Dedede's Snow Job is the 20th episode of Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. It is notable for having the first appearance of Ice Kirby and well-known enemies Chilly and Ice Dragon. It is also one of the few episodes (along with "Kirby's Pet Peeve") to have a sad ending, where a non-recurring main character is suggested to have died.
King Dedede decides it's too hot and enlists the help of a monster to cool things down a bit. Unfortunately, Ice Dragon instantly plunges Dream Land into the deepest winter - and then Chilly emerges from the snow! Can Kirby fight off two monsters at once?
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Professor Curio and Chief Bookem are then seen sitting on a bench sweating under the hot sun when the sky suddenly begins to block out the sun and the air lets out a breeze, cooling the town in a matter of seconds. Mayor Len Blustergas and his wife are surprised to see the tree's leaves changing color then falling onto the floor, as it appears they 've never seen it happen before. Clouds start forming and everyone in the water are forced out and onto the sand. Tiff assumes that with the sudden weather, it looked like it was about to rain, but instead, it was snowing, something nobody in Cappy Town (except for Meta Knight) ever saw before.
Later, inside Tiff's home, she inspects a snowflake with her microscope and deduces that the "solid raindrops" are snow(flakes). Meta Knight, as his castle, questions the existence of snow during Cappy Town's hot climate. When Tiff's family go outside, they see that the snowing has stopped and the landscape was covered in it. Everybody in Cappy Town is surprised to see such an unusual sight for their town.
Kirby, who was sleeping with Tokkori, was awaken by Tuff after being hit with a snowball and tells him to come out and play in the new snow. Somewhere in an open space, the Mayor tries to take a picture of his wife and some other Cappies when he was hit by Professor Curio riding a "new" device called a snowboard. He says that King Dedede is giving away free snowboards the top of a hill with a ski life built on top of it. At the top of the hill, Waddle Dees are seen handing Cappies snowboards while some Cappies sit aboard the ski lift. From a distance, King Dedede and Escargoon praise the ice dragon's work of the new weather. When Tiff arrives at the scene with her father, she is told by Iroo and Spikehead that King Dedede is giving away free snowboard and should hurry before they are all sold out before they run and play elsewhere. Tiff complains to her father that something doesn't feel right, but he enjoys the winter breeze refreshing and doesn't give the snow any thought.
Snowboarding down a hill, Tuff and Kirby seems to be enjoying the winter like everyone else also not giving the snow a second thought. When they stop in front of Tiff, Tuff says that King Dedede might not be that bad if he's letting everyone, including Kirby, have fun. He then asks Tiff to join them snowboard, but she responds with doubt about the snow, to which Tuff responds by saying she thinks too much and then snowboards away with Kirby. After watching the two boys ride off, she is then confronted by King Dedede and Escargoon after they come to an abrupt halt on their snowboards, picking up the snow and covering her during the process. They ask why she isn't playing in the snow and should stop thinking for a change. Tiff firmly indicts that they were behind the snow, but the King and Escargoon suggests that maybe they did. King Dedede then gives her his snowboard and rides away with Escargoon and his snowboard. Tiff gets angry when Meta Knight tells her to be patient. They both agree that King Dedede is behind the snow job.
Snowboarding down another mountain, Tuff follows Kirby as he goes down an unexpected path. Kirby panics on his snowboard as they fly off a cliff and sends Kirby tumbling on the ground, turning him into a snowball when he hits a faceless snowman, stopping his momentum. Tuff runs up the big snowball and Kirby hatches from it. Tuff then asks what the snowman is when it turns around revealing its face saying its name, Chilly. Kirby instantly befriends it and they both run off the have some fun. Tiff sees Kirby and Chilly and asks Tuff and Kirby to introduce her to their new friend. Chilly says his name, scaring Tiff as Tiff immediately begins to question him, later coming to a quick conclusion that "anything is possible". The four then get ambushed by sudden snowballs when Iroo and Spikehead ask them to have a snowball fight with them. Everybody but Tiff participates in the fight, which Tiff disapproves of.
