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Change can be difficult, but it's how we grow. It can be the hardest thing to realize that you can't hold onto something forever. Sometimes you have to let it go. But of the things you let go, you'd be surprised what makes its way back to you.
―Anne's final words and the closing narration in the series

"The Hardest Thing" is the fifty-ninth and final episode of the Disney Channel animated series, Amphibia; serving as the series finale.

Synopsis

Anne's journey comes to an end.

Plot

Following their return to Amphibia, the Core, still trapped within the helmet, flies up into space and attaches itself to a pod located up on the moon. It then proceeds to activate it and turns on hidden thrusters; causing it to fly towards Amphibia. As everyone looks up, Andrias reveals that the Core made a base up on the moon as a final gambit to destroy all life as it is afraid of being irrelevant. Mother Olm arrives to inform everyone about the prophecy; revealing that it is not a prediction, but rather a request that the three girls, Anne, Sasha and Marcy, help save Amphibia from destruction. However, this would result in the total depletion of the gem energy and possibly trap them in Amphibia forever. The girls nevertheless agree for one final adventure.

Before leaving, Mother Olm tells Anne that there may still not be enough energy to defeat the Core and that she would need to use a "secret spell" in order to defeat it. This spell can only be wielded by one and could result in their death. She tells her that she "have only but to ask" when it comes time to use it. Anne runs into the castle and is surprised by the appearance of Valeriana who has all three gems in the music box. Using her abilities, the gem powers are charged into the girls who are now all empowered enough to fly and exert energy. They all fly into space where they proceed to destroy numerous robots and monsters sent out by the Core and try to push back the moon.

Andrias sends his drones up into space as a shocked Grime watches. However, to his surprise, Andrias orders the drones to help push the moon back. He takes his crown and tells the Core that he is finally doing the right thing by standing up to him and crushes his crown, taking his connection to the Core in the process. Despite this, the Core is still too powerful and Sasha and Marcy's powers begin to wane due to inexperience. Frustrated, Anne convinces them to let her absorb all their powers and she solemnly sends them back to Amphibia. After being informed about the situation from Sasha and Marcy upon their return, Sprig has Frobo take him to Anne, refusing to lose her. As the Core berates Anne's use of "its greatest treasures" against them, she states that the stones never were theirs. When she asked the stones if they would help her save the world, they shatter and transfer their power to her. Now all powerful, Anne sees Sprig beg her not to sacrifice herself as she changed his life, only to tell him that he changed hers as well. After bidding her friend farewell, she uses all her energy to blast at the moon before flying through it; destroying it and the Core. As the others celebrate, Sprig and Frobo return a pale singed Anne to the ground. As everyone cries over her, Anne assures her decision as she deteriorates into a pile of leaves that drift away.

Anne awakens in a purgatory resembling a tiny house and garden floating in space. As she enters the house, she speaks to the Guardian of the Stones via an old fashioned computer. When Anne mocks its dated appearance, it transforms into Domino and proceeds to converse mentally with her. The Guardian reveals that she is a "backup" and that she is not dead or alive. It goes on to reveal that it has watched over the universe for a "very long time" and wants Anne to be its replacement as she is the only person who has used the stones for selfless purposes. Anne immediately turns it down after admitting that she is not perfect and that she would need years to become wiser. Intrigued by this notion, the Guardian decides to return her to life and will wait "78 years" for her to accept, much to Anne's confusion.

Anne awakens back in Amphibia and reunites with her friends who are overjoyed to see her alive. She also discovers that the Guardian left her with three tiny gem shards. The next day everyone says goodbye with Marcy stating that the gems are only enough for the trip back home. She apologizes to the newts for technically being the cause of all their troubles, but Olivia and Yunan thank her for changing their lives. A repentant Andrias, quietly tells her to take care. Sasha and Grime have a comically tearful goodbye with the former telling the latter to find Percy and Braddock and tell them that she will miss them too.

Anne finally says goodbye to the Plantars, especially Sprig whom she leaves her cellphone to to help with future adventures. As Valeriana opens the portal back to Earth, Anne has one final hug with Sprig before all girls leave for good. The portal closes, followed by the gems getting drained and the music box finally crumbling to pieces. As the Amphibians all agree to rebuild their world for the better, Polly suddenly sprouts a strand of hair; exciting her.

