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Mirror, Mirror is the thirty-eighth episode of Tangled: The Series. It premiered on March 31, 2019 and it is the seventeenth episode of the second season.




Synopsis

While staying at a giant shell, Rapunzel and the gang encounter mirror version of themselves.


Plot

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.


Cast


Trivia

  • The episode expanded further on Rapunzel's mutual antagonism with Uncle Monty which will end during the second half of the special one hour episode Rapunzel's Return of Season 3 & the series respectively while the former was happy to see everybody that took shelter at Xavier's blacksmith shop due to Corona was taken over by Varian & the five Separatists of Saporia off screen.
  • 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 during the episode by Rapunzel and Eugene's evil doppelgañger respectively.
  • This episode is the debut of Matthews AKA Tromus, who is another one of Zhan Tiri's followers that betrayed Lord Demanitus prior to the series.
  • 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 to fool Carly's older brother Spencer and Freddie's mom while Carly, Sam and Freddie were at an Mixed Martial Arts doing a webcast.
    • This episode is also similar to the Star Trek: The Original SeriesMirror, 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 Trekmalfunctioning when James T. Kirk and three fellow Starfleet officers tried to “beam” back to the NCC-1701 Enterprise during an ion storm. Moreover, it is similar to the Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl episode "Dawn of a Royal Day!" in which 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, as well as a Big City Greens episode, "Impopstar," in which Cricket and Zillion Brax switched places. Finally, it is similar to a SpongeBob SquarePants episode, "Planet of the Jellyfish," in which everyone in Bikini Bottom is replaced with Jellians except for SpongeBob and Sandy. Plus, it is similar to the Xiaolin Showdown episode Chameleon when Jack Spicer switched the real Kimiko with the Chameleon-Bot disguised as Kimiko during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Chameleon. Also, it is similar to the Big Hero 6: The Series episode Noodle Burger Ploy when Noodle Burger Boy, Hangry Panda, Crushroom and Hyper-Potamus switch the real Fred with Noodle Fred AKA the robotic version. Plus, it is similar to the Pokémon: Advanced episode Which Wumple's Which? when May's Wumple and Jessie's Wumple were briefly swapped. Also, it is similar to the way Misty's Politoed and Tammy's Politoed were switched during the Pokémon: Master Quest episode I Politoed Ya So!.
    • It is highly likely that Mirror Pascal would have been rowdy and mischievous, similar to Mirror Pikachu's personality during the Pokémon the Series: XY episode "The Cave of Mirrors" even though the former didn't appear during the episode at all.
  • The way Cassandra's evil doppelgänger slices the rope to free the evil doppelgängers of Lance and Shorty respectively during the episode is the same way Cassandra sliced an apple with her sword during the Season 2 episode Goodbye and Goodwill & the series respectively.
  • The way Rapunzel and her evil doppelgänger fight during the 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 to determine which one of them is superior but Pikachu, Meowth and Meowth's clone didn't fight at all.
    • 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 respectively. Plus, it is the same way Raimundo flirted with Willow AKA Shadow during the Xiaolin Chronicles episode A Girl named Willow. Also, it is the same way Kimiko flirted with Omi during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Screams of the Siren. Plus, it is the same way Duke flirted with Serenity during the Yu-Gi-Oh! episode Let the Finals Begin!.
  • Pascal uses his camouflage ability as his test to see if he isn't one of the fake one to show Rapunzel what Old Lady Crowley and Ulf would resemble.
    • Pascal will also use this same ability during the special three part series finale episode Plus Est En Vous of Season 3 after he and Owl spy on Adira and Hector and his pets.
  • Eugene's mirror doppelgänger made a reference to the part two of the special one hour episode Beyond the Corona Walls of Season 2 & the series respectively, in which Lance was bitten by The Baron's pet Kai Spider because it crawled into the former's shirt.
