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|Season 3, Episode 17|
|Premiere date:|| February 27, 2012 (USA)
September 24, 2012 (UK)
|Directed by:||Mike Roth|
"Eggscellent" is the seventeenth episode in Season 3 (and fifty-seventh episode overall) of Regular Show. It first aired on February 27, 2012.
The episode won an Emmy for Short-Format Animated Program, beating out episodes of Adventure Time, MAD, Robot Chicken and Phineas and Ferb.
The episode begins as Mordecai and Rigby are watching an action TV show in which the actor flips the car (Mordecai complains that he flips a car in every episode like, "Hey bus full of grade schoolers, learn this. [crashing noises]."). Just then, Benson comes in and tells them that they need to get back to work. As Mordecai is about to turn off the TV, a commercial promoting an eating challenge pops up. It says that whoever can finish the restaurant's 12-egg omelette will win a trucker hat with the words, "I'm Eggscellent" on it. Rigby becomes obsessed with the hat, and tells Mordecai it is a neat hat, but Mordecai thinks that nobody wears them and that it is lame. After a humorous conversation, Rigby convinced Mordecai to go to the restaurant with him to try and win the hat.
At the restaurant, when the waiter comes to take Rigby's order, he asks for the Eggscellent Challenge. The waiter strongly advises for him to choose something else, but Rigby is too stubborn to change his mind. When Rigby tries to eat the eggs, he has a deadly allergic reaction to them, causing Rigby to be evacuated by an ambulance to a hospital. Before Rigby loses consciousness, Mordecai promises that he will win the hat for Rigby. Rigby then says his last words before he goes unconscious. Mordecai, worried that his friend may be dying, shakes him to keep him awake, but to no avail, and all the park workers arrive at the hospital to see what happened to Rigby. It is revealed that Rigby is in a coma due to the allergic reaction he had to the eggs. The doctor then unfortunately says that the only thing to do is wait to see what happens. Once he leaves the room, Benson blames Mordecai for not going back to work as the reason for Rigby falling into a coma. Enraged, Mordecai punches Benson in the face and precedes to attack him before Muscle Man and Skips intervene. Mordecai is mad at Benson for making it out like their jobs matter more than somebody's life. Mordecai then tells Benson that he doesn't really have any friends, and that everybody only hangs out with him because he's their boss.
After this, Mordecai goes back to the restaurant, but finds out that the hat is not for sale. So in order to win the hat, Mordecai attempts the challenge, but fails to finish in time. Back at the hospital, while Mordecai is weeping to Rigby, then Skips and Benson comes in. Benson apologize for what he said earlier saying that it was stupid to say something like that, and didn't mean it but Mordecai is still mad at him. Then, Benson holds up a journal and Skips says that the journal belongs to a man called Johnathan Kimble who used to work at the park a few years before they were hired. Johnathan, like Rigby, really wanted that hat, but every time he tried, he failed. Eventually, Johnathan came up with a way to win the challenge.
He tried to explain this to everybody, but they walked away. His method was to crumble the biscuits and put them in the water and to crush the eggs. Skips said that Johnathan was never seen again after that. After that, Mordecai trains to do the Eggscellent Challenge. He and the park workers go to the restaurant to try the challenge. Mordecai apologizes to Benson for saying he doesn't have friends and said even though he can be a jerk sometimes, he's still a good friend. At the restaurant, the same waiter serves Mordecai, but tells him not to do the challenge. Mordecai refuses, and the waiter is forced to give him the omelette.
But when the waiter realizes that he is doing really good, he attempts to stop him, until Benson, Skips, Hi Five Ghost, and Muscle Man protect him. As Mordecai is eating the omelette, the Park Workers are protecting him from the restaurant staff. When the timer ends, the waiter discovers that he finished under an hour. The waiter, horrified, tells him that he was trying to protect him. Suddenly, Mordecai teleports to a mysterious room filled with hats, then the Eggscellent Knight appears to him and tells him to pick the right hat in order to win the challenge. Then he warns not to choose wrong or he will die, just like Johnathan Kimble, who is a skeleton sitting in the corner (parodying the finale of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, in which the title character has to find the Holy Grail out of a variety of chalices and drink from it, or select the wrong cup, drink from it, and age to dust). As Mordecai is deciding which hat to pick, he remembers Rigby talking about a trucker hat that was in the commercial they saw. Morcedai sees a hat that resembles what Rigby was talking about, and puts it on. The knight then tells him that he chose right, and Mordecai teleports back to the restaurant.
Back at the hospital, when Mordecai puts the hat on Rigby, he wakes up from his coma and thanks him, but sees a TV commercial that shows an eating challenge based on steak. When Rigby wants to do it, Benson wonders if taking the hat off will make him go back into a coma, Mordecai says theirs only one way to find out, and Rigby says "No!" while everyone walked towards him, ending the episode.
- This is the debut of the "I'm Eggscellent" trucker hat.
- It is also the debut of the recurring character, The Eggscellent Knight.
- J. G. Quintel based this episode off a similar challenge at restaurant called Broken Yolk, a cafe in San Diego, California.
Pop Culture References
- Bonnie Tyler's "Holding Out for a Hero" plays during Mordecai's training montage.
- The second part of the Eggscellent Challenge is based on the Holy Grail Scene from "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade".
- When the Eggscellent Waiter sets the timer down, a gold watch (that was never seen before) appears in that shot. It never appears in any of the other shots of the waiter's arm.
- While Mordecai is attempting the Eggscellent Challenge the second time, there is a part where Muscle Man has a brunette waiter in a headlock while a redheaded waiter runs to Mordecai, but in the next frame, the brunette waiter is the one approaching Mordecai.
- When Mordecai is choosing from the hats, he only remembers Rigby's description of the hat, despite having actually seen an image of it earlier on a commercial.