Kong for a Day

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Donkey Kong Country episode
"Kong for a Day"
Title card of Kong for a Day
Season 1
Episode 5
Airdate France September 18, 1996
USA September 20, 1998
Writer(s) Nadine van der Velde
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"Kong for a Day" is the fifth episode of the Donkey Kong Country animated series, and the seventh episode aired in North America. During the episode, Donkey Kong is yelled at by his furious friends because of King K. Rool's trickery and is banished to the White Mountains. Because of this, Diddy Kong takes his place as the future ruler. It is the first episode to have Dixie Kong.

The episode's name is a pun on the phrase, "king for a day."

Plot synopsis[edit]

It is the day of Kongo Bongo Island's annual ceasefire, and the Kongs are dancing at Funky's Flights while King K. Rool watches from outside. Cranky Kong calls a stop to the dancing so that they can listen to a speech by Donkey Kong. DK is busy eating bananas, though and can mutter only unintelligibly, but Diddy Kong translates his message as "Peace on Earth, and be nice to the newts." Bluster criticizes DK as the island's future ruler, prompting Diddy to retort that Bluster is simply jealous. Bluster replies that he is already the future owner of Bluster Barrelworks, and that Diddy is the only one around who has no future. Diddy furiously turns his face bright red and stomps his hat on the ground, but Funky and DK try to comfort him.

Candy slips on a banana in Kong for a Day
Candy slips on a banana peel.

While this is going on, Cranky teases K. Rool for the fact that he has to behave himself on this day of peace, saying that he will never win with Donkey Kong around. K. Rool, however, mentions to General Klump that he has just been conversing with the enemy so that he can launch a surprise attack. He states that they are only participating in the ceasefire as an attempt to make sure Donkey Kong never takes his position as the island's ruler. At that point, Candy walks in, and K. Rool "breaks out his super secret weapon of destruction" - he places a banana peel on the floor so that Candy accidentally slips on it. She somehow believes that Donkey Kong left the banana peel there and scolds him, angrily calling off their date and not giving DK the opportunity to call her or visit her at all. K. Rool is delighted at the success of the first phase of his plan, which he dubs "Operation: Krush Kong." He explains to Klump that he is going to make all the other apes so furious with Donkey Kong that Cranky will have to name a new ruler.

Kong for a Day
The Kremlings steal the surfboard.

Later that day, DK is sitting on the dock, depressed about Candy dumping him. King K. Rool walks up to him and pretentiously comforts DK, telling him that he needs to get his mind off of Candy until she comes around. He suggests that DK go surfing, and he agrees to it while taking credit for the idea. Not knowing that K. Rool is tricking him, DK goes over to Funky's and requests to borrow his favorite surfboard. Funky is concerned about this, but still agrees, telling him he can borrow it as long as he brings it back without any damage. DK then goes swimming, leaving the surfboard on the docks. K. Rool and Krusha then show up to steal it.

When Donkey Kong comes out of the water and sees the surfboard missing, he wakes Funky from a nap and tells him the bad news, but Funky is furious over the loss of his surfboard and refuses to listen to him, thinking he is just making up excuses. DK goes walking in the jungle, lamenting Candy and Funky's anger at him, so Diddy and Dixie offer to cheer him up. After this, Diddy remarks that he has to leave, so DK continues through the jungle with Dixie.

Kong for a Day
Dixie angrily storms off after falling for the Kremlings' trick.

Over at his hideout, K. Rool tells Krusha to show him his imitation. Krusha responds by doing a perfect impression on K. Rool. K. Rool corrects him and orders him to imitate Donkey Kong's voice, which he also pulls off perfectly. He then orders Krusha to "alienate [DK's] closest friends and second-in-command." Soon, in the jungle, Donkey and Dixie Kong are sitting on a log where DK says he and Candy used to hang around. Krusha then appears behind them and, in DK's voice, starts hitting on Dixie and saying insulting things about Diddy. Offended, Dixie angrily storms off, much to DK's confusion, although he overhears Krusha's imitation of him right before Dixie leaves. After being told by Dixie, Diddy angrily starts scolding DK as well.

Kong for a Day
A group of Klaptraps eat through Cranky's treehouse.

Meanwhile, Cranky is taking a nap in his cabin and doesn't hear Klump coming in with a pair of Kritters. The Kritters use their Klap-Blasters to destroy the cabin. Klump then leaves an unfinished banana on the floor. Sure enough, when Cranky wakes up and finds that his cabin's been wrecked, he thinks DK has destroyed the place.

Kong for a Day
Klump smugly throws a banana on the floor.

DK and Diddy, who is still mad at DK, are heading for Cranky's when they find his cabin destroyed and DK is the only one who denies he did it. Cranky accuses DK of trashing his cabin, telling him that the banana on the floor is evidence enough for him. Donkey Kong denies this, saying he would never leave a banana unfinished, but they still don't change their minds and Cranky angrily punishes Donkey Kong by removing his title of future ruler. Donkey Kong angrily states that he not only found the coconut, but his face is also on it; however, when the coconut emerges from its case, the image shown is Diddy's face, making him the future ruler. As Diddy boasts, Cranky has DK banished to the White Mountains and to never return, but not before giving him a suitcase. After being flown to the White Mountains by Funky, DK bemoans everyone's dislike for him through song.

