"The Duke" is the nineteenth episode in the first season of Adventure Time. It's the nineteenth episode overall.
During a mishap accidentally caused by Finn, Princess Bubblegum becomes green and bald, and blames the Duke of Nuts for it, thus making Finn think he's a bad guy. Finn and Jake have no choice but to find the Duke of Nuts on Bubblegum's order.
The episode takes place in the Candy Kingdom, where Finn and Jake are throwing bottles filled with magical spells for their amusement, such as Caturday Surprise. They witness Princess Bubblegum kicking the Duke of Nuts out of the palace and decide to take no part in it. They continue throwing bottles and Finn finds a green one shaped like a boomerang. He attempts to throw it at the wall to see what it does, but it flies the other way and into the palace window of Princess Bubblegum's room. The bottle hits her and she turns green and loses most of her hair. She believes the Duke did this, as he runs away in panic. They come in to find a doctor trying to help Bubblegum, who is distraught in her current condition.
She is wearing a big gray suit filled with medicinal milk that will change her back in five days. But Bubblegum says tonight is the Grand Meeting of Ooo Royalty and needs to return to regular right away. As Finn tries to clear up what happened, Bubblegum says that she thinks the Duke of Nuts did it and has always been a bad guy, for unknown reasons which are classified, and she would never forgive the person who did this to her. Princess Bubblegum suddenly goes crazy and orders Finn and Jake to find the Duke of Nuts and arrest him for his "crime". Scared that Bubblegum will hate him forever if he tells the truth, Finn agrees to go find the Duke.
Finn and Jake travel to the Palace of Nuts and go inside, to find the Duke's wife, the Duchess of Nuts. She has heard the news of the Duke's "crime" through the nuts and explains to the boys that the Duke was once a wonderful man; he pet dogs, kissed babies and laid with her underneath the cashew bushes. But now the Duchess believes the Duke has gone rancid and the nuts tell her he must be executed. She freaks out Finn by telling him to listen to the nuts, which results in Finn subsequently running out of the palace. Finn wonders why he and Jake are trying to arrest the Duke if he was such a nice guy, and suddenly the pair see someone who looks like a peanut, and chase after him, thinking it is the Duke. It turns out he is the Duke's son, Marquis of Nuts, who vows to kill anyone who tries to arrest the Duke.
The real Duke of Nuts shows up and comforts his son, while Finn still wonders why everyone hates the Duke if he was so nice. Jake explains that tons of people hate him already. The scene then changes to a squirrel reading a holographic newspaper and wonders why Jake will not publish his letters and says he hates Jake. The scene goes back to the boys, and the Duke of Nuts gives them daisy crowns for waiting patiently. The Duke asks if Finn has any pudding, which he does, and so he gives it to the Duke. When he offers the Duke a spoon, he is shocked to see that the Duke already ate the whole thing, including the cup. The Duke explains he has a problem with pudding because he has a pudding deficiency, so whenever he goes to the Candy Kingdom, he always eats the entire pudding pantry and that is why Bubblegum hates him so much. Finn and Jake realize the Duke is too nice a guy to be involved in this crime, and Finn comes up with an idea to save everyone's reputations.
Later that night, when Princess Bubblegum is traveling to the grand meeting in a carriage filled with medicine milk, Finn comes and stops them and tells Princess Bubblegum that an assassin is in the woods trying to stop Bubblegum from reaching the meeting. The "assassin" (Jake) comes and Finn "fights" him. Jake acts as if this is not the real Princess Bubblegum and leaves, with the Duke of Nuts coming out and saying that because he turned Princess Bubblegum green and bald, he saved her life. Bubblegum, however, is not convinced and orders her Peppermint Butler to arrest the Duke, but he is too short to reach his arms. Finn decides to stop this, and confesses the truth to Bubblegum.
