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Recap / Fraggle Rock S 2 E 2 Boober Rock

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Alone at last!
Tired of the noise and hustle-and-bustle at Fraggle Rock, Boober moves to the Caves of Boredom to live a quiet and secluded lifestyle. However, after a visit to the Storyteller, Gobo, Red, and Mokey realize the caves have another name: the Caves of Forgetfulness, because those who stay there forget who they are. What's more, the caves are full of plants that entwine and kill anyone who stays there long enough. (There would be warning signs if anyone remembered to put them up.) They go to save Boober—and Wembley, who's visiting him—but they forget what they're doing upon arrival. Boober manages to remember everything and help his friends escape, deciding Fraggle Rock isn't such a bad place after all.

This episode contains examples of:

  • All Love Is Unrequited: The Storyteller has an unrequited crush on Uncle Matt.
  • Amnesia Episode: The flowers in the Caves of Boredom continually release a mist that erases the memory. Boober falls victim to it, and then his friends do. Thankfully, they're all revived at the end of the episode.
  • The Bard: Mokey, who wants to read her latest poem to her friends, especially Boober.
    Mokey [to Boober]: You're my best critic.

  • Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them: Subverted. Boober can't stand to live the others' loud lifestyle and enjoys his new life alone. This is because he forgot them, though.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Gobo, Red, and Mokey visit the Storyteller to learn more about the Caves of Boredom. When she mentions the killer plants, the other Fraggles, aghast, run off in the middle of the story, with Gobo exclaiming, "We've got to go get Boober!" The Storyteller, though, is oblivious to the reason for their drama.
    Storyteller: Oh, nobody wants to hear the whole story anymore. Ohhhh, bulldoozers! [Goes into her cave and slams the door.]

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  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: If Boober hadn't moved to the Caves of Boredom, he and his friends wouldn't have fallen victim to the killer plants or their amnesia-inducing blossoms.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Boober's reaction when Red gets one of his scarves dirty and jokes about it while Gobo and Wembley join in laughing.
    Boober: Okay, go ahead. Laugh! Trample on my tenderest feelings.

  • Easy Amnesia: All the Fraggles get amnesia from the mist emitted by the flowers in the Caves of Boredom.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Justified. Boober's friends get caught by the killer plants in the Caves of Boredom. Because of the amnesia-inducing mist, when Boober looks at them, he fails to notice that the plants have them in their grip.
  • Fantasy Sequence: Boober has one while singing, "I'm Never Alone," a song about preferring his own company to that of others. In it, multiple Boobers dance around a Maypole and do laundry.
  • Foreshadowing: Mokey starts to reads Boober her latest poem, but he interrupts her in the middle of it, inspired to move away by the lines about wanting a quiet place when Fraggle Rock is noisy. Later, Wembley visits him at the Caves of Boredom and is caught by the forgetfulness spell and the killer plants. Still later, when Mokey arrives with Gobo and Red and they forget what they're doing, she drops the poem, which she had brought so she could read all of it to Boober. Boober, who is rapidly losing his own memory, finds it and reads the whole poem. The last lines are about missing one's friends and the songs and meals they've shared... which helps Boober start to remember that the little green Fraggle caught in the killer plants is his friend.
    • Early on, Red accidentally breaks one of Boober's bleach nuts, which emits a gas that, in Red's words, "clears your brain." Later, at the Caves of Boredom, Boober breaks another bleach nut when tossing it into his washtub with twigs and rock soap and dirty scarves, trying to remember how to make a meal for Wembley. The gas turns out to be the antidote for the spell of forgetfulness.
  • Foul Flower: The flowers in the Caves of Boredom continually release a mist that erases the memory.
  • The Hermit: Boober decides to be this to escape the noise of Fraggle Rock.
  • Home Sweet Home: What Boober considers the Caves of Boredom to be—until he forgets what a home is.
  • Ironic Name: It's revealed that whoever named Wembley thought the name meant "easily makes up his mind."
  • Jerkass Ball: Red sings a mocking version of the Fraggle Rock Theme called ''Boober Rock'' to Boober, then slaps him on the back, knocking the laundry basket out of his hands and getting a rock-moss smear on one of his scarves. When Boober complains of this, she tells him that laundry is supposed to be dirty. She tries to apologize by attempting to get the stain out with a bleach nut, but she only breaks it, causing it to emit a smelly gas. Boober does not accept her apology.
    Boober: Look at this laundry!
    Red: I'm sorry, Boober. I'm sorry. I was just trying to help.
    Boober: That's no good!

  • Man-Eating Plant: The plants in the Caves of Boredom.
  • Note to Self: The Storyteller's advice to anyone planning a trip to the Caves of Boredom.
    Storyteller: If you think you're gonna forget something, you make a list of what you want to remember and take it with you.

  • Obviously Not Fine: After learning Boober has moved to the Caves of Boredom, Gobo and Mokey pay him a brief visit.
    Mokey: Gee, Boober, aren't you lonesome here all by yourself? I mean, don't you just miss us already?
    Boober: Well... to tell you the truth, I kind of forgot about you.
    Gobo and Mokey [aghast]: Forgot?
    Mokey: Boober, do you feel okay?
    Boober: Uh... well... yes, of course I do. I mean, can't a Fraggle go off by himself without being labeled sick?

  • Please Don't Leave Me: Wembley begs Boober not to move away.
    Wembley: Fraggles don't live them by themselves. Fraggles live together and... and have fun and make noise and...
    Boober: Well, I'm not like other Fraggles, then. I want someplace quiet. If it means I have to go by myself...
    Wembley: I'll go along with you if you like.
    Boober: Wembley, you are a Fraggle who likes to be the siren for the Volunteer Fire Department and run around yelling, "Squeet squeet squat squat!" I am a Fraggle who likes the serenity of dimly lit caverns and the gentle drip-drip-drop-drop of stalactites. We live in two different caves, Wembley. I don't think it would work out.

  • Reminder Failure: Before leaving to save Boober and Wembley from the Caves of Boredom, Gobo, Red, and Mokey, on the advice of the Storyteller, make lists of their agenda. They even tape them to one another's backs, to make them easier to look at. What they hadn't counted on was the flowers in the caves making them forget how to read.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Boober, leaving Fraggle Rock.
    • Later subverted, when Boober and Wembley want to leave the Caves of Boredom. Trouble is, they can't remember the way out.
  • Security Cling: Boober clings to Wembley for a second or two when they realize that neither of them can remember the way out of the Caves of Boredom.
  • Song of Courage: Subverted, when Boober and Wembley want to leave the Caves of Boredom but can't remember the way out. Wembley suggests they sing the "Remembering Song" to keep their spirits up. But as they sing, their memory gets progressively worse, until most of the lyrics have been reduced to "something" and "na-na." Meanwhile, the killer plants in the caves keep reaching out and trying to grab them.
    Boober: Wembley, I don't think I remember this.
    Wembley: Me, too. [A plant wraps its vines around him.]

  • The Storyteller: The official storyteller of Fraggle Rock, who remembers every tale ever told.
  • That Satisfying Crunch: On starting to leave his cave at Fraggle Rock to go do some laundry, Boober finds that the Doozers have built one of their constructions across his doorway. "Get this thing out of here!" Boober yells, and smashes it. The Doozers, of course, are delighted.
    Doozer #1: Hooray! Now we get to rebuild it!
    Doozer #2: Double the work crew! We've got a real opportunity here.

  • This Is My Side: Doc and Sprocket's attempt to organize the workshop, because they're tired of finding each other's things in their way. They drop this at the end of the episode.


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