"Once a Handmaiden..." is the sixteenth episode of the third season, aired on the twenty-third of February at 7:06 to 7:28 am.

Synopsis

Disguised in a magical cloak, Cassandra sneaks into Corona with the intention of making amends with Rapunzel.

Plot

Eugene and Varian create a new weapon they call "Project Obsidian", a bazooka that shoots weaponized amber crystals to combat an impending attack from Cassandra, which Rapunzel reluctantly authorizes as a last resort. Meanwhile, Cassandra discovers the missing shard from the mirror and realizes the Enchanted Girl's manipulation, who she finally discovers to be Zhan Tiri.

She disguises herself in the Shapeshifting Cloak and takes on the form of a handmaiden named Faith in an effort to make amends with Rapunzel. After performing in a play with Rapunzel (which details their battle), Zhan Tiri strips Cassandra of her cloak, revealing herself to the kingdom and causing the guards to attack. As Eugene and Varian stand down, Zhan Tiri sneaks up and activates Project Obsidian, firing a blast of amber at Cassandra. This proves to be the final straw as she, along with the possessed members of the Dark Kingdom's Brotherhood, unleashes the full power of the Moonstone and declares Corona to be hers.

Eugene orders a fall back, and he tells Maximus and Pascal to take an unconscious Princess Rapunzel away from the fallen kingdom. Later that night, Rapunzel wakes up and, to her horror, sees Corona completely taken over by Cassandra, who sits upon the throne as its conqueror.

Characters

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Minor

Elements

Locations

Objects of Supreme Power

Objects

Quotes

  • Cassandra: "Do you wanna explain to me how this got here? Back at Gothel's, I thought Rapunzel was hiding the one memory that proved my mother loved me."
  • Zhan Tiri: "And?"
  • Cassandra: "And you manipulated that memory, didn't you!? You took this piece out! You tricked me into abandoning Rapunzel."
  • Zhan Tiri: "Perhaps or perhaps I simply pushed you to become what you were always meant to be."
  • Cassandra: "Who are you? AH!! You're...you're that ancient demon, Zhan Tiri!!?"
  • Zhan Tiri: "Oh, quit pretending your horrified. We're not so different you and I. We were both cheated out of destiny!! In fact, we're more like sisters than you and Rapunzel ever were!! We even want the same thing. And we can get it, if you continue to let me help you."
  • Cassandra: "No, no!! I'm nothing like you. Just because I'm pursuing my destiny doesn't make me a bad person."
  • Zhan Tiri: "Doesn't it? Run, Cassandra!! But you can't run away from who you are!!"

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  • Cassandra: "Project Obsidian, huh? Zhan Tiri was right."
  • Princess Rapunzel: "Cassandra!!"
  • Cassandra: "You want me to be the bad guy? Fine! Now I'm the bad guy."

