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Xiaolin Showdown

Season 1 Episode 3

Tangled Web

Aired Saturday 9:00 AM Nov 15, 2003 on The WB
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Episode Summary

To wield the latest Shen-Gong-Wu, the Tangled Web Comb, Kimiko must learn total focus. With her quick trigger temper, that's not easy. Will Kimiko use the Tangled Web Comb to save the day and defeat the forces of evil?

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  • So Kimiko finally achieves absolute focus...

    When the episode opens, Kimiko loses a Xiaolin Showdown against Jack Spicer. She gets angry over this, and easily loses her temper. When the monks get back to the temple, Master Fung tries to help Kimiko gain absolute focus. Raimundo, Omi, and Clay ruin this try. When another Shen Gong Wu is revealed, they go off to get it. Kimiko ends up facing Jack Spicer again, but starts losing when she lets her temper get the best of her. When she's tied up, she remembers Master Fung, and goes into absolute focus. Only then Kimiko manages to beat Jack and win the showdown.moreless
  • This was such an entertaining episode!

    In this episode Kimiko is determinded to prove herself to her fellow monks. Omi, Clay, and Raimundo started picking on her because she was a girl and because of her short temper, making her very frustrated. Throughout the episode Omi keeps reading 'The Ancient Guide To Females', infuriating Kimiko even more. In the end, Kimiko gets in another showdown with Jack Spicer for the 'Golden Tigger Claws'. At first she has trouble focusing but after reaching 'absolute focus' she makes a huge comback and wins the showdown, proving that she is to be taken seriously.

    Katnappe/Ashley is also introduced in this episode, and it can be assumed that she will appear in the next episode.moreless
  • Kimiko proves herself to Omi and the gang.

    This episode was pretty good, but not as good as the first two. It was funny, but I didn't like how Omi kept doubting Kimiko and thinking females were practically worthless. It made me mad at some points. Oh well. In the end, Kimiko wins her Xiaolin Showdown and proved she's worthy to the gang. Kind of like how Clay proved his worth in the previous episode. It was funny how the gang kept betting against Kimiko. It was a real shocker when Raimundo admitted he knew Kimiko would pull through. Another funny part in this episode was when Jack was acting more like a monkey by thinking of/eating bananas and by wanting to swing on a tire swing (XD)moreless
  • well...

    I personally enjoyed the episode, mostly because Kimiko is one of my fave characters. so in the episode kimiko's focus is being tested, and the boys (omi, rai, and clay) make a bet on when kimiko will get her focus (this ceuntry, or next century) but as for rai, he beleives in her and raises the bet so many times, that when she gains her focus, the others have to do a month of his chores, after they doubled the bet, twice. so, well, in the end, it all works out, and kimiko gets a monkey tail, which omi thinks in a surprise.moreless
  • An absolutely great episode!

    Great character development, and I believe the first appearance of Omi's notorious 'Ancient Guide to Females' book. She should seriously burn that one.

    I also really liked the RaiKim hints here, though it's more Raimundo than Kimiko. He's the one knowingly giving her the hardest time, but still counts on that she will gain total focus, even placing a bet on it that makes him free of 4 weeks of chores. When Kimiko fell on the steps, Raimundo was the only one going over to offer a hand in getting up, though she probably took it as a kinda insult and proceeded up the stairs by herself.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

    • Kimiko wears two different outfits in this episode(not counting her Xiaolin robes): Kimiko's first outfit is a red and white cap that trails down her feet, a red coat with white fringe on the edge, yellow buttons, white backpack with wings on the back and furry white knees lenght boots.
      Kimiko's second outfit is a pink kimono with a yellow sash and yellow linings on the edge of the cuffs on the kimono.

    • Why is Kimiko the one who shows more signs that she struggles with her kimono when she's wearing her cultural attire? If anyone should be struggling with their new clothes it should be Raimundo and Clay. (Reply: Kimiko was raised in modern Japan, as the daughter of a rich game designer. Therefore, she has likely never worn a kimono in her life, as her typical attire in Japan would have been a t-shirt and pants. plus, kimonos are most commonly worn on special occasions, which Kimiko would likely not have attended many of.)

    • When Jack is about to take the monkey staff he is well within arm's reach of it. But when Kimiko takes the staff with the comb he needs to take a few steps to get to it.

    • If Omi says Kimiko's lipstick tastes so bad, why does he continue eating it?

    • When Kimiko takes the Monkey Staff from Jack she never calls out its name before she uses it. Don't you usually call out a Shen-Gong-Wu's name before you use it? (Reply: This also happened in the episode 'The Year of the Green Monkey.' Apparently if someone stays in contact with the monkey staff long enough, it slowly turns them into a monkey even if they don't activate it.)

    • This is the first time the Monks lose a Xiaolin Showdown.

    • Wuya says that the Monkey Staff slowly turns the owner into a monkey the longer it's held. However, every other time it's used, it instantly turns the owner into a monkey.

    • In the second showdown, Jack never said what Shen-Gong-Wu should be wagered. (Reply: It assumed since both the Monkey Staff & Tangle Web Comb were visible when the Showdown was called, the audience is to assume those are the wagered Wu, which they are.)

