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Of all my foes. Of all those who have tried to stop me, you, a common papergirl, came the closest. Perhaps I have underestimated your loathsome species.
"Papergirl"
Season 14, Episode 11
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Air date April 28, 2021 (UK)
May 9, 2021 (Canada)
Written by Bragi Schut
Directed by Wade Cross
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Papergirl is the eleventh episode of the fourteenth season of Ninjago and the 175th episode overall. It aired on April 28, 2021, paired up with "Master of the Sea".[1]

Synopsis

King Kalmaar attacks Ninjago City to obtain the Storm Amulet but runs into an unexpected obstacle in the form of a determined young papergirl.[1]

Extended: Head papergirl Antonia has decided to quit since nothing she does makes any difference - Nelson is dismayed to hear this and tries to convince her not to give up. They come across Kalmaar battling the ninjas for the Storm Amulet and must escape with the amulet to keep it out of his tentacles - during the battle, Antonia and Nelson save Kai's life, proving that everyone can make a difference.[2]

Plot

In Ninjago City, Sammy starts with announcements and announces that Antonia would be leaving. Everyone denies it but she confirms it herself. Nelson is saddened by this news. The Paperboys split up and Nelson sticks with Antonia, trying to convince her that she should stay. But she sticks by her choice. Nelson tries to fight her point by saying that it’s a beautiful day and nothing crazy has happened but only seconds after the Merlopians are attacking Ninjago City, biking through the chaos she mentions that crazy attacks always happen, passing a newspaper to Unagami. She says that she isn’t making any difference and might as well get a high paying job.

The two sit down in a alleyway. Nelson asks what flavors they have there but quickly throws away the answer, upset that Antonia is leaving. Antonia follows him trying to convince him that there are upsides in working at Dairy Dragon. Nelson understands and accepts her choice, crossing by the Explorers Club, a battle between Kalmaar and the ninja are taken out in the open. The Storm Amulet lands in front of Antonia, and Kalmaar threatens her to give it to him while Kai tells her to run.

She runs with Nelson and Kalmaar chases them. They make their way to Route 23 to avoid getting caught and lose the Merlopians, they escape but Kalmaar keeps his chase and hijacks a truck. Kai jumps in the truck to slow down Kalmaar, Antonia and Nelson come by a closing bridge and make the jump. But the truck fails to do so and sinks into the canal. Kalmaar escapes with ease and takes the Storm Amulet. He asks what affiliation Antonia is in and Antonia responds as a papergirl. Kalmaar laughs at this and admits to underestimating the humans. He dives into the canal and escapes after Kai was thrown off of the truck and into the water prior to the truck sinking. The two remember Kai is still stuck as he still cannot swim, so Antonia saves him and Nelson resuscitates him via CPR.

Wu, Cole and Ray come to check on Kai. Antonia apologizes for failing her mission, but Wu and Cole say she did all she could, thank her and they run off. Later, Nelson wishes Antonia luck in Dairy Dragon, however Antonia cuts him off, says she is staying and says goodbye to the Purple Ninja.

Cast

Transcript

For the transcript of the episode, click here.

Locations featured

Trivia

  • Narrator: Kalmaar
  • The ice cream shop mentioned throughout the episode is named "Dairy Dragon." This was a fan's idea after Bragi Schut asked for possible names for an ice cream shop in Ninjago.[4][5]
    • The ice cream flavor "Bananakhan" is a reference to Nadakhan and was also thought of by a fan.[6]
    • The ice cream flavor "Mango Morro" is a reference to Morro and was thought of by a fan, originally called "Minty Morro".[7]
    • The ice cream flavor "orange sorbentine" (sorbet + Serpentine) is a reference to the Serpentine and was based on a fan's suggestion for the ice cream shop name.[8]
    • The ice cream flavor "ninjapolitan" is based on the real-world flavor, "neapolitan".
  • Kai jumping off of a building and onto the truck Kalmaar is driving is similar to that one part in the "Highway Scene" from the movie Deadpool.
  • A civilian in his car can briefly be heard listening to "The Weekend Whip" when Kalmaar is chasing Antonia and Nelson through the streets.
  • A stylized depiction of Fugi-Dove by artist Joshua Deck appears on the wall just before the raising bridge.
    • Deck refers to it as "Fugibuff".[9]
    • Tommy Andreasen had said in an interview released on the 10th Anniversary of the series that some of Deck's art would be featured in upcoming episodes, though he was vague as to where and when.[10]
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  • After going over the raised bridge, Antonia and Nelson land near a rainbow crossing. The six stripes are used as symbol of LGBTQ+ pride.[11]
    • In addition, two men can briefly be seen kissing on a rowboat in the canal.
  • A sign at the end of the episode in Ninjargon says "Ninjago City - City that never sleeps," referring to the Paperboys' motto, "News Never Sleeps!"
    • According to Bragi Schut, the sign should say, "the city that never quits."[12]
  • This is the only Seabound episode where Nya, Jay, Zane or Lloyd don't make an appearance.

