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Hit 'Em Where They Live is the third episode of the first season of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, and the third episode overall.


Now that Ben's secret identity is out in the open, his old enemies team up to attack his family.[CN 1]


Ben's mother Sandra is washing dishes, unaware that she is about to be ambushed by SevenSeven. Fortunately, Max saves her and successfully repels SevenSeven without her noticing. Max soon realizes that Ben's enemies are hunting his family and needs to find a way to stop the attacks.

Ben's old enemy Rojo and her new biker gang are robbing a train. Ben (as Rath), Gwen, and Kevin defeat them. They are praised for stopping them, until Max shows up in the Rustbucket 3. He tells them that ever since Ben's identity was revealed, his old enemies are returning for revenge by targeting his family. Gwen is outraged that their foes are bringing their families into the feud, while Kevin suggests that any foe who comes after their families be put down. Max also explains that the attacks have been organized by someone.

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Zombozo's return

Meanwhile, Charmcaster and Vulkanus meet with Zombozo to get their revenge on Ben and agree to change strategies rather than continue attacking Ben's family home. Zombozo, Charmcaster, and Vulkanus flatten Carl's tire to keep him busy, but soon Ben (who has seemingly forgotten about Zombozo) and his friends arrive and battle the villains. Ben transforms into Swampfire and manages to drive them off and save his father, without him knowing the dangers. Zombozo then targets Ben's mother again at Mr. Smoothy and attacks her there. He shocks Gwen (who was trying to protect Sandra) and gets her dizzy, and kidnaps Sandra.

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Ultimate Big Chill using "ice flames"

Ben, Gwen, and Kevin go to Zombozo's hideout to save Sandra. Ben transforms into Big Chill and fights Vulkanus, Kevin fights Charmcaster, and Gwen fights Zombozo. Kevin manages to defeat Charmcaster and her Rock Monsters. Meanwhile, Big Chill freezes most of the Pickaxe Aliens one by one, but there are far too many of him to take on at once. He has had enough and transforms into Ultimate Big Chill and defeats the army altogether. Vulkanus surrenders and attempts to tell Ben where his mother is, but overfilled with anger, he freezes him with his ice breath. With Vulkanus and Charmcaster handled, Ben and Kevin realize that Gwen is surely with Zombozo.

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Gwen's Anodite form

Gwen is tied up in tight streamers next to a pillar. Zombozo explains that he intends on not just beating Ben, but also making him suffer. Gwen then sees Sandra on a high tightrope holding a pole before bombs detonate and burn the rope on both ends. Seeing Zombozo trying to kill her aunt in a cruel manner enrages Gwen, who suddenly breaks free from the rope. Gradually changing into her Anodite form and growing to giant size, she demands him to spread a message to all other villains; if any of them have a grudge to settle with her, Ben, or Kevin, then the Tennyson family is to be left alone, promising severe repercussions should they so much as "bump into someone [they] love in the street". She saves Sandra and lets a terrified Zombozo go to inform the villains, then reverts to her human form off-screen.

After that, Gwen and Sandra are found sitting on a bench, with Gwen eating candy floss. She then offers Sandra some, but Sandra says that processed sugar is poison, before Ben and Kevin show up. Ben asks about Sandra, and Kevin asks about Zombozo. As Gwen is about to take a bite on her candy floss, she pauses and says that they do not have to worry about him anymore. Gwen then says that they came to "an understanding", smiling.

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Character Debuts[]

Ultimatrix Alien Debut[]



Aliens Used[]

Spells Used[]

  • Vitalis Eruptum


Vulkanus: He said he was gonna be here.
Charmcaster: Well, he's not. And I don't know about you, Vulkanus, but I don't wait around for anybody.

Kevin: (To Azul) This is the part where you give up!

Rath: Let me tell you something, Rojo!! Nobody robs a train when Rath is on the job!! (Rojo swings the chain and grabbed Rath) OW, OW, OW, OW, OW, OW, OW, OW, OW!

Ben: (to Vulkanus) Tell it to...(changes into Swampfire) ...Swampfire!

Gwen: Stay behind me, Aunt Sandra. I'll keep you safe.
Sandra: I'm the adult here I should- (Gwen powers up) -stay behind my super powered niece. Carry on.

Gwen: Gotta give him credit. He really improved his bag of tricks.
Ben: We've fought him before? Really?
Gwen: Yes. You used to be afraid of clowns, don't you remember?
Ben: (shrugs) Ah, doesn't ring a bell. We fight a lot of people.
Kevin: Scared of clowns? Priceless!

