"Hero of the Hourglass" is the twenty-ninth episode of American Dragon: Jake Long.

Plot

Jake is above a baseball stadium trying to stop the Huntsman from getting hold of the Uchrono Hourglass, a device capable of traveling back in time. Unfortunately, like most of his missions, he has to keep it hidden from his dad, who thinks that he is still studying at the library. But after Jake finally gets ahold of the Uchrono and falls into the stadium, he ends up catching a baseball, putting him on TV. Coincidentally, the Long family is watching that exact same game.

Unable to defend himself without exposing his family's magical secret to his father, Jake is grounded for two weeks. Jake is disappointed, but Susan brings Jake to the basement to show him something. She opens up an old box and pulls out an old photo album, and turns to a certain page. This page shows her and Jonathan at the Halley's Comet beach party on June 27, 1986. On the back of that page is a letter that hasn't been opened. Susan goes on to explain that she was going to give Jonathan this letter on the last day of school, and explain about her family's dragon powers, the existence of magical creatures, everything. However, she did not give it to him, saying that some secrets are better kept secret.

In the next scene, Jake heads off to the shop to give the Uchrono to Gramps. But when he finds out he can use it to travel through time, he gets an idea. He turns the knobs, and gets ready to use it. Fu Dog spots him and runs over to stop him, but before he can do so, they both travel back in time to June 27, 1986.

Jake explains to Fu about the letter his mom was supposed to give to his dad. All he has to do now is make sure he gets it. The two of them head off into his school, and search for younger Susan and Jonathan. Once they find him, Jake steals the letter and shoves it in Jonathan's locker. However, from outside the school, we see Jonathan freaking out about the letter Susan addressed to him; all the way to the point where they break up. At first Jake figures this fight won't last very long, but then he realizes that if he doesn't get them back together, he and his sister will not exist.

The new plan is to get Jonathan and Susan back together. Future Jake and Fu head to the shop to see if younger Gramps can help them in some way. Fu sends off his younger self to Atlantic City, and Jake pretends to be the Canadian Dragon to prevent Lao Shi from knowing they are from the future. However, when future Fu tries to convince him that he needs to help get Susan and Jonathan back together, he laughs and cheers, saying he's been waiting for the day when his daughter would dump him.

With the current plan foiled, Fu thinks up plan B. He decides that he'll bring Jonathan to the Halley's beach party, and Jake will bring his mom. The two will meet each other there, and maybe it'll help them get back together. Unfortunately, this plan also fails when Susan heads home before Jonathan arrives at the beach.

Now with Jake, Jonathan, and Fu there on the beach, Jake decides to tell him the truth. But as any person would say they were from the future, Jonathan doesn't believe him. He proves himself with a picture he had from his pocket, and turns into a dragon. But this only terrifies him to the point of fainting.

Just as they figure things can't get any worse, they do. The younger Huntsman charges up to attack Jake. Jake puts up a fight, but the Huntsman sets off a bomb that blows Fu and him down into the sand. While they are distracted, the Huntsman seizes Jonathan and takes him into a submarine. With his dad captured and the sand in the Uchrono Hourglass almost empty, the two head back to the shop. There, they convince Susan and Lao Shi to help them rescue Jonathan from the Huntsclan.

The four of them use an enchanted compass to find Jonathan and the Huntsclan's lair. There they sneak inside, and kick some Hunts-butt! But in a total accident, Jonathan gets hit by the falling roof, and falls unconscious. Jake and Gramps take down the Huntsclan, and everyone gets out safely.

Back on the beach, Jonathan just starts to wake up from his injury. With this moment, Susan and Jake lie about the whole dragon situation just for his sake. With everything back to normal, the two lovers take their Halley's Comet beach party picture just as Jake and Fu head back into the future.

Back in the present time, Jonathan tells Jake that he feels bad about punishing him. He and Susan talk it over, and decide to just give him a warning this time. Jake is super excited, but starts to bum out again when his mother finds out he was time traveling from the photo she and Jonathan took on the beach. Apparently, Jake was right on the side when the picture was taken. Once again, Jake finds himself grounded for two weeks without TV and video games.

