"Parental Bonding" is the second episode of the TV-series, Danny Phantom. Danny attempts to ask Paulina out on a date while trying to fend off a ghost dragon at the same time.

Episode Recap

S01e02 Dora fire breath

Danny goes to his father in the Fenton lab before school, eyeing Jack and his newest invention - the Fenton Ghost Fisher. Jack has to leave for a moment to use the restroom so he plants the fisher on Danny to hold until his return. It snags a ghost which Danny reels in to reveal a dragon ghost. He goes on the defensive and fights the dragon until her amulet comes off, ending up inside Danny's backpack—unbeknownst to both. The dragon reverts to a ghost girl from Medieval times who only desires to go to the princess costume ball, leaving Danny completely baffled upon her exit.

S01e02 Paulina unimpressed

Later at school, news is already underway throughout the student body about the upcoming school dance. Both Danny and Tucker are excited despite their lack of dates, while Sam proceeds to display her utter displeasure towards both the dance and being asked out. She is interrupted (and irritated) when Danny and Tucker eye the class beauty, Paulina. With a push from Tucker, Danny awkwardly tries to ask her to the dance, but his nervous behavior triggers his ghost powers, causing his pants to fall. Paulina and the entire student body laugh at him, the former making a quip towards him until Sam confronts her. She fights back by calling her shallow, a word Paulina takes offense to. As an act of revenge, she vows to take Danny away from Sam.

S01e02 pants falling down

Paulina confronts Danny at his locker later on until Dash interrupts and shoves him into it to flirt with her. An invisible and angry Danny sneaks behind Dash only to discover his power of possessing people. He overshadows Dash and embarrasses him in front of Paulina. A dazed Dash walks off afterwards while Paulina frees Danny from his locker, the amulet from earlier dropping out of his backpack as he falls. Paulina immediately sees it and with a fib from Danny that he got it for her, she agrees to go to the dance with him. As she walks away, her eyes (as well as the amulet) glow. Danny's pants fall down once again, which gets him in trouble with Mr. Lancer, now wanting to discuss this matter with his parents. Too afraid to confront his currently frustrated father (when his Fenton fisher has yet to snag a ghost), Danny overshadows him and takes him to the conference where he is let off easily by flattering Lancer. Enjoying his style, Lancer insists on him chaperoning the school dance.

Danny, Sam, and Tucker are at the same mall as Paulina who's currently shopping for a shirt, still donning the amulet. Admiring a limited-edition shirt but then finding out that there's nothing left in her size, she becomes furious, unleashing the amulet's power and the dragon within. Danny fights the dragon, enough to revert Paulina back to her normal self causing her to not remember her events as a dragon (but acquiring the shirt she desired). Shortly afterwards, Tucker gets himself a date with Valerie Gray when her previous partner, Kwan, asked someone else.

S01e02 Amulet of Aragon

The trio research the amulet on the Internet before the dance, learning that extreme distress or anger causes the wearer of the amulet to trigger its power and transform them into a dragon. Danny immediately recognizes the amulet as the one he gave to Paulina (prior to that, he assumed the necklace belonged to either his mother or sister) and so forth has the mission of getting it back from her. Sam once again displays her hatred for the dance to which Danny concludes she secretly desires to go so by possessing Tucker, he gets her to go as his date saying Valerie stood him up to which Sam eagerly agrees.

S01e02 start of dragon transformation

Danny goes with Paulina, trying to get back the amulet and deal with his father whom he has to constantly overshadow during the dance. There, Danny lies about the amulet by saying it belongs to Sam, angering Paulina. A panicking Danny quickly tells Tucker to keep an eye on his father while Sam tries to find Paulina. She catches her in the restroom and apologizes for calling her shallow. Learning that Sam is just Danny's friend and not girlfriend as she previously assumed, Paulina gives the amulet back to Sam (by placing it around her neck) and confesses how she played with his heart to get back at Sam and is now going to dump him. Sam gets furious at Paulina for using Danny, which instantly turns her into the dragon, and kidnaps Paulina who faints upon seeing her.

S01e02 promise to keep pants up

Discovering the dragon, Danny fights it off (later discovering it to be Sam) and manages to capture her with the Fenton Fisher, tying her up and pulling the amulet off. With the date gone bust, Sam asks Danny for one last dance and he accepts stating that he'd love to. While Danny and Sam slow dance, as seen in the picture on the right, Tucker complains about his lack of a date again. The ghost girl (Dora) then appears and still wishes to go to the ball, causing Tucker to decide he's in no hurry for a date and wants to cut into the middle of Sam and Danny's dance.


  • Story by
    • Steven Sustarsic
    • David Silverman
  • Written by
    • Steve Marmel
    • Sib Ventress
  • Storyboard by
    • Erik Wiese
    • Ray Angrum
  • Art Direction
  • Music by
    • Guy Moon
  • Directed by
    • Wincat Alcala
    • Sean Dempsey
    • Butch Hartman
  • Voice cast
    • David Kaufman as Danny Fenton/Phantom
    • Ricky D'Shon Collins as Tucker Foley
    • Grey DeLisle as Sam Manson; Girl #2; Ghost Girl; Valerie Gray
    • Rob Paulson as Jack Fenton
    • Kath Soucie as Maddie Fenton; Sales Girl
    • Scott Bullock as Dash
    • Colleen O’Shaughnessey as Jazz Fenton; Girl #1; Girl #3
    • Ron Perlman as Mr. Lancer
    • Kevin Michael Richardson as Dragon; Paulina's Dad
    • Maria Canals as Paulina
    • Dat Phan as Kwan

Series continuity

  • Sam turning into a dragon under the amulet's influence foreshadows both her and Dora's involvement in the season two episode "Beauty Marked."


  • Allusions: See List of allusions
  • Goofs: See List of goofs
  • First appearance(s): Valerie, Paulina, and Dora the Dragon Ghost
  • Introduced ghost powers: Overshadowing.
  • This is the only episode that Danny turns into mist to escape an enemy (the Dragon Ghost).
  • In this episode and "My Brother's Keeper," Valerie was voiced by Grey DeLisle, not Cree Summer, who voiced her in all other episodes she appears in.


S02e01 Sam's photo album
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Season 1
1. Mystery Meat | 2. Parental Bonding | 3. One of a Kind | 4. Attack of the Killer Garage Sale | 5. Splitting Images | 6. What You Want | 7. Bitter Reunions | 8. Prisoners of Love | 9. My Brother's Keeper | 10. Shades of Gray | 11. Fanning the Flames | 12. Teacher of the Year | 13. Fright Night | 14. 13 | 15. Public Enemies | 16. Lucky in Love | 17. Maternal Instinct | 18. Life Lessons | 19. The Million Dollar Ghost | 20. Control Freaks
Season 2
1. Memory Blank | 2. Doctor's Disorders | 3. Pirate Radio | 4-5. Reign Storm | 6. Identity Crisis | 7. The Fenton Menace | 8-9. The Ultimate Enemy | 10. The Fright Before Christmas | 11. Secret Weapons | 12. Flirting With Disaster | 13. Micro Management | 14. Beauty Marked | 15. King Tuck | 16. Masters of All Time | 17. Kindred Spirits | 18. Double Cross My Heart | 19-20. Reality Trip
Season 3
1. Eye for an Eye | 2. Infinite Realms | 3. Girls' Night Out | 4. Torrent of Terror | 5. Forever Phantom | 6. Urban Jungle | 7. Livin' Large | 8. Boxed Up Fury | 9. Frightmare | 10. Claw of the Wild | 11. D-Stabilized | 12-13. Phantom Planet
Allusions | Goofs
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