"Skips vs. Technology" is the fifteenth episode in Season 3 (and fifty-fifth episode overall) of Regular Show. It first aired on February 6, 2012.
Mordecai and Rigby accidentally infect the computer with an error 220. Meanwhile, Skips must learn how to use the computer so he can fix the virus.
Skips has, for quite a while, been helping with physical tasks at The Park grounds before it even became a park (it was a battlefield for the Revolutionary War back in the 1700s). However, when confronted with technical problems by a computer error, called an "Error 219" that appeared while Mordecai and Rigby were using the computer to design and print off something on there, Skips has no idea what to do and ends up making the error worse. Skips at first attempts to smash the computer with a construction hammer, but Mordecai and Rigby stop him and say that it's fine that he can't fix everything.
In an attempt to prove himself in front of Mordecai and Rigby that he can fix anything, Skips goes to the library, learns how to fix the error and returns. At first, the error appeared to have vanished, but it comes back and ends up creating more and more problems on the computer then there was before, as well as the printer, causing it to explode and shoot out sheets of paper, to the ire of Mordecai and Rigby. They then tell Skips, that while he was gone, the error became an "error 220" after they inadvertently messed it up and they got someone to help them. Still determined to fix it himself, Skips tells Mordecai and Rigby to stall him, so he can learn more about computers.
Skips goes to a Computer Help Zone, to learn about computers, but the place is run by rude and unhelpful youths, who give Skips little to no help or guidance. After being told to open the internet, Skips tries to do it, with great difficulty and ends up opening a bunch of programs, which slows the computer down, frustrating the youths. They decide to take their lunchbreak and tell Techmo (Originally named Samson, who Skips helped by fixing his prosthetic arm) to help Skips. After roughly 200 years, Techmo has replaced his wooden arm for a robotic one and landed a job as a computer expert (Or otherwise known as a Technomancer). After some friendly talk, due to not seeing each other for a while, Techmo tries to tell Skips how to get rid of an error 220, which Skips doesn't comprehend very well. Then Techmo gets interrupted by a new job, appearing on a computer device, that he wears like a bracelet and suggests that Skips should watch Techmo, fix a computer himself.
Techmo drives Skips over to his destination, in a technology based car, which then turns out to be the House, much to Skips' dismay. Mordecai and Rigby beckon Techmo over to which goes to work, only to find out the error 220 is in fact a powerful virus called Doom Ma Geddon, while Skips watches in confusion. After many attempts of getting rid of the virus and threatening messages from the printer, Techmo connects himself to the computer and goes into the system and finds Doom Ma Geddon to destroy it. Unfortunately, Techmo gets possessed by the virus and attacks by digitizing everything he touches, into small cubes, with his long tentacle-like wires. Skips, then remembers that opening a bunch of programs would slow a computer down, to which he orders Mordecai and Rigby to do. Then Skips physically fixes the computer by throwing his sledgehammer at it.
After that, the virus is gone, Techmo comes back to normal, thanking Skips for his help and saying he would make him a technomancer if he had the authority, then vanishing as another job for him take care of. To Skips' initial horror at first, the printer starts printing off something else, making him want to strike it. Mordecai and Rigby stop him, revealing it to be what they were trying to print, all this time. They present the printed sheet to Skips, which was a letter from Mordecai and Rigby expressing their appreciation towards Skips, as well as thanking him for all of his help around the park. Skips is flattered, but Mordecai and Rigby then worry about Benson seeing the damage that was done to the computer room. Skips tells them to leave it to him and starts fixing up the room, to Mordecai and Rigby's gratitude.
- Pops (cameo; child and present)
- Benson (cameo)
- Muscle Man (cameo)
- Hi Five Ghost (cameo)
- Store Employees
- Mr. Maellard (flashback)
- Mrs. Maellard (flashback)
- City Mayor
- Yoshimoto is written on Techmo's robotic arm.
- The events of this episode may have taken place before the events of "Over the Top" as Skips could use the internet on a computer in that episode. However, this is most likely a continuity error.
- When Techmo is driving with Skips and they "listen to his band", as techno remix of the popular song, "Yankee Doodle" plays, a song which was made during the Revolutionary War.
Pop Culture References
- The song that plays in the beginning of the episode is "I Get Around" by the Beach Boys. This song plays again at the end when Skips starts to clean the room.
- When Skips opens too many programs in the Computer Help Store, one of the sounds is a remix of a sound the Yoshi's Island series.
- When the Doom Ma Geddon virus says "It was me the Doom Ma Geddon all along!", it's most likely a reference to the meme "It was I, Dio!"
- When Skips throws his sledgehammer at the computer, it is a possible reference to the 1984 Apple Super Bowl commercial.
- When Skips lifts his hammer up for the first time, the top of the hammer disappears.
- When this episode is viewed online, some scenes have errors, like when Mordecai tells Skips they can take care of error 219, no one is visible and the scene is bare. But it's all fixed in Korea dub
- A historical error occurs in the beginning, though The Park was involved in the Revolutionary War, California hadn't become a state yet (until 1850), meaning it's impossible for The Park to be involved in the war.
- After Skips slows down the computer in the store, his eyes are white for one scene instead of yellow.
- When Skips smashes the computer, it is seen shattering in pieces, but in the next shot where everything is back to normal, it is in one piece.
- When Techmo reads the "threatening haiku", it isnt a proper haiku, as it is a 5/7/6, when a proper haiku is a 5/7/5