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"The Christmas Special" is the first Christmas episode of the Cartoon Network original series Regular Show, aired as the ninth episode in the show's fourth season.


The Christmas Special (Regular Show)

The gang tries to think of a plan.

The episode starts in Santa's building, which explodes because Quillgin shoots the lock with a gun, and he is shown with a present, running towards Santa's sleigh. He then flies off to the outer limits of the North Pole and is about to open the present, but something crashes against the sleigh. Santa comes flying in with a floating snowboard and takes the present away from Quillgin. They fight in the sleigh for a while, but Quillgin pushes Santa to the wall and starts to open the present again. Santa yells a command to his lead reindeer, Rudolph, who shoots Quillgin with a laser from his red nose, stopping him for a second. Santa then takes the present and jumps onto the edge of the sleigh. Unfortunately, Quillgin shoots Santa and he falls out of the sleigh, taking the present with him.

Meanwhile, there is a Christmas party going on at the park house. Muscle Man is smashing cookies, and Pops is busy taking some candy canes off the tree. Audrey comments that Benson's sweater should be the winner for "Ugliest Sweater", and he nervously excuses himself to get some soda. Meanwhile, Mordecai and Rigby are doing a skit over the phone for Margaret, who is at her parents' house. Mr. Maellard leaves quickly while Benson is about to get some soda, saying that he needed to attend six more parties and again that his sweater is terrible. He tells Thomas to get some more soda from Skips' garage. But Thomas' head has gotten stuck between the stair rails and he can't get it out, so Mordecai and Rigby volunteer.

Mordecai and Rigby go to the garage when Mordecai sees something fall in there. They quickly go inside, and see an injured Santa telling them to take the present. Rigby starts to open it, but Santa quickly tells him to stop, saying they must destroy it. They initially doubt it when he tells them that he's Santa, but when he says that they wrote to him ever since they were kids, they believe him. When asked why the present must be destroyed, he explains that a few months ago, Quillgin suggested a present that would grant anything the person desired. Santa did not know that dark magic was used, but when a testing family used it, they turned evil and it had to be locked up. Now Quillgin is chasing after it to get revenge.

Mordecai and Rigby lead everyone back to the garage a few minutes later, but Santa is gone. Everyone thinks that it was a prank but the park workers start fighting for the present after Benson opens it. Muscle Man tries to break it with a huge hammer, but the hammer explodes upon contact. Skips states that it is made by dark magic and the only way to get rid of it was to push it into lava.

An abandoned mineshaft in East Pines is the closest place where lava is, so the park workers start to quietly go through the snow. But Rigby wants to "fix their snowman's nose" before going, and he moves the carrot. An alarm goes off, and the East Pine workers capture them. Meanwhile, Quillgin arrives in the garage and knows that the present was there. They move out and toward where the park workers are.

Benson explains to Gene, the boss, why they were here, but he doesn't believe him, thinking that Benson was mad that someone got him "a horrible sweater for Christmas." He takes the present away from them and tells another park worker to open it. The East Pines workers start fighting for it after opening, and Mordecai gets it back. The security cameras start beeping after, and Quillgin is shown entering the park and beating up the guards. The park workers start to beg Gene to let them go, but the door starts to bang open. Rigby yells that it's too late, but fortunately, it was an East Pines worker with some eggnog, who tells them that a creepy elf is trying to break in. Gene, finally believing them, leads the park workers to the abandoned mineshaft, warning them about the booby traps.

They go in and are greeted by a dead end, which turns out to be a slide. Everyone stumbles to the ground for a second, and Mordecai starts to keep moving on, but a skeleton is right in his face. It was above some press-able tiles, with two icicles jabbing through it. Benson steps on a tile, and a sharp icicle almost slays him. There are some instructions written on the wall, saying that one step on the correct tiles, and they will be killed if they make one wrong step. Mordecai starts to use the skeleton, but it falls to the ground. Then Muscle Man volunteers to push the tiles. He starts to do so in some strange dancing fashion, and completes the trap. There is another slide, and everyone goes down it. At the same time, Quillgin is looking at the park workers with the spy cameras back in Gene's office.

