"Ready, Set... Ed!" is the 2nd episode of Season 2 and the 28th episode of Ed, Edd n Eddy. In this episode, the Eds see that Kevin is creating and breaking many world records effortlessly, so they try to break a world record in order to reach Kevin's level of record-setting (and breaking).
The episode starts with the Eds hanging out in Ed's basement. Edd is enamored with one of Ed's toys, but Eddy considers it just another distraction. His mind is soon changed, however, when the toy grabs him and gnaws a hole through his stomach. Eddy is angered by this, but Ed has no time to spare on these complaints, as his toy has managed to crawl under his bed. Ed crawls after it in pursuit, much to Edd's disgust, and manages to get himself stuck beneath it. After some deliberation, Ed comes to a solution: to get himself loose, he must simply go straight up. As such, he pokes his head through the center of his mattress and shows off his toy to his friends. Unfortunately, he sets up an escape route for six seagulls living under his bed, and when a claustrophobic Edd opens a window, they fly out, ignoring Ed's cries for them to come back.
The Eds then head out to find something else to do. When they come to the lane, they find the kids are all out there, watching Kevin perform amazing stunts. They watch as Kevin breaks a record for the longest tire patch left behind a bike. When the kids bestow upon Kevin several accolades, this sickens Eddy, and he claims that anything Kevin can do, he and the other Eds can do better. To this end, he has Edd set up a gigantic ramp in the middle of the cul-de-sac and they get ready to cycle down. They're about to start once Eddy's sure everyone's watching, but it turns out that the Eds are rather poorly balanced. Their bike starts sliding backwards, and they fall, crash-landing in the middle of the lane. Kevin and his cohorts mock them for this pitiful attempt and then walk off to find something else to do. Edd, hoping to calm Eddy down, then suggests that they try and find another, less physically painful record to break, such as knitting. Eddy initially seems enthusiastic about this, but swiftly reveals that he thinks Edd's idea is stupid, and that they're moving on to his Plan B.
Plan B swiftly turns out to be more foolhardy than the original. Eddy has set Edd to work building a rocket car while he goes off and brags to the kids about his new "rocket car". Eddy claims that the car can go around the world at an incredible speed, and even pulls out some prop food to prove it. Kevin is unimpressed by these claims, but the other kids want to believe in it, so Eddy takes them to see it. Meanwhile, Edd has just finished it, and is awaiting Ed's opinion. He is not happy when it's given, however, as Ed thinks it's "too small". Edd disagrees, thinking it's compact, but his mind is soon changed when the kids arrive and Ed stuffs them into the back seats so Eddy can take them for a ride around the world.
When Eddy wiggles his way into the cockpit, he tells the others that they're about to start on the trip. Kevin, suspicious, asks where the other two Eds are, and Eddy points out that it would be horrible to be cramped up with the stench of Ed's armpits. He then flips some knobs and starts the car.
Outside, however, his friends have simply poured some popcorn into a popper located underneath the "car". The kids watch in amazement as the car whips throughout the world, going past various people and places. Strangely enough, though, the people all look like Ed and Edd, and the places all look like crayon-colored backdrops. Nobody pays much attention to this, however, until the car passes through Mexico. There, Ed comments he's homesick and stops running in front of the moving backdrops. Kevin notices this, and his eyes narrow. The car passes through what Eddy calls the "Specific" ocean next, where they see Edd waterskiing before being menaced by a shark (Ed). Unfortunately for Eddy's trick, Kevin then comes up behind them and stands there, frowning.
Eddy doesn't notice, as he's focused on making sure the car seems to be running smoothly. Kevin then proceeds to grab all of the kids from the car, saving them from Eddy's scheme. He then takes Eddy's friends, who have now been tied up, and sets them down in the back of the car. Eddy doesn't notice the imminent failure until Kevin reaches in, grabs him, and tugs his head through the nose cone of the car. Eddy tries to make excuses for his behavior, but Kevin ignores him, simply coming back with a huge bag of popcorn.
Eddy is worried when he sees this, and with good reason, as Kevin pours a bunch of popcorn into the popper and lets it run. The vehicle starts to shake furiously as the popper works overtime, and is then set flying into the sky as much of the corn pops simultaneously. When it comes down, the rocket car lands on the ramp from earlier. The car then proceeds to run down the ramp and rush through all the obstacles as the kids laugh at their predicament. When the Eds finally reach the bottom, the car crashes and shatters. Eddy, dazed, asks where they are, and learns from Edd that they're home, and have broken everything...except for that one coveted piece of breakage, a record.
Edd: [estimating] "It must be at least 32 feet in length." Jonny: [off-screen] "32 feet!" [on-screen] "A new record." Kevin: [impressed by his own new record] "Cool." Eddy: [giving Double D a dark look] "What? Now you're some kind of psychic yardstick?"
Edd: [sighing] "There he goes again, involving you and I in his use of plural pronouns." Ed: "This one's for you, Nestor!" [jumps up in an attempt to fly and crashes on the ground]
Kevin: [pretending to be interested] "Does it have knobs?"
