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"Dead at Eight" is the twenty-seventh episode in Season 3 (and sixty-seventh episode overall) of Regular Show. It first aired on May 28, 2012.
Muscle Man's soul is put on the line when Mordecai and Rigby must babysit Death's child, Thomas, to save his life.
Muscle Man has been building a water slide for six weeks, while Mordecai and Rigby watch him. Mordecai and Rigby want Muscle Man to go down the slide already, but Muscle Man refuses to go, saying it isn't ready yet. After a bunch of teasing, Muscle Man agrees to go. It starts good at first, but then the support beams of launch ramp he was building collapses, so he ends up hitting his trailer and flies into a tree, hitting many branches, and finally landing on his car. Muscle Man is in really bad shape, but claims he is all right, but suddenly Death shows up on his motorcycle. Death tries to claim Muscle Man's soul since this counts as his death, but Mordecai and Rigby refuse to let him, saying that they will do anything. Death agrees to the duo's bargain, and says he will spare Muscle Man's soul if they agree to babysit his kid while he and his wife go out to dinner for their anniversary.
The duo agree to babysit Death's kid, but then Death puts Muscle Man inside a small amulet that is held by Mordecai and Rigby. The group goes to Death's Manor where they meet his four-armed wife and his baby son Thomas. The couple tells Mordecai and Rigby to have Thomas in bed by the time they get home, but if they fail, Death will have Muscle Man's soul. They try to put Thomas to bed already, but Thomas reveals his intellect that he keeps secret from his parents and says that he will not go to sleep unless they play with him. However, playtime ends up insane when Thomas rips apart his dolls, shoots darts toy at Mordecai and Rigby, and almost sets the house on fire.
After playtime, they try to get Thomas to go to sleep again, but he refuses to sleep unless he eats. Mordecai tries to give him a glass of warm milk, but Thomas refuses to drink it and instead eats up an entire jar of cookies and a bag of sugar, which makes him go hyper and destroy some of the kitchen. Soon enough, he disappears and they go looking for him. They find him in the library where he asks them to read him a story. He has Mordecai and Rigby read him a story called the The Hungry, Hungry Soul-Sucking Death Worm. At the end of the story, Thomas has Mordecai and Rigby pull the last picture tab in the book, where the Soul-Sucking Death Worm from the book comes to life.
The worm wants to eat a soul and won't go back into the book unless it does so. Mordecai and Rigby try to prevent this, but Thomas wants to feed the worm Muscle Man's soul and tries to throw the amulet containing it to the worm, but fails. The worm destroys much of the house and eventually Mordecai and Rigby manage to trick the worm into going back to the book. After the trouble has ended, they try to put Thomas to bed yet again, but Death and his wife have already come home. However, a chandelier drops and lands on Thomas, knocking him out, before they get to the front door.
Death and his wife soon come in and are aghast to find their house wrecked, but are glad that Thomas is asleep. Death thanks Mordecai and Rigby for watching Thomas, and releases Muscle Man from the soul amulet. Death then tells them they shouldn't think that he will spare their souls next time, because Muscle Man will soon get himself killed at a hot dog eating contest. Afterwards, the trio try to wonder how they will get home.
- Death makes a reappearance since his appearances in "Over the Top" and "Skips Strikes."
- There is a sequel to this episode in Season Five, named "Play Date".
- The end of this episode foreshadows the events of "Last Meal."
- This episode received a TV-Y7-FV rating when it first aired, instead of its actual classified TV-PG-V rating.
- Muscle Man's line "You get up there and put that kid to bed or I'll haunt you turds for the rest of your lives" was changed to "You get up there and put that plank to bed or I'll haunt you planks for the rest of your lives".