Knuckles (2024) s01e04 Episode Script

The Flames of Disaster

["Good Morning" by
Nacio Herb Brown
and Arthur Freed playing]
- [soft breathing]
- [birds chirping]
Good morning, good morning!
- [yawns]
- [bicycle bell rings]
Whoa! Thanks, Eric!
- [Eric] Morning, Wade!
- Love the new wheels, pal!
[forecaster] [on TV]
The north's nothing
but sunshine and blue skies.
Everything is green.
Everything is in bloom.
- It's a beautiful morning--
morning-- morning-- morning--
- [clattering]
To you!
When the band began to play,
the stars were shining bright ♪
Now, the milkman's
on his way ♪
It's too late to say
good night ♪
- So, good morning,
good morning ♪
- [birds chirping]
Sunbeams will soon
shine through ♪
Good morning,
good morning to you ♪
And you and you and you,
good morning ♪
I think today is gonna be
a beautiful day.
- [whipping]
- [grunts]
- [screaming]
- [engine revving]
- [groaning]
- [garbage clattering]
- [man] Hah!
- Knuckles!
- Knuckles, help me!
- [engine roaring]
- You gonna rescue him?
- No.
Yeah, I wouldn't either.
- [engine roaring]
- Do something! Mr. Jorgensen!
In order to become
a true warrior,
he must learn
to rescue himself.
- [motorcycle roaring]
- [Wade] Ah! Knuckles!
- [thoughtful music playing]
- Wade is going to be just fine.
- [Wade] No, I'm not!
- [sips, sighs]
- [dramatic crescendo]
- [Wade screaming]
["The Warrior"
by Scandal playing]
Who's the hunter?
Who's the game? ♪
I feel the beat
call your name ♪
I hold you close
in victory ♪
I don't wanna tame
your animal style ♪
You won't be caged
from the call of the wild ♪
Shooting at the walls
of heartache ♪
Bang bang
I am the warrior
Well, I am the warrior
And heart to heart,
you'll win ♪
If you survive
The warrior
The warrior
Shooting at the walls
of heartache ♪
Bang bang
I am the warrior
Well, I am the warrior
And heart to heart,
you'll win ♪
If you survive
The warrior
The warrior
[song ends]
- [motorcycle roaring]
- [Wade screaming]
- [tires screech]
- [dramatic sting]
[rock guitar riff playing]
[boots jingling]
[dramatic crescendo]
- Hello, Wade.
- Jack?
Are you shocked to see me?
- What?
- You will be.
- Ha!
- [zap]
- [electricity whirring]
- [screaming]
You feeling this? [laughs]
[thunder clap]
- [rock music playing]
- [truck horn blaring]
Ah, that's a good chap.
- You're through the worst.
- [Wade] Really?
Feels like I'm in the middle
of the worst right now.
Whatever "it" is.
Let me tell you the first rule
of bounty hunting.
- [tense music playing]
- Know your target like
he's your former best friend.
And in this case
- [beeping]
- [app] Captured!
- [dramatic sting]
- he is. [chuckles]
[birds chirping]
The treasures one finds
on Facebook Marketplace.
The guy I bought it from
was a total weirdo, though.
Jack, please
don't do this to me.
I believe I already have.
Do you even know why
there's a price on my head?
Do you even care?
When did you become
so heartless?
The second rule
of bounty hunting.
Never let things get personal.
You're my best friend!
This is very personal!
You're right, Wade.
I should level with you.
I'm in dire financial straits.
Due to my lawsuit
against an unnamed
restaurant franchise,
I don't have two pennies
to my name.
I told you, the robotic birds
in that restaurant
make the same joke
no matter who walks in.
- They were personal attacks!
- [dramatic sting]
- [crow cawing]
- [Wade] Okay! Whatever!
Never mind.
Turning you in equals
turning my life around.

