Aqua Teen Hunger Force (season 4)
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The fourth season of the animated television series, Aqua Teen Hunger Force originally aired in the United States on Cartoon Network's late night programming block, Adult Swim. Season four started on December 4, 2005 with "Dirtfoot" and ended with "Carl Wash", with a total of thirteen episodes. "Carl Wash" originally made two unannounced stealth airings on December 22, 2006 and January 7, 2007 and later made its official debut on March 25, 2007. Aqua Teen Hunger Force is about the surreal adventures and antics of three anthropomorphic fast food items: Master Shake, Frylock, and Meatwad, who live together as roommates and frequently interact with their human next-door neighbor, Carl Brutananadilewski in a suburban neighborhood in South New Jersey. In May 2015, this season became available on Hulu Plus.
|Aqua Teen Hunger Force (season 4)|
Volume Five DVD cover, which features the entire fourth season
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Original network||Adult Swim|
December 4, 2005 –
March 25, 2007
Episode 13 sneak peeks:
December 22, 2006 &
January 21, 2007
This is the final season to air before the 2007 release Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters, a feature-length film based on the series. Episodes in season four were written and directed by Dave Willis and Matt Maiellaro. Almost every episode in this season features a special guest appearance, which continues a practice used in past seasons. During the airing of this season drummer Terence Yerves filed a lawsuit against Schoolly D and Cartoon Network, over claims that he had played a major role in writing the Aqua Teen Hunger Force theme song. This season has been made available on DVD, and other forms of home media, including on demand streaming.
Every episode in this season was written and directed by series creators Dave Willis and Matt Maiellaro, who have both written and directed every episode of the series. All episodes originally aired in the United States on Cartoon Network's late night programming block, Adult Swim. This season was one of the original seasons branded under the Aqua Teen Hunger Force title before Willis and Maiellaro started using a different alternative title for each season in 2011. As with most seasons, several episodes originally aired outside of their production order.
Season four features "Deleted Scenes", the first 22-minute episode, which features several references to the feature-length film Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters, which aired on December 18, 2005, years prior to the film's debut. This season also features "Grim Reaper Gutters,” which is the first clip-show for Aqua Teen Hunger Force; as well as the show's first TV-MA-rated episode ("Dickesode") and the first appearances of Dr. Wongburger and Handbanana.
Many episodes in season four were made during the late production of the Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters and were spaced out more than any other season. Season four is the final season to air before the movie, the final season produced in 4:3 standard definition, and the final season to air when Jim Samples was running Cartoon Network (he resigned following the 2007 Boston Bomb Scare, when the series got national attention).
During the airing of the fifth season in November 2006 Schoolly D and Cartoon Network were sued over the Aqua Teen Hunger Force theme music. A drummer by the name of Terence Yerves (who, as Terry Yerves, was credited with "live drums" for the theme in the series' end credits) claimed he had also written the theme music alongside Schoolly D in 1999 while working at the Meat Locker Studio. Yerves was aware the song would be used for a television series but did not approve of it being used for Aqua Teen Hunger Force. However, he did not file the copyright to the Library Of Congress until May 2006, several years after the series started airing in 2001. In the lawsuit Yerves demanded he receive $150,000 for every time the series was aired after the lawsuit was filled, he also demanded that all existing copies of the series' DVDs be impounded and for Aqua Teen Hunger Force to cease broadcast. The case settled in May, 2007. No information as to settlement terms is publicly available.
In season four the main cast consisted of Dana Snyder who provided the voice of Master Shake, Carey Means who provided the voice of Frylock, and series co-creator Dave Willis who provided the voice of both Meatwad and Carl Brutananadilewski; and recurring character Ignignokt. Also featured appearances from Matt Maiellaro who voiced Err and Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future, George Lowe who voiced himself as various characters, Tommy Blacha voiced Dr. Wongburger, Andy Merrill who voiced Oglethorpe and Merle, and Mike Schatz who voiced Emory.
Season four featured various guest appearances from Billie Reaves in "Dirtfoot", Mike Bigga voiced Boost in "Boot Mobile", Brendon Small appeared in "Dickesode", Andrew W.K. voiced himself in "Party All the Time", Roberto Lange voiced Mucus man in "Global Grilling", and Tera Patrick voiced herself in "Grim Reaper Gutters", Bart Oates voiced himself in "Bart Oates", Patton Oswalt voiced Ezekial in "Ezekial". In "Carl Wash" Jim Fortier voiced both Carl and his son Carl Jr., both characters had originally appeared in the 1999 Space Ghost Coast to Coast episode "Chambraigne".
