Vinnie Dakota is a recurring character in Milo Murphy's Law.
Vinnie is from the future, but dresses in a style from the 1970s and, along with partner Balthazar Cavendish, is one-half of a pair of time-traveling agents who are given seemingly inconsequential missions involving the protection of pistachios — apparently so that their boss in 2175 can have them. He served as the inspiration for the Doctor Zone character Time Ape.
Dakota is much more laid back than his partner, often enjoying simple pleasures while on missions or seeming to care more about incidental matters than their missions. He enjoys snacking and seems to be the opposite of Cavendish in many respects, often thinking that his partner is jumping to conclusions or taking things too seriously.
Despite being a time traveler, Dakota gets excited about things like seeing live animals at the zoo, and is willing to engage in off-the-wall behavior such as filling his pants with pistachios. ("We're Going to the Zoo", "Murphy's Lard")
Dakota has short, curly brown hair, brown sideburns, brown eyes, and an olive complexion.
He dresses in a style from the 1970's, wearing a red and yellow tracksuit and white sneakers. His tracksuit is zipped up halfway, revealing a white undershirt and a gold chain necklace. Finally, he wears a pair of orange and yellow shades, which go notably unremoved, even in costume or old age.
Aside from the opening credits, he first appears in "The Doctor Zone Files" giving pistachios to Milo and Sara at the Doctor Zone Files movie premiere. He is also aware of his surroundings, as when Balthazar told him not to talk to the customers, only for Vinnie to remind that he was just talking to Balthazar instead of the customers. He even pointed out that he had nothing to do with their pistachio stand blowing sky-high after Balthazar accuses him of sabotaging it, as Balthazar accidentally spilled some ingredients that jammed the broiler in the first place. They disappeared after the stand blew up.
In "The Note" he and Cavendish are selling pistachios during the parade.
In "Party of Peril" he and Cavendish are chasing a flaming pistachio cart.
In "Smooth Opera-tor", the duo made an attempt to protect the pistachios at the opera house by tying up the guy who usually works the concessions stand and leaving him under the stage. He compared the ascot Cavendish was wearing to a lobster bib before Milo came to buy some pistachios. Then they tried to convince him to get a gummy bear instead, but he wasn't interested. They were forced to comply but struggled to even dispense them. Vinnie managed to release it by accident with his foot and because of Murphy's Law, the other dispensers flooded the floor with pistachios ruining their mission.
In "Worked Day", Dakota was shown being fascinated by a lava lamp in the window of a pawn shop. Throughout the episode, he constantly tries to get Cavendish to agree on where to go for lunch while trying to complete their mission of transporting a pistachio truck to its designated warehouse. Upon seeing Cavendish drive them to a steak sandwich restaurant, he pointed out they were on the wrong B Street. While passing the hospital, their truck was pulled in due to the magnetic pull which stopped the device causing it. Dakota then decided on having hospital food, annoying Cavendish.
He and Cavendish were briefly seen in "The Wilder West", manning a pistachio cart in front of the outlet mall.
Dakota and Cavendish have a brief appearance in "Family Vacation" when Milo and the Brulee family crash into the building they are currently in. Cavendish blames the accident on Dakota, chalking it up to "that attitude".
In "Murphy's Lard", the duo is seen zapping into existence right by a pistachio stand in Lard World and pretending to be pistachio stand inspectors sent from "corporate". They went on to question the teenager working at the pistachio stand, called Henry, about the stands capabilities to withstand a flaming pig attack. Cavendish spends the episode setting up a globe-shaped defense mechanism around the stand while Dakota eats pistachios and practices different instruments, such as a harmonica, a theremin, and a clarinet. When they manage to successfully stop a flaming pig-shaped ride cart from crashing into the stand, Cavendish begins take down the safety precautions around the pistachios. Just as the duo is about to leave the flaming pig-shaped cart is again flung towards the pistachio stand, this time crashing into it and destroying the pistachios within it. At Cavendish's request that Dakota "play him out", he takes up his clarinet and accompanies Henry on a banjo, playing while Cavendish walks away.
He and Cavendish are seen briefly in "Secrets and Pies" trying to stop pistachios from leaking out from a silo. When Veronica drives past them with Milo's pizza, the silo begins to leak even more and eventually bursts, causing a pistachio tsunami.
In "The Substitute", he and Cavendish are transporting a futuristic fertilizer to a pistachio sapling by Milo's school only for their quantum localizer to land them in a science class closet before running out of power. The fertilizer ends up mixing with another chemical to become a sentient blob, which grabs the pair and throws them out into the hallway.
In "Time Out" Dakota and Cavendish end up bothering Brick and Savannah, fellow time travel agents, where it is mentioned he and Cavendish are both dressed in clothes "from the '70s" — 1970s and 1870s, respectively. Dakota also claims that he joined the time travel agency to prevent the "Mississippi Purchase"; when Cavendish questions whether he means the Louisiana Purchase, Dakota responds "You're welcome!"
