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A Princess, an Elf, and a Demon Walk Into a Bar is the first episode in the Disenchantment series. It premiered on August 17, 2018.

Summary

Princess Bean already has the wedding day blues when a mysterious figure arrives, claiming he's her personal demon. Elfo hates his happy homeland.

Plot

In the castle, Bunty discovers that Princess Bean has tied up her guard and escaped to a pub in town, where she is gambling, drinking, and fighting. After escaping the pub by tossing her stolen coins out and crawling around everyone picking the coins up, she literally bumps into Odval, who informs her it's time to get married, ties her to his sedan chair, and brings her back to the castle.

King Zøg is presented with the royal cake, which is fanicfully adorned with frosting, columns, and two small people atop. King Zøg immediately requests "More columns, more frosting," and requests the fake lovers of the top to be changed to a single statue. Of himself.

Bean is then brought before King Zøg and Queen Oona. Zøg remarks the a delegation from Bentwood will arrive at any moment, and commands her to "take off those common clothes and come down looking like a princess." Bean immediately complies, tossing her top onto Odval's head.

Upstairs in Bean's room, Bunty dresses Bean for the wedding- "Great. I have to wear this crazy veil (A corset) AND pretend I'm a virgin?" Bean laments that her wedding is only for a political alliance, as opposed to love or inebriation as Bunty remarks she was married for a goat.

In the courtyard, Zøg, Oona, Odval, and Derek watch as the delegation from Bentwood arrives. King Zøg inquires what he should call the other royal family, one of his ideas being 'Or just brother and sister?' To which Lorenzo, the King of Bentwood, replies, 'We are brother and sister, what of it?' while Bunny, the Queen of Bentwood, strokes his face. Then Prince Guysbert, the Prince of Bentwood, steps from the carriage. Queen Oona's gills flare out, to which King Zøg replies, 'You never do that for me.'

The scene switches to Tiabeanie sitting on a windowsill, where she remarks that she 'hate[s] this feeling'. Bunty believes it to be being sober, but Bean replies that she feels like he life is ending, even with her not being able to smile. Bean asks if Bunty wishes there would be a place where people are really, truely happy.

Meanwhile, in Elfwood, the hundreds of elves are singing a particularly annoying song about them being happy all the time. Elfo, the only elf who isn't smiling, places bows on heart-shaped candy assortments as he notices his seemingly love interest, Kissy, placing dainty smooches on every box of candy. Elfo proceeds to climb onto the conveyor belt, sending him to Kissy, where the two proceed to make out. The supervisor forces them to break apart, telling Elfo he didn't seem to like his job, Elfo stating it wasn't what he wanted. He then goes to state he's tired of having to be happy all the time. He says he wishes he could so somewhere people are miserable.

Back in Dreamland, Bean is walking along the piles of gifts as she sees one jump atop a larger gift, then disappear as she takes a double-take. The box ends up on the floor in front of her, where she picks it up. From the box, a gruff voice prompts her to 'Open the gates of- I mean the ribbon.' When she does, all the candles go out, and she looks inside to see a single eye on black. It shoots out a light, wich has a Batman-style shadow inside with an outline of Luci, saying she's been 'Cursed from the deepest deapths of the Underworld!' When she looked back at the box, Luci formed inside the box, complementing her. Luci slammed the lid shut, where Luci opened it from the inside and jumped in her mouth as she tried to call the guards. He tells Bean that he's not a ghost as she thought- (Ghosts are losers that got murdered)- but her own personal demon. As saying that she's stuck with him forever, she spits him out, sending him slowly flop-falling against the wall of the castle.

The scene cuts to a temple in Maru, showing the Enchantress and Emperor Cloyd, who spectate the events of the show through a green flame. The Enchantress says the demonic binding has begun. Emperor Cloyd replies that the emissary, referring to Luci, will steer her toward darkness. They'll need chairs. Dark chairs.

