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Recap / Regular Show S 08 E 21 The Ice Tape

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Following the coordinates given to them by the crew of the Alpha Dome, the park crew arrive at an ice planet and comes across a video store in the middle of it. When the staff there recognize Pops, they lead him to a chest with an VHS made of ice left to him by his father on Earth. However it'll only play on a special VHS player and to get there, the crew have to traverse treacherous terrain to reach it.

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  • Cain and Abel: Not surprisingly, it's revealed Pops and Anti-Pops are brothers and essentially both good and evil sides of each other.
  • Continuity Nod: The Eggsellent Knight returns once more, having gotten a job in space (via the net) guarding the mystic VHS players.
  • Schmuck Bait: Rigby deduces that the "seemingly normal VCR" is a trap, due to the shifty eyes and gun peeking out of the slot.
  • Stupid Sacrifice: All three video store clerks attempt sacrifices they treat as heroic, but all were completely unnecessary. The main cast tries to explain alternate solutions during all three events that would have been more effective and offer to rescue them, but to no avail.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The staff from the video store. Despite being in situations that they could easily get out of, they constantly keep putting themselves in danger so they can make a Heroic Sacrifice.
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  • The Reveal/Wham Episode: Pops is not from Earth but rather an alien and the good half to Anti-Pops bad half. Mr. Mallard had found him in a crater as a baby as well as a scroll telling him all this. He had hoped to raise Pops normally but knew sooner or later, Pops would have to return to space, be trained in his power and fight his darker half.
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