|It's Not Easy Being Gwen|
|Original broadcast||April 8, 2011|
|Series||Ben 10: Ultimate Alien|
|Written by||Matt Wayne|
|Directed by||Matt Youngberg|
|Previous episode||Basic Training|
|Next episode||Ben 10,000 Returns|
It's Not Easy Being Gwen is the twenty-ninth episode of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien.
In the park, Dr. Animo is riding on his mutant frog, carrying a canister of radioactive isotopes. While believing he lost some people who were chasing him, he learns that Kevin, Gwen, and Big Chill have surrounded him. Big Chill freezes the mutant frogs' legs, trapping them in his ice, but they get free and escape. Ben drops off Gwen at her house, and she goes to bed, but gets to sleep for only a little while when her alarm clock beeps for 5:30 in the morning, much to her chagrin.
Gwen starts her day by jogging and studying French. She then comes home to take a shower, and then gets ready for school. When she was about to leave, her mother asks her to write out invitations for a formal family reunion. Realizing that there are too many invitations, Gwen tries to use a spell to make her pen write the words down for herself, but instead they catch on fire. At school, Gwen meets with Emily, who says she has a piano concert tonight and she hopes Gwen can come. Gwen promises to be there, despite being very overbooked, with activities, invitations, and helping her friends track down Animo. When lunch break goes on, Gwen meets with Kevin, but sees his shirt ripped up and he said that he found Animo.
While driving in Kevin's car, Gwen's mother berates her about not finishing the invitations and Kevin asks if she can help him get into high school. Gwen promises before Kevin leaves to help Jetray take down Animo's mutant frogs, Gwen gives him a magic pendant that can protect him if he needs it. Gwen goes back to her school to finish the rest of her studies and notices Animo placing a threat on the Internet and Humungousaur is battling the mutant frogs. She also has to cover for her Algebra teacher's class and do karate. Once the school day is over, Gwen would finish her list of duties for the day by finishing the invitations, helping Kevin get a G.E.D., and getting to Emily's concert. However, Spidermonkey arrives and tells Gwen that they can't defeat Animo without her, now making Gwen's schedule even tighter.
Emily is angry that Gwen would put saving the world from Animo over getting to her concert. When she berates Gwen for always leaving her to save the world, Gwen gets hurt and goes with Ben to help. In an open field, Kevin is battling Animo and his army of mutant frogs. While being picked up, he drops the magic pendant Gwen gave him. As Kevin was about to be killed by Animo, Gwen and Cannonbolt arrive to help him. While battling Animo, Emily prepares for her concert and is saddened to learn that Gwen is not in the seat she reserved for her. Emily plays the music and Dr. Animo fires his transmodulator ray at both Gwen and Kevin, but they manage to survive, thanks to Gwen's shields. Cannonbolt and Kevin work together while Gwen rests from protecting Kevin from the transmodulator ray. Ultimate Cannonbolt finally defeats Animo, then destroys the mind-control headband that allowed Animo to control his mutated frogs. Soon, Emily stops playing the piano and while she is gifted with applause, she believes Gwen never showed up at her performance, but is surprised to see Gwen in the audience. When Gwen comes home, she tells her mother she got the invitations done in the car and Gwen's mother allows Ben and Kevin to join them for dinner. When Gwen's mother asked how her day was, she responds it was the "usual" and hugs her mother while yawning.
- Animo becomes a threat again.
- Gwen Tennyson (main character)
- Ben Tennyson
- Kevin Levin
- Emily (first appearance)
- Natalie Tennyson
- Trina (first re-appearance; cameo)
- Lucy (first re-appearance; cameo)
- Big Chill
- Wildmutt (off-screen)
- Cannonbolt (x2; second time goes ultimate)
- When the fog clears out after Ultimate Cannonbolt was getting whipped around by the mutant frog and laying down, the 4 spikes for the Ultimatrix on Ultimate Cannonbolt's chest are gone.
- When Ultimate Cannonbolt punched the mutant frog, the headband on its forehead was missing.
- When Gwen put her headphones on the table, when she got out the spellbook, neither the headphones nor the MP3 were there.
- Dr. Animo says that he was held captive by the Plumbers, even though Kevin says in Viktor: The Spoils that Plumbers can only arrest aliens.
Naming and Translations
|Hungarian||Nem könnyű Gwennek||It's Not Easy for Gwen|
|Portuguese (Br)||Não É Fácil Ser a Gwen||It's Not Easy Being Gwen|
|Spanish (HA)||No Es Nada Fácil Ser Gwen||It's Not Easy Being Gwen|
|Spanish (Spain)||Ser Gwen no es Fácil||Be Gwen Is Not Easy|
- The title, "It's Not Easy Being Gwen", is based on the phrase "it's not easy being green" from The Muppets character Kermit the Frog.
- Natalie asks what Mogwai is and Gwen responds saying it tastes like chicken. This references two things: 1. Mogwai are the creatures from the Gremilins movies and 2. the famous saying "It tastes like chicken".
- Dr. Animo's mutant frog returns along with a army of mutant frogs.
- It revealed that Gwen takes her spellbook to school.
- It is revealed that Kevin does not go to school.
- Kevin is seen adding an electrolysis machine (which converts water into oxygen) to his car, as part of his ongoing efforts to make it submersible (which was first mentioned in In Charm's Way) and he was 10 minutes away from finishing it in The Beginning of the End.
- Near the end of the episode, the song being played is called "River Flows In You" by Yiruma.
- At her concert, Emily is playing the song Fantaisie Impromptu in C- Sharp Minor, Op. 66 by Chopin.
- It is revealed in that Gwen's outfit in Ultimate Alien is actually her school uniform (as the other girls at her school are seen in a similar attire to hers).