away by the security guards and goes off to vouch for him to get him out of trouble, saying that she'll have to wait another chance of getting a car. Before she leaves, she gives Ferb a kiss on the cheek as thanks for helping her, and Ferb stares at her dreamily as she walks away. Then Phineas, who is still a little shaky from being in the massage chair too long, shows up, wondering what happened while he was gone. Then Ferb puts his finger on his nose to stop him from shaking, and he replies, "Thanks, Ferb."


Vanessassary Roughness title card
The image gallery for "Vanessassary Roughness" may be viewed here.

Running Gags

I know what we're gonna do today

Phineas: Hey, Ferb, check this out. The Super-Duper Megastore is the largest supplier of everything in the Tri-State Area. Heh. I know what we're gonna do today!
Phineas: (on a massage chair) Y'know, Ferb, I think I know what I wanna do every day.

The "Too Young" Line/Ferb's line

Phineas: Wow, think of it, Ferb, 52,637,000 square acres of unbridled consumerism all under one roof.

Ferb: (Whistle)
Phineas: You can whistle that again.

Ferb: (Whistle)
Linda: Ferb, honey, aren't you a little old to be playing in a ball-pit?

Ferb: Yes, yes I am.
Linda: Okay, then.
Vanessa: (Coming out of the ballpit) Your name is Ferb?
Ferb: Well, yes. It's short for (locates pizzazium infinionite) - Oh, here it is.

Vanessa: Thanks Ferb, see ya around.

What'cha doin'?


Hey, where's Perry?


Oh, there you are, Perry


Perry's entrance to his lair

Perry does not go to his lair. Instead, one of the dogs spits out a bone with a small screen on the side. Major Monogram then appears on the screen. Carl claims that the bone communicator is his idea.

Memorable Quotes

Candace: Well I'm gonna buy Jeremy a gift. It's the anniversary of the very first time Jeremy and I went to Slushy Burger. He spilled a cheese dog on me and mustard got all over the place, he was so sweet.
Stacy: Hmm tough one, I don't think they make a card for that.
Linda: I need a 25 lbs. tub of mayonnaise, and 80 lbs. of potatoes to make potato salad for the bridge club.
Phineas: Wow. That's a lot of potato salad.
After Carl mentions that he thought of the Dog Bone Communicator
Major Monogram: Carl! I'm trying to use the bone!
Baljeet: As a person of superior intellect, I require an angry wall of meat to protect my science project.
Vanessa: There must be an easier way to earn a car.

Dr. Doofenshmirtz: You know what they say about taking the easy way...
Vanessa: (Exasperated) What do they say?

Heinz: Well, I could tell you, but that would be taking the easy way, and you know what they say about that.
Vanessa: Wait! Dad, I can do this for you! I can go find this Pizzazium thing and prove to you that I can be responsible, that I can do things on my own! Then you can get me my own car, right?

Dr. Doofenshmirtz: I don't know...Are you sure you c-
Vanessa: Of course I can! I'm me! It'll be a piece of cake.
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: We'll see.
Vanessa: I'm not hearing a "No!"

Dr. Doofenshmirtz: I'm not saying a "Yes!"
Stacy: Hey, isn't Jeremy into camping?

Candace: Yeah.
Stacy: So maybe a pocket knife, or a fishing lure, or a compound bow!
Stacy pretends to hold a bow and shoots

Stacy: Take that apple on kid's head!
Baljeet: And then I will start my own foundation to... Are you not hearing me?
Buford: What? Buford hungry.
Stacy: You can't expect the perfect gift to just fall out of the sky.

Candace: It's perfect! It's all futuristic-y, and cool, and it dropped out of the sky!

Stacy: Well, I guess I stand corrected.
Phineas: Ferb, you gotta try this chair, I can't feel my brain.
Phineas: My fingers look just like snakes!
Stacy: Check it out! They do make a card for a spilled cheese dog with mustard.
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: I got it! I got it! I got it!

Mall Security Guard: Excuse me sir, you know you have to pay for this.
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: I was! I was going to pay!
Mall Security Guard: Tell it to the judge.
Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Don't worry guys, we'll get this all straightened out. Vanessa! Vannessa-
Mall security drags him away

Dr. Doofenshmirtz: No, no, you can't take me! I don't have anyone to curse!
Vanessa: Well, time to find out where they dragged Dad off to. I guess that car is gonna have to wait. Oh yeah, thanks.

Vanessa kisses Ferb in the cheek. In Ferb's view, dreamy music plays as flowers fly behind him. Phineas arrives shaking

Phineas: Did I miss something? (Ferb stops him from shaking) Thanks, Ferb.

