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Something to Sneeze At

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Something to Sneeze At
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Kirby runs away from the Head Cold Monsters inside King Dedede's body.
First aired Japan December 28, 2002
NA February 28, 2004
Episode # 63
Episode # (US) 63
Copy Ability (Abilities) featured No
Monster(s) featured Head Cold Monsters
Character(s) featured Kirby, King Dedede, N.M.E. Sales Guy
Episode order
Mabel Turns the Tables The Kirby Quiz
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Something to Sneeze At is the 63rd episode of the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! series. In this episode, nearly everyone in Dream Land catches a seasonal cold, leaving King Dedede, Kirby, and the Waddle Dees still well. After a series of misinformation from various characters - particularly the N.M.E. Sales Guy - leads King Dedede to believe that only smart people can get sick, he endeavors to prove his intelligence by ordering some Head Cold Monsters from Night Mare Enterprises and ingesting them, giving himself a nasty cold. Later on, he regrets this decision and asks the Sales Guy to send him a cure, so the Sales Guy sells him a shrink ray and instructs him to use it on Kirby so Kirby can go inside Dedede's body and inhale the monsters. This nearly succeeds, but King Dedede ends up sneezing, which interrupts the process and expels Kirby from his body, who shortly thereafter returns to normal size. After the rest of Dream Land recovers from their illnesses, King Dedede is left dreadfully sick as the N.M.E. Sales Guy gloats about his sales.

This episode marks the first leading role of the N.M.E. Sales Guy in the proceedings.


The following characters appear in this episode:

Cast of "Something to Sneeze At"  
Character Selected quote Notes
Primary characters
*sneezes* "That's fantastic! I knew I was smart enough to catch a cold!"
*chuckles* "I'll find some way to get you to cough up the money."
Secondary characters
"Kids, get inside..."
(no dialogue)
"Oh, well I'm not happy. How's the restaurant supposed to make money when everybody keeps their mouths covered?"
"The King's acting like he just won the lottery!" *sneezes*
"I'm feeling feverish, myself. I can't see any patients today."
"Dream Land's been hit by a head cold epidemic." *coughs*
(no dialogue)
"What a beautiful day!" Hana does not appear on screen, but can be heard speaking.
(no dialogue) Appears only in the Japanese version.
(no dialogue) Appears only in the Japanese version.
(no dialogue) Appears only in the Japanese version.
(no dialogue)
(no dialogue)
(no dialogue)
*sneezes* "Ex-pease[sic] me!"
"I didn't predict this cold." *sneezes*
"At least everybody here is healthy again."
*coughs* "Sorry..." Meta Knight has dialogue only in the Japanese version, so this line is translated from that version.
(no dialogue)
(no dialogue)
"Good afternoon, Your Highness." *sneezes*
(no dialogue)
"But you have to! You took the Hippocratic Oath!"
*coughs* "You're lucky that you're still healthy, Kirby."
*coughs* "Boy is my head stuffed up. It feels like a sofa cushion!" *laughs, then coughs again*
*coughs* "He's not smart enough to know how to get sick."
(no dialogue)
(no dialogue)


Plot synopsis[edit]

The N.M.E. Sales Guy tries to butter King Dedede up with a gift.

The episode begins at Castle Dedede, where King Dedede and Escargoon are being solicited by the N.M.E. Sales Guy, asking them to order a few more monsters from him in order to help him gain the title "Employee of the Year" at Night Mare Enterprises. He offers to reduce their 990 trillion Dede-dollar debt if they help him out, but they do not want to due to his monsters' shabby performance up to this point and insist that they will never pay back their debt, but the Sales Guy insists he will find a way to get them to pay up. Later on, King Dedede orders a pizza at Kawasaki's, but after delivering it to him, the chef ends up sneezing it at him, and reveals he has a cold. Shortly after, Escargoon sneezes on King Dedede as well. After berating the two of them, King Dedede leaves the restaurant only to find that all of the other Cappies appear to be sick as well. A whole line of them have formed at Doctor Yabui's clinic, but the doctor refuses to see them, as he is sick as well. King Dedede and Escargoon head back to Castle Dedede, as the King wonders why he has not caught the cold yet.

Back at the castle, King Dedede discovers that all of his court have also taken sick except for the Waddle Dees and Kirby. Escargoon wonders if this is due to the cold only affecting "intelligent" people, implying that King Dedede is not among that group, but he later plays down this speculation under threat and excuses himself. Meanwhile, Tuff also espouses the idea that only smart people get sick as he and Tiff get over their own colds, and King Dedede overhears this comment and becomes unnerved at the implication. After failing to get any follow-up info from Escargoon, King Dedede decides to dial up N.M.E. again to get answers from them. It is soon shown however that the Sales Guy is sick as well. Despite this, he answers King Dedede by confirming to him that only intelligent people catch the cold while Tiff eavesdrops on the conversation. After King Dedede finishes his conversation, Tiff comments on the King's gullibility and decides to play in on it. As he walks down the halls, he spots Tiff and Tuff with Kirby, who is now wearing a mask over his mouth. The three make a show of Kirby's sudden illness to King Dedede and then walk off, but it is then shown that they were only pretending in order to mess with the King.

