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Recap / The New Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh S 1 E 7 The Great Honey Pot Robbery

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It is a beautiful morning in the Hundred Acre Wood, and Pooh awakens to look for his breakfast. To his bemusement, all of his honeypots are empty, but, being a bear of very little brains, even a trail of honey leading under his bed and faint voices from under his bed fail to make him realize that something unusual is up. Changing out of his nightshirt, he sets off to Rabbit's, hoping to borrow some honey for breakfast.


Soon after, over at Kanga and Roo's house, Roo is woken from his sleep by a leaf tickling his nose and making him sneeze. A strange voice from under his bed tells him "Gesundheit", but Kanga appears and carries him off for breakfast before he can investigate, ignoring his claims about there being something under his bed and instead assuring him it's probably nothing more than mice.

On the way to Rabbit's, Pooh is confronted by Piglet with a large, empty honeypot, asking if he was the one who emptied it (and hoping it wasn't something else scarier). Despite Piglet's wishes, though, Pooh is fairly sure that he doesn't recall emptying this pot of Piglet's. Pooh dismisses the matter, assuring Piglet that they can both borrow some from Rabbit.

At Rabbit's house, however, Pooh finds himself the target of Rabbit's anger. The enraged bunny demands to know why Pooh has snuck in and eaten all of his honey, much to Pooh's confusion. Especially when Kanga, Roo and Tigger show up and likewise blame him for stealing their honey as well. Pooh is truly upset, because he really doesn't remember doing anything like that. Roo tries to speak up, suggesting that maybe the mice from under his bed were responsible, but is ignored.


At least, until Gopher appears and reveals his honey was taken just this moment, which means Pooh can't be at fault, because he was with the rest of the gang at the time. Now the others listen to Roo, and all of them remember that they had something hiding under their bed and disturbing them this morning. Convinced that a band of mice with a sweet tooth are to blame, Pooh leads the group to try and capture them.

That evening, Poo, Piglet, Tigger and Roo set up mousetraps around a lone pot of honey and start patrolling around it for hours. Only at 1 in the morning do the tired friends finally decide to try hiding somewhere instead. Naturally, they end up in bed and soon fall asleep. And that's when the thieves appear; a Woozel named Stan, and a Heffalump named Heff. Although hardly the smartest of thieves, Pooh and his friends are so deeply asleep that they don't hear the two crooks bickering and bumbling as they go after the honeypot.


The next morning, seeing the splattered failures of their plan, the four friends plan an even bigger trap. Tigger accidentally catches them in it, but it does bring the thieves out of hiding, and the gang quickly give chase to the two honey-thieves. Unfortunately for them, they catch up, and the two hardened thugs quickly throw Pooh, Tigger and Piglet into a nearby tree. Fortunately, Roo looks so much like a giant mouse that Heff panics, forcing Stan to flee with his terrified partner, though the Woozel vows they'll be back to settle the score, and this time they'll have friends.

Climbing down from the tree, the gang congratulate Roo, and consider this a victory... though Piglet doesn't like the sound of that promise.

Later on, as Pooh, Tigger and Piglet are bunking together, a knock at Pooh's door makes him cautiously open it. An angry Rabbit chews Pooh out for being unprepared for the return of the honey thieves. Bemused, Pooh asks why they can't just offer to share their honey with the heffalumps and woozles if they promise to be nice, only for the others to say the idea is crazy. Determined to show off, Tigger prowls out into the night to challenge the thieves, though all he succeeds at doing is getting in a fight with Pooh's clothesline and dragging all the washing through the dirt and back into the house.

Meanwhile, in the depths of the wood, Heff asks Stan who they could possibly get to stand up to a giant mouse. A smirking Stan replies that they're going to get... Wooster. This news doesn't sit well with Heff, who promptly freaks out, pleading that they go back on their own; the mouse isn't so bad if Wooster is the alternative. Stan will hear nothing of it, instead grabbing the heffalump by the tail and dragging him off to find the mysterious Wooster.

