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"Bad show. Jolly bad show."
— Malum Kranus aka Anti-Pops himself, ladies and gentlemen. Perhaps he has Medium Awareness and is actually referring to these moments?

Being half of the two frontrunners of Cartoon Network’s cartoon renaissance, Regular Show managed to bring out the best... and the worst. Of course, the show can have a few mistakes that need to be fired from The Park as soon as possible.


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    Season 2 
  • bobdrantz: As of its second season, Regular Show is taking something of a downhill turn. The episode "Appreciation Day" was bad enough with its predictable storyline and poor use of characters, but that's not even the DMOS. No, that honor goes to "My Mom". It's a poorly-written Shoot the Shaggy Dog story in which Mordecai and Rigby end up being supervised by Muscle Man and High-Five Ghost. Sure, the episode starts out decent enough with the main duo finding out that Muscle Man is pretty cool, despite being a Jerkass. However, Mordecai then points out that he finds Muscle Man's "My mom!" jokes are annoying and proceeds to tell a bunch of "Your mom" jokes...and it goes downhill from there. Why? Well, first of all, you'd think that this means that the episode would have Muscle Man's mother show up for one reason or another. Instead, his brother shows up (Which makes no sense) and they proceed to make Mordecai and Rigby kiss and eat a picture of Muscle Man's butt. It makes no sense. The ending feels tacked on and forced and brings the entire episode down. Not to mention that Muscle Man works best as a Running Gag character, and his voice is too aggravating to listen to for longer than five minutes.
  • gene0129: The episode Jinx. It involved Rigby being jinxed by Mordecai to where if he says anything, the latter punches him, and the only way to unjinx was to get someone to say the name three times in a row. When he gets fed up with this, he goes to Skips to get him to unjinx by writing down on a piece of paper instead out of fear that Mordecai is watching him. What does Skips do instead? He joins in on beating Rigby! Okay, seriously? I expected that kind of assholeness from Muscle-Man! Besides, Mordecai was overall a complete fucking asshole here and I'm glad he got he would get his just desserts in "Do Me a Solid", an episode that would air later.
  • heartauthor: My original Regular Show DMOS was "Think Positive", but then I remembered "See You There", a really bad episode that cemented my hatred for the show's other Scrappy: Muscle Man. The episode is about Mordecai and Rigby being the only ones who aren't invited to Hi-Five Ghost's birthday party; Muscle Man even says to their faces that they aren't invited. Mordecai and Rigby try multiple times to appease Muscle Man, even giving him their game system, but are rejected each time. The two end up sneaking into the party with the help of HFG's brother, disguised as ghosts (it's a costume party), and through a series of elaborate events, end up giving Muscle Man a heart attack. Hi-Five Ghost starts screaming at Mordecai and Rigby that they killed his best friend, and Mordecai and Rigby are horrified by what they did... only for Muscle Man to wake up and reveal that the whole thing, even the party... was one big prank. And the motivation for the whole thing? Muscle Man wanted revenge for Mordecai and Rigby splashing soda in his face... while Mordecai was saving Rigby from choking, during which Muscle Man only sat by, cackling as he essentially watched Rigby die. What? Not only is that the most petty reason for revenge this troper has ever heard, but it pretty much confirmed that Muscle Man is an Ungrateful Bastard that has no problem faking a serious injury just to get back at someone for splashing soda in his face.
