Marriage of Inconvenience
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In this episode the spectre of an arranged marriage looms over Ariel, who becomes something of an idealized idealized prize of the various dudes around her, some of them for shallow reasons, and others because of a deep appreciation for who she is. No, seriously, this the episode where Ariel's friends all sigh over of how awesome she is, which does make for a nice change from when everyone's freaking out over her latest adventure.
The main plot hinges on an understandable misunderstanding. King Triton leaves Atlantica on a diplomatic visit to King Augustus of Olympia, a warlike merfolk who have never actually been in a war. As he leaves, Urchin mishears Triton's excited planning that Ariel and Prince Thor (son of King Augustus) would be the perfect union. Triton's plan is that Ariel and Thor would be the perfect pair for the aquabatics competition in the Sea Games, but Urchin (with Sebastian's help) misunderstands Triton as arranging a marriage for Ariel and Thor.
At first Ariel laughs this off. She points out, rightly, that at the very least there are six sisters before her who would be married off first. But then Thor himself shows up in Atlantica, hoping to meet his future sports partner, but Ariel, Urchin, Sebastian and Flounder misread Thor's aggression as that of a future-husband measuring up a future-wife.
All this would be a hilarious set of misunderstanding-based shenanigans, but the consequences spin out of control, and up being bigger than that of a princess's unwanted supposed-betrothal, or a group losing their beloved friend. But the whole group rise up to the challenge of righting this wrong (awesome show of maturity, gang) plus the Olympians get to learn some lessons of their own about warfare. This plot could honestly be spun out into much larger running time, but sadly the limitations of TV keep it smaller.
|Sebastian:||[Urchin] is sleeping in and it isn't even a schoolday.|
|Sebastian:||Excuse me. I was just on my way to do something dignified and serious.|
|Sebastian:||I'm telling you, Urchin. Nobody is gonna marry Ariel.|
|Ariel:||Oh well, thank you very much, Sebastian.|
|Thor:||Well, you're pretty enough.|
|Ariel:||And you are more than arrogant enough.|
|Flounder:||What does "arrogant" mean?|
|Sebastian:||It means snooty, stuck-up. Really not fun at all.|
|Flounder:||Oh good, then she doesn't like him.|
|Sebastian:||That Ariel. She's got a heart as big as the whole ocean.|
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