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|date = 8 November 2014 {{C|US}}<ref name="SBEplist2">{{cite web |url=http://www.thefutoncritic.com/devwatch/sonic-boom/listings/|title=Sonic Boom – Episode Guide for Season 1 |publisher=The Futon Critic |accessdate=November 6, 2014}}</ref><br>19 November 2014 {{C|FR}}
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|date = 8 November 2014<ref name="Zap2it">{{Cite web|url=http://tvschedule.zap2it.com/tv/sonic-boom-the-sidekick/EP020402810002?aid=tvschedule |title= Sonic Boom: ''The Sidekick'' |publisher=Zap2it.com |accessdate= 1 May 2015}}</ref>
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*4 April 2015 {{C|AUS}}
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*4 April 2015 {{C|BE}}
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*5 June 2015 {{C|BR}}<ref>{{Cite web|url=https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Rh9U99TcRjaePYzR3a_VcyUFqWVBAgM4J0j3fcoaet4/edit?pref=2&pli=1#gid=538177487 |title=Cartoon Network Junho - ANMTV.COM.BR |publisher= |accessdate=13 July 2016}}</ref>
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*5 September 2016 {{C|FI}}
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*19 November 2014 {{C|FR}}
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*4 July 2016 {{C|GER}}
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*6 November 2015 {{C|HUN}}
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*1 June 2015 {{C|IE}}
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*9 November 2015 {{C|ITA}}
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*1 July 2017 {{C|JP}}
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*12 October 2015 {{C|KO}}<ref>{{Cite web|url=https://www.cartoonnetworkkorea.com/program/schedule.html?ymd=20151012 |title=Cartoon Network - Schedule (2015/10/12) |publisher= |accessdate=26 Feburary 2017}}</ref>
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*5 June 2015 {{C|LATAM}}
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*4 April 2015 {{C|NZ}}
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*14 December 2015 {{C|PL}}
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*12 September 2015 {{C|PT}}
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"'''The Sidekick'''" is the first episode in the ''[[Sonic Boom (TV series)|Sonic Boom]]'' television series. It first aired on 8 November 2014 in the United States and on 19 November 2014 in France.
 
"'''The Sidekick'''" is the first episode in the ''[[Sonic Boom (TV series)|Sonic Boom]]'' television series. It first aired on 8 November 2014 in the United States and on 19 November 2014 in France.
   
 
==Synopsis==
 
==Synopsis==
During a particularly dangerous encounter with Eggman, Tails is injured. Sonic decides that being his sidekick is too dangerous for Tails and fires him for his own safety. Auditions are held for a new sidekick. Eggman applies for the job.<!--This synopsis was taken from the official Cartoon Network website, meaning it is officially written material. As such, it must not be changed unless it is entirely replaced by another synopsis written by an official media-->
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During a particularly dangerous encounter with Eggman, Tails is injured. Sonic decides that being his sidekick is too dangerous for Tails and fires him for his own safety. Auditions are held for a new sidekick. Eggman applies for the job.<!--This synopsis was taken from the official Cartoon Network website, meaning it is officially written material. As such, it must not be changed unless it is entirely replaced by another synopsis written by an official media.-->
   
==Characters==
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==Appearances==
*[[Sonic the Hedgehog (Sonic Boom)|Sonic the Hedgehog]] {{1st}}
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'''Characters''':
*[[Miles "Tails" Prower (Sonic Boom)|Miles "Tails" Prower]] {{1st}}
 
*[[Knuckles the Echidna (Sonic Boom)|Knuckles the Echidna]] {{1st}}
 
*[[Amy Rose (Sonic Boom)|Amy Rose]] {{1st}}
 
*[[Doctor Eggman (Sonic Boom)|Dr. Eggman]] {{1st}}
 
 
*[[Burnbot]] {{1st}}
 
*[[Burnbot]] {{1st}}
*[[Orbot (Sonic Boom)|Orbot]] {{1st}}
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*[[Cubot (Sonic Boom)|Cubot]]
*[[Cubot (Sonic Boom)|Cubot]] {{1st}}
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*[[Doctor Eggman (Sonic Boom)|Dr. Eggman]]
 
