|“|| Cavendish: You know, this is a lot of work for one person. Could you do something?!
Dakota: I could. And I am, I'm eating pistachios. And now I'm playing the harmonica. Oh, great. Now it's clogged.
— Cavendish and Dakota, Murphy's Lard
Vinnie Dakota is a recurring character in Milo Murphy's Law.
Dakota 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.
Dakota tends to be very laid back and carefree, often enjoying simple pleasures and focusing on fun or incidental matters rather than the task at hand. He is generally lazy when it comes to missions, letting Cavendish do most of the work while he goofs around. He becomes much more passionate about participating when they are not acting under direct orders from their boss.
Dakota loves food and tends to get excited anytime he can get his hands on it, often bringing it up as a topic of conversation in anticipation of their next meal.
While outwardly Dakota appears relaxed and simple, he's very different when things get serious, often taking the lead and acting much more like an agent. When Milo accidentally travels to 2175 with him, Dakota immediately becomes very protective of his well-being, giving his companions instructions to keep them safe and throwing himself in front of them when he needs to.
He's shown himself to have little regard for rules and regulations and has stolen high tech time gadgets from Brick and Savannah for the sake of fun more than once, much to the frustration of both his partner and the higher class agents.
While he tends to be better than Cavendish when it comes to critical thinking and acting on his feet, Dakota is not very book smart, often asking Cavendish the meaning of more complicated words. This gets on his nerves at one point, and he calls the latter out for using big words on purpose and talking down on him.
Dakota has a deep love for animals, and by extension, the Zoo. When the duo get sent on a mission there, Dakota shows overwhelming enthusiasm at being able to see 'actual live animals', and spends the rest of the day singing "the Zoo song" rather than focusing on the assignment. Entirely unlike his partner, Dakota has a vast knowledge on the subject of animals.
Dakota is a relatively short man with an olive complexion, dark eyes, and curly brown hair with obvious sideburns. He has a rather square face with a prominent nose and thick eyebrows that are often hidden beneath his shades.
He dresses in a style from the 1970's made up of a red and yellow tracksuit with a pair of completely white sneakers. The jacket of his tracksuit is red while the sleeves are yellow, ending in orange cuffs. The collar of his jacket is a darker red than the rest of the outfit, and the jacket itself is zipped down halfway, revealing a white undershirt and a gold chain necklace.
Finally, Dakota wears a pair of orange and yellow shades with tinted lenses that go notably unremoved, even in costume or old age.
In old age, Dakota's tracksuit has a more futuristic appearance, with an orange stripe that extends down from his left shoulder. The orange stripe on his pants is much thicker, and rounded at the top, while pale yellow straps extend over his white sneakers. His hair is grey and vastly receded, and he's developed wrinkles.
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!").
|The image gallery for "Vinnie Dakota" may be viewed here.|
- "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"
“I could [do something]. And I am. I'm eating pistachios. And now I'm playing the harmonica. Oh great, now it's clogged.”
“If you're still alive can we go home now?”
“Forget that. If I win, you stuff your pants full of pistachios and dance to the zoo song. I will accompany.”
“Nah, he's pranking us. Remember the thing with the shaving cream? This is like that.”
“Yeah, but it's better than cleaning outhouses in the Renaissance. All you ever hear about are the paintings, they don't tell you about the stench.”
“He's Cavendish. Whadd'ya gonna do? ”
“Of course, I'd be breaking a lot of regulations, but... Oh, when has that ever bothered me!?”
“I'm starting to think maybe the size of the dinosaur was not the problem.”
- 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.
- 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.
- He served as the inspiration for the Doctor Zone character Time Ape.
- ↑ http://www.tvinsider.com/article/70623/new-animated-comedy-from-phineas-and-ferb-duo-to-star-weird-al-yankovic/
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