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Recap / Titans S 2 E 4 Aqualad

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Four years ago, Dick, Donna, Hank, Dawn and Garth aka Aqualad are living together in Titans Tower, thriving as a superhero team, and growing into a tight-knit family. But their personal feelings start to bleed more and more into their work, and with the arrival of a new villain, the Titans begin to question their destiny as heroes.

Tropes featured in the episode:

  • A Day in the Limelight: For the original Titans team and for Garth
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  • A Death in the Limelight: Garth dies at the episode
  • Absentee Actor: Anna Diop, Ryan Potter, Teagan Croft, Curran Walters, Chelsea Zhang do not appear in the episode.
  • Amazon Chaser: Garth is this to Donna
  • Bank Robbery: Dr Light does this, alerting the Titans of his presence
  • Back Stab: Deathstroke does this to a judge
  • Big Blackout: Dr Light causes one early in the episode
  • Birthday Episode: Garth’s birthday takes place during the episode
  • Character Death: Garth
  • Character Title: The episode is name after Garth
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Garth has had feelings for Donna ever since they were kids.
  • Commitment Issues: Donna is scared to get into a relationship with Garth, and plans to go back to Themyscira early to avoid it.
  • Death by Sex: After he and Donna sleep together, Garth is shot by Deathstroke and dies
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  • Disabled Character, Disabled Actor: Deaf actor Chella Man, plays the mute Jericho.
  • Eyescream: We see the aftermath of one of Deathstroke’s victims
  • Flipping the Bird: Hank flips Garth off when he insults his intelligence
  • Half-Truth: Donna tells Dick that she has been told she needs to go back to Themyscira, not telling him that she requested the time change.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Garth takes Deathstroke’s bullet meant for Donna
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Deathstroke stabs a federal judge with his sword, it goes all the way through and comes out the other side
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Deathstroke manages to kill three people within seconds of each other through a small window while they are in witness holding.
  • Interspecies Romance: Between the Atlantean Garth and the Amazon Donna
  • It's All My Fault: Donna sees Garth’s death as this, if she hadn’t be scared of her feelings and wanted to leave, then Garth would have never been at the airport.
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  • Lock-and-Load Montage: The Titans are seen suiting up before their fight with Dr Light
  • Love Confession: Garth tells Donna that he loves her, he always has and always will
  • Making a Splash:
    • Donna breaks a fire hydrant, allowing Garth to use his powers and take down some criminals.
    • Breaking a watertank, allows Garth to use his power and save Hank from being shot
  • Moe Greene Special: How Deathstroke kills one of the lawyers outside the courthouse
  • Moment Killer: Just as Donna and Garth are getting closer, Dawn walks in
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: Between Garth and Dick, Dick thinks that Donna stopped by his room and told Garth that she was leaving, but Garth is talking about Donna “sort of” stopping by and them sleeping together.
  • Professional Killer: Deathstroke is hired to kill two lawyers, two witnesses and the judge for a federal case.
  • Properly Paranoid: Adeline, is right to be worried if they are found by her ex-husband Slade Wilson
  • Revenge: The Titans plan to get this on Deathstroke after he killed Garth
  • Sneaky Departure: Donna plans to leave Titan Tower without telling anyone, Dick sees her leave – but they don’t say anything to each other.
  • Taking the Bullet: Garth takes Deathstroke’s shot, saving Donna but dying himself.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: The whole episode takes place 5 years before the current timeline
  • You Always Hear the Bullet: Garth is able to hear Deathstroke firing his gun, giving him enough time to turn around and block to bullet with his body.
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