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Recap / X Men Evolution S 2 E 13 Shadow Dance

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The school dance has come around, bringing turmoil to the X-Men and the other students. Especially nervous is Nightcrawler, who worries about how to conceal his furry skin from any girl he dances with. However, he and the others soon have more to worry about when Forge's experiment to increase his teleport range allows creatures from another dimension into theirs.


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  • Another Dimension: The one Nightcrawler travels through when he teleports. Up until Forge started experimenting, it always happened too fast for him to see anything.
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  • But Your Wings Are Beautiful: When Kurt finally reveals himself to Amanda, she takes the edge off his nervousness by commenting, "Hmm. Blue is my favorite color."
  • The Casanova: Pietro (Quicksilver) comes to the dance with four girls.
  • Continuity Nod: Amanda reveals that she first saw Kurt's true form when he and Rogue were arguing in the hall in "Shadowed Past."
  • Everyone Can See It: Everyone expects Jean to ask Scott to the dance, though he's actually doubtful since she's already dating Duncan. Conversely, Scott fully expects Amanda to ask Kurt out.
  • Exact Words: As Kurt frets about Amanda feeling his fur during a dance, Scott suggests he wears gloves. He likens it to his glasses; he says whenever people ask why he's always wearing shades, he simply tells them he has an eye condition.
  • Freakiness Shame: This comes to the forefront for Kurt in this episode.
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  • Friendship Moment: Kitty and Rogue talking about the dance. Kitty suggests Rogue just ask Scott since she clearly wants to. When Kitty says she worries about what the others will say if she asks Lance, Rogue tells her to not care about that.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Jean is clearly jealous when Scott accepts Taryn's request to go to the dance with him. This is lampshaded by one of Taryn's friends:
    She's, like, so jealous of you.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Lance is glad Kitty asked him, but he tries to act all proud and says he'll have to think about it. When she looks disappointed and walks away, he immediately says he thought about it and agrees to go.
  • A Lady on Each Arm: Pietro gets this times two: a girl on each of his arms, with two girls besides them.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Taryn points out that Jean has had more than enough time to claim Scott.
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  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Forge's attempts to see what the other dimension was like not only scared Nightcrawler out of using his ability, but they also left a rift that allowed the dimension's creatures to get into our world.
  • Pet the Dog: Tabitha (Boom-Boom) offers to take two of her fellow Brotherhood members who couldn't get dates as hers.
  • Properly Paranoid: Wolverine immediately suspects these creatures may get loose into the real world because of the experiments.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: Amanda has apparently known that Kurt was unusual for a while, but he didn't know that she knew until she begged him to "make [the two of them] disappear" when the pair were cornered by one of the dimensional beasts.
  • Ship Tease: Quite a lot.
    • Rogue wants to go to the dance with Scott, but she won't ask because of her powers and because of Jean.
    • Jean wanted to ask Scott, and he was clearly hoping she would, but Taryn beat her to the punch. Taryn does enjoy making Jean jealous, but she does sincerely like Scott.
    • Kitty asks Lance to the dance.
  • Teleporter Accident: Forge tries to extend the range of Nightcrawler's teleportation, and ends up creating rifts to the hell-like dimension Nightcrawler uses to move from place to place. Needless to say, the inhabitants get out.
  • Unknown Rival: Jean has no idea why Rogue is so short with her lately.
  • Villains Out Shopping: The Brotherhood hit the dance floor and, for once, don't cause any trouble. Blob, Toad, and Boom-Boom even help subdue one of the monsters.
  • You Wouldn't Believe Me If I Told You: Amanda notes that no one would've believed her about Kurt, even if she did try to tell people.

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