Episode 1: The Cries of the Trees
The episode begins with Wicket, Kneesaa, Teebo and Latara walking through the forest at night, each carrying a lantern. Kneesaa comments on how dry the forest has become. So dry that there are no aura blossoms left. Wicket, who is in the lead, accidentally tumbles down a steep bank, but at the bottom finds a glowing batch of aura blossoms that have survived the drought. As the Ewoks approach the flowers to pick them for the next evenings festival of hoods, the glowing center of the flowers begin to fly about in the air. The Ewoks discover that what they thought were aura blossoms are actually Firefolk. As the friendly Firefolk fly about, Izrina, the Queen of the little creatures comes to greet Princess Kneesaa. As Latara plays her flute, the Ewoks and the Wisties (Firefolk) begin to dance about.
Unexpectedly, Wicket's grumpy Aunt Bozzie arrives, startling the Firefolk and scolding the young Ewoks. It was she who had apparently sent the party out to search for aura blossoms, but having no success, the Ewoks all make their way back to the village.
After the departure of the Ewoks, a hunting party of blue furred Yuzzums arrive at the spot where the Ewoks had just been, riding huge spider-like creatures. The Yuzzums capture most of the Firefolk in nets, but due to the valiant efforts of Queen Izrina, the little creatures are set free. As Izrina tries to flee, she runs directly into a trap at the hands of the evil witch Morag. As Morag journeys back to her lair, she mutters about the dryness of the forest, and how the Wistie Queen will serve her as she takes vengance on Logray and the Ewoks.
The next morning in the Ewok village, Chief Chirpa and Logray are meeting together in the Medicine Man's hut. Logray is busy preparing a cauldron of magic foam that could be used for extinguishing a forest fire. Elsewhere in the village, Princess Kneesaa's bordok Baga is running wild to escape from being bathed. His rampage sends him crashing directly into Aunt Bozzie.
After an unplanned ride on the back of the bordok, Bozzie is sent flying into a fishmongers stall. Bozzie screams in rage at Wicket as the young Ewok continues chasing Baga around the village.
Teebo, who has been quietly sitting on a tree branch, gazing at the forest, takes notice of the made chase, and calmly steps down into Baga's path. With calm words containing a hint of magic, Teebo mesmerizes the creature, who is then quickly taken away and placed in a wash basin by the grateful Wicket and Kneesaa.
While bathing Baga, Wicket and Kneesaa are greeted by Paploo, who has just come swinging down off a vine. As they discuss the upcoming Festival of Hoods, Teebo expresses his pride in his younger sister Malani, who will be receiving her hood. Paploo, who is ready for some fun, asks his friends if they would want to play a game called 'drop the sack'. Kneesaa is opposed to the game and will not play since the game has been banned by the elders. But Teebo eagerly agrees, but Wicket is worried that they may get in trouble. As Wicket pours out Baga's bath water, it all goes running onto the feet of Aunt Bozzie who happens to be near by. Rather than face another scolding from Bozzie, Wicket hurries to join his friends.
Meanwhile, in Morag's lair, the witch is concocting a potion while Queen Izrina struggles to break free from a tiny cage. Two Yuzzums enter and throw a struggling sack at the feet of Morag. Sending a bolt of electricity from her hand, Morag disintegrates the sack, revealing the Dulok Shaman who has been trapped inside. The Dulok has come searching for a remedy for insect bites, but quickly becomes distracted by the glowing Wistie. Wanting to eat the Firefolk Queen, the Shaman is subjected to another energy jolt from Morag's staff. She tells the Shaman that the Wistie is part of her plan of revenge on Logray.
Chanting, Morag then approaches the Firefolk Queen, with energy coursing through her staff. Within seconds, Izrina is transformed from a harmless Wistie to a fearsome, flaming creature. With the blazing creature flying around the cave, Morag reveals part of her plan to the Dulok Shaman: she plans to use the Firefolk to set the forest on fire.
Out in the forest, Paploo, Teebo and Wicket are in the midst of a game of 'drop the sack'. With Paploo and Wicket perched up in a tree, Teebo runs by underneath with a target strapped to his back, trying to dodge the falling sacks of mud. As Teebo taunts his friends, the commotion being made by the young Ewoks is overheard by Aunt Bozzie, who is near by picking flowers. When she comes to check on what the noisy youngsters are up to, she is unintentionally hit with a sack of mud. Wicket slides down a vine to apologize, but Paploo blames the accident on a giant mud slinging thunder bat. Paploo's attempt at escaping trouble is foiled, however, when Chief Chirpa emerges, carrying Teebo who is still wearing the target on his back.
