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Recap / Tangled The Series S 1 E 12 Pascals Story

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When Pascal begins to feel like he does not fit into Rapunzel's new life in the castle, he runs away.

Tropes in this episode include:

  • Beware the Nice Ones: Cassandra suggests that Rapunzel calls off the search for Pascal to focus on "more important" duties. Rapunzel whirls on her lady-in-waiting and loses all of her shit in absolute fury.
  • Call-Back: The episode marks a return to the tower where Rapunzel grew up in. Eugene says he doesn't want to go back because 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.
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  • Dark and Troubled Past: As a little chameleon, Pascal's mother sent him down a river to escape a snake, losing her life in the process (and little Pascal witnessing it). Pascal ended up washing up near Rapunzel's tower and decided to check things out, deciding to stay with Rapunzel after she saves him from the same snake.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In the beginning, we learn that Pascal's mother sacrificed her life to save him from the snake.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Lance may have eaten the dinner meant for Pascal and Rapunzel, but he doesn't sugar-coat that the fault lies (partly) with Rapunzel for making less and less time for Pascal.
  • Karma Houdini: Lance doesn't receive any reprimands or repercussions for eating the dinner meant for Pascal and Rapunzel.
  • 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.
  • Out-of-Context Eavesdropping: Pascal is a victim of this twice:
    • First, he thinks Shorty is giving him a pep talk, but he was actually talking to a dead potted plant.
    • Then he hears Rapunzel call Eugene "my best friend" as she enters a room. Thus he doesn't hear her add "after Pascal." Thinking that Rapunzel is no longer her best friend, Pascal runs away.
  • Reality Ensues: Rapunzel still has trauma issues surrounding the tower and facing it again is difficult. While he's more cavalier about it, Eugene doesn't react well to the tower either.
  • "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.
  • Running Away From Home: Feeling unappreciated, Pascal runs away from the castle and back to the tower.
  • 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.
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  • 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 kidnapped by Mother Gothel, raised, and most of all, where she met Pascal. As such, the tower would be the last place she would think to find Pascal.

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