  • The way Rapunzel whispers to Pascal during the episode is the same way Varian whispered at the beginning of the Season 1 episode Great Expotations & the series respectively. Further, it is the same way Varian whispers when he asks, "Who is she talking to?" during the second half of the one hour special episode Cassandra's Revenge of Season 3 & the series respectively. Moreover, it is the same way Varian said, "I started the rumor," at the beginning of the Season 1 episode 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 season one episode The Alchemist Returns and "Shall we get started?" during the second half of the special season one finale episode 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 the special one hour episode Rapunzel's Return of Season 3 & the series respectively. Varian whispers while he says "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 of Season 3 & the series respectively. Plus, Raimundo whispered to Dojo when the latter is on-screen and won't move out of the shot that the former is filming a video of Omi, Clay and Kimiko respectively impersonated Wuya, Chase Young, and Hannibal Roy Bean respectively during the Xiaolin Showdown episode "Hannibal's Revenge." Also, Eugene whispered to Cassandra during the Season 1 episode Pascal's Story & the series respectively. Plus, Raimundo whispered when he said "No" during the Xiaolin Showdown episode In the Flesh. Also, Eugene whispered when he said "Lance, not now" at the beginning of the first half of the special one hour episode Rapunzel's Return of Season 3 & the series respectively while Rapunzel whispered when she said "Xavier" during the same episode. Plus, Rapunzel whispered to Lance during the first half of the special one hour episode Cassandra's Revenge of Season 3 & the series respectively to keep Eugene busy. Also, Brock put his hand next to his mouth when he whispered "It must be a girl thing" to Ash during the Pokémon: Indigo Plateau episode Princess vs. Princess. Also, Eugene whispered when he said "Rapunzel's painting class" and "Varian" during the two of the season one episodes Painter's Block and The Alchemist Returns & the series respectively. Plus, Fred whispers to Mini-Max during the Big Hero 6: The Series episode City of Monsters. Also, Eugene Fitzherbert whispers at the near end of the penultimate episode Once a Handmaiden... of Season 3 & the series respectively.
    • Moreover, the way Rapunzel put her hand next to her mouth when she whispers to Pascal during the episode is the same way Varian put his hand next to his mouth when he whispered at the beginning of the episode Great Expotations of Season 1 & the series respectively. Plus, it is the same way Eugene put his hand next to his mouth when he whispered to Hook Foot during the episode The Brothers Hook of Season 2 & the series respectively. Also, it is the same way Kiera will put her hand next to her mouth when she says, "Feast your eyes upon the Beast!" during the episode Be Very Afraid of Season 3 & the series respectively. Plus, it is the same way Clay put his hand next to his mouth when he whispered when he said, "Fist of Tebigong," during the Xiaolin Showdown episode "Hannibal's Revenge." Also, it is the same way Ash put his hand next to his mouth during the Pokémon: Indigo Plateau episode "Sparks Fly for Magnemite." Plus, it is the same way Jessie put her hand next to her mouth at the end of the Pokémon: Johto Journeys episode "Ignorance is Blissey" while she whispered. Also, it is the same way Misty put her hand next to her mouth when she whispered to Ash during the Pokémon: Indigo Plateau episode "Showdown at Dark City." Plus, it is the same way Omi put his hand next to his mouth when he asked "Does that mean he accepts?" and Raimundo puts his hand next to his mouth when he said "I think so" during the Xiaolin Showdown episode "The Evil Within" while they are talking about Sibini. Also, it is the same way Sandra puts her hand next to her mouth while she whispered to her mom Savannah during the Pokémon: Advanced Challenge episode A Fan with a Plan. Plus, it is the same way Eugene will whisper when he says "Hold your fire" to Varian during the penultimate episode Once a Handmaiden... of Season 3 & the series respectively to prevent him from attacking Cassandra. Also, it is the same way Raimundo put his hand next to his mouth at the beginning of the Xiaolin Chronicles episode Tokyo Madness. Plus, it is the same way Jack Spicer put his hand next to his mouth when he whispered "Make it look good" to the Chameleon-Bot during the Xiaolin Showdown epsiode Chameleon. Also, it is the same way Ash put his hand next to his mouth while he whispered his plan to Brock, May and Max during the Pokémon: Advanced episode Ready, Willing and Sableye. Plus, it is the same way Stan put his hand next to his mouth when he whispered "Captain calls him the Silent Striker" to Eugene during the season one episode Big Brothers of Corona & the series respectively. Also, it is the same way Ash whispered when he said "Misty, thank you, and Brock... I know there's no way I could've ever... during the Pokémon: Master Quest episode Gotta Catch Ya Later!. Plus, it is the same way Misty and Jessie put their hand next to their mouth when they whispered to Brock, James and Meowth respectively during the Pokémon: Johto League Champions episode The Heartbreak of Brock. Also, it is the same way Brock put his hand next to his mouth when he whispered to Misty during the Pokémon: Indigo Plateau episode The Battle of the Badge. Plus, it is the same way Brodie put his his hand next to his mouth when he whispered to Ditto while the former disguised himself as Millie during the Pokémon: Advanced Challenge episode Unfair Weather Friends. Also, it is the same way Chase Young whispered to Omi at the end of the Xiaolin Chronicles episode