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You sick bastard. Your getaway from the camp... is TO GO CAMPING?!

Max

"Into Town" is the 8th episode of the first season of Camp Camp and is the 8th episode overall. It aired August 5th, 2016 on the RT FIRST site, August 5th, 2016 on the Rooster Teeth website, and August 12th, 2016 on YouTube.

Official Synopsis

David goes into town to blow off some steam, and the kids follow him to see what makes him tick. Neil gets a job. Max fears for his life when he sees David outside of camp.

—Episode description

Plot

After back-to-back sessions of Fire Safety Camp and Political History Camp end up with David exhausted and charred, Gwen suggests he take the day off. Unsure of what exactly to do with his free time, she suggests that he go into town and find something to blow off some steam before he kills someone. David agrees with this and wanders off, thanking Gwen when she mentions he's still on fire.

Max overhears this discussion from outside the Counselors Cabin, and excitedly runs up to Nikki and Neil to inform them that David is finally cracking. Wanting to bear witness to a breakdown and wanting to figure out what exactly their camp counselor does in his spare time, Max comes up with the plot for them to hide in the back of David's car so they can follow him into town. Nikki thinks David might be into hookers and blow, sincerely not knowing what that is, but mentions that her dad has wished he could do it, while Neil is just excited to get back to modern civilization. Unfortunately for them, stowing away means they have to listen to David's audiobook cassette of the Farmer's Almanac, which irritates them greatly. Eventually the car stops and they all quickly pile out, only to find out that "town" is actually just a little backwater town with very minimal streets and buildings that's still in the mountains and not too far from Camp Campbell.

Soon after they exit the vehicle, Max loses sight of David because Neil stops to gawk at an electronic store and Nikki looks at a young girl's boutique shop and suddenly claims to feel unwell. Deciding to divide and conquer, Max tells Neil to stay in the electronic store so he can geek out (and keep an eye out) while he takes Nikki to tail David. Neil actually thrives in the store, mesmerized by the technology of old-school televisions, as well as managing to fix a HAM Radio without even looking at it, and is quickly given a job.

Max and Nikki, having lost their target, decide to start their search at the local bar. Trying to divulge information from the bartender about what kind of a drunk David is, Max is told that David has "been on edge" lately because of "some kid", and has "hit his Shirley Temple pretty hard", and instead of recognizing the name as a non-alcoholic drink, Max thinks David beat a woman. When Max asks if he knows where David could be, the bartender suggests he could've gone to Muffin Tops, which Max initially mistakes as a bakery before quickly understanding that it's a strip club. The two are promptly thrown out for being underaged - though Nikki is asked to come back when she turns eighteen - and their luck finally turns when Max sees David walk into the hardware store across the street.

In the store, Max witnesses David buying some rope, an axe, a knife, and stabbing a pumpkin that bears a resemblance to the child. Now afraid that he's driven David to potential murder, Max runs to find Neil.

The young scientist is reluctant to leave his new job, but instantly notices Nikki is sick. She's incredibly pale, her pigtails are now braided, her overalls are now a dress, she's wearing makeup, and coughs up blood on Neil's apron. Having been entirely preoccupied with sleuthing after David, Max failed to notice her progressively worsening condition, but deduces that Nikki's sickness is due to her being too far away from nature. When he tells Neil that they went too far and David wants to kill him, Neil pushes the blame solely on Max, who then counters, "yeah but I didn't wanna drive him to murder! I just wanted to show him that his entire philosophical outlook on life is flawed and that the fundamental beliefs and ideologies he holds so dearly are trivial so he'll start crying himself to sleep like the rest of us. I'M NOT A MONSTER!" David suddenly appears at the window, clearly furious at the fact that the trio followed him into town, and the boys look at him anxiously while Nikki chokes out a greeting.

Now on the car ride back to town, Nikki blames Max for their situation, while Max insists on telling Gwen about David's murderous intentions as soon as they get back to camp, but Neil notices that they've been driven right past the camp, going further into the woods, making them even more afraid for their lives. David tells Max that he doesn't know what to do anymore, that any attempt to help him is pushed away, cryptically concluding that Max has left him no choice. They come to a stop, and David pulls out all the tools he bought and begins to build something while the trio continue to sit, paralyzed with fear. Finally daring to look out the window, Max is outraged to see David built a little campsite overlooking a river, while an overjoyed Nikki leaps out of the car and promptly reverts back to her usual form after rolling around in the dirt. Max yells at David about how his escape from camping was to go camping, while David is excited to show Max the great outdoors, since his numerous speeches up to this point haven't been effective. With a loud groan, Max says he would've preferred being murdered.

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Trivia

  • Nikki's need for the outdoors seems to be so great that the more time she spends in town, the more sickly and feminine she appears, and she even coughs up blood.
  • The license plate on the Camp Camp mobile says "CAMP3DI3M" ("Campe Diem", which is the camp's motto).
  • If one looks closely, the bar contains brochures for the various camps around the area, entitled such things as: "Sex Tour" (most likely in reference to the erotic party that Quartermaster hosts), "Camp Campbell Adventures", "Flower Scouts", "Spooky Island Surprise", and "Wood Scouts".
  • The audio edition of the Farmer's Almanac is voiced by Shannon McCormick]. Jordan Cwierz provides the voice for Geezer #1, Miles Luna voices Geezer #2, Stan Lewis voices the barkeep, animation department lead editor Connor Pickens voices Lester, Kyle Taylor voices Customer Fred, and animator Sean Baird plays the bouncer.

