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This is transcript for the Sonic Boom episode "In the Midnight Hour".

[Scene: Hedgehog Village, night.]

[Sticks is covered in paint and kicking and punching something, making karate calls. It's revealed that she was attacking a canvas, which now has a picture painted on it.]
Sticks: Sticks, you are a mixed martial artist. [She picks up the canvas and stares at it.] Don't lie to me, me; this thing stinks! [She tosses the canvas away.]
[Sticks hears a strange sound, and when she looks in the direction of the sound, there's an eerie, cloaked figure levitating beside a television antenna. Sticks silently creeps up to it, but the figure looks at her; its eyes are red, hypnotic swirls.]
Sticks: Ahhh! [She runs away, scared.]

[Scene Change: Sonic's Shack, night.]

[Sonic is sleeping in his hammock when Sticks comes up to him.]
Sticks: Sonic! Wake up!
Sonic: [mumbling in his sleep] What'd you say, sugarplum?
Sticks: Don't call me "sugar plum"; I'm not Amy! [She grabs Sonic by his nose, and he wakes up.]
Sonic: Sticks?! What are you doing?! Unhand my face!
Sticks: You've gotta come with me to the TV studio; there's a red-eyed prowler up to no good!
Sonic: But I was right in the middle of a really sweet dream. I was dancing with sugar plums! [He smiles and holds up one hand, but then he stares at the viewer.] You know, when I say it out loud, I kinda regret having said it out loud.
[Sticks grabs Sonic's hand and drags him out of the shack.]

[Scene Change: Hedgehog Village, night.]

[Sonic and Sticks arrive at the TV studio, but Sonic is still sleepy; he yawns as Sticks looks around.]
Sticks: But I saw him with my own two eyes! I smelled him with my nose! I smorfed him with my sixth sense!
Sonic: I'm going back to bed. [Walks away, leaving Sticks on her own.]
Sticks: That's the trouble with being a paranoid kook; when something really is going on, no one believes you! You can say that again. I know, right?

[Scene Change: Meh Burger, day.]

[Team Sonic is having a meal in there and Sticks has just explained the whole story to the others]
Amy: And you saw him by yourself all night in the empty Village Center while finger painting?
Sticks: It's called Jujutsu Realism, and it is the purest form for expressing the depths of my soul. Plus, I found forty paint cans in my burrow and couldn't find anything else to do with them. [Yawns]
Knuckles: Tired, huh? Not me. I slept like a baby last night! No really. An abandon crib washed up on the beach.
Tails: You know, Sticks, sleep deprivation has been linked to an increase in delusional behavior.
Sticks: That can't be it. I never sleep. But im telling ya, there's something fishy going on at that station and I'm gonna prove it.

[Scene Change: Hedgehog Village, night.]

[Sticks is having a stakeout behind a tree when she spots the figure entering the TV studio. When she gets inside, he sees the figure holding a microphone in front of a TV camera.]
Dreamcaster: Hello, my sleeping friends. This is the Dreamcaster, and I'm gonna take you on a magical journey. All you have to do is follow my silky voice to the land of sugar plums where you want to go of your own free will and not because you're hypnotized.
[Suddenly, Dreamcaster's speech gets interuppted by Stick who is yelling her battle cry and tries to kick him. However, she misses and knocks down the set lights and the tv camera, causing Dreamcaster to retreat. Sticks now has the microphone and looks at the camera trying to warn the villagers of Hedgehog Village.]
Sticks: Denizens of our village, you're all being brainwashed! Don't be fooled! A robot is controlling your thoughts! Wake up, sheeple!
Sheep Villager: "Sheeple" is a negative term! We prefer "Sheep Villagers", I'm writing a letter to that network!

[Scene Change: Sonic's Shack, night.]

[Sonic is awaken by Sticks who is on tv.]
Sticks: [On TV] You're minds have been taken over by the Dreamcaster!
Sonic: Oh, geez. Sticks, what have you done now?

[Scene Change: Hedgehog Village, night.]

[The villagers are gathered near the TV station muttering angrily. Sticks runs out of the studio to see the villagers.]
Sticks: I'm glad you're here. You guys ready to rage against the machine?!
Comedy Chimp: You! You destroyed my studio, you wacky broad! And I lost my insurance payment in a poker game!
[The villagers continue to mutter angrily until Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy arrive.]
Sonic: Hold on! I'm sure there is a perfectly reasonable explanation.
Comedy Chimp: There is. I had pocket deuces. Who doesn't go all in with pocket deuces?
Sonic: No. I meant a perfectly reasonable explanation for all of this.
Sticks: The studio was destroyed by a brain-washing robot who was trying to invade your dreams though the television!
Sonic: Well, I'm over too.
Tails: Sticks, nobody's seen this robot but you.
Sticks: But he really exist! His name's Dreamcaster!
Tails: That's the worst name I ever heard.
Sonic: It's not so bad.
Knuckles: Yeah. The "er" at the end is kinda nice.
Sticks: Look, we all agree that the name is terrible, but he's hypnotizing you with dreams of sugar plums! Why can't you get that through your dumb heads?!
Knuckles: As the proud owner of a dumb head, I don't like that you're talking down to me. And I don't care for your condescending altitude.
Tails: Not sure if that was a clever pun, or if you have no idea of what you're saying.
Knuckles: Why can it be both?
Sticks: I can't believe you guys don't trust me! I thought you were my friends!
[Sticks runs away from the villagers.]

