"Duped" is the tenth episode of the second season of Static Shock. It originally aired April 27, 2002.
In a music store, a new metahuman named Replikon is starting a fuss. Rubberband Man is also in the store and recognizes him. It turns out they were in business together once. Replikon runs off with Static and Rubberband Man chasing after him, but they lose him.
Later, Adam Evans calls Virgil's house and asks if he can have his new CD back. Virgil takes it to him and finds out that A.J. McLean, a member of the Backstreet Boys, and Adam are going to sign a deal together. Virgil promises not to tell anyone A.J. is in town.
A little while later, however, Virgil lets his secret slip to Richie. Soon afterwards, Richie tells Daisy and Frieda. They put this on the school's website and the news spreads fast. Soon the street in front of the music studio is filled with fans. A.J. and Adam sneak out a back way, but are seen. RB Man tries to hold off the fans for a little while, and that's when Static shows up to save A.J. Replikon hears about the deal and kidnaps A.J., impersonating him. The fake A.J. breaks off the deal, and tries to have a deal signed with Marvin Roper—Replikon himself. Static figures out it isn't really A.J. and saves the real one. Later, Adam Evans signs the deal with A.J., already becoming a star.
- Rubberband Man returns.
Home video releases
- When Frieda, Daisy, Virgil and Richie are on the school website, Frieda says the article just used N'Sync as an example. However, the guys that Frieda mentioned are from the Backstreet Boys.
- Replikon shares resemblance to his voice actor, rapper Coolio.
- Replikon transforms into a purple werewolf with yellow eyes to try to devour A.J. MacLean, similar to the bang baby boy in electronics store in the episode "Aftershock".
Rita Velasquez: Lester, we have a big problem here. What if they wreck the studio? Think of the expense. Think of the lawsuits.
Replikon: Yo, Backstreet Bum. Good news — Lester Biggs is going to sign Marvin Roper, me, to an overall deal. Mansions, super-stretch limos — I'm movin' way up on you!