Cultural References

  • One of the slogans on David's banner when he enters the counselors cabin, "CAMPE DEEZ NUTS" is a reference to the popular deez nuts meme.
  • While talking with Space Kid, Neil mentions a Lagrange point, which are actual locations in space where the combined gravitational forces of two large bodies (e.g. Earth and the moon) equal the centrifugal force felt by a much smaller third body (e.g. a spacecraft), so that the third body can maintain a stable position relative to the other two (and thus a spaceship could be "parked" there to make observations).
  • In response to Max's interruption, Space Kid says, "Hey, we're talking here!" This is likely a reference to the classic "Midnight Cowboy" quote "Hey, I'm walkin' here!"
  • Max then replies that the moon landings were a hoax filmed in Area 51 that were designed to humiliate the Russians in the Space Race.
  • On his way into town, David is listening to the audio edition of the Farmers' Almanac for 1972 (a "bissextile", or leap, year). As David pulls in to park and the car shuts off, it mentions that it's the "196th year" before abruptly cutting off; in fact, 1972 is exactly 196 years after 1776, when the United States declared independence from Great Britain.
  • In the display window on the right of the "Lil Country Style", there are two "Firefly" references: the dress that Kaylee wears in the episode "Shindig", and the orange cap is the one Jayne wears in "The Message".
  • Other buildings in the area are labeled "Foist National Bank" (a pun on the word First) and "Muffin Tops" (which also bears neon signs stating "girl girl" and "mostly girls").
  • The "GIGAWATT SPECIAL! $1.21" sign on "Lester's 'Lectronics" is a reference to the film "Back to the Future", as the DeLorean time machine needs 1.21 gigawatts of electricity to operate.
    • Another scene shows window signs in the same store stating "You Can't RESIST Our Prices" and "Binary $ale! Buy 1 Get 0 Free!" The latter references binary code, in which data is represented using 0s and 1s. (However, given only a single digit, a 0 represents a 0, and 1 represents 1, the same as in the decimal number system.)
    • Upon looking into the window, Neil exclaims, "Great Scott!", Doc's classic exclamation from the aforementioned "Back to the Future" trilogy. Another reference to the film appears later in the episode when David enters Atlas Hardware; there's something on a shelf labeled "Biff & Family Manure", referencing the scene in each film in which the antagonist Biff or a member of his family is covered in manure.
  • Most of the main characters from "The Brave Little Toaster" appear in Lester's 'Lectronics; Radio is visible on a wall shelf behind the counter, while Toaster, Lampy, and Blanky are on a shelf by the entrance.
  • Neil comments on the now-antiquated CRT TVs in the store, correctly describing the way they work: "Shooting electrons out of a cathode ray to excite phosphorus? I mean, it's charming in a tin-cups-and-strings sort of way." The posters are similarly out-of-date, with one advertising ink in an inkwell, another stating "Dot matrix has more impact", and a final one saying "Jeepers Beepers!! Now with 4 lines of text!!" (accompanied by an image of what appears to be a Game Boy Advance). There is also a floppy disk logo on what seems to be a light fixture. A later scene shows stacks of boxes for "OWL Online" (a parody of "AOL" and its old logo), as well as a box for "Dance Dance Devo-lution" (a reference to the music game series "Dance Dance Revolution"). Neil also exclaims, "By Tesla's coils!"
  • When Max asks the bartender at The Only Bar what kind of drunk he is, the bartender responds, "Guess he did hit his Shirley Temple pretty hard", which is a type of non-alcoholic beverage.
  • Many horror movie items/references and other weapons can be seen in Atlas Hardware, and subsequently, Max believes David intends to kill him. These include: a miner's helmet (a potential reference to "My Bloody Valentine"), fire axes (possibly referencing "The Shining"), "Face Nails - for safety" (referencing Pinhead from the "Hellraiser" series), hockey masks and machetes referencing Jason Voorhees from the "Friday the 13th" series, and a chainsaw to reference the film "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre".
    • On his way back to his station wagon, David is seen carrying wooden stakes as well, which may reference any number of vampire-related media (such as the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" series, for instance).
  • The hardware store also contains a tub of "I Can't Believe It's Not poop" (a reference to the "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!" brand of spread).
  • Neil also receives a 401(k) from working at Lester's, despite it being his very first day.
  • The way Nikki tells Neil and Max, "Need nature... Nikki go home" may be a reference to the iconic quote from the film "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial", "E.T. go home."
  • The rug in front of David's getaway campsite tent says "Camp Sweet Camp", alluding to the common expression "home sweet home".

Continuity

  • One of the people that joined in on Quartermaster's BDSM party in the episode "Journey to Spooky Island" is seen again as a Lester's 'Lectronics customer.
  • In the Pilot, "Underwater Basket Weaving" is mentioned in the list of camp activities that flash across the screen. Gwen references this in the episode when she tells David to go take a load off as she'll take charge of the said activity instead.
  • In "Cult Camp" if one looks closely, there's a newspaper ad from Lester's 'Lectronics looking for "Boy Genius", which is referring to Neil since he never went back to work for him.
  • The scenery for David's getaway camp is later used as a framed photo located in the elevator of the "Camp Corp." office.

Errors

  • The seat belts on David's car disappear after they see that David has made a camping site.
  • The Hunting Knives' Sale wrote "10%" as "%10".
  • The rearview mirror on the Camp Camp mobile disappears after they arrive at the campgrounds.

Transcript

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Gallery

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