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"Present Tense" is the tenth episode from season two of Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness.



As the annual Winter Festival approaches, Po doesn't have enough money to buy his dad the awesome present he deserves, so he takes a job as a bounty hunter to capture a dangerous escaped convict for the reward.[1]


As the Valley of Peace prepares for the Winter Festival once more, Mr. Ping is anticipating the arrival of numerous kung fu masters in addition to guests like Xiao Niao. The Furious Five, Shifu, and Po have been enlisted to help in the preparations, but Tigress is less than thrilled. She then discovers that Po's gift for his father is a misshapen spoon, and her comments prompt Po to start looking for another gift, particularly after he finds his father's present for him. While Tigress ends up working with Xiao Niao, Po enlists Viper to help him find a better gift, and locates an ideal wok only to find that it's incredibly expensive. As Po despairs over finding a gift for his father, Constable Hu appears with a wanted notice for a criminal, with the reward for his capture being the exact amount Po needs for the wok.

Po then sets out for the Muchang Township in search of the renegade kung fu master, Shengqi, only to find that the villagers have no intention of letting him capture the escaped prisoner. After handily defeating them, Po picks up Shengqi's trail and pursues him, while Tigress finds her apathy towards the holiday at odds with the festive Xiao Nao. Po eventually tracks down Shengqi, who upon being defeated reveals he was once the guardian of Duke Pingjun. When Shengqi intervened in the duke's attempt to unjustly punish his daughter for her clumsiness, Pingjun had him arrested and sent to Chorh-Gom Prison for life.

Though initially sympathetic, Po comes to believe that Shengqi is lying about his act of breaking out of prison in order to see his daughter for the festival. Shengqi manages to escape him and leaves him tied up before departing, but Po is able to use the bent spoon to make his escape. Back in the village, Tigress' frustration with the holiday causes her to explode at Xiao Nao, who points out that, while Tigress may be an orphan, she does have a family-her fellow masters-which is more than Xiao Nao can say. Po tracks Shengqi to a mountain peak where he is fighting off a number of Imperial Army rhinos, only to be forced to confront him atop the icy heights.

During the fight, Po recognizes that Shengqi is wearing a necklace that is a twin to one worn by Xiao Nao, and realizes that the renegade warrior is speaking the truth. He defeats Shengqi, but then frees him from the rhinos in order to escort him back to the village to see his daughter; meanwhile, Tigress apologizes to Xiao Nao by gifting her with a new instrument to replace one broken in Tigress' earlier temper. Po and Shengqi then arrive and see Xiao Nao, only for Hu to interrupt. Po informs him of Shengqi's innocence, and the reunion between father and daughter moves Hu, who promises to seek justice for the wrongly convicted master. Mr. Ping and Po then exchange gifts, and Mr. Ping expresses his appreciation for Po's handmade gift before the villagers join in a singalong.

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The ice dragon from Kung Fu Panda Holiday

  • The Chinese text on the wanted flyer for Shengqi ("500元獎金?"; simplified Chinese: 500元奖金; pinyin: yuán jiǎngjīn) translates approximately to "500 yuan bonus."
  • The same ice dragon sculpture that appeared in Kung Fu Panda Holiday also appears in this episode.




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Legends of Awesomeness Season 2 episodes
No. in series No. in season Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod. code
27 1 "Kung Fu Day Care" Juan Meza-Leon Doug Langdale Apr. 6, 2012 201
28 2 "Royal Pain" Lane Lueras Gene Grillo Sep. 26, 2012 214
29 3 "The Most Dangerous Po" Michael Mullen Gene Grillo Oct. 13, 2012 203
30 4 "The Po Who Cried Ghost" Michael Mullen Gene Grillo Oct. 27, 2012 207
31 5 "Kung Shoes" Lane Lueras Doug Langdale Nov. 3, 2012 209
32 6 "Bosom Enemies" Lane Lueras Gene Grillo Nov. 10, 2012 215
33 7 "Enter the Dragon (Part 1)" Aaron Hammersley, Michael Mullen Scott Kreamer, Peter Hastings Nov. 12, 2012 220
34 8 "Enter the Dragon (Part 2)" Aaron Hammersley, Michael Mullen Scott Kreamer, Peter Hastings Nov. 12, 2012 221
35 9 "Master and the Panda" Michael Mullen Gene Grillo Nov. 24, 2012 212
36 10 "Present Tense" Michael Mullen Doug Langdale Dec. 8, 2012 213
37 11 "Shifu's Back" Michael Mullen Paul Rugg Jan. 14, 2013 205
38 12 "Terror Cotta" Michael Mullen Doug Langdale Jan. 15, 2013 225
39 13 "The Spirit Orbs of Master Ding" Lane Lueras Tom Sheppard Jan. 16, 2013 226
40 14 "The Maltese Mantis" Michael Mullen Paul Rugg Jan. 17, 2013 202
41 15 "Invitation Only" Michael Mullen Paul Rugg Jan. 18, 2013 217
42 16 "The Midnight Stranger" Juan Meza-Leon Doug Langdale Jan. 20, 2013 206
43 17 "Shoot the Messenger" Lane Lueras Kevin Campbell Jan. 22, 2013 219
44 18 "A Tigress Tale" Juan Meza-Leon, Gabe Swarr Paul Rugg Jan. 23, 2013 211
45 19 "Crane on a Wire" Lane Lueras Gene Grillo Jan. 24, 2013 204
46 20 "The Secret Museum of Kung Fu" Michael Mullen Doug Langdale Jan. 25, 2013 224
47 21 "Bride of Po" Michael Mullen Tom Sheppard Feb. 14, 2013 303
48 22 "Five is Enough" Aaron Hammersley Gene Grillo Jun. 17, 2013 301
49 23 "Mama Told Me not to Kung Fu" Lane Lueras Doug Langdale Jun. 18, 2013 222
50 24 "Secret Admirer" Gabe Swarr, Aaron Hammersley Katie Mattila Jun. 19, 2013 216
51 25 "Qilin Time" Juan Meza-Leon Paul Rugg Jun. 20, 2013 210
52 26 "Huge" Aaron Hammersley Gene Grillo Jun. 21, 2013 223
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