Season 1, Episode 51: "The Crest of Friendship"
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Transcribed By: Vande <>

Joe: Mimi and I made our way to Primary Village, where
we found Elecmon, who also resolved to join
our ragtag group. Knowing Mimi would now be safe, I
made the same decision as Matt, to go find out
what kind of person I am, and make sure I can be
counted on when the time arrives. Meanwhile, Tai
and his crew made it to the top of Spiral Mountain,
where they came face to face with Lady Devimon.
Sora and T.K. set off to find the rest of us for the
final confrontation, while Tai and Izzy stayed behind
to keep Piedmon busy. Do you think he'd mind
rescheduling our destruction? Guess not.

Digimon title theme

Joe: We've looked everywhere, Gomamon, but we still
can't find Matt.

Gomamon: Maybe your harmonica playing is keeping him
in hiding.

[Joe and Gomamon are walking along close to the shore.
Joe stops to look at Matt's harmonica.]

Joe: Hmm. Everybody's a critic.

Gomamon: Hey Joe! Look over there!

Joe: What is it?

[The pair run up to the crest of a hill, from where
they can see a swan-shaped pedal boat sitting in the

Gomamon: It's Matt's boat! He must be close by!

Joe: But we have no idea when he left it. Or if he was
using it at all. Come on, we better keep looking.

Gomamon: Don't be such a downer. This is our first
clue in a long time, and I wanna see a little

Joe: I guess I'm still pessimistic. Cause when we
found Matt's harmonica, it lead us nowhere. But
you're right. He could be nearby.

Gomamon: Now that's the spirit, Joe. You've become a
real man lately.

[Joe crouches down beside his digimon friend and pokes
him in the cheek. Gomamon laughs.]

Joe: Oh, I get it now. So you're saying that I wasn't
a real man before, huh? Are you man enough not
to laugh when I tickle you?

[Gomamon laughs, while back at the battle, WarGreymon
is attempting to get a few good hits in on

WarGreymon: Mega Claw!

[He attacks again and again, but Piedmon dodges them
easily. Finally, a blow to the stomach sends
Piedmon crashing into a rock wall. Tai, Izzy,
Tentomon, Kari, Gatomon and Andromon watch.]

Tai: I think we won!

[From behind the cloud of dust, Piedmon laughs and
emerges unscathed.]

Piedmon: Thank you for the sparring match, WarGreymon,
now I'm ready for the main event.

Tai: Oh, no!

Piedmon: Once upon a time, there were these
digidestined. And then Piedmon destroyed them all.
The end.

Izzy: No offense to your story-telling skills, but I'd
like it better if the ending were different.

WarGreymon: It will be!

Kari: We can't win unless we're all together!

Tai: Where are they?

[Traveling through the air on Birdramon's feet, Sora
looks at the device in her hand. T.K. and Patamon
watch her from their seat on the bird digimon's other

Sora: The digivice isn't responding at all.

Patamon: I hope we find them soon, I'm getting

[Sora clasps her digivice in her fist, lost in thought.]

Sora: We'll never find them all. The digital world is
too big. They could be anywhere.

T.K.: Hey, Sora.

Sora: What?

T.K.: We'll be able to find Matt and the others,

Sora: Should I tell him the truth?

T.K.: Well, Sora?

Sora: The only thing I can say, T.K., is....

[Sora struggles to keep from crying.]

T.K.: Are you alright? You're not crying, are you?

Sora: Just something in my eye. Don't worry, we'll
find them, T.K.

[Sora puts on a brave face for the benefit of the other
two, and T.K. and Patamon smile, convinced.]

Sora: We'll find the others because we have to. Unless
we fight as a team, we'll never defeat Piedmon.
We can't let him destroy the digital world!

[As if in agreement to her thoughts, Birdramon
screeches loudly. On the battlefield, WarGreymon flies
through the air, spinning so fast he appears only as
a blur.]

WarGreymon: Terra Force!