Kirby encounters fierce resistance in the snowball fight, and retreats underneath a tree with large icicles hanging off the underside of its branches. The Chilly notices the sharpness and heaviness of the icicles, and with a suspicious expression, it attempts to harm Kirby by throwing a snowball at an icicle above him, dislodging it. However, it misses Kirby by a few inches, and falls into a pile of snowballs he had been making. Kirby is confused by the fallen icicle, but suspects no wrongdoing. Frustrated, the Chilly tries again to hurt Kirby by dislodging more icicles, but the two are suddenly interrupted by a skiing King Dedede, who has lost control of his skis and unintentionally bumps Kirby away a split second before the icicles hit him. King Dedede disappears into the distance, then Tiff and Tuff rush over to confirm Kirby's safety. Tiff, who apparently witnessed the event, asks the Chilly what it did. But Kirby still trusts the Chilly as a friend, and leaves with it to play together, in spite of Tiff's warnings.
The pair travel to a frozen pond. Enjoying the sight of his own reflection, Kirby leans over the edge, and is forcefully pushed onto the ice by the Chilly. Kirby is momentarily distressed by the slipperiness, but realizes it can be used for ice skating, and quickly cheers up while skating around on the pond. It is now shown that Tiff has been following Kirby, and is growing more and more suspicious of the Chilly. Kirby is then joined on the ice by the Chilly, who at first seems to want to skate together, but then stomps and breaks part of the ice with a high jump, sending Kirby into the freezing water. As he struggles in the water, Tiff rushes out to save him. Meanwhile, the Chilly is observing the scene. He holds his usual expression for a few moments, but then realizes that the cracked ice has spread underneath him before also falling in. Tiff runs down to the pond, and Kirby is able to safely rescue himself by swimming to the edge. However, the Chilly is unable to swim at all, and continues to struggle in the water, pleading for help. With a determined look, Kirby rushes back into the water to rescue his questionable "friend," and is shown piling snow over a partially melted Chilly once both have returned to land. Despite her continued suspicions, Tiff helps out Kirby with some hesitation, and the Chilly is completely covered in snow.
Fully recovered, the Chilly bursts out of its snowy cocoon an indeterminate amount of time later, looking good as new. Kirby is joyful at the return of his "friend," but the irate Tiff tries a second time to interrogate the Chilly about its intentions. As before, Kirby sees nothing wrong about his cold companion, and defends it against Tiff's scolding. A jump cut brings the scene outside Kirby's house, at nighttime. Tokkori is complaining about Kirby trying to bring the Chilly into the house to live with them, mentioning that Kirby even put out the fireplace. He decides to move outside. Kirby is momentarily confused, but isn't much bothered by the loss of Tokkori, and is shown happily gazing out the window of his home with his new housemate. Apparently unseen by Kirby, the Chilly shows an angry expression, frustrated at being unable to hurt Kirby after multiple attempts.
Tiff and Tuff are visited by Tokkori at their window, who asks to stay in their room overnight while Kirby insists on sleeping with the Chilly. Upon learning that Kirby and the Chilly are alone together, Tiff is strongly concerned for Kirby's safety. She runs outside towards Kirby's house, and is followed by her brother. Inside Kirby's house, Kirby is sleeping peacefully while the Chilly stands over him menacingly, clutching an icicle in a stabbing grip like a knife. The Chilly begins to move in its icicle to stab the oblivious Kirby, but then Kirby mumbles "Chilly..." with an endearing tone in his sleep, which surprises the Chilly enough to stop it. Feeling conflicted, the Chilly hesitates for another moment, but then regains its composure.
Still running, Tiff and Tuff reach the outskirts of Kirby's house. Before they can reach it, they witness the Chilly running away
from the house, still carrying its icicle in one hand. The siblings rush into the house to find Kirby unharmed. They wake up Kirby, and he immediately looks around searching for the Chilly. Tiff is about to explain to Kirby that his friend has been trying to harm him, but is cut off by Kirby dashing outside of his house, calling out desperately for the Chilly. Kirby runs into the forest, following the "footprints" of the bouncing Chilly, with Tiff and Tuff tailing close behind. They are led towards a large snowy cyclone spiraling into the sky, which turns out to be the breath of the Ice Dragon, now grown to an enormous size.
The Chilly meets up with King Dedede and Escargoon by the feet of the Ice Dragon. King Dedede scolds the Chilly harshly for being ungrateful to the Ice Dragon that created him, due to his inability to defeat Kirby. Escargoon complains about the cold weather continuing to go on, and King Dedede mentions that it would end if the Chilly was able to finish off Kirby. However, he indicates that he no longer has any faith in the Chilly's ability to do so. Tiff, Tuff and Kirby are shown watching the scene from a hidden position, realizing the truth about the cold weather and the Chilly's origins. Considering the Chilly to be worthless after failing in its mission, King Dedede orders the Ice Dragon to destroy it. Shivering in terror, the Chilly is about to be stomped by one of the Ice Dragon's feet, but is rescued at the last moment by Kirby rushing out.