Meanwhile, Elfo and Kissy are doing some kissy in Kissy's house. They proceed to presumably diddly do the diddly do. Kissy kinkily comments that Elfo is naughty, where he goes off on a rant about how he isn't such a weird elf and everyone is wrong about him. Kissy is apparently turned on by this, until the Elf King barges in. He finds Elfo, who was hiding under the blankets, and proceeds to punish him by hanging. Pops, Elfo's dad, comes by to tell Elfo a story about his life, taking a chair that was also Elfo's hanging stool. Elfo proceeds to dangle and struggle to breath as Pops tells about his life since meeting Elfo's unknown mother.

Back in Dreamland, Bean is doing her best at an attempt to beat up Luci with a mace, as Luci's avoiding all her attacks. She proclaims that she doesn't need a demon to made her life worse, finally hitting Luci head-on. She tosses the demon in a chest, sits on it, when she looks up and sees the demon standing besides her. She kicks him down the stairs, when he appears back in front of her on a crutch when she turns back around. "If you don't calm down, this is gonna be a long forever."

In Elfwood, Pops has fallen asleep and the supervisor elf says that elves are too light to hang. King Elf sets a man to stab him, who is stopped by Kissy. She proclaims that he 'can't just kill every guy that kisses [her]!' and cuts the rope loose. The two proceed to flee Elfwood, but upon reaching the gates, Elfo discovers that Kissy doesn't truely want to leave. Elfo goes to lower the door anyway with the stupidly obvious lever, to which the supervisor wonders why is there. Despite the many warnings of the king, Elfo pushes the lever, opening the gate. Kissy says he'll die out there, to which he replies, 'I'd rather die a big death, then live a small life," and leaves the town, the magic gate shutting behind him. He's almost immediately swooped up by an eagle.

In Dreamland, Luci and Bean are talking about what having a personal demon means. He says he's the 'guy that makes you feel good about doing bad things'.Bean asks if he's like a terrible friend, Luci replied noone said they were friends. Bean turns to criticize the cake, and Luci encourages her to change the lettering on it from 'Great Bentwood Dreamland Alliance' to 'Get Bent Dad', which makes King Zøg angerly shout 'BEAN' upon seeing it. Luci and Bean run off laughing.

The eagle carrying Elfo drops him after getting bored by the elf's rambling about candy, straight into a war scene between Gnomes- which resemble the gnomes from Gravity Falls- and Ogres. Elfo stands on a stump as he watches both sides kill each other off. He comments that '[he] Like[s] war, but wouldn't say [he] LOVE[s] it.' He goes through and pillages the dead bodies, taking a single gold coin and accidentally stabbing an ogre through the eye. He runs off.

While walking through the halls in Dreamland, Bean and Luci run into Queen Oona, who says the two need to have a talk as it's her weeding night. Bean proclaims that she '[doesn't] need the sex from from [her] stepmother'. She endures Oona forgetting the word 'testicles', when the Dankmirian queen gets tired of the talk and leaves. Bean;s distracted by a bell tolling.

Back in the woods, Elfo stumbles across a road, where he's almost run over several times before saying he's hungry and stopping a farm in the distance. The man farming, who simply calls himself Farmer, allows Elfo to eat with him and his wife. Elfo likes the food a bit too much for their tastes and keeps complementing it, so they kick him out. He says a final thank-you when leaving, Farmer replying, 'You're ruining our lives!'

The streets of Dreamland are loud as the royal delegation proceeds in. Luci, while sitting in a back room with Bean, comments he isn't comfortable in a church, and begins to drink of bottle of wine. Bean tells him it's communion wine, and Luci spits it out before pouring Bean a glass. They go back and forth on where she should or not. She eventually takes the glass, laminating to Luci on how she wished her wedding day was better.

The priestess speaks about God- or, more accurately, if God actually exists or not. Odval comments the religion is new. King Zøg walks in on Luci and Bean, who is tipsy, as she starts off the running joke of thinking Luci is a cat by referring to him as such to Zøg. Zog kicks Luci and pulls Bean over to get her married.

Meanwhile, Elfo finally comes across Dreamland. After a moment of wondering why it was so small- (He was far away), he merrily starts towards it.

