Close-Up Title Card
Season №: Season 1
Season episode №: 1b
Overall episode №: 1b
Original airdate: April 27, 2012
Airing Time: 7:00 p.m.
Directed by: Ron Doucet
Written by: Dan Danko & Tom K. Mason
Storyboard: Dylan Edwards
Episode guide
Going Hollyweird
"Oh, I hate this show."
Patty, watching television

Close-Up is the second half of the first premiere episode of the Wild Grinders.


Lil Rob and Flipz are playing "S.K.A.T.E" in their skating lot. When Lil Rob challenged Flipz as he spins while handling the rail, he was surrounded by a horde of scrambling people. Goggles explains about why people adores reality television shows making Lil Rob become interested becoming a reality superstar. Chip Fligginton arrives at the skate park that he was making some unusual and sarcastic shows". So then, Chip chooses Lil Rob. At first, Emo Crys made a realistic plan starring himself. Next, Flipz wanted to stars herself as a female skater (especially Spitball can be seen in her own movie). Third, Jay Jay wants to stars himself and Lil Rob in a crime prospector movie. Finally, Jack Knife made a weird movie that he and Lil Rob can skate on top of wild animals.

Chip Fligginton did not accept their plans, but Lil Rob declares that he will make a movie that he can face with his own nature. Then, Chip creates "Survivor Skater", a survival show that can stars Lil Rob.

Chip summons Crabzillla and Lil Rob flees, screaming. Lil Rob hides, but fell on the giant crab's shell. The crab trips over the branch of the tree. One of the native people congratulates Lil Rob, that he can hold the star hammer, but Lil Rob refused. The Native poeple dragged Lil Rob at the volcano. Then, the volcano explodes, after Lil Rob was dropped on the magma and explodes to fell on the ground. Lil Rob spots the skating area, but Chip halts him that he will show drama at the base.

The Grinders are waiting, boringly, before Chip summons a pack of wolverines to attack them fiercely, but the Grinders escaped the ambush of the wolverines. Stubford Hucksterball enters the base, but was suddenly attacked by wolverines.

Next, Lil Rob was with Denise that they are making a doughnut-shaped chocolate mudpie, and the alligator appears, wanting to devour Lil Rob. He decided to calm himself down, helping Denise, stirring the flour, but the alligator tries to bite his buttocks, when Chip holds a season finale to race at Great Sandy Rock Beach.

Rob takes his place to visit Great Sandy Rock Beach, but Stubford follows him to trick him. Stubford failed his plans, and Chip recognized that the fans dislike his reality shows; instead, he makes a cartoon starring Lil Rob and Stubford. Rob was yet frustrated that he cannot be on his show. Chip congratulates Stubford that he can be in the show, but Rob did not know that Chip was tricking Stubford. This is why Lil Rob changes his mind. Before the episode ends, Patty turns off the TV.


Main Characters

Supporting Characters

Tricks Your Mom Hates

  • S.K.A.T.E.
  • Soft-Shell Grind
  • Rail Fail

International Title

Country Dub Translation
Brazil Reality Show Reality Show



  • On the Nicktoons website, the first episode of the Wild Grinders have two halves that are not in order.

Character Revelations


  • Meaty quotes "...And you little dog, too!" in (almost) the dialect of the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz.
  • Stubford's saying of "Total Stubford Drama House" creates a homage to the Total Drama franchise.
  • Some references where Stubford attempts to sabotage Lil Rob with his antics in some are based on the Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies episodes, with Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner:
    • Sarcastically, the "meep-meep" sound effect is heard once, when Lil Rob starts raising his eyebrows twice and quickly. The last time, it was heard when Lil Rob jumps off an unconnected rail, that Stubford have cut off.
  • When Stubford complies "Make me a blue alien cat thingy, baby!", his quote refers to a Navi from James Cameron's Avatar.

Animation Errors

  • In the beginning of the episode, Flipz unsightly have Lil Rob's skateboard.
  • When the Grinders are attacked by the wolverines as Lil Rob and Meaty are on the roof and Stubford appears, where in the world is Lil Rob?

Running Gags


See Close-Up/Transcript here.