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The Fury Is Out On This One
Mad max
Season: 1
Production code: 6b
Broadcast number: 6b
Written by:
Bob Carrau
Directed by:
Tim Eldred
Broadcast Information
PBS Kids Premiere:
September 20, 1999
Paired with
"Snow Dragons"

The Fury Is Out On This One is the second segment of the sixth episode of the first season of Dragon Tales.

Summary[]

Max gets quite frustrated after not being able to tag anyone at Dragon Tag and throws a pod whipping at a tree, releasing a Fury, a little creature who grows bigger when anyone gets angry. To stop him from getting even bigger, Emmy and the dragons help Max calm down.

Plot[]

Max is building a block tower, trying to keep it stable, but it keeps falling down, making him get upset. Emmy then comes in and suggests they go to Dragon Land. Max is not so sure, but relents.

When the kids go to Dragon Land, they discover the dragons are playing dragon tag. Ord tags Max, making him ‘it’, and he goes on to look for the rest of his dragon friends. However, he ends up getting very frustrated due to the fact that he can’t fly or run very fast. After crashing into a dragon berry bush, Max loses his temper and throws a pod whipping at a tree, which then releases a small creature called a Fury. As Max is complaining why he’s so mad, the Fury grows bigger, shocking him and his friends. The Fury then runs away, promising that he’ll be back. The gang is left both worried and confused about what just happened, until Cassie manages to find the pieces of the pod lying in the grass and tells everyone that they better find out who/what the Fury is.

The gang decides to go talk to Quetzal, who explains that Furies love seeing people angry grow bigger and bigger when that person can’t calm down, and since Max was the one who released it, he’s the only one who can defeat it. Quetzal explains to Max that it’s okay to get mad once in a while, but whenever he does, he should try and calm down which will cause the Fury to shrink. Thinking that it might be hard for him to do so, Max’s friends offer to help him out.

The gang begins to look for the Fury, which they do in a nearby creek while walking on a log. After Max falls into the water, he complains that he always goes last and falls down, and his anger makes the Fury grow even bigger. Max still feels mad and doesn’t know what to do to calm down. Zak and Wheezie explain that they would sit on a quiet pillow when they got mad, but since the dragons couldn't find a pillow, they have Max sit on a rock instead, and Zak insists for Max to take slow deep breaths as he sits. Max was still pretty mad, but - despite the Fury continuing to annoy him - he started to feel a little calmer, causing the Fury to shrink slightly. However, Max discovered that the rock he was sitting on was actually a turtle, causing him to fall in the pond and making him even more upset than he was before. The Fury then grows bigger and hops away. Max is about to give up, but Emmy reminds him that at least he tried and it worked for a little bit. Max then decides to try again.

The group tries to find the Fury again after running off. They stop at a huge rock wall, but as Max tries to get a better view, he falls back onto a bouncy bush, making him (literally) hopping mad. The bush then sends him flying to the air, landing on the other side of the rocks next to the Fury. With Max finally really having enough, the Fury grew even bigger than Ord, scaring both Max and his friends. Finally, Emmy tells Max that he should try counting backwards from ten, as that’s what she does whenever she gets mad at him and it helps her forget about being mad. At first, Max gets frustrated, as he doesn’t remember the order. His friends then help by telling him to use his fingers. When he does, the Fury begins shrinking, and no matter how much he tries to encourage him to stay mad, Max refuses to listen and continues. The first time, he stops when he gets to 3, so he then starts over from 10. By the time he gets to 1, Max starts to feel better, and the Fury shrinks smaller and smaller, until he's back to his normal size and Max manages to trap him back in the pod.

Later, Max told Quetzal all about what happened, saying that it was hard to let go of his anger, but his friends and sister were very helpful. With the Fury gone and Max not feeling mad anymore, the gang decides to get back to their game of dragon tag, with Max still being it. But, while chasing after them, he trips over a log and starts to get mad again. He starts counting backwards, but once Cassie and Emmy come along, it turns out only to be a trick and he was kidding by fooling Emmy and tagging her, making her 'it'. The episode ends with Emmy humorously wanting to get back at her brother as the game continued.

Cast[]

Transcript[]

The Fury Is Out On This One (transcript)

Memorable Quotes[]

  • Max: But how can I calm down? When I get mad, I get......SO MAD!!!!

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Goofs[]

  • When Max’s friends tell him to try counting on his fingers, Emmy’s eyes slide slightly off-frame for a brief second.

Notes and Trivia[]

  • Moral: Everyone gets angry once in a while, but the most important thing is not to let it control you. Whenever you get too angry, try to find a way to calm down. You can control your anger rather than let it control you.
  • This is the first time Max has an antagonistic role in the show. The second time being "No Hitter," and the third and last time being "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do."
  • This episode is noticeably animated on a higher budget, as the characters move a bit more fluid and dynamic compared to the other episodes.
  • The title of this episode is a play on the expression "the jury is out on this one", which means a decision on something hasn't been made.
  • This is the first episode where Max and Emmy don't return home to the playroom in the end. The second episode is "Eggs Over Easy," the third episode is "It Happened One Nightmare," and the fourth and last episode is "To Fly With A New Friend, Pt. 1."
    • As such, this is one of the episodes where Max and Emmy aren't saying "I wish, I wish, to use this rhyme, to go back home, until next time.", with the others being (previously) "Knot a Problem" and (later) "Frog Prints", though they do go home in those episodes.
    • This is, however, the one second segment to end in Dragon Land, instead of the playroom.
    • It is also the one such segment to focus on a human character.
  • The Fury, as a character, may be a reference to characters in other media who use negative feelings, such as the Rhino in the film adaptation of James and the Giant Peach, the Fib from the VeggieTales episode, "Larry-Boy and the Fib from Outer Space", or the White Lie character from the Powerpuff Girls episode, "Lying Around the House".
  • In addition, the name Fury refers to the term meaning extreme anger and rage. For instance, when someone is furious, it means they are mad beyond reason.
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