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Ms. Bitters
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Invader Zim Episode
Dark Harvest
Title 04b
Chronology
Previous: Germs
Next: Attack of the Saucer Morons
Information
Episode No: Episode 04
Production No: 02B
Airdate: April 20, 2001
Credits
Writer(s): Eric Trueheart
Rob Hummel


Plot Summary

SPOILER WARNING OF DOOM: This section or article may contain spoilers!

Fat Zim (Dark Harvest)
One day at Skool, Dib decides to scan Zim with his brand-new X-Scope. What he finds is incredible: none of Zim's organs bear any resemblance to those of humans. Later in Ms. Bitters' classroom, when Zim gets Head Pigeons, Dib realizes that when the nurse examines him, she will quickly discover his alien nature. However, when Dib blurts this to Zim, the Irken decides that, in order to appear more human, he must obtain human organs.
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Meanwhile, Dib decides to get to the nurse's office to ensure that things turn out the way he hoped; he does so by jamming a pencil up his nose, and claiming to Ms. Bitters that it has lodged itself in his brain. She acquiesces, but forces him to take the auxiliary Hall Pass - a radiator.

However, when Dib finally reaches the nurse's office, Zim is nowhere in sight. He asks the secretary if she saw a green-skinned child enter the office, and she points toward the hall monitor, who is sitting in one of the chairs doubled up in pain and mumbling "the cooing..." over and over again. Dib quickly uses his X-Scope on the monitor, and discovers that one of his organs has been replaced with Zim's Hall Pass.

Dib realizes that Zim now fat in the cafeteria but a scene of him getting fat is not shown has started going around the Skool, ambushing unsuspecting skoolchildren and using a device in his PAK to steal their organs and replace them with various objects. One student that doesn't seem to care is Gaz, who had one of her organs replaced with her Game Slave; as a result, glowing lights appear on her midsection. Dib quickly teams up with Torque Smackey, the only other kid who has not been caught, and tries to protect him from Zim's gruesome harvest. He eventually fails, however, as he turns away for one second, and Torque is gone. Dib realises that he is the only one left, and a mysterious cooing sound is growing ever nearer...

Zim pursues Dib throughout the Skool, into its very depths. Unfortunately, Zim finally corners him, and replaced one of his organs with a mooing sound can.

Ultimately, Zim's plan is a success: He manages to fool the Skool nurse, who proclaims him to be "perfectly healthy... with such plentiful organs." Dib, however, isn't so lucky: the organ replacement caused him to produce a mooing sound whenever he exhales, and this causes the nurse to scream that he is not human. The incident makes the front page in newspapers everywhere, with the headline proclaiming: "Hideous Mooing Cyborg Boy Found!"

End of Spoilers: There are no further spoilers for this section or article. You can breathe now.

Facts of Doom

Cultural References

  • Ms. Bitters's quote: "If you leave school grounds, it will explode!" - In The Running Man (1987), Arnold Schwarzenegger and other inmates are kept in a prison with an electronic frontier, in which a collar around their necks will explode if they attempt to leave. (The same idea was also employed in the infamous sci-fi flop Battlefield Earth and video game Ratchet: Deadlocked.)
  • This entire episode seems to follow a parody on the plot of the 1978 movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers - Dib is a human who is the only one aware out of an entire human group (the Skool) about an alien invasion that is infecting them one by one.
  • The entire climax is a parody of the 1979 film Alien.
  • The boiler room aspect seemed reminiscent of Nightmare on Elm Street.

Trivia

  • This episode further expands and focuses on the school's pathetic health system.
  • In production order, this is the first time Zim's plan worked while Dib's plan failed. However, in aired order, this is the second time (the first aired episode was Parent Teacher Night).
  • Gaz didn't get upset that Zim took her organs, likely only because she was still able to play her Game Slave, and was 'in the zone'. Alternatively, the Game Slave also was her organ. However, because of the fact that the show has a floating timeline, the issue is never addressed again in any future episode.
  • This episode is thought to be one of the reasons for Zim's cancellation, as it was referenced in Scott Dyleski who had carved out his victim's organs during his trial. He stated that he got the idea from Invader ZIM, but also made it clear that he was joking.
  • This episode is the first episode on which Zim's Base hasn't appeared nor is mentioned.
  • This episode is the sixth to use the squiggly Invader ZIM font instead of the official Invader ZIM font.
  • This marks the first episode (in both production and air order) in which GIR doesn't appear.

Changes & Cuts

  • This episode was originally going to be aired with Bestest Friend but was deemed "too twisted" to air together. Instead, NanoZIM was aired with Bestest Friend and Germs was aired with this episode. Though, Bestest Friend and this episode are both known for their dark storyline to one another.

Things You Might Have Missed

ZiM Xray

A picture of Zim's insides.

  • When Dib is looking for a place to run, you can see an arrow on the wall by the vent that says JV, the initials of the creator of the series. It also might mean that he, himself, is in that air vent.
  • Keef can be seen in the cafeteria, sitting beside Gaz.
  • After Dib finds out about Zim's "organ" and listen very close you can hear in the background Zim yelling "HEY!" repeatedly and then shouts "I AM ZIM!".
  • While you can see an X-Ray image of Zim's body, apparently his bones fit the shape of his gloves.
  • On the first shot of the mammoth in the chase, there is a Bloody GIR on the mammoth's right tusk.
  • When Zim gets hit with the ball, right before he says, "Ow, my Squeedily Spooch!", He Has A Nose.

Inconsistencies and Animation Errors

  • Amongst the sick students in the cafeteria, you can see Zootch, the kid with one strand of hair. However, when Dib goes over to Torque, you can see Zootch over against the wall near Torque's table looking just fine, despite the fact that he was seen being in pain just moments earlier.
  • Right when Zim gets hit with the dodgeball, he has Dib's nose.
  • When Dib sees Gaz in the cafeteria, her entire body is green, in the next instance, she is only green from the neck down, in the next instance, she is fully green again.

Music

Main article: The Kevin Manthei Invader Zim-phony Special
  • Happy Day
  • First Donor
  • The Cooing
  • Harvester Zim
  • Horror Chase
  • Headlines

See also

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