  • Rem Tar 85: To me the biggest DMOS in the show's history is the episode "Do Me a Solid", where Mordecai asks Rigby to do him a "solid" (pretty much a favor) by accompanying him on a double date with Margaret and Eileen. To sweeten the deal, Mordecai offers Rigby ten solids in return. Rigby accepts, and what does he do? During the double date, he uses his solids to humiliate, demean and embarrass Mordecai, all to ruin his chances with Margaret. We never find out what the final solid is, but it's something apparently so disgusting that Mordecai refuses doing it, causing one of the typical world-ending cataclysms seen almost daily in the park, requiring Mordecai to do the embarrassing, disgusting solid in front of everybody, including Margaret. To add insult to injury, the whole thing is taped, and Rigby and the others at the park (minus Benson) are still laughing over it while watching it the next day. The lowest point comes when Mordecai rightfully wants to end the friendship with Rigby, but decides that Rigby should be forgiven when Rigby casually breaks the tape of Mordecai's humiliation. So what if he broke the tape? Everybody saw it and knows what he did, breaking the tape changes nothing! This episode was the point that cemented Rigby as an irredeemable, selfish Manipulative Bastard with no good qualities who is as bad and probably worse than the villains the characters often face, and I cannot comprehend why anyone would like him after watching this episode.
    • Supernintendo 128: I 100% agree with you. I cannot stand this episode or how Rigby was acting. Why did he feel the need to ruin Mordecai's chances with Margret by humiliating him right in front of her? But worse is that why did he need to make Mordecai do that extremely embarrassing final solid right in front of everyone including Margret? But worst of all, why is Mordecai still hanging out with Rigby after he filmed the final solid, and showed it to everyone? It doesn't matter that he broke the tape, the damage has already been done. I hope you're happy, Rigby. You're extremely lucky that Mordecai is still willing to be friends with you, you little piece of crap.

    Season 3 
  • White Rose Samurai: The episode "Slam Dunk" annoys me to no end. In it, Margaret asked Mordecai to make a webpage for her, but Muscle Man reserved the computer even though he wasn't using it and was playing basketball outside. I don't understand why he wouldn't let Mordecai use it to do something that probably wouldn't have taken 20 minutes instead of being a jerk about it.
  • CR Martin: I am a huge Regular Show fan. I have enjoyed the show's best moments with every fiber in my body and have tolerated most (not all) of the show's slip-ups. But there is one slip-up I cannot comprehend let alone slide off my shoulders, which is in "Think Positive". The first of the episode's pros is Pops showing a more 'seasoned' side of him that I appreciate, besides his trademark Cloud Cuckoo Lander disposition; him not taking too kindly to Benson's harsh treatment towards Mordecai and Rigby and taking action has me beginning to like him after one whole season's worth of his nonsense, and that's saying something. The second is giving the depth that Benson really needed; controlling his temper is not only taxing for him, but brings back painful memories of his upbringing which shows him to be rather timid until coaxed by his family. And I'm glad he was able to call out Mordecai and Rigby during the climax. That leads me to the first of the episode's cons. After noticing their boss's struggle to keep himself composed, do Mordecai and Rigby try to change themselves for the better? Of course fucking not, they do the contrary by behaving like complete assholes and taking advantage of Benson. Perhaps the real kicker is the worse of the two cases of O.O.C. Is Serious Business in this episode: while Pops does show his competence, albeit rather late at this point in the series, it's Mordecai who pissed me the fuck off. You would think that he would cut down on the antics he and Rigby get into. And being Rigby, he's the first to instigate these antics, and his are usually more idiotic than the ones Mordecai instigates. Never would I think that Mordecai would drop to Rigby's brand of stupidity, but he did in this episode. Note that this is the same blue jay who usually knows his bounds and if he's overstepped them. That must be some excellent shit he sniffed or some strong booze he guzzled down (if he does drink booze, that is).
  • Alvarocasalino: Regular Show is one of my favorite animated series from the recent years, but I can't stand "The Best Burger in the World" due the Flanderization suffered by Benson in this chapter: Many previous episodes showed Benson's starting to become at least semi-sympathetic towards Mordecai and Rigby (for example in "Benson Be Gone") and also showed that (very deep inside, at least) he considered them as his friends. However, in "The Best Burger in the World" he behaves like a complete Jerkass towards Mordecai and Rigby, as if he really hated them. All the previous Character Development is thrown out the window just for a one-off gag. The awful and mean-spirited ending just makes the whole thing even worse, and makes it very hard to find Benson likeable after that episode.
