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What's your fortune, 🅱️en?
 
Pie to Pen

"Fortunate Ben" is the fifth episode of Battle for BFDI and the 36th episode overall in the Battle for Dream Island series. It was released on January 12, 2018.

It was going to be released on January 5, 2018, but since the script took two weeks to write, Thomas Chick announced on HTwins Central that he had just gotten the script on its original release date.[1]

Coverage

Before the intro

Match and Ruby are seen playing a hand-clapping version of Spongy Cake with new lyrics. Flower then asks Ruby to do her a favor as she pulls her aside. Ruby needs to convince her "ignorant" friends that she's pretty. Ruby says something is a bit off even though she recognized her beauty two months ago. Flower questions that Ruby says she's not pretty and threatens to crush Ruby. Ruby finds out Flower's more pretty when she curls her left arm, and she experiments with many factors, such as leg placement, pose, petal placement, tongue length, and eye stretch.

Ruby then asks Match if they can play Spongy-Cake again, but Match reconsiders, stating how she analyzed their "name-calling, Spongy-bashing, verbal-bullying" game, and plays the game with Spongy. Spongy raises his leg in a similar fashion to Four's intro pose, which, just like in the last episode, consequently makes the intro play.

Cake at Stake

When it is time for Death P.A.C.T.'s Cake at Stake, Four says they must assemble or they will "tremble". Pie says she would rather tremble instead. Four is now mad, so he tries to come up with something even more threatening, in which X gives him an idea by saying another threatening word that rhymes with the previous statement, so Four threatens to "dismemble" them, but that fails due to Black Hole's lack of limbs. After Tree tries to rhyme Four's sentence, Four is truly enraged, so much so that he stuns him by screeching. X points out that screeching doesn't rhyme.

After seeing Tree get screeched, they think that's okay, so the contestants assemble nonetheless. When the seats lift up, Ice Cube is flung into the air.

At Cake at Stake, Four says that Pen's drawing led them to their elimination. Pen gets mad at Four for saying that his drawing was bad, but Four screeches Pen. X then proceeds to say that Pen's drawing was a "disgrace" to the art community, asking him to never touch a piece of paper ever again. Pen says he'd rather get screeched at, and so Four does so, causing Pen to fall in a daze.

Later on, Pillow asks how many votes they got, and Four responds that they got 20,389 votes. Four says the 7 safe contestants will each get a fortune cookie, while the most voted contestant will be eliminated. Bottle says that they hope that elimination doesn't mean "dying", hoping that they don't get killed. However, Bubble gets popped randomly off-screen; Bottle then says that Bubble is dead.

Later, Four says Pen got the least votes (1,093 votes), then X says that Pen was the first fewest voted character that doesn't start with a B. Then, Pen says his legal name is "🅱️en". Pie asks Pen about what his fortune cookie says, so Pen opens it and it says that "one should always hope that life will be full of happiness... brought by... Ice Cube?" Pie says that the fortune is weird.

Later on, Four says that Pillow can sleep easily tonight, as she has exactly 1,300 votes. Pillow grabs the fortune cookie and reads the fortune cookie. She says that it is odd; Four later tells Pillow she is odd, offending her.

Treemote

The "Treemote" that appeared in the episode.

Four then says Tree and Remote are safe at the same time. They both read their fortune cookies aloud and after reading his cookie, Tree asks where Four got these fortune cookies from. Four said they got them from the dumpster.

Later on, Team Ice Cube! - Donut, Spongy, Naily and Barf Bag - is seen proudly patting Gelatin, who put Bracelety's signs in the dumpster, on the top of his head. The next scene shows Liy, Pie, Black Hole and Bottle, who are not safe yet. Four says that the contestants with holes are safe. Black Hole sucks up his cookie; Bottle's falls in her hole, and she is "tickled".

Liy and Pie remain. Liy says they are the bottom 2, and states that she said a pun two episodes ago, and says that the viewers would understand her and view him in a positive light. Pie says that it is fine.