*[[Fastidious Beaver]] {{1st}}
 
*[[Fastidious Beaver]] {{1st}}
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*[[Mike the Ox]] {{1st}}
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*[[Orbot (Sonic Boom)|Orbot]]
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*[[Stratford]] {{1st}}
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*[[Team Sonic (Sonic Boom)|Team Sonic]]
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**[[Sonic the Hedgehog (Sonic Boom)|Sonic the Hedgehog]]
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**[[Amy Rose (Sonic Boom)|Amy Rose]]
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**[[Miles "Tails" Prower (Sonic Boom)|Miles "Tails" Prower]]
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**[[Knuckles the Echidna (Sonic Boom)|Knuckles the Echidna]]
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*[[Wild Cat]] {{1st}}
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*[[Wolfie]] {{1st}}
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'''Locations''':
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*[[Sonic Boom World]]
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**[[Doctor Eggman's Lair|Dr. Eggman's Lair]]
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**[[Seaside Island]]
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***[[Mount Safety]] {{1st}}
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***[[Sonic's Shack]]
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***[[Tails' House (Sonic Boom)|Tails' House]]
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'''Items''':
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*[[Communicator (Sonic Boom)|Communicator]]
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*[[Enerbeam]]
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*[[Wrist controller]]
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'''Vehicles''':
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*[[Eggmobile (Sonic Boom)|Eggmobile]]
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*[[Hoverboard]] {{1st}}
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*[[Tornado (Sonic Boom)|Tornado]]
   
 
==Plot==
 
==Plot==
:''For the transcript of this episode, see [[The Sidekick/Transcript]].''
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Within the crevasses of a canyon, [[Sonic the Hedgehog (Sonic Boom)|Sonic the Hedgehog]] pursues his arch-nemesis [[Doctor Eggman (Sonic Boom)|Dr. Eggman]], who is trying to escape in his [[Eggmobile (Sonic Boom)|Eggmobile]]. The pair enters a corkscrew-shaped mineshaft where Dr. Eggman summons [[Burnbot]] to destroy Sonic, but Sonic mocks the inconsistency of Burnbot's name, as its only weapons are a pair of pincer claws. Regardless, Sonic and Burnbot chase each other around the the mineshaft. [[Miles "Tails" Prower (Sonic Boom)|Tails]] then arrives in the [[Tornado (Sonic Boom)|Tornado]], where he contacts Sonic over his [[Communicator (Sonic Boom)|Communicator]] to set up their [[Speeding Swing Surprise]]. As Sonic and Burnbot are about to clash in the shaft, Tails flies in and helps Sonic by providing an Enerbeam for him to grasp, allowing Sonic to swing around and kick the robot into a wall. However, Burnbot gets up and clips the Tornado's wing, causing Tails to fall; Sonic pleads for Tails to eject, but faulty equipment leaves him stuck in the plane. Sonic rushes to help, but gets into another skirmish with Burnbot. With haste, he knocks a boulder onto it and exits the shaft, only to see Tails crash. As Sonic runs over to the wreckage, Eggman decides to retreat as well, taking Burnbot with him. Sonic finds Tails unconscious and in bad shape, but alive; as he carries him back home, Sonic vows to never put his friend in any more danger.
The episode starts off with [[Sonic the Hedgehog (Sonic Boom)|Sonic]] chasing [[Doctor Eggman (Sonic Boom)|Dr. Eggman]] in his [[Egg Mobile]] through some canyons. The pair enters a corkscrew-shaped mineshaft where Dr. Eggman summons [[Burnbot]] to destroy Sonic, but Sonic mocks the inconsistency of Burnbot's name as it does not actually use fire. Regardless, Sonic and Burnbot chase each other towards the bottom of the mineshaft. [[Miles "Tails" Prower (Sonic Boom)|Tails]] then arrives in the [[Tornado (Sonic Boom)|Tornado]], where he contacts Sonic over their communicators and they make a plan. As Sonic and Burnbot are about to clash in the shaft, Tails flies in and helps Sonic counterattack Burnbot, where Sonic swings into the robot with an [[Enerbeam]] launched by Tails, knocking it into a wall. However, Burnbot gets up and clips the Tornado's wing, causing Tails to fall. Sonic and Burnbot then face off again, but Sonic knocks a boulder loose which smashes the robot and he gets out of the shaft, only to see Tails crash. As Sonic runs over to the wreckage, Eggman decides to retreat, taking Burnbot with him. Sonic finds Tails unconscious and in bad shape, but alive, and he carries him back home, promising he will never let this happen to him again.
 