    • monkeyman224: I hate this episode too, but for the exact opposite reason as everyone else. I hate that Benson is supposed to look like the bad guy in this episode, despite that Mordecai and Rigby are the ones who are being total jackasses. In the beginning Benson chastises them for not completing a single job the week before, and what do they do? They give him attitude about it. ("Ugggh! Not this again Benson!") Of course Benson would be pissed off at that, I would be too if I was in that position. It really pisses my off the way Mordecai and Rigby think they can act like that and get rewarded for it. Just like Bob The Hun says in his post below this one, I don't understand why fans hate Benson and Mordecai and Rigby gets all the sympathy despite that they are the ones who are in the wrong half of the time.
  • Bob The Hun: Many moments related to Mordecai and Rigby are a DMOS, but specifically "Replaced", where they sabotage better workers to keep a job they don't deserve and get away with it. I don't see how fans see Benson as a jerk and sympathize with Mordecai and Rigby. They are clearly undeserving of there jobs and Benson is made to be a jerk for yelling at them or punishing them. Sometimes Benson goes too far but Mordecai and Rigby are Karma Houdinis (barring some exceptions). I'd post more examples but the rules only allow for one entry per person. It wouldn't be so bad if Mordecai and Rigby weren't shown to time and time again to be everything Benson says they are, or if their laziness was some Informed Ability. But it's shown constantly to be true.
  • fluffything: How does one utterly ruin an absolutely heartwrenching episode? By pulling a rather dickish Ass Pull of course. Case in point, the episode "Out Of Commission". Long story short, the episode involves Mordecai and Rigby having to take their old golf-kart to the dump since its being replaced by a newer higher-tech kart. They dump soda onto the old kart and it magically springs to life. The rest of the episode centers around "Kart" wanting to do various things with the bird-n-raccoon duo before being destroyed with the final thing being to "go out in a blaze of glory". This could've (and should've) been a great touching episode paralleling what it's like to spend one's final days with those one cares about. But, then the dick-move comes in where Benson calls them and tells them that they couldn't afford the new kart and that they can bring the old kart back causing Mordecai and Rigby to groan in frustration. Just...I'm sorry, what? Hey, writers? You just utterly belittled one of the most beautiful and touching episodes of any episode I've ever seen in a series with that one scene.

    Season 4 
  • Captain Tedium: Many people complained about the twist ending of "Do or Diaper" where Margaret fakes out kissing Mordecai so that he ends up having to wear a diaper for a week, but the thing about the episode that pissed me off was when Muscle Man bought the last diapers in stock in front of a mother and her crying baby, who obviously need the diapers more. Muscle Man's already an unsympathetic jerk. The last thing we need is another reason to hate that asshole!

    Season 5 
  • FAS1997: As much as I love Regular Show, it even has its down occasionally. Some of the dethroning episodes are Muscle Woman, Muscle Mentor, Access Denied, but the episode that sort of take the cake of a dethroning moment of suck in my opinion was the season 5 premiere episode "Laundry Woes." To be honest, even for a season premiere, it was so poorly written. I didn't really like Mordecai here as he was being mean to Rigby. Rigby still has his annoying self back in the first three seasons and of course he and Mordecai gets in a fight over Margaret's sweater. Then, Mordecai kicks Rigby out. Of course, this episode turns out to be a "Shaggy Dog" Story in the end when he doesn't return Margaret the sweater. Besides the heartwarming montage at the beginning and a few funny parts, this episode just blows. It's one of the Regular Show episodes I don't want to watch again. Seriously, that was not a good way to start season 5. But Season 5 has some better episodes, even though some are disappointing.
