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"Grube's Fairytales" is the 11th episode of the third season of Teen Titans Go!, and the 115th overall episode of the series.

Summary

Robin tries to teach the Titans valuable life lessons by reading them fairytales, but the others co-opt his stories and spin them into their own twisted yarns.

Plot

The episode begins with Beast Boy, Cyborg, Starfire, and Raven playing a board game. Robin then appears dressed in medival garb and playing a panflute. When Beast Boy asks what he is doing, Robin explains that he is a bard. He plays the pan flutes, while Raven and Starfire immediately begin mocking him, mistaking his pantaloons for a man diaper, leading Beast Boy and Cyborg to do the sane thing. Robin angrily informs them that bards tell stories that instill morals and character, which is his latest plan: To trick the others into learning valuable life lessons by reading fairytales to them, since teaching them life lessons is what he always does and they never seem to listen. Beast Boy groans and asks what is wrong with their character and morals now, to which Robin replies that everything is wrong. Cyborg asks if they can at least get snacks. Upon hearing this, Robin states that he has a story about two children who loved snacks so much, they almost died. He then begins to tell a story about two children cast out into the forest on a cold night. However, Beast Boy and Cyborg immediately recognize the story as the story of Hansel and Gretel, and insist on telling it themselves. Robin protests, as only a bard can tell a story. Regardless, the two begin to tell the story:

Once upon a time, Hansel (Beast Boy) and Gretel (Cyborg) are kicked out of the house for eating all the food. A witch (Robin) invites them to eat her house made of candy.  Hansel and Gretel immediately agree to eat her house, not knowing that the witch plans to eat them. However, a second witch (Raven) invites them to eat her appetizer house. The two quickly forget the first witches candy house and begin to devour the second witch's appetizer house, much to the first witch's anger. However, a third witch (Starfire) offers them her meat and potatoes house, which Hansel and Gretel immediately begin to devour. The three witches begin to argue amongst themselves, while Hansel and Gretel completely consume all three houses and grow huge. They then thank the witches for the meal and roll away, causing the witches to begin weeping over their eaten houses. Hansel and Gretel roll home having enjoyed a three course meal, and the three witches freeze to death in the winter. Beast Boy and Cyborg conclude the story by stating that the moral is don't make your house out of food, because that's dumb.

Robin protests that is not a moral, but Raven thinks that it should be, and asks if they can leave now. Robin states that they cannot leave the tower until he tells them a story about a girl who could not leave her tower. He begins to tell them a story about a maiden trapped in a tower with long locks of luxurious...but before he can finish, Raven recognizes it as the story of Rapunzel and decides to tell it herself quickly so she can leave.

Once upon a time, a princess named Rapunzel (Raven) is trapped in a tower with no stairs. Rapunzel is gifted with long, healthy, and very curly...fingernails! A prince (Beast Boy) attempts to rescue her, but is disgusted by her nails and leaves. Frustrated, Rapunzel resolves to escape herself. She then cuts her nails and sharpens them to claws, using them to scale down the wall. Another prince (Robin) comes and requests her hand in marriage and offers her a nail filer as a gift. She, however shreds his clothes and declines, stating that "no one is going to cage this bird again". She then goes on to live a life of adventure, fame, and fortune. Raven states that the moral is "forget boys, get paid!" She then begins throwing money everywhere, causing the Titans to become excited.

Robin stops this and accuses the Titans of ruining his stories, although Starfire states that she enjoyed the story. Beast Boy asks if they can eat now, which reminds Robin of what eating is all they always do and also reminds him of another story about eating. He threatens to kill them if they interrupt his story again, and begins to tell them of a hooded girl who met a wolf in the woods. Starfire, however recognizes it as the story of Red Riding Hood and once again takes over the tale.

Once upon a time, Red Riding Hood (Starfire) is bringing treats to her grandmother, but gets hungry. She decides to take a bite of her grandmother's snacks, but eats the whole basket. She then meets the Wolf (Robin), upon hearing her lament that she ate all her grandmother's snacks and didn't leave any for her, tries to trick her into allowing herself to be eaten, but instead, still being insatiably hungry, Red Riding Hood eats him! She then spits out the Wolf's jacket. Red Riding Hood immediately wishes she had saved some wolf for her grandmother, but decides to give her the Wolf's jacket. However, she overhears the Wolf's three cubs (Cyborg, Raven, and Beast Boy) looking for the father, who is supposed to bring medicine to their ill mother. Red Riding Hood immediately regrets eating the Wolf, and dresses as the Wolf, posing as him to the three cubs. They however notice various differences between the Wolf and Red Riding Hood, such as her long eyelashes, her small nose, and her tiny teeth. She still manages to fool them into thinking she is the Wolf, and suggests to the hungry cubs that they eat the grandmother, which they do. Starfire ends the story by stating that the moral is "if you consume the wolf, you must adopt his identity and raise his family as your own." The other Titans agree that it is a great story and that the moral makes sense.

Robin laments that he failed as a bard, as his stories didn't teach them anything. The Titans disagree, saying that Hansel and Gretel taught them to eat proper meals, Rapunzel taught them the importance of independence, and Little Red Riding Hood taught them to take responsibility for their actions. However, the Titans state that the most important thing they learned is that Robin wears man diapers, at which the four of them laugh, while Robin sheds a single tear as the episode ends.