   
Back at Tails' house, Tails awakens to Sonic's joy. Tails is ready to get back in action, but Sonic instead tells him that he has received early retirement from his job as his sidekick. When Tails is left confused, Sonic tells him bluntly that he has been fired. Despite feeling guilty about his decision, Sonic begins advertising for his "sidekick try-outs," where all qualified candidates are welcome, so that Tails can stay in retirement. At [[Doctor Eggman's Lair|Dr. Eggman's lair]], Eggman, [[Orbot (Sonic Boom)|Orbot]] and [[Cubot (Sonic Boom)|Cubot]] learn about Sonic's try-outs. While Eggman finds this unbelievable (despite showing some interest in being Sonic's friend), it makes him slowly hatch an evil scheme.
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Back at [[Tails' House (Sonic Boom)|Tails' House]], Tails awakens to Sonic's joy. Tails is ready to get back in action, but Sonic instead tells him that he is entering early retirement from his job as sidekick. This explanation only leaves Tails confused, so Sonic tells him bluntly that he has been fired. Despite feeling guilty about his decision, Sonic begins advertising for his "sidekick try-outs," where all qualified candidates are welcome, so that Tails can stay in retirement. At [[Doctor Eggman's Lair|Dr. Eggman's lair]], Eggman, [[Orbot (Sonic Boom)|Orbot]] and [[Cubot (Sonic Boom)|Cubot]] learn about Sonic's try-outs. While Eggman finds this unbelievable (despite showing some interest in being Sonic's friend), it makes him hatch an evil scheme.
   
At Sonic's shack, the sidekick try-outs are at full swing with Sonic as the host and several participants having shown up. The first participant that tries out is [[Amy Rose (Sonic Boom)|Amy]] who tells Sonic that she wants to try out as his sidekick and starts juggling and singing, but Sonic is unimpressed and calls in the next participant. For the next, the [[Fastidious Beaver]] appears, though he admits he is a coward. Sonic is then met by Amy once more who tries the tryouts again with the same act, with the addition of talking like an Italian pizza man, but Sonic once again isn't impressed. The next one up is [[Knuckles the Echidna (Sonic Boom)|Knuckles]] who wants to make Sonic his sidekick. Knuckles goes on and states he would have to name him "Knuckles Jr." while Sonic tells him that he does not want to be his sidekick.
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At [[Sonic's Shack]], the sidekick try-outs are at full swing, with Sonic as the interviewer and several participants awaiting. The first participant shown is an eager [[Amy Rose (Sonic Boom)|Amy Rose]], who attempts to impress Sonic by juggling and singing "[[Wikipedia:When the Saints Go Marching In|When the Saints Go Marching In]]" but fails twice. The next candidate is [[Fastidious Beaver]], who he admits that he is a coward. Finally, [[Knuckles the Echidna (Sonic Boom)|Knuckles the Echidna]] enters the try-outs, though he believes Sonic is qualified to be ''his'' sidekick instead.
   
