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As thanks for following him, Clancy goes after ice cream for his newest subscriber in a flooded world while interviewing a fish in a robot suit.

Episode's guest: Damien Echols.


Tropes:

  • Abusive Parents: Daniel Hoops lives with his father, who proceeds to beat him senseless for having ice cream.
  • Call-Back: In the previous episode, the dog took a bird and a clown baby into itself. In this episode, it ejects a creature that looks like a fusion of the two creatures.
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  • Cyborg: Darryl is a fish in a bowl of dark fluid, controlling a humanoid body that has both organic and mechanical components.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Clancy returns home with the ice cream-spewing unicorn, who proceeds to vomit ice cream, chocolate sauce, and sprinkles on him. Clancy makes happy exclamations as the foodstuffs are spewed on him, bringing bukake to mind.
  • Eldritch Location: Behind Clancy's trailer is a multicolored energy field in which dead people and animals are trapped. A later episode reveals that this is the Wobble.
  • Hypocrite: Darryl talks a good game about spiritual growth, but he's still a selfish, spiteful person.
  • Jerkass: For all his lofty talk about enlightenment, Darryl is a selfish jerk. He pushes all of the rock creatures out of line so that he can enter the sleeping giant's ear faster. After transforming into a giant himself, Darryl rudely wakes up the sleeping giant. Barry, the giant, brawls with Darryl, accusing him of sleeping with his ex-wife and destroying his marriage.
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  • Magick: Darryl spends the episode educating Clancy about Thelema magick, Aleister Crowley, and the path to enlightenment.
  • Metamorphosis: The rock creatures line up to enter the sleeping giant's ear. Inside his head, if they successfully navigate his brain, they are ejected out of his nose in a new, gravity-defying form such as a rainbow or an ice-cream spewing unicorn.
  • Our Giants Are Bigger: Darryl takes Clancy to an island on which a golden giant is sleeping. Darryl himself is later transformed into a giant.
  • Oxygenated Underwater Bubbles: Darryl and Clancy travel in one in order to rescue a cat from a sunken ship.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Clancy undertakes his latest adventure so that he can secure some ice cream for his new follower, Daniel Hoops, who is experiencing an ice cream drought.
    • Darryl rescues a cat trapped in an air bubble in a sunken ship.
  • Skewed Priorities:
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    • Clancy listens to voicemails of his upset sister and a collections agency threatening to send a bounty hunter after him, but goes on another simulation adventure instead of dealing with his real-world problems.
    • He ignores the computer's warnings about the simulation's programming and FAQs, despite relying on the simulation for his livelihood.
  • Sunken City: Some kind of watery apocalypse has already occurred on the planet. When Clancy arrives, he find himself in a submerged city.
  • Test Of Character:
    • In order to enter the giant's brain, visitors must be willing to sacrifice a portion of themselves. The rock creatures leave a small portion of their own substance on the pedestal before entering. Darryl offers his internal organs in order to enter.
    • While passing through the sleeping giant's brain, Darryl and Clancy pass by several worldly temptations on pedestals, including a car, television set, and a unicorn that spews ice cream. Clancy almost succumbs several times, but is yanked away by Darryl.
  • Weird Currency: Steve the Junkboat Fish accepts cats as currency. After Darryl gives him four cats in exchange for some equipment, Steve happily pets the cats.

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