Un-Reality TV is the sixth episode of the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! series. In this episode, King Dedede and Escargoon set up a television broadcast and studio set called Channel DDD and install television sets in every home in Cappy Town with the intent of using the programming to control the minds of the townsfolk. Using this, they nearly succeed in turning the town against Kirby using the threat of a fake monster, but Tiff manages to foil their plan with Meta Knight's help by crashing the set during one of their broadcasts.
The following characters appear in this episode:
|Cast of "Un-Reality TV"|
|*gasping* "I am so not ready for my close-up."|
|"That kid's got it all wrong, this here's a king-sized misunderstanding! Any events and situations depicted on Channel DDD is[sic] purely fictional!"|
|"Maybe some people wanna waste their lives watching this T.V. junk, but we have better things to do, right Kirby?" (as Kirby slips in to watch the T.V.)|
|(hypnotized) "Kirby must go away..."||This is Buttercup's first line of dialogue in the 4Kids dub, though she is chanting it in tandem with the other villagers.|
|"This show about rainbows has been on all mornin'!" (regarding the T.V. with no signal)|
|"Let's go, guys! Speed it up! We gotta get a TV set to every house in town!"|
|(hypnotized) "It wrecked the mayor's house on T.V."|
|(hypnotized) "He's hiding. If you know where Kirby is. you should tell us now! Kirby must go away! Then the monster will leave us!"|
|(hypnotized) "Kirby must go away..."||This episode marks Doron's first dialogue in the series, though everything he says is also said simultaneously by Bookem.|
|(hypnotized) "Kirby must go away..."|
|(hypnotized) "Kirby must go away..."|
|"Oh, deary me."|
|"Is that your homework, Tiff?"|
|"Can I get a copy?"|
|"Shush, darling! It's getting to the good parts!"|
|"We have to run!"|
|"King Dedede may be a despicable dictator, but you've got to admit he's got a funny shtick."|
|"Oh, well I uhh..." (after being caught watching T.V. by Tiff)|
|"Well I haven't actually been using my brain cells very much, anyway!"|
|(hypnotized) "Kirby must go away..."|
|"It's weird that the monster showed up on the same day as the teles!"|
|"Huh? Kirby?! Hey, Junior, get lost! That's monster's looking--" (just before getting punched by Tiff)|
|"A monster is comin'! If you don't believe me just look, it's on T.V.!"|
The episode begins on the outskirts of Castle Dedede, where Tiff is writing an essay about Cappy Town and its inhabitants. After a moment, Kirby, Tuff, and the Cappy children catch up with her and ask what she's doing, so Tiff reads them a passage from her essay for their entertainment. From there, the Cappy children's parents appear, and tell the group that King Dedede has just given every family in Cappy Town a television set with regular programming, which the kids react to in shock. In town, Captain Waddle Doo is directing the Waddle Dees to install a T.V. set in every home. Seeing this, Tuff excitedly runs back to the castle to watch with his parents, while Tiff stays behind, bemused. In the castle, the King, Escargoon, and another group of Waddle Dees have set up a studio, and are prepared to start a show that will broadcast to the T.V.s in town. They start a countdown which the rest of the town follows in earnest.
The show begins with a live broadcast from Channel DDD, as King Dedede starts off with a skit where he abuses a crude prop which resembles Kirby, much to the amusement of the villagers and the bemusement of Tiff. Escargoon then rattles off the show line-up before cutting to commercial, with each advertisement being Dedede-themed. Tiff tries to express her disgust of the programming to Kirby, but he has only moved closer to the T.V., now laughing with the Cappies. Back at the castle, King Dedede and Escargoon are spying on every household in Cappy Town using the "two-way T.V.s". Meanwhile, Tiff tries to check up on the residents of Cappy Town, only to find everyone glued to their T.V. sets. She returns to the castle only to find her own family absorbed in the shows as well. She scolds them for a moment, but to no avail.
Tiff then finds Meta Knight and his apprentices watching the shows, much to her horror. Before she can finish scolding them as well, Dedede makes an announcement on the news that a monster has appeared in Cappy Town looking for Kirby. Concerned, Tiff runs out of the castle and toward the town, only to find that there was no monster. On the T.V., King Dedede stages the monster destroying Mayor Len's house, causing the residents of the house to run out despite no monster actually being present. He then initiates a form of hypnosis on the townsfolk to cause them to turn against Kirby, blaming him for the monster's arrival. Amusingly, this also affects Kirby, though this does not last long. Kirby soon finds himself chased down by the villagers, but Tiff successfully gets them off his heels.