Continuity

Errors

  • Kalmaar pronounces "Serpentine" ser-pen-TYNE, which is the actual pronunciation of the real word.
  • On Netflix subtitles, it reads "Familiar" instead of "Vermillion."

Gallery

For the gallery of the episode, click here.

References

Ninjago episodes
Pilot episodes 1. Way of the Ninja · 2. The Golden Weapon · 3. King of Shadows · 4. Weapons of Destiny
Mini-movies 1. Secrets of the Blacksmith · 2. Flight of the Dragon Ninja · 3. The New Masters of Spinjitzu · 4. An Underworldly Takeover · 5. Return to the Fire Temple · 6. Battle Between Brothers
Season 1: Rise of the Snakes 1. Rise of the Snakes · 2. Home · 3. Snakebit · 4. Never Trust a Snake · 5. Can of Worms · 6. The Snake King · 7. Tick Tock · 8. Once Bitten, Twice Shy · 9. The Royal Blacksmiths · 10. The Green Ninja · 11. All of Nothing · 12. The Rise of the Great Devourer · 13. Day of the Great Devourer
Season 2: Legacy of the Green Ninja 14. Darkness Shall Rise · 15. Pirates vs. Ninja · 16. Double Trouble · 17. Ninjaball Run · 18. Child's Play · 19. Wrong Place, Wrong Time · 20. The Stone Army · 21. The Day Ninjago Stood Still · 22. The Last Voyage · 23. Island of Darkness · 24. The Last Hope · 25. Return of the Overlord · 26. Rise of the Spinjitzu Master
Season 3: Rebooted 27. The Surge · 28. The Art of the Silent Fist · 29. Blackout · 30. The Curse of the Golden Master · 31. Enter the Digiverse · 32. Codename: Arcturus · 33. The Void · 34. The Titanium Ninja
Season 4: Tournament of Elements 35. The Invitation · 36. Only One Can Remain · 37. Versus · 38. Ninja Roll · 39. Spy for a Spy · 40. Spellbound · 41. The Forgotten Element · 42. The Day of the Dragon · 43. The Greatest Fear of All · 44. The Corridor of Elders
Season 5: Possession 45. Winds of Change · 46. Ghost Story · 47. Stiix and Stones· 48. The Temple on Haunted Hill · 49. Peak-a-Boo · 50. Kingdom Come · 51. The Crooked Path · 52. Grave Danger · 53. Curseworld, Part I · 54. Curseworld, Part II
Chen mini-movies (non-canon) 1. Chen's New Chair · 2. Chair Play Chen · 3. Chair Up Chen · 4. Chairful What You Wish For · 5. Bad Chair Day
Season 6: Skybound 55. Infamous · 56. Public Enemy Number One · 57. Enkrypted · 58. Misfortune Rising · 59. On a Wish and a Prayer · 60. My Dinner With Nadakhan · 61. Wishmasters · 62. The Last Resort · 63. Operation Land Ho! · 64. The Way Back
Tall Tales (non-canon) 1. The Tall Tale of Flintlocke · 2. The Tall Tale of Clancee · 3. The Tall Tale of Doubloon · 4. The Tall Tale of Dogshank · 5. The Tall Tale of Monkey Wretch · 6. The Tall Tale of Sqiffy and Bucko
Special Day of the Departed
Operation Heavy Metal 1. Operation Heavy Metal: Machia · 2. Operation Heavy Metal: Buffmillion · 3. Operation Heavy Metal: Blunck · 4. Operation Heavy Metal: Raggmunk
Season 7: The Hands of Time 65. The Hands of Time · 66. The Hatching · 67. A Time of Traitors · 68. Scavengers · 69. A Line in the Sand · 70. The Attack · 71. Secrets Discovered · 72. Pause and Effect · 73. Out of the Fire and Into the Boiling Sea · 74. Lost in Time
Wu's Teas mini-movies (non-canon) Wu's Teas
Ninjago: Decoded 1. Legacy · 2. Vehicles and Mechs · 3. Legendary Places · 4. Ninjago's Most Wanted · 5. The Digiverse and Beyond · 6. The Elemental Masters · 7. Beasts and Dragons · 8. Rise of Garmadon · 9. Prophecy of the Green Ninja · 10. Greatest Battles
