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"Escaping Expulsion" is the second episode of the second season of The Owl House, and the twenty first episode overall.

It premiered on June 19, 2021.

Synopsis

When Amity's parents get Luz, Willow and Gus expelled from Hexside, Luz strikes a dangerous deal with them to get back into school.[1]

Plot

Late one night, Alador and Odalia Blight are giving one of their presentations to potential investors at their company, Blight Industries. Odalia introduces them to their latest invention, the Abomaton, alongside their daughter Amity. Odalia sends her a mental reminder, via their necklaces, to make the Abomaton look good, and they'll forget her latest "lackluster performance" at Hexside. Amity pretends to put up a fight with the Abomaton, but when it is about to step on her copy of the group photo at Grom, she destroys it without hesitation, causing all potential investors to leave. Odalia is furious with Amity, and asks what's wrong with her, but she notices Amity looking at the photo and realizes that Amity has gotten "distracted".

The next day, Luz is teaching Eda and Lilith about glyph magic. Luz explains that she hasn't encountered any new glyphs, but reveals that she has learned to combine different glyphs in order to do different things. Lilith follows Luz's instructions precisely, but Eda, impatient to get her powers back, tries experimenting with different glyph combos instead of learning the basics first, which results in her glyph blowing up. Hooty then interrupts the lesson and drags Luz to school, leaving the two sisters to study under King's supervision. Eda almost immediately wants to continue with her glyph experimentations, but Lilith reminds her to stick to the rules. Eda ignores this, and goes off to do her own thing, prompting Lilith to send King after her, much to his annoyance.

Luz arrives at school, where she is greeted by her friends, Willow and Gus, who Luz is surprised to see has gone through "witch puberty" since the last time she saw him. Amity also greets her with a homemade fairy pie, filled with alive fairies, which Luz finds revolting, but accepts it nonetheless. Just then, they are all called to Principal Bump's office, where they meet Amity's parents. Believing Luz, Willow and Gus are a distraction to Amity, and are responsible for endangering other Hexside students, the Blight parents force Bump to expel them. Amity is furious at this, but Odalia sends her a mental message telling her this is her fault for not upholding her end of their deal. Luz tries to get Amity to stand up for them, but Amity remains quiet. The trio are then forcibly expelled from the school by the guards, and Amity is forced to take double the amount of classes as punishment for what happened.

Luz, however, refuses to accept their expulsion, and confronts Odalia outside of the school. Odalia tells her it isn't personal, and that they are simply trying to teach Amity a lesson in business. Luz doesn't buy this excuse, and points out that she can't stop Amity from being friends with them outside of Hexside. Odalia then gives Luz a business card and offers to stop by, in order to "come to an agreement", but Luz is still mad. Willow and Gus force her to drop this, and they encourage Luz to try and get back into Hexside on their own. The three of them try everything to get Bump to change his mind, from sending him gifts to sneaking in disguised as teachers. But because of how rich and powerful the Blight family is, Bump cannot let them back in, even though it is clear he misses them.

Eventually, Willow and Gus' parents find out about them being expelled, and very disappointed, they are dragged home by messenger crows. Luz then bumps into Amity outside of Hexside, who apologizes to her for not sticking up for them. Luz asks her to take her to Odalia so they can talk this out, but Amity doesn't have the courage to stand up to her mother, and leaves Luz alone. Luz then finds the business card Odalia gave her, and heads to Blight Manor to talk with her. She arrives and is greeted by the family's abomination butler, who Luz morphs to try and make its face look like a cat. Luz finds Odalia and Alador in the basement preparing for their latest presentation. Odalia agrees to let Luz and her friends back into Hexside if she assists in demonstrating their latest products, as Amity is too busy with her school work now. Luz agrees to, but soon regrets it when she discovers the presentation is on abomination-based weapons.

