On this week's Adventure Time, Finn and Jake try to spend all of their money. Has anyone told them about that Steam sale that started today? Spoilers ahead.
As Finn and Jake are snoozing, BMO and NEPTR are playing "Robbing Hood," with BMO being the heroic Robbing Hood, and NEPTR as the Sheriff of Nauty-Hams. NEPTR says that he doesn't want to be the bad guy, and would rather be Robbing Hood's pal, Frier Tux. BMO pulls a marker on him, and tells him he can't possibly be Frier Tux, since Frier Tux would never have such an evil looking goatee.
Well NEPTR, she's got you there. (She? He? It? You know what- Let's move on. Pronouns are surprisingly confusing when talking about a BMO.)
As the two of them play, a staff accidentally taps against the side of the tree house's treasure room, rupturing it, and sending BMO, NEPTR, and all of Finn and Jake's dosh flying. This wakes Finn and Jake up, who come to look at the damage.
BMO tells them that they "have too much money, honey," and that it's actually become a big enough problem to threaten the structural integrity of the treehouse. The pile of gold stirs, and out of it emerges...
The Ancient Psychic Tandem War Elephant! Wow, that's a pull. That thing was last seen waaaay back in season two's "The Limit." The Ancient Psychic Tandem War Elephant ashamedly tells them that he's sorry, they told him to stay put in the treasure room, but that he's now left the treasure room. He asks what his punishment will be, but Finn tells him he's cool.
On the one hand, I feel like this joke is a little bit recycled from "Hot to the Touch," when NEPTR showed up and they had just forgotten they'd been playing hide and seek with him for literally years. On the other hand, I feel this is justified a little bit more. While the NEPTR joke in "Hot to the Touch" displayed that they really didn't view NEPTR as alive, or as a person or friend, to the point that they literally got bored and let him hide forever, this feels more like a kid growing bored of a new toy.
When Finn and Jake got the Ancient Psychic Tandem War Elephant at the end of "The Limit," they were hyped, and in fact through that whole episode they treated it like some great new toy, or action figure. It disappeared for years, much like the NEPTR joke, and yet now we see it again, simply discarded, set down. Finn and Jake probably had a good time with the Ancient Psychic Tandem War Elephant, but just like any little kid would grow bored of a new toy eventually, they got bored of it in favor of something newer and shinier. I think the joke works, is what I'm saying.
Also, and I know I'm spending a lot of time focusing on a really minor gag, but how great is the Ancient Psychic Tandem War Elephant's design? With the shotgun tusks? It's amazing.
Since the two of them have a bit of a surplus money problem, they need to figure out some way to get rid of it all, and fast. Finn has a pretty crazy idea— What if they just spend it? Turns out, neither of them have ever really spent money before, but it seems like a good way to fix their problem, so Jake turns into a dump truck and they haul their cash off to the Wildberry Kingdom.
I don't think this is the first time we've seen Wildberry Kingdom, technically, but it's definitely the most we've seen of it. I don't think this should be any real surprise considering how great the designs typically are in this show, but man, I really like the design of Wildberry Kingdom here.
Everything looks grown, like the whole kingdom is a giant shrub (which, actually, I think it is) and there are spots in it which are actually just a touch unsettling, something about the Wildberry Kingdom's apparent fixation with meat... Weird.
As they reach the center of town, Jake unloads their gold into a large fountain, which they jump into, while they figure out where to spend money. A guard sees them do so, and urgently tells them that there are no people or money allowed in the fountain, a crime punishable by a lashing. Luckily, Jake knows how to get out of such a situation.
Finn pulls a Scrooge, and tosses some money to three kids (holding smart phones), telling them to bring the finest furniture and meats (hey! that's the thing the thing is called! I get it!), and to keep the extra money for their families in need. "Thanks, but we're middle class. ...Upper middle."
As Finn and Jake lounge in the fountain, they still have tons of money to spend. This whole "getting people to do things" stuff is clearly getting to Jake. He gets a particularly muscular berry to dance in the streets for him, before growing bored of it. "It's time to push this thing to the next level."
That night, in a house which seems to be in Wildberry Kingdom's suburbia, a couple of berries lie in bed, sleeping. Suddenly they're awakened by the sound of Jake's voice.
