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Oh, you could be hit by an asteroid. [...] Or abducted by aliens, to name a few.

"Gardening Hero" is the twentieth episode of Battle for Dream Island. It was released on August 1, 2011. In this episode, the contestants are sent to space due to budget cuts.


Before Cake at Stake

The episode starts with Firey and Leafy playing tic-tac-toe, and Leafy has just won her 73rd game in a row. Firey wants another rematch, to which Leafy eventually agrees. Rocky starts barfing, which makes Leafy believe he's sick. She starts running to him to help him, and Firey calls Leafy but then she gets caught in a net and thrown into space. Firey starts to worry but then is also caught in a net and shot into space. Rocky is also taken into space, along with Spongy, Ice Cube, and David. Bubble starts to wonder what's happening as Ice Cube screams. As they get into space, they see Announcer floating. Rocky barfs. Bubble comments on how she's weightless while Ice Cube is amazed. Firey then calls Announcer a radio and asks him why they are in space. The Announcer says it was because of budget cuts, right before the intro plays.

After the intro, Bubble notices the Big Dipper. She takes a star from it and asks Ice Cube to play catch with her. Ice Cube agrees and plays catch with Bubble. Leafy starts to freak out about how a star is missing from the Big Dipper and how Bubble and Ice Cube are playing catch. The Announcer announces that even though they are in space, they still need to do Cake at Stake.

Cake at Stake

First off, there is a new Cake at Stake intro, much longer than the previous one. The Announcer confesses that he learned that a normal cake would explode in space, so he got an ice-cream cake instead. Leafy asks how it would "make a difference", but the Announcer tells her to "hush".

545 votes were cast, 81 more than last time, Bubble, Rocky, Firey and Leafy get the physics-defying ice cream cake. Ice Cube is the first one safe with 72 votes. This time, there is no drum roll when showing who got the most votes because Announcer said that it was too annoying, prompting Firey to make his own. The results are shown: Spongy gets 142 votes, and David is eliminated with 331 votes. This episode marks the first time the Double Teleportation Device was used. The intro starts to play again. The Announcer stops it after he realizes they already played it. Leafy says that they might as well play it again, "just for good measure", causing the intro to play again.

Icon Contestant Votes % of votes Vote Change
IceCube TeamIcon.png Ice Cube 72 13.21% 67 more than last time
Spongy TeamIcon.png Spongy 142 26.06% 1 more than last time
David TeamIcon.png David 331 60.73% First Elimination
Total 545 100% 81 more than last time

The Contest

Leafy and Firey are talking about how weird David was. Firey says that he looked like a human, and he does not know what that means. Leafy states that they should be friends. Firey thinks it's an alliance, but Leafy quickly interrupts saying "just friends". The Announcer wants to be friends too, but Firey rejects him.

The Announcer gives everyone immunity. He then says they can lose it for the following reasons: Ice Cube gets hit by an asteroid while Rocky is abducted by a UFO, Rocky barfs, destroying the UFO. So Ice Cube and Rocky lose their immunity.

The twentieth contest is to get into a spaceship. Spongy is the first to do so. Bubble and Leafy get into theirs while Firey can't hold the spaceship. The Announcer says if he gets hit, he will lose immunity. Firey is about to get hit by the asteroid, but he manages to get into his spaceship quickly. Leafy says they should get Spongy, but he dodges all the laser shots like Leafy did in "Lofty" Firey tries to go into super-speed mode, but Leafy says he shouldn't as Spongy shoots her. Bubble starts to get sucked into a Black Hole (by maristanaweb) as well as Spongy. Spongy falls into it first. The others begin to fall into the Black Hole. Bubble and Firey scream, but then the black hole disappears as it's "sold because of budget cuts". Firey's spaceship is also sold due to budget cuts, while Bubble still has hers as she shoots Firey. Bubble wins immunity, happily exclaims: "YOYLECAKE!". The contestants are slowly recovered with a Master Recovery Center. Bubble gives the 2nd immunity ticket to Leafy again, while turning into Evil Bubble. She is amazed that she was given immunity by Bubble twice but then says she still has to do it a lot more times. The Announcer announces that one of the eliminated contestants will rejoin the game and that all the eliminated characters will decide who goes home instead of the viewers.


Bold means the contestant has immunity. Italic means the contestants are up for elimination. Strikeout means the contestant will be eliminated in the next episode.

  • Ice Cube
  • Leafy
  • Firey
  • Spongy
  • Bubble
  • Rocky


At the end, Leafy asks the Announcer how they are able to breathe, talk, etc. in space, to which the Announcer replies, "budget cuts".


