|“Unagami is pleased. Activate the game.”|
|"Would You Like to Enter Prime Empire?"|
|Season 12, Episode 1|
|Air date||March 21, 2020 (Asia)|
"Gayle Gossip: A Closer Look"
Citizens in Ninjago City walk around on the streets. A couple of them are seen on their mobile devices. Clutch Powers grabs a teapot and goes to an alley, then light suddenly shines where he stood. Gayle Gossip walks in front of Laughy's, and Dareth follows her as soon as he sees her. Jake plays a video game on his mobile device in a car. A man smells ramen noodles at a food stand. Lil' Nelson and Antonia fist bump after delivering newspapers. Meanwhile, The Mechanic drives his Noodle Truck to the Warehouse of Curses.He and his henchmen investigate the hardware in the warehouse, but as soon as he sees it, he claims a motherboard with the Prime Empire logo inscribed on it. The Mechanic's affairs are interrupted by the Ninja, who jump towards them from above. They fight, but The Mechanic is able to flee with the motherboard. The Ninja follow behind.
Cole drives his Rock Cycle, and Kai drives Lloyd, Jay, Nya, and Zane on his Katana 4x4. They pursue The Mechanic on the streets, but he pushes the Katana 4x4 onto a building, which causes it to lose control and stay behind. Cole remains on The Mechanic's tail, sticking a cable to his truck and tying it to a pole, which ultimately causes the truck to malfunction. As soon as The Mechanic gets out of his Noodle Truck, the Ninja surround him. Jay takes the motherboard from The Mechanic, but is interested by the Prime Empire logo.
The Police Commissioner sends The Mechanic away, and thanks the Ninja for their help. Jay continues to examine the disc. He wants to tell the Police Commissioner about it, but he is interrupted as soon as the police are informed of another emergency and leave. The Ninja decide to go examine The Mechanic's Headquarters.
Jay opens the door, peeking to be sure there was no danger. The Mechanic's former arm falls on Lloyd, who is frightened. As soon as Jay sees an Arcade Pod, he tells the Ninja all about Prime Empire, though they do not feel as excited. Jay plugs the Arcade Pod to an outlet to show them the game, but it still does not work. Instead of watching Jay make the Arcade Pod turn on, they decide to leave him and go investigate the rest of The Mechanic's Headquarters.Walking through a hallway, Cole is captivated by The Mechanic's hats. Meanwhile, Jay complains that he cannot get the Arcade Pod to turn on. Checking the back of the Arcade Pod, he sees a disc receiver, so he grabs the motherboard he took from The Mechanic and inserts it. The Arcade Pod turns on with a red light, which in a couple seconds releases a shockwave of red energy and knocks Jay out. The Ninja are surprised by what it was. It passes by The Mechanic in handcuffs entering the Police Station, who cackles. As the surge of energy passes by an arcade, all the video games get replaced with Prime Empire. A player puts his hands together, preparing himself to play the game. Jay wakes up to see Prime Empire booted up on the Arcade Pod, so he approaches the game to play.
Kai sees notes with drawn Prime Empire logos on The Mechanic's bulletin board, and Lloyd finds a notebook which also has drawn Prime Empire logos. A monitor boots up behind some books, so Zane pushes them aside to see it. the monitor questions the Ninja if they found the motherboard, and Zane responds typing in the keyboard. The monitor replies back, saying that Unagami is pleased and to activate the game, then turns itself off. Lloyd questions who Unagami is.Jay continues grinding Prime Empire happily. He is greeted with a message saying he reached Level 13 in the game. The Arcade Pod asks if he would like to enter Prime Empire. Jay responds yes and presses a red button. The Arcade Pod opens like a door, revealing a white light behind what were the screen and buttons. Jay is attracted to the light and disappears into the Arcade Pod, which then closes and shuts off. The Ninja return to see Jay, but he was already gone.
In the rest of Ninjago City, Prime Empire begins to boot up on more and more Arcade Pods.
- Cole - Kirby Morrow
- Game Voice - Mark Hildreth
- Henchman - Sam Vincent
- Jay - Michael Adamthwaite
- Kai - Vincent Tong
- Leroy - Kelly Metzger
- Lloyd Garmadon - Sam Vincent
- Nya - Kelly Metzger
- Police Commissioner - Michael Donovan
- The Mechanic - Michael Antonakos
- Unagami - Dean Redman
- Zane - Brent Miller
For the transcript of the episode, click here.
- Narrator: Unagami
- Clutch Powers, Gayle Gossip, Dareth, Jake, Vinny, Lil' Nelson, Antonia, Sammy, and Wu's Chicken all make cameo appearances.
- The episode's title is the first question-based title.
- The Teapot of Tyrahn makes a cameo in this episode, as Clutch Powers rubs it at the beginning of the episode.
- It is unknown if this is the actual teapot or just a reference.
- This is the second season premiere where Wu doesn't appear, the first being "The Mask of Deception."
For the gallery of the episode, click here.