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The Return is the twelfth episode of the third season of Ben 10, and the thirty-eighth episode overall.


Zs'Skayr has returned! And he has brought a mummy, a werewolf and a Frankenstein-like alien with him to help him shroud the Earth in darkness.[note 1]


At the Digby Dairy factory, the Werewolf digs up the buried Mummy. A security guard arrives, but the aliens teleport away.

The Rustbucket is driving on the same highway as a taken-over prison bus. Max says that Ben needs a plan and Ben attempts to transform into Four Arms, but he transforms into Stinkfly and flies off. Stinkfly lands on the prison bus and confronts the prisoners. The prisoners attack Stinkfly, but he blocks the windshield with slime. Prisoners climb onto the roof and then catch Stinkfly in a chain, but he ties them up in it. At the same time Stinkfly attempts to gum up the tires with slime, Max fires a laser from the Rustbucket and ends up sending both vehicles out of control and in the resulting chaos, Stinkfly is handcuffed to the bus while the bridge ahead is cut to pieces by the lasers and collapses. Though the Rustbucket is able to stop in time, the van isn't. The van flies off, but Max catches it with the Rustbucket, and the prisoners fall into the water and attempt swim away, but Gwen catches them with a spell.

Later, in the Rustbucket, the Tennysons watch a news report of a Space Shuttle launch delayed by purple lightning. Remembering their encounters with the Mummy and Werewolf, they drive off to Kennedy Space Center. At mission control, a scientist name Dr. Viktor gives a presentation. Ben wants to break in as an alien, but Max has a contact to get them inside legitimately. Max greets his friend who is a scientist named Dr. Shueman inside, and Dr. Shueman reveals that Max was supposed to be the first man on the moon. Ben bumps into Dr. Viktor, who recognizes the Omnitrix and yells at Dr. Shueman for having unauthorized visitors. Dr. Shueman tells Max to leave, but he takes the kids farther into the station. Max, Ben, and Gwen enter into a control room and Dr. Shueman confronts Viktor about his credentials, but he is captured by the Mummy. Dr. Viktor tells the Werewolf to take care of Ben. Meanwhile, Max and Gwen watch pre-launch footage. Ben becomes bored and wanders off into the centrifuge and he is then attacked by the Werewolf.

The Werewolf attacks Ben and he enters into the room. Ben tries to transform into Heatblast, but he transforms into Benmummy instead and the Werewolf enters the room and fights Benmummy. While in the control room, Gwen and Max observe Viktor controlling the purple lightning and notice that Ben is gone. Benmummy can't figure out how to work his powers until he accidentally activates the centrifuge. Benmummy dodges it while fighting Werewolf and they jump onto it and fight. The Werewolf is flung through the wall and Max attacks Benmummy due to believing him to be the Mummy. Benmummy then reverts back into Ben and he runs off to investigate purple lightning. The Tennysons arrive at a junkyard full of old parts. The Werewolf arrives and attacks, but Max muzzles him and prevents him from using his sonic howls. The Mummy also arrives and attacks Gwen and Ben. Ben attempts to transform into Four Arms again, but he transforms into Cannonbolt instead and knocks the Mummy down. Cannonbolt protects Gwen from the Mummy's Corrodium and saves Max from the Werewolf. Then, Cannonbolt is knocked out by purple lightning created by Dr. Viktor, who transforms into a monstrous, Frankenstein-esque Transylian. Gwen casts a spell at the aliens, but nothing happens. Viktor attacks, but a spirit guardian blocks his shot and a tower is knocked down onto the Tennysons.

The aliens leave the graveyard. Cannonbolt frees Max and Gwen from the rubble before reverting back into Ben. Max says that they must be taking the Corrodium to the ship. Ben follows the aliens and Max and Gwen go do something else. Ben enters into an old ship to find Viktor building a machine. He raises it to another level and Ben climbs on. Viktor teleports the Werewolf back to the reservation, where it activates the equipment it stole. Gwen and Max return back into the control room, but can't access anything and they wear hazmat suits and enter into the ship. Ben transforms into XLR8 and attacks Viktor, who easily knocks XLR8 away. Viktor attacks XLR8, who dodges his attacks. The two fight and Viktor connects to his machine and opens a portal. It starts to suck XLR8 in, but he flings a machine in instead. Viktor launches the shuttle that Max and Gwen have entered. He activates his machine, which resurrects Viktor's master, who is revealed to be Zs'Skayr. XLR8 reverts back into Ben and the shuttle arrives into outer space, but the Mummy is on it. Zs'Skayr says that he has a score to settle with Ben, much to the kid's horror.