King Dedede and Escargoon are surprised by the unexpected appearance of Kirby, but Dedede seizes the opportunity to order the Ice Dragon to finish him off. The Ice Dragon unleashes its freezing breath at the pair, who run in opposite directions. It misses them, but several nearby trees are encased in giant ice crystals, showing its effects. Tiff realizes that the Ice Dragon could destroy Cappy Town if it leaves the forest, and tells Kirby to try and inhale it. The Ice Dragon is unaffected, and appears to mock Kirby's efforts before blowing freezing breath back into his mouth, causing him to momentarily turn blue and cough out the vapor. Tiff and Tuff call out again to Kirby to encourage him, but in doing so, attract the attention of the Ice Dragon.
Angered, the Ice Dragon spits out a gigantic snowflake at the siblings. They attempt to dive under it, but before it can reach them, a slash effect cuts the snowflake in two. Meta Knight has appeared, protecting Tiff and Tuff. Meta Knight then instructs Kirby to inhale the pieces of the snowflake instead of the Ice Dragon itself. He does so, and transforms to Ice Kirby. During the transformation sequence, Kirby momentarily shivers from the cold, but then becomes immune to it after ice crystals emerge from his body.
The fight between Kirby and the Ice Dragon resumes. Ice Kirby spits out his own ice breath against the dragon, but it proves just as ineffective as inhaling when used against a cold creature. King Dedede taunts Kirby as he is bashed around the arena by many more large snowflakes spat by Ice Dragon. Meta Knight advises Kirby to try freezing it from the inside instead. The Chilly rushes back into the fray, and steals King Dedede's snowmobile while he and Escargoon are distracted from cheering on the Ice Dragon. It drives towards a threatened Kirby, who hops on the back of the snowmobile before several more large snowflakes strike the ground where he stood. With Kirby hanging onto his back, the Chilly exchanges a reassuring glance from Kirby as the pair shares their first moment as true friends. The snowmobile is carried into the air by driving over a snow mound, bashing into the Ice Dragon's chest and stunning it, while Ice Kirby is sent flying into its mouth. After reaching the bottom of the creature's insides, Ice Kirby breathes a large amount of frigid breath, catapulting him back outside and successfully freezing the beast's innards. The Ice Dragon is completely encased in ice, and shatters into countless pieces, burying King Dedede and Escargoon in the ice shards.
With the Ice Dragon defeated, the cold and cloudy weather clears up immediately, and Cappy Town's unnatural winter ends. As the snow thaws, King Dedede and Escargoon are revealed to be sleeping under the now-melted pile of ice, while Meta Knight quietly leaves the scene in the background. Tiff and Tuff enjoy the warmth, before noticing that Kirby's attention is fixated on a green bucket. Kirby lifts up the bucket, revealing a miniature Chilly far too small to wear its hat and necklace. It is quickly melting in a world now too hot for it to survive in. Undeterred in his desire to save his friend, Kirby scoops up the Chilly and its necklace in the bucket. He runs towards a cliff overlooking the ocean, as Tiff and Tuff follow. A large chunk of ice attached to the cliff is shown melting and breaking away into the water. The tiny Chilly in the bucket is growing smaller and smaller in the heat as Kirby continues to run. Reaching the edge of the cliff, Kirby jumps off and lands on the ice floe that broke off and is floating away from the land. Kirby takes out the now extremely small Chilly from its bucket and places it on the ice. The two friends sadly wave goodbye to each other before Kirby closes the bucket on top of the Chilly.Paddling a wooden raft together (the same raft that appears in Island of the Lost Warrior), Tiff and Tuff continue to chase after Kirby in the water. In a scene not shown, they take him off the ice floe drifting out to sea, and place him in the raft with them. Kirby gazes at the ice floe with a longing look, and mutters "Chilly...", before Tiff mentions that the Chilly couldn't survive in a hot southern country like theirs. She adds that it could be revived again in a northern country, but the audience sees the Chilly's bucket and necklace sinking deep underwater, with no sign of the Chilly itself, implying that it did not survive. Tiff and Kirby say their final goodbyes to the Chilly as Kirby jumps up out of the raft.
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Changes in the dub
- The scene where it shows the Cappies looking at the snow covered village is shortened in the dub, likely due to time constraints.
- Stock footage from A Blockbuster Battle is used.