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"Artificial Unintelligence" is the fifth segment of the first season of The Mighty B! that aired on May 3, 2008.


Bessie builds a robot named Emily for the science fair, hoping to receive a Mad Scientist Badge.


In order to earn the Mad Scientist Badge at the Honeybee Science Fair, Bessie creates a robot that she calls Emily.

Portia later becomes jealous of how superior Bessie's creation is than hers and goes inside Emily, removing Emily's macaroni brain to control Emily's body and plannning to terrorize the science fair so Bessie will be disqualified.

Ben and Happy, who had helped Bessie construct Emily, become angry at the robot, as Portia inside Emily threw both into the closet, as well as jealousy of all the attention Emily has been getting from Bessie.

The two team up in an attempt to destroy her and Portia is sprayed by black ink in one attempt. Bessie, unaware Portia is inside Emily, scolds Ben and Happy for the act and tells them to no longer help her.

After science fair judge Anton criticizes the simplicity of Portia's science experiment (a pulley), Emily goes on a rampage, breaking every project insight.

As Bessie is about to be disqualified from the science fair, Ben and Happy show-up, having found Emily's brain at the park's trash can. They put it back in Emily and Portia is found in the robot; when Portia gets out, she is filthy and has a pimple (which Gwen lies to Anton about).

Emily considers attacking Portia, but Bessie pleads she not do so; as a compromise, Emily zaps Portia's pimple out of existence with her laser nose, causing Portia to cry. Bessie ultimately wins the Mad Scientist badge, and thanks Ben and Happy for their help. She claims she will share it with them (but only on Tuesday nights).


Voice actor Roles
Amy Poehler Bessie
Andy Richter Ben
Grey DeLisle Portia & Emily (under Portia's control)
Dee Bradley Baker Happy & Emily
Jessica DiCicco Gwen
Sarah Thyre Mary Frances Gibbons
Megan Cavanagh Hilary
Matt Besser Anton St. Germain



  • This episode takes place in June, as a "Cherry Fest" poster with the date June 21 is shown in the background when Bessie tries to repair Emily alongside Ben and Happy.
  • Running gag: People calling pulleys "simple machines."
  • This episode and "So Happy Together" are strikingly similar in plot structure. Anton serves as the judge for competitions in both episodes, and Bessie nearly misses out on earning a badge in each one.
  • Penny's first absence in the series.

Cultural references

  • The episode title is based on the term artificial intelligence, referring to intelligence exhibited by machines and other technology that uses it.
  • Bessie uses a "Cissy Bake" oven to create Emily's macaroni brain; this is a parody of Easy-Bake Ovens, a Hasbro toy manufactured to children who want to learn how to bake.
  • When Portia is angered after hearing Anton belittle her experiment, she proclaims "Emily smash! Emily destroy!", referring to The Hulk, who often says "Hulk smash!"
  • The opening scene that shows Bessie experimenting with radiation and even pondering building a miniature nuclear reactor is a clear reference to David Hahn, also called the "Radioactive Boy Scout" by the media at the time, famous for having built a functioning miniature nuclear reactor out of household products like smoke detectors.

Production information

  • Andy Suriano finished working on this episode by March 2007.[1]
  • On its first airing, this episode received 4.7 million viewers.[2]
  • This episode's production code is 103A, which matches its airing order.[3]


  • When Bessie approaches Hilary while she's disposing of the isotope, her mouth doesn't move even though she's speaking.
  • Dannah Feinglass is credited for voicing Penny in this episode, despite not appearing.


  1. Suriano, Andy (March 13, 2007). It's been awhile...AND: "An Affair With a Cintiq"!. Andy Updates ( Retrieved June 15, 2021.
  2. Turner, Cynthia (May 9, 2008). Cynthia Turner's Cynopsis - Cyn Kids 5/9/08. Cynopsis: Kids!. Retrieved December 23, 2020. Archived via the Wayback Machine.
  3. Gase-Baker, Jenny (May 24, 2008). (no title). Retrieved May 8, 2020.
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Season 1 "So Happy Together" / "Sweet Sixteenth" • "Bee My Baby" / "Bee Afraid" • "Artificial Unintelligence" / "We Got the Bee" • "Li'l Orphan Happy" / "Body Rockers" • "Bat Mitzvah Crashers" / "Super Secret Weakness" • "An I See Bee" / "Woodward and Beesting" • "Doppelfinger" / "Little Womyn" • "The Apprentice" / "Beenedict Arnold" • "Boston Beean" / "Penny Hearts Joey" • "Ten Little Honeybees" / "Toot Toot" • "Night Howl" / "Hat Trick" • "Apoxalypse Now" / "Hive Jacked" • "Something's Wrong With This Taffy" / "Name Shame" • "Bee Patients" / "To Bee or Not To Bee" • "Eye of the Honeybee" / "Thanksgiving Beenactment" • "Blindsided" / "Hen and Bappy" • "Ben Appetit" / "Dang It Feels Good to Be a Gamester" • "Portrait of a Happy" / "O Say Can Bess See?" • "Macro Mayhem" / "Ben Screams for Ice Cream" • "Dragonflies"
Season 2 "Catatonic" • "What's the Frequency Bessie?" / "Bee Nice" • "Dirty Happy" / "Tour D’Alcatraz" • "Hairy Situation" / "Bee Plus One" • "Bad to the Bee" / "Hive of Darkness" • "Mr. Turtleton's Wild Ride" / "A Pirate's Life for B" • "Awww-esome!" / "Dogcatcher in the Rye" • "Rinx!" / "Sleepless in San Francisco" • "Finger Pickin' Bad" / "Higgenbottom's 7" • "It's B's Party" / "B-Chip" • "Old Bee and the Sea" / "One Million Years Bee.C." • "The Bone Identity" / "Grumpy Old Bees" • "Children of the Unicorn" / "My Way or the Bee Way" • "O Brother, What Art Thou" • "Stuffed Happens" • "Gorillas in the Midst" • "Space Evaders" / "YiPs" • "Public Enembee" / "Bang the Drum Timely" • "The League of Ordinary Gentlemen" / "Irritable Bowling Syndrome" • "Bess-E" / "C'mon Get Happy!"