King Dedede downs a vial full of cold-causing monsters to prove he is not an idiot.

King Dedede immediately calls up N.M.E. and demands that they give him a cold too to prove he is not stupid, but the Sales Guy suggests he just get cold instead. King Dedede runs out of the throne room and has his Waddle Dees bring him ice to bathe in. Later on, they try placing him in the freezer, but this does not end up working. King Dedede dials up N.M.E. again and demands they give him the cold, so the Sales Guy sends him Head Cold Monsters for a premium fee. King Dedede balks at the small test tube the monsters are sent in, having imagined something larger that would zap him sick, but ends up swallowing them anyway. As they invade his body, he becomes sick immediately and celebrates the fact that he was "smart enough" to catch the cold. He runs through Cappy Town to let everyone know about this, as they look at him, confused. King Dedede then returns to the castle and gloats to Tiff, Tuff, and Kirby that he caught the cold and then runs off.

King Dedede sneezes Kirby out too early, ruining the plan.

Later on, King Dedede begins to regret his decision, and calls up N.M.E. for the fifth time and asks them to help cure him of the virus. The Sales Guy - not sick anymore - decides to continue to mess with Dedede and suggests that he can get rid of the virus by passing it on to somebody else. King Dedede proceeds to have the Waddle Dees line up and each get coughed on by him. After the Waddle Dees fail to catch his cold and he fails to lose it, he returns to N.M.E once more and asks for a new suggestion. The Sales Guy suggests that he get Kirby to inhale his cold monsters, so King Dedede runs off to fetch Kirby and then brings him back to the throne room. The Sales Guy then sells King Dedede a "Microtizer":[1] a ray gun that causes anything it shoots to shrink in size and instructs him to use it on Kirby. He does so, causing Kirby to shrink down to the size of a pea, and then swallows Kirby after instructing the minuscule puffball to inhale all of the monsters inside him.

After tumbling down King Dedede's throat, Kirby stumbles across a swarm of Cold Monsters in Dedede's gut. The monsters form up and chase after Kirby, causing King Dedede to suffer from the convulsions this causes. King Dedede tells Kirby to inhale them, and he does so. King Dedede starts to get tickled by this action, and he ends up sneezing, which causes Kirby to fall and spit all of the viruses back out. King Dedede then sneezes again, forcing Kirby out of his body who shortly thereafter returns to his original size. With this, King Dedede ends up right back where he started, as the Sales Guy chides him and then signs off, having made the sales he wanted. The next day, as the rest of Dream Land gets over their colds, King Dedede becomes the only one left who is sick. The N.M.E. Sales Guy stops in one more time to gloat to Dedede and Escargoon that he managed to get the title he was aiming for, thanks to King Dedede's recent purchases. The episode ends as Tiff and Tuff laugh at King Dedede's predicament and Kirby enjoys a toasty snack.

Differences between versions[edit]

Japanese-exclusive scene where King Dedede dives into the moat.
  • In the Japanese version, there are a few extra minor shots of characters sneezing and coughing in Cappy Town.
  • In the Japanese version, there is a sign on Doctor Yabui's door that reads in English "Office Closed Today". This sign is absent in the international versions, which leads to there being a short clip of a close-up on the door with nothing there. Later on, however, the sign can be seen on the door after Doctor Yabui opens it in all versions.
  • In the Japanese version, there is an extra scene where King Dedede dives into his castle's moat in order to get cold.
  • In the Japanese version, when King Dedede is gloating about having a cold, he also visits Honey and Spikehead's family to tell them.

Dialogue differences[edit]

  • In the Japanese version, the N.M.E. Sales Guy explains to King Dedede that Night Mare Enterprises has hit economic hard times recently, and that the N.M.E. Sales Guy needs to meet a sales quota or he will be fired. In the English version, he simply wants to become employee of the year and is running out of time.
  • In the Japanese version, Escargoon breaks the fourth wall by insinuating that he cannot use the word "idiot" on television when describing those who cannot catch colds. This leaves King Dedede to wonder what he means until hearing it from Tuff later on.
  • In the Japanese version, the N.M.E. Sales Guy gives a scientific reason why idiots don't get sick. In the English version, he says the cold germs have nothing to do in an empty head.
  • In the Japanese version, the Microtizer is referred to as the "Micronizer".
  • In the Japanese version, Kirby's cries while he is tiny are appropriately higher-pitched.
  • In the Japanese version, King Dedede is getting hurt while Kirby is inhaling the cold monsters inside him. In the English version, it was changed to tickling.


  • This episode marks the first time that Iro and Spikehead appeared, but Honey did not. She does appear in the Japanese version, however.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 師走のカゼはつらいぞい!
Shiwasu no Kaze wa Tsurai zoi!
The December cold is harsh, zoi!
Brazilian Portuguese Alguma Coisa para Espirrar Something to Sneeze


  1. "Once you get rid of those mini-monsters, you'll be fit as a fiddle, but first, you need to buy a Microtizer!" --N.M.E. Sales Guy, in Something to Sneeze At