After returning home, Amity finds out her mother has taken Luz to Blight Industries to demonstrate their abomination products. Willow, meanwhile, is dealing with her disappointed parents, who have grounded her and quit their jobs to homeschool her. However, Gus and Amity tell her about Luz and she sneaks out, with the support of one of her dads. They arrive at Blight Industries, and argue about how they are going to sneak in, only to have Edric and Emira give them cloaks to hide amongst the cloaked investors. Edric then tries to put "Hex me" stickers on their backs, like he does with the actual investors, but Amity throws the stickers back at his face and gives him and Emira a watchful glare.

They soon find Luz on stage, being attacked by all types of abomination-based weapons. After surviving an abomination armed with a crossbow, Odalia presents the last product for the evening; a huge, armored, upgraded Abomaton, the Abomaton 2.0. As soon as the Abomaton gets the best of her, Luz asks Odalia to stop the presentation, as she has made it look good. However, Odalia refuses, as it hasn't eliminated its enemy yet. Realizing Luz is going to be killed, Amity hurries to her rescue, while Willow and Gus are apprehended. Luz does her best to fight off the Abomaton, but it manages to overpower her.

Just as the Abomaton is about to finish her off, Amity steps in to protect Luz. She holds down the Abomaton, ignoring her mother's orders and crushing her necklace in her hand. She asks Luz if she's okay, to which Luz blushes and confirms. For the first time in her life, Amity stands up to her parents, and tells them that her friends inspire her to think about the kind of person she wants to be. Luz and Amity then team up back to back, momentarily blushing at being so close to each other. Seeing that they're losing investors, Odalia asks Amity what she wants. Amity then threatens to destroy the Abomaton in front of her investors unless she lets her friends back into Hexside, which Luz realizes is merely a bluff. Odalia reluctantly agrees, and Amity and Luz pretend to get knocked out when the Abomaton strikes them with a giant, hollow hammer, allowing the presentation to conclude. This leaves the investors impressed, and the Blights reach their goal. Odalia attempts to go back on her deal with Amity, but Alador tells her she has no choice, as a Blight always upholds their end of the deal. Alador then advises her to let it be and points out that Amity is getting stronger in her magic, strong enough to someday become a coven head.

Meanwhile, Eda continues to experiment with glyph combos, all of which still end in blowing up. Lilith, on the other hand, is doing a lot better, creating numerous things out of ice, including an elaborate ice sculpture of Hooty. Annoyed by this, Eda tries overlapping the glyphs into a "super-glyph". It does not blow up, but it does create a spikey blob of ice, which grow out of control and encase everything in the living room. Eda tries to deal with the issue herself, but after King gets encased in ice, she calls Lilith for help. Using a combo glyph, Lilith's efforts ultimately cause the icy blob to disappear.

Eda asks Lilith how she figured out how to defeat the creature. Lilith explains that the glyphs are like words that command magic around them, instead of containing it like witches do. Overlapping them like Eda did was like screaming different words at the same time, so the spell got confused. Eda and Lilith figure out that if they combine the glyphs in a specific way, they can cast any spell they want. This makes King conclude that the reason Luz hasn't found any more glyphs because she has found them all. When Luz returns home, they try to tell her their findings, but Luz explains she's exhausted and beaten up, and it'll have to wait until tomorrow. Lilith then asks for extra credit for making an ice sculpture of her and Luz, to which Eda makes an ice cube out of jealousy, which earns them both extra credit.

Back at Blight Industries, Alador and Odalia revel in their success, despite the "spectacle". However, they are visited by the Golden Guard, who announces that none of their investors will get their Abomatons, as Emperor Belos has decided to purchase all their Abomatons for himself since he doesn't like citizens building their own private armies.