Four shows the votes: Pie is safe, and Liy is eliminated. X says, "Hi Pie, bye Liy!", a sentence Four wanted to say. X says that Four can just screech him instead, but Four later says that he will do something way worse than screeching at X. Four gives a fortune cookie to Pie. Her fortune tells her that she needs to listen to Liy.

Liy then says that she heard the message and that the viewers and contestants didn't need Liy. Liy then reveals that when she joined her team, she wanted to put a "traumatic" past behind her, turning to save lives instead of killing, as a slideshow of a happy Liy with Pie and Black Hole, a worried Liy all alone in a dark field, and Liy rescuing Blocky, Fanny and Firey Jr. (and possibly Bomby too) plays.

Liy comes down to the ground and says that they thought they would support her, but Tree says to not feel sad/mad for herself. Liy then flips her switch, then switches to the light from BFDI APPISIOTE 225555555!!!!!, surprising Pen. Tree is horrified, and begs Four to suck her up; Four agrees with Tree and sucks Liy up.

After Cake at Stake

After Cake at Stake, Foldy is about to smile, but Foldy and Stapy decide to do it bigger. Later on, Pie questions what Liy was a switch for; Black Hole responds that he thought she was a regular light switch. Pillow says that she does more than that, according to some research, but Pie dismisses her anyway.

After that, Flower and Gaty are seen as Flower is currently deformed due to following Ruby's "fashion tips". Gaty says what Flower is doing is idiotic; Lollipop agrees with Gaty's statement and tells Four to screech Flower to get her to stop, but Lollipop forgets that Four screeches anyone who talks to him, and Four screeches Lollipop instead of Flower.

After that, Book asks Four where X is; Four says that X was in the "limb reattachment center".

Contest

The challenge takes place at the Cliffside. Four announces that the contest is to fly in a paper airplane and not touch the ground. As he gets on his team's plane, Stapy figures out that the planes are made of paper, and is worried since paper can't support his weight.

Then, the contestants get on their paper planes; Ice Cube lands on her plane from being flung from the Cake at Stake seats. Later on, the contestants fly their paper airplane, with no steering in it, as Tennis Ball points out. Lightning attempts to fly his team's plane up, which leads to Four obliterating him and Black Hole, due to flying not being allowed in the challenge. Fries requests that Puffball should be disabled instead of obliterated, and Four obliges, also disabling Cloudy instead of obliterating him.

David pilots Beep's airplane with the loose part of his outline, but the ride gets bumpier, and Cloudy gets injured. Balloony gets mad that no one feels bad for Cloudy, which Nickel mistakes as a normal quote despite being sarcasm. David then gets sleepy and supposedly does fall asleep, which seems to have caused Beep's plane to fall.

Free Food falls because of their poor weight distribution throughout the plane, as everyone was on one side. The plane starts flipping rapidly. Stapy accidentally staples the team's plane together. He later apologizes and says that his stapler instincts got a hold of him.

As Free Food and Beep fall rapidly towards the ground, Four comments that it looks like the two teams misunderstood the challenge and believe that it is a race to reach the bottom, rather than staying in the air.

Marker then tells his team to slow the plane down, which makes Stapy spit staples out of him in an effort to slow the descent. The ground breaks apart slightly when a line of staples hit, as Free Food continues falling.

Meanwhile, Beep is trying to steer away from the cliff, and they desperately try to steer from the cliff by dabbing, which seems to somewhat work and slows their fall due to the increased air resistance. Rocky vomits on David, causing him to wake up and start steering again.

Unfortunately, the staples split the ground in two, causing Free Food to fall between the parts and not hit the ground as quick. Even though the team is going to make it past the cliff, the cliff somehow lurches forward (the ground split causes it) and catches Beep before they pass, and X pats the ground thanking it for saving Beep from hitting the ground, so Beep hit the ground first, putting them up for elimination again. X then tells the rest of the teams in the air to do whatever they want since he doesn't know what to do with them, which results in a very positive reaction from the teams still in the air.

