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2 in the AM PM is one of J.G. Quintel 's student films. Some characters in Regular Show are based on concepts from this short.
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The short film begins with two clerks working at the gas station at 2:00 AM. The shorter clerk, voiced by Sam Marin , comes off as having a negative personality, muttering in disbelief that they still have to work at this hour. The taller clerk, voiced by J.G. Quintel is more relaxed, and seems to have a brighter outlook on life in general. Tall Clerk convinces Short Clerk that he should have some candy since today is Halloween. Not wanting to do so at first, Short Clerk eventually obliges.
While eating the candy, he notices something is off with it, noting the taste. Tall Clerk nonchalantly tells him that it was because he put drugs in it, specifically marijuana. Upon hearing that, Short Clerk briefly freaks out over it. However, Tall Clerk admits it wasn't really marijuana he put in, but actually acid, which infuriates Short Clerk even further. He soon eventually accepts that he must ride it out, per Tall Clerk's suggestion.
At the same time Short Clerk asks when the acid is supposed to kick in, he immediately morphs into a gumball machine very similar to Benson . As the short progresses, the clerks turn into various characters such as Benson , a fly, Pops , a balloon, dolphins, a polar bear, and Mordecai . While Short Clerk is worried that they can't help people while they're tripping, Tall Clerk reassures him that nobody would come in this late at night.
All of a sudden, the sound of a gas station bell is heard, indicating a car has arrived. The clerks look out the window, only to see a naked guy on his hands and knees by a pump with a car about to inject gasoline into him. Both quickly turn to the two workers, who quickly duck below the counter. Short Clerk once again freaks out, not knowing what to do. But Tall Clerk mentions that if they concentrate on what they're supposed to look like, the effects will wear off faster. With no other choice, the two workers begin to think hard as they could on what they really look like, which finally works.
They hear the door open, and when they rise up from below the counter, they both see a police officer has entered the store. They all exchange fairly awkward pleasantries, but the officer never notices their current states. Paying for chips, he continues to stand and eat them, stating that they were a little stale, but doesn't mind anyway.
He then proceeds to inhale the entirety of the chips and the bag itself, causing a tornado-like wind to fill the station as the clerks scream in terror. The officer then tears his head off and flies out of the store, smashing the door in the process.
The two of them stare in silence on what just transpired, which is then broken when the Tall Clerk asks if the short clerk can "hear that", to which he panics about. But much to his disgust, Tall Clerk farts, revealing that he was just pranking him. Short Clerk, completely fed up, flatly states that he hates him, only for the Tall Clerk to reply " Aw, come on, it's supposed to be fun! "
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- The title of this short has 2 meanings, it could mean that it's 2 o'clock in the morning while it's still dark out or that there are 2 people in a gas station called AM PM.
- The scene where the police officer flew through the glass doors of the gas station was reused for the episode " Benson Be Gone " when Susan , Benson's replacement, flies out of the house in a similar fashion.
- The scene where the Tall Clerk asks the Short Clerk if he heard something and then farts is reused in the half-hour special " Terror Tales Of The Park " where Mordecai does the same thing to Rigby.
Pop Culture References
- AM PM is the name of a real-life line of gas stations.
- This short contains much more of a focus on still frames with less full animation.
- When the Tall Clerk transforms into Mordecai , he is seen wearing a fanny pack much like the one from " The Power " and " But I Have a Receipt ", but in the next scene featuring Mordecai , the fanny pack is missing.
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One Huge Acid Trip? Regular Show Theory
- Episode aired Oct 10, 2014
This episode we have our special guest Chad Quandt help us explain this week's conspiracy theory. We look into the new and very popular children's cartoon show "Regular Show". Is the whole s... Read all This episode we have our special guest Chad Quandt help us explain this week's conspiracy theory. We look into the new and very popular children's cartoon show "Regular Show". Is the whole series just one big acid trip of the main character Mordecai? Tune in to find out. This episode we have our special guest Chad Quandt help us explain this week's conspiracy theory. We look into the new and very popular children's cartoon show "Regular Show". Is the whole series just one big acid trip of the main character Mordecai? Tune in to find out.
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p.s. this has some typos Regular Show is a series of acid trips gone wrong. The show is in the point of a view of Mordecai; in reality is a LSD addict. That is why he is in every episode.
Skips is Mordecai's supplier and user. Every solution he gives Mordecai is something that he experienced when he does LSD. When he cannot give him advice, it is because he never comes across it himself. Skips get upset when he cannot help, not because of his pride, but in fear that Mordecai will realize that he has a serious addiction and stop buying al together.