At the end of the try-outs, a cloaked figure applies and Sonic is impressed by his answers to the questions. However, the figure then uncloaks himself and reveals himself to be Tails, who is attempting to become Sonic's sidekick again. Sonic disagrees, but Tails proves his right by bringing up that all qualified candidates can apply. Eggman then shows up to apply for the job too, but while Sonic is against it, Eggman uses the same argument as Tails. Despite the fact that Sonic is against them both becoming his sidekick, he begrudgingly lets them move on, and additionally accepts the Fastidious Beaver as a third candidate and alternative when the latter wanted his parking ticket validated.
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At the end of the try-outs, a cloaked figure applies and Sonic is impressed by his answers to the questions. However, the figure then clumsily uncloaks himself and reveals himself to be Tails, who is attempting to reclaim his role. Sonic refuses, but Tails notes that the poster never excluded him from applying. Eggman then shows up to apply for the job too, but while Sonic is against it, Eggman uses the same argument as Tails. Despite his disapproval of the idea, Sonic begrudgingly lets them move on to the next round and additionally accepts the Fastidious Beaver as a third candidate and alternative.
   
To test his candidates, Sonic sets up a race for them on hoverboards to [[Mount Safety]] to capture the red flag he has placed there. While Eggman gives Fastidious an early start instead of waiting for Sonic to tell him and the others to begin, Tails and Eggman soon take the lead where Eggman tries to use his board's weapons against Tails, but the latter manages to avoid them while accidentally knocking Fastidious out of the race. As Sonic watches the race, Tails and Eggman move onto the next part of it and fly towards the flag in the Tornado and Egg Mobile. However, Fastidious gives up and lies down in the fetal position and sucks his thumb. As they fly towards the flag, Eggman reveals to Tails that his real plan with the try-outs is to get rid of both him and Sonic, and picks up Burnbot from the jungle.
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To test his candidates, Sonic has them race on [[hoverboard]]s to [[Mount Safety]] to capture a red flag there. While Eggman gives Fastidious an early start to shut him up, Tails and Eggman soon take the lead. Eggman then tries to use his board's weapons against Tails, but the latter manages to avoid them while accidentally knocking Fastidious out of the race. As Sonic watches on, Tails and Eggman move onto the next part of it and fly towards the flag in their Tornado and Eggmobile. As they fly towards the flag, Eggman reveals that his real reason for joining the try-outs was to get rid of both Tails and Sonic, and picks up Burnbot from the jungle.
   
Burnbot manages to clip the Tornado's wing again and Tails crashes in a frozen lake, where he is stuck. However, Sonic comes to his aid and gets him out just before the Tornado sinks. There, Sonic comes clean and tells Tails he fired him to protect him. Eggman and Burnbot then face the duo again, except this time he followed Sonic's earlier advice and updated Burnbot so it can actually use fire, which it uses it to make the ice they stand on crack. Sonic, unable to swim, falls through the cracks and into the water and Tails cannot get him out as he is water logged. Sonic instructs Tails to leave him behind, but Tails refuses. When both plummet underneath, Tails saves Sonic. With Tails' help, Sonic lands a hard hit on Burnbot, causing it to break through the ice and sink. Sonic and Tails then fly away while Eggman retreats, promising to return with a better robot.
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Despite Tails' best efforts, Burnbot manages to clip the Tornado's wing again and he crashes in a frozen lake, now unable to leave the plane. However, Sonic comes to his aid and pulls him out just before the Tornado sinks. Then he apologizes to Tails by confessing to him that he fired him in order to protect him. Eggman and Burnbot then face the duo again, except this time the robot has been upgraded with fire weaponry, which is used to crack the ice around them. Sonic falls into the water, and since he cannot swim, Tails is forced to pull Sonic out. Sonic tries to get Tails to escape on his own when recovery proves to be too difficult, but Tails adamantly refuses, and both plummet underwater. Though Sonic resigns to his fate, Tails perseveres, and the duo manage to not only resurface, but go airborne. From there, Sonic lands a hard hit on Burnbot, causing it to break through the ice and sink. Sonic and Tails then fly back to solid ground while Eggman retreats, promising to return with a better robot.
   
