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|“Whenever he is, it's been a year. It's time we find him.”|
|— Cole to Jay|
|"The Mask of Deception"|
|Season 8, Episode 1|
|Air date|| January 20th, 2018 (AU)|
January 29th, 2018 (USA)
|Written by||Dan & Kevin Hageman|
"Lost in Time"
"The Jade Princess"
The Mask of Deception is the first episode of Season 8: Sons of Garmadon. It was released on January 19th, 2018 in Australia and will be released on January 29th, 2018 in the United States.
One year has passed since Krux, Acronix, and Master Wu were all lost in time. During a celebration in downtown Ninjago City, six masked members of the Sons of Garmadon infiltrate Borg Tower and steal the Oni Mask of Vengeance. While leaving, they are confronted by Lloyd, who fights and overpowers most of them. However, Mr. E manages to escape with the Oni Mask, with Lloyd telling P.I.X.A.L. it was time to get the crew back together.
Meanwhile, the other Ninja are on various missions around Ninjago. Nya is dealing with a group of samurais in a valley, Cole and Jay are searching for Master Wu at an ancient temple, and Kai and Zane are battling the Mechanic.
Once the Ninja team get back together, Hutchins appears and tells the Ninja about the Oni Masks. The Ninja are then told that the Royal Palace was holding the Oni Mask of Deception. Hutchins fears the Sons of Garmadon will try to take the mask during a speech the emperor of Ninjago will give tomorrow, and asks the Ninja to help protect it, and the Ninja accept.
While they are guarding the palace outside during the Emperor of Ninjago's speech, Lloyd notices Harumi. The Ninja then think the palace is being attacked, but it is a false alarm. The Ninja are then invited by the princess to stay at the palace because the Royal Family is targeted since they have one of the Oni Masks. They accept the invitation.
Hutchins takes the Ninja on a tour of the palace after they agree to protect the Royal Family. They visit the royal buffet and Hutchins states that they can eat cake. Jay then states that Cole has "gave up sweets" due to the fact that Master Wu is gone. Proceeding on the tour, Hutchins tells the Ninja there are many secret passages in the palace that only the Royal Family know. After hearing this, Kai begins to start pulling books off the shelves, trying to find one of the passages. The Ninja are now lead into the main room where the Oni Mask of Deception is being held. Hutchins starts to explain about the mask, but while he is, Lloyd sneaks off to a room to find Harumi doing her makeup. Harumi notices Lloyd through her mirror and she quickly hides her face. Lloyd smiles awkwardly and rejoins the group.
During the night, all the Ninja are on guard. Kai and Nya are outside the castle when they notice Hutchins suspiciously walking away from the palace. He then notices them and walks back inside. Jay, Cole and Zane are in the royal buffet room. Jay is trying to convince Cole to eat some cake but Cole refuses. Cole then proceeds to tell Zane what a "party pooper" is. Meanwhile, Lloyd looks at the Mask of Deception, but after calling out for Harumi, notices she is missing.
- Eleven minutes of this episode were released in a sneak peak.
- Lloyd replaces Master Wu as the narrator of the episode titles.
- Several things are revealed in this episode:
- It is stated by Cole that it has been a year since Master Wu was lost in time.
- Because of Krux and Acronix's meddling in the past, the appearances of the Ninja were changed in the present.
- Misako has been searching for Master Wu on her own and no one—not even Lloyd—knows where she is now.
- The Mechanic has a cameo in this episode but this time with a different voice actor.
- Cole mentioning how Master Wu has been gone for a year can be considered a fourth wall break, as Season 7, the season Master Wu was lost in time, aired a year ago from Season 8.
- There is a statue of Khanjikhan behind glass in the Borg Tower, despite the events of Season 6 being erased.
- This is the first episode in which Sam Vincent voices Lloyd.
- P.I.X.A.L. returns, acting as a guide to Lloyd in his Ninja Nightcrawler in his chase with Mr. E.
- Nya has a new civilian outfit similar to hers from The LEGO Ninjago Movie.
- Lloyd was seen peeking in on Princess Harumi doing make-up, which is hypocritical of him given the situation in "Only One Can Remain," where Kai and Jay were spying on Skylor and Lloyd called it an invasion of privacy.