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Revved Up is the 61st episode of the Teen Titans series and the 9th episode of Season 5.

Synopsis

When Ding Dong Daddy steals a briefcase containing Robin's most prized possession, the Titans will have to win a road race against him to get it back. But he's not the only one interested in the "prize" as pretty soon the villian Red X appears and soon a whole squad of villians join the race. Will Robin be able to win it back? Will Titans learn the secret of the briefcase? But the bigger question is.. Who will cross the finish line first?

Plot

On a lonely desert road, the Titans face the hot rod-riding Ding Dong Daddy, who has just committed a theft. Ding Dong Daddy, however, boldly challenges the Titans to a road race, with the object of his heist as his prize - and the prize is none other than a special suitcase which contains Robin's most intimate secret!

The Titans accept the challenge, and thus begins a race of chaotic proportions, moreso because due to circumstances the Titans are split up, each respective group running into their own set of difficulties:

  • Robin races after Ding Dong Daddy on his R-Cycle, but gets unexpected and fierce competition by none other than Red X, who seeks to snatch the case and sell it to the highest bidder.
  • Starfire and Raven, prevented from flying by one of Ding Dong Daddy's weapons, desperately seek a wheeled transportation. After uncautiously informing Gizmo about the race (who in turn loses no time telling a lot of other baddies about it), they manage to hijack a kit-bashed rocket-booster bus from a bunch of would-be villains.
  • Cyborg and Beast Boy, riding the T-Car, have to contend with Ding Dong Daddy's Gremlin Crew driving a rolling pit-stop, who use every chance they can get to try and dismantle the T-Car and Cyborg himself!
Revved Up The end

Robin reveals his secret

Ding Dong Daddy, on his part, uses every dirty trick his hot rod can muster to throw the competition off the track. One of the bombs he drops onto the road almost gets Red X crashed, but Robin saves his rival. In grudging gratitude, Red X jumps off the R-Cycle and turns against the other villain racers, triggering a mass crash and disabling them all, before he voluntarily drops out of the race himself.

Ding Dong Daddy and Robin are the first to reach the finish, but after Daddy munches up Robin's cycle with his car's jaws, Robin just turns the tables and kicks Daddy out of his car, thus winning the race and regaining the case. Right afterwards, the other Titans roll across the line, and in gratitude for their selfless assistance, Robin decides to show them the contents of the case (which, however, remains a mystery to the audience). 

Quotes

  • Beast Boy: Um, Cyborg? What kinda car is that?
    Cyborg: That's not a car. It's a pit stop on wheels!!
  • Starfire: I did not know the chickens could be so adorable.
    Raven: They smell, they're noisy, and their feathers get everywhere. Nothing about them is adorable. [sneezes]
    Starfire: G'lufnog.
  • Beast Boy: Whoa, dude! What was that?!
    Revved Up BB Trucker

    BB in trucker mode


    Cyborg: I don't know, but we better warn Robin.
    Beast Boy: Leave that to me.
    [transforms into a trucker, complete with trucker CB slang]
    Beast Boy: Breaker, breaker. One-niner, this is Green Machine and Chrome-Dome calling Rubber Duck, coming at you on the flip-flop. Bear bait's just dusted our britches going full throttle in the monster lane. Come on back.
    Cyborg: Gimme that! Yo, Robin! You got company!
    Episode 61 - 2

    Raven is having a very bad day!

  • Starfire: [in one breath] We require the use of your vehicle to race the Ding Dong Daddy who has stolen Robin's most secret possession and now offers it to the winner!
    Gizmo: Oh, really?!? [starts his wheel bike and races off] Thanks for the tip, suckers!!
    Starfire: Perhaps I have explained too much. [Raven explodes in fury]
  • Bus Driver: Next! Who are you two supposed to be?!
    Starfire: I ... uh ... am the Dr. Amazing Mumgon ... the Terrible. And this is my henchman ... uh ... Henchy.
  • Cyborg: That's it! Beast Boy, take the wheel!
    Beast Boy: [dreamily] Dude, are you serious?
    [Cyborg rips off the wheel and hands it to Beast Boy ]
  • Red X: [After being rescued by Robin] Saving me was a mistake!
    [Sees all the other villains approaching]
    The briefcase really means that much to you?
    Robin: You have no idea.
    Red X: Then go get it.
  • Gizmo: [after Red X has eliminated most of the other villains] Whose side are you on, Barf Brain?!!
    Red X: Mine!!

Trivia

  • Control Freak's vehicle is both a large model of his remote control and a TV reference (like his other stuff). The reference in this case being Batman: The Animated Series in the form of the Batmobile, which is most noticable when all of the villains are "revving up" and Control Freak drives out of a cave just like Batman does in the iconic intro for the series (though in the opposite direction).
  • Beast Boy is apparently familiar with "trucker speak," using phrases such as "flip flop" and "bear bait."
  • The costume of one of the villains that Starfire and Raven ambushed may be a reference to the iconic Marvel supervillain Galactus.
  • Starfire's alias "Dr. Amazing Mumgon the Terrible" is most likely a play on 3 of the frequent villains in the series: Dr. Light, Mumbo (or the Amazing Mumbo, as he calls himself), and Trigon the Terrible.
  • This is the second time that Cyborg has lost his leg, and the first time he lost his right leg. The first time was in the season 3 episode, Can I Keep Him?, when a gigantic Silkie ate his left leg.
  • The other contestants in the race (in order of being eliminated by Red X) are: Johnny Rancid, Kitten and Fang, Control Freak, Mad Mod, Mumbo, the Puppet King, Doctor Light, Adonis and Gizmo.
  • This is also the last episode to feature Red X. This episode marks his final appearance in the series.
  • The important contents of the suitcase are as of yet never revealed, only hinted to be very important to Robin. This may be a nod to the mysterious suitcase in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. The focus on cars in the episode may also refer to Death Proof, also by Tarantino.
    Slade doll

    Whaaa?

  • Many fans believe that Robin's secret briefcase contains a picture of his parents.
  • If you look close enough at the baby Robin pictures here, you will find a hidden Slade doll.
  • According to The World's Finest, it will remain a mystery what was inside Robin's box.

References

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