Heartwarming: Regular Show
Who says a cartoon can't have heartwarming moments? Especially a cartoon as bizarre as Regular Show?
- Despite everything, Muscle Man's relationship with Starla should count. Granted, every time the two of them make out is considered disturbing and disgusting by the show itself due to the fact that neither them is what you would call a looker, but they've consistently remained one of, if not the, longest standing couple in the entire show, and Muscle Man frequently goes to great lengths to make Starla happy just because he loves her that much.
- And according to the season six Christmas Episode, they're getting married.
- Mordecai finally letting Rigby win at punchies in "Death Punchies," complete with a heartwarming scene where they soar out of the magma pit together.
- "Dude, of course you can be Player 1."
- From the hot dogs episode: "See, I told you I could fix this."
- It's somewhat of an inverted moment of heartwarming, because it comes right after Rigby successfully puts the blame on Benson for something he didn't do.
- Rigby's apology to Mordecai in "The Unicorns Have Got To Go", complete with big, sorrowful eyes. Mordecai forgiving him probably counts as well.
- Skips thanking Mordecai and Rigby for throwing him a birthday party, because no one had ever thrown him one before.
- Benson's reaction to Don hugging him - at first looking startled and caught off-guard before returning the hug with the most heartwarming smile of all time.
- From the "Don" episode: Mordecai telling Rigby that Rigby's like a brother to him, and that he still sticks with him even when annoyed by him... then Rigby finally caving in and giving Don some "sugar".
- Benson has several, particularly in "Mordecai and the Rigbys" when he goes to see their performance simply to watch them fail. However after Mordecai and Rigby were getting booed on the stage for admitting to lip synching (albeit accidentally), Benson manages to get the audience cheering by immediately applauding for them instead. For the first time, he shows that he's not simply a Grumpy Bear who yells at them, but actually a Not So Stoic who's simply Not So Above It All.
- Rigby thanking Mordecai for helping him get over his fear in "Ello Guvnnor".
- At the end of the episode "It's Time", when Mordecai is sent back time after accidentally killing Rigby, he seems very happy to see him alive again
- From the episode "Appreciation Day." Benson is handing out plaques to everyone and saying what they did to deserve their appreciation. He hands one to Pops, and says, "Pops- for helping a baby bird back into its nest." The scene wasn't shown, but the thought of sweet ol' Pops lovingly placing a baby bird back into its next is ridiculously adorable and heartwarming.
- "Thank you, papa... thank you."
- Leon pushing Benson out of the car so he can perform the Heroic Sacrifice himself.
- The end of "Benson Be Gone" has Benson order Mordecai and Rigby to get back to work. They instead go play video games. Benson watches them leave from his rear view mirror and smiles in content. Given the hell he had to go through to save them from the workaholic demoness Susan, he not only understands their own feel of down time once in a while, but also is glad for things to return to normal.
- Really, any time the Five-Man Band come together to accomplish something. Sure, they don't get along a good chunk of the time, but when they do, it's both a Heartwarming Moment and a Moment Of Awesome. The best examples are in "Rage Against the Television", where the group performs a Misfit Mobilization Moment to help Mordecai and Rigby, and "This Is My Jam", where the others come to help defeat the physical manifestation of an Ear Worm, without even being asked.
- Though to be fair, Mordecai and Rigby weren't the only ones that were plagued by the Ear Worm, they all were. Still counts that they'd help, though.
- Muscle Man confessing to Starla at the end of "Muscle Woman"... Until they kissed.
- Mordecai and Rigby's hug in "Temp Check"...until you realize that Rigby would never hug Mordecai, and Mordecai used this as a trap to find out who the real Rigby was.
- "Hey, Rigby? Do me a solid and come to the arcade with me."
- It was Rigby's solid that nailed it down for This Troper. After being a total douche through his solid-abuse, he does the honorable thing and keeps his word by destroying the tape with no regrets.
- He didn't even have to. He made up that thing about the solid so he'd have an excuse to destroy the tape without looking like a wuss.
