|The Ringing of the Bell|
|Season 1, Episode 7|
|Air Date||November 6th, 2014|
"Lullaby in Frogland"
"Babes in the Woods"
The Ringing of the Bell is the seventh episode of Over the Garden Wall.
Wirt and Greg are still walking through the woods in the rain since Beatrice's betrayal. Greg begins to wonder whether Wirt has a plan to return home, but tells him he indeed has a plan and Greg didn't have to follow him if he thinks otherwise. As the brothers to continue their walk, The Woodsman appears to them and explains that the Beast knows of the boys' presence and is going to come after them and tries to give them advice so they can escape his clutches. Unfortunately, The brothers don't listen to The Woodsman, believing he is the beast and runaway. The Woodsman tries to get the boys to listen but is stopped by The Beast and tells him they need to talk.
As the Brothers flee they find a house which they believe is abandoned and decide to enter. Upon entering they find a basket of turtles and a young girl named Lorna arrives surprised. Wirt tries to explain that they believed her home was abandoned, Lorna believes the boys and tells them to leave warning them of her guardian Auntie Whispers. Upon hearing the door open the brothers hide in one of the turtle baskets as Auntie Whispers arrives, she greets Lorna and instinctively believes there are children hiding in the house, Auntie Whispers uses a magic bell which forces Lorna to do whatever she commands and commands her to reveal what she was hiding. A hypnotized Lorna tells Whispers to look in the basket, thankfully finds one of the turtles instead of the brothers instead. Seeing Lorna has no dark secrets to keep she goes off to bed and tells her to sort the bones of those who have entered and have been eaten alive in the house before, but since Lorna had already done so Whispers commands her to clean the floor until it shines, claiming it was the only way to keep Lorna from becoming "wicked" and goes to sleep. Wirt and Greg then go to Lorna and see that Lorna is given a task by Auntie Whispers and when it's she's given a new task and so on. Wirt then agrees to help Lorna with washing the floor so they could get it done fast and so she could escape with them.
As Lorna and Wirt wash the floors Greg and his frog wander up to Auntie Whispers bedroom and accidentally wake her up. As Whispers comes downstairs she tries to command Lorna to come to her side but can't find her bell. The Brothers and Lorna hide in the closet. Auntie Whispers bangs on the door warning them to stay away from her before it's too late, at first Wirt and Greg don't understand what she meant, but realizes what she means when Lorna transforms into a grotesque figure revealing she was the one who was eating people and Auntie Whispers made her do so many chores to keep her wicked side at bay. Wirt and Greg escape through a window with Lorna chasing after them, but Wirt and Greg fall in a swamp. As Lorna comes closer, Greg then starts to shake his frog revealing the bell was actually inside him due to him swallowing it while they were in Whispers' bedroom, Wirt shakes the frog and commands the wicked spirit to stop making Lorna cause mischief and to exit her body and never return. After The spirit exits Lorna's body she is turned back to normal. Auntie Whispers sees this and is happy with this, but also sad since she would no longer need her to look after her. Lorna decides to stay with Whispers saying that she was her family and the two live a much happier life. As Wirt and Greg depart, Auntie Whispers warns them to beware her sister, Adelaide, stating she can't be trusted, unaware that her sister is dead.
Wirt and Greg continue their walk in the woods where Wirt begins to feel doubt about whether they'll find their way home, but Greg encourages Wirt to think otherwise and tells him to lead the way. The Beast, who is watching at a distance says to The Woodsman they were both lucky the boys didn't listen saying that his warning would have cost them both dearly. The Beast asks The Woodsman if he even cared about his own daughter's soul over the children, which he says he wanted to find another way other than bargaining the souls of children as of they were tokens, The Beast says, "No. There is only me, there is only my way; there is only the forest, and there is only surrender", ending the episode.
- The name "Lorna" was coined for the book Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor, also about a young woman with a dead family who is hidden away, but falls in love with a young man.(Reference)
- Auntie Whispers may be inspired by Yubaba and Zeniba from the movie Spirited Away.
- And there are many stories about girls from the world because they are outside the ghosts live in them.
- Wirt and Lorna show signs of attraction for each other during the episode, both blushing often at the sight of the other.