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"The Power" is the first episode of season one of Regular Show. It first aired on September 6, 2010 and was written and storyboarded by the show's creator, J.G. Quintel.

Synopsis

Mordecai & Rigby find a mysterious keyboard that allows them to do anything they want, including accidentally sending Skips to the moon.

Plot

In their room at the house, as a wrestling match plays on the TV in the background, Rigby, standing on top of a filing cabinet in the corner of a home-made wrestling ring, tells Beef Burrito (a doll) to "take back" what he said about his mom. When Beef Burrito is silent, Rigby jumps from the filing cabinet to a trampoline, then onto Beef Burrito. He unleashes several moves on him, then makes the doll punch him back. Mordecai requests to be tagged in, which Rigby does. Asking Beef Burrito if he wants the pair to "put the hurt on" him, Mordecai, standing on the filing cabinets, slam dunks Rigby into the trampoline. This hurls Rigby across the room, smashing into the wall and landing in a trash basket. Rigby and Mordecai enjoy a laugh over the match that just transpired. After a moment, the pair scream in panic as they realize that they have busted a hole into the wall. Mordecai laments his decision to play-wrestle instead of going outside to work. He worries that the pair will get fired. When Rigby asks how the two will fix the hole, Mordecai reminds him that they can't fix it, and can't afford to pay for it. Mordecai suggests that they convince Benson to give them raises so they can cover the cost of repairs.

Rigby agrees that getting raises is the perfect solution, and tells Mordecai that they should ask Benson, and use Hamboning to convince him. When Mordecai suggests just explaining the situation, Rigby mocks him and again suggests Hamboning, that Hamboning will save his life someday. Mordecai insists that they are not going to use Hamboning, and Rigby pulls out a red keyboard. Impressed, Mordecai asks him where he got it from, and Rigby replies, "I have my methods".

In a flashback, a Wizard leaves the keyboard on a park bench while he relieves himself behind a bush. Rigby sneaks up and takes it.

Back in the present, Mordecai asks how the keyboard will get them raises. Rigby responds by playing a few notes. Impressed, Mordecai asks if Rigby has named the keyboard. Rigby allows Mordecai to choose the name, and Mordecai chooses "The Power" because he has always wanted to date a girl by that name. Rigby announces that he likes the name, and "The Power" magically appears on the keyboard.

Outside, Mordecai and Rigby use the keyboard to practice a short choreographed song, ending with them saying, in unison, "Give us a raise, loser!" Pops approaches the pair. Rigby suggests privately to Mordecai that they test the Power on Pops. Mordecai agrees, suggesting they don't call Pops a "loser" so he doesn't cry. The pair test their song on Pops, who proclaims it a "good show", and gives the pair a "pay increase" of butterscotch ripple lollipops. They successfully test its magical properties on Pops, who gives them lollipops. The pair take their song to Benson, who agrees that the pair deserve a raise. Telling them that they'll negotiate their new pay rates later in the week, he gives each of them twenty dollars. Rigby declares that they can do everything they've ever wanted.

A montage follows in which the pair use the Power to, among other things create a bouncy castle, blast off into space and drive a classic Dodge Challenger. Their fun is interrupted by Skips, who tells the pair that they shouldn't be doing what they're doing. The pair attempts to use the Power to persuade Skips to "go away" with a lengthy song. With the last line, "it's time for you to go to the Moon", Skips disappears. Mordecai berates Rigby for saying "Moon" instead of "room", and demands that he bring Skips back. Rigby explains that he can't bring Skips back since he can't see him, and Mordecai declares that they have to get Skips back.

Benson and Pops come out of the House, asking if the pair has seen Skips. Mordecai blurts out that "Rigby sent him to the Moon". Not believing, Benson again asks where Skips is. Mordecai replies that they'll show him.

