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"Kill 'Em with Kindness" is the twenty-fourth episode in Season 8 (and two hundred and fourth-first overall) of Regular Show. It aired on January 14, 2017.

Synopsis

Pops still does not want to fight. Instead he'd rather make friends.

Plot

In the dome park, Earl is excited about Pops finished his training and he dared everyone to try to hurt Pops but he used his new powers exceptionally against their attacks, then Earl give everyone a presentation of their next objective which is going to Planet Neilsen and seek the seer, who will tell them where the final battle shall be, but even Pops is ready to fight his brother, he doesn't want to because of his good will and nature, everyone tried to convince him that Anti-Pops won't stop at anything to destroy the universe, but he still wanted to confront him peacefully.

Later, Pops telepathically talked to Anti-Pops to know him better and be friends, Anti-Pops took this chance to fool Pops into meeting each other in a secret location so he can kill him before their epic battle, and Anti-Pops invited him to an arcade planet, then Pops told everyone his plan of becoming friends with his brother, but everyone were exceptional of it and warned Pops of Anti-Pops setting him a trap. Even with the warning, Pops was secretly baking a cake for Anti-Pops, Mordecai and Rigby looked him baking and Rigby told him that even he wants to make amends, Anti-Pops is like a video game boss that cannot be reasoned with, and they will support him whatever happens.

The next morning, Pops left to see Anti-Pops and become friends, once they meet, Anti-Pops asked him to meet in a room with broken consoles, there Pops offered his cake to make him feel better but Anti-Pops spattered the cake and shown his true colors that he hates the universe and everyone in it, Pops then thinks he wants a hug but Anti-Pops knock him out, Pops tried to escape but Anti-Pops blocked the exit and almost crushed him, then he tell Anti-Pops they don't have to fight, but Anti-Pops responds that he wants to, he proves it vaporizing a console, but Pops fix another console to convince him that together they can make the universe better, Anti-Pops sees that Pops still doesn't get his nefarious motives and vaporizes the room with Pops in it and try to kill him, that proves Pops that his brother is an unreasonable maniac and everyone were right about destroying him, Pops was going to punch him but got overwhelmed, Anti-Pops was going for the final blow but Pops was rescued in last minute and Skips dragged Pops out of the arcade before Anti-Pops vaporize it, Earl sacrifized himself to buy them time, Pops was very weak and they blasted to Planet Neilsen.

Characters

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Trivia

  • Pops has fully mastered his powers.
  • It is revealed that Pops has no desire to fight Anti-Pops.
  • Anti-Pops wipes out Earl, after he sacrifices himself to save Pops.

Episode Connections

Pop Culture/Cultural References

  • When Rigby mentions beating bad guys stepping on their heads or punching them in the gut, he might be referring to stepping on goombas from Mario Bros. and punching King Hippo from Punch-Out, also mentioning every enemy they fought and directly or indirectly killed.
  • The title of this episode is a direct reference to the idiom of the same name as well as a loose reference to the 2016 song of the same name by American singer Selena Gomez from her 2015 sophomore album Revival.

Productions Notes

  • This is the first Regular Show episode to air in 2017.
  • It was made available on The Cartoon Network app on October 15, 2016.
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