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"Eggscellent" is the eighteenth episode in Season 3 (and fifty-seventh episode overall) of Regular Show. It first aired on February 27, 2012.
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 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. Seeing that Rigby is slowly dying, medic pushes Mordecai and frantically tells the driver to be faster since they're losing Rigby. Mordecai watches very worryingly at Rigby, who has been used CPR by medic.
The rest of the park workers arrive at the hospital to see what happened to Rigby. The doctor tells them that Rigby is in a coma due to the allergic reaction he had to the eggs. To make matters worse, he then says that due to the large amount of eggs he has consumed, there's a strong possibility that Rigby will never wake up again and the only thing to do is wait to see what happens. Once he leaves the room, Benson ridicules Mordecai, stating that they brought the problems on himself and that it wouldn't have ended like this if he and Rigby worked. Enraged, Mordecai strikes Benson in the face and precedes to attack him before Muscle Man and Skips attempts to break up the fight. Benson, who surprisingly didn't fight back, persuades him to calm down, as fighting wouldn't solve anything. Still, Mordecai is mad at Benson for making it as 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. Mordecai then angrily storms off the hospital room and goes back to the restaurant.
In the restaurant, Mordecai 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 come in. Benson apologizes for what he said earlier saying that it was insensitive to say something like that, and should not have been taken seriously. However, Mordecai is still unconvinced and angered. In order to encourage him, 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. Mordecai becomes confused by this and asks.
Suddenly, Mordecai teleports to a mysterious room filled with hats, then the elderly man with knight armor, named Eggscellent Knight appears to him and tells him that Mordecai had entered the final challenge, and asks 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, who picked up crown, which is incorrect choice (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). Mordecai looks at Jonathan Kimble's corpse one last time, before he walks away and sees the collection in deciding which hat to pick. As Mordecai chooses, he remembers Rigby talking about a trucker hat that was in the commercial they saw. Mordecai sees a hat that resembles what Rigby was talking about and puts it on, and he didn't die, much to Mordecai's surprise. The knight then tells him that he chose right, and Mordecai teleports back to the restaurant. Once Mordecai is teleported back to his right place, the knight opens the closet, revealing the whole collection of trucker hats. So he picks up one hat and places it on where Mordecai have chosen it.
Back at the hospital, when Mordecai puts the hat on Rigby, he wakes up from his coma and thanks to him but sees a TV commercial that shows a two person eating challenge based on steak and eggs. When Rigby wants to do it (so long as Mordecai takes care of the eggs), Benson jokingly wonders if taking the hat off will make him go back into a coma, Mordecai says there's only one way to find out. The episode ends with everyone walking towards Rigby to take off the hat, much to Rigby's horror.
- Muscle Man
- Hi Five Ghost
- Eggscellent Waiter
- Johnathan Kimble
- Eggscellent Workers
- Eggscellent Chef
- Eggscellent Knight
- This is the debut of the "I'm Eggscellent" trucker hat.
- The Eggscellent Knight makes his first appearance in this episode.
- Rigby is reveled to be allergic to eggs.
- J. G. Quintel based this episode off a similar challenge at a restaurant called Broken Yolk, cafe in San Diego, California.
- Several members of the cast (including the creator J.G Quintel) consider this to be one of their favorite episodes.
- The episode won an Emmy for Short-Format Animated Program, beating episodes of Adventure Time, MAD, Robot Chicken and Phineas and Ferb.
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.
- Rigby is revealed to be allergic to eggs. Despite this, in his "In the House" story in "Terror Tales of the Park" he has no allergic reaction from eating raw eggs. This happens in other episodes as well.