  • Super Saiya Man: "Wall Buddy". Or 'why the viewers should view Rigby as a Scrappy'. Rigby raises a stink when Mordecai correctly blames him for the mess in Rigby's half of their room and whines and tries to get out of it. This is the characterization that people hated on Rigby in Season 2, yet the episode sides with him (even having Mordecai apologize)! Instead of just manning up and cleaning the room Rigby first hides all the trash in Mordecai's bed, the closet, and Mordecai's bureau. When he's caught he tries to get Thomas to do it but is shot down. Then Rigby orders the Wall Buddy-an automatic room divider to get all his trash on Mordecai's side and then acts like a jackass to his so called best friend, and then forces a fight when Mordecai gets angry about how much of a baby Rigby is being and ends up trashing the house and the park. All in all, it made Rigby go from a likable lovable slacker to one of the show's Scrappies overnight.
    • LunaVeg87: I'd like to second that. What really annoyed me about this episode is that, like you said, we were expected to be on Rigby's side. The fact that Mordecai rightfully called him on being a lazy slob, and Rigby whined at him for not backing him up with Benson was what annoyed me the most. So, what? You should always back up your friends and clean up after their messes (literal or otherwise), even if they're wrong and they drag you down with them? I can't believe Rigby throwing that self-centered bitch-fit was actually supposed to make him look like the one who was wronged (especially since, as can be seen in other episodes, including some others have mentioned here, being a bad friend to Mordecai is never a concern to him).
      • Regulas314: I agree, this episode was horrible, I wanted Benson to fire Rigby regardless of whether he cleaned the room or not, he's proven now that all he'll ever be is a whiny screechy crybaby who always searches for the easy way out! Benson was right, if Mordecai keeps hanging out with Rigby it'll only lead to him getting into even worse trouble! Mordecai should really tell Rigby he's either gonna leave him or die young as was revealed in "House Rules" because at this point Rigby's just an irredeemable whiny baby Jerkass and officially The Scrappy of the series.
      • IAmATropist: Fourthed. This episode completely ruined a character whom I usually find funny (Rigby).
  • Candycane14: The episode "The Heart of a Stuntman" had a terrible writing plot device. The main cast were making a party and celebrating a birthday of a turning ten year old human boy name Timmy. There's nothing wrong with that idea alone, for part of the plot, but then we're shown a flashback of baby Timmy's first birthday at the park, there was Muscle Man, Mordecai, Rigby...wait a minute! Mordecai and Rigby weren't at the park for that long! Just around a year or two, not a decade! And guess what?! The human kid is Benson's nephew! We saw Benson's family-twice! And we've never seen a human nephew!...of course Timmy may have just called Benson 'Uncle Benson' as a cute nickname...but what annoyed me in this episode was how everybody was like, 'We love Timmy! Timmy's Great!' and how Mordecai, Rigby and the others kept getting themselves nearly killed in a Stuntman class over a character who 'although never been mentioned before, all this time, and will probably never be mentioned again, is really wonderful and very important to us, this episode!'....They gave new meaning to "jumping the shark"...They jumped the, if they ever show that kid again, I hope they at least explain he has fast aging growth or whatever...
  • Soulful Ginger 17: "Skips' Story". I was looking forward to a deep, emotional, heart-breaking story about the origins of one of the few consistently awesome characters in this show. Instead, the writers gave a Retcon to five seasons worth of continuity... for high school. I shit you not. What's worse is that they aren't even parodying high school tropes like you think they would, choosing for a Narm-filled cliche story. They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot is an understatement here.
  • Vir: What do you get when you combine Benson's Flanderization from "Temp Check" and "The Best Burger in the World" with Rigby's attitude in "Wall Buddy"? You get "Paint Job", which has Benson show up as a raging hothead within the first few minutes when he lambastes Mordecai and Rigby for covering the house in pizza pouches and openly insulting their intelligence. When they have to clean it off, Rigby turns the setting on the power sprayer higher despite Mordecai telling him not to, which results in Mordecai losing control of the hose and the water stripping the paint off the house. We then get yet another "Rigby is too fucking lazy to do manual labor" plot when he sees an ad on TV where the company it's for offers to paint new customers' houses for free. As it turns out, the company was a military branch that painted places invisible before destroying them via air strike. They manage to get the targeting beacon off of the roof of the now invisible house, then keep throwing it back and forth until it flies through the window of Benson's car. Then we get not one, but two cases of Kick the Dog; when Benson can't open his car and get the targeting beacon because his hands are covered in popcorn butter, the air strike destroys his car, and he decides that he won't be paying Mordecai and Rigby for the next 6 months. So, that's Benson Flanderized to ungodly amounts, another conflict started by Rigby's incompetence, Mordecai getting pulled down with him once again, Muscle Man showing up at the end of the episode for the sake of comic relief, and an ending that's painful to fans of four characters. And this was aired a week after "Gold Watch", which was a Moment of Awesome for Benson and showed that he can be a good character when handled properly, when in this episode he was not.
