"Jungle Fever"
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Cartoon Series: She-Ra Princess of Power 1985-87
Producer: Filmation
Season: 1
Writer: Don Heckman
Year: 1985
Director: Mark Glamack
Production No: PP057


Original Airdate: ?/?/1985

At the Fright Zone, Hordak, Catra, Grizzlor, and Imp are using the monitor to spy on Adora and Spirit. Adora sends Spirit ahead the rest of the way back to the rebel camp, deciding that she would rather walk the rest of the way in the very scenic forest. Horde Troopers surround and capture the traitorous former Force Captain, taking her to a nearby prison. She cleverly follows a jungle vine through the duct system of the prison, allowing her to escape, but as she flees, she trips and hits her head, which causes amnesia. She senses danger and seeks cover, from which she sees a tribal boy named Tahndi fighting the Great Beast in the jungle.

She interferes in the battle to save the boy, causing a nearby tribesman to use a bolo to capture her and lead her back to their village. The tribe has laws against violating sacred tribal ceremonies. As punishment, she must be delivered to the Great Beast. However, she is able to slip her bonds, and she uses speed and agility to elude the beast, refusing at the crucial moment to kill the beast with the Sword of Protection. Instead, she reaches out to the beast telepathically and convinces it to leave, unsure of how she is able to communicate her message to the dinosaur.

The villagers want her to become a Beast Warrior for having passed the sacred ceremony. Adora explains that the reason the beast is so angry is because of the conch trumpet, which attracts it. Suspicious of her, a tribal leader named Chord resolves to go to the Horde and find out more information about her. Meanwhile, Jamilla, the tribal boy's father, invites her to join their tribe, and she agrees to stay in the village for a short while, until she regains her memory. She learns that there is a limited water supply which has caused clashes between the humans and the animals in the jungle.

When a group of snorters threatens to attack his pet Pooka, Tahndi tries to attack them, but Adora shows him how to avoid conflict with the animals by quietly luring the pet away from the snorters. When Hordak learns about Adora's whereabouts from Chord, he orders that the conch trumpet be blown, which attracts the Great Beast to the village. Imp starts a forest fire, likewise causing the animals of the jungle to panic, stirring trouble between the humans and the animals. In eluding the Great Beast, Adora falls again and hits her head, and suddenly regains her memory.

She transforms into She-Ra and is quick to confront the Horde. She communicates with the Great Beast to calm him, and hatches a plan to bring water from the lake directly into the village, which will serve the dual purpose of putting out the fire and provide water for the villagers. She-Ra and the Great Beast cooperate to tip the mountain in which the lake is located, causing the water to spill out toward the village. The resulting water supply is enough for both the creatures of the jungle and the humans to share. As she prepares to leave, she tells Jamilla that his son passed a great test that day in helping to cooperate with the Great Beast to provide the water. She-Ra states that Tahndi deserves a title better than "Beast Warrior" and the first "Beast Protector" is recognized.

Synopsis by Michael Cravens

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