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X! You mean to tell me that you've been here the whole time?
 
Gaty

This Episode Is About Basketball is the 9th episode of Battle for BFDI and the 40th episode overall of the Battle for Dream Island series. It was released on April 6, 2018.

Plot

Cold Open

Marker asks Stapy to play "Eat the Dirt" with him. Stapy instantly agrees, but after realizing what Marker said, he backs out and decides not to play.

Coiny enters the scene and serves Marker dirt cake on a plate, which causes the intro to start because he raised his hand like Four and others did.

Before Cake at Stake

Clock is ticking when suddenly he rings like he has done in the previous episode. Dora follows along with by saying "Da" repeatedly. 

Donut groans at the sound of this and covers his ears. Stapy proceeds to ask Donut if it meant it was time for Cake at Stake, but Donut interrupts him rudely, finishing his sentence.

Cake at Stake

While Donut is hosting Cake at Stake, Gelatin and Lightning are attempting to steal the 'swollen fries' that Gelatin saw in Fries at the beginning of "Questions Answered", Donut then notices Gelatin, and he panics.

Gelatin bites the yellowed fries but they scream. They turn out to be X. X tells them that he ran away when he and Four were being multiplied by zero (Donut). He hid in various places, like under the basket that The Losers used in "Four Goes Too Far" and the jawbreaker fragment Ruby was playing with in "The Liar Ball You Don't Want".

Upon seeing that X is present, Donut gives X the responsibility of doing Cake at Stake. However, X reads the votes backwards, saying that Stapy was eliminated first. Stapy asks Puffball to make sure Foldy and Bell get their cakes, and he leaves. X then realizes he read the votes backwards, and Eraser believes this is an April Fools joke, but X says that he didn't mean to read them that way. Cloudy comforts him, saying that everyone makes mistakes.

Puffball then breaks Stapy's promise and eats Foldy and Bell's cakes. Nickel asks Puffball to save some for him, and thanks her when she spits cake out.

The Challenge

Donut is about to announce the ninth contest when suddenly X interrupts him and asks if he could choose the contest. Donut agrees, but then X experiences difficulties when coming up with the challenge. Book tries to assure him about something, but he interrupts her and says that he can do it.

When he looks around and sees baskets and balls, he decides that the challenge should be basketball. Basketball comes over to X, having heard her name, but X says that he did not call her. He proceeds to build the challenge area.

Barf Bag asks X if he could clarify what the challenge actually is, and then X says the challenge was to press the team buzzers used in the previous episode by weighing down the baskets.

As soon as the challenge starts, Blocky throws Basketball and Tennis Ball in the basket to weigh it down and lower it, just like Tennis Ball's trebuchet did in "Getting Teardrop to Talk", causing ABNTT to be safe. X looks upon this questionably, but accepts it after Blocky explains that he did throw "balls" into the basket, prompting a negative reaction from the others (and Barf Bag).

Meanwhile, Bleh - Book and Teardrop - doesn't have any luck throwing the balls. Gaty, annoyed, wishes that there was someone who specialized in throwing.

Firey throws a ball, only to drop it. Coiny picks it up and throws it. He misses and hits Cloudy's window again, and the recommended characters for this episode.

Woody attempts to throw a ball but is too scared to do so. Nickel says that his team should give up. Cloudy tries to convince David to throw, since he and Woody are the only ones on BEEP with arms.

Yellow Face tells Marker to play "Toss the Balls." Marker agrees then digs a hole while throwing balls into the basket, weighing it down and pressing the buzzer. This causes Free Food to be safe. Fries tells Marker to stop.

Meanwhile, Gelatin is about to tell TIC they should use Bomby to do something, but Donut, Firey Jr., Spongy and Barf Bag glare at him, making Gelatin nervous. He reiterates, saying that Bomby should throw the balls into the basket. Donut sarcastically agrees, but Barf Bag points out that Gelatin was correct.

Snowball throws a ball at the propeller of Iance's basket, making it malfunction and dropping onto the buzzer. X gets suspicious, but he becomes scared when Snowball gets angry. This makes Iance safe.

Meanwhile, Death P.A.C.T. is telling Tree to throw, even though he's stuck inside Bottle. Tree fails to throw the ball. Pie tells her team they're forgetting "something". Pen promptly throws a bunch of balls into Black Hole.