    • Kimiko does the Xiaolin Showdown in her kimono and wooden sandals. Don't the warriors change to their "uniform" when they enter a Xiaolin Showdown? (Reply: The Xiaolin Warriors are in the Emperor's Palace. This is a mystical and formal place, so they still need to keep the fancy clothes on instead of changing their clothes.)

    • In this episode, the Jet Bootsu are revealed. They allow the owner to walk on walls. But in the first episode, while Omi is talking to Master Fung, he knows how to walk on walls. So, couldn't he have just taught the Xiaolin Warriors that technique? (Reply: As shown in "My Homey Omi" and "Mala Mala Jong," the Jet Bootsu let you float even when you're not touching ground. However, with the Monkey Staff showdown, Omi could've taught Kimiko to walk on walls. It also might have just been something Omi could do.)

    • Kimiko was rather silly to use the Fist of Tebigong. She could've used the Mantis Flip Coin to jump up the mountain, or the Third Arm Sash to climb the mountain / reach the Monkey Staff. Now isn't that silly? (Reply: Jack probably named the beginning showdown.)

  • QUOTES (34)

  • NOTES (24)

    • This marks the first time we see Clay's battle opening.

    • For once, Kimiko has competed in the most Showdowns. (Omi has most at the end of the third series.)

    • Kimiko competes in her first Xiaolin Showdown.

    • We get the fell that Raimundo might have a slight crush on Kimiko when he bets that she will find her inner peace, declaring at the end of the episodes.
      "See, I told you guys that she would find it" (That or something close) Whether or not this is true lies in future episodes.

    • In this episode, Raimundo, Clay and Omi bet on 4 weeks of chores thinking that Kimiko can't win, Raimundo vs Clay and Omi. Raimundo bets that she can win, while Clay and Omi believe she can't. This shows that Raimundo believes in Kimiko more than what Omi and Clay do.

    • This is the first time one of the monk's clothes do not change to the usual robes during a Xiaolin Showdown.

    • This is the first time Jack actually wins a Xiaolin Showdown.

    • Jack and Kimiko's Showdown for the Monkey Staff is the first showdown to have already started before the show began.

    • Jack Spicer either didn't know about the activation of the Tangled Web Comb or just didn't care because he did not attempt to retrieve it from Scotland.

    • Locations Of Shen Gong Wu:
      Jet Bootsu: Unknown because Jack already had it when we first see him.
      Monkey Staff: On top of a tall pillar.
      Tangle Web Comb: In a bottom of a Loch in Scotland (likely the Loch Ness)
      Golden Tiger Claws: Under the Emperor's Palace.

    • When Kimiko loses the Fist of Tebigong in this episode, it slowly disappears off of her hand. In other episodes it just appears with the winner of the showdown.

    • Jack already had the Jet Bootsu at the start of the episode and their location was never shown or mentioned.

    • When Ashley first enters Jack's lair, she passes by a table with lab bottles and beakers. When she passes the last one -- a beaker with liquid above an empty one with two spouts on each end -- she passes her face on the lower one and the reflection shows her in her catlike face, serving as a hint to who she will become in the future.

    • Kimiko's first outfit: A red and white cap that trails down her feet, a red coat with white fringe on the edge,yellow buttons, white backpack with wings on the back and furry white knees length boots.

      Kimiko's second outfit: A pink Kimono with a yellow sash and yellow linings on the edge of the cuffs on the kimono.

    • When Kimiko calls her father, she says 'Mushi Mushi'. This is Japanese for "hello" (0n the phone, otherwise konichiwa), and is the one word a fox in disguise cannot use.

    • Jack now has the Jet Bootsu and Fist of Tebigong. The Warriors now have the Tangle Web Comb, Monkey Staff, and the Golden Tiger Claws.

    • Jennifer Hale has experience playing a cat-like character, for she has provided the voice of Black Cat for the Fox Kids' Spider-Man series.

    • As well as his 40-foot dragon form, Dojo can also morph into boats.

    • Katnappé also has three 'genetically altered superkittens' as minions (like Jack has Jack-bots).

    • Showdowns: Kimiko vs. Jack - First to the top of the mountain for the Monkey Staff. Kimiko vs. Jack - First across the bridge for the Golden Tiger Claws. Kimiko's Fist of Tebigong against Jack's Jet Bootsu; Kimiko's Tangle Web Comb against Jack's Monkey Staff.

    • Dojo is related to the Loch Ness Monster!

    • New villain: Katnappé. A thief with cat-like abilities.

    • Featured Shen-Gong-Wu: Tangle Web Comb, Monkey Staff, Jet Bootsu, Golden Tiger Claws.

    • Kimiko doesn't change her hairstyle in this episode.


    • The glow of the Tangle Web Comb underwater is similar to the glow of treasure chests made underwater from the game: Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.

    • Reference: Star Wars Episode IV.

      The part where Kimiko is remembering what Master Fung says about the Tangle Web Comb, is similar to the part where Obi-Wan Kenobi reminds Luke of the force.

    • Title: Tangled Web
      The episode title is a spoof of the phrase "A Tangled Web of Lies".