"Popcorn Panic" is the sixteen episode of Season 1 from The Penguins of Madagascar.
The animals are successful at getting their favorite snack of popcorn from zoo visitors until Alice catches a boy tossing a piece of popcorn to Marlene. Alice then yells at the boy and slaps signs reading “Do not feed the animals” around the zoo, preventing the animals from obtaining the treat. The animals assemble to determine how to get popcorn on their own, but the penguins and lemurs don’t want to work together. The penguins then raid the zoo storage facility, the lemurs following behind, resulting in two bags of popcorn being taken between them. But when they get back to the zoovenir shop, they realize that they have unpopped popcorn, and Julien believes that the “popcorn eggs” need to be hatched under their warm bottoms. When Alice finds a trail of popcorn leading to the penguin habitat, Private helps Skipper hide the bag in the incinerator, and it soon pops, filling up and then bursting from the penguin habitat. Skipper and Private land in Marlene's habitat and Marlene congratulates them on their job "sort of" well done. Julien thinks the salty snack gods gifted him with it as a reward for helping to "hatch" the "eggs". At the end, lying on a popcorn pile with the other penguins, Skipper declares that he is "pretty darn sick of popcorn."
- This episode was originally released direct-to-DVD on February 6, 2009 as part of the Double DVD Pack of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. It was aired in other countries before being aired in the U.S. on May 9, 2009. This marked as Marlene's "real" first appearance.