Crocker Shocker (The Fairly OddParents)
"Crocker Shocker" is the tenth episode in the seventh season of The Fairly OddParents.
Mr. Crocker is hypnotized into no longer believing in fairies, which causes him to become cool and laid-back. Unfortunately, it was his belief that powered Fairy World's magic. It's up to Timmy and his godparents to find a way to make Crocker believe again, or else Fairy World will lose magic, turn into an apocalyptic wasteland, and plummet out of the sky and fall into "Giant Bucket of Acid World".
- As hilarious as these premises may be, the main problem of this episode is an incredibly dumb contrived plot twist:
- Mr. Crocker's obsessional belief in magic being the source of Fairy World is quite stupid and was only brought up for this episode.
- In this episode, Fairy World is powered by the belief in fairies for a long time and have been using Mr. Crocker as the main source after he began his constant fairy spasming. However, in "Land Before Timmy" from Season 6, Cosmo and Wanda get their magic from electricity.
- It contains plot holes, for the sake of cheap gags, such as:
- When Cosmo and Wanda stood up, their legs were weak like they had not used it for a very long time but in the entire series and in their disguises, they walk like normal people.
- It's implied that Mr. Crocker was the sole believer in fairies until the look alikes believed too, but someone else would have to believe in fairies too when Cosmo and Wanda were Crocker's god parents. Additionally, in "No Substitute For Crazy!" from Season 5, Ms. Doombringer was also a crazy believer too.
- Speaking of Ms. Doombringer, it was kind of a missed opportunity to bring her back in this episode, as she stated that she will return someday.
- Timmy and his fairies are forced to revert Crocker into his maligned, crazy self just because his obsession with fairies powers the Big Wand of Fairy World, which adds more to the contrivance of this episode as other Crocker look-alikes were revealed to power the wand later on.
- The Big (Fairy) Wand is the source of all magical power in Fairy World, powering all the magic wands of the fairies on Earth. Here, it was Crocker's belief in fairies that somehow powers it. Thus, this episode's logic is completely out of context for no discernible reason.
- Predictable and annoying running gags, especially Crocker thinking that fairies are not real until the end.
- Predictable ending, especially the contrived plot twist of people resembling Mr. Crocker from across the globe, and he was tied up afterweards. The psychologist also shouts "Fairies!" after she saw them, in the same manner that Mr. Crocker did, Crocker also spasming in the end.
- It makes therapy look like a bad thing, as they have Crocker's therapist hypnotizing him. Which is not true about therapy at all.
- The first half of the episode is well handled.
- As usual, Crocker is a hilarious antagonist throughout, especially when he spazzes about fairies.
- It was nice to see Crocker's life temporarily improve after he was hypnotized into not believing fairies anymore.
- The series actually uses the Tinkerbell effect trope in an episode, though it's been poorly executed.