"Taking Charge" is the second segment of the fourth episode of the first season of Amphibia, and the eighth episode overall.

It premiered on June 20, 2019 alongside "The Domino Effect".[1]

Synopsis

After one of the Plantars mysteriously runs out the charge on Anne's phone, the family embarks on a mission to try and recharge it.[2]

Plot

In the morning, Anne surprisingly screams and shows the Plantars her favorite show, Suspicion Island on her phone (the new season auto-downloaded before she came to this world), which features teens stuck on a dangerous island where the theme is "suspicious". Sprig and Polly start to enjoy it very much, but Hop Pop states it's just a bunch of garbage and prefers reading plays and books. After convincing Hop Pop, they spend several hours to watch some new episodes. They watch their last one with the last scene featuring two teens on a cliff being surrounded by pterodactyls, who are clones of a dead brother of the male teen, (much to the kids' surprise and Hop Pop's uninterestedness) and the female teen gets grabbed by the pterodactyl and flies away. Finishing the episode, Anne shuts off her phone and suggests that they watch more in the morning as it would be more fun than to just finish it all. Anne, Sprig, Polly and Hop Pop leave and go to their beds, with Sprig and Polly complaining they wanted to watch more and eager to watch more episodes.

Later in the night, a shadowy figure emerges from the darkness and moves over to Anne's phone, and begins watching a new episode. In the morning, Anne gets some popcorn and proceeds to watch some more new episodes of Suspicion Island, only to find out that all the episodes had been watched and her phone's battery dies out briefly afterwards. Anne becomes heartbroken and outraged, as she claims that all her memories from home were on that phone including texts, images and videos and without them, she seems lost. Anne asks the Plantars if they have any electricity, to which they appear confused about. When Anne expresses it as being "Zap Zap", Hop Pop looks through his book of beasts and tells her of a Zapapede, a creature that stuns its prey with electricity. As they leave and go on their trip to the Zapapede, the family remain suspicious of each other, using phrases they had learnt from Suspicion Island.

As they reach a rope bridge, they notice a Zapapede resting on a rock on the other side of the bridge, and they began to cross it. As they are crossing it, Sprig yawns, provoking Polly to comment to Anne that was very suspicious as it proved he was the one who had used the phone. Sprig then calls Anne over to his side of the bridge and expresses his own concerns in finding the thief and that it was not him. Polly then accuses him of sweet-talking Anne and they argue with each other in the middle of the bridge. Anne and Hop Pop join them and the combined weight causes the bridge to collapse and everyone plummets down the mountain side.

Zapapede

Having fallen on a ledge, Hop Pop spots a huge mass of Zapapedes below the cliff. Anne suggests they link hands and make a rope with their linked bodies like in one of the episodes. Sprig states that if they did, then Polly would drop them to cover up her tracks, similar to the events that occurred in the same episode. Sprig and Polly engage in a fight, accidentally kicking Anne, who joins in with them. Hop Pop calls them to stop but with no avail. Getting nervous, Hop Pop then yells "It was me!", causing the kids to stop fighting immediately. Hop Pop explains that he actually loved the show, but just didn't show it, being in love with the crazy teens and their adventures. He went down and watched the rest of the season secretly, but claims that he will redeem himself by charging Anne's phone. Hop Pop then jumps over the side of the cliff and onto the pile of Zapapedes. For a moment, nothing happens and Hop Pop says it feels quite relaxing actually before being repeatedly zapped and electrocuted. Anne, Sprig and Polly agree to work together and make a rope using Sprig's tongue and Polly holding onto Anne's legs. As Anne grabs Hop Pop, she herself gets electrocuted as well as Sprig and Polly, causing all of them to blast off and land near the base of the cliff on some shrubs. Anne's phone displays "10,000%" and is well charged now. Hop Pop apologizes to Anne, who forgives him, and they make their way back home so that Anne, Sprig and Polly can also watch the rest of the episodes of the season before Hop Pop spoils it for them.

