"Aurora goes through a survival camp with her grandfather River Johansen, while Sam helps Mr. Diaz with a new sculpture."
Aurora's outfit: Daily Orange and Leaves Dress
I already anticipated that this episode will bring some feels.
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The episode begins with Aurora checking every item in her huge backpack. Sam says she will only camp for a day and not travel, and asks if she's not overdoing it. Aurora says it will not be "just" a camp, but a survival camp with her grandfather River Johansen, which she postponed since she was 8. She thinks it may be the perfect opportunity now that she is learning to defend herself, as well as being a chance to miss grandpa. The ringing of the bell announces the arrival of River. After reviewing Angie and Rafael, he greets his granddaughter with a hug. Before leaving, Aurora asks if Sam doesn't really want to go and he replies that he was already promised to help Mr. Diaz with a new sculpture. After River and Aurora cross the dimensional portal, Sam goes to Mr. Diaz's studio. When asked what he has to do, Rafael asks him to sit in the chair while he scultures a giant block of granite. Meanwhile, River and Aurora arrive at the camp site. After dropping her huge backpack, she comments on how excited she is, and that she has brought all that is needed for them these two days. However, when turning her back, she sees her grandpa throwing her backpack into the river. River says she will not need any of it and that all she needs is in nature. "Including your clothes", he says and rips off his clothes with only a thong made of leaves. Aurora says she doesn't know how to make clothing with leaves and River says she'd better learn it soon because they're in the Dimension of the Ants that Eat Clothes. Aurora begins to struggle to see holes emerging in her clothes. River tells her to find him in the lake when she finishes and disappears into the trees. Aurora throws herself through the leaves and starts to work. Back in the studio, Sam says the sculpture looks great, but Rafael says there's no emotion in its face. Sam then makes an angry expression and Rafael scultures again. In the camp, Aurora sews the last sheet of her dress and goes out into the woods in search of her grandpa until she finds him by the lake. River comments about her having managed to make her clothes and says it's time for her second lesson: fishing. Aurora asks which rods River tells her to use her hands and throws himself in the lake, starting to punch the surface. Aurora shrugs and jumps into the water. In the studio, Sam says that now the sculpture seems to have emotions. Rafael agrees, but he thinks it's missing greatness. He asks Sam to pose with his chest stuffed and sculpt again. In the late afternoon at camp, after fishing, River tried to teach Aurora to light a fire with two sticks. He can easily do it on the first try and then claims to be her turn. Aurora says she'll try, but River tells her to "don't try, and yes, do", because the fire is what will keep them safe and warm during the cold night of the jungle. Aurora starts rubbing the sticks. Meanwhile, Rafael is still dissatisfied with his sculpture, claiming to lack "strength, brilliance and intelligence". Sam says he has an idea, but that will probably take the whole night. Mr. Diaz say that this will not be a problem, and with a determined look, pulls a cloth and reveals a coffee machine. In the camp, after exhausting hours of trial and failure, Aurora manages to light the fire. She runs off and stumbles, calling euphorically for her grandfather. She finds him sitting on the edge of a cliff, staring at the moon. River asks Aurora to sit by her side and starts talking about moon as if she were a person. Aurora realizes then that he is talking about her late grandma Moon. Kind of awkward, Aurora asks how she was and comments that her mother never talks about her. River says Moon was serious most of the time, having a low tolerance for anything messy or destructive, but she had a big heart and loved her family above all else. River then begins telling stories around the campfire about them, like the day they met, the night he saved her from a Mud Dwellers killer, when she drove him out of the castle, and many others. Aurora says she'd like to meet her. "You'd be her biggest treasure", River replies, "You're organized and nothing destructive, just like your grandma liked". Aurora and River continue laughing and talking in the moonlight before they go to sleep. The next morning, River leaves Aurora at the door of the Diaz house. Upon entering, Aurora is greeted by her grandma Angie, who says she arrived at the perfect time to see the new sculpture of Sam and Rafael. They uncover the work of art, a glittered marble humanoid being that no longer resembled Sam, holding a certain book of spells on one arm and a sword (or barbecue spit) on the other, with a bellyache's expression in its face, in a pose that supposedly should be heroic. With an embarrassing smile, Aurora and Angie say it was "perfect". Sam and Rafael are enthusiastic, and they are already planning the next sculpture. Angie says that next time they'll tell the truth and Aurora agrees. In Mewni, River reports to Star and Marco how much Aurora has evolved. The episode ends with Star looking at a portrait of her mother, saying she wishes they had met.