"Carl Wash" was originally scheduled to air on January 7, 2007, but was aired early and without announcement on December 22, 2006 during the 3:30 a.m. time slot. It was played once more on January 21, before Adult Swim officially aired this episode on March 25, 2007. The earlier broadcasts included a rough audio track, whereas the later, "official" airing contained finished audio. Also, on the original version, parts of the screen were not shown, such as, when Meatwad is talking to the brains, in the finished version, Carl Jr. is entirely shown, however, in the rough version, part of Carl Jr. is not shown.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|56||1||"Dirtfoot"||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||December 4, 2005||401|
|57||2||"Boost Mobile"||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||December 11, 2005||402|
Frylock becomes angry when he sees that the Aqua Teens have an electric bill for $2,600, and discovers that Shake caused the high fee by charging an anthropomorphic over-sized cell phone that he got from Boost Mobile in exchange for advertising the company, which he does whenever the camera is on him. Shake says that Josh threatens to castrate him if he loses the phone after Frylock tries to get rid of it, so he devises a smarter plan to destroy it.
"Star Studded Xmas Spectacular"
"Star Studded Christmas Spectacular Starring Rhon Geremi"
|Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||December 18, 2005||403|
In this episode, Shake and Meatwad show some scenes from Untitled Master Shake Project. Shake claims that the movie has no plot, and that viewers were disgusted when they saw it at the Mall Of America.
The clips revolve around the Insane-O-Flex Exercise Machine & its Motherboard. First, Carl shows off his "hypno-rims," which are, as Frylock points out, designed to spin at the frequency of the female brain wave, allowing Carl to rape anyone he wants. The Mooninites steal them from him so they can mock the Plutonians & the Ghost, the latter of whom seem to be working together. Later, the Mooninites hypnotize Carl with his own rims, telling him to pull down his pants, to stick a broom up his ass, and to steal the Motherboard. Carl sticks the broom through his whole body to the point where it bulges at the top of his head.
He also disturbs bees, causing them to swarm around him. He shows up at the Aqua Teens' house, wanting to use the Insane-O-Flex. Frylock tells him "How about taking that broom out of your ass first," to which Carl tells him that he likes the broom there. Frylock struggles to put the Motherboard into the Insane-O-Flex, but it won't fit, as it's a completely different font. Carl pretends to help him but steals the Motherboard instead.
Carl brings the Motherboard to the Mooninites, Plutonians, and Ghost, who are now working together. He tells them that it don't fit, and the Ghost goes directly in front of the camera, yelling "IMPOSSIBLE!" Meatwad shows his video, "Meatwad's Disco Safari Party Explosion,” which Shake blows up during the credits.Part 2 of this episode was in the same 30Min time Slot as Part 1. On the Volume 5 DVD, it's presented as a different episode. Carl comes to where Shake's showing his movie, with the broom still up his ass. Shake shows the rest of his movie: The Aqua Teens go to Carls house & find the Mooninites, Plutonians, & Ghost there. Carl tells Frylock that they used the "hypno-rims" to force him to rape himself with the broom, so Frylock uses the rims on them & forces them to give him the Motherboard. The Aqua Teens and Carl go to the Aqua Teens house, where Carl has recovered. He tells them that he mentally lost at least 2 days. Meatwad pulls the broom out of his ass quickly. After the movie ends, Carl is confused as to why the broom's still in his ass when he saw that Meatwad pulled it out. Shake dodges the question completely, and Carl walks away. He returns with a shotgun, without the broom in his ass, implying that he removed it himself this time. Meatwad shows the rest of his movie while Carl kills Shake in the background.
|59||4||"Dickesode"||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||October 22, 2006||404|
Carl and the Aqua Teens partake in a restaurant's promotion called "Rip-n-Win," which consists of ripping the bottom of fountain drink cups for a prize. While Shake and Meatwad both get a coupon for Wasabi Fries, Carl's prize reads "Tonight, You will get your dick ripped off.” The "prize" is said to be real from a TV commercial via disclaimer, and with the restaurant employees tracking down the "winner," the Aqua Teens must protect Carl by any means necessary, only to discover that Mr. Wongburger orchestrated the entire plan, having gathered mountains of penises to build a rocket ship just to get back to his home planet.
Guest appearances: Tommy Blacha (credited as Dick Blacha), Brendon Small (credited as Dick Small in the original airing, credited as Donald Cock in later airings), and Andy Merrill (credited as "Dick Merrill")Notes: For the end credits, everyone's first name is replaced with "dick”. In later airings, Brendon Small's credit was changed to "Donald Cock”. Dr. Wongburger makes his first appearance in this episode. This episode has a censored and uncensored version, both of which appear on DVD. This is the first episode of ATHF to be rated TV-MA.
