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Recap / The Lion Guard S 1 E 25 Beshte And The Hippo Lanes

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Summary: When Beshte's dad is injured while creating hippo lanes, Beshte must step in and take over the job.

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  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: After being ordered around all day, the antelopes get fed up and refuse to walk across the flood plains, even after Beshte finishes the lane. But once Fuli kindly asks them to, they have a complete change of heart and dash across.
  • Animal Stampede: After Fuli apologizes to the antelope, they happily charge across the flood plains. Beshte exploits this to flatten Makuu and his crocs later.
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  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Beshte eagerly helps a lot of little animals get across the flood plains. And in doing so, he messes up the hippo lanes.
  • A Day in the Limelight: For Beshte, with his dad Basi also playing a pivotal role.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Makuu quickly gives up on the young rhino when Beshte and his dad tell him that they're not allowed to hunt in the flood plains after a rain storm and again when Beshte is able to fool him and his crocs into getting trampled by the antelope.
  • Musical Chores: Beshte and the animals of the Pride Lands sing about the hard work of making hippo lanes in the flood plains.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: By helping so many animals get across the flood plains, Beshte makes the hippo lanes too confusing to use.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Beshte and his dad save a young rhino from Makuu and help him get unstuck from the reeds. But while doing that a bird flies overhead that startles the rhino and causes him to jab Beshte's dad in the leg.
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  • Skewed Priorities: The sable antelopes refuse to follow anyone's orders unless if asked politely, regardless of what situation they're in.
  • Trampled Underfoot: Beshte and his dad trick Makuu and crocodiles into swimming into the hippo lane the antelope are dashing across. They immediately dive to bottom and get trampled brutally with the antelopes not even noticing.
  • Truth in Television: The centerpoint of the episode is how hippos make channels in wetlands that other animals can use after rainstorms. And it is true indeed that as ecological engineers, hippos plowing through submerged wetlands helps water and nutrients flow around and while creating habitat and gateways for all kinds of animals.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Due to his dad getting accidentally stabbed in the leg by the rhino they saved earlier, they have to retreat from Makuu and his crocodiles. Truth in Television as even a group of crocodiles, much less a single one, is no match for a healthy, adult, male hippo.

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