By far the most well-known episode of The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, "Find Her, Keep Her" is a nostalgic classic among Winnie-the-Pooh fans, and quite a Tear Jerker, to boot.
This episode contains examples of the following tropes.
- Adult Fear: Rabbit goes through this when Kessie gets into danger and he nearly loses her. Kessie falls into a ravine because she slips out of Rabbit's hand in a failed rescue attempt, and she can't save herself because Rabbit hasn't allowed her to learn to fly. Just to twist the knife even more, her fall makes Rabbit realize he never told her he loved her. Granted, Owl rescues her and she doesn't die, but that is some intense Adult Fear.
- Armor-Piercing Question: "Don't you think I know?"
- Babysitting Episode: Seems to be this at first, but it turns out to be a Parenting Episode.
- Babies Make Everything Better: Kessie brought out the absolute best in the usually grumpy, garden-obsessed, and occasionally Jerkass Rabbit.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Rabbit tells Tigger to let go of the large rubber band he's holding. Without Tigger to hold it, it promptly launches Rabbit over a cliff.
- Bittersweet Ending: Kessie flies away and Rabbit thinks he's been left behind without being able to say goodbye. Then, just when it seems that she's gone for good, we hear Kessie's giggling and she flies into Rabbit's arms to say her goodbye to him too. At the end, Pooh and Piglet sit up on a cliff at sunset, remembering their friend.
Piglet: It's the most peculiar thing. All this time I thought Rabbit didn't like her.
Pooh: You know, Piglet, sometimes people care too much. I think it's called love.
Piglet: Ohh. Do you think we should tell Rabbit?
Pooh: Don't worry. I believe he already knows.
- Then the camera pans down to see Rabbit sitting nearby, gazing off into the sunset waiting for Kessie to come home. He still has the carrot she left him.
- Canon Immigrant: Kessie is so well-remembered that she became a main character in The Book of Pooh.
- Darker and Edgier: This episode is regarded as one of the most sad and emotional of the whole series. The funny parts are very limited and the plot is more centered around Rabbit's deep affection and worries towards his adopted daughter.
- Damned by Faint Praise: Pooh assures Kessie that her initial attempt at flying is "Very good... for going down. What you need is a way for going up."
- Despair Event Horizon: Rabbit comes close to this after Kessie's Disney Death. He snaps out of it when he finds out that Owl saved Kessie. He crosses right back over it when Kessie learns to fly, making him realize she can do fine without him and he's only been in her way.
Rabbit: You don't need me to read you a bedtime story. You don't need me...for anything.
- Disney Death: Rabbit is unable to save Kessie from falling off a cliff; since he hasn't allowed her to learn to fly, this looks like the end. (Fortunately, Owl catches her on the way down and gives her some flying instructions.)
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Rabbit reads Kessie a story about a little princess bird locked in a dungeon, "with only her good friend Rabbie to protect her", reflecting Kessie's growing boredom with staying home and longing to see the world outside.
- Drama Bomb
- Floating in a Bubble: Kessie while getting her bath, leading to Rabbit's first scare.
- Gut Punch: Several of Rabbit's lines stand out:
"Oh, Tigger... I never even told her... I loved her!"
"There's nothing holding you down now!" "Don't you think I know?"
"You don't need me to read you a bedtime story. You don't need me... for anything."
"I changed my mind! You can fly! Just... don't go away, Kessie."
- Heroic BSoD: Rabbit suffers one of these after he realizes Kessie learnt to fly and she's about to leave him. That snowy night he sits sadly with a deep gloomy look on his face nearby the fireplace holding Kessie's stuffed bunny. When Kessie tries to cheer him up by asking him to read her one last bedtime story, Rabbit, quietly goes in his bedroom saying in a monotone tone that "You don't need me to read you a bedtime story. You don't need me for anything."
- Interspecies Adoption: Rabbit becomes an adoptive parent to a baby bird.
- Ironic Nursery Rhyme: Rabbit sings one of these while he frantically tries to take care of Baby Kessie.
Rabbit: Rock a bye/ Stay still/'Cause you're driving me crazy...
- Literal Cliffhanger: Kessie and Tigger find themselves hanging from a fallen tree over a steep ravine, complete with Plummet Perspective.
- Mood Whiplash: The first half of the episode is fairly light and comic. The second half is surprisingly deep and dramatic.
- Never Got to Say Goodbye: When Kessie falls to her apparent Disney Death, Rabbit is devastated to realize he never told her he loved her.
- Never Say "Die": After Kessie's Disney Death.
Wait a minute, bunny boy! She's...she's gone
- Not Allowed to Grow Up: Averted, as the entire point of the episode is that Kessie's growing up, and can't stay in the Hundred Acre Wood forever.
- No Antagonist: The story doesn't have a villain of any kind, not even an unintentional one. The entire conflict is driven by Rabbit coming to terms with the fact that Kessie is growing up and that he has to let her go sooner or later, and his actions are at worst misguided and are done with the best intentions.
- Overprotective Dad: Rabbit doesn't want Kessie to learn to fly, both because he fears for her safety and because he doesn't want her to leave and go south for the winter.
- Papa Wolf: Rabbit acts fast whenever Kessie is threatened.
- Parental Abandonment: It seems that Kessie was left all alone in her nest at the start of the episode.
- Spoonerism: In a moment of angrish, Rabbit mispronounces "carrot patch" as "parrot catch."
- Take My Hand: A failed attempt by Rabbit leads to the above Disney Death.
- Third-Person Person: Baby Kessie.
- Unexpectedly Dark Episode: For such a normally lighthearted franchise as Winnie The Pooh, this episode is very emotionally complex, touches on some deep issues and Adult Fear, has several genuine Tear Jerker moments, and a Bittersweet Ending.
- Wham Line:
- Tigger, after Kessie's fallen off a cliff: "She's...she's gone", followed by Rabbit's "I never even got to tell her how much I loved her!".
- The above-mentioned Armor-Piercing Question that triggers the most depressing segment of the episode.
- "I've changed my mind! You can fly! Just...don't...go away, Kessie."