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Stinging a Stinger

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"Stinging a Stinger"
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The episode's title card
Original airdate November 3, 1989
Writer(s) Bob Forward
Country of origin United States
Canada
Network FOX

"Stinging a Stinger" is the ninth episode The Legend of Zelda TV series. It first aired in the United States and Canada on November 3rd, 1989.

Plot

See also: Episode transcript
Link realizes he has been tricked by Sleezenose

While Link is riding through the woods with Catherine, he hears a man calling for help.[1] The young hero rushes over and sees three men trying to steal money from an old man, and Link easily defeats them.[2] The old man, who introduces himself as Sleezenose,[3] thanks Link and offers to give him a free Sword as a sign of gratitude.[4] Although Link at first hesitates to trade it in for his Crissword,[5] Sleezenose explains that anyone who carries his sword is made irresistible to women, especially princesses.[6] This convinces Link and immediately hands over his old sword when he hears Princess Zelda screaming for help.[7] After Link leaves, it is revealed that Sleezenose had a deal with the three burly men who were harrassing him and gives them the money for helping him get the sword from Link.[8]

When Link arrives to where Zelda is, he sees that she's being attacked by Patra.[9] The young hero, confident about his new sword, faces an incoming Patra, but one lightbeam from the foe breaks the sword in half and causes Link to collapse from the attack. Zelda rushes towards Link and just then he realizes that he has been robbed.[10] Suddenly, Ganon appears with two Moblins at his side,[11] who capture the pair and take them into Underworld. Once down there, Sleezenose arrives with Link's Crissword and offers it to Ganon for 1000 Rubies,[12] but the evil wizard disagrees and simply takes it from Sleezenose's hands with no reward.[13] Moreover, he orders the Moblins to throw Sleezenose, Link and Zelda into Gohma's lair.[14] With Gohma slowly approaching the group, Zelda gets out a Magic Rope from her pouch and Link a boomerang while the young hero orders Sleezenose to use his lockpicks to open the gate.[15] Zelda then ties the rope around one of Gohma's horns, which causes the creature to spin her around the room. Link takes this opportunity to use the boomerang and make a giant stalactite fall on top of Gohma, allowing Zelda to continue to spin around until all of the rope is tied around the beast. With Sleezenose now having opened the gate,[16] the group heads to North Castle to consult the Triforce of Wisdom on what they should do.[17][18]

Once at the castle, the Triforce of Wisdom advises them to use "natural means" to defeat Ganon since currently the evil wizard possesses more magic than they do.[19][20] The group then heads out to collect beehives and ants to use against Ganon.[21] When Link sees that Ganon is approaching the castle with the sword in hand and with Stalfos and Moblins at his side, Sleezenose walks towards Ganon and pretends to be offering a box with the Triforce of Wisdom as a sign of loyalty to him.[22] However, when Ganon opens the box, he finds it contains a beehive, and the bees immediately begin to sting him and his minions. Using this opportunity, Link swings by and takes the sword from Ganon's hands, and shortly after Zelda launches another beehive at the evil wizard with the help of a catapult. Ganon, unable to fight back, retreats back into the Underworld.[23] With Ganon defeated, Zelda surprisingly hugs Link and asks him for a kiss,[24] but the young hero ruins the moment by making a bad pun,[25] making Zelda change her mind.[26] Just then, Link realizes that Sleezenose is gone and discovers that he took the Triforce of Wisdom while they were fighting Ganon.[27] Zelda then reveals that she hid the Triforce underneath Link's pile of dirty clothes and that she had asked Spryte earlier on to cast a spell on the box with the ant hill.[28] The episode ends with Link and Zelda looking out the window to see Sleezenose carrying the supposed Triforce of Wisdom only for him to discover that he had been tricked.

Characters

Enemies

Items

References

  1. ↑ "Help! Somebody help me!" β€” Link (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 9 )
  2. ↑ "You heard the gentleman, boys. Take a hike, or face me." β€” Link (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 9 )
  3. ↑ "Sleezenose's the name and peddling's my game. Many thanks, oh noble Lord." β€” Sleezenose (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 9 )
  4. ↑ "Say, you're one hot swordsman. Which reminds me, I have just the gift for you for saving my life." β€” Sleezenose (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 9 )
  5. ↑ "Gee, I don't know. It's been a pretty good sword." β€” Link (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 9 )
  6. ↑ "Yes, but this sword is much better. For instance, it makes whoever carries it irresistible to ladies. If you know what I mean. [...] ESPECIALLY princesses." β€” Sleezenose (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 9 )
  7. ↑ "It's a deal! Oh boy!" β€” Link (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 9 )
  8. ↑ "Alright, a bonus it is, but don't worry, without this sword, he'll never be that good again." β€” Sleezenose (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 9 )
  9. ↑ "Eeh! Get away from me, you stupid Patra! Link! Link! Where are you?" β€” Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 9 )
  10. ↑ "I've been robbed...stun! This sword is a fake! Aw, now we're really in trouble." β€” Link (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 9 )
  11. ↑ "Uh-oh, it's Ganon!" β€” Link (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 9 )
  12. ↑ "For you, 1000 Rubies." β€” Sleezenose (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 9 )
  13. ↑ "What?! Outrageous! Seize him! How about zero!" β€” Ganon (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 9 )
  14. ↑ "Throw him to Gohma, then those two!" β€” Ganon (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 9 )
  15. ↑ "Quick, take these and try to open the gate. Zelda and I will try to hold off Gohma." β€” Link (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 9 )
  16. ↑ "Uh, I was saying the gate's open. Let's get out of here!" β€” Sleezenose (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 9 )
  17. ↑ "C'mon, we have to figure out a way to stop Ganon." β€” Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 9 )
  18. ↑ "What shall we do, Triforce of Wisdom? Ganon's got Link's Crissword now. How can we stop him?" β€” Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 9 )
  19. ↑ "When magical means will not suffice, use natural means as your device." β€” Triforce of Wisdom (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 9 )
  20. ↑ "You see, Ganon has more magic than we do right now, we can't fight him with magic. We have to use natural weapons." β€” Spryte (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 9 )
  21. ↑ "You mean, like bugs and stuff?" β€” Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 9 )
  22. ↑ "The Triforce of Wisdom, your grossness! I offer it to you as a symbol of my loyalty." β€” Sleezenose (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 9 )
  23. ↑ "Hey! Bees! Retreat! Retreat!" β€” Ganon (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 9 )
  24. ↑ "We did it! Kiss me!" β€” Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 9 )
  25. ↑ "I'd bee glad to, honey." β€” Link (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 9 )
  26. ↑ "Ugh...I HATE bad puns." β€” Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 9 )
  27. ↑ "Hey, where's Sleezenose? Oh no, the Triforce of Wisdom! We left it unguarded! [...] It's gone!" β€” Link (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 9 )
  28. ↑ "Oh he thought he did. But I knew we shouldn't trust him. So I had Spryte cast a spell over that box with the ant hill in it." β€” Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 9 )