- It was Rigby's solid that nailed it down for This Troper. After being a total douche through his solid-abuse, he does the honorable thing and keeps his word by destroying the tape with no regrets.
- "Really Real Wrestling": Pops apologizes to Benson and says that Mordecai and Rigby aren't to blame.
- Skips putting his soul on the line to win Rigby's soul back from Death and apologizing to him for killing him (well as much as The Stoic can)
- A combination of awesome and heartwarming: in "A Bunch of Baby Ducks", Mordecai and Rigby team up with a mother duck to go rescue her babies from a creepy old man.
- "Hey, Mordecai and Rigby. Thanks... for being the coolest losers we know!"
- Pretty much everything with Mordecai in "Skunked" while he's trying to cure Rigby from being a Wereskunk. This was really one of those episodes that shows the same thing Mordecai said in "Don", that he cares about Rigby like his brother.
- Skips returning to bowl even though Death was holding a secret over his head that he felt could have ruined him, after looking through the scrapbook. Skips even referred to the guys as his friends and made it clear he'd never turn his back on them.
- In the camping episode, the part where Margaret and Mordecai were lying on the hood of her car and talking was just so great. Their dialogue was unbelievably natural. It's one of those moments when you just want to track down the person who wrote the episode and give them a big ole hug.
- Rigby actually being nice to Eileen for once (and her happiness at that fact) was pretty sweet, too.
- Benson's admission near the end of "Cool Bikes". "Mordecai and Rigby . . . are the coolest guys I know."
- He even saves them from getting sentenced to death for being too cool.
- The entire rapping contest episode definately qualifies as this.
- In a fridge heartwarming way, Pops getting a spare cake for the surprise birthday for Skips waaay back in season 1 when you watch the episode "Skips Vs Technology"'s opening montage of Skips being at the park when Pops' was just a kid.
- The Reveal of what Mordecai and Rigby had been trying to print all day in "Skips VS Technology". A thank you note to Skips, for all his hard work around the park.
- The montage at the beginning of the episode is also sweet. An ageless immortal and what Skips finds most fulfilling is helping the various generations of workers around the park.
- Margaret's reaction to hearing Mordecai's butt dial: "So you'd better call me, okay?"
- In "Eggcellent", the fact that even when Mordecai felt that Rigby may never recover, he still kept his promise and went though all the trouble to get Rigby that hat.
- In a way, while also mostly a Tear Jerker, Mordecai punching Benson in the face for the crap he said. Rigby may have screwed up, and for a stupid reason, but Mordecai is NOT going to take shit from Benson for saying things like that about his best friend.
- The entire Five-Man Band helping Mordecai so he can win said hat. Also, both the scene where Benson admits that claiming it was Mordecai's fault this happened was a really stupid thing to say and the later one where Mordecai tells Benson he didn't mean it when he said nobody likes him, and that even though Benson can be a jerk, he's also a good person, and that Mordecai really does consider him a friend. Seriously, this episode was heartwarming incarnate. Seems like there's one of these per season, 'Don' and 'It's Time' being the last two.
- That small scene when Benson gives Mordecai a small smile and saying "Just get in there and win the stupid hat for Rigby." That was a really nice thing to say.
- In "Gut Model": HFG telling Muscle Man that he would be miserable without him and he is his best friend.
- Mordecai handing over entire stack of money he had been saving up for a date with Margaret when it becomes clear Rigby needed it to save his own life.
- In "Busted Cart" Benson tries to reach a warehouse before the warranty on the busted golf cart (which, of course, Mordecai and Rigby busted) expires. He explicitly tells them not to come with him, but they sneak on board anyway out of a sense of guilt. Of course Benson freaks out... and then we get one of the sweetest moments in the series when Rigby asks why Benson hates them so much, and he gives a pretty nice speech about how he doesn't hate THEM, but some of the things they do and all he wants is to push them to be better - implied to be "as good as he knows they can be". They then put on some music and drive along happily together. Of course, more stuff happens, they screw up more and Benson gets pissed again, but it's a very, very sweet scene and shows more of Benson's development as a character over the series.
