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"Sleep Spells" is the fourteenth episode of the first season of Star vs. the Forces of Evil.

It premiered on June 22, 2015, alongside "Lobster Claws".[1]


When Star "sleep spells," Marco tries to use psychology to cure her, but her nocturnal magic turns out to be her subconscious defenses against an interdimensional criminal trying to steal her face.[2]


One morning, Marco comes downstairs to find the entire living room turned into a jungle. Marco assumes this is all Star's doing, but finds it very peaceful and believes she is getting better at her magic. He then realizes he spoke too soon as suddenly a vicious Chimera-like monster attacks him until Star distracts the beast away with a laser spell. After Marco gives Star a tick on a notepad tally for saving him for the twenty-eighth time, he finds out that Star does not remember turning the living room into a jungle, assuming this was all Marco's doing.

Later that night, Marco is in bed asleep until he is woken by a giant worm-like creature squirming across his bed. Assuming this to be Star's doing, he goes to her room to investigate and finds her wandering around, casting magic in every direction while sleeping. She brings floor lamps to life, creates paper tornadoes and turns a beanbag chair into a monster, which all attack Marco. When Star finally wakes up, she quickly undoes every spell she cast, resulting in another tick for saving Marco for the twenty-ninth time. Star remains puzzled by what just happened but Marco tells her she was casting spells in her sleep, explaining why she did not remember turning the living room into a jungle. Star asks Marco to help her and he suggests using psychology. After gearing up with glasses, a notepad, clothes and a book on psychology, Marco begins with a series of psychological tests on Star to uncover what is bothering her. The first test is Role Play. Marco tells Star to pretend she is someone close to her and she literally pretends to be Marco; Star dresses in Marco's clothes and imitates some dialogue he does not really say. They move onto the second test, Art Therapy. Marco tells Star to paint her a picture of her childhood, but instead she does a painting of unicorns and monsters. Failing the second test, they move onto the third one, Ink Blot Test. Marco shows Star a series of Ink Blobs and asks her what she sees. Again Star fails to get the idea until Marco accidentally shows her a picture of a spot, which reminds her of her overbearing mother suffocating her with all the duties of when she becomes Queen. Thinking they have found the root to her problem, Marco deduces that the reason Star is casting magic in her sleep is because she has mother issues.

Unfortunately a night later, Star continues to cast magic in her sleep. When Star charges into his room and turns his bead into an inflatable cat, Marco discovers that all her nocturnal magic turned out to be her subconscious defenses against a goblin-elephant like monster known as Princess Smooshy, who has recently escaped from St. Olga's Reform School for Wayward Princesses and wants to trade faces with Star so she can send her back to St. Olga's in her place. She grabs Star and makes a run for it to the rooftop with Marco in pursuit. Once on the roof, Princess Smooshy opens a portal to St. Olga's and is just about to remove Star's face when Marco tries to use psychology to get through to her. When it does not work, he throws his psychology book at her face, causing Smooshy to drop Star and fall into the garden where the Chimera from earlier on attacks her. After the guards from St. Olga's send her back, Marco gives himself a tick for saving Star for the fifth time. When Star asks him why keeping track on the number of saves they make is such a big deal to him, Marco does not really have a clear answer. He assumes it's because Star is from another dimension and Marco himself is something that he is not sure of. Putting on Marco's glasses, Star tells him he is awesome and they do not need to get caught up in who saves who. All that matters is they have each others' backs. Marco agrees, but jubilantly points out that he still saved her. Immediately after, he almost falls off the roof, and sheepishly admits they should not keep track anymore as Star reaches to help him.


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Title in other languages

Language Title Translation
Chinese 夢咒 Dream Curse
Dutch Slaap Spreuken Sleeping Spells
French Star Somnambule Sleepwalker Star
German Zauberhafter Schlaf Magical Sleep
Hebrew כישוף שינה Sleep Magic
Hungarian Alva-varázslás Sleeping Magic
Italian Incantesimi nel sonno Spells In Her Sleep
Japanese 寝ながら魔法? Magic While Sleeping?
Korean 스타가 잠든 사이 While Star Is Sleeping
Polish Lunatyko-czary Sleepwalker Magic
Portuguese (Brazil) Magia do Sono Sleep Magic
Portuguese (Portugal) Feitiços do Sono Sleep Spells
Russian Сонное колдовство Sleepy Magic
Spanish (Latin America) Los Hechizos del Sueño The Sleep Spells
Spanish (Spain) Hechizando Dormida Bewitching Asleep


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Revelations and continuity

  • Marco is shown to keep count of how many times Star saved him and vice-versa:
    • At the beginning, Marco had saved Star 4 times, and Star had saved him 27 times (16 in 1st column, 11 in 2nd), according to his checklist.
    • He adds a 28th checkmark for her when she saves him from a 5-eyed cat-monster using Mega Explosive Crystal Laser.
    • He adds a 29th checkmark for her when she saves him from a monster beanbag chair using Lightning Turtle Rescue.
    • As of the end of this episode, Star has saved Marco 29 times and Marco has saved Star 5 times.
  • This is the first episode where Marco is never seen dressed in his signature outfit.
  • Marco's father Rafael is shown to be a skilled stone sculptor.
  • This episode reveals that Star has mother issues.


  • When Marco says, "Now, before we start, I must transform myself.", his neck and the back of his shirt is repeatedly not outlined properly.
    • In one frame, the bottom of Marco's shirt outline and color does not line up.
  • When Princess Smooshy says, "I came here for your face! To steal your face! You hurt me in my butt!", Star's wand is missing.


  1. Star vs. the Forces of Evil : Lobster Claws; Sleep Spells. Screener. Retrieved on 2017 March 5.
  2. TV News Desk (2015-05-28). Disney Channel Announces June Programming Highlights. Broadway World. Retrieved on 2017 March 5.