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We can't save the world anymore.
Chase to Adam and Bree
“Sink or Swim”
Season 3, Episode 1-2
Air Date

February 17, 2014

Prod. code



Part 1: Chris Peterson
Bryan Moore
Part 2: Hayes Jackson


“Victor Gonzalez”

Episode Guide

No Going Back


The Jet-Wing

"Sink or Swim" is the 1st- 2nd episode in Season 3 of Lab Rats. It first aired on February 17, 2014. This episode is the 47th-48th episode overall.


The Lab Rats are on the run as stowaways on a cargo freight headed to the unknown. Once captured by the ship’s crew, they are forced to choose between helping a submarine in danger, which would reveal their whereabouts and put them at risk of being caught, or staying quiet. Meanwhile, Leo and Davenport try to find a way out of the elevator.[1]


On the run and stowing away on a cargo ship, the Lab Rats are forced to choose between either to keep quiet or to help a submarine in danger, and risk being caught. At the start of the episode, they lay low, hiding along the barrels and boxes of the ship and not drawing any attention to themselves. Adam, Bree and Chase are saddened by the truth of hiding for the rest of their life and no longer being able to use their bionics. 

Meanwhile, Donald and Leo are able to get out of the elevator, and are forced to leave their home. Principal Perry comes to the mansion, trying to get the 'hush money' out of Donald. Donald tells her that they are broke and now homeless too. Leo says that if she helps them by getting them a place to stay, then she can get her 'hush money' faster. Principal Perry agrees, and Tasha suggests staying at the school instead of at her house. Principal Perry leads them to the school, and Tasha asks Donald, "This was better then my mother's?" Donald replies with simply with a "Yes".

After being found out by the captain, Adam, trys to cover up that they had been caught by claiming to be 'cruisers' from Tampa, Florida. His efforts lead to no results, but the Lab Rats do find out that a submarine is in danger. They are the only chance to save the submarine and so soon unanimous decision to use their bionics for good. The mission then begins. Bree subdues the crew by tying them up quickly with her super speed, and locking them in a room. Then Chase activates his GPS and sends Adam the coordinates of the submarine. The activation of the GPS also gives Donald and Leo their whereabouts. During the mission, Adam discovers another new hidden ability: Breathing Under Water. The mission is a success.

Donald and Leo are at the school, and have found out Adam, Bree and Chase's last known coordinates, and use Donald's high-speed helicopter to find the three ships that left the dock in the morning. As they are in the helicopter, they notice that Chase's GPS is activated, and Donald takes this as a sign of danger. They head towards a nearby ship. 

But, Douglas (disguised as Donald) gets to Adam, Bree, and Chase, from a helicopter off the ship before Leo and Donald reach them. Douglas brings them to his secret lair, and reveals to them his true identity. Although they try to finish him, Victor Krane comes out of the shadows and electrocutes them, causing them to pass out. When they wake up again, they are introduced to the billionaire, "all around bad-guy" Victor Krane, who tells them that they are no longer the only humans with bionics. Also, they soon learn that the lab exploded. While at Douglas' lair, they are stuck in titanium energy rings. The Lab Rats are unsure of the well-being of their family, that is until Chase gets a software update from Donald, reassuring him that they are okay and that they should come home. To escape the titanium energy rings Chase uses two bionic abilities at the same time to tamper with the rings. He passes out, but the three escape. Victro Krane is enraged when he finds the three gone. But, Douglas uses the newly re-installed Triton App!

The Lab Rats arrive home and are once again reunited with their family. But just as things are returning to normal, Chase's Trident App is activated. Adam and Bree's are activated as well, and the three go after Donald, Leo and Tasha. As Leo is on the verge of being crushed by a box, controlled by Chase, Donald intersects and trys to talk Chase out of it. Leo calms down Chase  by reminding him of their brotherly bonding causing him to override the Trident App. After he gains consciousness, Chase calms down Adam and Bree by using two abilities at the same time. While Chase used his force field to protect himself from Adam's lasers he uses the Override App to take control of Adam and Bree's bionics, causing the Trident App to be be overridden. Douglas' plan failed and that caused him to go against a friend named Victor Krane and his plan is to destroy Adam, Bree and Chase. In the end, the Lab Rats see their lab destroyed by the detonator in person.


Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast

  • Casey Sanders as Captain

Mentioned Cast

Memorable Quotes

Bree: After the last six hours, I can confidently say there is no ladylike way to sit on an anchor!

Adam: So do both, he won't expect that.

Chase: Adam, you can't use two abilties at the same time.

Bree: Why not?

Chase: Because... I don't know.

Leo: Even Eddy's gone.

Tasha: Yes! Yes, he will be missed.

Donald: He was my best friend.

Tasha: I thought I was your best friend.

Donald: No, it was him.

Donald: I have a secret. I have a helicopter I keep for special occasions that no one knows about! Hah!
Leo: I have a secret too! I know, I use it on weekends.

Leo: Quick, Adam! Make a short joke! Tell him he's got a tiny, doll like body!


  • This episode is the premiere of the return of two of Chase's abilities, the Magnetism App and the Override App, from Chore Wars and Death Spiral Smackdown respectively.
  • It is revealed Adam's middle name is Charles.
  • Chase passes out three times in this episode.
  • This is the first episode to have the Triton App activated.
  • Adam, Bree and Chase have all fainted a least once in this episode.
  • The episode was cut into two parts on March 25.
  • There is an emergancy switch in the elevator.


  • When Leo is inspecting the destroyed Lab, he holds his hands to his waist, but when the camera switches angles, they are at his sides.


Lab Rats 'Gallery'
The image gallery for Sink or Swim may be viewed here.


For a full transcript of Sink or Swim, click here.


Lab Rats Sink or Swim Clip HD00:56

Lab Rats Sink or Swim Clip HD

EXCLUSIVE Lab Rats Clip Can't Save the World00:48

EXCLUSIVE Lab Rats Clip Can't Save the World

LAB RATS 3x01 "Sink or Swim" Clip - Tyrel Jackson Williams, Hal Sparks00:32

LAB RATS 3x01 "Sink or Swim" Clip - Tyrel Jackson Williams, Hal Sparks


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