Right Hand Robot
Right Hand Robot is the 78th episode of the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! series. In this episode, Escargoon builds a robotic duplicate of himself to serve King Dedede in his place, but Dedede's tests end up wrecking the robot time and again. Escargoon spends several sleepless nights repairing the robot, but eventually finds he cannot keep up, and also ends up losing Tiff's trust and assistance after he tries to pretend to be the robot himself and is forced by Dedede to attack Kirby. Escargoon resorts to pleading with Night Mare Enterprises for help, and they send him a heart-shaped piece which transforms the droid into a death machine. Kirby ends up having to destroy the robot using the Bomb Copy Ability, leaving Escargoon to bemoan the fate of his beloved creation, and then promptly fall asleep from exhaustion.
The following characters appear in this episode:
|Cast of "Right Hand Robot"|
|"You have to let that robot make some mistakes!"|
|"Escargoon! This your pea-brained idea of a joke?!"|
|"You snail-driver! I'm tired of being harassed, tired of being insulted, and tired of being tired!"|
|"MUST. CRUSH. KIRBY."|
|"A monster!"||Appears only in the Japanese version, so his dialogue is translated from that version.|
|"Ah! Look out!"|
|"I vish[sic] I had a droid to be my housekeeper."|
|"Run! We're under attack!"|
|"My my, it's so mild again, today..."||Appears only in the Japanese version, so his dialogue is translated from that version.|
|"No, you won't!"|
|"The gizmo I've got'll make your robot irresistible!" *laughs*|
|"It's probably going to be a quiet day."||Appears only in the Japanese version, so his dialogue is translated from that version.|
|"I'd be happy to buy you one, my dear! It would be great if you had someone else to boss around besides me!"|
|"What you been eatin', Kirby?"|
|"Aren't you gonna get his tea?"|
The episode begins at Castle Dedede, where King Dedede proceeds to start working Escargoon harder than usual, forcing him to do all sorts of minute tasks for the King in rapid succession. During this, Escargoon accidentally spills hot tea on himself, and instead of taking pity on him, King Dedede whacks him for spilling tea on the carpet. Escargoon then decides he has had enough abuse, and gets to work that night on a robotic replacement of himself, convinced that King Dedede will not notice the difference. The next morning, King Dedede calls Escargoon to get tea again, and instead of delivering it himself, he sends the robot off to do the task for him as Tiff, Tuff, and Kirby watch. King Dedede asks the droid for several things which are promptly delivered, but notices something is wrong when he tries to hit the robot to no effect, and ends up with swollen hands instead. As the robot wraps his hands in bandages, King Dedede realizes that it's not really Escargoon, and the real snail along with the kids come out to laugh at him.
Escargoon then explains that the Escar-droid will obey any of King Dedede's commands, so the King decides to test it by ordering it to attack Escargoon, which it does. He then sends it after Kirby, who makes a run for it after receiving several hits from the droid. After running through the castle, Kirby manages to avoid the robot as it plummets off a balcony and gets wrecked. Escargoon is left to try and repair it while Tiff scolds him for building something so dangerous. Escargoon then demands that Tiff help him rebuild the robot. She refuses at first, but ends up helping him anyway. After another night in the observatory, Escar-droid is repaired and made "unbreakable". From there, it resumes its duties as it cleans up King Dedede's room. As Escargoon watches, he notices the robot nearly dropping a flower vase and runs in to correct it. After the robot is given another task to straighten a painting, Escargoon then runs in again to try and do it himself, but ends up dropping the painting along with a light fixture due to his fatigue. At the end of the day, King Dedede gloats that he managed to break the Escar-droid again and demands Escargoon to fix it up.
