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"2 in the AM PM"
Short #2
2 in the AM PM short
Premiere date: 2006
Directed by: J.G. Quintel
Written &
storyboarded by:
Episode guide
"The Naive Man from Lolliland"

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. This is the first work of Quintel to be very inappropriate, varying from strong language to sexual themes.


The short film begins with two clerks, resembling J.G. Quintel and Sam Marin, working at the gas station at 2:00 AM. The shorter clerk, voiced by Sam Marin, comes off as having a negative personality, muttering 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. Quintel convinces Sam that he should have some candy since today is Halloween. Not wanting to do so at first, Sam eventually obliges.

While eating the candy, Sam notices something is off with it, noting the taste. Quintel nonchalantly tells him that it was because he put drugs in it, specifically marijuana. Upon hearing that, Sam briefly freaks out over it. However, Quintel admits it wasn't really marijuana he put in, but actually acid, which infuriates Sam even further. He soon eventually accepts that he must ride it out, per Quintel's suggestion.

At the same time Sam asks when the acid is supposed to kick in, he immediately morph into a gumball machine very similar to Benson. As the short progresses, Quintel and Sam turn into various characters such as Benson, a fly, Pops, a balloon, dolphins, a polar bear, and Mordecai. While Sam is worried that they can't help people while they're tripping, Quintel reassures him that nobody would come since this late at night.

All of a sudden, the sound of a gas station bell is heard, indicating a car has arrived. Sam and Quintel 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. Sam once again freaks out, not knowing what to do. But Quintel tells Sam 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 Sam and Quintel 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 Quintel asks Sam if he could hear "it", to which he panics about. But much to his disgust, Quintel farts, revealing that he was just pranking him. Sam, completely fed up, flatly states to him "I fucking hate you." Only for Quintel to reply "Aw, come on, it's supposed to be fun!"

Character Appearances



  • This short contains more of a focus on still frames with less full animation.
  • This is the first known work by J.G. Quintel to contain humor based on sexual themes and explicit language.
  • The scene where the police officer flew through the glass doors of the gas station was reused for the episode "Benson Be Gone" where Susan, Benson's replacement, flies out of the house. This was confirmed on Calvin Wong's Formspring.
  • The transformations used in this short are speculated to be reused in "Temp Check" when Doug transforms into Rigby.
  • When J.G. 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 gone.


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    • It would be a funny nod to the short if they had Mordecai and Benson for some reason go into a convenience store. After they leave: Cler...
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