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"Rage Against the TV" is the eighth episode in Season Two (and the twentieth episode overall) of Regular Show. It first aired on February 14, 2011.


After the old TV breaks down, Mordecai and Rigby go looking for another TV to beat a seemingly impossible boss on a video game.


Mordecai and Rigby are playing a new side-scrolling beat 'em up game in which a heroic duo have to try and stop a villainous gang. After fighting past a tough enemy, they face the final boss: The Hammer. He is powerful enough to take off one of Mordecai and Rigby's lives with a single punch, and things look hopeless until the duo discover his weakness, which is being hit with furniture. Just as they're about to win, the TV goes black, and the picture only returns when Mordecai thumps the TV. Rigby tries beating the Hammer solo, but he struggles doing so, and pauses the game.

Realizing they need a new TV, they try to go to Skips for help, but he doesn't have a TV, and tells them to ask Pops; however, Pops doesn't have a TV either, but thinks an old-fashioned radio is a suitable replacement. They decline and decide to get help from Muscle Man and Hi Five Ghost, and by describing the Hammer, they convince them to help (but only so they can see them lose to the Hammer). Muscle Man then breaks the TV when he forgets to unplug it when picking it up, leaving just one hope: Benson. Benson won't let them use his TV either, seeing as the Hammer didn't have anything to do with work.

The group see a commercial for TV Store Warehouse, the advert saying they're literally giving away the TV's for FREE. Mordecai asked how far that place is. Muscle Man says that it's not far. He knows one of the employees there who could help them and they head off. However, they discover that the commercial was lying to them. Jimmy gives them a free TV, but it is in black and white, they only take the tv as the cheapest flat screen is $1200. After they get back, they discover they can’t even plug in the console and the tv’s plug is no good. Muscle Man said to just turn off the console because Mordecai and Rigby aren't gonna beat the Hammer. He reaches to turn off the console, but Mordecai stops him. Mordecai wants to beat the Hammer because they'll never make it this far in the video game ever again. So he asked them to help him and Rigby. Muscle Man puts his hand on Mordecai's shoulder and said that they'll try. So with Skips' help and by using parts from Muscle Man's broken TV and Pops' radio, they finally get it working, the TV causes a blackout through the whole city. The TV, the console, and the controllers come to life, sprouting a body: in the TV is the face of The Hammer.

The Hammer goes on a rampage, even killing Jimmy who had come because his boss fired him for giving Muscle Man the TV.  Mordecai, despite receiving a black eye, eventually remembers The Hammer's one weakness: being hit with furniture. He tells everyone else to throw furniture at The Hammer. With The Hammer weakened and restrained, Skips then hits him with a chair and Mordecai and Rigby grab the controllers from his hands and defeat him on his head-screen. While the tv is destroyed, this causes the power to be restored throughout the city.

The group are celebrating their victory when Benson comes with his TV to watch his shows, but when he sees the house a wreck and everybody looking injured, he silently leaves and closes the door behind them, looking rather disturbed. When he leaves, everybody goes back to celebration mode and they all high five.





Pop Culture References[]

  • The game, The Hammer, appears to be based on Double Dragon, a beat-em-up arcade and home console game.
  • The title of the episode, "Rage Against the TV" is a reference to a band named Rage Against the Machine.


  • The pink guy is not holding any junk until Mordecai tells Rigby to "kick him in the junk"
  • The wall the Hammer destroys is sealed and unsealed in various parts of the game.
  • When Mordecai hits the TV to turn it on, the health-bars disappear.
  • When Mordecai and Rigby get hit by The Hammer; they lose all health, but later on they lose only half of the health bar.
  • There is a table and a chair on-screen which Rigby's avatar uses to hit The Hammer, despite it not appearing in the game at the start.
  • Though in the video game, a punch from the hammer takes a full life, but in real life everybody gets punched, and they all survive.
  • Before the blackout, Hi Five Ghost is on the left side of the couch, but after the house starts to glow, he is on the right side of the couch.
  • The broken furniture changes/disappears constantly in various scenes.
  • The broken TV Jimmy gave to Muscle Man disappears when Mordecai says "Yeah, we did it!"
  • Mordecai and Rigby managed to tear the staircase railings off easily, which shouldn't be possible for them as it would require a lot of strength to do that.
  • When the Hammer smashed the couch and coffee table, he didn't get hurt, even though they are furniture.