X announces that TIC, The Losers, and Bleh are safe, leaving it to Death P.A.C.T. and BEEP. Cloudy encourages Woody to throw, which he does. However, Death P.A.C.T. - Pen, Pillow and Pie - had thrown a bunch of balls into the basket, causing them to be safe. Nickel asks if they were supposed to throw more than one ball. X says that he should pay more attention, but Nickel says that X wasn't very clear.

Voting

The normal voting card shows up smaller due to the lack of players on BEEP's team, only the music is playing until Donut reminding X to say the voting lines. X then continues to say it and asks if it was good, and Donut proceeds to assure him that it was.

Stinger

Donut walks past X, telling him that he did a “good job” with hosting the contest. X then puts on a tiny smile on his face, looking at his hand.

Votes

22,340 votes were cast.

Contestant Votes Percentage of votes
Foldy TeamIcon Foldy 1,114 4.91%
Eraser TeamIcon Eraser 1,151 5.1%
Bell TeamIcon Bell 1,376 6.08%
Marker TeamIcon Marker 1,395 6.15%
Fries TeamIcon Fries 2,266 10.03%
YellowFace TeamIcon Yellow Face 2,621 11.54%
Puffball TeamIcon Puffball 3389 14.95%
Stapy TeamIcon Stapy 9,028 40.57%

Rankings

Strategies

Team Thrower(s) Strategy Results
ABNTT Blocky TeamIcon Blocky Blocky throws Tennis Ball and Basketball into the baskets, and the two of them were enough to weigh down the basket. Success
Free Food Marker TeamIcon Marker Marker plays "toss the balls" by himself, making the balls reach the basket. Success
Iance Snowball TeamIcon Snowball Snowball throws a ball at the propeller causing it to break and hit the team buzzer. Success
TIC Bomby TeamIcon Bomby Gelatin says that they should use Bomby to throw the balls, so Bomby does so and succeeds. Success
The Losers Coiny TeamIcon Coiny

(possibly)

Coiny tries to throw balls at the basket, but keeps missing and hits a second pane on Cloudy's window as well as multiple Recommended Characters. He eventually makes it, however. Partial success
Bleh Teardrop TeamIconBook TeamIconTeardrop & Book Teardrop & Book threw balls in the basket. Success
Death P.A.C.T. Plan A:Tree TeamIconTree

Plan B:

BlackHole TeamIcon

Black Hole

Plan C:

Pen TeamIconPie TeamIconPillow TeamIconPen, Pie, Pillow

Their initial plan was to use Tree, their strongest thrower, but it failed due to him still being stuck in Bottle. They then tried to use Black Hole, who simply sucked up the balls. Later, the team noticed that they were in the bottom two, so Pen realized they needed to work together to win. Pie, Pillow, and Pen threw balls into the basket and were able to hit the buzzer before BEEP. Plan A: Failure

Plan B: Failure

Plan C: Success

BEEP Woody TeamIcon Woody Woody was scared to throw the ball to the basket, but his team (mainly Cloudy) encouraged him, and he was able to throw a ball. However, he was only able to throw one ball into the basket before Death P.A.C.T. won, making his team lose. Failure

