|“Looks like you've gone from fame to frame.”|
|— Misako to the ninja|
|Season 6, Episode 1|
|Air date||January 1, 2016 (Asia)|
March 24, 2016 (US)
|Written by||Dan & Kevin Hageman|
|Directed by||Peter Hausner|
"Curseworld, Part II"
"Public Enemy Number One"
Infamous is the first episode in the sixth season of LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, and the 55th episode overall in the series. It aired on January 1, 2016 in Asia, and on March 24, 2016 in the United States on Cartoon Network.
After destroying the Cursed Realm and saving Ninjago, the Ninja have discovered newfound fame. But they must be careful what they wish for because a new evil named Nadakhan the Djinn is freed and a new age of piracy has begun.
Inside a dark chamber with a lamp in the middle, the ninja clash with several hostile Skulkin. Defeating the undead warriors, the four of them are confronted by Samukai, who is quickly downed by an Energy blast from Lloyd.
Lloyd, presenting the Golden Scroll he successfully retrieved, laments his inability to decipher its contents due to being illiterate, prompting the five to note the importance of reading. Dareth, impressed by the performance, ends the film as he congratulates the crew, revealing the place to be a set and the Skulkin to be actors in costumes. Nya, arriving, is left confused about the sudden end of the movie and is told by Dareth to go teach girls how to apply make-up. With this infuriating Nya, Dareth explains how the ninja have an appearance as a "boy band" that they need to uphold, especially with his role as their manager. Despite the ninja dismissing this claim and supporting Nya's position in the group, Dareth celebrates the group's newfound fame following their defeat of the Preeminent. Now celebrities and on tabloids (some of which overplay Lloyd being a Sensei instead of a Sensei-in-Training and the now-deceased love triangle between Jay, Cole, and Nya), the six are forced to escape the studio from a rabid mob of fan girls.
Ninjago celebrates the ninja's newfound fame, with TV show hosts attempting to bring up the love triangle for publicity. The next day aboard the Destiny's Bounty, Sensei Wu, meditates with Cole, causing the latter to accidentally unlock his ability to become invisible. Shocked and ecstatic, Cole celebrates, only to notice the ruckus outside. On deck, Nya, still furious over Dareth's sexist remark, takes her anger out on the sparring bots, destroying them in a fit of rage. Cole, swaggering onto the deck and stumbling on Jay and Zane's chess match, reveals his new ability and comes to the conclusion that his lack of reflection in the Tomb of the First Spinjitzu Master was merely a vision of his invisibility. As Cole leaves, Zane confronts Jay on not mentioning Nya's presence in his reflection, with Jay deciding that he doesn't want to risk his friendship with Cole, and notes that Nya is adamant about being single. Misako, observing Nya's anger, comforts her as she returns to training.
Lloyd, arriving on deck, quickly gathers the others to the control room to receive word from Sensei Wu, who explains that Clouse, turned into a ghost by the Preeminent, escaped the Cursed Realm prior to its destruction. With video footage of Clouse buying a train ticket to Stiix, the ninja head there on their Elemental Dragons but decide to stop by the hospital for the Grant-a-Wish Foundation, in order to give an injured Lil' Nelson signatures on his leg casts. Declaring himself the honorary Purple Ninja, Nelson helps the six escape when a horde of fangirls storm the building, attracted by Kai's social media messages and escorts the team to the rooftops.
On the roof, the five attempt to hide behind a billboard from paparazzi helicopters, only for Nya to note her inability to discreetly travel to the next roof, having not learned Airjitzu yet. Jay reassures Nya that they can stay behind with her, prompting an offended Nya to remark that she doesn't need to be taken care of and can stick up for herself. Jay, trying to dismiss the remark to Cole as nothing, is confronted by Nya, who demands the implications of him referring the two as 'We'. As helicopters swarm overhead, the ninja fly up behind a billboard to hide, with Nya, unable to summon a cyclone, being offered Jay's hand. Refusing, Nya once more demands for him to answer her question, and the six are inevitably caught and surrounded by paparazzi helicopters.
Even as Clouse arrives at the wreckage of Stiix, Dareth, on his helicopter, advises the ninja to accept the publicity. Lloyd warns him of their mission, and Dareth flies them to Stiix on his helicopter, while Clouse investigates a salvage vessel filled with rubble. Searching through the garbage, Clouse finally finds his goal; an ancient artifact known as the Teapot of Tyrahn.