[He lauches himself at Piedmon, who leaps gracefully
out of the way, letting WarGreymon plow into the
wall of rock behind him. WarGreymon snarls, and
Piedmon laughs.]

Gatomon: He's tough.

Kari: We should all fight.

Tai: Everyone stay where you are!

Kari: But Tai, why not?

Tai: The digimon are still too tired from our fight
with LadyDevimon. We have to wait until we're at full
strength, when Matt and the others rejoin us.

WarGreymon: I hope it's soon.

[WarGreymon stands up weakly and Piedmon laughs again.
Matt and Gabumon are walking through a dark tunnel,
alone except for each other.]

Gabumon: Matt?

Matt: Yeah, Gabumon?

Gabumon: Maybe we've been traveling in this direction
a little too long. This cave is starting to give me
the creeps. Let's hurry up and get out of here. I'm
still not sure what you mean by trying to find
but I'd appreciate it if you didn't look in here.

Matt: Sure, whatever.

[Matt pays little attention to his frined, lost in

T.K.: See, everybody? I told you I'd be back. I can
take care of myself just fine.

Matt: I've been living a lie.

Gabumon: You're not a real blonde?

Matt: I kept saying T.K. needed me, but really, I was
the one who needed him.

Gabumon: What do you mean?

Matt: I used to think that my one purpose in life was
to protect my little brother. But then....

Kari: You're the man!

Tai: Nice going, T.K.! Great job, buddy!

Mimi: We were so worried about you!

Joe: Boy for a little kid, that was a pretty big

Matt: He didn't need me to protect him anymore. And
Tai was much better at acting like a big brother
than I ever was.

Gabumon: But you don't have to act. You are T.K.'s
brother, Tai isn't.

Matt: That's just the point. I don't act like a
brother at all. And even though it made me feel good
think that I was the only one there for him, in
reality, all the kids were.

Gabumon: Let's talk about this outside. There's
something strange about this place.

[A sinister curl of black smoke trails toward the pair.]

Matt: That's why Tai made me so mad. I thought he was
trying to take T.K. away from me.

[The thin black smoke gathers unnoticed behind Gabumon,
as Matt slumps to the ground, leaning
against the wall of the tunnel.]

Matt: Tai might get real bossy and hard-headed
sometimes, but he never treated T.K. like a child.

[Matt folds his legs beneath him and crosses his arms.
Chin resting on his knees, he stares into space

Matt: Which is how I've always treated him. But I'm
the one who's childish.

Gabumon: Matt, stop putting yourself down. Sure you
have some teenage angst, but you've been a
great brother to T.K.!

Matt: I used to think Tai never thought about anyone
but himself. But that actually describes me a lot

[Matt hides his face in his arms, dejectedly. The black
smoke has increased its speed, and twirls
menacingly toward them.]

Gabumon: Oh, Matt....

[Gabumon turns and sees the danger.]

Gabumon: Oh, Matt! I think you'd better take a look at

Matt: Whatever.

[The smoke settles around the boy like a shadow.]

Matt: I'm no good. I can never go back to being their

[A mental image of Matt sinks into a dark sea of black.]

Gabumon: You have to! Don't you understand that if the
eight of you don't get back together the digital
world will be destroyed forever?

Matt: They don't need me, and besides, seven is a
luckier number than eight.

[Gabumon waves his arms frantically.]

Gabumon: Hey Matt, snap out of it!

Matt: Just go away. I wanna be alone.

Gabumon: Come to your senses!

[Matt's eyes are blank and he doesn't even seem to see
Gabumon. Gabumon's eyes begin to well up.]

Gabumon: Matt, listen.....

[The mental image of Matt slides headfirst into the
black sea. In desperation, Gabumon bites Matt in
the leg. Matt knocks him away and stands up, angry.]

Matt: Ow! What are you doing? Are you crazy?

Gabumon: Don't you understand, Matt? You've got to
quit comparing yourself to Tai. You're not him.
It's like ice cream. He's vanilla, and you're rocky
road. But only one of you is T.K.'s real brother, and
it's not him.

