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“I realize that there is a benefit to them, even grief.”
Zane to Kai

The Benefit of Grief is the tenth episode of the fifteenth season of Ninjago and the 190th episode overall. It aired on May 20, 2022 on LEGO's YouTube channel.

Synopsis

Zane, Kai and Dareth hitch a ride to Ninjago City with a wannabe singer named Sally - thinking the police are after her for a stolen van, she leads Hounddog McBrag on a high-speed chase through the desert. Zane believes that Sally's rollercoaster of emotions is telling her to return home, so the Ninjas escort Sally back to her farm, and Zane turns on his emotion meter after seeing the value in grief.[2]

LEGO's YouTube channel: While walking through the desert, Zane, Kai, and Dareth get a ride from Sally, a wannabe singer who is on her way to NINJAGO City. After confessing to the Ninja that she ran away from home and borrowed her family's car without permission, they are discovered by Hounddog McBrag and the police!

Can the Ninja and Sally escape the relentless Hounddog McBrag?[3]

Plot

Having separated to throw the police off, Kai, Zane and Dareth move along the desert, with Kai and Dareth exhausted from dehydration. Upon reaching the highway, they notice a van and call out to it while Zane activates his cloaking device to look human. The van soon stopped, and the driver, a girl named Sally, asked what they're doing out in the desert. Managing to deceive her, they ask her for a ride to Ninjago City, and she accepts.

While in the van, Sally plays a song, which Dareth recognizes it is her voice, and she tells about how she wants to be a singer when she gets to the city. As Zane expresses his confusion to the song's lyrics, he then noticed a photo of Sally and her parents, and asks about them. Quite instantly, Sally stops the van, gets out and started to cry. As they try to comfort her, Sally confesses that she ran away from home and took the van, which she referred as 'borrowed without asking,' and had dented the front bumper at some point. As they debate the topic, a police helicopter arrives, and Sally, believing her parents called them, quickly takes off.

As they manage to catch up with her, Kai attempts to confess they're after them, even having Zane deactivate his cloaking device, but it wasn't enough to convince her. As the chase leads to the van's rear wheels sticking over the edge, Hounddog McBrag orders them to surrender, calling them 'Ninja', which made Sally realise she was helping the fugitives, letting go of the brake in the process and sends the van over the edge and into the ravine. As the police express their shock, McBrag takes one of the trucks and heads into the ravine himself to continue pursuing them. Using the van as a raft, it moves the ravine, enduring rapids and pillars, and discover McBrag pursuing them. They eventually lose him when Zane use his Ice power to freeze the truck, and the ravine.

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Cast

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Transcript

For the transcript of the episode, click here.

Trivia

  • Narrator: Zane
  • On October 29, 2021, Tommy Andreasen revealed the title of the episode in the Skybound Halloween live-chat.[4]
    • However, it was incorrectly announced as the twelfth episode, but later confirmed to be the tenth episode.[5]
    • When asked why he revealed the title of the tenth episode and not the first, Tommy Andreasen replied, "Because I have a will of my own, and that's the episode which was on my mind."[6]
  • An updated version of the LGBTQIA+ flag can be seen on the back of Sally's van.
  • After briefly turning his emotion meter back on in "Ninjago City vs. Ninja", Zane turns it back on for good after he sees the good emotions can do.

Continuity

  • This is the first physical appearance of Zane's human cloak since "The Darkness Comes", thus making it the first appearance of the cloak in the WildBrain animation.
    • However, his hair is once again blond like his pre-movie hair, rather than white like his post-movie hair.
  • When Zane mentions that Dr. Julien once attempted to protect him from feelings of grief by erasing his memory banks, he is referring to his flashback from "Tick Tock."
  • Zane has regained his emotions since "Farewell the Sea".

Errors

  • Referring to the events shown in "Tick Tock", Zane states that Dr. Julien erased his memory banks, which is not exactly true. Dr. Julien turned off Zane's memory switch, which allowed Zane to regain his memories when he turned it back on, whereas if he erased Zane's memory banks, Zane's memories would have been gone permanently.

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For the transcript of the episode, click here.

Translations

Foreign language Translation
French Les bienfaits du chagrin
Latin Spanish El Beneficio de la Valentía

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
The Virtues of Spinjitzu 1. Curiosity · 2. Balance · 3. Wisdom · 4. Honesty · 5. Generosity · 6. Courage
Season 15: Crystalized 181. Farewell the Sea · 182. The Call of Home · 183. The Shape of Nya · 184. A Mayor Problem · 185. Public Enemies 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5! · 186. A Painful Promise · 187. Ninjago City vs. Ninja · 188. Kryptarium Prison Blues · 189. Hounddog McBrag · 190. The Benefit of Grief · 191. The Fifth Villain · 192. The Council of the Crystal King · 193. TBA · 194. TBA · 195. TBA · 196. TBA · 197. TBA · 198. TBA · 199. TBA · 200. TBA · 201. TBA · 202. TBA · 203. TBA · 204. TBA · 205. TBA · 206. TBA · 207. TBA · 208. TBA · 209. TBA · 210. TBA
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