- The fact that Mordecai and Rigby risked their LIVES for Benson's job.
- Both Mordecai and Rigby realizing that they really screwed things up when Benson has a complete emotional breakdown upon believing he's going to lose his job in "Broken Cart". And then putting their lives on the line to keep that from happening.
- The ending of "Access Denied" itīs pretty heartwarming, with Mordecai and Margaret finally dancing with each other.
- Also doubles as a hilarious moment, and YMMV, but Muscle Man as a little kid and his dad making "My Mom" (or "My Wife") jokes.
- Heck, everything involving Muscle Man and his dad in that episode. Not to mention that Muscle Man honestly opens up to Mordecai and Rigby and admits they're his friends.
- The revelation of why Skips always skips from "Diary". Apparently, some of his happiest moments were skipping with a past love, who he most likely outlived due to being Immortal. He skips all the time, as something to remember her by.
- In the same episode, Rigby actually admits that Eileen would be hot if she changed to suit his tastes."
- Muscle Man's concern for Pops, and the fact that he gave up pranking for him. Considering the fact that Muscle Man is the kind of guy who gets his kicks from hurting people, and once LAUGHED WHILE RIGBY WAS CHOKING, that was rather touching.
- Mordecai and Margaret's interactions in "Death Bear". And then there's the end when Mordecai tackles Death Bear to save Eileen's life.
- There's also Margaret telling Mordecai he was brave and Eileen telling Rigby that even though he wasn't, she still liked being with him.
- Pops winning the blue ribbon (his 10th one!) in the pie contest.
- In "Terror Tales of the Park II," Benson's concern for Pops. He knows that Pops is very child-like in nature and is utterly terrified of scary stories, so he constantly yells at the others to not tell scary stories, to avoid frightening Pops. Though everyone has a soft spot for Pops, it's most evident with Benson, because Benson usually isn't very gentle towards other people at all.
- Pops insists (pathetically and unconvincingly) that he isn't scared, because he doesn't want to ruin the fun of the others.
- Though Pops hadn't completed the milk challenge, the guys still would have let him join in on guys' night just because they saw how much he wanted it.
- His addition to the scrapbook and his joyful giggling cements this as heartwarming.
- Rigby thanking Eileen for her help in "One Pull Up". He would've hugged her if it wasn't for his massive muscles that he feared would crush her spine. She took her chance as she removed her glasses. Worth it.
- In "The Christmas Special", when Mordecai tackles the enemy over a pit of lava, Rigby screams his name and dives right in after him without a second thought. Not to mention later in the scene where Mordecai tells him to let go and Rigby trusts him. The genuine friendship and how they honestly would do anything to help each other really shows here.
- Santa deciding to break the rules and give Mordecai and Rigby the invisibility cloaks they've been asking him for since they were little was pretty nice of him. Especially since they just helped save Christmas
- All of "TGI Tuesday," especially the ending.
- Mordecai and Rigby hanging out with the baby ducks at the end.
- Before that, the mother duck scolding Benson for not just yelling at her babies but for also yelling at Mordecai and Rigby, which shows how much she appreciates them for taking care of her babies.
- After the ducks lose their first fight with the geese, Mordecai and Rigby refuse to abandon them no matter how dangerous the situation is.
- In "Fool Me Twice," when Mordecai and Rigby wants to give up on the obstacle course, Benson helps them continue despite not wanting to participate in the game show in the first place.
- Mordecai and Margaret finally kissing at the end of "Picking up Margaret".
- "Radio KILLIT" is pretty much a love letter to the days of the independent radio DJ, and as such is full of awesome and heartwarming moments. A great one is the flashback to the station's better days, with all the DJ's doing what they do best, and a Suspiciously Similar Song version of Rush's "Spirit of Radio" playing in the background.