Allusions


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Media
Television: American Dragon: Jake Long"Morpholomew" (Lilo & Stitch: The Series crossover episode)

Books: The Dragon HunterThe Gnome Eater
Games: All Star Skate ParkRose's Print ShopDangerous DescentJake's Dragon Tile ComboJake's Inferno PinballThe Huntsclan TrapsHigh Risk RescueAmerican Dragon: Rise of the HuntsclanAmerican Dragon: Jake Long: Attack of the Dark Dragon

Characters
Main Characters: Jake LongRoseTrixie CarterArthur SpudinskiLuong Lao ShiFu DogJonathan LongSusan LongHaley Long

Other Characters: Brad MortonHans RotwoodStacey WintergrinTraceyLaceyOlivia MearsCourtneyJasmineMarnie LockjellyDanika HunnicuttNigel ThrallFred NerkKyle WilkinsGregorySilverCarol St. CarmineFrederick ButtersleevesJoshuaTrishaAunt CathyRose's ParentsSara and KaraThe Dragon CouncilCouncilor AndamCouncilor KuldeCouncilor KukulkhanCouncilor OminaPatchouli LongSun ParkDolores DercetoMs. JenkinsMs. McGuireMs. BirchMrs. CarterColonel Hank CarterMs. SpudinskiOfficer MortonVeronicaBrocamasStan LipkowskiBerthaReggie the BrownieClooneySanta ClausJaren MacArthurShaniqua ChulavistaThad Rochefort-ChaiseJasma SancereRon SlamCoach SackersonJudge Glamis CutlerTommy KingThe Witches of WoodstockJack FrostPix McGeeQueen LilianaStrigoiMister KrunkersBennyPetite Messenger FairyHerbert the Goblin
Creatures: DragonsDwarvesTrollsPixiesElvesGoblinsBrowniesTooth MinionsGiantsSpritesGremlinsGriffinsShade DemonsHairball MonstersHobgoblinsKrylockJersey DevilGuardian SerpentSea SerpentGnomesCyclopsShark PeopleNymphsKrakenDjinnKelpieThe Magical Community
Villains: The HuntsmanHuntsclanDark DragonShadow DragonsCouncilor ChangBananas B.Eli Excelsior PandarusNixHuntsboys 88 and 89Huntsgirl 18Sigmund BrockFuryEuryaleMedusa GorgonEvil JakeVicky FicklingYan YanShackles JackSolitary SamChain Gang ChuckPeg Leg PatHook Hand GhostGreen GhostKumoTiburónConey Island FreaksAvemetrusJohnny Wang
Guest Characters: Monty HallIngrid Third

Episodes
Season One: "Old School Training" • "Dragon Breath" • "The Talented Mr. Long" • "The Legend of Dragon Tooth" • "Act 4, Scene 15" • "Adventures in Troll Sitting" • "Fu Dog Takes a Walk" • "Professor Rotwood's Thesis" • "The Egg" • "The Heist" • "Dragon Summit" • "Body Guard Duty" • "Shapeshifter" • "The Ski Trip" • "The Long Weekend" • "Eye of the Beholder" • "Jake Takes the Cake" • "Hong Kong Nights" • "The Halloween Bash" • "Fu and Tell" • "Flight of the Unicorn" • "Keeping Shop" • "Ring Around the Dragon" • "The Hunted"

Season Two: "Bring it On" • "Half Baked" • "The Academy" • "The Doppelganger Gang" • "Something Fishy This Way Comes" • "Breakout" • "Family Business" • "Hero of the Hourglass" • "Dreamscape" • "A Befuddled Mind" • "Fool's Gold" • "Feeding Frenzy" • "Haley Gone Wild" • "Supernatural Tuesday" • "The Rotwood Files" • "Hairy Christmas" • "Switcheroo" • "The Love Cruise" • "Year of the Jake" • "Homecoming" • "Young at Heart" • "Siren Says" • "Shaggy Frog" • "Nobody's Fu" • "Magic Enemy Number One" • "A Ghost Story" • "Bite Father, Bite Son" • "Game On" • "Furious Jealousy" • "Being Human" • "The Hong Kong Longs"

Locations
New York City, New YorkNew JerseyAlabamaFloridaMillard Fillmore Middle SchoolIsle of DracoHong KongSubwayEmpire State BuildingChinaCamp MugwompMagus BazaarCanal Street ElectronicsIsland of AtlantisCosmopolitan Museum of ArtFamilio Festevedro
Objects
Mark of the Huntsclan13 Aztec SkullsHuntstaffMagical JournalsBrockiumRose's Dream Charm
Songs
The Chosen OneThe Hubba Hubba Hula
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