Noteworthy Events[]

Major Events[]

Character Debuts[]

Omnitrix Alien Debut[]

Minor Events[]

  • It is revealed that Max was intended to be the first man on the moon.
  • Max's full name is revealed to be Maxwell Tennyson.



Aliens Used[]

Spells Used[]

  • Aquata Risa Spackwata
  • Twista Combititus


Ben: Heatblast is gonna singe that magey fur coat of yours. (Dials in Heatblast, but turns into Snare-Oh instead)
Snare-Oh: The mummy? Aw great.

Naming and Translations[]

Language Name Origin
French Le Retour de Spectral Ghostfreak's Return
Hungarian A Visszatérés The Return
Italian Una brutta sorpresa per Ben A Nasty Suprise For Ben
Polish Powrót The Return
Portuguese (Br) O Retorno The Return
Romanian Întoarcerea The Return
Russian Возвращение Return
Spanish (HA) El Regreso The Return
Spanish (Spain) El Retorno The Return


Voice Actor Role(s)
Tara Strong Ben Tennyson
Meagan Smith Gwen Tennyson
Paul Eiding Max Tennyson
Dee Bradley Baker Stinkfly
Security Guard
Steve Blum Zs'Skayr
Steve Cummings
Jim Ward XLR8
Radio Announcer
NASA Engineer
Fred Tatasciore Cannonbolt
Richard Doyle Dr. Shueman
Michael Dorn Viktor
Richard Green Benmummy
Khary Payton Convict



  • In many shots, the Omnitrix's dial faces the wrong way.
  • Max says he never went to space with NASA, but there is a framed picture in the space center of Max inside a rocket, with Earth in the background.
  • When Dr. Viktor looks at the Omnitrix, it is missing the four green dots on the faceplate.
  • In one shot, Snare-Oh's Omnitrix's symbol is completely grey.
  • When Snare-Oh's back is shown in one shot, some stripes are missing.
  • When Snare-Oh walks towards the hole in the wall, the Omnitrix symbol is gone.
  • In one shot, the Omnitrix's dial is almost completely grey.
  • In one shot, XLR8's tail is missing.


  • According to pop-up trivia from the enhanced version of the episode:[pop-up 1]
    • The purple lightning was a result of the Corrodium teleportation energy from the Anur System.
    • Max has been on the Moon three times, staying on a secret lunar Plumber base.
    • The battle with Viktor, the Mummy, and the Werewolf happened in an airplane "graveyard".
    • Zs'Skayr and his minions are from the Anur System, whose planet revolve around an anti-matter sun.
    • Anur Transyl was once home to both the Transylians and the vicious Vladites; this would eventually be proven true in The Vampire Strikes Back.
    • During a war in Anur Transyl, the Transylians wiped out the Vladites from existence using captured Pyronite energy; Derrick J. Wyatt would eventually elaborate on these events, adding that the other Anur aliens rose up against the Vladats, who were incinerated and killed.[DJW 1][DJW 2]
    • The Werewolf was teleported to the same Mesa from Arizona seen in Benwolf.
    • Despite their brute force, Transylians are the second-smartest species in the universe behind the Galvan; this has been retconned in Omniverse, as hyper-intelligence is not a common trait among Transylians. Therefore, Ben does not become any smarter as Frankenstrike.[MW 1][DJW 3]
  • Max was affiliated with NASA at least during the Apollo program which ran from 1961-1972. However, he can be seen wearing an orange spacesuit similar to the launch and entry suits used by the space shuttle starting in the 1980s despite Apollo's spacesuits only ever having been white.


  1. The original synopsis provided on the Cartoon Network website reads: "Ghostfreak has returned! And he has brought a Mummy, Werewolf and Frankenstein like aliens with him to help him shroud the Earth in darkness."[CN 1]


Crew Statements[]

Kersti Myrberg[]

Derrick J. Wyatt[]

Matt Wayne[]

Cartoon Network[]


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