[The tears escape from Gabumon's eyes.]

Gabumon: No matter how much he impresses T.K., Tai
will never be able to break the bond that you
two brothers share.

[Matt looks away.]

Matt: Gabumon....

Gabumon: And besides, don't you think it would break
my heart if you weren't here? After all, I didn't
wait my entire life for you to arrive just so you
could wallow in self-pity.

Matt: Huh? Gabumon.

Gabumon: But Matt, if you really want to be left
alone, then I'll respect your wishes and disappear.
But only if that's what you really want me to do.

Matt: No. I don't really want to be left alone. Sorry.
I never meant to hurt you. I've never let anyone get
close to me before. Not since my family split up.

[Matt remembers the day that his father led him away
from his mother and T.K.]

Matt: Ever since then, I've been alone. I figured if
my family didn't want me, that I would just keep to
myself and never tell anyone what I was feeling. And I
swore I would never let anyone see me cry. But
really... all I wanted to do was cry.

Gabumon: Then cry.

Matt: I hate being alone....

[Gabumon gives Matt a big hug.]

Gabumon: I'm here for you, Matt. I used to be lonely,
too. I wandered around the digital world without
any friends at all, and then after I met you, I knew
I'd never be lonely again.

Matt: I know what you mean. Me too. After all, you're
the main reason I came to the digital world in the
first place. And here I am, lost in this dark, strange
cave, and you're still right by my side. That's the
sign of a true friend.

Gabumon: Aww, shucks.

Matt: I guess I have friends. And that includes T.K.
and my mom and dad.

[Matt remembers when his family was reunited during
their time in the real world.]

Matt: Now I realize I was never really alone. People
like me. They really, really like me.

[The black smoke relinquishes its last hold on Matt,
and circles up near the ceiling of the cave.]

Gabumon: Matt, look!

Matt: What is it?

Gabumon: It's been around you this whole time. You
mean you haven't noticed it until now?

Matt: Not at all.

Gabumon: It was weird. The more you talked about being
alone, the bigger that thing got.

Matt: It's pitch black! That's exactly the feeling I
had in my heart just a minute ago. I know what it is.

Gabumon: Please, tell me.

Matt: It's... it's the darkness that I've been
carrying around with me this whole time. The darkness
that's been buried in my heart. Oh, Gabumon, now it's
ready to swallow me up whole.

Gabumon: Like Jonah and the whale?

Matt: I have a feeling that if I didn't recognize it
just now, it would have taken over my whole life. But
I'm not gonna let that happen!

Gabumon: Mmm?

Matt: It can't hurt me, because I'm not alone anymore.

Gabumon: That's the spirit!

Matt: I wanna thank you, Gabumon.

Gabumon: Don't mention it, that's what friends are
for. Besides, I should be thanking you. You're the
best friend a digimon ever had!

[The black cloud finally disintegrates as Matt and
Gabumon hug warmly.]

Matt: Let's make a promise that we'll always be there
for each other no matter what happens.
Gabumon and Matt, friends for life!

Gabumon: Mmmm.

Matt: What do you say? Do we have a deal? A handshake
makes it official.

[Matt waves Gabumon's paws around.]

Gabumon: Will a pawshake do?

Matt: And I promise not to complain anymore either.

Gabumon: Don't start that again. If you're upset about
somethng, you should get it off your chest.

Matt: Alright, if you insist, I'll still complain once
in a while. But only to you.

[The pair laugh, and the cave fades away to reveal a
rocky landscape.]

Gabumon: Ahh, correct me if I'm wrong on this one,
Matt, but weren't we just in a big dark cave a
minute ago?

Matt: That's right, and we were completely lost.

Joe: Hey! Matt! Over here!

[Matt and Gabumon turn to the sound of the hollering.
Joe and Gomamon run up the crest of a hill and
come toward them.]

Matt: It's Joe!

