|The Manchurian Guardian|
|Season Three, Episode 318b (CA)|
|Air date||Jan/11/2008 (CA), Dec/18/2010 (US)|
|Written by||Steve Schiner|
|Directed by||Alex Savin|
Elementary, My Dear Minimus
"The Manchurian Guardian" is a Season 3 episode of Atomic Betty.
Maximus plants mind controlling computer chips in Sparky's stomach, and programs him to destroy Betty during a big skateboarding show in the town square.
While battling a group of bloodmonks on Morbidia, Sparky ingests a bowl of Buhdonkian pig snouts (his favorite snack), unaware that it contains microchips that allows Maximus to remotely mind control Sparky; Maximus intends to use the mind-controlled Sparky to kill Betty.
Meanwhile, Betty is nervous over a skateboarding stunt she has to do in order to kick off a town festival. X-5 assures her that her stunt, where she must do a series of hard tricks before setting off a series of fireworks in the air with a torch in her hand, will succeed; to ensure its success X-5 provides her with a magnetic glove (intended to keep the torch on her hand). That night, Maximus' plan is put into action, as he takes control of Sparky and has him take a restricted weapon.
X-5, enjoying the festival from a distance, notices Sparky, and alerts Betty to the attempt on her life; Betty subsequently, while in the middle of the stunt, throws the glove at Sparky, knocking him out and destroying the microchips. Betty would complete her stunt without the assistance of the magnetic glove, while Sparky, recovering from a stomachache caused by the glove hitting him, accidentally discharges the weapon, sending rounds into the air which knock out Maximus' citadel, and adding to the fireworks show.
- The plot and the title is based on the novel The Manchurian Candidate.