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Happiness Is... is the thirty-first episode of Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure. It premiered on August 26, 2018 and it is the tenth episode of the second season.

Synopsis

A homesick Rapunzel discovers a mysterious idol with the power to bring instant happiness to whomever holds it, but its power threatens to tear the group apart.

Plot

The group are having a party on the beach with the Lorbs. Everyone is having a good time, except Rapunzel who is in the village, admiring all her birthday Lanterns. She comes across one that includes a letter written by her father seven years after she was kidnapped. Upon reading the letter, Rapunzel begins to miss her family and friends and quickly feels homesick. The next day, Rapunzel attempts to lift her spirit by exploring the island. She comes across a magical idol and the moment Rapunzel takes possession of it, she begins having hallucinations of King Frederic. Rapunzel shows everyone the idol and soon each of them begin using it to give them each their inner most happiness. However, Rapunzel becomes greedy and craves the idol's power. She takes it away from her friends and locks herself inside the hut. The idol's power quickly starts to affect everyone, who all formulate plans to get Rapunzel out of the hut and give him/her the idol. However, once everyone begins fighting over the idol, Rapunzel seems to have snapped back to her senses and offers to get rid of the idol herself since she is the one who found it.

Unfortunately, it is revealed that Rapunzel was lying. She runs off to find a private place on the island so she can keep using the idol's power for herself. Pascal leaves Rapunzel and informs the Lorbs of the situation who arrive to help. According to the Lorbs, the idol was created long ago by a Lorb to eliminate sadness. Though his act was noble, he never realized that sadness is a needed emotion. As a result, it quickly backfired when the rest of the Lorb culture grew obsessive over the power, corrupting them. He tried to destroy it, but it became lost in the chaos. The Lorbs manage to convince Rapunzel to hand over the idol, but she hallucinates Varian threatening her father. Rapunzel tries to "stop Varian" but during the scuffle, the Lorbs fall under the idol's control. They take Rapunzel and Pascal captive and soon begin terrorizing the village. Eugene and Cassandra come to Rapunzel's rescue, but they still crave the idol's power and begin to fight the Lorbs to get it for themselves. Rapunzel finally snaps back to her sense and is determined to get the idol to the temple near the village and stop the madness she has created. Rapunzel gets the idol and reaches the top of the temple where she is about to destroy it. However, hallucinations of her parents and friends appear before her as an angry mob, and urge her not to destroy the idol. Seeing Rapunzel in distress finally snaps everyone out of the idol’s control and together with Eugene and Cassandra, Rapunzel finally destroys the idol, freeing everyone from its power for good.

Afterwards, despite still feeling homesick, Rapunzel decides to send out her very own lantern with a letter to her parents, expressing how she misses them. The lantern makes it all the way to Corona, and approaches the castle towards a waiting King Frederic and Queen Arianna.

Trivia

  • Varian, Captain of the Guard, Attila, Friedborg, Ulf, Big Nose, Old Lady Crowley, Seraphina, Lady Caine's thugs and The Baron's men appear only as visions via the Idol of Vershaftsbezeigungengien during the episode.
  • Corona Castle and the Tower's wreckage are featured during the episode.
  • The full name of the idol is called the "Idol of Vershaftsbezeigungengien", which is a long word gag of German.
  • Eugene is wearing his royal outfit from Tangled: Before Ever After when he holds the idol.
  • This is the second and final time where Varian appears as a vision. The first was the episode The Quest for Varian.
  • This is the last episode to air in 2018 because the series went on a hiatus for seven months.
  • The episode's plot is somewhat similar to the movie Inside Out, while the episode title is a reference to a lyric from the song "Happiness" from You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
  • When corrupted by the Idol, several of the Lorbs are voiced by Richard Horvitz say "Ai-yi-yi-yi-yi!" like Alpha 5 from Power Rangers, who he also voiced.
  • This is the last episode of the series that Varian wears his black and gray coat. The first two times of the series that he wore a black and gray coat and a gray bauta were the episodes What the Hair?! and Secret of the Sun Drop.
  • The way Rapunzel is sending a note to her parents at the end of the episode is similar to the way Varian sent a note to Rapunzel during the episode The Quest for Varian.
  • The way Rapunzel's lantern flies back to Corona for her parents is similar to the way her mom and dad sent a lantern to their daughter Rapunzel during the movie Tangled.
  • The way Maximus blew a Lorb from hanging on his snout at the near end of the episode is going to similar to the way Maximus will blow Pascal and Hamuel from hanging on his snout at the beginning of Day of the Animals. Plus, it is the same way Eugene blows the flame of the Demanitus Scroll during the second half of the one hour special episode Cassandra's Revenge. Also, it is the same way Jack Spicer blew on his foot during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Hannibal's Revenge. Plus, it is the same way Raimundo tried to blew Jack Spicer when the latter activated the Changing Chopsticks to enter Omi's ear alongside Kimiko during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Saving Omi. Also, it is the same way Catalina told a bird to shoo during the episode The Lost Treasure of Herz Der Sonne. Plus, it is the same way Varian puts out the flame during the episode Great Expotations by patting his shirt. Also, it is the same way Pikachu blew his arm after Brock sprayed a potion on it during the Pokémon: Advanced episode You Never Can Taillow.
  • The way Eugene says "That statue belongs to us!" during the episode is going to be similar to the way Cassandra will say "Your destiny belongs to me" at the beginning of the episode Rapunzel's Return. Plus, it is similar to the way Chase Young said "Omi belongs to me now and forever!" at the near end of the Xiaolin Showdown episode Saving Omi. Also, Chase Young said "Therefore, the Bird of Paradise belongs to me!" during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Bird of Paradise. Plus, Chase Young said "Dojo belongs to me now" during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Master Monk Guan. Plus, Marik said "Joey belongs to me now" during an episode of the season two of Yu-Gi-Oh!. Also, it is the same way Yami Yugi said "His soul belongs to Dartz now" when he, Téa and Tristan saw Joey's soulless body at the end of the Yu-Gi-Oh! episode Fighting for a Friend - Part 5. Plus, it is the same way Tristan said "That belongs to Bakura" when Yami Marik during the Yu-Gi-Oh! episode The Final Face Off - Part 1.
  • The way Cassandra says "I had no idea, Lance is so graceful" while she is amazed when she sees Lance dancing during the episode is similar to the way Omi and Kimiko said "I never knew Raimundo was a chess player" and "I never knew Raimundo could do anything using his head" when they were amazed while they saw how good Raimundo was playing chess during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Oil in the Family.

Goof

  • During Cassandra's hallucination of her sword-fighting alongside her adopted father, Captain of the Guards, in one quick shot, Cassandra is shown to have two left feet instead of a left and right one.

Cast

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