Candace Flynn from Phineas and Ferb. I already talked about why I love this character and how she is the funniest character in the show back in my Phineas and Ferb character analysis series. Like I said before, Candace is not only the funniest character in the show in my opinion, and probably the one of the most character developed characters in the show.
For those who don’t know or read my Candace Flynn Character Analysis, then I’ll explain who Candace is. Candace Flynn is the big sister of Phineas Flynn and Ferb Fletcher and her goal in life is to bust her brothers and stop them from creating all of their summer inventions and everytime it happens, their inventions mysteriously disappear. Now while that does sound like a jerkish thing to do, since Phineas and Ferb make them because they want to have the best summer ever and I admit their inventions are really cool, there is a reason behind this, As I said before in the Candace analysis, Candace does it because she cares for her brothers and worries that they could get hurt. While she does not show it, the show itself, especially the episode, Traffic Cam Caper, implies that she does care for her brothers.
Originally I wanted to post this on July 11th. Why? Well if you guys have seen the episode, “Candace Loses Her Head”, you would know that July 11th is Candace’s birthday. But that never happened. So as a Christmas gift for Candace I decided to spend Christmas counting down my personal favorite Candace episodes of Phineas and Ferb. Candace has had her share of really good episodes.
……AND ONE REALLY AWFUL ONE IN THE FORM OF CANDACE GETS BUSTED!!!
But the remainder episodes that centered on Candace are really good ones. They are well written, really funny and best of all the writers of these episodes understand Candace, and heck Aliki Grafft, my favorite writer on the show and a writer for most of the Candace episodes of the show has a deep respect for Candace’s character and as such said that she likes writing for Candace.
Now I will be counting down my top 11 favorite Candace episodes so sadly most of the episodes will not be on the list, but who knows. Maybe next year I will do another one.
Now keep in mind, this is not a list of my personal favorite episodes of the show overall, that’s a list for another time (and some of the episodes on here might be on that list) But out of all of the Candace Flynn episodes of the show, these are the ones that I love and enjoy the most.
The rules for this are simple:
Rule 1: All episodes on the list have to be centered on Candace and ONLY Candace. So episodes like “Traffic Cam Caper” will not be on this list since it centers on both Candace and her brothers, “Lemonade Stand” won’t be on it either since it centers on both Candace and Stacy.
Rule 2: Candace subplots do NOT count. This is a very important rule. As I stated in rule 1, I am only counting episodes where Candace is the main focus of the episode so I am not putting episodes where Candace has her own subplot. For example, “A Real Boy” will not work on this list, because while it does have a really good Candace subplot, the star of the episode is Norm and only Norm.
And Rule 3: NO Season 4 episodes. Now do not take this the wrong way, I LOVE season 4 so far every episode is fun and memorable. (Except for Bully Bust but that’s another time) As it stands, it is a top contender for my favorite season in the entire show by far. But it wouldn’t be fair for me to add any episode from the season since Season 4 is still going on. So until Season 4 comes to a close, I will add them to another list if I decide to do so.
Now with all that said, let’s begin. I am Kyle and this is…..
MY TOP 11 FAVORITE CANDACE FLYNN EPISODES OF PHINEAS AND FERB!
The Prince and the Pauper cliché has been overused countless times in a lot in movies and cartoons but there are a few that are really good. Make Play is one of them. In this episode, while at the mall, Candace comes across the Princess of Druselstine, Princesss Baldegunde, who looks exactly like Candace. And as would expect from a Prince and the Pauper clichéd episode, The princess wants to have fun and Candace wants to be treated like royalty, and as you would expect, they switch places and spend the rest of the day in each other’s life. Baldegunde gets to meet Phineas, Ferb and Isabella and have lots of fun, and Candace has gotten a life of royalty only to get tired of it later on and in the end, they switch back.
This episode is low on the list because like I said it is an overused Prince and the Pauper cliché and for a Phineas and Ferb episode, they don’t add anything new to it. BUT, the reason I put it on the list is because of how much fun the episode is regardless. Princess Baldegunde was funny as heck as well as her accent especially the way she pronounces Phineas and Ferb’s name. Candace has a lot of fun living the Sweet Life as well.