- In "Skips' Stress", after dealing with the Stress Monster, Pops' car has a flat. Skips prepares to fix it but the others tell him they can handle it and work together to fix it. Skips' smile says it all.
- The whole episode is full of Heartwarming moments, really. Everyone at the park clearly loves and values Skips. When they realize he's too stressed to work, they give him the day off and take up the slack. And when that's not enough, they get him to the Stress Bell and stand with him while he battles the stress monsters.
- "Trailer Trashed", Mordecai, speaking on the behalf of the other park gang, with probably the exception of Thomas, saying they consider Muscle Man a friend. Take in mind that in the beginning of the series Mordecai consider him annoying and to hear him say that show that when the chip are down they have each others back.
- "Meteor Moves", Mordecai and Margaret finally get together after a cosmic being forces them into the Friend Zone.
- At the end of "Country Club", Benson tells Mordecai and Rigby that he's proud of them for sticking up to the titular club and trying to get their things back.
- Benson learning to trust Mordecai and Rigby in "Blind Trust." Especially at the end where they admit that they love each other.
- The entire premise of "World's Best Boss." The workers going out of their way to get Benson the mug, their sincere compliments towards him while fighting the other boss' workers, and then Benson joining in on the brawl.
- Despite it being more of a Tear Jerker, Margaret running out of the restaurant in tears after rejecting Mordecai shows how badly she feels about doing it to him, and that she would had gladly been his girlfriend if she hadn't been accepted to her dream college.
- Rigby being fully and completely supportive of Mordecai throughout the entire episode. It shows just how far he's come from being the selfish jerk who tried to ruin Mordecai's chances of getting together with Margaret in the past. The ending scene with Rigby coming to comfort him on the roof after his heartbreaking rejection is beautifully touching.
- Rigby giving Mordecai his Amadeus Dollars, no strings attached, because he respect how much effort Mordecai put into moving to the next level with Margaret.
- Even if the ending makes it bittwersweet, it's hard not to smile at the "date montage" in the beginning, which plays this a bit more straight.
- The entire park uniting to cheer Mordecai up at the beginning of "Laundry Woes" after his devastating breakup with Margaret, and the montage of them gradually succeeding. It shows just how far all of them have come since the beginning of the series.
- When Skips puts his hand on Mordecai's shoulder at the bowling alley, he has a very knowing, comforting smile on his face. This is especially poignant when you remember that Skips lost Mona, the only girl he ever loved. Even if it's on a larger scale, he knows what Mordecai is going through.
- Mordecai letting Margaret go once and for all.
- Towards the end of "A Skips in Time":
Walks: You are pretty cool... but I'm still not changing my name to Skips.Skips: You will, you've just got to find the right girl.
- In "Tants"
Rigby: And Eileen worked really hard to help us! (Rigby and Eileen smile at each other)
Pops: But that is the reason I consider you my best friends!
- And shortly afterward . . .
- Don't forget the president of the company that makes the Tants, because after he sees this scene, he gives all of them free Tants after burning the fake ones, saying that real friends deserve real Tants.
- In "Bank Shot": When Rigby is in trouble on a Bank Shot bet, his first reaction is to call up his brother Don.
- The climax of the Thanksgiving Special. One of the many moments where the park workers really treat each other as a secondary family.
Benson: I forgive you.
- Hell, Mordecai and Rigby's Thanksgiving song counts as this, considering the song says that family is way more important than food. The fact that they won the contest also counts as a CMOA.
- "The Heart of a Stuntman" has the flashback montage of the boy Timmy and the previous birthday parties the main characters have made possible, as well as Timmy actually being impressed by the lame stunt Muscle Man and Rigby had to perform due to being injured horribly from passing stunt college.
- In "New Year's Kiss", Rigby goes out of his way to help Mordecai. It's not for his own benefit, he's actually trying to be selfless.
