Adventure Time "What Was Missing" (original cancelled episode script)


Adventure Time: What Was Missing
The deleted promo re-uploaded.
The deleted promo re-uploaded.
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"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.

Plot

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.

"Mathematical!" Controversy

A re-upload of the promo.

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:


"In trying to get the show’s audience involved we got wrapped up by both fan conjecture and spicy fanart and went a little too far."

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:


"If it was just a fan video there would be no problem at all. The problem was that it was made by a production company actively involved with the show. The video took something that was a possible subtext and declared it, in effect, text and made it seem like the production was actively seeking out input on plot development."

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.

Existence

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.

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Anonymous user #1

8 months ago
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>this video does not exist

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Anonymous user #2

6 months ago
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Um it doesnt exist
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Anonymous user #3

6 months ago
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There is no "lost script" or "lost episode". Adventure Time is not produced with scripts - it is produced with storyboard artists - and the romantic subplot was not intended to be introduced at this point.

I believe that Rebecca Sugar, the main storyboard artist for this episode, has stated in a later interview that the subtext in the original episode was unintentional during the actual creative process, and based it on an experience with a former roommate she often had difficulty with, a non-romantic situation. Upon completion of the episode, the crew noticed the subtext and joked about it in the 'Mathematical!' video, and Natasha Allegri, another artist for the show, made some art about the pairing.

Bubbline has been largely canonized as of the following season's "Sky Witch", but at the time this episode ("What Was Missing?") was produced, it was just a spark of imagination and nothing more.
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Aceyyy

2 months ago
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Given that Rebecca Sugar later went on to create a show with pretty blatant (and very intentional) gay content, I'd be surprised to learn it was actually unintentional. Plus, Olivia Olson has stated that Marceline and PB were intended to be exes, IIRC.
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Anonymous user #4

5 months ago
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O_o the apology was weird
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Anonymous user #5

3 months ago
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It never existed
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Anonymous user #6

2 months ago
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I don't remember that Marceline and PB are lesbians.............
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