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"Just a Guy" is the thirty-fourth episode in the Sonic Boom television series. It first aired on 20 May 2015 in France and on 22 July 2015 in the United States.

Synopsis

When Sonic refuses to let Mike, an average Joe, battle Eggman the town turns against him for being insensitive.

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Plot

One day in his workshop, Tails is looking at his radar and detects an upcoming Eggman attack. He quickly rounds up the rest of Team Sonic together, but Knuckles says no; he has plans to see the movie Jungle Fighter 3: Revenge of the Jungle Fighter with Mike the Ox. Locating Knuckles, Sonic says that the battle is more important, and he tells Mike that he cannot come to the battle when he asks because he is "just a guy." The townspeople hear it, and they are mad. Sonic and Knuckles run off to the battle, and Knuckles tells about the situation. The other members of Team Sonic cannot believe Sonic did something like that.

Later at Amy's House, the team gathers and Amy offers them to take a seminar taught by her on controlling your thoughts. When the club meets, Comedy Chimp and Fastidious Beaver are seen with Team Sonic, and they do a variety of events such as making paper hats and trying to "go to their happy place". Sonic then decides to go apologize to Mike for what he said. He also adds that Mike can come to the next battle. Mike is excited and annoys Sonic with his impatience. In addition, he also interferes with Sonic trying to go to his happy place. When a battle with Eggman finally arrives, Mike sets up a picnic blanket to watch, but gets his leg broken when Cubot falls on top of him. As Mike is being rushed to the hospital, Sonic gets reprimanded again; he counters, calling the townsfolk "you people", making things even worse. A very annoyed Sonic attends another seminar meeting, where the club is preparing go on a camping trip. While his friends are excited, Sonic finally snaps and complains about how instead of being thanked for his heroics, he just gets criticized for no good reason. He then storms off in a fit of rage, saying he is quitting the seminar and heroics altogether. Outside, we see the Tree Spy was watching through the window.

The scene shifts to a Lightning Bolt Society meeting, with the Tree Spy telling the members about Sonic's retirement, and then the group proceeds to cause (relatively harmless) chaos in the town. Spying on the Lightning Bolts himself, Eggman decides to wait for when Sonic is most vulnerable to attack him. The townspeople run to ask Sonic for help, but he declines and brushes them off. Next, the Lightning Bolt Society is seen in a field with sheep. They set the sheep free and let them loose on the Unnamed Village. When Sonic hears someone's cries for help, he runs on to the scene. Sonic rescues the townspeople and then rounds up the sheep. At this point, Eggman decides to attack, but Mike is present at the battle. Mike tells Sonic to avoid Eggman's attack with his Eggmobile's mechanical arm, and Sonic hides under a sheep while throwing other sheep at the Eggmobile.

Back at the field, the Lightning Bolt Society are sitting around when Sonic shows up, throws the sheep back into the pen, and locking the Lightning Bolt Society in. Sonic wins back the respect and admiration of the townspeople, and he calls Mike a hero for his efforts. Amy and the other members of the club witness this while on their trip. The Lightning Bolt Society proceed to call the townspeople "you people" and are seen taking Amy's seminar.

Continuity

  • When Lady Walrus calls for help to save her baby again, she refers to the numerous times throughout the series where her baby had to be saved from danger, like in "Buster" and "Blue With Envy".
  • After the Lightning Bolt Society learns Sonic retired, Dave notes the similarities this situation has to the events of "Eggman Unplugged" where Eggman quit technology and left his lair for the Lightning Bolts to take over. However, Willy Walrus says it is "completely different" because it was Sonic who is retiring and not Eggman.

Goofs

  • In the scene with Mike the Ox right after Knuckles mentions Jungle Fighter 3: Revenge of the Jungle Fighter, Lady Goat's nose and eyelash move over Mike's left ear despite Lady Goat standing in the background.

Production

The first drafts for "Just a Guy" was written in December 2013.[2] When including the live-action shot in the episode, Sega was unsure of whether it would be a convoluted segment. Ultimately, Sega decided to trust the writers and let the shot be included.[3]

Title in other languages

Language Title Translation
Finnish Normaali tyyppi Normal guy
French Un gars normal A Normal Guy
Hungarian Csak egy srác Just a guy
Italian Un tizio qualunque Some guy
Polish Zwykły gość Regular guy
Russian Просто парень Just a guy

Trivia

Real-life Sonic

Live-action footage of Sonic when he snaps out of his "happy place" one time too many.

Product-sonic-6

The Sticks action figure.

  • At a toy convention produced by Tomy in the late 2014, there was an action figure where Sticks was wearing green face paint on her face and arms. That figure was likely based off of Sticks's happy place, where she is fighting alien robots, while wearing face paint.
  • This is the first time Sonic loses his temper.

References

  1. Sonic Boom: Just a Guy. Zap2it.com. Retrieved on 1 July 2015.
  2. Alan Denton on Twitter. Twitter (28 July 2015). Retrieved on 14 December 2015. “DynamicDan: How long does it take to produce one episode of #sonicboom? Like, approximately? / Alan Denton: Lemme put it this way: The first draft for Just a Guy was written in December 2013. So... A Long time”
  3. Sonic Revolution 2016: PART 6 - Sonic Boom Panel. YouTube. Sonic Revolution (22 June 2016). Retrieved on 29 June 2016.
  4. Alan Denton (24 July 2015). Alan Denton on Twitter. Retrieved on 9 January 2016. “Alan Denton: To everyone who keeps asking me, NO that was not @RogerCraigSmith in the Sonic costume. Who was it? Just a guy.”
  5. Sonic Talk 34: Sonic Boomiversary with Aaron Webber. YouTube (23 October 2015). Retrieved on 12 December 2015.

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