Cast

Transcript

For a full transcript of "Taking Charge", click here.


Title in other languages

Language Title Translation Notes
Argentina Spanish (Latin America) Tomando el Cargo Taking Charge
Spain Spanish Asumir Assume
France French L'ilôt de tous les soupçons The island of all suspicious
Indonesia Indonesian Mengambil Alih Taking Charge
Japan Japanese あやしいしま Suspicious want (?)
South Korea Korean 의심의 집 House of doubt
Netherlands Dutch Even opladen Momentarily charging
Portugal Portuguese Descarregar Uncharging
Vietnam Vietnamese Cáo Buộc Taking Charge

Trivia

  • When Anne's phone downloaded Suspicion Island, the Plantars were confused about this and what the "internet" was, due to the fact that in Amphibia there are no such things as movies or TV shows, but plays for entertainment.
  • This is the first episode where Sprig is seen playing his fiddle.
  • It's the first episode with music and a song.
  • The idea for the Zapapede to have + and - shaped pupils came directly from Steve Wolfhard. Creature designer Brandon Wu took the concept and ran with it. 
  • According to Matt Braly: Taking Charge was conceived because it made me INSANE that Anne’s phone has lasted as long as it has without running out of power. From there we reverse engineered the story into a “whodunit” where the family became addicted to binge-watching TV - a concept that should NOT exist at all in Amphibia<nowiki>.[3]

Character revelations

  • Anne's phone hasn't been charged since she came to Amphibia.
  • Sprig can play the fiddle and appears to be a good singer as well.

Continuity

  • Hop-Pop continues to promote old things, rather than try and embrace new things.

Errors

  • When Anne said "We need power. Electricity", she appears to have two eyelashes on each eye.
  • Before the fight between Anne, Sprig, and Polly which occurs in the mountains, Sprig's goggles appear to be slightly shaded pink instead of gray.

Edits

  • The words "stupid sleep!" and "old" was cut, during Southeast Asia broadcast.

Allusions

  • "Taking Charge" - The title is a play on such words, since "Taking Charge" can mean to take charge and lead a situation, while also suggesting the action of charging a phone.

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References

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Season 1 Anne or Beast?Best FrondsCane CrazyFlood, Sweat & TearsHop LuckStakeoutThe Domino EffectTaking ChargeAnne Theft AutoBreakout StarSprig Vs. Hop PopGirl TimeDating SeasonAnne Vs. WildContagi-AnneFamily ShrubLily Pad ThaiPlantar's Last StandToad TaxPrison BreakGrubhog DayHop Pop and LockCivil WartHop-PopularCroak & PunishmentTrip to the ArchivesSnow DayCracking Mrs. CroakerA Night at the InnWally and AnneFamily Fishing TripBizarre BazaarCursed!Fiddle Me ThisThe Big Bugball GameCombat CampChildren of the SporeAnne of the YearReunion
Season 2 Handy AnneFort in the RoadThe Ballad of Hopediah PlantarAnne HunterTruck Stop PollyA Caravan Named DesireQuarreler's PassToadcatcherSwamp and SensibilityWax MuseumMarcy at the GatesScavenger HuntThe Plantars Check InLost in NewtopiaSprig Gets SchooledLittle FrogtownHopping MallThe Sleepover to End All SleepoversA Day at the AquariumThe Shut-In!Night DriversReturn to WartwoodIvy on the RunAfter the RainThe First TempleNew WartwoodFriend or Frobo?Toad to RedemptionMaddie & MarcyThe Second TempleBarrel's WarhammerBessie & MicroAngeloThe Third TempleThe DinnerBattle of the BandsTrue Colors
Season 3 TBA
Teen Girl in a Frog World No SignalWhack-A-MoleScenic RouteHop PopcornCattail Catastrophe
Chibi Tiny Tales Mantis BowlingQuit Bugging MeBird AttackBucket BluesFamily PhotoQuicksand
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