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For more information on the individual stories told within this episode, visit any of the following: "The Hole", "Unfinished Business" or "Scary Movie Night".

"Terror Tales of the Park IV" is the fourth episode in Season 6 (and the one-hundred and fifty-seventh episode overall) of Regular Show. It first aired on October 29, 2014.

Synopsis

The park guys try to keep Muscle Man awake with scary stories on a long drive so that they can meet his mom.

Plot

Introduction

Muscle Man tries to scare off two children who come to the house trick or treating but fails to do so with his mask on but as soon as he removes his mask, the children get scared and run away screaming. Muscle Man then enters the house and tells the park workers that there will be no more trick or treaters. Benson then asks fellow park workers what they want to do. Muscle Man suggests telling scary stories. Mordecai says that they do that every year and then Rigby suggests that they should do something really scary. After a couple guesses (Skips: Rent a few genre films, Pops: Go to bed early), he suggests going to haunted house, commenting, "Those are the scariest" to which Muscle Man replies, "You know who else is the scariest? MY MOM." Everyone is annoyed with Muscle Man making another "My Mom" joke, but they soon realize that none of them (not even Hi Five Ghost) have even met her. So, they finish the rest of their Halloween night traveling all the way to Mrs. Sorrenstein's home to meet her, though they're forced to tell scary stories while they go there or Muscle Man won't introduce them to her. As Muscle Man drives the crew, Pops volunteers to tell the first story...

Pops tells a story about being sacrificed to a mysterious hole in the park. After the ending, Muscle Man is not satisfied with the result and threatens to turn the car around. Not willing to accept that, Benson begins to tell a scary story he had come up with...

Benson tells a story about Mordecai and Rigby dying and coming back to haunt him, with a twist ending that Benson was the real ghost all along. By the end, the Park workers aren't too thrilled with the ending as it was too expected. Soon, they eventually arrive at a trailer park where Muscle Man's mother lives. They then head to the top of the hill, where her trailer's supposed to be. As they are all hiking their way up, Muscle Man annoys everyone (except Fives) with yet another "My Mom" joke. Rigby decides to help pass the time by telling the third and final scary story...

After Rigby's story, Muscle Man says that he never knew that Rigby was a master of Ball lightning. After the stories are told, they finally see the trailer that Muscle Man's mother lives. Rigby just wants to see his mother and leave. Muscle Man tells him that he has to tell her that she has company because she doesn't like surprise guests. Pops thinks that Muscle Man's mom that the foam tombstones are nice, but Muscle Man tells him that those aren't foam and that they are real, much to the dismay of Pops. Muscle Man tells them that she's ready to see them. Ms. Sorenstein shows up in a hockey mask, scaring them. Mordecai tells Muscle Man that this is a prank, thinking that he was in the mask until the real Muscle Man comes out. Muscle Man laughs in delight, telling them that the trailer was not where his mom lives. He then says that this was all planned out and that Muscle Bro was here the whole time until he comes out, scaring them, including Muscle Man. The person in the hockey mask tells them "You know who else like scaring people?" and then taking off the hockey mask to reveal that it was indeed Muscle Man's Mom and not John Sorrenstein, scaring everyone, They then run out in horror. Muscle Man's mom comes out, creating a large gap in the trailer. She then tells them that they forgot their candy. She then breaks the fourth wall, telling the audience "Happy Halloween!" and eats the candy. She unzips the costume and tells the audience that it gets Muscle Man and Muscle Bro every year.

Characters

Stories Only

Trivia

  • This marks the fourth installment in the "Terror Tales of the Park" Halloween special series.
  • The Schoolgirl monster's muttering literally translates to: "Let's play with me. I am lonely without you."
  • Muscle Man's mom is finally seen for the first time.
  • This episode aired 8 days after Dish Network dropped Cartoon Network, and all of the other Turner Broadcasting owned channels (Except for TNT and TBS.)
  • Thomas has two cameos as a skeleton in The Hole and as a guest at Mordecai and Rigby's funeral in Unfinished Business; both scenarios involve him having no lines.
  • Apparently, Benson actually has a cat.
  • CJ and Eileen only appear in Scary Movie Night.
  • During the scene where Mordecai, Rigby, CJ, and Eileen makes it to the credits of the movie, the names they see in the credits are actually the names of the people who work on show.
  • In this Halloween special, the park workers are not wearing costumes. This does not include the solar system planet costumes worn in Pop's story or the monster mask Muscle Man wore to scare trick-or-treaters.