Background Information

  • Ferb's name is revealed to be short for another name.
  • This is the second episode in which Phineas and Ferb do not have any project, the first one being "Best Lazy Day Ever", as Phineas remains largely inactive throughout the episode.
  • Candace does not try to bust her brothers in this episode.
  • The episode further showcases Ferb's crush on Vanessa, which has only been mentioned briefly in "I Scream, You Scream" and "The Chronicles of Meap".
  • This episode focuses more on Dr. Doofenshmirtz, Vanessa and Ferb.
  • The logo of the Park Your Pooch pet stop resembles Augie Doggie.
  • The Pizzazium Infinionite was discovered in 1894, which was 50 years prior to when the documentary film was made. This places the creation of the film in 1944. Pizzazium Infinionite is a spoof of potassium iodine.
  • The periodic table shown in the film has elements listed up to 114. At the time of the film, it should have only had about 104 elements.
  • Pizzazium Infinionite is shown as element number 104, the element number currently used for Rutherfordium, which also has an average atomic weight of 261.
  • The "Kronk for Hire" cue plays during the film about Pizzazium Infinionite.
  • 52,637,000 "square acres" is almost exactly the size of the State of Kansas: 82,277 sq. miles.—Phineas's number is under by only 32 sq. mi. (Actually, acres are square by definition: they are units of area, not length. So Phineas's "square acre" is redundant.)
  • This episode and "The Baljeatles" were voted # 3 by viewers for the Top 10 episodes in the "Fan Picked Phineas and Ferb Week" that aired on the Disney Channel during the week of the premiere of Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension.
  • This episode could probably have taken place before "Unfair Science Fair", as Baljeet could have been using the Pizzazium Infinionite for his portal to Mars.
  • When Ferb whistles, it can be heard a bit, instrumental version from "Let's Take a Rocket Ship to Space".
  • In this episode, Candace is good at rollerskating, even though in all other episodes, she flails about on the wheels.

Production Information

  • To be added

International Premieres

  • December 26, 2009 (Disney XD Spain)
  • January 6, 2010 (Disney Channel Portugal)
  • January 7, 2010 (Disney Channel Latin America)
  • January 9, 2010 (Disney Channel Spain)


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Perry is wearing a belt but he has no seat.

  • At the beginning of the episode, where Phineas and his family are driving to the mall, Perry has a seat belt, but no seat. Although he could be sitting on the thing that separates the front and the back of a car and the driver seat from the passenger seat. The seat belt is still unknown.
  • The clothes that Perry grabs to disguise himself don't match the ones he comes out wearing. (This is more of a joke than an error.)
  • Perry's tail is visible in some scenes, but in others it isn't.
  • During the song "I'm Me," when Vanessa cheers after grabbing the Pizazzium Infinionite while hanging on the claw moving along a track on the ceiling, her hair disappears for a few non-consecutive frames.
  • In the ballpit scene when it is showing Ferb and Vanessa the balls are in a random order but when it's a close up of Ferb the balls are arranged into coloured clusters.
  • When Buford and Baljeet are about to hit Vanessa with the shopping cart the cart is full of papers, when they pick up the Pizazzium the cart only has Buford and Baljeet in it and when they leave the cart is full of papers again.
  • When Ferb swings down to save Vanessa the railing is about waist height to Ferb. But when they are standing by the railing at the top of the escalator, the railing is about shoulder height to Ferb.


  • A piece of the song "Fabulous" can be heard when Perry walks out of the changing room and a guy in the mall compliments Perry's clothes. Later, Perry crashes in Dr. Doofenshmirtz. He, however, does not recognize Perry, and says, "You look fabulous!", and the song is briefly played ("Dude, We're Getting the Band Back Together").
  • At the beginning of the episode, when a biker attempts to flirt with Vanessa, Dr. Doofenshmirtz uses the Away-inator mounted on his helmet to send the biker to another dimension to be knocked flat by an alien baby, like he does in "It's a Mud, Mud, Mud, Mud World."


  • Unnecessary Roughness - The episode title is a play on the American football penalty covering excessive violence beyond the game's normal blocking and tackling.
    • The episode is also a play on the USA Network series, Necessary Roughness.
  • Indiana Jones (Raiders of the Lost Ark) - Ferb wears an Indy-esque fedora and swings into action with a fishing rod, much like Indiana Jones using his whip. After Ferb saves Vanessa, she says, "Well Ferb, you certainly know how to show a girl a good time," which is an allusion to the line "Well Jones, looks like you haven't forgotten to show a lady a good time!" in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  • Final Destination - Vanessa nearly getting killed with the lawn mower until Ferb intervened like the series (in book, comic, and movie)
  • Love Actually - Sam, portrayed by Thomas Sangster, the voice actor for Ferb, has a crush on Joanna, portrayed by Olivia Olson, the voice actress for Vanessa.  In addition, a kissing scene between the two during the credits is a spoof of a scene between the two in said movie.
  • William Tell - Stacy says, "Take that apple on kid's head" after saying about buying an bow for Jeremy. This is a reference to William Tell who shot an apple on his son's head.
  • Magic Eye - Doof looks at a Mystic Eye, which is a parody of the Magic Eye series of books which had distorted images that produced 3-D images when one stares long enough at it.
  • The Pizzazium is a pun on "pizzazz" and "plutonium".


  • This is the second time Vanessa sings (the first time occurs in "I Scream, You Scream").
  • Isabella and Jeremy are absent in this episode. However, Jeremy is mentioned.
  • This marks the first time Ferb has more screen time than Phineas, despite having a few lines.
  • First episode that Phineas isn't the main character.
  • First episode in which Doofenshmirtz gets arrested.
  • This is the first time Perry actually wears normal clothes instead of just his fedora.
  • This is one of the episodes that Doofenshmirtz doesn't curse Perry. However, Doofenshmirtz doesn't recognize Perry in this episode, either.
  • Monogram says "I am trying to use the bone!" similar to in Rollercoaster when Candace "Keep it down, I am trying to use the phone!" and to The Monster of Phineas-n-Ferbenstein when Constance says "I am trying to use the quill!"
  • Ferb's yellow umbrella from "Attack of the 50 Foot Sister" reappears during the song "I'm Me".
  • Ferb gets interrupted again. ("Get That Bigfoot Outa My Face!", "Ready for the Bettys")
  • Vanessa kisses Ferb on the cheek for the first time.


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