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Season 6 | Episode 9 | “The Prince Who Wanted Everything” | Aired June 26, 2014

This week’s episode of Adventure Time, “The Prince Who Wanted Everything,” is a Fionna and Cake adventure! Once again, the Ice King escorts the audience from the Land of Ooo to the Land of Aaa — this time to enjoy a fan fiction story written by Lumpy Space Princess. Her story, The Prince Who Wanted Everything, is the central focus for the episode, and the story within the story introduces the Land of Aaa’s version of Lumpy Space into continuity.

In the episode’s opening, the Ice King wakes up tied to a tree in a dark forest. While he calls out for Gunter, his penguin companion, he instead finds his apparent captor: Lumpy Space Princess. She says that she has kidnapped him so that he can read her contribution to his fan fiction universe: The Land of Aaa.

The Land of Aaa is a story within the story about the Land of Ooo. It is a place where all the genders of all our normal characters are reversed. Instead of Finn the Human, they have Fionna the Human. Instead of Jake the Dog, they have Cake the Cat. Previous episodes featuring the Land of Aaa have given us the Ice Queen and Prince Gumball. This time, we focus on Lumpy Space Prince.

Lumpy Space Prince, we find out, lives in Lumpy Space. He’s the heir to the Lumpy Space Throne. What’s more, he doesn’t want to grow up to be the monster his parents would like him to be. So he rebels. He leaves Lumpy Space and its gold-encrusted sandwiches behind and goes through the portal to Aaa. There, he meets a conclave of forest animals, which he orders to bring him freaky clothes and something mind-blowing to read. Cool freaky, not monster freaky. Also, servants from the local area, whom he is sure will not mind serving him.

With servants in chains and a copy of Sigmund Freud’s seminal work in hand, it seems as if Lumpy Space Prince is living the dream. That is, until Fionna and Cake show up to save the captives. Lumpy Space Prince realizes that his perspective on the world is all wrong. He learns new things about the world, like how to dance and how much more interesting food is when it isn’t encrusted in gold.

But woe, it is not to be. Lumpy Space Prince’s handsome spell casts itself over Fionna, and she is mesmerized by his regal good looks. He says that they cannot be together because he can only marry a woman who is just like him in every way. Unfortunately, he doesn’t know of any such person, so he thinks he is doomed to be alone forever. But that doesn’t stop him from singing a song about how much he enjoys the rustic life. Until, that his, he is interrupted by his monstrous parents.

In a glorious and heroic battle, Lumpy Space prince confronts his parents — who are fatter than ever — with characteristic juvenile apathy. LSP sings over and over, “I don’t care,” which strips his parents of their monstrosity. Once LSP has freed his parents from adult mediocrity and petulance, he sings “I don’t care” once more, seemingly killing them without any remorse or even a second thought. Dark, Pen Ward. Super-dark.

The episode ends with a shot of Lumpy Space Princess and the Ice King finishing the story. He reads that Lumpy Space Prince then became so real, he could travel through a portal into the Land of Ooo from the Land of Aaa. We are teased with the possibility of it happening at the end of the episode, but instead, the Ice King is attacked by a seemingly rabid opossum.

The end of the episode, though, does raise serious questions for the future of Adventure Time for fans. This is the third installment we’ve had in the adventures of Fionna and Cake. As they become increasingly popular characters (the second episode of the coupling was episode 11 of season 5, “Bad Little Boy”), is there a possibility that we could see a crossover between both universes soon? We can only hope! Until then, be sure to check back next week for a recap of “Something Big,” which airs July 3.

Adventure Time airs Thursdays at 7/6 C on Cartoon Network.

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Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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