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"The Shadow Knows" is the 85th episode of Aladdin originally aired on November 18, 1995.


At a landscape of green hills called the Shadow World, a woman-shaped hole named Pharabu makes her children go back to where they came from. Ayam Aghoul appears with his shadow. He tells Pharabu that because his spell got banished, he can no longer go to the living world. So he sends his shadow to capture the shadows of Aladdin and his friends.

Pharabu tells Ayam that if her children do not return to the living beings, they will all fade away and perish. Ayam tells her that her children will be his at the Netherworld. He then shoots magic at the silhouette, trapping her into a giant spider web.

Aladdin, Abu, Iago, and Carpet are walking along a street in the marketplace. Aladdin tells them that the reason they got up so early is that Shahib is getting a new shipment of spices and he wants to make sure he gets some for Jasmine's breakfast. As he and the others walk away, Ayam's shadow takes Aladdin's shadow. Aghoul's shadow makes Aladdin's shadow take Aladdin's friends' shadows. Aladdin's shadow goes to Jasmine's room to get the princess' shadow. Jasmine sees him and tries to avoid him. The guards get in the room and try to stop Aladdin's shadow. Jasmine grabs him, but he melts into a puddle and slides away.

Back at the marketplace, Shahib gives Aladdin the new spices. Jasmine shows up and tells the street rat that his shadow tried to attack her. Genie shows up and Aladdin talks to him about Jasmine thinking that his shadow attacked her. Everyone then sees that Jasmine and Genie's shadows are on the wall but Aladdin's is not. Aladdin's shadow shows up and tries to take Jasmine's shadow again. Aladdin gets Jasmine out of the way and his shadow starts running. Everyone chases him. Genie sucks Aladdin's shadow up in a vacuum.

The gang then runs into Ayam's shadow, who tells them that Ayam sent him to Agrabah to capture their shadows since he can no longer go to the living world. Aghoul's shadow shoots shadow spider webs at the gang, who quickly run and hide in an alley. Genie tells Aladdin that if his shadow is unattached for over a day, it'll fade away and so will he. Ayam's shadow finds the gang and takes Jasmine's shadow, who frees Aladdin's shadow and they both run away with the gang chasing them. Ayam's shadow later goes to them and removes Genie, Abu, Iago, and Carpet's shadows. The shadows all run away.

At the palace garden, Genie talks to everyone about the Shadow World being guarded by Pharabu. Aladdin suggests that he and Genie go to the Shadow World and have Pharabu help them. When they get there, they find Pharabu, still trapped into the spider web. Genie tries to free the silhouette woman but fails. Pharabu tells them that she has no powers when she's trapped on the spider web and if Ayam's shadow gets more shadow, The Shadow World and Agrabah will fade away and only the Netherworld will remain. Ayam appears and throws exploding skulls at Aladdin and Genie.

Meanwhile, Ayam's shadow and the gang's shadows are about to get the Sultan's shadow. After doing so, they go back to the Shadow World, with Jasmine and the others going after them. Ayam and the shadows now surround the web Pharabu is trapped on. When Jasmine shows up, the gang's shadows combine into one, in the form of a wolf. Aladdin and Genie appear and Ayam starts throwing exploding skulls at them again. Aghoul then creates an extra large skull and throws it at Aladdin and Genie, who dodge and it explodes in front of Pharabu, destroying the web. The silhouette woman makes Ayam's shadow disappear.

A portal of the Netherworld appears and it sucks Ayam into it. The wolf disappears and the gang and the Sultan get their shadows back. Pharabu tells the gang that now that they have their shadows back, they can have a good night sleep.


  • The episode marks the final appearance of Ayam Aghoul.


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Original Characters: Aladdin | Genie | Jasmine | Abu | Magic Carpet | The Sultan | Rajah | Jafar | Iago | The Peddler | Razoul | The Royal Guards | Gazeem | Prince Achmed | Harem Girls | Farouk | Two Hungry Children | Sultana
Sequel Characters: Abis Mal | Cassim | Sa'Luk | The Oracle
TV Series Characters: Sadira | Merc | Queen Hippsodeth | Scara | King Pector | The Mukhtar | Eden | Sultan Pasta Al-Dente | Dhandi | Hamed | Pharabu | Prince Uncouthma | General Gouda | Brawnhilda | Bud | Runta | Thundra | Queen Kimbla | Brisbane | Koala Kid | Machana | Fasir | Riders of Ramond | Samir the "Destroyer" | Squirt | Captain Al Bahtross | Prince Wazoo | Ajed Al-Gebraic | Amal | Abnor Mal | Mechanicles | Scooter | Zarasto the Marauder | Marauders | Zorasto | Mozenrath | Xerxes | Khartoum | Sirocco | Shaman | Mirage | Haroud Hazi Bin | Fashoom | Saleen | Armand | Ayam Aghoul | Evil Aladdin | Caliph Kapok | Sootinai | Daru Tavelevil | Malcho | Dominus Tusk | Al Muddy Sultan | Al Muddy | Aziz | Minos and Fatima | Nefir Hasenuf | Nefir's Imps | Arbutus | Magma | Amuk Moonrah | Chaos | Evil Genie | Amin Damoola | Nasira | Frigeed | Anubis | Sahkata, Razili and Farida | Sand Monster | Sand Shark | Mothias | Ding and Oopo | Queen Deluca | King Zahbar | Queen Deluca's Brothers | The Great Rift | Mamluks | Kileem | The Ethereal | Zin and Zang | Kutato | Unkbuut | Destane
Enchanted Tales Characters: Aneesa | Hakeem | Sahara | Sharma
Video Game Characters: Nasira | Bizarrah | Very Ankh-Amman
Deleted Characters: Aladdin's Mother | Genie of the Ring


