The Legend of Zelda

Season 1 Episode 2

Cold Spells

Aired Saturday 8:30 AM Sep 15, 1989 on NBC
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The time for Spring Cleaning reaches Hyrule, and Zelda has the entire castle on their chores, including Link and Spryte. Link fakes up a quick cold in order to get out of chores, and a sympathetic Spryte goes to buy him some fruit to feel better. But Ganon uses a spell to make Spryte's magic go haywire in order for him to have a chance to grab the Triforce! Will the heroes catch him in time? Or will they be too wrapped up in their cleaning to do a thing?


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  • A clean experience for the hero of Hyrule!

    Howdy. It's time once again for another episode review. I'm Roy Stantz, and today, I am reviewing the second episode of the Legend of Zelda cartoon series, "Cold Spells" (written by Phil Harnage), the second of four Zelda episodes commentated by Stuttering Craig, High School Ben, and Jose El Mexicano. Last review, we found out that Link is a moron and just wants to get some from Princess Zelda.

    We begin the episode with the first day of spring in Hyrule. For Link, love is blooming. But for Zelda, it's time for spring cleaning. You see, Zelda has to rely on the hero who's protecting the Triforce of Wisdom to mop the floors of North Castle instead of an entire fleet of staff. As the Princess heads off, Link hatches a plan to get out this chore: he'll pretend to be sick. As Spryte shows up, Link definately does a good job of fooling Spryte into thinking he has a cold.

    Meanwhile, Zelda is disgusted at the massive pile of dirty laundry in Link's bedroom, and opens a window, only to be ambushed by a Moby! But luckily, Zelda throws the Moby beak-first into the smelly socks, causing it to fly away. Zelda then lies down on the bed, making her look really sexy. Link enters and tries to pounce on Zelda, who easily evades and tells Link to go clean the kitchen. But Spryte intervenes, telling the Princess that Link needs to rest because of his "cold". Zelda reluctantly agrees, but reminds Spryte that she has to help out with the cleaning. Y'know, this scene sets up the love triangle: Link loves Zelda, and Spryte loves Link.

    We then find out that that Moby was sent by Ganon to spy on the castle. Ganon then thanks the Moby by killing it. Back to North Castle, we finally get to see the real cleaning staff helping out, as Spryte then buys an orange from an old woman, only to get zapped by Ganon. In the next scene, Link is in his bedroom, practicing his sword-fighting skills, but has to quickly jump into bed once he hears Spryte's voice. Spryte leaves the orange on the table, then leaves.

    Later, Zelda orders Spryte to clean her bedroom. Spryte tries to do that, but because she was zapped by Ganon earlier, Spryte's magic powers are now screwed up, and causing a huge mess. Link and Zelda head upstairs to see what the commotion is, only to get pushed back down by a flood. Meanwhile, Ganon takes advantage of the confusion by stealing the Triforce of Wisdom. While we're at it, since Link and Zelda have the Triforce of Wisdom, and Ganon has the Triforce of Power, there's doesn't seem to be any sign of the Triforce of Courage. Also, since you get one wish when all the Triforces are brought together, why doesn't Ganon (whose wish is to conquer Hyrule) bring his Triforce with him when he's trying to steal Zelda's Triforce? Or better yet, why don't Link and Zelda go after Ganon's Triforce? So many questions, so little time! Long story short, Link and Zelda defeat the possessed cleaning utensils, realise that Ganon stole the Triforce of Wisdom, and go after him (with Spryte following behind).

    In the forest, instead of teleporting back to his lair, Ganon is riding a beetle, only for Link and Zelda to chase after him on their horses. They and Spryte then follow Ganon into his underground lair, only for Link and Zelda to get captured in a jar and attacked by a Gohma. But luckily, Spryte uses her magic to free her friends, then blasts Ganon's lair. Link defeats the Gohma, and Zelda tries to get the Triforce of Power, but Link says that they've gotta escape now!

    Sometime later, back at North Castle, the Triforce of Wisdom is returned to its pedestal, and Link and Spryte both feel comfortable that they can rest for a while since Ganon will be fixing his lair for a long time (at least until the next episode). But Zelda then orders to to clean up her bedroom. So funny.

    There you have it, the second of four Zelda reviews, because I'll be back soon for the next episode.moreless
  • Cutesy, if you were a kid watching this for the first time in 1989.

    Link and Zelda are standing in the castle courtyard on a beautiful day in Hyrule, the first day of spring. In an thoroughly shocking display of charm, Link picks up a flower and presents it to the fair Princess. Zelda takes the flower, rubs it against Link\\\'s neck and asks him, \\\"are you feeling strong, and brave, and noble?\\\" Well, you can guess where this is going...Zelda announces that it\\\'s time for spring cleaning, and that Link\\\'s going to help clean up the castle. She tosses him a mop and heads off.

