Production Number: 101
Season: 1
Executive Producer(s): Bob Schooley
Mark McCorkle
Chris Bailey
Writer(s): Bob Schooley
Mark McCorkle
Art Director(s): Alan M. Bodner
Dialogue Director(s): Chris Bailey
Lisa Schaffer
Broadcast Information
US Broadcast Number:
Disney Channel US Premiere:
June 14, 2002
Toon Disney Premiere:
April 12, 2005
DVD Releases:
Kim Possible: The Complete First Season
iTunes Releases:
Book Adaptations:
Kim Possible Cine-Manga, Vol. 1
Tick-Tick-Tick is the 2nd episode of Kim Possible

Kim's tardiness earns her detention, but a tiny robot creates an explosive situation.

Mission Briefing

  • Villains: Dr. Drakken, Shego
  • Evil plot: Use robotic ticks with built in explosive devices to hold the world hostage.
  • Kim's transportation: Gustavo
  • Ron's Scooter

Episode Description

While trying to print her term paper in time for class, Kim Possible landed herself in detention for being tardy for the third time that month, courtesy of Mr. Barkin. For Kim, this is a huge deal due to her status as a cheerleader and how it would make her look; however those worries were put on hold after Wade informed her of an incident in the Amazon. A bug researcher named Professor Acari had his experimental robotic tick stolen by an unknown thief for an unknown purpose. It was later revealed that the thief was named Shego and she was working under the employment of Dr. Drakken. Back in Middleton, Kim served her first block of detention in Room 12 with other teens not of the same caliber, but it was thankfully cut short by Rufus, Ron Stoppable's pet naked mole rat, who posed as a rampaging mutant that had broke free from the science lab. At fast food restaurant Bueno Nacho, Kim was given an update by Wade about a villain's lair in the Caribbean that linked back to Shego. Team Possible headed to the Caribbean lair, but were immediately captured by Dr. Drakken and fed to man-eating sharks which Kim managed to apprehend with her Elastic Constricting Agent disguised as lipstick. Drakken planned to combine the robotic tick with his own nano-explosive as a weapon. Once attached to a victim, they would be at his mercy. Despite Drakken's plan, Kim was able to retrieve the plans for the robotic tick and flee Drakken's lair.

Upon returning to Middleton High, Mr. Barkin put Kim back into detention after identifying the mutant as a naked mole rat. Meanwhile back in the Caribbean, Drakken and Shego discovered that the missing tick was with Kim Possible. In detention, the other teens noticed a "zit" on Kim's nose that turned out to be the robotic tick. Immediately Kim ditched detention to find Ron and try to get the tick removed before it exploded. Unfortunately for her, Drakken as well as Mr. Barkin with the teens in tow engaged in hot pursuit of Kim and Ron. After seeking refuge in Bueno Nacho, Wade tells Kim that the only way to remove the tick was to burn the circuits. They are immediately interrupted by Shego for a moment, but she is sat on by Big Mike, one of the kids in detention. Ron then thought of Diablo Hot Sauce and used it to remove the tick which exploded immediately after Kim threw it towards Drakken's hovercraft. Even though Drakken is thwarted, Kim still served her detention but this time she made friends with the people she previously deemed not cool, countering Barkin's objective of making detention a period of quiet suffering.

Characters (in order of appearance)


Main article: Tick-Tick-Tick/Transcript

Running Gags

Catch Phrases

  • Dr. Drakken [to Kim]: You think you're all that! But you're not!

Middleton High School Reader Board

  • "Term Papers Due Today"
  • "Detention: Room 12"
  • "WARNING: Mutant Vermin on Campus"
  • "Detention: Still Room 12"


  • Scooby Doo: When Kim says, "Haunted island? Keep out 'meddling kids'? Please," she is referring to almost all Scooby Doo episodes, where the criminal was unmasked by the meddling kids: Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and their dog, Scooby Doo.


