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Return of the King is the third episode of Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure, Season 3. It aired on October 8, 2019 and it is the fiftieth episode of the series overall.






Synopsis

King Edmund arrives in Corona to give his son, Eugene, a family heirloom; when the heirloom is stolen, Eugene reluctantly joins his father on a journey to retrieve it.[1]

Plot

King Edmund arrives in Corona to see his long-lost son, Eugene, and to give him the royal sash of their bloodline. Eugene wants nothing to do with him, but Rapunzel invites him to stay. Later, the sash is stolen and a ransom note is left behind. Edmund and Eugene decide to go and retrieve it. Their quest begins to feel more like an outing as King Edmund reveals that Eugene's given name is Horace, which he deeply expresses his chagrin.

Meanwhile, the Stabbington Brothers plot revenge on Eugene as they are both viewed as a joke by the other criminals. They manage to locate him through the royal guards and Rapunzel takes off to warn them. Eugene and Edmund manage to fight off the Stabbington brothers, but then Eugene discovers that Edmund took the sash himself so that they can bond. The Stabbingtons abduct King Edmund, and Eugene and Rapunzel rescue him from a log flume. The royal sash gets destroyed in the attempt but King Edmund, with help from Xavier, creates a new one for Eugene and they make up. Elsewhere, Cassandra tries to use her newfound Moonstone powers when she begins to hear a female voice softy saying her name; that of the Enchanted Girl, who had showed her everything of her girlhood past and abandonment by the unloving Gothel, and her drive to attain the Moonstone Opal for herself.