Trivia

  • Like "Happiness Is..." the title is a partial popular quote
  • Cassandra finds the broken piece of mirror that Zhan Tiri threw away in A Tale of Two Sisters and Cassandra is mad at Zhan Tiri for manipulating Cassandra's memory by taking a portion of the mirror and tossing it away.
  • This is the fourth time Varian is taking matters into his own hands. The first three times that he took matters into his own hands was Queen for a Day, Race to the Spire and Flynnpostor.
  • Cassandra realized that Rapunzel was telling the truth about Mother Gothel because she never loved Cassandra and Rapunzel but only her youthful appearance which was what Rapunzel telling Cassandra in A Tale of Two Sisters.
  • The way Zhan Tiri herself pushed the button on Project Obsidian during this episode without Varian, Eugene, Rapunzel, Cassandra and the citizens of Corona noticing is similar to the way Zhan Tiri put one of Mother Gothel's mirrors inside Rapunzel's bag during A Tale of Two Sisters.
  • The way that a dart board that has an arrow at the center of Cassandra's face while blowing a raspberry appears as one of the objects for Project Obsidian's aim at the beginning of this episode is similar to the way Cassandra owns a dart board at the center that has an arrow at the center of Eugene's face while blowing a raspberry was shown at the beginning of No Time Like the Past.
  • This the fourth episode that Varian's amber solution is shown after Queen for a Day, Secret of the Sun Drop, Be Very Afraid and Once a Handmaiden...
  • Eugene references the previous episode when he became the Captain of the Guard.
  • The way Cassandra is alone at the near end of this episode is similar to the way Varian was alone inside his home at the near end of The Alchemist Returns.
  • This is one of the episodes of season three that Varian appears without Ruddiger. The other episodes that Varian appeared without Ruddiger are Rapunzel's Return, the second half of Cassandra's Revenge, Race to the Spire and Flynnpostor.
  • This is the third episode that Shorty is tossed after the episode Goodbye and Goodwill and The King and Queen of Hearts.
  • The way Varian attacks Cassandra to protect the kingdom from her in this episode is similar to the way Varian attacked the automaton with his alchemy to protect Rapunzel in The Alchemist Returns.
  • The way Eugene bumps his shoulder with Varian's shoulder in this episode is similar to the way Eugene bumps his elbow with Lance's elbow and the near end of Big Brothers of Corona, Lance bumps his elbow with Eugene's elbow. Also, Hook Hand elbowed Hook Foot in The Brothers Hook.
    • It is also similar to the way Kiera elbowed Catalina in Vigor the Visionary. Also, Rapunzel elbowed Eugene in Return of the King and Great Expotations. Also, Captain Quaid elbowed Vex at the end of Goodbye and Goodwill. Also Eugene elbowed King Frederic when they are caught by King Trevor during the episode In Like Flynn. Also Andrew elbowed Varian when the former said "powerful stuff, kid." in Rapunzel's Return. Plus, it is similar to the way Kimiko elbowed Omi at the beginning of the Xiaolin Showdown episode Days Past. Also, it is similar to the way Jack Spicer elbowed Clay during the Xiaolin Showdown episode In the Flesh. Plus, it is similar to the way Raimundo elbowed Clay and Kimiko during the Xiaolin Showdown episodes The Deep Freeze and Omi Town repectively.
  • Rapunzel's new handmaiden is revealed to be Faith.
  • This is the eighth and final episode where Varian wears his goggles on his eyes. The other seven episodes that Varian wore his goggles are Queen for a Day, The Alchemist Returns, Secret of the Sundrop, Rapunzel's Return, Day of the Animals, Cassandra's Revenge and Flynnpostor.
  • This is the second episode Varian is mad at Cassandra after Secret of the Sun Drop when the former was an antagonist.
    • This is the fifth episode Eugene is mad at Cassandra after Cassandra v Eugene, Painter's Block, Rapunzel's Return and Cassandra's Revenge.
  • The way Cassandra sits on the throne at the throne room of the Corona Castle at the end of the episode is similar to the way she walked up the stairs to sit on her throne of Cassandra's Stronghold at the end of the song Nothing Left to Lose.
    • Plus, it is similar to the end of Ready As I'll Ever Be when Varian puts his Automaton underground prior sending them to fight against Eugene, Cassandra, Lance and the kingdom army.
  • This is the third episode that Lance has to pull someone up. The first two episodes that Lance pulled someone up are Be Very Afraid and Cassandra's Revenge even though this is the only episode that Lance successfully pulls someone up while the other two episodes he tried to pull them up but he couldn't.
