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|Season 2, Episode 15|
|Premiere date:|| April 11, 2011 (USA)
September 28, 2011 (UK)
|Directed by:||Mike Roth|
"Temp Check" is the fifteenth episode in Season 2(and twenty-seventh episode overall) of Regular Show. It first aired on April 11, 2011. It received 1.689 million viewers.
Rigby unknowingly hires a wanted fugitive as a temp to do his work at the park, and soon learns of his devious ways when he begins to steal his identity.
Mordecai and Rigby just had finishing mowing the lawn at an ultimate frisbee field. They pretend to give a celebratory hug, but both back away at the last second, claiming it's "sick." Just then, Benson arrives, saying that it needs another inch cut off, because the ultimate Frisbee players will trip and sue them. Rigby thinks it is lame, and Benson threatens to fire Rigby. Rigby then complains, and Mordecai says that he can't just hire someone to do all of his work for him.
Rigby realizes he could do just that, and the scene moves to that park's entering gate. Rigby is seen using a blue marker to decorating a stand. Moredcai comes, asking why Rigby bailed on him from the Frizbee field. Rigby says that he's going to hire a temp. Rigby talks to a fat guy on fire, a pirate, and a muscular redneck who can play the harmonica by farting into it, but each is weird and stupid. Just when Rigby is about to give up, a bus arrives and out comes a river otter by the name of Doug, who coincidentally, is desperately looking for a job. He's qualified - he even notices that the grass is an inch too tall - so Rigby hires him. Mordecai and Doug are raking leaves, and Rigby hands out an envelope to Doug containing his paycheck, but snatches it back and just hands him the coins. Doug still happily accepts this small amount, saying it's the most he's ever been paid.
Doug continues to be overly appreciative of the meager accommodations, and Mordecai begins taking a liking to him. His Rigby impression is dead-on. Mordecai and Doug take on Muscle Man and Hi Five Ghost in two-on-two basketball, have fun working the snack bar, and do park chores, all while Doug more and more is resembling Rigby, with his hair, lack of clothes, tail, and eyes. Benson even calls Doug "Rigby" when congratulating the two on good work.
As Rigby confronts Mordecai about Doug's behavior, he discovers that even Mordecai couldn't tell the two apart. As Rigby confronts Doug just leaving the shower, he tries to fire his "temp," at which point Doug refuses: "I'm more Rigby than you were... or will be!" He then morphs into a form identical to Rigby's. They wrestle and go downstairs, at which point Mordecai sees the identical duo and realizes the problem. Even Skips could not tell who's who. Benson then runs the two through a series of tests: they punch Mordecai (weakly), they play video games (poorly), they mop the floor (and give up), and answer Rigby-related questions correctly. As one Rigby correctly identifies Rigby's greatest fear as "amusement park mascots," Mordecai gives that Rigby a celebratory hug, and the other Rigby whines and sulks away. That allows Mordecai to identify the real Rigby, as only the real one could whine that much, and the real Rigby would never hug him. He is caught, and the police arrest him. Doug's full name is revealed as "Doug 'The Doppelganger' Sheblowski" and the crew is informed that he's been pulling this scam across the country.
Doug in his true, much deeper voice is walked up to Rigby, and lets him know that while Doug has little to be thankful for, Rigby has plenty: friends, a job, a warm bed. Rigby dismisses him as a windbag, and Benson calls this "unbelievable." As Benson is the only one who hires and fires, Rigby is threatened with the latter if he doesn't perform toilet duty for the next three months. The show closes with Rigby offering Mordecai a way to get "an easy ten bucks."
- Muscle Man
- Hi Five Ghost
- Police Officer
- Pirate and his Parrot
- Muscular Redneck
- In the UK, Latin America, Russia & some other countries, the muscular redneck plays a kazoo through his nose instead of farting into the harmonica.
Pop Culture References
- When Doug is arrested, the police officer bears a strong resemblance to Commissioner Gordon in the Dark Knight movie series.
- The episode's main plot is a parody of a scene from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.