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Recap / Tangled: The Series S1E07 "In Like Flynn"

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It's basically "entertainment for morons".
Cassandra, explaining the concept of "pranks" to Rapunzel.

In order to prank a rival monarch, King Frederic recruits Eugene to help him pull off a scheme. Eugene's former experience as a thief comes in handy when they break into the other monarch's castle at King Frederic's request. Eugene actually is doing this to increase his father-in-law(-to-be)'s opinion of him, but King Frederic is oblivious to that. Meanwhile, Rapunzel learns the meaning of the word "pranked" and then gets a little too enthusiastically into doing that herself.


This episode provides examples of:

  • Comically Missing the Point: Raps spends much of her time in the episode trying to prank people, but not getting that pranks are usually mildly mean, she ends up just surprising people with good deeds.
  • Denser and Wackier: Easily one of the silliest episodes of the show, both in its premise and its tone.
  • Didn't Think This Through: When Eugene and the King return from Equis, they find out Rapunzel painted several flowers at the castle's front walls as a prank. The King tells her to repaint the walls. Cassandra "congratulates" Rapunzel for actually pulling a prank but tells her she didn't think about the consequences. Rapunzel says she did and, since she'll be too busy with Princess duties to do the repainting, Cassandra will have to do it. 5 seconds later, she returns and says she's kidding. She'll help.
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  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The whole ordeal between the two kingdoms is a lot like a high school/college rivalry. Right down to stealing the rivaling school's mascot.
  • Fake Out Escape: Eugene makes it seem as though Frederic escaped through a grate in their cell, so when the guards come to investigate, Frederic drops in from the ceiling.
  • Fun with Homophones: Eugene thinks King Frederic wants his help to prank King Trevor by stealing the Royal Seal of Equis. It turns out to be King Trevor's pet seal instead.
  • Gratuitous Latin: Eugene switches from English to Latin when he says "Et tu, Blondie!" to Rapunzel—drawn from the "Et tu, Brutus!" Julius Caesar allegedly would have said.
  • Humiliation Conga: First King Trevor falls through his own trapdoor, then King Frederic and Eugene tie him to his own statue dressed as a fool wearing only his underwear and a sign reading "Corona Rules" in public, all the while they set Trevor Jr. free in Equis' ocean.
  • Ignored Expert: Eugene, being an accomplished thief who managed to sneak into Equis when no one else could, gets his warnings waved off by Frederic, who insists on being the leader of the operation.
  • I'm Standing Right Here: The Captain of The Guard whispers his exposition about the deal behind the vandalism of King Frederic's statue because it's a very personal matter. The Captain's whispering wasn't so subtle and Frederic replies he can hear him.
  • Irony: Eugene, a former thief, is the Only Sane Man whilst King Frederic's behavior in trying to prank King Trevor is blatantly immature.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: King Frederic tries to take the lead on infiltrating Equis despite never even doing so before, resulting in getting him and Eugene caught. He also ignores all advice from Eugene, the only guy in the past who managed to sneak into Equis without getting caught.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Spending the episode criticizing Rapunzel's various "pranks" ends with Cassandra being the only one she truly pranks... for about 5 seconds before Raps apologies and says she was kidding.
  • Mobile Shrubbery: Eugene and Frederic disguise themselves as hedges. They are almost given away when one guard coming out of the latrine sees them moving, but Eugene quickly dispatches him.
  • Mugged for Disguise: Eugene's plan to infiltrate Equis is to take the uniforms from two guards, but Frederic rejects it. Eugene does attack one guard and takes his uniform, mainly to keep him from giving Frederic away.
  • Not So Above It All: Yes, even the King is into wanting to pull an epic prank on his rival. So's the captain.
  • Obliviously Evil: King Trevor is completely ignorant of the fact that the Royal Seal, Trevor Jr., is completely miserable, thanks to living in his castle.
  • Oh, Crap!: Flynn and King Frederic and the seal fall down when hiding on top of a chandelier. Once they've hit the ground, and Flynn notices Equis' guards approaching, he has an expression of "boy, this is going to suck". And yes, cue Flynn and Frederic being thrown into jail.
  • Pun: When Frederic said he wanted to steal the Royal Seal of Equis, he didn't mean the type of seal the king uses to stamp documents. He meant the king's pet seal.
  • Royal "We": Eugene thinks King Frederic uses the Royal We, but it's subverted because he doesn't really use it at all, nor has he even heard of the concept.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: Trevor Jr. the royal seal proves to be much happier swimming free in the water than spending his days sitting on stuffy pillows and wearing a collar like a pet.
  • Survival Mantra: With the king's antics driving him crazy, Eugene keeps his cool by reminding himself "You love Rapunzel, you love Rapunzel..."
  • You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me!: Eugene has this reaction upon learning the seal the King wants to steal is a pet seal instead of the kind of seal people stamp documents with.


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