The Great BMX Race

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The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! Episode
"The Great BMX Race"
SMBSS Episode 9.jpg
Airdate September, 18 1989
Writer(s) Tony Marino
Plumber's Log # 25
King Koopa's alter-ego None
Location Desert Kingdom
Cover song "Shut Down" (The Beach Boys)
Title reference None
Live-action segment "Mama Mia Mario"
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"The Great BMX Race" is the ninth episode of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! Its corresponding live-action segment is "Mama Mia Mario".

Plot Synopsis[edit]

Mario and Luigi meet Team Koopa: Tryclyde, Mouser and Koopa Troopa.

In the Desert Kingdom, Mario and Luigi are riding a tandem motorcycle, which is pulling a bathtub carrying Princess Toadstool and Toad in it. As Toad begins to perform acrobatics around on the bathtub's shower head, much to Princess Toadstool and Luigi's amusement, Mario continues to drive through the Desert Kingdom; unbeknownst to them, though, the are being watched by Fryguy, who is hiding behind a cactus.

As Mario's group begin to approach him, Fryguy begins to shoot fireballs at them; with a swarm of fireballs coming at them, Mario and Luigi are forced to stop their motorcycle. This sudden stop of the motorcycle winds up launching Toad through the air. After traveling through the sky, Toad lands near Fryguy, who begins trying to hit him with fireballs. Managing to evade Fryguy's fireballs, Toad learns from Fryguy that he owes him sixty Gold Coins, which Toad needs to pay back to Fryguy before sunset, or else.

Hearing Fryguy's threat, Princess Toadstool approaches him and says that Toad can't pay him, as all his money was taken by King Koopa. Hearing this, Fryguy says that maybe Toad can get his money another way, such as by winning the Great BMX Race. After saying this, Fryguy leads Toad, Luigi, Mario and Princess Toadstool to a nearby cactus with a poster advertising a bike race on it. After looking at the bike race poster, Mario and Luigi decide to enter it so they can win the prize money to pay off Toad's debt to Fryguy.

Later, the Mario Brothers approach the starting line of the Great BMX Race's track and begin to wonder where their racing opponents are. As the brothers look around, the ground suddenly begins to rumble, signifying the approach of their racing opponents: Mouser, Tryclyde and a Koopa Troopa. Seeing Mario and Luigi, Mouser begins to taunt the two, much to Tryclyde and the Koopa Troopa's amusement. Unfortunately for Mouser, his jeers at the Mario Brothers make himself, Tryclyde and the Koopa Troopa laugh hard enough to allow the brothers to drive away unnoticed.

It is only when Mouser falls off his motorcycle from laughing so hard that he notices them driving away. Getting back onto to his motorcycle, Mouser commands Tryclyde and the Koopa Troopa to begin driving, with him riding closely behind. Shortly after Mouser, Tryclyde and the Koopa Troopa begin to race, Toad and Princess Toadstool, who are in a nearby wooden stand, begin to cheer for Mario and Luigi. As Toad continues to cheer, the Princess notices Mouser, Tryclyde and the Koopa Troopa and surmises that the only way Mario and Luigi could lose the race is if King Koopa somehow interfered in things; soon after saying this, the Princess is shocked to see King Koopa and two Koopa Troopas through her binoculars. Seeing King Koopa and his Koopa Troopas causes the Princess to become instantly suspicious, and she and Toad decide to see what King Koopa is doing in the Desert Kingdom.

At his camp, King Koopa begins to tell Mouser, Tryclyde and the Koopa Troopa, reffered to as "Team Koopa", to attack Mario and Luigi when they reach Dead Man's Curve; after telling them to do this, King Koopa begins to gloat in front of his two Koopa Troopa henchmen as Toad and Princess Toadstool eavesdrop on him.

On the racetrack, the Mario Brothers continue to travel at the steady speed of sixty miles-per-hour. As Mario begins to increase the speed of the motorcycle, Luigi begins to feel somewhat sick. As Mario asks if Luigi is alright, Toad and Princess Toadstool run onto the Desert Kingdom track and begin trying to get the brothers' attention. Unfortunately, they fail, and the two simply drive by them.

As Mario and Luigi drive onward, believing Princess Toadstool and Toad to have been simply cheering for them, the Princess and Toad find themselves directly in the path of Team Koopa. Mario and Luigi, believing Team Koopa to be far behind them, decide to stop and get some lunch at the nearby Pasta Pit. Unbeknownest to Mario and Luigi, Toad and the Princess have been captured by King Koopa and Team Koopa and are now being held in King Koopa's basecamp by a large Cobrat.

On the racetrack, Mario and Luigi have just finished having a large meal at the Pasta Pit and are beginning to race again. As they begin to pick up speed on their motorcycle, though, they hear a taunting Mouser behind them, who quickly drives past them with Tryclyde and the Koopa Troopa. Knocked from their motorcycle by Team Koopa, the Mario Brothers manage to climb back on their motorcycle and start racing again.