[Scene Change: Sticks' Burrow, day.]

[Inside her burrow, Sticks has some art portraits til she punched one of them in her rage and kicks one near her door which it was opened by two officers and Comedy Chimp.]
Comedy Chimp: That's her, officers! The one who broke into my studio and went Bananas!
[The officers do not laugh at that joke.]
Comedy Chimp: [Groans]
Sticks: [Throws a portiant of Amy away] It wasn't me! It was Dreamcaster!
Officer Beaver: If Comedy Chip saids it, its gotta be true. [pulls out his handcuffs] After all, he is on TV.
[The officer tries to handcuff Sticks but she escaped from her burrow and runs off to encounter Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy.]
Sticks: Oh, man. I'm glad you guys showed up to... [Sonic handcuffs Sticks] Arrest me?! [The officers approach her] That's not where I was going with that sentence!
Sonic: Sorry, Sticks. It's for your own good.
Amy: Maybe a night at the old stoney lonesome will clear your head.
[The officers take Sticks away just as Dreamcaster appears before Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy.]
Dreamcaster: You have all earned your sugar plums.
[Team Sonic gets hypnotized by Dreamcaster.]

[Scene: Hedgehog Village, night.]

[At the village jail, harmonic music is heard from inside the jail. Sticks is not playing the harmoicac.]
Sticks: This is so depressing.
[She gets up and walks to a record player playing the jail music. She turns it off.]
Sticks: Even "Melancholic Harmonica Music Volume 2" can't cheer me up. I can't believe my friends thinks I'm a wack-a-ding. What if my perception of reality really IS distorted? Maybe this isn't my hand. Maybe it is my foot!
[Suddenly, Sticks hears groaning. She looks outside though the window bars and sees the villagers and Team Sonic as mind slaves of Dreamcaster. Eggman arrives and laughs.]
Dr. Eggman: You fools! I finally have you all under my control! And all it took was the power of television and a charmingly hypnotic robot!
Orbot: I don't find him particularly charming.
Dr. Eggman: I don't like to brag. I love to brag! And using the television antenna to broadcast dream-controlling mind waves was a work of brag-worthy brilliance.
Orbot: It's a shame you're too humble to bring it up.
Dr. Eggman: The mind control began slowly, thanks to Dreamcaster's hypnotic commands. But it's now in full effect. Observe!
Dreamcaster: Everyone, dance the dance of dreams.
[Dance music plays, and the hypnotized Team Sonic and villagers start dancing.]
Sticks: I knew it! I knew Dreamcaster was real! I guess my hand really is my hand.
[Sticks sees a red high heel shoe on her right hand. She shakes it off. The shoe flies off and hits Eggman.]
Dr. Eggman: You weren't affected by Dreamcaster's control, because you're the only one in town without a TV! What's wrong with you? What do you do on Saturday mornings? What do you talk about on the water cooler?
Sticks: I knew TV was just a big conspiracy to control everyone's minds! [Looks at the camera] I'm not talking to you. You keep watching.
Dr. Eggman: A town full of sleepwalking minions is nice, but an entire planet full is better. Begin construction of the Super Slumber Satellite!
[Eggman moves away and the sleepwalkers stand back as a satellite part drops on the ground. The sleepwalkers start building the satellite. Sticks tries to squeeze through the bars inside the prison, but her hair gets stuck. She flops, and then trys kicking her legs. However, she falls backwards. She gets up quickly and finds Knuckles carrying another satellite part.]
Sticks: Psst... Knuckles.
[Knuckles turns to face Sticks]
Sticks: [Slowly] I got sugarplums up in here.
[Knuckles drops the satellite part and punches a hole in the wall, freeing Sticks.]
Sticks: Ha ha!
[Sticks runs and confronts Eggman and Dreamcaster. Dreamcaster turns to face the Walrus Camera Man.]
Dreamcaster: Listen to Dreamcaster and fall into slumber.
[The TVs turn on and generate a buzzing sound, forcing Sticks to cover her ears. Dreamcaster appears on TV.]
Dreamcaster: Taste the plums made of sugar and join us.
[The camera cuts to Sticks with Knuckles being seen slowly walking behind her.]
Sticks: Must... fight... delicious... candy... fruit things!
[Sticks screams and runs away.]
Dr. Eggman: Wow. I never pegged her for the cowardly type.

[Scene Change: Sticks' Burrow, night.]

[Sticks puts some of her belongings in her backpack and runs back outside.]