    At this point, Link could either (1) stage a holdout and demand that Zelda and the King renegotiate his contract with a no-castle-chore clause, or (2) do a horrible job of cleaning, break a few pieces of furniture here and there and ensure that Zelda will never ask him to perform chores again. Instead, he opts for (3): he pretends that he has a cold. The slightly gullible Sprite flies in and notices that Link is sick. Link does the whole I\\\'ll-mop-as-well-as-I-can shtick, but Sprite insists that Link take a rest.

    Cut to the Triforce chamber/Link\\\'s bedroom. Zelda complains about the stench and the dirty clothes in the pile. There must be about 30 piles of dirty green tunics and leather breeches in there. Yecch. The Triforce replies with a rather snappy comeback. Zelda opens up a window, and immediately a Moby (one of Ganon\\\'s creatures, a white-headed hawk or some sort) flies in the room. Zelda chases the Moby into the pile of clothes and buries its head in it. The Moby flies off in defeat. Zelda collapses on Link\\\'s bed to get a breather.

    Link walks back into the room, sees Zelda lying on his bed and immediately attempts to pounce on her. Zelda escapes just in time and rather coyly warns him not to pull such a stunt again. Oh, if she only knew what kind of crap Link will try to pull in the next 11 episodes of the series...Zelda asks what happened to the mopping, and Sprite flies in and tells Zelda that Link has a cold. Link \\\"sneezes\\\" on cue. Zelda isn\\\'t buying it, but decides to let Link off the hook for the day.

    Outside the window, the Moby has been spying on Link and Zelda. It flies back to report to Ganon, who decides to hatch a plan to snag the Triforce. Unfortunately, he won\\\'t tell us just what is yet, like you usually does. Ganon summons a ginormous Lowder (a beetle from Zelda II) to cart him off to the castle.

    Back in the castle, everyone else is performing their sundry chores. Sprite uses her magic to dust out a rug. Sprite is surprisingly strong for her size, able to carry clothes, rugs and the occasional Triforce. Hmm. Ganon watches the activity from a parapet above. An old lady is passing out oranges, and Sprite decides to pick one up and give it to Link. As she\\\'s taking the orange, Ganon zaps her with a magic bolt. Sprite leaves, and we see her zip off at incredible speed. Apparently Ganon\\\'s zap has given her some kind of super energy or somesuch.

    Up in the Triforce tower, Link is shadow-fighting when Sprite arrives at the door. Link hops back into bed, Sprite delivers the orange and heads off to Zelda\\\'s chamber, where Zelda instructs her to clean up the entire place...\\\"and no sneaking off to see Link.\\\" As Zelda heads off, Sprite gives her a quick raspberry. Nice. Sprite uses her magic to set the mops, buckets and rags into action, and they start going bonkers, throwing water everywhere and flooding the room.

    Zelda, Link and Ganon (who, despite standing atop one of the castle spires, doesn\\\'t seem to be noticed by anybody) all hear Sprite scream. Zelda sees some of the magic buckets flying out to the courtyard fountain, fetching water and flooding her room. She immediately heads up to help Sprite. Link\\\'s already halfway up the staircase, opens the door and gets washed out, crashing into Zelda. Link makes a lame joke that doesn\\\'t bear repeating. Zelda suspects Ganon\\\'s magic is at work. Link gives Zelda a magic bow and a boomerang, and they head back upstairs. If they\\\'d just look up, they\\\'d notice Ganon in his retro-snazzy VW bug, climbing up the wall of the Triforce tower. Ganon quickly snatches the Triforce and gets away.

    Back in Zelda\\\'s room, a magic dustbruch is attacking Sprite. Together Link and Zelda wage an impressive assault upon an array of brushes, mops, buckets and bedsheets. Sprite explains everything to Link and Zelda, who suddenly now remember that they suspected Ganon was up to something. They head for the Triforce chamber posthaste, discover that it\\\'s gone, get on their horses and immediately give chase to Ganon. Sprite opines about all the trouble she\\\'s caused and follows them. Ganon escapes through an Underworld entrances that collapses behind him, but Link suggests that they take a shortcut. Link and Zelda enter a hollow tree trunk and descend into the depths, not aware that Sprite is trailing them. They encounter a couple of Octoroks, zap them, then fall through a trapdoor and into a giant, seemingly impenetrable glass jar (not the Evil Jar) in Ganon\\\'s domain.

    Ganon summons a Gohma (giant one-eyed crab) to finish off Link and Zelda. It sticks its claw into the jar and grabs a hold of Link\\\'s sword, with Zelda trying to pull Link. At this point I thought Link would want the Gohma to pull him out of the jar and tell Zelda to let go, but apparently not. Sprite arrives on the scene and gives the Gohma a quick zap, causing it to pull Link and his sword out of the jar. Link gives Ganon a few zaps, and Ganon retaliates with a fireball. Link dodges the fireball in time for it to hit Gohma, who gets incinerated. Sprite gives the jar a quick zap, freeing Zelda. Zelda shoots Ganon with an arrow, finishing him off. As Ganon is zapping out, he shoots a fireball at Zelda. Zelda ducks, and this time the fireball hits one of the supporting columns of the dungeon, causing the whole place to collapse. Zelda picks up the Triforce of Wisdom and tries to make a quick grab for the Triforce of Power, but Link pulls her away. Together Link, Zelda and Sprite are barely able to make their escape.

