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"Win That Prize" is the seventeenth episode of Season 7 (and one hundred and ninety eighth overall) of Regular Show. It first aired on December 2, 2015.


Synopsis

Pops tries to get in on a game show, but ends up being the president of the whole YZB channel instead.

Plot

The episode begins with an elderly miserable Pop as he is in a big office watching TV, with his last words being "Bad Show" and fainted on the desk as we see, in slow motion, a sushi roll hitting the ground and spatter.

We then cut to the park, where we see Pops and the others wearing matching white shirts with different letters on them (With Hi-Five Ghost shirt having '!' on it) as Rigby asked Pops why they are wearing the shirts and Pops revealed that he got tickets to his favorite show; Win That Prize. However, Mordecai, Rigby, and the others didn't want to go since the show was considered lame as the prizes themselves were even lamer. Pops decides to go at it alone and head to the studio.

As Pops arrives at the YZB studios, he told the security guard that he's here to see 'Win that Prize' but the guard said that it's too early and the show doesn't air until 5:00, but Pops replied with a silly expression, which the guard understood. The guard then gave Pops complicated directions to the sound stage of the studio. As Pops made it to the Water Tower, he forgot where to go afterward. This was followed by being frightened by a fake lion head and falling into a clothing rack, where a staff member mistook Pops for a character on a show and told him he's late for his call time and pushed him to the stage. Revealed to be a telenovela as Pops enters the set, the leading actor jokes about Pops having a huge head, causing the audience to laugh, forcing Pops got out off the stage.

With no memory of how to get to 'Win That Prize's sound stage, Pops decides to check out all the sound stages until he finds the right one. The first was a studio, wherein a talk show, the woman had to face her fear of pineapple. He then enters a live taping of 'That's My Television.' Next, a scene from Carter and Briggs interrogating a clown as Pops is walking through the background. Starting to go hungry, Pops found a delicious scent and followed it. He enters a show called 'Bakin Bacon Jr.', as the host criticizes the contestants of how they prepared their bacon. As a redhead woman plans to cancel the show, Pops popped out from the table, ate the bacon, feeding his hungry, and said: "Jolly Good Show!"

Mistakenly believed that Pops was saying the show is good (not knowing that he said it because he ate the bacon), she asked him what does he like about the show. He replied to the woman by telling her that it was the bacon. She then decides to have the show focus on the bacon and fires the host, as well as the contestants. A redheaded woman revealed herself to be Amy Blitz Powers, the Director of Development of the YZB studio takes Pops to her office instead of taking him to "Win That Prize", and hiring him on the spot.

However, Pops denies the offer and tells her that he wants to go on 'Win that Prize,' Amy's appointments arrive. The first being a man who said that 'Happy Fun Time Pal' toys aren't selling. Pops then revealed that the toys are frowning, and since the series has the word "Happy" in it, they should be smiling, which he thought would be a risk and took it. The next one complains that they can't air a show called "Man Puncher" due to foreshadowing being too imitable for kids. Pops then suggest the new premise should be about hugging. However, Amy and the guy mistakenly think that the new plot should be crushing people to death with bear hugs. They like the idea and decide to call it "Man Crusher." But as Pops tried to explain that's not the idea he was going for, one more person appeared, a zombie. However, it turns out the "Zombie' is Scabby Grossman, who is known as a Master Makeup Artist, who also has a limb in his walk.

As Pops said he had enough of this and want to go to 'Win that Prize,' Scabby revealed that he's on that show later today. Pops asks him to the show. Just then, the toy man came to the office saying that Pop's idea of making the toy aisles are selling, and the 'ManCrusher' man tells that Will and Bill love the idea and want eight more seasons. Happy to hear that Amy told Pops that he's her good luck charm, gave him a huge kiss, leaving a red lipstick mark on his face, and said that he's not going anywhere.

We then cut to a musical montage as Pops is being promoted from approving shows to making shows, in which he started to grow a beard, even numerous attempts to go on "Win that Prize" but no luck. As Pops being promoted to "Senior, Senior Vice President," he asked Assistant Simon Lamprey if he could now go on "Win that Prize." Simon said his schedule is full, then said he finds an opening but joke about it. Just then, a freaked-out blonde woman busted into Pop's office with a Memo saying the President wants to see Pops in his office, which Pops believes that the President might be the one to take him to "Win That Prize."

