| You are no commander; you are a threat to the mission! Your methods are stupid! Your progress has been stupid! Your intelligence is stupid! For the sake of the mission, you must be terminated!|
|Invader Zim Episode|
|GIR Goes Crazy and Stuff|
|Previous:||The Sad, Sad Tale of Chickenfoot|
|Next:||Dib's Wonderful Life of Doom|
|Episode No:||Episode 19a|
|Airdate:||May 24, 2002|
"GIR Goes Crazy and Stuff" is the 1st segment in the 19th episode of the first season of Invader Zim. It first premiered on May 24, 2002, on Nickelodeon.
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When Zim attempts to taint the Earth's beef supply with sewer water, the plan is ruined by GIR's typical wacky antics. Tired and furious of his robot's malfunctions, Zim decides to increase the power on GIR’s behavioral modifier, which will permanently keep him in Duty Mode. This idea works only because Zim cranks GIR up to a "dangerously high level" - this proves to be a mistake later.
To test GIR's new-found functionality, Zim commands him to investigate a police siren. But instead of gathering information, GIR attacks the police car and throws it through the wall of Zim's Base with the cop (Mary's father, apparently) tied up in his own seat belt. Because the cop sees Zim and GIR out of their disguises, Zim replaces his brain with that of a squid's in an attempt to erase his memory and maintain their secret identities.
During the memory transplant, however, GIR starts to question Zim's intelligence and therefore his authority. When Zim orders GIR to "monitor Earth broadcasts", he does so only reluctantly, and even has to force himself to address Zim as "Sir". Finally tired of Zim's methods, GIR comes to the conclusion that he is not being utilized properly and makes for the nearest library to gather further information.
Meanwhile, the cop wakes up with his new brain as Squidman, who is unhappy about being human and badly wishes to return to the sea. As Zim is explaining to Squidman that he's in a hospital and not an alien base, his walkie-talkie goes off, reporting that a "flying metal child is draining the brains of citizens". Zim immediately realizes the police are talking about GIR, and takes Squidman with him to the library. When they get there, GIR is completely out of control, draining the knowledge from humans' brains and blowing his cover.
Zim commands GIR to stop, but his former robot slave attacks him. Zim runs through the library, trying to escape GIR, with almost no help from Squidman. Just when it seems GIR is about to finish Zim off, however, Squidman somehow squirts ink into GIR's eyes, and Zim is able to get GIR back to normal while he's distracted. After everything is back to the way it was, Zim and GIR take Squidman back to the sea as requested, only to "get eaten by a shark", as stated by GIR.
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Facts of Doom
- When GIR is locked into Duty Mode, his behavior and the music that plays during the scenes are references to The Terminator.
- GIR's line upon being blinded is nearly identical to a phrase that the Daleks (an alien race from the long-running sci-fi series Doctor Who), were notorious for making whenever their vision was obstructed.
- When Squidman joyously returns to the ocean accompanied by happy music, it probably references the 1970's Godzilla movies when Godzilla defeats a monster and goes back into the ocean. GIR also repeats "Good Bye" to the policeman-squid swimming away in a similar fashion to the film Godzilla vs. Gigan where humans say "Good Bye" to Godzilla, who swims away into the ocean.
- The part where GIR tells Zim that his method is 'stupid' is a reference to the character Eros from the Ed wood film plan 9 from outer space when he says to Jeff trent 'Your stupid minds stupid'
- This is the third episode where GIR has a prominent role, the first being Walk of Doom and the second Invasion of the Idiot Dog Brain.
- Ironically, despite its title this episode is the only time GIR is really fully functional; in every other episode he has been "crazy".
- Another irony is that the Tallest saved Zim's life by not providing him with an actual SIR Unit.
- Based on what Squidman said, there is presumably a galactic battle Zim and Squidman took part in while going to the beach. This is one of three times that presumed adventures took place but were never shown; the other two were in Tak: The Hideous New Girl and Gaz, Taster of Pork.
- This episode is sometimes mistakenly called, " Gir's Gone Crazy" on closed captioning.
- The episode is incorrectly listed as "GIR's Gone Crazy and Stuff" on Amazon Video.
- A game on Nicktoons.com was based on this episode, called Good GIR Gone Bad. The game is no longer playable as the host site, Nicktoons.com, has since been shut down and the game was not relocated to Nick.com like most of the site's content.
- This is one of the few episodes that Dib does not take part in, as he is mentioned and seen as a hologram, but doesn't physically appear.
- During the library battle scene, GIR was supposed to be covered in blood while floating with the data canister draining humans, which is where Bloody GIR originated from. Nickelodeon would not allow the image, so the crew put hidden images of it throughout the series which can be found if one is vigilant. For instance, a Bloody GIR is seen in the top right cloud after the cow smashes into the silo.
- This isn't the last time GIR will try to kill Zim as the comic Issue 22 and Issue 23 had GIR once more attempting to eliminate Zim. Coincidentally, this episode and the issues were written by Eric Trueheart.
- Zim mentioned being afraid of seeing what's inside GIR'S insane mind in this episode and later got to see what was actually inside of it in Issue 23.
Things You Might Have Missed
- A Bloody GIR can be found when the pink tractor beam picking up the cow is aimed towards the barn. It can be seen as a very small hidden image on the top right cloud in the top left corner of the cloud.
- When GIR is observing the TV, it first shows footage from Battle of the Planets on the monitors, then the TV shows, and then is heard playing the theme from the Krazy Taco restaurant as he says "I will show my master how information retrieval is DONE!"
- At the end of the episode, when GIR says "He's gettin' eaten by a shark!" he seems to be happy about it for some reason.
- One of the candy bars in the snack machine is called 'Milk', while there is another up at the top that is simply labelled 'Candy'.
- When Zim is getting the Behavioral Modulator, GIR's head rotates 360 degrees.
- The song from the end of Walk of Doom plays when GIR puts a sombrero on the first cow Zim lifts up. However, it is played in B-flat major, whereas in Walk of Doom it was played in C major.
Inconsistencies and Animation Errors
- When Zim is slammed into the snack machine, Zim's pants are pink instead the usual black.
- When GIR starts saying "Bye" to the squid-man, he only has one leg.