But if it helps,
I'm truly sorry.
- Yeah, that does actually help.
Thank you.
- Terrific.
Jack, think about it.
How did we get here--
- [zapping]
- [yelling]
- [computer] Do not touch bars.
- [Jack] Simple.
I trapped you, lured you,
and cleverly snared you.
I was hoping for a little bit
more of a fight, to be honest.
I mean, as friends.
How did we get here?
First Reno and the Renegades,
now this stupid bounty.
Did you ever value
our friendship at all?
We had a good run,
but you and I are like
the frog carrying the scorpion
across the river.
Oh, my God.
Not with this story,
it goes on forever.
You allow me
to ride on your back,
despite knowing I cannot resist
my nature to sting you.
Even if it means
we both drown.
I'm also a scorpion
who knows how to swim.
An exquisite scorpion
with beautiful hair
and a way with the ladies.
Alright, let's get
this show on the road!
- [tense music playing]
- Jack Jack.
- [zapping]
- [yelling]
- [computer] Do not touch bars.
- Ouch!
- [Jack] [laughing] Woo-hoo!
- [limo engine starts]
Sorry about that, gang.
One quick drop-off,
then it's Reno, baby. Woo!
- ["Send Me An Angel"
by Real Life playing]
- Karaoke time.
You ready, Susie's dad?
Whose name I can't remember.
For the third time,
it's Bill!
[on mic]
I don't care.
Do you believe
in Heaven above? ♪
Do you believe in love?
- Take it, Susie's dad!
- [microphone clangs]
You didn't tell me
you were gonna throw it.
[Wade] Jack!
[banging on cage]
- [zap]
- [computer] Do not touch bars.
[growls, grunts]
Come on, buddy.
If you're waiting for me
to be at my all-time lowest,
I am there right now,
so come and save me.
[tense music playing]
Come get me.
[sighs] Whenever you
feel like it--
- Knuckles, help me!
- [tense crescendo]
Send me an angel
- [Jack] Louder, Susie's mom!
- Okay!
Send me an angel
- [Jack] Kick it!
- Right now
- [muffled singing]
- [sighs]
- [phone buzzing]
- Oh, come on, dude.
Jack, if this is a prank call,
I am really not in the mood
for it right now.
[Knuckles] [on phone]
Listen to me, Wade.
Time is of the essence.
Knuckles! You have to
bust me outta here.
[Knuckles] You must
bust yourself out, Wade.
By learning where
a warrior's true strength lies.
Okay, I understand
what you're trying to do--
You will travel to
our ancestral lands,
- the Great Battleground
in the Sky.
- Fine.
Now, clear your mind
- and slip into
a deep meditative state.
- [exhales]
mystical music building]
I think it's working.
I'm ascending.
Let's put some wattage
in this cottage!
- [Wade] I'm ascending to--
- [Jack] Electrocute!
- [screaming]
- [dramatic crescendo]
Do not touch bars.
- [eerie hissing]
- [sighs]
- [mysterious music playing]
- Where am I?
I'll tell you where
you are, Wade.
[both screaming]
- Whoa, whoa, whoa! Calm down.
- [stops screaming]
Here, let me make
you more comfortable.
- [coughs]
- [mystical sting]
Let's try again.
I'll tell you where
you are, Wade.
The Great Battleground
in the Sky!
[pins clattering]
The Great Battleground
in the Sky is
- a bowling alley?
- Well, for you it is.
For most people, this place
has more of a Florida feel,
with all-you-can-eat shrimp.
But this is your battleground.
Okay. Who are you?
My name's Pachacamac.
- [dramatic music playing]
- Wait. Knuckles
told me about you!
You're the legendary leader
of the Echidna tribe!
In the flesh, baby!
Well, it's an honor
to meet you, Chief, um
- Pachacamac.
- Yeah. Chief Pamachacaw.
- Pa.
- Peh.
- Cha.
- Jor.
- Ca.
- Mar.
- Mac.
- Za.
You know what?
Mac's fine.
Okay. If that's
easier for you.
I certainly have no problem
with the correct pronunciation.
- Yeah, right.
- Wait, things are
starting to make
some obviously clear
and logical sense.
Knuckles must've sent me here
because this is my next lesson.
Hold on. Are you gonna
teach me something amazing
and essential to
my real-life predicament?
I'm not just going to
teach it to you, Wade.
I'm going to have it
sung to you
as part of
a low-budget rock opera.
Now, please open your mouth.
Um, I'm not really comfortable
with that. [nervous laugh]
- Just do it, man. Rainbow!
- I'm actu-- [screaming]
[rock opera music playing]
I'm not in the show, am I?
[on PA]
Prepare yourself, Wade,
because if you want to learn
where Knuckles'
true strength lies,
- you must see this quest
- [feedback]
through his eyes.
You must become him.
[Knuckles' voice]
This is going to be awesome.
I'm Knuckles?
I mean
I'm Knuckles!
Hey, Wade, don't make this
weirder than it already is.
[Wade's voice]
Got it! Good note!
[rock opera music playing]
On a glorious quest, quest
[guitar playing]
- Hello, Wade.
- Jack?
- For glory
- Uh, what?
What with his hands of stone
and knees that never buckle ♪
Come and witness the tale
Of the warrior Knuckles,
yeah! ♪
[rhythmic clapping]
Uh, what is Jack Sinclair
doing here?
Clearly, you two have
unfinished business.
Ah, yeah, no, fair point.
He does have me locked up
in a giant cage right now.
Uh, proceed!
And now,
we begin our quest ♪

