Saturday Night's Alright For A Fight!
- Sonic, having lost his memory and being duped by Robotnik, has managed to penetrate the defenses of Knothole and plans to make quick work of his former allies. Is there anyone who can stand up to our renegade rodent and help him see the error of his way? Or has Sonic's betrayal spelled the end for the good guys?!
Growing Pains - Part One
- Tails, still upset at Sonic for beating him up in the previous story, and resentful of Sally for keeping the Sea Fox in dry dock as a “floating crib” sets out on his own!
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Saturday Night's Alright for a Fight!
- Writer: Ken Penders
- Pencils: Art Mawhinney
- Inks: Rich Koslowski
- Letters: Mindy Eisman
- Colors: Barry Grossman
- Editor: Scott Fulop
- Managing editor: Victor Gorelick
- Editor-in-Chief: Richard Goldwater
Sonic the Hedgehog, having developed amnesia in the previous issue and having been been brainwashed by Dr. Robotnik, has successfully infiltrated Knothole Village. Sonic has arrived at Rotor's lab, where both Rotor and Sally Acorn are present. With the possibility of Robotnik determining Knothole's location via Sonic, Sally must act fast to get rid of Sonic. She starts by asking him if anything is wrong, but he does not fall for her kindness. He rushes at full speed and rams into Rotor, sending him flying into one of his computer consoles. He then runs around him, hitting him with a flurry of punches. After Rotor is down for the count, he runs behind Sally and grabs her by the neck, intending to break it. However, she grabs his arm, getting a good grip, then throws him away.
Outside the lab, Tails and Bunnie Rabbot come running in after hearing the commotion. They look in to see Sally and Sonic continuing to fight, but do not suspect foul play. Bunnie runs in and grabs one of Sonic's arms before he can punch Sally. Using one of her robotic legs, she pins down Sonic, while Tails arrives, asking what Sonic is doing. Bunnie's strength is not able to hold Sonic for long, as he spins and sends everybody flying back. Tails, in mid-air, gets his tails working and tries to fly away, but Sonic is able to catch up and knock him out with a sonic spin. He looks on in triumph, as the Freedom Fighters remain knocked out all around him.
Back at Robotnik's lab, Snively commends Robotnik for winning his battle, but not all is well. Despite Sonic being a brainwashed pawn that successfully infiltrated Knothole, the village has a signal jammer that is preventing Robotnik from finding the exact location of the village for him to destroy. Therefore, he must follow Sonic's path back from the village to figure out where to send his demolition tractors. Suddenly, the signal from the transmitter on Sonic goes out completely, while Rotor's lab, which Sonic is still in, goes completely dark.
The Substitute Freedom Fighters, led by Antoine, creep into the dark room. They quickly pounce toward Sonic and get into a scuffle, but, despite the effort, they do not catch Sonic. He calls out to Antoine, claiming his speed still helps him out despite the darkness. Hamlin, meanwhile, approaches Sonic and grabs him by the arm. Sonic calls him out as a rookie and easily tosses him aside. Taking advantage of Antoine, he calls him out as a coward, sending others to fight his battle. Antoine quickly grows angry and brandishes a sword, ready to battle one-on-one. He swings at Sonic, but misses, giving Sonic an opportunity to hit Antoine. He does, hitting him right in the head and knocking him out. Instantly after the hit, Arlo comes from the shadows and jumps on Sonic, but she too is thrown aside, right into Penelope. With the others done for, Sonic walks off in triumph to find the light switch.
Suddenly, from behind, Dylan throws himself into Sonic, knocking the hedgehog out. Dylan then comments how Sally taught him that a surprise attack is the best form of attack.
Some time later, Sonic wakes up in a hospital bed in Knothole, with Rotor checking some x-rays and Sally sitting at the end of the bed. As he rubs his head from the hit, Sally asks him if he remembers anything. He tells her that he cannot remember a thing, while she claims she thought he was a goner when Robotnik's demolition tractors destroyed the access tunnel to Knothole. Rotor, while analyzing the x-rays, has determined what set off the alarms while Sonic was going through the access tunnels. He takes out a pair of the tweezers and removes Robotnik's micro-transmitter hidden behind one of Sonic's ear. To make amends for the trouble he presumes he did, Sonic puts his sneakers on and takes the transmitter, running off out of Knothole. As he runs off, Sally tells Rotor that they cannot let him do his mission alone.
