The Smurfette

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"The Smurfette" was an episode that appeared in Season 1 of the Smurfs cartoon show.

Summary


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Smurfette as she originally appeared...
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...and as she currently appears.

Gargamel rants and raves from the tower in his castle toward the giggling he hears from within the forest, the happiness he feels that he so dearly despises, the happiness he knows is coming from the Smurfs. With a desire to destroy that happiness, Gargamel studies a chart he has of a Smurf to examine their weaknesses, and stumbles upon one possible weakness he can exploit: their big hearts. Taking a lump of blue clay, and combining it with various ingredients such as crocodile tears, half a pack of lies, and a hard stone for a heart, Gargamel brings to life his weapon for destroying the Smurfs through their hearts -- a Smurfette.

The next day, Hefty leads a group of male Smurfs into the forest to gather smurfberries, having every Smurf choose a direction to go off in for this task, when Hefty hears the voice of a female crying. He then sees what appears to be a short black-haired female Smurf sitting on a mushroom all by herself. The female says that she's a Smurfette and that she was looking for a way to the Smurf Village. Hefty says that he'll take her there, but Smurfette wants him to carry her there -- which he does, over his shoulder.

At the village, Smurfette tells Papa Smurf about her being all alone in the forest when he invites her to stay, setting her up in her own Smurf house. Inside, she secretly contacts her master Gargamel through her compact, telling him that she is now in their village. Gargamel now instructs Smurfette to go and capture their little blue hearts, warning her not to fail him. Stepping out of her house, Smurfette knocks Handy out with the door, and makes Clumsy pound Brainy into the ground instead of the post when she turns his attention towards her. Smurfette decides to try a more subtle approach: a picnic.

Some time later, while the Smurfs are busy gathering up wood in a cart, Hefty receives an invitation to a picnic by Smurfette, which he ends up turning over to Harmony, claiming to be too busy. Harmony, using the same excuse, turns the invite over to Vanity, who then turns it over to Grouchy, then to Brainy, then to Greedy, and then they all decide to part ways, leaving the invite on the ground for Papa Smurf to pick up. Papa Smurf looks at it briefly and then realizes he has important work in his laboratory, so he discards the invite. Meanwhile, Smurfette waits in the forest by a picnic blanket, wondering if any Smurf is going to show up, when Jokey does with one of his surprises, which explodes when she opens it.

Smurfette decides that her next plan of attack, instead of luring them out, would be to flood them out. Going up to the dam, she entices Greedy with a delicious cake she has made by having him open the flood gate to the dam, which initially he refuses to do, but ultimately he gives in. But before he could close up the dam, Smurfette forces the gate to remain open, fighting with Greedy for control over the switch. Soon the switch breaks, and Smurfette falls into the gushing waters. Papa Smurf and several other Smurfs head toward the dam, rescuing Smurfette as she is being carried away by the waters while Greedy seals the gate closed.

Afterward, Smurfette faces judgment as she is about to be carried off to be punished, when Papa Smurf asks her if she has anything to say on her behalf. She then confesses that she was a creation of Gargamel sent to destroy them, and that she deserves to be punished for it. Papa Smurf comforts the sobbing Smurfette by telling her it's not her fault she was made by an evil wizard, to which Smurfette says that she wishes she could be a real Smurf. This makes the other male Smurfs recoil in surprise, saying that it's impossible for her to become a real Smurf. Papa Smurf, on the other hand, is willing to give it a try and takes her into his laboratory where, using his magic, he puts her into a sleep while he uses various ingredients for her transformation. Then..."And now with the power of all I command, Smurfette, become Smurf, and before me stand!" Papa Smurf says...and the change is now complete.

The male Smurfs are all waiting outside Papa Smurf's door, waiting to see if Papa Smurf would succeed in his task, and, emerging from his lab, he does...a long blond-haired female Smurf greets them. The greeting she gets from her fellow Smurfs is more favorable: they all come to her bearing gifts, all of them wanting her to be near each of them, which soon leads to fighting among themselves. Meanwhile, Smurfette tells Papa Smurf that, even though she now looks like a Smurf, she doesn't feel like one. Papa Smurf tells Smurfette that that part is one she'll have to manage on her own, and she'll know what to do when the time is right.

Back in her own house, Smurfette is busy freshening up when her compact glows, showing the face of her former master Gargamel, who now sees that Smurfette has changed. Smurfette reacts negatively to Gargamel at first until he tells her that he only wants to fulfill her wish to pay back the Smurfs for their kindness, by offering to throw a surprise party for them by the great oak tree. All Smurfette had to do was invite them there, which she does to a very eager crowd of Smurfs, who then follow the red carpet into an opening by a tree. But the surprise is on them when it is revealed to be a trap by Gargamel, and not only do the Smurfs suspect that Smurfette was still up to no good -- real Smurf or not -- Smurfette realizes that she has been tricked herself. She wonders what to do now when she hears Papa Smurf tell her that she'll know what to do when the time is right.

Soon Gargamel and Azrael face a lone masked Smurf who challenges them to chase him. Azrael gives chase to the Lone Smurf, but he proves himself to be too quick and agile for him to catch, and soon sends Azrael right back into Gargamel while he frees his fellow Smurfs from Gargamel's trap. Then the Lone Smurf challenges Gargamel and Azrael to chase him up a tree, which they do until they end up falling down from it, leaving them unconscious. After the Smurfs had all safely escaped, the Lone Smurf appears unto them and reveals himself to be...Smurfette! The other Smurfs are truly convinced that she is a real Smurf at last.

Back at Gargamel's castle, the evil wizard sits injured and blaming Azrael and the Smurfs for his failure when he hears a knock on his door. It is a horrid-looking female human who's looking for Gargamel, which makes Gargamel want to run from her. Back in the village, though, the Smurfs celebrate Smurfette becoming one of them at last, and Grouchy is seen secretly scrawling a love heart on a Smurf house, mumbling "I love the Smurfette, too" and then adding "but I hate anybody to know about it" before walking off.

Background Information

  • The original comic book story of the same name (published by Spirou in 1966) differs greatly from the cartoon version:


a) Gargamel created Smurfette so that she would use her charms to cause jealousy and competition among the Smurfs in order to cause their fall. She was not an actual Gargamel spy and saboteur who intentionally tries to disrupt life in the village as depicted in the cartoon version.
b) She was transformed to her beautiful appearance by Papa Smurf via days of plastic smurfery performed on her instead of by magic like the cartoon version. The reason for the transformation was that Papa Smurf took pity of Smurfette for the abuse she received from the other Smurfs who saw her as unattractive and annoying, unlike the cartoon version where Smurfette wanted to become a real Smurf and break her ties to Gargamel.
c) The water dam incident involving Smurfette took place after after her transformation, not before it like the cartoon version. Unlike the cartoon version, she enticed Vanity Smurf, not Greedy Smurf (who is a combination of two Smurfs: Greedy and Baker in the cartoons) to open the water dam.
d) During the trial scene, Smurfette was seen by the other Smurfs as innocent (due to her passion for her) instead of guilty as found in the cartoon version.
e) Gargamel did manipulate Smurfette to lure the Smurfs into a trap as depicted in the cartoon version, while in the original comics, he never left his hovel.
f) Smurfette at the end of the original story chose to leave the village instead of staying as she did in the cartoon version.

Trivia

  • Smurfette's hair color would be considered "unnatural" for a Smurf in both her original (brunette) and transformed (blond) forms. It is implied by the hair color of a younger Papa Smurf, a bearded Brainy in "Symbols of Wisdom," and Sassette that the natural hair color for a Smurf is red.

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