Gorilla Gangster

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Saturday Supercade episode
"Gorilla Gangster"
Segment Donkey Kong
Season 1
Episode 2
Airdate USA September 24, 1983
Writer(s) Gary Greenfield
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Gorilla Gangster is the second episode of the first season of Saturday Supercade.

Plot synopsis[edit]

The episode begins with Mario and Pauline in hot pursuit of Donkey Kong, warning everyone as he makes his way into a food market. As everyone runs for cover, Mario and Pauline continue their chase, believing they are finally about to catch him. Donkey Kong merely laughs and retreats to a grapefruit cart, as he proceeds to pick one up and chuckle. He then tips the cart over, causing the grapefruits to slow down Pauline and Mario, causing the latter to crash into a cart. At this, Donkey Kong enters an office for hiding, just at the conclusion of a gangster meeting, in which wealth from the bank is handed over. After they leave, however, the remaining gangster reveals to his partner that they have fallen for their swindle, and have kept the suitcase of cash and now plan to skip town to avoid capture.

As the other explains that no one would be gullible enough to do such a thing, Donkey Kong is discovered having a banana. He is quickly determined to be the one for their plan, and one partner gives him a bunch of bananas, asking him if he would like as many as he can eat. Donkey Kong quickly accepts, and is told all he needs to do is to dress up as him. Donkey Kong pulls off his suit and attempts to do so then, but is told it will be done that night. That night, Donkey Kong is dressed as the gangster, and is driven via limousine to the club as the gangster stays behind. Before he is driven away, however, Donkey Kong brings two bunches of bananas with him. Before they depart, the gangster reminds him to take on his role for the entire night. Donkey Kong kisses him before he is driven away, leaving a trail of banana peels behind the car along the way.

At this time, Mario and Pauline wander in search of Donkey Kong or his trail. They notice the trail of banana peels and decide to follow it. Meanwhile, Donkey Kong and the gangster arrive at the club, as the gangsters who had been swindled take notice and plan to attack him, forcing him to cough up their share. At the hat check, Donkey Kong gives his several large hats to the receptionist. When asked if they have a reservation, Donkey Kong stutters, though when he is told he may not get in without one, threatens the waiter for a table.

They are then led to a table, where Donkey Kong takes the flower out of the vase provided and eats it. When the waitress arrives at their table, she is embraced by Donkey Kong, who quickly releases her when threatened. When he struggles to decide his order, she leaves. The gangsters take this opportunity to prepare to snatch the money, just as Mario and Pauline show up with a net. Though Mario is not fooled by a disguise, he captures the wrong gangster, as he rushes out and leaves Donkey Kong behind. Now between Mario and Pauline and the gangsters, Donkey Kong refuses to let up. Mario swings his net, misses, and launches the gangsters into the overhead chandelier. When Pauline asks Donkey Kong nicely to return to the circus, he becomes seduced and takes off with her.

Mario follows suit, but trips and becomes trapped in his own net. Donkey Kong is chased up a flight of stairs, with Mario hoping to corner him. Finding a pile of barrels at the top, Donkey Kong releases Pauline and tosses barrels down toward Mario, in reference to the original Donkey Kong. Mario hops over the first two in quick succession, but hammers the last one, causing him to fall to the bottom. Meanwhile, the gangsters believe Mario and Pauline have been betrayed as well and decide to capture Pauline and use him as a hostage in exchange for the loot. Having made it back to the top of the stairwell, Mario grabs a fire hose and inadvertently traps both of them in it, allowing Pauline to escape. However, this allows the gangsters to easily seize Pauline, and run off with her. Mario berates Donkey Kong for causing this, as he breaks them both out of the rope. Donkey Kong also rips off his attire and follows with Mario.

The gangsters arrive at the airport, along with Mario and Donkey Kong. The gangsters rush to a jet, but are beaten to it by the swindler himself, who takes off before they can negotiate. As they are distracted, Mario lassoes and rescues Pauline. The gangsters decide not to take her back and instead follow after the swindler, demanding their share. As they tussle, Donkey Kong is convinced to stop the plane from taking off. This causes the plane to snap in half. Mario and Pauline and Donkey Kong, disguised as a pilot and flight attendants respectively, trick them into boarding a different plane. All of the gangsters are trapped onto a luggage cart, as Mario uses a biplane to blow the sail, taking them into the luggage hold and trapping them all in luggage. All five of them are removed and arrested, much to their dismay. With the villains captured, Mario makes another attempt to capture Donkey Kong, though he flees before he is able to.