“Candace Loses Her Head”
Season 1
Production Code 101B
Story By Swampy Marsh
Martin Olson
Dan Povenmire
Airing Information
Disney Channel US Premiere {{{US}}}

Phineas and Ferb remodel Mount Rushmore for Candace's 15th Birthday, while Agent P stops Doofenshmirtz from making a tunnel to China.

Episode Summary

Gorilla in the cake

"Not our best work"

Phineas wakes up and sees on the calendar that it's Candace's birthday. Since the gorilla in the cake last year didn't work out so well, Phineas wants to do better this time.

Meanwhile, Candace is dreaming she's being serenaded in a musical featuring a giant cake and a song named after her. Perry the Platypus suddenly appears in the dream and this wakes her up. She carries him downstairs and drops him on the table in front of Phineas and Ferb. "This is yours, I believe", she announces.

Candace learns the family will be going on a trip for her birthday. Candace is less than enthused when she discovers that they're not heading to the mall, but instead have arrived at Mount Rushmore. The fact that it was Phineas and Ferb's idea doesn't help, either. Things start looking up when she sees Jeremy at the Mr. Slushy Burger stand. Jeremy is there on the "Mr. Slushy Burger Worker Exchange program".

As Phineas and Ferb start carrying tools over towards the monument, Candace notices them and heads off to stop them. Isabella and the Fireside Girls see Linda Flynn in the gift shop. They're there on a field trip. Linda lets them know the boys are over at the monument and they head that way.

Agent P heads back home to receive his mission, using a lengthy underground and underwater travel tube. When Major Monogram informs him that Dr. Doofenshmirtz has a new lair inside Lincoln's head back at Mount Rushmore, Agent P is less than enthused. Major Monogram apologizes and sends him on his way. Agent P steps out of the trash bin back at Mount Rushmore just as Candace starts her search for Phineas and Ferb.

A coin-operated telescope helps Candace spot the boys climbing on the monument, but first the time runs out and then Old Reliable Geyser erupts, both of which prevent her mom from seeing what they are doing.

Burrowing machine in action

Agent P's tunneling machine in action

Phineas and Ferb begin renovation and Agent P confronts Dr. Doofenshmirtz. Dr. Doofenshmirtz explains that he's going to use his Drill-inator to tunnel to China, then charge tolls. As Dr. Doofenshmirtz climbs into the Drill-inator and speeds away, Agent P chases after him in his own tunnelling vehicle.

Isabella finds Phineas and asks what's going on. "It's a surprise," is his response, but suggests that she could be a lookout. She very quickly runs over to a tree, climbs up it and begins keeping watch.

Candace begins her second attempt to get her mom to see what the boys are doing. At that moment, a park ranger comes by to find out what the boys are doing. They confirm that they are too young to be restoring a national moment. This satisfies the ranger and he heads on his way.

When the Drill-inator reaches molten lava at the Earth's core, Agent P takes over the controls of the Drill-inator and heads back towards Mount Rushmore. The lava flows up through the tunnel the Drill-inator is making as it goes.

Back on the surface, Isabella sounds the warning that Candace and her mom are approaching. Phineas and Ferb speed up their work significantly, but it's not enough. Phineas signals Isabella to put Plan B into effect. The Fireside Girls drag a large painting of Mount Rushmore in place at the viewpoint, hiding the work that's going on behind it. Lawrence calls and tells his wife that he's finally found an "absolutely brilliant" parking space, which happens to be at the far end of the parking lot. Linda departs so she can meet him in the gift shop.

A bird flies into the painting, knocking it over. Phineas and Ferb pull the drape away from the right side of the monument. A misshapen carving of Candace's face appears. One final tap from Ferb with a sledgehammer at the base of the monument causes more rocks to fall away, revealing a good likeness of Candace. Candace is brought to tears of joy, and runs off to find mom so she can show her what the boys have done.