The wedding is already in full swing, the prince and princess about to exchange vows. Prince Guysbert, somewhat of a dope, gives an 'Duuh, OK' to the infamous 'I Do's. After of moment of thought, her father giving her a nod, and the Prince holding up a ring, Bean grows upset and responds with a violent 'No,' smacking away the ring. When fetching the ring, Guysbert impales himself, but is shown to be OK. Bean apologizes, some of the guests stand to leave.

Worried, Zøg and the Bentwood delegation close in to talk. It's revealed that Prince Merkimer exists, and he's scheduled to get married in place of Guysbert. The king announces this, and Merkimer is almost suddenly besides the shocked Bean, announcing she would of left Guysbert for him anyway. Guysbert comments he's still alive, the priestess draping a cloth over his face. While beginning the 'I do's, Bean interrupts, yelling at her dad. Zøg is upset, announcing, 'You, do, you do, now just say man and wife.'

However, before the priestess can officiate them, the A and B plots merge as Elfo walks through the door to an astounded audience, announcing: 'Hi, I'm Elfo.' A nun'esq lady in the crowd asks what the hell he is, two others responding that he's an elf. Zøg and Sorcerio comment that the elf could be useful. Zog announces that he's give a Zog- a piece of likely high currency- to 'whoever seizes the Elf'. Pandemonium ensues, everyone clamoring for Elfo. In the ruckus, Bean punches through the glass to get out. A piece of her dress rips, giving her a somewhat harmless fall down, where she's joined by Elfo (Who presumably saw the window and followed her out of it.) They're met by a smoking Luci, who asks 'so how'd it go?' The two run past him, Luci commenting 'That good, huh?' and running after them.

Back in Maru, the Enchantress comments that Luci is 'preforming exquisitely. Cloyd comments that 'they've been joined by a tiny dork,' then burns his finger on the fire.

In the empty wedding hall, Odval notes that Elfo and Bean have fleed, and Merkimer announces he'll track them down. Zøg calls for his knights, asking the head knight who's the best trackers. Turns out the two best are lost, so they have to send out two substantially worse trackers, Turbish and Mertz. The knights run outside and get up on horses, riding off. In the streets of Dreamland, Bean, Luci, and Elfo run off, Bean discarding her crown as she runs. She notices Elfo trip, offering to carry the two. Almost getting cornered by guards, she runs through the Spotted Liver, a pub, but gets cornered in an ally. Luci offers to provide distraction: Doing shadow tricks. It works, and the guards run off.

In a room apparently dedicated to discussion, Zøg announces that, for a second, they had and lost riches and magic.

Bean and the boys make it out of Dreamland off a probably stolen horse carriage, chased by Merkimer and his crew. One shoots a flaming arrow and hits the back of the carriage, prompting Bean to grab the demon and elf and jump out of the carriage, tumbling down a hill for a while.Pendergast comments that noone could survive that many tumbles, which they do anyway. They run off, Merkimer taking the not-so-tumbly route down.

The main trio make it to a place labelled 'the Enchanted Forest'. After walking for for a little while, Elfo comments that he's never had a nightmare, asking if this was one. A far-off trumpet signals that Merkimer's crew are still following them. Bean gets an idea, and Merkimer follows their tracks to discover they vanished. He suggests they went down, and Turbish wonders if they went up. Merkimer disregards it, and they continue forwards. Turns out the trio did went up, and they waited in a tree for the trackers to pass. They're met by a fairy that resembles an older, slutty version of Tinker Bell. Bean asks if she can do wishes, and after a positive reply, she wishes for her freedom. The fairy replies that it 'sounds free', and she refers them to the Wishmaster. They thank her, Elfo leaving a coin for repayment.

All the diseases

Presumably much later, Luci comments that it's a nice night, then wonders how long it'll be. After tripping, Bean replies they they should camp out for the night. the three gather around (and, for Luci, in) a campfire, discussing what wishes they'd all want if given the chance.

After Luci comments that he wishes for Elfo to die alone, Elfo comments that "he's making fun of my dreams! That's what friends do!" After this, Bean suggests they go to sleep. When lying down, Bean says that she feels 'this weird feeling I don't what to drink away,' which Elfo classifies as 'Hope!'.

