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Befana

Season 2, episode 08 (Production order); Episode 34 (Overall)

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"You're so grown up, Marinette. You know what? There'll be no more merry-go-rounds or zoos. For your next birthday, I'll take you on one of my trips!"

"Thank you, Grandma! But you know, it doesn't matter where you take me. With you, it's always unforgettable."

Gina Dupain and Marinette Dupain-Cheng, "Befana"

"Befana" is a Season 2 episode of the series, Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir.[6] As based on the series' production order specifically, "Befana" is the 8th written and produced episode of Season 2. It is also the 34th written and produced episode of the series, overall.[1]

Synopsis

Netflix

When Marinette elects to hang out with her friends on her birthday instead of her grandmother, grandma is akumatized into a candy-gun-wielding baddie.[7]

Disney Channel

Marinette's grandmother gets akumatized to Befana. Armed with a pistol, she wants to turn her into rock statue by revenge on Marinette for lying to her. [8]

Plot

Tikki becomes saddened after mistakenly believing that Marinette doesn't like her gift.

It's Marinette's birthday! To celebrate, Tikki creates a special charm called a Kwagatama to give as a birthday gift. She tells Marinette that kwamis have given their holders gifts for years and is happy to be her kwami, but Marinette is distracted. Tikki is hurt that Marinette wasn't paying attention and believes that she doesn't like the gift, but Marinette apologizes and quickly explains that she was thinking about a surprise party her classmates were planning. Marinette tells Tikki about the different things she's seen around the school (Juleka holding a bike pump at school, Nino listening to her favorite song, Adrien and Alya are whispering and act nervous when she arrives) and tells her that she believes Alya's story about having to go to the dentist is just code for a surprise party. To verify this, she asks her parents, and their guilty and nervous response confirms her suspicion. Elated that her classmates would do something so nice, Marinette rushes to the door to greet them when she hears the doorbell ring.

Alya leads Marinette to her surprise party.

However, much to her and her parents' surprise, it is her grandmother Gina. Gina greets Marinette and gives her a shirt as a birthday gift. However, the shirt is for a much smaller child. She also gives Marinette the candy that she used to like as a child. Tom and Sabine try to convince Gina that Marinette is old enough to like new things, but Gina rebuffs her son and insists that they will have fun. Gina and Marinette leave on her motorcycle. Grandmother Gina takes Marinette to the park and to the zoo, still under the impression that Marinette is a small child. Meanwhile, Marinette worries that she was wrong about the party. She doesn't like the candy Gina gave her but is too polite to tell her so. Then Alya calls Marinette and asks her to come to "the dentist". Marinette is overjoyed that the party is still on and asks her grandmother if she can go. The two of them have a misunderstanding, and Gina thinks that Marinette is just making excuses to get out of their day. She returns home depressed. Sabine tells Tom to talk to her, but he accidentally destroyed Marinette's birthday cake. The two of them work to make a cake so the party will be saved and forget about Gina. Meanwhile, Gina discovers that Marinette was lying about eating the candy she'd given her. Hawk Moth senses her negative emotions and sends an akuma, which enters the candy tin. He gives her the ability to "punish the bad and reward the good" and akumatizes her into Befana.

Befana goes after Marinette.

Befana goes downstairs and turns Tom, who had tried to correct her, into coal. When Sabine objects, Befana tells her that she has always been sweet and turns her into a fairy. Befana commands Sabine to take her to Marinette. Marinette is having a wonderful time at her party and has just received a gift from Adrien when Befana attacks. Befana refuses to listen to her excuses and tries to turn her into coal. Instead, the shot hits Mylène. Adrien manages to get away and transform into Cat Noir. Befana's shot hits Adrien's gift, and she comments that Marinette doesn't deserve presents. Cat Noir confronts Befana, telling her that he likes that she wears black. She offers to help him wear white, as one of her fairies, but he rejects the offer, saying black brings out the green in his eyes. Befana sets Sabine on Cat Noir and continues to attack Marinette. Marinette is unable to transform and is in danger of being turned into coal. Alya and the other kids decide to rescue her themselves. Alya begins to throw dishes at Befana and is turned into coal. Then Kim tries to grab Befana's gun and is also changed. She orders the children to stand back, but Rose cries for her to leave Marinette alone, telling her that she was the sweetest girl in the world. Though Befana is annoyed that Rose spoke without permission, she thinks that Rose was sweet to defend her friend and turns her into a fairy.