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Trivia

  • The episode title may refer to the long-waited return of Eugene's biological dad King Edmund from his twenty-five-year long isolation and solitude inside his crumbling homeland and kingdom.
  • This is the first episode of the series that King Edmund has been to Corona alongside Domino and Hamuel to see his biological son Eugene again.
    • Plus, this is the first appearance of Domino and the second appearance of Hamuel.
  • Irony: Edmund and Eugene's blood-relation technically makes Domino Maximus' long-lost older sister, despite Max's name implying he'd be older but it unknown if Domino and Maximus are related by blood because the two horses are from different kingdoms Corona and Dark Kingdom respectively.
  • As of this episode and onwards, the opening theme song now shows the evil Moonstone-powered Cassandra commanding the ever-expanding black rocky spikes and wielding Adira's very strong shadow sword as her additional weapon that she took at the beginning of the first half of the special one hour episode Rapunzel's Return of Season 3 before she escapes the Dark Kingdom with the The Moonstone Opal too.
  • Eugene learns more about his biological family; such as his birth name having been "Horace" which he doesn't like to be called by it which became a running gag during the one hour special episode Cassandra's Revenge and the special three part series finale episode Plus Est En Vous both of Season 3 respectively.
  • The voice of the ghostly girl AKA Zhan Tiri who had led Cassandra to her troubling childhood past, and who sweetly coaxed her into coveting and merging with the supremely powerful Moonstone Opal for herself, speaks her name once again, implying that she probably intends to instruct Cassandra into harnessing the Opal's true destructive, deathly powers.
  • The way Eugene has a food coma during the episode is the same way Lance had a food coma during the season one episode Pascal's Story.
  • The way Sideburns and Patchy took King Edmund as bait to lure Eugene to the two brothers during the episode is the same way Varian took Queen Arianna as bait to lure Rapunzel to him during the special one hour season one finale episode Secret of the Sun Drop.
  • The way Eugene puts his hands on his head when he he sees that the weapons are underwater after his dad threw the two weapons is going to be to the same way Catalina puts her hands on her hair when she comes back to her senses at the near end of the season three episode Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf? and it is going to be similar to the way Varian puts his hands on his hair when he says "not three" during the second half of the special one hour episode Cassandra's Revenge of Season 3. Plus, Feldspar will put his hands on his head when he is terrified of Cassandra attacking the people at the near end of the penultimate episode Once a Handmaiden... of Season 3 to take over the kingdom. Also, King Frederic put his hands on his head during the special season one hour finale episode Secret of the Sun Drop.
  • The sidekick crow of King Edmund is revealed to named Hamuel even though King Edmund's pet bird debuted during the first half of the special one hour episode finale episode Destinies Collide of Season 2.
    • Just like Varian's pet raccoon debuted during the first episode What the Hair?!, but the name of Varian's pet raccoon was revealed during the second half of the one hour special episode Queen for a Day of Season 1.
  • The way King Edmund is tossing his weapon and Eugene's weapon to the bottom of the cliff during the episode is the same way Rapunzel's telescope was flung from her hand to the bottom of Lombard's Pass during the season two episode Curses!. Plus, it is the same way Calliope flung Cassandra's sword to the bottom of the cliff during the season two episode Keeper of the Spire. Also, it is the same way Varian's supplies explodes after they fell to the bottom of the trap door during the upcoming season three episode Be Very Afraid.
  • This is the third episode of the series Rapunzel is shown to be mad at Eugene after the previous episodes Painter's Block, Secret of the Sun Drop and There's Something About Hook Foot. Also, it is the same way Rapunzel's personality was changed when she was mad at Pascal and Maximus during the season one episode Not in the Mood. Plus, it is the same way Rapunzel is mad at Teen Eugene during the season three episode No Time Like the Past. Also, it is the same way Rapunzel and Pascal were mad at Eugene during the season one episode The Alchemist Returns.
  • Eugene makes a reference to the time when Shorty transformed into a peacock off screen and laid an egg that can turn birds back to humans during the season two episode Freebird.
  • The way Rapunzel puts her hands in front of her during the episode when she points out to Eugene that King Edmund is feeling down is the same way Feldspar, Monty, Old Lady Crowley, Kiera, Catalina and Attila put their hands out in front of them after Lance sings "Bigger Than That" during the episode Be Very Afraid. Plus, it is the same way Varian puts his hands in front of him when he says "Demanitus, you genius" during the second half of the one hour special episode Cassandra's Revenge of Season 3 while Rapunzel put her hands in front of her during the first half of the same one hour special episode. Also, it is the same way Ruddiger puts his paws in front of him when he shows Maximus, the new plan of how to retrieve the pendant from the tree at the near end of the season three episode Day of the Animals. Plus, it is the same way Eugene will put his hands in front of him when he says "Ooh. And he did it the same way I would have done it." during the season three episode Flynnpostor. Also, it is the same way Rapunzel will put her hands in front of her during the upcoming episode The King and Queen of Hearts of Season 3. Plus, it is the same way Varian will put his hands in front of him while he is mad at Lance during the season three episode Flynnpostor. Also, it is the same way Rapunzel put her hands in front of her when she said "Seriously? How did I not know this?" during the season two episode The Brothers Hook. Plus, it is the same way Eugene put his hands out in front of him when he said "Varian's got five of these huge highly pressurized underground machines and they are clearly unstable. I think they can blow up any minute" at the near end of the first episode What the Hair?! of Season 1. Also, it is the same way Xavier put his hands in front of him during the second half of the episode one hour special Rapunzel's Return. Plus, it is the same way Kimiko put her hands in front of her when she said "Raimundo, what are you doing?" at the near of the beginning of the Xiaolin Showdown episode Days Past. Also, it is the same way Raimundo put his hands in front of him during the same Xiaolin Showdown episode Citadel of Doom when he said "Wuya, what if these guys swear loyalty to you" when he was referring to Kimiko, Clay and Dojo respectively then Raimundo put his hands in front of him while he said "It's like you're not even trying to get away!" to Kimiko, Clay and Dojo. Plus, it is the same way Jack Spicer put his hands in front of him when he says "What?" "I thought we were a team" during the Xiaolin Showdown episode The Shard of Lightning when he told Robo-Jack. Also, it is the same way Jack Spicer put his hands in front of him when he told Wuya "where's your super evil genius, now? "Asleep in a cage like a parrot!" during the Xiaolin Showdown episode The New Order. Plus, it is the same way Jack Spicer put his hands