With no more transmissions coming from the transmitter, Robotnik considers that option to find Knothole canned. Instead, he is going to try to find Knothole blindly. Before he can give the order, however, Sonic pops out of the Knothole tree stump entrance, in view of the demolition tractors. Snively gives note that the transmitter is transmitting again. Sonic drops back into the stump entrance, making Robotnik realize that his plan has not failed. He orders his tractors to pursue Sonic. From above, while Sonic lures the tractors, Tails follows the bots from the sky, sending reports to Sally. In one of the tunnels, Sally confirms, as she and some Mobian moles start her part of the plan. Sonic arrives, surprised, but she is able to convince him that he is better off to receive their help. He agrees, and hopes that if Robotnik follows him, their bots will hit a dead end.
Robotnik watches the progress of his tractor bots from the sky, starting a countdown to demolition. As the countdown starts to the tractors' self-destruction, they approach a cliff, which has a cave that Sonic and the others are watching out of. At the last second, Robotnik notices the cliff, but he is too late as his bots drop off it, exploding from the detonation. With the threat of the tractors gone, and Sonic back to normal, he hopes that Robotnik will think that the tunnel is a decoy. Nonetheless, the tunnel needs to be remade due to the earlier work by the tractors. He also apologizes for his earlier actions, which Sally quickly accepts. She also mentions that, through that experience, she now knows how he feels after their sparring matches.
With another loss under his belt, Robotnik admits defeat with his plan, thinking he was led on a wild goose chase. Snively makes an off-hand remark, thinking that, with Sonic having no memory, that he would not remember making a goose out of Robotnik.
Growing Pains! - Part 1 of 2
Despite Sonic being back to normal, Tails is still upset over being beat up by Sonic earlier. He tries to explain about being brainwashed, but Tails would not have any of it and says that he has had enough. Tails then flies off the end of a cliff, preventing Sonic from following him. He thinks that the Knothole Freedom Fighters keep treating him like a baby despite his best efforts, and arrives at the Sea Fox, which Sally earlier had left stationary at the dock. He opens the cockpit, and starts it up, having replaced the oil in it, removed by Rotor, with some oil he recovered from an oil-soaked sea gull. He removes the dock rope from the submarine and sets sail out into the sea, leaving Knothole behind to blow off some steam. In the meantime, Robotnik watches from a hidden camera in a tree on the shore. With Tails alone, Robotnik develops an idea to take out Tails, and help divide the Freedom Fighters. With one remaining Auto Automaton from his recent war with Sally and Geoffrey St. John, he plans on using it to help aid his plan on conquering the Freedom Fighters, starting with Tails. While scouting the ocean, Tails comes upon an island that has not been charted before. He hears a loud call for help, so, thinking he's a mature creature and working alone, he decides to take on the task of helping the being himself. He docks the Sea Fox at the island and flies out. He arrives and instantly falls in love with who he sees: a female fox, tied to a tree. Completely infatuated, Tails gladly unties her from the tree, as she introduces herself as Fiona. After he unties her, they instantly gaze at each other, leading to a both of them instantly falling in love with each other. They laugh and frolic around the island, while Robotnik gags as he watches his plan proceed. He's on the island, so he walks outside and sees the two through a telescope. Fiona offers to take Tails to her home den, which Tails accepts as he is completely brainwashed from love. He walks into the den first by recommendation of Fiona. From above, Robotnik appears and slams a gate door closed behind Tails, trapping him in the den. Robotnik then walks over and congratulates Fiona on a job well done. Tails' heart-broken, cannot believe that Fiona is a robot, as she comes over and talks in a robotic voice. Robotnik then orders Auto-Fiona to activate a control panel near the den, which she does, ignoring Tails' pleas for help. The den Tails is in is actually a feeding tube to a huge Roboticizer in the rocks. He keeps calling for Auto-Fiona to stop, but she complies as Robotnik orders her to throw the switch to activate the roboticizer. She activates the roboticizer, with no remorse. Tails cries out for help as he is sucked into the roboticizer. Robotnik celebrates with glee, while Auto-Fiona, despite her robotic nature, starts to realize what she has done.
- While under amnesia, Sonic unwittingly helps Doctor Robotnik beat the Knothole Freedom Fighters, believing the doctor to be the hero.
- After getting hit in the head and regaining his memories, Sonic and the Freedom Fighters defeat Robotnik.
- Tails leaves Knothole.
- Tails encounters the Auto-Fiona.
- Sonic-Grams: All the details about the Tails mini-series.
- Robotnik refers to the Fiona robot as the leftover Sally duplicate from the Princess Sally mini series, but this is retconned as the robot duplicate of the real Fiona Fox that was created in the Prison camp where Sonic, Mighty, Ray and Fiona were taken to.
- The title is a spoof of the song "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting" by Elton John.
- While Tails frolics with the robotic Fiona, Robotnik mentions that there would be no way to tell him that he is in danger. He then references the term MacGuffin, coined by Alfred Hitchcock. He even mentions the director's name directly.