Befana turns Rose into a fairy.

Marinette attempts to transform but is interrupted by Cat Noir, who carries her off. Befana sends Rose and Sabine to attack them, but the remaining children lasso them with banners and try to stop them. Befana turns the remaining children into coal and heads off to get revenge on Marinette. Cat Noir takes Marinette to the Eiffel Tower and goes back to face Befana after wishing her a happy birthday. Marinette takes the moment of solitude to transform. Meanwhile, Befana goes throughout the town turning "bad" people into coal and "good" people into fairies. She is knocked off her bike in the midst of her song by Cat Noir, who makes up his own song. The song is finished by Ladybug, who arrives on the scene. Hawk Moth orders Befana to attack them, but Befana tells him to say the magic word, which he replies to with a "please." However, she decides to get Marinette first and heads off to the Eiffel Tower. Panicked, Cat Noir follows her, saying that he left the girl there. Ladybug almost tells him that she was fine by accident and follows him. Cat Noir tries to take control of Befana's cycle but is knocked off the bike and has to be rescued by Ladybug. Befana tries to turn Ladybug into an angel, saying she'd make a perfect minion, but Ladybug avoids the blast and manages to get onto the tower. Befana is angry that she rejected her "gift" and has her angels attack her. While the angels attack Cat Noir, Ladybug is chased up the tower by Befana, who fires on her. She fires straight into the air, and Ladybug manages to duck out of the way. The projectiles are pulled down by gravity and almost hit Befana, who is afraid of her own attack. Befana avoids the shots. She tries to shoot Ladybug but has to refill her gun. Ladybug tells Cat Noir that Befana is vulnerable to her own bullets. He comments that the akuma is probably in the candy tin. Ladybug uses Lucky Charm and gets a tuba.

Ladybug nearly reveals her secret identity.

Before they can use it, Befana's attack turns the ground under them into coal, and her angels push them through to the floor below. Surrounded by the angels, Ladybug and Cat Noir try to think of a way out as Befana moves forward. Ladybug notices the water main and discovers how she should use the tuba. To buy time, she surrenders and tells Cat Noir to show Befana where Marinette was. Befana puts off taking his Miraculous until she gets her granddaughter and tells the angels to guard Ladybug. However, Ladybug manages to tie them up with a fire hose. Nervous that he might accidentally betray Marinette, Cat Noir shows Befana a closet. He is relieved when Marinette isn't there. Befana accuses him of lying again, but before she attacks him, she hears the elevator go down and runs to meet it, thinking Marinette was in it. Instead, inside are her fairies, tied with the hose. Ladybug reassures Cat Noir that Marinette is safe and tells him to use his Cataclysm on the fire hydrant. She puts the tuba over the stream of water, and the water is redirected towards Befana. Befana tries to get away from the stream of water and shoots it with her gun, however, the water has covered her. The tuba, the water, and Befana are all turned into coal. Ladybug breaks the candy tin, captures the akuma, and uses Miraculous Ladybug to set things right. Hawk Moth promises that he will punish Ladybug and Cat Noir one day.

Marinette's birthday party resumes.

Back at the party, Gina flirts with André before Marinette pulls her aside to show her the bag cover she created with Gina's gift. Gina comments that Marinette has learned a lot since Gina's last visit, and Gina tells Marinette that for her next birthday, her gift will be a trip. Marinette thanks Gina but tells her that the gift wasn't important; the giver was. Sabine and Tom approach with the cake, and Kim and Ivan hold Marinette up to blow out the candles. Then Adrien gives her his gift again: a charm bracelet like the one she gave him in "Gamer". Marinette struggles to thank him, and her family enjoys watching her be happy.

Marinette comments on how strange Tikki's gift was.