    • Onionmaster: Yeah this was a really weird episode alright. Full of Out of Character Moments and Off-Model animation and seemed to have been sped up to fit the time. I was surprised to read that the authors and animators were the same as usual, as it seemed like it was licenced out to cheap animators. It almost seemed like a Season 1 episode that they forgot about (or perhaps never broadcast due to its quality) and then used as filler due to the sheer amount of episodes they had to make. There were two very funny moments though, which were when Rigby insists he can work on his own and we are compelled to believe he's changed his ways and then immediately takes a break without having done anything, and then when Rigby has to navigate the invisible house and only gets hurt by things after Mordecai tells him to watch out for them. For all its faults I enjoyed the cartoon slapstick quality of this episode, and certainly preferred it to another recycled plot.

     Season 6 
  • Animeking 1108: Lunch Break is yet another "Benson's A Prick" episode. Since I can only pick one dethroner, I'll pick the ending where even though Mordecai and Rigby successfully ate the sandwich before their deadline, for no reason, he decides to make them run 50 laps or else they'd be fired. Okay, if this incident were caused by Mordecai and Rigby's shenanigans, I'd understand, but here, Benson's completely at fault for the situation. He said that it was okay for everybody at the park to pick what they wanted on the menu of the sub restaurant, and he didn't even bother to check the prices.
  • Evil Roda: I actually liked Merry Christmas Mordecai. Why? Because the kiss happened totally by accident while Mordecai and Margaret were caught up in the moment, and, more importantly, it was followed up by the excellent episode Sad Sax, where Mordecai tries to patch things up with CJ and succeeds in a very heartwarming ending. Taken together, they might be a couple of my favorite episodes. Dumped at the Altar, on the other hand, has no such excuses. Mordecai completely screws up his relationship with that dumbass speech, spoiling a friend's wedding to boot. It ends with poor CJ leaving Mordecai, and let me tell you, he deserves it. It's like the writers are locked in a never-ending struggle over whether CJ or Margaret get with Mordecai. We already went through this, there were no loose ends! Well, alright, Margaret admitted having feelings for Mordecai still, but why not have Margaret try to resolve that herself? Oh, and to top it all off, this episode is followed by the utterly stupid Dumptown, USA. Nice job ruining everything, writers.
Exist Dragon 29: While I think most of us can agree that the Mordecai, Margeret and CJ love triangle was awful, I think the worst of it wad the episode "1000th Party Chopper Flight" (I think that's what it's called). The first half of the episode is dumb. All it is is just Mordecai freaking out and being awkward over nothing, but things get much worse later. When Mordecai is in the helicopter with Margeret, CJ gets so upset over nothing, and gets so angry she almost kills them. I'm not joking. The episode ends with CJ running of crying over what she did. Regular Show has had a few duds over the years but nothing as bad as this.