When our hero
was only a lad ♪
He was trained by
the greatest, his dad ♪
[teddy bear squeaks]
Had the technique and
also the guts, guts, guts ♪
He prepared to kick
multiple butts, butts, butts ♪
But the giant owls,
they did come ♪
They had one mission,
to kill everyone ♪
Knuckles and Dad
didn't know what to do ♪
Yes, they were doomed!
The owls, they clawed
and they kicked ♪
They hooted
and flew into fits ♪
They set fire to the town
and burned it to the ground ♪
I'm so freaking upset,
I can't sing about it ♪

Father, you can't leave me.
I won't, son. I never--
[melancholy piano playing]
Some things can't be fixed,
even with big gloves ♪
Saddest story that
you ever heard of ♪
- Can I go to the bathroom?
- No, we're doing something.
- I really gotta go.
- Tough.
[intense rock music playing]
Now, Knuckles
was sad and alone ♪
Without a father
and without a home ♪
Giant owls killed his dad ♪
So off on his own,
he just needed the power ♪
[powerful voice]
I will find the Flames
of Disaster ♪
[video game sound effects]
Michael Bolton, everyone!
A glorious quest for glory

I need to find
the Flames of Disaster ♪
[video game sound effects]
A glorious quest for glory
[video game sound effects]
But the power was
no simple task ♪
Too many obstacles
lay in his path ♪
Stinking to high heaven,
needing a bath ♪
That's when he saw the demon
made of fire and ash ♪
Who said
[scary music playing]
I'm gonna burn you alive
till you're crisp ♪
Then boil your bones
and eat you like a fish ♪
Then I might hit
Facebook Marketplace up ♪
Might be some deals on
some freaking cool stuff ♪
But our hero went
back to the start ♪
Saw that the strength
was deep inside his ♪
- [music stops]
- Heart!
My fists!
The secret is in my fists!
That's right.
That makes a lot of sense.
Thanks, everybody!
Got it.
- [lights click]
- Could've been an email!
What? No!
Hey, wait!
That's not the right lesson!
I got it from here!
- I know exactly what to do!
- [door banging]
- [groans] Of course.
- [mysterious music playing]
Time to unleash the source
of my true power.
My fists.
[heroic crescendo]
- [zapping]
- [screaming]
Why did I think that
would be a good idea?!
- [grunts]
- [computer] Seriously,
do not touch bars.
Oh, I shoulda listened
to the rest of the story.
Take me back,
Chief Macamacachalkadoo.
- [lights click]
- [echoing sigh]
Well, well, well,
look who's back.
You gonna let us finish now?
Yes, sir. I apologize.
[rock opera music playing]
Are you ready?
Let's go ♪
- [roaring]
- [dramatic rock music playing]
Okay! Okay! Thank you!
But the demon
was not impressed ♪
By the puny
red guy before him ♪
He looked down
and rolled his eyes ♪
And then without
any warning ♪
- Oh, my God
- [fireballs whipping]
He used magic and lava
And before
you even knew it ♪
Knuckles was defeated,
his mission uncompleted ♪
He totally
freaking blew it ♪
Oh, my God,
broken and vanquished ♪
Our hero
lay on the ground ♪
And the demon
screamed out ♪
You're going down
Unskilled, untrained
So unworthy
Unskilled, untrained
So unworthy
Unskilled, untrained
So unworthy, you suck
You freaking suck
And now, I'm afraid
this is the end
of your story.
[lightning zap]
[thunder rumbles]
[Michael Bolton's voice]
Is it too late to find out
where my strength lies? ♪
I didn't feel it in my bones
when I flew high ♪
- [angelic vocalizing]
- It wasn't in the lightning
coursing off of my skin ♪
Could a warrior's
true strength ♪
- Come from within?
- [heart whooshing]
And just when everyone
counted him out ♪
Knuckles rose up
with a furious shout ♪
[Michael Bolton]
Take heed, demon
We've entered
our final fight ♪
Now prepare for
my glorious might ♪
You fool! Only I can
be the power's master ♪
[Michael Bolton]
No, you're wrong
'cause now I wield ♪
The Flames of Disaster!
It wasn't even close
when our boy got going ♪
A royal beatdown
with flame fists a-glowing ♪
[Michael Bolton]
I've had this power
right from the start ♪
But now, I know
the true strength lies ♪
In a warrior's heart!
- [screaming]
- [surprised yelps]
- [tires screech]
- [Wade screaming]
- [thud]
- [dramatic sting]
- [triumphant music playing]
- [tires skid]
- Oh
- [back cracking]
- Oh, my back, too. [groaning]
- [limo door opens]
How the devil
did you get out?
I should've
reinforced the cage!
- With my true strength.
- [mystical sting]
Jack Sinclair,
I challenge you to a duel.
For my freedom, my honor,
and that sweet
leather jacket!
the day gets interesting.
A duel it is.
[excited growl]
- [laughing, panting]
- [dramatic crescendo]
- [grunts]
- [blades whipping]
These blades were forged
by Hattori Hanzo himself.
The sharpest,
strongest blades on Earth.
- [air whipping]
- [blade slices]
[tense music playing]
Oh, boy.
- [yelling]
- [engine roaring]
[dramatic music playing]
Kufafanua wakati!
[tires screech]
[dramatic crescendo]
I suggest you find a ride.
I said I suggest
you find a ride!
Still didn't hear it.
- What?
- [distant] I can't hear you.
I'm sorry, I'm not
hearing you all that well!
- I can hear part of it,
but not all of it.
- What?!
You need a vehicle!
In order to fight me.
Oh, okay!
Got it!
- [quirky music playing]
- Hey.
How you guys doing?
That is
one cool bike.
Caught my eye.
You think I could
borrow it for a few seconds?
- Sure. No problem.
- Thanks.
For 10 G's!
Look, here's four bucks.
I'm a deputy lieutenant sheriff.
I would never do
this ordinarily,
but I am commandeering
this vehicle.
- [bike rattling]
- [dramatic music playing]
[bell rings]
- [panting]
- [blade slices]
Alright, Wade.
You can do this.
Just trust your true
inner strength.
You're gonna die, idiot!
That's not cool!
You don't know!
- [tense sting]
- [flare pops]
- [whooshing, bang]
- [tense crescendo]
- [revving]
- Woohoo!
[dramatic music playing]
[click, revving]

