This is the fourth episode of Sonic the Hedgehog: Season 3.
After the fight wiith Metal Sonic MK II, the Freedom Fighters realize that they need to step up their game. Antoine especially realizes that he finally needs to fight more in battles and be less cowardly. However, he has little training in combat. He decides to train in swordfighting to assist in battles.
Jack, Patricia & Layla: (are back inside Knothole with the Knothole Freedom Fighters, figuring out their preparations while setting up exercising gym equipment to help the freedom fighters get in shape)
Antoine: (sighs, thinking)
Bunnie: (walks up to him) What's wrong, Antoine?
Antoine: It iz no use, Bunnie. I am weak...
Jack: What makes you say that?
Bunnie: Yeah, sugahcube.
Antoine: I cannot fight, that iz why.
Bunnie: Just because you can't fight doesn't make ya weak.
Patricia: Yeah, you don't have to be scared.
Layla: You need to brave within the heart. That's what matters.
Antoine: But I must protect ma princess, somehow.
Bunnie: (sighs) Ah already tried teaching you martial arts.
Metal Sonic: You're giving me a headache
Antoine: Maybe... sword fighting.
Bunnie: You? A swordsman? (laughs)
Metal Sonic:(To Rotor) What is funny?
Rotor: Well, Antoine is terrible in combat. She's laughing at the idea of him being swordsman.
Layla: Don't be like that, a swordsman is a good start.
Layla: Please give Ant a chance, everyone. We all have to get in shape. Jack, Patricia & mostly me have been working out. Why else would I exercise with these exercise videos I bought.
Antoine: M-may I watch ze video, mademoiselle?
Layla: (give an exercise video to Antoine) Knock yourself out. And that's Layla the FoxSkunk to you. Hope you can keep up with the exercise. (Sound a bit more playful tone of bubbly) It'll help you start with the warm ups.
Patricia: (to Bunnie) Seems like Layla must be a tough negotiator & a great mistress of potion making.
Bunnie: (smiles) Right, sugah...
Metal Sonic: Processing outcome. Complete: Failure. All variables accounted for.
Bunnie: What in tarnation are you talkin' about?
Metal Sonic: Odds of Antoine succeeding without injury is 100 to 1.
Bunnie: Ah see.
Metal Sonic: I can show you the math
Metal Sonic: Perhaps not
Antoine: (walks outside)
he shuts down for a moment
Antoine: (glances at her) S-Sally? (blushing)
Sally: Is there something your not telling us
Antoine: Non. I just want to learn to fight.
Sally: Ok then
Sally: Lets go get you ready
Layla: (smiles) Cool. (Insert the exercise video cd into the DVD slot) This will help you start the warm up one way or another.
Jack: It looks like a lot of fun for a change. I'll go get the equipment. (checks inside the closet for any safe fencing equipment) I think it's in here.
Layla: (begins helping Antoine with the warm up exercises as followed within the exercise video) Nice stretches out first, squats down & up, jogging on the spot, lift those legs, two three! Arms out & reach!
Sally: Oh boy
Patricia: Is something wrong, Sally?
Antoine struggles to keep up.
Layla: You can do this, Antoine. Keep going. Bicycle kicks in the air now.
Antoine: Oui... (does the bicycle kicks)
Layla: Good good, now pick up the pace please, before we do some arm stretches.
Jack: (bringing out the fencing equipment) I found it.
Patricia: (helps Jack out before he falls over) Whoa, be careful Jack. It does need to be handle carefully even if it's safety equipment.
Bunnie: (helps Jack and Patricia with the fencing equipment)
Patricia: Thank you for the hand, Bunnie.
Jack: Yes, thank you.
Bunnie: No problem, sugah.
Sally grabs some fencing foils)
[Antoine finished his exercise.]
Sally hands him a foil
Antoine: Ah. Thank you, Sally.
Patricia: Ok, now that the warm ups exercise is complete, let's start with some fencing training. It's about skill, style, grace, balance & speed.
Sally: and loads of patience
Antoine: O-okay... (picks up a sword)
Patricia: Be sure to play it smart. Make sure that you follow the pattern of the enemies attacks & focus on finding an advantage point with your strategies. Oh & sometimes the best defence is a best offence. It's all about Self-Defence.
Metal Sonic:(Download complete
Metal Sonic: Request new body for training
Jack: Metal, what are you talking about? We're in the middle of training Antoine. Please give him a chance.
Patricia: Now Antoine, if your ready... (sets up a training dummy) We can begin.
[Antoine charges at the dummy with his sword. He barely scratches it.]
Jack: Ok, that's not bad for a start. Keep going. Practice makes perfect.
Metal Sonic: Reason: Antoine will not be fighting Practice dummies on the battlefield he will be facing my replacements they will not be standing still to be attacked they will attack with no hesitation
Bunnie: You're right, Metal Sonic.
Metal Sonic: Requesting new body
Jack: Be patient, At least Antoine can start somewhere, Metal.
Layla: How on Mobius are we gonna find a new body? You expect someone to do the fencing for Antoine's practice?
Jack: (checking for any spare fencing equipment) As a matter of fact, yes. Who should volunteer that has the highest qualities on beating Metal Sonic clones?
