American Born Chinese (2023): Season 1, Episode 4 - Make a Splash - full transcript

In a flashback, young Sun Wukong and his best friend, Niu Mowang, attend a heavenly banquet.

Are you wondering how healthy the food you are eating is? Check it -

I'm sorry.
I didn't mean to lose your staff.

I don't want to hear it.

You've put us in more danger than ever.

What were you doing that was so important?

-It was a special task--
-For what?

You're grounded for 200 years.

After that,

you'll work at the Imperial Stables,
as I did.

Maybe that'll teach you how to behave.

But I'm not you.

And I never want to be you!

And I never want to be you!

You can enter.



Hey, doorman! Hurry up!

Please don't get us into trouble.

Don't worry.

I'm not going to embarrass you
at your office party.

This is not an office party.

It's the Sublime Banquet
of Immortal Peaches.

This year, they're
giving the Sacred Peach to Ao Guang.

Who's Ao Guang?

He's Great Sage!

They say he used to be a fish,

but he worked really hard

and eventually became a dragon.

Hey! They're cutting in front of us!

-Those are very important officials.
-I don't care who they are.

They can't just--

Here she comes!


Guanyin. The Goddess of Compassion.

She looks amazing.

Oh, crap.

She's coming right towards us.

-You should say hi.
-What? Are you kidding me?

Just say hi. Go! Go! Go!

Magnificent and beloved Guanyin…



You're awesome.

Good job mumbling to her.

Heaven's a hierarchy
and she's at the top--

Let me ask you a question.

Do you know who you are?

Yeah. I'm Bull Demon.

I have my own place. Not huge, but--

I'm not talking about your crappy cave!

I'm asking, do you know who you are?

Your goals. Your dreams!

Well, in the next 2,000 years,

if I work hard…

Say it. Say it!

"I want to be the next Great Sage."

No, no. That's not what I said!

You've been here forever.

You deserve a big promotion.

If you look inside

There's a special guy

-Stop it. I hate that song!

Okay! We get it!

-Hi. Yes.

Bull Demon. And guest.

Okay, you guys are good.

Hold on.

Can't let you in.

You're not wearing shoes.

You can't even see my feet!

I don't need to see them.
I can smell them.

Okay, I get it. You're a joker.
But do you know who I am?

I'm the God of Bare Feet!

You're still a monkey.


Wukong, don't make a fuss.

No! He can't treat us like that.

We're going in there.

Let's just go!

-Magnificent Ji Gong!

I'm so sorry, but you can't bring that in.


I'm so sorry, sir.

-Who's this guy?
-Ji Gong. A high-ranking official.

Probably the next Great Sage.

I'll just finish it here. Eh?

That'd be great!

I have an idea.

What are you doing?

It's still full.

What? No, it's not. I just finished it.

That's strange.

Oh, well. Bottoms up!


This guy can really drink.

Weird. It feels full again.

Oh, well. Bottoms up!

-Sir? Are you okay?
-Follow me!

Wow. Look at this!

The Gods sure know how to party.

I'm excited to meet everyone.

They should be excited to meet you.

I don't know about that.
I'm not very important.

Hey, that Ji Gong guy…

You said he was
the next Great Sage, right?

Yeah, why?

Well, he got kicked out, right?


Which means…

Which means…

he doesn't get to
eat the peach?

No! How can you not see it?

It means the position is open!

There are plenty of other Gods up for it.

And Bull Demon!

This is your chance
to show them who you are!

No, no, no. I'm just happy to be here.


Let's find Ao Guang
and tell him your great ideas.

I don't know…

Listen to me.

I'm going to be honest.

I believe in you.

But it doesn't matter
unless you believe in yourself.

So let's go find this fish cake!


Welcome to the Sublime Banquet!

The first award of the night
is "Most Feared God"!

You said I could talk this time!

You can. Just not now.

This is my palace!


Excuse me. Don't I know you?

Aren't you

Beautiful Face
of Incomprehensible Perfection?

No. I'm Princess Jade Face.

Yes, of course!

This is my friend.

Princess Iron Fan.

Nice to meet you.

Any chance you ladies know
where The Dragon King is?

We need to talk to him.

-Is that so?

My buddy here is going to be
the next Great Sage.

No, no. He's kidding.

Wow! Cool!

Hey, why don't you tell them
about your idea?

For a journey to the West!

They don't want to hear about that.

I guess you don't want to talk to us.

Okay. Bye.


Are you interested in enlightenment?

Maybe. Let's find out.

Well, rumor has it, in India,

there are many Sutras.

To unlock them, you need the Iron Staff.

And these Sutras are written on Scrolls?

Yes. But their wisdom
can be infused in anything!

A Scroll, a cloud, a rock. Even a crab.

That's very interesting.

I think so too.

Told you my boy was smart.

So a Sutra…

is a crab?

Thank you to all the Gods who voted!

But like I say every year,

please stop giving me this award.

I'm begging you.

Wait, is that The Dragon King?

You didn't tell me he was so handsome!

It's go time!

Wait, she was just telling me--

No time for that.

Hurry up!

Private area.

Get your head in the game!
That was our chance!

Bull Demon. Maybe I can help.

-Thank you.
-No problem.

Let's go!

Just don't forget who helped you!

What is this?

You're so rude!

You should've let her finish.

And you should focus on finding this fish.

Hurry up! I need water right now!

I hear a fish.

Be gentle! It hurts!

Slowly, slowly.

Let me see your nails.

Why so sharp?

I'm starting to think
you do it on purpose.

-I wouldn't dare, Master Ao Guang.
-Ao Guang?

How dare you call me by my name?
In case it's not obvious, I'm a dragon.

Of course. It's very obvious.

We can tell by your breath.

What's that?



Why am I not being moistened yet?

