"They got nicer hotels in Northridge!"
|Season 2, Episode 6-7|
|First Aired||July 30th, 2011|
|Viewed By:||5.2 million|
"Helen Back Again"
Locked Up! is a Victorious hour-long special. It marks the sixth and seventh episodes of the second season and the 26th and 27th overall. It is a 1-hour special that first aired on July 30th, 2011 at 8PM. Two songs were featured; the first, All I Want Is Everything is an original song, and the second is I Want You Back, originally sung by the Jackson 5 brothers.
The episode starts when Festus, who runs the Grub Truck, overhears that Tori and her friends have no vacation plans. He tells her that his brother lives in a country called Yerba, and if Tori and the gang will perform there for seven nights, their whole vacation will be free.
The Victorious gang takes a trip to Yerba, an island nation. Tori thinks she planned the perfect vacation, with luxurious foods and service, but lets everyone down when they are placed in a rundown hotel room with critters and insects as well as disgusting meals. André also gets a vampire moth bite and has severe swelling on his neck. On top of that, there are soldiers everywhere because, as they also find out, the country is at war. When they go to complain, they are held to their promise that they will perform a song each night.
But while dancing for the chancellor, Tori's shoe comes off her foot, flies across the room, and hits the chancellor in the eye. She is then sentenced to four years in a Yerbanian prison. While Tori is in prison, Andre, Robbie, Jade, Cat, and Trina tell Tori that Beck and Sikowitz are trying to get through to Tori's parents, the United States Ambassador, and/or anyone high up who can negotiate for Tori's release.
Later, when they try to get Tori released, Robbie accidentally kills the chancellor's octopus (which was given to the chancellor as a gift from the Prince of Gustavia), causing the rest of them to be put in prison.
Eventually, Tori (and Sikowitz, to some extent) concocts a plan to get out, which involves a hit song. After performing I Want You Back with the other prisoners for the chancellor, the gang sneaks out and escapes across the border in a duck truck. Once the vehicle leaves, we see a rule that says: "No Escaping".
- The entire episode can be seen as an allusion to the 2011 Libyan civil war. The "Chancellor" in the episode is strikingly similar to Muammar Gaddafi and the rebels had taken over a beach (rebels is the term commonly used for the forces fighting against the Gaddafi regime). Eerily, the episode was filmed in November of 2010, 3 months before the start of the civil war is normally dated, meaning all these references could not have been drawn from the civil war itself, which would only start 3 months later. The timing of the episode premier is also very coincidental. It aired at the height of the civil war, less than a month before the final climatic Battle of Tripoli that would eventually lead to the capture of Tripoli by rebel forces and mark the overthrow of the Gaddafi regime.
- The episode implies he really is a dictator, and Chancellor is merely his chosen title. This is another similarly to Gaddafi, who used different titles to describe his role in running the country.
- This was filmed during the week of Matt's birthday.
- This episode name could be a reference to Akon's song name 'Locked Up'.
- The country of Yerba does not exist and was specifically created for the episode. It is also apparent that while the Chancellor is the Yerbanian equivalent to the United States President, the position is also the leader of the Federal Judicial branch of Yerbanian government.
- The special has its own unique opening theme sequence, using its own title card and scenes only found in this episode. However, the scenes in the regular sequence that are not part of any episodes, such as the daydreaming in the car and using graffiti on the camera lens, are still used. While "Freak the Freak Out" had its own title card, the opening sequence only used an extended version of the theme song with unique non-episode scenes.
- This is the first time a main character has been incarcerated.
- Beck returns after a two consecutive episode absence.
- This is the second Victorious episode to be one hour long. The first was "Freak the Freak Out".
- Southeast Asia was referenced in this episode:
- The concept of the dancing prisoners is inspired by the dancing inmates in Cebu, Philippines who performed "Thriller" (2007) and "They Don't Care About Us" (2010).
- In the promo, one of the prisoners said, "Give me your sevens." However, that line was cut from the episode for an unknown reason.
- This is the third time Cat's PearPad appears. The first time was in Tori Gets Stuck, and the second time was in Prom Wrecker.
- Part 2 is the only episode so far where Tori does not post status updates. This is because she's in jail and cell phones cannot be used.
- Sikowitz calls Robbie "Urkel", which is a reference to Steve Urkel, a clumsy and nerdy character from the television program, Family Matters.
- The "duck truck" is a 1954 Ford F-Series.
- When the gang escapes from the prison, it is very similar to a scene in The Sound of Music where the Von Trapp family runs away after a musical number and a prison guard notices that they're gone.
- Festus mentions on TheSlap that he wished he could have a truck at Pacific Coast Academy, the school that was the main setting of Dan Schneider's earlier show, Zoey 101.
- This is the only time Tori checked her voice to see if she really sounds like a 1940s movie star.
- When Tori is checking her voice, it's actually Elizabeth Gillies saying the line (using a voice over clip).
- According to Dan Schneider on DanWarp, when André was craving for salt, Leon actually ate sugar instead of the real thing.
