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to Castle Is Where The Heart Is is the 3rd episode of Season 7.
After finding out that Lief has been avoiding his castle, his friends try to make it feel more like home.
At Littlest Pet Shop, Lief helps his friend bathe the pets. Covered in mud from their hard work, Blythe sends Lief on his way to take his own bath at his castle. Lief quickly asks if any other pets need cleaning, but Blythe says no. He suddenly pushes Zoe into a pile of wet dog food, making himself an excuse to stay and give her another bath.
Lief ends up spending hours at Littlest Pet Shop cleaning Zoe. Blythe wants to rest up for their pancake and waffle breakfast the next day and says Lief needs to get the castle ready. Lief insists that the castle is fine and runs off to help Strawberry Shortcake with the pancakes and waffles.
The next day, the Hub Squad and Jasmine, Barda, Filli, and Kree have a pancake and waffle breakfast together in the dining hall of Lief's castle. However, a messy-looking Lief sleeps through the meal, having spent the whole previous evening preparing pancakes and waffles with Strawberry. The others have also taken notice of Lief's recent odd behavior: helping Dennis blow up more whoopie cushions than necessary for his pranks; spending an entire afternoon helping Guy as SheZow fight off bad guys; and broom racing Sabrina over and over in the Witch World, no matter how many times he'd lost.
When Lief wakes up from his sleep, his friends ask him what's going on. Lief explains that he's been avoiding his castle because it's too big, cold, and empty for him to feel like home. Twilight suggests redecorating and even proposes that his friends will do it for him while he spends a relaxing day at the Hub City Hair Salon And Spa. Jasmine and Barda agrees to take Lief to the salon.
The rest of the Hub Squad spend the afternoon decorating Lief's castle in various ways, to the tune of a lighthearted song. Dennis decorates with whoopie cushions, skateboards, and prank toys. Strawberry decorates with glitter, strawberry designs, and pictures of her and her friends, Betty builds mini robots with the help of X-5 to keep Lief company. Robbie puts galactic devices Ray and Team Quantum have given him, Lucky, Yawp and Dander puts up dog and cat toys and hid several pet treats in the castle interior, Twilight puts books, picture frames of her, her friends and Princesses Celestia, Luna, and Cadence and Shining Armor's wedding and math equations up on the walls, Buster puts up Tiny Toon Adventures memorabilia and posters right next to the equations, Blythe puts up curtains, mannequins with her designs, and banners embedded with gemstones, Wakko brings some of his toys in, Guy decorates with SheZow posters and buttons and comic books, Komodo brings some tools, and Sabrina and Trafalgar brings in some potions, wands, spell books, charms, and a big, black cauldron for Lief if he ever wants to do magic.
By the time the friends finish decorating, the throne room alone is a cluttered "mishmash of knickknacks." Jasmine briefly returns and immediately recognizes the remodeling as a complete mess. With Lief still having his hair done, Komodo tells Jasmine to stall for time and keep him away from the castle until sundown.
Jasmine and Barda returns to Lief at the hair salon. Before Lief can leave to go back to the castle, Jasmine stalls by suggesting some drinks at the TruMoo Cafe. While Lief and Jasmine have normal TruMoo chocolate milkshakes, Barda orders a root beer float. Back at the castle, Lief's friends begin to argue about which decorations to remove.
After Lief, Jasmine, Barda, Filli and Kree have their afternoon milkshakes, Filli and Kree suggest that they take the scenic route back to the castle. They pass by the blackened remains of the small castle with the oak tree that is now burnt to ashes except for the remaining stump and it's roots and fondly think back on the memories they made while living there. To cheer his friends up, Lief asks if they wants to add anything to the castle to make it feel more like his home too. Jasmine thinks of another way to stall for time and says Filli and Kree need new beds.
Meanwhile, as Lief's friends continue removing the throne room's clutter, they end up returning it back to the way it was before they started. With sunset quickly approaching, the friends struggle to think of another way to make the castle feel like a home. They realize that they had been decorating as they would their own homes instead of Lief's home. As they ponder on what Lief loved about living at the small castle, Twilight gets an idea.
