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"Shifu's Back" (also listed as "Shifu's Back!") is the eleventh episode from season two of Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness.



When Shifu throws out his back, Po has to sit in as master of the Jade Palace.[1]


Po and the Furious Five are chafing under the restrictions placed on them by Constable Hu, who refuses to allow them to use their kung fu against criminals like Bao, Tsao, and Lao without obtaining a permit. This lengthy and arduous process leave the masters bored and wondering if they should seek alternative employment, though Shifu is adamant that things will change. Unfortunately, Po falls on Shifu while practicing for a circus act, and Shifu winds up with an injured back as a result. Hu then arrives with their permit to go after the pig bandits, much to the group's annoyance, and protests that he doesn't like the situation any better than they do.

While the Five take advantage of their long awaited opportunity to go after the pigs, Shifu orders Po to remain behind and attend to him in his bedridden state. Unfortunately for Po, the incapacitated and irritable masters proves highly demanding, running him ragged with various errands. Some time later, Hu arrives in company with Superintendant Woo, his supervisor, who is anxious to see the masters. To the horror of Po and Shifu, he informs them that Woo is blaming them for the crime rate-notwithstanding the permit problems-and will replace the masters with a police force unless they can convince him otherwise.

When Shifu proves unable to get up unaided, Po suggests giving him a muscle-relaxing potion from the Sacred Scrolls; unfortunately, he triples the dose which causes Shifu to behave erratically. In an effort to save the situation, Po claims to be Shifu and that Shifu is really Po. Keeping the less than lucid master in a sort of baby carrier, Po gives Woo a tour of the palace in an effort to impress him and persuade him to let the masters continue fighting the valley's criminals. Unfortunately, the deception is torn up by the return of the Furious Five, and an angry Woo informs them that the Jade Palace will be shut down.

After Shifu has regained his senses, Hu attempts to reason with Woo only to end up fired from his own job. However, he then overhears Bao and company abducting Woo and goes to the masters for help. Joined by Po and Shifu, they intercept the villains and engage them, though not before using the situation to convince the superintendent to reinstate them in their various positions. They then succeed in defeating the villains, though a still injured Shifu is forced to team up with Po in a rather unorthodox fashion.

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  • This episode was available for a short time to download on iTunes before its official airdate, but it was later removed for unknown reasons.



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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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