Metal Sonic:(Logs off)
Jack: Okay then...? (Turns to Patricia, Layla, Sally, Bunnie & Rotor Anyone else that like to volunteer for a sparing fencing practice match with Antoine?
Bunnie: I'll volunteer.
Jack: (gives the spare fencing equipment to Bunnie) Here you go. A nice sparring match between Antoine & Bunnie. Remember, it's a friendly training session for Antoine, so give it your all to the both of you & good luck.
[Bunnie starts to spar with Antoine.]
Sally: maintain posture
[Several hours later.]
Layla: (watching this, even while the rest are having lunch time, writing down the progress on Antoine's training as a progress report)
Jack: (enjoying a sandwich as lunch while Patricia enjoys the blueberries) Say, how did the training go?
Bunnie: Well... it was a start.
Metal Sonic: Scan complete; 3 pulled muscles, 2 bruises and 1 foot blister
Metal Sonic: Recommend 4 minute cooldown
Bunnie: You should listen to him, Ant.
Layla: (giving Antoine a bottle of water) Yeah, we can take 5 for a lunch break. Jack made sandwiches.
Antoine: (opens the water bottle, sipping from it) Oui, you are right.
Patricia: (eat one of the sandwiches with the group) Try this nice ham & salad sandwich with cheese. It's nice.
Sonic:(Returns from a run)
Bunnie: Hi, Sonic.
Sonic: Hey guys Sorry I was gone for so long
Layla: We're just helping train Antoine to be a swordsman, at least he's getting a good start.
Jack: By the way, how was your run, Sonic?
Sonic: It was ok Cous, ran into a bit of heat ont he way back but nothing I couldn't handle
Sally: What do you mean by heat?
Sonic: SWAT Bots and Badniks
Bunnie: But what about the Metal Sonics? What about Naugus?
Sonic: Nothing yet
Sonic: Something wrong Sal
Sally: It's none of your business, Sonic.
Sonic:(Crosses his arms looking at her)
Patricia: Sally, you've been quiet about it. (Gently comforts Sally) Is there something on your mind? You can tell us about it.
Sally: It's nothing.
Sonic: You're a terrible liar Sal.
Sally: (walks off)
Metal Sonic: Her emotional levels show that that was uncalled for
Bunnie: Ah think Metal Sonic is right.
Jack: You may have a good point. Sally must be hiding something that she doesn't want to tell us what it is.
Layla: Ooh, being sneaky. Now we feel worried. We need to check it out. One of us has to stay here to continue training Antoine.
Bunnie: Leave Sally alone.
Metal Sonic: Outcome if Pursuing answers: Sally will take off on her own.
Jack: (turn to Metal Sonic) Ok, ok, you made your point. You don't have to use the what if possibility outcomes in the database, please. I don't like any what if's. Bad ones.
Layla: Were Sorry, sometimes we feel concern.
Patricia: (comforts Jack & Layla) It's ok, you we're only trying to help. But leaving her alone is for the best. Now let's get back to training Antoine. (Finishes eating her sandwich)
Jack & Layla: (nod as they resume helping Antoine with the exercise & training)
Patricia: (sits down next to Bunnie, watching the training continue) Is something on your mind, Bunnie?
Bunnie: I think he's improving... slowly.
Metal sonic looks at Sonic
Metal Sonic: Rotor I require a recharge
(days pass, and attacks from Robotnik become more frequent)
Jack: (panting after some hard work after a mission with the group) Sheesh, there's just no end to these attacks.
Layla: No kidding. (Panting while on her knees)
Patricia: Unless we take out the source of the robots, we can't seem to keep up in this condition against more frequent attacks, we will plan on bringing reinforcements & defences when we have the chance. In the meantime thou, Is Antoine doing good after his days of training?
Bunnie: This might sound crazy, but... ah think Antoine can help us.
Layla: Wow. Seems like we got faith on Antoine who can help us.
Jack: I never thought I say this, but that's not a bad idea.
Patricia: We will see if Antoine's training is complete. It is worth a shot.
Layla: Bunnie & I will go get Antoine to help us. (head out to get Antoine to help with Bunnie)
Antoine: Um, a-are you sure zees iz a smart idea?
Layla: Yeah, you've been training for days now, so today's the day. So turn off the think melon.
Patricia: Face your fears for your friends & fellow freedom fighters, especially Bunnie.
Jack: And use your instincts on your swordsmanship skills against the robots & it will come naturally.
Layla: What we mean is, we believe in you & we know you can help out.
Antoine: (sighs) Right. I must start being brave...
Metal SOnic:(New body witha badass trench coat) Hello
Jack: Good luck, Antoine. And nice trench coat, Metal.
[Antoine, Sally, Bunnie, and most of the other Freedom Fighters walk out.]
Metal Sonic: Thank Rotor and Sally, it was their Idea
Patricia: Alright then. Thanks Rotor & Sally. (Head out with Jack & Layla)
Jack: Let's go join up with the others, Metal.
Metal Sonic Follows them
Jack, Patricia & Layla: (helping the Freedom Fighters with Metal Sonic, while seeing if Antoine can truly help us in the fight as a swordsman)
Metal Sonic:(Right hand turns into a sword)