Escaping with the object in tow, Clouse hides in an abandoned building and manages to realign the three slots on the pot, recreating the Sky Pirates insignia and freeing the Djinn trapped inside, whom he identifies as Nadakhan. Demanding to know his location and the year, Nadakhan is confronted by Clouse, who demands three wishes as payment. Nadakhan, warning the Ghost that he can't wish for love, death, or more wishes, grants Clouse's first wish; to be given the Book of Spells. Nadakhan summons the Book of Spells, which Clouse seizes. Having gotten a new source of Magic, Clouse celebrates and decides he no longer has a use for his two other wishes, only for the book to burn to ash. Nadakhan gloats and reveals to Clouse that the Book of Spells had already been burnt in a fire by Lloyd, angering the Ghost. Clouse, noting that his status as a ghost has stripped him of his Magic, demands to be turned mortal again by Nadakhan. His wish is granted, and Clouse, turning into a solid human once again, undergoes extreme agony as Nadakhan reveals the process of becoming physical is a painful one. With Clouse writhing in torment, Nadakhan goads the tormented sorcerer to wish for it all to go away, and not in the right state of mind, Clouse obliges. Freely interpreting the wish as he pleases, Nadakhan takes the opportunity to trap Clouse within the Teapot of Tyrahn and mocks him, teleporting away.
The ninja, having arrived in disguise in order to ward off paparazzi, investigate Stiix as Misako informs them on their transmitter that Wu is searching the Library of Domu to figure out what Clouse might be looking for. Meanwhile, Nadakhan, having summoned a human disguise, wanders New Ninjago City, baffled by its technology. Approaching an Infovision stand, Nadakhan is told by the Cyrus Borg replica of its purpose on answering questions and demands the location of his Sky Pirates. The Info Vision informs Nadakhan of the Sky Pirates' past as the most infamous crew of all time, having sailed on the Misfortune's Keep until they were defeated by Captain Soto and his pirates. With Nadakhan trapped in the Teapot of Tyrahn, the Info Vision reveals that the Sky Pirates were banished across the Sixteen Realms and explains the existence of the Realm Crystal. Nadakhan asks of his lover Delara's location and learns of her death, and thus decides to seek the Realm Crystal to reunite with his crew. However, the Info Vision informs him that the artifact's location is classified, prompting Nadakhan to ask the location of those who know its placement; the ninja.
Regrouping, the ninja lament over their lack of success, only to take notice of a news report on TV. To their shock, the footage is shown of them committing various crimes, with Lloyd robbing the bank, Zane sabotaging a roller-coaster and sending its riders crashing off of the rails, Cole destroying various roads, Jay robbing a painting of Master Chen from the Ninjago Museum of History, and so forth. As the team discuss the inexplicable events, with news reports interviewing various associates of the ninja and the Police Commissioner calling for their arrest, the surviving citizens of Stiix take notice and recognize the group. Already resentful for the destruction of their city, of which they partly blame the ninja for, the citizens chase the ninja, forcing them to flee lest they harm the civilians. Avoiding police officers along the way, Jay manages to make amends with Nya as he flies her over the city using Airjitzu.
Misako, flying towards their location with the Destiny's Bounty, is quickly ensnared by several police officers' grappling hooks as the Commissioner and his officers search the area. With their home and their main mode of transport commandeered, the ninja are forced to split up and flee. Even as the Commissioner confidently claims that they'll catch the six, Sensei Wu discovers a passage on the Teapot of Tyrahn, only to be confronted by Nadakhan.
- Angry Pedestrian - Vincent Tong
- Boy Fan - Alan Marriott
- Boy Fan with Braces - Michael Adamthwaite
- Child with Broken Arm - Vincent Tong
- Clouse - Scott McNeil
- Cole - Kirby Morrow
- Cyrus Borg - Lee Tockar
- Dareth - Alan Marriott
- Ed Walker - Colin Murdock
- Girl Fan #1 - Kathleen Barr
- Girl Fan #2 - Kelly Metzger
- Jay - Michael Adamthwaite
- Kai - Vincent Tong
- Lloyd Garmadon - Jillian Michaels
- Misako - Kathleen Barr
- Nadakhan - Scott McNeil
- News Reporter - Michael Adamthwaite
- Nelson - David Raynolds
- Nya - Kelly Metzger
- P.I.X.A.L. - Jennifer Hayward
- Police Commissioner - Michael Donovan
- Police Officer - Colin Murdock
- Radio DJ - Paul Dobson
- Rough Guy - Michael Donovan
- Rufus McCallister - Paul Dobson
- Salty Patron - Paul Dobson
- Talk Show Host - Alan Marriott
- Wu - Paul Dobson
- Zane - Brent Miller
For the transcript of the episode, click here.
- This is the first episode to air in 2016.
- Dan and Kevin Hageman showed the first draft of the first scene of the episode on Twitter to celebrate Ninja Day.
