Remember how "Christmas Vacation" took place on Christmas Eve after the boys' summer, well "That's the Spirit!" takes place on Halloween night. So yeah this is the second episode to take place after summer.
Anyway, on with the story itself, Phineas, Ferb, Candace, Isabella, Buford and Baljeet go out Trick or Treating. I love the costumes they are wearing. Phineas is Dracula, Ferb is wearing the Frankenstein costume from "One Good Scare Ought to Do It", Candace is Jill from Jack and Jill
(Shows poster of Adam Sandler's Jack and Jill)
THE NURSURY RHYME JACK AND JILL NOT THAT CRAPPY ADAM SANDLER JACK AND JILL!!!!!!
Isabella is a fairy Princess, Buford is a pirate and Baljeet…well he says that he is a daisy but to me he looks like…..well….
"Laaaaalalalalalalala La Katamari Damacy"
Anyway, while Trick or Treating, they meet a boy name Russell.
Isabella: Oh, Russell, like the leaves.
Russell tells them about the house he lives which he says that it's haunted. So Phineas, Ferb and the gang decide to check it out. And it turns out that the house is really haunted as the door locks on them, they encountered a human with a pumpkin for a head, a river in the basement full of ghosts and zombies.
Russell: Did I forget to mention the zombies.
While this is going on, Doofenshmirtz, after his plan to merge his mind with a cow and destroy all of the grass in the Tri-State Area backfire turns into a Were-Cow. Kind of like a Wolf-man but instead it's a cow. Hey we had Were-Cars in Futurama and a Were-Mole in Courage the Cowardly Dog so why not have a cow. Oh, and also like Were-Wolves, they also change when the full moon comes out. So Perry tries to save not only the Tri-State Area but Doof himself. This succeeds when Doof somehow turns back to normal….only to turn back and be chased by the civilians of the Tri-State Area.
Back at the house, the Pumpkin head ghost returns and traps our heroes in the corner, just the Ferb throws a skull at it which knocks his head off which cause sparks to fly from it. It turns out that it's a robot and the entire house was a friendly prank made by Russell's Father Waylon and his Mother Mona.
Isabella: Russell, Waylon and Mona? They're like, themed for Halloween or something!
And surprise, surprise, Russell was in on it as well. It turns out that Russell and his parents always trick Trick or Treaters with the house every Halloween.
So everyone parts way and the story happily ends.
OR DOES IT?
Phineas: You know, for a minute there, I thought there were real ghosts. (Turns suddenly and gasps) The old house! It's gone!
Waylon: We're just uh, packing it up for the season.
Phineas: Isn't this the moment in one of these things when someone really turns into a ghost?
(Both boys turn and stare suspiciously at Russell and his family. A long silence follows)
Russell: (Sounding slightly irritated) Dude, that's it!
Phineas: Oh, ok. See ya next year!
……ok it does.
I love the writing in this episode, it is well done and I love that it is set on Halloween. Just like how I love Christmas Vacation taking place on Christmas. Both the PnF plot and the Doof plot were well done. The PnF plot was a little predictable I admit, but the way it was done was so enjoyable that I won't complain about it. But the ending was a great twist to a cliché.
The animation is really good as well. The inside of the Haunted House without a doubt had the best animation in the episode. Doof's transformation into a Were-Cow was good as well. And like I said last time, I love the designs of the costumes.
The humor is also really good. Everything in this episode made me laugh. Again one of the best moments is the when the gang goes in the Haunted House, Doof's backstory and his Were-Cow havoc, and the ending.
The two songs in this episode, both are good but not great. The songs, "Were-Cow on the Rampage" and "Were-Cow on the Run" which both are about Doof's Rampage in the Tri-State Area and Running away from the mob are up there with "He's Eviler" From "The Monster of Phineas and Ferbenstien". Good songs but not one of the best in the show.
Overall, "That's the Spirit!" is an enjoyable episode, it has a good Halloween atmosphere it has some great and funny moments, the characters had some great dialogue, and like I said before, I love how the ending twists an old cliché at the end.
But there is another episode that did an even better job. I bet you guys know what I am talking about.
Next time I review….
THE CURSE OF CANDACE!!
That's the Spirit! Overall Score: 9.7 / 10