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Recap / Disenchantment - S2 E10: "Tiabeanie Falls"

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This is a 900 year old witch!

"No you idiot, everything is not alright!"
Odval, to the Herald
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Tiabeanie stands accused of murdering Zog (though he still lives). Odval pushes for the quickest possible execution of her in order to take over the kingdom as Derek's guardian.


After the accidental shooting at the end of the previous episode, Odval has Bean arrested for attempting to murder her father. Luci and Elfo offer their help to get Bean out of trouble, while Sorcerio ineptly tries to heal Zog's injury. Odval then confabulates with the Arch-Druidess, showing that he has manipulated the situation so he would become the regent in case the king died, allowing him to turn Derek into their puppet king while the Archdruidess manipulates the opinion of the people to put them against Bean.

Odval attempts to torture Bean in order to make her falsely confess to being a witch without having to go through a trial, but she resists, and Elfo and Luci interrupt by claiming to be Bean's lawyers. Odval and the Arch-Druidess manipulate Derek so he will end up condemning Bean to death. Derek tries to ask his father for counsel about how to make justice, with Zog saying that sometimes the right decision is not always the one everyone likes.

The trial begins, and things don't look good as her actions in previous episodes are presented by Odval in the worst of lights to paint her as a witch. At the end of the trial, Derek has Bean, Elfo and Luci sent to the dungeons. While waiting, Bean manages to listen in on a meeting of the secret society, with Odval mentioning that Derek might be willing to acquit Bean, and Sorcerio suggests that they should take Zog out of the way. Stan the executioner comes in then, and frees the trio because he is sure his wife Bunty could not be wrong about Bean, letting them into the catacombs.

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Rather than run away, Bean returns to the castle to get the bullet out of Zog's stomach. She manages to extract it, but Derek arrives right as she finishes the operation, and he immediately pronounces Bean guilty. The trio is tied at a stake to be burned alive, and Bean thanks Elfo and Luci for being with her all this time. Luci reveals he lost his immortality when he got them out of Hell, so he's going to die with them as well. Before the flames reach them, though, a hole in the ground swallows them, and they fall into an underground dungeon full of pale elves - led by Dagmar.