Roughly nine months later, Andrias now lives a peaceful life gardening with his robots. As One-Eyed Wally leaves Stumpy's he bumps into Polly, who has now become a teenaged frog. Polly runs into town passed Maddie who started her own pan and potions business with Mrs. Croaker as a customer and Loggle who has reverted to his smaller self after taking a "cheat day". Grime, Olivia, and Yunan arrive on Joe Sparrow where they are surprised to find that Toadie won the recent mayoral election with Toadstool having supposedly helped him out. Olivia expresses to Yunan that she wouldn’t mind settling down in Wartwood someday, although Yunan seems eager to talk about her former life as a general. Joe Sparrow and Bessie somehow mated and had several hybrid offsprings.

Polly arrives home where Frobo continues to garden for Hop Pop's California Avocados. Hop Pop himself has settled with Sylvia Sundew who tells Polly that Sprig is inside the house. Sprig has started charting the things he has learned into a journal and is invited by Polly to the new town's unveiling of a statue of Anne Boonchuy. Sprig is suddenly tackled by Ivy who tells him that Grime has discovered a new continent that has not been set foot on by frogs, toads or newts and ask if he would like to come along. After having one emotional look at Anne's statue, Sprig agrees and heads off with Ivy for a new adventure.

Back on earth, ten years have passed. Sasha picks a still clumsy Marcy up at the airport to visit Anne for her birthday. Marcy has become a webcomic author while Sasha has become a psychologist for children. She reveals that she and Anne stopped spending time together once they entered high school, though they still kept in touch. Anne is revealed to have become a herpetologist and now works at the Aquarium of the Pacific. She teaches a young class of children about the Pink South American Tree Frog (the species that Sprig is and whom she named it after) and is shown to be very happy with her life. After putting the frog back, Anne is greeted by Marcy and Sasha and the three friends leave to hang out, ending the series.

Cast

Trivia

  • When the final episode titles were announced on Twitter, this, along with "The Beginning of the End" and "All In", noticeably remained hidden.[1]
  • This episode is 29 minutes long.
  • This episode, along with "All In", aired in the night instead of the morning.
  • The episode's story is largely similar to that of the 2022 live-action film, Moonfall, which literally involved the moon almost crashing down to Earth. The episode is also released the same year as the film.
  • Amphibia's Moon is revealed to have been converted into a machine.
  • In this episode, Marcy mentioned that she was inside the mindscape of the Core since the previous episode "All In". She knew everything, but she couldn’t stop it until she was freed from the connection and then later regained possession of her mind and body. But she was able to reject the Core from within.
    • This is a little similar to the Gargoyles episode "Possession" when Brooklyn knew everything “Iago” Coldsteel did while possessing & inhabiting his body.
  • The episode is vaguely foreshadowed in the Season 3 outro, where one of the scenes features Anne cradling the moon (possibly the real one) in her hands.
  • When the episode initially aired, it did not feature a typical credits sequence and instead played the credits over the final scene. On digital and streaming, it plays an extended version of the credits with a sweeping orchestra over Anne's statue in Wartwood, the hill overlooking Newtopia (where Anne, Sasha and Marcy left behind some keepsakes), the remains of Toad Tower, the Plantars' home and a photo of the adult Anne, Sasha and Marcy on a table with drinks.
  • Sylvia Sundew appears, but she has no dialogue.
  • This episode reveals that Anne will most likely die at the age of 91 and will take the position of the Guardian as she passes on.
  • Despite not appearing, Percy and Braddock are among the people that Anne met and befriended while in Amphibia and on Earth and are mentioned when Sasha asks Grime to find them and let them know that she is sorry.
  • The final message that appears next to the photo of Anne, Sasha and Marcy at the end credits reads สมบูรณ์ (S̄mbūrṇ̒), which translated means "completed", or "the end".
  • The premise of the episode involves a red moon. By coincidence, the episode aired a day before the 2022 lunar eclipse, which gave the impression of a giant red moon.
  • Joe Johnston pitched a gag ending where Anne finally passes away after 78 years, but she is too old and senile to remember her deal with the Guardian who frustratingly laments that she has to start all over again with searching for a replacement.