Chase Lays an Egg. Also, it is the same way Brock put his hand next to his mouth when he whispered to Ash during the Pokémon: Indigo Plateau episode The School of Hard Knocks. Plus, it is the same way James put his hand next to his mouth while he whispered to Meowth during the Pokémon: The Johto Journeys episode Flower Power. Also, it is the same way Kenny put his hand next to his mouth while he whispered to May and Max during the Pokémon Advanced Challenge episode Love, Petalburg Style!. Plus, it is the same way Jessie put her hand next to her mouth when she whispered to her Arbok at the near end of the Pokémon: The Johto Journeys episode Ignorance is Blissey, Also, it is the same way Brock put his hand next to his mouth when he whispered to Misty during the Pokémon: Johto League Champions episode Imitation Confrontation. Plus, it is the same way Brock put his hands next to his mouth when he whispered to Professor Oak during the Pokémon: Adventures in the Orange Islands episode A Tent Situation. Also, it is the same way Jack Spicer put his hand next to his mouth when he told Raimundo that Tiny Sim doesn't stand a chance with Miss Hothead AKA Kimiko during the Xiaolin Chronicles episode The Mark of the Dragon Spirit. Plus, it is the same way Kim put his hand next to his mouth when he says "What does rehabilitate mean" while he whispered to Max during the Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat noir episode Mega Leech. Also, it is the same way Marinette put her hand next to her mouth during the Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat noir episode Rocketear.
  • The way Cassandra is suspicious of Matthews AKA Tromus while Rapunzel is suspicious of "Shorty" and "Eugene" respectively during the episode is the same way Rapunzel and Pascal were suspicious of Varian's behavior during the episode The Alchemist Returns of Season 1 & the series respectively. Plus, it is Omi was suspicious of "Kimiko" AKA the Chameleon-Bot during the Xiaolin Showdown episode "Chameleon." Also, it is the same way Naomi was suspicious of "Rita" AKA Carla Delgado during the Elena of Avalor episode Rise of the Sorceress. Plus, it is the same way SpongeBob was suspicious of Patrick at the end of the SpongeBob SquarePants episode Planet of the Jellyfish when the latter said "Hold the mayo". Also, it is the same way May was suspicious of Max during the Pokémon: Advanced episode Having a Wailord of a Time. Plus, it is the same way Kimiko was suspicious of Willow AKA Shadow during the Xiaolin Chronicles episodes A Girl Named Willow and The Fall of Xiaolin. Also, it is the same way Clemont was suspicious during the Pokémon the Series: XY Kalos Quest episode Scary Hospitality!.
  • The way Rapunzel's mirror doppelgänger says "This really is the pits" during the episode is the same way Rapunzel had said "Pittsford is the pits" during the Season 1 episode Not in the Mood & the series respectively after her personality had been altered to its opposite by the Attitude-Reversing Potion that Pascal poured to the beverage. Also, it is the same way Alfons said "These pets are the pits" when he referred to Rapunzel and Cassandra respectively during the season two episode King Pascal & the series respectively.
  • When Catalina transforms into a werewolf during the three of the third season episodes Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf?, Be Very Afraid and Plus Est En Vous & the series respectively while her eyes become red like the eyes of the evil doppelgängers of Rapunzel, Eugene, Cassandra, Lance and Shorty during the episode.
  • The way Rapunzel says, "the mirror," during the episode is the same way she said, "the flower," at the end of the episode The Alchemist Returns of Season 1 & the series respectively when Varian recalled the conversation that he had with Rapunzel at the beginning of the same episode.
  • When Rapunzel and her friends are annoyed with each other during the episode is the same way Raimundo, Kimiko and Clay were annoyed with Omi during the Xiaolin Showdown episode "Royal Rumble." Plus, it is similar to the way Omi, Raimundo, Kimiko and Clay were annoyed with each other during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Hear Some Evil, See Some Evil. Also it is similar to the way Rapunzel, Eugene and Cassandra were annoyed with each other during the Season 1 episode Not in the Mood & the series respectively. Plus, it is similar to the way Omi, Raimundo, Clay and Dojo were annoyed when they realized that Kimiko entered their heads during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Hannibal's Revenge. Also, it is the same way Ash, May, James and Jessie were annoyed with each other during the Pokémon: Advanced Challenge episode The Bicker the Better.