Kong for a Day
Cranky eyes Diddy through the Crystal Coconut.

With Donkey Kong now banished, K. Rool feels his victory is imminent. Instead of just going to steal the Crystal Coconut immediately, though, he orders Klump to raid Bluster's factory and force them to manufacture Exploding Barrels. Cranky, who has rebuilt his cabin, overhears K. Rool's plan through the Coconut, but he realizes that DK was chosen as future ruler for being the only one strong enough to handle K. Rool, so he begins to regret making Diddy future ruler, saying he "may have been a little hard on DK." Over in the jungle, Diddy is boasting about being named future ruler to Dixie and the two are about to kiss when Cranky suddenly appears in hologram form, telling Diddy that he has to go protect Bluster's factory. Diddy doesn't want to but becomes shocked after realizing that whenever he has a mission as a future ruler he has to complete it even if it means dying. Diddy then realizes future ruler is not all that it's cracked up to be and as he swings on the vines to get to the factory, Diddy sings about how he fears he cannot handle the responsibility that Donkey Kong had.

Kong for a Day
Diddy is shot by the Klap-Blaster.

Over at the barrel factory, Bluster, taking advantage of DK's banishment, asks Candy for a date, but even then she refuses, seeing as how she has been informed of DK's banishment and is beginning to miss him. Just then, Klump and the Kritters arrive and start blasting Klaptraps at everything. Candy and Bluster hide behind the conveyor belt, where Candy wishes DK were here, and Bluster reluctantly admits that he does too. Diddy shows up at that point and orders the Kremlings to leave, but instead, due to his small size, Klump simply has Diddy shot in the feet with a Klap-Blaster, causing Klaptraps to start chomping at his feet. Cranky's hologram appears, and Diddy tells him to get Donkey Kong. Cranky agrees, admitting he misses him.

Back in the White Mountains, DK has been wandering around for sustenance and ends up falling off a cliff when he sees a mirage of a banana tree. Cranky's hologram then appears to alert him about the trouble going on at the barrel factory and that his help is needed. DK is worried he will not be able to handle it because he ate no bananas for a long time, but Cranky then opens his suitcase to reveal that there had been bananas in there the whole time. Relieved, DK eats them and then returns home and rushes to the factory. He scares off the Kremlings and afterwards, Cranky reinstates him as future ruler. Diddy admits that their lives are actually miserable if DK lived in the White Mountains, and when DK repeats a phrase that basically covers what got him in trouble in the first place, the trio agree that the Kremlings can take the ape out of the jungle, but they can't take the jungle out of the ape.


During the Kongo Bongo annual ceasefire:

Cranky: Now, this being Kongo Bongos annual ceasefire, our annual love fest, let's have a few words from the future ruler of Kongo Bongo, Donkey Kong!
King K Rool: Ruler schmuler. Not for long!
Cranky: Come on! Say something, DK!
DK: [mumbling] What...?
Funky: Right on, dude! What did he say?
Diddy: "Peace on Earth and be nice to the newts!" [laughing]
Bluster: What a farce! What a sorry excuse for a ruler!
Diddy: Ha ha, you're jealous... green! [laughing] 'Cause you don't have a chance at being the future ruler!
Bluster: Maybe not. However, I am the future owner of Bluster Barrelworks. It seems to me you're the only baboon without a future in front of your name.
Diddy: Grr! I do have a future, I do, I do!
Funky: Take a chill pill, Diddy! I got no future, either. Do I look bummed? Not.
DK: Besides, you got a future. Future sidekick and best little buddy!
Diddy: Thanks, DK. But that's all I'll ever be... Sidekick, second banana.

K. Rool plotting to Klump:

General Klump: Why are you consorting with the enemy?
King K. Rool: So I can launch a surprise attack!
Klump: Surprise attack? Why didn't I know about this?
K. Rool: Because it wouldn't be a surprise, you numbskull! Now, we'll make them think we are participating in the ceasefire. But instead, we are going to be sneaky. Clever.
Klump: You?
K. Rool: Yes, you ninny! I'm going to make sure Donkey Kong never rules!
Candy (offscreen): Hey, DK!
DK: Candy!
K. Rool: [exhaling] Oh, goodie. Time to break out my super secret weapon of destruction! (points to a banana peel)
Klump: A banana peel.
K. Rool: Just watch! (flings it out)

After Candy slips:

Candy: Ooh, Donkey Kong!
DK: What? What did I do?
Candy: Whose banana peel is that?
DK: What banana peel?
Candy: The one that was left on the ground. The one that I slipped on! The one on your head, you baboon! Our date's off. Don't call me, don't drop by... ever!
DK: Ever? That's a long time! Yeesh.

