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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. Furious by his father's deception and that this entire trip he wasted for nothing, Eugene gives sash back to Edmund and decides to return to Corona.

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 his two pets Domino and Hamuel to see his biological son Eugene again after the reunion.
    • Plus, this is the first appearance of Domino and the second appearance of Hamuel respectively.
  • 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 is currently 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 and the series respectively 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 and the series respectively.
  • The way Sideburns and Patchy took King Edmund as bait to lure his biological son Eugene to the two brothers during the episode is the same way Varian took Queen Arianna as bait to lure Rapunzel right to him during the special one hour season one finale episode Secret of the Sun Drop and the series respectively.
  • 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 the series respectively. Also, it is the same 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 and the series respectively. Plus, it is the same way 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 and the series respectively to take over the kingdom. Also, it is the same way King Frederic put his hands on his head during the second half of the special one hour finale episode Secret of the Sun Drop of Season 1 and the series repsectively.
  • The sidekick crow of King Edmund is revealed to be 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 and the series respectively.
    • Just like Varian's pet raccoon debuted during the first episode What the Hair?! and the series respectively, 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 and the series respectively.
  • 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! and the series respectively. 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 and the series respectively. 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 and the series respectively.
  • 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 and the series respectively.
  • 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 Season 3 episode Be Very Afraid and the series respectively. 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 and the series respectively 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 and the series respectively. 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 and the series respectively. 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 and the series respectively. 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 and the series respectively. 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 and the series respectively. 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 one and the series respectively. Also, it is the same way Xavier put his hands in front of him during the second half of the one hour special episode Rapunzel's Return of Season 3 and the series respectively. 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 and the series respectively when he said "Well done! You've discovered the castle's junk drawer" to Cassandra. Plus, it is the same way Eugene put his hands in front of him during the season one episode Under Raps and the series respectively while he holds the key that unlocks the handcuffs. Also, 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 and the series respectively. Plus, 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! respectively. Also, it is the same way Marinette put her hands in front of her at the end of the Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat noir episode Mega Leech. Plus, it is the same way Varian put his hands in front of him during the season three episode The Lost Treasure of Herz Der Sonne and the series respectively. Also, it is the same way Cassandra put her hands in front of her at the near end of the penultimate episode Once a Handmaiden... of season three and the series respectively while she summons more black rocks towards Eugene and Varian when the latter two are retreating out of the kingdom. Plus, it is the same way King Frederic put his hands in front of him during the second half of the one hour special episode Secret of the Sun Drop of season one and the series respectively when he saw the dummy Varian on the floor. Also, it is the same way Hop Pop, Sprig and Ned put their hands in front of them during the Amphibia episode Thai Feud.
  • King Edmund makes a reference to the season two finale one hour special episode Destinies Collide and the series respectively.
    • 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 Destinies Collide when the two of them were reunited at the Dark Kingdom again.
  • The way Eugene is mad at his biological 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 the series respectively. Plus, 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 and the series respectively.
  • This is the second episode of the series that Rapunzel is shown to riding on Fidella after the season two episode Vigor the Visionary and the series respectively.
  • 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 respectively.
  • 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 respectively to the sewers during the season one episode Cassandra v. Eugene and the series respectively. 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.
  • The way Sideburns and Patchy are knocked unconscious by the tree branch during the episode is the same way Cassandra knocked Sideburns and Patchy unconscious during the season one episode Cassandra v Eugene and the series respectively. 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 Master Fung was briefly knocked unconscious during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Mala Mala Jong. Plus, it is the same way Rapunzel was knocked unconscious after her fight against Varian at the near end of the second half of the one hour special episode Secret of the Sun Drop and the series respectively. Also, it is the same way Jack Spicer was knocked unconscious by Chase Young during the Xiaolin Showdown episode Hannibal's Revenge. Plus, it is the same way Rapunzel is knocked unconscious after her fight against Cassandra during the second half of the one hour special episode Cassandra's Revenge and the series respectively. Also, it is the same way Marcy is knocked unconsious after King Andrias' sword stabs her at the end of the Amphibia episode True Colors. Plus, it is the same way Rapunzel is knocked unconscious by the gas at the near end of the season three episode A Tale of Two Sisters and the series respectively. Also, it is the same way Rapunzel is knocked unconsious by the potion that Cassandra tosses to the ground at the near end of the penultimate episode Once a Handmaiden... of season three and the series respectively. Plus, it is the same way Lance is knocked unconsious after Varian scolds the former during the season three episode Flynnpostor and the series respectively for pouring too much Flynnoleum into The Rooster. Also, it is same way Eugene is knocked unconsious after Zhan Tiri tosses him during the special three part series finale episode Plus Est En Vous of season three.    
  • 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 and the series respectively.
  • 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 and the series respectively.
  • The way Eugene is annoyed when his dad calls him Horace during the whole 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 and the series respectively. 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 and the series respectively.
  • 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 respectively had Attila's recipes on the bottom of their boots during the season one episode One Angry Princess and the series respectively.
  • Varian, Lance, Angry and Red respectively are absent during the whole episode and they weren't mentioned by any of the characters.
  • The way Eugene says "Old man" when he is referring to his dad during the episode is the same way Nino said "Old man" while he refers to Adrien's dad Gabriel during the Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and 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 and the series respectively after Rapunzel walked inside the hallway of the Corona Castle alongside Cassandra for the coronation.
  • 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 older sister Queen Arianna at Corona during the season one episode The Way of the Willow and the series respectively for the latter's birthday. 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 biological 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 respectively during the episode is the same way Ash Ketchum 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 Grav 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. Plus, it is the same way King Andrias says "Not so fast!" during the Amphibia episode True Colors. Also, it is the same way Anne's mom says "Not so fast!" at the end of the Amphibia episode Thai Feud.
  • The way King Edmund says "Excellent!" to his biological son Eugene during the episode is the same way Wuya said "Excellent!" to Raimundo during the Xiaolin Showdown episode In the Flesh. Also, it is the same way Eugene says "Excellent" during the special three part series finale episode Plus Est En Vous of season three.
  • The way Eugene reluctantly joins his biological 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.
  • The episode title of the third season and the series respectively is probably a parody to J.R.R Tolkien's fifth book volume for the Lord of the Rings and the Lord of the Rings film series.

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