|"Bumblebee to the Rescue"|
|Season 1, Episode 18|
|Air date||July 7, 2012|
|Written by||Brian Hohlfeld|
|Directed by||Nathan Chew|
"The Lost Bell"
"You've Been Squilshed"
While Blades and Dani take to the air, the others spread out to find the meteorite. Blades is too excited to avoid hitting tree tops, but when Dani reminds him of their mission, he points out where the meteorite has landed. Heatwave, Chase and Boulder check out the rock for radiation before giving the all-clear for the humans to approach it. Meanwhile, Blades tries to drop his hook so Bumblebee can ride on it, and ends up getting caught on a tree, requiring a rescue by Bumblebee. Blades is chagrined.
The other Bots have finished putting out fires and making sure the meteor is safe, so everyone heads back to the boat where Bumblebee asks to use their comm screen to contact Optimus Prime once they get back to the fire station. Optimus is glad the meteorite is safe and instructs Bumblebee to stay with the Rescue Bots for a few days to gain experience. Though everyone is excited to have Bumblebee around, Chief Burns alerts them to an emergency—a retaining wall is nearing collapse, endangering houses. Bumblebee and Cody monitor things from the station, but partway through the operation, Boulder, Heatwave and Chase abruptly transform to vehicle mode and can't change back. Blades is left propping up the wall by himself, at least until Bumblebee roars up and helps. The three stricken Autobots find they can't even drive by themselves, and have to be driven back to the fire station, and on the way they suddenly lose the ability to communicate.
Cody realizes the meteor is to blame, and they contact Optimus again. He passes the information on to the medic, who points out the Rescue Bots' ship has an antidote in it, provided they can get a sample of the meteorite and work out which one to use. Also, he instructs them to destroy the meteorite. With the three Bots now becoming covered in goop, the Burns family launches another mission to Wayward Island, and Bumblebee insists on coming along. The seas are rough, and as they approach the island, the Darby Eva hits rocks. Graham is knocked overboard. Bumblebee drives in to save him, and manages to get him to catch onto a rope, but in the process sinks into an undersea trench. Blades heads out from the fire station to lend a hand while the Burnses find they have two more problems—the boat's engine won't start, and the bomb they brought to deal with the meteorite has activated. They have four minutes before it explodes, and it can't be switched off.
Blades arrives and successfully fishes Bumblebee out of the ocean. The pair grab the bomb and head towards the island where Bumblebee punches a hole in the meteorite and sticks the bomb in. As it explodes, the two Bots return to the Darby Eva where they fall victim to the virus. Fortunately Bumblebee picked up a sample of the meteorite, which the humans analyze using tech from the Rescue Bots' ship. They're soon able to use the correct antidote to cure the five Bots. Before Bumblebee leaves, Dani takes pictures of them all together and to Blades's surprise, the yellow Autobot requests a picture with him.
- Bumblebee, unsurprisingly, beeps just like he does in Prime.
- This episode plays coyly with continuity, hinting at the existence of, but refraining from talking in-depth about, concepts and characters that are part of the shared Aligned continuity this series occupies, but which have otherwise not previously been brought up in the Rescue Bots cartoon. For instance, the Decepticons are not mentioned by name, merely as "those who would do the Autobots harm". The specific circumstances of Bumblebee losing his voicebox to Megatron are glossed as it being lost "in the line of duty". Optimus Prime refers to Ratchet, but only as "our medic".
- Although more than likely just a coincidence, the idea of a transformation-paralyzing virus transmitted via green mist is highly reminiscent of the transformation virus from Beast Machines.
- Optimus addresses the virus in a way that makes it sound like disease is a foreign concept to the Autobots, apparently forgetting that he contracted the Cybonic Plague.
- Looks like Raf isn't the only one who can understand Bumblebee now.