- The climax of "Dodge This" due to CJ and Mordecai avoiding each other, and what happened during CJ's previous appearance. The two are forced to confront their awkwardness when they're teleported away by the galactic dodge-ball council who then proceeded to play previous scenes of the pair when they try to avoid the topic further. It's revealed both sides were avoiding each other because they thought the other was mad, Mordecai due to the events of "Yes Dude Yes" and CJ due to her running out after the kiss. The two then agree to start over, as friends and finish the match, with Mordecai congratulating CJ after she wins.
- The ending of "The Postcard" where High-Five Ghost finally reunites with Celia after it looked like that they missed each other.
- In "Rigby in the Sky With Burrito", Rigby admitting to Mordecai that despite making fun of the things Mordecai did in high school, he was actually cool in high school.
- Doubling as a Tear Jerker is Skip keeping the necklace he made for Mona.
- CJ giving her support to Eileen in "Video 101". When Mordecai and Rigby slowly start to take over her project, CJ reminds Eileen that she should make her video the way she wants to since it's her project. She calls Eileen later at night to check up on her, and she brings coffee to her house on the morning of her project.
- The ending of "I Like You Hi" Mordecai puts his feelings for Margaret behind him and asks CJ out on a "date date", which she happily accepts with a ;-). If that wasn't sweet enough, she then clarifies it as an yes, likely knowing Mordecai might misinterpret it.
- Rigby expressing pride in the above.
- The montage at the beginning, showing Mordecai and CJ happily spending time together and ending with them hugging. Daww!
- For added points, Mordecai is shown at community college, showing he's regained his love for art post "Bad Portrait."
- While they rib him for "Pulling a Mordecai" again, the park workers all trying to help Mordecai with his problem. Granted their ideas are either incredibly stupid (Rigby saying to To dunk the phone in acid, thinking that will erase the text, Muscle Man trying to claim the phone was stolen), useless (Thomas' gibberish about his girlfriends, Fives Suggesting waiting four years based on his experiences), or ignored (Skips' suggestion to just tell the truth.), but they mean well.
- Play Date has plenty.
- The hug Mordecai gives CJ towards the beginning.
CJ: Whoa-ho-ho! You're a real move-maker today.
Mordecai: Oh. Uh...I mean, I thought-
CJ: Hey, hey, I'm just teasing. It's cool. You already got me on a date. There's no need to impress me.
- CJ's general attitude during the episode, simply trying to have a good time with Mordecai and shrugging off Thomas' attempts to ruin things for them.
- "I've been looking forward to this date for a long time and I'm sick of you messing it up!"
- The conversation at the end and the kiss that follows.
CJ: I can't believe you learned how to ride a bike so fast. That was awesome.
Mordecai: Yeah. Well, I was just trying to look cool.
CJ: (playfully shoves Mordecai) All right. All right. I can get wanting to impress your date.
Mordecai: So, did it work?
CJ: He doesn't need to impress me. I already think he's cool.
Mordecai: Well, he thinks the same about her. You've really been looking forward to this for a long time?
- Mordecai giving CJ a lift on his back at the end after she hurt her ankle.
- A minor one, especially since it's accompanied by Rigby being rather assholish, but the fact that Rigby went to Eileen's to hang out, showing just how closer they've become since she was introduced.
- The hug Mordecai gives CJ towards the beginning.
- The end of "Real Date" is just made of daw inducing moments.
- The charm bracelet Mordecai bought for CJ fusing into a heart.
- Mordecai and CJ's kiss.
- Eileen giving Rigby the waffle cake. The sheer happiness and gratitude in his voice speaks volumes. Kind of ruined by the fact that Eileen STOLE the cake CJ bought for Mordecai.
- Rigby helping Mordecai with the charm bracelet without being a jerk about it.
- "The End of Muscle Man" is equal parts heartwarming and saddening. The episode consists of the gang helping Muscle Man complete his bucket list as he nears death from his declining health, and it culminates at Wing Kingdom, where the whole gang is decked out in white tuxedos watching Muscle Man eating his last meal. As Muscle Man approaches and accepts his fate, Starla arrives only to see her boyfriend dead. Then in a huge twist, Muscle Man reveals that the whole shebang was actually going to end with Muscle Man proposing to Starla.