I'm turning into a wafer over here!

Right away, sir.

Hurry up!


What are you doing?

Let's wake him up.
We've got business to take care of.

He's probably tired
from all his important duties.

"Important duties"? Yeah, right.


Ruyi Jingu Bang

Don't touch that!

You're such a buzzkill.

Well, I'm going to enjoy the party.

Let me know when our fish friend wakes up.


Who are you?

Most beneficent Dragon King.
Please forgive me--

Who the hell are you?

I am Bull Demon.
I work in the Offerings Department…

Luli! Bingwen!

I need to be moistened now!

Great Sage.

I can moisten you if you'd like.

That's a toilet!

You idiot!

-I'm sorry, I didn't know!
-Where the hell have you two been?

-How did you get in here?
-I just wanted a word with Great Sage.

A word? If you have a complaint,
take it up with the Sufferings Department.

It's not a complaint.

I just want to ask The Dragon King

to hear my humble proposal.

Far off in India are several Sutras…


Feels good.

If we commissioned a pilgrimage,
a journey to the West…

Don't forget my back. And my bottom.

Perhaps we could
share these teachings with the world.

Is he snoring?

Yes, I think you put him to sleep.


I'm more than just a great beard.

I'm also the God of War!

It is a fantastic beard though.

Hey! Geez. What took you so long?

There's my guy!

-How'd it go?
-Not great.

What happened?

They told me I didn't belong here.

They said that?

They're right though.

I don't belong here.

I'll take care of this.

Follow me!

-Wukong, what are you doing?
-Don't worry. I'll put it back.

Depending on how well it works.

Alright. Get off.

Hello, everybody!

I'd like to say something to my wife.

I never loved you!

I'm in love with your sister.


Thank you all! Enjoy the show!

Okay. You're up.

What do you want me to do out there?

What do I want you to do?
What you should've done a long time ago.

I want you to show them who you are.

It's showtime.

What is this?

This is Jingu Bang. The Iron Staff!

You are the next Great Sage.

Go. Go!

How does he have Jingu Bang too?

If you look inside

-There's a special guy
-Who the hell is that?

He's very strong

He's full of good ideas

I'm a shining star

I'm Bull Demon…

Great! Thanks!

Get off.

Who's ready for the big finale?

I know you've all been waiting for it!

The Celestial Achievement Award
of Eternity!

And now, Gods and Goddesses,

Are! You! Ready!

Are you ready?

Let's welcome…

Great Sage, Ao Guang!

What happened to Jingu Bang?

Thank you, sweetie.
I'll take it from here.

Round of applause for Queen Mother!

Don't worry, handsome.
I'll get to you in a second.

Wonderful party tonight, huh?

I know what you're thinking.

"Why is there a monkey on stage?"

And you're right. I shouldn't be here.

My friend, Bull Demon, brought me.

He was very excited to meet you all.

Personally, I wasn't so sure.

To be honest,

I'm pretty disappointed.

Don't get me wrong. The party's great.

But it's also a big lie.

Just a bunch of phonies
giving each other awards.

And the biggest award of all?
This beauty right here.

10,000 years of growing,

just to please one nasty old fish.

Oh, come on!

We all know he's a fish.

He doesn't even look like a dragon!

Listen, I like fish.

But this guy is nothing special.

In fact, the truth is none of you are.

That's why you tell people like us
we don't belong.

To make yourselves feel special!

But tonight that ends.

Tonight we tear it all down!

Nice, right?

I've waited 10,000 years for that.



someone is speaking the truth.

You're joking, right?

I'm serious.

In fact, to prove how serious I am,

I just might make you the next Great Sage!

Now I know you're joking.

The truth is I hate this place.

And so do you.

Which makes you the perfect person

to succeed me.

What if I don't want the job?


-You see what I'm saying?

What's your name, Monkey?

Don't call me Monkey. It's Sun Wukong!


It's okay. It's okay.

Once you're Great Sage,

they'll call you whatever you want!

Introducing Sun Wukong!

Ladies and Gentlemen!

It's my pleasure to present to you

the next Great Sage.

Equal to Heaven!

Great Sage Equal to Heaven!

Sun Wukong!

Quite a night.


Where's your friend?

I lost him.

You should come by Flame Mountain.

I'll show you around.

Maybe I'll do that someday.

Iron Fan, let's go.

I want noodles.

See you around.

There's my guy. Where have you been?

Waiting for you. For a while.

Can you believe this night?

Not really.

I was unsure at first,
but then I realized,

we did it.

-What are you talking about?
-I got in.

And now that I'm in, I can get you in.

I don't think that's how it works.

Sure, it is! I'm Great Sage.

I can do anything I want.

How do you not get this?

You know,
I wasn't going to bring you tonight.

Because you always embarrass me.

But I brought you anyway.
Because you're my best friend.

I don't embarrass you.

I push you. Because I believe in you.

No, you push me
because you want me to be like you.

Because you're scared.

And I want you to be confident. Like me.

You're the most insecure person I know.

Maybe you're just jealous.

Maybe you're just selfish.

If you had listened to me--

I did listen to you!

It didn't work.

And I looked like a fool.

I should've just been myself!


They didn't even want to let us in!

They didn't want to let you in.

Oh, yeah? Then who got us in?
Who got you to Ao Guang?

But you couldn't seal the deal!

They don't give awards to the nice guy.

If you want something, you just take it!

I see that now.

You want to know the truth?

You don't have what it takes
to be Great Sage!

You asked me before

if I know who I am.

Maybe I don't.

But I know who I'm not.

I'm not you.

And I never want to be you!


You should go back.

Really? Are you sure?

You have your own path.

And you should follow it.

There's someone
who might be able to help you.

But please, son. Be careful.

Thank you, dad!