|Hide and Seek|
|Original Airdate||November 11, 2005|
|Guest Characters||Melvin, Timmy Tantrum, Teether, Bobby and Monsieur Mallah|
|Written By||Amy Wolfram|
|Directed By||Michael Chang|
Hide and Seek is the 59th episode of the Teen Titans series and the 7th episode of the fifth season.
The story opens with Raven waiting for a team of young supers at a train station, this time by herself, due to the other Titans being busy dealing with Brotherhood incursions all over the world, with only Beast Boy answering (using Robin's communicator). Raven has been assigned to escort the team to a safe location to keep them from clutches of the Brotherhood.
Once the team arrives, Raven quickly finds herself annoyed that the supers are actually very young, pre-adolescent kids: Melvin, Timmy, and Teether. With Timmy's childish antics, Melvin's claims that she has an invisible friend named Bobby, and Teether's habit of chewing on benches and upholstery, Raven is very quickly stressed to the limit. However shortly afterwards, the train trip to the safe location (a monastery), proves to be more dangerous than first thought, when Monsieur Mallah boards the train to capture the children. Raven tries to hold her own against Mallah, but has difficulty matching up to his brute strength and cunning. They manage to elude him when a mysterious invisible force holds Mallah back, and separates their wagon from the train. Now stranded without transport, Raven resorts to using her powers to levitate the kids on a dark energy platform over the mountain range, but her plan backfires when Teether is revealed to have travel sickness and regurgitates, 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 teddy bear 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.
- This episode features three children with super powers.
- This is one of those episodes that shows that Raven has to see something in order to believe it. As Raven thought Bobby was Melvin's imaginary friend, but he turns out to be real.
- When Melvin is hanging on to the pole in the sky tram, her socks disappear and reappear.
- 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.
- 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.
- Melvin & Timmy: Do it again! Do it again!
Raven: No again.
- Raven: Robin!
Beast Boy: Robin's communicator! May I...
Raven: Put Robin on, NOW!!
Beast Boy: Uh, he's kinda in the middle of something.
Raven: Well, tell him I don't do babysitting.
Beast Boy: Raven told me to tell you she doesn't babysit! [silence] Robin says you have to.
Raven: Can't someone else do it? Starfire likes people. Or Cyborg?
Beast Boy: Everyone else is on other missions. You're gonna have to... [communicator shuts off]