As the party goes on, Marinette and Tikki talk about Adrien's gift. Marinette was happy that he made it himself, but Tikki called it strange. Marinette said Tikki’s gift was stranger, which angers her, but Marinette then reveals that she was wearing it as a charm necklace around her neck. She said that it was just as precious, saying that the gift itself didn't matter, but the person giving it. The episode ends with Adrien looking happily at the bracelet Marinette gave him.

Characters

Major characters

Minor characters

Trivia

  • This episode features Marinette's birthday.[9] Tom confirms that Marinette turns 14 in this episode.
    • According to "Animan" and the French dub of "Ikari Gozen", Marinette's astrological sign is Leo, meaning her birthday is between July 22nd and August 22nd.
  • Marinette celebrates her birthday in this episode. Other characters who have celebrated their birthdays in previous episodes include Adrien in "The Bubbler", Alix in "Timebreaker" and Nathaniel in "The Evillustrator".
  • It's revealed that on special occasions active kwamis make a special object for their owners called a Kwagatama.
  • Adrien gives Marinette a bracelet that is similar to the one she gave him in "Gamer".
  • Chloé and Sabrina are the only students in Marinette's class who do not attend the party.
    • In the webisode "My Birthday Party", Marinette notes she wouldn't invite them to her birthday party.
  • This is the third time that Cat Noir sings and this is the second time that Ladybug sings.
  • The song Befana sings throughout the episode is "La donna è mobile".
  • The design of the t-shirt Gina gave to Marinette for her birthday appears to be inspired by Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak. More specifically, it appears to resemble Ashevak's Illustrious Owl[10] and Preening Owl[11].
  • A flashback to the events of this episode is seen in "Ladybug", where Adrien is shown making the charm bracelet and getting permission from his father to go to Marinette's party.
    • It is also revealed that Lila Rossi was secretly watching Marinette's party unfold from her apartment.
  • When Marinette mentioned seeing Juleka with an air pump, Tikki suggests that Juleka has a bike, which is revealed to be true in "Oni-Chan".
  • When Befana mentions, "What does a cat do when it feels threatened?" and answers it, she is referring to one of a cat's most common behavioral patterns and instincts.
    • Her saying, "You'll look beautiful in white my pretty kitty" foreshadowing Cat Noir's akumatization in "Cat Blanc".

Errors

  • In a scene where Gina is buying ice-cream at Marinette's birthday party, Alix’s hair is black.
  • In the scene where Marinette's parents are holding the birthday cake, Alya's hair appears to be miscolored blonde at the top, turning into a light orange color on the bottom.
  • In the scene where Gina rebuffs Tom at the bakery, her necklace disappears for a frame.
  • When Befana is riding her motorcycle, there were originally five fairies who can be seen flying around her. But a few scenes after, only four are in the shot. The missing fairy is absent for the remainder of the episode.
  • When Ladybug summons her Lucky Charm, Cat Noir calls it a tuba. However the Lucky Charm is a bit smaller than a tuba, therefore making it a euphonium.
  • Sabine's hair is miscolored into dark tones.
  • When Tikki and Marinette were talking about the surprise party, Tikki's spots were missing, then they showed up in the next frame.
  • When activating his Cataclysm Cat Noir says it a few seconds early yet it doesn't have it on his hand.

