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A Tale of Two Sisters is the sixteenth episode of Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure of season three. It first aired on February 9, 2020, to 0.41 million viewers[1] and it is the sixty-third episode of the series overall.






Synopsis

Rapunzel and Cassandra investigate mysterious stories of Gothel's ghost haunting Cass's childhood home.[2]

Plot

Zhan Tiri pays a visit to the Demanitus Chamber and reveals her plan to her old enemy that when the solar eclipse comes, she'll draw the power of the Sun Drop and Moonstone to herself. Also, to make sure that Rapunzel and Cassandra never rekindled their bond, she has a plan in motion.

Later, Rapunzel hears from a little boy that Gothel's ghost was haunting Cass's childhood home and goes to investigate it. To her surprise and confusion, the ghost turned out to be a fake. But as she wonders why someone wanted people to think Gothel's ghost is there, Cassandra arrives and starts a fight with her. But during the fight, a black rock tilts the house over and opens a secret passageway, which Rapunzel and Cassandra fell into. They soon find themselves trapped in an underground mine.

Cassandra attempts to break out with black rocks, but it only released poisonous gas from underground. Rapunzel suggests that they should work together to escape. Cassandra refuses at first, but after seeing how bad the situation is, she gave in.

While looking for a way back to the surface, the girls find a room full of mirrors and papers similar to the Demanitus scroll. When they touch the mirrors, it projects Gothel talking to herself about her day and her beauty. When one of the mirrors shows Gothel telling little Cassandra to sweep quieter in a mean way, Cass begins to question if her own mother really loved her. However, one of the mirrors was missing and, unbeknownst to them, Zhan Tiri slips it into Rapunzel's handbag.

When Rapunzel tries to reach out to Cassandra again, a spilt chemical catches fire and traps them again. Rapunzel soon gets an idea to follow the bats to the exit and using a mine cart to speed past a giant mole. But just when the girls start to bond again, Cassandra finds a hand mirror in Rapunzel's bag and it shows Mother Gothel giving little Cassandra a music box so that she "can think of her dear, sweet mother and the love [she] has for [her]." Thinking that Rapunzel knew about it and was trying to hide it from her, Cassandra gets angry and leaves her to die in a cave filling with poisonous gas.

Fortunately, Pascal gets a giant mole to break though a wall to get Rapunzel the fresh air she needs to live. When Rapunzel revives, she makes a promise to never give up on Cass. Meanwhile, Cassandra returns to her tower and tells Zhan Tiri that she was right about Rapunzel. Zhan Tiri fakes her sympathy for Cassandra and secretly throws away a piece of the hand mirror, which reveals that the true reason Gothel brought a music box was to keep her four-year-old daughter, whom she viewed only as a lousy pest, out of her hair.

