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'Adventure Time' recap: Kent and the RatKing

Season 6 | Episode 11 | “Little Brother” | Aired July 10, 2014

Some weeks, you can’t help but be overcome by excitement about the possible plot choices a seemingly limitless show like Adventure Time could make. Other dimensions, bizarre creatures, impossible quests—it all comes together to build an impossible world that fans pine to know everything about. But other weeks, it’s great to just have a good old-fashioned quest to destroy a monster. This week was the latter.

The episode opens with a bug party inside of Jake’s viola. Shelby, Jake’s resident earthworm, has invited his friends over to shake their groove things. When Dancing Bug’s sweet moves make Shelby jealous, he decides there is only one appropriate course of action: parkour. Of course, who could blame him? The best way to impress any of your friends at social events is by doing parkour. However, in an unlikely twist of fate, somehow this decision ends badly for Shelby. He falls from the interior ceiling of Jake’s viola and accidentally cuts off the end of his tail.

In kind of a good news/bad news situation for Shelby, he wakes up to find that he is totally fine from losing the end of his tail. Unfortunately, the end of his tail has grown into a new earthworm: Shelby’s little brother, whom he names “Kent.” For older-brother advice, he goes to his friend and presumed landlord, Jake. Jake sums up everything he’s learned about being an older brother to Finn pretty simply: “Just give him something sharp and get him to fight bad guys.” Done and done in Shelby’s book. He and Kent are off to find something pointy.

In the corner of the treehouse, Shelby finds a plastic toothpick sword and gives it to Kent, who grows arms and immediately departs to fulfill his purpose of fighting bad guys. Charging into the tree, he finds an evil rat that he attempts to battle. The battle, though, is pretty one-sided and Kent blacks out.

Kent wakes up in the home of a man who calls himself Leafbeard. In classic quest style, Leafbeard heals Kent of all his wounds, and then tells him of the evil, villainous RatKing who has made his way to “this end of the roots.” Kent is intrigued by the prospect of such a sick, nasty bad guy. But to destroy the RatKing, Kent will need to fashion a sword of the strongest tree stuff, so that the RatKing’s teeth cannot break it. With this knowledge, Kent departs on a three-part quest to build the strongest sword imaginable.

First, Kent must follow the sound of the Singing Crystal to find the first element: unbreakable ore. When he finds it, a dark, mystical rat offers him infinite wealth instead of the unbreakable ore (which is a bottle cap), but Kent resists the temptation, because he cares more about fighting bad guys than money. The rat thinks that’s weird, but figures he earned it anyway and hands over the unbreakable ore. One element down.

Second, Kent has to get a clot of mystic earth. In seeking this element, he encounters a brave, chivalrous knight of a rat who tempts Kent with marriage to one of the knight’s three beautiful daughters. Kent again turns down the offer of being a good husband and living the rest of his life happily, because all he cares about is fighting bad guys. The second rat is again surprised, but hands over the clot of mystic earth (which seems like it might just be mud).

The final element that Kent must get his hands on is the sacred flame. To earn this, he must give up the temptation offered to him by a ninja rat. The ninja rat shows him a stream of sap that will give Kent immortality if he drinks from it. Kent, though, was only born earlier today and doesn’t have any sense of mortality yet, so he passes it up for the sacred flame, which is a firefly.

With all three elements in hand, Kent returns to the blacksmith, who forges him a new sword called Punch Party. Kent and Punch Party depart into the inner depths of the tree to confront the RatKing. During their battle, the RatKing offers Kent cosmic power. He says that Kent could join with him instead of fighting with him, and then the two could live the rest of their days as gods. Kent declines, stating that his duty is to fight bad guys and protect the tree. In a flash of glory, Kent strikes the RatKing’s teeth with Punch Party.

Back at the treehouse, Shelby has grown lonely without his brother. He watches Jake and Finn out the window having fun brother times and sings a song about missing Kent. He wonders out loud if he has made the wrong choice sending Kent out to fight monsters on his own. As Shelby sings about hoping Kent will return soon, Kent comes back to the treehouse with treasures and his new sword.

The two brothers catch up, and Shelby documents Kent’s awesome journey for posterity. Then Kent reveals that because he partook of the food of the underworld, he was compelled to return there by Dew Drop Law. He does leave some space for questioning, though, suggesting that maybe he was having second thoughts about infinite riches, true love or eternal life.

We end on a shot of the treehouse and the willow tree, and learn that, that Spring, because it was free from the RatKing’s fiendish teeth for the first time in many years, the willow tree was in bloom.

Adventure Time Quotables 

Jake: You can chop of a worm and get two? I thought that was a myth!
Shelby: Myth is a powerful force in my life, dude. So, thing is, I don’t know beans about being a big brother. Can you give me some tips?
Jake: Ah, it’s easy. You just give him something sharp and get him to fight bad guys.
Shelby: That’s it?
Jake: Eh, you might have to stretch all big if he gets in real trouble, but yeah.

LeafBeard: Your sword was shattered to butts when I found you.
Kent: Ooooooh, bummer.
LeafBeard: Yes. Bums.

Rat Number Two: I offer you the hand of one of my beautiful daughters. You’ll become a good husband, and live the rest of your days in true love.
Kent: Nah, I don’t care about being a good husband, or wife, or whatever. All I care about is fighting bad guys!
Rat Number Two: Dang, holmes, that’s cold.

 (Wielding his new sword, Punch Party:)
Kent: It’s party time.

Adventure Timerated TV-PG, airs on Thursday nights at 7/6C on Cartoon Network.

TV Families | EW.com
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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