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The fourth season begins, introducing a whole new cast, set on a familiar island, which has been turned into a biohazardous waste dump. The thirteen contestants are divided into two teams. Two contestants build a close bond, while one contestant manages to annoy her entire team into eliminating her that night.


The episode begins with an introduction from Chris, saying they have been to the movies and around the world, explaining that the season will take place once again at Camp Wawanakwa; however, this time, the season has a few changes since they have been away, meaning that things have gotten dangerous, right as an intern, who brought Chris a drink, is taken down by the arm of a giant octopus. The rules of the game remain the same: contestants will have to face against each other, vent in the confessional, compete in life-threatening challenges, and risk getting eliminated — all this in order to win a one-million dollar prize. Next, Chris introduces an all-returnee cast that are in different sides of a yacht:

The original 24 contestants.

However, Chris then announces that they will not be competing this year, as the yacht floats past the island, with Owen screaming "No!" Instead, thirteen new contestants are then introduced from a different yacht arriving to the island.

The all-new 13 contestants.

A quick introduction for each of the new contestants is given. The viewers are first introduced to Jo and Scott, the former telling the latter to stay out of her way. Mike and Zoey are introduced, only to be interrupted by Lightning. Brick catches Zoey after she is pushed out of the way by Lightning, but drops her to give a salute when his name is announced. B and Dawn are then introduced, followed by Dakota, who blows a kiss to the camera. Anne Maria is introduced while applying spray tan, but Dakota pushes her to hog more screen time, only for the latter to spray her face in retaliation. Staci brags about her aunt having invented fake tanner, because of which Anne Maria sprays her face as well. Cameron is then introduced, but is knocked over by a flock of birds, followed by the final introduction, Sam. But to make a more interesting welcome, Chris activates a bomb, destroying the yacht, causing the cast to fall into the water.

Zoey saves Mike, who was trying to save Staci from drowning.

The contestants swim back to the shore of the island. Cameron is seen drowning in the lake, but Lightning saves him while calling him a "little girl" in the process, causing Cameron to protest. Staci starts drowning, as she was wasting her energy telling lies. Mike and Zoey both say that they'll help Staci, but she takes her hand and puts it on Mike's head, drowning him. Zoey saves them both.

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Okay, my first confessional! So, uh, Zoey… Nice girl. Okay, super nice! I wonder if she'll go out with a guy like me. See, I have this, uh, quirk? I just hope my condition doesn't ruin everything for me again. (sadly) Oh…
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Wow! I can't believe I'm actually in the Total Drama confessional, it's so exciting! Everyone seems so nice! I hope they all like me… I could use a few new friends — or 'friends, period.' Oh, what if they hate me? Maybe this flower was too big. Am I trying too hard? You like me, right?

Meanwhile, Jo cheers in excitement when she believes she is the first to reach the shore. However, Dawn is already at the shore, since she used a shortcut and didn't even get wet. Brick is the third to make it to shore. B, who was unknowingly carrying Cameron, makes it to the shore fourth.

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I may be the strongest player here, but I'm all about the teamwork. Back in cadets, I took the teamwork medal three years running, also the bed-making medal, the flag-folding medal, and the letters-home-to-mom medal. I always win that one.
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I am what's known as a bubble boy. Growing up, my mom was really overprotective, so I've never gone swimming before, up until six hours ago. I've never done anything before, except read and sigh a lot. (sigh) But that doesn't mean that I'm not a force to be reckoned with— No way! Danaus plexippus! The monarch butterfly? (screaming) So heavy!
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(chuckles) I knew I should have played that sweet fitness workout game, heh. I just hope I don't get cut first, that would be lame. But if I stick it out long enough to get cut sixth or even seventh, how cool would that be? Huh?

Once everyone makes it ashore, they chat for a short moment. Chris announces that the contestants should follow a path into the woods, and then signals off a horn to awaken the beasts that have become inhabitants of the island. The cast screams as they run away from the loud rustling in the distance. After they have followed the path, they are united with Chris awaiting at a finish line, who also introduces the McLean-Brand Chris Head, which he is going to hide somewhere on the island. It is an item that, when found, will allow the contestant who finds it to stay in the competition even when voted out. Then, the contestants crossing the finish line determined which team they would be placed on, either Team A (Toxic Rats) or Team B (Mutant Maggots).

