Ivy’s Tea Lessons Are Too Much and a Missing Music Box Fill This Week’s “Amphibia”

Ivy wants a life beyond tea (and her mother’s rules) and Anne feels betrayed after her music box goes missing in the latest episode of Amphibia.

Ivy On The Run

Ivy wakes up and is at a boiling point with her mother’s rules. She just wants to get out and see the world. With the help of Sprig, who tells her that he has friends in every town after all of his travels outside of Wartwood, she concocts a scheme to run away and go on a world-traveling adventure, and maybe learn some martial arts along the way.

Her mom continuously stops her along the way, teaching her techniques on how to wash dishes, pour tea, and replace tablecloths and insists that she do so. Meanwhile, Anne and Polly are running throughout “Muy Thai-ing” and practicing their fighting skills.

Just as Ivy and Sprig are about to catch a rare bug, Ivy’s mother interrupts again and demands that she comes home for a tea ceremony lesson. The lessons continue with napkin folding and tea steeping lessons. Ivy reaches her boiling point, screaming that her mother doesn’t understand her, and retreats to her room where posters with sound advice are hanging, and inspire to leave the valley TONIGHT.

Convincing Sprig to go with her, the journey begins… before her mom stops her again. As the kids run away, they run into a Muy Thai lesson with Anne and Polly, where Ivy explains that she wants to see the world and learn more than tea. Maybe even, a martial arts lesson. Her mom makes her a deal, three rounds, and if she wins even one, she’ll let her out of her tea lessons.

The game is on, and mom quickly wins the first round, impressing all the kids including her daughter, prompting Anne to ask where she learned those moves. “Picked them up on my travels.” Ivy is confused. What travels?

Round two goes about the same as round one. Round Three starts off the same, but when Mom has Ivy pinned, she tells Ivy to act like she's folding one of the napkins again, and finds out that all the chores are actually exercises to protect her on her travels out in the dangerous world when they go on their tea gathering adventures. A heartfelt moment between mother and daughter ensues as Ivy realizes how remarkably similar they actually are.

After The Rain

A mailbug from Marcy shows up, and they are ready to travel to the first temple. The last thing on the checklist though? The music box that brought Anne to Wartwood. Too excited to sleep, Anne catches Hop Pop digging in the night looking for the Music Box in a hole under the tree.

But the music box is gone! In the wrong place at the wrong time (for Hop Pop) Anne sees and hears everything. She asks what is going and comes to the realization that Hop Pop might be trying to keep her there forever. Outraged and betrayed, Anne retreats to the original cave she stayed in when she first came to Wartwood, and catches up with her old friend Rocky.  

Hop Pop explains to Sprig and Polly that he really messed up, and the kids tell him he needs to get out there and bring Anne back while they go and try to find the music box. Apparently, holes are popping up all over town and things people have buried are going missing. According to Soggy Joe, this sounds like the work of the Magpie beetle that steals things buried in the ground to participate in the love-nado dance, where valuables are placed on their shells to attract a mate. The kids follow a burrowing hole under the tree where the music box was and find themselves smack in the middle of the love-nado.

Not listening to the rest of Soggy Joe’s advice, the kids don’t know what to do now that they’ve found the music box and find themselves in great danger.

Hop Pop finds Anne and  says that there is something he needs to tell her that he’s always been afraid to before they hear Sprig and Polly screaming in the distance, trapped in “some kind of love monsoon.” Hop Pop realizes he and Anne must work together to save the kids, and even though Anne no longer trusts him, he asks her to help even if only to save the kids. As a team, everyone makes it out okay, but Anne is still hurt and leaves.

Hop Pop stops her and explains that this is all because of Sprig and Polly’s parents, explaining how the Herons attacked Wartwood and their parents didn’t make it. He swore that he would always do whatever he could to protect the family, which included hiding the music box which is dangerous. But he added that Anne is family too, and breaks into tears apologizing. Anne forgives him, and the group goes home together. Hop Pop shows Anne a book that has been in the family for generations, and in it there is an image of the music box that is labeled dangerous and called “Calamity Box.” Even Anne admits that that doesn’t sound good.

The latest episode of Amphibia is now available on the Disney Channel and the DisneyNOW app.

Tony Betti
Originally from California where he studied a dying artform (hand-drawn animation), Tony has spent most of his adult life in the theme parks of Orlando. When he’s not writing for LP, he’s usually watching and studying something animated or arguing about “the good ole’ days” at the parks.