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Recap / Tangled: The Series S2E16 "Rapunzel: Day One"

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Ooooh, a memory wand; I wonder what it does!

Things are awkward between Rapunzel and Cassandra. They go off to search for parts for their destroyed caravan and come across an abandoned magic stall containing a wand of forgetting. Cassandra impulsively wishes Rapunzel would "just forget about everything" when she is tired of her trying to patch things up between them, which results in Rapunzel regressing to when she was still in her tower.

This episode provides examples of:

  • Bad Ass Pacifist: Rapunzel takes down all of her friends with well placed traps.
  • Call-Back:
    • When Rapunzel loses her memory, Cassandra finds herself tied to a chair with Rapunzel's hair exactly like Eugene was in the movie. Some of the dialogue that follows even echoes the movies'. ("Who are you, and how did I get here?" vs. "Who are you, and how did you find me?".
    • Rapunzel repeats the list of "scary things" Mother Gothel warned her about in the movie—quicksand, poison ivy and the plague, amongst others.
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    • Rapunzel smacks herself on the head with her frying pan, like in the movie.
    • The following day, she makes a big deal about walking on grass for the first time, and swings around the trunk of a tree, shouting "Best. Day. Ever!"
    • She once again finds a rabbit, but this time instead of being scared of it she finds it cute.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Rapunzel angrily draws a picture of Cassandra looking demonic in her book, then quickly tears it out and pockets it. After losing her memory, she later discovers the torn page on herself, making Rapunzel believe Cassandra is a lying ruffian leading her into a trap.
  • Continuity Nod: Hook Foot is absent as he had left to join his brother Hook Hand on his world tour in the previous episode.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: If Cassandra had just bitten the bullet and talked about her feelings with Rapunzel, none of that trouble would have happened.
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  • Easy Amnesia: Double subversion. Cassandra and Rapunzel find the Wand of Oblivion, a Magic Wand that can alter memories. Whenever Rapunzel picks it up, she wonders how it works and then puts it down... only to pick it up, wonder how it works and then put it down again. And again. Then it turns out she was just joking. Later it is played straight though, when Cassandra accidentally resets Rapunzel's memory to before she met Eugene.
  • Funny Background Event: While Cassandra reads about the antidote, Rapunzel plays with a box of potions. One turns her hair rainbow-coloured, another gives her a second head, another turns her into a giant, and the last one turns her back to normal just before Cassandra turns around to look at her.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Perhaps the result of an animation oversight, but Eugene deadpans “you can stop hugging me now” to Lance, while his own arms are still wrapped around Lance.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Inverted. The episode begins with Cassandra clumsily trying to learn how to fight with her right hand since her other hand was ruined by the Moonstone incantation. She and Rapunzel are also not on speaking terms because of it.
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: When told of Rapunzel's memory loss, Eugene says that "Fresh-out-of-the-tower Rapunzel" is inexperienced, so they have the upper hand. What follows is Rapunzel capturing Shorty and scaring the juice out of Lance with an ingenious trap.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: No thanks to Cassandra, Rapunzel gets hit with a memory loss spell that resets her mind to when she was still under Mother Gothel's imprisonment.
  • Meaningful Echo: "Friends have a way of knowing these things."
  • Rube Goldberg Machine: Lance trips an elaborate trap version, which captures him in a hollowed out log.
  • Rule of Symbolism: The episode involves our protagonists sifting through the wreckage of the caravan, symbolizing Rapunzel and Cass' fractured relationship. At the end they make up as the rest finish putting the repaired caravan halves back together and Eugene says, "You see? I told you we'd get them back together."
  • Underestimating Badassery: Eugene expects "Fresh-out-of-the-tower Rapunzel" to be so inexperienced he and the others will have the upper hand. He is proven wrong.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Cassandra's owl gives her a disapproving glare for lying to Rapunzel about "saving her from ruffians" instead of simply telling her the truth. She assures her pet that it won't matter once she gets the antidote made and keeps up the lie. Then Rapunzel realizes they're going the opposite direction of where Cassandra said they'd go, since she still has her astronomy knowledge.


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