Battle of the Bands
JGS in Battle O D Bands
Production code: 110a
Broadcast order: 19
Written by:
Dani Vetere
Storyboards by:
Joseph S. Scott
Directed by:
Bob Bowen
Broadcast Information
U.S. Premiere:
March 20, 2017
International Premieres:
see below
Paired with
"The Math Book"

Battle of the Bands is the 19th episode in the first season of Milo Murphy's Law.

Episode Synopsis

Milo, Melissa, Zack, and Mort must learn to overcome their own conflicting concerns in preparation for their first Battle of the Bands competition.


Milo, Melissa, Zack, and Mort enter a 'battle of the bands' contest. Due to a misunderstanding, they are entered under the name Just Getting Started. As the rest of the band is getting set up, Zack is astonished to learn that his old band, now named The Lumbermaxes, is also taking part in the event. Despite claims to the contrary, Zack starts to feel a sense of rivalry with his former band and then explains their history to his friends. Overcome with a desire to defeat The Lumbermaxes, Zack becomes hostile and demanding towards the members of Just Getting Started.

The contest soon takes off, with Scott and The Undergrounders and The Lumbermaxes performing initially in front of a group of judges that includes Slash. After trying to figure out how he can play all his bandmates' instruments and his own at once, Zack realizes that he's lost sight of what the group came there to do. Just Getting Started then performs and-despite a flooding parking lot and other Murphy's Law hazards-wins the contest. Max then tries to convince Zack to rejoin The Lumbermaxes but he refuses.


For a full transcript of "Battle of the Bands", click here.



Battle of Bands gallery
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Production Information

  • The segment was first released on the Disney XD app prior to its premiere date.

International Airings

  • July 7, 2017 (Southeast Asia)
  • August 9, 2017 (Disney Channel Israel)


  • While practicing, Zack utters the line "Not quite my tempo." This line was uttered by the character Terence Fletcher, an abusive band instructor in the 2014 acclaimed film Whiplash.
  • Max has a darker complexion compared to how he appeared in Secrets and Pies.
  • Melissa, and again later Zack, worries Melissa's bass will go out of tune. It's kind of an inside joke as it is widely accepted basses don't go out of tune. (It could be she thinks her strings are old and can't afford a new set.)
  • There are several Phineas and Ferb extras in the audience such as Pyramid Peggy, (with a different hairstyle) Momo (in blue instead of purple) Jeremy's unnamed drummer and the Debater.
  • Two of the people in Scott's band are Dan Povenmire (drummer) and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh (man by the campfire).
  • The Flower Duet music appeared where Mort takes a slow-motion dive into the flooded stage.


  • Just like the Phineas and Ferb song Trees are Made of Wood, Scott's song He Shall be Our Leader only has the title as a line.
  • The name of Zack's band, Just Getting Started, may be based off the song from Loverboy with same name.
  • This episode has some similarities to the Loud House episode, "House Music", SpongeBob episode "Band Geeks", and the Martha Speaks episode "T.D. Makes the Band".
    • All episodes have a music theme.
    • Zack, Luna Loud, Squidward Tentacles, and T.D. Kennelly form a band and take it easy at the beginning.
    • Both Zack, Luna, Squidward, and T.D. want to impress musicians, The Lumbermaxes for Zack and Mick Swagger for Luna, Squilliam Fancyson for Squidward, and Mrs. Clusky for T.D. and become bossy towards their bands.
    • Both Zack and Luna apologize to their bands, realize why they formed a band and talked to musicians they wanted to impress at the end.
  • Zack said that his band performed in the Quad-State area which was where Perry the Platypus was sent to in "Oh, There You Are Perry!"


  • When Zack's explanation to Mort about his past connection to The Lumbermaxes is interrupted by the echoing "2016", Milo erroneously claims he had the "reverb" turned all the way up. The effect heard is called "Delay".
  • When the band is rehearsing, Melissa is seen motioning like she's playing even though there is no bass track heard.
    • She does this again on stage during the intro to A Bumpy Ride Tonight. (The bass doesn't come in until the last few measures of the intro.)
    • Also, she moves her fingers considerably more than would be necessary to produce the bass track that is heard.
  • Who is in the audience, and where they are seated changes from scene to scene.
  • When Slash is first introduced, he has a brown Les Paul (similar to his most often used in reality), but for the rest of the episode, he has a purple SG.
    • The last time Slash is seen, his SG has turned brown.
  • Just before Just Getting Started plays, Mort's white sleeves are missing.

Cast and Characters


School Dance
Episodes Next:
The Math Book