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Beast Boy on the B-Ped with the Source

Employee of the Month is the 44th episode in the Teen Titans series and the fifth episode of the fourth season.


A UFO comes to a farm and attempts to snatch a cow when suddenly the Teen Titans burst out of their disguises and try to take it down. The UFO gets as far as the city center, where it mysteriously vanishes, leaving the Titans with no clue about its intentions. In addition, a new fast food joint named Mega Meaty Meat has opened up in the neighborhood, which does not suit Beast Boy at all because of his vegetarian disposition.

Besides, Beast Boy has to deal with a much more urgent problem: Since he has to rely solely on his own muscle power during high-speed pursuits (just like he had to in the UFO chase), he tires rapidly, so he wants to get motorized. His special object of desire is a moped, a Tidwell 3000, which he would like to adopt as the B-Ped. However, Robin refuses to spend any funds on buying one and Cyborg cannot spare time to build one, so Beast Boy follows Raven's advice to get a job and finance it by himself.

Employee - Lunch!

Beast Boy using his most persuasive argument on the Source

However, even the simplest jobs he tries (literally) blow up in Beast Boy's face, and in his desperation, he somehow finds his way into Mega Meaty Meat and its manager Bob, who is looking for hired help. At first abhorred by the prospect of having to handle meat products, Beast Boy is quickly swayed to stay and work in the place when Bob presents him with the prospective award for the Employee of the Month, namely Beast Boy's dream machine. The odd thing is that Beast Boy remains the only employee at the place, and Bob keeps a dark secret hidden in the back of his evermore popular restaurant...

The UFO returns shortly, and this time the Titans (sans Beast Boy) manage to bring it down. But the UFO gives them even a harder nut to crack, since its sole occupant is an Earth cow - which is used as the UFO's power supply! But before the Titans have time to think up a plausible theory, a whole horde of UFOs appears and attacks them.

Back at Mega Meaty Meat, Beast Boy is faced with a flood of hungry customers and a shortage of foodstuffs to serve them, and he goes into the back to get assistance. But once inside, he discovers that the restaurant is both a facade and the place of origin of the UFOs: an alien conqueror made of living tofu, aka The Source, and his creations, the Bobs, are trying to catch as many cows as they can to provide power for their technology and blow up the Earth upon completion of the operation, just out of spite. Determined not to let that happen, Beast Boy fights his way through a horde of Bobs, kidnaps the Source and takes it back to Titans Tower to find out how to stop its insidious scheme. When the Source remains uncooperative, Beast Boy resorts to the most drastic means he can think of to make it talk - by covering it with sauce and threatening to eat it for lunch!

Employee - The End

The end of a Source

With the information the Source has given him on their weakness, which just turns out to be water, Beast Boy is able to single-handedly defeat the Newfu's plan, restore the cows and prevent the destruction of the Earth, by pressing a big button on the machine that clearly clearly labeled. But unfortunately, his shining hour goes without credit for him: the over-stressed B-Ped collapses into a scrap pile, and while explaining the rather bizarre circumstances to the others in his ravenous appetite and to the horror of his friends, Cyborg has inadvertently consumed the only key witness!


  • Cyborg: MOO-YAH!!
  • The Source: Submit to my greatness, and I might just spare your pathetic - Uh... wh-what is this?!
    Beast Boy: Lunch!!
  • Cyborg: Whoever you are, come out with your hands or tentacles up!
  • Raven: So ... we're being invaded by cows?
    Starfire: Use caution, please. The Cow People of Garlan Prime are most formidable.
    Cyborg: [scanning the cow] No. This is just a plain old Earth cow. And it's not the pilot - it's the power supply!
  • Cyborg: Let's see... I'll have eight number 3's, five number 2's, two number 1's ... and a diet soda.
    Beast Boy: Actually, we don't have any soda. Only meat.
    Cyborg: Okay. Then make it a cup of meat juice.
  • Raven: Okay. I can't eat until that thing stops looking at me.
    MMM Mascot: It's meat-tastic!
  • Bobs: Say goodbye, Tammy!
    Beast Boy: [indignantly] Dude, that's a girl name!


  • Robin's new yellow glass visor helmet and bird like cape is a reference to the old "Gatchaman" anime
  • The creators and crew of the series admitted on the third season's DVD that somehow their creative thinking just went overboard for this episode. Reasons provided by individual staff members include "Maybe we were tired" and "Tofu must have done something to Rob [Hoegee] in the past."
  • The opening of the Source's protective chamber is a spoof of the emergence of the cryogenic chamber in Akira.
  • Beast Boy's face while working as a clown looks like Chiro (super-hero mode) from Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!, who is also voiced by Greg Cipes. The young girl that asking for Beast Boy to make a balloon-animal monkey and walking away before Beast Boy turns into a monkey is another reference to the show. Also, Ciro Nieli, who is the creator of Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!, has worked on Teen Titans.
  • In the episode Nevermore, Cyborg hated tofu when Beast Boy cooked it as replacement for eggs. But in this episode, he ate Newfu at the end.
  • Beast Boy uses Van Wyk BBQ Sauce - a reference to series storyboard artist, Adam Van Wyk. Likewise, the Tidwell-3000 owes its existence and name to storyboard artist Scooter Tidwell.
  • Bob's Line "I like you Danny" is a parody of Caddyshack.
  • The magazine Beast Boy is reading is called "Hot Ride".