The Aftermath show returns with two ex-castmates in the hot seat, but trouble erupts when someone attempts to boost viewers with harsh segments and embarrassing clips of the guests, which push apart the two hosts. Someone's behavior on the show made her lose a lot of her friends from the previous season, but one person manages to save her relationship with everyone in the studio.
Bridgette and Geoff welcome the viewers back for another episode of Total Drama Action Aftermath. Bridgette introduces the people in the peanut gallery, as Trent and Izzy join them. Katie starts to flirt with Trent, only to have Sadie argue that only she gets to flirt with him. Bridgette realizes Geoff has left and asks Courtney if she has anything to say about the three shocking eliminations, to which Courtney says her lawyer advised her not to comment on the current circumstances. Geoff returns as Bridgette says she is glad that she was eliminated before all the chaotic challenges took place. Geoff then starts a segment called "That's Going to Leave a Mark," showing all the times during the past episodes in which someone got hurt. Bridgette then tells Geoff that he shouldn't just leave her alone on live television, to which he responds that he had seven strands of his hair out of place, and had to fix them.
The first interview guest is DJ, whose mother comes out on stage to sit with the commentators. After Geoff returns again, Bridgette shows what has happened to DJ over the past few episodes. He finally comes out, and says that at least he still has his integrity. Geoff says that's dumb and asks if anyone agrees. Ezekiel, who was the only one to agree, claps, which Geoff thanks him for. Geoff then starts a game called "Truth or Anvil" (which has changed from Truth or Hammer since the producers thought an anvil would be more entertaining than a hammer). Worried about DJ's safety, Bridgette instead has Geoff show clips of his time on Total Drama Action. This reveals that Chef supplied him with new clean clothes and vitamins to help him perform better, as well as other treats. DJ also reveals in the clips that he enjoyed it and was cool with it. However, at DJ's mother's threat towards Geoff, clips reveal that Chef is in the confessional with him, and made him say such things.
|“||[acting] Do I like winning? Hecks yeah! I wanna do whatever it takes to keep racking up the wins! Do I feel bad? Hm. Do I look like I feel bad?||”|
|“||Do I have to, Chef? Okay, okay! "Do I like winning? Hecks yeah!" Um, Chef? Do I actually have to say "hecks"? 'Cause I don’t really…||”|
Geoff tries to get DJ to lie so the anvil would fall, but Bridgette cuts to a fan of DJ, Gordon from London, Ontario, who is a chef who can't figure out the secret ingredient to DJ's sandwiches. DJ says he does not use a recipe, causing the anvil to fall, but he dodges it at the last minute by jumping. DJ's mother hands out sandwiches to everyone except Geoff, who refuses to eat it. When he reveals he is not eating it to stay thin and also insults Bridgette's weight in the process, Bridgette furiously attacks him and attempts to shove some sandwiches down his throat.
After returning from a commercial break, Bridgette successfully gets a sandwich down Geoff's mouth. He starts to like it and eats more. Gwen comes out next, though she is hesitant to face everyone for her past actions. Geoff then airs a clip that reveals that Katie and Sadie dislike Gwen, as they created a club that is meant to bash her. When Bridgette asks the two to comment, they are too busy flirting with Trent. Bridgette asks Gwen how she feels about her betrayal of Trent, which Gwen blows off by insisting they talk about something else. Geoff, however, refuses to let it go since he thinks it will boost ratings and he draws Gwen into a game of Truth or Anvil. An angry Bridgette warns Gwen about what she says, to which Geoff gets upset. Gwen reveals she still likes Trent and everyone else which touches Trent and angers Courtney when Duncan is brought up.
Geoff states that Gwen didn't leave many friends behind in the competition due to her actions. When Gwen tries to counter this by saying that Duncan didn't vote her off, Courtney stands up and angrily says that it's only because Gwen had her "goth girl hooks" in him, with the studio audience cheering at her outburst. Gwen tries to make peace with her, revealing that Duncan is always thinking of Courtney. Geoff then shows some clips involving Gwen and Duncan on a bridge. Though Courtney is happy for a moment when she sees Duncan dream about her, as Duncan looked up at the stars and wondered if Courtney was doing the same. Geoff plays the clip further and reveals Gwen falling on the ground with Duncan on top of her after the two play-wrestled. When seeing how close their lips were (aided by Geoff manipulating the viewers and the peanut gallery by making implications about what happened between the two), Courtney's jealousy gets the better of her and she storms off the stage to talk to her lawyer, despite Gwen insisting that they just got up and stole everyone's underwear afterward.
Geoff then starts another game in which Gwen will be put on a seat that is situated over a piranha pool. Bridgette protests, but Gwen accepts the dare. Trent steps in and reveals he alone rigged the Grips challenges and that Gwen was not to blame, saving her from having to perform the stunt. He then tells her that they are even, as he is now popular with the ladies. Gwen then apologizes for how everything went down. Geoff reveals that Trent has been getting a lot of fan mail. Another fan of Trent, Kelsey, calls in, revealing she has a Trent doll while kissing it. She then reads a disturbing poem she wrote, which gets cut off.
