American Dragon Jake Long
Being Human
Muahha! I'm gonna let you down!
Jake without the dragon chi
Season: 2
Production code: 230
Written by:
Matthew Negrete
Directed by:
Nicholas Filippi
Broadcast Information
Disney Channel US Premiere:
August 4, 2007
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"Being Human" is the fifty-first episode of Disney Channel Original Series American Dragon: Jake Long.


Jake is stressed when he realizes how his duties as the American Dragon have kept him from having a normal school life. He intentionally gets suspended from his duties for a week to get the most out of his middle school graduation, and let Haley become the American Dragon. But can she handle this great new responsibility, which includes dealing with a vengeful Chang?


Jake as a dragon is flying over New York City, talking over a walkie-talkie to Trixie, who passes it to Spud. Spud presses a button which made a traffic light turn red. After almost getting caught by the driver, Trixie remarks about how she and Spud were alike. Jake tells them to concentrate or they would not get yearbooks. They end up breaking into the van to steal three yearbooks.

The next day, Trixie and Spud are very happy about the yearbooks and Spud tell Trixie how much he likes the yearbook. Jake comes over and tells them because of dragon business, he missed Picture Day, and 9th grade dance and a lot more. Spud reassures him that it has been slow and if it stays that way, he will be able to get some yearbooks signed and attend a Make-Fun-of-Rotwood (the principal)-Party. Jake gets his hopes up as Gramps calls to tell him that there was a magical emergency.

Jake rushes to Gramps’ shop to find out the emergency was only a test. He goes on to explain that he and Fu Dog are attending a three day Dragon Council Meeting. Sun says that he and Haley would be dragon training with her. Jake complains that the last week of middle school is now. Gramps refuses and yells at Fu Dog, who is trying to whack himself with a limbo stick.

Jake rushes into the gym to find everyone is with another person. Spud says that they are picking graduation partners. Jake asks if Danika Hunnicutt was open but Trixie says all the girls have been taken. Spud offers him a partner, which is CPR dummy. Jake complains that being the American Dragon makes him miss his normal life. Brad then goes to prank Rotwood, only to get suspended for the rest of middle school.

At lunch, the friends talk about Brad. Jake then says he has an idea and rushes home. Haley checks the rules, but finds out about Jake’s plan and threatens to call Gramps. Jake convinces her not to, saying she is next in line to be American Dragon if his plan works.

The Dragon Council talks to Jake after the cake explodes. As a result, Jake had his dragon chi taken for a week. Jake sees how cool it is to actually be a normal human being for one week. Back in New York, Councilor Chang and her sidekick, Bananas the monkey reveals their plan to make the Dark Dragon rise again.

Sun is preparing Haley to becoming the American Dragon. Haley claims that, unlike Jake, she will not let anyone down. Jake is apologizing to Gramps, with Gramps saying he is unable to understand how this could happen. Jake says it was a bad recipe and that he would act like a regular human. At Rotwood’s party, he teases him, with the kids saying that the imitation rocks.

Haley is practicing her duties. After going through one round, Sun says she needs to do it again… 199 times, that is. Jake and company are singing at Karaoke Night. At the same time, Haley is late for school and lies to her teacher on why she is late. Later, Haley has to find a troll’s wedding ring. She complains that the troll should be looking for it. At school, Jake loves the attention. After running into Danika Hunnicutt, she agrees to be her graduation partner, forgetting their previous encounter[1].

At night, Jonathan remarks on how calm Jake is compared to Haley, who is severely stressed out. After, she gets a call from Sun to tell her Chang is at the Magus Bazaar.

Chang is trying to find hydra scales and a phoenix feather. Sun and Haley attack them. Bananas poured Essence of Troll on Haley. Eventually, Chang defeats Sun and Banana finds the ingredients and the two escapes.

At the shop, half of Haley’s face looks like a troll. Fu and Gramps returned from the meet. Gramps says everything is Ok. Haley panics about her face. After researching, the four of them realize that hydra scales and a phoenix feather were needed, along with the American Dragon’s chi or blood to revive The Dark Dragon. However, Chang and Bananas were unaware that Haley was in place as the substitute American Dragon.

Jake runs to his house, only to be stopped by Danika Hunnicutt. She said that graduation uniforms were handed out early and that she picked up for him. Danika says it would be nice to move on to the next stages of their lives. Jake promises to be there and Danika leaves. Suddenly, Chang arrives. Jake forgot he was without dragon powers and Chang captured him.

Sun and Haley find Jake’s bag on the sidewalk. Gramps comments Jake should have been home hours ago. Haley accidentally tells Sun and Gramps of Jake’s plan. Grampa starts to go into a rant about how selfish and immature what Jake did was before Haley cuts him off, saying that they do not know how hard it is to be the American Dragon, she could not handle it even two more days let alone two years like Jake has. She lists all the sacrifices he had to make such as; saving magical creatures on a daily basis; lie to his own dad about who he is, say good-bye to the girl he loved, meaning Rose; while he may be the American Dragon, he is still a fourteen year old boy who wanted a few days to actually be a fourteen year old boy. Gramps sends Sun and Haley to rescue Jake and remarks that he has something to take care of.



