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In this episode we are introduced to Urchin, a brand new character that will become part of the series' central cast. This episode showcases a different view on friendship, and how even something as simple as the desire to have a friend can be harmful. To be true, pick your friends wisely.
Lobster Mobster and Da Shrimp are a pair of undersea crooks who are out to "take over" something before an even more notorious crook named Crab Louie arrives in Atlantica. They encounter Urchin, an orphan merboy who pretends to be independent and tough as nails, but actually craves friendship. Lobster Mobster pretends to offer friendship in the guise of joining his "gang", which Urchin eagerly accepts. First task as part of the gang is to steal some food. When Urchin hears that the Neptune Ball is underway at the royal palace, he sabotages the dance and makes off with a sack of food during the commotion. However, his actions are witnessed by none other than Triton, Ariel and Flounder.
When Urchin swims away, Ariel and Flounder chase after him. Ariel, curious and not at all angry, confronts Urchin about the stolen food. Ariel offers a hand of friendship to Urchin that is different from that offered by Lobster Mobster, but Urchin is reluctant to take it. Even so, Ariel has never been one to give up easily, so she tries again... Only to be captured by Lobster Mobster, who wants to use her as a hostage to get Triton's treasure.
From here, Urchin surprises even Ariel when he shows his true colours: he's actually a nice kid, and a clever one, at that. Thinking on the flick of his tail, he comes up with a plan to save Ariel, and then later to remove Crab Louie, impressing even Triton himself.
All in all, it's an excellent introduction to a lovable character who's flawed in places but has a heart of gold - something he shares in common with Ariel herself.
|Lobster Mobster:||Take it easy kid, now now, take it easy. I was just... um, testing ya, yeah, testing ya to see if you had noiv.|
|Lobster Mobster:||Yeah, enough noiv to to join my mob.|
|Urchin:||One home-cooked meal from someone else's home, coming up.|
|King Triton:||If I follow her, Ariel will think I'm just...|
|King Triton:||You're right, Sebastian. You do the meddling.|
|Ariel:||If you were just hungry...|
|Urchin:||I'm always hungry. What would you know about being hungry? You're a princess! All you have to do all day is play tag around your father's treasure vault.|
|Ariel:||So um, how'd you get to be friends with that nasty lobster?|
|Urchin:||I want to be somebody. He said if I joined his mob, I was somebody.|
|Ariel:||I think everybody is somebody already.|
|King Triton:||Ariel, as a princess you must set an example. Preferably a good example.|
|Lobster Mobster:||I knew the princess would come back.|
|Da Shrimp:||Must be your cologne, boss.|
|Lobster Mobster:||The king's got a treasure vault the size of my ego!|
|( Writing the ransom note. )|
|Lobster Mobster:||"All right king, give us all your treasure, or we'll feed your princess to the sharks.|
|Da Shrimp:||Too impersonal.|
|( Writing the ransom note. )|
|Da Shrimp:||"Dear kingy-wingy. Guess what we got? Besides bad grammar and poor spelling, that is."|
|( To Urchin. )|
|King Triton:||If you swim with sharks, you're a shark. It's the same for mobsters. Remember that, young merman.|
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