Buddy Up

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Season 2, Episode 23
November 1, 2012
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We will be instituting a Buddy System for safety.

— Hank

Buddy Up is episode 23a of Fanboy and Chum Chum season 2.

Kyle does not get chosen for the "Buddy System" for a field trip to the Dinosaur Museum, so Fanboy and Chum Chum have him be a part of theirs. And when they accidently fall off the bus and get lost in the desert, they have to put their buddy skills to the test if they want to escape.


Hank shows on the blackboard how a license is revoked, adding is how he can only drive to and from school, then announces that today is the class field trip to the Dinosaur Museum. After a brief moment of what happened to Fankylechum at the field trip to the Glue Factory, he says they should institute a Buddy System for safety. Fanboy and Chum Chum come forward and blow whistles, showing that they "Buddied Up".

Kyle does not get picked

One by one, the kids rush to the front of the class and choose their buddies. Kyle just stays where he is, lonely, just as Fanboy and Chum Chum come over to him. Fanboy is surprised that Kyle doesn't have a buddy, and Kyle searches the line of buddies to find one. He immediately sees Chris Chuggy, who chooses a cactus as his buddy, leaving Kyle with no one to buddy up with him. Chum Chum says he and Fanboy will be his buddies. They blow whistles once more, and scream "BUDDY UP!", followed by a roll call. Kyle wonders what they're doing, and Fanboy explains they're doing the "Buddy Check", which is the most important part of the Buddy System, and can save his life. Fanboy sounds the alarm to check Kyle in, which completes the Buddy Check.

Fanboy and Chum Chum try to get Kyle to be their buddy.

Kyle agrees to be their field trip buddy out of sheer desperation, but refuses to be a part of their Buddy System. This leads Fanboy to convince him, as they were like him once, and a flashback of a naive baby Fanboy and Chum Chum was shown. Baby Fanboy was attacked by a mallet cloud, while Baby Chum Chum was attacked by a bear at the wishing well, causing him to lose his toy hook hand and wrestle the bear for an hour to retreve it. After Chum Chum finishes telling the story, Fanboy wonders how many toy body parts Kyle can afford to lose. Kyle looks at both boys, then he says to the audience: "Let's just get on the bus."

Meanwhile, on the bus, Hank is driving while the other students enjoy the ride. Fanboy and Chum Chum sit at the far back with Kyle between them, calling each other on walkie talkies as part of their Buddy System. Fanboy asks Kyle to use the proper terminology, which is 10-4, Good Buddy. Kyle wants to change his seat, but he can't because a rope is tying them together due to the main 3 having only one parachute. At that point, Kyle tries to detatch himself from F&C, but instead of pulling the buddy cord, he accidently pulls the rip cord which sends them off the bus and flying into the desert, leaving the bus to go on without them.

Kyle is upset that they're stranded in the desert, and are hopelessy lost. F&C are pleased though that they have their buddies, but just to be sure, they blow whistles, scream "BUDDY UP!" and do a roll call. By the time Kyle is called, he detests, but Chum Chum doesn't care. Fanboy looks up and sees three vultures, and he and Chum Chum walk under them in circles, hoping they can tell where the food is.


Kyle begins to talk to himself as he considers getting away from F&C. He knows they'll follow him because he's seen, so he casts a spell on himself, turning him invisible. But just as he tiptoes away, Chum Chum notices his visable footprints and he and Fanboy proceed to find him. First, Chum Chum uses the Buddy Flare to hit Kyle with a ball, but Fanboy believes nothing happened. Chum Chum uses the Buddy Pole and tells Kyle to grab the it if he hears them. He instead hits Kyle, who does not grab the pole. Just as Chum Chum was about to fling the Buddy Acid, Kyle turns visable again, leaving Chum Chum relieved. But after Fanboy blows his whistle and shouts the Buddy Up Scream, Chum Chum accidently tosses the acid on Kyle, causing him to melt into pieces.

Kyle with Fanboy and Chum Chum as cavemen due to getting too much sun.

Time goes by, and the main 3 are still stranded. A sweaty Kyle knows there's no way out, but then he remembers he can just use his wand to zap everyone out. He was about to reach for his wand when he notices that Fanboy took it and breaks it, showing he has turned into a caveman, which is what happens to him every time he gets too much sun. Kyle is disappointed, and realizes he is delirious. Fanboy then gestures to Kyle to smell his hand, to which he refuses at first, but then he does, and is disgusted. Kyle asks Chum Chum to do something to control Fanboy only to discover that Chum Chum has turned into a caveman as well. Both boys begin shouting "buddy" over and over and juming. Kyle tries to get them to stop and focus on getting out of the desert, but Fanboy hits him in the head with a club, knocking him out. They then begin arguing over who gets to be with Kyle, and wind up knocking themselves out as well.

