"Thanks for the Crabapples, Giuseppe!" is the thirteenth episode in the sixth season of Adventure Time. It is the one hundred and sixty-ninth episode overall.
Ice King and a band of misfit wizards take a road trip to make their own secret society.
The episode opens at the Ice Kingdom. The Ice King boards a bus with Abracadaniel, Little Dude, Ancient Sleeping Magi of Life Giving, Beau, Leaf Man, Ron James, and an old guy they randomly picked up who Ice King decides to call Giuseppe for a road trip. Ron James explains how they'll travel to Big Butt Rock and go on the Cheek's Peak, where the various feelings and insights they gain from the journey will allow them to create a completely original spell, allowing them to form a new school of magic, like a less jerky secret society.
The wizards head by the Tree Fort, where Abracadaniel and Ron James (with help from a twinkling-eye potion) get some Water Nymphs to join them as the final members of the journey (Ice King guessed Finn and Jake are out of the wizards' league, though the two rush out to join the trip just as the bus leaves).
Their bus runs out of gas in a cow pasture, at which point the wheels also fall off. Ron James figures this is a sign from destiny that they should be inspired by the muddy pasture, so they use the downtime to write unique combinations of words to try to make a new spell. When the gun-toting farmer who owns the land demands they get out, Ice King uses his powers to create an ice road for them to continue onward. Eventually, he runs low on "juice," and trades headgear with Abracadaniel, who continues creating the ice road from the bus' roof.
As the bus heads on, Ice King sees a crabapple tree and has Giuseppe get out to get some crabapples. However, the bus can't stop moving, and Giuseppe is too slow to catch up with the bus. While he is able to toss the crabapples to Ice King, he is left behind.
In tribute to Giuseppe, Ice King reads Giuseppe's "spell," a heartfelt poem about fathers and daughters, which reduces the wizards to tears. Ice King proclaims it as art. He reads several other "spells" by the wizards, and then calls for a cauldron to combine them into one spell for their arrival to Big Butt Rock. He says an incantation over them, which creates a yellow gas that knocks out everyone, including the returning Abracadaniel, right as the bus enters a swamp.
Everyone wakes up later to discover the bus half-sunk in the swamp and filled with water. The nymphs flee, the Ancient Sleeping Magi of Life Giving tries bringing the bus to life (it still can't swim, so he turns it inanimate again) and Ron James tries a vial he got from the Mystery Mountain as a last resort. He drinks some, causing his head to be replaced with Tree Trunks, who was being massaged by Mr. Pig, so that he is massaging Ron James' head instead. Ice King tries the potion himself, but only swaps heads with the Ancient Sleeping Magi of Life Giving.
Abracadaniel suggests that perhaps, like the rest of the trip, this is destiny guiding them, and they should just accept the situation. With this, Giuseppe appears by the lake, using magic powers to lift the bus out of the lake. Ice King asks Giuseppe how he did this, and Giuseppe winks and gives the wizards a thumbs-up before he turns into blue sparkles that go onto the trees surrounding the lake. Abracadaniel wonders who Giuseppe was, and Ice King replies that he doesn't know, but that Giuseppe showed all the wizards something new. From overhead, it's seen that the sparkles on the trees have formed the shape of Giuseppe's head, which winks.
The scene then changes to Wizard City, where a couple of obnoxious wizards exchange a "secret wizard handshake" and openly brag about their "secret thing tonight" in front of Abracadaniel, whom one calls a "loser." As Abracadaniel walks on, he encounters the Ancient Sleeping Magi of Life Giving. They wink at each other and show their rings which have a picture of the crabapple tree on them, a symbol of the society the wizards on the trip have formed based on their unique shared experience. The image on the ring dissolves the crabapple tree that they last saw Giuseppe at and Ice King's voice is heard saying, "Giuseppe."
- Ice King
- Ancient Sleeping Magi of Life Giving
- Little Dude
- Ron James
- Water Nymphs
- Leaf Man
- Giuseppe (Debut)
- Tree Trunks
- Mr. Pig
- Old Ladies
- Bus Person
- A Cat
- Cow Farmer
- "Cow Tango"
- This episode's title is the second longest. (The third longest is "The Prince Who Wanted Everything," and the first is "Joshua and Margaret Investigations")
- The license plate on the bus is "SOM-VY" which is in reference to the writer and storyboard artist of the episode, Somvilay Xayaphone.
- Ice King greets the Ancient Sleeping Magi of Life Giving with the phrase "Life-Giving Magus, bro!" using the singular form of the plural word Magi.
- The Ancient Sleeping Magi of Life Giving's fingers appear much shorter in this episode.
- Giuseppe's poem was an allusion to him failing as a father by letting his daughter die before him unlike other fathers whose daughters buried their fathers.
- Abracadaniel put on Ice King's crown in this episode, but there was no effect on his mentality immediately like with Farmworld Finn in "Finn the Human" and "Jake the Dog". However, he was able to use the crown's ice magic as soon as he put the crown on. This is because the crown already has a living host, Ice King.
- This is the first episode where Finn and Jake were willing to hang out with Ice King, although they could have just wanted to hang out with the other wizards or go a road trip.
- This is the episode where a third water nymph was introduced with the other two from "Power Animal".
- Little Dude and the Ancient Sleeping Magi of Life Giving return from "Little Dude".
- Also like in "Little Dude", the Magi used his magic to make something alive (in this case the bus) while saying the word "Mommy".
- Ron James returns from "Wizards Only, Fools" and "Betty".
- When the bus is sinking, Ron James takes out his 'last resort Poshe' that he obtained from a mad yogi in the Mystery Mountains, which was a location in the episode 'Gotcha!'.
- Ice King and Abracadaniel are still friends from "Play Date".
- The Ice King finally creating his own secret society culminates the concept of trying (and failing) to get into another society in a story arc built through "Reign of Gunters", "Wizards Only, Fools", and "Betty".
- The Old Ladies from "The Enchiridion!" return, where they live in a village of suburban houses in the Grass Lands.
- The plot of this episode loosely follows that of Magic Trip, a documentary film about author Ken Kesey and his "Merry Band of Pranksters" including Neal Cassady, who traversed the US in a psychedelically painted school bus in 1964 as a precursor to the famous Acid Tests. There are many parallels, from the part where they get stuck on a farm and decide to be creative rather than search for any practical solution, to the leader's delirious insistence that destiny will guide them.
- It is likely the character Giuseppe is named after the Italian artist of the same name, Giuseppe Arcimboldo. This is supported by the fact that the artist mainly worked with fruit and the character Giuseppe is best known for the crabapples he gave to Ice King.
- Giuseppe appears to have a similar physical appearance to the character Gollum from The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit.
- Giuseppe using magic to pull the bus out of the swamp is a reference to Yoda using the force to pull the x-wing out of the swamp in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
- The Ice King presents the possibility of freezing everyone in the bus to save them from drowning, until someone finds their preserved bodies many years later. This is apparently how the Ice King survived the Great Mushroom War, and how Finn saves his family and the Destiny Gang in the Farmworld dimension.
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