|“Whatever happens next, just remember, you are the best you.”|
|— Nya to Jay|
|"Once Bitten, Twice Shy"|
|Season 1, Episode 8|
|Air date||March 7, 2012 (US)|
|Written by||Dan & Kevin Hageman|
|Directed by||Justin Murphy|
"The Royal Blacksmiths"
The villagers have unearthed a Fangpyre skeleton. Nya is experimenting using it to try and reverse the effects of a Fangpyre bite without the anti-venom in the staff. She finds that it's possible to reverse the effects by raising the victim's heart rate. After observing it, Kai, Cole, and Zane head off but Jay stays behind with Nya. He nervously asks her out on a date, which she accepts. When Jay is doing a victory dance, he accidentally pricks himself on the Fangpyre skeleton's fang, unaware that its venom was slowly turning him into a snake.
Meanwhile, in the Realm of Madness, Master Wu tries to talk with Lord Garmadon about Lloyd and how he had gotten captured, but Garmadon doesn't listen, and they have a fight. Garmadon uses a double-bladed spear, a scythe, a staff with a shuriken attached, and a regular staff, while Wu uses his katana from their youth. Wu attacks, but Garmadon counters with all his weapons, and forces Wu off the ledge they are on. Wu falls in the mud, and Garmadon calls his mud monsters. Wu uses his Spinjitzu on them to knock them out, but Garmadon sends more. Garmadon tells the mud monsters to converge and they all come together and overwhelm Wu. He barely pokes his head out of the mud coverage to inform Lord Garmadon that Lloyd is in danger. Master Wu sinks in but Garmadon grabs him and pulls him out. Garmadon asks what Lloyd has done and Wu explains. Garmadon agrees to go back to Ninjago to help Lloyd, temporarily allying. Wu tells him that he's out of Traveler's Tea, so Garmadon informs Wu that the only way to get back to Ninjago is to climb the very dangerous Mountain of Madness.
Pythor and the Serpentine head off to Mega Monster Amusement Park, to dig up the first Silver Fangblade. The ninja find out that the Serpentine are at the amusement park, so Jay arranges the date there so he can fight, and have the date. During Jay and Nya's date, Jay finds out he is turning into a snake due to the bite and heads towards the restroom. Meanwhile, the ninja go to the ghost ride, where they find the Serpentine who have already dug up the first Fangblade. Zane accidentally freezes the three of them while he is in NRG mode, which allowed the Serpentine to escape.
When Jay comes out of the bathroom, he can't find Nya (who has assumed her identity as Samurai X). The customers of the restaurant think Jay is a snake due to him turning into a Fangpyre so they attack him. Jay goes to the bathroom and comes out with a scarf on his face so he can escape.
The Serpentine had already revealed Samurai X as Nya and chained her to a roller coaster which had heavily damaged tracks. Jay gets on it to help her but was unable to untie her. On the coaster, Jay reveals he's turning into a snake, and Nya reveals she is Samurai X. Nya tells him that he doesn't have to try to impress her, as she likes him how he is. She then kisses Jay, raising his heartbeat and turning back into a human. He unlocks his True Potential and with increased strength, and saves them.
The ninja and Nya gather and wonder where Master Wu is and what he's doing. Meanwhile, Lord Garmadon and Master Wu have reached the Mountain of Madness and prepare for their journey back to Ninjago.
- Cole - Kirby Morrow
- Father - Paul Dobson
- Garmadon - Mark Oliver
- Jay - Michael Adamthwaite
- Kai - Vincent Tong
- Mother - Kelly Metzger
- Nya - Kelly Metzger
- Passing Parkgoer - Michael Adamthwaite
- Pythor - Michael Dobson
- Skales - Ian James Corlett
- Waitress - Kirby Morrow
- Wu - Paul Dobson
- Young Boy - Michael Adamthwaite
- Zane - Brent Miller
For the transcript of the episode, click here.
- The name of the episode is a reference to the phrase "once bitten, twice shy", referring to how people tend to become more reluctant to pursue a relationship after the failure of a previous one.
- Tommy Andreasen is unsure of who provided Cole's drawing in real life, though it may have been Bjarne Hansen or Peter Hausner.
- This episode marks the beginning of Jay and Nya's relationship. It also marks the last time Nya uses her "Samurai X" secret identity—although she will still use her technology, it will be under her own name.
- It's unknown why Kai would risk Nya's life for a joke, as he has been shown to be very protective of her (especially in the pilot episodes, where saving her is his main motivator), so it would not make sense for him to cause her to have a severe allergic reaction simply to embarrass Jay.
- As of this episode, the only known Walker/Gordon family members that haven't been bitten by the Fangpyre are Jay's biological mother and father. Ed and Edna have been bitten in "Snakebit."
- Jay's Fangpyre infection appears to progress slightly differently from his parents'; his hand begins showing a green tint and scale textures before he begins developing fangs or a hissing voice. This may be due to his infection starting with a pricked finger, as it is never shown or mentioned where Ed and Edna were bitten in "Snakebit."
- The Fangpyre skeleton appears to belong to a general, possibly Fangtom's predecessor.
- The four weapons Lord Garmadon wields in his battle against Master Wu include a bo staff and normal-colored versions of the Golden Star Hammer, the Staff of Light, and the Double-Bladed Dagger.
- Jay unlocks his True Potential in this episode.
- Gilderoy Lockhart's original hairpiece from LEGO Harry Potter is used as Jay's alternate hairstyle. It is seen again in "The Invitation."
- In his formal outfit, Jay uses the torso design of the Magician, but with the red recolored to blue.
- When Kai reminds the ninja of their bet from "The Snake King" that whoever figured out the samurai's identity first would be the Green Ninja, the other ninja deny agreeing to this. This is very similar to the end of "Flight of the Dragon Ninja", in which Cole wins the dragon race and the other ninja deny agreeing that the winner would be Dragon Master for a month.
- This is the last episode not to feature Lloyd until "The Last Resort," five seasons later.
- Though Jay's scarf in this episode did not exist in physical form, Jay from The LEGO Ninjago Movie would be released years later with a similar-looking scarf piece.
For the gallery of the episode, click here.