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The Disney Channel's "Phineas and Ferb," with its variety of situations, imaginative creations, absurd evil plots, plethora of pop-culture references, and endearing characters makes it popular among children and adults alike. Each half-hour episode finds the step brothers passing the lazy summer vacation time by building some wickedly cool invention or going on a bizarre adventure while their older sister tries to put a stop to their antics. But whether building a rocket, giving a monkey a shower, or whatever else the opening theme song may suggest the siblings are doing, the show also features a slew of character phrases or variants that pretty much serve as way points for each episode. As long as the phrases flow during the course of the episode, the writers can throw in any plot or situation along the way to make the episode work.
"I know what we're going to do today!" -- Phineas
After a minute or two of exposition, Phineas the more vocal of the step siblings will usually spring to life with an idea. Whether they will build something to alleviate summertime boredom or build something to help out a situation that arises during the exposition, once Phineas says that the imaginative creativity begins.
"Whatcha doing?" -- Isabella
The cute little girl who has a crush on Phineas usually chirps this once Phineas and Ferb begin construction of the episode's device. Once she knows what they are doing, she usually brings along her friends to help since no great feat is truly great without an audience. Apparently this little catchphrase is popular int eh show's city of Danville since others occasionally use the same tone, much to Isabella's annoyance.
"Hey, where's Perry?"
Whoever happens to think of Perry -- the domesticated platypus belonging to Phineas and Ferb that supposedly does not do anything -- while working on the A-plot usually says this, which kicks the B-plot off the ground. By the time someone notices Perry is missing, Perry has begun slipping underground to receive orders from the OWCA (Organization Without a Cool Acronym). As his alter-ego Agent P, his task is to foil the evil plans of Dr. Heintz Doofenshmirtz.
"They are so busted." -- Candace
Meanwhile back in the A-plot, Candace the older sister of Phineas and Ferb has caught on to what the dynamic duo are doing. And usually their antics screw up her plans with her crush Jeremy. As she once said when annoyed at the two, "Sometimes your stuff messes with my stuff and [sometimes] I've got some big stuff going on, so you leave your stuff out there and leave my stuff alone. Or else you'll get some of this stuff. Get it?" Whether annoyed with their work or trying to get the two grounded for their dangerous activity, Candace makes it a point to contact her mother so she can witness the results. Candace should really leave the two alone.
"Yes. Yes, I am."
This is a common catchphrase used by many. It is usually in response to "Aren't you a little too (blank) to (blank)?" Now instead of coming up with an elaborate lie to counter such a direct question, the person asked responds in a direct deadpan manner that for some reason always diffuses the inquiry.
"Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated." -- Some singers
Back into the B-Plot, the Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated jingle introduces the titular Dr. Doofenshmirtz. Once Agent P enters and is subsequently trapped by a convenient device, Doofenshmirtz then explains his latest ridiculous attempt to terrorize the city or deal with an annoyance. Occasionally the jingle will vary itself based on the situation or location and it always manages to creatively fit the words into the tune. One surprising variation was "Doofenshmirtz Family Reunion."
"Curse you, Perry the Platypus!" -- Doofenshmirtz
Some time after Phineas and Ferb execute their plan, Agent P escapes his trap and foils Doofenshmirtz's scheme. The resulting phrase means the plan has literally blown up in his face. Oddly enough, the now exploded device usually manages to erase all evidence of the children's merrymaking much to Candace's chagrin.
"Oh, there you are, Perry."
Mission accomplished, Agent P reverts to Perry the platypus and returns to the sanctuary of the family with only his platypus clicking sound in response to where he was.
While the "Phineas and Ferb" formula is pretty constant, the writers do an excellent job coming up with as many different things for the step siblings to do, troubles for Candace, and schemes for Doofenshmirtz to devise. Occasionally the show does change things up with character focused episodes and even a reversed formula where Doofenshmirtz and Phineas & Ferb switch roles in "Hail Doofania."
Here's to looking forward to another season.