Characters

Trivia

  • The title refers to the writer of this episode, Ben Gruber, and the theme of using fairytales to teach the Titans morals.
  • This episode aired with a rerun of "40%, 40%, 20%".
  • Starfire and Cyborg appear in Raven's story as fellow adventurers, but do not have a speaking role.
  • This is the second time the board game has appeared in the series. The first time was in "Multiple Trick Pony."
  • Robin happens to wear pantaloons, which resembles a bubble skirt or a man diaper.
  • Music from Multiple Trick Pony is used again (first time being Starfire using a melodica.)
    • This makes it the second time a Titan has played such an instrument

Continuity

References

  • The first story is based off of Hansel and Gretel.
  • The interpretation of Raven's fairytale is based off of Rapunzel, a princess who is rescued from a tower thanks to her long, flowing hair.
  • Starfire's tale is a reference to Little Red Riding Hood.
  • Raven's fingernail aspect in the Rapunzel story is a reference to Nightmare on Elm Street
  • At the start, the Titans appear to be playing the boardgame Candyland.
  • The Wolves and Starfire disguised as Papa Wolf are a reference to Groucho Marx.
  • The episode title was a parody of Grimm's Fairy Tales, a collection of fairytale stories such as Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel & Little Red Hood by the Grimm Brothers.
  • This episode is known by SML fans to have Chef Pee Pee's theme song in the Hansel and Gretel scene.

Errors

  • During the Titans' fairytale stories, when Raven is seen without her cloak, the red chakra gem on her forehead is missing. It's unknown if this was intentional or not.
  • When Beast Boy is parodying Hansel, he has paw prints under his shoes. But when he finishes eating all of the witchs' houses made of food, his shoes' soles have black lines instead of prints.
  • Robin claims that bards only tell stories that instill morals and character, but they also tell poems, sing songs, and even make verses.

Running Gags

  • The Titans constantly saying they're hungry.
    • And Robin refusing to let them eat.
  • The Titans bringing up that Robin wears "man diapers".
    • And laughing at him.
  • Robin playing the panflutes.
  • The other Titans interrupting Robin's fairy tales and telling their own version.
  • Raven throwing money and the other Titans (except Robin) catching it.
  • Robin complaining that all the Titans do is eat.

Transcript

The transcript for "Grube's Fairytales" can be found here.

Gallery

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The image gallery for Grube's Fairytales may be viewed here.

Source

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Season 1: April 23, 2013 - June 5, 2014
Legendary SandwichPie BrosDriver's EdDog HandDouble TroubleThe DateDude RelaxLaundry DayGhostboyLa Larva De AmorHey Pizza!GorillaGirl's Night OutYou're Fired!Super RobinTower PowerParasiteStarliarMeatball PartyStaff MeetingTerra-izedArtful DodgersBurger vs. BurritoMatchedColors of RavenThe Left LegBooksLazy SundayStarfire the TerriblePower MovesStaring at the FutureNo PowerSidekickCaged TigerSecond ChristmasNose MouthLegsBreakfast CheeseWafflesBe MineOppositesBirdsBrain FoodIn and OutLittle BuddiesMissingUncle JokesMás y MenosDreamsGrandma VoiceReal MagicPuppets, Whaaaaat?

Season 2: June 12, 2014 - July 30, 2015
Mr. ButtMan PersonPiratesMoney GrandmaI See YouBrianNatureSalty CodgersKnowledgeSlumber PartyLove MonstersBaby HandsCaramel ApplesSandwich ThiefFriendshipVegetablesThe MaskSerious BusinessHalloweenBoys vs. GirlsBody AdventureRoad TripThanksgivingThe Best RobinMouth HoleHot GarbageRobin BackwardsCrazy DaySmile BonesReal Boy AdventuresHose WaterLet's Get SeriousTamaranian VacationRocks and WaterMultiple Trick PonyTruth, Justice, and What?Two Bumble Bees and a WaspOil DrumsVideo Game ReferencesCool SchoolKicking a Ball and Pretending to Be HurtHead FruitYearbook MadnessBeast ManOperation Tin ManNeanCampfire StoriesAnd the Award for Sound Design Goes to RobThe HIVE FiveThe Return of SladeMore of the SameSome of Their Parts

Season 3: July 31, 2015 - October 13, 2016
Cat's FancyLeg DayDignity of TeethCroissantSpice GameI'm the SauceHey You, Don't Forget about Me in Your MemoryAccept the Next Proposition You HearThe Fourth Wall40%, 40%, 20%Grube's FairytalesA FarceScary Figure DanceAnimals, It's Just a Word!BBBDAY!Black FridayTwo ParterThe True Meaning of ChristmasSquash & StretchGarage SaleSecret GardenThe Cruel Giggling GhoulHow 'Bout Some EffortPyramid SchemeBeast Boy's St. Patrick's Day Luck, and It's BadThe Teen Titans Go Easter Holiday ClassicBatman v. Teen Titans: Dark InjusticeBottle EpisodeFinally a LessonArms Race with LegsObinrayWally TRad Dudes with Bad TudesOperation Dude RescueHistory LessonThe Art of NinjutsuThink About Your FutureTTG v PPGCoconut Cream PiePure ProteinOpen Door PolicyCrazy Desire IslandThe Titans ShowBooty ScootyWho's Laughing NowOregon TrailSnuggle TimeOh Yeah!Riding the DragonThe OverbiteThe Cape

Season 4: October 20, 2016 - TBA 2017
Shrimps and Prime RibHalloween v ChristmasBooby Trap HouseFish WaterTV KnightTeen Titans Save ChristmasBBSFBDAY!The StreakThe Inner Beauty of a CactusMovie NightBBRAEPermanent RecordTitan Saving TimeThe Gold StandardMaster DetectiveEaster CreepsHand ZombieEmployee of the Month: ReduxThe AvogodoOranginsJinxedBrain PercentagesBL4Z3Hot Salad WaterChapter One: I Saw You DanceChapter Two: The Story in Your EyesChapter Three: Playing Hard to GetChapter Four: The Night Begins to ShineLication

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