Reptiles in the Rose Garden

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The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 Episode
"Reptiles in the Rose Garden"
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Airdate September 8, 1990
Writer(s) Reed Shelly, Bruce Shelly
Opening Curtain Grass Land
Featured Song "Do the Frog"
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“How dare you disturb the almost-empress of the real world?!”
Kootie Pie Koopa

"Reptiles in the Rose Garden" is the second episode of The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3; it aired alongside another episode of The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 entitled "Sneaky Lying Cheating Giant Ninja Koopas".

Plot Synopsis[edit]

Kootie Pie Koopa is celebrating her sixteenth birthday. However, her greed has caused her to want much, much more then what she has, dissatisfying her with her presents. When her father, King Koopa, asks her what she wants the most, she promptly says she wants to take over AMERICA. King Koopa is reluctant to give her her wish, his reason being "But America's in the Real World!" but between taking over the United States or listening to Kootie Pie's tantrums he chooses the former.

Mario, Luigi, Toad, and Princess Toadstool are enjoying their day in the Mushroom Kingdom, when they catch sight of King Koopa's Doomship headed for the real world. King Koopa sends his Chain Chomp cronies to capture them before they can do a thing about it. Kootie Pie then gloats about how she's going to become "Empress of America" and that "(the Princess) is just Princess Toadstool of the measly Mushroom Kingdom".

The Doomship flies through a Warp Pipe leading to Washington, D.C. where it arrives at the White House. King Koopa looks through a telescope and finds the President in his office, talking on the phone. King Koopa then orders two Sledge Bros. to shoot the White House with a Levitation Beam, ripping it out of the ground and warping it to Castle Koopa.

Kootie Pie, with her written laws.

King Koopa then announces to the citizens through a megaphone that Kootie Pie is now taking over as Empress of America. Shortly after, at a press conference, Kootie Pie recites her new "laws":

Law #1: Kids in America must give Kootie Pie their toys.
Law #2: Any handsome boy who does not ask Kootie Pie for a date will be turned into a rock (by Bowser).
Law #3: All the gold in Fort Knox will be melted down to make a lifetime supply of charm bracelets for Kootie Pie.

King Koopa then orders everyone in America to pledge allegiance to Kootie Pie, "and to the repulsiveness for which she stands."

At Castle Koopa, Mario's group notices the White House outside the dungeon window. Princess Toadstool states that they need to return the White House and the President to America, or else Kootie Pie will rule forever. Luigi then points out that they're still trapped in the dungeon, with Chain Chomps still holding them down.

The Fire Bro., getting tricked by Toadstool.

Princess Toadstool tricks the Fire Bros. guarding them into fighting the Boomerang Bros., and uses the crossfire to cut off the chains of the Chain Chomps. With the Fire and Boomerang Bros. still fighting, Mario's group escapes from the dungeon through a Warp Pipe.

At this point, King Koopa returns to Dark Land onboard the Doomship, and intends on keeping Kootie Pie happy by sending the President where he will never be rescued: The bottom of the Mushroom Sea. By using the Levitation beam, he levitates the White House over the Mushroom Sea and lets it sink to the bottom.

Mario rushes to put on a Frog Suit and dives into the Mushroom Sea. A Blooper Nanny chases Mario, but Mario tricks her into hitting a Jump Block. Mario is then chased around by a Jelectro, that Mario lures into and ditches in a pipe complex. Finally, Mario makes it to the White House and enters through the front door.

The White House, rising to the surface of the water.

After arriving and being mistaken by Mrs. President for a member of the Secret Service, Mario goes to the basement, attaches several pipes together and directs them out the windows. He then turns a valve which pumps all the water out of the White House and raises it to the surface of the water. Mrs. President thanks Mario, but Princess Toadstool, Luigi and Toad come by in a rowboat to inform them that Bowser's loading up the Doomship to attack London, Paris and even Brooklyn.

Mario and Luigi disguise themselves as Sledge Bros. and sneak aboard the Doomship, but their disguises don't fool the guards and they soon find themselves fleeing angry Sledge Bros. After dodging their attacks Mario, though, is still able to make it to the engine room, while Luigi holds off the Sledge Bros. with a cannon.

Mario takes control of the Doomship, and uses the Levitation Beam to send the White House back through the Warp Pipe, but he accidentally sends it to the top of the Washington Monument! Fortunately, he is able to correct it, and places the White House back where it belongs.

Luigi, telling Kootie Pie to go home.

Kootie Pie objects to the return of the White House, and Mario tells her to go home. Kootie Pie then throws a tantrum, and Mario levitates her (mid-tantrum) back through the warp pipe to Castle Koopa. Mario and Luigi return the Doomship to Castle Koopa, and deliberately crash it, which angers King Koopa.

Kootie Pie then blames her father for letting the Mario Bros. spoil everything, but he finally gets fed up with her whining and commands her to do her chores as punishment for her behavior and treating him like a slave. Mario and his friends can hear them yelling from outside the castle, and Mario comments that King Koopa is finally giving Kootie Pie "the present she deserves".

Other Screenshots[edit]

Animation and Continuity errors[edit]

  • After Kootie Pie kicks her cake out the window, she whines but her mouth is closed.
  • At one point while the main characters are in prison, three Fire Bros. are seen.
  • When Mario is warping Kootie back to Castle Koopa, her whole face is brown and her shell's rim is pink.
  • When Luigi says "Hehe, so you're not even boss of America anymore," his gloves are colored like his skin.
  • After Mario takes the White House out of the water, Luigi says King Koopa is using the Doomship to attack London, Paris and Brooklyn, but since Brooklyn is in America, Kootie Pie had already effectively conquered it.
  • In The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, Salvador Drainado says there's only one pipe to Earth.
  • Before Mario puts the White House right where it belongs, the Sledge Bro. giving Kootie Pie an pedicure is orange, but in the close-up, it turns green. Additionally, when the camera zooms in on Kootie Pie, her whole face is brown.

Trivia[edit]

  • Out of all the Mario cartoon episodes that Toad appears in, this is only one in which he doesn't have any lines.
  • This is the only episode to feature the Hammer Suit (or at least a reasonable facsimile).
  • Near the end of the episode, when Mario flies the Doomship into the Mushroom Kingdom, its back fins resemble the British Isles.
  • In the German dub of this episode, Big Mouth calls Kootie Pie the German equivalent of "b****".
  • This episode references The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! episode The Koopas Are Coming! The Koopas Are Coming! when Luigi says, "We can't even tell them the Koopas are coming!"

Names in Other Languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Reptiles en el Jardín de las Rosas Reptiles in the Rose Garden
French Serpents dans le jardin Snakes in the garden
Dutch Reptielen in de rozentuin Reptiles in the Rose Garden
German Die neue Präsidentin The New President
Italian Rettili alla Casa Bianca Reptiles at the White House
Portuguese Répteis ameaçam a Casa Branca (Brazil original dubbing)
Répteis no Jardim das Rosas (Brazil re-dub)
Reptiles threaten the White House
Reptiles in the Rose Garden