‘The Owl House’ Review: Season 2 Episode 8 “Knock, Knock, Knockin’ on Hooty’s Door”

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After so many intense and informative episodes in a row, I expected this most recent episode of The Owl House titled “Knock, Knock, Knockin’ on Hooty’s Door” to be a more fun, filler episode. Instead, the episode was disguised to reveal many huge moments and realizations among our leads. Hooty’s unintentional disasters instead gave our heroes the insight they needed to grow. 

The episode starts with Hooty writing a letter to Lilith in response to her most recent letter as they became pen pals when Lilith left the Owl House to spend time with her mother. Hooty tells her that he feels left out while Luz, Eda and King are out on adventures. In her most recent letter, she reminds Hooty that he is the Owl House and he takes care of everyone inside. 

Hooty greets everyone as they are congregated in the living room. King is having a moment, clearly going through all the emotions due to his quest to find his father. Eda is freaking out with clothespins holding her eye lids up over Belos’ plans. She’s extra on edge due to her being unable to protect Luz, King, and Hooty because she has no magic now. Hooty tells her not to overwork herself because the beast will come out. Luz snaps at everyone to quiet down so the echo mouse will come out and help her. She says “if he’s not happy, I’ll never make my way into Amity’s heart.” She catches herself and backtracks saying, ” I mean make a portal back home.” She runs off. Hooty declares that he has a plan to help everyone. 

King seems frantic as he goes through books trying to figure out what kind of demon he is. Hooty tells King he’s going through demon puberty. King says the last thing he wants from Hooty is a health class. Hooty shows King a demon test chart to help figure out what kind he is. King gives in and Hooty begins his lesson. All demons are either Bug, Biped or Beast. They first test out Bug and see if he can dance. He fails. For the Biped test, he has to duel. He fails at that too. 

The only way to test Beast is through a blood sample. The blood test comes back inconclusive but Hooty throws King a celebratory party for being him and that Hooty doesn’t need to know what kind of demon he is in order to be his friend. King tells Hooty he doesn’t need to learn to love himself and that he just wants to know where he comes from. He wants answers. King grows sadder and madder at his dad for leaving him alone when suddenly he casts a giant magical spell out of his mouth. Hooty runs off upset. 

Hooty tries to help Eda next. He’s worried the beast will come out again if she’s overworked and exhausted. Eda comes across a plate of cookies with a note from Hooty. She takes a bite and then realizes there’s sleeping nettles in the cookies. She tells him it also heightens her dreams meaning she’ll be stuck in her head with the Owl Beast. She realizes maybe this is a good opportunity. She decides to turn the tables and haunt the Owl Beast for a change. As she goes to make a move on the beast, she suddenly finds herself in the past with her mother and Lilith. Eda’s dad arrives and she runs to him. She suddenly realizes what moment this is. A loud celebration popper triggers the beast inside Eda and she attacks her father. This time in control, she tosses the beast out the door and slams it shut. Now watching from her current age, she sees her younger self and her injured father. The room breaks apart and she yells at the beast. She goes to punch it, when the room changes again.

This time we arrive at a  moment with Raine. They flinch seeing Eda’s raised fist. Eda realizes what this moment is too. Raine tells Eda they’re joining the Bard Coven. Eda tells the beast this time she’s in control, but when Raine breaks up with her, the beast comes out again. Raine grows scared seeing the curse in real time take over. Current Eda tells past Eda to stop pushing them away. Raine disappears and the beast reappears. Eda attacks the beast, jumping on its back saying it was all it’s fault and telling it to stop ruining her life. 

The next flashback appears. We see Eda in Beast form get captured. She manages to escape a hooded figure. As she flies away, her wings begin to burn up and she falls into the ocean. She suddenly turns into a scroll of paper. A man picks the scroll up off the beach, thinks nothing of it, and tosses it into his bag. We then see current Eda on the beach, a red rope attaching her to the beast as it tries to fly away and escape. It gives up and falls into the sand on the beach. 