In The Littlest Pet Shop, Jasmine browses for some new pet beds for Filli and Kree, and Lief begins to lose his patience. Meanwhile, as they sing a reprise of their earlier song, Buster, Guy, Wakko, Lucky, Dennis, Yawp, and Dander dig up the ground around the burnt oak tree while Strawberry, Betty, Sabrina, Blythe, Robbie, Komodo, and Trafalgar buy decorative gems, eventually hanging something up in the castle throne room.
Some time later, Lief, Jasmine, Barda, Filli and Kree finally return to the castle where the other friends greet them. At first it appears that Lief's friends have made no changes to the castle, but Guy says what truly makes home feel like home isn't what it looks like but the memories you make there.
With that in mind, the friends made a chandelier out of the oak tree's roots, decorated it with diamonds and gems in the shape of the Hub logo, and hung it in the throne room. Each gem on the chandelier depicts a memorable moment of Lief's life in Hub City and his adventures of saving Deltora from the Shadow Lord. Lief is moved to tears by the gesture and ready to make new memories in the castle. The Hub Squad and Jasmine, Barda, Filli, and Kree celebrate with a lavish cake Strawberry made and share it in the newly refurnished dining hall, where Lief's friends admit to still adding a little flair of their own to other rooms in the castle, much to everyone's amusement.
Characters that are shown in this episode Edit
- Strawberry Shortcake
- Betty Barrett
- Robbie Shippton
- Twilight Sparkle
- Buster Bunny
- Wakko Warner
- Blythe Baxter
- Guy Hamdon
- SheZow (cameo)
- Zoe Trent
- Penny Ling
- Vinnie Terrio
- Sunil Nevla
- Russell Ferguson
- Minka Mark
- Pepper Clark
- This episode is based on Castle Sweet Castle from My Little Pony; Friendship is Magic.
Blythe: Phew! Thanks so much for helping me get the pets all cleaned up, Lief.
Lief: No problem Blythe, always happy to help!
Blythe: You probably can't wait to get back to your castle and take your own bath, huh?
Lief: Um... Aren't there any more pets in the daycare that need cleaning? (nervously smirks)
Blythe: No, I don't think so. You and I are the only ones left, and I can't wait to get the mud out of my hair.
Lief: Uh... (sees Zoe looking at herself in a hand mirror and kicks her into a piles of wet dog food)
Lief: Oh, look! Zoe just got dirty! I'd better stay longer to help give her a bath!
Zoe: What?! No, wait!
[splash, scrubbing noises]
Blythe: Thanks so much for staying to give Zoe a bath, but, um... I think she's dry now.
Lief: Oops. [nervous laugh] Sorry, Zoe.
Blythe: Gee! [checks her watch] It's getting late! You really didn't have to stay that long ya' know. Not that we don't appreciate it. Right, guys?
All pets except Zoe: Yeah.
Zoe: [sarcastically] Yeah...
[Lief grabs a broom and dust pan and then starts sweeping the floor]
Blythe: I'm really exhausted. [yawns] Plus, I really need to rest up for that big pancake and waffle breakfast tomorrow. [beat] And I bet you have to get the castle ready for tomorrow.
Lief: [stops sweeping] Huh? No! No, no, no! Uh... The castle's... fine! But maybe I'd better go to Berry Bitty City to see if Strawberry Shortcake needs help with the pancakes and waffles! [goes to the door] So uh, see ya' later! Bye! [rushes off]
Blythe: Okay... Something is definitely up with Lief, today.
Zoe: I couldn't agree more with you, Blythe.
[main cast eating noisily]
Barda: [gulps] Mm, these pancakes and waffles are delicious, Strawberry!
Strawberry: [gulps] Thanks Barda! Lief spent all night helping me pick the flavor! I kept thinking we'd found the right one, but he insisted that I make even more to try. And then more. And then more, and then more, and then more and more and more! It was like he never wanted to—
Strawberry: Exactly! [cuts a pancake piece and eats it from her fork] Eventually we ran out of time so we went with every flavor, every berry, every topping, and even a surprise! [to Robbie, hushed] The surprise is that Lief accidentally dropped a measuring spoon in the batter. Whoever finds it first gets a second helping of pancakes!
