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Call Hating is the second half of the thirteenth episode of My Life as a Teenage Robot.

Summary

When Jenny hangs up on her mother one too many times, Dr. Wakeman desperately reprograms Jenny's communicator to make Jenny unable to turn it off.

Plot

The episode begins as Tuck leaves the barber shop well-dressed and with his hair coiffed. He is suddenly pursued by a series of filthy objects and people, all threatening to ruin his "temporary look". He manages to dodge them until a slime creature comes along, and Jenny flies out of a nearby manhole in pursuit of it. She attacks the slime creature to no avail; due to its nature it is able to recover and glance off all of her attacks. She tries brute force, electricity, and water, but finally becomes impatient and resorts to hastily shredding it up through a factory's ventilation system (not knowing that the creature is going to end up in packs of gelatin).

She then goes to the mall to shop, as she and wishes to impress the new boy at school. Suddenly, her mother calls to inform her of the muck monster, asking how Jenny defeated it. Jenny quickly shuts off the screen, embarrassed by Dr. Wakeman’s interruptions. Wakeman persists, concerned about how Jenny defeated the muck monster, emphasizing that only a few methods will destroy it permanently.

Jenny continues to ignore and turn off her communicator. Dr. Wakeman keeps calling Jenny back, but upon realizing that Jenny refuses to answer her and would rather goof off at the mall than do her duty as a hero, she gets a brilliant idea. Over night, as Jenny sleeps, she sneaks into her room and begins to tamper with her communication system.

The following day, Jenny stares at the new boy in school. As he approaches, suddenly her mom appears on her screen yet again. Miss Wakeman informs Jenny that she can no longer tune her out, as she updated her machinery. Frustrated and embarrassed, Jenny hides out of fear of being mocked. Dr. Wakeman goes on to tell Jenny that from now on she will always be with her.

During chemistry class, Jenny’s teacher notices Miss Wakeman on Jenny’s communication monitor, and asks her to lead the class experiment. Jenny states she is unprepared, but is forced by her mother to be her class assistant. Embarrassing her farther, Wakeman begins to scold Jenny when she claims that she doesn't know what the two compounds are to be combined when it comes to creating a chemical reaction that will freeze gelatin. This ends up with Jenny being mocked in class, much to her chagrin.

During lunch, Wakeman scoldings the cafeteria worker over Jenny’s monitor, stating that the food is not sufficient for a growing robot (even though Jenny does not eat). Brad, noticing how miserable and embarrassed Jenny is, decides to help her, and asks the new kid, Jaxon Marsden, if they can sit with him. Miss Wakeman appears again, causing Jenny to accidentally spill the oil on the new boy. Jenny then snaps and tells her mother off — though the new boy is very understanding and insists that it is not a big deal. Dr. Wakeman, hurt by Jenny’s outburst of frustration, begins to cry, and walks away from the monitor.

Suddenly, before Jenny can apologize to her mother, the original muck monster reforms, emerging from the gelatin cups being distributed in the cafeteria. It begins to attack the students. Jenny attempts to fight it, but realizes that she would be harming her fellow students, as they are trapped inside the monster's gooey body. She desperately tries to recall what her mom's experiment compounds consisted of. When she tries to contact Dr. Wakeman, stating she needs help, there is no answer...

Suddenly Miss Wakeman arrives, shooting the compounds at the Muck Monster, allowing Jenny to shatter it and save her schoolmates once the creature is frozen. Seeing that her mom is missing, Jenny calls her on the communicator to apologize for being so impatient. Miss Wakeman apologizes, stating that she should have given Jenny privacy with her friends. The two begin to argue again until Jenny's new friend, Jaxon, unscrews the communicator and they both leave with Dr. Wakeman scolding Jenny as the episode ends.

Quotes

Mrs. Wakeman (to Jenny): My spores look fabulous!!

Jenny (to Mrs. Wakeman): "Mom, look what you've done this time!!!"

Mrs. Wakeman (to Jenny, and the new kid): "Oh, please! No use crying over spilled oil, There's a chemical compound that will take that right out! Or, have you forgot that one as well?" 

Jenny (to Mrs. Wakeman): "Mother, you're embarrassing me in front of my friends!!"

Mrs. Wakeman (to Jenny): "Well, if they can't appreciate good science, then they're no friends of ours!" 

Jenny (to Mrs. Wakeman): "My friends are none of your business!"

Mrs. Wakeman (to Jenny): "Why, I never... I am only trying to do what's best for my daughter!!"

Jenny (to Mrs. Wakeman): "You wanna do what's best for me?! Then go away, FOREVER!"

Mrs. Wakeman (to Jenny): "I thought I gave you a heart when I made you! But I guess I was mistaken!"

Jenny (to Mrs. Wakeman): "Mom? Mom? Mom?"


Mrs. Wakeman (to Jenny): "XJ-9, you come back here and reattach me this instant! Do you hear me young lady?! XJ-9, you can't see me here! I will be interface of an emergency!!! XJ-9? XJ-9?"

Trivia

  • When Jenny is shopping, she picks out earrings even though she threw away her ears in "Ear No Evil."
  • When Jenny is in the music store, you can see a poster that reads "Li'l Rover". This could be a reference to either Li'l Bow Wow or Li'l Romeo.
  • The episode title is a pun of the term, "Call Waiting."
  • Jason Marsden is credited as "Jaxon Marsden."

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