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Monster Hunt

The title card for Monster Hunt.

Episode 6a
Season 2
Airdate November 11, 2003
Previous Nightmare in Retroville
Next Jimmy for President

"Monster Hunt" is the first segment of the 6th episode in second season of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.


The show opens as Ms. Fowl is taking a nice refreshing swim in Lake Retroville. Sam who runs the Candy Bar, rows a boat towards her and compliments her. As she is enjoying herself, something tugs at her and pulls her into the water, and then the beast attacks Sam's boat and then the scene cuts to Carl screaming. Jimmy tells him to calm down, because the town meeting that is being held at the school hasn't started yet. Carl told Jimmy that the idea of a lake monster frightens him greatly. Sheen tells him that monsters are part of life, but Jimmy says there's no such thing, the meeting's probably been called to dispel the rumors. Then the mayor calls the meeting to order and Cindy and Libby provide evidence of the existence of the Lake Monster, but then Jimmy disputes their claim and decides to prove it doesn't exist.

Once at Lake Retroville, Carl screams again and Sheen ridicules him for being afraid of a lake. When Jimmy asked him what happened at Lake Retroville that made him so afraid of it, he tells Jimmy the sad story of him and his pet turtle Snappy, which he was allergic to and had to let go into the lake. Captain Betty shows up and Jimmy tells Carl and Sheen that he chartered his boat to scan the lake for the monster. When Captain Betty gets annoyed by Jimmy's scans, he destroys his scanner with an ax, calls Jimmy a fancy talking little mud guppy, tells him he's wasting his time this junk, and then is asked by Sheen how he got the name Captain Betty, he explains that on June 3, 1999, he was commissioned to ship sea monkeys for a local mail-order company but then was attacked by the lake monster and although Captain Betty survived, the shipment and monkeys did not.

Jimmy calls him crazy for destroying his equipment and persistently defending the idea of the monsters existence. Right when he asks how a monster could have come to be in a man-made lake, Hugh appears and dumps a drum of highly contaminated chemical sludge from Jimmy's lab into the lake, prompting Jimmy to start worrying while he explains to him what that stuff is and then asks him how long he's been doing this for, to which his dad replies "last few years or so" then Hugh throws barrel in the water and leaves. This is when Jimmy realizes maybe there is a lake monster. Suddenly, the monster appears and Carl recognized it as Snappy, his turtle and Jimmy says that some of those contaminates Hugh dumped in the water must've turned him into the monster. Snappy then eats Captain Betty and tried to devour Sheen, but he only ate his pants. Jimmy tries to use a modified fishing rod to electrocute him, but to no avail. Then he tried freezing him with an ice-ray, again unsuccessfully and then Snappy destroys the boat. Finally, Carl decides to take the de-mutation pellet that Jimmy intended to use on Snappy and shot it into Snappy's throat by returning him to normal and spewing out Captain Betty. Jimmy, Carl, Sheen, and Captain Betty then a variation of the sea chantey, "Spanish Ladies", as they swim to the horizon after the boat was destroyed.



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  • This is the first appearance of Mayor Quador.
  • This episode is ranked #82 during the "Top 100 Greatest Moments In Nicktoon History".
  • The episode's plot is a parody of the movie Jaws.
    • The episode's title card is an obvious nod to the Jaws poster.
    • Miss Fowl parodies Chrissie Watkins at the beginning of the episode.
    • Snappy the turtle parodies Jaws the shark.
    • The way Hugh was dumping Jimmy's highly contaminated chemical sludge from his lab into the lake was similar to the scene where Brody was chumming the fish chum into the water to a track Jaws the shark to appear.
    • At the very beginning of the episode, the camera zooms underneath the water just like at the very beginning of the film.
    • The town meeting at the beginning of the episode where Cindy and Libby were providing evidence of the Lake Monster's existence is similar to the meeting scene in the film where Quint explains about the shark.
    • Captain Betty's boat is very similar design to the boat Orca in the film.
    • When Jimmy is using the radar, Captain Betty destroys the radar similar to when Brody is using the communications radio and Quint destroys the radio with a fish bat.
    • Captain Betty's story if the sea monkeys is parody to Quint's story of the S.S. Indianapolis in the film.
    • When Snappy is first shown as a monster, Sheen says "Uh, Jimmy, I think we're gonna need a bigger boat." This is a quote from Martin Brody in the original film.
    • When Jimmy tries to freeze Snappy with his ice-ray, Snappy drags the boat through the water, just like Jaws the shark did in the original film.
    • The boat sinks like it did in the original film.
    • The way Snappy eats Sheen's pants is similar to the way Quint dies.
    • Carl copies Martin Brody by climbing up the sinking boat post and he says "Smile, you son of a sea turtle", before de-mutating snappy. This line that Carl said was similar to the one Brody said before he killed Jaws.
    • At the end of the episode, Jimmy, Carl, Sheen and Cap'n Betty swim back to shore on an inflatable tube just like Brody and Matt Hooper were at the end of the film.
  • This is the second time Sheen loses his pants and his underwear are exposed the first time was in "When Pants Attack".
  • This is the third time Jimmy tries to prove something doesn’t exist. The first time was I Dream of Jimmy, second in The “Phantom of Retroland”. The next is in Holly Jolly Jimmy.
  • When Cindy was presenting a photographic slideshow to the townspeople in regards to the Lake Monster, one the pictures of the show had her posing in her bikini at the beach. She yells at her best friend Libby when this occurs. This same slideshow goof appears seventeen episodes later when Jimmy is explaining the history of the asteroid to the townspeople via photograph slideshow. During his presentation a picture of Sheen snorkeling in a toilet was one of the slides. Sheen instantly yells, "CARL!!!!" when the embarrassing photo shows.
  • Despite only appearing officially in this episode, Captain Betty will make numerous cameo appearances in several episodes later on in the series.
  • Goddard and Judy don’t appear in this episode.
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Season 2 episodes
A Beautiful Mine | Sorry, Wrong Era | The Retroville 9 | Grumpy Young Men | Operation: Rescue Jet Fusion | Nightmare in Retroville | Monster Hunt | Jimmy for President | Return of the Nanobots | Holly Jolly Jimmy | Love Potion 976/J | Sheen's Brain | Maternotron Knows Best | Send in the Clones | The Great Egg Heist | The Feud | Out, Darn Spotlight | The Junkman Cometh | Foul Bull | The Science Fair Affair | Men at Work | The Mighty Wheezers | Billion Dollar Boy | Win, Lose and Kaboom!