- Muscle Man was actually planning to "kill" himself so that the real him (Mitch Sorenson) remained. Starla turns down his proposal, since she wants to be married to the man she fell in love with. Muscle Man reproposes, and Starla accepts.
- "I LOVE YOU GUYS!" Everything about that line is just the most jarringly harmonious mix of Crowning Moment of Heartwarming and Tear Jerker.
- Look at how happy Muscle Man as he completes the events on his bucket list, but especially as he flies in a jetpack. He's crying.
- "Maxin' and Relaxin'" is incredibly adorable. When CJ visits Mordecai's parents so she can hear an old mixtape Mordecai made, he's deeply afraid that his mother will embarrass him in front of her, particularly when she wants to show an old home video called "Mordy Moments" full of some of the more embarrassing moments of his childhood, and during the entire episode, Mordecai is incredibly defensive around her and rather rude. When he goes to the basement to find the tape, he attempts to break it, only for manifestations of his embarrassing moments to materialize and remind him that his mom only recorded such things because she loves him, and that she always went out of her way to cheer him up after each incident, explaining to him that "the problem isn't that we're stuck like this in the tape, it's that we're stuck like this [in Mordecai's head]". He realizes they are right, apologizes to his mom for being a jerk and cheerfully makes a few jokes before popping the tape in himself. Topped off with CJ whispering to him that 'this is way cooler than a mixtape.' Everyone, together now: Daaaaaaw.
- In "Merry Chistmas Mordecai", putting the Mordo drama aside, Muscle Man/Starla and HFG/Celia had really cute, light hearted moments and Rigby kisses Eileen on the cheek.
- It's not just that Rigby kisses Eileen on the cheek that makes it great. it's that Mordecai goads him into it when he reads the mood AND the fact that it takes almost none of said goading to get Rigby to comply. All Mordecai has to do is point out the rule and call Rigby "chicken" and he's on it, and Mordecai immediately finds an excuse for leaving the two after. In earlier seasons, Rigby would complain loudly and for ages about having to hang out with Eileen. Here, it took the equivalent of a little poke to the shoulder to get him to kiss her on the cheek. Also the fact that he was giving her a present to begin with and wrapped it himself despite being horrible at it.
- Mordecai doing everything he can to reconcile with C.J. in "Sad Sax."
- In "I See Turtles" despite a incredibly awkward tension between them thanks to what Mordecai did in "Merry Christmas, Mordecai," CJ and Margaret are willing to try and get along for Eileen's sake (even though it doesn't look like they'll be able to hide their animosity towards each other).
- Muscle Man and Starla almost winning "Married and Broke" with just The Power of Love.
- A couple from "Dumped at the Altar"
- Muscle Man repeatedly calling his wedding day "the most important day of [his] life." Throughout the episode, it is easy to see just how much he loves Starla and how anxious he is to make this day perfect.
- Rigby somewhat sheepishly admitting that he and Eileen have been secretly dating for "a couple months," and the fact that they have matching bracelets. It's easy to hear the happiness in his voice, and he even says that Mordecai deserves to be as happy with someone as he (Rigby) is with Eileen. Additionally, there's the fact that Rigby didn't say anything (or "shove [their] happiness down [Mordecai's] throat") simply because Eileen told him not to, thus adding to the heartwarming character development. It was clear that Eileen is really good for Rigby, and it is nice to see a functioning, healthy relationship on this show.
- As a Freeze-Frame Bonus, you can see Thomas sitting in one of the chairs, albeit heavily disguised due to being on the run from the CIA and the KGB. Even with his life in danger he still finds the time to attend his friend's wedding, which shows how much he cares about the park workers. Even better is that this is Muscle Man we're talking about: the same guy who pranked him mercilessy back in "Starter Pack".
- Rigby consoling Mordecai after CJ (once again) breaks up with Mordecai and the two share a soda and watch as Benson cries over the damage done to his car after a frozen turducken crashed into it.