Episode Review

Kiss'N Tell

Tuesday, January 3, 2006, 6:30 PM - 8:48 PM

Misc. Tidbits (6:32 PM - 6:34 PM)

The DVD title for this episode is "Kiss 'N Tell", and that's the name that online episode guides use, but the actual on-screen title is "Kiss'N Tell", which might be deliberate or a typo.

The episode was written by Phil Harnage.

This episode originally aired on Friday, September 29, 1989.

As far as I know, I didn't see any episode when it originally aired.

Interesting Notes (6:35 PM - 8:45 PM)

Zelda likes to go horseback riding in the morning.

Zelda likes to eat apples.

Zelda enjoys having adventures.

Spryte is a Princess of the Fairies.

Link does not exclaim "Excuuuse me, Princess!" in this episode.

Link doesn't demand a kiss from Zelda in this episode for his usual reason. Rather, it's out of necessity. Conversely, Zelda offers to kiss Link, and, after he grosses her, he begs for the kiss anyway, which she refuses to give.

Great Lines (6:39 PM - 8:27 PM)

Girl: "Uh, this is all wrong. Beautiful maidens are supposed to be rescued by handsome heroes, not other beautiful maidens."
Zelda: "Well, hey,...pardon me!"

Girl: "My handsome hero. It's about time you got here."
Zelda: "It's about time he got up."

Girl: "Oh, my! He's so brave!"
Zelda: "Yeah, yeah. Let's get this over with."

Link: "That'll teach him to quit while he's got a head."

Link: "I am Link, professional zapper and dragons and rescuer of fair maidens."
Zelda: "Gimme a break."

Link: "Huh? My hands. They're all weird."
Zelda: "Wait 'til you see the rest of you."

Gannon: "Let's see you hop, frog-face."

Zelda: "Gannon, you fiend! Leave him alone! Haven't you done enough?!"
Gannon: "Of course not."

Spryte: "That's a lethal weapon you have there! Keep it away from me!"
Link: "Sorry. I can't help it. Frog instinct."
Spryte: "That's what worries me."

Triforce of Wisdom: "When one's in need of sage advice, one must seek out the one who's wise."
Link: "Yeah! Like who?"
Triforce of Wisdom: "The Witch of Walls will help you best. To find her, you must make a quest. Seek the wall that has no end beneath the bow that can not bend."

Spryte: "What is this?! Ugly People Day?!"
Witch of Walls: "Buzz off, fairie, or I'll use you for bait."

Gannon: "Your father will pay dearly to get you back. The price: one Triforce of Wisdom - and perhaps a little kiss."
Zelda: "Try it, and you'll lose some teeth, pig-face!"

Spryte: "Stop that! You're making me nervous!"
Link: "Uh, sorry. I missed lunch."

Gannon: "Don't go away. I'll return."
Zelda: "'Don't go away', he says, like I have any choice."

Dumb Lines (8:31 PM)


Rant (6:43 PM - 8:48 PM)

I wonder how Zelda could possibly be fooled by the bad acting of the Gleeok and the Gibdo. Then again, maybe she hadn't arrived yet at the time that the bad acting was done.

Is it just me, or does the girl sound like Sailor Moon?

Or perhaps like Spryte?

How could Link not hear the Gleeok talking about how "Gannon's plan is working perfectly"? Or maybe he did and just thought nothing of it. That wouldn't surprise me. After all, Link.

How did the Gleeok regain its fire so soon after Zelda extinguised it?

I love how Zelda takes her time, eating part of the banana, before using the peel to trip the Gleeok and save Link. =)

Normally, I don't like when characters do this, but I love that Zelda sticks out her tongue and blows a raspberry in response to Link telling her to "pay attention" while the girl kisses him so Zelda could "learn something". Perfect response. =)

Where did Link's boots go when he transformed into a frog-man?

It's interesting that Zelda turns away from Link in order to cry. It's probably not to conceal that she cares for him, because she does hug him shortly after and says she'll always be his friend. More likely, Zelda doesn't want to let people see her cry.

It's odd that Gannon wants a kiss from Zelda. Is he in love with her now? Or did he mean that he wants a kiss from the King? The way that he says it certainly makes it sound that way.

It's also odd that Zelda says that Link "always" rescues her. That's a bit of an overstatement.

However, Zelda is correct that rescuing her is Link's job. Well, part of it, anyway, in addition to guarding the Triforce of Wisdom.

It's odd that, when Spryte kisses Link, she's surprised, but, later, regarding that it worked, she says "Naturally". It seems contradictory, but perhaps Spryte was surprised only by the glow that followed the kiss - not the fact that the kiss worked.

Spryte says that her father was King of the Fairies. Does that mean that he's dead? Also, is Spryte the only Princess of the Fairies? I wonder if we'll find out the answers to these questions in later episodes.

Why would Link's automatic reaction to a fly after turning back to normal be to grab it with his hand and stick it in his mouth? He did it with his tongue while a frog-man, not with his hand.

Link does not exclaim "Excuuuse me, Princess!" in this episode. This seems to be a pattern with Phil Harnage, and it's a good pattern.

Phil Harnage also doesn't have Link ask Zelda for a kiss in the usual way, which is a pattern with him as well (although not as good a pattern as the above).

Lesson: Link is gullible and grosses people out. Okay, okay, I guess another lesson is that looks don't matter.

"Kiss'N Tell" is an enjoyable episode. I wish it had a bit more Zelda content, though.

The fact that I found no bad lines should indicate how good this episode is.

Zelda again demonstrates her capabilities as a fighter. She didn't use any magic in this episode. She hasn't used magic to fight yet in this series, but we'll see that soon enough.

Overall, "Kiss'N Tell" is a good episode. I look forward to reviewing the next one.

Usefulness ratings:

Link: 9 (defeating the Gleeok, defeating the 2 Deelers, helping to solve the riddle, cutting Zelda loose, temporarily getting rid of Gannon, opening an escape route)
Zelda: 8 (momentarily extinguishing the Gleeok's fire, causing the Gleeok temporary pain, tripping the Gleeok, defeating the Gibdo)
Spryte: 2 (helping to solve the riddle, turning Link back to normal)

Zelda was in the lead for quite a while during this episode, Link taking the lead only towards the end. Spryte contributed a bit, too.

The running total usefulness ratings for the series so far are:

Link: 32 (4 episodes)
Zelda: 23 (4 episodes)
Spryte: 4 (4 episodes)

That's the end of my review of "Kiss'N Tell". I'll review "Sing For the Unicorn" next. See you all in my next review!

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