- Of the three Victorious specials to date, as well as iParty with Victorious, this one is the only one to serve as a lead-in to a new episode of another Nickelodeon show (in this case, Bucket and Skinner's Epic Adventures).
- In Dan's blog, he says that it was Victoria's idea to say "Come on buddy!" to end the scene when Festus gave her his long phone number.
- Ending Tagline: Robbie: "There was a grenade in my toilet!"
- This is the second time that Robbie is the Ending Tagline, first being the previous episode.
- In the penultimate scene when the guards discover that the gang has escaped and everyone goes frantic, the alarm heard is the same fire alarm used in previous episodes of Dan's shows (such as the Drippin' Episode in Zoey 101 and iWanna Stay with Spencer on iCarly).
- Dan Schneider posted on his blog that the reason we see Jade and André bolt offstage after Tori hits the chancellor in the eye is because the actors who play them, Elizabeth Gillies and Leon Thomas lll, were under 18 at the time and child labor laws prevented them from working past a certain time limit/number of hours.
- This is the first time Holly Vega and David Vega appear in Season 2.
- There was also no mention of Festus or his brother in future episodes regarding the lock up, although that may still occur.
- The room keys they are given are screwdrivers, this could be a reference to Rugrats.
- This episode offended many viewers as it takes place in the middle of a war.
- When Tori's shoe comes off and hits the chancellor while performing, it may be a reference to Monster High when Frankie's lower leg part came off during fearleading tryouts and hit the coach.
- This episode premiered in Asia 8 months after shooting (May 2012).
- It is revealed that Cat "likes" mushrooms.
- All I want is everything was the first live performance in a foreign country by the gang.
- Cat Valentine was eating a Strawberry Pop-Tart in the Vega household, at the time, one of Ariana Grande's favorite snacks.
- Tori's parents try to bribe her into taking Trina with her to Yerba, even though Tori couldn't drive yet.
- It's been revealed that Robbie's mother once moved out, but came back to give him another chance.
- Jade peacefully sleeps during the war and the sound of bombs.
- Sikowitz not remembering trips he took when he was younger.
- Yerbanians sniffing the students' hands.
- André with his vampire moth symptoms, including massive swelling, hallucinations, bizarre speech patterns, and a craving for salt.
- Yerbanian soldiers capturing people, the captives getting away, and then being recaptured.
- Yerbanian soldiers being told to do something but just stand there, and then a few moments later saying, "Oh, now?"
- Yerbanians calling people "Buddy" and saying porpoise instead of purpose and "o-ka-topus" rather than octopus.
- Yerbanians liking Beck's 'fluffy' hair.
- The chancellor facing the wrong way due to his blindness and having to be readjusted.
- Robbie somehow getting stuck with the girls.
- The doctor's son giving the patients lollipops.
The special has received mixed reactions from fans but overall most of them were positive. It premiered to a total of 5.201 million viewers, and had 4.073 million viewers on the 11 AM repeat the following day.
Sgrodis: Who wants mushroom?
Tori: No one!
Cat: I love mushrooms!
Cat: I hate mushrooms?
Jade: Before you booked our trip here, you forgot to find out that this is the worst country on Earth?!
Tori: [pauses] Yeah.
Sikowitz: Jade, don't be such a Crabby-Cathy!
Jade: I have every right to be a Crabby-Cathy... [turns head and sees two girls playing with Beck's hair] Crabby-Cathy is about to get a little bit crabbier!
Cat: I think those girls like Beck's fluffy American hair.
Jade: Clearly. [walks over the couch in front of Beck and the two girls playing with his hair] Hey! Get your hands off my boyfriend!
Girls: [hiss at Jade]
Jade: [hisses back more fiercely]
Girls: [freak out and walk away]
Jade: Okay. I just woke up...and I found this sitting on my chest. [holds up a lizard]
Cat: A dead lizard?
Jade: It's dead now. [wipes her lips]
André: We're...we're gonna die!
Beck: Don't act scared!
André: I'm not acting!
Prisoner: Hey! How you make your hair so... fluffy?
Beck: Well, it all starts with a quality shampoo and conditioner.
Prisoner: Ohhh, conditioner... [the prisoners nod]
Prisoner: Give me your sevens!
Tori: Uh... go fish?
(This line was cut from the actual episode.)
Cat: [scared] I don't like this hotel...
Man: [jumps through the window)
Tori, Cat, Trina and Robbie: AHHHHH!!!!!!
Cat: I joined the prison gang!
Jade: And you said yes?
Cat: I promised the gang ladies that I will make us all special T-shirts!
Robbie: Where have you been?!
Cat: I joined a prison gang!!!
Tori: Where did you get that outfit?! [Sikowitz is wearing a Yerbanian Soldier Uniform.]
Sikowitz: They sell these at the hotel gift shop. How stupid is that!
Tori: What's going on?
Beck: My Aunt says we can't go to Cancún.
Tori: Aw...how come?
Beck: She found out I was bringing Jade.