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Trivia

  • This title is a pun on the Charles Dickens novel A Tale of Two Cities.
  • Mother Gothel doesn't appear spiritually, but instead as a wax statue and through magic mirrors.
  • Zhan Tiri's ultimate intention is revealed: Draw the great powers of the reborn Sundrop Flower and Moonstone into herself during the eclipse, thus attaining the greatest power of the Heavens itself which foreshadows the special three part series finale episode Plus Est En Vous of season three.
  • Rapunzel and Cassandra briefly bond during the episode of season three and the series respectively until the latter finds out that the mirror is secretly put inside Rapunzel's bag by Zhan Tiri which made Cassandra to revert back to her villainous self at the end when she returns to her stronghold.
  • The destroyed Demanitus Device, a table that Cassandra sliced in half, the translation key that Varian destroyed is shown again during the episode.
  • The way Cassandra threatens Rapunzel during the episode is the same way Raimundo warned Wuya to stay away from him during the Xiaolin Showdown episode In the Flesh. Plus, it is the same way Ash warned Bayleef to stay away from him when the former was holding Brock's hot stew during the Pokémon: Johto League Champions episode Turning Over a New Bayleef.
  • When Rapunzel said "Minecarts, who knew?" during the episode foreshadows Cassandra says "Frying pans, who knew?" after she knocks Zhan Tiri unconscious during the three part series finale special episode Plus Est En Vous of season three.
  • The way Cassandra says "You don't belong here" to Rapunzel during the episode of season three and the series respectively. Also, it is the exact same way Catalina told her sister Kiera "You said we belong here" during the season three episode Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf? and the series respectively. Plus, it is the exact same way Omi said "You don't belong on the Heylin side" to Raimundo during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Citadel of Doom.
  • Gothel is revealed to have had a diary in the form of magic mirrors, depicting her many narcissistic moments and un-motherly attitude towards her young daughter.
  • The way Rapunzel and Cassandra have a truce during the episode is the same way Maximus and Eugene had a truce during the movie Tangled.
  • The way Cassandra hides inside the bush during the episode is the same way Rapunzel, Eugene, Pascal, Kiera, Catalina and Lance hid behind a bush during the episode The King and Queen of Hearts. Plus, it is the same way Varian hid behind a bush during the episode The Alchemist Returns. Also, it is going to be the same way Cassandra hides behind a bush after being chased by Attila, Vladimir, Ulf and Shorty at the beginning of the season three penultimate episode Once a Handmaiden... and the series respectively when they see her about to enter Corona. Plus, it is the same way Omi and Dojo hid inside a bush during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Time After Time: Part II.
  • Rapunzel mentions the Sun Incantation; presumably the unusable healing incantation.
  • The way Cassandra momentarily hesitating, and not coming back for her, with Rapunzel only surviving due to being rescued by Pascal during the episode of season two and the series respectively is the exact same way Varian regretted momentarily about trusting Rapunzel again during the season one episode The Alchemist Returns and the series respectively. Plus, it is the exact same way Stalyan momentarily left Rapunzel alone during the season two episode The Eye of Pincosta to fight The Malice Marauder but the former came back to help the latter to defeat their opponent. Also, it is the exact same way Catalina momentarily regrets saying the ritual at the near end of the season three episode Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf? and the series respectively. Plus, it is the exact same way Brock Thunderstrike momentarily regrets saving Eugene from drowning at the near end of the season three episode Flynnpostor and the series respectively.
  • The way Rapunzel says "Nice move" to her former best friend Cassandra during the episode of season three and the series respectively. Also, it is the exact same way Eugene said "Nice snag" to Varian during the second half of the special one hour episode Cassandra's Revenge of season three and the series respectively. Plus, it is the exact same way Rapunzel said "Nice snag" to her pet chameleon Pascal during the season three episode Be Very Afraid and the series respectively. Also, it is the exact same way Catalina's sister Kiera said "Nice shot, Rapunzel!" during the season three episode Day of the Animals and the series respectively, Plus, it is the exact same way Wuya said "Nice work" to Jack Spicer at the beginning of the Xiaolin Showdown episode In the Flesh. Also, it is the exact same way Dojo said "Nice form!" to Master Fung at the end of the Xiaolin Showdown episode The Last Temptation of Raimundo. Plus, it is the exact same way Jack Spicer said "Nice catch!" to Clay during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Bird of Paradise. Also, it is the exact same way Raimundo said "Nice move, Omi!" during the Xiaolin Showdown episode The Evil Within. Plus, it is the exact same way May said "Nice catch" to Ash Ketchum during the Pokémon: Advanced Battle episode Absol-ute Disaster. Also, it is the exact same way Ash said "Good shot, Pikachu." during the Pokémon: Advanced Battle episode Showdown at Linoone. Plus, it is the exact same way Joey said "Nice one, Yuge!" during the Yu-Gi-Oh! episode The Final Face Off - Part 3. Also, it is the exact same way Mira said "Nice, work!" during the Bakugan Battle Brawlers: New Vestroia episode Unmasked. Plus, it is the exact same way Dan said "Nice, dance moves, pal!" to Shadow Prove while Runo said "Nice one, Keith!" then Mira said "Great shot, Wilda!" and Mylene said "Nice one, Shadow! during the Bakugan Battle Brawers: New Vestroia episode Mylene's Meltdown. Also, it is the exact same way Dan said "Nice one, Drago, buddy!" while Baron said "Nice one, Nemus" and "Nice one, Drago!" at the near end of the Bakugan Battle Brawlers: New Vestroia episode All for One. Plus, it is the exact same way Sprig says "Nice job, Anne!" at the near end of the Amphibia episode If You Give a Frog a Cookie.
