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|Season 1, Episode 5|
|Premiere date:||October 4, 2010|
|Directed by:||Mike Roth|
"Meat Your Maker"
- This article is about the episode. For the cake, see here.
"Free Cake" is the fifth episode of Regular Show.
Mordecai and Rigby develop a craving for chocolate cake, and decide to throw a birthday party for Skips in order to get it.
Rigby digs up a good-looking plate from the trash in the back of the house. When they try to buy cake mix at the grocery store, they believe that the cake mix is too expensive ($1.50). Then they try to find a free cake, but all their attempts (they try to get some at a wedding and attempt to get a cake at a "free store") fail. Finally, the duo see a chocolate cake at the snack bar, so they attempt to trick Benson into giving them the cake. Benson says they only get the cake if it is either of their birthdays (which it is not); however, it is Skips’ birthday, but Pops recalls that Skips always evades birthday parties by secluding himself in the woods. Mordecai believes that Skips deserves a party because he is always there to help. Benson agrees (egged on by Pops) and says to the two that they will throw a party for Skips if they can get him in on it.
In the house, Mordecai and Rigby wonder how they will involve Skips. Rigby suggests that they should 'kidnap' Skips, but that doesn't work out. Finally, Mordecai gets the idea of throwing a surprise party. When they ask Skips to spend time with them that night, he refuses. Rigby and Mordecai decide to lie to Benson. Mordecai and Rigby tell Benson that Skips wants a surprise party at 8:00 at his house (as well as a chocolate cake). Benson gives them the key to the snack bar and tells them that he will punish them with a month's worth of dish duties should he find out that they are not telling the truth. After getting the cake, the sneaky bunch walk into the woods in search of Skips. Mordecai says not to touch the cake, but Rigby remains as eager as ever to have a bite. Meanwhile, back at Skips' house, Benson says to turn off the light because it is almost time for the party to begin. In the darkness, Muscle Man eagerly undresses himself, but Benson reminds him that it is "not that kind of party".
Back in the woods, it's almost 8:00 and Skips is still nowhere in sight. Rigby starts thinking about eating the cake, but Mordecai argues against it. After a few minutes of squabbling over the cake, they hear an eerie noise. Mordecai decides to investigate, and of course,Rigby follows. The two stumble across Skips performing an ancient ritual around a mysterious blue bonfire in the middle of the woods. Rigby then startles Skips and thus interrupting the ritual. It turns out that Skips was actually performing an ancient eternal youth dance to sustain his immortality for another year. A figure named Gary descends in his car and takes Skips away, but Mordecai and Rigby manage to hitch a ride as well to see where they were going.
Gary's car eventually stops before The Guardians of Eternal Youth. The Guardians are angry with Skips for failing to finish the spirit dance. Skips tries to explain, but the chief declares that once a decision is made, there's no overturning it. The Guardians begin stripping Skips of his immortality by shaking their rattles, aging him and causing him to crumble to ashes. Mordecai steps forward, along with Rigby, and they explain the situation to them. Fortunately for them, the Guardian's fondness of cake spared them. The chief would let Skips have his life for the chocolate cake. Rigby was stubborn about it, before Mordecai reminded him of the immoralness. Mordecai and Rigby offer the cake to them who start bathing themselves in it. Mordecai, Rigby, and Skips are sent back and Skips’ birthday party starts. They give Skips their plate as a birthday present. Benson finds out the duo can't be trusted, but says that Pops was able to get a spare cake just in case. Then, Mordecai and Rigby each help themselves to a slice, but unfortunately for the them, the cake is vanilla with chocolate frosting, which they were not looking for.