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"Livin' Large" is the forty-seventh episode in the television series Danny Phantom.

Summary

The Guys in White buy out Fenton Works, allowing the family to live a life of wealth and luxury. However, Sam and Tucker must convince a now-snobbish Danny to stop the Guys In White from destroying the Ghost Zone (and Earth along with it).

Episode recap

Danny and his friends mull over their tired, hard-working, tedious lives, as they spend so much time between school and hunting ghosts that they have barely any time to enjoy themselves.

They are interrupted when the Guys in White arrive at Fenton Works. The Guys In White apologize to the Fenton parents for their previous labeling of the Fentons as "crackpots," acknowledge their genius, and offer to buy out Fenton Works.

Jack and Maddie initially decline until they see the enormous check that the Guys in White have for them, after which they immediately accept. Before leaving, a cautious Danny locks the Fenton Ghost Portal with a password so the Guys In White cannot tamper with it.

The Fenton family moves to a lavish mansion, complete with a bigger ghost lab made of solid gold, a huge library, a room full of video games, and even a butler named Hobson.

Their mansion is located right next door to Vlad Masters (who is fully irritated by the Fentons' new wealth). The Fentons all enjoy their new rich life, except Danny, who does not like the Guys in White's constant presence in his new room.

Tucker slowly convinces Danny to relax and enjoy himself, while Sam keeps a constant watch on the old Fenton Works building via Danny's new telescope. Sam sees that the Guys in White are trying to unlock the Fenton Ghost Portal and becomes suspicious.

Jack and Maddie get to work building a new Ghost Portal, using a new drill machine called the "Reality Drill" that supposedly will drill right through to the Ghost Zone. After Danny repeatedly beats Hobson at video games, he rings Tucker to join him, who is disappointed to find out he skipped school to goof off and play video games, especially since they had a test that day. He even blows off Sam and Tucker's recon mission at the old Fenton Works to do some "important things that an old guy can do for him".

The phone call ends when Danny's battery dies and Sam and Tucker sneak into Fenton Works. The Guys In White do whatever they can to deactivate the Ghost Portal's lock all the while wondering why they bought it in the first place. Sam and Tucker sneak into an air vent leading to the lab discover the Guys in White are planning to send an anti-ecto missile through the Ghost Portal to destroy the entire Ghost Zone. However, what the Guys in White do not know is that if they succeed, the entire dimensional presence of Earth will cease to exist since the Ghost Zone is the proverbial flipside of Earth's universal existence.

Sam and Tucker try to convince Danny to help stop the Guys in White, but Danny has eschewed hero work in favor of his new wealth and has even replaced his friends with robot doppelgangers.

Sam and Tucker go back to Fenton Works to try to stop the Guys in White on their own, but end up getting captured by the Guys in White. The Guys in White continue to struggle to guess the password to the Fenton Portal's lock.

Danny himself slowly realizes how lonely life is without Sam and Tucker and, with Hobson's advice, runs off to save his friends and the world.

He heads down to the mansion's ghost lab to use his parents' drill to get into the Ghost Zone so that he can travel through it to the Fenton Portal and come out right at Fenton Works. However, Danny looks closer and discovers that the drill turns out to be only a novelty cappuccino machine with a ton of flashing lights, which in turn makes it a huge waste of time and money on Jack's part.

Danny changes plans and goes straight to Fenton Works, but the outside is heavily guarded by the Guys In White, who become trigger happy the moment they spot him (as he apparently forgot he could turn invisible).

As a last resort, Danny goes to Vlad's manor and uses one of Vlad's portals to get into the Ghost Zone, which is hidden behind a "really big, really ugly" painting.

Danny finally makes it to the Ghost Zone. However, he discovers that he may as well be on the other end of a continent when he sees Pariah's Keep. He concludes that if he is going to get to the Fenton Portal, he is going to need speed, so he resorts to stealing Johnny 13's motorcycle. He passes by Youngblood, who is dressed up as an astronaut and playfully positioned on a giant slingshot to launch himself "into space".

As the Guys in White trip all over themselves trying to unlock the portal, Sam and Tucker make idiot jokes at their expense. However, Tucker taking the last word indirectly reveals the Ghost Portal's password (Open Sesame), which means certain doom.

Back in the Ghost Zone, Danny then rides by Skulker, who is target practicing on his island.

The Guys in white debate whether or not "Open Sesame" is the password since it is totally ridiculous, but remember that they bought the lab from the Fentons. They enter the password and Danny sees the portal opening in the Ghost Zone just as he arrives, much to his horror.

Just as the Guys in White are ready to launch their missile, Danny, Skulker, Youngblood, and Johnny launch a boulder from Youngblood's slingshot into the gateway just before entry. The missile explodes in the lab and covering everything with sticky pink goo (as the missile, too, was only a novelty). Sam comes to the apparent conclusion that something built for destruction in the Ghost Zone's reality just makes a gooey mess in Earth's reality.

Thinking Fenton Works is cursed, the Guys in White free Sam and Tucker, sell Fenton Works back to Jack and Maddie, and flee. The Fenton family agrees on how much the rich life is not suited for their taste and Danny notes that he is kind of looking forward to working hard again. Sam and Tucker say that he can start by helping the two of them get the anti-ecto goo off.

The Fentons call for Hobson, but remember that he came with their mansion and he no longer works for them, much to their sorrow. The episode ends with Danny saying that he already misses being rich and the Tuckbot concussing him with it is headpiece.

Series continuity

  • Sam references her family's wealth, as established in "Attack of the Killer Garage Sale," by saying, "Take it from me," after telling Danny that money changes people.

Trivia

  • Allusions: See List of allusions
  • Goofs: See List of goofs
  • This episode features Youngblood without his assistant for the first and only time.
  • Danny riding Johnny 13's motorcycle reflects Danny's original character concept, where he would have ridden a motorcycle and used gadgets to hunt ghosts instead of having super powers.
  • When Jack and Maddie buy back Fenton Works, the giant check they bring with them is for one quintillion dollars. Incidentally, this is more money than what currently exists.[1]
  • Butch Hartman's signature can be seen on the hundred-dollar bill in the title card.
  • This is the only episode in which Vlad appears as Vlad Masters but not as Vlad Plasmius.
  • Johnny 13 appears without Shadow and Kitty.
  • The password of the Fenton Portal is "Open Sesame".
  • This episode also reveals the true nature of the Ghost Zone's existence.
    • It is the flipside of Earth, meaning neither can exist without the other.

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References

  1. About $10.5 trillion USD exists as of 2013 (source: http://money.howstuffworks.com/how-much-money-is-in-the-world.htm)

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