"Mirror, Mirror" is the thirty-eighth episode of Tangled: The Series. It premiered on March 31, 2019, and is the seventeenth episode in the second season.
While staying at a giant shell, Rapunzel and the gang encounter mirror version of themselves.
Rapunzel and her group are becoming annoyed with their leaking caravan and each other when they are stopped by a fallen tree and come to an old estate, run by the hospitable and gentlemanly Matthews. Cassandra becomes suspicious when Matthews lets them stay without even asking for payment. Despite this, Rapunzel remains optimistic.
However, during dinner she and the others notice that Shorty is acting like a gentleman rather than his usual self. Rapunzel pulls Eugene aside to discuss this with him, when they both notice Shorty and Lance standing next to a mirror in the hallway. As soon as Lance looks into the mirror, however, he is pulled in, while a Lance doppelgänger comes out. Rapunzel soon realizes that "Shorty" is also a doppelgänger and captures them both. However, Rapunzel realizes that she, Eugene, Pascal, and Cassandra could all also be doppelgängers and performs tests to make sure who's real or not. Rapunzel, Eugene, and Pascal pass their tests, but "Cassandra" fails to slice an apple into eight pieces, as she had done previously, revealing herself as a doppelgänger.
Rapunzel, Pascal, and Eugene hide in a wardrobe while the doppelgängers chase them, until Rapunzel sees her journal falling out of "Eugene"'s shirt, causing her to realize that he also is a doppelgänger. Doppelgänger "Eugene" reveals to her that the real Eugene was the first person to look into the mirror and to be captured and replaced. Soon the other doppelgängers, including Rapunzel's, arrive and try to push Rapunzel into the mirror. When Rapunzel fights her doppelgänger, she is seemingly pushed into the mirror, and the doppelgängers depart to search for Pascal, who had escaped during the fight but Rapunzel tells the doppelgängers to leave Pascal to her.
Meanwhile, the real Eugene and the others are trying to escape when "Rapunzel" appears among them; however, she makes a gloomy remark that makes them realize that she's not Rapunzel, and they manage to capture her. Meanwhile, the real Rapunzel has been pretending to be one of the doppelgänger; she finds Pascal and sets up a trap for them. She tricks the doppelgängers into standing on the mirror which she has put on the floor, allowing her real friends to grab them and change places. They put the mirror back on the wall, but turn it around so that no-one can look into it.
The team decides to leave but when they found that the storm has gotten worse, they decide to stay in for a night and keep watch, in case something else might happen. Outside of the estate, it is revealed that the tree, which had fallen in front of the caravan earlier, was actually chopped down by an ax.
- This episode expanded further on Rapunzel's mutual antagonism with Uncle Monty.
- The title references the Grimms' fairy tale "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," in the original version of which the Queen addresses her magic mirror with the words, „Spieglein, Spieglein an der Wand, wer ist die Schönste im ganzen Land?“ (traditionally if inaccurately translated "Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?").
- Ironically, the 1937 Disney film of the story had changed "Mirror, Mirror" to "Magic Mirror."
- Ulf, Old Lady Crowley, and Uncle Monty are mentioned in this episode.
- This episode is similar to Pokémon the Series: XY episode "The Cave of Mirrors" in which the real and the mirror doppelgängers of the characters appear in the same episode. It is also similar to the iCarly episode "iLookAlike" in which Carly, Sam, and Freddie switched places with their doppelgängers.
- This episode is also similar to the Star Trek: The Original Series “Mirror, Mirror” episode in that protagonists switch places with evil counterparts from an alternate universe. However, Star Trek’s version involved a Transporter — a teleportation device installed aboard starships in Star Trek — malfunctioning when James T. Kirk and three fellow Starfleet officers tried to “beam” back to the NCC-1701 Enterprise during an ion storm. Also, it is similar to Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl episode "Dawn of a Royal Day!" when Dawn and Princess Salvia switched clothes and places? It is furthermore similar to a Yu-Gi-Oh! episode "Legendary Heroes, Part 2" in which Mokuba and Princess Adena switched places and a Big City Greens episode "Impopstar" in which Cricket and Zillion Brax switched places. Also, it is similar to a SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Planet of the Jellyfish" when everyone of Bikini Bottom is replaced with clones but SpongeBob and Sandy.
- The way Cassandra's doppelgänger slices the rope to free the doppelgängers of Lance and Shorty in this episode is similar to the way Cassandra sliced an apple with her sword in "Goodbye and Goodwill."
- The way Rapunzel and her evil doppelgänger fight in this episode is reminiscent of Pokémon: The First Movie – Mewtwo Strikes Back and Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution in which the Pokémon and their clones are fighting against each other.
- Further, the way Eugene flirts with Rapunzel's evil doppelgänger is similar to how Brock from the Pokémon anime flirts with various women whom he encountered when he journeyed with Ash in Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, and Sinnoh.
- Pascal uses his camouflage ability to show Rapunzel what Old Lady Crowley and Ulf look like.
- Pascal will also use this ability in "Plus Est En Vous" after he and Owl spy on Adira and Hector and his pets.
- Eugene's mirror doppelgänger made a reference to "Beyond the Corona Walls" in which Lance was bitten by the Kai Spider.
- The way Rapunzel whispers to Pascal in this episode is similar to the way Varian whispered at the beginning of "Great Expotations." Further, it is similar to the way Varian whispers when he asks, "Who is she talking to?" during the second half of "Cassandra's Revenge." Moreover, it is similar to the way Varian said, "I started the rumor," at the beginning of "Great Expotations" and also "Shh!" "There was one drop left, but it was enough for to replicate and modify," "I had to be sure the flower was here," "Sorry, Princess but I know firsthand how well you keep promises," "It's Rapunzel!" during the episode "The Alchemist Returns," and "Shall we get started?" during the second half of "Secret of the Sun Drop." Varian also whispers while he says, "We can be friends again," after he says, "…in the end when your memory has been erased" during the second half of "Rapunzel's Return." "You know, something tells me he's not going to do it if we ask him nicely, either," during the episode "Day of the Animals."
- Moreover, the way Rapunzel put her hand next to her mouth when she whispers to Pascal in this episode is similar to the way Varian put his hand next to his mouth when he whispered at the beginning of "Great Expotations" and also similar to the way Eugene put his hand next to his mouth when he whispered to Hook Foot in "The Brothers Hook." Also, Kiera will put her hand next to her mouth when she says, "Feast your eyes upon the Beast!" in "Be Very Afraid."
- The way Cassandra is suspicious of Matthews and Rapunzel is suspicious of "Shorty" and "Eugene" in this episode is similar to the way Rapunzel and Pascal were suspicious of Varian's behavior in "The Alchemist Returns."
- The way Rapunzel's mirror doppelgänger says, "This really is the pits," in this episode is similar to the way Rapunzel had said, "Pittsford is the pits," in "Not in the Mood" after her personality had been altered to its opposite. Also, Alfons said, "These pets are the pits," in "King Pascal."
- When Catalina transforms into a werewolf in "Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf?," "Be Very Afraid," and "Plus Est En Vous," her eyes are red like the eyes of the evil doppelgängers of Rapunzel, Eugene, Cassandra, Lance and Shorty, in Mirror, Mirror.
- The way Rapunzel says the mirror is similar to the way she said the flower at the end of The Alchemist Returns when Varian recalled the conversation that he had with Rapunzel at the beginning of the episode.
- When Rapunzel rings the doorbell, she is wearing her outfit from the first season.
- After Rapunzel smiles evilly at Mirror Eugene, Cassandra's evil doppelgänger and Lance's evil doppelgänger disappear.