Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog
|"Birth of a Salesman"|
"Birth of a Salesman" title screen.
8 September 1993
"Birth of a Salesman" is the twelfth episode of the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog television series. Despite being produced as the twelfth episode, it originally aired as the third episode during the show's original run.
- Dr. Robotnik
- Wes Weasely (First appearance)
- Robo Dude (Only appearance)
- Dr. Robotnik's fortress
- Corn maze
- Sid Sharkley, Executive Sales Manager
To deal with Sonic, Dr. Robotnik gets a new weapons supplier, Wes Weasely. He is all too happy to provide Robotnik with powerful weaponry so long as he gets paid, of course. Armed with new weaponry, Scratch and Grounder are sent out after Sonic and Tails, but they screw up anyway. Wes assures Robotnik that a new weapon will make all the difference, but each new purchase just damages the Dumbbots and tries the villainous doctor's patience.
- For the transcript of this episode, see Birth of a Salesman/Transcript.
Just as Robotnik frustratingly questions his ability to get rid of Sonic with such unreliable aid as Scratch and Grounder, an energetic salesman comes to Robotnik's doorstep introducing himself as Wes Weasely, a representative of the Handy Dandy Super Villain Appliance Distributors Limited Company (or H.D.S.V.A.D.L.) Robotnik takes a liking to Weasely's brash, obnoxious, pushy, rude demeanor and odd attire, and immediately hires the salesman. Weasely's first invention is the Darkinator, a vacuum-like device that makes the immediate surrounding area dark when activated. Despite the enormously high price of the device, Robotnik buys the Darkinator. Unfortunately for Scratch and Grounder, the darkness caused by the Darkinator does not completely reach the ground, allowing Sonic to use the robots' stupidity to destroy the machine.
Weasely then introduces the Freeze Banger, a flash freezing device, which Robotnik buys two of. Sonic's exceptional jumping abilities cause Scratch and Grounder to freeze each other with the device, after which Sonic thaws (and melts) the robots with his supersonic speed. After Robotnik repairs his robots, Wes, having become rich because of Robotnik, introduces the HDSVADL's latest weapon: the Gravity Stopper, a device that allows anything it zaps to become weightless. The device appears to be successful this time around, but when Tails carries Sonic off faster than usual (thanks to the absence of gravity), Scratch takes off his Self-Gravity Boots and step into the Gravity Stopper's path in an attempt to catch them, but is unable to without gravity, forcing Grounder to deactivate the machine and allowing Sonic and Tails to escape. Back at the hilltop fortress, Wes cites Scratch and Grounder as the reason for the failure of the last three contraptions, and gives Robotnik a chance to use his new De-Atomizer, a weapon shaped like a perfume container that causes anything it is used against to disappear. As to make sure the weapon works, Robotnik assigns a reluctant Weasely as the supervisor of Sonic's capture. Near a corn field, Scratch accidentally pushes an untested button on the De-Atomizer, causing an upcoming Sonic to split into five. After disposing of Scratch and Grounder, Sonic forces Weasely to reverse the effects of the cloning. When Weasely attempts to sneak away, he reveals that he is trying to escape from Robotnik as to avoid his wrath. Sonic travels to the hilltop fortress under the disguise of a HDSVADL salesman and uses all of Weasely's past contraptions combined into one against Robotnik. As Sonic reveals himself and leaves, Robotnik, Scratch, and Grounder yell out "We hate that hedgehog!"
Tails watches a commercial of Wes Weasely, advertising a cool toy for a low price. When Tails goes to buy it, Wes Weasely add all these extra accessories which makes the price go up a lot. Sonic appears and says that if something seems too good to be true, it is probably false.
(Tails watches a TV commercial advertising Robo Dude priced at $9.98, then Wes adds up extra charges, making the total $99.98).
Sonic: "If it sounds too good to be true, it's probably false!"
Scratch: "Here they come! Give me the De-Atomizer. What switch is it again?" Wes Weasely: "No. Not-"
- Scratch presses the red button*
Wes Weasely: "-the red one!"
- Wes Weasely covers his eyes in panic*
- The De-Atomizer's beam shoots and Scratch screams and closes his eyes*
Sonic: "Tails! Look out!"
- Sonic pushes Tails out of the way*
- The De-Atomizer's beam hits Sonic and he starts to split into five Sonics*
Sonic: "WHOOAA! WHOOAA! I'm splitting! I'm splitting!"
- The De-Atomizer's beam stops after Sonic is split into five Sonics and Wes Weasely stops shielding his eyes*
Wes Weasely: "Well, what do you know? The red switch makes it a cloner!" Grounder: "Ooh! Dr. Robotnik's not going to like this!" Scratch: "Yeah! Instead of getting rid of Sonic, we got five of them!"
- When Scratch tries to use the De-Atomizer on Sonic, he doesn't hit the red switch at all, but clearly hits the knob instead, despite what Weasely states.
- For a few seconds, Sonic's arms were blue rather than peach.
- The episode's title is a blatant reference to Arthur Miller's play, Death of a Salesman.
- Robo Dude's accessories are: Batteries, cleaning attachment, program chip, remote control, storage unit, dodge builder, 2 wax dispensers, and a disposable trash bag.