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Recap / My Gym Partners A Monkey S 4 E 16 Where In The World Are Adams Parents

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Adam's parents are a consistent no-show for all of the most important events of his childhood. The school gets suspicious, and fears the worst of the whereabouts of his folks.

  • Adults Are Useless: It's learned that Adam's Parents are not only absent for 90% of Adam's life, but on Mondays through Fridays, they leave for work before he wakes up, and don't come back from work until it's almost midnight, leaving Adam to take care of himself, every day of the week.
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  • Black Comedy: This episode was based on a significantly darker concept (the supposed murder of Adam's parents) than with most episodes. Dark jokes included Principal Pixiefrog going on an unwarranted tangent about how he's secretly planning to kill his mother, and an end of episode gag, involving Adam barfing up a human bone, comically revealing his cannibalism.
  • A Bloody Mess: Adam trips over an ottoman, and lands smack dab on his overfilled ketchup sandwich.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Principal Pixiefrog mentions twice, how this episode is four seasons into the series.
  • Down to the Last Play: The football game was tied 50 to 50, with only 5 seconds of the game left.
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: Adam's Dad tells a joke, which gets a good laugh out of everybody.
  • Freudian Slip: Jake has a quick outburst in the middle of his mission, screaming "Why don't you love me, daddy!?"
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  • I Have No Son!: Jake's dad outright stated that he wished his son was more like Adam.
  • Invisible Parents: This episode delves way into this trope, with buckets of self-referential humor about how Adam's parents have never been seen, and have only been mentioned on occasion.
  • The Ketchup Test: Jake performs this on a spilled bottle of ketchup, and still thinks it's blood.
  • The Nameless: The Mad Cows faced off against A Different All-Animal Team.
  • Noir Episode: When Jake, Windsor, and Slips investigate Adam's house, a genre shift puts them in a black-and-white mystery movie environment.
  • Pun-Based Title: It's possible this episode title is a pun on Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?.
  • Rule of Three: It took the football game, the school play, and the student of the year award show, for the gang to get suspicious about the absence of Adam's parents.
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  • Splash of Color: During the Noir Shift, the ketchup was the only red object in the sea of monochromatic imagery.
  • Stepford Smiler: Adam had to put on a fake smile, when taking pictures of himself.
  • Sudden Anatomy: Slips develops a hand for a pair of gags. Another gag involves Jake growing more than five fingers on one hand, while listing all of the events Adam's parents have been absent for.
  • The Un Reveal: Adam's Parents finally make their "debut", appearing in the flesh at Adam's school. Only thing is, they're wearing hazmat suits that obscure their entire persons and muffle their voices to the point of inaudibility.
    Pixiefrog: So, there's just one thing I don't get, Mr. and Mrs. Lyon. Why did you allow your son to attend a dangerous all-animal school for 4 television seasons?
    Adam's Dad: (inaudible muffling)
    Adam's Mom: (inaudible muffling)
    The Pack: Ohhhhh!
    Pixiefrog: Glad that's finally cleared up.
  • The Unintelligible: Nothing that Adam's parents say is understandable, ... at least to the audience. Adam's parents wear giant hazmat suits that muffle their voices, so much that you can barely even hear what they sound like. The other characters in the show, however, seem to understand them perfectly.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Adam is a high-soprano singing angel in the school play.
  • Wrongfully Accused: Adam is accused of killing his parents.

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