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Recap / Tangled: The Series S1E02 "Rapunzel's Enemy"

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When Rapunzel gets booed, she becomes determined to win over her naysayer, a little old man who is loved by everyone in the kingdom.


Tropes in this episode:

  • An Aesop: Although they both come to good terms, Rapunzel and Monty's vitriolic friendship just goes to show that not everyone can entirely like you, and it's okay if they don't. It's better to focus on the people who care about you, regardless of one opinion.
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  • Alliterative Name: The Goodwill Gopher Grab.
  • Barefoot Poverty: Invoked by Monty when he nitpicks Rapunzel for being "A royal in bare feet?" Funnily enough, this is after Rapunzel spends most of the episode wearing shoes as part of her disguise and had just ditched them to help save his life.
  • Breather Episode: This episode takes a breather from the past since it has no relation to the season’s Myth Arc about the black rocks, and is more of a Slice of Life variant.
  • Chekhov's Gun: First, Uncle Monty boos Rapunzel when the new seal she made for the Gopher Grab is unveiled. Then he gets mad when she repaints the sign on his candy shop, which his great-grandfather made. It turns out Rapunzel's apparent disregard for tradition is part of the reason he doesn't like her.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: When Eugene talks about how great Uncle Monty is, and then he realizes he is the guy who booed Rapunzel.
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  • Losing a Shoe in the Struggle: Once again, just like in the pilot movie of Tangled: The Series, Rapunzel sheds her shoes to make it easier to move when she needs to jump into action. It happens offscreen, but the fact that they are gone as she swings out to rescue Uncle Monty speaks for itself.
  • Photographic Memory: It's implied Rapunzel has a photographic memory that enabled her to paint a near-accurate painting of Uncle Monty. Then again, she was able to recall the mobile above her crib, albeit subconsciously.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Cassandra sends Eugene to get more bimberries for Gregorio the gopher so he'll be fired up for the Gopher Grab. Unfortunately, he accidentally gets dimberries instead, which make Gregorio a little too fired-up.
  • Serious Business: The Goodwill Gopher Grab is described as "a sacred tradition".
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  • Somebody Doesn't Love Raymond: The plot of the episode revolves around Rapunzel trying to find out why Uncle Monty doesn't like her, especially when he seems to get along with everyone else in Corona.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: Rapunzel tries to ask Uncle Monty what she did wrong that led to him booing at her. He says he doesn't need to justify himself to her and shoos her out of his shop.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: By the episode's end, Uncle Monty doesn't like Rapunzel for shaking up the status quo in Corona, and Rapunzel's decided she doesn't like Monty's stubborn traditionalism. Their antagonism is rather playful, however, and he does seem to appreciate her helping win the Gopher Grab.
  • Wig, Dress, Accent: Rapunzel manages to disguise herself as a girl named Misty by wearing glasses, speaking in a husky voice, and hiding her hair under a brunette wig and a bulky overcoat. She also puts on shoes, which for what its worth is probably the most effective thing she could possibly do to not get instantly recognized as Rapunzel.

Alternative Title(s): Tangled The Series S 1 E 02 Rapnzels Enemy

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