Stinger

X is lying in a field waving his arms around while a song plays, sung by both a low-pitched voice and a vibrato voice at the same time. The lyrics of the song are:

Glad to have 2 legs again!
  Glad to be an X again!

The song is followed by applause.

Votes

20,389 votes were cast. (+134) (+0.66%)

Contestant Votes Percentage of votes
Pen TeamIcon Pen 1,093 5.36%
Pillow TeamIcon Pillow 1,300 6.38%
Remote TeamIcon Remote 1,370 6.72%
Tree TeamIcon Tree 1,402 6.88%
BlackHole TeamIcon Black Hole 1,415 6.94%
Bottle TeamIcon Bottle 2,261 11.09%
Pie TeamIcon Pie 3,995 19.59%
Liy TeamIcon Liy 7,553 37.04%

Credits

Cast

Voice actor Roles
Cindy Jiang Foldy/Pillow
Sam Lee Stapy/Lollipop/Pie
Sabrina Barba Lightning/Liy
SCPhillips Morse Code Renderer Noise Roboty
Thomas Chick Tree
Adam Katz Nickel
Graham Taylor Gelatin
Satomi Hinatsu Bottle/Black Hole/Gaty/Balloony
Cary Huang X/Spongy/Tennis Ball/Ruby/Match/Marker
Michael Huang Four/Donut/Snowball/Cloudy/Bubble/Pen/Book/Fries/Flower/Golf Ball
  • Ice Cube, Taco, Barf Bag, Cake, Bell, Needle, Eggy, Naily, Saw, Firey Jr., Basketball, Clock, Fanny, Pin, 8-Ball, Grassy, Eraser, Firey, Yellow Face, Coiny, Blocky, David, Robot Flower, Puffball, Loser and Woody appear; however, they do not speak.

