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Prediction Predicament - Part I

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Prediction Predicament - Part I
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A frosted Kirby attempts to withstand Fridgy's further assault.
First aired Japan July 20, 2002
NA March 22, 2003
Episode # 41
Episode # (US) 38
Copy Ability (Abilities) featured Fire
Monster(s) featured Fridgy
Character(s) featured Kirby, Mabel, Tiff, King Dedede, Escargoon
Episode order
Monster Management Prediction Predicament - Part II
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Prediction Predicament - Part I is the 41st (38th in the 4Kids broadcast) episode of the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! series. In this episode, King Dedede has a nightmare about a giant flaming Kirby chasing him down, and goes to Mabel to have his fortune read, but she uses her fortune to try to convince him to build a playground in Cappy Town on a long-ignored request of the Cappies. Refusing this, King Dedede resolves to try and stay awake overnight to avoid the same nightmare again, but fails, and Tuff and Kirby take advantage of his fear of Kirby to scare him further. Meanwhile, after Tiff learns Mabel's trade secret from Samo, she and Mabel head to Castle Dedede to discover the true source of Dedede's nightmare and find using the castle's observatory a distant asteroid that is heading toward Dream Land. To try and deal with Kirby, King Dedede orders the monster Fridgy to attack him, but Kirby melts it using the Fire Copy Ability. Dedede is then shown the asteroid - allowing him to put his paranoia aside - and Mabel explains it will be another thousand years before it arrives, but Night Mare Enterprises decides to speed the asteroid up. What happens from there is shown in the next episode: Prediction Predicament - Part II.

This is the first episode to feature Mabel in a leading role.


The following characters appear in this episode:

Cast of "Prediction Predicament - Part I"  
Character Selected quote
Primary characters
"The crystal is very clear, Your Highness! You must build the children's playground!"
"Based on past experience, I think it's safe to say it's something stupid."
"Ahh! Kirby's after me again!"
"You need to make a formal request in writing so the King can review it as soon as he learns how to read!"
Secondary characters
"With swings and jungle gyms."
(no dialogue)
"Majesty! You're not really afraid of Kirby, are ya?"
"But Sire!"
"Don't you remember we wanted to build a nice park for the kids to play in?"
"What a wonderful idea!" *laughs*
(Fololo) "I'll bet he's having scary Kirby dreams again!"
(Falala) "Do you really think so?"
"We've been askin' for this park for three whole years!"
(no dialogue)
"And lots of trees and pretty flowers."
(no dialogue)
(no dialogue)
(no dialogue)
"We would like an answer from you, Your Majesty!"
"Kirby! The coldest nothing against fire!"
"Who knows what's in store for our Cappy Town friends, now that a giant asteroid is hurtling through space towards Dream Land! Is there anything Kirby can do to stop it? Tune in next time to find out!"
"This big guy can put the deep freeze on anything! We like to call him Fridgy!"
(no dialogue)
"Too bad he didn't stop into my place first so Mabel would know what to tell him!"
"That's not fair!"
"You mean Dedede's afraid of Kirby?"
(no dialogue)
(no dialogue)


Plot synopsis[edit]

King Dedede contests Mabel's fortune.

The episode begins one night at Castle Dedede. King Dedede is sleeping in his bedroom when a light shines through his window. King Dedede wakes and investigates only to find something resembling Kirby walking through the air toward him. As this Kirby-like figure gets closer, it grows larger, gains sharp teeth, and becomes surrounded by fire. King Dedede tries to get away from it, but it traps him against his locked bedroom door. In desperation, King Dedede swings his hammer wildly at it, when he wakes up realizing he whacked Escargoon in his sleep. After getting his bearings, King Dedede tells Escargoon about his nightmare. Later on, still reeling from his dream, King Dedede issues an order to his castle guards to not let Kirby attack him under any circumstances. Captain Waddle Doo steps up and tells King Dedede that Kirby is already in the castle playing with the kids, prompting Dedede to cower in fear. Meanwhile, Tuff is handing out lollipops to Kirby and the Cappy children. When Kirby gets his, he jumps in joy and accidentally drops it into the courtyard where it lands and sticks onto the back of King Dedede's robe. Kirby chases after it, making King Dedede believe that Kirby is indeed out to get him. As Dedede tries to run away, he passes by Tiff and Escargoon and then crashes into a wall, and Kirby snatches the lollipop off his robe.