She then calms down a little bit, and says she would not remain mad at Finn forever. But she still hates the Duke of Nuts for always eating her pudding supply. Finn then explains the Duke's pudding deficiency, saying he could not control himself around pudding. Bubblegum "forgives" the Duke for the misunderstanding, but whispers into Finn's ear that she does not believe this. Bubblegum comes up with the idea to hide her ugliness by sending Finn and Jake go to the grand meeting instead, wearing Princess Bubblegum wigs and pretending to be her, and they are given a list of lines she would say.
Jake discovers the person sitting next to him is Marquis of Nuts, who still wants to kill Finn for trying to arrest his father, and the host is discovered to be the Squirrel, who wants Jake to notice him and read his letters. Jake is still unaware. In a fit of rage, Marquis of Nuts and the Squirrel attack Finn and Jake together. The scene freezes before the episode ends soon after.
- Duchess of Nuts
- Dr. Ice Cream
- Peppermint Butler
- Lumpy Space King
- Slime Princess
- Hot Dog Princess
- Raggedy Princess
- Emerald Princess
- Wildberry Princess
- Jelly Horse
- Peanut Bird
- Lady Rainicorn (pictured)
- Penny (pictured)
- Moniker (pictured)
- This is the first episode where the snail appeared twice, in different places.
- On the photo of Finn in Princess Bubblegum's room, his facial expression changes several times during the scene.
- The Candy Kingdom's moat is usually full, but Finn and Jake are seen playing in it at the beginning of the episode.
- When Finn and Jake go out of the Palace of Nuts, its door seems to be the face of Earl of Lemongrab when he eats the instant bath serum.
- This the first appearance of Squirrel.
- Marceline appears at the meeting, a reference to "Evicted!" where she says she is the vampire queen.
- The result of the first bottle being thrown are similar to the Lub Glubs from "Beautopia."
- In this episode, Finn thinks the Duke is good, and Jake thinks the Duke is evil. In the episode "Ricardio the Heart Guy," however, Finn thinks Ricardio is evil and Jake thinks Ricardio is good. Finn turns out to be right in both instances.
- A portrait of Princess Bubblegum and her Aunt Lolly can be seen in her chambers.
- The Duke of Nuts along with his castle and family make a reappearance in "Henchman."
- In this episode Finn doesn't know what the work "penitence" means, but in "What Have You Done?" he now knows what the word means.
- The Squirrel makes a reappearance in "Princess Potluck," and "Normal Man"
- The place where the Grand meeting of Ooo royalty is held is also used for the annual back rubbing ceremony in "The Other Tarts."
- When Finn and Jake are taking Princess Bubblegum's place in the meeting, Finn directly quotes four time American presidential candidate and Secretary of State William Jenning Bryan's famous Cross of Gold speech in saying: "I would be presumptuous, indeed, to present myself against the distinguished gentlemen..."
- In the scene where Jake and Finn pretend to battle, their first attack (a flying kick in slow motion towards one another) is directly referencing Kenshiro and Shin's battle in Fist of the North Star.
- The bottle marked "Caturday Surprise" is a reference to the Internet phenomenon Lolcats, specifically Caturday.
- When Finn and Jake accept Princess Bubblegum's deed laughing, in the background shows a plant with 3 stems with the number 6 on each stem, which the numbers 6 6 6 seem to be the devil's number.
- This episode was originally titled "Duke of Nuts."
- There was an alternative title card for this episode, in which the Duke was not smiling. This title card was later used on Netflix.
- When Finn and Jake start talking at the meeting of Ooo Royalty. Jake is sitting next to the Marquis of Nuts and Finn is on the right of Jake. But when the Squirrel reveals himself Jake is on the right and Finn is on the left.
- When Finn and Jake go to Princess Bubblegum's room the second time, they show the room in full view one of the portraits on the wall becomes blank.
- In the credits, Peppermint Butler's name is misspelled as "Pepperment Butler."
- When Jake says "Who cares if Bubblegum hates you forever?", his nose becomes the same color as his skin for exactly four frames.
This episode was censored in some countries. See Censorship of Adventure Time for more information.
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