Near Morag's lair, Morag and the Dulok Shaman are climbing a mountain path, carrying the captive flaming Wistie. The Shaman is still waiting to be given the insect bite remedy, which Morag now hands over, insisting that the Dulok now owes her a favor. After the Dulok hurries down the mountain, being chased by an energy bolt created by Morag, the witch releases Izrina, who infects every other Wistie she comes into contact with. The Wisties set fire to the trees, and within moments the dreaded forest fire has begun.
Paploo, Teebo and Wicket, having been caught playing an banned game, have been assigned heavy labor as a form of punishment. While the busy themselves clearing a path through the forest, one of the firefolk flies by, setting Wicket's broom on fire. Wicket, not knowing what caused his broom to burst into flames, beats the broom on the forest floor in an attempt to put the fire out. Instead, the fire spreads to a point where the combined efforts of the three Ewoks is not enough to extinguish the flames. Fortunately, Chief Chirpa, accompanied by two of the village elders arrive on the scene and quickly put the fire out by covering it with dirt. Wicket and his friends try to explain that they don't know who or what caused the fire, but the Chief and the elders don't believe them. The three supposed culprits are sent to a small outpost outside of the village and kept under guard by Weechee in order to keep them from getting into more trouble.
That night while the three Ewoks sleep, each one of them shares a nightmare about the trees. When they suddenly awake, Teebo is convinced that the trees are in pain and calling to them for help. His worries are confirmed when he looks out the window and sees that the forest is on fire. Wicket and his friends rush off immediately to the guards tent to warn Weechee and Willy.
As Wicket pleads with his older brother to believe him, one of the Firefolk burns a hole through the roof of the tent and starts flying about the room. Wicket sprays the flying creature with water from a flask, causing it to turn back to it's normal state. Teebo, who has caught the little creature, recognizes her as Izrina the Queen of the Wisties. Izrina communicates to Teebo, who understands the Wistie language, that the Wisties were put under a spell by Morag the Tulgah Witch. After hearing this, all five of the Ewoks race back to the village to warn the tribe.
Elsewhere in the forest, the tribe has gathered for the Festival of Hoods. The Chief reminds three young Ewoks of the importance of the bond between themselves and their soul trees (trees planted on the day of their birth), and then bestows hoods upon each of them. The hood given to Teebo's younger sister Malani is too large for her, but she would still much rather keep it than have a replacement.
As Chief Chirpa continues to speak, Wicket and his friends burst into the crowd and report the news of the forest fire. Chirpa doubts Wicket's story, but Izrina confirms that what Wicket is saying is true and that Morag is behind the fires.
Soon the entire tribe is battling the fire, but their water supply is running low as a result of Morag's Yuzzum servants having dammed the river. Fortunately, Logray and several other Ewoks arrive carring sacks of Logray's magic foam. The Ewoks load catapults with sacks of the foam and launch them into the burning forest. As it looks like the Ewoks may soon gain the advantage, Morag sends a group of Wispies to set the catapult on fire. Wicket douses the catapult with foam, turning the Wispies back, but not before the catapult is ruined.
With the catapult destroyed, several Ewoks gather together to discuss a new way to stop the fire. Wicket proposes that they uses gliders to drop foam on the fire from above, but the Chief is reluctant to agree to this idea. When Queen Izrina offers to guide the gliders safely through the fire and smoke, the Chief gives his consent to the plan.
The gliders lift off and quickly begin dousing the fire with Logray's foam. Back in the village, Chief Chirpa and the other Ewoks are about to set off to where the soul trees are planted, in an effort to spare them from the blaze.
While Paploo and Izrina are busy converting the altered Firefolk back to their natural state, Wicket and Kneesaa, who are also flying gliders, notice that the fire is dying. Just then, they spot Aunt Bozzie trying to put out a fire that is threatening her soul tree. Wicket swoops in to help her, but unintentionally drops a sack of foam on her head. Aunt Bozzie reacts in anger at once again being the victim of one of Wicket's accidents, but quickly her anger turns to joy when she sees that the fire around her soul tree has been put out.
Out on the mountainside overlooking the forest, Morag vents her anger at the victory of the Ewoks. In the middle of her tirade, Izrina and the Firefolk come and drop one of the sacks of foam on her head.
Much to the Ewoks delight, a much needed rain begins to fall. Aunt Bozzie thanks Wicket for saving her tree, kisses him, and the two of them agree to be friends.