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A Show Within a Show episode of the series, where the Smurfs put on a play based on the story of Joseph from the Book of Genesis.

  • Empath plays Joseph
  • Papa Smurf plays Jacob
  • Smurfette plays Leah, Madame Potiphar, and Asenath
  • Hefty plays Reuben
  • Handy plays Simeon
  • Tuffy plays Levi
  • Jokey plays Judah
  • Lazy plays Dan
  • Vanity plays Naphtali
  • Clumsy plays Gad
  • Grouchy plays Asher
  • Painter plays Issachar
  • Poet plays Zebulun
  • Sassette plays Dinah
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  • Brainy plays Benjamin
  • Trader plays the Ishamelite trader
  • Duncan McSmurf plays Potiphar
  • Vino plays the Pharaoh's cupbearer
  • Biscotti plays the Pharaoh's baker
  • Actor plays the Pharaoh
  • Snappy plays Manasseh
  • Slouchy plays Ephraim

This story provides the following examples of:

  • Acting for Two: In-universe, Smurfette plays three separate roles: one as Joseph's stepmother Leah, one as Madame Potiphar, and one as Joseph's wife Asenath. In the first two roles, Smurfette wore wigs (a gray one for Leah and a brunette one for Madame Potiphar), while as Asenath she went with her original hair color.
  • Age Lift: Joseph's sister Dinah is made younger due to her being played by Sassette.
  • Compressed Adaptation: The play removes the Time Skip in the original story of Joseph concerning his brothers' two trips to Egypt in order to get food for their families. It also removes the side story of Joseph's brother Judah, his three sons, and his daughter-in-law Tamar. Near the end, it also cuts out a good chunk of story between his father Jacob arriving in Egypt and Jacob passing away and blessing his sons before his death.
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  • Corpsing: Smurfette nearly breaks in laughter when playing Madame Potiphar in the scene where she forces herself on Joseph and Joseph flees off-stage naked, leaving his garment in her hand.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: As an in-universe example, Papa Smurf as Jacob acting out the part where he hears that his son Joseph (played by Empath) is killed by a wild beast reminds him too much of his own experience of nearly losing his actual son Empath to the Psyche Master years ago.
  • Death Faked for You: As in the original story, Joseph's brothers faked Joseph's death to cover up what they did to him out of envy.
  • Driven by Envy: Joseph's brothers, because of the attention their father Jacob lavished on him, which led to them putting Joseph in a well and then selling him off to an Ishmaelite trader and then faking Joseph's death to cover their tracks.
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  • False Rape Accusation: As in the original story, Madame Potiphar gets too aggressive with Joseph when she is alone with him, and when he runs out and leaves his garment behind, she makes up a story that Joseph raped her in order to cover her tracks.
  • Forgiveness: Joseph grants this to his brothers after he reveals that he is the Pharaoh's second-in-command in Egypt, and Jacob does this to his sons when they reveal that they faked the whole "Joseph is dead" thing out of envy.
  • Giving Them the Strip: Joseph leaves his garment in Madame Potiphar's hand when she forces herself upon him and he flees, with Empath running off-stage naked.
  • The Hero's Birthday: The play begins on what is presumably Joseph's birthday, which is when he gets his coat of many colors.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: In-universe, Grouchy plays Joseph's brother Asher, whose name means "happy".
  • Matzo Fever: Madame Potiphar really likes Joseph and is upfront and aggressive about it.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Jokey cracks up laughing when he sees Empath run off-stage naked at the point when Madame Potiphar forces herself on Joseph.
  • Off with His Head!: Joseph interprets the Pharaoh's baker's dream as him having his head cut off and his body being put on a pole for the birds to eat. Thankfully, since this is only a play, the beheading is never shown, as Pharaoh's baker is simply taken off-stage to the character's fate.
  • Parental Favoritism: Jacob favoring Joseph over his brothers, which mirrors Papa Smurf favoring Empath over his adopted sons, with the exception of Brainy. It's near the end of the play where Jacob confesses that he loves his other sons just as much as he does Joseph.
  • Psychic Dreams for Everyone: As in the original story, the Pharaoh, his cupbearer, and his baker all have dreams about their future which require Joseph to interpret to reveal their meanings.
  • Secret Test of Character: Joseph pulls one of these on his brothers with Benjamin, framing the latter for theft to see if the older brothers will abandon their father's current favorite or defend him.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Joseph's brothers learned this when they tried to stop his dream of his brothers bowing down to him from coming true by selling him off to the Ishmaelite trader, only for it to be fulfilled many years later when Joseph became the Pharaoh's second-in-command in Egypt.
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