As the sun sets, Sonic and Tails reconcile and Sonic rehires Tails as his sidekick because of his earlier actions. Back at Sonic's house, Amy demands a callback when Knuckles passes by and notes he was not going well with his own sidekick. Realizing Knuckles needs a sidekick, Amy starts her act again to try and impress him, and Knuckles gets another name idea for his sidekick: Knuckalina.
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As the sun sets, Sonic and Tails reconcile and Sonic re-hires Tails as his sidekick due to his earlier actions. Back at Sonic's Shack, Amy demands a callback when Knuckles passes by and notes that finding his own sidekick has been unsuccessful. Noticing an opportunity, Amy auditions for Knuckles on the spot, sparking his interest.
   
== Trivia ==
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==Continuity==
*This episode was the first footage shown of the series back in February 2014.
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*[[Burnbot]] is introduced.
*Like the [[Chaos Control Freaks|first episode]] of ''[[Sonic X]]'', this episode showed Sonic's weakness that he cannot swim and is saved by his close friend (In this episode, Tails saved him while in ''Sonic X'', he was saved by [[Christopher Thorndyke]].)
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*[[Miles "Tails" Prower (Sonic Boom)|Tails]] still has the [[Tornado (Sonic Boom)|Tornado]] which he and his team acquired in ''[[Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric]]''/''[[Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal]]''.
*The [[fourth wall]] is broken three times:
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*[[Doctor Eggman (Sonic Boom)|Dr. Eggman]] mentions that he is not a real doctor. This would be validated in "[[Mister Eggman]]".
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==Goofs==
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*When [[Mike the Ox]] is seen in the line to [[Sonic's Shack]], his attire, horns and ears are all colored grey.
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==Regional differences==
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*In the Brazilian dub of this episode, Eggman is referred to as "Robotnik". That was the name given to Eggman and all his incarnations in the western territories during the ''Sonic'' series' first years.
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==Productions==
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According to [[Bill Freiberger]], early drafts of the episode included [[Sticks the Badger]]. However, since there was so much that needed to be done in this episode, it was decided to remove Sticks from it entirely rather than bothering themselves with the work in including her.<ref name="Boostcast">{{Cite web|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKlgnKbm-3g |title=Sonic Boomcast Episode 8: Welcome to Freibergers |publisher=Sonic Boomcast |date=25 March 2015|accessdate=26 March 2015}}</ref>
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==Title in other languages==
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!Language
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!Title
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!Translation
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|-
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|Brazilian portuguese
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|O Assistente
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|The Assistant
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|-
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|Chinese
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|助手
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|Assistant
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|-
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|Finnish
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|Apupoika
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|The assistant
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|-
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|French
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|Le Coéquipier
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|The Teammate
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|-
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|German
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|Der Sidekick
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|The Sidekick
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|-
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|Hungarian
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|A társ
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|The companion
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|Italian
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|Cercasi assistente
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|Help wanted
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|-
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|Japanese
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|相棒オーディション
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|Partner Audition
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|-
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|Korean
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|조수를 구합니다
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|Assistant Wanted
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|-
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|Polish
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|Pomocnik
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|Helper
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|-
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|Portuguese
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|O Parceiro
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|The Partner
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|-
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|Romanian
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|Partenerul
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|The partner
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|-
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|Russian
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|Напарник
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|The sidekick
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|Spanish (Latin America)
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|El Compañero
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|The Companion
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|-
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|Turkish
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|Yardımcı Aranıyor
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|Help Wanted
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|-
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|Ukrainian
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|Напарник
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|The Partner
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==Trivia==
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*This episode contains the first footage shown of the series back in February 2014.
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*The beginning of "The Sidekick" was used as the pilot presentation for the ''[[Sonic Boom (TV series)|Sonic Boom]]'' television series.<ref>{{Cite web |url=https://twitter.com/BillFreiberger/status/781857179091341312 |title=Bill Freiberger on Twitter |work= Twitter |date=30 September 2016 |accessdate=15 October 2016 |quote='''Alexander Soerensen''': Is there a pilot episode for Sonic Boom? / '''Bill Freiberger''': The pilot presentation for Sonic Boom was the beginning of "The Sidekick." }}</ref>
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*Like the [[Chaos Control Freaks|first episode]] of ''[[Sonic X]]'', this episode showed Sonic's weakness that he cannot swim and is saved by his close friend (In this episode, Tails saved him while in ''Sonic X'', he was saved by [[Christopher Thorndyke]]).
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*The [[fourth wall]] is broken, coincidentally enough, four times:
 
**When Tails attempts to eject from his falling plane the first time, the lever breaks, after which Tails looks at the viewer in confusion.
 
