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"A Regular Epic Final Battle" is the three part special and the twenty-seventh episode in Season 8 (and two hundred and forty-fourth and final episode overall), it serves as the series finale of Regular Show. It first aired on January 16, 2017.

It is composed of 3 segments, "Part 1", "Part 2", and the final standalone part 3, titled "The Power".

Synopsis

Part 1: An epic final battle begins. 

Part 2: An epic final battle continues. 

The Power: An epic final battle comes to its dramatic conclusion, and the fate of the universe is decided. 

Plot

A Regular Epic Final Battle Part 1:

The park crew arrives at Lolliland, the birthplace of Pops and Anti-Pops. THey meet a group of Lolliland natives: Frivola-Kranus, Quadravi-Kranus and Weird Mushroom Guy. The natives explain Pops and Anti-Pops are really named Mega-Kranus and Malum-Kranus, respectively. The natives show the park crew ancient tapestries of the previous battles between Pops and anti-Pops, which detail prior incarnations of the park crew fighting alongside Pops.

Knowing that all of the prior battles have ended in a stalemate (resulting in the universe resetting), Mordecai comes up with the plan of setting traps for anti-Pops to give Pops an upper hand which he didn't have in previous battles.

After anti-Pops arrives in an Uber-like taxi, Pops tries to convince him not to fight due to them being brothers. anti-Pops refuses, and attacks Pops, but is caught in the traps laid by the park crew. The victory is short-lived however, as anti-Pops easily escapes the traps.

A Regular Epic Final Battle Part 2: 

To ensure the survival of his friends, Pops makes a deal with anti-Pops: whoever lands the first blow in battle gets to decide the fate of the universe. Pops successfully injures Anti-Pops, but Anti-Pops breaks the deal and continues the fight. Meanwhile, the park crew, HD DVD, Blu-ray, the Baby Ducks, Toothpick Sally, Recap Robot, Chance Sureshot (whose prior "death" is revealed to be that of a clone), the Guardians of Eternal Youth, Gary, Carter and Briggs, Party Horse 42699, and the Guardian of Lolliland fight against Anti-Pops's minions and Streaming Modem and defeat them.

However, Anti-Pops unlocks his full power and begins erasing Lolliland. The erasing of all of Pops's allies and friends (with the exception of Mordecai and Rigby) causes him to unlock his own full power. Mordecai and Rigby watch in awe as the two brothers' punches collide, obliterating the entire universe and resetting time.

The Power: After the events of Part 2

The episode begins the same way as the first episode of the series, titled with the same name. After the "fight" with Beef Burrito, Rigby gets a sense of deja vu and remembers all past events from the show. Mordecai doubts that Rigby can see into the future, so Rigby proves it by bringing him outside and digging up the futuristic Blu-Ray boxset containing six years worth of memories, which they buried just before Pops' battle. Although still doubtful, Mordecai remembers the events of the entire series simply by touching the boxset.

Looking around, Mordecai sees that Benson and Pops aren't where they are supposed to be when they made their first appearances in the series, with white silhouettes in their spots. He and Rigby realize that their interference when Pops and Anti-Pops collided their fists caused the time stream to not properly reset, trapping them in a glitch in time. Figuring that they still have a chance to help Pops and save the universe, they use their magical keyboard to escape and get back to their proper place and time and witness the fight of Pops versus Anti-Pops. 

Pops is knocked back to a space in time and he finds himself in The Naive Man from Lolliland short. He escapes and dodges giant letters that form Regular Show in the background (alluding to the opening title seen in every episode). He tries to save Rigby but is knocked back by a giant swarm of Adhesive Notes, as Mordecai's space is turned into a storyboard, and Rigby is made of the Adhesive Notes as well. Anti-Pops describes this as describes as "the fabric of reality [] unravelling". To save Mordecai and Rigby from another blow from Anti-Pops, Pops launches himself into his brother, hugging him, which prevents him from attacking.

Anti-Pops promises the minute Pops lets go he will "blast him into nothing". Pops explains he knows this, so he won't let go. Pops sends himself and Anti-Pops straight toward the Sun. As Mordecai and Rigby watch in awe and sadness, Pops telepathically comforts them and wishes them well. 

Anti-Pops reflects on his horrible actions, and realizes they were all for naught. Pops comforts his brother and the two reconcile, and accept their fate. Both at peace, they are obliterated by the star. A giant super-nova forms and Mordecai and Rigby are sent back to reality. Instantly, the universe and those who were destroyed by Anti-Pops are restored to their rightful place.

After 3 years in space, the park crew lands the dome back on Earth. Mordecai, Rigby, and the others exit the dome to see hundreds of people, as well as the media, who have all come to welcome them back as heroes. Their relatives and friends run through the crowd to reunite with them. Mordecai embraces his parents and Rigby reunites with his mother, father (who is extremely proud of him), and Don. Muscle Man's wife Starla hugs him and introduces him to their young daughter (who was born while he was in space) which causes Muscle Man to cry tears of joy. Skips reunites with Techmo, Margaret with Eileen, Hi-Five Ghost with Celia, and Benson with his pig Apple Sauce, respectively. Rigby suddenly kisses Eileen for the first time on screen. In spite of the celebration, Mordecai is quick to notice Mr. Maellard looking at the stars and crying. Mordecai realizes he is mourning his son, and is saddened.

A statue of Pops is built on the park grounds. Benson leaves flowers on the statue, while the rest of the park crew and Mr. Maellard grieve in silence. "He Chased Butterflies. He Loved to Laugh. He Saved the Universe. He Was Our Friend. Pops Maellard" is written on a plate on the statue.