In "We're Going to the Zoo", he and Cavendish are assigned to safeguard pistachios at the zoo, which excites him. While there, he tries to convince Cavendish that Milo is not a counter-agent. They make a wager where if Milo appears, the loser will fill their pants with pistachios and dance to "We're Going to the Zoo" accompanied by the winner. Soon after the pistachio cart they are guarding is knocked away by a woman fleeing from a giraffe stampede. The cart spills over, and the giraffes eat the pistachios. Cavendish sees Milo, and Dakota keeps his end of the wager while squirrels fill his pants to get at the pistachios.
In "School Dance" he and Cavendish are assigned to a pistachio farm, but Cavendish drags him to Jefferson County Middle School to observe Milo. The pair are mistaken by Chad for vampire hunters out to kill Kyle Drako. They leave after Milo restores power and are stopped by Zack, Melissa, and Chad before they leave. The bump into Mr. Drako before leaving. He and Cavendish are scolded by Mr. Block for completely ignoring their mission.
Dakota appears again in "The Little Engine That Couldn't", where he and Cavendish are assigned to transport two boxes of pistachios using their new vehicle, a tandem bike. Cavendish looks on this as yet another case of being demeaned by his superiors, but he is distracted when the bike and pistachios are crushed by a runaway antique fire engine carrying Milo Murphy. Determined to find out who Milo is working for — since he is unaware that Milo isn't working for anyone — he drags Dakota in pursuit of Milo. They briefly interact with Milo and witness him saving a number of cats sent flying by the engine, and Dakota catches one that resembles Balthazar. The cat also demonstrates the tendency to mock him, both before and after the pair are thrown from the engine into a nearby pond.
In "Missing Milo", Milo gets swept up into their latest pistachio mission and helps to save the future, specifically their headquarters' home time period of 2175. Dakota is the one who unleashed all the clocks seen in the time stream, foreshadowed earlier in the episode by discussion of not knowing why they were there, but suspecting someone did it as a joke. He gleefully later proclaimed, "I was the joker." The three met up with Milo's sister and friends, and they defeated the Pistachions. They tell their story to Mr. Block, who does not believe them, and return the totaled time limo to Brick and Savannah.
In "Perchance to Sleepwalk", he and Cavendish realized that they are the only time travelers aware of the Pistachion timeline. They decided that they must not save pistachios from extinction if they were to prevent it from occurring again. To that end, Dakota suggested a "ditch day" in which they ignore their assigned mission to protect wild pistachio plants from red-beaked crows. However, they ended up inadvertently luring the crows from their flight to the pistachios when they stopped for dinner. In using food to lure them to the pistachio plants, Dakota and Cavendish left them too stuffed to destroy the nuts, forcing them to do so themselves. After they were caught destroying the nuts and reported to Mr. Block, they were relegated to cleaning outhouses in the Renaissance, while Brick and Savannah were demoted to pistachio duty.
In "Backward to School Night", he accidentally turned himself into a toddler with a futuristic device he stole from Brick and Savannah. The device also ended up turning Martin Murphy, Mr. Chase, Eileen Underwood, and Ms. Murawski into toddlers, but they were all eventually returned to normal after Cavendish repaired the device.
In "World Without Milo", he and Cavendish introduced themselves to Elliot Decker and admitted that Milo not existing was a result of them traveling back in time. Dakota was ignorant of why talking squirrels existed in that reality, and vaguely supposed that Elliot's lead-lined stop sign might have enabled him to retain his memories of the original timeline. Later, when Elliot awakened in another alternate reality that had five Milos, Dakota appeared with Cavendish to assure him that they'll fix it.
In "The Race", he and Cavendish were seen in their car as Milo ran past them during the Race for Runts. They quickly greeted each other. Then Murphy's Law sent the duo back in time to the era of Sheriff Murphy — 1875. As they soon discovered, the entire town was completely populated by stranded time-travelers who just stopped trying to return to their own time (and Sheriff Murphy, possibly the only one in town from that time period). While he and Cavendish could agree saying 'reckon' was far too much fun, they refused to give up and doom the future to a pistachio-themed demise. Dakota realized that they can jury-rig a way to start their own time machine using parts from the other time machines, then that they could just start their own by picking up enough speed. They finally managed to start the engine as they plummeted off a cliff, and they arrived back in the modern day. They appeared in mid-air, without steering, so they crashed into the finish line for the race before Milo could cross it, dragging it behind them as they careened wildly out of view. (They also happily destroyed Brick and Savannah's pistachio cart.)
In "Love Toboggan", he and Cavendish saw Milo and company fly out of the sewer on a jet-propelled toboggan.
In "The Island of Lost Dakotas", he saved Cavendish's life, again, and had his past self go to an island populated by dozens of himself.
In "Fungus Among Us", while trying to get mustard off the steering wheel of his time vehicle, he inadvertently saved Milo and his friends when they were falling out of the sky. A message from himself appeared on Milo's phone, telling him about an intern in 1965. He, Cavendish and Milo headed back to 1965 and inspired Orton Mahlson to create Doctor Zone. During the filming of the pilot, a pistachion named Derek and his minions revealed their plan to replace humanity with themselves. He, Cavendish, Milo and Orton got into the time stream and made it to Milo's time two weeks later. They realized that Derek's plan had been put into motion and followed them to their headquarters. The four met up with Milo's dog and escaped into the sewers to find Professor Time, but ran into Heinz Doofenshmirtz.
