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"What Was Missing" is the tenth episode in the third season of Adventure Time. It's the sixty-second episode overall.


Finn, Jake, BMO, Marceline, and Princess Bubblegum must come together and play music as a genuine band in order to open the gate of the Door Lord and retrieve their stolen items.


The scene opens to Finn checking to see if no one else is home before pulling the lock of Princess Bubblegum's hair from the episode "To Cut a Woman's Hair" out from under the couch. He sits down and cuddles with it until Jake comes out from behind the couch with BMO. Jake tells a startled Finn that he already knows about his "private time he spends with the wad of Princess Bubblegum's hair." Jake then picks up a floor board and pulls out his baby blanket to show Finn a special object of his own. Then a door appears and out hops a Door Lord. He snatches Finn's wad of Princess Bubblegum's hair, BMO's controller, and Jake's blanket. The three follow the Door Lord through a door that leads to Princess Bubblegum's castle, where she is seen running after him and demanding that he come back, yelling "Get back here you thieving door lord! You butt!" which helps identify the creature to Finn and Jake. The Door Lord then opens another portal, which Finn, Princess Bubblegum, BMO, and Jake follow through into Marceline's house. Marceline is trying to hit the Door Lord with her bass, until he opens up a final door that hurts Marceline with the sunlight through it. The group, now with Marceline, who has put on a pair of gloves and a sun hat which will protect her from the sun, and Princess Bubblegum, go through the final door into "Red Rock Pass," chasing the Door Lord until he escapes into a double door that closes in front of the four. Finn then reads the words that appear on the archway that say: "This door shall yield to no command save for a song from a genuine bande."

The crew then tries making some music to tempt the doors to open using their assorted instruments, but when Marceline begins to sing about wanting to "drink the red from your (Princess Bubblegum's) pretty pink face" Princess Bubblegum comments that her lyrics are "too distasteful." Marceline then replies defensively, "Oh, you don't like that? Or do you just not like me?" Bitterly, Marceline sings I'm Just Your Problem to Princess Bubblegum, inducing shocked reactions of silence from the princess, Jake, and Finn. Since the door reacts to the truth (later realized by Finn) and the door reacted to her song, the lyrics to Marceline's rock ballad consisted of her true feelings. At the end of her song she stumbles, stammering something that is not truthful (" bury you in the ground... and drink the blood from your... urgh!") causing the faces on the door to stop responding to the music, and to dim. Livid, Marceline then yells "Stop staring at me!"

Jake calls Princess Bubblegum and the others "talentless hacks" and leaves, only to come back again later (this is all part of his act as the band's self-proclaimed jerk). Finn suggests that they have a noodle break, taking a pack of dry, uncooked noodles out of his backpack. Marceline then starts to float off to the open door that the Door Lord left open, and Finn says in a panic: "No! Wait--don't go too!" Thinking that Marcy has decided to leave the band as well, but Marceline just tells him she is getting something to cook the noodles.

Finn continues to eat the noodles raw. Marceline comes back, with a pot and a mobile stove, and tells BMO "come here baby," and hooks BMO up to heat the pot of water, and Finn drops his noodles into the pot. The sun goes down, and Marceline takes off her hat. When Finn suggests a song about noodles, both girls say "No!" In unison, to which they all laugh shortly afterward.

Princess Bubblegum then tries to make a new song, and Jake comes back. Jake says: "Shut yo face, I came back for the music." After Princess Bubblegum's plan fails due to her "miscalculations," Marceline says that Princess Bubblegum was not as perfect as she had thought, and that she could not judge her anymore.

The two have a fight. Marceline then spits on Princess Bubblegum's jacket, and they all begin to leave angrily, except for Finn, who then begins to sing a song of what his best friends think of him. Marceline, Princess Bubblegum, and Jake come back and join in as Finn sings about how they were all "best friends in the world." The door, in response, opens to the Door Lord eating a sandwich in an empty room. The crew listens to his mumbling, and while Finn appears to be perplexed at them, Princess Bubblegum, Marceline, and Jake state that what the Door Lord had hoped for them to learn, that the real treasure was their friendships. The Door Lord smiles with glee at their revelation, but then he is shortly beaten up afterward by the five, presumably in retaliation to his thievery. Jake then passes out their stolen items. Finn receives his wad of Princess Bubblegum's hair, where Princess Bubblegum replies, "Oh, you." and Finn mutters under his breath "Yeesh." Jake gets his baby blanket and BMO gets its controller back. A black T-shirt with what seems to be cinnamon rolls strangling a snake is mistaken to be Marceline's, but is claimed by Princess Bubblegum; claiming she wears it all the time as pajamas. At the end, it is revealed that the Door Lord had not taken anything from Marceline, meaning Marceline only joined them because she wanted to hang out with the group. Angered by this, Marceline angrily tries to deny it and transforms into her full vampire form to chase them out of the door yelling that she will kill them, but they merely laugh as they run away.


