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Recap / Star vs. the Forces of Evil S2 E25 "Page Turner"

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Star wants to read the forbidden chapter of her Book of Spells, so she bugs Glossaryck until he unlocks it. However, Glossaryck gets summoned to see the Magic High Commission for an important meeting after he unlocks it but before he can show her, leaving Star to resist the temptation of reading the forbidden chapter.

Once at the Bureaucracy of Magic building, Glossaryck is prevented from using magic on the premises (it's the rules) and has to deal with a number of obstacles impeding his ability to attend the meeting.


  • Absurdly Long Stairway: With the elevator on the fritz, Glossaryck has to climb the stairs up to the top floor. Once he gets there, however, he ends up back on the first floor. Turns out the stairs are on the fritz, as well.
  • Anticlimax: Subverted, reading the forbidden chapter had no effect on Star, but Marco succumbed to the power, and the episode ends with Star and Glossaryck having to reverse his apparent demonic possession.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: We get a glimpse of just what Glossaryck is capable of during his fight with Rhombulus.
  • Blah, Blah, Blah: Star's summation of Queen Eclipsa's chapter. "Powers of darkness, forces of evil, eternal suffering, blah blah blah!"
  • Bland-Name Product: Cornritos tortilla chips.
  • Butt-Monkey: Marco gets possessed by a demon at the end of the episode due to helping Star out. Star views it as an Unusually Uninteresting Sight.
  • Call-Back: Eclipsa is mentioned several times during the episode.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Glossaryck does this for Star in regards to Moon being My Beloved Smother.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Before Queen Moon interrupts, Glossaryck smacks Rhombulus around for picking a fight, since he's already in a bad mood due to the council bothering him in the first place.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The episode focuses on Glossaryck as he tries to deal with navigating the Bureaucracy of Magic.
  • Exact Words:
    • The sinister-looking guy with an arm-load of obvious magical devices gets through the anti-magic security because his devices are actually technological in nature.
    • Star promised that she wouldn't turn to the page of forbidden magic while Glossaryck was away... but she realizes he never said anything about letting Marco turn the page for her.
  • Extreme Omni-Goat: The final image that appears on Omnitraxus' crystal ball is a can, which Lekmet salivates over.
  • Flipping the Table: Rhombulus flips a table out of anger towards Glossaryck.
  • Forbidden Fruit: Star can't resist peeking at the forbidden magic page, so she goads Marco into doing it.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: As Lekmet is switching between the channels on Omnitraxus' crystal ball, Toffee is shown for a split second before the screen is changed again. No one appears to have seen him though.
  • Gemstone Assault: Rhombulus shoots crystals at Glossaryck during their short fight.
  • The Ghost: Eclipsa, the Queen of Darkness and Moon Butterfly's great-great-great Grandmother, is mentioned to be what the forbidden chapter is about; however, she is never shown in person throughout the episode, and only the symbol on the chapter's front page (which matches the late queens cheeks) serves as any visual reference. It's also unclear at this point if she is a Posthumous Character or not.
  • Literal Metaphor: Lampshaded by Glossaryck; the perfect chip Star holds hostage to get him to unlock the forbidden page is a "Bargaining Chip".
  • Magitek: Everything in the council building is on the fritz because something is draining magic from the universe.
  • Manchild: Rhombulus is apparently always picking fights with Glossaryck, and gets sent to the "time-out corner" for his antics.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": This is the reaction of what is essentially the Council of Magic when Glossaryck reveals that Star was left alone with Eclipsa's chapter of the book on how to use the wand.
  • Metal Detector Checkpoint: Glossaryck goes through a magical equivalent. He is preceded by a character who is clearly using magic yet passes with no alarm, while Glossaryck constantly gets stopped and has to discard the magical items he's carrying.
  • No-Sell:
    • Glossaryck gets encased in a magical crystal by Rhombulus due to the latter getting angry at the former. Glossaryck quickly frees himself, none the worse for wear.
    • Despite Glossaryck warning that Eclipsa's chapter in the book could taint her, Star reads through it and mostly considers it boring. Marco, on the other hand, is floating about the ground in front of a purple vortex with an evil look on his face.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Sean the security guard is wherever he needs to be to keep conversing with Glossaryck, unless he's got a lot of clones.
  • Picky Eater: Glossaryck rummages through numerous bags of Cornritos until he finds the "Perfect Chip".
  • Rage-Breaking Point: Glossaryck slowly loses his patience with the constant delays caused by the "fritz", but the kicker is when even the stairs fail him. He snaps and merges the lobby with the top floor.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Glossaryck calls out Queen Moon and the other members of the Magic Council for distracting him with "red tape" and not having enough faith in him or Star.
    Glossaryck: Well, it finally happened! Every queen wants to tell me how to do my job! "My training was different!" You know what Glossaryck hears? "Me-me-me-me-me! I'm going to pull my mentor away from his job so I can be in the spotlight again!" The only Butterfly to leave me be was your great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandmother Eclipsa, the Queen of Darkness whose chapter, coincidentally, you left Star alone with when you pulled me into this wonderland of red tape! [...] You all did this because you don't trust me, and what's worse, you don't trust Star! My Queen... my Queen, your training was different because Star is different. You have to have faith in her to make choices that are best for her. And my job is to train Star to be a Queen!
  • Running Gag: Things are constantly on the fritz at the Bureaucracy of Magic building.
  • Time Out: Hekapoo makes Rhombulus go sit in the corner after he starts a fight with Glossaryck, then kicks him out of the room when he tries to talk again.
  • Uncomfortable Elevator Moment: Glossaryck suffers one of these while trying to get to the top floor. Then it turns out the elevator is out of order.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Marco being possessed by dark magic is treated as slightly annoying by Star and Glossaryck. Star even left him to his own devices to keep reading the spellbook.
  • Wham Episode: Turns out the reason Glossaryck was summoned was because something is draining magical energy across the universe.