At this point, the Drill-inator comes out of the nose on Candace's statue, and begins falling towards Old Reliable Geyser. Perry escapes before impact, but Dr. Doofenshmirtz is sent flying afterward. Lava starts forcing its way out of the statue, looking as if the statue has developed pimples. It gets worse, causing the entire statue to crumble. Phineas and Ferb make the best of it by roasting hot dogs over the lava, and an orchestra begins playing as the lava flows by them. Old Reliable Geyser finally erupts and douses the lava, leaving Mount Rushmore exactly as it was before.

Birthday gift

Jeremy's birthday gift

After choking out the answer that she did appreciate her birthday present from the boys, she trudges back to the gift shop to join her mom and dad. Ferb wraps things up by saying, "Well, it was definitely better than the gorilla in the cake."

During the end credits, Jeremy gives her a birthday present of a Mount Rushmore bobble-head set. Candace pronounces that this was "the best birthday ever", just as Agent P parachutes in behind her.




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Running Gags

The "Too Young" Line

Park Ranger: Ah... Excuse me, aren't you boys a little young to be restoring a national monument?
Phineas: Yes, yes we are.
Park Ranger: Well, it's good to see young people taking an interest in our national heritage!

Ferb's Line

In reference to their birthday present for Candace the previous year.
Ferb: Well, it was definitely better than the gorilla in the cake.

Whatcha doin'?

When Isabella meets Phineas at the start of the renovation.

Perry's entrance to his lair

By a trash bin at Mount Rushmore and a lengthy travel tube ride. His trip is delayed for a few seconds to let Unnamed raccoon go first through an intersection in the travel tube. (Perry returns to Mount Rushmore by exiting through the door on the side of the house and hops into a nearby bush to re-enter the travel tube.)

Memorable Quotes

Phineas: We gotta do better than last year.
Flashback to the gorilla coming out of the cake and scaring Candace.
Phineas: Not our best work.

Dr. Doofenshmirtz: Ah, Perry the Platypus. Your timing is impeccable. And by "impeccable," I mean completely peccable!

Dr. Doofenshmirtz: As they say in China, "Arrivederci!"

Dr. Doofenshmirtz: The molten lava at the Earth's core completely slipped my mind.

In tears of joy.
Candace: It's... it's... it's beautiful! Mom!

Background information

  • 2nd episode produced. 7th episode aired, first broadcast on February 5, 2008.
  • Candace's birthday is July 11th, which occurs on a Friday in this episode.
  • Candace is allergic to dairy products.
  • In two instances, Agent P and Dr. Doofenshmirtz are able to look out the window of the Drill-inator and see lava ahead of the vehicle, even though the Drill-inator had not yet tunneled through that part of the Earth in both cases. In the second instance, it is specifically shown that the vehicle is traveling upwards through a previously-drilled tunnel, but in the scene immediately prior, a new tunnel is being created.
  • This is the first appearance of Lawrence Fletcher.
  • This is probably the first time the whole Fireside Girls appear all together.
  • The Drill-inator is kind of like the Lego 8960 Thunder Driller.

Is that Katie behind Isabella, or Ginger?

  • Goof: When Isabella talks to Linda at the Gift Shop, Ginger stands next to her. But when the camera zooms in on Isabella, Ginger is colored with Katie's color scheme.
  • When Isabella and the Fireside Girls first show up, Isabella is wearing her uniform (but with her regular hair bow in place of her beret). When she comes upon Phineas and Ferb working on the monument, she's switched to her regular outfit.
  • Episode description from the original Phineas and Ferbruary 2008 press release: [1]
In "Candace Loses Her Head," airing Tuesday, Ferb-ruary 5, Phineas and Ferb set out to surprise Candace on her birthday by carving her face along those of the Presidents of Mount Rushmore. Meanwhile, Perry the Platypus finds Dr. Doofenshmirtz in his underground cavern and foils his plan to bore a tunnel to China.


None seen.


  • RMS Titanic: The lava flows past an orchestra, who keep playing as the disaster occurs. The band on the ocean liner Titanic played music to keep the passengers calm during the evacuation after it struck an iceberg.


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Previously produced episode:
"Candace Loses Her Head" Next produced episode:
"The Fast and the Phineas"
Previously aired episode:
"Raging Bully"
Next aired episode:
"I, Brobot"

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