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Recap / Tangled: The Series S1E17 "Painter's Block"

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King Frederic has opened a large art gallery on the island of Corona, and commissioned Rapunzel to design a mural for the front of it. Unfortunately the events of the previous episode have caused Rapunzel to question every decision she makes, leading to the painting equivalent of writer's block. A painting teacher who just moved into town offers to help train her, but as the teacher's students begin disappearing Cassandra and Eugene suspect something sinister is about...


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This episode provides examples of:

  • Bad Samaritan: Under the false guise of a trustworthy art teacher who promises to help Rapunzel overcome her creativity block, Sugarby brainwashes Rapunzel into painting a tree that could free her master.
  • Big "NO!": Sugarby screams one when Rapunzel destroys her painting and sends her back to her prison within the Demanitus Device.
  • Breather Episode: After a long special which is Darker and Edgier than the previous, this episode is Lighter and Softer at first, focusing on Rapunzel’s return to form. But while not quite as dark and intense as "Queen For A Day", it does get progressively creepier.
  • Continuity Nod: This episode picks up right where “Queen For a Day” left off, where Rapunzel is still worrying after the blizzard.
  • Eye Awaken: Seen on Rapunzel as she is awakened by Sugarby calling her to Janus Point for the ritual.
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  • Last-Second Word Swap: Eugene when he sees Rapunzel in shoes.
    Eugene: Holy shoes!
  • Losing a Shoe in the Struggle: To Eugene's delight (as it shows his girl is back to normal), Rapunzel tosses her slippery-treaded shoes over the cliffside to use her bare feet to get better traction and claw at the ground (with Max tugging on the back of her hair for good measure) when Eugene and Vivian are hanging on by her hair.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: People Sugarby hypnotizes will have their eyes glow a deadly white.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: When Rapunzel activated the Demanitus Device to destroy the blizzard in the past episode, she unknowingly freed an evil spirit that served Zhan Tiri, and she happens to be posing as her art teacher in an attempt to bring him back.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Eugene gets concerned about Rapunzel after she not only is late for their date, but is wearing shoes!
  • Out-of-Character Alert: Eugene notices Rapunzel has been acting strange since the second visit to Sugarby's art class. He is mostly shocked when she shows up wearing a pair of shoes. She even says she guesses she put them on earlier (having forgot she did) and they feel "normal". She also shows up to her date late and Eugene realizes that Rapunzel is not living life to the fullest and being a free spirit and taking chances. That makes Rapunzel angry and she brings up the incident with Varian, still upset about what happened because of the Sadistic Choice she went through.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Both Sugarby and her master qualify. Sugarby was released the machine activated, and is trying to release her boss.
  • She's Back: While trying to pull Eugene and Cassandra up the cliff with her hair, Rapunzel kicks off her shoes to get better traction. It's Eugene's proud smile that speaks volumes of how much Rapunzel's former self has resurfaced.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Rapunzel shouts one at Eugene, as a result of Sugarby's hypnotic spell, when he comments she's very out of character and is afraid to make difficult choices.
    Rapunzel: "Part of life"?! Really?! Is me turning my back on Varian when he's desperately begging for my help part of life?! Is deciding if Pascal should risk his life a tough call?! Tell you what, Eugene. The day you have to choose whether to put the entire fate of a kingdom in the hands of a fairytale is the day we can chat about difficult choices!
  • Too Upset to Create: The traumatic events of the previous episode lead Rapunzel to question every decision she makes — even deciding what to paint is a difficult choice now.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Rapunzel was hoping that some painting lessons would not only restore her creative inspiration, but also help her recover from the previous episode's struggles. Instead, she's brainwashed by an evil art teacher to sink deeper into her fear of making her own choices.
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