The Legend of Tarzan

Season 1 Episode 5

The Fugitives

Aired Daily 7:00 PM Sep 07, 2001 on Toon Disney

Episode Recap

Manacled American deserters of the French Foreign Legion (a tall one, Hooft, and a chubby one, Hugo) flee southward into the jungles of Africa, assuming they'll do so unfollowed, as, to quote Hooft, "guys like us wouldn't last a minute in the jungle". Unfortunately, their former superior, Lt. Colonel Staquait, finds their tracks and vows to follow them to the ends of the earth. Meanwhile, Jane teaches the gang to "never judge a book by it's cover" after a Tantor-selected book about Black Beard proves too scary for the skittish pachyderm. Tarzan rescues Hooft and Hugo from the perils of the jungle (which the schticky duo can't talk their way out of), and the ex-Legionnaires quickly assimilate into his jungle community, falsely asserting themselves to be "super secret agents", taking advantage of the resulting hospitality, and hustling the Professor out of the literal shirt off his back. Jane is, of course, suspicious of the parasitic pair and their fantastic stories, so, when Staquait arrives, declaring them "fugitives", she, against her own metaphor, trusts his uniform, and turns them in. Ultimately, however, as the true nature of their "crime" comes to light, Jane realizes she's made a terrible mistake, and must re-convince Tarzan (who feels his trust betrayed) of the duo's worth before Staquait stages a makeshift execution.