Escargoon asks Tiff to help him repair it again, and as before, she initially refuses, but ends up helping anyway after her parents urge her to. They work all night to try and fix it, but do not finish in time. So as not to blow his cover, Escargoon puts on pieces of the suit and pretends to be the robot, delivering King Dedede his tea. Escargoon then starts to realize his folly as he is forced to perform more duties for the King, having not slept for several days. Escargoon tries to excuse himself, but King Dedede sees through his disguise and plays along, ordering the "droid" to attack Kirby again. Escargoon is forced to comply, and proceeds to attack Kirby and Tuff out in the courtyard using a bazooka. He starts to become manic and delusional during this attack, but he ends up being stopped by Meta Knight, who knocks him aside using a Slide kick. Later that night, Tiff and Tuff berate Escargoon for trying to attack Kirby, and swear - this time for real - to never to help him repair the robot again.
Left with no other options, Escargoon decides to contact Night Mare Enterprises in the middle of the night and request them to help him fix up his robot. The N.M.E. Sales Guy sends him a "gizmo" shaped like a heart, which Escargoon uses to empower his robot with feelings. After flipping a switch, a bolt of lightning strikes the droid to power it up, which also causes the robot to automatically rebuild its outer shell. The next morning, an extremely sleep-deprived Escargoon shows off his newly-rebuilt droid to King Dedede, and shows off its improved abilities when it successfully fulfills King Dedede's request for it to make him a ten-course meal in less than a minute. King Dedede then orders the Escar-droid to attack Escargoon again, but it replies that it was "not programmed to fight" and instead gives King Dedede a massage. Dedede commends Escargoon for his programming skills, but at that moment, the N.M.E. Sales Guy returns to reveal that the droid was powered up using technology from his company, and tells King Dedede that pressing the green button on the droid's shell will change its temperament from passive to hostile, and he does so, revealing the droid' combat abilities.
King Dedede then gets an idea to send the droid after Kirby, but the N.M.E. Sales Guy warns him first not to push the droid's red button. Despite this warning, King Dedede is overcome with curiosity and presses it anyway, turning the droid into a flying death machine with cannons for hands. Escar-droid then flies out of the castle and starts wreaking havoc on Cappy Town, blowing up houses and terrorizing the Cappies. It also ends up destroying Kirby's house and antagonizing both of its residents with further missiles. Tiff calls for the Warp Star to help Kirby fight back, and Kirby ends up inadvertently leading the droid's seeker missiles into King Dedede and Escargoon after they drove in on the Royal Racecar. Kirby then inhales one of the droid's missiles to gain the Bomb Copy Ability. From here, after avoiding another homing missile, Kirby traps the droid between its own missile and Kirby's bomb to blow it up in mid-air. After picking up one of the pieces, Escargoon laments the loss of his faithful robotic servant as the others comment, but then Escargoon finally collapses from exhaustion and falls asleep. The episode ends as Kirby follows suit and falls asleep as well.
Differences between versions
- In the Japanese version, the scene where King Dedede complains about the dust in his room features a couple more shots.
- In the Japanese version, an arrangement of the first portion of the end credits theme for Kirby Super Star plays while Robo-Escargon 2 is preparing King Dedede's one-minute meal.
- In the Japanese version, there is an extra scene where Mayor Len Blustergas and Professor Curio are commenting on how peaceful the day is just before Robo-Escargon 2 attacks Pupu Village.
- Another scene appears where Chef Kawasaki runs from the robot as it attacks.
- In the Japanese version, Fumu does not outright refuse to help Doctor Escargon repair Robo-Escargon at first, but merely complains about being asked to help. Additionally, there is no implication that they made it harder to break.
- In the Japanese version, when King Dedede breaks the Robo-Escargon again, he is singing (translated) "Double the Escargon, double the fun."
- In the Japanese version, Robo-Escargon 2 says (translated) "Robo-Escargon 2 One-Minute Cooking". This is a reference to the cooking show in the earlier episode A Half-Baked Battle.
- The scene where Escargoon empowers the Escar-droid using lightning is a reference to Mary Shelley's horror story Frankenstein.
- Escargoon mourning the loss of his droid after picking up one piece of it mirrors Kirby's loss of his Electronic Pet in the episode Kirby's Pet Peeve.
Escargoon is stopped in his rampage by Meta Knight using a Slide attack.
Kirby leads one of the missiles to strike the Royal Racecar.
Names in other languages
||Takeoff! Robo Escargon|