  • The way Varian sees Protect Obsidian is destroyed by Cassandra during the fight is similar to the way Eugene saw his sword is on the ground when Andrew knocked it away from Eugene during the fight of Rapunzel's Return.
  • The way Lance tells Eugene that everyone has to fall back in this episode when Cassandra and the brainwashed Adira and Hector defeated Lance, Varian, Eugene, King Edmund and the citizens of Corona in this episode is similar to the way Cassandra and her adopted father tell each other to stand down during the nightmare at the beginning of Flynnpostor, is similar to the way Rapunzel wants Varian to tell Andrew and the Saporians to stand down during the first half of Rapunzel's Return is similar to the way Clementine tells Varian to stand down when he is going to free Pascal from the bubble during the second half of Rapunzel's Return and it is also similar to the way the Captain of the Guards told Pete, Stan and the other guards to stand down in Cassandra v. Eugene. Plus, it is similar to the way Master Fung told the elder monks to fall back during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Mala Mala Jong.
  • The way Cassandra wants to make amends with Rapunzel in this episode after Cassandra found out that the Enchanted Girl is one of Zhan Tiri's many forms but Cassandra attacks Varian, Eugene, Lance, Shorty, Monty, Feldspar, Pete, Stan, King Edmund and the other citizens of Corona alongside the brainwashed Adira and Hector when she realized that Zhan Tiri was right about Project Obsidian is similar to the way Rapunzel wanted to make amends with Varian in The Alchemist Returns by helping him taking the Sun Drop flower from the royal vault but when Varian and Rapunzel arrived at the royal vault, Varian grabbed it before he revealed his true agenda to Rapunzel and Pascal then Varian told Rapunzel that everyone turned their back on him.
  • The way Rapunzel tells Varian that no one needs to attack Cassandra while she wants to talk to Cassandra after Zhan Tiri removes the cloak is similar to the way Rapunzel told her dad that he shouldn't be too hard on Varian after he was arrested and sent to the dungeon when he was defeated in Secret of the Sun Drop.
  • The way Varian steps away from Eugene at the beginning of this episode is similar to the way Varian stepped away from hearing another one of Xavier's legends at the crypt in The Lost Treasure of Herz Der Sonne when Varian was inside the crypt alongside Xavier and everyone else. Also, Varian stepped away from Rapunzel before her hair is messy in What the hair?! Also, it is similar to the way Varian stepped away from his dad and the villagers at the beginning of Queen for a Day to pack ham sandwiches, after he asked his dad if he can travel alongside him to see Rapunzel's dad. Also, Lance stepped away when King Frederic sees that the former is wearing the latter's shoes. Plus, it is similar to the way Raimundo, Kimiko and Clay stepped away from Omi during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Enter the Dragon. Also, it is similar to the way Raimundo stepped away from Master Fung at the beginning of the Xiaolin Showdown episode Judging Omi.
  • The way Cassandra takes over the kingdom at the episode is similar to the way Varian revealed to Rapunzel that he helped Andrew, Clementine, Kai, Juniper and Maisie take over the kingdom in Rapunzel's Return.
  • The way Varian, Eugene, Lance, King Edmund and the people of Corona are falling back to the Snuggly Duckling after Cassandra attacks them with her black rocks alongside the brainwashed Adira and Hector is similar to the way Rapunzel and her parents ran outside of Varian's home when Varian attacked the royal family in Secret of the Sun Drop.
  • This is the sixth time the closing theme "More of Me" is not featured, the previous being "Queen for a Day", "part one of Secret of the Sun Drop ", "Rapunzel and the Great Tree", "Destinies Collides", part one of "Rapunzel's Return" and "Cassandra's Revenge".
  • Cassandra reveals to Zhan Tiri that she is afraid of Rapunzel not forgiving her.
  • Shorty flirting with Cassandra is a reference to the movie when he flirted with Gothel.
  • Quirin is the only Brotherhood member not affected by the Mind Trap.
  • King Edmund is also unaffected by the Mind Trap.
  • This is the second time that Catalina doesn't speak in the episode. The first time that she doesn't speak in the episode was The King and Queen of Hearts. This is the only episode that Kiera doesn't speak.
  • Eugene is the fourth person that tried to reason with Cassandra in this episode and the other three people that tried to reason with Cassandra are Varian in Cassandra's Revenge, the Captain of the Guard in Islands Apart and Rapunzel in Rapunzel's Return but Cassandra wouldn't listen to reason when Rapunzel, the Captain of the Guard, Varian and Eugene tried to tell Cassandra to stop her vengeful ways.