After Candy walks off:

K. Rool: (snorts twice) Ah ha ha ha ha ha ha! Hee hee huh! Phase one of Operation: Crush Kong is a success!
Klump: Operation: Crush Kong?
K. Rool: I get everyone on Kongo Bongo furious with Donkey Kong. They all turn their backs on him. Cranky is forced to pick a new future ruler. With Donkey Kong, the biggest, strongest ape out of the picture, invasion is a cinch! (exhales) Then the truly deserving future ruler steps in!
Klump: Who? (looks around) Who's that?
K. Rool: Me! You big tub of lizard lard!
(K. Rool walks off)
Klump (scratching his helmet, annoyed): Hmm.

When DK goes to Funky's Flights:

DK: What do you say, Funky?
Funky: I don't know, man. It's my best board.
DK: I'll take care of it.
Funky: That board is my soul mate, dude. We bonded. So, bring it back alive.

After the surfboard is stolen:

DK: Funky? Funky! Wake up, man!
Funky: (Waking up) Wha? (Yawns) What?
DK: Wake up!
Funky: Huh?
DK: I got bad news...
Funky: Where's my board?
DK: Gone.
Funky: Gone?! You promised me, dude! You gave me your word, man!
DK: It wasn't my fault! Somebody filched it! I'm sorry.
Funky: Bag the excuses, DK! Cop to it, man!
DK: It wasn't my fault!
Funky: How are you going to be future ruler, dude, if you can't even tell the truth when you wipe out?

When DK goes to the jungle:

DK: It's a swell place, huh?
Dixie: Yeah, I'll have to bring Diddy here!
DK: I used to hang here with my girl. But that's history.
Dixie: Ah, you'll hook up with somebody, DK.
Krusha [imitating DK]: Hey, what about you, Dixie? Little Dixie Doodle. You are fine.
Dixie: Huh? Hey! What is up with you?
DK: Huh? I didn't say anything.
Dixie: Dogging your best friend! Humph!
Krusha [imitating DK]: Come on! Put a lip lock on me, Dixie. That chump chimp Diddy will never know.
Dixie: You lousy, double-crossing, two-timing... Wait 'til Diddy gets a load of this!
DK: What? What did I say?
Krusha [imitating DK]: Oh, sure. Go tell Diddy. That second banana. That half-pint.
Dixie: Yeah, well, I'm gonna tell him. I'm gonna tell him what a lousy friend you are! How are you gonna be future ruler if you can't even be trusted?
DK: What did I do, Dixie? I was just sitting here!

When DK goes back to his Tree House:

Diddy: Some pal you turned out to be! Just 'cause you're my best buddy, doesn't mean you got dibs on my girl! How are you gonna be future ruler if you can't even be trusted?
DK: I don't want your girl! I never wanted your girl! You can have her!
Diddy: Ooh, are you dissing Dixie? Ah! This friendship's moving like this elevator... down! Way down!
DK: I don't get it. Candy, then Funky, then Dixie, and now Diddy!

After Cranky notices his hut is destroyed and DK's evidence:

DK: I got a bad feeling about this. Cranky sounded really mad.
Diddy: I'm not talking to you.
DK: But you just did!
Diddy: Well, I'm not anymore. Yikes! What happened to Cranky's place? Hey, Cranky, you okay?
DK: What happened?
Cranky: Like you don't know.
DK: What?
Cranky: Don't play dumb. I got the evidence right here, you bumbling baboon!
Diddy: A banana skin! Pretty obvious who did it, DK.
DK: That's not mine!
Diddy: Oh, sure it isn't.
DK: Look, there's still a piece of banana inside. I'd never leave a banana bit. Can I have it?
Cranky: Donkey Kong! This is it. I got no choice but to strip you of your title of future ruler!
DK: What?! You can't do that! I found the coconut! My face is on it! (The moment the crystal coconut opens, Diddy's face appears to take his position) Diddy?
Diddy: Yes! All right! It's me, me, me-me-me-me-me! I have a future! [laughing] I am the future ruler!
Cranky: You see? The coconut has spoken! I'm giving you a one-way ticket to the White Mountains! No return.
Diddy: No more second banana for me! I'm the King of the Kong! The Simian Don Juan! [laughing]
DK: The White Mountains.... Nothing but snow and glaciers and... and... And no bananas.
Cranky: Hey, Donkey Kong!
DK: Yeah?
Cranky: Happy trails! And don't come back!


Animation and continuity errors[edit]

  • When Klump observes that "Cranky is asleep," the closed-captions miscredit the line to K. Rool.
  • When Klump says, "Forget your mommy," his tongue is red.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 王様は楽じゃない
Ōsama wa Raku janai
Being a king is not easy
Dutch Eén dagje Kong One day Kong
French Rayé du pouvoir Removed from power
Portuguese (NOA) Heroi por um Dia Hero for a Day
Spanish (NOA) Kong por un Día Kong for a Day


  • In the beginning of the episode, the song "I'm the Kong Fu Master" is played.
  • In the Japanese dub of this episode, the song "Nobody's Hero" was cut.