The next morning, Rabbit and Pooh search for Gopher, asking him to come and fortify Pooh's house. They succeed, although Pooh ends up stuck face-down one of Gopher's holes and left behind as Rabbit and Gopher set off for Pooh's house.

Elsewhere, Stan drags the pleading Heff to Wooster's lair; an enormous cave in a hill, the entrance surrounded by smashed and toppled trees. Calling out that he has found honey, a deep voice rumbles out from the cave, and a smirking Stan prepares to lead Wooster back to Pooh's place.

Meanwhile, Pooh has finally gotten out of Gopher's hole and returned home. Gopher's efforts at fortifying his house... don't exactly work well. The first attempt is an immensely tall and thick brick wall... that's only a few feet wide, and easily stepped around. The second attempt entails absolutely covering Pooh's tree in bricks and mortars... leaving no opening for Pooh himself to get back inside. Frustrated at his failures being pointed out, Gopher angrily storms off, leaving Pooh to handle things himself.

So, Pooh turns to Rabbit, who creates a huge sign intended to lead the honey-thieves in the wrong direction entirely. Owl drops by to warn the group that the honey-thieves are arriving; Tigger and Roo set out to meet them halfway and, hopefully, scare them off, while Pooh wanders back to his house to prepare for "brunchfast".

Tigger and Roo eagerly wait for Stan and Heff's return, boasting about how they'll show the thieves a thing or two. Of course, Tigger's bravado quickly fades when he sees the enormous, tree-toppling form of Wooster for the first time. Intimidated, he submits to the thieves and promises to show them a shortcut to the honey... which takes them to Rabbit and his sign. Unfortunately for Rabbit, Wooster can't read, and he just plows through the sign in his search for the precious sweet.

At Pooh's house, Pooh is happily setting up a table for an outdoor group brunchfast, much to the disbelief of his friends. As they cower behind the table, Pooh boldly strides out to Wooster and asks him why he wants to steal honey. When Wooster explains he wants to eat the honey, Pooh replies that there's a better way to get it than just stealing.

Despite Stan and Heff's attempts to talk Wooster into ignoring him, Pooh explains how friends would share their honey with Wooster if he just asked. The bemused woozle asks if this means Pooh would be his friend. Stan and Heff interrupt Pooh's response, but Wooster simply grabs them, growling that he wants to ask first. In response to the giant woozle's politeness, Pooh happily asserts that Wooster can have some honey, and gives him a pot. Realizing that their plan is foiled, Stan and Heff leave, and Wooster joins Pooh and his friends for brunchfast.

This episode contains examples of the following tropes.

