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'Adventure Time' recap: Origin story time

Season 6 | Episode 16 | “Joshua and Margaret Investigations” | Aired Aug 14, 2014

Some heroes are born great; others have greatness thrust upon them. But every good hero has a good origin story. This week on Adventure Time, we learned Jake the dog’s origin story. And it turns out that, insofar as his magic shape-shifting powers are concerned, Jake is one of those heroes who was born great.

This week’s episode is a story within a story. In the present, it is Jake’s birthday. To celebrate, BMO ad Finn chant “Birthday” while he devours a cake whole—candle flame and all. While celebrating, Jake and Finn start to reminisce about their mom and dad, Joshua and Margaret. When Finn asks Jake if he knows any good stories about his birth, Jake launches into the main plot of the episode.

About 30 years ago, The Land of Ooo was a very different place. The defenders of this land of old were Joshua and Margaret, a husband/wife duo of private investigators, expecting their first son. And while Joshua wants his wife to take it easy while she’s in a family way, Margaret is having none of it. She’s made a life of protecting people and fighting monsters, and she’s not letting up for anything.

When the couple checks their ticker tape that keeps track of all the open cases in Ooo, we get an interesting overview of how very different Ooo used to be. A vampire girl has been spotted in the grasslands harassing cows and sheep. A small fire goblin has burned down the Candy Kingdom forest. But no! These cases are too dangerous for Margaret and her unborn baby, according to Joshua. So the two take on the “perfect” case for Joshua’s pregnant wife: A woman’s pies go missing in the bucolic countryside, where nothing ever happens.

With Margaret’s sense of adventure understandably quashed by the prospect of a dull investigation, the two hightail it overt to Tree Trunks’ house. When they arrive there, we see that Tree Trunks was married to one of her many future ex-husbands at this point. She tells the investigators that a monster with strange footprints has been stealing pies off of the windowsill.

When Joshua and Margaret discover that the “monster” in question was just Tree Trunks’ husband, Wyatt, they figure it’s case closed for sure. But Tree Trunks insists that the two look into the case, they stumble across an actual bona fide monster. As far as Joshua is concerned, he’s seen enough, and wants his wife and unborn son out of there. But Margaret has found her opportunity for adventure, and it’s monster-hunting time! She charges into the forest, causing her husband to follow after her.

In the dark forest, the pair is attacked by shapeshifting monster. Not used to fighting monsters while pregnant, Margaret gets herself wedged in a tree. When it is up to Joshua to save her, he does it heroically, but not without sustaining a battle scar. He is bitten on the head by the shapeshifting creature and passes out, leaving Margaret to carry him home.

When the couple gets back to their house, Joshua tries to convince Margaret to run him through with a sword. In his book, this is the end. He’s been bitten by a shapeshifting creature of the night, so it’s only a matter of time before he becomes a horrible beast. He must depend on his wife to end his misery before it even begins.

But Margaret refuses. Instead, she tucks her hubby into bed and equips herself for monster-hunting. Prepared for the worst, she heads back into the forest to find the monster and get a sample of its venom to cure her husband. In an epic standoff against the shapeshifter, she battles valiantly to defeat the monster. In fact, Margaret is so dedicated to saving her husband that when the shapeshifter takes the form of a baby, she punches it in the face and takes its venom.

Charging back to her home, Margaret fears that she is too late in more ways than one. Joshua’s monstrous transformation is almost complete and Margaret is on the cusp of childbirth. When the blue lump on Joshua’s head is fit to burst, what should pop out of it but a tiny Jake the Dog? And along with his arrival comes Margaret’s delivery of Jake’s brother, Jerome.

So there you have it: the origin story of Jake the Dog and his incredible shapeshifting powers. What did you think? Did you dig this episode? How did it size up to your expectations? Let us know in the comments, and give us a heads up about what else you’re looking forward to in this season of Adventure Time.

Adventure Time, rated TV-PG, airs 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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