Kyle wakes up later on, to discover Fanboy's dragging him, followed by Chum Chum dragging Fanboy. He wonders what is dragging Chum Chum, only to look up and notice a dinosaur. Kyle has the dinosaur take care of F&C and runs away. The dinosaur tosses F&C out of the frame and chases Kyle all the way to a cliff, where there's nowhere to go. Kyle screams for help, but no one hears him, so he calls F&C on his walkie talkie saying he's signing off. This makes the boys bonk themselves which turn them back to normal. Fanboy calls Kyle on his walkie talkie, only to hear Kyle just scream "HELP!". The boys find out that Kyle's in danger, so they jump into Fanboy's walkie talkie, shout out the Buddy Up Scream, and pop out of Kyle's meeting up with him.

This must be the end

Maybe not!

Kyle wonders what the plan is to get out of the danger, but Chum Chum says there's no plan and they're just here for their buddy. Kyle knows they have no way to escape, and Fanboy knows they're gonna be eaten, as buddies, of course. Chum Chum asks Kyle if they'd like to do one last Buddy Up. At that moment, Kyle stares at Fanboy and Chum Chum with tears in his eyes, realizing everything he did earlier. He starts to cry, and knows if he must perish, he can't think of two more deserving people to perish with him, and Chum Chum says it's sweet. Kyle blows his whistle and says "Buddy Up", then the main 3 hold their hands high in friendship. Suddenly, the dinosaur holds their hands, revealing he wants to be their buddy too. Fanboy tells Kyle that he and Chum Chum told him that the Buddy System could save his life, and the dinosaur begins to stomp in excitement. Unfortunately, this causes the cliff they're all standing on to break up and fall off, and everyone falls with it.

Meanwhile, Hank is driving the bus home, and is upset that the dinosaurs at the museum were nothing but bones, and wanted to see a dinosaur with a little moxie. He notices the one falling out of the sky towards us right now as an example, and the dinosaur and the main 3 hit the bus, causing it to break in half.

A great way to end an awesome field trip.

As evening approaches, Hank announces that the field trip is over and it's time to hit the road. He asks if everyone's here, and all the kids, who are riding the dinosaur, shout out they are. Fanboy and Chum Chum blow their whistles and shout the Buddy Up scream one final time, which everyone repeats. Kyle, who is riding in the dinosaur's mouth, asks Fanboy if he can ride on the dinosaur's back like everyone else, But Fanboy says he has to stay there with his buddy, a plain old skeleton head. Kyle is surprised, then the dinosaur rides everyone home into the sunset.


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  • Gags in this episode:
    • Someone blowing a whistle, followed by them screaming "BUDDY UP!".
    • Kyle getting hit or spilled on.
    • Someone getting knocked out.
    • When Kyle is not around, either Fanboy or Chum Chum screams "BUDDY ALERT!".
    • Kyle responding with something other than "here" when being called upon in a roll call.
  • This episode focuses strikingly on the main 3's friendship.
  • This episode marks the first and only time Kyle said his own last name.
  • Michael Johnson was the only student who didn't appear, while the other students did.
  • Fanboy and Chum Chum repeatedly say Kyle's name 13 times.
  • Buddy Systems in this episode are:
    1. Yo and Lupe
    2. Cheech and Nancy Pancy
    3. Duke and Cher Leader
    4. Fankylechum and Francine
    5. Chris Chuggy and a cactus
    6. Fanboy, Chum Chum and Kyle
  • The phrase "10-4" means "yes" or "Everything's okay".
  • This is the first episode in which Kyle actualy realizes how mean he has been over the course of the episode, which leads him into crying and finally accepting Fanboy and Chum Chum's request.
  • It's revealed that Fanboy and Chum Chum used to be naive to joining Buddy Systems on field trips.
  • It's also revealed that Hank only drives to and from school by doing various accidents that could get his license revoked.
  • This is one of few episodes that Fanboy and Chum Chum were actually serious with Kyle.
  • It’s true that the buddy system can save someone’s life.
  • The episode's title is said multiple times throughout the episode.
  • This is one of few episodes where the title card music has lyrics in it.