Beck: So I heard some of you guys are going to Yerba.
Tori: Yes, yes we are. Would you like to come to Yerba with us, Beck?
Beck: Oh, that'd be great, thanks.
Tori: Jade...do you have a question for me?
Jade: [quickly and shyly] ...Can I come to Yerba? [turns her head away]
Tori: Maybe, but first, you gotta give me a hug... [whispers] Come on, come on, just do it.
Jade: [whispers) No I don't want to.
Tori: Do it.
Jade: [hugs Tori]
Tori: Aww, see! Givin' Tori a big ol' hug isn't such a bad th- okay, that's really tight... Oh God, help me! Somebody do something! [falls down due to Jade squeezing her too tight]
Tori: You guys make it seem like we're in the middle of some kind of-
Bomb: [goes off]
Tori: We are getting out of this country!
Sgrodis: You kids promised to make sing song here for seven nights.
Sikowitz: Well, I'm afraid that's a promise they're going to have to break.
Sgrodis: Are they? [pulls a lever and three Yerbanian soldiers come in]
Tori: ...So? What song should we sing tomorrow night?
Robbie: Why have you put me on the girl's side of this prison? I'm clearly a boy.
Officers: [look at each other mischievously] Prove it!
Robbie: Fine, I'll stay on the girl's side.
Robbie: [climbs out of the bed between Trina and Cat]
Tori: You have a nice truck.
Festus: Don't lie to me.
Tori: I'm sorry.
Mrs. Vega: Trina, get an ice pack!
Trina: Nooo, I have to go paint my nails! [runs upstairs]
Trina: [runs inside angry] I'm never playing mini golf with you guys again!
Mrs. Vega: Promise?
Tori: What happened?
Mrs. Vega: Trina missed a putt and got upset so she threw the golf club at your father!
Trina: No! I threw my golf club and Dad just stood there and let it hit him!
Mrs. Vega: Oh, hey, did you talk to your friends about Yerba?
Tori: Yeah, I think we're all going!
Mrs. Vega: Good! You're taking Trina!
Mrs. Vega: Yes!
Mr. Vega: You are taking Trina!
Tori: Not happening! [walks away]
Mrs.Vega: We'll buy you a car!
Mr. Vega: Any car you want!
Tori: [turns around]
Mr. Vega: You don't even have to bring her back!
Cat: Hey! What's for lunch?
Tori: [mocking Festus] Uh, they got a spaghetti a ravioli-
André: [mocking Festus] YOU LET HER FINISH!
André: Ravioli. [smiles]
Cat: Like pasta pillows!
Tori: What's so bad about your rooms?
Trina: Well, we can start with the foreign man I found in my closet!
Robbie: And there was a grenade in my toilet.
Rex: They got nicer hotels in Northridge!
Sgrodis: You two stay quiet and don't cause trouble.
Sikowitz: [loudly] Where is Tori?!
Trina: [loudly] I wanna see my sister!!!!
Cat: Ew, Jade your outfit's all dirty.
Jade: [sarcastically] Oh no, now I'll never win the prison beauty pageant.
Trina: Wait, they have that?
Tori: Wow. Do I talk like that? [imitates Jade's fake Tori accent] [in her normal voice] No, I don't talk like that.
- When everyone goes to the chancellor to try and get Tori out of jail, André has a large lump on his neck because of the bite from the vampire moth. But in the next scene, the lump is gone, and since there is no mention of it from that point on, it might be cured.
- Sikowitz says he will drive the students to the border of Yerba. However, as Yerba is an island, this would be impossible. Unless there was a bridge, but that is doubtful.
- When the gang was incarcerated, they all more than likely had their cell phones stripped from them. How did Sikowitz get them back?
- It is illegal if you are keeping someone in prison longer than their expected holiday time, especially if you're away from home.
- Techniqually imprisoning any foreign visitor, without a far trial, is illegal, however the episode implies Yebra's leadership is corrupt.
- When Tori's shoe flies off her foot and hits the chancellor, by looking closely one can tell that the shoe hits his eye patch and not his working eye.
- When Robbie crawls into bed with the girls, he comes up from the bottom. But if you look closely, the blankets appear to be tucked in.
- Also, Trina and Cat move apart right before Robbie crawls up, even though they were closer before then.
- Tori's high heel flung off of her foot to the chancellor. However, Tori's heel is clearly seen to have a strap on it, so even if she could kick it off, it probably wouldn't hit far enough to the chancellor.
- When Tori walks behind Festus's truck, you see her foot stop moving from under the truck while Cat and André talk. When the camera goes on Tori, she keeps walking like she only came around the corner of the truck.
- In the opening credits for this episode, the scenes were supposed to have what were in this one. However, there was a scene of Cat from Prom Wrecker.
- Tori first got their keys to the room so that they couldn't have got into their rooms yet, But Trina and Robbie said that they've seen their rooms. However, Tori didn't give them their keys yet or maybe they got their room keys first.
- Tori's mom says that she can have a car but Tori can't drive a car yet.
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