|"Skips vs. Technology"|
|Season 3, Episode 15|
|Premiere date:||February 6, 2012|
|Directed by:||Mike Roth|
Skips vs. Technology is the name of the fifteenth episode of season three (and fifty-fifth episode overall) of Regular Show.
Skips has, for quite a while, been helping with physical tasks at The Park grounds before it even became a park (it was a battlefield for the Revolutionary War back in the 1700s). However, when confronted with technical problems by a computer error, called an "Error 219" that appeared while Mordecai and Rigby were using the computer to design and print off something on there, Skips has no idea what to do and ends up making the error worse. Skips at first attempts to smash the computer with a sledgehammer, but Mordecai and Rigby stop him and say that it's fine that he can't fix everything.
In an attempt to prove himself in front of Mordecai and Rigby that he can fix anything, Skips goes to the library, learns how to fix the error and returns. At first, the error appeared to have vanished, but it comes back and ends up creating more and more problems on the computer then there was before, as well as the printer, causing it to explode and shoot out sheets of paper, to the ire of Mordecai and Rigby. They then tell Skips, that while he was gone, the error became an "Error 220" after Mordecai and Rigby inadvertently messed it up and they got someone to help them. Still determined to fix it himself, Skips tells Mordecai and Rigby to stall him, so he can learn more about computers.
Skips goes to a Computer Help Zone, to learn about computers, but the place is run by rude and unhelpful youths, who give Skips little to no help or guidance. After being told to open the internet, Skips tries to do it, with great difficulty and ends up opening a bunch of programs, which slows the computer down, frustrating the youths. They decide to take their lunchbreak and tell Techmo (Originally named Samson, was one of the soldiers that fought in the Revolutionary War that Skips helped recover, by fixing his prosthetic arm) to help Skips. After roughly 200 years, Techmo has replaced his wooden arm for a robotic one, landed a job as a computer expert (Or otherwise known as a technomancer) and after some friendly talk, due to not seeing each other for a while, tries to tell Skips how to get rid of an Error 220, which Skips doesn't comprehend that well, but then Techmo gets interrupted by a new job, appearing on a computer device, that he wears like a bracelet and suggests that Skips should watch Techmo, fix a computer himself.
Techmo drives Skips over to his destination, in a technology based car, that resembles a DeLorean, which then turns out to be the House, much to Skips' dismay. Mordecai and Rigby beckon Techmo over to which goes to work, only to find out the Error 220 is in fact a powerful virus called Doom Ma Geddon, while Skips watches in confusion. After many attempts of getting rid of the virus and threatening messages from the printer, Techmo connects himself to the computer and goes into the system and finds Doom Ma Geddon to destroy it. Unfortunately, Techmo gets possessed by the virus and attacks by digitizing everything he touches, into small cubes, with his long tentacle-like wires. Skips, then remembers that opening a bunch of programs would slow a computer down, to which he orders Mordecai and Rigby to do, to slow Doom Ma Geddon down and then Skips, physically fixes the computer by throwing his sledgehammer at it.
After that, the virus is gone, Techmo comes back to normal, thanking Skips for his help, saying he would make him a technomancer, if he had the authority and then vanishing as another job for him appeared. To Skips' initial horror at first, the printer starts printing off something else, making him want to strike it. Mordecai and Rigby stop him, revealing it to be what they were trying to print, all this time. They present the printed sheet to Skips, which was a letter from Mordecai and Rigby expressing their appreciation towards Skips, as well as thanking him for all of his help around the park. Skips is flattered, but, Mordecai and Rigby then worry about Benson seeing the damage that was done to the computer room, but Skips tells them to leave it to him and starts fixing up the room, to Mordecai and Rigby's gratitude.
- Benson (cameo)
- Pops (cameo; child and present)
- Muscle Man (cameo)
- Hi Five Ghost(cameo)
- Margaret (mentioned)
- Store Employees
- Mr. Maellard (flashback)
- Mr. Maellard's Wife (flashback)
- City Mayor (flashback)
- Gazebo Inspector (cameo)
- Doom Ma Geddon is a portmanteau for "doom" and "armageddon".
