The Titans discover the wonder of reading, but after opening a magical book that brings their thoughts to life, they are forced to fight against their own imaginations!
Robin, Cyborg, Starfire, and Beast Boy are sitting around the couch bored, as the four express their boredom. This annoys Raven, who is trying to read, and suggests the other Titans try it out as well as it will invoke their imagination. They apparently don't know what reading is so she explains it to them. After a long, awkward silence, the other Titans eventually decide to try it out.
The Titans are immediately entranced by reading and the imagination it invokes in them. Beast Boy enjoys The Return of the Invisible Man, Cyborg is captivated by The Adventures of Pinnochio, Robin is fascinated by The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, and Starfire loves her book about pelicans. They admit that Raven was right about reading and want more. Raven suggests starting a book club and the Titans are enthusiastic about it. Robin, Cyborg, Starfire, and Beast Boy just share their feelings about the books they've read, but Raven suggests they go deeper than that, which she does. This makes the other Titans freak out, saying that Raven is making reading boring. They want more books, but Raven says to just read each others books, witch Cyborg finds disgusting.
The other four Titans decide to go find more books themselves. They go all around the Tower, looking in the fridge, looking under the couch, and looking behind picture frames (one of which houses Batman). Starfire eventually discovers a book. However, it's a comic book and the Titans don't want to read it because it has pictures and pictures don't invoke imagination.
Eventually, they head outside the Tower and dig. Beast Boy discovers a chest that has what appears to be a very special book. They show it to Raven but she warns them not to read it because it invokes imagination too much. They ignore her warning and read it anyways. Their imaginations bring out the dangerous versions of characters they were reading about previously. Raven says that the only way to get rid of the characters are to turn off their imaginations.
The Titans are unable to do this so they resort back to doing the book club again to make reading boring. They analyze their books and the characters go back into the special book. Raven hopes that this experience won't turn them away from reading and the five Titans just stare at each other awkwardly, while the melody of "Oyfn Pripetshik" (an old Yiddish song about learning how to read) plays in the background until the episode just randomly ends.
- Beast Boy
- Mammoth (cameo)
- Benjamin Franklin (debut)
- Pinocchio (debut)
- The Invisible Man (debut)
- Pelicans (debut)
- Batman (cameo)
- Birdarang (debut, cameo)
- The book featured in Beast Boy's rap says the Titans' names repeatedly.
- This is the second episode to focus on all of the Titans. The first was "Artful Dodgers."
- This episode aired during Jeff Bennett's 51st birthday.
- Music from Meatball Party and Housebroken Hero returns when the Titans' imaginations, save for Raven's, assault them.
- The melody that plays in the end belongs to "Oyfn Pripetshik", an old Yiddish song about learning how to read.
- Birdarang, one of Robin and Cyborg's special Power Moves, is first featured in this episode, although his origins of being created are in the aforementioned episode. This also marks his first use of his catchphrase, "What's up, fellas?"
- When Cyborg opens the wall, one of Raven's magical eyeballs goes by, mirroring the way it did in "La Larva de Amor." He even references this, saying that he's feeling the strangest sense of "Deja Vu".
- This is the second time Beast Boy reaches inside Silkie to retrieve an item. ("Hey Pizza!")
- Birdarang, who was created in "Power Moves", appears.
- The music that plays in the final fight scene with the imaginations was heard in "Breakfast Cheese", as well as Housebroken Hero.
- This is the seventh time Cyborg's head has been detached from his body. ("Laundry Day", "Hey Pizza!", "Gorilla", "Tower Power", "Burger vs. Burrito", "Matched")
- This episode is referenced by Aqualad in "Let's Get Serious".
- Cyborg's book is the classic book: The Adventures of Pinocchio.
- Beast Boy's book is The Return of the Invisible Man.
- Robin's book is about Benjamin Franklin, while Starfire's book is a non-fiction about pelicans.
- When Starfire finds a comic book, the pictures of the Titans are the same as they are in the New Teen Titans comic series, which debuted Starfire, Cyborg, and Beast Boy.
- If one looks at Beast Boy's clothing in his comic book appearance, one can see he's wearing his Changeling outfit.
- Batman went missing, according to the milk carton in the Titans' fridge, but he's actually hiding behind his own portrait in the Tower.
- At the start of the episode, the book Raven is reading has a picture of Doctor Fate on the cover.
- The book that Raven buried is the same book she buried in the episode "Spellbound" from the original Teen Titans series.
- Beast boy references Cartoon Network's "We Needs Day" when he says "We needs new books to read."
- Robin, Starfire, Beast Boy and Cyborg being obsessed with reading.
- Raven being accused of taking the fun out of reading.
- The Titans (except Raven) trying to find new books to read.
The transcript for "Books" can be found here.
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