(Opening shot: a dark pane of glass, which shakes a bit as several pairs of glowing eyes open behind it. Pull back slightly and pan across the area as a voice begins to speak male, but distorted somewhat. The camera movement reveals a dimly lit room and ranks of glass holding pens stuffed with black silhouettes; the whirring sound of many beating wings is heard.)
Male voice: Patience, my children. Soon, you shall wreak the havoc you crave.
(On the end of this line, the speaker comes into view. Standing at a worktable with his back to the camera, he is humanoid, covered with black and white fuzz; two pairs of striated insect wings sprout from his back. This is Killer Moth, working under the illumination provided by an overhead skylight�he is in the basement of a house.)
Killer Moth: Soon, I shall have the power I deserve. Soon the entire city will bow before its new master... (turning to face camera) ...Killer Moth!
(His head is that of the aforementioned insect, and the fuzz stops short of his abdomen and legs; these are covered with tough gray hide. He laughs madly, but a second voice cuts him off in a heartbeat. This one is young, female, and very petulant. Those of you who watch The Powerpuff Girls regularly, imagine Princess Morebucks at sixteen or so and you have the idea.)
Female voice: DADDY!! DAAAADDDDDYYYYY!!
(On the second repetition, tilt up quickly through the layers of the house and stop an extreme close-up of the screaming mouth, them pull back to frame her. She is a teenager, blond, wearing pink pajamas and sitting on a bed. The room is done out in the same color, marking it as hers. This is Kitten.)
(Cut to inside the closed door. Killer Moth smashes it open and runs in.)
Killer Moth: Daddy's working, Kitten. Can't this wait until--?
Kitten: (storming back and forth) No! He broke up with me. My stupid ex-boyfriend Fang broke up with me! And now, I don't have a date for the prom!
(As she crosses before him, we see that she wears a pink band in her hair to hold it back. A telephone is flung across the room, then a pillow, and then she pulls at her hair and throws herself facedown on the bed with a groan that turns into a sobbing jag. Her father sits down next to her and holds his hand uncertainly out toward her back, not having much of an idea what to do in this crisis. Finally he strokes her hair. Through the bedroom window, the sky is seen to be darkening into the purple of early evening.)
Killer Moth: Uh...there, there. I'm sure you'll find another date. (She sits up.)
Kitten: (groaning disgustedly) Prom is tomorrow, Daddy. I don't have time to find another date. So you're gonna find one for me!
(Sight gag: on the end of this, her head inflates to jumbo size and his figure shrinks ten or twelve notches as she leans over him. He stands up; the gag ends.)
Killer Moth: Now, Kitten, be reasonable! You don't seriously expect me to--
Kitten: (sitting up to face him) And I don't want just anyone. I want someone handsome, and popular, and totally cool. Someone no other girl could get. (Extreme close-up of her mouth.) Someone who'll drive Fang wild with jealousy! I want--
(Cut to Robin in mid-leap. He lands neatly in the driver's seat of a red motorcycle whose windshield hugs the front fender as it sweeps back toward him. A large R is stenciled onto a circular protrusion near the footrest. This is the R-Cycle, Robin's personal mode of transport. Close-up of a red crash helmet held aloft and marked with an R; pull back as he brings it down onto his head. He revs the engine, brings the chopper around in a tearing skid, and speeds toward the camera. Snap to black just as he is about to collide with it.)
(Opening shot: Robin bent over the handlebars, his cape blowing nearly straight out behind him due to the high velocity.)
Robin: Range to target!
(In another street, the T-Car is rolling up fast. Close-up of Raven in the front passenger seat; pan to Cyborg at the wheel on the next line.)
Cyborg: Five hundred and closing. Should have a visual any--
(Cut to Starfire in flight. Beast Boy, as a bald eagle, keeps pace with her.)
Starfire: There he is!
Raven: Correction. There it is.
(Close-up of a hand reaching into a jewelry store window to scoop out the contents. As Cyborg's tires are heard screeching in the distance and his headlights play over the area, the camera pulls back to frame the thief who has a teen male's body and a gargantuan spider's head. A complete carapace, with four legs, is attached to the latter; its legs are long enough to reach the ground. Across the street, the R-Cycle has pulled up and Robin glares at this creature, and Cyborg brings his vehicle in a moment later.)
(The thief raises a weapon and lifts his human body clear of the ground as the camera pulls back from him. Robin gasps in surprise, and he and Cyborg peel out in opposite directions to avoid the blast, which rips across the pavement. Both drivers skid to a stop; the cross-breed howls in anger and leaps straight toward the sky. Tilt up to follow him to roof level, where he touches down and starts to bound away. Robin watches him jump across the street with ease.)
