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Recap / Disenchantment - S2 E2: "Stairway to Hell"

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And voi lá, we're lost!

"I work in mysterious ways."

Elfo tries to find a way to get to Hell. Bean and Luci get to Hell. Zog finds out Merkimer survived the petrification.

In heaven, Elfo receives Bean's transmission, he realizes he needs to find a way to offend God in order to get to hell to meet her again. And through several attempts, he finally manages to do it by calling Jerry, whom God considered a new friend, a dum-dum.

Luci and Bean descend into Hell through the stairway, while bean fits in with the door guards, Luci is bullied relentlessly. They notice Elfo having been sent to hell, but in order to find where he is, they must use the Book of the Dead, locked away in a strange castle, the Infernal Stronghold.

Zog, alone in the kingdom, finds Merkimer, and the two hit off out of loneliness. While they are resting the Bozaks attack, still mad about the death of their admiral by Merkimer. While the two hide, the invaders end up finding Merkimer and taking him to turn into lunch. Zog gets his battle axe, and moved by the smell of bacon, finally fights the invaders.

Bean and Luci get to the Book of the Dead, only to be cornered by Asmodium. Luci turns on Bean, delivering her and Elfo to him and getting a promotion, which gives him wings. Both Bean and Elfo are dragged to their personal hell, where they relieve their worst moment over and over. It turns out that they're both locked together, being forced to watch the moment that Bean chose to bring back her mother instead of reviving a dead Elfo. The two have a fight that ends when Luci comes back, revealing his plan of making them suffer in order to get more power and be able to burst them out of Hell. Luci is able to just barely fly them away, when Asmodium finds them, he throws Elfo and Bean into a river of lava in order to get promoted again: this time bigger and more powerful, he is able to fly them off into the real world, but losing his powers and immortality in the process.


The trio rushes to find Elfo's corpse in order to put his soul back, and after a few scares, they manage to revive him.

In Heaven, Jerry is angry at God for letting Elfo resurrect and not him, proceeding God for not working, creating cancer, malaria, etc.


  • Actor Allusion: When Zog attacks, he yells for them to bite his shiny metal axe.
  • Alien Geometries: Much of hell is like this, consisting of floating platforms and stairways that lead in odd directions and angles, making it very easy to get lost, especially when trying to reach the Infernal Fortress where the Book of the Dead is housed.
  • Big Red Devil: Asmodium, Lord of Darkness is a typical one.
  • Call-Back: The Bozaks invade because of the death of their admiral, caused in Season one by Merkimer and Dreamland.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Jerry calls out God for letting Elfo get resurrected and not him - and also for all the bad things he has created like cancer or malaria.
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  • Continuity Nod: Bean meets Hansel and Gretel again in their personal hell (they are forced to re-watch their deaths over and over).
  • Corrupt Church: When Bean and Luci search for Elfo's name in the Book of Dead, which contains the names of all people ever send to hell, Bean notices there are quite a few popes in it.
  • Divine Race Lift: God here has brown skin and is voiced by Phil La Marr.
  • Evil Is Petty: Part of their torture in watching their worst memory over and over includes having popcorn just out of reach.
  • Fake Defector: Luci pulls this twice:
    • The first instance is when Asmodium catches Luci and Bean with the Book of the Dead. Luci seemingly sells Bean out for a promotion to a Level 2 demon. This is because a Level 2 demon has wings and is able to travel in and out of people’s personal hells, so this way he could get Bean and Elfo together in the same room and fly them out of hell without anybody else noticing.
    • The second instance is when Luci drops Elfo and Bean into a river of lava to gain a Level 4 uber-demon promotion. This gives him enough strength, speed, and flying ability to catch Elfo and Bean before they get consumed by lava and fly them out of hell.
  • Faustian Rebellion: Luci twice uses the gifts he's given by Asmodium to betray him, even beating Asmodium up the second time.
  • Fire and Brimstone Hell: Hell naturally looks like this.
  • Fluffy Cloud Heaven: What heaven looks like in this show's universe.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: Elfo and Luci both give up their places in Heaven and Hell to rejoin Bean. Bean, in turn, decides to set things right by failing her earlier Friend or Idol Decision by bringing Elfo back.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • Luci gives up his immortality and the Power-Ups he got during his Fake Defector gambits to save Bean and Luci from Hell.
      Asmodium: Leave now and you lose your powers, your immortality, your parking space. Everything!
      Luci: That's a price I'm willing to pay!
    • Elfo also gives up Heaven to reunite with Bean and will likely be damned when he dies again. Though it's later implied that God was just testing him.
  • In Mysterious Ways: God claims this when Jerry asks why he allowed Elfo to be revived.
  • Internal Reveal: Elfo, while in his personal Hell, learns that Bean could have brought him back to life, but chose to save her mother instead.
  • Mooning: Elfo does this to God in an attempt to get send to hell.
  • No OSHA Compliance: Bean complains about Hell having so many precarious stairways with no railings on them but Luci points out that since it’s Hell, that’s likely all on purpose, particularly with how easy it is to fall down the stairway to Hell.
  • Poke the Poodle: God laughs off Elfo's lame attempts to be offensive, which are transparently insincere. To be fair, he also implies his good intention (wanting to help Bean) also prevents his actions from being irredeemable. When Elfo genuinely insults Jerry, God deems that a Hell-worthy offense, so Elfo thanks Him on the way down. Once again, it's later implied that God was just playing along.
  • Portrait Painting Peephole: Zog guts some holes in a tapestry of himself but gets the alignment off.
  • Shout-Out: The title of the episode is a reference to "Stairway to Heaven", by Led Zeppelin.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Sure, Jerry doesn't get to come back to life, but after the horrible life he had on earth (and the abuse he suffered under his siblings) getting to spend eternity in Heaven as God's personal favorite friend isn't so bad.
  • You Are Worth Hell: Elfo and Luci both pull this for Bean, in different ways. Elfo readily gives up Heaven forever (as God tells him there's no coming back once he's banished) just to see Bean again. Meanwhile, Luci willingly chooses to be banished from Hell forever (losing all his promotions, his perks, and even his parking space!) to save his friends.

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