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"The Three Lessons"

Star Wars: Ewoks






Bob Carrau


Raymond Jafelice

Production No.



November 16, 1985

Episode chronology
Previous episode

"Wicket's Wagon"

Next episode

"Blue Harvest"

"The leadership of the tribe is a privilege to be earned
Before one is leader, three lessons must be learned
The lesson of the hand will teach both strength and speed
The lesson of the head is learned when hands do not succeed
But the lesson of the heart will make the leader strong
With head and heart together, the hand is never wrong
Chirpa, teaching lessons of leadership

"The Three Lessons" is the eleventh episode in the Star Wars: Ewoks animated television series, and the eleventh episode in season one. Written by Bob Carrau and directed by Raymond Jafelice, the episode originally aired on ABC on November 16, 1985.


Plot summary

As Kneesaa's friends partied at an afternoon dance, the Princess left her chieftess-to-be training lesson at Logray's hut to join them. But their dancing was cut short when an ever-growing stranglethorn began wreaking havoc and taking over the village. When Kneesaa realized she was to blame, she set off to gather the three ingredients Logray needed to tame the wild plant. Fearing for Kneesaa's safety, Wicket joined her in her journey.

Kneesaa and Wicket escaping from a bobber bird's attack.

The first ingredient was Keet nectar. Kneesaa had an idea: the duo could climb up the Keet's palace with leaf-shoes soaked by some kind of mud that was around the palace. Once inside the Keets' labyrinthine hive, the duo evaded the unfriendly Keets and discovered their stockpile of nectar pearls. Next, they learned from a bobber bird the proper way to retrieve a ganga root from the ground, and then had to flee with the last root so that the bird would not eat it. They needed to bore the root to extract its air inside and take it from the ground. And thirdly, Wicket spotted a Trome tree; however, the tree only had one branch left, and when the resident Tromes appeared, they pleaded with the Ewoks not to destroy their home. Knessaa then came up with a new plan, and Wicket instead carried the three Tromes on his shoulders back to the village.

At the village, Kneesaa used the shoes to climb a tall tree where the stranglethorn imprisoned Malani, Nippet and Wiley. The four got off together. The other villagers followed a Kneesaa's plan: While the Tromes distracted the stranglethorn, Wicket sneaked into Logray's hut and retrieved the potion that would tame the plant. Logray instructed Wicket to place one drop into each of the plants mouths, but seeing how many heads the plant had sprouted, Wicket instead gathered a group of acorns into his satchel and poured the potion over them. Then he, the Tromes, and the Ewoks fed them to the plant until it shriveled back to it's original size.

Some minutes later, Logray said that Kneesaa learned her father's three lessons: the Hand's Lesson (when climbed the Keet's palace), the Head's Lesson (when discovered how to retrieve the ganga root) and the Heart's Lesson (when saved Trome's tree). The villagers celebrated the victory, and Chief Chirpa became very proud of his daughter again.


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Behind the scenes

  • This episode is the first that shows Chief Chirpa instructing his daughter, apprentice, and heiress Princess Kneesaa. Kneesaa's successful adventure in this episode allowed her to be approved at Chirpa's Three Lessons.

External links

  • "The Three Lessons" at the Internet Movie Database
  • "The Three Lessons" at
  • "The Three Lessons" at the Big Cartoon Database
Star Wars: Ewoks
Season One:
"The Cries of the Trees" · "The Haunted Village" · "Rampage of the Phlogs" · "To Save Deej" · "The Travelling Jindas" · "The Tree of Light"
"The Curse of the Jindas" · "The Land of the Gupins" · "Sunstar vs. Shadowstone" · "Wicket's Wagon" · "The Three Lessons" · "Blue Harvest" · "Asha"
Season Two:
"The Crystal Cloak" · "The Wish Plant" · "Home Is Where the Shrieks Are" · "Princess Latara" · "The Raich" · "The Totem Master"
"A Gift for Shodu" · "Night of the Stranger" · "Gone with the Mimphs" · "The First Apprentice" · "Hard Sell" · "A Warrior and a Lurdo"
"The Season Scepter" · "Prow Beaten" · "Baga's Rival" · "Horville's Hut of Horrors" · "The Tragic Flute" · "Just My Luck"
"Bringing Up Norky" · "Battle for the Sunstar" · "Party Ewok" · "Malani the Warrior"
Feature-length stories:
The Haunted Village · Tales from the Endor Woods

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