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|Season 2, Episode 7|
|Premiere date:|| February 7, 2011 (USA)
May 30, 2011 (UK)
|Directed by:||Mike Roth|
"Rage Against the TV"
"High Score" is the seventh episode in Season 2 (and nineteenth episode overall) of Regular Show. It first aired on February 7, 2011.
Mordecai and Rigby decide to earn respect by beating the world record on an arcade game. Once they do, they must face off against the game's champion, Garrett Bobby Ferguson.
Mordecai and Rigby are raking the leaves when Benson gives them their pay. They are mad because Benson always gives their money in resealable plastic bags filled with random bills and coins instead of a normal check (then the two compare their payment to Skips). They also say they deserve more respect, Benson says that they need to actually work hard if they want proper money and he drives off in the cart. Mordecai gets annoyed and decides that he needs to get out of the park for a break.
As Mordecai and Rigby walk down the street, they get run over by two kids on their skateboards. As they get to The Coffee Shop, they agree that in order to get respect, they need to be good at things. Just then, they see people crowding an arcade game called Broken Bonez, being played by the same kids who ran them over. Then Margaret gives the kids free food. Mordecai thought that this is how they could earn respect Mordecai then challenges their high score of 700,000 but instead, he and Rigby get negative points. Mordecai and Rigby decide to play the game more and more in order to get respect; then, a man named Jack Farley, comes to them to try to beat them in the game, but loses. He gives a card to Mordecai and Rigby stating "Jack Farley thinks you're awesome."
Mordecai and Rigby are determined to gain respect now more than ever, and they dominate everybody on Broken Bonez, earning respect in the process (even receiving doughnuts as a reward for winning). Then the kids come and they start playing them, after beating the kids they beat the world record, then a giant head called G.B.F. comes and says it isn't anything important like the Universe Record. They decide to challenge G.B.F (short for Gareth Bobby Ferguson).
Despite his great effort, Mordecai and Rigby are close to the high score, but G.B.F. begs them not to break it, stating that Broken Bonez is his life and his wife left him because of it, so despite wanting to win, they know that to get respect, they have to do the right thing; however, G.B.F. reveals that he lied and he does not even have a wife and that the game is just a hobby of his. Mordecai and Rigby then skewer G.B.F.'s concentration (considering that there aren't any rules), along with the crowd. He had already beaten Mordecai and Rigby's score so it looked like they were finished, until Jack Farley points out that the game is still on. Mordecai and Rigby play while being sabotaged, then beat up G.B.F, such as biting his leg and kicking his chin. Whilst celebrating victory, Mordecai, Rigby, and the crowd witness G.B.F. exploding into goo.
Benson happens to be in the crowd, also covered in brain goo. He had decided he was being mean and brought them their checks but he thens ripped them up and says if they want to spend their life playing video games, then he respects that.
- Garrett Bobby Ferguson
- Jack Farley
- Young Gamers
- Skips (mentioned)
- Yuri Lowenthal guest stars for this episode only.
- Skips, Pops, Muscle Man and High Five Ghost are not featured in this episode.
Pop Culture References
- The song used in the episode is "Hangin' Tough" by the American boy band New Kids on the Block.
- When Mordecai says "Some? What do you mean some?" It's a reference from the 1989 movie "The Wizard", when Corey (Jimmy's elder brother) says "You got some skill." to the businessmen playing with the arcade machine.
- The arcade game featured in this episode, Broken Bonez, appears to be based on the classic NES game, Excitebike and/or Mach Rider.
- Garrett Bobby Ferguson is based on Billy Mitchell, a man well known for having the highest score possible in the arcade game, Pac-Man.
- Billy Mitchell is portrayed in a similar manner in the film, King of Kong
- Ironically as of 2018, Billy Mitchell has had his records removed after it was discovered he cheated to achieve his Donkey Kong score.
- This episode foreshadowes a future episode.