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Recap / American Dragon Jake Long S 01 E 21 The Hunted

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Ever since Jake found out the Huntsgirl is none other than Rose, he has troubling thoughts about her. Next thing before he knows it, he gets captured by the Huntsclan with the other inept magical creatures. This includes an unlucky leprechaun, a mermaid who is afraid of the water, a dumb giant, and a brownie who easily gets angered. In order to escape, he must form a team with them.

Eventually, Rose finds out Jake is the American Dragon. Instead of killing him as her purpose in life, she just lets him go and runs off. Much to his dismay, Jake found out she has transferred to another school.

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  • Call-Back:
    • At the very beginning of the episode, Rose approaching Jake makes him have a flashback to the climax of "Ski Trip", when he's just learned that Rose is Huntsgirl and she's showing off her birthmark, declaring that it destines her to slay dragons.
    • Shortly thereafter, there's another one to "Dragon Breath", when Rose looks at a picture of her and Jake at that school dance, showing just how much she values that memory and how much she's come to care for Jake.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: By the end of the episode.
  • Downer Ending: Rose has learned Jake's true identity and spares his life. At first, it seems as though Jake has a new ally in his love interest. But out of the blue, she's transferred to a new school.
  • Dramatic Unmask: Jake does a variation of this by changing from dragon to human in order to reveal to Rose that the American Dragon who happens to know her name and the boy she has a mutual crush on are one and the same.
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  • Exactly What I Aimed At: When Huntsgirl had to capture Jake alive for the Equinox Hunt, she fired a beam from her Huntstaff. After Jake mocked her for 'missing' him, she pointed out she wasn't trying to hit him. Jake was then hit by falling debris.
  • Hope Spot: Rose sparing Jake's life at the end of the episode makes Jake think it's all going to be smooth sailing between him and Rose going forward. He's wrong. (See Downer Ending)
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: The Grand Equinox Hunt, which is what Jake and the other magical creatures have been captured for.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Rose has a closet with Huntsgirl clothes on the day she's going to wear it.
  • Put on a Bus: By the end of the episode, Rose has transferred.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Once she alone learns they are one and the same, Rose finds herself at a crossroad between slaying Jake and sparing the American Dragon. She chooses the latter and runs off.
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  • You Have Failed Me: The Huntsman noticeably starts losing his patience with Rose in this episode. After they discover that their prey escaped their chains during the night, the Huntsman is furious with Rose. Later on, after Jake is recaptured, and Rose hesitates in killing him, the Huntsman once again is not happy. Sure enough, early on in season two, it's revealed that her disappearance at the end of this episode was the result of her being punished by the Huntsman.

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