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Recap / Big Hero 6: The Series "Baymax Returns"

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Hiro arrives at school for his first day, and quickly finds himself maybe a bit over his head. The memory of Tadashi is still fresh in everyone's mind - in fact his lab hasn't even been cleaned yet - and his classes are filled with older students. Add in Fred trying to become a true super hero team, the dean being unwilling to let Hiro remake Baymax, remaking Baymax anyway and Baymax glitching out, and his classes Hiro has his plate full.

And then Hiro runs into Yama again. Who has the perfect way for Hiro to repay him for going to jail. Steal a paperweight from the Dean's desk. What can go wrong?

Tropes in this episode include:

  • Adaptation Expansion: The two-part pilot is a more fleshed out version of the epilogue from the movie, detailing the team's decision to become superheroes, the new dean for SFIT, the return of Yama and revealing Obake, the next major villain the heroes will face in the series.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Honey, Go Go, and Wasabi display this towards Hiro after he and Fred almost get killed by Yama.
  • Answer Cut: Gogo tells Fred that there are no supervillains in San Fransokyo. Cut to Yama doing a High-Altitude Interrogation on some poor sap, right before Obake calls him.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: Played with. Although the team is still together, Fred is the only one willing to continue fighting crime, the others no longer considering it necessary.
  • Continuity Nod: So many. When Gogo tells Fred that "night patrol" is not a thing, Honey Lemon agrees by saying "It's really not.", just as she'd said to Fred when he told them that "Mi casa" was French for "front door." We also see Honey Lemon demonstrate a practical application for her chemical metal embrittlement.
    • There is also a recreation of the scene where Hiro and the group leave the cafe for his first day at SFIT, as well as Hiro putting Baymax's armored fist on display and finding the healthcare chip. The last scene also recreates the movie's last scene, complete with Hiro's narration.
    • Yama reminds "Zero" of the night that their bot-fighting got him thrown in jail.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • Karmi can be seen in one of the school scenes.
    • The individual that Yama is dangling over the edge of a skyscraper is Dibs.
    • When Obake calls Yama the first time, Mr. Sparkles briefly appears on his television screen.
    • The monster toy Wasabi accidentally sits on is a Kentucky Kaiju.
  • Elevator Failure: Obake nearly does this to Yama after learning he failed to retrieve the MacGuffin.
  • Explosive Overclocking: What the MacGuffin does to electronics.
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  • Felony Misdemeanor: Fred, Wasabi, Gogo and Honey bust a driver for speeding... but he was driving his pregnant wife to the hospital. And yes, she was apparently in labor. To be fair, he was driving so erratically that Fred thought he was a car thief.
  • Funny Background Event: After the speeding car incident, Gogo says that there's nothing interesting happening in the city, just as the malfunctioning Baymax body runs behind them.
  • High-Altitude Interrogation: Yama is introduced having his mooks holding a victim over the edge of a high-rise. Later, he has them do the same to Hiro.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The "Jerk" part is stretching it a little, but Granville demonstrates a "tough, but fair" persona about her. The times she does get snippy are the moments where Hiro is breaking the rules. Otherwise, she is patient and sympathetic, and not above giving praise. Just don't try hugging her...
  • Kinda Busy Here: Aunt Cass calls Hiro while he and Baymax are fighting one of Yama's Evil Knockoffs of Baymax to tell him not to snack since she's bringing home butterfish for dinner.
  • MacGuffin: Granville's paperweight, which Fred lampshades must be more than it seems.
  • Putting the Band Back Together: Again, as noted under Breaking the Fellowship, the band is technically still together, it just needs to be convinced into becoming a superhero team again.
  • Reality Ensues: Rebuilding Baymax was not easy. Tadashi had to run diagnostics beforehand, but Hiro dismisses the need, only to be proven wrong moments later when Baymax's body goes haywire. Even a kid as smart as Hiro has limits.
    • Everyone aside from Fred is very reluctant to continue with crime-fighting, since Callaghan is in prison and Tadashi was avenged. Honey Lemon also mentions that Hiro almost got killed in the process, terrified of losing another friend. The first time that they do go patrolling, they find no crime to deal with and only managed to catch a speeding car transporting a pregnant woman.
    • Tadashi's lab is off-limits, initially, to Hiro, since private labs belong to upperclassmen who earned the privilege.
    • While in the aforementioned lab, Hiro and Fred attempt to hide from Professor Granville by disguising Baymax as a chair. Unlike most cartoon examples, Granville immediately sees through the disguise.
    • Unlike most teachers depicted in cartoons, Professor Granville is stern, but fair. She doesn't antagonize Hiro and is very civil with him, determined that he live up to his potential. She wouldn't have been chosen as Dean of the college if she was a major Jerkass to the students who keep the college running, after all.
    • Honey Lemon throws a chem ball that releases a sticky substance, trapping several mooks to the ground. The mooks simply get out of their shoes and continue fighting.
  • Runaway Train: When the MacGuffin supercharges the electric train Aunt Cass is riding.
  • This Is Reality: Gogo believes this, which is why she believes that the team isn't necessary with Yokai defeated since there are no supervillains in real life.
  • Would Hit a Girl: One of Yama's mooks attempts to punch Gogo.
  • You Said You Would Let Them Go: Yama almost immediately goes back in his word to give Baymax's body back in exchange for the "paperweight", and instead imprisons both Hiro and Fred.
    Fred: That was my understanding. Did nobody else think that?


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