[The Eds are at the top of their gigantic handmade ramp.] Eddy: "Is everyone watching?" Edd: "Well, duh, Eddy. This contraption only takes up half of the cul-de-sac." Eddy: [briefly glaring at Double D before turning back to the task at hand] "World record, here we come!" Ed: "Plural pronoun!"
Rolf: "Now spin them around like a sick goat!" Nazz: [laughing] "You sure are Old World, Rolf." Eddy: [mocking Kevin's record] "Hahaha, some record Kev. What's next? Pillow fluffing? Yawn." [Kevin drops Sarah and Jimmy on the ground while heading over to Eddy.] Kevin: "What are you dorking about this time?"
Ed: "It looks so cool, Double D!" Edd: "Thank you, Ed." Ed: "Can we visit the planet of bacon men and have the marrow sucked from our bones?" Edd: "It's just a prop, Ed." Ed: "It's too small." Edd: "Small?! Please, Ed, it's compact."
Edd: [seeing Ed crawl underneath his own bed] "Did Ed actually crawl underneath his bed?!"
Eddy: "Watch the head, big guy." Ed: "Where?" [slams the traffic cone] Kevin: "Where's the other dweebs?" Eddy: "You wanna be cramped up with Ed's pits?" [Everyone makes an uneasy grunt at the idea of being stuck in a tight space with Ed's stinky armpits.] Jonny: [recoiling] "No!"
Ed: "I think I swallowed a turtle."
Eddy: [with a hole in his torso] "ED! Your stupid toy ate my breakfast!"
In this episode, the Eds are seen using their bike to try to break a world record, but their bike was destroyed in "Dawn of the Eds". It's possible that they got a new bike that resembles Kevin's bike and the previous one they rode on.
Ed had six seagulls living under his bed before Edd let them out.
Kevin makes a reference to the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz when he and Eddy are dragging each other to Eddy's rocket car. He shouts, "Follow the Yellow Brick Road" before throwing Eddy on to the hard pavement.
In the scene where Ed's seagulls are flying around his room, his window was already open. Yet in the next scene it is closed. Edd then proceeds to open it again.
When the Eds blast to the top of the World's Scariest BMX Ramp, Ed says "Connecticut." Could Peach Creek be in Connecticut? Or can Ed see it from all the way up there? Or is Ed being his usual, clueless self?
Kevin says Eddy is speaking in "Dorkinese". This is a pun on the Asian languages Japanese, Cantonese, Taiwanese, Chinese and Vietnamese.
As Ed's toy goes under his chair a second time to hurt Eddy, it aims for his face. But the next scene shows him with a hole in his stomach.
When Ed's toy goes under his bed, not much garbage is seen, but when Ed takes the toy from under his bed, the underneath is filled with garbage.
While Ed is going under his bed, take note of the wall at the right. When Ed gets the toy, the bed looks like it is in the middle of the room. But as Ed's seagulls are flying, Ed's bed is next to the wall again.
While Kevin is on his bike, he has a helmet. But after Jonny measures the skid mark, Kevin's helmet is replaced by his hat. It's possible that Kevin took off his helmet and put his hat back on off-screen.
Eddy is shown to have great balance, as he was able to stand on both feet normally on top of the fence.
This is probably the only time the kids aren't seen paying for something in one of the Eds' scams (Chimp World is excluded, as it was intended to be for profit).
On the other hand, this wasn't exactly a scam, as Eddy just planned to do this for "status points".
Eddy incorrectly cites Africa and Egypt as two separate places when in fact Egypt is within the continent of Africa.
The order of the places they pass by is:
Pacific Ocean (Eddy calls it the "Specific Ocean")
Egypt (not shown)
Africa (not shown)
Afghanistan (not shown)
Some tropical place (probably an island or Hawaii)
Two of Ed's birds, Penelope and Nestor, are named after Greek mythological figures. Penelope was the wife of Odysseus, and Nestor was the Greeks' oldest councilor before the battle of Troy.
When Edd opens the window for some fresh air (on one very quick shot) and lets the seagulls fly out, his gap is missing.
We know that Ed once kept seagulls under his bed.
This is possibly the third time Eddy called Edd by his real name instead of "Double D". Edd was called by his given name twice in "The Ed-Touchables".
The "Scotland", "Switzerland", and the unnamed jungle backgrounds from the rocket car scam were later reused as backdrops for the Old World Village replica in "Wish You Were Ed".
Notice what Eddy is reading at the beginning of the episode. It's the same Slug-U-La magazine seen from "Ed-n-Seek!"
When the kids enter the rocket car, Kevin asks where the other Eds are. Eddy replies by saying "You want to be cramped up with Ed's 'pits?" Everybody seems to deny this, except Rolf. Listen closely: he says "Yes, Ed-boy" and "Sure."
After Eddy hit Kevin with a Chinese takeout box Kevin says "Alright, moo-goo-gai-dork!" This is a reference to moo-goo-gai-pan, an Americanized version of the Cantonese dish which is usually a simple stir-fried dish consisting of sliced or cubed chicken with white button mushrooms and other vegetables.
When "traveling" at the Pacific Ocean in the Rocker Car, Edd is a water skier and Ed is a shark. This could be a reference to the water skier attack scene in the 1978 film Jaws 2.