Season One: Getting the Bugs Out | Mudder's Day | Fowl Weather | The Prophet Motive | Much Abu About Something | My Fair Aladdin | To Cure a Thief | Never Say Nefir | Raiders of the Lost Shark
Season Two: "Air Feather Friends" | "Bad Mood Rising" | "Do the Rat Thing" | "The Vapor Chase" | "Garden of Evil" | "Some Enchanted Genie" | "Web of Fear" | "Plunder the Sea" | "Strike Up the Sand" | "Sneeze the Day" | "I Never Mechanism I Didn't Like" | "Forget Me Lots" | "Scare Necessities" | "SandSwitch" | "Lost and Founded" | "Moonlight Madness" | "The Flawed Couple" | "Rain of Terror" | "Dune Quixote" | "That Stinking Feeling" | "The Day the Bird Stood Still" | "Of Ice and Men" | "Opposites Detract" | "Caught by the Tale" | "Elemental, My Dear Jasmine" | "Beast or Famine" | "Smolder and Wiser" | "The Game" | "Poor Iago" | "The Spice is Right" | "The Animal Kingdom" | "Power to the Parrot" | "The Sands of Fate" | "Hero with a Thousand Feathers" | "The Citadel" | "Snowman is an Island" | "The Secret of Dagger Rock" | "In the Heat of the Fright" | "Witch Way Did She Go?" | "The Seven Faces of Genie" | "The Wind Jackals of Mozenrath" | "A Clockwork Hero" | "Mission: Imp Possible" | "Stinker Belle" | "Sea No Evil" | "Shadow of a Doubt" | "Smells Like Trouble" | "The Way We War" | "Night of the Living Mud" | "Egg-stra Protection" | "A Sultan Worth His Salt" | "Heads, You Lose" | "The Love Bug" | "When Chaos Comes Calling" | "Genie Hunt" | "Armored and Dangerous" | "The Lost Ones" | "Eye of the Beholder" | "Shark Treatment" | "Black Sand" | "Love at First Sprite" | "Vocal Hero" | "The Lost City of the Sun" | "As the Netherworld Turns" | "Seems Like Old Crimes" | "From Hippsodeth, with Love" | "Destiny on Fire" | "The Return of Malcho"
Season Three: "The Hunted" | "Riders Redux" | "The Book of Khartoum" | "While the City Snoozes" | "Two to Tangle" | "The Ethereal" | "The Shadow Knows" | "The Great Rift"


Agrabah | Cave of Wonders | |Crazy Hakim's Discount Fertilizer | The Sultan's Palace | The Vanishing Isle | Odiferous | The Isle of Galifem | Morbia | Very Ankh-Amman | The Land of the Black Sand | Old Wizard's Lab


Golden Scarab Beetle | Jafar's Snake Staff | Genie's Lamp | Jafar's Lamp | Eden's Bottle | Mozenrath's Gauntlet | Crystal of Ix | Blue Rose of Forgetfulness | Tree of Renewal | The Oracle's Scythe | Hand of Midas


Original: Arabian Nights | One Jump Ahead | Friend Like Me | Prince Ali | A Whole New World
Return of Jafar: I'm Looking Out for Me | Nothing in the World (Quite Like a Friend) | Forget About Love | You're Only Second Rate
King of Thieves: There's a Party Here in Agrabah | Out of Thin Air | Welcome to the Forty Thieves | Father and Son | Are You In or Out
Enchanted Tales: More Than a Peacock Princess | I've Got My Eyes on You
Deleted songs: Humiliate the Boy | Proud of Your Boy | Why Me? | Count on Me | Call Me a Princess | Babkak, Omar, Aladdin, Kassim | High Adventure | My Finest Hour | To Be Free
Broadway: A Million Miles Away | These Palace Walls

See Also

Musical | Friend Like Iago | The Disney Afternoon | Disney Renaissance | As Told by Emoji

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