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"The Invitation" is the first part of the Adventure Time miniseries Islands and the twentieth episode in the eighth season of Adventure Time. It is the two hundred and forty-fifth episode overall.[1]


A mysterious craft invades Ooo and Finn believes it may hold the secrets to his past.[1]


A human transport ship lands at a beach and scares a Candy Person, prompting Mr. Cupcake to investigate. The transport ship identifies Mr. Cupcake as hostile and burrows him into the sand, then flies ahead towards the Candy Kingdom. Finn, Jake and BMO attack the ship after it easily defeats the Banana Guards and Gumball Guardians. Before Finn could attack it, the ship recognizes him and addresses him by his last name, Mertens. Finn is shocked when the ship invites him inside and asks for help on locating "X-J-7-7 Strong" but is appalled when Jake suddenly destroys the ship. BMO kicks the wreck and accidentally triggers a mechanism that connects to it, displaying the ship's designated target: Susan Strong.

At the infirmary, Susan awakens to Finn apologizing for his grass self attacking her to which Susan apologizes for attacking them. Outside, they join Princess Bubblegum and Jake as they investigate the wreck which, along with Susan's head implant, are confirmed to be of human origin. As Susan sits in the wreck's cockpit, she suddenly regains parts of her memories and reflects. Bubblegum has BMO print the ship's final commands: locate "X-J-7-7 Strong" and return cargo to Founders' Island. Susan decides to journey to the island despite Bubblegum's objections to the decision, due to the island being too far away. Finn subsequently decides to go to the island with intentions of finding more about his past and the rest of humanity, with Jake agreeing to come too. Unfortunately, poor BMO is denied the right to come on the voyage alongside them. Princess Bubblegum offers her boat to them as transport.

At the tree fort, Finn tells Fern to take on his role while he is away but Fern tells him that he can't fill in such a role. Finn consoles him by telling him to "just do it your style" and leaves to pack. Jake says goodbye to all of his puppies, then to Lady Rainicorn. They meet at the tree fort, to which the two say their goodbyes to. Neptr waves goodbye and is dumbfounded when BMO isn't around.

At the beach, as Susan is loading all their stuff into Princess Bubblegum's boat (with a suspicious robotic sounding voice coming from one of the bags going unnoticed), Princess Bubblegum and Marceline say their goodbyes to Finn. Bubblegum reminds Finn to be careful due to what he might encounter be heavy for him to which she makes him promise to her that he come home safely. Fern jumps in and introduces himself to Bubblegum but admits to having half memories of her due to him originating from Finn. Bubblegum and Finn share a hug as Susan says they are ready.

Fern, Bubblegum and Marceline wave goodbye to the trio. Having left the Land of Ooo, Finn takes off his hat and looks at the map printout of the journey, anxious to reach the end of the journey.


Major characters

Minor characters



  • Charlie seems to have moved to an apartment and is no longer living in a pyramid like she was in "Daddy-Daughter Card Wars."

Episode connections

  • Susan seems to be recovered from her injuries she got in "Reboot" and is in far better condition she appeared to be in during "Do No Harm."
    • According to Susan, it's been one week since the day she was injured.
  • The transport vessel was called by Susan's implant in "Reboot."
  • Marceline mentioned Fern totaling Starchy's motorcycle. Fern was seen taking off with it in "Do No Harm."
  • Jake and Charlie previously used Princess Bubblegum's boat to get to the 59th Card Wars Doubles Classic in "Daddy-Daughter Card Wars."

Cultural references

  • The outfits that Princess Bubblegum and Marceline wear seem to be inspired from the outfits Natasha Negovanlis and Elise Bauman wear in the webseries Carmilla. Princess Bubblegum's outfit resembles the outfit Elise wears in the episode "Warning Signs."[2] Marceline's outfit has similarities to Natasha's outfit from Season 0.
  • An episode of Craig of the Creek shares the same title as this episode.
    • An episode from Ninjago also shares the same title.

Storyline analysis

  • The flashback that plays when Susan sits in the damaged craft's seat reveals how she got to Ooo: she was in a mission aboard a flying ship (it's revealed in "Helpers" she was deployed to find baby Finn and Martin) when she had an encounter with the Guardian (which had been damaged by Martin, as shown in "Min and Marty") and crash-landed in the sea. She presumably made it to Ooo and encountered the Hyoomans afterward.

Production notes

  • This is the first episode that aired during the seventh "AdventureBomb."
  • This is the first episode of the Islands miniseries.
  • This episode was released for digital download and DVD on January 24, 2017.
  • This is the first time that the 2016 Cartoon Network Productions logo is added in Adventure Time, which serves as a successor to the 1999 one.


  • As Finn is talking to Marceline and Princess Bubblegum, Susan is seen packing their luggage in the background. As Susan does this, her foot disappears for a moment.



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