|“I'm proud of you, Zane. One day, I promise. We will find your family.”|
“But I've already found them.”
“I feel there's more to you than meets the eye. There's something special about you, Zane.”
|— Sensei Wu and Zane|
|Season 1, Episode 2|
|Air date||December 2, 2011 (US)|
|Written by||Dan & Kevin Hageman|
|Directed by||Justin Murphy|
"Rise of the Snakes"
At the Monastery of Spinjitzu, Sensei Wu is disturbed from his meditation by the Ninja; to his pleasant surprise, they are training instead of playing video games. Their training is interrupted when Zane uses his Spinjitzu to freeze the entire training course. Torn between awe and irritation, the other three Ninja discuss their icy comrade's odd behavior. Sensei Wu arrives in the middle of the talk and explains Zane is "a brother" to them; and, like all brothers, he is different.
The Mailman comes by with letters and packages for all of the Ninja except Zane. Jay questions Zane why he never receives any letters from his parents, to which Zane responds he had been an orphan all his life and never knew his family. Sensei Wu tells him the monastery is now his home, and he and the Ninja are his family. Unconvinced, Zane goes inside sadly.
Meanwhile, in Wildwood Forest, the Hypnobrai are building a treehouse fortress from where Lloyd plans to rule Ninjago. Atop the fortress, Skales is using Cole—unknowingly hypnotized during his previous encounter with the Serpentine—to spy on the Ninja, noting that the Hypnobrai staff is in the Monastery of Spinjitzu. Slithraa arrives to rebuke his second-in-command for slacking off, but Skales retorts that they should be focused on retrieving their staff from the Ninja. The discussion is broken up by Lloyd, who demands more booby traps in his fortress, and both General and Warrior get back to work.
At the Monastery, as the Ninja converse among themselves about dinner, Zane walks into the dining room with a roasted turkey and places it on the table. However, the others burst into laughter when they notice that Zane is wearing a flowered pink apron. Zane questions it, though he does not understand as the other Ninja attempt to explain to him that it has to do with his ridiculous outfit. Cole tries to make Zane laugh by tossing a plate of shrimp at Kai's face. This only results in a food fight, but not before Wu dumps a pot of chili right on top of Cole's head.
Later that night, when Zane goes outside to take out the trash from dinner, he finds a Falcon that mimics his every move and is persuaded to follow him. He soon discovers Lloyd's treehouse and brings the others to help destroy it the next day. After analyzing the structure, Kai thinks that if they destroy all three ropes holding up the fort, it will crash down with the Serpentine inside it. The plan almost succeeds, but Skales enforces his hypnotic hold over Cole, causing him to fight the Ninja and nearly bring the fort down with them on it. In the nick of time, Sensei and Nya arrive on Flame, Kai's dragon, while Sensei plays the Sacred Flute that breaks Cole's spell.
After rescuing them and destroying the fortress, Sensei Wu explains the flute is as old as the Serpentine themselves, and sacred, as it will play a large role in the Serpentine's downfall. When returning to the Monastery, they find the entire building demolished and burned to a crisp, causing the Ninja to turn on Zane and blame him for destroying their home. Zane subsequently leaves with his dragon, Shard.
Back at the Hypnobrai Tomb, a tied-up Lloyd tells Slithraa to do something about Skales, prompting the General to demand his staff back from the Warrior. However, Skales finally rebels openly by refusing to return the staff, challenging Slithraa to a Slither Pit for command of the tribe. Mezmo acts as the overseer for the match, and Lloyd is tied to an icicle to keep him from getting away—unnoticed by the Hypnobrai, the would-be evil overlord manages to snatch a map from a nearby crevice in the process.
Unfortunately for Lloyd, Skales matches Slithraa blow for blow, even interrupting his hypnosis attempt. When the General uses a large ice shield to block the Warrior's attacks, Skales mesmerizes Slithraa with odd body movements before striking down his opponent with a powerful flying kick. As Rattla identifies the attack as a "Fang Kwon Do" technique, Lloyd demands that Slithraa get up, but the General can take no more and passes out.
Mezmo declares Skales the winner and hands him the Hypnobrai Staff. Upon grasping it, Skales' legs begin to merge and lengthen into a tail while Slithraa's tail shrinks into a pair of legs. The other Hypnobrai chant the name of their new General as Skales tells Slithraa to obey him from now on; when Slithraa pledges his allegiance, Skales banishes Lloyd from the tomb.
In the mountains, the Ninja are attempting to keep their spirits up, despite their minimal food and shelter. Just as Jay laments the loss of Zane, the Ninja of Ice returns, telling the others that he has something to show them. As they arrive in the Sea of Sand, Zane explains he was following the Falcon, which led him to Destiny's Bounty, the Ninjas' new home. The Ninja rush over to the ship as Sensei Wu promises Zane that they will help him find his family, but Zane tells his mentor that they don't have to—they are his family. The ninja, Nya and Sensei Wu later engage in another food fight, unaware that Lloyd passes by after seeing them.
- Cole - Kirby Morrow
- Jay - Michael Adamthwaite
- Kai - Vincent Tong
- Lloyd Garmadon - Jillian Michaels
- Nya - Kelly Metzger
- Postman - Michael Adamthwaite
- Skales - Ian James Corlett
- Slithraa - John Novak
- Wu - Paul Dobson
- Zane - Brent Miller
For the transcript of the episode, click here.
- This, and "Rise of the Snakes", are the last episodes to air in 2011.
- The episode name refers to the recurring theme of home (and more broadly, a sense of "belonging") that appears throughout the episode:
- Zane is melancholy due to not knowing details of his past or his family and is something of an outcast among the Ninja due to his odd behavior.
- The Monastery is destroyed by the Serpentine, only for Zane to reveal a new home in the Destiny's Bounty.
- Lloyd attempts to build a treehouse to use as his new headquarters, only for the Ninja to destroy it. Later, he is banished from the Hypnobrai Tomb, forcing him to wander Ninjago alone.
- Finally, the theme of belonging is reinforced at the end, where the Ninja fully accept Zane as a brother, and Zane, in turn, tells Sensei Wu that they are his family.
- The opening scene of the episode is parallel to the previous one, with Sensei Wu being disturbed by the sounds of his pupils. However, this time, the Ninja are training rather than playing video games—notably, Wu checks the gaming room first, only to find it empty.
- In the US/Canadian version, Zane left a message in the fridge. However, in the variable language variation, he is actually sitting inside the fridge when responding to Kai's reaction. The Netflix version does not show the latter.
- The weapons rack in the Hypnobrai Tomb's Slither Pit includes ice versions of the Grim Pick Axe, the Silver Dark Blade, the Silver Battle Mace, the Double-Bladed Dagger, the Bowie Knife, and the Katana.
- This episode marks the first appearance of the Destiny's Bounty.
- This episode marks the first appearance of Zane's Falcon.
- The Slither Pit scene can be seen in "The Day Ninjago Stood Still" and "Level Thirteen".
- When Lloyd asks a snake to hold a sign saying "No girls or ninja" the writing is in English rather than Ninjargon.
- After Shard extinguishes the fire, Sensei Wu's eyebrows are black instead of white.
For the gallery of the episode, click here.