Speaking of Sweet Life, I should also mention that Candace is voiced by Ashley Tisdale, who played Sharpay in the High School Musical Movies as well as Maddie in The Sweet Life of Zack and Cody. She also voices Baldegunde in this episode. And for the most part, Ashley does a really good job as Candace and Baldegunde in this episode while giving them personalities and having the two characters she voices interact with each other. However there is another episode where she does it better but we’ll talk about that later.
Overall, Make Play was a fun episode. Not one of the best episodes in the series, but for a Candace episode, it is one of my personal favorites.
And this is just number 11, we have 10 better episodes to go.
Fireside Girls Jamboree
In this episode Candace missed her chance to get tickets for the Pasley Sideburn Brothers concert. But when she finds out that The Fireside Girls can get free tickets to the concert, Candace enlists in the Fireside Girls in order to get tickets, however, when the only way to become a Fireside Girl is to get 50 patches in one day, Candace enlists the help of her brothers, and Isabella in order to get the 50 patches and become a Fireside Girl.
I like this episode for many reasons. One, I like the development they give to the Fireside Girl history, specifically the founder, Eliza M. Fireside, Adyson’s last name revealed as well as some character development for her. And second, this episode shows Candace’s will and determination to never give up and keep trying to get the 50 patches needed in order to become a Fireside Girl. Granted she’s only doing this so she could get tickets but she shows that if you succeed, you can accomplish anything. Even though in the end it was all for naught since Isabella can invite friends to the concert as well.
Jeff “Swampy” Marsh said way back in early 2013 on twitter that Candace is still a Fireside Girl. Hopefully we do get to to see Candace as a Fireside Girl again or participate in Fireside Girl activities in the future. (Oh hey, we did see a bit of it in “It’s No Picnic” have we? ^_^)
Still, this episode is really good with some great Candace moments as well as character development as well as some world building for the Fireside Girls. Fireside Girls Jamboree is an episode I can enjoy.
It’s a Mud, Mud, Mud, Mud World
Candace has gotten a lot of character development compared to other characters in the show. This episode tackles one of the classic developments that Candace got, training to get her Driver’s license.
The only problem is PARRALLEL PARKING!!! This is the only thing keeping her from getting her driver’s license and because of that Candace is not in a good mood. I know how Candace feels. I hate learning how to parallel park and I was always afraid of screwing it up. What Candace needs is some support from her family. And support she got.
Phineas and Ferb overheard what is wrong with Candace and decide to help her, with the help of Lawrence Fletcher, Ferb’s father and Phineas and Candace’s stepfather, by creating a monster truck rally in their backyard and turn their car into a monster truck called “THE CANDACE CRUSHER” It’s kind of odd since she trying to learn how to drive and try to not hit anything while parallel parking in a place where Cars hit each other….but this is Phineas and Ferb, why am I bringing logic into this?
In the end though, it works with Candace finally getting learning how to parallel park and having more confidence in herself.
Now the plot about Candace getting her license is still going on to this day. Check out the season 2 episodes, Bubble Boys and the Season 4 episode, My Sweet Ride; they do a good job continuing this arc.
This is one of the best episodes in the entire show in my opinion because of how Phineas and Ferb would do whatever they can to help their sister. It also shows that Candace can do it if she practices and don’t give up. A really good lesson from a really great Candace episode. And that is why I love it so much.
The Mom Attractor
This is one of the best Candace episodes of the 3rd Season in my opinion. The episode starts off with Candace in a bikini (Hey I like this episode already. XD ) doing some sunbathing, when all of a sudden Phineas and Ferb came up to her and decided that they are gonna do what Candace wants to do today. Candace decides to use this as her advantage to bust the boys once and for all. The results leads to the Mom Attractor, a robotic version of Linda that is designed to bring Linda home so that she can see the boys’ invention. However, things go wrong thanks to Doofenshmirtz's latest invention. He created a giant robot baby designed to make all of the babies in the Tri-State Area cry in front of his brother, Roger. That way, he will lose his right as Mayor. But during a fight with Perry, the robot baby starts to cry and somehow, all of the Moms in Danville, inuding Linda and the mom attractor itself march to Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated and foil Doof's plan.
I really love this episode alot. Candace's idea to use the boys' gift is pretty clever, Candace has some funny moments especially in the beginning of the episode, and the song rocked.
If there is one thing that this episode taught me is this:
Candace is AWESOME!
