In this episode, Murky Dismal's mother
decides to pay Murky a visit. She drives to Rainbow Land in her
flying camper and the first person she meets upon arrival is Rainbow
Rainbow gives Mrs. Dismal directions to
Murky's house - the Pits - and then leaves for Earth where she is
needed to spread more color. Mrs. Dismal thanks her and heads off to
find her long-lost son. She is greeted at the door by Lurky who is
under the instructions of Murky to keep whoever it is occupied. He
offers her a football at first (good old Lurky!), but she makes it
clear that she is not there to play games - she wants to see her
After forcing her way indoors and up the
stairs, she finally sees her 'child' Murky! She has no idea what
he's been up to all these years and gives him a great big hug :)
They start to talk, and Murky makes up a
whole story about his "castle" and that Lurky is his butler. So he
puts a jacket on Lurky and continues lying to his mother.
Murky's mom starts going on and on about
what a sweet child Murky was. She shows baby pictures to Lurky that
make him smile. Murky keeps saying how much he HATES colors and it
reminds his mom of a time when he used to LOVE colors!
She reminisces about how one day she had
been washing dishes, and Murky was alone in the den. He loved colors
so much that he started drawing and painting all over the walls!
When she finally noticed what he was doing, he had already made an
She couldn't believe what she saw and
got VERY angry! She started yelling at Murkwell (Murky's real name)
and told him, "You're going to get rid of all those colors if it
takes you the rest of your life!" And that is how Murky Dismal came
to hate colors.
After reminiscing some more, Murky
decides he wants to take his mom to see his "castle." So they hop in
the Grunge Buggy and Lurky 'escorts' them to Rainbow Land and
Murky's supposed castle.
The Color Kids run away in fear of
Murky, and when asked by his mother why, he replies that they work
for him! And so the three enter the Color Castle and Murky shows his
mother to her 'room' (which is really Rainbow Brite's room). And she
absolutely loves it!
So while Mrs. Dismal is admiring her new
abode, Murky goes downstairs to the Color Console and starts trying
to make everything gray and dismal. He instructs Lurky to dip the
Color Crystals into his gloom water which turns them gray, and then
put them into the console. And the more gray crystals he puts in the
console, the more gray smoke comes out of the top and starts to seep
out all over Rainbow Land! Red Butler and Stormy hear of Murky's
evil plan and they decide to beat him at his own game. So the two of
them wait until Murky is busy pushing buttons and Lurky isn't paying
attention, and they switch the gloom water with regular water!
Lurky, of course, doesn't notice the
difference and keeps dumping Color Crystals (now unaffected ones!)
into the console.
After a few minutes, Murky realizes that
it's not gray smoke that is coming out anymore, but a beautiful
The Color Kids' plan has worked and
Murky Dismal himself has sent the distress signal to Rainbow Brite!
Rainbow notices the signal right away and returns from Earth to see
what the matter is. She returns to find out that Murky Dismal
himself is in the Color Castle and is trying to destroy Rainbow Land
from the inside! She is initially shocked, but goes straight inside
to tell Murky exactly what she thinks of his evil plan!
Murky's mom hears the commotion and
realizes that Murky has been lying to her the entire time! Murky and
Lurky run away in the Grunge Buggy, but Rainbow, Starlite, Twink,
AND Ms. Dismal take off on their trail!
They catch up to the two evil doers and
Murky's mom tells him exactly what she thinks of his terrible
behavior! She tells him to leave sweet Rainbow Brite alone even
though he can't stand the idea. Finally, after giving Murkwell one
last 'life lesson' she determines that it's time for her to return
home. She thanks Rainbow Brite for being so kind and apologizes for
her son. And so they depart and Rainbow Land is safe once again :)