  • Fanboy's parachute immediately appears on his body when he explains it to Kyle but later disappears when Kyle pushes it away after landing in the desert.
  • On Nickelodeon, this episode is shown before "Normal Day", but the listings say the opposite.
  • Kyle should've known to use the downward thrust movement with his arm to teleport everyone away, as wizards don't always use their wands to teleport. It could be because he's used to using his wand.
  • After Chuggy chooses a cactus as his buddy, he was not seen on the bus with the others, nor riding the dinosaur at the end. This might be because he was the first one to go home.
  • In the first shot of the inside of the bus, we don't see any seats between Kyle at the back, but later when Kyle says "right here between you" Fanboy and Chum Chum are sitting between them in seats.
  • After F&C jump out of Kyle's walkie talkie to help him, the walkie talkie is between Fanboy and Kyle, but when the camera zooms in on Chum Chum, the walkie talkie disappears and never returns.
  • When Fanboy and Chum Chum finish their walkie talkie call on the bus, they throw their walkie talkies out the windows when the windows are actually closed.
  • Throughout almost the whole episode, Fankylechum has notebooks, sissors and a pencil stuck to him due to his accident at the Glue Factory, but at the end of the episode when everyone rides the dinosaur, Fankylechum is clean and nothing is stuck to him.
  • During the close up of Kyle when he cries, you can see that his left bangs are abnormally short.
  • Fanboy looks up to see three vultures, but the birds shown are actually seagulls.
  • When Fanboy and Chum Chum used the Buddy Flare and Buddy Pole on Kyle, they should've heard him due to the fact he's invisable.
  • Dinosaurs don't exist anymore; they went extinct about 65 million years ago.
  • Kyle can't stand up due to the fact the main 3 are tied together with a rope, but it wasn't seen in every shot before.
  • When Kyle pushes the parachute away just after the boys land, the rope and Fanboy's parachute backpack immediately disappear.
  • It's not safe to dump acid on someone.
  • Before Kyle cries, Fanboy is standing next to him while Chum Chum asks for one last Buddy Up. When the camera zooms in on Kyle however, Fanboy is not there, and when the camera zooms out, Fanboy and Chum Chum are farther away from Kyle.
  • If Kyle were to ride in the dinosaur's mouth, he'd be eaten.
  • It's not safe to change your seat while the bus is moving. Also, Kyle would've asked Hank if he'd like to change his seat before standing up.
  • Every time the camera shows a close up of Kyle on the bus, Fanboy and Chum Chum are not there.
  • For some reason, Yo, Cheech and Nancy were not seen on the bus with everyone.
  • When Kyle is taking out his whistle and putting it away, he reaches behind his back, in front of his cape. This is impossible, as the whistle is in his pants, which is under his cape.
  • When Fanboy is telling Kyle that he told him the Buddy System could save his live, Kyle's ears are not straight. This also happened when Kyle tried to stand up, and when Kyle gasps at Chum Chum's hook hand, though this may be due to pressing against Fanboy's cheek.
  • When Kyle sees the dinosaur's mouth, it is larger than him, but in every scene before and after,  it is exactly the same size as the boys. This could mean that the dinosaur changed size.
  • When the class cheers after hearing about the field trip, Fankylechum is clean, but after Hank explains about what happened at the Glue Factory, Fankylechum is covered in school supplies and glue.
  • When Fanboy and Chum Chum are explaining to Kyle about the Buddy Check, Chum Chum is not standing on ground level, but in the next scene he is.
  • Baby Chum Chum said the coin he tossed into the wishing well was a penny, but the coin is gold, not copper.
  • When the dinosaur turns around to ride everyone home, Duke is not visible on its neck.
  • When Fanboy and Chum Chum yell "BUDDY UP!" the first time they hold up Kyle's arms, Chum Chum is holding Kyle's wrist, but then, he is holding Kyle's upper arm.
  • Kyle shouts out to the people in the helicopter when they can't find him with the searchlight, but Kyle's eyes are closed, meaning he's unable to see them.
  • When Fanboy sounds the alarm to check Kyle in, he is frowning most times, but when the camera zooms in on the main 3 after the searchlight sees Kyle, Fanboy is smiling. At the same time, Kyle's hair animation slows down.
  • Kyle is heard panting while running from the dinosaur, but his mouth doesn't sync up.
  • When Kyle drops the walkie talkie after Fanboy and Chum Chum arrive, the walkie talkie is face-down. After the dinosaur roars at them, it is face-up.
  • The second time the dinosaur roars at the main 3, their capes stop flapping when they turn to look over the cliff.


  • Baseball - The episode is a pun on the phrase: "Batter Up".
  • Toy Story 2 - Kyle says "Help! Help! Somebody help me!", which is an exact line from the movie that Andy uses when playing with his toys before Cowboy Camp.
  • Lord of the Flies - The episode is loosely based on the movie.
  • Victorious - Kyle was asked to smell Fanboy's hand, which is taken from the special "Locked Up!" in which the Yerbanians smell the gang's hands as a symbol of welcome.
  • Dinosaur - The dinosaur closely resembles Aladar from the movie.
  • Peter Pan - When Chum Chum says he lost his toy hook hand and holds it up, this is a parody of Captain Hook, who did the same thing when a crocodile ate his hand.
  • Dino Squad - The newspaper that Hank presents says "Mufflin's class goes dino". The "goes dino" part references the catchphrase "go dino" from the series.
  • Toy Story - When Fanboy and Chum Chum seem to talk like Sarge whenever they are getting serious for their Buddy System, most noticable after blowing their whistles. Also, Caveman Fanboy drags Kyle similar to how Sarge drags the Minesweeper.
  • The Flintstones - Caveman Fanboy and Chum Chum's houses look similar to Fred Flinstone's house. Also, when the dinosaur wants to be the main 3's buddy, he seems to act like Dino.
  • The Croods - When Fanboy and Chum Chum turn into caveman, they act crazy like the family in the 2013 movie from DreamWorks Animation.


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