Seeing the Mario Brothers driving up a cliff, King Koopa instructs Team Koopa to give them a scare. Hearing King Koopa's commands, Mouser, Tryclyde and the Koopa Troopa turn their vehicles around and begin driving towards the brothers. With Team Koopa fast approaching them, Mario and Luigi lose their focus on the race and subsequently hit a rock, which causes them to lose control of their motorcycle and fall off the cliff.

As he and Luigi plummet from the cliff, Mario, opening a container attached to the front of his motorcycle, grabs a plunger and, using it as a grappling hook, stops his and Luigi's descent. Using some pedals on his motorcycle, Mario and Luigi manage to climb back up onto the cliff and begin to head to the Great BMX Race's finish line, much to Mouser, Tryclyde and the Koopa Troopa's surprise.

Seeing that Mario and Luigi are still alive, King Koopa commands Team Koopa to activate the speed-increasing devices in their vehicles; as Team Koopa begins to speed toward the Mario Brothers, Toad and Princess Toadstool begin trying to escape from the grip of the sleeping Cobrat keeping them captive. Eventually, Toad gets an idea, he and Princess Toadstool can escape the Cobrat's grasp when the serpent lets out its breath when it snores.

Toad's escape plan actually works, and he and the Princess manage to escape from the Cobrat; unfortunately, the Cobrat notices that they are missing and alerts King Koopa to their escape. Sending his Koopa Troopas after Toad and Princess Toadstool, King Koopa is forced to chase them himself when his Koopa Troopa henchmen accidentally trip and knock themselves unconscious. As King Koopa chases them, the Princess and Toad find an old bicycle and begin to drive away from an angered King Koopa.

As Luigi acts as the lookout for Team Koopa, Mario continues to drive their motorcycle as he combs his mustache. As Mario continues to simultaneously drive and comb his mustache, Luigi alerts him to the fact that Team Koopa is approaching them from behind. Hearing Luigi, Mario, opening a container, throws an open can of tomato sauce at Team Koopa. As Mario and Luigi begin to laugh at Tryclyde and the Koopa Troopa, who have lost control of their vehicles, they are suddenly attacked by Mouser, who has begun to throw Bob-ombs at them.

After the Mario Brothers dodge a Bob-omb thrown by him, Mouser himself gets caught in the explosion of the Bob-omb and becomes disoriented in a cloud of dust. With Mouser distracted, his Koopa Troopa ally launches at boulder at the brothers, who dodge it. Unfortunately, the tires of Mario and Luigi's motorcycle burst after driving onto the debris of the Koopa Troopa's launched boulder.

As the Mario Brothers inspect the tires of their motorcycle, they find themselves surrounded by Mouser, Tryclyde and the Koopa Troopa, who prepare to attack them. With Team Koopa closing in on them, the brothers manage to confuse them by playing a game of Patty Cake. With Team Koopa distracted, Mario and Luigi create a cloud of dust and begin to run to a nearby Vegetable patch, with Team Koopa chasing them.

Reaching the vegetable patch, Mario and Luigi begin to throw large vegetables at Team Koopa, hitting them hard enough to knock them off their vehicles and injure them to the point they cannot continue racing. The Mario Brothers begin to think they've won the race by default, but are approached by Toad and Princess Toadstool, who inform them that this entire race was a set-up. Fryguy was actually in King Koopa's employ all along.

Enraged by this news, Mario, Luigi, Toad and Princess Toadstool see King Koopa nearby on a rather small bicycle. As King Koopa begins to taunt them, they begin to chase him through the Desert Kingdom, throwing vegetables at him all the way.

Characters[edit]

Cast[edit]

Animation and Continuity errors[edit]

  • King Koopa only had two Koopa Troopa henchmen inhabiting his camp, yet when he commands them to attack Toad and Princess Toadstool, there are three Koopa Troopas present. Also, when they're unconscious, they are all wearing gloves.
  • When Toad says "They're safe," he has Princess Toadstool's voice.
  • When King Koopa told Tryclyde, Mouser, and Koopa Troopa, to koop Mario and Luigi when they get to the cliff, Tryclyde's head was flashing.
  • When the episode first shows Fryguy, his mask moves out of place.
  • In the shot that shows the Princess Toadstool and Toad captive, one of the Koopa Troopa's belly is colored purple.
  • When Tryclde, Mouser, and Koopa Troopa are watching Mario and Luigi fall off the cliff, Koopa Troopa's racing helmet was not present.
  • When the episode first showed Princess Toadstool, her dress was not colored correctly.
  • When Mario and Luigi were looking at the Pasta Pit, their racing helmets had no detail.
  • When Mario and Luigi enter the Pasta Pit, the arrow is on the right of it, but when they are driving away, the arrow is on top of it.

Name in Other Languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
French La course des BMX The BMX race
German Das große BMX-Rennen Literal translation

Trivia[edit]

  • The Mario's Adventures Out West DVD's cover is based on this episode. It shows Mario and Luigi racing against Tryclyde.
  • This is the only episode in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! where Mario and Luigi wear bike helmets as opposed to their usual plumber caps for the majority of the episode.