Misadventures in Babysitting

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The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 episode
"Misadventures in Babysitting"
Production number 108
Airdate October 20, 1990 (English)
September 27, 1991 (French)
Writer(s) Doug Booth
Opening curtain Grass Land
Featured song "Sizzle"
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"Misadventures in Babysitting" is the fourteenth episode of The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3; it aired alongside another episode of The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 entitled "A Toadally Magical Adventure". This episode is one of the few episodes where Princess Toadstool, Toad, and King Koopa do not appear. The title of the episode is a reference to the movie, Adventures in Babysitting.

Plot synopsis[edit]

The episode begins in the living room of a Brooklyn home, where the mom and dad, who are getting ready to go out for the night, are waiting for a babysitter to arrive to look after their bratty son, Junior, who foolishly breaks two vases and lets the family cat take the blame.

At that moment, Mario and Luigi come out of a Warp Pipe underneath the kitchen sink and realize that they must have taken the wrong pipe. When Mario looks out the window, he sees the Brooklyn Bridge in the background, and realizes where they now are.

Mario and Luigi are then spotted by the mom, who assumes that they are Junior's babysitters. Mario and Luigi are unable to talk their way out of babysitting Junior and the parents, who are desperate to get going, hire the pair on the spot. They ask that Junior take a bath before they return. As soon as the parents leave, Junior asks if they can play hide and seek. The Mario brothers barely agree when Junior says they are "it".

Junior crawling under the sink.

Junior goes to hide under the sink and crawls into the Warp Pipe, which warps him to the Mushroom Kingdom, where he takes an instant liking to the bizarre atmosphere of the place. Several Boomerang Bros. attack Junior with a boomerang, but Junior manages to catch it, throw it, and slice a tree in half with it, which crushes the attackers. Junior is then spotted by Kooky von Koopa, Bully Koopa, and Cheatsy Koopa. When they learn Junior was hiding from the Mario brothers, they convince him that they are his friends, since they are all enemies of the Mario brothers.

Mario and Luigi arrive in the Mushroom Kingdom to look for Junior and hear him calling for help. They see Junior riding piggyback on Bully's back and assume the Koopas have abducted him, although it was just a ploy to lead them to some attacking Ptooies, which they have to fight off.

Junior asking the Koopalings if their plot is just for fun.

The Koopalings use Junior to lure Mario and Luigi inside a volcano, where they trap them behind rocks and boulders in a cave. However, Junior starts to worry when Kooky prepares to flood the cave with lava using a special pump, as he just wanted to play around with the Mario Bros., not to actually harm them. Annoyed with Junior's complaining, the Koopalings toss him down a pipe, warping him to the Pipe Maze.

Stranded in the Pipe Maze, Junior soon finds himself having to avoid Thwomps, Boo Diddlies, and a Boom Boom. Now that he is lost, Junior is desperate to return home.

Luigi scaring Boo Diddlies.

Meanwhile, Mario and Luigi escape from the rising lava by chiseling away at the wall. They then flee the volcano and spy upon the Koopalings laughing about what they just did. Mario realizes that Junior was used by the Koopas. The Bros. warp to the Pipe Maze, and deal with the enemies by dodging the Thwomps and stomping on the Boom Boom. Luigi then startles the Boo Diddlies by making a surprisingly scary face at them.

Meanwhile, Kooky starts to flood the Pipe Maze with lava, forcing the Mario Bros. and Junior to flee. Mario and Luigi both find Super Leaves, transforming them into Raccoon Mario and Raccoon Luigi. They then grab ahold of Junior and fly into a Warp Pipe to escape from the lava, returning to the Mushroom Kingdom.

Mario points out that the volcano is about to erupt, so he, Luigi, and Junior set up a boulder on a makeshift catapult out of a tree. They then use the catapult to launch the boulder at the volcano's summit to plug it, stopping the lava.

Junior's mom pleased to see Junior taking a bath.

At that point, Luigi points out that Junior's mom and dad will be home in fifteen minutes, so the group warps back to Junior's house. Just as they do, Junior's mom and dad get back. Since Junior's mom wanted Junior to take a bath, Mario and Luigi scramble to get Junior upstairs and into the bathtub, just before his mom enters the bathroom. Mario and Luigi still have their raccoon ears and tails when they return to Junior's home, so they splash themselves with suds to hide their appearance.

Junior's mom is so pleased that Mario and Luigi managed to get Junior to take a bath, that she asks them if they had be willing to babysit the following Friday. Junior is pleased with this, but Mario and Luigi are less than enthusiastic.


Animation and continuity errors[edit]

  • Mario and Luigi's warping comes from above in the episode's start, but when Junior enters the Warp Pipe, it is seen horizontally and touching the ground.
  • When Junior is creating a plan to fool the Mario Bros., Cheatsy's wristbands have no spikes.
  • When Kooky is telling his brothers about filling the Pipe Maze with more lava, Bully's shell is green.
  • When Mario and Luigi return to the real world and enter the bathroom, Mario has Luigi's colors for a few moments.
  • When Bully says, "Yeah! This oughta parboil those pain-in-the-tail plumbers AND their little Brooklyn brat!", his voice is deeper than normal. Also, he did not know the Marios had escaped into the pipe maze at this point.
  • When Mario pushes Luigi out of the little rectangle he made on a wall from the volcano, the lava reaches Mario's waist but he does not get burned.
  • When the Ptooie first appears, its head is green when it is supposed to be red. This happens again a few scenes after. Mario is also heard saying Ptooies, but only one is seen.
  • When Junior, Mario, and Luigi see the lava in the Pipe Maze, Luigi runs through the wall.
  • After Junior gets hit with suds, his face seems to be clean already but then suds appear.
  • When Luigi grabs a Super Leaf, his hair disappears.
  • When the Koopalings are laughing for throwing Junior into the Pipe Maze, the lava in the pond is light blue (except around the pipes).
  • When Raccoon Mario jumps in the boulder, his cap emblem is a very thin "M".
  • When Mario, Luigi and Junior are running to the bathroom, the house does not have any furniture. This could be because the shot was taken from an angle where the furniture could not be seen.
  • When Luigi cuts a rectangle in the volcano, he gets stuck trying to escape. Even though he is thinner than Mario, Mario made it through without any problems.
  • When Junior is balancing the vases on his head, the vases are flashing.
  • When the vases smash on the floor, the shards are blue, but in the next scene, they are the same color as the carpet.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Dutch Oppas avonturen Babysitting Adventures
French Les mésaventures des baby-sitters Misadventures of baby-sitters
German Schlechter Umgang Bad Handling
Italian Mario e Luigi babysitter Mario and Luigi babysitter
Portuguese Aventura com Babá (Brazil - TV dub)
As Super Babás (Brazil - DVD dub)
Adventure with Babysitter
The Super Babysitters
Spanish (NOA) Aventuras de niñeras Adventures of babysitters
Spanish (NOE) Desventuras de cuidar a un niño
Desventuras de unas niñeras (re-dub)
Misadventures in looking after a child
Misadventures of some babysitters (re-dub)


  • This is the only episode of The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 in which the Koopas are not last seen failing or lamenting their failure.