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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, which is currently being played by the same kids who ran them over. Margaret gives the kids free donuts as a show of respect. Mordecai gets the idea that achieving the high score on the game is what can earn him and Rigby respect, so they challenge the kids' high score of 700,000, only to be so poor at the game that they get a negative score. Mordecai and Rigby decide to play the game more and more in order to improve in their effort to gain respect. A named Jack Farley walks in and challenges them to a Broken Bonez game, but loses. As a show of respect, 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 some donuts as a reward for winning), although they still can't quite beat the two kids. One fateful day, however, the kids return to challenge them yet again, but this time they lose. To their amazement, Mordecai and Rigby also happen to be coming close to beating the world record, which is said to be held by someone named "G.B.F." Mordecai and Rigby break the world record to the amazement of everyone, but suddenly, a giant, disembodied floating bearded head suddenly enters the Coffee Shop. The floating head introduces himself as G.B.F. - short for Garrett Bobby Ferguson - the holder of the now-broken world record. G.B.F. says it's not a big deal that his score was beaten - as the world record isn't nearly as big a deal as the universe record high score on Broken Bonez - which is merely one point more than the world record - a record he still holds. Mordecai and Rigby decide to challenge G.B.F. to try and beat the universe record high score. G.B.F. accepts, then sprouts arms and legs, approaches the machine, and the battle for the universe record begins.
Despite his best efforts, G.B.F. falls behind, with Mordecai and Rigby getting closer and closer to the universal high score. G.B.F. breaks down and begs them not to break it, stating that Broken Bonez is his life, and his wife left him because he spent so much of his life playing the game. Now knowing that the universe record is all G.B.F. has to live for, Mordecai and Rigby, despite wanting to win, choose to throw the game, knowing that to get respect, they have to do the right thing and back away from the machine; however, in response, G.B.F. almost immediately gets in front of the arcade machine and continues to play the game himself, to Mordecai and Rigby's disbelief. He reveals that he lied and tricked them into throwing the game solely so he he can defend his score; he claims that gaming is merely a hobby of his, and that he doesn't even have a wife. Rigby objects and calls out his trickery as cheating, but G.B.F. simply insists that the universe's rules are that there aren't any rules. The crowd boos him, but he simply rebukes them. Mordecai and Rigby, now knowing that there are no rules, decide to use this to their advantage and begin to skewer G.B.F.'s concentration, and the crowd joins in, and G.B.F. ends up losing the game. However, he simply laughs it off, still insisting that he's beaten their score and taken their title.
However, Jack Farley suddenly points out that the game is still going. Mordecai and Rigby run to the machine and continue to play, bent on beating the universe record. G.B.F. tries to sabotage them and keep them away from the machine, but Mordecai and Rigby are persistent and continue to play. Rigby bites G.B.F. on the leg and Mordecai kicks him in the chin, keeping him distracted long enough for them to successfully beat the universe record. G.B.F. cries out in disbelief and rage, before exploding into goo, covering everyone in the Coffee Shop in said goo. Everyone cheers for Mordecai and Rigby.
Benson happens to be in the crowd, also covered in goo. He says that he thought about what then two of them had earlier said to him in regards to hard work and higher pay, and has decided to bring them their checks. However, he says he's taken it back after what had just happened, tearing up the checks. He says that if they want to waste their life playing video games, then he respects their decision, but angrily warns them to never do so on his time ever again. As Benson storms off, Mordecai states that he respects Benson's decision, to which Rigby agrees.
- Skips (mentioned)
- Garrett Bobby Ferguson
- Benson (cameo)
- Jack Farley
- Young Gamers
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."(Also said by Jack Farley) 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 generated a lawsuit against Cartoon Network by Billy Mitchell due to GBF baring a small resemblance and demeanor to Mitchell himself. The lawsuit was ineffective as a Judge ruled in favor of CN stating that “The television character does not match the plaintiff in appearance"