Rigby was Mordecai's best friend who was killed at the age 15. On the night of his death, Mordecai and he has gotten into a huge argument, in which Mordecai told Rigby he never wanted to, see him again. Rigby, upset and angry by this, stormed out of Mordecai's house and walks to the bus stop. While waiting alone for arrival of the bus, he was attacked and stabbed multiple times in the back.
In fear of losing his friend again, Rigby is nearly always by or close to Mordecai's side in his trip. When Rigby is away, he usually is doing something to keep his mind occupied.
In the acid trip, he is the same age as Mordecai, but still has his 15 years old attitude.
Pops is a crime lord that plays native to avoid being a suspect. He has an unusual taste for butterscotch lollipops and considers them valuable. Mr. Maellard, Pop's father, is a senator. Due to his busy schedule, he is always away and oblivious of his son's true identity. Mordecai has never met Pops or his father before; he only knows them through Skips' stories.
Benson is a dirty sheriff that allows Pops to do whatever he happens as long as he gets a cut of the profit. He is Pops' eyes and make sure no one is going behind the crime lord's back. Skips is one of the dealers that Benson is asked to watch due to shortage of profit that comes from him.
Muscleman and High-five Ghost are stoners that neglect hygiene. High-five Ghost is the wingman of Muscleman's. He will do anything that Muscleman tells him to do, and let Muscleman talks on his behalf.
Margaret is Mordecai's former girlfriend. Paranoid due to taking drugs, Mordecai believed that Margaret was cheating on him with multiple men. That is why there was a different guy each time Mordecai saw her in the series. As the show progress, Margaret is not seemed with a guy. He realized she was faithful to him and starting to recreate their relationship in the trips.
Eileen is the best friend of Margaret's. Eileen and Mordecai hate each other which are why the two are never alone in any episode. They get along for the sake of Margaret.
There are times where recalls show up during the trip. For example, Rigby's 6th birthday party is actual memory of Mordecai when Rigby and he were young. This type of memory is trigger when a familiar face appears. It also gives temporarily relief of death of his best friend.
Mordecai, at this state, has reduce the usage of LSD he takes.
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[ Emily ]: Now is it just me or does it sometimes seem that Regular Show
definitely isn ' t for Kids ? Now for this rather trippy
conspiracy , I asked my friend chad to help me out . [ Chad ]: Yeah .. sentient hot dog People , a talking Gumball Machine ,
ostriches playing Baseball . Is Regular Show just one big acid trip ?
[ Emily ]: This Theory stems from J . G . Quintel ' s Short Film , " 2 in the AM PM ", which is about two guys who
accidentally take LSD while working at a Gas Station Convenience Store .
"( Spits profusely ) What Acid ?" In their hallucinations , they turn into a Giant
Anthropomorphic Blue Jay and a Talking Gumball Machine . The short ends with the two still tripping , but this theory proposes that Mordecai and Benson
became addicted to acid and the result is the ENTIRE Series of Regular Show . Their Constant Drug Abuse would lead to
several mental Illnesses such as Multiple Personality Disorder and Schizophrenia . Their Friends and Co - Workers are just figments of their Drug - Induced
Imagination . This Drug Addiction would actually explain their terrible choices in food , video games , music ...
basically anything in the Show . In fact , the Park they work in
isn ' t even Real .
The alleged " Park " is supposedly an abandoned house that Benson and Mordecai live in .
[ Chad ]: The Theory goes on further to say that Skips , the Wise Old ape - man
is actually Mordecai ' s Drug Supplier !
Every piece of advice he gives Mordecai is something that he experienced while he was on acid .
Pops is a shady crime lord , who plays naive to get away with things , which I believe is the defense used by Suge knight for several years ;
Benson Is a shady sheriff who lets Pops get away with whoever he wants ;
Muscle man and Hi Five Ghost are actually Stoners .
An Innocent Margaret is an ex - Girlfriend of Mordecai who he used to suspect was cheating on him ;
And Rigby ? Well , Rigby Is Mordecai ' s Dead Best friend
who died when they ' re both 15 , which explains why
they ' re always hanging out together , why they ' re always acting like Teenagers . Rigby is essentially a ghost dragging Mordecai down and keeping him from growing emotionally .
[ Emily ]: So is Acid really the answer for Regular Shows ' crazy antics ?
[ Chad ]: To start , let ' s look at " 2 in The AM PM ",
which is a senior film done by J . G . Quintel , the show ' s Creator while he was studying at CalArts
while also working on ' Flapjack ' at Cartoon Network which is a pretty cool side Job to have .
Cut to two years later and Cartoon Network is
looking for a few shows that are a bit more PG
J . G . takes his original short , adds a few Characters , changes the backstory and then you have the Pilot for Regular Show .