  • Androcles' Lion: Pooh asks why the Hundred Acres dwellers can't just share their honey with the heffalumps and woozels if they promise to be nice in turn. In his simple-minded wisdom, he sets up a brunchfast and offers to invite the thieves if they'll be his friends in turn, which Wooster happily accepts.
  • Big Eater: Stan and Heff rob the Hundred Acre Wood's entire honey supply in a single night.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Wooster reveals a softer, gentler side after Pooh offers to be his friend.
  • The Brute: Wooster, natch.
  • Can't You Read the Sign?: Rabbit attempts to divert the heffalumps and woozles with a sign pointing in the opposite direction of Pooh's house. Unfortunately, Wooster just walks through it. Stan points out to Rabbit that he can't read.
  • Curbstomp Battle: When Stan and Heff are exposed, they quickly throw Pooh, Tigger and Piglet into a tree, only stopped by Roo because Heff mistakes him for a mouse.
  • Debut Queue: While every other main character made their first appearance in the first or second episode, Kanga only makes her debut here.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Gopher's attempts to fortify Pooh's house against the heffalumps and woozles. First he builds a tall brick wall in front of it, but Pooh points out they can just walk around it. Then when he covers Pooh's house with bricks, Pooh points out he can't get in either.
  • The Dreaded: Wooster, again. Even Heff is terrified of him.
  • Eek, a Mouse!!: Baby kangaroo, actually, but Heff doesn't know the difference.
  • Face of a Thug: Wooster is a terrifying behemoth, but is appeased very quickly when Pooh just offers to share honey with him.
  • Fantastic Racism: Rabbit and Piglet are most adverse towards befriending Heffalumps and Woozles. This is more glaring for Piglet, who had already met friendly Heffalumps in a previous episode.
  • Fat Idiot: Heff.
  • Gentle Giant: Wooster, after his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Gonk: Wooster. Face of a Thug doesn't begin to describe how ugly he looks, being a Top-Heavy Guy and a Tiny-Headed Behemoth with a pronounced underbite, a squashed-in face, a big round nose and two tiny bunny-like ears atop his head.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After Pooh offers to be his friend, a grateful Wooster decides to ask politely for honey rather than steal it.
  • Hulk Speak: Wooster talks this way.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villains: Stan and Heff almost look competent up against the Hundred Acre Wood, though even that doesn't stop them from failing in the end.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Heff is obviously dumber and less conniving than Stan. Wooster also turns out to be a softie.
  • Not Me This Time: When everyone's honey is gone, nearly everyone in the wood, even those not particularly mad about it, instinctively assume Pooh took it. Even Pooh doesn't seem too sure it wasn't him.
  • Not Now, Kiddo: Kanga dismisses Roo's encounter with Heff under his bed as just being a dream.
  • Obviously Evil: Stan.
  • Oh, Crap!: "I think we're in big trouble."
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Tigger is shown eating and vigorously protecting honey throughout the episode, despite it being established in most Pooh canon (and parts of the series itself) that Tiggers don't even like honey.
  • Redemption Rejection: Pooh offers to just share his honey with Stan, Heff and Wooster. Despite Wooster's Heel–Face Turn having assured them a meal of honey, Stan and Heff scoff at the idea of being polite for honey and walk away swearing to steal all of it.
  • Rube Goldberg Device: The second "mousetrap" that Pooh sets up is a minor version of this that involves multiple triplines, a cart with a cake, and a washtub suspended from the roof to be dropped as a cage on whoever sets it off.
  • Sidetracked by the Analogy: When Tigger asks why the cake is part of trap, Pooh states "Everyone knows when you yell "surprise", you blow out the candles". So Tigger decides to get some ice cream to go with the cake and inadvertently sets the trap off on Pooh and the gang.
  • Smart Ball: Pooh shows marked displays of competence throughout the episode, inventing a Rube Goldberg Device to capture the thieves, being the first to point out that he couldn't be the honey thief since the latest jar was just stolen and he was with all the others at the time it happened, pinpointing all the errors in Gopher's security tactics, and later utilising Badass Pacifist tactics to instantly neutralise their gargantuan ally and bring him on his side.
  • Stupid Evil: Pooh offers to just share his honey with the Heffalumps and Woozles. While Wooster takes to the idea, Stan is disgusted at the idea of getting honey without stealing and storms off.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Stan could very easily muscle the gang's honey, unfortunately his muscle Heff is a dimwit whose scared of mice (and mistakes kangaroos for them), and their plan B, Wooster, turns out to be an even bigger softie who befriends Pooh.
  • Tempting Fate: After Stan and Heff throw Pooh into a tree, Tigger tells them he'd like to see them try that again. They toss him up the tree.
  • Third-Person Person: Wooster.
  • This Is Gonna Suck:
    • Twice during the gang's first confrontation with Stan and Heff:
    Tigger: Show 'em what you're made of, buddy bear!
    Pooh: Fluff?
    Tigger: I think we're in big trouble.
    • Then when Heff sees Roo and mistakes him for a mouse, he tries jumping into Stan's arms:
    Stan: I hate it when he does that... (Heff lands and flattens Stan)
  • Why Did It Have to Be a Giant Mouse?: Heff is terrified of mice, and mistakes Roo for one.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Stan has these.

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