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"The Beast Within" is the 29th episode of the Tv series The Little Mermaid TV series, originally aired on October 22, 1994. (from the creators of Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King.)


Ariel and Urchin, riding squid cycles (first seen in the episode "Red"), help pick up Sebastian and bring him to the palace. Sebastian is all excited, because it's the 25th year anniversary of the day he officially became King Triton's royal advisor. Although Triton doesn't remember the occasion at first, he quickly gives Sebastian a trophy in recognition for years of loyal service.

The gang, lead by Ariel, head out to Quaking Canyon to look for gemstones. Flounder is apprehensive, as always, but Ariel insists that it'll be an adventure worth having. The gang enter a cave, but are trapped inside the entrance is blocked by a cave-in. They swim through the cave to find an alternate exit, and during this time poor unfortunate Flounder encounters a howling hairfish. Although Ariel saves Flounder, the howling hairfish manages to bite Flounder's tail. In order to escape, Urchin throws Sebastian's trophy at the howling hairfish to distract him.

Just as it seems that all is well, Flounder starts feeling a little "hairy", and transforms into a very big red howling hairfish himself, fierce and several times larger than his usual size. Flounder the Howling Hairfish terrorises the merfolk of a village, leading to some of his "victims" teaming up to hunt Flounder down. Lone among them is one villager who suggest they see "The Fortune Teller" who might know a cure. Ariel, Urchin and Sebastian overhear this and decide to follow that villager.

During this time, Sebastian is mighty upset with Urchin for throwing the trophy, and can't let it go. Urchin himself loses his temper at Sebastian, and the two refuse to talk to each other.

The gang eventually find that The Fortune Teller lives in a secluded large shell (that doesn't look all that different from Ursula's own home). The Fortune Teller refuses to help the villager, who leaves dejectedly. But when Ariel, Urchin and Sebastian ask the same thing, The Fortune Teller explains that she loathes the villagers who drove her away. She further explains that the howling hairfish curse was cast long ago by a sea witch (who is not Ursula) and the only way to cure Flounder is with a magical silver mist.

Ariel soon figures out that the magical sea mist is a living school of silverfish, which apparently have the magical ability to stop the curse. They rush to save Flounder, who has been caught by those bad guys and trapped in a derelict ship about to fall down a bottomless chasm. But they manage to cure Flounder and escape the ship in the nick of time. Flounder, understandably, is upset with Ariel, but he forgives her. Sebastian, seeing this, decides to forgive Urchin as well. Then Urchin tells Sebastian it was just old trophy the king was going to throw away, but wanted to give it to him so he can be happy. Sebastia feels upset, and swims back to Atlantica. He came to king triton, and talked about the trophy, and the king told the truth, and asked him if he can forgive him, and he does and Ariel, Flounder, Urchin, Sebastian, and The King Share one great heartwarming hug.

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Restaurants: Sebastian's Calypso Kitchen
Shops: Kiss de Girl Fashions | Mermaid Memories | Mermaid Treasures | Prince Eric's Village Market | Scuttle's Shiny Things
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Original: Ariel | Flounder | Sebastian | Scuttle | Prince Eric | King Triton | Ursula | Flotsam and Jetsam | King Triton's Daughters | Max | Grimsby | Carlotta | Chef Louis | Ursula's Garden | Glut | The Seahorse Herald | Harold | Merpeople
Sequel: Melody | Tip and Dash | Morgana | Cloak and Dagger | Undertow | Hammerhead Shark | Alex | Flounder's guppies | Baby Penguin | Ursula and Morgana's mother
Prequel: Queen Athena | Marina Del Rey | Benjamin | The Catfish Club Band | Stevie | Electric Eels
TV Series: Urchin | Gabriella | Ollie | Dudley | Pearl | Pearl's mother | Manta | Little Evil | Dr. Vile | Daniel | Moray | Simon | Lobster Mobster and Da Shrimp | The Sorceress | Glowfish | Ebb and Flo | Empreror Sharga and the Sharkanians | Octopid | Brain Sponge | Zeus | Spot the Killer Whale | Crab Scouts | Hans Christian Andersen | Mr. and Mrs. Clambakersfield and their babies | Lucky | Thor | Kid Squid | Augustus | Stormy the Giant Seahorse | Sorcerer Blowfish | Penny the Cat | The Magical Wishing Starfish | Apollo | Archimedes | Seaclops | Neptune
Comic Book: Scallopa | Indigo | Aunt Crustacea | Sir Figmond | Flooglefish | Marlin the Magician | Snapper | Jason | Caliban | King Proteus | Ariadne | Pirania | Celia | Jenny | Scarface the Shark | Professor Thelonius Paxx | Shana | King Harold | Princess Penelope | Captain Cutlass | Aquarius | Abaloney Kid


Season One: "Whale of a Tale" | "The Great Sebastian" | "Stormy" | "Urchin" | "Double Bubble" | "Message in a Bottle" | "Charmed" | "Marriage of Inconvenience" | "The Evil Manta" | "Thingamajigger" | "Red" | "Beached" | "Trident True" | "Eel-Ectric City"
Season Two: "Resigned to It" | "Calliope Dreams" | "Save the Whale" | "Against the Tide" | "Giggles" | "Wish Upon a Starfish" | "Tail of Two Crabs" | "Metal Fish" | "T'ank You For Dat, Ariel"
Season Three: "Scuttle" | "King Crab" | "Island of Fear" | "Land of the Dinosaurs" | "Heroes" | "The Beast Within" | "Ariel's Treasures" | "A Little Evil"


Prince Eric's Statue | Trident | Ursula's Cauldron | Ursula's Necklace | Melody's locket | Queen Athena's music box | Dinglehopper | Royal Ship


Atlantica | Ariel's Secret Grotto | Ursula's Lair | Prince Eric's Castle | The Wedding Ship | Morgana's Ice Cave


Film: Fathoms Below | Daughters of King Triton | Part of Your World/(Reprise)/(Finale) | Under the Sea | Poor Unfortunate Souls/(Reprise) | Les Poissons | Kiss the Girl | Down to the Sea | For a Moment | Tip and Dash | Here on the Land and Sea | Just One Mistake | I Remember
TV Series: Just a Little Love | You Got to be You | The Edge of the Edge of the Sea | The Lobster Mobster's Mob | The Beddy Bye Blues | Sing a New Song | In Harmony | This is the Life | You Know I Know | Never Give Up | You Wouldn't Want to Mess with Me | The Sound of Laughter | Daring to Dance | Just Give Me a Chance | Just Like Me | Evil Lullaby
Musical: She's in Love | Human Stuff | Positoovity | I Want the Good Times Back | Daddy's Little Angel | Her Voice | The World Above | The Contest | If Only | Beyond My Wildest Dreams | Sweet Child | One Step Closer | All Good Things Must End
Deleted: Silence is Golden

See Also

Musical | The Disney Afternoon | Disney Sing Along Songs: Under the Sea

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