     Season 7 
  • dannylightninglightner: "Marvolo the Wizard" wasn't really a bad episode (and definitely wasn't without its very funny moments,) but the episode's treatment of Pops was bad. As Pops is mostly portrayed as a really timid and easily-frightened character, normally it's funny to see him over-react to things. But because this episode was entirely framed from his point of view, seeing him run around in a complete panic was legitimately sad to watch, especially with the jerk fairgoers taunting him. And Benson, holding the Idiot Ball, doesn't actually explain to Pops what's going on; he just yells at him, making the situation worse. Seeing Benson treat Pops like this was pretty jarring, as Pops is usually something of a Morality Pet to Benson. I agree with the observation of a particular commenter on the "Toonzone" forum discussion page for this episode; "I was just annoyed with how no one was helping Pops, who was legitimately scared and confused into stupidity here." There's also the scene in which Pops blacks out from accidentally running into a wall in a panic; when he comes to, Skips doesn't really seem too concerned, he just tells him to slay the dragon and that this will fix everything. Pops eventually defeats the dragon, and he's overjoyed- but the episode won't allow him to celebrate his victory for very long, because immediately afterward, he's knocked out AGAIN. The ending scene somewhat implies that Marvolo's appearances in the episode may have been due to Pops hallucinating from getting smacked on the head. Pops has always been something of a comical yet pitiable Butt-Monkey ever since the show's inception, but this episode went a little too far with it and pushed him into straight-up woobie territory.
  • mysticfire: All right, I removed my earlier entry on Merry Christmas Mordecai in favor of Mordecai's behavior throughout Rigby's Graduation Day Special. Overall, I think this is honestly one of the best episodes of the series, but I would be remiss if I didn't publicly register my frustration with Mordecai. I had not really been liking Mordecai ever since the ''Merry Christmas Mordecai'' fiasco, and this episode just cemented my contempt for his character in the later seasons. This episode serves as the conclusion of Rigby's two-seasons-long effort to graduate high school, and he is chosen to give the commencement address, which will be filmed for a TV show. Meanwhile, the park staff is getting ready to throw Rigby a party, and Mordecai just generally acts mopey and mouthy when the others ask him what Rigby likes. Mordecai even claims that graduating high school is the least a person can do and asks why it is so special, to which Hi Five Ghost registers his disbelief that he has to explain to Mordecai what an accomplishment this is for Rigby. Mordecai is then tasked with taking Skips' van to get a special soda for Rigby, which is out of season and thus he needs to drive out to the manufacturer. This sets up a heartwarming scene, but then Mordecai whines the whole time. Rigby is getting nervous about writing his speech and calls to ask Mordecai for help, and the latter snaps and hangs up on him. Rigby calls later to ask for help again, while Mordecai is on the way home with the surprise, and what does Mordecai do? He throws the soda out the window. I don't care that Mordecai actually did go back and get the soda, because that is ruined for me by the fact that 1) Mordecai wasn't even in the arena during the ceremony: he instead was pouting next to the van and didn't even consider going inside until Rigby started floundering on his speech; and 2) he flatly admits to Rigby that it's hard to see him doing so well because that makes Mordecai feel worse about himself. On some level I can understand Mordecai's feelings, but Mordecai has not actively tried to improve his life and seems to want Rigby around so he can feel superior to someone. Rigby has spent so much time improving his life and Mordecai still made it all about him. I don't know why Rigby wasn't mad at Mordecai for at least several episodes after this, giving that the latter's apology didn't feel especially genuine to me. Also, aside from Rigby's brief frustration with him, Mordecai does not receive any appropriate calling out for his extremely selfish behavior.

     Season 8 
  • Benthelame: For me it was the Grand Finale, particularly finding out that after all the hype placed around Mordecai x Margret, Mordecai x CJ and a lot of the character development that Mordecai goes through being centered around or stemming from knowing either of these individuals, he doesn't end up with either. I'd have been happy if he decided to live life being single but instead he ends up with a character we never got to know as if the writers were just hooked on the idea that happiness equals Babies Ever After. I have no "Ship" and I gleefully watch as they are destroyed but poofing a random wife and random kids out for a character that spent much of the series learning about relationships from other ones ( including but not limited to don't be afraid to admit that you're jealous, Don't be a two-timing jerk, Let things go. Go big or go home and Girls don't date guys that treat their mothers badly) just seemed like a huge letdown.

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