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Recap / Guardians of the Galaxy (2015) S 1 E 14 "Don't Stop Believin'"

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"While on Spartax, Star-Lord goes missing when he was translating the readings of the Crypto Cube. Meanwhile, the others dodge the Spartax security force when the statue of Emperor J'son is accidentally damaged where they have an encounter with Mantis. Even when Star-Lord reunites with the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy, they have an encounter with Emperor J'son and end up learning his connection with Star-Lord."

Tropes featured in the episode:

  • Arch Nemesis Dad: J'son is working for Thanos. Mantis was right all along.
  • Backhanded Apology: After Rocket (accidentally) breaks the statue of King J'son:
    Gamora: Rocket, apologize.
    Rocket: Okay, fine. I'm sorry that you're all such flargs, especially King J'Son!
  • The Chosen One: Star-Lord, according to Mantis. Lampshaded by Rocket:
    Rocket: Seriously? [chuckles] There's a prophecy? Around Quill?
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  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Mantis tries to invoke this with Star-Lord and the other Guardians.
  • Continuity Nod: To the events of "Bad Moon Rising":
    Star-Lord: [upon seeing more monuments to King J'Son] Oh, this dude's got an ego the size of a planet. And I've met a planet.
  • Elements of Nature: The security traps have glyphes representing Fire, Wind, Earth and Water, and are dealt with by Drax, Gamora, Groot and Rocket respectively.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Star-Lord is seen to be wearing this as he treis to escape from his cell.
  • Ironic Echo: "But that's just my opinion."
  • Peter, I Am Your Father: Although amusingly, everyone else realises this before Star-Lord does:
    Rocket: Oh, really? He's your father, dummy!
  • Not What It Looks Like: Star-Lord's reaction when the team break him out of his cell, to find his pants off (he was using them as a rope to try and escape).
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  • One Thing Led to Another: J'son telling Star-Lord about how he met his mother. Star-Lord's reaction is to {and toupee ffff{Squick}}.
  • Overreacting Airport Security: The lines to get into Spartax have elements of this.
  • Running Gag: People still not knowing who Star-Lord is.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Lampshaded. Drax is forced to wear a shirt and toupee as part of his disguise, leading to the following exchange:
    Drax: It [the toupee] chafes my scalp. As does this confounded cloth against my chest.
    Gamora: It's called a shirt.
    Drax: A foul name for an evil garment.
  • Wham Episode: Star-Lord discovers who his father is, and that he's royalty - but doesn't know that said father turns out to be evil.

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