(Now those long legs carry the store-breaker down the facades, and the Titans set off after him on wheels and in the air. Starfire sends a few starbolts toward him, but he easily dodges and continues his sideways run; a huge leap carries him to the buildings on the other side of the street. Here comes Robin, gunning his engine and extending a blaster by each handlebar. He pops off a string of shots that barely miss the semi-arachnid, who crosses the street again and keeps right on going.)
(The T-Car pulls ahead of the R-Cycle and opens its sunroof. Instead of the proton cannon used in Car Trouble, though, a missile pops out and is launched. It streaks through the evening sky and zeroes in on the thief, who jumps clear to avoid the impact and explosion. Close-up of him in midair; he does a 180-degree turn and spits a large wad of gray slime as the camera pulls back to frame Beast Boy and Starfire in hot pursuit. He takes the brunt of it and is engulfed in the goo, which splatters itself all over a wall at ground level. Back in human form, he pokes his head, one arm, and both legs out and struggles to get free of the viscous material super-strength spider silk that has not yet dried.)
Beast Boy: Super-loogie?! (Disgusted groan.)
(The shooter spews out another mouthful, forcing Starfire to get out of the way. Dodging one gobbet after another, she keeps the pressure on. Overhead view of the street; from o.c., he spits a stream of adhesive back and forth, layering it to create a thick sheet that stretches to block the entire way. Tilt up to frame Robin and Cyborg bearing down on this. Robin gasps, while Raven puts her powers to work and extends them over the entire block. Pavement cracks and a fire hydrant opens up, gushing water along the sidewalk; both vehicles sail up the incline created by the shifting roadbed and pass neatly over the barrier.)
(The smash-and-grab artist scuttles flat out, his human body waving in the wind, and turns to spit more silk. Robin swerves expertly to avoid Beast Boy's fate, but a load hits the T-Car's windshield and completely blankets it.)
Cyborg: I can't see!
(He cuts his steering wheel hard to one side and skids to a stop as the R-Cycle roars past. More sludge comes down on the windshield. Now Starfire starts to catch up again, but a well-placed burst sends her to the sidewalk and pins her. She tries vainly to free herself as Robin zooms by, then cuts through it with a handful of starbolts and returns to the chase. The thief races down the street and around a corner; Robin and Starfire follow it, and the camera cuts to the end of a street that faces an elevated highway. Up comes the creature, making straight for a car parked to face the highway and jumping onto its rear end. Close-up of that windshield, through which a young man and his girlfriend are seen about to enjoy one another's company. They gasp as those four slender legs push off from the bodywork; pull back to show him leaping over the highway, then cut to the close-up again. The two look up after him, then at each other, then get right back to the business at hand.)
(They are quickly interrupted again by the sound of the R-Cycle's engine. A shocked stare and second gasp are all they can manage before Robin speeds in and onto the car's rear end, launching himself over the highway. As he sails through space, he fires off a grappling hook and is yanked away on its line, letting the chopper drop. The swinging trajectory carries him toward a wall, while the large R's on both sides of the plummeting R-Cycle extend outward from the body and each fire a beam from underneath. Cut to street level; the vehicle descends smoothly to the curb and touches down with the help of these, and the emitters retract.)
(The camera shifts to point straight up at the sky between the buildings on opposite sides of the street. The man-spider charges down the facade, followed closely by Robin, whose line trails out ahead of him, and proceeds to climb the architecture on the other side. Long shot of the rooftops, panning to follow him as he leaps from one to the next. Robin's hook shoots after him, the line pulls taut, and he is yanked along. The chase moves up yet another building, but the runner stops halfway up and spits a pair of short beams down at Robin to knock him loose. Overhead view of the street; the Boy Wonder drops toward it, his skin turning gray and his limbs frozen in place.)
(The thief gains roof level and is soon out of sight, while Robin continues his paralyzed free fall.)
(She puts it in overdrive and catches him perhaps five feet short of a very painful meeting with the sidewalk. Cut to the other three Titans a little way over Beast Boy free of the silk adhesive and back in human form as she lands and sets Robin down. Cyborg steps in to look him over.)
[Animation goof: When she dives, her armband is on the wrong side.]
Starfire: He is okay?
Cyborg: He will be. The venom's effect is only temporary. (Robin groans.)
Robin: Getting away...we have to...go after him! (Groan; he starts to topple.) Whoa... (Starfire rights him; cut to Raven.)
Raven: You mean, we have to go after him. (Pan to Cyborg.)
Cyborg: You need to chill 'til that stuff wears off.
Beast Boy: Dude, we can handle it. The guy's got a spider for a head. Not like he's gonna be hard to find.
(Robin has no immediate answer for this, verbal or otherwise. His image quickly rotates 180 degrees, putting him head down, as the background dissolves to put Starfire's legs behind him. Pull back to show that she is holding him by the ankles in the operations center of Titans Tower. She stretches his legs and works them back and forth, eliciting several yelps of discomfort and causing his arms to flop around.)
