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Booby Trapped (The Fairly OddParents)

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Booby Trapped
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Watch out for the booby trap of this episode.
Series: The Fairly OddParents
Part of Season: 10
Episode Number: 159
Air Date: September 16, 2016
Writer: Ellen Byron
Bob Colleary
Ray DeLaurentis
Lissa Kapstrom
Previous episode: One Flu Over the Crocker's Nest
Next episode: Blue Angel


"Booby Trapped" is the twelfth episode in Season 10 of The Fairly OddParents, and the second 22-minute long special in the season. This is also the last episode of the series to premiere on the main Nickelodeon channel, as well as in the year of 2016. Episodes that did not air on the main Nickelodeon channel yet at the time eventually started airing on Nicktoons in 2017.

Plot

Cosmo and Wanda spend the night at Chloe's disguised as booby birds. When Chloe's parents decide to return the boobies to the wild, Timmy and Chloe have to go and save them.

Why It's A Booby Trap

  1. This episode introduces the viewer to Chloe's parents, Clark and Connie, who are just as unlikable and annoying as their own daughter is. Their characterization is also literally nothing more than closely matching the cliché "idiot parent" trope, the same trope that's been done numerous times throughout the series on Timmy's parents themselves.
    • This is also very lazy on the writers' part, considering their introduction could have easily been done in this season's premiere episode, "The Big Fairy Share Scare".
  2. Clark and Connie think Cosmo and Wanda, disguised as booby birds, were rescued by Chloe and need to brought back to the wild to be free. This is basically what started the events of this episode.
  3. Regarding that, the writers, yet again, render Cosmo and Wanda completely useless. In this episode's case, it's due to them leaving their wands behind after being napped by Chloe's parents.
  4. Annoying and predictable running gags like usual, such as Clark and Connie complimenting each other, Chloe freaking out whenever she realizes she made a bad choice, Cosmo getting mad at his reflection due to thinking it's "Cosmo 2", and everyone mistaking monsters for inanimate objects.
  5. Crocker and his mother are pointlessly shoehorned in out of nowhere as soon as Cosmo and Wanda land in the booby trap resort spa that Crocker himself set up.
  6. Cosmo and Wanda take no notice in what they got themselves into until it was convenient on the writers' part.
  7. Unneccessary and unneeded close-up shots of gross-out humor, such as the scenes with Timmy's ear bite wound and Crocker's back wound respectively.
  8. Predictable ending where Crocker is defeated and everything else returns to normal.
  9. Timmy and Chloe could have easily used their fairies' wands to wish them back, preventing the entire events of the episode.
  10. Like a majority of modern Fairly OddParents episodes, this one in particular focuses too much on unfunny running gag jokes that do nothing but make the characters all look like idiots, combined with a very lack of structure and conflict.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The booby birds are well-designed.
  2. Timmy rightfully calls Connie and Clark out for taking Cosmo and Wanda without asking Chloe first.

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