  • The way Eugene tells everyone to fall back after he, Varian, Lance, King Edmund and the people of Corona are defeated by Cassandra with the help of the brainwashed Adira and Hector is similar to the way Eugene told Rapunzel to leave with him and their other friends after being defeated by Varian, Andrew and the Saporians in Rapunzel's Return.
  • The way Rapunzel is breathing in the potion that Cassandra threw to the ground after Cassandra realized that Zhan Tiri was right about Project Obsidian is similar to the way Rapunzel breathed in the alchemy that Varian threw to the ground in The Alchemist Returns to escape.
  • The way Cassandra realized what she did to her home and her friends and Rapunzel is similar to the way Varian showed deep remorse and shame for his actions that he did when he was an antagonist in Secret of the Sun Drop.
  • The way Rapunzel is mad after she saw that Cassandra has taken over Corona is similar to the way Varian is mad when he turns around to face Queen Arianna after he saw the Corona army outside in Secret of the Sun Drop.
  • The way Cassandra is taking over Corona by forcing Rapunzel and her friends and her parents and the people of Corona to leave is similar to the way Varian, Andrew and the Saporians took over Corona in Rapunzel's Return by forcing Rapunzel and her friends to leave before Varian found out the true colors of Andrew and the Saporians.
  • The way Rapunzel holds Cassandra's wrist in this episode is similar to the way Varian holds Cassandra's wrist during the song Nothing Left to Lose in Cassandra's Revenge.
  • The way Eugene puts his hand out to Cassandra is similar to the way Rapunzel puts her hand out to Cassandra for a temporary truce in A Tale of Two Sisters. Plus, Varian put his hand out to Cassandra during the song Nothing Left to Lose. Also, Rapunzel put her hand out to Cassandra during the song Crossing the Line. Plus, it is similar to the way Kimiko put her hand out when she said "Raimundo, no!" during the Xiaolin Showdown episode In the Flesh.
  • This is the second episode Varian is reaching out to Cassandra, the first was Cassandra's Revenge via "Nothing Left to Lose".
  • Varian refers to himself and Eugene "Team Awesome" again since What the Hair?!.
  • The way Cassandra's arms are in the same position at the beginning of this episode when she is terrified of Zhan Tiri is similar to Varian's arm when he was terrified of Skully during the episode Day of the Animals. Plus, it similar to the way Raimundo's arms were in the same position when he was terrified at the end of the Xiaolin Showdown episode Saving Omi.
  • Rapunzel and Eugene make a reference to when Eugene almost married Stalyan in Beyond the Corona Walls.
  • Cassandra becomes the second person to be encased by Varian's amber solution after Quirin in Queen for a Day. But she manages to escape using the black rocks unlike Quirin when he didn't want Varian to help free him before being encased.
    • Also, the way Varian and Eugene plan on encasing Cassandra inside the amber with Project Obsidian in this episode if she harms everyone is similar to the way Varian threatened to encase Queen Arianna inside the amber if Rapunzel didn't help him free his dad from the amber in Secret of the Sun Drop.
  • The way Cassandra throws the potion to the ground after taking it out of her bag is similar to the way Varian threw his alchemy to the ground after taking it out of his bag to escape the castle from the guards, Eugene and Cassandra before being captured in The Alchemist Returns and it is also similar to the way Varian threw his alchemy at Pascal to make the floor underneath him slippery after the latter takes one of the alchemy balls to free Rapunzel's hair from the goop in Rapunzel's Return and it is also similar to the way Varian threw his alchemy at Maximus to make him dizzy in the same episode. Plus, it is similar to the way Raimundo tossed the Serpent's Tail to smash the top of the Shen Gong Wu vault to activate his wind element to defeat Kimiko and Clay during the Xiaolin Showdown episode In the Flesh.
    • It is also similar to the way Nigel threw the sleeping potion at Little Big Guy in Pascal's Dragon.
  • This is the second episode Eugene says Cassandra is like a sister to him, the first episode where Eugene said Cassandra has become like a sister to him was Destinies Collide.
  • The way Cassandra and Rapunzel scowl in this episode is similar to the way Catalina scowled in Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf is similar to the way Rapunzel and Varian scowled in Secret of the Sun Drop.
    • Also, it is similar to the way Hook Hand growled at Eugene at the near end of The Brothers Hook.