[Joe and Gomamon stop in front of them and Joe
struggles to catch his breath. He smiles hugely, then
laughs. Matt looks confused. Joe turns to Gomamon

Joe: Who's the man now? I told you I'd find them!

Gomamon: I never doubted you for a single minute, Joe.

Matt: What's going on?

Joe: I said to myself, "Joe," I said, "Just follow
your own path and sooner or later you'll run into Matt
I'm just glad it happened before I retired!

Matt: I see.

Joe: Oh, that's right, I forgot. Here, it's your
harmonica, isn't it?

[Joe pulls the harmonica from his pocket and hands it
to Matt, who looks, then closes his fist around it.]

Matt: Thanks, Joe.

Joe: Mmm hmm.

[On the battlefield, Piedmon leaps into the air and

Piedmon: Trump Sword!

[The swords fly at WarGreymon, who deflects some with
his metal arms. Some others, however, hit him,
and he growls in pain, then falls to his knees.]

Izzy: WarGreymon's exhausted!

Kari: I can't watch anymore.

[Kari hides her face in her hands.]

Tai: Stay tough!

[Again on his feet, WarGreymon defends himself against
Piedmon's continued attacks, then again falls
weakly to one knee.]

Tentomon: Please, Izzy, let me help WarGreymon!

Tai: No!

Izzy: WarGreymon needs help!

Tai: Come on, Matt, where are you?

[Piemdon laughs at the struggling digimon facing him.]

[Meanwhile, Sora, T.K. and Patamon are still
flying through the sky on Birdramon, when T.K. spots
something and points. It's the swan pedal boat.]

T.K.: Look down there!

Sora: That's Matt's boat!

T.K.: But where's Matt?

[Sora, T.K., Patamon and Biyomon look out over the
barren area.]

Sora: I hope he's not hurt somewhere.

T.K.: We'll never find him! What are we going to do?

Sora: T.K.'s right. Maybe we should go back and help
the others fight. No. Tai asked me to find the
others, and that's what I'm gonna do. I won't let him

[A swirling black hole appears under Sora's feet. A
tendril of smoke curls around her legs.]

T.K.: Sora, watch out! There some black thing coming
out of the ground!

[Sora falls into the now gaping pit, and Biyomon jumps
in after her.]

T.K.: Sora! Sora!

Matt: T.K.!

[Matt, Joe, Gabumon and Gomamon run up a hill toward
T.K. and Patamon.]

T.K.: Hey, that sounds like Matt!

Matt: It sure does!

[Matt kneels down and the brothers hug.]

T.K.: Oh, Matt, where have you been? I was so worried
about you!

Matt: Sorry, T.K. I needed time to get my head
straight, but I won't leave you again. I promise you.

T.K.: Gee, Matt, you look different. Did you cut your
hair or something?

Matt: No, I just haven't been using as much gel. Where
is everybody?

[T.K. points down the hole.]

T.K.: Some black thing pulled Sora down into that

Matt: Huh?

[Joe runs up to the hole and looks down into it.]

Joe: What? Is she alright?

Gabumon: Hey, Matt. Does this remind you of anything?

Matt: Yeah. It looks just like that cave we were
trapped in before. The same black thing must have
gotten Sora!

T.K.: You've seen it?

Joe: Come on, guys. We've gotta help her!

[The group is gingerly climbing down the wall of the

Joe: I don't have a good feeling about this.

T.K.: It's scary.

Matt: Whatever you do, don't be afraid, okay guys?
I've realized that it's your fear that feeds the

T.K.: That's easy for you to say.

[Patamon flies down to the bottom, while Joe slips the
last few feet and lands on his backside on the
ground below.]

Matt: Are you alright, Joe?

Joe: Yeah. Fortunately, I landed on the one part of my
body that has a built-in airbag.

Matt: Very funny.

Joe: Where's Sora?

T.K.: We need a clue.

Patamon: Listen, I think I hear something coming from
over there.

Joe: I'd call that a clue.

