Certifiable Super Sitter (The Fairly OddParents)
"Certifiable Super Sitter" is the 35th episode in Season 10 of The Fairly OddParents and the third 22-minute special. This episode marks the return of Poof and his only appearance in Season 10, as well as his final appearance in the show in general. This is also the first episode to premiere on Nicktoons instead of the main channel.
Chloe meets Poof for the first time when he comes home from school on Spring Break. Cosmo and Wanda win a free French Dinner, so Chloe gets to babysit Poof and his friends. Everything goes well until Vicky shows up.
Why It Sucks
- To start off the list, everything about the show in this episode - from the writing, to the characterization, to even the jokes - have hit rock bottom.
- The episode begins with a repetitive running gag of Cosmo randomly mistaking items and other characters for Poof, despite Cosmo giving birth to him.
- The boxing kangaroo, whose name is "Punchy", serves nothing to the episode other than being filler, other than an obnoxious running gag of him randomly going up to a character and saying "Shrimp on the barbie!" before punching them around.
- While Poof coming back is a nice one, however, instead of giving his voice more time to play out from his previous appearances ("School of Crock" and "Fairly Odd Fairy Tales") in which he started talking in, the writers decided to have his entire dialogue in this episode be nothing but impersonations of several famous people, including Donald Trump and Gilbert Gottfried. This is the only purpose Poof serves in this episode.
- Like usual in this season, Cosmo and Wanda are written out of the main plot in the laziest way possible, as they are sucked into a black hole as a trick by Foop, but this literally serves no purpose other than to make them unable to have them as backup when Vicky arrives and it's only at the very end of the episode where Vicky is finally defeated at last, do Cosmo and Wanda return.
- Similarly, the fairies that are present in this episode literally reveal their existences right in front of the human characters, when it should only be Timmy and Chloe. Timmy's parents and Vicky themselves do not even question the oddness of the fairies' existence before their eyes.
- Vicky's flanderization has hit rock bottom, as she actively tries to kill Timmy and Chloe. Additionally, she even tortures Mr. Turner alongside Poof, Foop, and Sammy. Contrast with Vicky in the early seasons, who was content in pretending to be nice to Timmy except when his parents are not around, make Timmy do chores, or simply leave him alone and watch TV, and actually freaked out when Timmy disappeared in the first episode. In addition, she doesn't even try to hide the chainsaw from Mr. Turner, and she doesn't even act nice around him.
- Mr. Turner's flanderization has hit rock bottom as well. Here, he is portrayed as a mentally disabled manchild who can barely form sentences. Yes, seriously. He even wears a baby leash throughout the episode...
- This was also yet another excuse for the writers to shoehorn Mr. Turner into an episode not directly focused on him for cheap and unfunny running gag jokes because he became one of the only characters that they favored.
- The writers clearly didn’t want neither Vicky nor Mr. Turner to know each other in this episode for the sake of the plot. For example, as stated earlier, Mr. Turner is the mentally disabled child who speaks in poor vocabulary, so that his character is so dumped down enough for him to not notice Vicky's true colors when she arrives, whereas, Vicky refers to him as the "man with the weird hat" and has no problem torturing him.
- Mr. Crocker is also shoehorned in like usual and serves nothing to the episode other than humor. Firstly, he is literally portrayed as a punching bag. Later, he is sucked into a black hole. After that, in Vicky's trap hole, he reads a book called Crocker's Dream Journal. At the end of the episode, he is sucked out of the black hole looking different and is in a different hole.
- Somehow, Vicky manages to make a portable trap door and dressed up as Jigsaw from the famous Saw series and two torture creations for Timmy and Chloe...despite not possessing any magic powers prior.
- Somehow, Foop, a character specifically made for anarchy and evil, gets kindness invoked in him by Chloe hugging him. This almost destroys the entire concept of anti-fairies in the show and has no purpose other than for the writers to shove in the fact that Chloe is the perfect child.
- This episode feels too simple to be a 22-minute long special. It could've been a regular 11-minute episode and nothing would've changed.
- Much like "Let Sleeper Dogs Lie" and "Return of the L.O.S.E.R.S.", the entire setup of this episode makes it feel more like an approved trollfic than an actual Fairly OddParents episode.
The Only Redeeming Quality
- Despite the joke of Cosmo mistaking random things and people for Poof being extremely obnoxious, the line "Poof, you're home, and you've been framed! Wanda, we gotta get a baby lawyer!" is actually kinda funny.