  • The way Cassandra says "Goodbye, Rapunzel" at the near end of the episode is similar to the way Omi said "Yes. This is goodbye." and "Goodbye, my friends" during the Xiaolin Showdown episodes Omi Town and Wu Got the Power. Also, it is the same way Worm
  • The timing cylinder that powers up the automatons during the season one episodes The Alchemist Returns and Secret of the Sun Drop respectively appears inside Cassandra's music box that Mother Gothel gave her as a child to keep her occupied.
    • This is the first episode that Cassandra called Rapunzel "Raps" after the former's betrayal although Cassandra has called Rapunzel "Raps" during the episodes What the Hair?!, Challenge of the Brave, Fitzherbert P.I, Under Raps, Big Brothers of Corona, Queen for a Day, The Quest for Varian, Secret of the Sun Drop, Beyond the Corona Walls, Goodbye and Goodwill, Forest of No Return, Freebird, King Pascal, Max and Eugene in Peril on the High Seas, Rapunzel: Day One and Mirror, Mirror before the former's betrayal.
  • The way Rapunzel is cornered to the wall during the episode is similar to the way Varian was cornered to the wall by Cassandra during the second half of the special one hour episode Cassandra's Revenge of season three and the series respectively. Plus, Rapunzel was cornered by the evil doppelgängers of Eugene, Cassandra, Lance and Shorty during the season two episode Mirror, Mirror and the series respectively.
  • Although before Cassandra's betrayal, Cassandra has called Rapunzel by name during the episodes What the Hair?!, Cassandra v. Eugene, Under Raps, Painter's Block, Beyond the Corona Walls, Goodbye and Goodwill, Keeper of the Spire, Rapunzel: Day One, Mirror, Mirror, Rapunzeltopia, Rapunzel and the Great Tree also and her title Princess during the same episode and also Destinies Collide.
    • Cassandra will also call Rapunzel "Raps" during the episode Once a Handmaiden... when the former is disguised as Faith. Cassandra will also call Rapunzel "Raps" when the former sees the latter using the healing incantation to heal Eugene, Varian, Ruddiger, Quirin, Kiera, Catalina, Lance, Maximus, Feldspar, Pete, Stan, Old Lady Crowley, Xavier, Monty, Ulf, Attila, Big Nose, Shorty, Vladimir, Milton the Goat, King Frederic, Queen Arianna, King Edmund, Hamuel, Domino, Adira, Hector and his pets after Zhan Tiri recited the Decay Incantation during the special three part series finale episode Plus Est En Vous of season three.
  • Eugene, Lance, Varian, Kiera, Catalina and Maximus did not appear during the episode.
  • The way Cassandra says "Out of my way" to Rapunzel during the episode is the same way Jack Spicer said "Out of my way, rodent" at the end of the Xiaolin Showdown episode Hear Some Evil, See Some Evil. Plus, it is the same way Raimundo said "Out of my way, gecko" to Dojo during the Xiaolin Showdown episode The Return of Master Monk Guan. Also, it is the same way Cassandra said "Out of the way, boys" during the season one episode The Alchemist Returns and the series respectively. Plus, it is the same way Kimiko said "Out of my way" during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Tangled Web. Also, it is the same way Anne said "Out of the way, granny" during the flashback of the Amphibia episode Reunion. Plus, it is the same way Jess says "Out of my way, Pandatron" during the Amphibia episode Fixing Frobo.
  • Rapunzel makes a reference to her past encounters with Ruthless Ruth and the Dark Kings during the episodes The Wrath of Ruthless Ruth and Destinies Collide respectively.
  • Cassandra made a reference to the season two episode Goodbye and Goodwill and the series respectively.
  • The way Rapunzel is doing the pinching hand emoji during the episode of season three and the series respectively is the exact same way Kimiko did the pinching hand emoji during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Chameleon. Plus, it is the exact same way Clay did the pinching hand emoji during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Oil in the Family. Also, it is the exact same way Duplica did the pinching hand emoji during the Pokémon: Indigo Plateau episode Ditto's Mysterious Mansion.
  • The way Rapunzel and Cassandra close the door during the episode to prevent bats from entering is the same way Ash, Misty and Brock closed the door to prevent Muk and Grimer from entering during the Pokémon: Indigo Plateau episode Sparks Fly for Magnemite. Plus, it is the same way Omi, Raimundo, Kimiko and Clay closed the temple doors during the Xiaolin Showdown episode The Year of the Green Monkey to prevent the green monkeys from entering the temple. Also, it is the same way Teen Eugene and Teen Lance closed the doors during the episode No Time Like the Past of season three and the series respectively to prevent Young Maximus from entering the Royal Vault. Plus, it is the same way Numbuh 4 and Numbuh 5 closed the door to prevent the mutant lice from entering during the Codename: Kids Next Door episode Operation: L.I.C.E.
  • The way Rapunzel put her hand on her head during the episode is the same way Misty put her hand on her head at the beginning of the Pokémon: Indigo Plateau episode The Ghost of Maiden's Peak. Also, it is the same way Brock put his hand on his head at the beginning of the Pokémon: Advanced Challenge episode The Princess and the Togepi.
  • The way Cassandra says "This is a very bad idea" to Rapunzel during the episode is the same way Clay said "Bad idea" to Jack Spicer during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Dangerous Minds because the former, Kimiko, Raimundo and Dojo won't hold the villain's hands.

