We had the pleasure of talking to Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh about tonight’s “Act Your Age” episode, which features teenaged Phineas and Ferb about to head to college. That’s right—they are ten years older in this episode, without the help of an inator!
“Act Your Age” is notable for many reasons, and not just because the character design was done by a real-life super fan of the show. Tonight’s episode finally concludes the seasons long will-they-won’t-they tension between Phineas and Isabella. Dan and Swampy have received countless inquiries from fans about this relationship, and say they’ve had the story in their heads for years. In this clip from the episode, Phineas and Isabella finally admit their mutual crushes on each other:
But why did it take them so long to make this happen? Dan explained: “I love that whole idea of unsynchronized passion, where you find out that some girl you went to high school with had a crush on you, and you’re saying ‘but I had a crush on you in college’ and it just never worked out that way. For us, that was a really poignant way of having them eventually figure it out.”
When asked if we would be seeing any more Phineas and Ferb special episodes, the pair expressed that they have learned “never to say never” and that they’re up for anything they can find a good story in. Dan did admit that “Act Your Age” is one of his favorite episodes ever: “I’ll always consider it to be the emotional finale to the series. It ties up the big emotion thing which is Phineas and Isabella.” Swampy added that this is where they’ve been going all along.
When you watch tonight, keep your eyes peeled for a moment at the end that Dan is pretty sure everyone will be posting a picture of—we don’t want to spoil it. Also, apparently Doof creates a midlife crisis-inator, so “Act Your Age” promises lots of laughs along with all that heart.
“Act Your Age” premieres Monday, February 9 at 8:30 pm on Disney XD.