Cast

Additional voices

Non-speaking cameo

Mentioned

Title in other languages

Language Title Translation Notes
Argentina Spanish (Latin America) Salvarse de la expulsión Save yourself from expulsion
Belgium French (Belgium) Eviter l'Expulsion Avoid expulsion
Brazil Portuguese (Brazil) Escapando da Expulsão Escaping Expulsion
Taiwan Mandarin 為友情而戰 Fighting for Friendship
Germany German Der Verweis The Reference
Denmark Danish Bortvisnings-ballade Expulsion ballad
Egypt Arabic الهروب من الطرد Escape From Expulsion
Spain Spanish A librarse de la expulsión To get rid of expulsion
France French Éviter l'expulsion Avoiding expulsion
Indonesia Indonesian Lari Dari Pengusiran Escaping Expulsion
Israel Hebrew החזרה לבית הספר Back to school
Italy Italian Sfuggire all'espulsione Escaping expulsion
Japan Japanese 退学取り消し大作戦 Escaping Expulsion Strategy
South Korea Korean 퇴학에서 벗어나기 Get out of expulsion
Malaysia Malay Terlepas Daripada Dibuang Escaped From Expulsion
Netherlands Dutch Ontsnap aan de Schorsing Escape the Suspension
Norway Norwegian Utvist og utsatt Expelled and exposed
Portugal Portuguese Escapar à Expulsão Escaping Expulsion
Poland Polish Uniknąć relegowania Avoiding Expulsion
Romania Romanian Scăparea Expulzării Escaping Expulsion
Sweden Swedish Relegerade Expel

Transcript

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Trivia

  • This episode, along with "Separate Tides", were screened at the Paley Center in New York for Pride Month from June 5 to June 7.
    • After the first day of the event, the episodes were leaked online.
  • The secret message for this episode is found in Alador's workshop, and it spells "seas".
  • This episode marks the full-time appearance of Odalia and Alador Blight. They had previously appeared as silhouettes in the episode "Understanding Willow".
    • It also marks the debut of Willow's fathers, Gilbert and Harvey. They had previously appeared in "Understanding Willow" in flashbacks.
  • When Luz talks to Amity outside Hexside, it mirrors the scene in "Wing It Like Witches" where she asks her to deal with Boscha. Luz even picks up a book Amity drops, literally "picking up what she was putting down".
  • The books Harvey demand Willow to read are as follows:
    • The Lifecycle of the Common Swamp Toad
    • Don't Eat That - A Guide to Poisonous Plant Life
    • Bees
    • Anemonium and its Applications
  • This episode marks the first time someone addresses Luz by her full name.
  • This marks the final appearance of Amity's original/default look, as she changes her hairstyle by the end of her next appearance and she isn't seen wearing her uniform again until "Follies at the Coven Day Parade".

Revelations and significant events

  • Amity's parents' names are revealed to be Alador and Odalia Blight, and they run a security company together named "Blight Industries".
    • Before their names were revealed in-series, Dana Terrace revealed them in a charity stream on September 16, 2020.[3]
  • Amity acts as a model for her parents' presentations.
  • Amity's necklace acts as a way for her mother to send her mental messages. She later destroys it.
  • Luz has found a way to combine glyphs.
    • Later, Lilith, Eda, and King figure out that the glyphs are like the language of magic, and that stringing them together can create any type of magic. This also implies Luz's glyphs might be the only glyphs out there.
  • Luz hasn't been back at Hexside, nor has she seen Willow and Gus, since Eda's petrification ceremony.
  • Gus has gone through "witch puberty" since Luz last saw him.
  • Eda thinks Gus's name is "Goops" and the use of the nickname even spread to his schoolmates.
  • Alador and Odalia are members of the "Parent Creature Association".
  • Principal Bump's head demon seems to be alive.
  • Principal Bump has a photo album of memories involving Luz, Willow and Gus, and seems to genuinely like them.
    • One of the pictures shows that one of the lockers tried to eat Luz.
  • The full address of the Blight Manor is 811 Bruegel Boulevard, Bonesborough, H, 120890, Right Arm, Boiling Isles.
  • The subtitles for this episode inadvertently reveal that one of Willow's fathers is named Gilbert. However, the name is incorrectly given to Harvey, Willow's other father.
  • Willow seems to be aware of cartoons from the 1940s and their tropes.
  • Luz begins to reciprocate Amity's feelings for her.
  • The business card Odalia gave Luz has "B.I." (Boiling Isles) as its last line. That not only implies that there are inhabited islands, archipelagos or possibly even continents outside of the Boiling Isles and that the average citizen is aware of them, but also that there is at the very least postal traffic between them.
  • Hooty can stretch himself long enough to reach Hexside, and fast enough to get Luz there on time in the morning.