**When Tails attempts to eject from his falling plane the first time, the lever breaks, after which Tails looks at the viewer in confusion.
 
**When the camera takes a close up of Eggman, it immediately tilts to the floor, Eggman focuses the camera back to him, remarking, "Lousy security camera!"
 
**When the camera takes a close up of Eggman, it immediately tilts to the floor, Eggman focuses the camera back to him, remarking, "Lousy security camera!"
 
**When Knuckles tries to change Sonic's name to 'Knuckles Jr.", Sonic looks at the viewer with an annoyed look on his face.
 
**When Knuckles tries to change Sonic's name to 'Knuckles Jr.", Sonic looks at the viewer with an annoyed look on his face.
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**When Sonic announces to Tails that he has "Early Retirement", Tails says to the viewer, "Wait, what just happened?"
 
*When Eggman shows his application form for sidekick auditions, his picture is similar to one of his released concept art.
 
*When Eggman shows his application form for sidekick auditions, his picture is similar to one of his released concept art.
*The hoverboards Tails, Eggman and Fastidious Beaver ride on resemble [[Extreme Gear]]s from the ''[[Sonic Riders]]'' series.
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*[[Sticks the Badger|Sticks]] did not appear in this episode, therefore making it the first episode where a main character does not appear, as well as the first episode where Sticks does not appear in.
*[[Sticks the Badger|Sticks]] did not appear in this episode, therefore making it the first episode where a main character does not appear.
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*This is the only episode where the [[Tornado (Sonic Boom)|Tornado]] aircraft appears.
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*The DVD set ''[[Sonic Boom: The Sidekick]]'' borrows this episode's title.
==Gallery==
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*The plot of this episode was adapted for ''[[Sonic Boom 01 - Le partenaire ideal]]''.
===Concept Artwork===
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*In Finland, this episode was first published in Ruutu.fi on April 5, 2016.
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*The design for [[Fastidious Beaver]]'s parking ticket would be used for the [[Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom#Events|Event]] [[ticket]] in ''[[Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom]]''.
Sonic Boom Episode 1 Concept art.jpg
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*This episode, along with the "[[Can an Evil Genius Crash on Your Couch for a Few Days?]]", "[[Sole Power]]", "[[Chili Dog Day Afternoon]]" and "[[It Takes a Village to Defeat a Hedgehog]]", were the only ones during the first season of ''Sonic Boom'' to be released in their production order in the United States.
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*Concept artwork for this episode appeared in ''[[Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice]]''.
 
===Screenshots===
 
{{Gallery start}}
 
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==References==
 
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Sonic Boom
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"The Sidekick" is the first episode in the Sonic Boom television series. It first aired on 8 November 2014 in the United States and on 19 November 2014 in France.

SynopsisEdit

During a particularly dangerous encounter with Eggman, Tails is injured. Sonic decides that being his sidekick is too dangerous for Tails and fires him for his own safety. Auditions are held for a new sidekick. Eggman applies for the job.

