Recap / Yu Gi Oh The Abridged Series S 2 E 20 So Long And Thanks For All The Trading Cards

"You know, you can go ahead and skip this episode. I'm sure nothing significant will happen. It's probably just Filler."
-Yami Yugi


  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The tomb keeper initiation ceremony involves carving open the initiate's back, burning an intricate symbol into their flesh, and making them watch Beverly Hills Chihuahua.
  • Batman Gambit: Marik notes that his entire evil plan could potentially be undone just by any of the other characters looking in his general direction.
  • Death by Childbirth: Veronica dies giving birth to Marik, leaving her three children at her husband's mercy.
  • Gentle Giant: Odion just cannot pull off looking consistently intimidating, much to Marik's dismay.
  • Happily Adopted: Zigzagged. Odion absolutely adores his adoptive mother, but Hank Ishtar gets no such fond memories.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: All three Ishtar children experienced some level of this.
  • Moment Killer: Marik ruins yet another serious Odion moment.
    Odion: Mother... I finally got to be a tomb keeper. Just... like you always wanted. I can only hope you're proud of me.
    Marik: She's not even your real mom, douchebag!
  • Poke the Poodle: Melvin calls Marik out for relying too heavily on this trope and rightfully declares himself Eviler Than Thou.
  • Shout-Out: "Yes, it's true! I am Kira! I mean, Marik."
    • "And there's the obligatory Death Note reference. I never though we'd sink that low."
  • Spell My Name with an "S": There's a brief joke about Hank being unable to decide if he should name his son Marik or Malik (which has been a point of contention among Yu-Gi-Oh! fans ever since the 4!Kids dub named him).
  • Take Care of the Kids: Veronica charges Odion with taking care of his younger siblings on her deathbed.
  • Tempting Fate: Veronica doesn't even get to finish telling Odion that he'll be a tomb keeper unless she has another son before we get a Gilligan Cut to Marik's birth.
    • She falls prey to this again when she specifically warns Odion against letting Marik "grow up to be a giant douche like his father". Whoops.
  • To Be Continued ... Right Now: The "To Be Continued" message right after Marik's Split-Personality Takeover is quickly followed by a "Just kidding".
  • Trigger Phrase: Marik accidentally sets off a flashback to Odion's infancy by calling him a "big baby".
  • The Unfavorite: Odion gets this by being the only non-biological child in the Ishtar family. His mother may have seen him as her son, but his father views him as a servant.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Odion had his deep, booming voice even as a baby. Marik also has the same voice as a newborn, and can talk for some reason.
  • Wham Episode: The first episode that gives us some backstory for the Ishtar family, and the one that finally reveals Melvin.