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"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 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 omelet 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 an arguing 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 and demands the omelet after he pressures him with the "customers is always right", while the waiter eventually gives in, much to Mordecai's annoyance. We then cut to an ambulance, where it is revealed that when Rigby tried to eat the omelet, he has a deadly allergic reaction to the eggs, causing him to be evacuated to a hospital.
Weakly, Rigby explained that he thought that by eating quickly, maybe the reaction wouldn't be so severe and asked if he won the hat, but Mordecai revealed that he didn't even come close to winning the challenge. 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, one of the medics pushes Mordecai back and frantically tells the driver to be faster since they're losing Rigby. Mordecai watches very worryingly at Rigby, whom the medic is now performing CPR on.
The rest of the park workers arrive at the hospital to see what happened to Rigby. In Rigby's hospital room, the doctor tells them that Rigby is in a coma due to the allergic reaction he had to the eggs. To make matters worse, the doctor then says that due to the large amount of eggs that 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 chastises 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, which left everyone in bewilderment.
In the restaurant, Mordecai finds out that the hat is not for sale. Despite understanding why and being sympathetic to what happened to Rigby, the waiter refuses and tells him that he can't give him the hat as it's against the restaurant's policy. So in order to win the hat, Mordecai attempts the challenge but fails to finish in time. He begs the waiter for the hat, but to a no avail. Furious, Mordecai smashed the plate against the wall and leaves while the waiter just looks on in sympathy.
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 stupid to say something like that, and should not have been taken seriously. However, Mordecai is still unconvinced and angry.
In order to encourage him, Benson tells him there may be a way to win the hat and Skips then explains that he knew a man called Johnathan Kimble, who used to work at the park a few years before they were hired. Johnathan, like Rigby, was obsessed with the hat, but every time he tried, he failed but kept trying day after day and night after night. In the meantime, Johnathan kept a journal and kept track of every advantage he could find in the challenge. Eventually, he 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 cut the eggs into four chucks.
Skips said that Johnathan was never seen again after that and because no one went with him to the restaurant, nobody knows what happened to him. Benson holds up the journal and explains that Jonathan seems to have figured out how to finish the omelet. 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 omelet.
The Waiter wishes him good luck. But when Mordecai crushes the biscuits into the glass of water and stirs, the waiter realizes that he learned from Jonathan Kimble. He attempts to stop him, until Benson, Skips, Hi Five Ghost, and Muscle Man protect him. The waiter than calls the rest of the staff and asks them to step aside. When they refuse, they get into a fight.
As Mordecai is eating the omelet, 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 the worried waiter.
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. 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 revealed 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.
- Mordecai punches Benson in the face.
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.