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Recap / Star vs. the Forces of Evil S1 E21 "The Banagic Incident"

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Star becomes obsessed with a 'magical' Earth product, and goes out to get it. With Marco busy at karate class, Star's ignorance of Earth culture gets her in trouble.


  • 1-Dimensional Thinking: Subverted, where Star Butterfly is in a shopping cart going down a slope road in a straight line away from people from a pirate-themed restaurant (who she mistook for actual pirates), and almost hits a bus going in the opposite direction towards her when she doesn't turn the cart to the side, but then uses magic to conjure up a horse in the road who kicks her cart over the bus and in front of the As Featured on TV store.
  • Agony of the Feet: The test at the karate dojo is...walking over hot coals.
  • Baby Carriage: Played with. When Star commandeers the shopping cart, the mother who was using it shouts that her baby was inside, then glances back to see that her baby is strapped to her back.
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  • Blatant Lies: After knocking Marco's banana ice cream out of his hands, Star claims there was a fly on it.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The Banagic Wand is incredibly suggestive looking. Bananas fit into it much like a penis in a condom. And froyo squirts out of it:
    Marco: Yeah, it's one of those late night commercials.
  • Fantasy Helmet Enforcement: When Star commandeers the grocery cart, the first thing she does before riding it is use her wand to make herself a helmet.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Several in the record store: signs that say "No touch" (as Star proceeds to touch), "Not for sale, so don't ask!", and multiple music Shout Outs.
  • Ice-Cream Koan: Star mistakes the confused remarks of the cashier at the record store for some kind of riddle.
    Star: Is this a "better store"?
    Cashier: Uh... better than what?
    Star: Ugh, more riddles...
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  • Literal-Minded: The commercial for the Banagic Wand says it's available at better stores, so Star goes looking for a "better store".
  • Mood Whiplash: A manic paced, silly episode where everybody got what they wanted veers suddenly when Star hears that Marco underestimated her, causing her to slowly knock away his frozen banana treat while keeping a blank facial expression and leaving with a weak excuse.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Star gets a lot of epic speeches about nothing in particular, from having to face true boredom to having to go on her quest for a Banagic Wand without Marco because he's busy with karate practice.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Jeremy's antics trying to make Marco fail eventually make Marco angry enough that he's able to walk across the hot coals without noticing.
  • Shopping Cart Antics: Star uses a shopping cart to avoid the staff of a pirate-themed restaurant she magicked.
  • Shout-Out: One of the albums in the record store is called Ant Music, a sticker nearby it is a mouth sticking out its tongue, and a sticker on the wall simply says "Cramp".
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Star pulls this on Marco, replacing herself with the board he's practicing with in the space of a second.
  • Tranquil Fury: Star reacts to Marco underestimating her by passive-aggressively knocking his dessert out of his hands and walking away with a blank expression on her face.


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