Trivia

  • This is the first BFB episode to have a team up for elimination for the second time.
  • This is the first BFB episode to be animated by Caedmon Johnson.[2]
  • When Roboty spoke, he said "HIDDEN" in Morse code.
  • This is the first time in BFB that a contestant whose name doesn't start with "B" gets the least votes (Bubble, Balloony, Bomby).
    • This was pointed out in the episode, although Pen had an excuse that this fact was incorrect.
      • Pen revealed that his legal name was "🅱️en" although this was most likely just a joke.
      • This is most likely why the episode was named "Fortunate Ben", as Pen was the first to get a fortune cookie.
  • Pen's legal name, 🅱️en, is a reference to the 🅱️ meme, which involves replacing a letter (usually the first letter) in a word with the 🅱️ emoji.
    • In Cary's reaction video, he jokingly stated that it's pronounced "Bwwwen".
  • This is the fourth time in a row that the record of votes has increased and the votes entirely of the episode.
  • Considering how Ice Cube, Taco, Barf Bag, Cake, Bell, Needle, Eggy, and Naily don't speak in the episode, it is possible their respective voice actresses, Kenzie Bryant and Katherine Sun, weren't available to record any lines. It is also likely that the scripts simply didn't require them to talk.
  • This is the third episode of BFB that featured no recommended characters.
  • In Cary's reaction to "Today's Very Special Episode", he said that this episode and future episodes of BFB would have more locations.
    • That was indeed the case, for the challenge's setting took place in an area with a cliff and multiple plants around.
  • This is the first episode where all contestants up for elimination have received at least 1,000 votes each.
    • This is also the first episode since "Vomitaco" where none of the contestants received a 3 digit number of votes.
  • Cake was promised to have more spotlight, but this was not the case in the official episode most likely due to the information being leaked and being postponed a week later in order to write a new script.
  • Beep is the first team to be up for elimination twice in BFB, having previously lost in "Lick Your Way to Freedom".
  • This is the second time a BFB episode came out without a thumbnail.
    • Flower is seen to be on the first, yet unofficial thumbnail.
      • This is the second BFB episode to not have a description. The same situation happened with BFB 4, where the description was later written.
  • Pin and Blocky were seen for a split second during the elimination (when Pillow received her fortune cookie).
  • Liy's previous design (how she appeared in "BFDI APPISIOTE 225555555!!!!!") was shown to be inside Liy.
    • Liy has shown that she has the ability to switch between switches.
  • David has shown that he has the ability to manipulate the unconnected outline on his head.
    • David uses the advantage to steer his team to victory, although failing due to Free Food's unintentional sabotage, led by Stapy.
  • This is the third episode named after a contestant.
  • This is the first time an armless contestant triggers the intro.
  • Liy is responsible for most death preventions on her team (2,753), although this may be a gag.
    • If this is true, however, the rest of her team has only prevented death 10 times altogether.
  • The amount of kills that Death P.A.C.T. has saved is the same amount of miles that Yoyleland is from Goiky.
  • No characters outside of Death P.A.C.T. have a visible walk animation.
  • In the stinger with the "Glad To Be An X Again" song, there are bandages wrapped around the bottom-right part of X, meaning that part of his body was removed and turned into a lower-case Y.
  • It was revealed that Cary Huang was the voice behind the strange voice singing in the background of the stinger.
  • There's an unused line when Match and Ruby are playing Spongy Cake; the line can be heard as "5 6 7 8". It can be seen here.
  • Ice Cube falls from quite a height in this episode, yet curiously doesn't shatter.
  • When all of Free Food are shown in their plane, Stapy's mouth is shaped liked a staple. This may or may not be intentional.
  • When the teams are getting into their planes, Beep's theme from "Getting Teardrop to Talk" is played, only with drums.
  • A few seconds before Free Food's plane get stapled, Bell, Foldy, Marker and Eraser (and technically Yellow Face) are all in similar poses to their intro pose.
  • Bubble does not get recovered before the challenge, despite the rest of iance being alive at the time.
  • Out of the contestants who say their last words before entering the EXIT, Liy has the longest last words.
  • Nickel not understanding sarcasm may be a possible allusion to how Nickel from Inanimate Insanity (who has the same voice actor) is very sarcastic and understands how sarcasm works.

Goofs

  • The voting screen lists the end of voting as "Jan 14, 2017", despite the episode being released in 2018. This is corrected in the video description.
  • In the scene where Pie is walking to her podium, she stays in place with her walk cycle for a few frames before the Cake at Stake intro plays.
  • Remote's red button switches places on her head twice, once in a continuous shot when she turns to Bottle before the Cake at Stake intro plays.
  • The Cake at Stake intro stayed black for almost the whole time.
  • When Flower's petals extend to transition to her flashback of Ruby calling her beautiful, one of her petals fails to stretch out.
  • Near the end of the intro, Pencil's face is upside down.
  • When Lightning gets obliterated, Snowball is missing an arm.
  • When Free Food's plane was flying out of control, Stapy's facial expression did not change when the plane was flying in and out of view.
  • When Flower says that she needs Ruby for a sec, she and Match say "5. 6. 7." But it's not lip-synced.
  • When Stapy mocks Beep for their lack of weight distribution, Fries' limbs are missing.
  • During Liy's flashback, Bomby is missing his arms and legs.

Continuity references

Deaths

  1. Bubble pops off-screen.
  2. Lightning and Black Hole are obliterated by Four.

Soundtrack

Timestamp Soundtrack name
0:00 - 1:38, 3:34 - 5:01 Dinklie
1:46 - 2:05 - MUSIC OF FOUR'S 3D HAND -
2:44 - 3:28 Unknown
5:31 - 5:53 Bnob
7:13 - 7:21 Chorkey
9:46 - 10:13 Lade
10:14 - 10:20 Cary Singing

References

  1. Tant says BFB 5 is delayed
  2. [1]
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