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Recap / Littlest Pet Shop 2012 S 1 E 13 Lights Camera Mongoose

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Written by Corey Powell

Somewhere in India, a white tiger is on the loose. The locals run in panic, but the tiger is only here to rescue her cubs. As she gets close, the poacher steps in and attempts to capture her. All is lost when a certain blue mongoose leaps in from a buildingtop, lays the smackdown on the poacher, and releases the tiger cubs! The poacher sets his sights on the mongoose, but the man is no match for this mongoose's skills, and the mongoose and tigers walk off into the sunset.

Such is the conclusion to superstar Shahrukh's latest hit movie. They play another one (or replay it; it's not entirely clear), only for Sunil to turn off the TV so he can show off his latest magic trick: The Switcheroo, which switches locations of two subjects. He chooses Penny and performs the trick—Sunil warps to Penny's location, but Penny teleports outside of the pet shop and on the street. Penny returns to the shop to inform the other pets that a Shahrikh movie is being filmed right outside, and they have Blythe escort them to the set. They meet a roadblock in the security guard, however, who refuse to let them in with every attempt.


A weary Shahrukh emerges from his trailer and briefly chats with the pets, notably standing next to Sunil with Blythe pointing out that they look similar. Before anyone can speak any further, a mob of Shahrukh fangirls storms in, forcing Shahrukh to run away. Satisfied for now, Blythe heads for an ice sculpting lesson with the pets.

When Blythe finishes, she returns to The Littlest Pet Shop but has to head off somewhere else immediately. Unbenownst to anyone, Shahrukh stowed away in Blythe's scooter. Hopping out, Shahrukh makes himself known, telling the other pets about the stressfulness of his job. He asks to stay at The Littlest Pet Shop for a spell, and the other pets happily oblige except for Sunil, who walks off to try to be Shahrukh. Walking down the sidewalk, Shahrukh's secretary mistakes Sunil for him and whisks him away to prepare for their next scene.


Back at the pet shop, Penny enthusiastically asks Shahrukh about what his life is like, and he initiates a spontaneous musical number about how fabulously he lives but also mentions that he can't have any time for himself as there are always people staring at him.

At Shahrukh's trailer, Sunil initially has a blast with his makeup session, and in gratitude, performs a trick to generate a bouquet for his makeup artist. Without a second to spare, however, the secretary yanks Sunil from his trailer and onto the set, where he is asked to perform with no preparation. Sunil, having not seen the script, just stands there getting blown by the fan. The director cuts the take and yells at Sunil, leaving him shivering. They decide to do another scene, and back in the trailer, the secretary tells him he'll do a hot coals scene next, to Sunil's surprise.

By now, Shahrukh has convinced all of the other pets to serve him. Penny and Russell fan him with big leaves as Pepper provides him with precise temperature-controlled sparkling water. Shahrukh calls Vinnie over to turn on the television, which is showing one of Shahrukh's movies. Blythe returns with an ice sculpture of Mrs. Twombly and, mistaking Shahrukh for Sunil, asks why everyone has become Sunil's servants. Russell tells Blythe that this is Shahrukh, the movie star. She figures that Sunil must be on the set and heads off to rescue him.

On her way there, Penny reveals herself in Blythe's scooter, ditching The Littlest Pet Shop to avoid having to rub Shahrukh's feet. They reach the set and encounter the same security guard as before. Blythe informs him that they have the wrong mongoose on set, but he doesn't believe her and forces her to go away. She overhears through the guard's walkie-talkie the film crew speaking of starting a bungee-jumping scene and Sunil screaming in terror, and Blythe asks if Penny can get that walkie-talkie. Penny accepts the task and stomps on the guard's head to make him drop his walkie-talkie. Forgetting about it, he chases Penny down the set empty-handed as Blythe picks up the walkie-talkie and sneaks in.

Russell and the other pets are at the limits with Shahrukh. They get a reprieve as he listens to loud music on his headphones, and Russell suggests giving Shahrukh a hard time on purpose to annoy him into returning on set. Zoe leads Shahrukh out of his beanbag armchair into position for Pepper's flower water squirter. Distracted by the water, Vinnie pulls him into one of his dances and causes Shahrukh to trip instead. On the floor, Minka splashes paint on Shahrukh's head. They let him recover, and he instantly runs away to hide underneath a table.

