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Human versus human... friend versus friend...

During a banquet hosted by the toads, Anne is reunited with a friend from home who eventually turns out to be not so friendly.

This episode has examples of:

  • An Aesop: Who you thought was your friend may turn out to be not so friendly.
  • And Then What?: When Wally proposes they use boom shrooms to blow up the tower, Anne points out they are still in the tower and would blow up with it. Not to mention she doesn't want Sasha to get killed Wally winks at her, or so he thinks, and plants them when he thinks they are making an escape.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Anne and Hop Pop may butt heads, but he's been a loving parental figure to her, and she will fight for him as many times as he has fought for her. Hop Pop, as always, has her back and helps save her in the climax.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Wally ends up striking the decisive blow against the toads by making the tower explode with boom shrooms.
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  • Big Damn Reunion: After spending most of the season with almost no idea of what happened to her, Anne finally reunites with Sasha.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Anne and the people of Wartwood survive the collapse of the Toad Tower and the dissent against the Toads across the Valley will continue. However, Sasha is still with the Toads and her friendship with Anne is probably ruined for good, and she still has no idea how to return home.
  • A Birthday, Not a Break/13 Is Unlucky: The opening flashback reveals that the events that brought Anne to Amphibia happened on her thirteenth birthday.
  • Blade Brake: Grime grab Sasha in midair and slides down a tower wall, using his knife to slow their descent.
  • Blade Lock: Sasha and Anne briefly lock blades and banter at the start of their Sword Fight.
  • Blatant Lies:
    • Grime tells the citizens of Wartwood that he's an "old softie".
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    • When Sprig tries to leave the party, the guard nervously tells him he can't. Sprig seems to accept this, only to tell everyone that it's a trap.
  • Book-Ends: Sasha and Grime high five when she says "Up top," just like how Anne and Sprig did in the first episode.
  • Broken Pedestal: Anne's faith in Sasha is shattered when she learns how much of a bully she truly was.
  • The Bully:
    • The Flashback at the beginning of the episode introduces Maggie, a schoolmate who picked on Anne.
    • Sprig denounces Sasha as this while standing up for Anne.
  • Call-Back:
    • When Hop Pop ran for mayor in "Hop Popular", Mayor Toadstool mentioned it was strange a frog would run. It turns out this inspired other frogs to rebel, which makes Grime want to kill Hop Pop.
    • Wally blows up the tower with the boom shrooms seen in "Combat Camp".
  • Chain of People: Anne catches Sasha as she falls off the tower, but starts slipping. Sprig then tries to pull the two of them back, followed by Hop Pop and Polly.
  • Catchphrase: Sasha has a cold, forceful "End of discussion", coupled with a Death Glare, which she uses whenever Anne questions her too much.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The "Boom Shrooms" Wally plants under Toad Tower (against Anne's wishes) go off just as Grime is about to throw Hop-Pop to the giant flytrap, saving Hop-Pop.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Remember when Anne learned to sword fight 2 episodes ago? Yeah, really important for this episode.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Subverted. Hop Pop on learning he's inspired a rebellion admires his poster, only to scream, "I'm going to die!"
  • Continuity Nod: Sasha's sword has a heron-shaped hilt, referencing the animals she became Grime's second-in-command for fighting in "Prison Break".
  • Curiosity Is a Crapshoot: Implied to be the reason Marcy took interest in the music box, as she felt there was something interesting about it. Sasha was initially skeptical because of the frog design on it, but felt it was worth checking out, which led her to convince Anne to take it so they can see it for themselves. They got more than what they bargained for with their curiosity.
  • Darker and Edgier: Perhaps the darkest episode of the series yet, the season finale shows the frogs and toads' conflict escalate into open warfare, culminating in the toads being forced to retreat from their destroyed fortress, Sasha and Anne's friendship seemingly in tatters, and Anne no closer to finding her way home.
  • Defiant Stone Throw: Sasha intimidates Anne into submission, breaking the Frogs' spirits. Sprig slingshots a sludgeball at Sasha, making it clear neither he nor Anne will kneel to a tyrant like her, giving everyone a second wind.
  • Disney Villain Death: Barely averted. When Toad Tower starts to collapse, Grime falls off, and later Sasha lets go of Anne so she and the Plantars won't die with her. Luckily, Grime survives his fall and saves Sasha.
  • Do Wrong, Right: Hop Pop doesn't allow Polly to throw a crab leg at a guard—it's too valuable, so he has her throw a potato instead.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Briefly, Anne disguises herself as Sasha to send away the toad guards and rescue the Wartwood frogs.
  • End of an Age: The episode has undertones of the collapse of the Toad Tower being the beginning of the end of the Toads' rule over the valley with many towns rebelling against the Toads across the valley thanks to Hopadiah's earnest attempt to become the mayor of Wartwood that is ruled by a corrupt toad. The episode even says "End of Part 1".
