The Skool starts a candy fundraising program in order to get some more money to support things such as new desks. Zim isn’t interested until he finds out about a secret prize. Zim later tries to sell some candy with GIR, but struggles with them. Dib of course tries to beat Zim so Zim would fail at something else. Poop Dawg, the mascot of the candy drive, appears in front of Zim as the “gangsta specter of defeat” and tries to make him give up, but Zim becomes even more fascinated with the mystery prize. Zim then starts to sell like an invader by putting head devices on the humans, showing them a visual of what would happen if they didn’t buy his candy; (basically, an apocolyptic scene displaying how the world would end). Zim wins by selling 1.2 million candies, but finds out at Skool that the mystery prize was a lie to make kids work harder and sell more. He then recieves a can of tuna as a consolation prize.
*The visual that the humans were supposed to see would be the Massive and the Armada conquering and destroying Earth, but it was deleted and replaced with the current scene. Videos of this deleted scene can be viewed on Youtube.
Dib sets out to defeat Zim by sneaking into his base. When Professor Membrane tells Gaz that it’s her turn to pick a restaurant to eat at during their Annual Family Night Out, (since Prof. Membrane is very busy), she chooses Bloaty’s Pizza Hog. Two hours pass by and when it is time to go, Dib has still not returned. Professor Membrane says that this is a family night and everyone must attend, otherwise it would be cancelled. Gaz asks if there is any other day available to do the family night, but unfortunatly his schedule is full until next year. Gaz then contacts Dib on a communicator watch where she discovers that Dib was just captured and taken to Zim’s other base orbiting around the Earth for experimentation. Gaz is forced to go save Dib so as to be in time for the family night at Bloaty’s Pizza Hog. Gaz nearly decides to let Zim experiment on Dib by switching Dib’s organs on the outside of his body, but then thinks that Professor Membrane wouldn’t allow them to go to the restaurant without reassembling Dib. So, Gaz releases Dib and forces him to an escape ship that Zim foolishly guides them to. Zim chases them in another escape ship but is taken down by Gaz’s superior flying skills, mostly due to her gaming skills seen in NanoZiM. Gaz, Dib, and Professor Membrane meet up at Bloaty’s Pizza Hog, about to eat their meal, when Zim enters the restaurant, now in disguise. Dib says that he should finish Zim off, but Gaz has strapped him to a floating disc, keeping him in place. However, Zim is scared off by the mechanical singing animals that randomly gather around him.
The episode begins with Zim and GIR plummeting out of the sky in their burning Voot Cruiser, which has been damaged by GIR. Zim is headed underground to the repair bay but sees that a human baby is staring out its window at Zim. Zim, fearing that the baby is a threat to his mission, sets out to interrogate it, disguised as a “neighborhood baby inspector.” After a hopeless attempt at getting information, he is warded off by a horrible smell caused by the baby. He is then in his base when the doorbell rings. When Zim goes to see who is there, (nobody is), he discovers a group of babies in strange uniforms. He then finds out that they are extraterrestrials that have been left on Earth for seven years (when they were accidentally swapped with human babies during an information-gathering mission at an Earth hospital.) The babies then try to steal Zim’s ship, but Zim makes it to the repair bay before them and finds GIR messing with the power amplifer, creating a field that emits stupidity on whoever is near it. Zim is able to stop the babies by using the power amplifier on them and pass them off as human babies once more.
Zim’s class gets a new pet hamster named Peepi. Zim theories that its cuteness can be used as some type of mind control after observing is classmates’ reaction to it. Zim attaches a device to Peepi which causes it to grow to a monster-like size and develop superpowers, such as firing a lazer beam from its mouth. Unable to control it, Zim allows the hamster to rampage and destroy the city. But, when Peepi nears Zim’s base, Zim is forced to pair up with Dib and use alien technology to send the creature into deep space.
*This is the second time in the series where Zim inadvertly saves the humans.
After reminiscing about his mistreatment from his schoolmates, Zim summons up a false field trip, (which GIR says is a place made entirely of food), intending to lauch the rest of his class into a wormhole in a spaceship disguised as a school bus. The wormhold leads to an alternate dimension which has a room occupied by a moose in which they’ll meet “their moosey fate”. How the moose is meant to menace the schoolmates is not made entierley clear. However, Zim implies that once the school bus arrives in the dimension, the bus will be eaten whole by the moose. After an internal struggle, Dib thwarts Zim’s plan by weighing down the right side of the bus to veer into a path in the wormhole, which leads back to Earth.
