Super Mario World Episode 9: Gopher Bash Overview
The ninth episode of Super Mario Word aired on November 9th, 1991. In the beginning of the episode, Luigi decides to teach the cave people how to farm. Mario thinks that is unnecessary since they can get food from nearby trees but Princess Toadstool think it could be a good idea so Luigi proceeds.
King Koopa and "Cheatsy Koopa " sees this and become troubled as this might make it harder for them to dominate the cave people. They devise a plan to steal all the crops so that the cave people have to come to them for food. However, things aren't going too well with teaching the cave people farming. Cheatsy Koopa sees this and states that he can't put the plan into action if there are no crops to steal.
After a while, everything is back in order and the farming is going smoothly. The crops grow and Cheatsy Koopa decides to go ahead and steal the crops. He uses Monty Moles to steal the food and then leaves Piranha Plants behind. When Mario and Luigi check the crops, they notice they are missing. However, Mario catches sight of something in one of the holes in the ground and out pops Piranha Plants. Soon, the whole field is covered with them. Yoshi easily takes care of all of them but one which he soon pulls out of the ground along with Cheatsy Koopa and the moles. Cheatsy Koopa then reveals their scheme. They make a run for it and it is up to Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi to catch them and get back the food or else the cavemen will starve.
The story was written by Phil Harnage. This episode marks the first and only appearance of the Monty Moles in any Mario cartoon.