Gallery

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References


ve Episodes
Season 1
101 Stormy Weather | 102 The Evillustrator | 103 Lady Wifi | 104 Princess Fragrance | 105 Dark Cupid | 106 Mr. Pigeon | 107 Pixelator | 108 Copycat | 109 The Bubbler | 110 Simon Says | 111 Rogercop | 112 Gamer | 113 Animan | 114 Darkblade | 115 Pharaoh | 116 Timebreaker | 117 Horrificator | 118 The Puppeteer | 119 The Mime | 120 Guitar Villain | 121 Reflekta | 122 Ladybug & Cat Noir (Origins - Part 1) | 123 Stoneheart (Origins - Part 2) | 124 Antibug | 125 Kung Food | 126 Volpina
Season 2
201 The Collector | 202 Prime Queen | 203 Glaciator | 204 Despair Bear | 205 Troublemaker | 206 Gigantitan | 207 Riposte | 208 Befana | 209 Frightningale | 210 Gorizilla | 211 Robostus | 212 Sapotis | 213 The Dark Owl | 214 Syren | 215 Zombizou | 216 Captain Hardrock | 217 Frozer | 218 Style Queen (Queen's Battle - Part 1) | 219 Queen Wasp (Queen's Battle - Part 2) | 220 Reverser | 221 Anansi | 222 Malediktator | 223 Sandboy | 224 Catalyst (Heroes' Day - Part 1) | 225 Mayura (Heroes' Day - Part 2 | 226 Santa Claws
Season 3
301 Chameleon | 302 Animaestro | 303 Bakerix | 304 Backwarder | 305 Reflekdoll | 306 Weredad | 307 Silencer | 308 Oni-Chan | 309 Miraculer | 310 Oblivio | 311 Desperada | 312 Christmaser | 313 Startrain | 314 Kwamibuster | 315 Feast | 316 Gamer 2.0 | 317 Stormy Weather 2 | 318 Ikari Gozen | 319 Timetagger | 320 Party Crasher | 321 The Puppeteer 2 | 322 Cat Blanc | 323 Félix | 324 Ladybug | 325 Heart Hunter (The Battle of the Miraculous - Part 1) | 326 Miracle Queen (The Battle of the Miraculous - Part 2)
Season 4
401 Truth | 402 Lies | 403 Gang of Secrets | 404 Mr. Pigeon 72 | 406 Furious Fu | 407 Sole Crusher | 408 Queen Banana | 410 Mega Leech | 411 Guiltrip | 413 Optigami | 414 Sentibubbler | 417 Rocketear |
Future episodes
405 Psychomedian | 409 Gabriel Agreste | 412 Crocoduel | 418 Wishmaker
Season 5
TBA
Season 6
TBA
Season 7
TBA
Specials
Episodes
The Origins Story | Santa Claws | Queen's Battle | Heroes' Day | Christmaster | Battle of the Miraculous
Future episodes

The Last Attack of Shadow Moth

Miraculous World

Miraculous New York | Miraculous Shanghai | Miraculous London | Miraculous Africa | Miraculous Rio | Miraculous Japan

Standalone

Miraculous Football Special

Unknown/Cancelled specials

Ladybug in Halloween

Miraculous Secrets
Marinette in Paris | Marinette and Fashion | Ladybug as seen by Adrien | Ladyblog | Adrien's Double Life |
Marinette and Alya | Marinette's Double Life | Cat Noir as seen by Marinette | My Birthday Party | Marinette and Adrien | Master Fu | Tikki | Plagg | Friends | Nino | Max | Mylène | Rose | Alix | Sabrina | Ivan | Gabriel | Nathaniel & Marc | Marinette as seen by Chloé | Lila | Hawk Moth and the Akumatized Villains | Family | Kagami as seen by Marinette | Kagami as seen by Adrien | Luka as seen by Marinette | New Powers | New Heroes | Mayura and the Sentimonsters | Chloé as seen by Marinette | Nathalie as seen by Gabriel | Feelings
Tales from Paris
The Notebook | Inspiration | Repetition | Busy Day | Homework Essay
Miraculous Zag Chibi
Rooftop Dinner | Catnip Fragrance | The Chase | Curiosity Kicked the Cat | Cutest Cat Fight | Fatal Posy | Scarybug
Future webisode

NeckRace

Other media
The Mini Menace Ladybug | Miraculous Lady Bug | Ladybug PV | First CGI promotional videos | Happy Birthday to You! | Ladybug (musical) | Miraculous Ladybug OVA | Miraculous (live-action film) | Miraculous (live-action TV series) | Miraculous Ladybug (musical) | Miraculous Live | Ladybug & Cat Noir Awakening | Miraculous: The Ladybug Show | Gagotor | Miraculous Ladybug COVID-19 Special | Miraculous Ladybug COVID-19 Special 2 | Untitled second theatrical film