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Operation: M.E.S.S.A.G.E. (2007)

Operation: S.P.I.N.A.C.H.

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Expanded Acronym: Salad Pushing Invaders Now Attempt Crusade Here
Amerigo Vespinacho tries to spread spinach throughout the school, and it's up to Sector V to stop him. A parody of the Spanish Armada and the Spanish Inquisition.The show begins with the king of Vespinaccia sending an emissary to America to spread the word about the glory of spinach. The first to meet them are Numbuhs 2 and 4, who are celebrating "Ditch school and go to the beach day", which Numbuh 4 states he made up. Numbuh 2 is captured and Numbuh 4 runs to the school to warn of the approach of the Spinach Armada, but is too late, as Vespinachio enters the wchool behind him and offers spinach to all the children. When Numbuh 1 and the other Sector V operatives attempt to fight back, they encounter a huge army of Vespinaccians outside and are captured. Wally however, is not captured because of his escape route malfunctioning and trapping him in a locker. He finds a Spinach monk passing by and grabs him to steal his robe and flee the school, but finds it is Numbuh 2, who has been converted to the way of Spinach. Numbuh 4 is promptly captured, as Numbuh 2 walks away, chanting contently to himself.

Numbuhs 1, 3, 4 and 5 are then seen held in a chamber, similar to the torture chambers of the Spanish Inquisition, in which various devices attempt to force them to eat Spinach. As they are tortured, the Spinach Inquisitors break into a musical number as they force the kids in various creative ways, including dunking Numbuh 1 in a vat of spinach and tying Numbuhs 3 and 5 to a board and force feeding them. Suddenly, Hoagie screams for the song to stop, saying that if children don't want to eat spinach, they should not be forced to. Vespinaccio sees this as heresy and a duel between him and Hoagie begins, ending when Vespinaccio falls into his own vat of spinach. As he struggles, he proclaims that he himself does not like spinach, and only pretend to to please the king. It is also revealed that none of the inquisitors like spinach either. Hoagie agrees to rescue him, but under one condition.

Later, the Vespinaccians and the Kids Next Door sign a treaty agreeing that in return for saving them, the Vespinaccians will never force children in their country to eat spinach ever again. Instead, they would try in Canada. We also learn that the king himself doesn't like spinach, and he only makes others eat it so he does not have to.

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