As Pops makes it to the office, he sees the President of the YZB, an elderly man sitting on a desk with a heart monitor and hundreds of Television sets next to him. When the President asked Pops how long he been with the company, Pops revealed (Despite looking much older) that today is his first day. The President revealed that yesterday was also his first day, which shocked Pops as The President showed him a picture of his young self. The President said that he was on the studio tour when they offer him a job, and he continued to get promoted to President. When Pops asked how could he get so old in just one day, The President revealed that working on TV took most of his youth away. He even admits he's trapped as he must watch all the shows to monitor them. Pops then told him that all he wanted is to be on "Win that Prize," the President said he found a way out. He told Pops to come closer and said, "Congrats, you're getting another promotion," and his heartbeat stop, dying on Pops's arm, meaning that this was the way out, but Pops cried out that he is now the President of the studio.

We then return to the beginning where Pops, now more elderly and with a long beard he continued to watch all the shows he approves, saying "Bad Show" until he saw the promo to "Win that Prize" and said "Good Show." As Pops is still figuring out how to get out of the studio, he came up with an idea and picked up the phone and said "Help Me!" then fainted on his desk as the sushi roll falls to the ground and splatters on the floor. Just then, the secretary called from the intercom telling him that (now promoted) Vice President Lamprey is here to see Pops but as soon as he enters the room, he was shocked to see what happens to Pops.

A few moments later, as Lamprey and two other executives look concerned as a paramedic is trying to revive Pops, the Paramedic discovers that this Pops is a fake. Lamprey wondered who could have made this dummy. Then on one of the tv screens, he sees Grossman on "Win That Prize" and realize Grossman was the one who created the fake Pops (that and there was a label behind the fake Pops that said 'If found Return to: Scabby Grossman')

As Scabby walked off the stage, Lamprey, a few Security Guards, and a blonde woman arrive at the studio. Lamprey told Grossman about the fake Pops, which Grossman revealed that Pops asked him to make a dummy of himself for a museum, revealed that he dresses like a wombat to get attention from the host and won a gallon of milk. Lamprey told Grossman that Pops used the dummy to escape and fired Grossman, having the guards escort him out of the studio, with Grossman saying 'So Long.'

Outside the sound stage Lamprey order, the remaining guards and blonde women to find Pops as the YZB studio need him. As everybody was looking for Pops, Scabby returns and asked Lamprey who's he looking for. Lamprey told Grossman why he's here as he fired him a few minutes ago. Scabby couldn't believe how his day was, not only with making the dummy for Pops but also making Pops look just like Grossman for a costume party and even said he didn't have time to go on 'Win that Prize.' Lamprey then flashback to what the other Grossman said: such as the Museum (in which the milk bottle said "Museum Brand Milk"), dressing up like a Wombat (A Jacket where one of the Security Guard is wearing said "Wombat Sports Wear"), and saying 'So Long' as the guards escort Grossman out. Lamprey realizes that Grossman isn't the one who helps Pops escape but Lamprey himself.

As we cut to the outside of the studio, the guards pushed Grossman away, not realizing it actually Pops as Pops removed the costume (with background words heard from the episode), he catches a cab and finally escapes from the studio, with Lamprey and the other arriving too late and Lamprey fell on his knee and said "POPS!" as he couldn't believe the President was gone. The episode ends with Pops, while in the cab, drinking milk and said "Jolly Good Show, Jolly Good Show Indeed," as he is finally free.

Characters

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Trivia

  • The office worker tells Amy that 'Man Crusher' want eight more seasons renewed. This is similar to how Regular Show has eight seasons.

Pop Culture References

  • The end of the episode where Pops escapes is a parody of the ending of The Usual Suspects.
  • The show "Bakin' Bacon Jr." is likely a nod to the reality cooking show Hell's Kitchen. Likewise, the British host seems to be a reference to English chef and host of Hell's Kitchen, Gordon Ramsay, who is known for his harsh food critiques and profanity.

Production Notes

  • This marks the third episode to air during the third "RegularBomb."
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