  • Adira and Hector attack Corona after they fall under the influence of the Mind Trap Talisman that Cassandra previously acquired in Race to the Spire.
  • Cassandra's line, "Fine. You want me to be the bad guy, now I'm the bad guy." are the exact same words Mother Gothel said when she finally revealed her true nature to Rapunzel in Tangled.
  • This is the third episode the Goodwill Festival that takes place during the annual Goodwill Festival, the first and second times being Rapunzel's Enemy and Goodbye and Goodwill.
  • This is the second time Lance, Shorty, King Frederic, Queen Arianna, Stan, Monty and the guards appeared in a Goodwill Festival episode.
    • This is the only time Varian, Kiera, Catalina, Feldspar, Adira, Faith, Hector, Quirin and King Edmund appear in a Goodwill Festival episode.
  • Cassandra's shoulder bag in this episode is similar to Varian's shoulder bag in Queen for a Day and The Alchemist Returns and is similar to Kiera's shoulder bag in Big Brothers of Corona and Vigor the Visionary and is similar to Eugene's shoulder bag that appeared in Tangled and The Return of Strongbow and Brock Thunderstrike's shoulder bag that appeared in Flynnpostor. Also Varian's shrine from What the Hair?! has the shoulder bag of Eugene's alias Flynn Rider and Cassandra also has a shoulder bag in Rapunzel: Day One.
  • The way Cassandra takes over the kingdom after Zhan Tiri manipulated the former back to her vengeful self in this episode is similar to the way Varian told Rapunzel that he helped Andrew, Clementime, Kai, Juniper and Maisie take over Corona in Rapunzel's Return.
  • The way Zhan Tiri used Cassandra to turn the latter against Rapunzel and the people of Corona once again in this episode is similar to the way Varian revealed that he used Rapunzel to help him steal the Sun Drop in The Alchemist Returns.
  • The way Kiera and Catalina have minor appearances in this episode is similar to the way they and Varian had minor apperances in The King and Queen of Hearts and it is similar to the way Cassandra had minor appearances in Max's Enemy, Lost and Found, Return of the King, Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf? and it is similar to way Varian has a minor appearance in Not in the Mood and Lance also has a minor appearance in Pascal's Story.
    • Kiera and Catalina also had minor appearances in Be Very Afraid.
  • When Lance says he doesn't want to fight Adira is similar to the way when Rapunzel said she doesn't want to fight Cassandra at the Demanitus Chamber and at the stronghold but Cassandra forces Rapunzel to fight for Eugene because Rapunzel wouldn't fight Cassandra in Cassandra's Revenge.
  • The way Cassandra looked up at her tower while being angry at Zhan Tiri is similar to the way Varian is angry during the song Ready As I'll Be from the episode Secret of the Sun Drop when he is preparing to launch an attack against Corona.
  • The way Varian seems to lose hope due to Cassandra won't relinquish her vengeful desires in this episode is similar to the way Varian, Kiera and Catalina lost hope after they have been sucked into the magical seashell pendant alongside Rapunzel in Day of the Animals.
  • The way Cassandra crawls to the other side of the bushes when she hears Old Lady Crowley talking to Faith in this episode is similar to the way Varian crawled to the other side of the cage in Cassandra's Revenge when he noticed that his goggles is reflecting sunlight to reveal the hidden words on the scroll.
  • The way Hector kicks King Edmund away from him in this episode is similar to the way Cassandra kicked Eugene away from her in Cassandra's Revenge is similar to the way Andrew kicked Lance away from him in Rapunzel's Return and it is also similar to the way Eugene kicked one of the Baron's men away from him in Beyond the Corona Walls. Plus, it similar to the way Raimundo kicked Clay twice during the Xiaolin Showdown episode In the Flesh and at the near end of the same episode. Plus, it is similar to the way Raimundo kicked Omi during the Xiaolin Showdown episode The Return of Master Monk Guan. Also, it is is similar to the way Omi kicked the Serpent's Tail from Raimundo's hand at the end of the Xiaolin Showdown episode In the Flesh. Also, it is similar to the way Chase Young kicked Jack Spicer during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Hannibal's Revenge. Plus, it is similar to the way Chase Young kicked the bowl while Hannibal Roy Bean is inside of it during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Time After Time: Part II.
  • The way Cassandra is shown on the Goodwill Day Play poster in this episode is similar to Rapunzel's drawing of Cassandra in Rapunzel: Day One.
