|"The Gilded Path"|
|Season 9, Episode 5|
|Series episode number||89|
|Air date||July 11, 2018 (Singapore; Okto)|
July 28, 2018 (Australia/New Zealand)
August 18, 2018 (US)
October 6, 2018 (Singapore; CN Asia, Malaysia, Thailand)
|Written by||Bragi Schut|
|Directed by||Michael Helmuth Hansen|
"How to Build a Dragon"
"Two Lies, One Truth"
The Gilded Path is the fifth episode of the ninth season of Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu and the 89th episode overall. It aired on July 11, 2018 in Singapore, on July 28, 2018 in Australia and New Zealand, and eas also aired in the United States on August 18, 2018, in "Hunted: Part 2." It was also aired on October 6, 2018 on Cartoon Network Asia.
The Sons of Garmadon prepare to ambush the Resistance's base as Dareth, who had to pee behind some trash bags, sees them and tries to find a way to warn Lloyd and the others. As they were discussing plans, Dareth manages to get in and warn them, just in time as the Sons of Garmadon soon ambush them. As they fight them, the members manage to restrain some of the Elemental Masters while Nya soon has Lloyd taken into her armored vehicle along with Skylor and manages to escape as well as Dareth, who had to pee outside again. As they make their escape, the Colossus appears, controlled by Garmadon and steps on the tank. As it prepared to crush them, Lloyd telepathically asked his father to spare him. He reluctantly does so as P.I.X.A.L. soon appeared in her Samurai X mech in an attempt to distract him as the tank soon took off and Garmadon shoots the mech down. As Harumi watched Garmadon look on in sadness, Killow recovers P.I.X.A.L. from the mech's wreckage and detains her.
In the Realm of Oni and Dragons, Wu dreams about his time in childhood when he went fishing with his father and brother. After both sons were frustrated at not catching anything, their father told them to have faith; Wu heeded his teachings and was able to catch a fish, to his brother's anger. Wu then awoke next to his students, who pointed out that he had rapidly aged into a teenager overnight. After he tells them of his dream, they pointed out his memories are returning and ask about anything else before Heavy Metal appears. Heavy Metal reveals to have overheard that Wu was the child of the First Spinjitzu Master, and after Wu confirms it, Heavy Metal reveals himself to be a woman named Faith who claims that she is on their side. She then asks if Wu knows the location of the Dragon Armor, to which Wu feigns the impression of knowing and tells his students to have faith in his plan.
Back in Ninjago; Lloyd and Nya, both now wearing clothing making them look like fishermen, watch TV from a distance as Gayle Gossip reports on the Resistance's arrest. Afterward, Nya convinces Lloyd to burn his gi to prevent being seen and that inside of him was what made him the Green Ninja, which he reluctantly does so. Skylor and Dareth, also disguised as fishermen, came up to them with some food from supporters as Skylor tells Lloyd that the Resistance and his mother were likely sent to Kryptarium Prison. As Dareth watches some kids kick at a wrecked police car, he wonders if it's where they'll stay. Just then, the rat from before came up to them, causing Dareth to grab a mop, but the rat suddenly speaks and transforms, revealing itself to be Mystake.
The ninja haul the vehicle while Faith tells the tale of the First Spinjitzu Master. The First Spinjitzu Master and Firstbourne shared a connection and made the Dragon Armor. They made it their goal to unite the First Realm They failed, and the First Spinjitzu Master left the realm while the Firstbourne stayed behind to guard the armor. They notice Daddy No Legs and Muzzle approaching them. Faith has the ninja "tied up" in chains while she wears her armor. However, Faith demands them to leave, and they prepare to do so, but when Muzzle discovers Wu looks older, Daddy No Legs becomes suspicious. Realizing the ruse was failing, Kai trips the two with the chain they were inadvertently standing on before the ninja tie them up. They steal the Hunters' vehicles and continue their journey while their foes wonder on what to tell Baron.
- Cole - Kirby Morrow
- Daddy No Legs - Ian James Corlett
- Dareth - Alan Marriott
- Faith - Kathleen Barr
- First Spinjitzu Master - Jim Conrad
- Garmadon - Kai Emmet, Mark Oliver
- Gayle Gossip - Kelly Sheridan
- Harumi - Britt McKillip
- Jay - Michael Adamthwaite
- Kai - Vincent Tong
- Karlof - Scott McNeil
- Killow - Garry Chalk
- Lloyd Garmadon - Sam Vincent
- Luke Cunningham - Michael Adamthwaite
- Misako - Kathleen Barr
- Muzzle - Brent Miller
- Mystake - Tabitha St. Germain
- Neuro - Paul Dobson
- Nya - Kelly Metzger
- P.I.X.A.L. - Jennifer Hayward
- Skylor - Heather Doerksen
- Son of Garmadon - Vincent Tong
- Ultra Violet - Maggie Blue O'Hara
- Wu - Madyx Whiteway, Paul Dobson
- Zane - Brent Miller
For the transcript of the episode, click here.
The Trivia on The Gilded Path needs to be divided into the Trivia and Continuity sections.
- This is the first time the First Spinjitzu Master is heard speaking in the series.
- Heavy Metal is revealed to be a woman named Faith.
- This marks the first time that the ninja's ages are mentioned in the show itself, with Jay referring to them as "grown-up teenagers."
- When Lloyd burns his ninja robe, the flames turned green.
- Wu has aged to a young teenager and is regaining his memories of his life.
- Mystake talks to Lloyd as a rat, confirming the second of the April Fools Hints.
- By using a process of elimination, the ninja do not learn the language of dragons.
- This also reveals Mystake is an Oni, which was also implied by Killow, who said in this episode that Mystake is more than a normal woman.
- It is hinted Garmadon isn't completely evil, as he shows hesitation for the first time since his return.
- Jay mentions the events of "The Golden Weapon," saying, "Just the four of us. Hauling Master Wu to who knows where," referring to when the ninja traveled to the Caves of Despair with Wu's horse carriage.
- Killow is seen without the Oni Mask of Deception when telling Luke Cunningham to get Mystake.
- After getting food, Dareth is seen in his casual clothing.
- When tying up Daddy No Legs and Muzzle, Kai is next to Daddy No Legs' head on his left with Zane on the right, in the frame right after that, they are both beside Faith with Kai on her left and Zane on the right.
- Despite the fact that in the previous episode stranded ninja escaped from the Dead's End and Wu wore his civilian clothes and Cole wore Dragon Hunters clothes, in this episode Teen Wu wakes up in Dragon Hunters clothes, although he would have no reason to wear it before.
- It is also unknown how he could wake up with a bun hairstyle and headband.
- Despite the fact that Wu's flashback takes place thousands of years ago (see here for further explanation), the can in which the brothers had their worms had appeared to be very modern.
- While Lloyd is saying "Yeah, right. Endure. Living in squalor with the rats," Skylor can be seen moving as if she was talking while saying nothing.
For the gallery of the episode, click here.