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"Goblin Dogs" is the thirteenth episode of the second season of Star vs. the Forces of Evil.

It premiered on September 12, 2016 alongside "By the Book".[1]

Synopsis

Star and her friends wait in the longest food truck line ever for the universe’s best hot dog, the Goblin Dog.[2]

Plot

The episode begins in an unspecified dimension, where Star, Marco, and Pony Head are searching for a food truck that sells "Goblin Dogs". Having already searched a dozen other dimensions for the truck, Marco wants to give up and go back to Earth. Star spots the Goblin Dog truck over the horizon, but there are hundreds of people from other dimensions waiting in line ahead of them. Fortunately, Pony Head's friend Kelly saved them a spot in line.

While Star and Pony Head catch up on recent events (such as the complete repurposing of St. Olga's Reform School for Wayward Princesses into a party school), Marco tries to talk to Kelly, but she remains silent the entire time. Marco questions why anyone would wait in such a long line for a hot dog, but several others in the line claim that Goblin Dogs are the best-tasting hot dogs in the universe; even Pony Head claims to have had one before. During the wait, little goblins entertain the crowd by playing music and giving out T-shirts.

After hours of waiting, Marco approaches one of the goblins, who is named Roy, to complain, and Roy offers to sneak him and his friends into the much shorter V.I.P. line. As part of this arrangement, they are forced to buy a lot of goblin dog merchandise using Marco's money. When they finally reach the front of the line, Roy directs them to another line to wait in. To Star and her friends' horror, the waiting line for Goblin Dogs is just a never-ending chain of waiting lines. Marco demands to speak to Roy's manager (who is just Roy wearing a different hat) and discovers that some people have waited in line for years just to try a Goblin Dog.

After also discovering that Pony Head lied about trying a Goblin Dog before, Marco is fed up and starts to leave. Pony Head stops him, and Star argues that even though Pony Head lied, Roy is even guiltier for misleading everyone waiting in line. Because of this, the other people in the line start to riot and angrily rush the truck. After fending off the rioters with a T-shirt cannon, Roy drives off, and Star and her friends give chase. Star stops him by turning the truck's tires into marshmallows, and Pony Head demands some Goblin Dogs. Roy confesses that Goblin Dogs are not real and that he's just a con artist. He offers to refund Marco's money, but Marco lets him keep it to serve as a constant reminder of his displeased customers.

Because of Marco's generosity, Roy tells him that he passed the Goblin Dog trial, and Kelly finally speaks up. Roy explains that Goblin Dogs are real, but they are not simply given to anyone—the Goblin Dogs choose their master, and they have now chosen Star and her friends. Through an impressive display of magic, Roy serves Goblin Dogs to Star and the others. They taste like ordinary hot dogs at first, but Star and her friends soon experience colorful, hallucinatory visions. Though they agree that goblin dogs were indeed worth the wait, they decide to finally go home.

As Marco says goodbye to Kelly, he meets her vegan boyfriend Tad – a short, bushy creature who lives in Kelly's hair.

Characters

Major characters

Minor characters

Production notes

Songs

Transcript

View the episode transcript here.

Gallery

S2E13 Star and friends wearing Goblin Dog merchandise
Click here to view the gallery.

Trivia

  • Jerry Trainor, best known for portraying Spencer Shay in iCarly and Dudley Puppy in T.U.F.F. Puppy, guest-stars as Roy.
  • Dana Davis, best known for portraying Chastity Church in 10 Things I Hate About You, guest-stars for the first time as Kelly.
  • Part of the episode was shown during San Diego Comic-Con 2016.[3]
  • The "Goblin Dog Trip" sequence near the end of the episode was animated by Golden Wolf.

Revelations and continuity

  • This episode marks Pony Head's first appearance in season 2.

References

  1. Star vs. the Forces of Evil : Goblin Dogs; By the Book. Screener. Retrieved on 2017 March 5.
  2. Goblin Dogs /By the Book. Disney XD Press. Retrieved on 2017 March 5.
  3. Star vs the Forces of Evil - “Goblin Dogs” (Clip) SDCC 2016. YouTube (2016-06-22). Retrieved on 2017 March 5.

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