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Anne gets shaken when Sasha reveals she came up with the idea to throw a banquet to capture Hop Pop for execution, so that the Toads can offer their services to help Anne and Sasha get home. Anne is forced to fight her, and resigns to the fact that Sasha made her choice.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Sasha doesn't understand that Anne will not let anyone hurt Hop Pop, because the frog took her in after she was foraging in the wilderness for days and treats her like one of his grandkids. She just says that Hop Pop is a "slimy frog," to Anne's dismay.
  • Extra-Long Episode: A 22 minute episode, instead of an 11 minute segment.
  • Fed to the Beast: Grime plans to feed Hop Pop to a giant Venus flytrap.
  • Finale Credits: Instead of the usual credits featuring Anne and Sprig relaxing under the moonlight, the credits for this episode consist of map illustrations of various moments over the course of the season.
  • Free the Frogs: Variant; Sasha and Anne skip biology when they have to dissect frogs.
  • Gilded Cage:
    • The Toad Banquet may look nicer than what Wartwood had, but it was ultimately a trap to get Hopadiah.
    • Sasha's chambers become this for Anne as well. Anne treats herself to a hot shower and hair curlers, only to spit out her drink when Sasha reveals she plans to execute Hop Pop. If Sasha hadn't realized why Anne left, it's implied she would have kept her there.
  • Flashback: The episode opens with a flashback of events three months earlier, when Anne was still on Earth.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Sasha gets a scar on her cheek as a result of Anne winning their duel.
  • Grew a Spine: Though it takes Sprig's encouragement, Anne has learned to stick up for herself instead of folding to Sasha's pressure.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: Mayor Toadstool may have realized that allying with toads that are trying to kill his constituents are not a good idea. He helps rescue some of them while still saying it's so he can embezzle from them. Time will tell if he keeps up this streak.
  • Heel Realization: Upon realizing that Anne is risking her own life in order to save her from falling off the tower, and seeing that the frog family she dismissed are doing the same, Sasha admits that Anne would be better off without her and lets go of Anne's hand, willing to fall to her death rather than endanger Anne.
  • Heroic Bystander: On realizing that Grime means to execute Hop Pop, one of their residents, all the frogs in Wartwood prepare to fight for him. Wally ends up saving Hop Pop by blowing up the castle, misinterpreting Anne's protests.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Anne and the Plantars are holding on to Sasha as the ledge is giving way. Realizing the ledge would not hold all five of them, Sasha lets go to save Anne and would have fallen to her death had she not been caught by Grime.
  • Hope Spot:
    • Anne dresses as Sasha and sneaks the frogs out through the sewers after sending away the frightened Toad Guards. They almost make it out, only for Sasha to catch them.
    • Then Anne wins her duel against Sasha to save Hop Pop. Grime still tries to execute the older frog. Then Wally's boom shrooms go off...
  • Identical Stranger: The frog Anne is dissecting in class looks a lot like Hop Pop.
  • Immediate Sequel: This episode picks up right where "Anne of the Year" left off.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: After realizing just how far Sasha has fallen, being forced to fight her in a duel to the death, and failing to save her due to the latter performing a Heroic Sacrifice, it's no wonder that Anne breaks down into tears when it is over.
  • Irony: As seen in the Flashback, Anne once found frogs utterly disgusting. Then again, dissection isn't fun the first time a person does it.
  • Ironic Echo: Wally says "two parties in one night" near the start and end of the episode. The first time, he's elated; the second, he's exhausted.
  • Kick the Dog: Anne defends Hop Pop, pointing out he never meant to defy Toad Tower. Sasha counters that if Grime wants him dead, she doesn't care if Hop Pop is completely innocent.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: Sasha gives Sprig a glare after he makes a pun.
  • Make an Example of Them: Grime intends to have Hop-Pop killed to quash the rebellions all across the valley.
  • Mama Bear: Inverted; Anne fights for Hop Pop when his life is threatened and does the same for Sprig. Both have been like family for her.
  • Mundane Luxury: Anne is astonished at the luxuries Toad Tower has gotten Sasha: human(-like) food, including ketchup, and hot showers.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Sasha might have broken Anne back into submission completely if she hadn't masterminded a plan to execute Hop Pop, the same frog that took Anne in from the wilderness and has been like a grandfather to her. And even when it seems Anne will break, Sasha's Jerkass behavior motivates Sprig to stand up for Anne.
  • Not the Fall That Kills You: Grime saves Sasha from a long fall by intercepting her in midair a short distance down and using his knife to slide down a tower. Sasha is knocked unconsciousness, but apparently not seriously injured.