  • First episode which brings up Ron's fears of spiders and bugs from his horrifying experience at Camp Wannaweep.
  • This was supposed to be the first appearance of Dr. Drakken and Shego, but due to Disney airing the episodes out of order, he appeared in the earlier episode titled "Crush".


  • Steve Barkin's hair is blond rather than the regular brown. It became brown and stayed that way for all future episodes, minus "Royal Pain".
  • Marcella's hair is wavy and her mole is missing in this episode.
    • That is not Marcella. She is one of the nearly 40-some MHS cheerleaders seen.
      • (Fanon names her "Eunice Brower" for the appearance of plucking a unibrow.)
  • While on Gustavo's plane Kim is first shown sitting next to Gustavo with Ron seated behind. Then after watching the video of Shego on the Kimmunicator Kim is seated next to Ron.
  • When Shego is checking the signal for the nano-tick, her right glove briefly disappears.
  • After escaping detention, both Kim and Ron have drinks. Then, a couple of scenes later, there's only one drink.
  • In this episode Kim and Ron are not aware of Drakken, though in the first episode they identified him as their 'arch-enemy'.. This is due to change in production codes and when the episodes aired
  • The outside of MHS on the announcement board is in grey scale. This is due to it being the second production.


Memorable Quotes

  • Kim [on Gustavo's plane to the Amazon]: Thanks for the lift, Gustavo.
  • Gustavo: After you rescued my village from that flood last year, Kim Possible, I only wish I could do more.
  • Kim: No big. It was just like swim practice.
  • Ron: Except the Middleton High pool doesn't have piranhas.

  • [When Kim tells her parents she got detention]
  • Mrs. Dr. Possible: Detention?
  • Mr. Dr. Possible: A Possible has never had detention! Except your brothers, but they're little monkeys.

  • Ron: Why not otters? I wouldn't mind dropping into a tank of otters! They're fun!

  • Kim [to Ron about detention]: You don't know what it's like in there. It's a meeting of the lifetime losers club!
  • Ron: Yeah. (pause) Hey! I've been in detention.

  • (Kim runs out of Middleton High and jumps on Ron's scooter)
  • Ron: I talked to Wade. He figures Drakken can track that exploding robot tick thing.
  • Kim: For once, let Wade be wrong.
  • Dr. Drakken: (flies above them in a hover car) I want my nano tick!
  • Kim: (sighs) Wade's never wrong.

  • (A beeping sound starts)
  • Dr. Drakken: A beep! Is it a good beep?
  • Shego: The tracker's got a lock on your bug.
  • Dr. Drakken: (hugs the machine) Beep on, sweet machine, beep on.
  • Shego: Can you not be weird, please?

  • [After Shego smashes her way inside Bueno Nacho]
  • Shego: Kim Possible has something that belongs to us!
  • Kim: (jumping on another table) Guess what? I don't want it.
  • Shego: It's on you? What.. like.. stuck?
  • Kim: Hello! It's not a nose ring.
  • Dr. Drakken: Take her whole nose if you have to!
  • Shego: (ignites her hands) Works for me!

Episode Notes

  • This is the first of several occurrences where there is an up-shot of a cheerleader's, in this case Kim's, skirt enough to reveal the cheerleading uniform 'spankies' –despite the assertions of some, these are not Kim's underwear. Other times include:
    1. Same scene repeated in the S1-S3 title sequence.
    2. Attack of the Killer Bebes; when Kim leaps off the shoulders of two, just before being caught by the third.
      • Notice it has of a "shorts" style with legs, as opposed to regulation legless "pantie-style". Probably some Exec got nervous about how much of her leg/tush was showing and ordered it colored in.
    3. Go Team Go; while Kim was supporting the squad single-handedly, upside-down Crystal's skirt, in a rare occurrence in animation, obeys gravity.
    4. Ill Suited; during the fight in Bueno Nacho.
  • When Ron says, "Make that twelve…," upon seeing Shego, Kim seems slightly jealous.