Back in Dreamland, every's getting some shut-eye, even the people down in Maru.

Upon waking up, Bean comments they have 'a long way to go before getting to the lair'. The pulley leading up to the lair is right there, though. Bean pulls the three up in the pulley singlehandedly, the others refusing to help. Upon pulling themselves up, they find themselves in the eerie lair of the Wishmaster. However, upon meeting him, they find out it's actually a man called the Washmaster, who washes cloths rather grants wishes. Elfo comments 'well, now we know something we didn't know yesterday', directly before the door's knocked open by Merkimer and his crew. The trio run off, ensuing a short chase through the lair. They escape, locking the door, and Bean frantically pulls the pulley back up. However, the pulley is ridden by the blinded Ogre, who angrily hits his club on his hand. Trapped from both sides, Bean and the boys come upon a cliff. Bean mourns that it must be her destiny to be princess and get married, Elfo deterring her- 'Destiny is baloney!' Merkimer agrees, but in his favor. He dismounts the horse and asks Bean for her hand in marriage, but Bean avoids agreeing back falling off th cliff with Bean and Luci. After discovering that the two aren't magically suited for falling, the episode ends.}}

Cast

Cultural References

  • Hellraiser (1987): When Luci says "Open the gates of...I mean the ribbon" this is parody of Lemarchand's Box in the classic horror movie by Clive Barker.
    • He stops himself from saying "open the gates of hell," something which the box in Hellraiser is famous for doing.
  • Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928): Elfo fitting exactly in the hole of the fallen ogre's chest is a reference to this classic piece of cinema.[2]
  • The Princess Bride (1987): whilst the trope of a princess being forced to marry a prince she doesn't love is the stuff of legend, the scene where the trio take an exaggerated tumble while being chased by the Knights is directly lifted from this classic movie.[3] 
  • Siddharta Guatama (c. 563/480 – c. 483/400 BCE): Elfo's story of renouncing a walled kingdom in pursuit of experiencing the real world is borrowed from the story of the Buddha.
  • Slayer and Metallica: these two giants of heavy metal get a fun name drop. (See Quotes).
  • The Hobbit (1937): Leaving relative comfort in search of adventure is also what Bilbo Baggins does.
  • The Lord Of The Rings (1954): The eagle which grabs Elfo and escorts him to the site of the battle field is likely a reference to this classic fantasy tale.

The Simpsons / Futurama

  • The maid's line "Remember, whores rouge, ladies leech." is a callback to an almost identical Simpsons line spoken to Marge by her mother in season 2's "The Way We Was". The line there was "Ladies pinch. Whores use rouge."
  • The design of the castle's tower is very similar to the tower of Planet Express in Futurama.
  • The melody of the elf song is eerily similar to the "everyone else loves Ned Flanders" ditty from Simpsons season 4 episode, "The Front".
  • Elfo's clothing is a contemporary version of that worn by Bart Simpson.
  • "The Spotted Liver" pub may well be a reference to Monty Burns' famous liver spots.

Trivia

  • Title explained: "An Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman walk into a bar..." is a classic opening to a joke about people of different cultural backgrounds. It plays on stereotypes in order to deliver it's punchline. The audience's expectations about the different species of creature and how they will interact on their misadventures in Disenchantment are all to be played for laughs.
  • Elves are too light to hang.
  • The Gnomes from the war scene resemble the gnomes from Gravity Falls, co-developer/writer Josh Weinstein's previous show where he worked as a writer.

Quotes

Priestess: Do you, Guysbert - most exhalted Prince of Bentwood, Slayer of Metallica - take this woman to be your lawfully wedded wife?
Guysbert: Deeeeerrrrr, ok.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Matt Groening Netflix Animated Comedy A Go With 20-Episode Order, Abbi Jacobson, Nat Faxon & Eric Andre Lead Voice Cast
  2. Falling Wall youtube.com
  3. Creator Matt Groening is on record as listing this film amongst his inspirations. imdb.com