Gaming the System
Phineas and Ferb and video games rolled into one. In this episode, thanks to the inspiration of Buford's video game handheld, Phineas and Ferb create a video game that you can go into. However, things started to go wrong. Candace, who is getting ready to go to the cotillion with Jeremy, went outside to tell the boys to be quiet, but she gets hit by a ray that puts her in the video game. Now Candace with the help of Phineas and Ferb has to beat the video game and get out of there and get ready for the cotillion.
Now beating the game sounds simple enough for Candace to accomplish, but there is one little problem...
CANDACE IS COMPLETLEY NAKED!!
……well okay technically she is wearing a towel, but the way she tries to cover herself multiple times in the episode implies that she has gone commando.
Plus there is a part in the episode where we get a closeup of Candace's chest while she is adjusting her towel.
PHINEAS AND FERB: A SHOW THAT KIDS AND ADULTS CAN ENJOY, LIKABLE CHARACTERS, WELL WRITTEN ADVENTURES AND JOKES AND BLATANT FANSERVICE!!!!
I actually found this funny cause Tour de Ferb which aired one season later, had Linda wearing nothing but a towel as well near the end of the episode…like daughter like mother I suppose.
That aside though, the reason why this episode is on the list is because it shows how much of a badass Candace is throughout it. She goes through the whole game taking out all of the enemies in it using her Hair dryer as a gun. Plus like Traffic Cam Caper, this episode shows how much Candace cares for her brothers when she protects them from the final boss of the game and when we all thought Phineas and Ferb died. What also makes this episode great is the video game references like how Buford owns a handheld console which reference the Nintendo DSi which was out during this time. And of course there are Tron references like the way Candace went in the game and came back out.
Overall, this is a great Candace episode. If you’re a fan of video games as well as Candace herself, you will love this episode.
The Curse of Candace
A Halloween episode that is so much fun. It is another Season 3 episode that I would watch again and again every time. In this episode, After seeing a vampire movie and getting attacked by a Bat, and interacting with some of Phineas and Ferb’s inventions, Candace thinks that she is a vampire. This is one of Candace’s best episodes for a reason. One is the humor from Candace in this episode, her getting attack by the bat, finding out that she is a vampire and how she is dealing with it was well done in terms of humor. The song is also great as well; I love the tone of it as well as the visual imagery that is in it. And of course, the ending. Words cannot describe how much I love the ending. I don’t want to ruin it but trust me; it is one of the best endings to a Phineas and Ferb episode I have ever seen. It will leave you speechless…Or inspire you to create a cool fanfic about Candace as a teenage Vampire.
(Seriously, go check out “Candace the Teenage Vampire” by GirlWithNoLife. I just began reading it and so far it’s a really good fanfic)
But yeah, overall, it’s a fun Halloween themed Candace episode that doesn’t disappoint.
Monster from the Id
Phineas and Ferb parodies “Inception”……yeah this episode’s already awesome but there is more to it. In this one, Candace loses something that Jeremy forgot and asks Phineas and Ferb for help, but when she does not remember what it looks like Phineas and Ferb suggests using a device to go into Candace’s mind to find the image of what was lost.
What follows is a trip into Candace’s psyche or in this case her “Id” which is a part of the psyche that is the source of instinctive impulses, in this case, Candace’s urge to bust her brothers. Oh and her Id is also a giant monster armed with a Ducky Momo club.
…Only in Phineas and Ferb folks.
We also get to see the things that make Candace tick. Mountains made out of Jeremy’s head representing her huge crush on him, Phineas and Ferb are Antelope representing Candace’s “Prey” if you will, and the list goes on. Even the talking Zebra makes an appearance.
And then there’s the song. It is a good song but the highlight is the bizarre and trippy visuals that accompany it.
I don’t want to spoil a lot in this episode because honestly, it is one of those episodes you have to see to believe. But I will assure you that “Monster From the Id” is a ride into the mind of Candace Flynn that you will never forget.
Attack of the 50 Foot Sister
This episode deserves to be higher on the list for one reason and one reason only. It is a Candace episode with a good moral.
The episode starts at the mid-summer festival in Danville. In the festival, Phineas and Ferb help Baljeet grow a giant Watermelon using a growth elixir. Where is Candace during all of this? Why she is also at the carnival auditioning to be the next Flawless Girl. However Blanca Deshawn the founder of Flawless Girl rejected her because she is short and not taller. Upset by this, Candace finds out about her brother’s growth elixir and uses it on herself to become taller. However she drinks too much causing her to become a giant and when Blanca Deshawn and a ringmaster for an oddball show P.P. Otter (Long story short, this guy met Candace and asks her to be in the Oddball show and be a freak……Yeah this guy’s a jerk.) However after hearing what they have said Candace realize that they only want to make money off of people to make them feel worse about themselves and Candace would have none of that and decided to decline their offer and go back to what she does best, busting Phineas and Ferb. She also learned an important lesson, never judge who you are as a person based on what other people think you should be. You have to decide on what you want to be.
