|Forces of Nature|
|Original Airdate||August 16, 2003|
|Guest Characters||* Thunder and Lightning |
|Written By||Adam Beechen|
|Directed By||Ciro Nieli|
|Previous Episode||Divide and Conquer|
|Next Episode||The Sum of His Parts|
Forces of Nature is the fourth episode of the series and season 1.
The two teenage brothers Thunder and Lightning roam the town looking for fun. Unfortunately, their idea of fun is wrecking everything in sight, regardless of those being injured in the process. At Titans Tower, Beast Boy attempts a prank on Cyborg, only to accidentally the prank pulled on Starfire instead. Beast Boy is at a loss of words, and Starfire starts to ignore him. Robin reports of an incident on the bridge, where the Titans rush to the scene.
Thunder and Lightning are wreaking havoc on the bridge, destroying cars and alarming the people. The Titans fight them and during the fight Beast Boy asks Thunder why he is doing this. Thunder claims that it is fun, but his expression shows his uncertainty. The brothers retreat after they are nearly overwhelmed by the Titans. Robin suggests they look everywhere for the two brothers. Unfortunately for Beast Boy, he is paired up with Starfire, who ignores all his jokes and apologies. Beast Boy inquires why he cannot go with Cyborg instead, to which Robin points out Cyborg's inability of flight. Their awkward silence is broken when Thunder and Lightning arrive on the scene.
Starfire and Beast Boy both have an intense fight against the two brothers, during which Beast Boytries to persuade Thunder to stop all his violence. Thunder is about to reply when an old man arrives on the scene with a small explosive device. He destroys the nearby statues and incapacitates Beast Boy and Starfire. The old man claims that he has nature-based powers as well and that he can help them in maintaining use for their powers. Beast Boy crawls out of the debris as a spider and tries in vain to find Starfire. Believing her to be under the rubble of the destroyed statues, he painfully digs through the debris, all the while muttering apologies and confessing his guilt for pulling the prank on her. Starfire suddenly appears behind him, smiling at him. Beast Boy gets down on his knees and begs for forgiveness. Starfire says she already understands as she heard him muttering, and the two teammates once again become friends.
Meanwhile, on a hilltop overlooking Jump City, the old man tells Thunder and Lightning to set fire to some scarecrows. Lightning says there is no fun in doing that. The old man tells them to try. They use their respective powers to burn all the scarecrows. They ask for more targets when there are no more. The old man tells them that they have already done an excellent job and throws a disk into the sky. The burning scarecrows have their fires joined together by the power of the disk in a Mark of Scath and a gigantic fire monster emerges from the fires. The monster heads towards Jump City, content on destroying the city.
The Teen Titans show up and begin to fight the monster. They pull away all the trees around them but the monster continues to burn, traveling ever faster. Thunder and Lightning begin to fight the Titans, but they stop after they realize that they have unleashed a terror upon the world. Lightning is reluctant at first, but from persistence by Thunder, agrees to help take down what they have created.
Robin, meanwhile, has slipped away and reached the top of the hill where the old man is smiling down at the scene. Robin fights the old man, but he is too strong and pins Robin to a tree. Thunder and Lightning combine to form rain, which they send down from the sky at the fire monster, extinguishing its flames. When the old man is about to kill Robin, a lightning strike hits the old man's staff, shocking him and releasing Robin at the same time. The old man's mask crumbles away, revealing Slade to be the old man all along. Robin glares angrily, knowing that the person standing before him is Slade. Slade tells Robin that he had manipulated the powers of Thunder and Lightning so that he could create the fire monster. Slade drops down on his knees, telling Robin they will meet again, and with a swish of his cloak, disappears.
Thunder and Lightning are congratulated for their effort and are made the first Honorary Titans by Robin before they return to the sky.
The title refers to Thunder and Lightning's powers, which are nature bound.
Starfire: This is punishment? I did something wrong?
Raven: You didn't. He did.
Beast Boy: Star, it was... You weren't supposed to... I didn't... Heh, just remember to change that oil every 3,000 miles. Heh heh.
Starfire: On my planet, we have a name for those who do such terrible things. YOU ARE A--A--A--CLORGBAG VARBLLERNEILK!!!
Beast Boy: I'm a whatbag?
Cyborg: You heard the lady.
Raven: You are such a clorgbag.
Thunder: (About the Titans) They also have gifts. But they use them for good, while we waste ours to our dangerous fun.
Thunder: (After Lightning beats him) Tell me, brother, are we still having FUN?!
Thunder: I am sorry for the trouble we have made.
Lightning: I am also sorry.
Thunder: You have taught us much, green one! Thank you!
Beast Boy: Don't thank me. Thank the person who taught me. (Introduces Starfire to the brothers)
Robin: Beast Boy, you and Star scan from the skies.
Beast Boy: Uum... maybe Cyborg should come with me instead?
Robin: Cyborg can't fly.
Cyborg (smugly): Have a nice flight, my little clorgbag.