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I didn't want to say it in front of the other guests, but there were flies on your cupcakes. Don't worry, though, I pulled 'em off. [eats one] They're just raisins. Yeah, I'll put 'em back. They're in my pocket.

Martin to Irma regarding the raisin/fly and frog cupcakes at Will's party

They have strange customs here. That guy's putting flies on little cakes.

Caleb, regarding the quote above.

Happy Birthday Will is the fourth episode of season 1 of the TV series.

Plot

Main article: /Transcript

It's Will's birthday and if there's one thing she does not want, it's a party. The girls manage to throw one anyway and everything is going swimmingly until Cedric shows at City Hall looking for birth certificates for a certain teenage girl. Apparently, Prince Phobos has a long lost sister on Earth. The girls sneak away from the party and go to City Hall, where Taranee claims that the only thing missing is 13-year-old female birth records. They battle Cedric until he picks up some documents off the floor and flees, saying he has all he needs.

In the B-story, Yan Lin gives her granddaughter the Map of Portals. In the C-story, Martin sees Hay Lin throw food out the window. She is really giving some party food to Blunk, but she cannot tell this to Martin so she says that it is a family tradition to throw food out the window for good luck. Martin then tells the other kids that if they do it too, their wish will come come true (the more food, the bigger the wish) and they all throw food out the window. Doughnuts are hailed on Blunk, who is very happy when he sees that it is food.

Comics connections

  • This episode marks the first appearance of the map of portals, which is given by Yan Lin to Hay Lin. A similar event occurs in issue 2, where Yan Lin gives Hay Lin the Map of the Twelve Portals.
  • Matt's hair is brown in the comic books, but black in the TV series.
  • It is revealed that Will is a big fan of frogs. This is a major theme of hers throughout the comics as well.

Goofs

  • When Taranee greets Irma and Will by yelling out, "Hey, girls!", Cornelia's voice can be heard.
  • When Will says, "You're so talented.", Elyon's voice is heard.
  • Cornelia uses her powers to make roots grow from the flower pot to open the elevator doors, but instead of her calling out "Earth", Taranee's voice makes a grunt that sounds somewhat like "Air".
  • Irma's Guardian top and skirt switch colors in a few scenes during the battle. This also made it into the American opening sequence, which uses actual episode clips for much of its footage (as opposed to unique footage like the international openings).

Possibly explained

  • Elyon is seen eating a doughnut at the party, but in The Labyrinth, it is revealed that she doesn't like doughnuts. However, it is possible that she developed a mild distaste for them after Caleb (whom she was attracted to) gave her the doughnut and ditched her multiple times in this episode. This is further supported by her immediately perking up and running to get a doughnut after being informed that "there's a really cute guy serving" in the latter episode.
  • When we see the elevator shaft, the cables that move it up and down are missing. However, this may have been a deliberate animation choice as they are not present throughout the scene, while other parts of the elevator mechanism are.

Trivia

  • This episode marks the first appearances of the following named characters, in order: Elyon, Alchemy, Lilian Hale, Tom Lair, Matt Olsen, Martin Tubbs and Anna Lair.
  • Will is explicitly stated (by Cornelia) and later shown (by the number of candles in the final scene) to turn 13 years old in this episode, making her one of the few characters to have an exact age given in the show itself.
  • The melody of the international theme song can be heard when Will meets Matt at the end of the episode. It should be noted that this melody is used throughout the series for much of the background music, albeit usually as a subtle remix.
  • Irma and her mother Anna look similar, and are both voiced by Candy Milo.
  • Caleb is craving roasted ox in this episode, which could be considered ironic since Greg Cipes, who voices Caleb, is a vegetarian.

Behind the scenes

Gallery

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