And that is the reason why this episode is higher on the list. It has a very important moral and surprisingly it’s written in a way that didn’t talk down to kids and was presented in a very subtle way.
It is one of the best episodes of the show in my opinion and that is mostly because of the moral and how it was presented.
Sure it does have its funny moments, but Attack of the 50 Foot sister is a life sized episode that you should check out.
Lights, Candace, Action!
Okay, I will be honest; I put this episode higher on the list because personally in my opinion, I think that this is the most underrated Candace episode in the show. I rarely hear people talk about it and talk about other episodes.
Now as far as most underrated Phineas and Ferb episodes, Ready for the Bettys is still the most underrated episode in the entire show especially since it doesn’t air on TV anymore because it’s banned. Yeah you can watch it on other sites like iTunes, amazon, etc. However Lights’ Candace, Action! Is a close second.
In this episode, Candace finds out that a movie version of her favorite play, “The Princess Sensibilities” is being filmed here in Danville and luckily Candace gets the main part of the movie. However the directors of the film are none other than Phineas and Ferb. You would think that Candace would bust her brothers after finding out about this. However she decides not to so that she can become a star. Yes this is one of many episodes where Candace does not bust her brothers. And…..that’s it. The rest of the episode shows Candace acting only to get involved in several forms of slapstick humor that you see in Tom and Jerry cartoons, thanks to what props and direction that Phineas and Ferb do in order to spice the movie up. There’s also a Doofenshmirtz plot that involves him quitting evil and decide to make cheese which ties in to the main plot very well but I am not gonna spoil it for you.
I really like this episode mostly for the humor alone. Don’t get me wrong it is a well written episode, but the humor is where this episode shines. Like I said, we get Tom and Jerry and Looney Tune styles of slapstick humor, and other jokes like how Phineas and Ferb make the movie, Attaching a camera to a monkey who attacks Candace in order to get a bunch of Bananas that are on her head which results to Ferb holding the camera………only for HIM to attack Candace so he can get the sandwich that she is holding because he hasn’t eaten yet. By the way, that’s my favorite part of the episode.
There is also a live action appearance from someone who works on the show. Some who have seen the episode may know who it is but for those who don’t, I will not say because I don’t want to spoil it.
Overall, this is a Candace episode that you should check out. It’s a really good and funny episode that deserves more attention.
Wizard of Odd
Phineas and Ferb modify their house so they can clean it by spinning it around. However, Candace was in her room while that was happening and her brother’s contraption ended up making Candace so dizzy that she collapses. When she wakes up she finds herself in a world known as Odd. There she meets the Good Witch who in actuality is Isabella who tells Candace about the city known as Bustopolis where she can meet the wizard and convince him to bust her brothers. She also gives her a pair of red boots that apparently the evil witch, who is actually Doofenshmirtz, wants to use for his evil plan. Now Candace must travel to Bustopolis with the help of Baljeet the Nerdcrow, Jeremy the Tree and Buford the Lion-Tiger Bear hybrid so they can get their requests fulfilled from the wizard.
As you can tell from the plot synopsis, this episode is a parody of “Wizard of Oz” with Candace as the Dorothy character in the episode.
As a parody episode, it does a really good job. It respects the source material and makes fun of it in a fun way. You have Isabella the Good witch singing about the yellow sidewalk which is a parody of the yellow brick road, you see two really funny scenes with Candace and a rusted Tin Man, both in the episode and in the end credits and you see them make fun of the line “Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my!” by having Buford becoming a Lion-Tiger-Bear hybrid, the list goes on.
This episode has a lot of charm and effort put into it, and that is why I love this episode.
Also like Attack of the 50 Foot Sister, Wizard of Odd has a moral as well and once again, it’s Candace who learns that moral.
Wizard: All this time, the boys were only trying to show you the fun way to go. The joy is in the journey, you know.
Candace: So, you're telling me that I could have fun throughout this entire adventure if only I stepped off the yellow sidewalk and join my doofus brothers? Is that it?