[ Emily ]: So besides the character designs for Mordecai and Benson , there isn ' t necessarily
any connection between a short film and the actual series ; and because Regular Show is " PG ",
I don ' t think there going to be any LSD references .
But , the Show is trippy enough that I can ' t prove this theory entirely false . So on the Possibility Meter I give the Regular Show Conspiracy -
Two and A Half baby ducks out of Five .
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What made 'Regular Show' so irregular
I don’t watch too many cartoons anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I outgrew cartoons — animation is a medium, not a genre, and there are plenty of animations to enjoy as an adult. I’m just saying that I haven’t been able to find cartoons that have commanded my attention. Despite a few exceptions , adult animation seems so bland, and I haven’t been able to vibe with much childrens’ animation, no matter how acclaimed it is. This is a drastic change from who I was growing up, when I spent my waking hours consuming every cartoon I could possibly watch. I’d split my time between 4Kidz, Nickelodeon and Disney Channel, but the king of animation in my eyes was always Cartoon Network. The 2000s belonged to Cartoon Network — between “Adventure Time,” “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends” and “ Scooby-Doo ,” I definitely made time in my day for cartoons. There was, however, one show that topped them all — one TV show that remains ingrained in my mind and had a profound impact on the trajectory of my humor and personality as a kid. That show was “Regular Show.”
“Regular Show” made its debut when I was in fourth grade. I remember watching a commercial for the show on the Cartoon Network website and the only emotion that struck me was pure confusion. Why was there a human-sized bird? Why is he friends with a raccoon? Why do they work for a gumball machine? Why do they coexist in a world with humans? To put it frankly, this show looked weird . Really weird. And that enticed me. The premise itself isn’t unusual — if you generalize it, it’s simply an animated sitcom about two lazy friends who live and work at a park, working for a manager with anger issues as they attempt to navigate their work and their social lives. What makes the show unusual is literally every other thing about it.
I caught the premiere of the first episode and I was absolutely hooked. In retrospect, the first episode of “Regular Show” was profoundly bizarre, to the point where even writing the synopsis is convoluted, but I’ll try. Mordecai (the bird) and Rigby (the raccoon) begin the episode by practicing wrestling moves in their room, ultimately tearing a hole in the wallpaper. Stressed about this, both Mordecai and Rigby scheme to ask their boss, Benson (a gumball machine), for a raise to cover the cost of repairs. How? Only by using a magical keyboard to perform a song for Benson that will hypnotize him to issue them a raise, of course. This plan ultimately works, and Mordecai and Rigby eventually determine that their keyboard will give them anything that they want. Things go awry, however, when Mordecai and Rigby use their keyboard to perform a song for their coworker Skips (a yeti), accidentally teleporting him to the moon. The end of the episode sees them teleporting themselves and Benson to the moon to save Skips, fighting a giant monster on the moon, teleporting back to the park and an aggravated Benson revoking their pay raise. Did you catch all of that?
The plot synopsis of the first episode I described above may seem convoluted, but once you watch enough “Regular Show” episodes, there’s a formula you’ll surely pick up: (1) Mordecai and Rigby want something, (2) they find some sort of solution that may or may not involve magic and (3) something incredibly wild, surreal and insane happens at the end of the episode. “Regular Show” is essentially a sitcom combined with an acid trip. The show made no sense, and yet somehow it made perfect sense to me. Week after week, I’d watch each new episode with my brothers, and I’d go to school the next day and talk about the funniest moments with my friends. My friends and I would come up with our own stories undoubtedly inspired by “Regular Show” and trade them at lunch.
These memories, forever enshrined in the depths of my mind, were inspired by a show about a bird and a raccoon trying to slack off from their job. But the show is really about more than that. It’s a show about two friends navigating their early twenties — navigating work, relationships, friendships, hobbies and more. Despite being an eleven-minute cartoon on Cartoon Network, “Regular Show” still tinkered with its plot structure. Episodes where Mordecai steers his love life read more akin to soap operas. There was an Emmy-winning episode wherein Rigby falls into a coma. The final season takes place in outer space for some reason. There’s just so much unexpected depth to the show that you would not realize from the surface.
Nowadays, it seems like television shows are too afraid to experiment — it really feels like we’ve reached a slump. Not only does there seem to be a lack of creativity in entertainment, but it seems like entertainment executives are afraid of creativity and new ideas. Year after year, the only new television shows seemingly announced are reboots of old series , or shows that lack clear purpose or inspiration . It really grates on me and drives me away from what I used to love. I’m not saying that every show needs to have insane third acts in each episode, or that they need to fight for my attention with crazy premises, but I do think they need to find the fun again. Maybe the solution is to take a cue from animated television and embrace the irregular.
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