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| Season 2, Episode 8|
|Airdate:||May 10, 2012|
|Director:||Pongo Kuo, Trevor Wall|
| Written &|
Prince of Seagulls
The Fruiter is episode eight of season two of Hero: 108, and episode sixty overall.
The wasp army and First Squad are locked in fierce combat. Meanwhile, the Zebra brothers, lurking in the bushes, are plotting to poison Mystique Sonia with a dart. They proceed to do so, but Sonia mistakes the dart for a wasp sting and ignores it. Lin Chung then ends the battle, using an experimental invention of Woo the Wise's, the inverted reversal vacuumator, to trap all of the wasps. Its calabash rind almost cracks, but Yaksha reinforces it.
Back at Big Green, First Squad is informed that the wasps have agreed to ally and make peace, but Sonia is still bothered by the sting she received, which is swelling. She is also starting to develop facial hair, which perplexes her comrades. Lin Chung notices the wound, however, and finds the dart. Commander ApeTrully considers the symptoms and concludes that the toxin is mysinchew. If left uncured, it will not only cause extreme hair growth, but also weaken and endanger Sonia's life. The heroes thus consign themselves to locate humbata trees, mysterious plants whose sap holds the only cure.
Along the way, Mighty Ray constantly teases Sonia, who becomes increasingly frustrated with him. This is cut short, however, by an attack by dragon leech ferns. Sonia proves much weaker than usual in the subsequent battle, and after the plants are defeated, Lin Chung commands her to remain behind, and Mighty Ray with her, to keep guard.
The other travelers, however, must keep going, because humbata trees are always moving. Lin Chung manages to spot them from a distance with his panther vision, and thus they follow in pursuit.
Mighty Ray and Sonia rapidly sink into argument, prompting Sonia to chase Mighty Ray. She is becoming hairier than ever.
First Squad and ApeTrully manage to catch up to the trees, where they meet the Fruiter. He attempts to make an escape by fleeing and summoning a root monster. First Squad manages to defeat the monster by dodging its bite attacks such that it eats rocks instead. They then once again catch up to the Fruiter. He is not enthusiastic about their arrival, however, and believes that they only want the sap to become more powerful. He also fears that they will bleed his trees, which he is sworn to protect, dry. Before the heroes of Big Green can convince him, the Barbets arrive, trying to obtain the sap. First Squad has difficulty beating them on the ground, prompting the Fruiter, though still distrustful, to help them by making the trees fling them into the air. This allows First Squad to attain an advantage, before Lin Chung ultimately convinces Barbet King to join Big Green.
The Fruiter, still hesitant, nonetheless offers the heroes a small amount of sap with which to cure Sonia in gratitude. The heroes then set out, riding the barbets, and find Sonia, still chasing Mighty Ray. Lin Chung explains that leaving the two together was intentional; he knew Mighty Ray would prompt Sonia to physical activity, which would delay the toxin. They then turn to curing Sonia. When humbata sap is poured on her, the excess hair immediately falls off. She is distressed, however, because her natural hair falls out with it.
- It is unclear why the zebras wanted to poison Sonia specifically.
- Sonia compares her face to Mighty Ray's back, which was revealed to be very hairy in Crab Castle.
- First appearance of Barbet King and the Fruiter.