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Split Decision is the sixth episode of Skylanders Academy Season 2.
At the Training Island, Hex and Skull are the first to be tasked by Stealth Elf to pursue a purple orb whilst evading numerous obstacles, since Skull arrived late. Skull floats ahead to grab the orb quickly without waiting for Hex but hits it by accident, resulting in both of them being marked as failed in Stealth Elf's exercise. During Professor Jet Vac's sessions, Hex is already graded an A for her report on Hoot Loop, as Jet Vac assumes it idolizes him instead. However Skull reveals he changed the report to be about himself, which causes Jet-Vac to pull back their grade. Their recent indifferences raises tensions in their friendship.Kaos attempts to escape the Doom Raiders while they are all asleep, but is unable to. He is briefed by Broccoli Guy, having reported his failure to provide info on Kaossandra's Castle location to Golden Queen, who plans on throwing a roast for Kaos. With both of them uncertain of what actually takes place in a roast, Kaos believes it's the perfect opportunity for him to abandon the partying Doom Raiders. Meanwhile, Kaossandra learns of Glumshanks being hired as the lead comedian for Kaos's roast as he practices his alter ego, the Unknown Troll Comic, for the performance. Kaossandra orders Glumshanks to harshly ridicule Kaos during the roast to acknowledge just how stronger her son's powers have become and how weaker she is getting.
Eruptor is teaching the cadets in a therapeutic session. Hex is worried about Skull's detached behavior and tries to assure him, sharing with the cadets of her full trust in him as they accomplish her journey of being a Skylander. Skull angrily interrupts her, resenting her statement that she's the only one who wishes to be a Skylander and claiming he can be a Skylander without her help. Using his vast knowledge about Hex's spells, he begins reciting an incantation that can break his bond as Hex's familiar for good. The spell works, and Skull happily jumps away after being released from his orb, oblivious as to Hex's now eerie state. Hours later, Cynder and Roller Brawl wander the campus discussing Hex's disappearance when suddenly Hex creeps up behind them. She hugs the pair, converting them into mindless minions intent on spreading the evilness by hugging everyone else at the Academy.Meanwhile, Skull meets with Master Eon hoping to be accepted as a solo Skylander after breaking his bond with Hex. Eon is quickly horrified of Skull's actions, gravely informing him his action of separating with Hex was never meant to happen as it would leave her vulnerable of being overcome by darkness. Outside, Hex has hugged and infected all of the cadets. The Skylanders are easily surrounded and one by one are turned by the cadets into mindless minions themselves. Spyro, being able to fly, manages to evade them and take shelter inside the Library. Spyro alerts Eon and Skull of the Academy's inhabitants being turned evil by Hex. Filled with guilt, Skull confesses, reasoning that his decision was driven by his recent observations of Hex progressing alone of being a Skylander and believed his only friend no longer needed him. Master Eon assures him that their integral friendship is what will make them both Skylanders in the future. Committed to save Hex, Eon finally hands him the incantation that he must recite to Hex in order to restore their bond. With the cadets reaching the Library, Spyro decides to assist Skull in getting close to Hex.
The roast begins and an unrecognizable Glumshanks starts the opening. Almost immediately, Kaos begins to feel uneasy of how the jokes Glumshanks and the Doom Raiders make are about him. All throughout the evening, Kaos tries to hold in his anger. Glumshanks intensifies his ridicule to Kaos, finally reaching a breaking point, and he unleashes a powerful wave of his powers that levels the diner. Having had enough, Kaos angrily confronts Golden Queen and reveals he knows her intentions before declaring to abandon his loyalty to the Doom Raiders. Golden Queen attempts to turn him into gold, but she is shocked that Kaos is now immune to her powers. Realizing his powers are as powerful as Kaossandra's, Kaos has the powerless Doom Raiders on the run and vows to seek revenge on the "Unknown Troll Comic".Spyro carries Skull as they fly halfway through to Hex. Unfortunately, Spyro gets caught and is about to transform, but not before tossing Skull towards Hex. Hex however, manages to use a telekinetic spell on Skull and has him in her grasp, boasting about saving a hug for him alone. Skull quickly recites the incantation and reverts Hex back to normal again. Yelling the directions of each incoming assailant, the pair quickly assist each other in restoring the Skylanders and cadets that the sorceress turned.
After the confused cadets and Skylanders leave them be, Skull reveals Hex his mistake and apologizes for separating after believing to be needless to her. She explains to Skull that she was working alone so that they both can progress further into being Skylanders. When Skull admits of wanting to be Hex's familiar again, their permanent friendship is rekindled as Skull reacquires his orb. Skull promises to no longer sever their bond and the two share a hug, embracing their moment as inseparable partners forever.
- Stealth Elf
- Pop Fizz
- Master Eon
- Bad Breath
- Roller Brawl
- Trigger Happy
- Food Fight
- Golden Queen
- Chef Pepper Jack
- Chompy Mage
- Broccoli Guy
- Kaos leaves the Doom Raiders.
- Skull's spells are phrases with the words in reverse, unlike the gibberish spells used by Kaossandra and Eon, and Strykore's entire chants in reverse. The spells are:
- Now is time to say peace out and nice to know you, sayonara, ciao, and aloha!
- Please forgive my grave mistake, a friend who didn't give but would always take.
- Eon explains that the second spell is called "Reverse Evil", making the incantation a pun.
- Stealth Elf's remark on the episode's events, "an obscene amount of hugging involved", is a common adult reference used by other non-adult shows.
- Hoot Loop is mentioned as the subject of Hex's essay, despite having yet to make an appearance as of Season 2.
- The episode's original title was Hex-ual Healing, based on the pseudoscience alternative treatment Spiritual Healing. It was most likely changed due to an overt kid-unfriendly expression it could be mistaken for.