Quest for Pizza

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The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! episode
"Quest for Pizza"
Production Number 135
Airdate November 6, 1989 (English)
November 21, 1990 (French)
Writer(s) Martha Moran
Plumber's Log # 1 - 0 - 9
King Koopa's alter-ego Alley Koop
Cover song(s) "Alley Oop"
Replacement song(s) "Speedy Gondola"
Title reference Quest for Fire
Live-action segment The Painting
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"Quest for Pizza" is the thirty-seventh episode of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! Its corresponding live-action segment is "The Painting". It is the first episode of the show where Luigi, Toad and Princess Toadstool are the main characters instead of Mario.

Plot synopsis[edit]

Alley Koop from Quest for Pizza
"Alley Koop"

Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool and Toad arrive in Caveman Land searching for Mugga the Medicine Woman, who they hope will set the Mushroom Kingdom free. But King Koopa shows up first, and is now causing dinosaur-sized trouble. Almost immediately, they encounter a Mousersaurus Rex. Their attempts to flee the pursuing creature are thwarted by a Birdo-riding King Koopa, who introduces himself as Alley Koop. When Mario and the gang run in a different direction, Alley Koop tosses a red, poisonous snake that proceeds to pursue the Mario Bros. When the Brothers trip on a bone in the ground, the snake bites Mario in the leg, causing him to fall unconscious. Luigi and the others run to Mario's side and remove the snake, but cannot get a response from Mario. Alley Koop, the Mousersaurus, and a group of spear-wielding Koopa Troopas arrive to defeat the remaining protagonists. When the group finds themselves cornered in front of a waterfall, a caveboy in from a vine and tells them in his own language to get behind the waterfall, away from the sight of their pursuers.

Behind the waterfall, the gang discovers cavemen and Mugga, who the Princess hopes can help Mario. Mugga is shocked and disgusted by Mario's poor state, and shows the group a hieroglyphic depicting the unconscious Mario. Luigi, wanting instead to help the real Mario, attempts to revive him with a number of his favorite foods, including pepperoni cheesecake, a meatball sandwich, garlic ravioli, and prosciutto spaghetti. All of these fail to wake him up, and Luigi becomes inconsolable and starts crying after realizing that he is unable to wake his brother up. Mugga, trying to comfort Luigi, mutters the word "pizza", to which Luigi brightens up. Mugga then shows Luigi the rest of the hieroglyphics, which depict Luigi giving pizza to Mario. Luigi, realizing that this is the cure, decides to order take-out, but Toadstool informs him that there are no pizza parlors in the primitive Caveman Land, and that they will have to make their own.

To get the milk necessary to make the cheese for Mario's pizza, Luigi goes to a Cowazaurus, using a stepladder to reach its udders. The beast's tail whips the ladder from under Luigi's feet, causing him to grab onto an udder. This squirts all of the milk they need into a conveniently-placed bucket. The Cowazaurus falls in love with Luigi, who now has to be rescued by a vine-swinging Toad. At a large tree, Luigi wonders if ground acorns would be compatible with a pizza. Right after Toad doubts Luigi's theory, a giant prehistoric squirrel confronts Luigi as he is hoarding the acorns. As the group is sent fleeing from the colossal rodent, Toad reminds the others that all they need is tomatoes for the pizza sauce, which should be easy to achieve compared to the previous ingredients. At a tomato patch, the group is discovered by Alley Koop and his gang, forcing them to take whatever ingredients they have behind the waterfall. Unfortunately, a trail of tomatoes is left behind, allowing Alley Koop to discover where the group keeps hiding out. As Luigi bakes an admittedly mediocre pizza, Alley Koop's Mousersaurus ambushes the waterfall with a giant log, flooding the secret city and ruining both the pizza and the fire. A triumphant Alley Koop is now sure of Mario's imminent doom.

It is discovered that the pizza survived the flood, but Luigi proclaims that it is not a pizza until it is cooked. With a char-covered stick from the ruined fire, Mugga draws a Fire Flower on her wall, informing everyone (through a translating Toad) that Alley Koop has a Fire Flower, but keeps it under heavy guard. Luigi then figures that if they can retrieve this Fire Flower, Mario can be saved. Alley Koop is already aware of Luigi's plan, and enlists his minions to stop him. At the end, Luigi gets the Fire Flower and turns into Fire Luigi and defeats Koopa when he lands in the marsh. Luigi is worried that the time is almost up and Caveboy finally tells the three to take a shortcut. Then, they finally cook the pizza to wake Mario up. After waking up Mario, he stuffs the whole pizza in his mouth and says, "Only one pizza?", as Luigi starts to talk in caveman language, Toad and Princess Toadstool laugh as Mario is embarrassed.



Animation and continuity errors[edit]

An error in "Quest for Pizza" in which the Mousersaurus Rex has its face colored maroon like it's body.
The error in which the Mousersaurus has his face colored maroon like his body.
  • At the start of the episode, when Alley Koop throws a Cobrat towards Mario's friends, he has Mario's voice.
  • When Luigi misinterprets the Cave Mushroom's first line as being something about mashed potatoes, he has Princess Toadstool's voice.
  • When Toad looks over the picture of the Mousersaurus, the book spells it "Mouseraurus".
  • When King Koopa and the Koopa Pack start to run after Mario and his friends, King Koopa is not wearing his Alley Koop costume.
  • When Luigi cries, covering his eyes with his hands, his mustache has the same color as his skin.
  • When Fire Luigi looks at his watch, his arm is showing, but in the next shot the watch is over his shirt and the sleeves are blue, not green.
  • There are a few instances where the Mousersaurus's face turns maroon like his body.
  • When King Koopa follows Luigi, Princess Toadstool, and Toad to the hidden cave, there are no tomatoes on the ground, but in the next shot, they appear.
  • When Luigi, Princess Toadstool, and Toad first enter the cave, Princess Toadstool's brooch is not colored correctly.
  • In the scene where Luigi, Princess Toadstool, Toad, and the Cave Mushroom are driving a dinosaur skeleton, the bones change color throughout shots.
  • The Mousersaurus's bandage swaps which foot it is on throughout the episode.
  • In one shot of this episode, King Koopa's bone is brown instead of white.
  • When Luigi turns into his fire form, his outfit resembles Mario's outfit from Mario Bros.


  • Netflix: It's a prehistoric problem of delicious proportions when Caveman Alley Koopa poisons Mario, and the only way to save him is to bake a pizza.[1]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
French Un Invite pour la Pizza A Guest for Pizza
Portuguese Uma Pizza Importante An Important Pizza


  • As a running gag, the Mousersaurus Rex gets his foot hurt five times throughout the episode. Three times by Koopa (twice accidentally and once intentionally), once by Luigi who drops a dinosaur skeleton bone on his foot, and once by Princess Toadstool, Toad, and Caveboy when their vehicle lands on his foot.
  • The Fire Flower drawn by Mugga, as well as how it is shown in various shots with Alley Koop and his gang, has a similar shape to its design in Super Mario World.


  1. ^ The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!. Netflix. Retrieved June 23, 2020.