By using a time portal device, Zim hopes to make a Hunter-Destroyer machine travel back in time to kill Dib (when he is a child) so he can’t interfere with his plans in the future. The device is simple; throw in an object from the present and it will switch with an object of the past. However, Zim discovers that the Hunter-Destroyer is incompatible with the time portal. Out of frustration, Zim throws GIR’s rubber pig at the machine and it bounces into the portal, replacing a tricycle Dib had been riding on as a child, and in pursuit of an alien(which turns out to be a punching bag designed to look like an alien.)Dib becomes injured by the accident. Zim continues to send multiple rubber piggies into the past to injure Dib until he is reduced to a catatonic state. However, this convinces Dib’s father into creating high-tech cyborg battle armor to protect his “accident-prone” son. Now the effect is reversed; when Zim sends a piggy into the past, Dib gets even more badly injured which makes his father redesign the suit to become even more dangerous. To stop this entire chain of events from occuring, Zim sends a pig back to himself with the message of “not to use the time machine.” Unfortunately, as the piggy must replace an object with the past, the piggy replaces Zim’s brain. Zim is now reduced down to the mental state of an infant (which raises the question of how he could send the piggy back to replace his brain.)
*A bloody GIR is spotted while Zim is throwing the last piggy through the portal right before it goes to Dib when it turns white.*
Written by Jhonen Vasquez & Rob Hummel First aired on 8/24/2001
During the computer’s artifical intelligence brain transplant occuring in Zim’s underground base, GIR’s brain is accidentally put into the house’s operating system. Zim cannot control GIR and attempts various methods at getting the control back of his house. Eventually, GIR decides he wants mexican food from Krazy Taco, a restaurant that seems to parody Taco Bell, and makes the house morph into a four-legged walker, somehow resembling a dog. The house, with Zim inside, travels in full view to the restaurant to get the food. When discovering he no longer has a mouth to eat the food, GIR lets Zim rectify the ordeal, much to Zim’s distaste.
Written by Frank Conniff & Roman Dirge First aired on 8/31/2001
Zim is experimenting one day when Dib tries to sneak into his base using an unrealistic squirrel costume. Zim sees through his disguise and kicks him out, but not before learning that Dib has found a weakness in his security system. This is confirmed after a pizza delivery boy walks strait through Zim’s robotic gnome field. Zim goes inside, questioning the flaw, when GIR eats the delivered pizza and then jumps on Zim, covering him in grease. This causes Zim to get a pimple. GIR enjoys the pimple so much and draws a face on it, which Zim fears will make him stick out even more. After the zit grows he discovers that its bobbing motion has hypnotic powers, so, for a test, he uses it on GIR. GIR becomes hypnotized. Later, Zim takes a body from his GEARS/CIRCUITS/HEADLESS BODIES box and puts it onto the zit, which he names Pustulio, and passes it off as a friend visiting from out of town. Zim uses this hypnotic, yet disgusting, zit to gain control of the school children, and then hypnotizes Dib into revealing the weakness in Zim’s base defenses. At that point, the pimple grows to gigantic proportions and explodes. Zim then leaves to reinforce his base’s defenses to rid of the weakness, while Dib is forced to clean up the mess with a miniature sponge, although there is a much larger one nearby.
Written by Jhonen Vasquez & Rob Hummel First aired on 8/31/2001
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Zim is observing the other Invaders, checking on their progress via a massive telescope, when static appears onscreen instead of the desired Invader. Zim calls on GIR only to find that GIR didn’t do anything to the telescope. Then, various earthquakes begin on Earth, shattering his telescope, and Zim attempts to find out why. He first tries to convince Dib to let him use his telescope, but Dib wont let him. So, he has no choice but to set off in his Voot Cruiser. He says something about adjusting the Cruiser’s G-Force compensators before blasting off the surface of Earth at ridiculous speeds. He is only stopped when they hit what turns out to be a TV screen which is projecting a sky, and discovers that the planet is being stolen by the Planet Jackers, (aliens who use planets (like Earth) as “firewood” for their dying sun). After failing to persuade them to leave the planet for him to conquer, Zim goes about stealing the planet back and is eventually successful. The citizens of Earth have no idea what was happening (although the “sky” inside of the capturing shell appears to pulse) and the Planet Jackers never realize that they lost the Earth.
This is the first episode where Zim saves the human race, though he says he only saved it to destroy it himself.
Written by Jhonen Vasquez & Eric Trueheart First aired on 5/4/2001
Dib wants to do a presentation about Zim for a meeting of the Swollen Eyeballs, a secret society which attempts to track down aliens and other paranormal beings. However, the society needs Dib to get a permission slip signed by his father, Professor Membrane, before he can do this. Professor Membrane is very famous and has his own television show, so Dib must go through a variety of trials, including a battle arena, to gain acccess to his dad. Dib fails the trials but is successful in getting the permission slip signed. However, he can’t give his presentation because he lost his suitcase, containing the evidence of Zim being an alien, during the trials.
• This is the first of the three episodes in the series not to feature Zim.
• This episode is included on the Operation Doom DVD