Production Information

Cast & Crew

  • Executive Producers
    • Bob Schooley
    • Mark McCorkle
    • Chris Bailey
  • Writers & Story Editors
    • Bob Schooley
    • Mark McCorkle
  • Art Director
    • Alan M. Bodner
  • Line Producer
    • Kurt Weldon
  • Storyboard Supervisor
    • Nick Filippi
  • Voice Talent
    • See Character List Above
  • Dialogue Directors
    • Chris Bailey
    • Lisa Schaffer
  • Voice Casting
    • Jamie Thomason
    • Lisa Schaffer
  • Storyboard
    • Rossen Varbanov
    • Tom Bernardo
    • Nick Filippi
    • Adam Van Wyk
    • Louis M. Police
  • Timing Directors
    • Bob Treat
    • Michael Lyman
    • J.K. Kim
    • Patrick Gleeson
    • Bob Zamboni
  • Lead Character Design
    • Stephen Silver
  • Character Design
    • Eugene Salandra
    • Dana Landsberg
  • Character Clean-Up
    • Celeste Moreno
    • Eric Wight
  • Location Design
    • Andy Ice
    • Louis M. Police
    • Alex McCrae
  • Prop Design
    • Ernie Guanlao
    • Jason Hulst
    • Bev Chapman
  • Background Paint
    • Teri Shikasho
    • Nadia Vurbenova-Mouri
    • W. Ashby Manson
  • Color Stylists
    • Sara Brigitte Strother
    • Karen Kilpatrick
  • Main Title Design By
    • Jennifer Grey
  • Production Manager
    • Angela Calimag Macias
  • Overseas Animation Supervisor
    • Bradley Goodchild
  • Technical Director
    • Kimberly Rose-Cohn
  • Storyboard Revisions
    • John Nevarez
    • Craig Kemplin
    • Calvin Suggs
    • Chris Rutowski
    • Melissa Suber
    • Zac Moncrief
  • Continuity Coordinator
    • Jim Finch
  • BG Key Color Correction
    • Dave DiMatteo
  • Animation Production by
    • Starburst Animation Studio
  • Film Editor
    • Christopher K. Gee
  • Assistant Film Editor
    • Kris Gilpin
  • Pre-Production Track Editor
    • Jim Harrison
  • Animatic Editor
    • Ralph A. Eusebio
  • Scanners
    • Chris Gresham
    • Shannon Fallis-Kane
  • Track Reading
    • George Craig
  • Supervising Sound Editor
    • William B. Griggs
  • Sound Editor
    • Brian F. Mars
  • Foley Mixer
    • Stuart Ablaza
  • Foley Artist
    • Mary Bowers
  • Re-Recording Mixers
    • Keith Rogers
    • William B. Griggs
  • On-line Editor
    • Keith Cook
  • Original Dialogue Recording
    • Larry Winer
  • Assistant Dialogue Engineer
    • Kelly Butler
  • Manager of Music Productino
    • Jay Stutler
  • Post Production Manager
    • Steve Arenas
  • Post Production Supervisor
    • P.J. Aminpour
  • Audio Supervisor
    • Victor Garcia
  • Post Production Coordinator
    • Mike Harrigan
  • Production Coordinators
    • Sean Reed
    • Wade Wisinski
  • Production Associate
    • Dan Soulsby
  • Production Secretary
    • David Skillman
  • Production Control
    • Anna Boyadjian
  • Casting Manager
    • David H. Wright III
  • Script Coordinator
    • Leona Beckert
  • Produced by
    • Walt Disney Television Animation


  • "Call Me, Beep Me! The Kim Possible Song"
    • Written and Produced by
      • Cory Lerios
      • George Gabriel
    • Performed by
      • Christina Milian
  • Score by
    • Adam Berry


External links


#101: "Bueno Nacho"
Mission Next:
#103: "Monkey Fist Strikes"

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