|“The Golden Peaks, birthplace of the Golden Weapons!”|
|— Lord Garmadon|
|"Darkness Shall Rise"|
|Season 2, Episode 1|
|Air date||July 18th, 2012|
|Written by||Dan & Kevin Hageman|
"Day of the Great Devourer"
"Pirates Vs. Ninja"
The Falcon flies through the air, watching the Ninja rebuild Ninjago City when Master Wu and Nya ride up telling them they found a new home. Meanwhile, Skales is attempting to convince the Serpentine to let him be their leader when Lord Garmadon appears and tells them they should follow him. After reconstructing the destroyed Destiny's Bounty, creating the Black Bounty, and threatening the Serpentine to follow him, they agree. However, instead of flying the Bounty to Ninjago City, Garmadon is flying in the opposite direction to the Golden Peaks, to unlock the full potential of the Four Golden Weapons. He tells the Serpentine that he doesn't plan to destroy Lloyd, but rather, the Ninja and Master Wu so Lloyd won't reach his True Potential.
Meanwhile, the Ninja are househunting. The only house they can afford turns out to be a one-bedroom, one half bath apartment without lighting. Jay and Kai argue that they need a better place to train Lloyd, and agree to buy an expensive hero suite that's out of their price range. To make enough money for rent, they each search for jobs. Jay takes up a job delivering pizzas, Cole becomes a security guard at the bank, Zane becomes a chef at a restaurant, and Kai is a party entertainer. However, the jobs end up being so difficult that when they return home, they're too tired to train Lloyd and they are nowhere close to making rent.
The Serpentine Generals are not about to let Garmadon lead the Serpentine, and brainstorm on a diabolical plan to convince the Serpentine to follow them. While delivering a pizza to them, Jay overhears their plan but is captured by Acidicus before he can alert the other Ninja.
The first step of the plan is for the Generals, excluding Skales, to rob the bank. Since Cole was too busy napping, he was unable to stop the Generals until they got away, but overhears them saying they're heading for the subway. Kai and Zane are instantly alerted but are fired when they leave or are distracted from their jobs and head off to stop the Serpentine, and Cole is consequently fired for sleeping on the job. The three Ninja head to the subway and manage to infiltrate the Serpentine's train and fight the Serpentine, but have difficulties without their weapons. However, they reveal their plan wasn't to steal the money, it was to distract the Ninja so Skales could kidnap Lloyd.
In the apartment, Lloyd is alone playing a video game, when Skales breaks in. Although he attempts to get out, the door is locked and he can't unlock it. Just before Skales could get Lloyd, they both hear Master Wu and Nya on the opposite side of the door.
Back on the subway, Zane shows the others the makeshift weapons they can use to fight the Generals off. The Ninja manage to corner them, but before they can defeat them, Cole notices the train is heading straight for Jay. They find that the train is automatically controlled and pull the break before it can hit Jay, although the Serpentine getaway.
The Ninja head back to the apartment to find it empty. They instantly regret taking the jobs and agree that losing Lloyd was their greatest loss. However, Master Wu and Nya appear in the doorway with Lloyd. The Ninja realize they didn't need all of the fancy stuff and only need each other. Upon realizing this, they move to the crowded apartment they were first shown so they wouldn't be distracted and could train Lloyd. When Kai asks what happened to Skales, Master Wu reveals that he's been thrown in jail, but he swears to return.
On the Golden Peaks, Garmadon successfully manages to merge the Four Golden Weapons into the Mega Weapon. Although it appears to be painful, he tells the Serpentine he's never felt more powerful, stating he will destroy the Ninja once and for all. Garmadon releases an evil laugh that rings throughout Ninjago. The episode concludes with Master Wu responding to Garmadon's laugh by saying that he "feels a great disturbance in The Force."
- Acidicus - Paul Dobson
- Bank Boss - John Novak
- Child - Paul Dobson
- Cole - Kirby Morrow
- Chokun - Ian James Corlett
- Customer - Brent Miller
- Fangtom - Mackenzie Gray
- Garmadon - Mark Oliver
- Jay - Michael Adamthwaite
- Kai - Vincent Tong
- Lasha - Vincent Tong
- Lloyd Garmadon - Jillian Michaels
- Masked Thug - Kirby Morrow
- Nya - Kelly Metzger
- Passerby - Brent Miller
- Patty Keys - Cathy Wesluck
- Postman - Michael Adamthwaite
- Security System - Paul Dobson
- Skales - Ian James Corlett
- Skalidor - John Novak
- Subway Controller #1 - Vincent Tong
- Subway Controller #2 - Michael Adamthwaite
- Unrelenting Mother - Jillian Michaels
- Woman - Cathy Wesluck
- Wu - Paul Dobson
- Zane - Brent Miller
For the transcript of this episode, click here.
- This is the first episode of the Mega Weapon arc of Season 2.
- Master Wu's line at the end of the episode is an obvious reference to the Star Wars movies.
- Jay was the only one of the four Ninja to not wear shoulder pads or his hood.
- A segment of the song "Ninja-Go!" was played while the Ninja were doing their jobs.
- This episode, "Firstbourne," and "The Darkness Comes" are the only season premieres with "Previously on Ninjago."
- This is the first episode to use young Lloyd in the intro.
- Zane says, "Venom can't affect me," despite it affecting him in "All of Nothing."
- When Jay started screaming right before he was almost hit by the train, his mouth wasn't open.
- Garmadon has both Shrunkens of Ice despite only being given one
For the gallery of the episode, click here.