When an intern brings in fan mail for Trent, Izzy is knocked out of her seat, revealing she is just a standee. The real Izzy swings in on a vine and lands over the piranha tank. She attempts to get a guest spot again (but can't due to an earlier appearance). Bridgette calls in Chef to take Izzy away, but she lures him into the piranha tank and escapes. A question from a fan (actually Bridgette under a false name) comes in to Gwen asking what to do about a bad boyfriend, to which Gwen says to be straight up. DJ asks Bridgette to be honest, to which Bridgette says the letter wasn't from her. The anvil then falls on DJ and Gwen, due to Bridgette, but DJ saves them both. This prompts Geoff to make another insinuation about Gwen, saying that she is getting all "cozy" with DJ. Gwen believes that the anvil was for Bridgette. Bridgette then ends the show and grabs Geoff by the ear. Having finally had enough of Geoff's antics, she then drags him backstage and tells him that they "have to talk."
Gwen sits in the green room reflecting on how everyone "really let her have it," adding that having to face Trent again was difficult. She talks about his popularity and seems disappointed by his massive amount of supporters. She appreciates how he stood up for her, considering that maybe he still likes her because he did so. At this moment Trent walks by, laughing, with his arms around Katie and Sadie. Gwen, hanging her head, sadly dismisses the possibility.
|Stephanie Anne Mills||Katie|
- Chef Hatchet, Cody, DJ's mother, Eva, Ezekiel, Noah and Tyler appear, but they do not speak.
- Beth, Duncan, Harold, Heather, Justin, Leshawna, Lindsay and Owen appear in videos, but only Duncan speaks.
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- It is revealed in this episode that Gwen has two pet lizards.
- Geoff states he is getting advice from Chris's personal trainer and Justin's dermatologist.
- It is revealed that Trent has been receiving an abundance of fan mail after his breakup with Gwen, and that Geoff only receives two boxes.
- This is the only time Cartoon Network has left dialogue unaltered.
- DJ's mother looks somewhat different from what she looked like in her picture from DJ's audition tape. However, the picture DJ showed could have been an older one from when his mother was younger.
- Izzy once again changes her name, this time to "Esquire".
- Though photos of Chris can be seen backstage, he doesn't appear in this episode.
- This is the second episode in the entire series where Chris does not appear at all in an episode, after "Are We There Yeti?"
- This is the first episode of Total Drama Action where Geoff and Bridgette appear but do not share any form of kiss.
- More is revealed about how Chef Hatchet helped DJ during their illegal alliance, as well as how much he terrorized DJ to do his bidding, even compromising his own moral character.
- When Geoff and Bridgette introduce the two guests, they reference many previous episodes:
- DJ doesn't eat dolphin dogs ("Brunch of Disgustingness"), does a heck of a ribbon dance ("Not Quite Famous"), and once thought he caught a pepperoni disease ("One Flu Over the Cuckoos").
- Gwen is claustrophobic ("The Chefshank Redemption"), owns two lizards, once drank fruit punch out of the communal John ("I Triple Dog Dare You!"; which coincidentally was Geoff's idea) and dumped her boyfriend on national T.V. ("3:10 to Crazytown").
- Trent's facial expression that was shown when Kelsey was kissing her Trent doll is similar to the look he had when he got poisoned by the blowfish in "Who Can You Trust?"
- Gordon, the fan from London, Ontario, is a spoof of British chef, Gordon Ramsay, who is famous for television shows such as Hell's Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares where he commonly swears.
- The Cartoon Network title for this episode is "The Aftermath: For-Gwen and Forget," a reference to the phrase "Forgive and Forget."
- Bridgette uses the name Gidget123 to ask Gwen a question. Gidget is the name Blaineley and Josh used for Bridgette and Geoff's relationship.
- According to the Total Drama Production Blog, the scene with Kelsey and her Trent doll was inspired by a fan named Liana who owned a Cody doll.
- When DJ was about to play Truth or Anvil, Courtney, who was sitting right across from DJ, disappears.
- When first shown during Truth or Anvil, the anvil appears to have one rope connected to it, but when DJ says that Chef intimidated the heck out of him, the anvil appears to have two ropes connected to it.
- Gwen's hair is longer than usual when she is pushed onstage and when she falls during the clip of her and Duncan.
- When Bridgette warns Gwen to watch what she says and points to the giant anvil above her head, her ears and part of her jawline are visibly seen behind her blonde hair.
- Duncan's facial expression is different when Geoff unpauses the video than when it is paused.
- When Izzy lands on DJ, Gwen is missing.