Biyomon: Sora!

[The group walks toward the voice. In a back room of
the underground pit, Biyomon is standing
worriedly next to her friend.]

Biyomon: Sora, talk to me. Please tell me what's

[Gomamon runs forward.]

Gomamon: That's Biyomon's voice!

Joe: Which means Sora can't be far behind.

Biyomon: Sora, Sora!

T.K.: Hang on, Biyomon, we're coming!

Biyomon: Over here!

[They run forward, and see Biyomon trying to rouse
Sora, who is huddled with her head on her knees,
much like Matt had been not long ago.]

Matt: Sora! What's the matter with you? Get up!

[Matt tugs on her arms, but she doesn't budge.]

Matt: She's stuck.

Joe: Let me help.

Matt: On three. One, two, three!

[The two boys pull with all their might, but it's as if
Sora is a statue.]

Joe: Once, it took four of us to get my grandmother
off the toilet like that.

T.K.: Hey, listen! Sora's saying something!

Matt: Huh?

Sora: I have to find Matt, Mimi and Joe. I have to
help Tai or the world will be destroyed! There's no
place like home. There's no place like home.

Biyomon: She won't talk to me anymore. All she does is
keep mumbling the same thing over and over

Joe: Sora, Matt and I are right here. Look at me,

Sora: Joe, you're really here. I can't believe it. And
Matt's with you, too.

Matt: Just relax. Everything's gonna be okay now.

Sora: I'm afraid not. I haven't be trying hard enough.
I have to get to Tai right away and help him fight,
because if I don't, the world will be completely

Joe: Sora, come on! You can't be responsible for
saving the world!

Matt: You have to realize how strong your negative
feelings are. They produce a powerful destructive
energy. Sora, it's the darkness in your heart that has
created the cave in the first place! Don't you get it?

Joe: Really, Matt? Is that true? Is that why you told
T.K. not to be scared?

Matt: Sora, listen to me. There's only one way to make
this cave disappear. You've got to reach deep
into your heart and erase all the negative feelings.
Inside Sora's mind, she is curled up in the middle of
an expanse of darkness, alone.

Sora: I don't know if I can. What should I do?

Matt: You'll have to find the answer to that question
on your own.

[Matt appears in the darkness, surrounded in a circle
of light, reaching out to her.]

Matt: Sora, this isn't the kind of thing you do just
because you have to. If you're going to do it, then it
has to be because you want to.

Sora: You mean that I don't have to do it if I don't
want to?

Matt: Right. It'll only work if you want to do it.

Sora: I'm confused. How will I know what the right
thing to do is?

Joe: When this whole thing started, do you think we
had any idea what the right thing to do was? Of
course not. But that didn't stop us, did it? Maybe
we're here for a reason. Maybe we're the only ones
who can do it!

[Inside Sora's mind, Matt and Joe come towards her in
circles of light.]

Sora: We're the only ones who can make a difference.

Joe: It's working, Matt. I think we're finally getting
through to her!

Sora: We're the only ones. That's why we're here!

[Matt and Joe pull Sora into the light, and she awakens
from her daze.]

Sora: I get it now! You were right, Matt. How did you

Matt: I kinda went through the same thing myself.

T.K.: Welcome back!

[Sora nods, smiling, and Biyomon rushes up to her.]

Biyomon: Sora!

Sora: Biyomon!

Biyomon: I'm so happy that you're the old Sora and not
the new Sora!

[The cave disappears, and the group find themselves in
a clearing in a forest. They gasp.]

Joe: The cave's gone.

Matt: When the darkness from Sora's heart disappeared,
so did the cave.

Sora: I feel so relieved.

T.K.: Boy, wait till Tai hears about this!

Joe: Let's find him.

Matt: Tai's waiting for us right now. Let's go!

Sora: Right!

[Back on the battlefield, Piedmon sends a blast of rock
at Tai.]

Piedmon: Trump Sword!