Credits

Trivia

  • Before the official thumbnail was released, the original thumbnail features the second most contestants, after Four Goes Too Far.
  • The credits for this episode were unique in these ways:
    • This is Kenzie Bryant's first animation credit.
    • The credits now have new "Audio" and "Editing" sections.
    • This is the third episode not written by Cary Huang.
    • This is the second episode written by Kenzie Bryant.
    • This is the first episode to be written by Satomi Hinatsu, but not Cary or Michael Huang.
    • This is the first episode not animated by Michael Huang.
    • This is the first episode where neither of the Huang Twins had any involvement in outside of the music and voice acting.
  • This is the first time a contestant has been eliminated before announcing all the votes.
  • Similar to BFDI schedule, this episode came out almost a month after the previous episode.
    • This is the first episode in BFB so far that was released 4 weeks after the last episode.
  • For the first time, Cary Huang (voice actor of X) says Bleh's name, making him the 3rd voice actor to do so.
  • Coiny raises his hand in this episode to start the intro. This makes him the first The Losers to do so.
  • This is the first time in BFB that a team has lost three times, in this case being BEEP.
  • This is the fifth episode to have a character's name in the title, following Are You Smarter Than a Snowball?, Getting Teardrop to Talk, Fortunate Ben, and Four Goes Too Far.
    • However, it wasn't literally about Basketball. It was about X's baskets and balls, being the first episode in this category to not literally be named after that contestant.
  • This is the shortest BFB episode so far, clocking in at 7 minutes.
    • The shortest before this was "Lick Your Way to Freedom".
    • This is also the first BFB episode to be under 10 minutes.
    • This episode is both the shortest video and the video that took the most time to create.
  • TopHatTheHat & TheEpicJames came back for the Additional character art.
  • This is the final episode of this season with a single digit episode number.
    • This makes BFB the second season to pass single digit episode numbers, and the first in nearly eight years. The first being Battle for Dream Island.
  • With Stapy eliminated, Foldy is the only remaining BFDI APPISIOTE 225555555!!!!! contestant and the only newbie still on the show now.
  • This episode is the 6th episode in a row to have a thumbnail that does not feature contestants from the losing team.
  • Balloony, Remote, Taco, Naily, Bell, Foldy and 8-Ball are all dead In this episode.
    • None of the dead contestants were recovered during this episode.
  • Free Food's first elimination is similar to Death P.A.C.T.'s.
    • Both have the only original contestants that were in the Squishy Cherries and never competed in BFDIA.
    • Every contestant also received over 1,000 votes.
      • This is the second time this happened as every member of Death P.A.C.T got over 1,000 votes in "Fortunate Ben"
    • Alike to BFB 5's elimination, it marks the elimination of a newbie.
  • In this episode, X returns and takes over as the host, replacing Donut.
  • The music of the intro can be heard during Death P.A.C.T's scene throwing their balls.
    • This is the first time that the track can be heard in any portion rather than the intro in any episode.
  • This is the first time The Moon is visible during the day.
  • This is the third time BEEP is up for elimination.
  • This is the fourth time in a row a male is eliminated.
  • This is the first time ABNTT places 1st.
  • Blocky's colors in the thumbnail look like the colors used in his first body asset.
    • Though, this could be just a coincidence.
  • This is the second time an episode had the word "episode" in it, following Today's Very Special Episode
  • Saw strangely disappeared in this episode.
  • This is the first time where Stapy uses another mode to move other than leaping, which is flipping his top part and then his bottom part.
  • This is the first episode of BFB where Golf Ball has no lines.
    • This means that the only contestants that have spoken in every episode up to BFB 9 are Donut, Pen, and Book.
  • This is the second time someone is eliminated but isn't forced somewhere, the first being Roboty in "Four Goes Too Far".
  • The sound used when Donut picked up X and placed him as the host was the same as the Windows XP balloon sound.
  • This is the first episode since Lick Your Way to Freedom where Lollipop hasn’t had a speaking role.
  • When Woody propels the ball he does a unnoticeable dab which is evident by the captions during the video.
  • This is the first episode where Swappy is not recommended.
    • The recommended character replacing him, Randomizer, got a shoutout, as well as his recommender, from Cary.

Continuity references

  • Blocky using balls to weigh down X's baskets is a reference when ABNTT used them to weigh down X's basket in Getting Teardrop to Talk.
  • This is the smallest vote increase in BFB (0.46%), not counting decreases.

Goofs/Errors

  • X appears to have shrunken to a smaller size compared to previous episodes, even appearing much smaller than Blocky.
    • It is unknown whether this is intentional or not.
  • Book and Puffball's voices seem to be lower-pitched than in previous episodes.
    • However, since Puffball "sings", it could be that her voice is on a lower octave.
  • X turns black and white and compresses himself in a brief frame at 3:26 to 3:27.
    • This could be an exit of screen effect.
    • This could also be intentional, similarly to Four's "glitches" in BFB 1.
  • Clock's hour hand is layered over his eye.
  • At 6:05, an obscure part of one of Pen's eyes isn't colored.
  • At 1:35, Ruby's arms are missing.
  • Around 6:28 to 6:29, X's mouth turns gray.
  • At 2:00, X's eyes flash yellow for one frame.
  • At 3:36, the injured side of Bomby's body is opposite the side with his fuse when he appears in the bottom right corner. However, the bandages and fuse are on the same side of his body at 5:06.
  • Choo Choo the Train wasn't hit with a ball when the recommended characters were shown.

Soundtrack

Timestamp Soundtrack name
0:00 - 0:15, 6:15 - 6:17 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2m-rkq08oII
0:15 - 0:34, 6:00 - 6:13 - MUSIC OF FOUR'S 3D HAND -
0:52 - 1:02 Unknown
1:02 - 1:16, 3:11 - 3:21 Unknown
1:55 - 2:48 Branchless
2:52 - 3:07, 3:33 - 5:55 Ballers / Hoppie
6:25 - 7:02 Lade


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