When Morro uses the Realm Crystal to open a portal to the Cursed Realm, ghosts take over the town - but the Ninja, in disguise, manage to get Lloyd to the center of the town and Lloyd steals the crystal...only to discover it's too late as the Preeminent arrives.
In Ninjago City, the citizens are celebrating the new year with a parade through the streets. Meanwhile, Ronin talks with Skylor in Chen's Noodle House about having friends, and they both watch footage of the celebration in Stiix on TV. As the festivities continue there, Morro heads into a shack and uses the Realm Crystal to open the Cursed Realm and free more of his allies. After doing so, his army of ghosts spread out across Stiix, attacking civilians and occupying the city.
In the meantime, the ninja head back to Steep Wisdom, which Wu closed because he sold all its profits. Shortly after their arrival, Cyrus Borg arrives and gives Cole, Jay, and Zane new vehicles, while Kai is given a red bandanna due to Borg running out of time, and Lloyd receives nothing at all, due to Borg thinking Lloyd wouldn't come back. The ninja soon realize Morro has seen all their battle techniques, and still has the Sword of Sanctuary, giving him an advantage. Kai decides that they must use Nya as their ultimate weapon against the ghosts, as she controls the element of Water, and can be detrimental to their army. Nya then tells the ninja that she has a plan they can use to get into Stiix and deal with the ghosts.
In Stiix, Morro's army of ghosts begins consuming massive amounts of food, while the citizens are either imprisoned or in hiding. Various trucks from Chen's Noodle industry arrive at the docks, with one truck driven by Sensei Wu and Misako being halted by Morro. The ghosts look in the back of the truck, only to find that it's suspiciously empty. Sensei Wu tells Morro that the ninja will defeat his army of ghosts, but they can still end the occupation without further conflict. Morro disagrees with Master and has him and Misako imprisoned with the other civilians.
The ninja begin their assault on Stiix's assailants, battling and defeating many of the ghosts, and allowing "Lloyd" to make it through the city unharmed to get to the Realm Crystal and destroy it. However, Morro and several ghosts seize Lloyd. After taunting him, Morro takes off Lloyd's mask—only to reveal that it is Nya wearing the green gi. Without time to react, all of the ghosts are dissolved by Nya's water powers, except Morro, who battles and subdues Nya. Lloyd then confronts Morro, who crumbles the temple he is standing on apart and levitates its remains into the air. Lloyd is then forced to jump from debris to debris to get to the Realm Crystal.
Using the Sword of Sanctuary, and his element of Wind, Morro is able to keep Lloyd from getting to the Crystal. Before he can knock the Green Ninja off the temple's remains, Ronin arrives in R.E.X., and bombards the debris with a shower of golden coins, causing the debris to plummet to the ground below, as Lloyd enters the room with the Crystal. With Morro having disappeared, Lloyd obtains the Crystal and builds up his Energy to destroy it, but Morro enters and pleads for Lloyd to leave it be. Lloyd tells him that Morro had his chance, only for Morro to tell Lloyd that if he destroys the Crystal, he won't be able to see his father, who is still alive, ever again. Lloyd is rendered speechless and extremely uncertain by this, as Morro continues imploring him, and the ninja tell Lloyd to destroy the Crystal. Lloyd tells Morro that his father would do everything to save Ninjago, while Morro would do everything to destroy it. As Lloyd builds up his Energy once more, the tentacles of The Preeminent emerge from the Cursed Realm and latch onto him, with one tentacle snatching the Realm Crystal and the rest pulling Lloyd into the Cursed Realm, seemingly defeating the Green Ninja.
- Angry Ghost - Vincent Tong
- Bansha - Kathleen Barr
- Captain - Lee Tockar
- Cole - Kirby Morrow
- Cook - Michael Donovan
- Cyrus Borg - Lee Tockar
- Ghost - Jillian Michaels
- Ghost Henchman - Andrew Francis
- Ghoultar - Paul Dobson
- Jay - Michael Adamthwaite
- Kai - Vincent Tong
- Lloyd Garmadon - Jillian Michaels
- Misako - Kathleen Barr
- Morro - Andrew Francis
- News Reporter - Paul Dobson
- Nya - Kelly Metzger
- P.I.X.A.L. - Jennifer Hayward
- Ronin - Brian Dobson
- Skylor - Heather Doerksen
- Soul Archer - Brian Dobson
- Wrayth - Michael Adamthwaite
- Wu - Paul Dobson
- Zane - Brent Miller
For the transcript of the episode, click here.
- When Nya wears Lloyd's ninja suit, the plot twist is given away by Nya's eyes being easily seen underneath the mask.
- The set 70732 City of Stiix is finally featured in this episode, although the structure of the building in the set is slightly different, particularly near the bottom.
- The city had previously been featured, but not in its ghostly state depicted in the set.
- This episode marks the first appearance of the Ghost Cycle and Ghost Taker GT.
- When the trucks from Chen's Noodle House arrive at the docks of Stiix, and Wu tells Bansha that he wants to speak with Morro, he possesses Bansha. This reveals that a ghost can actually possess another ghost or that ghosts can communicate through each other.
- This marks multiple firsts since "The Corridor of Elders," the last episode of the previous season:
- This is the first episode where Lloyd helped the ninja again with a major conflict. For the majority of the season, he was possessed by Morro, until the ninja rescued him in the previous episode. In this episode, Lloyd helps the ninja during their siege of Stiix.
- This episode marks Skylor's first appearance since then. At the end of that episode, she states that she'll be taking over her father's noodle business, and for the first time she is shown running it.
- In the same episode, Lloyd banished his father to the Cursed Realm. In this episode, he gets banished there himself.
- This episode marks Cyrus Borg's first physical appearance since "The Invitation."
- Lloyd is revealed to have learned Airjitzu as a result of Morro possessing him (unlike his fellow ninja, who had to learn it themselves). He uses it near the end of the episode as he tries to get to Morro while jumping on the debris of the collapsing building.
- Ghoultar, Wrayth, Attila, Hackler, Ming, Spyder, Howla, Yokai, Wooo, Cowler, Cyrus, Ghurka, Pitch, Pyrrhus, and Wail return, revealing the fact that when a ghost is destroyed by an Aeroblade or Water, they are sent back to the Cursed Realm.
- This is the first episode in which Lloyd wears clothes besides his ninja gi since "All of Nothing."
- This is the first two-part episode of the series, along with "Curseworld, Part II."
- When Cole is sent flying off of his bike, he is wearing armor pads.
- In one of the shots when Lloyd jumps on a floating plank, his torso is black instead of green.
- Morro pronounces the word "gi" incorrectly.
- In the credits, Wrayth's name was misspelled as "Raythe."
- When Bansha says "A special delivery, I presume", Wu's beard is grey.
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