(His normal color returns, and a little tear of pain grows in one eye and hangs down like a pendulum�the venom that froze him is out of his system.)
Robin: Ah, much. Thanks.
Starfire: I welcome you. (hefting him up and down) There are few problems that Tamaranean acupressure will not solve.
Robin: Now we can focus on solving our other problem. (He pulls out his communicator and opens it.) Titans! Any luck finding our jewel thief?
(His perspective of the device: upside down in his hand, with Raven's face on the screen inside.)
Raven: We found something worse.
(Overhead, upside-down view of Beat Boy, Raven, and Cyborg staring up incredulously. Rotate quickly through 180 degrees and pull back/dissolve; they are standing on the bridge over Jump City Bay, and the beating of millions of wings is heard. Cut to the source�or, rather, a small part of it: a horde of large hovering insects, every one of which is fighting mad. The eyes and the whirring wings give them away as the creatures that filled Killer Moth's holding pens.)
(As they move lazily through the air, several cluster up and munch at one of the bridge's cables. When they fly away a moment later, it has been gnawed through and the final strand snaps; the lower end lashes toward the roadway, and people scatter as a car is crushed under the wire rope. Among them are the couple who had been interrupted during their make-out session. The entire bridge begins to sway back and forth, creating oscillations that send vehicles sliding around the three Titans.)
(Now groups of moths start chomping on cable after cable, making short work of the outer covering and the twisted wires beneath. One of the bugs screeches in rage; cut to a large group of airborne attackers and tilt down to road level, to the sound of panicked yelling. Beast Boy and Cyborg are having a very tough time keeping their balance on the bucking pavement, while Raven floats a foot or two above it. In the air, a cable breaks and whistles downward; they dodge in three different directions. After skidding backward to a stop, Cyborg charges.)
Cyborg: Teen Titans! Go! (Beast Boy becomes a pterodactyl and lifts off.)
Raven: Azarath Metrion Zinthos!
(As Cyborg runs up, she creates an energy platform for him to jump onto; it carries him higher toward the cables and she flies behind.)
Cyborg: Thanks for the lift, Raven!
(Once he is at the moths' level, she peels off and he jumps onto a cable, leaving the platform to disintegrate. One of them flies across near the camera; behind it, the view changes to show him surrounded by groups of gnawing moths, and he cries out a bit as he nearly loses his balance. Breaking out his sonic cannon, he blasts away one group and runs to the spot they were attacking. The cable's outer covering has been breached, and the two ends are starting to pull apart. One metal hand grabs a chewed edge, while the other pops out its fingertip acetylene torch for some emergency repair work.)
(Beast Boy stands his ground before a huge advancing moth, then sidesteps and becomes a monkey to hitch a ride. The gibbering green primate is swept here and there as the bug approaches the cables and weaves among them to try and buck him off. Next Raven darts through the area and slams another platform into the face of one moth, but several others stay on her trail. She flies straight up toward the top of a support column, then puts on a burst of speed to give herself a little breathing room; Beast Boy steers the moth he has commandeered into the pursuers to knock them out of the sky.)
(Close-up of the damaged cable. Cyborg has pulled the edges back together and is now running his torch flame around hem, bringing them to red heat and joining them once more. When he finishes, pull back to frame all of him. He jumps clear, avoiding several of the insects, and slides down the cable with his cannon blazing. A mighty leap carries him to another one, where he has to duck a stream of oncoming six-legged bandits; a second jump deposits him safely on the bridge in a backward skid.)
(Cut to a long shot behind him, facing the Jump City skyline. Above the buildings, a dense black cloud rises slowly into view, accompanied by the beating of countless wings�the full force of Killer Moth's armada. He watches, dumbstruck, as Beast Boy steers his moth down to street level and then turns into an elephant to crush it. Close-up of a group in midair; one of them flies toward the camera and to one side, and behind it the view changes to a close-up of Cyborg, Raven, and Beast Boy. The latter returns to human form and stares with his eyes bugging out, while the big man lifts his forearm and addresses himself toward it�the onboard communicator.)
Cyborg: Uh...we're gonna need backup.
(The operations center. Robin and Starfire watch the window/screen, which is filled with his face.)
Robin: We're on our way.
(As they start to head out, the screen fills with static and changes to show Killer Moth. His words stop them in their tracks.)
Killer Moth: Don't bother. Even if you defeat a few of my children� (Both return to the screen.) �you won't be able to stop me from releasing the entire swarm.
(On the end of this line, pull back a bit to show those masses of black, buzzing silhouettes behind the villain. Both Titans gasp; close-up of the glowing eyes.)