In "Milo Murphy's Halloween Scream-a-Torium!" he and Cavendish learned about Halloween and went trick-or-treating on the last one. He found a time grenade, a device that could erase time, and Cavendish told him to keep it somewhere safe. He then lost track of it and realized he was the one who erased Halloween. They tracked down the time grenade and saved October 31. In the process, they inadvertently caused February 29 to happen only every four years, creating leap years.
In "A Christmas Peril": in 2195, he was a well-known pop star and no longer friends with Cavendish after getting in a fight over an egg roll. He went back twenty years to the Time Bureau holiday party, not knowing Cavendish had the same idea. His first attempt to get them away from the buffet failed, his second attempt with a Velociraptor failed, and his third attempt with Hamosaur failed. He then teamed up with Cavendish to destroy the party to stop the falling-out. They used battle suits, Velociraptors, aliens in Santa suits, and a pirate ship to no avail. They then spoke with their past selves and got them to make up after seeing all the effort their future selves went through to stop the fight. The future Cavendishes and Dakotas vanish, and the present Cavendish and Dakota went to Milo's time for egg rolls. In a revamped 2195, he and Cavendish were at a book signing for their shared memoir, and the two cherish their friendship.
Main Article: Cavendish and Dakota's Relationship
Dakota and his partner are polar opposites of each other. Their clashing personalities sometimes get in the way of missions. However, he shows that he cares more than anything about Cavendish's well-being, having gone back in time to stop him from dying multiple times, and sending his past selves to an island. ("The Island of Lost Dakotas")
Main Article: Dakota and Milo's Relationship
Dakota is friends with Milo. He was the first to notice that Milo's presence seemed to coincide with the failure of their missions ("Time Out"), but unlike Cavendish, did not jump to conclusions. He continued to be friendly in spite of his partner's disdain for the boy ("The Little Engine That Couldn't"). After the three of them worked together to destroy King Pistachion, he came to admire Milo's intuition and courage.
While Mr. Block may hold a little less contempt for Dakota then he does Cavendish ("We're Going to the Zoo"), he treats him just as badly and makes it clear that he considers them completely incompetent. Dakota tends to treat his boss as though they're on good terms in spite of this ("School Dance", "Missing Milo").
After saving the world from King Pistachion, however, Dakota came to resent the way Mr. Block treats them. While aware of the fact that Mr. Block has no memory of the Pistachion dominated timeline they prevented, he feels it's unfair that they don't get a little more credit for their efforts ("Perchance to Sleepwalk").
He takes Brick and Savannah's disrespectful treatment in stride, largely ignoring it in favor of being friendly to them. While he once flirted with Savannah, getting promptly rejected, he tended to ignore Brick ("Time Out"). Now, alongside Cavendish, he spends their time plotting methods of ruining the first-class agents' pistachio-based missions any way they can ("The Race").
Dakota has stolen from Brick and Savannah on numerous occasions, and while they seem to know it's him taking their stuff, he always gets away with it ("Backward to School Night", "Milo Murphy's Halloween Scream-a-Torium!").
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- "The Doctor Zone Files" (First appearance)
- "The Note" (cameo)
- "Party of Peril" (cameo)
- "Smooth Opera-tor"
- "Worked Day"
- "The Wilder West" (cameo)
- "Family Vacation" (speaking cameo)
- "Murphy's Lard"
- "Secrets and Pies" (speaking cameo)
- "The Substitute"
- "Time Out"
- "We're Going to the Zoo"
- "School Dance"
- "The Little Engine That Couldn't"
- "The Llama Incident" (cameo)(flashback)
- "Missing Milo"
- "Star Struck" (cameo)
- "Perchance to Sleepwalk"
- "Backward to School Night"
- "World Without Milo"
- "The Race"
- "Love Toboggan" (speaking cameo)
- "The Island of Lost Dakotas"
- "Fungus Among Us"
- "Milo's Halloween Scream-a-Torium!"
- "A Christmas Peril"
- A soccer mom, a slight wind, a potted plant maybe.
- And who would throw one away? Oh quick, take cover.
- We're going to the zoo! We're going to the zoo! And then we're gonna see some animals!
- You told me not to tell you.
- Big trouble! 1965!
- Hey, you're finally in style.
- He is voiced by Dan Povenmire, one of the show's creators.
- The voice of Vinnie Dakota is similar to the voice of Hobo Dan in the Phineas and Ferb episode, What A Croc! whom Dan Povenmire also voiced.
- Vinnie is short for Vincent.
- This is possibly a nod to Vincent Martella.
- His mother's maiden name is Drowssap.
- Dakota can play the harmonica, the clarinet and the theremin.
- Like his partner, Dakota is scarcely referred to by his first name.
- Despite Cavendish usually having to lead the pair on assignments, Dakota is shown to be more competent in other matters.
- ↑ http://www.tvinsider.com/article/70623/new-animated-comedy-from-phineas-and-ferb-duo-to-star-weird-al-yankovic/
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