When the Big Game is threatened, the Titans must infiltrate the football stadium and stop the attack.
It's another exciting day at Titans Tower—the team's about to watch some football, specifically the Big Game! Everything about the sport thrills them, from the bone-crushing tackles to the congratulatory butt slaps. Robin joins in on the party, but Cyborg and the others shun him; they're talking about footbawl, not his boring "fútbol" (aka soccer in spanish). Robin claims football has only 13 minutes of action time, but he's still gonna watch the game for the sake of tradition to not be an outcast in society. The alarm suddenly blares, though: someone's planning to strike the Big Game at the top of the 3rd Quarter. Looks like the Titans will be getting a front row seat...
Once the team arrives at the massive arena, Robin proposes a daring plan of infiltration—the four of them will slow down the game while Robin goes in disguised as a player and looks for the suspect. The mission doesn't get off to a good start when the Titans can't help but laugh at his Bea Arthur-looking shoulder pads. But Robin's focused. He heads to the tunnel entrance, where a Security Guard is doing his job—guarding. No matter what Robin tries to get in, he gets a massive hand to the face.
With the Big Game about to begin, Starfire and Cyborg rob two refs of their clothes and head out to the field. It should be no problem stalling the game while posing as referees, and sure enough, the penalties start flying immediately. And not for actual rules either; players are getting yellow flags for things like sweating, body odor, and knocking over flowers. The 2nd Quarter finally begins, but not after an onslaught of flags.
Robin still hasn't had any luck getting in(cheerleader outfit=miserable fail and embarrassment), so Raven and Beast Boy continue the stalling as sideline reporters. First up is Raven's interview with the quarterback... well, more of a trashing of football than an interview. Beast Boy then carries on with a bunch of meaningless sports clichés. But before Beast Boy can get into the real serious stuff, it's halftime!Posing as a drink cooler doesn't exactly fool the bouncer, so Robin orders the Titans to buy him some more time with the halftime show. With Starfire taking the lead vocals, the team puts on the Big Game performance of the century. Unfortunately, it only lasts several seconds, so they gotta continue with a bunch of other music. Eventually, Robin bypasses the Security Guard (by pretending to be Bea Arthur), but it's no use... the 3rd Quarter is starting!
The Titans' worst fears have been realized when King Goal, lord of soccer, and all his Soccer Trolls emerge from the field. Still mad about the heroes ruining fútbol last time, he vows to ruin football for them this time around! Robin agrees to the match: if the Titans win, King Goal will never return, but if they win, football is OVER!
Right off the bat (even though this isn't baseball), King Goal manages to throw for a super long touch down. The Titans are already about to give up, but Robin's a master tactician, and he's not going down that easily. He figure that, since football is so boring, maybe they can bore the Soccer Trolls into losing! Cyborg assumes the quarterback position, and 48 minutes into the play, he still hasn't actually said "hike." The Soccer Trolls find this incredibly annoying, but it gets even worse when the Titans start doing ridiculous celebration dances and butt slaps. Eventually, King Goal goes crazy with all the boring stuff and stupidity and forfeits the game. Glad that football is safe, the team congratulate each other with more butt slaps.
- This is the first episode to premiere in 2019.
- With Super Bowl LIII on February 3rd between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams, this episode was likely released to coincide with the "Big Game."
- This episode is basically a huge insult on the game of football—everything from the drawn-out halftime show, to the waste of money, to the value of the sport over personal finances is discussed.
- Vicki Vale, a journalist and girlfriend of Bruce Wayne, makes her debut in the episode when Raven takes her outfit.
- This is the first time Starfire and Raven ever do a butt joke onscreen.
- This episode is a sequel to Season 2's "Kicking a Ball and Pretending to Be Hurt".
- Raven is unhooded for the 85th time.
- Raven and Starfire are seen wearing their rapper outfits from "BBCYFSHIPBDAY" again when the Titans (excluding Robin) were performing to buy themselves time.
- The Titans make fun of Robin by likening him to Bea Arthur, an actress who played Dorothy Zbornak in The Golden Girls. Ironically, all 3 of the Golden Girls were in Two Parter.
- During the performance of Crazy Crazy, Beast Boy transforms into a shark that resembles the shark backup dancers from Katy Perry's performance in the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show.
- Raven mentions deflated footballs during her interview with the QB, which is a shot at the Deflation Scandal of the 2014-15 AFC Championship Game. The allegations were that star quarterback Tom Brady ordered the footballs deflated during the game so that the New England Patriots (his team) could win.
- Beast Boy's sideline reporting ends before he starts talking about "super serious" stuff. It's unknown what exactly he was going to get into, but it could possibly be a reference to the NFL U.S. national anthem protests.
- When Cyborg keeps on yelling play calls for 48 minutes, he should been receiving penalties for delay-of-game. Even if he was, 48 minutes would've already ended the game at that point.
- Some leagues, however, do not have a play clock, though, so that might be the reason he wasn't given a yellow flag.
- When the Soccer Trolls score a touchdown, they receive 7 point immediately, even though they didn't kick the extra point yet. They may have kicked an extra point offscreen.
- Butt slaps, of course, aren't simply for jokes in sports grounds. In fact, its meanings vary from as a variant of the intimate version of congratulatory shoulder or back slap to as some category of compliment.
- In this case though, the Titans doing butt slaps can refer to them being very close friends in spite of their regular feuds.
- Robin attempting to get onto the field.
- The Titans beating up the referees/reporters.
- Butt slapping.
The transcript for "Slapping Butts and Celebrating for No Reason" can be found here.
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