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An elixir washes ashore. Eda tells the beast neither of them want to be there. If they can’t accept each other, the nightmare will never end. Eda hands the owl beast a bit of the elixir offering a truce. The beast laps the liquid in her hand and curls up on her. The sky suddenly becomes a colorful night sky and Eda says she’s never had a dream this pretty before. Eda suddenly wakes up in beast form. She sees herself in the mirror and realizes she’s more human than ever in the transformation. She twirls around and loves the new look. Hooty sees her emerge from her dreams in the new form, freaks out, thinking he made it worse, and runs off. Eda continues to be very fond of herself now. 

In her room, Luz asks the echo mouse how to ask out Amity, calling her  “a cotton candy haired goddess.” Hooty realizes her heart is torn between going home to her mother and her love for Amity. Luz tells the mouse that Amity has to be asked out in a special way. She doesn’t want Amity to think she’s cheesy. Hooty leaves a note for Luz telling her to go to the basement. Luz’s first reaction was, “We have a basement?” 

In the basement Luz thinks she sees Amity, but it’s just a lamp. Suddenly she realizes Amity is in the basement. Amity asks Luz where they are and tells her that Hooty brought her there. Blushing, Luz apologies. Amity brings up “what happened at my place” aka the kiss and she begins to ask if they can forget it ever happened. Luz cuts her off before getting the chance to reply, saying she’ll help get Amity out of the basement. The floor suddenly gives way. The two embrace each other in fear, blushing, and fall through the door in the floor as Hooty watches from above. 

They land in a pile of heart shaped pillows and Luz burns one realizing what Hooty is trying to do. She runs off the pile of pillows and sees a note from Hooty. It says the only way out is through the tunnel of love. Luz looks up as a tunnel of love is suddenly lit up by lights. Luz fears Amity will think she’s a loser for it. Hooty grabs the two and puts them on his back which is now in the shape of a swan boat. As they go through the tunnel Luz covers her face mortified. Amity looks around loving it, her whole face blushes. She begins fixing her hair. 

Luz tries to block Amity from seeing signs and messages of love for Amity. She apologizes to Amity for what Hooty did. Amity begins to look dejected as Luz tries to destroy everything with glyphs. Amity walks off at the end of the ride without looking back. Luz calls the ride stupid, trying to play it cool. Amity replies saying “I mean us dating? That’s stupid, right?” Luz gasps and Hooty begins screaming and crying saying he did it again saying he can’t help anyone. 

Hooty begins to try to rip himself out of the house, sobbing and screaming “rid this house of thyself!” King tries to calm Hooty down but Hooty tries even harder to remove himself. Eda feels the house shaking and sees King fall off the roof. She flies to him in time and rescues him. They then wonder where Luz is. They then see Luz and Amity emerge from the basement confused, asking what’s happening. Just then a piece of the roof breaks away from the house. Luz and Amity cower in it’s shadow as it heads towards them. King screams “no!”, releasing a spell which shatters the debris before it crushes the two. The explosion and dust turn the sky purple and sparkly. Luz and Amity look at it in wonder. They then look at each other. Eda asks if King did that and he realizes he has a power now. 

Eda flies the two down to Luz and Amity to make sure they’re ok. Luz comments that she loves the new form of Eda. Hooty continues freaking out saying he failed them all. Eda and King each explain to Hooty that he actually helped them. They ask Luz what he was trying to help her with. Luz suddenly begins to sweat, looking back at Amity. She takes a deep breath composing herself a bit and whispers to Eeda and King that he was trying to help her ask Amity out. Eda encourages her to do it. Luz begins to blush again, questioning if she really wants to do it while Hooty is having a tantrum. Eda tells her she can help with that, reminding Luz that it doesn’t need to be perfect. Eda flies off grabbing Hooty and pulls him away from the house. 

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Luz helps Amity up, making sure she’s okay. Luz explains that she was trying to come up with something perfect for Amity and that she felt Amity was too cool for the tunnel of love. Luz blushes and Amity begins blushing, saying she’s not as cool as Luz thinks. Luz builds up the courage to speak when suddenly Amity bursts out saying “Do you want to go out with me!?” Luz says she was just about to be ready and Amity tells her she can go ahead. Luz asks Amity if she wants to go out with her. (!!!!!) Amity screams yes and the two look at each other for a beat. Luz bashfully looks to the side and slowly raises her hand to Amity. They embrace hands and confess that it still feels scary.