Voice actor Roles
Cary Huang Ice Cube/Spongy/Rocky/Pin/Coiny/Match/Needle/Tennis Ball
Michael Huang Firey/Leafy/Bubble/Flower/Blocky/Woody/Golf Ball/Snowball/Eraser/Pen/Pencil/David
AT&T/NaturalReader Mike Announcer

Re-joining lines


You better vote me or...or I'll stretch you!


Come on guys! I really deserve a 3rd chance.


Eeeehhh... yeah... (nervous)


Vote for me, and I'll make improvements to the show of Battle for Dream Island!


(Announcer calls her Needy): *slaps* DON'T CALL ME NEEDY! (Announcer says "Needy" which makes Needle slap the screen multiple times in a row)



Golf Ball

I have a 6.666 repeating percent chance of rejoining the game, and if I rejoin, I'll have a 16.666 repeating percent of winning Dream Island. So from this moment, I have a 1.111 repeating percent chance of winning Dream Island!


Viewers, all you people out there! I love you guys, you're all my friends, but just, just think for a moment. Does it really make sense that someone as stupid as Firey is in the game, yet someone like me, is not? Just, just think about that, and the answer will come to you; the person you think should win!


I'm the only one who deserves Dream Island, the rest are all weak losers!


OMG, vote for like, me, and plus, I dyed my hair like blue.


(pressing a button) Hey! This rejoin button isn't working!


If you vote for me, I'll give you five hundred million vigintillion dollars!

Tennis Ball

"That clumsy Tennis Ball." You know, Announcer, I wouldn't say that if I were you, I've got a magnet and I can demagnetize you! "Yikes."


Vote for me! Yeah yeah yeah! Type my name! Yeah yeah yeah! So I can re-join the contest! So I can re-join the contest!!


Aw, seriously? "Say something else." NO!


  • This is one of the few episodes where Bubble doesn't pop.
    • Ironically, she is the only one who doesn't use a Recovery Center in this episode.
  • In the episode files on the scene where the recommended characters gasp, there is an unused character in the files named "Monkey Butt", recommended by Skitooh.
  • This is the first episode to use the new Cake at Stake song, "The Points Are Gone" instead of "There's Points Now".
  • This episode marks the first time where Spongy and Bubble have killed other characters, killing Leafy and Firey, respectively.
  • This is the second episode with a curse word (OMFG) in Leafy's nice list.
  • The opening credits are played 3 times throughout the episode, the most of any episode thus far.
  • When Spongy was dodging Leafy and Firey's lasers, his dodging looked a lot similar to Leafy's when she was dodging the nails from episode 11 and the acid spitballs in BFDIA 2.
  • This is the second time Flower did her "you better vote for me" animation.
  • This episode has the most budget cuts, at 3.
  • In the updated version, jacknjellify clarifies that the eliminated contestants will vote someone in the game to be eliminated while the viewers vote a character back into the game. The recommended characters gasp throughout his explanation, which the Announcer eventually shushes.
  • The MRC says: "IF YOU, SOMEHOW, MANAGE, TO READ, THIS, PLEASE, COMMENT, ON THIS, VIDEO, SAYING, THAT YOU, FOUND THIS" = If you somehow manage to read this, please comment on this video saying that you found this.
  • Fire can't survive in space because of the lack of oxygen, but Firey somehow survives, possibly because of Budget cuts.

Continuity references

Bracelety holds her sign for first time in this episode, later she used it for cheering Ice Cube in BFB.

  • The events of this episode were foreshadowed in the previous episode, "Rescission", when a glimpse of the Announcer's diary is briefly seen.
  • The Announcer accidentally playing the intro twice is done again for the first time since "Sweet Tooth".
  • Spongy uses the same Dodging Pattern that Leafy did in "Lofty".
  • The animation of Bubble making weird faces and giving immunity to Leafy is reused from "Rescission".
  • This is the first time Bracelety holds her signs for Ice Cube, a gag that would continue in some of the following episodes and foreshadow her main character trait in BFB.
  • Flower's rejoining audition is similar to her first one.
  • Blocky says he deserves a third chance, referring to how he already rejoined once.
  • Golf Ball's gag of calculating her chances of winning appears again.
  • Pen uses some paper slips to bribe the voters into voting for him.
  • The Announcer calls Tennis Ball clumsy again.
  • Pencil chants in a similar manner to how she did in "Reveal Novum".

Cultural references

  • Good Guy Greg, a meme, has a text appearance in this episode on the levels of niceness.
  • GLaDOS in Leafy's niceness list is a reference to the video game Portal, namely the lyrics of the Portal 2 soundtrack "Want You Gone".
  • Johann Sebastian Bach’s Prelude No. 1 In C from The Well Tempered Clavier, BWV 846 is played throughout the episode after the second intro.


The TLC's background is different.

  • For a frame, the Tiny Loser Chamber's background is different (space).
  • When Leafy says that they already played the intro, her voice became Bubble's voice.
  • jacknjellify made an error and forgot to add "substantial" important information to the episode, which includes recommended characters, voting details, etc.