  • The way Eugene holds Rapunzel's hand at the end of the episode is similar to the way Rapunzel held Varian's hand during the episode Be Very Afraid also it similar to the way Kiera and Catalina held hands at the near end of Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf? and it is similar to the way Eugene held Rapunzel's hand after she said "I'm sorry, Eugene, but I already let Varian down once." during the episode The Quest for Varian.
  • The way Cassandra's face is shown close up in this episode and Cassandra's Revenge is similar to the way Eugene's face was shown close up at the end of Lost and Found and it is similar to the way Kiera's face is shown up close in Who's Afraid of the Big Bad, Wolf and Be Very Afraid is similar to the way Varian's face is shown close up at the end of The Alchemist Returns and also Secret of the Sun Drop and Rapunzel's Return and Day of the Animals and Be Very Afraid and it is also similar to the way Rapunzel's face and Sugracha the Eternal's face are shown close up in Painter's Block. Also, King Trevor's face is shown up close when he has a tear in The Brothers Hook.
  • This is the third episode where Rapunzel is knocked unconscious. The first two times that she was knocked unconscious are The Alchemist Returns and A Tale of Two Sisters.
  • The way Cassandra walks backwards away from when she says Rapunzel, I want to believe you is similar to the way Rapunzel walked backwards towards the wall when Cassandra threatened Rapunzel with her black rock sword in A Tale of Two Sisters is similar to the way Varian walked backwards toward the wall when he is saying I should have not said that out loud and he walked backwards when Rapunzel protected him from Cassandra and he also walks backwards during Nothing Left To Lose in Cassandra's Revenge and it is similar to the way Catalina walked backwards to the tree trunk when she revealed her angry feelings in Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf? and she also walked backwards when Rapunzel protected her from Captain Creighton.
    • It is similar to the way when Shorty walks backwards to the wall when he, Eugene, Rapunzel, Lance, Ulf and Maximus are cornered by Varian, Andrew, Clementime, Kai, Juniper and Maisie in Rapunzel's Return and also similar to the way Varian walked backwards to the cell that Rapunzel is imprisoned inside after he thrown the bathbomb at Andrew, Clementine, Kai, Juniper and Maisie when and Varian also walked backwards when Clementine told him to stand down while she is threatening him with a sword after he ran after trapped Pascal in the same episode. Varian also walked backwards when he said Oh! So now you care about what I want. All it took was threatening the things you love the most in Secret of the Sun Drop. Also, it is similar to the way Omi, Kimiko and Clay walked backwards at the end of the Xiaolin Showdown episode In the Flesh. Also, Clay walked backwards at the beginning of the Xiaolin Showdown episode Days Past. Plus, Jack Spicer walked backwards at the beginning of the Xiaolin Showdown episode Citadel of Doom. Also, it is similar to the way Omi walked backwards when he saw Kimiko's dad shaking PandaBubba's hand during the Xiaolin Showdown episode The Return of PandaBubba. Plus, it is similar to a Xiaolin Showdown episode Oil in the Family when Clay, Raimundo, Kimiko and Dojo walk backwards when they are cornered by a Dinosaur. Plus, it is similar to the way Chase Young, Wuya and Omi walked backwards when they are cornered by the Chi Creature during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Finding Omi. Also, Hannibal Roy Bean walked backwards when he used the Moby Morpher to disguise him as Jack Spicer during the Xiaolin Showdown episode The Life and Times of Hannibal Roy Bean. Plus, Jack Spicer walked backwards when he is about to be attacked by Omi, Raimundo, Kimiko and Clay at the beginning of the Xiaolin Showdown episode Time After Time: Part I. Plus it is similar to the way Omi, Raimundo, Kimiko, Clay, Dojo and Jack Spicer walk backwards while they are terrified of Chase Young when he starts to drink the Lao Mang Lone Soup during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Time After Time: Part II and also Raimundo, Omi, Kimiko and Clay walked backwards when Jack Spicer fell to the ground during the same episode. Plus, it is similar to the way Kaiba walked backwards during the Yu-Gi-Oh! episode Final Face Off, Part 3. Also, Raimundo walked backwards during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Hannibal's Revenge. Also, Omi walked backwards during the episode Xiaolin Showdown Dream Stalker.
    • Also Hook Foot, Eugene and Rapunzel walked backwards when they are about to leave Madame Canardist and Vigor in Curses!.
  • Cassandra makes a reference to when Eugene mixed up the bim- and dim-berries in "Rapunzel's Enemy".