"I want to get you two to do things, for this bag of money." Hmm, intruding on a married couple and offering them money to get them to "do things." All right, the "I'm uncomfortable!" levels are definitely past Finn's sexy Flame Princess dreams in "Frost & Fire," but still haven't reached the levels of LSP forcing herself onto Finn in "Breezy."
In any case, after some totally G-rated antics involving sleep apnea, Jake tells the two that they can have all the money... that they can eat! It's at this point Finn really realizes just how out of control Jake is getting (once again). He tells Jake he's out of line, but Jake shouts something about the free market, and walks off.
Finn gets the middle class berries to show him the most run down back alley in all of the Wildberry Kingdom, and takes a bunch of money in bags and a wheelbarrow to Crudberry Backalley, intending to unfortunately when he brings the money, the crudberries there don't quite get that Finn is literally trying to give them the money, and try to mug him.
Jeez Finn! Did you just straight up kill those guys? I mean, I'm assuming their juice is like blood, and that's— that's a lot of blood, man. Hardcore.
Jake approaches Finn, mistaking him for a berry. Finn yells at him, and tells him that they need to get rid of their money, and that it's bad news. Jake says he has one last plan, and that it'll take all of their money. Sounds like a good time for a musical interlude! Sing along if you know the word!
"M-m-m-money. M-m-m-money. Money. Money. ...Money. Money. Money. M-m-m-money."
With that over, Finn and Jake burst into Wildberry Princess castle, bursting in on her in a room labelled "Decompressing" (ignoring a notice not to enter when the light is on), to find her— GAH!
WHAT THE WHAT?
I... I don't know what to— I don't— All right. Is this just— Are we? What? And Finn and Jake are just— and the slabs of meat are like— What? With the bathtub full of— "decompressing"? What is— I don't— I can't. I can't! I can't.
Jake offers Wildberry Princess a ton of money to let him take a little chair and sit on her head. Unfortunately, Wildberry Princess is already rich, and as such she's immune to Jake's one-percent-er powers. When Jake does it any way, Wildberry Princess loses it, and shouts for the guards to arrest Finn and Jake, and prep them for execution. Jake offers the guards money to not do that instead, but Wildberry Princess just orders them to outright take all of Finn and Jake's money. Oops.
Finn and Jake hang on the gallows, their execution is to be having their own molten gold poured over them, roasting them alive. This show is basically just Game of Thrones at this point, right? As the gold begins to flow toward them, an arrow hits the spigot, redirecting it directly over the corrupt guard who took Jake's bribes earlier in the episode. I feel mildly bad for him.
Who could it be, saving our heroes? Why, Robbing Hood, of course! Defender of the poor!
As Finn and Jake escape, Wildberry Princess calls after them, "if you ever return to the kingdom, I'll have you double dipped in gold! ...Unless I get a written apology."
Back at the tree house, Finn finds a coin they had missed earlier, picks it up, and flips it as they walk into their now empty treasure room, arguing about which one will write that apology. (Ancient Psychic Tandem War Elephant is actually still chilling on the lawn, so he'll probably move back in there eventually, right?)
In the words of Crow T. Robot, "We hope you enjoyed 'No Moral Theater'!"
It's a fun episode! Seeing more of Wildberry Kingdom, I really loved the designs there, though the meat stuff was more off-putting than I remember our glimpse of the kingdom being in "Jake Vs. Me-Mow." Not in a bad way though, in a weird, kinda creepy sort of way.
Also, man, I know Jake can be a real jerk, but Jake's a real jerk in this episode. Is Adventure Time just a Bender Bending Rodriguez origin story? Because Jake was at his most Bender this week. Like seriously, would Jake's actions this week have been at all out of place if Bender were doing them in an episode of Futurama? I'm just sayin'.
It's good to have a couple episodes breathing room after a lot of big stuff has been happening this season. I have to say, we're eight episodes in now, and this season is shaping up to be the best one yet. Five was stellar, don't get me wrong, but in a lot of ways five felt like it was building up to a lot of things, only some of which were delivered on ("Betty" and "Lemonhope"), but this season has already given us a ton of payoff on things like Finn's dad, his arm, the grass blade, and even his arm regrowing. And on top of that, I've really liked the filler episodes we have gotten so far, "Sad Face," "Food Chain," and this.
Keep it up, Adventure Time. Keep it up.
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