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Gary, after five lonely years in a space prison, meets an alien he calls Mooncake, and vows to keep it safe. What Gary doesn't realize, however, is that Mooncake is also a planet destroyer.

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  • Almost Out of Oxygen: Gary during the cold opening has 10 minutes of Oxygen remaining. This scenario will continue throughout the cold openings of subsequent episodes by one minute per episode.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Gary’s disastrous attempt to pose as an Infinity Guard pilot and fly a spaceship results in the destruction of 92 star cruisers….and a small Mexican restaurant.
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  • Asteroid Thicket: When Gary orders HUE to use the lightfold engines to escape the bounty hunters, the Galaxy 1 ends up near a group of asteroids, and is unable to lightfold again since the engines have to cool down first. They cause some mayor damage to the Galaxy 1, resulting in Gary getting sucked into space. And since the asteroids, Gary, and the Galaxy 1 are now all orbiting the same moon, the asteroids will keep coming.
  • Boredom Montage: The first scene of Gary on board the space prison shows him going through his daily routine, clearly bored out of his mind.
  • Cold Open: At the start of the episode, Gary is floating alone in space amids the debris of what was apparently a huge space fight.
  • Companion Cube: In a brief scene, Gary makes a smiley face in a bowl of food and talks to it.
  • The Door Slams You:
    • In the flashback, Gary crushes Tribore behind the door of a bar when he storms in.
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    • In the present, KVN tries to help Gary get out of the Commissary during the bounty hunter attack. He opens the door that HUE previously locked, but it slams shut again in Gary’s face before the latter can leave.
  • Face Doodling: The final scene shows KVN trying to do this to a sleeping Gary, but Mooncake interrupts him when he has only finished a circle around Gary’s right eye and half a moustace.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: When Lord Commander has an underling who failed him eaten by Bhero, the scene cuts to a shadow of the two, thus sparing the viewer the details.
  • Hate at First Sight: In the flashback, Gary devolps an instant dislike for KVN the moment they meet.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: During the fight between the SAMES and the bounty hunters, the bounty hunters use energy shields as protection.
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  • Mirror Monologue: In the flashback, Gary, after taking an Infinity Guard’s uniform, talks to his reflection about how he can’t just leave the unconscious man in the bathroom stall.
  • Mugged for Disguise: In the flashback, to get Quinn’s attention, Gary knocks out and drugs an infinity guard pilot for his uniform so he can pretend to be a pilot.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • In the flashback, said almost word for word by Gary when the alarm goes off, and he realizes he has to actually fly a spaceship to Maintain the Lie that he is a pilot (and also when he accidentally leans on the gun lever and ends up destroying the other 92 spaceships and a small Mexican family restaurant).
    • And in the present, he says this word for word when receiving a holographic message from the Lord Commander, who demands he hands over Mooncake.
  • Sadistic Choice: When floating in space around a moon, with the asteroids that damaged the Galaxy 1 already approaching him again, Gary is forced to chose between getting killed by the asteroids, or abandoning mooncake and try to make it back to the Galaxy 1 by using his own oxygen supply for propulsion (a move that will only have a chance at succeeding if he performs it alone). He ignores HUE’s warnings and tries the oxygen while carrying Mooncake. It fails, but fortunately Mooncake reveals his own powers, using an energy blast to destroy the asteroids and give Gary the extra momentum he needs.
  • Scared of What's Behind You: When confronting Avocato, Gary asks the armed Bounty Hunter if he plays cards, to which Avocato promptly drops his gun and raises his hands. Then it turns out he's not responding to Gary, but to the armed SAMES standing behind Gary.
  • Skewed Priorities: When HUE informs him that four ships with bounty hunters are approaching the prison, Gary’s first response is to try and find out if they can play cards.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Just when it seems Gary finally gets a cookie, KVN takes it from him. 
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