  • The way Eugene, Rapunzel, Cassandra, Lance and Shorty are hugging each other at the near end of the episode is the same way Jack Spicer hugged Omi, Raimundo and Kimiko during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Time After Time: Part II. Plus, it is the same way Catalina will hug Rapunzel, Pascal, Eugene, Kiera and Lance at the near end of the episode Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf? of Season 3 & the series respectively. Also, it is the same way Carly, Sam, Freddie, Spencer and Gibby hugged each other during the iCarly series finale episode "iGoodbye." Plus, it is the same way Dojo hugged Omi, Raimundo, Kimiko and Clay during the Xiaolin Showdown episode "Master Monk Guan." Also, it is the same way Omi, Raimundo, Kimiko and Clay hugged each other during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Hear Some Evil, See Some Evil when they made up with each other. Plus, it is the same way Wuya hugged Raimundo when she levitated him to her while she noticed that the latter was feeling down because he didn't have any friends to play with during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Citadel of Doom.
  • The way Rapunzel pretends to be her evil doppelgänger during the episode is the same way Raimundo pretended to join Hannibal Roy Bean on the Heylin side during the Xiaolin Showdown episode The Return of Master Monk Guan. Plus, it is the same way Sandy and SpongeBob pretended to be Jellians during the SpongeBob SquarePants episode Planet of the Jellyfish.
  • The way Rapunzel, Eugene, Cassandra, Lance and Pascal are annoyed with each other during the episode is the same way Omi, Raimundo, Kimiko and Clay were annoyed with each other during the Xiaolin Showdown episode "Hear Some Evil, See Some Evil." Plus, it is the same way Rapunzel, Eugene and Cassandra were annoyed with each other during the episode Not in the Mood of Season 1 & the series respectively. Also, it is the same way Raimundo, Kimiko and Clay were annoyed with Omi during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Royal Rumble. Plus, it is the same way Raimundo, Kimiko and Clay were annoyed when Omi said "This Shen Gong Wu is mine" during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Master Monk Guan.
  • The way Rapunzel tells Pascal to run during the episode because the four evil doppelgängers push Rapunzel towards the mirror is the same way Raimundo told Omi and Dojo to make a break for the door while he fights the Sapphire Dragon during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Night of the Sapphire Dragon. Plus, it is the same way Eugene Fitzherbert tells Rapunzel & the others to go ahead while he takes care of his dad during the first half of the one hour special episode Destinies Collide of Season 2 & the series respectively. Also, it is the same way Misty told Ash to continue the race during the Pokémon: Indigo Plateau episode The Flame Pokémon-athon! against Dario while she and the others take care of Team Rocket.
  • The way Rapunzel's evil doppelgañger and Eugene try to pound the mirror during the episode is the same way Ash and Misty tried to pound the portal during the Pokémon: Advanced Challenge episode A Togepi Mirage!. Plus, it is the same way Yugi tried to pound the ice during the Yu-Gi-Oh! episode Freeze Play, Part 2. Also, it is the same way Clay tried to pound the cage during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Time After Time: Part II. Plus, it is the same way May and the grass Pokémon tried to pound the Mechanized-Marvel-The-Mean-Old-Lady Bot 1 during the Pokémon: Advanced Challege episode Grass Hysteria! when they were inside it after Jessie, James and Meowth captured them. Also, it is the same way Combusken tried to pound the door during the Pokémon: Advanced episode Having a Wailord of a Time. Plus, it is the same way Ash tried to pound the doors open during the Pokémon: Master Quest episode A Claim to Flame!. Also, it is the same way Yugi tried to pound the ice during the Yu-Gi-Oh! episode Freeze Play, Part 1.
  • The way Eugene "Now that the scary evil version of my girlfriend is down for the count" during the episode is similar to the way Varian said "That's one down" during the season one episode The Alchemist Returns & the series respectively. Plus, it is the same way Katnappé AKA Ashley said "Four monks down, one whiny geek to go" when she used the Woozy Shooter on Omi, Raimundo, Kimiko and Clay during the Xiaolin Showdown episode The Apprentice.
  • The way Rapunzel says "You won't get away from us this time!" to her pet Pascal during the episode is the same way Misty said "You won't get away!" to Ash at the end of the Pokémon: Indigo Plateau episode Showdown in Pewter City.
  • The way Pascal sees Rapunzel at the near end of the episode is the same way Pikachu sees Ash at the end of the Pokémon Journeys: The Series episode Betrayed, Bothered, and Beleaguered!.
  • The way Eugene tells Rapunzel and Cassandra that is dinner time during the episode of season two and the series respectively is the same way Raimundo, Omi and Clay told Kimiko that is dinner time during the Xiaolin Showdown episode night of The Sapphire Dragon.

Goofs

  • When Rapunzel rings the doorbell, she is shown to wearing her outfit from the first season.
  • After Rapunzel smiles evilly at Eugene's evil doppelgänger, Cassandra's evil doppelgänger and Lance's evil doppelgänger disappear.



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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