Adventure Time "What Was Missing" (original cancelled episode script)
|The deleted promo re-uploaded.|
"What Was Missing" is the tenth episode in the third season of the Canadian-American Cartoon Network show Adventure Time. It is the sixty-second episode overall in the series.
The "finished" episode centers around Finn, Jake, BMO, Marceline, and Princess Bubblegum coming together to play music as a genuine band, in order to open the gate of the Door Lord and retrieve their stolen items.
There was a cancelled/banned version of the original episode that was being made, which was controversial due to it being focused on a possible romantic subtext between Princess Bubblegum and Marceline. It was originally produced by Dan Rickmers, and the only proof of its existence comes from the also-controversial behind-the-scenes video, "Mathematical!".
Only 30 seconds of the episode exist, all in the form of sketches. It is debatable if the episode was even animated.
In the behind-the-scenes promotional video "Mathematical!", it shows original behind-the-scenes footage that possibly focused on a romantic subtext between Marceline and Princess Bubblegum.The promotional video was removed by Frederator's Fred Seibert, and Seibert later issued an apology, which read:
On the Spring.me website, writer/storyboard artist Adam Muto stated that the problem with what the video did was that it added the relationship to the canon:
As a result of this situation, the "Mathematical!" video was removed from YouTube and Frederator's website, and Dan Rickmers was fired from Frederator Studios. Fred Seibert stated that the decision to pull "Mathematical!" was not influenced by the Adventure Time crew, nor by Cartoon Network. However, it has been reuploaded to YouTube numerous times.
In 2014, Marceline's voice actress, Olivia Olson, stated that Marceline and Princess Bubblegum did, in fact, have a relationship in the past, and that several other Adventure Times characters were also homosexual. It is doubtful that any animation of these relationships will appear in future Adventure Time episodes.