Hatch Me If You Can
Hatch Me If You Can is the 30th (28th in the 4Kids broadcast) episode of the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! series. In this episode, Kirby is tricked by King Dedede into incubating and raising a baby Galbo as his own. As Kirby feeds the baby, he grows more and more attached to it, resulting in him brushing off the Cappy Town residents when the baby causes a mess. This attachment is later used against Kirby when an adult Galbo is brought in to destroy him, as Kirby is unwilling to fight something resembling the baby Galbo. However, when the baby Galbo chooses Kirby over its parent, the baby is attacked, resulting in Kirby fighting back and defeating the adult Galbo using the Fire Copy Ability.
The following characters appear in this episode:
|Cast of "Hatch Me If You Can"|
|"Well they're not gonna be any help! I'm gonna have to crack this egg case myself!"|
|"I'm so hungry I'm too weak to eat!"|
|"Someone help me!"|
|"I bet this thing'd make a great omelet!"|
|"Hmm. No missing egg reports coming yet. Nobody broke into any nests, lately. I guess Kirby can go back to sittin' on the egg."|
|"Oh! I'm sorry. I assumed that Kirby was the one who laid the egg!"|
|"Reading up on egg-xistentialism?"|
|(Fololo) "I wonder if the chick will be anything like Kirby!"|
(Falala) "Maybe it'll be a pink flamingo!"
|"That thing looks really weird!"|
|"Don't you want to play with us, Kirby?"|
|"Kirby's gone ga-ga for the mini Galbo!"|
|"Tiff! Tuff! That is not the hatchling! It is a different creature!"|
|"With Kirby so attached to that cute little monster, he won't want to fight a big ol' bad one! When the giant Galbo attacks, Kirby's history!"|
|"Hmmm...I'm not absolutely certain, but this may be the world's largest cue-ball!" *laughs*|
|"It's rainin' cats and dogs, but I never thought an egg would rain on me' 'ead!"|
|"Yeah! Its mouth takes up its whole face almost!"|
|"What a yoke! You didn't lay this, did you, Junior?"|
|"I know it sounds kinda wacky, but maybe Kirby's a bird!"|
|"Mr. Curio! Here's that instant soup you like!"|
The episode begins with Kirby parting company with Tiff, Tuff, and Fololo & Falala for the night. As they walk away, Tiff notices the cold and heads back to remind Kirby to bundle up only to find him sleeping in the nest on the tree instead of inside his house. Assuming Tokkori responsible, she barges in to the house to demand an explanation, but Tokkori insists that Kirby prefers the nest. Frustrated that Kirby is not using the house the town built for him, Tiff tries to wake Kirby up, but to no avail. Bemused, she leaves Kirby to sleep in the tree. The next morning, Kirby wakes to find that a large egg has appeared underneath him in his nest. Some of the kids then show up to get Kirby to play with them, but Kirby is hesitant to leave the egg behind. Disturbed by the commotion, Tokkori barges out of the house only to discover the egg. Once Tuff sees it too, he brings Tiff in to have a look at it.
Later on, Tiff and some of the senior residents of Cappy Town show up to have a look at the egg and determine where it came from, but the Cappies prove to be of little help, preferring to joke about the situation. After perusing the library at Castle Dedede, Tiff soon discovers a clue in the form of the Common cuckoo: a bird which lays its eggs in other birds' nests. She is then interrupted by King Dedede and Escargoon, which leads her to accuse them of planting the egg, but they predictably laugh her off. Out in the hallway, however, Dedede and Escargoon reveal they were indeed responsible for the egg, and relish what may happen when it hatches. Back outside, it begins to rain, and the kids leave Kirby to look after the egg. Kirby tries to get the egg back into the nest, but fumbles it, causing it to roll into the countryside and smack into Rick. Despite this opening, Rick helps Kirby by teaching him egg incubation techniques and leaves him to it. After protecting the egg from a falling tree, Kirby falls asleep on top of it. He dreams of becoming a bird, and grows fond of the egg in the process.
Some time later after the storm passes, Tiff, Tuff, and Fololo & Falala go out looking for Kirby, and end up finding him still on the egg. After briefly commenting on the situation, the egg starts to hatch. From the egg emerges a small purple ball-shaped reptile-like creature with no limbs. The kids do not know what to make of this creature, but it nonetheless bonds with Kirby. They watch as Kirby gets food for the creature, demonstrating its fortitude by crushing coconuts with its teeth and swallowing fish whole. As the group continues to forage, King Dedede and Escargoon watch on from their Armored Vehicle. The baby creature soon starts to cause trouble for Kirby by eating more than it should, causing a stir in Cappy Town. A number of them attempt to accost the baby creature, causing it to cry and offending Kirby. Seeing this attachment, King Dedede and Escargoon decide to initiate phase two of their plan. They call forth a much larger Galbo from the Monster Delivery System in the idea that Kirby will be unwilling to fight it due to its resemblance to the baby.
Outside of town, Kirby sets up a nest for his Galbo inside a ruined storm drain. As before, the baby's only instinct seems to be eating, so it first tries to eat the bedding, then bites Kirby's hand. Despite this, Kirby still goes easy on it. At that moment, the baby Galbo is led away by bait carried by Fololo & Falala, giving Tiff and Tuff the chance to try and reason with Kirby about the creature's behavior. The talk is interrupted, however, when the giant Galbo appears. After Meta Knight reveals the nature of the creature to the kids, it attacks them with fire breath. Kirby tries to evade the attacks, but finds himself unable to fight back due to the monster's resemblance to his mini-Galbo. After Kirby takes a few hits, Fololo & Falala return with the mini-Galbo and drop it between the two combatants. The baby is then forced to choose between Kirby and the monster which is likely its actual mother. It ultimately chooses Kirby and starts to fight back against the big Galbo, but is burned to a crisp in the process. Seeing this, Kirby mourns, then is filled with such rage that he sets upon the giant Galbo, swallowing its fire breath to gain the Fire Copy Ability.
Tiff calls for the Warp Star to help Kirby win the fight. Using the Warp Star, Kirby flies inside the giant Galbo's mouth and roasts it from the inside, causing it to swell and explode from the heat. Later on, the group gathers around the charred mini-Galbo, unsure of what they can do. At that moment, the mini-Galbo starts to move, and molts its charred skin, having re-grown a fresh coat underneath. Kirby celebrates and takes the banana bunch bait from earlier to feed the baby. While the two celebrate, the episode ends with the mini-Galbo biting Kirby's hand again, but this time receiving a proper scolding from him.
Differences between versions
- In the Japanese version, Chef Kawasaki has a few more lines regarding his opinion of the egg, including comparing it to a standard chicken's egg. These shots are cut from the 4Kids version.
- In the Japanese version, the book Tiff consults in the castle library is titled "The Juvenile Encyclopedia" in English text. This title is removed in the 4Kids version.
- Additionally, all legible text inside the book regarding the Common cuckoo is scrubbed from the 4Kids version. The species name listed "Cuculus canaorus" is slightly misspelled.
- In the Japanese version, Professor Curio comments on the egg by comparing it to Dyna Blade's egg from earlier episodes, rather than making a joke about it.
- In the Japanese version, the baby Galbo's cries sound like "giro".
- In the Japanese version, Doctor Yabui makes a snide comment on Professor Curio's marital status in Tuggle's grocery store, rather than joking about his salt intake.
- This episode has a very similar plot structure to Kirby's Pet Peeve, though with a happier ending for Kirby.
Names in other languages
Kābī no Nazo no Tamago
|Kirby's Mysterious Egg|
|German||Kirbys Brut||Kirby's Brood|