in front of him during the Xiaolin Showdown episode The Life and Times of Hannibal Roy Bean when he said "That's not me." "That's Hannibal Bean." "I bet he used the Moby Morpher to make himself to look like me". Also, it is the same way Raimundo put his hands in front of him during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Hannibal's Revenge. Plus, it is the same way Omi put his hands in front of him when he said "We should be fighting evil, not raising tasty corn!" during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Time After Time: Part II. Also, it is the same way Eugene put his hands in front of him during the season one episode Cassandra v. Eugene when he said "Well done! You've discovered the castle's junk drawer" to Cassandra also Eugene put his hands in front of him during the season one episode Under Raps while he holds the key that unlocks the handcuffs. Plus, it is the same way Teen Lance put his hands in front of him when he says "Sideburns?! What are you doing here?" during the season three episode No Time Like the Past. Also, it is the same way Misty put her hands in front of her during the Pokémon: Indigo Plateau episode Hypno's Naptime and the Pokémon: Johto Journeys episode The Psychic Sidekicks!.
  • King Edmund makes a reference to the season two finale one hour special episode Destinies Collide.
    • Also, King Edmund says "I can tell" while his son Eugene finishes his dad's sentence "he can tell a lot by looking into a man's eyes!" which is what King Edmund said to Eugene during the first half of the one hour special of the second season finale episode when the two of them were reunited at the Dark Kingdom.
  • The way Eugene is mad at his dad for taking the sash from the bedroom off screen during the episode is the same way Varian was mad at his dad for not telling him more about the Black Rocks during the second half of the one hour special episode Queen for a Day of Season 1 and it is the same way Rapunzel clenched her fists while she was mad when she walked inside the hallway during the season one episode The Alchemist Returns.
  • This is the second episode of the series that Rapunzel is shown to riding on Fidella after the season two episode Vigor the Visionary.
  • King Edmund is the third person to like "The Tales of Flynnigan Rider" books as of this episode. The other two people that also like "The Tales of Flynnigan Rider" books were Varian and Eugene.
  • The way Eugene and his dad carries Patchy and Sideburns off the log during the episode is the same way Sideburns and Patchy carried Eugene and Cassandra to the sewers during the season one episode Cassandra v. Eugene. Plus, it is the same way Tristan carried an unconscious Bakura and a soulless Mokuba during the Yu-Gi-Oh! episode Yugi vs Pegasus: Match of the Millennium, Part 4. Also, it is the same way a Hitotsu-Me Giant carried an unconscious Téa during the Yu-Gi-Oh! episode Isolated in Cyber Space, Part 2.
    • Also the way Sideburns and Patchy are knocked unconscious during the episode is similar to the way Cassandra knocked Sideburns and Patchy unconscious during the episode Cassandra v Eugene. Plus, it is the same way Tristan knocked out the evil Bakura during the Yu-Gi-Oh! episode Yugi vs Pegasus: Match of the Millennium, Part 4. Also, it is the same way a Hitotsu-Me Giant knocked out Téa during the Yu-Gi-Oh! episode Isolated in Cyber Space, Part 2.
  • This is the second episode of the series that King Edmund says "I can tell a lot by looking into a man's eyes!" after the second half of the special one hour episode Destinies Collide of Season 2.
  • This is the third episode of the series that Sideburns and Patchy are knocked out. The other two episodes of the series that they have been knocked out were the season one episode Cassandra v. Eugene and the season two episode Max and Eugene in Peril on the High Seas respectively.
  • The way Eugene is annoyed when his dad calls him Horace during the episode is the same way Eugene was annoyed when Varian called him by his alias Flynn Rider during the first episode of the series which was What the Hair?! of Season 1. Also, it is the same way Raimundo was briefly annoyed with Wuya during the Xiaolin Showdown episode In the Flesh when the two of them joined forces.
  • Eugene makes a reference to his own quote,"The kingdom and I aren't exactly simpatico at the moment" from the movie Tangled while he talked to Rapunzel about it. It is also revealed to be a quote from one of the Flynn Rider books.
  • Rapunzel makes a reference to when she called a yo-yo, a "hey-hey" and how Eugene mentioned it was already invented during the season one episode Great Expotations.
  • The way Eugene has a note on the bottom of his boot during the episode is the same way he, Cassandra, Pete, Stan and the Captain of the Guard had recipes on the bottom of their boots during the season one episode One Angry Princess.
  • Varian, Lance, Angry and Red are absent during the episode.
  • The way Eugene says "Old man" when he is referring to his dad during the episode is the same way Nino said "Old man" during the Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir episodes Bubbler and Guiltrip respectively. Plus, it is the same way Hydron said "Old man" to his dad Zenoheld during the Bakugan Battle Brawlers: New Vestroia episode Final Fury.
  • When Sideburns and Patchy left muddy footprints on Feldspar's new rug during the episode off screen is the same way Rapunzel left muddy footprints on the carpet during the animated movie Tangled: Before Ever After.
  • The way Eugene's dad visits Corona during the episode is the same way Clay's dad visited the Xiaolin Temple during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Big as Texas. Plus, it is the same way Clay's brother Patrick visited the Xiaolin Temple during the Xiaolin Chronicles episode Super Cow Patty. Also, it is the same way Kimiko's sister visited the Xiaolin Temple during the Xiaolin Chronicles episode Tigress Woo. Plus, it is the same way Willow visited her sister Queen Arianna during the season one episode The Way of the Willow. Also, it is the same way Billy visited Julie during the Bakugan Battle Brawlers: New Vestroia episode Virtual Insanity.
  • The way Rapunzel says "No more Miss Nice Princess" during the episode is similar to the way Wuya said "No more Miss Nice Floating Villain Face" during the Xiaolin Chronicles episode The Call of the Dragon.
  • The way Eugene and his dad are fishing by the riverbank during the episode is the same way Omi, Raimundo and Clay were shown to be fishing at the beginning of the Xiaolin Chronicles episode Laws of Nature.
  • The way Rapunzel says "Not so fast!" to Sideburns and Patchy during the episode is the same way Ash said "Hey, not so fast" to Jessie, James and Meowth at the near end of the Pokémon: Master Quest episode A Claim to Flame! because the latter three abducted Pikachu from the former as always. Plus, it is the same way Mira said "Not so fast!" to Gus during the Bakugan Battle Brawlers: New Vestroia episode Unmasked while Julie said "Not so fast!" at the near end of the same episode. Also, it is the same way Hydron said "Not so fast!" during the Bakugan Battle Brawlers: New Vestroia episode Payback.
  • The way King Edmund says "Excellent!" to Eugene during the episode is the same way Wuya said "Excellent!" to Raimundo during the Xiaolin Showdown episode In the Flesh.
  • The way Eugene reluctantly joins his dad on a trip during the episode is the same way Raimundo was reluctant of joining Wuya during the Xiaolin Showdown episode In the Flesh.

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