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After the team names are revealed, and Mike asks why there are so many references to chemical waste, the contestants are startled by the sound of a monster howling loudly, but it turns out to be a squirrel blinking horizontally, making Dakota scream, and Dawn asks what is wrong with the squirrel. Chris explains that, while they were gone, he rented the island to a family-oriented biohazardous waste disposal company, which is having an impact on the flora and fauna. Dakota tries to get close to the squirrel, saying she wants one, but the squirrel roars and tries to attack her with its laser vision. Dakota is startled and jumps onto Sam's arms, prompting Chris to laugh at her.

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(crying) Chris is the meanest ever! Hang on, not too blotchy. Okay, take two. (clears throat, fake crying)

After that, Chris then gives out rewards for those who crossed the finish line first. Due to Jo crossing first, her team wins a trampoline, and Lightning, the second to cross, gets a hacksaw. From there, they must cut down a totem pole that is hanging from a tree, with a timed bomb strapped to it, which would detonate in seven minutes, unless they cut it down, slide it down a hill, and place it on a tree stump between the cabins. After both teams have successfully cut down their rope, they must place it on the river and ride it down a waterfall and onto a slope.

Staci annoying the Toxic Rats with her incessant lies.

When the challenge begins, Jo falls into the water after jumping on the trampoline, prompting Cameron to calculate exactly where Jo should jump on the trampoline to reach the axe. Anne Maria attempts to get the axe, but jumps too hard which causes her to slam between the totem pole and the trampoline, until Jo kicks the trampoline from underneath her.

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Anne Maria
Sure, I wanna win a million dollars, but not at the expense of my looks. I mean, check me out. Perfect hair, perfect tan. All this is worth a billion. Easy.

Meanwhile, as Lightning begins climbing the tree and B comes up with an idea, Staci blabs about her third cousin — Jack, who could give them some tips on barehanded tree climbing — and her great, great, great aunt Dora, who taught native Canadians to carve totems. B takes her away by the arm, relieving her teammates. As part of B's plan, he suggests she should stand on some stick that works as a seesaw, while he places Sam further away, as he jumps on the opposite side of the seesaw, making Staci land perfectly over Sam's shoulders, who are amazed at him. Lightning, who was climbing, painfully falls down from the tree, with the saw still in his hand.

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First of all, tree climbing is not a recognized sport. Plus, that tree was covered in butter or somethin', but if Chris is trying to make Lightning look bad, he can think again. Lightning never gives up and never surrenders. Sha-Lightning!

Back with the Maggots, Brick jumps on the trampoline to try and retrieve the axe that is stuck in their team's totem but can't get down, annoying both Jo and Anne Maria. When Mike notices the plan is not going to work out, Chester comes out, telling them to cut off the rope, and an irritated Anne Maria tells them that is the plan, calling him "Mike," to which Chester responds that isn't his name, confusing Anne Maria and Zoey.

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Mike is so sweet. You know, I really don't get his old-man comedy routine, but I bet it's really funny if you're from like France or something.

B keeps stacking his teammates with his strategy, until Sam suggests one more person will do it, calling for Dakota, who is posing for her, until Chris cuts down a tree to interrupt her. Meanwhile, Brick is next to a mutant squirrel, which attacks the entire team right after Chester throws a rock at it. In the process, the squirrel shoots a laser which cuts the rope. When B manages to get Dakota on the top of her teammates, Dawn hands her the saw, which Dakota has no idea how to use until Dawn tells her to "imagine it's daddy's steak knife," which she does, successfully chopping off their totem.

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(breathes on his fist and then rubs his chest)
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B thinks he's so smart. But once my plan goes in action, he won't know what hit him! Ow!

The Toxic Rats are in the lead and make it down the slope first after both teams went down a waterfall, which excites Cameron, as it is his first time in a waterfall, while Chester claims it could be their last. Once the Maggots land on the ground, Zoey, who is in the back, almost falls off, holding to the edge of the totem. Once she calls Mike for help, Chester reverts to Mike as he gasps for air, and pulls her in to safe her. B has his team lean forward to pick up speed and pass the Maggots.

Owen makes an individual cameo.

While they are racing on their totems, Owen manages to swim back to the island and asks Chris why the yacht carrying him and his fellow "classic" contestants wouldn't stop. Chris tells him that they have outlived their usefulness and would not be competing this season, ordering Chef to stick a bomb on his face, causing Owen to blast off the island from the explosion. Meanwhile, the Toxic Rats arrive first and get to choose between a luxurious cabin and a regular cabin akin to the cabins. However, once the Toxic Rats choose the former, the Mutant Maggots come into the campground soaring and their totem pole crashes into that cabin, thereby destroying it. Chris announces that, since the Maggots' cabin is the only one still standing, they won the challenge. A new cabin which is just a plain old cabin replaces the new one immediately via helicopter.