AppearancesEdit

Characters:

Locations:

Items:

Vehicles:

PlotEdit

Within the crevasses of a canyon, Sonic the Hedgehog pursues his arch-nemesis Dr. Eggman, who is trying to escape in his Eggmobile. The pair enters a corkscrew-shaped mineshaft where Dr. Eggman summons Burnbot to destroy Sonic, but Sonic mocks the inconsistency of Burnbot's name, as its only weapons are a pair of pincer claws. Regardless, Sonic and Burnbot chase each other around the the mineshaft. Tails then arrives in the Tornado, where he contacts Sonic over his Communicator to set up their Speeding Swing Surprise. As Sonic and Burnbot are about to clash in the shaft, Tails flies in and helps Sonic by providing an Enerbeam for him to grasp, allowing Sonic to swing around and kick the robot into a wall. However, Burnbot gets up and clips the Tornado's wing, causing Tails to fall; Sonic pleads for Tails to eject, but faulty equipment leaves him stuck in the plane. Sonic rushes to help, but gets into another skirmish with Burnbot. With haste, he knocks a boulder onto it and exits the shaft, only to see Tails crash. As Sonic runs over to the wreckage, Eggman decides to retreat as well, taking Burnbot with him. Sonic finds Tails unconscious and in bad shape, but alive; as he carries him back home, Sonic vows to never put his friend in any more danger.

Back at Tails' House, Tails awakens to Sonic's joy. Tails is ready to get back in action, but Sonic instead tells him that he is entering early retirement from his job as sidekick. This explanation only leaves Tails confused, so Sonic tells him bluntly that he has been fired. Despite feeling guilty about his decision, Sonic begins advertising for his "sidekick try-outs," where all qualified candidates are welcome, so that Tails can stay in retirement. At Dr. Eggman's lair, Eggman, Orbot and Cubot learn about Sonic's try-outs. While Eggman finds this unbelievable (despite showing some interest in being Sonic's friend), it makes him hatch an evil scheme.

At Sonic's Shack, the sidekick try-outs are at full swing, with Sonic as the interviewer and several participants awaiting. The first participant shown is an eager Amy Rose, who attempts to impress Sonic by juggling and singing "When the Saints Go Marching In" but fails twice. The next candidate is Fastidious Beaver, who he admits that he is a coward. Finally, Knuckles the Echidna enters the try-outs, though he believes Sonic is qualified to be his sidekick instead.

At the end of the try-outs, a cloaked figure applies and Sonic is impressed by his answers to the questions. However, the figure then clumsily uncloaks himself and reveals himself to be Tails, who is attempting to reclaim his role. Sonic refuses, but Tails notes that the poster never excluded him from applying. Eggman then shows up to apply for the job too, but while Sonic is against it, Eggman uses the same argument as Tails. Despite his disapproval of the idea, Sonic begrudgingly lets them move on to the next round and additionally accepts the Fastidious Beaver as a third candidate and alternative.

To test his candidates, Sonic has them race on hoverboards to Mount Safety to capture a red flag there. While Eggman gives Fastidious an early start to shut him up, Tails and Eggman soon take the lead. Eggman then tries to use his board's weapons against Tails, but the latter manages to avoid them while accidentally knocking Fastidious out of the race. As Sonic watches on, Tails and Eggman move onto the next part of it and fly towards the flag in their Tornado and Eggmobile. As they fly towards the flag, Eggman reveals that his real reason for joining the try-outs was to get rid of both Tails and Sonic, and picks up Burnbot from the jungle.

Despite Tails' best efforts, Burnbot manages to clip the Tornado's wing again and he crashes in a frozen lake, now unable to leave the plane. However, Sonic comes to his aid and pulls him out just before the Tornado sinks. Then he apologizes to Tails by confessing to him that he fired him in order to protect him. Eggman and Burnbot then face the duo again, except this time the robot has been upgraded with fire weaponry, which is used to crack the ice around them. Sonic falls into the water, and since he cannot swim, Tails is forced to pull Sonic out. Sonic tries to get Tails to escape on his own when recovery proves to be too difficult, but Tails adamantly refuses, and both plummet underwater. Though Sonic resigns to his fate, Tails perseveres, and the duo manage to not only resurface, but go airborne. From there, Sonic lands a hard hit on Burnbot, causing it to break through the ice and sink. Sonic and Tails then fly back to solid ground while Eggman retreats, promising to return with a better robot.