  • The way Varian, Quirin, Kiera, Catalina, Pascal, Maximus, Lance, Feldspar, Queen Arianna, King Frederic and King Edmund are behind Rapunzel and Eugene at the end of this episode is similar to the way Eugene and Catalina are behind Rapunzel and Kiera at the end of Vigor the Visionary. Also, it is similar to the way Kiera is behind Rapunzel and Pasacal during the episode Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf?. Plus, it similar to the way Eugene, Kiera, Catalina and Lance are behind Rapunzel and Pascal during the episode Cassandra's Revenge. Plus, it is similar to the way Omi, Kimiko, Clay and Master Fung are behind Raimundo at the near end of the Xiaolin Showdown episode Citadel of Doom.
  • This is the second episode that Eugene's outfit is ripped after Rapunzel: Day One when his outfit and Lance's outfit has ripped by piranhas and it is similar to the way Cassandra's outfit is ripped at the near end of Rapunzel and the Great Tree. Plus, it is similar to the way Catalina's outfit ripped when she turns into a werewolf during the episodes Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf?, Be Very Afraid and Plus Est En Vous. Also, it is similar to the way Jack Spicer's trench coat ripped at the bottom during the Xiaolin Showdown episode The Apprentice. Plus it similar to the way that the Xiaolin robes of Raimundo, Kimiko and Clay are ripped by Chase Young's jungle cats during the Xiaolin Showdown episode The New Order. Also, it is similar to the way that the Xiaolin robes that belong to Omi, Raimundo, Kimiko and Clay are ripped by Chase Young's jungle cats during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Time After Time: Part I. Plus, it is similar to the way Raimundo's Xiaolin armor is ripped during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Time After Time: Part II. Also, Ping Pong's hoodie and pants had a little hole at the end of the Xiaolin Chronicles episode The Fall of Xiaolin.
  • The way Cassandra scowls when she puts her teeth on each other after finding the missing part of the mirror in this episode is similar to the way Catalina puts her teeth on each other when she reveals her angry feelings is similar to the way Varian puts his teeth on each other when he is angry at Rapunzel in The Alchemist Returns and Secret of the Sun Drop. Plus, it is similar to the way Raimundo growled at the near end of the Xiaolin Showdown episode In the Flesh and during the Xiaolin Showdown episode The Return of Master Monk Guan when Raimundo angrily waited while he growled to see what Shen Gong Wu that Omi has left to be wagered for a showdown.
    • Also the way Cassandra scowls in this episode is similar to the way she scowled at Lance after he is scared of the large form of Ruddiger in Secret of the Sun Drop and it is also similar to the way Cassandra scowled at Eugene in Rapunzel's Enemy when she told him to find Bimberries.
  • The way Rapunzel urges Varian to show restraint by reaching out to Cassandra once again in this episode is similar to the way Rapunzel urged her father that he shouldn't be too hard on Varian after he is arrested in Secret of the Sun Drop.
  • The way Cassandra traps Lance and the guards inside cages in this episode is similar to the way Cassandra trapped Varian in Cassandra's Revenge and Calliope's pet in Race to the Spire inside cages. Also, it is similar to the way when Zhan Tiri will trap Rapunzel, Cassandra, Pascal, Varian, Ruddiger, Kiera, Catalina, King Frederic and Queen Arianna inside cages during the series finale episode Plus Est En Vous. Also, it is similar to the way Wuya's golems trapped Master Fung and the elder monks inside cages during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Days Past. Plus, it is similar to the way Wuya and Master Monk Guan trapped Omi, Raimundo, Kimiko, Clay, Dojo, Jack Spicer and Chase Young inside a cage during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Time After Time: Part II.
  • Owl scolded Cassandra for what she did to her adopted father in the flashback of Islands Apart and when she did to Varian by abducting him, pouring his own truth serum into his mouth that he made in The Alchemist Returns, wheeling Varian and Eugene back inside the Stronghold also what she did to Eugene by threatening his life in Cassandra's Revenge to force Rapunzel to fight her.
  • The expression on Varian's face and Eugene's face when Rapunzel walks behind them before Varian and Eugene turn around when they see Rapunzel at the beginning of the episode is similar to the way to the expression on Kiera's face and Catalina's face when Rapunzel and Eugene walked behind Kiera and Catalina at the beginning of Vigor the Visionary. Plus, it is similar to the expression on Raimundo's face when he heard Clay before he turned around when he saw Omi, Kimiko, Clay and Dojo at the near end of the Xiaolin Showdown episode In the Flesh.
