"My Brother's Keeper" is the ninth episode in the TV-series Danny Phantom.
Spirit Week is coming to Casper High, and Mr. Lancer thrills over its glory, telling Jazz nearby about his days as a male cheerleader. Jazz tries to change the subject to her concern for her brother Danny, whom she has noticed has been behaving strangely. She is worried that all his emotions might one day come out the wrong way. At the same time, Danny fights a blob-like ghost inside the new guidance counselor's office, but their fight completely wrecks the office and the ghost manages to get away. Danny transforms back, but just then, Lancer and Jazz spot him in the wrecked room, confirming what Jazz was saying about Danny, but all Danny is concerned about is his failure to capture the ghost.
The new guidance counselor, Penelope Spectra, retains an optimistic attitude despite her trashed office. Danny's ghost sense goes off - or so he thinks it does, until he notices that the air conditioning in the room is so cold that everyone can see their own breath. Danny remains angry towards his sister for ratting him out, then Mr. Lancer orders him to leave while he decides on his punishment. He praises Jazz afterwards to Spectra, saying she is to give a speech for Spirit Week. Spectra was given her job at Casper High as a motivational speaker and teen therapist to "pep up" the kids in Casper High in time for the speech on Wednesday. Spectra and her assistant Bertrand show Jazz their plans to topple a line of dominoes that spell "Casper Spirit," which will trigger the "Spirit Sparklers." Jazz, noting Spectra's overly-optimistic nature, thinks Danny will benefit from her.
With a push from Lancer, Danny is given a session with her. Only a few seconds in and Spectra already sees the complaints Danny keeps making. She claims to him that Jazz called him both a "baby" and "loser," to which Danny retaliates in shock and anger. Spectra gives Danny a pep talk and sends him off. After Danny leaves, Spectra sucks up Danny's depression. She and Bertrand discuss that she absorbs the misery of teenagers to retain her youthful appearance, and to her, Danny is like a "walking spa treatment." Bertrand (revealing himself as the shapeshifting blob ghost Danny fought earlier) decides to up the ante. Turning into a giant hornet, he goes to wreck havoc.
Danny complains about his sister's insults to his friends, but Sam doesn't think that Jazz would ever say anything like that. Jazz comes over to counsel Danny, but he is too angry with her and runs off, concerning her further. Just then, Bertrand, in hornet form, comes in to attack and corners Jazz. Danny Phantom comes to the rescue and takes Bertrand outside the schoolyard to fight. Danny again performs poorly and Bertrand gets away, causing Danny to doubt himself once more. Jazz, now having witnessed ghosts for the first time, is ecstatic to tell Danny. However, when she tells him that night at home, Danny denies seeing anything. Still concerned for him, Jazz calls in her last resort: Jack and Maddie, who rush in to see what is the matter with Danny. Danny quickly changes the subject by mentioning that Jazz saw a ghost, prompting their parents to aim their attention at her and Jack to show off his latest invention, the Portable Fenton Ghost Peeler.
At school the next day, Jazz confronts Danny's friends who, despite her urges, refuse to expose anything secret about Danny. Bertrand shows up again and wraps Danny's backpack strap around the fire alarm, causing Danny to accidentally pull it and landing him another session with Spectra. Spectra tries to help Danny overcome his fear of being called a baby by literally having him put on a baby costume as the "Casper High Spirit Baby," but Danny says he is more afraid of being called a loser. Spectra suggests that his true problem is that he cares too much about what other people think. Just then, Dash and his friends see Danny in his baby costume, and Danny becomes a laughingstock, further lowering his self-esteem.