As the sun sets, Sonic and Tails reconcile and Sonic re-hires Tails as his sidekick due to his earlier actions. Back at Sonic's Shack, Amy demands a callback when Knuckles passes by and notes that finding his own sidekick has been unsuccessful. Noticing an opportunity, Amy auditions for Knuckles on the spot, sparking his interest.

ContinuityEdit

GoofsEdit

Regional differencesEdit

  • In the Brazilian dub of this episode, Eggman is referred to as "Robotnik". That was the name given to Eggman and all his incarnations in the western territories during the Sonic series' first years.

ProductionsEdit

According to Bill Freiberger, early drafts of the episode included Sticks the Badger. However, since there was so much that needed to be done in this episode, it was decided to remove Sticks from it entirely rather than bothering themselves with the work in including her.[4]

Title in other languagesEdit

Language Title Translation
Brazilian portuguese O Assistente The Assistant
Chinese 助手 Assistant
Finnish Apupoika The assistant
French Le Coéquipier The Teammate
German Der Sidekick The Sidekick
Hungarian A társ The companion
Italian Cercasi assistente Help wanted
Japanese 相棒オーディション Partner Audition
Korean 조수를 구합니다 Assistant Wanted
Polish Pomocnik Helper
Portuguese O Parceiro The Partner
Romanian Partenerul The partner
Russian Напарник The sidekick
Spanish (Latin America) El Compañero The Companion
Turkish Yardımcı Aranıyor Help Wanted
Ukrainian Напарник The Partner

TriviaEdit

  • This episode contains the first footage shown of the series back in February 2014.
  • The beginning of "The Sidekick" was used as the pilot presentation for the Sonic Boom television series.[5]
  • Like the first episode of Sonic X, this episode showed Sonic's weakness that he cannot swim and is saved by his close friend (In this episode, Tails saved him while in Sonic X, he was saved by Christopher Thorndyke).
  • The fourth wall is broken, coincidentally enough, four times:
    • When Tails attempts to eject from his falling plane the first time, the lever breaks, after which Tails looks at the viewer in confusion.
    • When the camera takes a close up of Eggman, it immediately tilts to the floor, Eggman focuses the camera back to him, remarking, "Lousy security camera!"
    • When Knuckles tries to change Sonic's name to 'Knuckles Jr.", Sonic looks at the viewer with an annoyed look on his face.
    • When Sonic announces to Tails that he has "Early Retirement", Tails says to the viewer, "Wait, what just happened?"
  • When Eggman shows his application form for sidekick auditions, his picture is similar to one of his released concept art.
  • Sticks did not appear in this episode, therefore making it the first episode where a main character does not appear, as well as the first episode where Sticks does not appear in.
  • This is the only episode where the Tornado aircraft appears.
  • The DVD set Sonic Boom: The Sidekick borrows this episode's title.
  • The plot of this episode was adapted for Sonic Boom 01 - Le partenaire ideal.
  • In Finland, this episode was first published in Ruutu.fi on April 5, 2016.
  • The design for Fastidious Beaver's parking ticket would be used for the Event ticket in Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom.
  • This episode, along with the "Can an Evil Genius Crash on Your Couch for a Few Days?", "Sole Power", "Chili Dog Day Afternoon" and "It Takes a Village to Defeat a Hedgehog", were the only ones during the first season of Sonic Boom to be released in their production order in the United States.
  • Concept artwork for this episode appeared in Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Sonic Boom: The Sidekick. Zap2it.com. Retrieved on 1 May 2015.
  2. Cartoon Network Junho - ANMTV.COM.BR. Retrieved on 13 July 2016.
  3. Cartoon Network - Schedule (2015/10/12). Retrieved on 26 Feburary 2017.
  4. Sonic Boomcast Episode 8: Welcome to Freibergers. Sonic Boomcast (25 March 2015). Retrieved on 26 March 2015.
  5. Bill Freiberger on Twitter. Twitter (30 September 2016). Retrieved on 15 October 2016. “Alexander Soerensen: Is there a pilot episode for Sonic Boom? / Bill Freiberger: The pilot presentation for Sonic Boom was the beginning of "The Sidekick."”
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