| Curse you, Poop Dawg!|
|Invader Zim Episode|
|Door to Door|
|Previous:||Bloaty's Pizza Hog|
|Next:||FBI Warning of Doom|
|Episode No:||Episode 11a|
|Airdate:|| Planned US airdate:|
September 14, 2001
March 29, 2002
|Writer(s):|| Eric Trueheart|
Plot Summary Edit
SPOILER WARNING OF DOOM: This section or article may contain spoilers!
The episode begins with another eerie lesson at Skool by Ms. Bitters, who is making a massive house of cards on Dib's desk and using it as a metaphor for how society is destined to collapse in on itself; unfortunately, when the stack does so, it destroys Dib's desk in the process. Since the Skool's desk budget has run out, Dib is forced to use a racoon-infested trash can as a replacement.
Ms. Bitters then sets up a projection screen where the Mascot of Poop Candy, Poop Dawg, tells the kids about a fundraiser they can do for their school, with the prizes including adhesive medical strips, a hovercraft, a helmet, and, a secret prize. While everyone in the class is mostly impressed, Dib questions the logic in spending the money on prizes instead of proper desks. Zim is also initially unimpressed, and states that the hovercraft is a "mockery of engineering", and the helmet would never protect someone from lasers. However, Zim becomes intrigued after Poop Dawg mentions the secret prize, which can only be won when someone sells a ridiculously high number of Poop Candy bars. Zim hopes that the secret prize is a weapon of mass destruction, and becomes obsessed with winning the secret prize.
The next day, all of the Skool kids sell Poop Bars like crazy. Dib, however, is proving the most successful at selling, for, as he tells Zim, he can't wait to see the alien fail. At first, Dib proves right as Zim fails to sell more than one Poop bar, (partially thanks to GIR). After a demonic version of Poop Dawg, taunts Zim for his failure, Zim, now enraged, releases the full power of Irken persuasion: He forces virtual reality helmets onto his customers, which causes them to see a horrifying alternate future where they didn't buy his chocolate. Petrified, this coerces them into buy Zim's Bars. After a few days, Dib's sells are the highest, and as reward, gets a box of adhesive medical strips. However, Zim bursts in, flooding the room with dollar bills, and promptly demands he receive the secret prize. Ms. Bitters then reveals that the secret prize does not exist: It was thought up to encourage kids to sell as many Poop Bars as possibly, thus making Poop Dawg extremely rich.As a consolation prize, Zim is given a can of tuna. Zim, furious that he has been tricked, screams in fury, while the demonic version of Poop Dawg seen earlier laughs in the background.
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Facts of Doom Edit
- Poop Dawg's name is a play on Snoop Dogg's name. He is also a parody of Japanese Pepsi mascot Pepsiman.
- "Adhesive Medical Strips" is the same thing as Band-Aids, but changed to a non-copyrighted title.
Trivia of DoomEdit
- Like all of the Season 2 episodes, except for the The Most Horrible X-Mas Ever and it's paired episode, FBI Warning of Doom, this episode was delayed in the US, but not other countries.
- This is the episode that "big head jokes" first started making an appearance.
- Zim does not show any allergic reaction to getting sprayed with the hose, although in previous episodes we are led to believe that Irkens cannot handle water.
- Zim breaks the fourth wall in this episode when the mind control helmets are flying out of the truck and into houses in the surrounding area. You can see one fly towards the screen and disappear behind the camera, suggesting that Zim put a helmet on the audience's heads.
- In one scene when the students started to sell the candy, the black car the woman was driving in looks like a Cadillac CTS even though the real life car did not go onto the sale market until 2004.
- Poop candy is revealed to be made entirely of sawdust.
- This episode marks the first time GIR is in a disguise other than his dog suit.
Things You Might Have MissedEdit
- When Zim was selling candy to the Grout family, there was a Krazy Taco commercial playing on their television. Also, the Bloaty's Pizza Hog commercial was vaguely playing and it was on the news for a few seconds on Channel 6's WHUH News Channel. It's unknown what the news on Bloaty's Pizza Hog was about.
- In the beginning of the episode if you look on the door, a "13" appears on it, probably meaning that Ms. Bitters' class is classroom 13.
- In the vision that Zim gives to the first family, GIR can be seen in the background - it isn't a normal SIR Unit due to the fact that its eyes were cyan rather than red.
- When Dib won his "adhesive medical strips", it says on the box that it is "bacon-scented".
- In one of the scenes, one of the babies from Plague of Babies can be seen with its mother in the scene where Zim drops eggs all over the mother's sidewalk to her house.
Changes and CutsEdit
- The Virtual Reality scene at the Grout family's house originally contained New York in flames during the sales video, due to the 9/11 attacks which around its planned airdate, happened three days after the crash (September 14, 2001), this episode and it's paired episode, FBI Warning of Doom was put on hiatus until March 29, 2002, typically Invader ZIM in general. In other countries like Europe and Australia, the uncut version still airs and is allowed.
- The Grout children were originally supposed to be eating cockroaches instead of sausages. Though, at the first scene in the house a cockroach can be seen climbing up the house's walls.
- Poop Dawg was originally going to be Poopsy the Clown.
Inconsistencies and Animation ErrorsEdit
- At the beginning of the episode, when you see the tower of cards on Dib's table, the three and ace of clubs near the top are red, when they should be black.
- At the beginning of the episode Ms. Bitters mentions a desk shortage forcing the kids to use random things instead. However, at the end of the episode, all the kids have normal desks again.
- When Zim bends down to pick up the candy on the sidewalk, one of his eyes looks blue, and the other purple. Also, in some scenes his eyes are purplish. In others his eyes are blue.
- When Zim licks the camera, part of his right arm is missing.
- In the beginning of this episode, if you look for Zim in the classroom you will see that he has a cardboard box for a desk. However, the next time he is seen, he has a garbage can instead, like Dib.
- When Ms. Bitters says "There!" at the very start of the episode where the title card is shown, her mouth doesn't move. This goes the same for the first half of the sound for add.
- When GIR is quickly eating the Poop Candies and Zim is talking, on one eye of GIR's disguise, the colors for the iris and eye highlights are switched.