[WarGreymon jumps in front of Tai and takes the brunt
of the blow, but Tai is knocked back several

Kari: Get up, Tai!

Izzy: Hey, Tai!

Tai: Izzy, stop! You stay there. Protect Kari!

[Another blast sends a boulder crashing into WarGreymon
and a gust of wind knocking Tai back down
to the rocky ground.]

Izzy: Tai, look. I know it's important for me to stay
here and protect Kari, but in the meantime, who's
going to protect you?

Tentomon: He tends to be a bit stubborn, doesn't he?

Tai: Don't worry about me, I'm fine. I've got him
right where I want him. He's exhausted.

[Tai's brave words can't hide the fact that it is he
who is feeling the strain, and not Piedmon.]

Izzy: But I can help you!

Tai: I'm fine!

Izzy: That's funny. General Custer said the exact same
thing at Little Big Horn.

Tai: Thanks for the history lesson.

Izzy: Alright then. Just one thing. How come every
time I ask, you never let me join in the fight!

Piedmon: Clown Trick!

[The blast of white energy slams into WarGreymon,
seriously damaging his armour and knocking him to
the ground. This time, he doesn't get back up.]

Kari: WarGreymon's been hit!

Tai: No.... WarGreymon....

[Tai reaches out to his fallen friend, but collapses,
exhausted, back to the ground.]

Izzy: Get up!

Piedmon: Right. Now, who shall be next?

Tai: WarGreymon, I'm coming....

[Despite his effort, Tai falls back to the ground.]

Matt: Tai! Where are you?

[Tai opens his eyes when he faintly hears the voice.
Over a distant rise, he can see Garurumon
galloping toward him. Birdramon skims through the sky
as well.]

Tai: Matt!

Matt: Hold on, buddy. We're coming!

Sora: Tai, it's us! We're almost there!

Piemdon: Once upon a time, they were digidestined. Now
they're just sitting ducks waiting for me to
take target practice.

[Matt runs up to his friend and holds him up in his

Matt: Tai!

Tai: Matt. You made it. I can't believe you're here.

Matt: Yeah, I made it, Tai. Hang in there, buddy.

Tai: I never doubted you for a second, Matt. I know it
didn't always seem that way....

[Tears form in Matt's eyes.]

Matt: Thank you, Tai. For believing in me. I'm just
sorry I was so late. Tai, you have to know how much
our friendship has always meant to me. And I swear
nothing will ever come between us again!

[Matt's crest glows brightly. Garurumon walks up to
WarGreymon and touches him with his snout. In a
flash of light, WarGreymon is fully healed and as
strong as ever. Piedmon looks vaguely annoyed.]

Tai: WarGreymon!

Piedmon: Now what?

Garurumon: Matt, your crest of friendship gave me
strength and brought WarGreymon back to normal.

WarGreymon: Thank you, Garurumon. Now I can fight

[Garurumon de-digivolves into Gabumon. Izzy waves to
them from atop a cliff, where he is standing
with Kari, Tentomon and Gatomon.]

Izzy: Come on guys, get out of there!

Joe: Tai, are you okay?

Tai: I think so.

Piemdon: My first thought was to destroy you all
together in one nice little package. But now, I
I'd rather do it individually, so as to prolong your
suffering a little longer!

Matt: You sure talk a lot for a clown!

Piedmon: Trump Sword!

Gabumon: Gabumon warp digivolve to... MetalGarurumon!

[T.K. and Kari smile happily.]

Kari: Now he'll see what we're made of!

[Together, WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon release their
most powerful attacks. The ground beneath
the two megas cracks with the combined force, and
Piedmon's swords are distintegrated.]

Joe: They were able to break Piedmon's attack!

[Up on a ledge of rock, Piedmon leaps into the air to
avoid the remainder of the blast.]

Piedmon: Well, could it actually be the case that I've
finally found an adversary worth fighting?

Narrator: Will WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon have
enough strength to defeat Piedmon, the last of
the dark masters? Find out on the next Digimon:
Digital Monsters.