A short time later, the four pile into the Cart. Mordecai and Rigby use the Power to play a song to be taken to the Moon. As Benson is saying "ha ha, very funny", thinking it's a joke, the Cart disappears, travels through space, and crash lands on the Moon, knocking the group out of the Cart onto the lunar surface. Looking around, many objects are on the Moon, including the bounce house, a broken soda machine and a small group of ducks. Rigby timidly admits that he sent "a bunch of stuff" to the Moon using the Power. Angry, Mordecai calls him a "drill bit" and ask him what else he sent.

A large creature, appearing to be a conglomeration of Rigby, Mordecai and the Beef Burrito doll, is spotted by the group, chasing Skips. Mordecai sends Rigby and Benson, with the Power, to rescue Skips while he and Pops attempt to right the Cart. The creature has Skips in one hand as Rigby puts the Power on the ground, trying to come up with the words to use to save Skips. He starts to play a song on the keyboard, but the audio quickly fades and dies, Rigby announces that he thinks the batteries have died.

The creature approaches Benson and Rigby as Pops and Mordecai set the Cart right. Recalling his earlier declaration that Hamboning would save his life, Rigby gives the keyboard to Benson and runs toward the creature. As the monster begins to put Skips in its mouth, Rigby begins Hamboning on its leg, distracting it enough for Skips to break free of its grip. Skips runs by, grabbing Rigby moments before the creature smashes a fist to the ground where he was standing. Skips jumps onto the Cart, which is driving away from the creature.

With the monster gaining on them, Skips tells Rigby to use the keyboard. When Rigby tells him the batteries are dead, Skips punches through the dash of the Cart, pulling out some wires and connecting them to the Power. Rigby plays and the entire group chants "Take us home! Take us home!" The group disappears from the cart mere seconds before it is destroyed by the creature's fist.

The group appears in Mordecai and Rigby's room in the House, the force of their landing shattering the drywall. Rigby lifts up the Power in triumph, which is promptly taken from him by Benson. Benson hands the keyboard to Skips, proclaiming that it's payback for sending him to the Moon. Skips immediately destroys it, to the disappointment of Mordecai and Rigby. Enraged, Benson demands the forty dollars he gave the pair back. They return the money to him, and Benson tells them to clean up the mess or be fired. He, Pops and Skips leave the room.

Rigby notes that the hole from their wrestling match is still there (a circle of drywall surrounds it). When he asks if Benson will notice it, Mordecai covers it with a poster, proclaiming that "he won't now". Rigby calls him a genius, and they pair high-five.

Characters


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Major Characters

Minor Characters

Videos

Trivia

Episode Connections

  • The first minute of this episode is also seen as the opening scene of the final segment of the series in "A Regular Epic Final Battle".
    • The Power returns in Part 3 of "A Regular Epic Final Battle."
  • Muscle Man and High Five Ghost are the only main characters who did not debut.
  • Mordecai and Rigby are 23 years old.

Pop Culture References

Production Notes

  • This episode aired as the series premiere.
  • This episode received 2.10 million views worldwide.
  • Creator, J.G. Quintel, has stated that this is his favorite episode of the show.[3]

Goofs

  • When the group disappears from the cart, the cart is missing a fourth pole which holds the roof.

Alternate Versions

USA

On Cartoon Network USA reruns, streaming services, the Season 1 and 2 DVD and Blu-Ray release, the following lines are changed:

  • "How in the H are we gonna fix this S?" is changed to "How in the heck are we gonna fix this stuff?"
  • "But he's gonna be pissed!" is changed to "But he's gonna be ticked!"

UK

  • Mordecai and Rigby calling each other holes is cut.
  • "How in the H are we gonna fix this S?" is changed to "How in the H are we gonna fix this hole?"
  • The wizard urinating in the bush is shortened, and the sound effect of the urine is lowered.
  • "Don't look at our crotches while we synchronize our watches!" is cut.
  • "But he's gonna be pissed!" is changed to "But he's gonna be miffed!"
  • "You drill bit!" is cut.
  • "Keyboard crap" is changed to "Keyboard crud".

References

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