"Prisoners of Love" is the third episode in the first season of Adventure Time. It's the third episode overall.
This episode starts off with Finn and Jake sledding in the Ice Kingdom on an office chair. Their sled decapitates a Snow Golem, who makes a cat head as a replacement. After the sled ends up getting broken, Finn resorts to riding on Jake's belly. They sled into a group of penguins and fall down an ice chute and land in front of the Ice King as he is preparing to bury something in a shoebox. The Ice King is angered by their trespassing on his domain. He summons a band of Snow Monsters to beat up Finn and Jake, but the monsters are quickly subdued. As the duo celebrate their victory, the Ice King freezes them into a block of ice and then wheels them away to his castle, all the while talking to himself about the difficulty of moving blocks of ice. Once he is at the door he stops to eat a piece of yogurt from his trail mix. The Ice King then hurls them into a cell along with Lumpy Space Princess, Slime Princess, Wildberry Princess, Hot Dog Princess, Ghost Princess, Emerald Princess and Raggedy Princess.
The princesses say that Ice King has kept them for weeks and questioned them about their quirks and favorite sports. He says he plans to marry one, but captures six of them to make sure that he chooses the right princess. Finn and Jake try to figure out ways to get out of the cell, but Finn's flute breaks when he tries to spear the Ice King and he freezes Jake when he tries to use his stretchy powers to make a Key Hand, causing Finn to flip out. The princesses also say that they are not having fun in the cell, since Ice King does not know how to entertain them. He thought that reading them "Baby Whoozlefut & the Wuttlebugs" would be fun, but none of the princesses thought the book was fun (Lumpy Space Princess states that it was lame).
Ice King then forces Wildberry Princess and the other princesses to play musical instruments. Finn soon devises a plan while Ice King drums and makes him leave the room so he can tell Jake and the princesses his plan. They pretend to have fun and trick Ice King into coming into the cell where Finn will beat him up and Jake and the princesses can escape. When Finn fights Ice King, Ice King gets knocked out and dreams about why people do not like him. In the dream, Cosmic Owl tells Ice King that he is a sociopath. Ice King wakes up after being tickled by penguins and sees that Finn, Jake, and the princesses have already escaped. Meanwhile, they celebrate their victory and Slime Princess tells Finn that she would want to marry him. Finn asks Jake to help him out, only for Jake to lie that Finn pees his pants constantly, making Finn mad and the princesses disgusted.
- Ice King
- Ice Kingdom
- Ice King's Castle
- Hot Dog Princess was shown to bark in this episode. In other episodes, she talks or mumbles.
- Ice King is seen with a tattoo of a penguin on his right buttock during his dialogue with the cosmic owl.
- Ice King's drums are green and say "#1 Babe."
- There is a miniature replica of the Ice King on the "fun tray."
- Ice King is burying a deceased frog in the shoebox, visible after Finn and Jake collide with him while sledding.
- Jake uses the Key Hand technique for the first time.
- The presence of the Cosmic Owl in a dream is revealed later in the series to cause the dream to become true. This dream becoming true hasn't yet been shown.
- Since the Cosmic Owl dream occurs after this encounter with Finn, the dream may associate with the Ice King using this as the start of getting over his own sociopath nature.
- This is the first appearance of the Cosmic Owl.
- A loop of Finn and Jake catching air on the office chair in the start of the episode is used as an outro animation for official Cartoon Network uploads of Adventure Time YouTube videos.
- When Finn and Jake are sledding, they hit a patch of penguins. Finn screams "Penguins!" poking at the animated short when Finn and Jake jump down a cliff and exclaim the same thing when they hit a patch of penguins.
- The soundtrack in this episode also plays in "Princess Monster Wife" when Finn and Jake interrogate the Ice King.
- Jake referring to the Ice King as "a big nerd" inadvertently foreshadows his true nature, which doesn't start being revealed until "Holly Jolly Secrets Part II".
- The title references the 1931 popular song "Prisoner of Love."
- Emerald Princess's scratching on the wall is reminiscent to some inmates' tradition to mark the days when they were in jail in the walls of their prison cells.
- This episode was originally titled "Meet the Ice King."
- This episode was the second episode produced and the episode that got the show greenlighted by Cartoon Network.
- There was originally a scene at the beginning that was cut that involved Finn and Jake suffering in the heat at the Tree Fort due to the Lava Man.
- In the original storyboard, Jake was the one that said Lava Man is hot.
- Finn and Jake sled past a squirrel in a tree with its top cut off.
- When Finn and Jake are sledding, there is a frame where Jake's mouth is missing.
- Ice King drops the fun tray on the floor, but in wider shots it is nowhere to be seen.
- A gem on the Ice King's crown disappears for a couple frames while he is playing the drums.
- Jake says "Well, why'd you capture six of them if you just want to marry one?" even though there are 7 princesses. Ice King also said that his chances were ruined with "5 or 6 potential wives." However, this could be acknowledging that:
- For a few frames while Finn is on the Ice King, after kicking him to the ground, Finn has a unibrow.
- When Ice King rises his monsters of snow, his powers are yellow. Later, they are light blue.
- When Ice King freezes Finn and Jake, Jake's mouth closes for a few frames as if he is talking.
- There are many shots of the ground in the Ice Kingdom and the colors of the wall change through out the episode.
- After Jake says "Whoa whoa Finn don't dump the Ice King on me!" His same pose is frozen until Ice King gets punched and gets knocked out.
- When everybody is dancing, Finn can be heard laughing but his mouth is closed.
This episode was censored in some parts of Asia and Australasia.
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- Prisoners of Love (DVD Commentary)