  • The way Cassandra surrenders in this episode is similar to the way Shorty surrendered during the first half of Rapunzel's Return and Varian surrendered during the second half of Rapunzel's Return. Plus, it is similar to the way Raimundo, Omi, Kimiko and Clay surrendered to Jack Spicer during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Hannibal's Revenge.
  • The way Cassandra is on a wanted poster in this episode is similar to the way Eugene is shown on wanted posters in What the Hair?!, The Quest for Varian, Beyond the Corona Walls, Max and Eugene in Peril on the High Seas, Mirror, Mirror, Destines Collide, The Return of the King, No Time Like the Past and Be Very Afraid.
  • The way Varian and Eugene high-five each other at the beginning of the episode and also Cassandra disguised as Faith high-five Rapunzel is similar to the way King Frederic and King Edmund high-five each other in Cassandra's Revenge and it is similar to the way Rapunzel and Feldspar high five each other and also Eugene and Lance high five each other in The Lost Treasure of Herz Der Sonne and it also similar to the way Eugene and King Frederic high five each other two times in the episode In Like Flynn. Also it is similar to the way Rapunzel gave a high-five to Eugene, Cassandra and Lance in Destinies Collide. Plus, it is similar to the way Raimundo and Clay high five each other at the near end of the Xiaolin Showdown episode Citadel of Doom. Also, Omi, Raimundo, Kimiko and Clay high five each other at the near end of the Xiaolin Showdown episode Finding Omi.
    • Also it is going to be similar to the way Eugene and Maximus fist-bump each other at the end of Plus Est En Vous. Plus, it is similar to the way Omi and Dojo fist-bump each other during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Time After Time: II.
  • The way Cassandra sits when she starts to feel remorseful of her actions in this episode is similar to the way Varian sits on the bed when he felt remorse in Rapunzel's Return. Plus, it is similar to the way Raimundo felt remorse of his actions at the end of the Xiaolin Showdown episode Citdel of Doom.
    • It is also similar to the way Rapunzel sits with her knees bent at the beginning of Secret of the Sun Drop and also at the end of Rapunzel's Return.
  • Cassandra succeeds in taking over Corona which was Rapunzel's greatest fear in "Be Very Afraid"
  • The way Cassandra destroys Project Obsidian that Varian and Eugene worked on earlier in this episode is similar to the way Varian destroyed the translation key to prevent Cassandra from deciphering the Scroll in Cassandra's Revenge.
  • This is the third episode that Varian only says Princess after Great Expotations and Day of the Animals.
  • The way Cassandra says "not anymore" at the near end of the episode is similar to the way Raimundo said "not anymore at the near end of Xiaolin Showdown episode In the Flesh.
  • The way Varian is shown briefly wearing his original outfit while sitting on Fidella during this episode is similar to the way Raimundo was shown briefly shown to be wearing his original outfit during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Dream Stalker.
  • When Cassandra sits on the throne at the end of this episode is similar to the way she sat on the throne at the end of Nothing Left to Lose. Also, it is similar to the way Zhan Tiri sat on the throne at the beginning of this episode. Plus, it similar to the way Wuya sat on the throne during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Days Past and it is similar to the way Chase Young sat on the throne during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Omi Town. Plus, it is similar to the way Jack Spicer sat on the throne during the Xiaolin Showdown episode The New Order.
  • The way Varian tells Cassandra "this is your home" at the near end of the episode is the same way when Master Fung told Omi "this is your home" at the end of the Xiaolin Showdown episode Omi Town.

Goofs

  • Project Obsidian disappeared but is replaced with a different one when Varian is shown to be wearing his outfit, apron, gloves and shoes from season one and at the near end of Rapunzel's Return while he is sitting on Fidella before a guard comes to tell Eugene that Cassandra is inside Corona to attack Rapunzel. Also, when Varian is on Fidella waiting for a guard alongside Eugene and Maximus, Fidella's saddle doesn't have a sun symbol.
  • Even though Varian says that he doesn't want to hurt Cassandra in this episode, but in Secret of the Sun Drop he did hurt Cassandra and Queen Arianna after he grabbed his former crush and Rapunzel's mom with the giant robot hands because he wanted Rapunzel feel the same amount of pain and agony that he has.
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