[ringing bicycle bell]
[sparks fizzling]
[blade clanging]
[slow motion screaming]
[dramatic music building]

- [tires skid]
- [tense synth music playing]
[tense synth crescendo]
Looking for this?
My locks.
M-My beautiful locks.
What have you done to me?
You're lucky I didn't do
a whole lot more.
- [soft music playing]
- Hey, Mr. and Mrs. Barnes!
You know,
I'm sorry things got
a little bit outta
control back there.
Finish him, Wade.
With pleasure.
[bike clatters]

I'm gonna need that jacket.
[sheepish grunt]
- And the vest.
- It
It's my favorite
leather jerkin.
Leather what? I don--
Just give it to me.
And the shirt.
- No, no.
- It's happening.
- Please It's--
- Sorry.
We were friends.
We were best friends.
Former best friends.
[somber music playing]
[emotional breathing]
Don't look at me.
Don't look at me
Uh, do you know the third
rarely referenced rule
of bounty hunting?
- Wha
- When faced with
a worthy opponent,
you run the hell away!

Don't look at me!
- Don't look at me!
- I did it!
- [triumphant music playing]
- [onlookers clapping, cheering]
- [motorcycle rumbling]
- [mysterious vocalizing]
- [motorcycle driving by]
- [windchimes jingling]
["Send Me an Angel"
by Real Life playing]
- Is that
- It can't be.
It is.
- [kickstand clicks]
- [cuts engine]
- Sister.
- [song stops]
- Wade. Get off the grass.
- Yep.
[song restarts]
- Yep, sorry. [nervous laugh]
- [starts engine]
He's ready.
Send me an angel
Send me an angel
Right now ♪
Right now
Send me an angel
Send me an angel ♪
Right now
Right now
Do you believe
in Heaven above? ♪
Do you believe in love?
Don't tell a lie,
don't be false or untrue ♪
It all comes back to you
Open fire on
my burning heart ♪
I've never been
lucky in love ♪
My defenses are down,
a kiss or a frown ♪
I can't survive
on my own ♪
Send me an angel
Send me an angel
Right now
Right now
[song fades out]
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