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"The New Kid" is the sixth episode of Static Shock. It first aired on November 18, 2000.


Virgil's dad and Principal agree that he is too smart to stay in Dakota High School. With the help of a scholarship, they send him to an advanced Science and Technology school, where he meets two geeky bullies who turn out to be upperclassmen and his teachers. All the other students are a snore except Daisy, who is beautiful and funny, and helps Virgil with his projects. They work on a new prototype program that tracks electricity signatures. Virgil hands it over to his teachers who use it for a giant robot that rampages the city. The robot belongs to Edwin Alva and the school is funded by him. Alva tells the teachers the prototype had better stop Static, the bane of his existence, but Virgil and Daisy sneak in and overhear everything. The teachers see them and they run away, only to have the giant robot attack them. Virgil changes into Static and he fights off the robot he helped build, eventually defeating it by knowing its weak spot. Back at his old high school, Virgil is happy to discover that Daisy has transferred there, too.


Background information

Home video releases

Production notes

  • When Specs and Trapper's robot blow up a newsstand, the ensuing explosion is reused footage from the gas canisters that Superman ignites in the Superman: The Animated Series episode "The Way of All Flesh".
  • Afterwards, when Trapper is targeting Static he blows up a pile of boxes and trash bags, causing an explosion that is reused footage from a scene of the Superman: The Animated Series episode "My Girl", in which Mr. Eelan blows a vat of hot lead off its support. This is used again twice when the second robot crashes in Edwin Alva's office and opens fire.

Production inconsistencies


Actor Role
Phil LaMarr Static/Virgil Hawkins
Jason Marsden Richie Foley
Kerrigan Mahan Edwin Alva
Crystal Scales Daisy Watkins
Bever-Leigh Banfield Miss Wepman
Patton Oswalt Specs
Michael Rosenbaum Trapper
Kevin Michael Richardson Robert Hawkins
Miguel Sandoval Principal Aguilar
Marcus Toji Duncan and Henry


Aguilar: Virgil, have you heard of the Vanmoor Charter School for Science?
Virgil: Sure. It's that school for genius kids — except you'd have to be Stephen Hawkings or something to get in.
Aguilar: Well, evidently not, since you've been accepted.

Virgil: I have a question about the electronic eye — brown, green or baby blue?
(Duncan and Henry laugh)
Henry: We get that one.

Specs: That new kid. They'll let anyone in these days.

Daisy: You've heard of teachers' pets? Specs and Trapper are Alva's pets.
Virgil: Hmm. I'd rather have hamsters.

Daisy: There are these kids, Static. They're after you.
Static: Well, who isn't? I'm a popular guy.

Static: (about the robot) It must be covered in some kind of ceramic.
Daisy: What are you going to do?
Static: Hey, this superhero thing is kind of a learn-as-you-go deal.

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