The Mutant Maggots win the first challenge of the season.

The Rats are then taken to the first elimination campfire ceremony of the season, where Chris announces that this time instead of the eliminated player not getting a marshmallow, that player would get the Marshmallow of Toxic Loserdom. Scott, Lightning, B, Dawn, and Sam receive regular marshmallows in that order. This leaves Dakota, who wasn't focused on competing, and Staci, who annoyed everyone by constantly talking. The Marshmallow of Toxic Loserdom goes to Staci, who becomes the first eliminated contestant of the season. Staci asks if that means she has to go to the Dock of Shame, to which Chris replies by announcing that this season's voted off players leave the game by the Hurl of Shame. Staci talks about how one of her ancestors invented catapults, but before she can finish, Chris hurls her with the catapult.


Voice actor Role(s)
Christian Potenza Chris
Athena Karkanis Anne Maria
Jon Cor Brick
Kevin Duhaney Cameron
Carleigh Beverly Dakota
Caitlynne Medrek Dawn
Laurie Elliott Jo
Tyrone Savage Lightning
Cory Doran Mike
Scott McCord Owen
Brian Froud Sam
James Wallis Scott
Ashley Peters Staci
Barbara Mamabolo Zoey
  • B and Chef appear, but they do not speak. However, Chef screams and laughs.
  • Except for Blaineley, every contestant from the first three seasons appears but doesn't speak (aside from Owen).
  • One of the paparazzi speaks, however, it is unknown who voiced him.

Elimination Ceremony

Elimination Ceremony 1:
Toxic Rats
Status Contestant
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Dakota, Staci
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Still in the running

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  • This is the order and the nicknames (except Jo) in which Chris introduces the contestants:
    1. Lightning (Captain Modesty)
    2. Jo
    3. Scott (Pit Sniffer)
    4. Brick (Corporal Brick House)
    5. B (Silent Treatment)
    6. Cameron (Bubble Boy)
    7. Zoey (Zoey the Lonely)
    8. Dawn (Aura Whisperer)
    9. Mike (Saved by a Girl)
    10. Dakota (Princess Wannabe)
    11. Anne Maria (Tan in a Can)
    12. Sam (Game Junkie)
    13. Staci (Chatty Staci)
  • The only new characters who don't use the confessional in this episode are Dawn, Jo, and Staci.
  • The bombs that were seen multiple times throughout the episode had the Team Chris Is Really Really Really Really Hot logo on them, which was used in the previous season.
  • One of Mike's alternate personalities, an old man named Chester, makes his debut in this episode.
  • This is the first season where there are two teams and the amount of players on each team are uneven at the beginning.
  • Cameron’s confessional is the same as his audition tape, with the only difference being the location.
  • The way Duncan and Gwen hold each other while making out is similar to how Courtney imagines them in "Boyfriend Kisser."
  • The animation of Lindsay and Tyler holding each other while kissing is recycled from "Hawaiian Style."
  • This is the second time that a contestant contacts people in the outside world with their technological device. In this case, Dakota contacts the paparazzi.
  • Like in "Not So Happy Campers - Part 1," the first two new contestants to be introduced are a girl followed by a boy.
  • Currently, this is the only episode in which all of the first and second generation contestants (except Blaineley) all appear in.

Comparison between the original scene and the alternative scenes.

  • There is an alternate scene in the European Cartoon Network when Anne Maria was introduced. Instead of spraying at Dakota for pushing her, she just pushed her back. Similarly, she doesn't spray at Staci on purpose, but sprayed on herself which causes Staci to choke. This scene only appears in Poland and Russia.
  • This episode marks the highest number of contestants (all of the original contestants other than Owen, who spoke, and Blaineley, who didn't appear, as well as B) appearing in an episode without any lines.
  • According to Julie Giles, the challenge for this episode was supposed to be a pancake-eating challenge, but had to be cut for time.
  • This is currently the only episode to feature Staci as a contestant.
  • This is the only episode of the entire season where the Toxic Rats have more members than the Mutant Maggots.
    • In all other episodes of the season, there are either more Maggots than Rats, or an equal amount of both.