The second booby trap is a pinball machine game. The instructions say that if one racks up enough points, a bridge will grow, but if they miss a ball, a part of the ground will break down. Benson does this one, and starts to quickly get points. He misses one ball, and Muscle Man almost falls down. Quillgin interrupts everyone, and chases them. Everyone run across the bridge, and Benson barely makes it in time before it drops. Some of Quillgin's henchmen fall down instead, but he is still alive.

The final trial is wrestling a polar bear. Pops gladly steps in to do this one. He seems at a disadvantage, but he quickly beats the bear, pinning him onto the ground. He stands up again, congratulating them for finishing the last test, and a portal opens up in his belly, signaling them to go in. The slide leads them to the lava pit. But before Mordecai can drop the present into it, Quillgin (who got there by taking the stairs) steps out from the smoke and points a gun at them. Mordecai is about to hand over the present, but something takes Quillgin's gun away and throws it into the lava pit. It is Santa, who was using the invisibility cloak. He wasn't actually hurt when he got shot thanks to his bulletproof clothes; he just got stunned for a bit. Angry, Quilgin throws a grenade at them, and the park workers are separated from the present. Quillgin takes it, and wishes that Christmas will be destroyed forever. A red button appears in it, which would explode the whole Earth and everything that has Christmas in it. Mordecai charges and tackles Quillgin, both getting sent into the lava pit. Rigby quickly follows them in. While they are falling into it, Mordecai, Rigby and Quillgin are fighting to get the present back. Mordecai is able to do so and wish for floating snowboards, and they escape the lava put. Quillgin gets hold of the button, but he falls into the lava pit before he could push it, along with the present.

They all leave the mine and arrive home with a ride from Santa's sleigh. They each say goodbye to him, with him telling Benson that he should have thrown his sweater into the lava pit. Santa thanks Mordecai and Rigby, and leaves with his famous "Ho ho ho!" Back in the house, Benson startles Thomas, freeing his head, and then tells Mordecai and Rigby to clean everything up. He leaves to get the cleaning supplies, but there is a present under the tree for Mordecai and Rigby. It is an invisibility cloak, and they play video games after Benson can't find them.


The episode made its home video debut on the Cartoon Network Holiday Collection DVD, released by Warner Home Video on October 7, 2014.


The episode was nominated for the 2013 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program; unfortunately, it lost to the South Park episode "Raising the Bar".


  • The episode's closing shot of Santa's sleigh taking off into the sky and leaving behind a trail of fire is an homage to Back to the Future.
  • Muscle Man attempting to destroy the box with a hammer and the mission to throw it in the volcano are a nod to the Lord of the Rings trilogy.


Voice actor Character
J.G. Quintel Mordecai
Hi Five Ghost
William Salyers Rigby
Sam Marin Benson
Muscle Man
Mark Hamill Skips
Roger Craig Smith Thomas
Ed Asner Santa Claus
Thomas Haden Church Quillgin
Kurtwood Smith Gene the Vending Machine
David Ogden Stiers Mr. Maellard
Courtenay Taylor Audrey
Fred Tatasciore Bear

See also

External links

Cartoon Network Studios
"A Space Ghost Christmas" • "George and Junior's Christmas Spectacular" • "Dexter Vs. Santa's Claws" • "Twas the Night" • "Happy Baboon Holidays" • "Fa-La-La-La-Ed" • "A Johnny Bravo Christmas" • The Powerpuff Girls: Twas the Fight Before Christmas • "Christmas Con Carne" • Ed, Edd n Eddy's Jingle Jingle Jangle • "Christmas Evil" • Billy & Mandy Save Christmas • "A Lost Claus" • "Operation: N.A.U.G.H.T.Y." • "Have Yourself a Joyful Little Animas" • "Kamp Kringle" • "Merry Christmas" • "The Class of 3000 Christmas Special" • "Hey, Hey It's Knishmas!" • "Human Error" • "Low Tidings" • "Holly Jolly Secrets" • "Regular Show Christmas Special" • "Christmas" • "Uncle Grandpa Christmas Special" • "The White Elephant Gift Exchange" • "Merry Christmas Mordecai" • "Secret Santa" • "Merry Moochmas" • "Christmas Parties" • "Christmas in Space" • "Three Gems and a Baby" • "The Perfect Tree" • "Christmas Movies" • "Tiggy Saves Christmas" • "Locked Out Cold"