In the house, Hooty finishes up his letter to Lilith. He tells her that King may not know where he came from but he’s learning more about himself each day. We see King practicing his new voice powers. Hooty then tells Lilith that Eda’s embraced becoming Harpy Eda and has accepted the Owl Beast as part of her now. He then says that Luz’s girlfriend has helped her retrieve more information from the echo mouse. He calls them adorable. He also tells Lilith he’s never allows to try and help anyone again, but acknowledges that he was a genius! 

Hooty puts the finished letter in the mail announcing that everything is solved and that there are no more mysteries. A figure then approaches him. He hands Hooty a letter, asking him to ensure it makes its way to King Clawthorne. We then see this appears to be the figure we saw at the end of last week’s episode who saw kings live video. A bug lands on the letter and Hooty freaks out, swallowing it and the letter in an instant. Hoot jokes, saying he hopes that it was just junk mail… HOOTY!!!!!!!

This episode caught me off guard for so many reasons! Like I said earlier, I expected this to be a more filler type episode where we got a funny story with Hooty trying to help, but getting in the way. Instead we got such a treat! This episode was funny, heartfelt, and full of big moments. It felt like the perfect place in the story for it all to happen too. With only a few episodes left in this half of the season, it got everyone to a point where now they can use what they gained this week to help them in the long run. 

King is still on his quest to find his father and figure out who he is, and why he is the only one of his kind that he knows. The fact that he now has this magical power is going to be a big boost to his journey. He’s seeing progress now. This is also in addition to the fact that the figure who resembles him a bit from last week’s episode made an attempt to reach out to King. We’ll see if Hooty is able to deliver the letter, as in this episode every time he swallowed someone, they were eventually able to be freed. Maybe someone will stumble upon the letter. They’d better find it. I need more answers!! Oh and King needs them too! 

Eda’s been battling the Owl Beast inside her since she was a kid and yet due to Hooty, she’s now been able to embrace it for the first time in her life. She’s never been able to confront the beast. We’ve only seen her run away from it when she’s trapped in her own head. Seeing Eda go into her past too was really interesting. She’s hurt people and pushed them away because of the curse. Now she can see that she was wrong and should have confronted it head on. She’s a strong person and now moving forward, the two working together will be a much better experience for Eda. I wonder if Lilith will also be able to embrace her curse. She’s much newer to it, so she doesn’t share the same horrors Eda suffered through most of her life. 

I loved seeing Luz all excited and nervous about building up the confidence to finally ask Amity out. When it came down to it, Amity felt the same way. I loved the fact that once they made it official, they confessed that they both are still scared. At least they now have each other to be there and get through their fears as a couple. It was such an important moment. This will now help both of them calm some of their nerves going forward also. They have both been so on edge, stuck in their own feeling that they were afraid to confess to the other. Amity can relax a bit now, especially that she’s grown into a much more confident person who is now able to go for what she wants and not always follow along with what others want. This will also give Luz the opportunity to focus on finding a way home. She’ll still be conflicted about the two lives she wants to live simultaneously, but at least she’ll have Amity now with her in her corner along with Eda, King and Hooty. 

Hoot’s major freak out each helped the group find what they really needed. It was a great play on his chaotic energy. I also loved how it was all framed in the form of a letter to Lilith, who has remained a pen pal, confirming their best friends status. It also shows how much Lilith has grown and still wants to know whats happening, even when she’s not around. We probably wont see Hooty in such a big role again due to him not being allowed to ever help again, but he’ll still always have everyone best interest at heart. 

This season is just flying by. There have been so many huge moments, and there is still a whole second half of the season yet to come. I can only imagine it will continue to ramp up from here on out. They need to figure out how to stop Belos, how to get Luz home to her mom and help King find his dad and who he really is. This plus all the other little bits we’ve seen along the way like Raine being captured, Hunter questioning things, and Lilith’s research. There’s so much going on! I’m so excited to continue this journey. This season is on fire and I absolutely can’t wait for next week!

The Owl House Season 2 airs Saturday mornings on Disney Channel. New episodes can be streamed on Disney Now.

Lee Arvoy
Lee Arvoy joined the TV Source team in the summer of 2020 as a TV Writer.

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