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  • Accidental Innuendo: In "Chili Four Loko", after Cousin Dave opens a fresh bag of potato chips and takes a whiff of it, Harley's narration goes on to say "Love the smell of a fresh sack".
  • Awesome Music: They set every culinary escapade to bombastic warrior music.
  • Bizarro Episode:
    • "Drunken Mess", where the cast just bombs around Montreal partying it up and hanging out with random people.
    • "Zombie Meal Time" (though that actually has cooking in it...of animal brains)
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    • "Meat Cthulhu"
  • Broken Base:
    • "Drunken Mess": the video involves absolutely no cooking; just the guys spending copious amounts of money hiring a limo, buying ridiculously expensive food, and downing many, many shots. Some fans think it's awesome, and others think it's the show's weakest moment.
    • "Zombie Meal Time".
    • The "Handle It" episodes are lathered in comments and dislikes from people who don't understand those videos are in addition to the normal episodes and that 'getting rid of handle it' won't make Muscles Glass come back, or make the next Epic Meal Time video be released faster.
      • The "Bacon Wrapped Corn Dog" episode of this resulted an even more spectacular level of broken base, because it removed the EMT guys in favour of having two of the female models perform the episode.
  • Creepy Awesome: In the "Black Legend":
    Harley: "You want girls? ...we got girls."
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • Their current record for calories is 138,226 calories, and their current record for fat is 6,892 grams. This is from not mostly sugar, but combinations that mostly consist of meat.
    • "Chili Four Loko", using a now-banned alcohol and caffeine beverage in chili that includes some bacon and by "some bacon", if the definition of "some bacon" is all of the bacon in a local supermarket.
    • The Sloppy Roethlisberger
    • "Puzzle of the Lambs": it's a three-headed lamb-based "culinary abomination"...wrapped in bacon.
    • "Mother's Day Special"
    • "Turbaconepicentipede": they stuff a quail inside a cornish hen inside a chicken inside a duck inside a turkey, and wrapped it all up in bacon inside a pig. Then they made nine more and stuck them together with bacon "anus to mouth".
    • On December 27, 2016, they made a massive lasagna that weighed in at 1,014,721 calories and 32,362 grams of fat.
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    • They also now have a special EMT remix of one of their longtime songs.
  • Drinking Game: Take a shot every time Harley says "bacon strips". To make it even more authentic, make sure it's Jack Daniels.
  • Ear Worm: This bit from "Turbaconepicentipede":
    Harley: "And connected it to another pig, anus to mouth. Anus to mouth. Anus to mouth."
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Three.
    • Muscles Glasses, the one guy in the cast that has a backstory, and who does most of the eating. Lampshaded in the "Meat Mummy" episode, where Harley discovers (much to his annoyance) that everyone in the cast decided to dress up as Muscles Glasses for Halloween except him.
      • Well, Muscles Glasses didn't dress as himself. Also, Tyler came as "Tony Hawk from Epic Meal Time", although his costume was visually identical to everyone else's MG costumes since when Tony Hawk guest starred he wore the same shirt as MG and borrowed his glasses to wear while eating.
    • Tyler, who started growing in prominence after "Drunken Mess".
    • Sarah (the girl who ate the Massive Meat Log) popped up in a handful of other videos before disappearing. The fandom rejoiced when she came back for the Angry French Onion Soup.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Look at the Youtube statistics: Sweden happens to be a large source of views for Epic Meal Time videos. No surprises when it generated the Swedish homage Regular Ordinary Swedish Meal Time.
  • Growing the Beard: The beard started to grow in "The Greasiest Sandwich Ever" with the epic music, but the beard was only complete in "The Death of the Double Down" once Harley started to seriously ham it up.
    Harley: Who's the coloniel now? Us.
    • Some could argue that the show has gotten a lot better with Muscles Glasses and Tyler being gone, as it's created a much tighter experience; the show is more about the food and less about the crazy characters.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The Stinger for "Fast Food Sushi" is "Next time, we eat a gun.". Becomes somewhat hilarious that Harley made good on his promise in "Russian Meal Time", which is full of firearms. Made more hilarious at the end of that video's stinger, where FPSRussia dribbles bullets out from his mouth.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks!: Some of YouTube has been acting like this, because they have a bigger budget (in part due to advertisements for Netflix and Gamestop) and have collaborations with other YouTube celebrities.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • "Zombie Meal Time". The gang decides to look like zombies, there's no over the top yelling or gratuitous bacon strips, the music is actually kind of scary, and they don't even talk. They grunt, moan, and make horrifying noises. The zombie make up looks disgusting and scary, and the first food item they show? It looks like some brains, and it's frightening. Sweet dreams.
    • How about them eating all these Nutritional Nightmares they made in the show, combined with the calorie counts that keep on increasing with each new ingredient, easily topping five or six digits by the time whatever they're cooking is complete? Yes they might share the food, but still...
    • Special mentions have to go towards Muscles Glasses drinking Jack Daniels chased with blood and the closeups of the brains being chopped up, pan fried and baked.
    • As for dishes, there's "Fast Food Sacrifice" and "Meat Cthulhu."
  • Memetic Badass: Muscles Glasses, who armwrestles and wins against the likes of Spider-Man, Deadpool, Chewbacca, Boba Fett, Rambo, Judge Dredd, the Joker, Superman, Batman, Robin and Captain America.
    • Captain Australia, actually. Don't worry, a lot of other people were confused, too.
    • He's so badass he wins a rap face-off by flipping the bird on his opponent, not even uttering a single word.
  • Nausea Fuel:
    • Chocolate and hearts. Happy Valentine's Day.
    • CAUTION!: Watching a man eat chili with a paddle is disgusting. You have been warned.
    • "Zombie Meal Time"
  • Squick: Some of the recipes can invoke this reaction. "Puzzle of the Lambs" was one, but particular note is the "Mother's Day Special", where they made a "baby rabbit bastard son of a turkey"...complete with a bacon umbilical cord...
    • In the same video, one of the crew passes a bag of breast milk to Harley. Muscles Glasses proceeds to drink shots of Jack Daniels mixed with it.
    • Some of the Erotic Eating is kinda creepy, especially when Harley starts making rape faces.
    • Depending on the episode, guests who eat with the crew don't just eat the meal: they simply smear it around their face.
    • "Zombie Meal Time". Good GOD...
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: They got Jamie Oliver on the show... and kept him in the fridge the whole time.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: It's not...probably. However, alcohol is used liberally.
    • In "Tequila Taco Night", Harley says that he's been "sippin' on that green and smokin' on that liquor all day."
    • The Stinger for "Epic Chicken Burger Combo" is "Next time, we eat crack". While it seems you're not supposed to take the remark seriously, Harley's stoic expression, coupled with Prince Atari nodding to the statement, seems to imply otherwise.
  • Win Back the Crowd:
    • The "Fast Food Meatloaf" episode with Lights may have been one of these. The episode dialed back on the problems with previous episodes (such as excessive product placement and the actors being complete douchebags) and managed to becoming entertaining again.
    • The "Epic Chicken Burger Combo" even more so: eating a giant sandwich made out of sandwiches can do that.
    • Following their one-year anniversary episode of "Fast Food Pizza Cake", the quality of the episodes has notably increased and harken back to how it was before "Drunken Mess": the return of the epic music, the calorie/fat counter and new meals that topped the last one every other week.

Get the (Caw!) back here and make yourself a lunchtime meal with bacon strips -and bacon strips -and bacon strips.


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