    Back in the castle, Link puts the Trofice back on its pedestal. Sprite remarks that they can all take a rest, but Zelda puts Link and Sprite back to work fixing up Zelda\\\'s flood-damaged and utterly ransacked room. Coincidentally, Link\\\'s cold reemerges at this time, and Sprite seems to catch it as well. F I N I S


    Eh, I guess this is kind of a cutesy episode if you\\\'re 6-8 years old, packed with all sorts of cutesy, not-very-violent action scenes. Zelda\\\'s at her bossiest and princess-iest peak in this episode, pretty much. Definitely doesn\\\'t hold up well compared to the more serious, more adventurous cartoons of the 90s and 00s though, even worse than most.moreless
  • This is my recap i contributed to The Legend of Zelda.

    It is Spring break in the kingdom of Hyrule and Link is trying to make riddles to persuade Zelda to fall in love with him.Zelda tricks link into clean the whole castle with the other sevants.Link gets mad and he starts mopping but he sneakishly went back to his room and pretended to have a cold.Spryte then arrives and he asks Link if hes feeling fine and Link says yes and he says "even though i have a cold.Spryte feels bad for Link and lets him go to his room so he can rest for awhile and feel better because he has a bad cold.Zelda goes to his room and he sees a pile of stinky clothes but the Triforce defends Link with a saying.Then suddenly a Hawk or moby (I think thats how it is spelled) attacks Zelda and as always Link comes to the rescue but this time Zelda saved herself by using Links horrible stinky clothes.Then Link appears and he thinks he should kiss Zelda and he misses.Then Spryte appears to tell Zelda that Link has a terrible cold and Zelda believes her.Zelda tells Spryte that it is time for cleaning an the Moby reports to Gannon that they are cleaning and that gives him a evil idea.He goes to Hyrule with his evil idea already set and as always he needs to travel in style because he doesn't have that much power in the upper world.Everyone is having a wonderful time cleaning and while Spryte is cleaning Gannon zaps her with magic so her magic would be to powerful to control and Link rushes over to see hats happening as usual.THe whole room was flooded,Link and Zeldda were trying to get rid of the monsters that were there and Gannon waas trying to get the triforce.Zelda and Link are trapped and are going to be fed by a monster of Gannons and Spryte decides to help but can she get there in time?Zelda and Link ere saved by Sprytes magic so Link defeated Gannon with his sword.The underworld is crumbling and zelda is trying to get the Triforce of Power but there is no time so they have to be happy with the Triforce of Wisdom.When they get home Link has to clean again but he pretends to have a cold again but that didn't work.I hope you liked it and I am getting closer to the road of editor.moreless
Cynthia Preston

Cynthia Preston

voice of Zelda

Colin Fox

Colin Fox

voice of King Harkinian

Don Francks

Don Francks

Additional Voices

Jonathan Potts

Jonathan Potts

voice of Link

Len Carlson

Len Carlson

voice of Ganon

Elizabeth Hanna

Elizabeth Hanna

voice of Triforce of Wisdom

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof When Spryte is caring for Link, her hair goes bright blond for several angles, and inexplicably changes back to the normal brown.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Link: (Link and Zelda run in to see mops going crazy and buckets pouring water all over Zelda's bed) My gosh!
      Zelda: My room!

    • Link: Oh boy smooching time!
      Zelda: Ahh! Don't try that again, buster and aren't you supposed to be cleaning the kitchen?
      : Don't pick on Link! He is sick!
      Zelda: I'll say
      Spryte: I mean he has a cold.
      Link: Achoo!
      Spryte: See! He is weak and delicate.
      Zelda: He seemed pretty energetic a minute ago.
      Link: Auuuuh
      Spryte: No he is sick and he needs love and care.
      Zelda: Okay, he can stay in bed but I still think he is faking it. You on the other hand have to get back to work. He have a lot of cleaning we have to do.

    • Spryte: It sure was a mess,at least we can rest for awhile.
      Zelda: That is what you think it is still spring cleaning and we are starting in my room.
      : But I have a cold.
      Spryte: Achoo! Me too.
      Zelda: Get moving

  • NOTES (2)


    • Magical Cleaning
      The scene in which Spryte's magic, too powerful for her to control, causes inanimate objects to flood her room while assisting her in her household chores parallels the plot of the Mickey Mouse cartoon The Sorcerer's Apprentice, seen in the Disney film Fantasia.