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Recap / Empath: The Luckiest Smurf - Empath's Wedding

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The Wedding Day episode of the series. Empath and Smurfette finally tie the knot, and the Smurfs pull out all the stops to make this the happiest wedding for the couple. However, Hefty is jealous because he isn't the one who is marrying Smurfette, and Chlorhydris decides to ruin it by stealing Smurfette away on the day of the wedding and rendering her completely heartless.

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  • Big "YES!": Snappy when he first hears that Empath and Smurfette are going to be married.
  • Bouquet Toss: Copied straight from the novel, the bouquet toss is combined with the garter toss, and while Sassette gets the bouquet that Smurfette tosses, Snappy gets the garter (which he calls a "slingshot") that Empath tosses. Nat points that the one who catches the "slingshot" must marry the one who catches the bouquet, and both Snappy and Sassette stick out their tongues at the horrid thought that they must someday marry each other.
  • The Cameo: Would you believe there's a Snork that attended Empath's wedding?
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Hefty sits alone in Tapper's Tavern with a single glass of sarsaparilla ale on the night before the wedding, wondering why Smurfette won't marry him and realizing that he just couldn't compete against Empath. By morning, it is clear that Hefty is hung over just from that single glass.
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  • Gayngst: Clumsy tells Pansy that not only is he attracted to Brainy, but also that Brainy doesn't reciprocate the same feelings back to him, and he doesn't know what to do considering that Smurf culture considers same-sex relationships a taboo thing.
  • Grandpa, What Massive Smurfiness You Have!: Flowerbell is still commenting on Papa Smurf's looks like this.
  • Heel Realization: Hefty during his lonely night at Tapper's Tavern during Empath's batchelor party comes to the realization that he has been a jerk to Empath, Smurfette, and his fellow Smurfs for years and that he deserves what they all thought of him.
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • Flowerbell the woodnymph is in a relationship with a head-for-a-body-type monster named Glonk.
    • Marina the mermaid with a male Snork. At least Handy admits that it works, since they are both aquatic beings.
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  • Mythology Gag: Narrator in this story recites a modified version of his Gargamel battle sequence speech from The Smurfs movie during a similar one in the Imaginarium, with Grouchy reacting the same way.
    Narrator: There comes a time when every Smurf must stand up for what is good and cute and blue in the world. And on this very night before Empath and Smurfette's wedding, that time is now!
    Grouchy: Hey, seriously?
    Narrator: Sorry, it's kind of what I do.
  • The Power of Love: When Chlorhydris takes Smurfette's heart out of her, causing her to feel no more love for anybody, even Empath, Hefty decides that he would give his heart to Smurfette in order to restore her love, though when he does, he no longer feels any love for anybody. Empath decides that Hefty deserves to love Smurfette more than he does, so he gives his own heart to Hefty, causing Hefty to feel love again and Empath to no longer feel love. As Hefty and Smurfette bicker with each other over who's going to give their heart to Empath, Chlorhydris deals with Sir Johan and Peewit interrupting the proceedings and forcing her to surrender, causing her to restore all three Smurfs and their ability to love each other.
  • Runaway Bride: Empath assumes that this is what happened to Smurfette at his wedding day in the story when he enters her house and sees that his hat (which is what she's supposed to wear to signify who she's marrying) lying on the floor, until Smurfette's companion and wedding guest Blue Eyes points out that she's been magically transported by someone...and Empath correctly assumes that it's Chlorhydris, who's getting even for her ruined wedding night by ruining Empath's wedding.
  • Smurf In A Kilt: While Duncan McSmurf and Tapper both show up at the wedding wears kilts, Empath appears dressed in a kilt during his groom suit fitting in the Imaginarium. Empath looks a bit miffed at Smurfette for even suggesting that he would show up at the wedding wearing that as his groom suit.
  • Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: Empath's rival Hefty wants the opportunity to tell Smurfette how much he loves her and that he wants to marry her, and Papa Smurf tells him that he will have that opportunity at the wedding ceremony when Papa as the minister of the wedding says this line. After an incident involving Smurfette being kidnapped by Chlorhydris and her, Hefty, and Empath swapping hearts with each other to show how much they care for each other, Hefty doesn't take the bait at the ceremony...though Grouchy does, as he starts to say "I hate..." but out of nervousness he ends up saying "I would hate that Empath and Smurfette would not be smurfed together as a married couple for all time!" When the ceremony proceeds onward, Grouchy mutters under his breath, "But I hate that it couldn't have been me with Smurfette."
  • Stag Party: A G-rated version of this appears here, where it starts off as the Smurfs' one last adventure with Gargamel in an Imaginarium fantasy setting, and then it turns into a beach dance party that most of Empath's fellow Smurfs (except for Tapper and Hefty) attend.
  • Take That!: Empath briefly appearing in a kilt during his groom suit fitting and not liking wanting to attend his own wedding wearing one is a friendly jab at Hero Smurf wearing a kilt at his own wedding in the Hero: The Guardian Smurf story "Hero's Wedding".
  • Wedding Smashers: Chlorhydris. Instead of appearing at the wedding, though, she transports Smurfette out of the village before the wedding starts, forcing Empath and some of his guests to join in finding and rescuing her.
  • You Can See That, Right?: Smurfette's Invisible to Normals horse friend Blue Eyes shows up as one of the wedding guests, and Brainy (who in the cartoon series writes Smurfette's friend off as being imaginary) asks Empath if he's seeing the same horse with wings that talks as he is, and Empath confirms that he is seeing it as well.

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