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Recap / Word Girl S 8 E 13 Rhyme And Reason

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Original airdate: August 7th, 2015

A villainous duo named Rhyme and Reason appear to wreak havoc on the town. Meanwhile, Violet discovers that Becky is actually WordGirl.

The episode's associated vocabulary words are "harmony" and "resolve" for part one, and "chaos" and "forlorn" for part two.


"Rhyme and Reason" contains the following tropes:

  • And the Adventure Continues: The episode ends with WordGirl and Captain Huggyface going off to fight the villains that have teamed up.
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  • Antagonist Title: The episode is named after the villainous duo Rhyme and Reason.
  • Book-Ends: The final scene of the episode has WordGirl going up against the original five villains from the shorts.note 
  • Death Glare: Violet, towards Becky in the beginning of the second part.
  • Declarative Finger: WordGirl does this while explaining what the word "harmony" means to Reason. Special mention goes to the fact that she's trapped in ice at the moment, so she frees her finger and only her finger so she can do the gesture.
  • Double Take: When Becky is looking for an excuse to leave Violet's house so she can turn into WordGirl, and Bob offers a suggestion:
    Becky: Violet, uh, Bob and I have to, um, run out for a minute, and, uh... [Bob chatters.] plant some corn! [Beat] What?! Plant some corn?
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  • Empathic Environment: Immediately before Violet confronts Becky about her secret identity as WordGirl and Reason decides to end his partnership with Rhyme, it starts to rain outside to foreshadow the sadness of the situation.
  • Face, Nod, Action: A one-person example. At the end of the episode, after Becky and Violet have patched things up, a giant robot shows up. Becky and Violet nod knowingly at each other before Becky transforms into WordGirl to take care of it.
  • Grand Finale: A rather sad one, since one of the main plot points of the episode is about Violet discovering Becky is actually WordGirl.
  • Hope Spot: Violet tells Becky that she is not mad at her for not telling her she's WordGirl, much to the latter's relief. That is, until Violet announces that she has decided to end their friendship.
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  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: When she hears a bank alarm, Becky, at Bob's suggestion, tells Violet that they have to leave to "plant some corn".
  • Last Episode, New Character: This Grand Finale episode is the first and only appearance of Rhyme and Reason.
  • Least Rhymable Word: Violet at one point asks Rhyme to "Stop freezing [WordGirl]! Or she may turn... purple!" Cue Rhyme trying and failing to figure out a word that rhymes with "purple", giving WordGirl enough time to free herself from the ice Rhyme trapped her in.
  • Loud Gulp: Becky has one of these when she realises that Violet knows that she's WordGirl.
  • My Car Hates Me: After Rhyme and Reason steal an old car to go with their gold bars, it sputters to a stop right outside the bank they just left, allowing WordGirl to catch them.
  • Name and Name: The title "Rhyme and Reason" refers to the villains who are introduced in the episode.
  • Overly Long Name: When WordGirl points out that super strength and freeze breath has nothing to do with rhyming, Reason agrees and notes that he wanted them to be called Super-Strong Woman with Freeze Breath and Normal Guy.
  • Plot-Mandated Friendship Failure: Violet finally figures out that Becky is WordGirl, and is so heartbroken at having repeatedly been lied to that she breaks up her friendship with Becky. After some soul-searching, Becky and Violet start off anew.
  • Pose of Supplication: WordGirl starts crying and takes this pose after Violet tells her that she'll have to think about whether or not they can go back to being friends and leaves.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    Exposition Guy: Wait, is this the police station?
    Violet: No, this is a playground... [gives a Death Glare towards Becky] of deception and betrayal.
  • Saw It in a Movie Once: After Violet decides to start her friendship with Becky and they introduce themselves to each other, Becky asks if they're really going to start over all the way from the beginning. Violet replies no; that's just what people always do in the movies, and she wanted to see how it sounded.
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: Rhyme yells things like "Smash!" and "Bash!" as she's breaking things on her rampage.
  • Status Quo Is God: Averted. Violet inadvertently takes successive photos of Becky changing into WordGirl and puts two and two together. The fact that Becky has been lying to Violet all that time causes a Plot-Mandated Friendship Failure between them, which is not reversed by the end of the episode.
  • Tranquil Fury: Violet barely raises her voice when confronting Becky about keeping her in the dark of being WordGirl in the end of the first part and the beginning of the second part.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: How do Rhyme and Reason thank WordGirl for getting their friendship back together again? By attacking her.
  • Unwitting Muggle Friend: The two-parter episode shows a deconstructed example of why it's a bad idea for Becky to keep her secret a secret from Violet.
  • Verbal Ticked: When WordGirl goes to stop Rhyme, who is wreaking havoc to vent after Reason broke off their friendship, she notes that the villainess isn't rhyming anymore. Rhyme replies that it's too hard to do all the time without Reason's help.
  • Was It All a Lie?:
    Violet: Becky, are we friends?

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