Wizard: Right on the nosy. Loosen up, sweetheart. Remember to have fun along the way. Summer won't last forever.
Like Attack of the 50 Foot Sister, the moral is really well done and it really makes it one of the best episodes in the series as well as one of my favorite episodes overall.
I also really like the ending of the episode as well
Wizard of Odd: a fun and funny “Wizard of Oz” parody with a good moral.
Not much else to say except…
Phineas: Have fun, everybody!
And my Number 1 favorite Candace Flynn episode is:
While Wizard of Odd and Attack of the 50 Foot Sister have strong morals and either episode could’ve been Number one, I decided to go with this episode because of one reason.
One of the reasons why I love Candace is that she is funny. Split Personality is Candace’s funniest episode yet.
In this episode, Phineas and Ferb create a Molecular Scrambler to separate one thing into two things that made it. For example, they separated a bottle of Shampoo plus Conditioner into a bottle of Shampoo and a bottle of conditioner or separating a Donkey into a horse and a mule.
……Phineas and Ferb logic people.
Anyway, Candace finds the Molecular Scrambler in her backyard and tries to take it to Mom. However, while doing so, Candace accidentally activated it (and damaged it) causing the scrambler to separate Candace into two Candace’s with different personalities. One Candace with the urge to bust Phineas and Ferb, and one Candace with a romantic obsession over Jeremy. When Phineas and Ferb find out what happens, they try to fix the Scrambler and try to put Candace back together. While that’s going on, Busting Candace and Romantic Candace run amok.
Oh god, where do I start?
Well, like I said, this episode is hilarious.
Most of the humor in this episode comes from Candace herself. Her dialogue as well as her antics in the episode really put a smile on my face and make me laugh every time I see her.
The same goes for Candace’s split personalities themselves. Both personalities are fun to watch and the way they interact with not only each other but with the other characters as well was done well.
Oh, and speaking of how the personalities interacting with each other, do you guys remember what I said during Make Play where I talk about how Ashley Tisdale does a good job voicing two characters in that episode and does a good job switching personalities? Well Split Personality kicks it up a notch by having her voice two Candace personalities communicating with each other. Seriously, watch the scenes where busting Candace and Romantic Candace interact.
Also the personalities sang the song in this episode, and it’s a really good one. The song, “I'm Through with Me” is about the personalities’ sense of relief, about one personality is through living with the other. It’s a really good Candace song that I do recommend. It’s that good.
And of course, there’s the scene. Those who have seen Split Personality know what I’m talking about. Those who haven’t, I’ll explain it. Near the end of the episode, Busting Candace encounters Phineas and Ferb and asked if they’ve seen Romantic Candace. After Phineas tells her, Busting Candace starts pointing and screaming like a horse along with a very hilarious facial expression. According to the research I did, that scene is a reference to Invasion of the Body Snatchers. But even if you didn’t know that, it is still a hilarious scene and by far the funniest Candace moment in the show……
That is until Great Balls of Water came along but that is a story for another day.
Now don’t get me wrong. Even though I found Candace to be the funniest part in the episode, doesn’t mean the rest of the episode isn’t.
We get a funny bit with Buford complaining about getting peanut butter in his chocolate, we get a really fun Perry and Doofenshmirtz plot and Linda, oh god you should see Linda in this episode, especially when she drives Romantic Candace home. You should see the look on her face. XD
Overall, Split Personality is a really great Candace episode. Candace is hilarious in it, the rest of the humor is good, and the song is good as well.
It deserves to be my number one favorite Candace Flynn episode of Phineas and Ferb.
And that concludes my Top 11 favorite Candace Flynn episodes of Phineas and Ferb. I hope you enjoyed it and hopefully I explained well enough on why I like Candace Flynn as a character.
Not only is Candace is funny to watch, but she is also an interesting character, she is a third-dimensional character with a lot of depth and I’m not the only one who think this. Dan Povenmire himself has previously said that Candace is the story while Phineas and Ferb is the setting. (That reminds me; I got to talk about that in my analysis series next year)(Oh yeah, and what Dan said is in the description below)
I do think she is the best character in the show (as well as Doofenshmirtz) and the episodes I put on the list proves why I think that.
So you have a Merry Christmas Candace Flynn.
I’m Kyle, and I’ll see you next time.
Oh and Merry Christmas to you all. ^_^