"Gift of the Card" is the eighteenth episode of the second season of Star vs. the Forces of Evil.

It premiered on September 26, 2016, alongside "Sleepover".[2]


Marco must use a gift card before it expires with catastrophic results.[3]


The episode begins at the Better Than Nothing Apartments complex, where Miss Heinous, the former headmistress of St. Olga's Reform School for Wayward Princesses, speaks with Rasticore Chaosus Disastervaine, a tall lizard-like bounty hunter with a jeweled left eye and robotic left arm. Heinous explains that she was removed from her position at the school because of a pair of "rogue princesses". She gives Rasticore a photograph of Star and Marco, telling him to destroy Star but bring Marco to her.

Using the bobby pin that Marco left behind when he and Star broke Pony Head out, Rasticore tracks his location on Earth. After some brief trouble starting his dimension-crossing chainsaw, Rasticore takes his leave.

Meanwhile, at the Diaz Household, Star and Janna go through Marco's wallet and make fun of the various gift cards he has in it. Janna discovers that one of the cards is vibrating, and Star realizes it is the Quest Buy gift card she gave him for the six-month anniversary of when they became friends. Star is hurt that Marco has not yet used something she gave him to commemorate their friendship, but Marco says he does not want to go to Quest Buy after the last time they shopped there. When Star insists that he use it before it expires at midnight, Marco reluctantly agrees.

At Quest Buy, Star and Marco browse the many items in search of something for Marco to buy, but Marco is very picky and indecisive, refusing everything Star suggests. Meanwhile, Rasticore arrives at the Diaz Household and asks Janna where Star and Marco are. Janna, absentmindedly using her phone and eating Gold'n Crispz, tells him that they went to Quest Buy, and Rasticore leaves again.

Back at Quest Buy, Star and Marco have only a few hours left before the gift card expires, and Marco still cannot decide what to buy. When Star becomes extra-insistent, Marco decides to buy a random item so he can exchange it later. However, the gift card in his wallet suddenly comes alive and zaps the item out of Marco's hands, and Star says he can only use the gift card on something he truly desires. Still unable to make a decision, he asks a customer service sloth for an extension on the gift card's expiration date. Unfortunately, not only can they not get an extension, but because of the contract Star signed when purchasing the card, she and Marco will be destroyed once the card expires.

Marco admonishes Star for signing such a contract without reading the fine print, and now the two are under even more pressure to use the gift card on something. Meanwhile, Rasticore arrives at Quest Buy in search of Star and Marco.

Ten minutes before midnight, Marco's gift card enters "expiration mode"—it transforms into a humanoid being of pure electricity and starts the countdown to when it will destroy Star and Marco. Star attempts to fend it off with her magic wand, but her spells have no effect. Even now, Marco still cannot decide on what to buy. Just then, he finds something he does want: a high-security wallet. Unable to take the display model, they race to find a sloth employee. In the employees' lounge, they ask for a wallet from the sloths on break, but they do not have any in stock.

With one minute left before Star and Marco are destroyed, Star apologizes for not telling him about the gift card's expiration date and endangering their lives, and Marco apologizes for being so picky with his item selection. As the gift card looms closer, Star and Marco have one last hug before they die. Just before the gift card destroys them, Rasticore comes crashing down through the ceiling on top of it. He is about to seize the "princesses" when the gift card reappears and instantly disintegrates him, leaving only his right hand behind.

Before the gift card can destroy Star and Marco as well, one of the Quest Buy sloth employees reveals that there is one high-security wallet left in stock—in Marco's favorite color too. Having finally found something in the store he truly desires, Marco uses the gift card to purchase it, and he and Star escape death. Some time later, Janna easily breaks through the security of Marco's new wallet, much to his sheer disbelief. Meanwhile, Rasticore's right hand is delivered back to Miss Heinous' apartment, and she vows to get revenge on "Princess Marco".


Major characters

Minor characters

Production notes


Title in other languages

Language Title Translation
Dutch Cadeau van de Kaart Gift of the Card
French La Carte cadeau The Gift Card
German Geschenk mit Folgen Gift with Consequences
Hebrew מתנה של כרטיס A Gift of a Card
Hungarian A Kártya Ajándéka The Gift of the Card
Italian Un Regalo Impegnativo A Challenging Gift
Japanese 友情のギフトカード Friendship Gift Card
Polish Dar Od Karty Gift From the Card
Portuguese (Brazil) Cartão de Aniáversário Anniversary Card
Portuguese (Portugal) Cartão Presente Gift Card
Russian Подарочная карта Gift Card
Spanish (Latin America) Tarjeta de Regalo Gift Card
Spanish (Spain) La Tarjeta Regalo The Gift Card


View the episode transcript here.


S2E18 Star and Marco hug each other
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  • Chris Tergliafera guest-stars as Rasticore.
  • Susan Bennett, best known for providing the voice of Apple's "Siri" for the iPhone, guest-stars as the Quest Buy gift card.
  • In "Sleepover", Marco states that his favorite color is red. In this episode, his favorite color is Prussian blue.

Revelations and continuity

  • This is the first episode since "St. Olga's Reform School for Wayward Princesses" to feature Miss Heinous, as she puts her plans for revenge on Star and Marco into action.
  • This episode reveals that it has been more than six months since Star and Marco became friends.
  • This episode reveals that Echo Creek is located in the state of Califórnia.



  • When Marco gets zapped by the card the first time, if you look closely, his regular shoes are briefly seen as he jumps and drops the salad spinner.


  1. 非公式 悪魔バスター★スターバタフライ (2017-01-24). 回毎にメンションをしますが、一先ず確定済み2月新エピ放送スケジュールをご紹介。 (Japanese). Twitter. Retrieved on 2017 March 5.
  2. Star vs. the Forces of Evil : Sleepover; Gift of the Card. Screener. Retrieved on 2017 March 5.
  3. Sleepover / Gift of the Card. Disney XD Press. Retrieved on 2017 March 5.

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