The Magic Love

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The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! live-action segment
"The Magic Love"
"The Magic Love" in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
Production number 160
Airdate October 20, 1989
Guest star(s) Paula Irvine
Cartoon episode "Doppelganger" (The Legend of Zelda)
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"The Magic Love" is the thirty-fifth live-action segment of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! Its corresponding animated episode is "Doppelganger" from The Legend of Zelda.

Plot synopsis[edit]

Luigi asks Mario to give him some apples so that he can make an apple pie. Mario quickly refuses, saying that they are magical apples that he bought from a gypsy, and that any girl who eats them suddenly starts to think that Mario is incredibly attractive. Luigi then calls Mario a fool for believing what is obviously a lie, though that does not stop Mario from explaining that he wants his dream girl, Mad Donna, to eat one of the apples. He leaves one of the magical apples in front of a framed picture of Mad Donna. He is aware that it could not possibly work, but his thoughts are interrupted by Donna herself entering their home. She says that she was driving around Brooklyn when her car broke down, and asks if she can use Mario and Luigi's phone. Donna notices the apple in front of the framed picture of her, and promptly takes a bite out of it. She is immediately charmed and proclaims that Mario is the most handsome man she has ever seen. Mario is surprised and decides to order some pizza.

After the commercial break, Mario and Donna are a lovey-dovey couple, talking constantly about how much they love each other. Donna says that she wants to call her agent and tell them that she wants to live with Mario forever, and Mario is overjoyed to hear that. Mario calls a surprised Luigi over and explains to him that they are now engaged. However, while Donna is on the phone with her agent, she suddenly snaps out of it and tells her agent to call the police on Mario. She also picks up the half-eaten magical apple and nearly throws it at Mario. Mario tells her that it was all just a joke, and she begrudgingly calms down. She then takes another bite from the apple and immediately falls in love again, telling her agent to forget about the police and schedule a press conference so that she can announce that she is marrying Mario. Luigi looks on, confused.

Mario goes to his room so that he can pack for their honeymoon to Niagara Falls, and asks Luigi to keep Donna company. As soon as Mario leaves, the magic stops working again and she looks around the room in disgust. Luigi, realizing what has happened, asks Mario if he is sure he is going on a honeymoon with Donna, but Mario only tells him to ask Donna herself. Luigi does just that, and Donna says that she would only marry Mario if he was the last person on Earth. She then picks up the magical apple and takes a third bite from it, promptly causing her to fall in love with Luigi. She immediately calls her agent again and proclaims that she is going to quit the show business to marry the most handsome man ever. Mario then leaves his room, suitcase in hand, and Luigi tells him that Mad Donna has now fallen in love him. Mario drops his suitcase in shock, and the episode ends with Mario and Luigi wondering how they could possibly get out of this situation.


  • When Shout! Factory released The Legend of Zelda complete series on DVD, they only included five of the 13 original live-action segments that corresponded to the Zelda episodes.[1] The episodes "Magic's Magic", "Mommies Curse" "Tutti Frutti, oh Mario", "The Magic Love", "Treasure of the Sierra Brooklyn" and "The Ghoul of My Dreams" were only released as bonus episodes on a PAL DVD set in Germany, where they are presented with only German language dubs.[2][3][4][5] "Magic's Magic" and "The Ghoul of My Dreams" were released in English, but only on Kids Klassics VHS tapes in the US. The only DVD release for "Slime Busters" in the US was on a single disc called Mario Mania. The live-action episode "Tutti Frutti Mario" did not make it onto any DVD or VHS release.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
German Der Zauberapfel[6]
The Magic Apple