Quotes

  • Zhan Tiri: "Hello again, Old Friend. My dear Demanitus, I wanted you to know: You lost. When the eclipse comes, I shall draw the powers of the Sundrop and Moonstone to myself. And as for their human hosts, to ensure that their once inseparable bond doesn't interfere, I have a set a plan into motion that will cement their rift."

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  • Cassandra: "You said these bats can't see, right? So make your hair do the bright thing!!"
  • Princess Rapunzel: "We should get out of here before their eyes adjust."
  • Cassandra: "I think they already have. In there!!"
  • Princess Rapunzel: "And that is going in the journal. Three pages. Easy!"

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  • Cassandra: "What is this stuff?"
  • Princess Rapunzel: "Look at this! The Sundrop! The sun incantation. Gothel was alive a long time. Whoa. I knew she was vain, but...It looks like one's missing."
  • Gothel (in mirror diary): "Good morning, Beautiful."
  • Cassandra & Princess Rapunzel (in surprise): "Mother?"
  • Gothel (in mirror diary): 'Well, don't you look lovely today? Smoky eyes definitely work for you."
  • Princess Rapunzel: "And she's talking to herself."

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  • Princess Rapunzel: "Well, that's typical Gothel right there."
  • Cassandra: "What do you mean?"
  • Princess Rapunzel: "She wasn't exactly the nurturing type. When she was around, that is."
  • Cassandra: "Funny, she was never around for me. (Sarcastic) I wonder why."
  • Princess Rapunzel: "It's not liked I asked to be taken from my parents by a madwoman. And all Gothel ever wanted from me was my hair. She didn't love me. She didn't love either of us."

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  • Princess Rapunzel: "Cass, the only good thing Gothel ever did was bring us together."
  • Cassandra: "Only good thing!? You really think this is a good thing!?"
  • Princess Rapunzel: "It was."
  • Cassandra: "You for, maybe."
  • Princess Rapunzel: "Cassandra, do you really think that woman cared about anyone but herself?"
  • Gothel (in mirror diary): "Cassandra, what are you doing in here? I thought I told you to make us dinner."
  • Princess Rapunzel: "You and I have something in common that no one else could ever understand."

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  • Cassandra: "The missing mirror! You took it?"
  • Princess Rapunzel: "What!? No! I have no idea how that got in my bag!"
  • Gothel (mirror diary): "Here. Let me show you, Sweetheart. Turn the key like this. So whenever you hear this tune, you'll think of your dear, sweet mother and the love I have for you."
  • Young Cassandra: "I love you, Mama."
  • Princess Rapunzel: "Cass. I have never seen that."
  • Cassandra: "Really!? The one mirror showing that Mother- my mother- had a shred of affection for me and it just happens to wind up in your bag!! (Coldly) Out of my way."
  • Princess Rapunzel: "Cass."
  • Cassandra: "Goodbye, Rapunzel."
  • Princess Rapunzel: "What!!? No!! CASS!!!"

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  • Cassandra: "You were right. Rapunzel did know that Gothel loved me."
  • Zhan Tiri (sarcastic): "You poor thing. But now you know, and that knowledge will only make you stronger."

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  • Gothel: "Turn the key like this. So whenever you hear this tune, you'll think of your dear, sweet mother and the love I have for you."
  • Young Cassandra: "I love you, Mama."
  • Gothel (to herself): "Hopefully that'll keep her out of my hair for awhile. Lousy little pest."

References

ve Episodes
Season 1 What the Hair?!Rapunzel's EnemyFitzherbert P.I.Challenge of the BraveCassandra v. EugeneThe Return of StrongbowIn Like FlynnGreat ExpotationsUnder RapsOne Angry PrincessPascal's StoryBig Brothers of CoronaThe Wrath of Ruthless RuthMax's EnemyThe Way of the WillowQueen for a DayPainter's BlockNot in the MoodThe Quest for VarianThe Alchemist ReturnsSecret of the Sun Drop
Season 2 Beyond the Corona WallsThe Return of QuaidGoodbye and GoodwillForest of No ReturnFreebirdVigor the VisionaryKeeper of the SpireKing PascalThere's Something About Hook FootHappiness Is...Max and Eugene in Peril on the High SeasCurses!The Eye of PincostaRapunzel and the Great TreeThe Brothers HookRapunzel: Day OneMirror, MirrorYou're Kidding Me!RapunzeltopiaLost and FoundDestinies Collide
Season 3 Rapunzel's ReturnReturn of the KingWho's Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf?The Lost Treasure of Herz Der SonneNo Time Like the PastBeginningsThe King and Queen of HeartsDay of the AnimalsBe Very AfraidPascal's DragonIslands ApartCassandra's RevengeRace to the SpireA Tale of Two SistersFlynnpostorOnce a Handmaiden...Plus Est En Vous
Short Cuts CheckmatePrison BakeMake Me SmileHare PeaceNight BiteHiccup FeverSnowballHairdon'tUnicorny
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