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Recap / Disenchantment - S2 E7: "Love's Slimy Embrace"

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Another night of boredom leads Zøg to invite his friend, the Duke of Tinseltown, over for dinner. To get out of his hair, Bean, Elfo and Luci head down to the bar. Derek follows them as he is lonely, but Bean tells him to leave as she does not like having him around.

Bean has always had some animosity towards her half-brother due to him being Zøg's successor and considers him a loser. Derek solemnly heads to the beach where he finds a small one eyed octopus whom he names Slimy. Zøg learns that the Duke has gout. He claims that when a royal gets gout that means they are successful. Zøg has Luci feed him many unhealthy things to get the disease, leading to another visit from the Duke who reveals that he had his foot amputated.

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After four days of caring, Slimy has grown in size and has begun killing people after witnessing Derek playing with Elfo. He drags Derek away and Bean and Elfo race to rescue him. They manage to secure Derek and escape the monster island. Afterwards, Derek is amazed that Bean rescued him even though she said she hated him.


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  • Continuity Nod: The party barge and it's captain from "For Whom the Pig Oinks" make a return appearance. The barge is sunk by Slimy.
  • A Day in the Limelight: while there is also the B-Plot about Zog getting gout, this episode puts much more focus on Derek than any previous episodes did.
  • Did Not Think This Through: Zog intentionally gives himself gout to impress the Duke, not realizing that the consequences could be an amputation of his foot.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: A giant squid that Derek names... Slimy.
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  • Heir Club for Men: Derek is the heir apparent just because he's a boy, even though Bean is older.
  • Human Resources: To get out of Slimy's cave through a hole in the ceiling, Bean and Elfo make a ladder out of the many human bones in the cave.
  • Hypocritical Humour: Elfo (referring to Derek) asks Bean if it's hard having a little pipsqueak always running after her.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Slimy kills the Duke by impaling him with one of his tentacles.
  • Irony Bean resents Derek partly because he's the heir and got all the boy's training she wanted (combat, horseback riding, etc), yet Derek isn't even sure he wants to be king either, and he's obviously more suited for the feminine training and lifestyle that Bean rejects.
  • Giant Squid: Slimy, the tiny squid that Derek befriends eventually grows into one of these, and attacks the castle to abduct Derek.
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  • Kick the Dog: Bean, Elfo, and Luci refuse to let Derek hang out with them at the start of the episode and throughout the rest Elfo does try to make amends by hanging out with him, which Bean finds sad. It isn’t until Slimy tries to destroy Derek that makes Bean feel remorseful for how poorly she treated Derek.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Bean and Derek, and its Played for Drama since Bean resents that Derek got all the boy's training that she wanted growing up (fencing, horseback riding, etc), while it's obvious that Derek is better suited (and would probably prefer) all the ladylike training that Bean got.
  • Misery Poker: Bean has no sympathy for Derek being lonely without his mother, because her mother is missing too and her mother is also evil and Derek gets cool fighting training and gets to be heir to the throne even though she's the firstborn. All of which is true, but at the same time, Bean at least has friends.
  • Missing Mom: Derrek is really lonely now that Oona has become a pirate.
  • Sibling Rivalry: A flashback about Bean's younger days reveals just how much animosity she feels towards Derek.
  • Sick Episode: For Zog, who develops gout and becomes obese because of his attempts to get the disease.
  • So Much for Stealth: Bean and Elfo almost make it out of Slimy's cave with Derek without waking Slimy, when one of the bones they used to make a ladder breaks.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Both Bean and a soldier in the castle make the remark "two things can be real".
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Elfo makes an honest attempt to befriend Derek, and later he and Bean rescue Derek from Slimy.
  • Title Drop: The captain of the party barge mentions the episode's title while reading a book out loud.
  • Truth in Television: Gout really was "the nobleman's disease" in medieval times since only nobles could afford to eat all the fatty organ meats and drink tons of alcohol in large quantities, while poor peasants were usually starving and forced to eat whatever fresh caught fish from local seas and rivers, whole grains, and garden vegetables they could scrounge from around them.
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