Mordecai and Rigby (with Eileen) part ways after six years of working together in the park. They hug and drive to their new homes. Mordecai becomes an artist, making abstract paintings (some of which look like C.J. and Margaret, with one having a resemblance to Mordecai and Rigby). Rigby, now visibly older with a mustache, is seen teaching one of his two young daughters how to play video games with Eileen in their new home. Benson and Pam get back together, and greet a new generation of park workers, along with Skips, who is still happily working as the park groundskeeper (although he has ditched his trademark jeans for jean shorts). Muscle Man and Starla are shown to have six children.  Hi-Five Ghost and Celia are successful DJs and are seen performing at a packed concert in Prague, and later marry and have a son.  While signing autographs at his highly successful art exhibition, Mordecai bumps into another artist signing autographs, a bat-like girl named Stef, who he eventually marries and starts a family with. 

25 years after returning from space, all of the park workers and their families come to a reunion at the Park. The former park crew erects a statute of the now-passed away Mr. Maellard right next to Pop's statue. Everyone gathers in front of the two statues for a picture. Later at night, Mordecai and Rigby sit down on the steps of the house to have some sodas and reminisce. Mordecai wishes Pops was alive to see what has happened the last 25 years, but Rigby reminds him that they wouldn't have all of this if it wasn't for Pops's sacrifice. Then, they leave to go play their old video games that are in the shed ("for old cart's sake"), but not before they shout their beloved catchphrases for the first time after 25 years ("Hmm hmm" and "OOOOHHHHH"), and then laughing, as Mordecai says "I can't believe we used to do that."

The Park Crew and their families at the 25-year park reunion

The camera slowly pans out from the house, as the park crew and their families are seen celebrating and having fun, until a Hanatronic TV in what appears to be an afterlife is seen, where a tape titled "Regular Show" ejects from a VHS player. Then, Pops (offscreen) is heard happily sighing, knowing his dear friends are moving on with their lives now that the universe is saved. He says "Jolly Good Show", his well-known catchphrase, as the screen fades to black and the episode, as well as the series itself, officially concludes.

Characters

Part 1 Credits

Part 2 & 3 Credits

Part 2 & 3 Credits (cont.)

Flashbacks

Trivia

Episode Notes

  • This is the final Regular Show episode.
  • It was revealed that both Mordecai and Rigby are not being fired, after Rigby remembered.
  • It is revealed that by the time of this episode, the Park Dome has been in space for three years.
  • After Anti-pops survives the traps, Mordecai thinks of all the enemies they might have killed in the past (possibly remorsefully), but Rigby believes that they are all fine.
  • In the final montage, Mordecai is seen with three paintings, resembling CJ, Margaret, and Rigby.

Episode Connections

  • The opening scene of the segment of the series is the first minute of The Power, the very first episode aired, excluding the pilot episode in 2009. A brief segment of The Naive Man from Lolliland is likewise seen during the final battle, as it was the first cartoon short JG Quintel made all the way back in 2005.
  • Several items from past episodes can be seen in Mordecai's car truck as he prepares to leave the park, such as:
  • Rigby's trampoline, which he slept on throughout the series, can be seen in the back of Eileen's car when she and Rigby say goodbye to Mordecai.

Production Notes

  • Mordecai's wife, the female bat, was never given a name. During an AMA on Reddit with Matt Price and Calvin Wong, Matt gave her the name "Stef" because "JG loves Goonies so I'm going to say her name is Stef".[1]
  • Rigby and Eileen's children were never given names.[2]
  • Although Thomas was supposed to appear in the episode, the writers decided against it, seeing as the Thomas arc had officially ended on a good note. This makes Thomas one of the only characters not appearing in the finale. His last official appearance was during the Season 7 finale, Rigby's Graduation Day Special, having a brief cameo as he watched the dome launch into space.
  • Matt Price explained why Mordecai didn't end up with Margaret or CJ:
    • "We felt like the Margaret / CJ story was complete, and they were both on their own path already. We also felt like Mordecai had moved on in his life. He finally left the park to pursue art, and we thought it'd be cool if he met someone while doing that. But we love Margaret and C.J., and we're sure that they're happy without Mordecai! He was too wishy-washy with them!!"[3]
      • He also revealed what happened to Margaret and CJ in the future: " I imagine that Margaret has advanced in the new world, and she's currently traveling the world reporting on global events that finally get her out of town. She's definitely still friends with Eileen and keeps up with Mordecai. They still laugh about how weird their brief relationship was. C.J. moved on to play professional dodgeball, but she doesn't talk to any of them anymore."

Pop Culture References

  • The song played during the montage at the end is the 1977 song, "Heroes" by David Bowie, who passed away over a year before this episode was aired.
  • The colors of one of the new park employees (the grey/pink hedgehog) resembles Boots the Monkey from the Nick Jr. TV Series Dora The Explorer, as well as resembling Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • The Lolliland anthem slightly resembles the Christmas carol "Oh Christmas Tree".
  • In Part 1, Anti-Pops orders his ship to move to warp-10, a loose reference to Star Trek's famous 'warp-factor nine.'
  • The app Anti-Pops uses to get to Lolliland is a reference to the app Uber.
  • In the first part of the series finale, there are prophetic tapestries that appear that have script displayed on them which bear a very strong resemblance to Digimoji from the franchise Digimon.

Goofs

  • In Part 1, during the scene where the Park Dome fires at Anti-Pops, Muscle Man isn't seen with the other park crew.
  • Colonel Rawls is credited, along with his voice actor, but neither made an actual appearance.

References

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