Killer Moth: (from o.c.) Unless you want your city reduced to a moth-eaten wasteland� (Pan to his image and Robin.) �you'll do exactly as I say.
Robin: What do you want?
Killer Moth: My demands are simple. The city will declare me ruler, the Teen Titans will surrender, and Robin...
(The mention of his name makes him straighten up involuntarily. On screen, Killer Moth backs up slightly to one side.)
Killer Moth: (hesitantly) ...will...take this lovely young lady to her junior prom.
(A window appears in the space he has vacated. Framed in it is Kitten, waving cheerfully.)
Kitten: Hi, Robbie-poo!
(The last demand hits Robin like a two-by-four upside the head.)
Robin: Um...what was that last part again?
Starfire: (irked) Robin, who is this girl? And why does she call you �poo�?
(Sight gag: as she speaks, his image dissolves to one that shows him hunched over, hands twitching, face set in a fierce grimace, as a big drop of sweat trickles down from the ceiling. On the end of the line, his entire body melts away, leaving only his masked eyes floating in midair with one eyebrow squinched down.)
Killer Moth: Her name is Kitten� (She puckers up; Robin reconstitutes himself.) �and you will take her to prom! (Starfire floats up to her window; close-up of the two.)
Starfire: This prom is some manner of duel, yes?
(She pulls off one of her wrist guards�sight gag: the hand goes with it but immediately reappears on her arm�and slaps the young blonde's image across the face. The blow leaves a bright red hand imprint on her cheek.)
Starfire: Robin eagerly accepts!
(She throws down the protective item. On the next line, tilt down to Robin; it has landed across his eyes.)
Robin: It's not a duel, Star. (He peels it off and drops it.) It's a date.
(Her long, hysterical gasp gives away just how unprepared she was to hear this fact; now she has put the wrist guard back on. Cut to Robin, who scratches his head nervously.)
Starfire: (from o.c.) He does not accept! (He walks o.c.) Do you hear? (Cut to her.) Robin does not accept!
(She is yanked unceremoniously downward with a short yell. Pull back to frame the entire screen; though she still floats in midair, Robin is leading her away by the foot.)
Robin: We're going to need a minute.
(They move o.c. and a door is heard opening. Cut to him in the hall.)
Starfire: (pacing, literally fuming) Odium! Scandal! Atrocity! These demands must not be met!
(On the start of this line, Robin activates his communicator. Her next line is spoken over the two that follow it.)
Starfire: Clearly this demented madman has no idea with whom he is dealing! And if he believes�
Robin: Cyborg, report. How bad is it? (Close-up of the screen; Cyborg wrestles with a moth.)
Cyborg: Bad! Can't hold 'em off much longer!
(Cut to him on the bridge, then pan along it away from him as he continues. Utter chaos still reigns here; Beast Boy, now a tiger, squares off against one of the insects.)
Cyborg: If you're gonna do something, do it quick!
(Back to Robin. Now spurts of fire belch from Starfire's mouth and green smoke rises from her glowing eyes as she rants on.)
Starfire: �out of his mind if he believes you would even consider such a distasteful� (He closes the communicator.)
Robin: I have to do it. (Pull back to frame both.)
(Sight gag: her head briefly grows a fair bit on this line, and his hair is blown flat by the force of her outburst.)
Robin: (picking at his sleeve) It's the only way to save the bridge. (sorting out hair) The only way to give us enough time to stop Killer Moth.
(She just hangs before him, a few inches above the floor�whole body hanging slack and eyes wide as dinner plates from the shock of hearing this decision. Long pause.)
(He turns back toward the operations center, leaving her to float half-slumped after him.)
Robin: I have to, Starfire, no matter how much I don't want to. (The door opens to admit them back into the area.) And I really don't want to.
(He crosses the floor and stops in front of the screen.)
Killer Moth: Do we have a deal?
Robin: I'll take the girl to prom.
Killer Moth: Don't tell me. Ask her. (Kitten smiles smugly.)
Robin: You've gotta be�
Killer Moth: Do it! (Robin steels himself.)
Robin: Kitten, was it?
(A brief burst of static. Sight gag: she grows a tail, claws, and cat ears, and her face takes on a feline appearance.)
Kitten: Meow. (Gag ends; cut to Robin.)
Robin: Right. Will you...go with me to the prom?
(Pan from him to Starfire, who snarls through gritted teeth at the indignity of this date by extortion. Her eyes glow more and more intensely, and after a moment she spontaneously combusts. All that remains is a giant burned matchstick with those two green-flaming eyes at its head. On screen, Kitten gasps happily.)
Kitten: Oh, Robbie-poo! (leaning out of window) I thought you'd never ask!
(Cut to an extreme close-up of his thoroughly disgusted face and fade to black.)