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"Five More Short Graybles" is the third episode in the fifth season of Adventure Time. It is the one hundred and seventh episode overall. [1]

Synopsis

Short tales about Finn and Jake's thumbs, Marceline's search for a music shop and the Ice King's new bride. [2]

Plot

Cuber hosts the second installment of his short graybles series, this time focusing on Finn and Jake, Marceline, Tree Trunks, Ice King and BMO.

Sweet (Starring Finn and Jake)

Finn and Jake's tale starts inside Lady Rainicorn's house with Jake bringing Finn a book he found that he believes is a warlock spell-book, which is actually an old pre-war book of nursery rhymes, from which Jake reads "Little Jack Horner," believing it to be a spell. When they try the "spell" and fail they decide that sticking their thumbs into things and saying "Oh, What a Good Boy Am I" will activate the spell. They then proceed to stick their thumbs in random places throughout the Land of Ooo, including an ant hill, a bird's nest, Lady Rainicorn, a tree, a flower, a bottle, a chipmunk, a mushroom, and a toad. Thumb is the alternate theme for this grayble.

Savory (Starring Marceline)

In Marceline's tale, Marceline is searching for Wizard Bill's music store to buy a guitar that plays "the most savory licks in Ooo," and encounters a Rock Giant. When he points to it, she doesn't see it because the giant's arm is so long, so she gets on his finger and tells him to point to it again, which he does. The finger brings her all the way to the store. Wizard Bill gives her a devil/monster bass, and she begins to play it. Index finger is the alternate theme for this grayble.

Sour (Starring Tree Trunks)

In Tree Trunk's tale, she sees someone making an obscene gesture at her so she goes to the Banana Guards, who prove unhelpful. So she decides, along with Cinnamon Bun and the Gumdrop Lasses to take the law into their own hands, they attack the person when Tree Trunks realizes that it was a misunderstanding because the person was a statue and making a fist and Shelby was on top of the middle finger. Middle finger is the alternate theme for this grayble.

Salty (Starring Ice King)

In the Ice King's tale, The Ice King announces that he will be marrying his new "Bride," which is his foot that he drew a face on. He gives "her" a wedding ring and the penguins drink his "good luck" tears. Later Ice King and his "wife" are sitting on the window together when Ice King sees and falls in love with his other foot that he also drew a face on. Ring finger is the alternate theme for this grayble.

Bitter (and Sweet finale) (Starring BMO)

In BMO's tale, it gives Football another lesson in being human. During the lesson they nearly short themselves out while practicing how to "drink" tea with their pinkies extended (after BMO demonstrates how to use a grapefruit spoon, salt shaker and turnip grincher). The lesson is interrupted when Finn and Jake return home. The guys are disappointed that they couldn't get the "spell" to work, to which BMO cheers by having them stick their thumbs in his controllers, and playing the game "Super Good Boys." Pinkie finger is the alternate theme for this grayble.

Cuber then announces the theme, which is the five tastes: Jake states that the plum from the pie was sweet, Marceline says that the music store owner plays the most savory sounds in Ooo, Tree Trunks says that the incident left a sour taste in her mouth, The penguins drink Ice King's salty tears, and "Football" says that the tea is bitter. It is then implied that Cuber is interrupted by the "audience's" confusion about the theme given that the far more obvious connection between the stories is that each is about one of the five fingers. Finn and Jake stick their thumbs in things throughout the episode. The Rock Giant uses his Index finger to assist Marceline to the music store. Shelby accidentally mimics an obscene gesture when sitting on the middle finger of a fist on a statue. Ice King puts the engagement ring on his ring-finger, and BMO teaches "Football" to drink tea while holding his pinky-finger upwards. Cuber then laughs and states that people haven't had five fingers for "twenty blabillion glaybles" and ends the episode.

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Trivia

  • Cuber says that having five fingers hasn't been around for a while. This could be for two possible reasons:
    • It's a joke referencing the fact that most characters in Adventure Time are usually depicted with only three or four fingers on each hand.
    • It's possible that everyone has only four fingers after the events of Adventure Time, when Cuber lives.
    • Despite most characters being depicted with three or four fingers, there are occasions when all five are visible. This can be seen with the power rings in the episode "My Two Favorite People" and on the statue of Cranky Cookie in "Five More Short Graybles".
  • On the wall in the police station, a picture containing a silhouette resembling the Earl of Lemongrab can be seen, and a poster that has a figure slightly resembling Marceline can be seen.
  • A sign written in Runic code appears in the music shop. The message on it translates to "guitar repair."
  • Lady's stable has changed color since its last appearance.
  • Like in the first "Five Short Graybles," Finn and Jake appear in each of the graybles.
  • Shelby's book has a picture of amoeba-like creatures.
  • The 'gross toad' that Finn and Jake stick their thumbs in seems to be a surinam toad.

Cultural references

  • Finn and Jake stick their thumbs into a plum pie, like in the English nursery rhyme Little Jack Horner, which Jake read out of a book of nursery rhymes, thinking it was a spell.
  • When BMO makes "holes" over the controller for Finn and Jake to stick their thumbs in is a reference to an old SEGA advertisement.
  • The scene where Marceline was riding the Rock Giant's finger looks very similar to the intro to the Adult Swim (Cartoon Network's late night block) show Superjail!.
  • The new bass that Marceline plays in this episode is similar to the violin bass that former Beatle Paul McCartney plays often.
  • At the beginning of the episode, when Jake is dusting the book, one of the ducks on the cover has a hat similar to what Donald Duck wears.

Episode connections

  • This episode is the sequel of the episode "Five Short Graybles."
    • In addition, BMO's alter-ego, Football, returns.
  • Lady Rainicorn is shown to have a "baby bump," since it was revealed that she was pregnant in "Lady & Peebles."
  • The Banana Guards are seen to be incompetent as they can't even write Tree Trunk's name, even though she spells out her name for one of them also shown before in "Reign of Gunters," "Princess Cookie," "You Made Me," and "Apple Thief."
  • On the title card, Cuber appears to be watching a hologram of Finn and Jake being attacked by skeletons, similar to the ones in "Death in Bloom," and it also shows Finn picking up an unknown book.

Production notes

  • This is the first episode Steve Wolfhard storyboarded as a full-time storyboarder on the show.[3]
  • The title card was made by Andy Ristaino and Martin Ansolabehere.[4]
  • During the long preview, when Marceline is riding the index finger of the rock giant, the sky is bright and sunny. During the actual episode however, the sky remained cloudy and covered to maintain consistency with the fact that Marceline is a vampire and couldn't be completely exposed to the sun.
  • In the original story outline, Jake said that he can stick his thumb inside of his other thumb.

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