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Hide and Seek
Bobby vs Mallah
Episode Number 059
Broadcast Number 059
Season 05
Original Airdate November 11, 2005
Production Code 507
Guest Characters Melvin, Timmy Tantrum, Teether, Bobby and Monsieur Mallah
Written By Amy Wolfram
Directed By Michael Chang
Previous Episode Kole
Next Episode Lightspeed

Hide and Seek is the 59th episode of the Teen Titans series and the 7th episode of the fifth season.

Synopsis

The story opens with Raven waiting for a team of young supers at a lonely train station, this time by herself because the other Titans are busy dealing with Brotherhood incursions all over the world; only Beast Boy answers (in Robin's place) her communicator calls. Raven has been assigned to take the team to a safe location to hide them from the Brotherhood's clutches.

When the team arrives, Raven finds to her annoyance that the supers are actually very young - in fact, they are still pre-adolescent kids: Melvin, Timmy, and Teether. With Timmy's childish antics, Melvin's claims that she has an invisible friend named Bobby, and toddler Teether's habit to chew on benches and upholstery, the train trip to the safe location (a monastery) quickly stresses Raven's nerves to the limits. However, this is only the lesser of two evils, as Monsieur Mallah boards the train in order to snatch the children. Raven proves unable to stand up against his brute strength and cunning, but a mysterious invisible force holds Mallah back and separates their wagon from the train, leaving them stranded. An attempt by Raven to levitate the group over the mountain range separating them from their goal is thwarted by Teether's discomfort of heights, forcing them to walk the rest of the way.

The team spends a night in a skiing lodge, where Raven's patience is quickly frazzled up by her lack of knowledge about how to deal with little children, until Melvin manages to give her some good advice - although the girl keeps insisting that her friend Bobby is real. The next day, they try to get over the mountain range by cable car, but Mallah, tenacious as ever, attacks them midway up the mountain. While Raven tries to evict him from the car, Teether chews on the suspension cable, making the car drop to the ground and slide down the mountain slope until it comes to a violent stop at a forest's edge.

Finally reaching the monastery, Raven is relieved to be rid of her charges, though she has actually grown quite fond of the children. But as she prepares to leave, she senses that something is amiss, and indeed she finds Mallah having the kids captured and shackled inside a heavily armed AFV. She takes up pursuit, to which Mallah responds viciously. Finally trying to stop the car directly, Raven instead ends up stunned and helpless before Mallah, who prepares to run her over, but it is then that the children reveal their powers. The car is brought to a violent halt, the kids are freed, and then Bobby - a giant living teddybear with the ability to render himself invisible - appears on the scene, sending Mallah flying. With their friendship truly affirmed, Raven leaves the kids in the care of the monks and a Titans Communicator, to call her whenever they need her help again.

Trivia

  • When Raven and the kids are in the cabin, for a split second, Timmy's hands are ungloved, but in the next scene, he has both gloves on.
  • In this episode, Raven, at first, believes that Bobby is just an imaginary friend, but he turns out to be real. This is one of those episodes that shows that Raven has to see something in order to believe it.
  • This episode features three children with super powers.
  • When Melvin is hanging on to the pole in the sky tram, her socks disappear and reappear.

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 Quotes

  • Raven: Raven calling anyone.
    Beast Boy: Raven!
    Raven: Anyone OTHER than Beast Boy?!"
  • Melvin: You don't babysit much, do you?
    Raven: You can tell?
  • Raven: Last year on my birthday, my friends got me a cake and some balloons.
    [Kids listen intently]
    Raven: ...But I couldn't enjoy it because my dad Trigon, the scary red demon with horns, took over the world, and there was fire everywhere and then some guy named Slade with a skeleton for a face came after me and ...
    [Kids whimper in fear]
    Raven: [quickly] ... My friends saved me and we all ate cake. The end.
  • Raven: Bobby's real?
    Melvin: Told ya so.
  • Timmy: Monkey man!
Raven: What's a "monkey man"? [eyes widen in frightened realization] Mallah...
  • Raven: Good idea, Robin. Put Raven in charge of the kids.

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