Kevin: Cut her some slack. She feels bad enough.
Ben: It's not your mother they kidnapped!
Kevin : If it was, I wouldn't stand here blaming people, I'd go and get her back!

Kevin: Used to love carnival rides. Now they just make me sick.
Charmcaster: You have precisely the same effect on me.

Zombozo: Ladies and gentlemen, and victims of all ages, welcome to the final act. I promise it'll be a killer! (chuckles evilly)

Zombozo: Scared?
Gwen: Do your worst.
Zombozo: Not that I need your permission, but that's exactly what I had in mind.

Gwen: You'd hit a girl?
Zombozo: Have we met?

Ultimate Big Chill: You're tough with an army behind you, Vulkanus. (freezes army with ice breath) Now it's just you, me and fire so cold it burns.
Vulkanus: Whoa! This wasn't my idea, if you want the lady back I´ll tell you were she is, please don´t hurt...
Ultimate Big Chill: For once, just stop talking!! (uses ice flames to freeze Vulkanus in a block of ice)
Vulkanus: (nervously) Okay.

Gwen: (Struggling)
Zombozo: Oh, Gwenny, Gwenny, Gwenny, Gwenny! You're wasting your strength! My streamers are like steel! So many ways to finish you. What to do, ooh what to do?
Gwen: Woah! (Eyes open glowing pink, and Gwen breaks out of streamers.)
Zombozo: (Shocked after noticing Gwen mercilessly and easily breaks her free) How did you-?
Gwen: You have no idea who you're dealing with!
Zombozo: We've seen what your cousin can do!
Gwen: I'm not talking about him! I want you to listen to me then pass the word to every lowlife you know; if you want to come after Ben, or Kevin, or me, fine! That's the life you chose! I'm talking to you! (turns into an Anodite) LOOK AT ME! LOOK AT ME! AS OF RIGHT NOW, THE TENNYSON FAMILY IS OFF-LIMITS!!! IF ANY OF YOU EVER ATTACKS ONE OF OUR LOVED ONES, OR HURTS ONE OF OUR LOVED ONES, OR EVEN BUMPS INTO SOMEONE WE LOVE IN THE STREET, THIS IS WHAT AWAITS YOU!!!
(Zombozo screams off-screen)

Gwen: (eating cotton candy) (to Sandra) You're sure you don't want any?
Sandra: Thank you dear but processed sugar is poison.
(Ben and Kevin show up crashing through a wall)
Gwen: Hey guys!
Ben: Gwen, Mom! Are you alright?
Sandra: I'm fine dear just a little concerned about Gwen's diet.
Kevin: Where's Zombozo?
Gwen: (was about to take a bite on her cotton candy but stops) You don't have to worry about him anymore, we came to an understanding. (episode ends)

Naming and Translations[]

Language Name Origin
German Eine Sache der Familie “A Matter Of Family”
Hungarian Ott Csapj Le, Ahol élnek Hit Them Where They Live
Italian La Famiglia di Tennyson Tennyson's Family
Polish Uderz w Dom Hit the House
Portuguese (Br) Ataque Onde Eles Moram Attack Where They Live
Romanian Loveşte-i Unde Locuiesc Hit Them Where They Live
Spanish (HA) La Familia Es Primero The Family Comes First
Spanish (Spain) Dales Donde Les Duele Give Them Where It Hurts


Voice Actor Role(s)
Yuri Lowenthal Ben Tennyson
Carl Tennyson
Ashley Johnson Gwen Tennyson
Greg Cipes Kevin Levin
Dee Bradley Baker Swampfire
Big Chill
Ultimate Big Chill
Pickaxe Aliens
Paul Eiding Max Tennyson
John DiMaggio Rath
Kari Wahlgren Charmcaster
Beth Littleford Sandra Tennyson


  • The events of Last Laugh are alluded to several times in the episode.
  • Gwen tells Charmcaster her power draining trick won't work this time, referring to the events of In Charm's Way in which Charmcaster drained Gwen of her powers.


  • The title of this episode is based on the phrase "Hit them where it hurts", as well as the 1988 film They Live.
  • Zombozo's new modus operandi - using clown props as deadly weapons - mirrors that of the DC Comics villain, the Joker.



  • Ben only pretended not to remember Zombozo because he didn't want to admit to Kevin that he used to be afraid of clowns.[DM 1]
  • Gwen let Zombozo go to spread the word to all of their other enemies.[DM 1]


Crew Statements[]

T.J. Collins[]

Dwayne McDuffie[]

Cartoon Network[]

Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Episodes