  • Ice Cube is shattered by a meteorite.
  • Rocky is abducted by aliens and barfs in the ship, causing it to explode.
  • Leafy is shot by Spongy's spaceship
  • Spongy is sucked into a black hole.
  • Firey is shot by Bubble's spaceship.
  • Black Hole is sold from budget cuts.
2011 episodes
Don't Lose Your MarblesHalf a Loaf Is Better Than NoneVomitacoBowling, Now with Explosions!The RevealReveal NovumRescissionGardening HeroThe GlisteningDon't Pierce My FleshHurtful!Insectophobe's Nightmare 2
Battle for Dream Island episodes and other videos
TFI: "Crying Contest" • "Balance Beam" • "Mile Run" • "Elimination Volleyball!" • "Rope Climb" • "Dodgeball" • "Spelling Bee" • "Breath Holding Contest" • "Dice!" • "Spinner" • "Bowling 1" • "Bowling 2" • "Stack 1"* • "Stack 2"* • "Hurdles 1"* • "Hurdles 2"* • "Hurdles 3 and 'WETHFPC'"* • "Jumbo" (partially released)

*not released yet

BFDI1.png BFDI: "Take the Plunge/Part 1 • "Take the Plunge/Part 2" • "Barriers and Pitfalls" • "Are You Smarter Than a Snowball?" • "Sweet Tooth" • "Bridge Crossing" • "Power of Three" • "Puzzling Mysteries" • "Cycle of Life" • "Insectophobe's Nightmare" • "Crybaby!" • "Lofty" • "A Leg Up in the Race" • "Don't Lose Your Marbles" • "Half a Loaf Is Better Than None" • "Vomitaco" • "Bowling, Now with Explosions!" • "The Reveal" • "Reveal Novum" • "Rescission" • "Gardening Hero" • "The Glistening" • "Don't Pierce My Flesh" • "Hurtful!" • "Insectophobe's Nightmare 2" • "Return of the Hang Glider"

BFDIA2.png BFDIA: "Yeah, Who? I Wanna Know" • "Get Digging" • "Insectophobe's Nightmare 3" • "Zeeky Boogy Doog" • "Get in the Van" • "BFDIA 5b" • "No More Snow!" • "It's a Monster" • "The Long-lost Yoyle City"

IDFB3.png IDFB: "Welcome Back"

B.F.B.png BFB: "Getting Teardrop to Talk" • "Lick Your Way to Freedom" • "Why Would You Do This on a Swingset" • "Today's Very Special Episode" • "Fortunate Ben" • "Four Goes Too Far" • "The Liar Ball You Don't Want" • "Questions Answered" • "This Episode Is About Basketball" • "Enter the Exit" • "Get to the Top in 500 Steps" • "What Do You Think of Roleplay?" • "Return of the Rocket Ship" • "Don't Dig Straight Down" • "The Four is Lava" • "The Escape from Four" • "X Marks the Spot" • "Take the Tower" • "How Loe Can You Grow?" • "A Taste of Space" • "Let's Raid The Warehouse" • "Who Stole Donut's Diary?" • "Fashion For Your Face!" • "The Game Has Changed" • "The Tweested Temple" • "The Hidden Contestant" • "Uprooting Everything" • "B.F.B. = Back From Beginning" • SOS (Save Our Show) • "Chapter Complete"

TPOT Abbreviated.png BFDI:TPOT: "You Know Those Buttons Don't Do Anything, Right?"

Shorts: "Thanks for 4 years!" • "BFDI Is Back" • "Paper Towel" • "Ballers" • "Thanks for 4 years of Thanks for 4 years!" • "HELP US get to VIDCON 2019" • "Happy Birthday, Battle for BFDI!" • "BFDI's Road to Half a Billion Views" • "You're A Loser, But..." • "Thanks for 600,000 subscribers!" • "Aw, Seriously?" • "BFB Contestants React to Wiki Comments" • "Thanks for 800,000 subscribers!" • "PUMPKIN 2.0 - BFDI Halloween Shorts" • "If Among Us Was a BFDI Challenge" • "If X-MAS in Among Us was a BFDI Challenge" • "Thanks for 900,000 subscribers!" • "Thanks for 1,000,000 subscribers!" • "Thanks for 4 years of Thanks for 4 years of Thanks for 4 years!

Reanimated specials: "BFDI 1a+1b Reanimated! Fan-made MAP (Multi Animator Project)" • "BFDIA 1 Re-Animated By 95 People! - (Fan-Made)" • "IDFB 1 Re-Animated By 108 People! (Fan-Made)"

Cancelled: Yoylecake Winning Celebration CartoonDecember 2016 ShortBFDIA 6


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