|"The Tragic Flute"|
"The Tragic Flute" is the thirtieth episode of the Star Wars: Ewoks animated television series, and the seventeenth episode in season two. Written by Bob Carrau and directed by Raymond Jafelice, the episode originally aired on ABC on November 15, 1986.
While fishing, Kneesaa soaks her feet in the water and loses her wooden anklet into the Endor Sea. Her mishap summons King Elbo, a mighty monarch of an unknown fangly crab species, who decides to help her. He offers her two golden, jewel-encrusted anklets, but Kneesaa declines, claiming that they are not hers. When Elbo recovers her real anklet, she accepts without inquiring about the other two, which touches Elbo. He gives her all three anklets in appreciation of her selflessness.
When Latara hears Kneesaa's story, her eyes spin at the idea of a jewel encrusted, golden flute to replace the wooden one Teebo and Wicket had made for her. Her demands and aspirations, however, leave Kneesaa and Wicket appaled, and Teebo deeply offended. Knowing their friend's rampant materialism, Kneesaa, Wicket, and Teebo follow behind Latara. However, their arrival at the lake is not quick enough, and they witness Latara being taken by Elbo down into his underwater coral castle. Planning to rescue Latara, Teebo calls up a helpful fish who inflates a sea bubble—a thick membrane large and strong enough to hold the three Ewoks and transport them to the underwater lair.
After a rough bubble ride down, the trio enter the air-filled castle and find their friend being held captive by a squid-like creature. Wicket distracts the creature, allowing Latara to escape with Kneesaa and Teebo. Then, the four run through the castle trying to find a way out. They end up in a wooden crate that hangs about above a ferocious sea creature. When King Elbo approaches, Wicket tries to reason with him. Kneesaa touches Elbo's heart again, trying to trade her three anklets with him to rescue Latara. So, the four eventually work out a deal: the king would set up a test for Latara. If she passed, they would go free, but if she failed, all four would become Elbo's slaves. As the crate dropped lower and lower, Wicket bluntly tells Teebo that he has no faith in Latara. But she proves him wrong, passing Elbo's test by finding the most valuable item among his treasures: her old flute that Wicket and Teebo had given her.
The foursome then bid Elbo farewell and head back to the surface, again via bubble transport. Latara also plants a kiss on Teebo, sending him off in a daze.
- James Cranna as Teebo
- Denny Delk as Wicket Wystri Warrick
- Sue Murphy as Latara
- Jeanne Reynolds as Kneesaa a Jari Kintaka
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Behind the scenesEdit
- A continuity error occurs in the episode; While Latara, Teebo, Wicket and Kneesaa were trapped in Elbo's basket, part of the scene shows Latara and Teebo with four toes at each foot, in contrast with the remaining frames. According to the Star Wars canon, the Ewoks have only three toes at each foot.