  • This is the second season premiere in a row in which a race to the finish line determines the teams.
    • The first is "Walk Like An Egyptian - Part 1" (World Tour).
      • However, in this season Chris seems to randomly place the contestants when they finished, instead of placing them in order by when they finished.
      • This is also the second season premiere in a row where someone is eliminated. In this case, Staci was eliminated in the premiere for the season.
  • There are several clues from the original cast that some time has passed between the end of season three and the start of season four.
    • Chris told Owen that he was "not competing this year." It could be assumed that about a year has passed since the events of Total Drama World Tour.
    • It can also be assumed from the length of Heather's hair growth from her World Tour length back to its original Total Drama Island length that a significant amount of time has passed since the final episode of World Tour and this episode.
    • Likewise, Sierra is also shown with some hair growth under her hat, showing that she has recovered some of it since losing all of her hair after the explosion. Additionally, her legs have also recovered.
    • However, Alejandro was still inside the Drama Machine, highlighting that his injuries were incredibly extensive.
    • Similar, Ezekiel is still a Gollum-like creature. This proves that not enough time has passed for Ezekiel to restore to normal or his transformation from the previous season is irreversible.
  • When Dakota's paparazzi first arrive, music from the aftermath's intro can be heard playing.
  • This is the first episode of the entire series to not feature any of the veteran contestants actively competing in the game.
  • This episodes reveals that all of the original contestants survived their ordeal at the end of the previous season.
    • This excludes Blaineley, who's condition is unknown until it was revealed later in an exclusive clip of "Evil Dread" that Blaineley is alive and well.
  • The reward for this episode is similar to the reward in "Monster Cash" (Action), with the winners of the first challenge being allowed to pick the sleeping arrangements.
    • Also, in both episodes, one of the trailers/cabins seems obviously better than the other, but then something happens to bring them both down the same standard.
  • This is the final episode in which Ezekiel is in his feral state but not hostile towards others.


  • The title is a reference to the commonly used phrase, "Bigger, faster, stronger."
  • Dakota's desire to have a mutated squirrel in this episode could parallel the character Veruca Salt in a chapter of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a novel by Roald Dahl and later two movies.
  • Sam mentions that he had played Swii Fitness, which is a reference to Wii Fit.


  • Before the camera zooms in on Chris standing on the dock, the intern is nowhere to be seen. After it zooms in on Chris, he walks to the side of the dock and the intern appears.
  • After the opening credits, there is a change of scenery from a yellow sky to a blue sky.
  • The bombs Chris uses throughout the challenge are missing the logo on the front at several times during the episode.
  • When the contestants are terrified to hear a mutated squirrel roaring from the forest, Sam is bigger than usual.
  • As soon as the mutant squirrel hits the tree branch with its laser beams, the axe at the base of the Mutant Maggots' totem disappears.
  • When B pulls Staci aside, the drawstrings on his sweatshirt disappear.
    • This goof also occurs when B receives his marshmallow.
  • Chris originally starts the bomb timers at the same time, but the Mutant Maggots' timer was about three seconds slower than the Toxic Rats' timer.
  • When Chris is naming the campers when they are arriving at the finish point, the wheels on his truck shift alignment.
  • When Dawn is talking to Zoey, there is a line on her skirt.
  • Before B launches Dawn onto the totem, she has no eyebrows.
  • When Scott says, "Quick, grab the good cabin!" his voice is different.
  • Several goofs are seen when the classic competitors arrive. Examples include:
    • Eva's mole is on the wrong side.
    • Beth's badges are on her right side of her vest, while they are normally on her left.
    • Courtney appears to be shorter than Katie despite the two of them are about the same height as seen in Dodgebrawl.
    • Duncan's green mohawk appears lighter than usual.
    • Harold, Duncan, and DJ are all shown to be about the same height, despite DJ being the tallest classic contestant and Duncan being significantly shorter than the other two.
  • When the Rats' original cabin blows up, there are no cinder blocks. But when a new cabin arrives for them, they suddenly appear.
  • In the alternate scene mentioned above, when Anne Maria fights with Dakota, there is no spray can in her hand, although the sound can still be heard.
  • In the high definition version of this episode, when Jo says that the Rats are gaining on them, the Mutant Maggots symbol on-screen appears to be misshapen.
  • After Staci is given the Marshmallow of Toxic Loserdom, the last marshmallow is not on the plate despite Chris not throwing it to Dakota.


See also

Total Drama: Revenge of the Island episodes
Pre-merge Bigger! Badder! Brutal-er! | Truth or Laser Shark | Ice Ice Baby | Finders Creepers | Backstabbers Ahoy! | Runaway Model | A Mine Is a Terrible Thing to Waste | The Treasure Island of Dr. McLean
Post-merge Grand Chef Auto | Up, Up And Away In My Pitiful Balloon | Eat, Puke, and Be Wary | The Enchanted Franken-Forest | Brain vs. Brawn: The Ultimate Showdown