At the construction site shown earlier, Chang has Jake chained to a rock impressed by sphinx hair. Jake claims he has somewhere to go, but Chang does not really care. She pulls out the chi and finishes the potion. However, the Dark Dragon did not arise. She worked out that Jake's chi was that of his mere human side. Sun and Haley then attack. Haley frees Jake and Sun and Chang fight it out. Trixie calls saying that Danika was worried. Jake replies that he a bit busy now and asks to cover for him. Sun is eventually knocked out. As Chang is about to steal Haley’s chi, Gramps arrives and yells that Jake is the American Dragon, returning his dragon-side chi. Jake turns into a dragon and fights Chang. Bananas is about to help out by knocking Jake out with a crane, only to be defeated by Haley. As a result, the two are defeated and they flee to a tunnel, where rocks trap them, but the hook scrapes Jake.

Later, after Sun bandaged Jake's wound Gramps says he is cutting dragon training in half, going to explain that he is only fourteen and deserves some time to hang with his friends. Haley can fill in and the four fly to graduation.

Meanwhile, Jake’s blood falls into the incomplete potion, with the Dark Dragon rising again.


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  • Lao Shi: As I've said before and will surely say many times to come, well done young dragon.
  • Jake: Gramps, listen, there's something I need to tell you. About the cake accident, I...
  • Lao Shi: It wasn't an accident. I know. And as a punishment, I'm cutting your dragon training in half this summer.
  • Jake: Listen, I totally under... w-w-wait what now?
  • Lao Shi: Jake, I train you hard because I know the enemies you have to face, but at the same time you're only 14 years old, you deserve some time to "chill" and "hang with your peeps".
  • Sun: And there's no reason why Haley can't fill in from time to time. She did a great job this week.
  • Haley: I did?
  • Sun: You most certainly did. But a quick piece of advice: stay away from essence of troll.
  • Lao Shi: Come young dragon, we have a graduation to attend.
  • (Jake, Sun, Lao Shi, and Haley transform into dragons and fly off)
  • Jake: So there you have it; the week that I wasn't the American Dragon. That night at graduation I got to thinking. Being human was a wake up call. (Jake remembers the time when he battled the Guardian Serpent, the Moss Monster, 88 and 89, rescuing Fu from falling, and opens locker with dragon claw) Sure there had been some tough times, but having magical powers has kinda rocked. And not just in a saving the people I care about kind of way but in a cool everyday kind of way too. I mean, don't get me wrong; having a secret, double life is always going to be a balancing act. (Rotwood gives Spud, Trixie, and Jake there rewards) But with the help of my friends and family...
  • (Susan, Jonathan, and Haley Long, Lao Shi, Sun Park, and Fu Dog cheering for Jake)
  • Jake: I know I can totally face anything life throws at me. (Jake and his friends throw there hats in the air)
  • Haley: HEY! When was the last time either of you were the American Dragon?! (Lao Shi and Sun look shocked) Well as the little troll girl currently filling the position, let me tell you its stinkin hard! I can't imagine it doing it 2 more days, let alone 2 more years. And to think about everything Jake's gone through: he's had to save magical creatures on a daily basis, lie to his own dad about who he is, say good-bye to the girl he loved, all to protect a mystical world that nobody knows about! He may be the American Dragon, but he's also a 14 year old kid who just wanted a couple days off. If that makes him immature, fine. But self-serving? With all due respect to both of you... STEP OFF! (Sun and Lao Shi are speechless) Heh, I crossed the line with that step off part didn't I?


  • Brad states that the prank played on Rotwood is "The fourth annual end-of-eighth-grade prank", this means that Brad has been held back 3 times.
  • Haley states "I can't imagine doing it 2 more days, let alone 2 more years." Doing the math, a dragon is required to protect their country until at least 16. It is unknown what happens after that.


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v - e - d Episodes
Season 1
Old School Training | Dragon's Breath | The Talented Mr. Long | The Legend of Dragon Tooth | Act 4, Scene 15 | Adventures in Troll Sitting/Fu Dog Takes a Walk | Professor Rotwood's Thesis | The Egg/The Heist | Dragon Summit | Body Guard Duty | Shapeshifter | The Ski Trip | The Long Weekend | Eye of the Beholder | Jake Takes the Cake | Hong Kong Nights | Halloween Bash | Fu and Tell/Flight of the Unicorn | Keeping Shop | Ring Around the Dragon | The Hunted
Season 2
Bring It On | Half Baked | The Academy | The Doppelganger Gang | Something Fishy This Way Comes | Breakout | Family Business | Hero of the Hourglass | Dreamscape | A Befuddled Mind | Fool's Gold | Feeding Frenzy | Haley Gone Wild | Supernatural Tuesday | The Rotwood Files | Hairy Christmas | Switcheroo | The Love Cruise | Year of the Jake | Homecoming | Young at Heart | Siren Says | Shaggy Frog | Nobody's Fu | Magical Enemy Number One | A Ghost Story | Bite Father, Bite Son | Game On | Furious Jealousy | Being Human | The Hong Kong Longs