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Recap / Adventure Time S 5 E 14 Simon And Marcy

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A look at what the Ice King and Marceline were like 996 years ago.


  • And That's Terrible: Subverted, but still played for humor. Simon smashes the window to a soupery with a chair, only for there to be a brief beat before he says "Vandalism is wrong, Marcie.". However, he's doing it to get her a cure for her fever in an extreme situation, so he's doing it for good reasons.
  • Adult Fear: Knowing you're losing your mind and that you're a threat to your loved ones.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Marceline had clearly forgotten about Simon's warning about vandalism when she first met Finn and Jake.
  • After the End: The flashback takes place 4 years after the nuclear war.
  • Boring, but Practical: After losing the bike, Simon uses a wheeled office chair to take Marceline to the town.
  • Connected All Along: Simon/The Ice King and Marceline.
    • Towards the end of the episode, Simon and Marceline encounter what is very likely to be the same mass of semi-sentient bubblegum that would eventually create/form into Princess Bubblegum.
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  • Cool Bike: Simon finds one and is about to ride it with Marceline to an abandoned town, before it runs away from him and crashes.
  • Cool Old Guy: When not being the Ice King, Simon is a caring yet dorky father figure to Marceline.
  • A Day in the Limelight: As the name suggests, the episode focuses on Simon and Marceline.
  • Dark Reprise: The "Cheers" song is sung again when Simon uses the Ice Crown to defeat the Ooze Zombies and slowly become the Ice King.
  • Framing Device: When Finn and Jake are puzzled about why she invited the Ice King over to play basketball with them, Marceline finally opens up to them about their past connection.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: The Ooze zombies are mutated people who ooze out slime from their eye sockets and mouths.
  • Promoted to Parent: Simon was Marceline's guardian, since her father wasn't the most supportive of parents.
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  • Shout-Out: Simon sings the Cheers theme song, first to amuse Marceline, then in order to stay sane while wearing the crown, in order to keep his mind intact so he can protect Marceline. It doesn't work.
  • Soup Is Medicine: Simon becomes obsessed about finding soup for the sick Marceline.
  • Take That!: Simon makes an offhanded comment about how Adaptation Distillation occurs to most books turned movies.
  • Urban Ruins: Viewers are treated to a flashback of Marceline and Simon Petrikov attempting to survive in the aftermath of a fairly recent apocalypse. Besides the titular two, no humans are seen - only hostile slime creatures, implied to have formed from the same radiation that would later shape the Land of Ooo.
  • Was Once a Man: Simon who later becomes Ice King and the Ooze Zombies who were once human.
  • Wham Line: Simon addresses young Marceline with "I love you too... Gunter," showing just how far his Sanity Slippage has gone even when he's not wearing the crown.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: This goes into more detail on Ice King and Marceline's past.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: This goes into detail on Simon's Sanity Slippage into the Ice King.

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