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"Mathematical!" controversy[]

For information on the controversy surrounding the "Mathematical!" video related to this episode, see: Mathematical!


  • In the scene where Jake claims that they have "all forgotten about the music," Shelby is seen outside of Jake's viola and quickly crawls back in.
  • When Adam Muto pitched the episode, he had misspoken, which is the reason why Finn says, "I'll get your kid back toy". The team thought it was funny and kept the flub for the actual episode.[citation needed]

Episode connections[]

Cultural references[]

  • To create the music with BMO, Princess Bubblegum seems to employ the artistic hobby of circuit bending.
    • Princess Bubblegum uses the British English term for musical beats ("quavers") as opposed to the American English term ("eighth notes"), hence Marceline's confusion. It could also be to her simply not knowing Music Theory, since one does not necessarily need to know it in order to play (although it could make composing songs more difficult, depending on the person)
    • Likewise, Princess Bubblegum's mention of the "mixolydian mode", with modes themselves being a somewhat tricky part of Music Theory to learn, would be even more confusing.
  • Princess Bubblegum's outfit resembled CJ's outfit from Regular Show's Season 5 episode, "Real Date".
  • Finn's pose when the door opens is similar to a pose used by Freddie Mercury.
  • The mathematical formula Princess Bubblegum draws in the sand is called "Euler's identity".
  • The noodles Finn got out of his backpack were dry, uncooked instant ramen noodles.

Storyline analysis[]

  • The oven, range hood, and cabinets in Marceline's house are now white instead of red, as they appeared in previous episodes. It might have been because Marceline drank the red from them.
  • Before Marceline realizes what she is saying at the end of the song "I'm Just Your Problem", she is singing about wanting to make up with Princess Bubblegum even though she shouldn't, but she quickly changes the lyrics. It seems that despite their rivalry, they both care for each other a lot, but they are unwilling to admit it. PB also had saved the concert t-shirt that Marceline gave her.

Production notes[]

  • This episode was formerly titled "Door Jam."[1] It was a pun on the musical term "jam" and on "door jamb," the name for the vertical part of a door's frame. However, the title was changed because the Adventure Time writers prefer not to use puns in episode titles.[2]
  • The title card was designed by Michelle Xin and painted by Martin Ansolabehere.[3]
  • In the storyboards, Jake got his pants by asking (and yelling) at Marceline to let him borrow her pants from her home, and Marceline says she misses it when Jake was afraid of her.
  • In the early storyboard, Finn was using a microphone while beatboxing.


  • At the end when Princess Bubblegum is seen running away, her shirt is magenta instead of black, her ponytail holder is pink instead of purple, and her dress was purple instead of pink.

    Princess Bubblegum's clothes change color.

  • The instant noodle set and the instant noodle suddenly disappear.
  • Near the end of "My Best Friends in the World" when Marceline is floating past Jake, the top of her bass and part of her hand disappear behind the background.
    • When Finn is singing the line "Last night was the most fun I've ever had...", we see a shot of Marceline, Bubblegum, and BMO. In the next shot it shows Bubblegum without moving sitting down on a stump and a few moments later shows the same shot as the first but now with her sitting and the stump is included.
  • When Princess Bubblegum was walking away, she was not carrying BMO, but when Finn says "lost the piece of your hair" she is seen holding BMO, the same thing happened when Finn said "the truth" and she turned around she was not holding BMO, but when Finn continues to sing, she is holding BMO again.
  • When Marceline plugs the hotplate into BMO, the plug is two-pronged yet she puts it in what appears to be a single, round hole.
  • During "I'm Just Your Problem", when Marceline sings "I forget what landed me on your blacklist", the word "Song" is missing from the writing in the door's arch.



This episode was censored in some countries. See Censorship of Adventure Time for more information.


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