- This is the first time Samukai is seen since "Wrong Place, Wrong Time," though he only appears as a costume.
- In the commercial, the Skulkin who first combats Jay resembles Bonezai, while the others combating the ninja resemble Frakjaw but with Chopov's gray coloring rather than Frakjaw's signature red color. One skeleton lacks Frakjaw's signature metal head plates. After the commercial is over, three skeletons can be seen, one wearing blue like Krazi and two with Frakjaw's accurate colors. All of the skeletons wear skullcaps similar to the one first seen on Wu in "The Day Ninjago Stood Still".
- The ninja say that "reading is the first step to adventure." Though this is meant to be a parody of commercials targeted at children, this line does hold some truth to the series, as in seasons 1 (Green Ninja prophecy), 2 (Captain Soto's journal), 4 (the Tournament of Elements invitation), and 5 (the Scrolls of Airjitzu), important plot points originate from characters reading various books or scrolls.
- Dareth breaks the fourth wall when mentioning to the ninja that they are the "face of the franchise."
- During the montage of the ninja's fame, and briefly when the fans are going into the hospital, the instrumental version of "Back to Ninjago" can be heard.
- The scene near the beginning where the ninja hide from the crowd in phone booths is likely a reference to the film A Hard Day's Night, where the British rock band, The Beatles, hide from fans in telephone booths in the opening scene of that movie.
- In the middle of "Grave Danger", when the ninja are looking at their reflections as their future selves, Cole is unable to see his reflection, leaving his fate ambiguous. In this episode, Cole discovers that he has the ability to turn invisible, offering an explanation as to why he couldn't see the reflection of his future self.
- Zane is revealed to be a genius at chess, never losing once in a chess duel.
- Jay saying to Cole "Why don't you make like a ghost and vanish?" is a play on the phrase "make like a tree and leaf."
- The Grant-a-Wish Foundation is a reference to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization that grants the wishes of kids with cancer.
- Wu says to Misako, "I'd still like to think Ninjago would fall apart without us." This foreshadows the majority of the season, in which Wu and Misako are out of commission due to Nadakhan trapping them in the Teapot of Tyrahn and Djinn Blade. Ninjago literally begins to break apart in their absence, as chunks of the earth are raised into the sky to create Djinjago. This parallel to Wu's statement is noted by Lloyd in "On a Wish and a Prayer".
- When the ninja are in the hospital, Kai is sending a "Chirp" to someone, as pointed out by Nya. This is an allusion to someone sending a "tweet".
- This episode marks the first appearance of Nelson in the series.
- When the ninja are on the rooftop, there is a little note playing in the background the exact moment they return to in "The Way Back."*The first half of this episode and the last few minutes of "The Way Back" are the only events that occur in the current timeline, while the rest were erased by Jay's last wish. In other words, everything between the two scenes on the rooftop happens in an alternate timeline.
- The pirates' time period is mentioned on Infovision to be "the era of the Stone Warrior," but this could not refer to either the original Stone Warrior era (thousands of years ago) or the more recent Stone Warrior era (the events of the second half of Season 2), because the pirates' era was confirmed in "Pirates vs. Ninja" to take place two hundred years ago. Tommy Andreasen explained that "the era of the Stone Warrior" referred to in this episode could be referring to another time in which Stone Warrior statues being uncovered.
- The episode does not show how Kai and Nya were framed, but they must have been, as Ronin hunted down both Kai and Nya in the following episode.
- Toward the end of the episode, Jay helps Nya escape by using his Airjitzu. This is paralleled at the end of the season when Nya lifts Jay using her Airjitzu after Jay's final wish reverses the season's events.
- Jay references "Chen's Island, Yang's Temple," and "Morro's possession" as "bad things" that happened due to the ninja's splitting up. This refers to Tournament of Elements, in which the ninja traveled to Chen's Island to find Zane and were further separated when Cole was removed from the tournament; "The Temple on Haunted Hill," in which Cole became a ghost because he untied himself from the others in order to get the Scroll of Airjitzu on time; and "Winds of Change," in which Lloyd was possessed by Morro because he went to the Ninjago Museum of History alone.
- Nadakhan appeared to use Zane's ice power to freeze part of the Mega Monster Amusement Park roller coaster. Tommy Andreasen gave the explanation that it could be related to magic, which would mean djinn magic in this situation.
- In "Remote Control Zane," the opening scene of this episode plays on the TV after Zane freezes Jay.
- When the news reporter was on TV, Nya was in her new Airjitzu suit, despite not wearing it until The Last Resort.
- In the Infovision image of the pirates, Soto and his crew members have odd-looking arms.
For the gallery of the episode, click here.