At an ice cream parlor, Danny talks with his friends about his constant depression. He knows it started when he started seeing Spectra, but rather than feeling better because of her, he has only felt worse. Jazz comes over, which makes Danny even more stressed. Bertrand shows up yet again, and Danny's ghost sense goes off. He rushes into a back room to go ghost. Jazz, concerned, follows him into the room just as he turns into his alter ego. She quickly shouts this revelation to Sam and Tucker, but they deny the existence of ghosts and suggest that her parents' craziness has rubbed off on her. Jazz is now more suspicious than ever of Danny, but now for a different reason. Meanwhile, Danny fights off Bertrand (now shape shifted to a wolf), but Bertrand gets away once again.
Back home, Jazz tries to pinch Danny to make sure he's not a ghost. Danny reacts angrily, but she tells him compassionately that even though she knows Danny thinks she is pushy, she really cares for him. He nearly relents and tells him about his problems, but ultimately refuses.
At school the next day, nearly every student who has had a session with Spectra is incredibly depressed. Danny views photos of him in the baby costume on Tucker's PDA, and notices that his breath really was his ghost sense and that Spectra had the air conditioning as cold as she did in order to throw him off. Thinking she's the one responsible for causing all the teen depression, Sam and Tucker volunteer for a session, only to come out depressed as well. Danny enters immediately after and witnesses Spectra sucking up Sam and Tucker's teenage depression, and overhears her and Bertrand's plan to kill Jazz with the Spirit Sparklers, which would cause enough depression to keep the two youthful for all eternity.
Danny ambushes the two, fighting off both of them at the same time (with Spectra revealing her ghostly form). In the gym, Jazz makes her speech to a crowd of depressed teenagers, and Lancer starts the dominoes. Danny, now finally sick of doubting himself (and remarking on how his sister remained optimistic no matter how many times he gave her the cold shoulder), finally gets the edge in the fight, causing Spectra to lose some of her powers. Danny captures Bertrand in the Fenton Thermos, then races off to save Jazz in time, taking her to an empty room. There, Spectra corners Danny, ready to finish him off, but Jazz comes in with the Fenton Ghost Peeler. Using it, she removes all the layers of skin Spectra has, reducing her into a shriveled old lady, making her an easy catch for Danny.
Jazz eyes Danny once more before faking a scare towards him, giving Danny an easy escape. Jazz smiles privately, and thinks of telling Danny that she knows his secret, but decides to wait until Danny is ready to tell her. She returns to the gymnasium, where all the teenagers have their spirit back, including Danny. The episode finishes with Jazz in her room at Fenton Works, watching Danny Phantom fly through the air optimistically.
- Story by
- Steve Marmel
- Written by
- Sib Ventress
- Storyboard by
- Ray Angrum
- Chris Graham
- Art Direction
- Music by
- Guy Moon
- Directed by
- Wincat Alcala
- Juli Hashiguchi
- Butch Hartman
- Voice cast
- David Kaufman as Danny Fenton/Phantom
- Rob Paulsen as Jack Fenton
- Kath Souice as Maddie Fenton
- Rickey D'Shon Collins as Tucker Foley
- Grey DeLisle as Sam Manson; Kid #1
- Scott Bullock as Dash Baxter
- Colleen O'Shaughnessey as Jazz Fenton
- Ron Pearlman as Mr. Lancer
- Dat Phan as Kwan
- Maria Canals as Paulina
- Tara Strong as Penelope Spectra
- Jim Ward as Bertrand
- At the beginning of the episode, Jazz mentions that Danny's behavior changed after "the accident." This likely refers to the Ghost Portal accident that took place before the series (as described in the intro), and it is likely that Jazz knew about Danny's portal accident and has been monitoring him since then.
- In this episode, Jazz finds out Danny's secret, but decides not to tell Danny or his friends about it until Danny is ready to tell her. This eventually happens (and is specifically referred to) in "The Ultimate Enemy."
- This episode establishes that Valerie worries about material possessions, which comes into play in "Shades of Gray" when Danny and Cujo inadvertently cause her to lose her rich lifestyle.
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- Goofs: See List of goofs
- First appearance: Penelope Spectra, Bertrand
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