- Fittingly, both are words that define destruction.
- Doom Ma Geddon was also the name of a character from League of Super Evil.
- With the Guardians of Eternal Youth's gift, Skips was able to live for quite a while (roughly 200 years ago at most) and still remains youthful.
- The same sledgehammer (almost) Were-Rigby used in Skunked is used by Skips.
- Errors 219 and 220 are two very real (and frustrating) computational problems/glitches that often happen, hence their reference.
- This is the second time "Technomancer" was mentioned. The first time was But I Have a Receipt.
- This is the first time we see Pops parents in their youth.
- This is also the first time we see Pops as a child.
- Pops was born somewhere between the late 1800s or early 1900s which would make him at or a little over 101 years old.
- Skips has been around for more than 219 years.
- In this episode, you can see a reference of a old promo of Apple.
- If you listen closely, the blonde guy with the ponytail sounds like Benson.
- The car that Techmo drives is a DeLorean, which gained its notoriety from being the time machine in the "Back to the Future" series. Also, Techmo's Car mentions "Johnny English Reborn" where his fingerprint approval is in a spy's car in the movie.
- The song that is played during the car drive is a techno version of "Yankee Doodle".
- When Skips fixes Pops' toy, they both have some sort of relationship, which might be understandable of why they get along very well.
- This is fitting because Skips and Techmo met during the American Revolutionary War era.
- The section of the lyrics played is "Yankee Doodle went to town/ Riding on a pony".
- At the beginning and end of the episode, "I Get Around" by the Beach Boys is played.
- When Doomageddon posses Techmo. A line from the film Ghostbusters is said, "There is no more Techmo, only Doomageddon." Is almost identical to what the lady said in the bedroom, There is no more Dana, only Zoul.
- During the scene where Doom-Ma-Geddon captures Techmo, he says, "Resistance is dumb!" This is a parody of the original saying, "Resistance is Futile!" popular in the Star Trek series, and the Mortal Kombat series.
- This is the third time the popular poems "Haikus" were mentioned. The first time was Skips Strikes. The second was Rap It Up.
- When Techmo puts down his upgraded keyboard, one can see on the side it says "L33tBOARD", which is leetspeak for "leetboard".
- The Computer Help Zone Employees almost resemble the Young Gamers from High Score.
- Goof: When Skips finishes Techmo's arm, they both disappear. Later, when Mordecai and Rigby talk about fixing the Computer, they disappear again. Calvin Wong said on his Fourmspring that he will try to fix this problem.
- This is the second time Margaret is mentioned. The first was Rap It Up.
- It revealed that when Pops was a child, he used to have brown hair.
- This is the third time Mordecai, Rigby and Skips defeat a virtual antagonist. The first was Just Set Up The Chairs. The second was Rage Against the TV.
- This is the second time we see that the computer has multiple errors. The first time was in Don.
- This is the third time Skips is the main protagonist. The first was in Over the Top. The second was in Skips Strikes.
- Skips says he doesn't know how to use the internet, but in Over the Top, he is using the internet to look up PlayCo Armboy. So it is possible this episode takes place before that episode or he forgot how to use a computer since then.
- There is actually two different versions of this episode. They are small differences. One is when Skips is at the Computer Help Zone, and he "makes the computer go really slow", it usually shows an arrow key, the whole time while looking at the computer, in the other version, the computer shows the arrow key for a second, and then turns to a time glass. The differences are very minor though.
- It's unknown how Margaret is mentioned.
- Goof: When they show young Pops, he was bald, but when he got his ball-bo catcher fixed and got it back, he had brown hair.
- "Jacking in" is a possible reference to the Sprawl trilogy by William Gibson.
- Steven Blum (the voice of Techmo) and Mark Hamill (the voice of Skips) have both voiced main antagonists in the two Nickelodeon Avatar animated series. Hamill voiced Fire Lord Ozai in the first series The Last Airbender, while Blum voiced Amon in the second series The Legend of Korra.
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