"They're Playing My Song" is the fifth episode of Static Shock. It first aired on November 11, 2000.

Plot

Rubberband Man breaks into a record company, trying to find the man who stole his hit song from him. A record executive says it was Ice Pack. Ice Pack is living off of RB Man's wealth now since he has that song. Meanwhile Richie and Virgil arrive at an abandoned gas station; Virgil is underwhelmed by this "Dump" but Richie suggests it become his new Superhero headquarters; meanwhile they notice RB Man chasing Ice Pack, but is stopped by Static. RB Man defeats him and continues chasing Ice Pack. Robert makes Virgil get a job, so he applies at Burger Fool. When Freida plays Ice Pack's music, a person gets mad and walks out.

While Ice Pack is signing CDs, RB Man shows up and kidnaps him, putting him on top of a spire. RB Man claims to have written the music Ice Pack raps to, but Ice Pack has no idea what he's talking about. Accusing him of plagerism; Ice Pack admits he only sings the lyrics; not write them. As such he gives him a name; of his producer. At Burger Fool, Virgil sneaks out to go to the situation. When Ice Pack starts to fall, Static catches him. As it turns out, Ice Pack's producer was the one who ripped him off. RB Man, whose real name is Adam Evans, confronts the producer. Arriving at the Producers mansion to demand a recognition and payment; The producer admits to it and offers him financial compensation; this trick works and he locks RB Man in a vault; with a airtight seal his air supply will inevitably run out and he'll die of asphyxiation. Static shows up and figures out RB Man is stuck. Static frees him and RB Man immediately goes after the producer, trying to asphyxiate him. Static stops and defeats him. RB Man and D.J., the producer, are both sent to jail. Virgil then ends up getting fired for sneaking out.

Continuity

Background information

Home video releases

Production notes

  • The original television broadcast included the line "Even Clark Kent has a day job" when Richie welcomes Static to the Abandoned Gas Station of Solitude. This was removed from later broadcasts and the DVD release (leaving a long silence instead). When first produced, Static Shock was not part of the DCAU, and comic heroes were fictional in the show. After the second season, the line was cut as the series was absorbed into the DCAU.

Production inconsistencies

  • In the original credits, Jason Marsden is credited for the part of Rubberband Man, and Kadeem Hardison for Static. This was corrected for the DVD release.
  • When Sharon calls Virgil by his full name to get him to wake up, the closed caption on the scene incorrectly shows his middle name as "Albert" instead of "Ovid".

Trivia

Cast

Actor Role
Phil LaMarr Static/Virgil Hawkins
Limo driver (uncredited)
Jason Marsden Richie Foley
Kadeem Hardison Rubberband Man/Adam Evans
Kevin Michael Richardson Robert Hawkins
Michele Morgan Sharon Hawkins
Terence Trent D'Arby D.J. Rock
Danica McKellar Frieda Goren
David Faustino Executive
Maria Canals Shelly Sandoval
Dispatch (uncredited)
Chris Clarke Back-up Singer

Uncredited appearances

Quotes

Ice Pack: All right, all right! It's my producer. That's who ripped him off.


Ice Pack: Who? What? I ...
Static: You rappers certainly are an articulate bunch. What was that, freestyle?


DJ Rock: What are the odds I'd steal from one of those bang babies?
Henchman: Pretty good, boss. You steal from a lot of people.


References

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