|"Tak: The Hideous New Girl"|
|Season 1, Episode 20|
|Original air date:||May 10, 2002|
|Written by:|| Jhonen Vasquez|
|Directed by:||Steve Ressel|
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It is Valentine's Day, and everyone is celebrating by giving out the traditional Valentine meat slabs. When a new girl named Tak arrives and starts giving out sausages, Zim believes she has a crush on him, and so attempts to exploit the opportunity to examine "human love rituals." However, when said attempts do not turn out so well, he decides to head home, only to discover later that Tak followed him home and that she is actually a member of the Irken race. Tak plans to take over Zim’s mission so she can show the Tallest that she is worthy of being an Invader, but that is not something Zim is going to permit so easily; he vows to stop her, as the Earth is his planet to destroy.
With his base crippled, Zim and GIR are forced to team up with Dib and Gaz in order to stop Tak's plan of hollowing out the Earth's molten core. Even as Tak's magma pump begins to siphon out the magma beneath Earth's crust, Dib searches for a way to shut it off, while Zim draws Tak away by engaging her in a harrowing chase in his Voot Cruiser. Meanwhile, Gaz and GIR wreak remote havoc with the memory disk of Tak's SIR unit. Thanks to their collected efforts, Tak is eventually forced to flee in an escape pod. After dealing with Tak, Zim tells the Tallest of his achievements; they are, of course, quite displeased, as they like snacks.
Meanwhile, Dib is in his usual spot on the roof of his house, gazing at the stars, when suddenly something falls from the sky and crashes into his lawn. Shocked, a slightly singed Dib looks into the burning crater, and finds Tak's ship. He smiles.
Home video releases
- Invader Zim: Volume 3 - Horrible Holiday Cheer
- Invader Zim: Season 1
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