Continuity

  • Luz references the events of "Young Blood, Old Souls" when she proclaims it has been that long since she last attended Hexside, and thanking Willow and Gus for helping her free Eda from the Conformatorium.
  • The group photo from "Enchanting Grom Fright" is seen during Amity's performance.
  • Odalia mentions the events of "I Was a Teenage Abomination", "Something Ventured, Someone Framed", and "Enchanting Grom Fright".
  • The creatures that drag disobedient students from "Something Ventured, Someone Framed" reappear.
  • When Principal Bump looks at his photo album, moments with Luz, Willow, and Gus can be seen:
  • Principal Bump and Alador have the Abomination symbol on their wrists. As indicated in "Covention", this is a seal for a witch's respective coven.
  • King's mouth is seen for the third time whenever he sneezes, after "Covention" and "Adventures in the Elements".

Production notes

Allusions

  • Spider-Man - When King goes to talk to Eda he mutters "No one ever said power comes with responsibility". This is a reference to Uncle Ben's famous quote, "With great power comes great responsibility".
  • Game of Thrones - The Blight family moto, "A Blight always upholds their end of the deal", is similar to the Lannister's famous phrase, "A Lannister always pays his debts".
  • Pieter Bruegel the Elder - The address on Blight Industries' business card, 811 Bruegel Blvd, is named after Pieter Bruegel the Elder, a famous Dutch Renaissance and Flemish painter along with Hieronymus Bosch, a big inspiration for Dana Terrace when developing the series.
    • Dana Terrace's birthday - The zip code "120890" is a nod to Dana Terrace's birthdate, which is on December 8, 1990.
  • Beauty and the Beast - The cup and teapot the abomination butler carries resemble Mrs. Potts and Chip.
  • Amphibia - In one of Willow's books, "The Lifecycle of the Common Swamp Toad", the titular toad resembles Hop Pop Plantar.
  • Bugs Bunny - Gus suggests making an illusion of female guards, but Willow dismisses this saying "this isn't a cartoon from the '40s". This is most likely a reference to Bugs often dressing in drag to fool his enemies.
  • BioShock Infinite - The Abomaton 2.0's ability to jump high, appearance, origin, and purpose are loosely resembles to the enemy Handyman.
  • The Addams Family - The Abomaton butler at the Blight's manor is named Lurch, after the Addams Family's butler, Lurch.

Errors

  • For a few frames after Amity asks the abomination butler if anyone came to the house, her hair is one solid color.

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References

ve Episodes
Season 1 "A Lying Witch and a Warden" • "Witches Before Wizards" • "I Was a Teenage Abomination" • "The Intruder" • "Covention" • "Hooty's Moving Hassle" • "Lost in Language" • "Once Upon a Swap" • "Something Ventured, Someone Framed" • "Escape of the Palisman" • "Sense and Insensitivity" • "Adventures in the Elements" • "The First Day" • "Really Small Problems" • "Understanding Willow" • "Enchanting Grom Fright" • "Wing It Like Witches" • "Agony of a Witch" • "Young Blood, Old Souls"
Season 2 "Separate Tides" • "Escaping Expulsion" • "Echoes of the Past" • "Keeping Up A-fear-ances" • "Through the Looking Glass Ruins" • "Hunting Palismen" • "Eda's Requiem" • "Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Hooty's Door" • "Eclipse Lake" • "Yesterday's Lie" • "Follies at the Coven Day Parade" • "Elsewhere and Elsewhen" • "Any Sport in a Storm" • "Reaching Out" • "Them's the Breaks, Kid" • "Hollow Mind" • "Edge of the World" • "Labyrinth Runners" • "O Titan, Where Art Thou" • "Clouds on the Horizon" • "King's Tide"
Season 3 TBA
Owl Pellets "Welcome to Hexside" • "Eda's Cursed Brush" • "Paint Scare!" • "Art Lessons with Luz" • "Coven Lovin Soap Opera" • "The Dollhouse" (unreleased)
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