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  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: The executioner's axe easily cuts through metal shackles.
  • Amoral Attorney: Downplayed and somewhat subverted as Luci, while defending Bean, merely insults everyone who is against her.
  • Call-Back:
    • Zog and Oona's divorce comes back as a plot point. Odval secretly wrote himself into that document as Derek's care taker, so as soon as Zog dies, he could rule from the shadows using Derek as a puppet.
    • A lot of Bean's decisions and escapades over the last two seasons come back to bite her at the trial, including turning Merkimer into a pig,note  and nearly causing a war with Dankmire. Derek once again brings up the giant skillet he was nearly roasted in.
  • Continuity Nod: Old Man Touchy appears once more. Mertz' mom appears again too, still with the armor on and the helmet covering her whole face.
  • Courtroom Episode: The episode's plot concerns Bean being arrested on trumped-up charges of witchcraft and attempted murder of her own father. There's even an important scene where Bean is put on trial inside the royal court.
  • Cross-Referenced Titles: The episode title is a reference to the previous season finale, "Dreamland Falls".
  • Disproportionate Retribution: An old man says he was 7-years-old when he threw a snowball against the castle. He's still in prison waiting for his pre-trial hearing.
  • Double-Meaning Title: While the episode follows the metaphorical fall from grace of Bean as she becomes a scapegoat for the kingdom's troubles and is sentenced, in the final moments of the episode, she literally falls when a hole is dug under her, leading her and her friends to a mysterious underground beneath the castle.
  • Downer Ending: Zog is still critically injured and his life is still in danger. Bean, Elfo, and Luci are found guilty for attempting to murder him with witchcraft and almost burned at the stake, only to fall underground surrounded by a race of strange pale elves, and in the clutches of Dagmar.
  • Evil Lawyer Joke: Luci becomes Bean's lawyer. He mentions having worked for Satan as such several years back.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: When Bean, Elfo and Luci fall into the underground cavern, Bean's music box begins to be heard moments before Dagmar makes her appearance.
    • Seconds earlier, right before the ground crumbles beneath their feet, Dagmar's face can be seen in the flames for 1/3 of a second.
  • Forgotten Phlebotinum: The Elixir of Life and the Eternity Pendant, despite last being seen in Dreamland, are not even mentioned, when presumably they would heal King Zog instantly.
  • Foreshadowing: The strange, pale elves that show up at the end were shown to exist before. In "Castle Party Massacre", one could be seen in the background when Elfo was walking around the underground. Another was hiding in Derek's toys in "Love's Slimy Embrace".
  • Frame-Up: Although Bean did accidentally shot Zog, she is framed as a witch who willingly tried to murder her father.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: The Archdruidess turns Bean into this by blaming her for attempting to kill Zog.
  • Hidden Depths: Zog actually shows some wisdom when counseling Derek about justice:
    Derek: How do you make a decision that's fair?
    Zog: You can't. Someone always feels like it's not fair to them. And the fairest decisions? Those are the ones where everybody feels screwed.
  • Hypocrite: Odval has no problem with Merkimer testifying when his words incriminate Bean, but when he actually tries to defend her, Odval tells him to be quiet.
  • Internal Reveal: Bean and Elfo finally learn that Luci is no longer an immortal.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Sorcerio thinks that, since dirty rats would kill Zog, then clean rats should heal him.
  • Kangaroo Court: Downplayed, as Derek shows reluctance in taking part in it, but it's clear the court and everyone involved in it are dancing to Odval's tune, who very much wants Bean to fall.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Beans' finally expires here. After being a boorish, booze swilling Rebellious Princess to her citizens and a bullying older sister to Derek all his life, she finds barely anyone in her corner come the trial.
  • The Millstone: During Elfo's short testimony, he gives Odval all the incriminating evidence he needs to pronounce Bean guilty on the spot.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: When Bean can run away, she goes to find her father and remove the bullet from his wound, as he would die from the infection rather than the wound. She is caught with a knife to his chest by the court, although she was actually removing the cause for his troubles and is immediately considered guilty.
  • No Sympathy: Stan isn't remotely sympathetic to the guy who's been asking after his pre-trial hearing for decades.
  • Not Helping Your Case:
    • When Luci has Elfo testify in favor of Bean, he brings up how the three of them escaped from Hell. Naturally, Odval uses this as more proof that Bean is a witch.
    • Just as Derek is considering pardoning Bean, he and Odval stumble onto her performing surgery on Zog with a knife, making it look like she's trying to kill him.
  • Prayer of Malice: The Archdruidess asks the people of Dreamland to join her in praying that Bean, Elfo and Luci suffer in Hell forever. Elfo points out this isn't really the point of prayer, and is quickly told to shut up.
  • Prison Episode: After her courtroom trial, Bean (together with her "accomplices" Elfo and Luci) are all thrown in to the castle dungeon to await their executions.
  • Puppet King: Odval plots to place Derek on the throne so Odval will be appointed regent until Derek comes of age.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Luci gives a rather calm one to the residents of Dreamland at Bean’s trial.
  • The Scapegoat: Bean is used as this by the general public, being manipulated by the Arch-Druidess to blame her for all the problems in the kingdom.
  • Should Have Thought of That Before X: Despite the fact that Derek has been the heir to the throne since he was born, Bean has always treated him rather badly. She comes to realize that this was a mistake when she is charged with witchcraft and regicide by Odval; and Derek, now acting as king with Zog incapacitated, is the judge at her trial.
  • Simple Country Lawyer: Luci begins his closing statement this way.
  • Stab the Salad: The night before their execution, the executioner visits Bean, Elfo and Luci in their cells, raises his axe....and cuts their chains. He was there to help them escape.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Although it doesn't help, the usual Jerkass Merkimer displays some character growth when he takes full responsibility for what happened to him in order to keep Bean from being blamed.
  • Truth in Television:
    • While you would need to be tried before being executed is an old concept, the trial happening at a reasonable period of time is not. People could be waiting in the dungeon for 25 years before a trial actually happens.
    • A person can be held in the dungeon for very little, if any, reason, since the Monarch's power is absolute.
  • Villainous Rescue: Dagmar rescues Bean from her execution.
  • We Have to Get the Bullet Out: Bean stops by Zog's room to remove the bullet from his chest before the infection kills him, since everyone else in Dreamland is too backwards to know better. She's caught just as she finishes digging it out with a knife and it looks like she's trying to stab him.
  • Wham Episode: Derek is the new king, but he's merely a puppet for the secret society led by Odval and the Arch-Druidess. Zog is wounded and sick, and while Bean's removing of the bullet has allowed him to recover to the point he's not bedridden, his life is still in danger. Bean, Luci and Elfo are pariahs and are thrown underground, where they meet Dagmar, ruling over a strange race of pale elves.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: While Derek is a Reasonable Authority Figure, he can't resist abusing his power in court to gloat over Bean after she was a Big Sister Bully to him all his life.
  • Worst Aid: Sorcerio's inept attempts to "heal" Zog only worsen things for the King.

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