King Dedede becomes fed up, and decides to go into Cappy Town to get his dream "interperated" by Mabel. As he enters town, however, King Dedede is blocked in the road by the assembled Cappy villagers, who issue a long-standing request to him to build a park for the Cappy children. Dedede brushes them off and drives forward, prompting them to scatter. They watch as Dedede enters Mabel's parlor and wonder at his motives, and Samo nearly gives away a trade secret while commenting on it. Inside Mabel's establishment, King Dedede gets his fortune read. Mabel tells him that he is not being hunted by Kirby, but instead, by his long-repressed conscience. She insists that until he builds the Cappy children their playground, he will continue to be haunted. King Dedede outright rejects this fortune, and leaves without paying after declaring her a fraud to the town. Tiff, Tuff, and Kirby then show up and learn from Mabel what Dedede told her. This gives Tuff an idea to use Kirby to scare him and the two run back to the castle. Tiff meanwhile is worried about Mabel's reputation, and Samo appears to invite her into the bar so they can discuss the situation. After serving Tiff a fruit punch, Samo explains that Mabel is not really a fortune teller, and instead serves as the town's counselor. During the chat, Samo nearly reveals his hidden affection toward Mabel, but manages to change the subject.

Mabel discovers a distant red star using the castle's giant telescope.

Later that night at the castle, King Dedede endeavors to never sleep again so he can avoid having another nightmare about Kirby. Escargoon helps by giving him loads of coffee to drink, but despite this, King Dedede falls asleep almost immediately, and then proceeds to sleep-whack Escargoon with his hammer repeatedly. Meanwhile, Tuff, Kirby, and Fololo & Falala prepare to scare him while Tiff, Samo, and Mabel try to divine the significance of Dedede's dreams. Mabel ends up spilling the beans about her and Samo's business relationship, and Tiff decides they should go to the castle to investigate directly instead. Once there, Tiff and Mabel stumble into an observatory and discover a giant telescope there. Mabel looks in through the eyepiece and discovers an ominous red star. Meanwhile, King Dedede falls asleep again and Escargoon decides to leave him to it in order to get out of potential whacking range.

Fire Kirby sets Fridgy alight.

Shortly after, Tuff and Kirby sneak in and Kirby uses a flashlight to shine a light on his own face in front of the snoozing King. When Dedede wakes and sees this, he runs screaming out of the room as the kids laugh at his paranoia. They continue to torment him with the flashlight as Dedede runs through the halls. In desperation, King Dedede calls Night Mare Enterprises and begs them to send him a monster that can put out fires. Through the Monster Delivery System comes Fridgy; a woolly mammoth-like monster that can blow freezing blasts out of its trunk. The monster proceeds to crash through a wall and attack Kirby, shooting him repeatedly with ice and chilling him. Kirby tries to inhale the ice shots, but is unable to, and is knocked around the castle. As Fridgy inches closer, Meta Knight appears and offers Kirby a torch to inhale instead, which grants him the Fire Copy Ability. Using this, Kirby fights back against Fridgy and overpowers it, causing the monster to melt into a puddle of water.

King Dedede is left to stare in horror at Fire Kirby and tries to run for it, but is stopped by Mabel, who explains that Kirby is not the monster from his dreams. Instead, she shows King Dedede to the observatory and shows him the bright red star through the telescope. She explains to him that the object is an asteroid that is heading directly toward Dream Land and may end up destroying the whole kingdom. Despite this ominous warning, King Dedede is relieved that Kirby is not the monster from his dreams, and decides to catch up on some sleep right then and there. Mabel then turns to the kids and reassures them that the asteroid will not actually arrive for another thousand years. However, seeing this asteroid, eNeMeE decides he'll speed the asteroid up so that it destroys Dream Land much sooner, and Kirby is left to monitor the red glow as it grows in size from a smaller telescope at the castle. The episode ends as the threat of the asteroid is established for the next episode: Prediction Predicament - Part II.

Differences between versions[edit]

Japanese-exclusive scene where King Dedede whacks Escargoon with his hammer as they drive into town
  • In the Japanese version, an extra scene exists while King Dedede and Escargoon are driving to Cappy Town, where Escargoon tries to ask Dedede why he is resorting to Mabel, only to get clobbered by Dedede's hammer while driving.
  • The establishing shot of Samo's bar is half in length in the English dub.
  • In the close up of Dedede in the cold open, his mouth moves about a quarter of a second earlier for lipsync purposes in the English dub.
  • A commercial break is added after Fridgy crashes through the wall in the English dub.

Dialogue differences[edit]

  • In the Japanese version, Samo's hints about his business relationship with Mabel are much more subtle.
  • In the Japanese version, Mabel insists the Phantom Star Gerath will not actually hit Dream Land, instead of saying it will a thousand years from then. Additionally, there is no overt implication that Night Mare Enterprises is affecting the trajectory of the asteroid, and is instead merely observing its approach.
  • The ending narration is not present in the Japanese version.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese メーベルの大予言 前編
Mēberu no Dai Yogen Zenpen
Mabel's Big Prediction! Part 1
German Ein Traum wird wahr, Teil 1 A Dream comes true, Part 1