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"The Totem Master" is the sixth episode of the second season of Ewoks. Written by Bob Carrau and directed by Dale Schott, the episode originally aired on ABC on October 4, 1986.

Plot summary

While the Ewoks juiced the annual dangleberry fruit, Wicket decided that the job was beneath a young warrior like himself. A nearby traveler, known as the Totem Master, heard Wicket's bemoanings and confronted the Ewoks. The Totem Master asked for something to drink, and the Princess offered him some dangleberry juice. After this, he was able to bribe Wicket into taking a totem pole, claiming that all the great warriors had them. Kneesaa said Wicket that they couldn't receive a gift from unknown creatures. But Wicket accepts the totem pole. After the traveler left, Wicket carried the totem pole back the village by himself. That night, while the Ewoks slept, the traveler went to the village and used his magic ring on the totem pole to bring the totem creatures to life; once free, the creatures robbed the village and gave their loot to their "Totem Master." When Teebo saw this, he wanted to warn Chief Chirpa, but the Totem Master stopped him and used his magic ring to take over Teebo's mind and make him one of his slaves. Wicket briefly awoke during the night and saw some of these events, but he figured it was only a dream, and so he went back to sleep.

Kneesaa and Wicket disguising themselves as totems.

The next morning, when the tribe realized they had been robbed and Malani reported that her brother Teebo was missing; Wicket realized that what he saw the previous night was no dream. He, Kneesaa, and Latara set off to find Teebo and their belongings. Once they caught up with the Totem Master, Latara confronted him; however, when he used his magic ring to turn her into a totem slave, Wicket and Kneesaa followed him to his next stop: the Strutter village. While the Totem Master's wagon was on movement, Kneesaa used her lasso to enter in the vehicle, and then gave her hands to help Wicket to join with her. The couple disguised themselves as totems, on the top of the pole, and wasn't discovered by the Totem Master.

That night, Kneesaa and Wicket tried to stop the Totem Master, but they instead found themselves running from him and were soon captured by the enslaved Latara and Teebo. As the Totem Master tried to use his ring to place his spell on Wicket, he grabbed a Strutter mirror and turned the energy beam back on the Totem Master himself, thereby placing him under his own spell; once the master's ring was destroyed, his slaves were freed of their curse. The next day, the four young Ewoks returned to the village with all of the tribe's stolen belongings.



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Latara hugs Princess Kneesaa and Teebo hugs Wicket after being saved by them.

Princess Kneesaa in action with her grappling hook.



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