The two flee to Kirby's house and kick Tokkori aside, who had also been watching the T.V. On screen, Dedede and Escargoon appear to be fighting the monster off using their Armored Vehicle, continuing to lament that Kirby's presence caused it to show up. The monster then approaches Kirby's house on the screen, causing Tokkori to panic. To snap him out of it, Tiff grabs him and runs out the door to show him there's no monster. At that moment, Meta Knight appears and explains that he could not find the monster either. He instructs the group to follow him to the castle where they intend to expose Dedede's ruse. At the castle, Tiff snaps Tuff out of the T.V.'s spell, and Meta Knight instructs the two to sneak into the basement to reach the studio.
Tiff and Tuff quietly open the studio door in the castle basement and find the set. It is revealed that the monster was nothing more than Escargoon inside a suit. As the production continues broadcasting, Kirby runs carelessly onto the set and starts admiring the monster, making him look giant to the audience. Before the town can clue in on what's happening, Dedede and Escargoon catch the kids and toss them with Kirby into a cage. Tiff instructs Kirby to inhale everything in the room, causing the set to crumble and the cage to bust open. Tiff turns on the camera and reveals the ruse to the town, but in a last-ditch effort, King Dedede tries to put a disclaimer on the whole thing to avoid responsibility before the feed is lost. The next day, T.V. scheduling resumes, but the town is no longer receptive to the programming, and they turn the "news" off. Tiff finishes the episode by writing another log in her essay, while Tokkori and Kirby continue watching the shows and laughing.
Differences between versions
- In the Japanese version, there is a minor scene during the Channel DDD introduction where Dr. Escargon presents the local weather. This scene is not present in the 4Kids version.
- During the show line-up, The Japanese version specifically references "Super Dededeman" rather than "3-D Man". The 4Kids dub removes any specific references to Superman.
- A minor scene at the start of the commercial break where a Dedede chant plays is removed from the 4Kids version.
- In the Japanese version, another commercial plays between DDeX II and DDD Diapers. This commercial advertises "DDD Cookroach[sic] Killer", with Escargon playing the cockroach. This commercial plays again near the end of the episode, when Kirby and Tokkori are laughing while watching.
- In the Japanese version, King Dedede has his Kirby puppet repeat "Poyo." instead of "Kirby."
- During the show line-up in the Japanese version, Escargon references "It's Dedede, Everyone Come On!" instead of "Wheel of Head Wounds".
- In addition, "The Snail Hunter" is replaced with "Dedede Mystery Discovery".
- "Dededeep Space Nine" is replaced with "Star Trick 9".
- Lastly, "King Klong Vs. the Houston Astros" is replaced by "Gone with the Planet of the Apes".
- In the Japanese version, Fumu reflects on Meta Knight's comment that Channel DDD is a passing trend, rather than his comment that one should not believe everything seen on T.V.
References to other media
There are numerous references to other T.V. shows and media in this episode, mainly revolving around the show titles for Channel DDD. Specific references include the following:
- "Wheel of Head Wounds" references Wheel of Fortune.
- "Dededeep Space Nine" references Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
- "Globzilla" references Godzilla.
- "King Klong" references King Kong.
- "Who Wants to Be a Dedede?" references Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.
- "Everybody Loves Dedede" references Everybody Loves Raymond.
- King Dedede's line "Hasta la vista, chump!" references Arnold Schwarzenegger in several of his movie roles.
- Escargoon's line "Ahh, Sire, the studio's gone with the wind!" references Gone with the Wind.
In the Japanese version
More references exist in the Japanese version, as follows:
- "Super Dededeman" references Superman.
- "It's Dedede, Everyone Come On!" references a Japanese T.V. show called It's 8 O' Clock, Everyone Come On!.
- "Dedede Mystery Discovery" references a Japanese T.V. show called World Mystery Discovery.
- "Gone with the Planet of the Apes" references the Planet of the Apes franchise, and may also reference Gone with the Wind.
- This is the first episode to not feature the N.M.E. Sales Guy.
- In the episode, it is mentioned that the T.V. sets that King Dedede set up allow him to spy on all of the people who watch them. This point is never really brought up again for the rest of the series, despite Channel DDD being a recurring element of the show thereafter.
- This episode marks the first time Doron has been out of his cell.
A scene featuring the Great Sea Slug Monster
A Waddle Dee mans the remote control for the Armored Vehicle model.
Names in other languages
||Take a look! Channel DDD|