Gallery

Promotional

Screenshots

Animatic

References

  1. "@DisneyChannel". Twitter. Retrieved on March 31, 2022.


External Links


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Media
AmphibiaChibi Tiny TalesDisney All-Star Racers
Characters
Anne BoonchuySprig PlantarPolly PlantarHop Pop PlantarBessieOne-Eyed WallyLeopold LoggleIvy SundewFelicia SundewSylvia SundewMaddie FlourRosemary, Lavender, and GingerMr. FlourSadie CroakerStumpyAlbus DuckweedTritonio EspadaApothecary GaryMayor ToadstoolToadieChuckSasha WaybrightMarcy WuZappapedeBarryCaptain GrimePercyBraddockGiant HeronsFroboLysil and AngwinGeneral YunanBog, Fens, and MireLady OliviaKing AndriasJacindaWigbert RibbitonPriscilla PaddockPearl PaddockCaptain BeatrixMr. BoonchuyMrs. BoonchuyThe CoreDominoDomino IICloak-BotTerriDr. JanAlly and JessMolly JoHumphrey WestwoodMr. XDr. FrakesLeifBarrelMother Olm
Episodes
Season One: "Anne or Beast?/Best Fronds" • "Cane Crazy/Flood, Sweat & Tears" • "Hop Luck/Stakeout" • "The Domino Effect/Taking Charge" • "Anne Theft Auto/Breakout Star" • "Sprig Vs. Hop Pop/Girl Time" • "Dating Season/Anne Vs. Wild" • "Contagi-Anne/Family Shrub" • "Lily Pad Thai/Plantar's Last Stand" • "Toad Tax/Prison Break" • "Grubhog Day/Hop Pop and Lock" • "Civil Wart/Hop-Popular" • "Croak and Punishment/Trip to the Archives" • "Snow Day/Cracking Mrs. Croaker" • "A Night at the Inn/Wally and Anne" • "Family Fishing Trip/Bizarre Bazaar" • "Cursed!/Fiddle Me This" • "The Big Bugball Game/Combat Camp" • "Children of the Spore/Anne of the Year" • "Reunion"

Season Two: "Handy Anne/Fort in the Road" • "The Ballad of Hopediah Plantar/Anne Hunter" • "Truck Stop Polly/A Caravan Named Desire" • "Quarreler's Pass/Toadcatcher" • "Swamp and Sensibility/Wax Museum" • "Marcy at the Gates" • "Scavenger Hunt/The Plantars Check In" • "Lost in Newtopia/Sprig Gets Schooled" • "Little Frogtown/Hopping Mall" • "The Sleepover to End All Sleepovers/A Day at the Aquarium" • "The Shut-In!" • "Night Drivers/Return to Wartwood" • "Ivy on the Run/After the Rain" • "The First Temple" • "New Wartwood/Friend or Frobo?" • "Toad to Redemption/Maddie & Marcy" • "The Second Temple/Barrel's Warhammer" • "Bessie & MicroAngelo/The Third Temple" • "The Dinner/Battle of the Bands" • "True Colors"
Season Three: "The New Normal" • "Hop 'Til You Drop/Turning Point" • "Thai Feud/Adventures in Catsitting" • "Fight at the Museum/Temple Frogs" • "Fixing Frobo/Anne-sterminator" • "Mr. X/Sprig's Birthday" • "Spider-Sprig/Olivia & Yunan" • "Hollywood Hop Pop/If You Give a Frog a Cookie" • "Froggy Little Christmas" • "Escape to Amphibia" • "Commander Anne/Sprivy" • "Sasha's Angels/Olm Town Road" • "Mother of Olms/Grime's Pupil" • "The Root of Evil/The Core & The King" • "Newts in Tights/Fight or Flight" • "The Three Armies/The Beginning of the End" • "All In" • "The Hardest Thing"

Locations
AmphibiaWartwood SwampToad Tower Newtopia (Newtopia Castle) • Los Angeles
See also
Welcome to AmphibiaNo Big DealCalamity BoxSuspicious IslandFwagon
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