| "You have to do better than that! Still got you beat, hunh?! "
Message in a Bottle Show is the fortieth episode of the Donkey Kong Country animated series.
The episode begins with Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong spending a day fishing. Donkey Kong unexpectedly reels in a stage bottle. Donkey Kong is ready to trash the old bottle, when Diddy notices a message inside of it. The young monkey notices that it is for Donkey Kong, so he gives it to the ape to read. The apes reads "On behalf of the Federation of Future Rulers, you, Donkey Kong, have been elected future ruler of all future rulers. We would like you to report for your five year term in office tomorrow." Donkey Kong realizes that they want him to leave Kongo Bongo Island. Cranky Kong soon walks up to them, yelling at them to stop goofing around, until the ape gives him the message he has just received. Cranky Kong is excited about his promotion, and decides to hold a banquet for the ape.
At the banquet, Donkey Kong notices that all of the Kongs have arrived. Diddy Kong begins the opening announcements for the party, and quickly calls up Eddie the Mean Old Yeti to speak about Donkey Kong, before he is booed off the stage. Eddie declares that he thinks Donkey Kong is cool, and the whole audience applauds and laughs, all except Diddy Kong, who is surprised at how Eddie gets laughs but not himself. Eddie begins to explain the times with he and Donkey Kong, where he chased him for the Crystal Coconut and smashed him with a giant snowball. This causes Donkey Kong to realize that they really haven't gotten as many laughs as he thought.
After Eddie gives Donkey Kong a hug, which physically crushes him, Diddy announces that Funky Kong is next to speak. Funky quickly jumps on stage and a says that he and Donkey have had a lot of times together. A flashback soon starts, showcasing all the dangerous stunts Funky has performed, like the time he had Diddy and Donkey fall out his plane to get to Kaptain Skurvy's ship, when they were practicing dance moves at Inka Dinka Doo's temple, and when the three of them went on a treasure hunt and DK's bananas fell out of the plane. The flashback continues with some of the slang Funky has said throughout the show. Once Funky is done with his speech, he comes down to shake Donkey Kong's hand. As the ape goes to shake it, Funky moves his hand and slaps the ape's hand, laughing.
The audience claps and cheers, and Diddy Kong soon announces Bluster Kong as next to speak. Bluster Kong begins a flashback showing the times with he and Donkey Kong, including a time where he was trapped in a barrel because of the ape. The ape begins to explain the times that would be better if Donkey Kong weren't around, and the flashbacks continue with Bluster Kong entering his factory, asking Candy Kong who the most handsome and bravest ape of in the island is. Candy replies with "Donkey Kong," and Bluster angrily asks what Donkey Kong has that he doesn't. Another flashback is seen with Bluster Kong, asking Candy Kong if she wants to go out with him, while wearing his Banana Flip. The flashbacks continue, and they do not make Donkey Kong too happy.
Diddy forces Bluster off the stage before Donkey Kong becomes more upset, and Diddy Kong tries to sing a musical tribute to DK. However, the audience boos at this idea, so Diddy announces Candy Kong to come up on stage. Candy tells Donkey Kong that she believes that the ape's promotion was the best thing that ever happen to him. Donkey Kong is surprised by this, as he knows she will greatly miss him. Flashbacks are then shown of Donkey Kong and Candy Kong about to kiss, although every time, the moment is interrupted by another character. When the flashbacks end, Candy gets off the stage, ready to kiss Donkey Kong for real - until King K. Rool comes in with his minions, General Klump and Krusha.
King K. Rool is infuriated because he has not been invited to Donkey Kong's going away party. He demands to be part of the party, so Donkey Kong allows him to do so, as long as he behaves. As Diddy announces the next character to speak, Klump and Krusha interrupt him, and head up to the stage to speak instead. A flashback begins showing Klump and Krusha on their many attempts to steal the Crystal Coconut for K. Rool and defeat Donkey Kong. Each time, the ape beats them. The two Kremlings cry after the flashback ends, remembering all of the times with DK, and then King K. Rool goes up to speak. He explains all the times with him getting defeated by the ape, and the many times where he was enraged by him. He then announces that he will retire from being a villain - after he finishes completing his tasks. Flashbacks then appear with the Kremling's many attempts to steal the Crystal Coconut, and the many times he has failed.
After the flashbacks are over, K. Rool hugs DK. Diddy prepares to announce the next speaker, Cranky Kong. Cranky Kong explains that DK has been like a "big, hairy, clumsy son" to him, and then flashbacks showing Cranky and all the names he has called the ape are shown. When the flashbacks are over, Donkey Kong gives Cranky a hug, and the audience applauds. Diddy Kong then says his own speech, and flashbacks appears showing him and his buddy, Donkey Kong, in the many dangerous situations they have gotten in. Everybody claps for Donkey Kong when he is done, and then the ape walks on stage to speak. Flashbacks start again, showing Donkey Kong and his clumsy self, running off cliffs and smashing into trees. More flashbacks show him and other islanders in several moments in their past adventures. Everyone at the party leaves. When Donkey Kong is done speaking, he explains that it isn't easy leaving all his friends, and then starts to read part of his letter that he had gotten from the bottle. While reading the name on the message, he reads "Monkey Kong," which Cranky notices. The old ape grabs the letter out of his hands and realizes that the message was not for Donkey Kong after all; it was for someone named "Monkey Kong." Donkey Kong, excited that he no longer has to leave the island, notices that all the islanders at the banquet have become completely silent. They exit the room, angry that they had held the party for no reason. The episode ends with Donkey Kong encouraging them to have another party. However, the islanders still continue to leave because they are tired of having parties.