  • Overly Nervous Flop Sweat: Sprig notices one guard sweating while looking skittish. He asks him to let him leave, but the guard says they're not allowed to leave the banquet hall. Sprig tells him it's not a problem and the guard calms down, but when Sprig then informs the other frogs that they're being held prisoner, the guard is sweating up a storm.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Keeping his dog-petting streak from "Anne of the Year" going, Mayor Toadstool saves several Wartwood citizens from the collapsing Toad Tower, which comes as quite a surprise to them. He claims it's just because he can't embezzle money from them if they're dead, but this is pretty clearly a lie.
    • Grime not only rescues Sasha despite her losing her duel, but he also seems earnestly upset that she was injured.
    • Say what you will about her, and there is plenty to say, Sasha does legitimately care about her friends and want to save them and despite only being thirteen was willing to make the decision to sacrifice her own life to ensure Anne survived despite them having had a fierce fight that Anne won mere moments before.
  • Playing Sick: Sasha pretended to be sick during biology class so she and Anne could skip school.
  • Properly Paranoid: While it nearly got the frogs killed, Wally's decision to plant boom shrooms was actually the right call. If not for them going off, Hop Pop would have died.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "End...of...discussion."
  • Rage Breaking Point: Anne is horrified, betrayed, and hurt when Sasha explains the plan to execute Hop Pop was her idea as opposed to invading the valley and doing the same thing. Even so, she tries to use her wits to avoid a direct confrontation with her friend. She eventually fights back, however, when Sasha tries to kill Sprig' for calling Sasha a bully and saying Anne deserves better. Anne could take any abuse towards herself, but Sprig is another story.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Sprig gives one to Sasha about how Anne doesn't have to be pushed around by a bully like her after he fires a sludgeball at her face.
    Sprig: For someone who's Anne's best friend, you sure don't know her well. She's brave, she's smart, and most of all, she's not gonna be pushed around by a bully like you!
  • Season Finale: The final episode of season one.
  • Shout-Out: In the background of Anne's school, there's a group of kids that look like the main characters from EarthBound.
  • Spark of the Rebellion: Turns out news of Hop Pop running against Toadstool inspired other frog towns to rise up against the toads.
  • Special Edition Title: The end credit visuals changes to a storybook-like montage of several events throughout the season.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: The tower collapses to the tune of Bill Withers' "Lean on Me".
  • Supreme Chef: The Toad Tower chef, Grunton. He provides Anne and Sasha with pizza, tacos, pancakes, ketchup and many other human delicacies (or at least, managed to closely replicate them).
  • The End: Episode ends with an "End of Part 1" title.
  • Title-Only Opening: The theme was shortened to only include the show title.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Anne was already a Badass Normal when she appeared in Amphibia, considering how she kept herself alive for days in the wilderness. In this episode, however, she actually manages to fight and defeat her best friend, standing up to her.
    • Sasha has spent the last two months (since the events of "Prison Break" which took place a month after she arrived in Amphibia) traversing the valley with the toad army putting down rebellions against their rule. She now has a full set of armor, a powerful sword and dagger that she knows how to use expertly, and has garnered a fierce reputation among the toad army of being a ruthless commander. To say that her experiences have hardened her while also turning her into a badass is putting it lightly.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: We get to see just how much Sasha influenced Anne, and how the latter seemed to question her actions.
  • Trapped in Villainy: Any redemption Sasha might have earned by sacrificing herself to save Anne and the Plantars goes out the window when Lord Grime saves her and retreats while shooting a Death Glare at Anne. It's all but guaranteed that Sasha owes him for saving her life, and Grime won't be merciful next time.
  • Trash the Set: Once again, Toad Tower gets destroyed. Only this time, the toads may not repair it.
  • [Trope Name]: One of Polly's line parodies the kind of comments she tends to chime in with.
    Hop Pop: It's gonna be dangerous. Perilous, even!
    Polly: Understatement!
  • Trial by Combat: Grime decides Anne will have to beat Sasha in a duel to save Hop Pop (and possibly others) from execution. It has an element of Combat by Champion as well, as it was an alternative to an outright brawl between Toad Tower and the Wartwood townsfolk. Anne wins, but Grime tries to kill Hop Pop anyway.
  • The Un-Reveal: We still have yet to learn where Marcie ended up.
  • The Unsmile: Sasha encourages Grime to smile, and he reluctantly does so, exposing rows of sharp fangs.
  • Villainous Rescue: Grime saves Sasha after she sacrifices herself to save Anne and the Plantars.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Sprig, on seeing how Sasha is bullying Anne, outright tells Sasha that Anne deserves better than a "best friend" who's a bully. Anne takes it to heart.
  • You Said You Would Let Them Go: Grime promises to let the frogs go free if Anne can defeat Sasha in a duel. Anne wins, but Grime immediately changes his mind and decides to execute Hop Pop anyway.
  • You Will Be Spared: Sasha took Anne to her private chambers to keep her away from the banquet and the execution, so that Anne wouldn't get hurt in any fracas or protest Hop Pop being killed. Anne refuses to play along when she finds out, though, so Sasha is fights her.


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