Jasmine: Up all night, huh? I guess that explains why Lief didn't come home last night, yesterday, or the day after yesterday. (eats her pancake piece off her fork)
Betty: So... Uh, does that explain why he's so, uh... out of it?
Komodo: Um, don't wanna sound a little too unappreciative, but has anybody else noticed that Lief has been acting a little too helpful lately?
Dennis: Now that you mention it Komodo, he was lending me and my lads at the Hub City Park the other day and stuck around 'til near midnight. Blew up three hundred whoopie cushions for our prank when all we needed was just thirty.
Guy: He spent an entire afternoon helping me beat up all the bad guys around the city. An entire afternoon!
Sabrina: If you think that's weird, he raced me in the Witch World, a million times the other day. And lost every time! Best out of ten, best out of twenty, best out of thirty, best out of a hundred! He just kept going until he got so dizzy that he passed out. I mean, I know everyone thinks that hanging out with a teenage witch like me is awesome, but it was like he'd rather keep losing than—
Sabrina: Yeah. I mean, who does that?
Barda: Somebody who's avoiding something, that's who. As soon as Lief wakes up, we'll find out exactly what's up.
[the measuring spoon lands on Blythe's pancake stack]
Blythe: Ah! (disgusted by the dirty measuring spoon] Ew...
Dander: I win! Second helpings are mine!
Lief: Huh?! Ah! I'm waffle! I mean, er, I'm awake...
Dennis: Uh, Lief? Yer not yer old self, today. What's goin' on with ya'?
Lucky: Yeah. Is there something you wanna tell us?
Lief: Um... I have, no idea what you're talking about, Dennis and Lucky. [laughs nervously and picks up his fork and eats his waffle]
Dennis: [takes a waffle off of Lief's head] Lief. You know how much we appreciate all you do for us, [eats the waffle, then gulps, and burps] and we really appreciate having you around... but... um...
Twilight Sparkle: We were wondering if you might be... ya' know... avoiding something?
Lief: [sighs] Has it been that obvious?
Lief: I've been... well... the thing is... I know it sounds a little crazy, but to tell you the truth, I... I've been, well, avoiding... this place.
Guy: [gasps] Why in the Hub world would you want to avoid such an awesome castle?
Wakko: Yeah Lief, this place has everything! A big giant throne that makes you feel like a mighty king! Shiny new floors that are like mirrors that you can see your reflections on! Oh! Glass stained windows that hold your good times back in Deltora! Fancy statues that make you feel like you're at a museum! And it even has loooong, long, hallways!
["hallways" echoes out]
Wakko: Okay, I see now.
Lief: Hey! Don't get me wrong. I love this castle. Sure it's looks all big and awesome and sparkly and shiny and stuff. But it just... [sighs] It doesn't feel like home.
Strawberry: [chuckling] Oh, is that all? Maybe you need to decorate the place, Lief. You know, make this place your own!
Lief: I don't know, Strawberry. It's just so daunting! I'm mean, look at this place! It's so big and tall! I don't even know where to start! Ugh! (slams his face on the table, but Twilight moves his plates of waffle out of the way just in time.)
Twilight Sparkle: Don't worry. You can start by letting us do it for you. We'll make this the castle of your dreams, just like my friends did for me back in Ponyville, while you go to the Hub City Hair Salon and Spa for some rest and relaxation. I don't mean to sound like Rarity, Lief, but uh... have you looked into the mirror lately? I've never seen you look so, uh... uh...
Twilight: Yeah! That's exactly what I was gonna say.
Lief: Ooh, I guess I could use a little help now and then. And so does my castle. And I just know you'll do a great job, because nobody in Hub Island knows me better than you guys.
Trafalgar: Yeah! We'll make this castle more shinier than Cinderella's glass slippers. Count on it!
Jasmine: [jumps out of her chair] We'll take Lief to the spa while you guys get to work. Come on, guys.
[Filli and Kree finish their breakfast and come with Jasmine]
Barda: I'll come too. Coming, Lief?
Lief: Sure, good luck guys. We'll be back soon.
[Lief, Barda, Jasmine, Filli, and Kree leave the dining room]
Komodo: Okay everyone. Let's get to work.