Pop Culture References

  • The plot in "The Hole" is similar to The Lottery written by Shirley Jackson.
  • The pit seen in "The Hole" is similar to the Sarlacc in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
  • Benson's story could be a reference to The Sixth Sense.
  • The movie that Rigby, Eileen, CJ, and Mordecai are watching is a reference to No Country for Old Men.
  • Rigby's story is possibly a reference to Videodrome and possibly the TV scene from Poltergeist.
  • The employee ID card CJ picks up from the skeleton in "Scary Movie Night" has the ID number 5318008, a reference to calculator spelling.
  • The Funeral march by Frederic Chopin can be heard during the funeral scene during Benson's story.
  • Rigby was right about Ball Lightning being a real thing.
    • It's a rare and unexplained phenomenon where energy condenses into a spherical shape that varies greatly in size and its visual perception can last much longer than the typical flashboom of a lightning storm.

Production Notes

  • This episode received 1.74 million views.
  • There was a cut scene at the beginning of the episode where Thomas was originally with the rest of the park staff. After Muscle Man said they were done giving out candy, Thomas leaves saying he's going to a party at his dorm and invites the park staff, but Mordecai declines saying that they're all adults and Thomas leaves without saying a word.[1]
  • Sarah Oleksyk originally pitched some ideas in "Scary Movie Night" that was changed due to being dark.[2]
    • The Barber originally kills Wyatt by removing his scalp. Then the Barber grabs Mordecai to kill him but Mordecai fights back but the Barber brings out a bigger pair of scissors and uses it to cut Mordecai's head off. Mordecai instructs CJ to uses his body to break the window for them to escape and then dies. This was changed to the group leaving through a door they failed to notice.
    • When the gang makes it to the Japanese horror portion, Rigby, CJ, and Eileen meets a girl named Kimiko and she tries to get them out of her village while a girl with black eyes chases them.
    • After making it to the credits, Ball Lightning appears and electrocutes CJ's entire body which dissolves her leaving her charred boots remains.
      • In the actual episode, Ball Lightning still chars her boots as it strikes, but CJ manages to jump out of her boots just in time and it leaves her barefoot until the group escaped the movie.
      • CJ's boots are revealed to be weather-resistant, as stated by Eileen.
    • After Eileen gets electrocuted, Rigby and Eileen make it out of the movie and after Eileen said, "Well that was a... shocking development.", she dies in Rigby's arms and Rigby curses the Triple Threat tape.
      • In the episode, she is shocked but continues on.
      • Rigby curses Ball Lightning after it fuses everyone's butt cheeks together
    • After Rigby finishes his story, Skips said it was dark instead of uncomfortable.
    • When Muscle Man's mom said "Happy Halloween", the camera zooms into her mouth instead of her removing her costume.

Goofs

  • Mordecai, Rigby and Muscle Man all switch positions between being at light switches on the wall to standing near the couch where everyone else is. The light switches are far away from the couch.
  • When everyone was frightened by Muscle Man's Mom, Muscle Bro's moustache disappeared.
  • When Mordecai, Rigby, CJ, and Eileen escape the movie, CJ has her boots back on.

Alternate Versions

UK

  • Everything between Benson's "We've come too far to turn back now" and Muscle Man's "Whatever dude, we're here!" was cut, removing "Scary Movie Night".
    • The regular Terror Tales opening is not present and only includes credits for "The Hole" and "Unfinished Business".

The Hole

  • Uranus is changed to Dwarf Star. (Doh Uranus (your anus) real name is Uranus (your•an•us))
  • Muscle Man ripping his underwear out of his costume was changed to him ripping his shirt out of his costume.
  • "Sucks to be you, Pops!" was changed to "Tough break, Pops!"
  • Hi-Five Ghost's skeleton popping out of the hole was cut.
  • Benson kicking Pops' head to get it further into the hole was cut.

Unfinished Business

  • The first time Benson finds Mordecai and Rigby was cut.
  • Mordecai and Rigby going through Benson's arm and out of his eyes was cut.
  • The entity of December is cut rather replaced with January (the calendar still shows that it's December) beginning when Benson runs to the closet.
  • Benson's endless stairs scenario is cut.
  • Mordecai and Rigby's tongues interlocking was cut.
  • Benson lying flat on the floor after dying is replaced with a view from the top of the stairs, where the body cannot be seen.

References

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