Radio Free Ninjago is the third episode of the ninth season of Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu and the 87th episode overall. It aired on July 14, 2018 in Australia, and aired on August 11, 2018 in the United States, as part of Hunted: Part 1.
In the Realm of Oni and Dragons, Kai, Jay, and Zane are imprisoned in the Dieselnaut, where they speak with Iron Baron. Baron acknowledges his disdain for the First Spinjitzu Master, calling him a coward, and plans to use the ninja as bait to catch a dragon. Cole and Wu remain disguised and join Baron and his Hunters as they head off to capture a dragon. That night, the Hunters prepare to hunt for a dragon. Cole and Wu learn that Heavy Metal's blade came from a bone of the Firstbourne—the mother of all Dragons, who wields all the Elements and was responsible for the loss of Iron Baron's limbs. Shortly after, the Hunters spot a Dragon with the Element of Wind. A chase breaks out, with the dragon ultimately being detained; Cole and Wu briefly meet with the imprisoned ninja and vow to escape the realm and save the Dragons.
Back in Ninjago City, Lloyd, Skylor, Shade, Mr. Pale, Neuro, and Griffin Turner use their skills and powers to raid Borg Tower, from where they'll hack the airwaves. After Skylor's powers averted an encounter with Lord Garmadon, the Elemental Masters arrive at Ultra Violet's set. They trap her crew and film Lloyd, who delivers a message to Ninjago. Initially, he's overwhelmed with sorrow and despair, remembering his fight with his father—but gains the courage to speak against him and rally the people of Ninjago. Harumi and the others burst into the room, finding that they've finished recording and escaped out the window, leaving Ultra Violet and her men tied up on the floor, and a clip of Lloyd saying "The resistance never quits!" on loop. Harumi states that its time to take out the garbage as she watches the Elemental Masters escape.
The fourth wall is broken when Jay says, "Do you see there are kids in this audience?" and he and Kai look directly toward the camera.
The episode's title is a reference to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
Neuro can do Mind tricks, similar to how a Jedi does in the Star Wars series.
Ultra Violet's enactment of her catching the mailman resembles the skits from the arcade game PAC Man in which Ultra Violet resembles Pac Man and the mailman reassembles Blinky. To add to this, Ultra Violet grows in size after going offscreen for the first time, which is what happens to Pac Man too.
Iron Baron claims that a week's rations will be given to the Dragon Hunter who brings them to him in chains at the beginning of the episode. This may be a reference to the book Animal Farm, where Napoleon claims that any animal who brings Snowball to justice will get a bushel of apples.
Garmadon can sense the presence of not just his brother, Wu, but also of his son, Lloyd.
Jay's breakdown/insanity from Episodes 85 & 86 has ended, and he is now back to normal once again.
The Postman reappears in this episode, making his traditional cameo for another season.
Skylor can use her powers to fuse other Elements, creating the fusion Element, Shadow-Light.
Simon, Tommy, and Noble are confirmed to have been arrested by the Sons of Garmadon, as shown by several pictures.
The fight against his father still haunts Lloyd as it was the reason he lost his powers and the reason that the city is in shambles.
Chopper Maroon appears in 3 places at the same time; one with Ultra Violet at the Radio Station, another sitting at the bar at Laughy's, and a third next to Killow.
However, the latter had different attire, and it's possible one was Nails.
When Lloyd says, "We're almost there. Come on," his mouth doesn't move.
When Lloyd finishes his speech, and Misako and Mystake are looking at the TV, P.I.X.A.L's helmet is on backwards.
While the Dragon Hunters were talking about Firstbourne, Daddy No Legs stated that Heavy Metal took the Dragonbone Blade from her. Even though, "Two Lies, One Truth" revealed that the Dragonbone Blade was actually stolen by Iron Baron when he and the other Dragon Hunters went to Oni land to get it.
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