My Top Unanswered Questions About “Codename: Kids Next Door”

Black question mark in a yellow background – a digital painting I made

I enjoyed this show as a child up to a certain point. However, I have heard that the later episodes toward the end of the later seasons got weirder.

I reunited with this show at the beginning of the global pandemic in the spring of 2020. I heard that a certain level of stress can make you regress a bit.

For me, it started out with regaining interest in childhood favorites, such as TV shows you enjoyed in your youth. “Codename: Kids Next Door” was one of the first.

On the bright side, that regression helped broaden my horizon of series beyond the mature shows that I’d stick to in recent years before Covid hit, such as “South Park” and “Family Guy.”

Now onto the questions I have about the series.

Is the show science-fiction?

So many occurrences are casually accepted and seem normal in this TV program, such as changing someone’s age, whether it’s making him or her older or younger. 

This happens numerous times. Examples are when a bunch of teenagers are turned into adults in the episode, Operation P.O.I.N.T., when a baby man, named Mr. B, uses an age changing device to turn everyone in the world into babies, so that no one would call him a baby again in Operation C.A.B.L.E.-T.V., and in Operation G.R.O.W-U.P., when the delightful children turn Numbuh 1 into an adult. More of these happen in future episodes.

The kids next door also turn into animals in the episode where Numbuh 2’s little brother, Tommy, joins the organization. Animals can also be conjured out of thin air, which happens in Operation P.I.A.N.O., when Numbuh 4 is injured. The other kids replace him with a hamster.

I could go on and on with the unrealistic elements. But now I will move onto the next question.

Where is the law enforcement?

A bunch of malpractices occur, such as a zoo where kids a kept (which wouldn’t really be a zoo, but whatever), a factory where children are bottled up, a camp where children are under spells to make wallets, but not in a good way, and when sharks drive against the traffic.

The last part made me impatient, constantly thinking, Where are the police when you need them?

Seriously, not one person on the road called the cops on the wreckless shark drivers or any of the bad guys harming children in their malpractices. It seems that the kids next door are the only form of “law enforcement” in their town (I could be wrong, though).

What’s up with that? At least in “The PowerPuff Girls,” there is a built-in system. When trouble occurs in Townsville, the mayor contacts the PowerPuff girls, and they fight the crime or danger, and either defeat them or throw them in jail.

I know – if the area the kids next door reside in had police, troopers, or any other law enforcement, there wouldn’t be much that they could do. I supposed the creators had to stick with the premise and leave out the law enforcement. Oh well – cartoon logic wins… again.

How can the Kids Next Door be allergic to cats, despite being okay around hamsters and skunks?

In the episode, Operation C.A.T.S., the kids next door discover that they have allergies towards felines. Yet, they are fine around hamsters and skunks.

Um, all three types of animals have dander, which means the KND would be allergic to hamsters and skunks, like Bradley, in Operation C.A.M.P. Did the creators of the series alter scientific accuracy for the creatures? A lot of entertainment companies do that, such as Disney.

Once again, all I can say is that plot convenience and cartoon logic seem to win again.

How does Laura Limpin get through life with her condition?

She is a friend of the delightful children and attends their birthday celebration in Operation C.A.K.E.D. (the first one) and is generally bubbly and enthusiastic. But when she gets upset or things don’t go the way she wants, she transforms into a huge, scary person, called the big badolescent. She has a deep voice like a man, screams for what she is unhappy about, and sometimes demands to get what she desires. That is why she doesn’t get invited to parties, according to a Wikia site.

Yet, she loves party games, and that is the first thing that annoys her and makes her turn into the big badolescent. Numbuh 4 won’t let the delightful children make him and the other kids next door play the activities.

But how can Laura love party games if she never is invited to events? Unless she and her family plays them together – or she plays them by herself.

Which brings me to my next point: with her condition of transforming into something large and frightening, I don’t think she would be allowed out of her house since that issue would scare others and they’d deem her dangerous. She might even get attacked for being perilous.

But I hear she only makes two appearances throughout the show.

Why do the creators like Number 5’s braid exposed almost at all times, but sometimes hides Number 3’s long locks?

This happened more in the online “KND” games, although it has occurred in the episodes, as well. For example, in Operation L.I.C.E., everyone’s hair is gone (excluding Numbuh 1, because he’s already bald) since the bugs have eaten it. However, Numbuh 5’s braid stays. Did the lice get full or something?

Another example is that Numbuh 3 wears swim caps when swimming while Numbuh 5 does not. Hmmm…

Why don’t the delightful children ever talk or move separately?

This is very odd. Another bizarre aspect is that they sometimes say “I” or “my” together, which happened in the first episode where their friend, Laura is introduced.

So, does that mean they sleep in the same bed or go to the bathroom together? I sure hope not.

Why are the delightful children okay with the KND trying to take their birthday cakes away?

They state in Operation C.A.K.E.D. that the kids next door come to take their birthday cake every year. Yet, they don’t eject them. They seem to accept their crashing into their birthday bashes and don’t do much to stop them from stealing their cake.

And how come the kids next door do this? Just because a group of children are evil, that doesn’t mean you can barge into their party and take their cake away. Nevertheless, the delightful children don’t seem to mind this.

What happened to the delightful children’s mother?

We see their father in some episodes, and even their grandfather at some point. But I don’t think their mother ever makes an appearance. Correct me if I am wrong.

Although I haven’t seen all the episodes, I did read every summary of each one and none of them mention the delightful childrens’ mom.

Did their father divorce her? Did she run away? Or die? Who knows?

Conclusion

If any of these questions do get answered, you can let me know. Some might not have, though.

Is there anything you found strange or unbelievable about the show, even if you enjoyed it?

Published by Sunayna Prasad

I enjoy writing stories, creating artwork, watching movies and TV shows, cooking, and traveling. These are the topics of my posts. I also publish books, where you can learn about them on my website, www.sunaynaprasadbooks.com. Be sure to copy and paste the link and subscribe to my newsletter on the email list button on the homepage.

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