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"Think Positive" is the fourteenth episode in Season Three (and fifty-fourth episode overall) of Regular Show. It first aired on January 30, 2012.

Synopsis[]

Prohibited from yelling at Mordecai and Rigby further by Pops, Benson must find a way to manage his anger of face being fired.

Plot[]

Pops is trying to satisfy his childish mind by catching butterflies, drawing and playing with civil war action figures, but is constantly being disturbed by Benson's yelling at Mordecai and Rigby angrily. Pops decides that he has had enough of Benson's yelling, so he brings Benson into his office and asks him that he has to stop yelling, much to Benson's dismay.

Without Benson's yelling, Mordecai and Rigby are on a streak of shenanigans and mischief, which Benson is forbidden to stop. He repeatedly tries to control his temper, but to no avail. When he angrily yells at the duo, this being the first strike, Pops reminds him to calm down his temper. When he angrily yells the second time, Pops writes him up for demotion. Now he is on the verge of being fired and furiously throws a temper tantrum. Skips comes in and suggests Benson should count to 100. It almost works until he sees Mordecai and Rigby covered in pink paint trying to paint the shed with their bodies. Benson continues to count until Mordecai and Rigby join in and then he furiously leaves. He then tries getting help from the internet, anger-management tapes, and other suggestions, but none work very well. While listening to a tape, Benson remembers the reason why he angrily yells all the time: he was encouraged to by his family as a child. (When he experiences the memory, it also mixes in with a nightmare of a Gigantic Pops angrily tearing off the roof of the house and furiously firing him). After experiencing this, Benson has another tantrum and angrily trashes his own apartment. When Benson reaches his breaking point (the duo smashing one of the carts into a tree), he enters a very powerful and fearful meltdown, in which he is surrounded by a fiery orange sphere that sucks in the things around it, until his anger gets released.

After Skips realizes that Benson is bottling up his anger, Pops comes clean and admits he tried to make him stop yelling. As bits and chunks of The Park are engulfed by Benson's inferno of containment, Skips tells Mordecai and Rigby to stop it by mocking Benson, but it only makes it worse. So Pops, after some explaining by Skips and Mordecai, is persuaded to release his rule on Benson, angrily threatening to fire him if he doesn't yell at Mordecai and Rigby. With Benson's restriction eliminated, he unleashes a torrent of yelling, anger and insults aimed at the duo, which manifests itself in a fiery beam, coming from his mouth at Mordecai and Rigby while Pops and Skips are blown away in the process. An angry Benson furiously lashes at the two about how the troubling and suffering that he had been put all through by them and putting up with their selfish and lazy demeanor. This results in a huge explosion, and Mordecai and Rigby are in a deep crater in the center of the park. Benson returns to normal as Pops and Skips comfort him: he tells Mordecai and Rigby to clean up the park, as usual except in a calm way, before he, Pops and Skips laugh. Unfortunately, Mordecai and Rigby are temporarily tone deaf due to Benson's anger, and the episode ends.

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Think Postive Credits

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Trivia[]

  • At the 2012 Comic Con, Sam Marin had developed a migraine and lost his voice after Benson's tirade.
  • This episode reveals why Benson yells so much and why he has an anger problem.
  • Benson's Family makes their debut in this episode through a flashback and are revealed to yell in anger just like Benson.

Episode Connections[]

Pop Cultural References[]

  • The fiery aura that surrounds Benson because of his anger could be a reference to Dark Phoenix from the popular Phoenix Saga from the X-Men comics.

Goofs[]

  • When Benson is talking to Pops in his office, his headpiece/hat is colored purple like the gumballs in his head at one point. It is back to its normal red color when shown again.
  • When Benson is at the mirror, his reflection is incorrect.
  • The scene where Benson turned into a massive fireball, Skips only has four fingers in each hands instead of five.
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