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Recap / Tangled: The Series S1E11 "Pascal's Story"

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Nobody could ever take your place in my heart. Or on my shoulder!
Rapunzel, to Pascal

Rapunzel's royal responsibilities, and her relationship with Eugene, take up so much of her time, that she's spending less time with Pascal, who begins to feel neglected and like he does not fit into Rapunzel's new life. After Rapunzel stands him up for a dinner, and a misunderstanding makes Pascal think Rapunzel doesn't feel he's her best friend anymore, Pascal runs away—to Rapunzel's tower. Rapunzel, Eugene and Cassandra go to the tower as well. Meanwhile, a snake is hunting Pascal, and we learn about a sad part of Pascal's past and how he met Rapunzel.


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  • Beware the Nice Ones: When Cassandra wants Rapunzel to get back to her royal duties, Eugene tries warning her that Rapunzel is very upset about Pascal going missing and not to press her. Dismissing him, Cassandra goes ahead with telling Rapunzel to call off the search to focus on "more important" duties. Rapunzel whirls on her lady-in-waiting and loses all of her shit in absolute fury, declaring that nothing is being done until Pascal is found. Cassandra backs off in fear while Eugene simply comments to her, "I would do what she says."
    • Child!Rapunzel smashes a snake in the face with a frying pan.
  • Call-Back:
    • Rapunzel smashes a snake that's hunting Pascal and ends up in her tower with her frying pan, in the exact same way she smashed Flynn with it in the movie.
    • Flashbacks of Rapunzel (as a child) interacting with Pascal in her tower, show them doing the same things they did during "When Will My Life Begin?", a.o. them playing chess.
    • The episode marks a return to the tower where Rapunzel grew up in. Eugene decides to stay down below as he refuses to "die in the same place twice". With that snake up there, it was a wise choice indeed. Rapunzel's previous length of hair (now brown) Eugene chopped off is still lying on the floor.
  • Chekhov's Skill: From the beginning of Tangled on, Rapunzel was shown to be an excellent painter, though that was just a hobby. Now when Pascal is missing, she draws a sketch of him herself (which, Eugene remarks, is well-done), so her drawing skill comes in handy as she doesn't need to go find an artist to do it.
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  • Dark and Troubled Past: As a tiny baby chameleon, Pascal's mother sent him down a river to escape a snake that was after them, getting killed in the process by the deadly snake (and little Pascal witnessing it). Pascal ended up falling over a waterfall and washed up near Rapunzel's tower. He is drawn by a young Rapunzel's singing voice and decided to check things out, climbing up her tower as said-snake followed behind him. As he made it to her window, the snake bit and killed him. Rapunzel knocks the snake out of the tower and heals Pascal using her hair's healing power. After this, Pascal decided to stay with her.
  • Disney Death: Pascal almost died from the snake's attack as a baby, but little Rapunzel uses her hair to revive him.
  • "Eureka!" Moment: When Rapunzel is wondering where Pascal could’ve gone, she notices the purple button she gave him the night they met on the floor. After looking at it for a moment, she then looks at one of the murals on her bedroom wall and figures out where he is; the Tower.
  • Jerkass: Lance acts very mean to Pascal, by not only eating the dinner Pascal was supposed to eat with Rapunzel, but also entrapping Pascal under a glass bowl, and rubbing it in to Pascal that Rapunzel wouldn't care about him anymore.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Granted it's pretty cruel of him to say so, Lance is partly on the nose about how Rapunzel probably won't bother to show up at Pascal's dinner, since Rapunzel's been making less and less time for the little chameleon due to her royal duties.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In the beginning, we learn that Pascal's mother pulled one so he could get away from the snake. What's tragic is that it would have been in vain had Rapunzel not found Pascal and saved him.
  • Mood Whiplash: We are treated to views and objects that serve as a grim reminder of the darkest moment in the film—the remains of Rapunzel's hair, the broken mirror, the shot of the chain Gothel used, only to later be superimposed with visions of happy memories Pascal had made with Rapunzel.
  • Origins Episode: This episode reveals how Pascal ended up in the tower where Mother Gothel used to keep Rapunzel locked in.
  • Out-of-Context Eavesdropping: Pascal is a victim of this twice:
    • He thinks Shorty is giving him a pep talk, but he was actually talking to a dead potted plant.
    • He hears Rapunzel call Eugene "my best friend" as she enters a room. Thus he doesn't hear her add "...after Pascal" as she closed the door behind her. Thinking that he's not Rapunzel's best friend anymore, Pascal runs away.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Lance gives one to Pascal about how he should really be mad at Rapunzel for standing up their dinner rather than him for eating it In the ending painting montage, we see Pascal making Lance clean up all the dishes as he happily watches him struggle.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Or, one red eye, take warning. The snake that attacks Pascal has a red eye (and a yellow one) and is very bad news.
  • Running Away From Home: Feeling unappreciated, Pascal runs away from the castle and back to the tower.
  • Serious Business: Cassandra explains to Rapunzel that playing chess is a matter of life and death, and that she takes beating her opponent very, very seriously.
  • Super-Persistent Predator: The snake, which somehow followed baby Pascal up a tower and survived getting whacked by young Rapunzel. When Pascal goes back to the tower after 13 years, the snake is still trying to hunt him down.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: Naturally, Rapunzel has lingering trauma surrounding the tower and facing it again is difficult. While he's more cavalier about it, Eugene doesn't react well to seeing the tower again either due to how, the last time he was there, he literally died. He opts to stay outside the tower to avoid seeing said-spot again.
  • Trauma Button: Rapunzel flinches when she sees the tower again, and entering and climbing it is a struggle.
  • Where It All Began: This episode revisits the one place where everything began—the tower. It was where Rapunzel was kept by Mother Gothel, raised, and most of all, where she met Pascal.


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