"Sonic For Hire: Paperboy" is the first episode of the first season and series premiere of the Sonic For Hire series. In this episode, Sonic becomes a paperboy in order to pay off his rent.
- “Sonic is washed up and out of work. He needs cash fast and will do anything to pay the rent. Hangouts, murder, jobs, third-parties—it doesn't matter. Is there anything Sonic won't ever do for a buck? Short answer: No.”
- — DVD description
The episode opens with Sonic sitting on the couch surrounded by animals. Tails visits and orders him to pay his rent. However, Sonic replies that he's short on money can can't afford to pay, prompting Tails to remind him about being so broke that he uses a Dominique Wilkins poster as a TV. Sonic retorts by saying that Tails was the one responsible for making him broke in the first place by spending all his money on coke and Sega Dreamcast stock. Quickly changing the subject, Tails offers to hook Sonic up with some jobs to pay off the rent. At first, Sonic feels relieved, claiming he'd do anything but becomes rather pissed when he finds his first job is newspaper delivery in the game Paperboy. After working for less than ten seconds, Sonic gets fed up, breaks into a nearby house, and steals the TV. Just as Sonic celebrates his success, the cops arrive at the scene, forcing Sonic to flee.
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- This is the first episode of Sonic For Hire and is the first episode to ever appear on Machinima.
- The Sega Dreamcast was the final console made by Sega, so Sonic's investment in stocks for it went to waste when Sega discontinued it.