Season 8: Sons of Garmadon 75. The Mask of Deception · 76. The Jade Princess · 77. The Oni and the Dragon · 78. Snake Jaguar · 79. Dead Man's Squall · 80. The Quiet One · 81. Game of Masks · 82. Dread on Arrival · 83. True Potential · 84. Big Trouble, Little Ninjago
Season 9: Hunted 85. Firstbourne · 86. Iron & Stone · 87. Radio Free Ninjago · 88. How to Build a Dragon · 89. The Gilded Path · 90. Two Lies, One Truth · 91. The Weakest Link · 92. Saving Faith · 93. Lessons for a Master · 94. Green Destiny
Tales from the Monastery of Spinjitzu 1. Master Class · 2. Green and Gold · 3. The Weekend Drill · 4. Elemental Rider · 5. Blue Lightning · 6. Samurai X-Treme
Season 10: March of the Oni 95. The Darkness Comes · 96. Into the Breach · 97. The Fall · 98. Endings
Season 11: Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu 99. Wasted True Potential · 100. Questing for Quests · 101. A Rocky Start · 102. The Belly of the Beast · 103. Boobytraps and How to Survive Them · 104. The News Never Sleeps! · 105. Ninja vs Lava · 106. Snaketastrophy · 107. Powerless · 108. Ancient History · 109. Never Trust a Human · 110. Under Siege · 111. The Explorers Club · 112. Vengeance is Mine! · 113. A Cold Goodbye · 114. The Never-Realm · 115. Fire Maker · 116. An Unlikely Ally · 117. The Absolute Worst · 118. The Message · 119. The Traveler's Tree · 120. Krag's Lament · 121. Secret of the Wolf · 122. The Last of the Formlings · 123. My Enemy, My Friend · 124. The Kaiju Protocol · 125. Corruption · 126. A Fragile Hope · 127. Once and for All · 128. Awakenings
Prime Empire Original Shorts 1. Let's Dance · 2. Upgrade · 3. The Meaning of Victory · 4. The Stowaway · 5. Manhunt · 6. Gayle Gossip: A Closer Look
Season 12: Prime Empire 129. Would You Like to Enter Prime Empire? · 130. Dyer Island · 131. Level Thirteen · 132. Superstar Rockin' Jay · 133. I am Okino · 134. The Glitch · 135. The Cliffs of Hysteria · 136. The Maze of the Red Dragon · 137. One Step Forward, Two Steps Back · 138. Racer Seven · 139. The Speedway Five-Billion · 140. Stop, Drop and Side Scroll · 141. Ninjago Confidential · 142. The Prodigal Father · 143. The Temple of Madness · 144. Game Over
Season 13: Master of the Mountain 145. Shintaro · 146. Into the Dark · 147. The Worst Rescue Ever · 148. The Two Blades · 149. Queen of the Munce · 150. Trial By Mino · 151. The Skull Sorcerer · 152. The Real Fall · 153. Dungeon Party! · 154. Dungeon Crawl! · 155. Grief-Bringer · 156. Masters Never Quit · 157. The Darkest Hour · 158. The Ascent · 159. The Upply Strike Back! · 160. The Son of Lilly
The Island 161. Uncharted · 162. The Keepers of the Amulet · 163. The Gift of Jay · 164. The Tooth of Wojira
Season 14: Seabound 165. A Big Splash · 166. The Call of the Deep · 167. Unsinkable · 168. Five Thousand Fathoms Down · 169. The Wrath of Kalmaar · 170. Long Live the King · 171. Escape from Merlopia · 172. The Tale of Benthomaar · 173. The Storm Amulet · 174. Riddle of the Sphinx · 175. Papergirl · 176. Master of the Sea · 177. The Calm Before the Storm · 178. Assault on Ninjago City · 179. Nyad · 180. The Turn of the Tide
Ninjago: Reimagined 1. Golden Legend · 2. Gold Rush · 3. A Day in the Life of a Golden Ninja · 4. Sweatin' to the Goldies · 5. Golden Hour
Season 15 TBA
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