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|If All Else Fails|
|Original broadcast||November 6, 2009|
|Series||Ben 10: Alien Force|
|Written by||Adam Beechen|
|Directed by||Butch Lukic|
|Next episode||In Charm's Way|
If All Else Fails is the thirty-fourth episode of Ben 10: Alien Force.
An earthquake awakens a Highbreed officer, who had been kept in stasis in a bunker, to be awakened if the Highbreed lost the war. Following his orders, he begins to activate a fail-safe weapon with the intention of destroying Earth.
Grandpa Max is preparing dinner for Ben, Gwen, and Kevin when he begins acting strange, collapsing and then talking to himself. Ben and Gwen are very concerned and wish to take him to a hospital, but Max insists he is fine. However shortly afterwards, purple plant tendrils begin growing out of Max, which are revealed to be mind-controlling seedlings implanted into humans previously imprisoned by the Hightbreed. Now fully under Highbreed control, Max takes the Rust Bucket and arrives at the seedling collection point, along with five others. Having sufficient biomass, the Highbreed commences the failsafe activation and the mind-controlled people become crystallized.
Ben, Gwen, and Kevin awaken to find Max gone, along with the Rust Bucket. Gwen uses her powers to track him down and reaches the failsafe location. There they see Max trapped with all the people, as well as the Highbreed. They try to reason with the Highbreed, informing him the war is now over, but the Highbreed refuses to listen. A giant Highbreed Tree Monster emerges ground, containing the mind controllled people which it uses for biomass and as various parts of its internal anatomy, such as antibodies and even its brain, which is revealed to be Max.
The Highbreed officer refuses to believe Ben's claims of peace and won't divulge how to stop the creature. While Gwen and Kevin try to slow it down, Ben enlists the aid of Reinrassic III to get the Highbreed officer to cooperate. It is revealed the creature is a fail safe for the Highbreed if they died and lost their war. It is primed to find a nuclear power plant, charge itself with energy and explode, with the resulting fall out being enough to destroy all life on Earth in minutes. Unable to stop the monster from the outside, Ben, Gwen and Kevin sneak inside the monster to destroy it within. They manage to save the humans used as its brain and the Highbreed officer sacrifices himself to dispose of the creature safely.
- One of Grandpa Max's stories (the one he finishes when the team saves him) is about Devin Levin, Kevin's father.
- It is revealed that several dozen humans who have been previously imprisoned by the Highbreed have been implanted with techno-organic seeds designed for post hypnotic suggestion and turned into seedlings for the Highbreed Tree Monster, including Max Tennyson.
- Ben Tennyson
- Gwen Tennyson
- Kevin Levin
- Max Tennyson
- Reinrassic III
- Highbreed Officer (first appearance)
- Bunker Highbreed (first appearance; death)
- Headless Highbreed Antibodies (people under control)
Naming and Translations
|French||À court d'idées||Run out of ideas|
|Hungarian||Ha más nem marad||If Nothing is Left|
|Portuguese (Br)||Último Recurso||Last Resource|
|Spanish (HA)||Si Todo lo Demás Falla||If All Else Fails|
|Spanish (Spain)||Si Falla Todo Lo Demás||If All Else Fails|
- "If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error." is a quote by John Kenneth Galbraith.
|Ben 10: Alien Force Episodes|
|Ben 10 Returns: Part 1 • Ben 10 Returns: Part 2 • Everybody Talks About the Weather • Kevin's Big Score • All That Glitters • Max Out • Pier Pressure • What Are Little Girls Made Of? • The Gauntlet • Paradox • Be-Knighted • Plumbers' Helpers • X = Ben + 2|
|Darkstar Rising • Alone Together • Good Copy, Bad Copy • Save the Last Dance • Undercover • Pet Project • Grounded • Voided • Inside Man • Birds of a Feather • Unearthed • War of the Worlds: Part 1 • War of the Worlds: Part 2|
|Vengeance of Vilgax: Part 1 • Vengeance of Vilgax: Part 2 • Inferno • Fool's Gold • Simple • Vreedle, Vreedle • Singlehanded • If All Else Fails • In Charm's Way • Ghost Town • Trade-Off • Busy Box • Con of Rath • Primus • Time Heals • The Secret of Chromastone • Above and Beyond • Vendetta • The Final Battle: Part 1 • The Final Battle: Part 2|
|Ben 10: Alien Swarm|