[Scene Change: Hedgehog Village, night.]

Dr. Eggman: Hypnotized minions: this is a glorious day. For me. For you, not so much. My evil influence will no longer be limited to this small village, but will spread to small and mid-sized villages all over the planet. [Moves over in the Eggmobile to Orbot] I just want to point out they're not applauding 'cause they're zombies. Not because they're unimpressed.
Orbot: Duly noted.
Dr. Eggman: When my plan is complete, Dreamcaster will broadcast worldwide, and I'll be unstoppable! Hahahahaha! And it all begins with just a press of this button...
[Eggman presses the button. The flaps opens to reveal a switch.]
Dr. Eggman: And then a flick of this switch...
[Eggman flicks the switch. A keycode appears.]
Dr. Eggman: Then I gotta enter my key code here... Scan my thumb print... Swipe my ID badge... and finally!...
[Sticks swings in with a rope holding her backpack while dramatic music plays.]
Sticks: Not so fast, Eggman!
Dr. Eggman: Fast? What part of that process seemed fast to you?
[Eggman dodges a charging Sticks. The TVs turn back on with Dreamcaster on the screens again. Sticks lands on the Satellite, opens up her backpack and puts on a foil hat. She engages her fighting pose.]
Dr. Eggman: Curses! A tinfoil hat! The only surefire way to protect from mind control. No matter. I still have my unstoppable army of sleepwalkers. Zombies, attack!
[The zombies walk slowly and make zombie-like noises. Eggman scratches his head.]
Dr. Eggman: Admittedly, not the most effective army. But still...
[With the zombies walking in the background, Sticks swings across on her rope and then back. The zombies follow Sticks wherever she goes. Sticks is then shown holding another foil hat while swinging the rope. She approaches Sonic and places the foil hat on him. Sonic turns back to normal.]
Sonic: Sticks? What's going on?
Sticks: [Lands next to Sonic holding several foil hats] Mind control!
[Sticks offers a hat to Sonic. Sonic takes one]
Sticks: Now, put these on Knuckles and Tails! I'll get Amy!
[Sonic and Sticks both set off. Sonic somerasults over Knuckles while placing a foil hat on his head.]
Knuckles: Hey... I'm no longer in a mind-numbing stupor. I'm back to my regular stupor!
[Sticks places a foil hat on Amy's head. The camera cuts back to Sonic who tosses a foil hat onto Tails' head. Eggman grunts in anger and presses a button on his wrist controller, unloading a series of Badniks that approach Team Sonic. Sonic spin attacks a Bee Bot and a Crab Bot in front of Amy and Tails. Knuckles punches a Motobug but drops his hat, turning back into a zombie. Another Motobug rolls the foil hat up in the air. Amy discovers the airborne hat and catches it. She tosses it back to Knuckles' head. However, she misses the target and it lands on Wild Cat's head instead, turning him back to normal.]
Wild Cat: Finally, I'm free. You know, this whole experience has been a metaphor for my entire life. No longer will I be just another face in the crowd. I'm gonna turn my life around. Look out world, Wild Cat's coming at ya!
[Tails walks in and takes the foil hat off Wild Cat.]
Tails: Sorry to interrupt your epiphany. Kinda need this to fight bad guys!
[Tails flies off with the foil hat and places it on Knuckles' head. Knuckles, now back to normal, punches another Crab Bot. The camera cuts to Sonic, Amy and Tails attacking more Badniks. After Knuckles punches yet another Crab Bot, Sticks turns around and confronts Dreamcaster, with Orbot and Cubot beside him. The two robots run away, while the Dreamcaster unravels his disguise and roars at her.]
Sticks: Dreamcaster, time for bed!
[Sticks shows him two paint tubes]
Sticks: [Softly] And here's the lullaby... [Harshly while releasing paint from the tubes] of paint!
[The paint directly hits Dreamcaster's eyes, blinding him. While roaring, he rubs his eyes to get rid of the paint. Sticks chucks away the paint tubes and attacks Dreamcaster, punching and kicking his body. He is blown back and collides into a wall, breaking down and releasing oil. The camera cuts to the villagers - who are turned back to normal - cheering and laughing. However, their celebration is cut short as they hear the rest of Team Sonic fighting off Eggman's Badniks. Knuckles grabs hold of a Motobug, picks it up and throws it towards Sonic, who spin attacks and breaks it. The head lands next to Eggman's Eggmobile.]
Dr. Eggman: So much for my mind control scheme.
[Orbot and Cubot jump on the Eggmobile and they all flee.]
Orbot: We don't mind if you control us.
Dr. Eggman: That's pretty clever, Orbot. When we get back to the lair, I'm removing that wit chip.
Sticks: Well. Aren't you going to apologize?
Sonic: Apologize for what? We were under mind control!
Amy: It wasn't us. It was Dreamcaster talking!
Sticks: Really? [Excitedly] So, don't you all think I'm nuts?
[Team Sonic hesitate and the screen fades to black.]
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