Blythe and Penny make their way to an alleyway near the building for the bungee-jumping scene. Blythe hears Sunil's screaming over the walkie-talkie and tells him to use his Switcheroo trick and switch places with Shahrukh. Sunil admits that he's not a good magician and that he's never been able to perform a trick properly. Penny intercepts, reminding Sunil that he teleported her all the way into the street, which requires real skill, even if by accident. On the rooftop, the director starts the scene, and Sunil stumbles off the roof. As he falls, he attempts a Switcheroo and successfully puts Shahrukh in his place. Shahrukh notices he's back on set and is elatedly performs the stunt with ease. Sunil teleports into The Littlest Pet Shop, where all of the other pets rush to him, glad to see he's back unharmed. Back to his normal life, he promptly asks for a volunteer for his latest trick, to where everyone scrambles away. Finding himself alone in the room, he says he managed to make everyone "disappear."

This episode contains examples of (YMMV entries go here):

  • Absentee Actor: Neither of the Biskit Twins appear in this episode, leaving Shannon Chan-Kent credited but with no lines.
  • Badass Boast
    Poacher: And mommy makes four...
  • Bad "Bad Acting": One of the actors in the Cold Open looks left and right before remembering what he's supposed to do.
  • Bollywood: Shahrukh's acting seems to have originated there, though the crew is decidedly international. "Superstar Life," however, takes musical and visual cues from Bollywood.
  • Broken Pedestal: The pets initially admire Shahrukh but, by the end of the episode, want no more of him due to his attitude problems.
  • Catch and Return: When the poacher attempts to tranquilize Shahrukh, he catches the dart and throws it back into the poacher's mouth.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Shahrukh stands next to Sunil, and Blythe notes how similar they look. This later gives both of them the idea to take each other's place.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Sunil demonstrates a botched Switcheroo trick in Act 1. By the climax, he needs to perform a proper Switcheroo to get himself out of danger.
  • Continuity Nod: Penny winds up outside of The Littlest Pet Shop and has to come back in without Mrs. Twombly noticing.
  • Disney Owns This Trope: Though no one is actually sued or threatened to be sued, we get this tidbit from the security guard after Blythe tries to tell him that they have the wrong mongoose.
    Guard: Your mongoose? Shahrukh is an employee of Big-Time Pictures, a subsidiary of Jumbo Jammies Baking Company, whose parent corporation is We Own Everything Inc.
  • Foil: Shahrukh is Sunil's total opposite in behavior. Whereas Sunil is jittery, physically weak, and a bad performer but humble and compassionate; Shahrukh is calm, athletic, and a very good performer but egotistical and self-centered.
  • Foreshadowing: A minor example here—Vinnie expresses disappointment of Sunil interrupting a Shahrukh screening before he openly shows his admiration for the actor.
    • Sunil and Shahrukh perform a switcheroo with each other's lives. In Act 3, Sunil literally pulls one off to fix the mess both of them are in.
  • Goomba Stomp: Penny's way of getting past the security guard.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: After Blythe leaves Littlest Pet Shop to get Sunil, Shahrukh excitedly asks which of the pets would like to rub his feet. Cue a close-up of his gnarly, smelly feet, complete with a short Sting.
  • "I Am Great!" Song: "Superstar Life."
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Jasper comes up with "Ice waits for no one." Blythe doesn't see how this statement is even a pun.
  • Ironic Nickname: Blythe mockingly calls the security guard "Tiny."
  • Noodle Incident: Sunil did something to Pepper and her eyebrows that was so horrible, the mere possibility of being chosen again for Sunil's Switcheroo causes her to release a noxious stench, something she normally only does when in distress.
    • Shahrukh's personal assistant implies the bungee cord malfunctioned during their last attempt at the stunt last week.
    • Both times Sunil tries the Switcheroo trick, Vinnie examines one of the subjects to make sure they have the correct number of organs and appendages, and that they're where they're supposed to be, implying that Sunil has screwed up someone's anatomy in the past.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Vinnie acts rather jerkish towards Sunil to the point of call him "David Copperfails"
  • Prehensile Tail: Pepper carries Shahrukh's glass of sparkling water with her tail.
  • Prince and Pauper: Played with. Sunil takes an instant dislike to the dangerous stunts he has to do whereas Shahrukh displays no regrets being at The Littlest Pet Shop until the other pets troll him into leaving.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: All of the pets try it on the security guard. It doesn't work.
  • Shout-Out: Shahrukh's director resembles Steven Spielberg.
  • Squee!: Vinnie lets out a high-pitched one when he sees Shahrukh in person for the first time.
  • Understatement: Shahrukh mentions how he lives life a bit differently than most other pets—he is waited on hand and foot like royalty.
  • Unmoving Plaid: Seen on the patterns on Penny and Pepper in "Superstar Life."
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The security guard doesn't find it weird at all that a teenage girl has a tiny panda for a pet. Then again, he doesn't seem surprised by anything.


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