|60||5||"Handbanana"||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||October 29, 2006||405|
|Frylock genetically engineers a dog for Meatwad using the "Make Your Own Dog 1.0" software with Carl's pool, which Master Shake accidentally activates by flopping his hand in the pool, resulting in a hand-shaped dog who Meatwad names "Handbanana.” Unbeknownst to the Aqua Teens, Handbanana can speak, which only Carl can hear. The engineered pet is interested in raping Carl, and after a failed attempt to convince the Aqua Teens of their dog's language and violations, Carl must figure out how to deal with Handbanana himself.|
|61||6||"Party All the Time"||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||November 5, 2006||406|
Frylock has a protrusion on his face, and after a concerned Master Shake and Meatwad convince him to see a doctor about it, he learns from the doctor that he has cancer. As times goes by, Frylock appears more sicker each day and depressed. The Aqua Teens and Carl become very worried for him, so they do everything they can to cheer him up.'Guest appearances: Eugene Mirman as Dr. Eugene Mirman, Andrew W.K. as himself. Notes: Shake has been killed three times: getting stung by several bees, eating a scorpion and getting blown up by a rocket.
|62||7||"Global Grilling"||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||November 12, 2006||408|
|Master Shake and Meatwad try to make a "Mucus Man" out of mucus, with Shake doing the spitting. The duo are frustrated at their lack of progress, with Shake stating he's out of snot to produce any more mucus. After a failed attempt to get sick and Frylock failing to help with cost-efficient methods, Shake buys The Char-Nobyl 6000, an illegally imported, extremely powerful barbecue grill with a nuclear core made of radioactive waste to speed up the build of Mucus Man. However, after turning it on, the core activates and the grill cannot be turned off safely. Disasters strike New Jersey as the world heats up, and the Aqua Teens must figure out how to stop the grill before the world literally grills to the end.|
|63||8||"Grim Reaper Gutters"||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||November 19, 2006||409|
The show opens with Master Shake and Meatwad sitting around, reminiscing about past events. They eventually stray off topic into more extravagant tales, like how Hugh Hefner invited Shake to the Playboy mansion, concerned on how there were too few guys. Frylock reminds the two of how many times he's saved their lives, accompanied by a clip montage mostly of him doing just that from past episodes accompanied by Andrew W.K.'s song from Party All the Time. Shake tries to counter this by talking about how he picked out Frylock's computer for him, but fails to mention how he ran off to Mexico when the bill arrived. Meatwad adds his own story about his first pubic hair, which he found in his food at a restaurant, and has been collecting them ever since, and presents a shirt. He presents it to Frylock, who suggests that Carl may want it more. During the phone call, Frylock coaxes Carl over when he finds porn star Tera Patrick is inexplicably at their house. What they don't mention is the shadowy grim reaper-like figure out in front of their door holding a line of gutter. As Carl approaches the house, the reaper identifies himself as Dan from "Grim Reaper Gutters" and tries to sell him a gutter plan, and tells him the company slogan that they won't leave without a sale. After Carl's insistent refusal, Dan touches him with his skeletal hand and he drops dead. This doesn't draw him from the Aqua Teen's house however, so Frylock is forced to buy something: the biggest plan they have. After Meatwad misunderstands a joke from Shake to Tera ("Show us a bridge in New York"), he takes out a gun and commits suicide.Guest appearance: Tera Patrick.
|64||9||"Moonajuana"||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||November 26, 2006||410|
As the episode begins, Frylock and Meatwad are playing checkers in the Aqua Teens' living room. Master Shake enters and announces he has bad glaucoma, and that his doctor said he needs to smoke marijuana to help him get better. The Mooninites arrive and say they grow marijuana on the Moon (called 'moonajuana'), at first to battle their own crippling illnesses, but now simply for recreation. Against Frylock's wishes, Shake and Meatwad go off with Ignignokt and Err to get stoned.
Rather than actually smoking cannabis, the Mooninites set fire to a pile of tires and wood in the driveway, then lower a clear chamber shaped just like Ignignokt over it, holding in all the fumes. Claiming they are already very high, the Mooninites stay outside and watch as the typically clueless Shake and Meatwad stay inside the hood and get "high," act silly, and eventually pass out. This part of the plan accomplished, they go to burgle the Aqua Teens' house, but are thwarted by Frylock. They then try their luck with Carl, asking if he would like to get high, but he says that he'd only do it if someone gave it to him. The Mooninites claim Frylock has drugs, and while Carl is distracted, break into his house. However, they are not interested in stealing Carl's possessions, which mainly consist of New York Giants memorabilia and pornography, and thus decide to burn his house to the ground so no one else can have it.
Carl, fondly remembering his high school days of "getting lit and listening to Styx,” joins Shake and Meatwad under the hood, while the Mooninites continue to try to trick Frylock. Frylock grows tired and asks why they are always bothering the Aqua Teens, considering there are so many other people on planet Earth. The Mooninites claim they were never taught that there were so many people, as they didn't have fathers growing up. Err gives a speech about how his parents left him and how he just steals to get attention. Hearing this, Frylock suggests that if they want attention, they should go to Los Angeles and try out to be movie stars. They take the advice and leave.Following this, the Aqua Teens are seen watching a television drama featuring Err as an extra, playing a gay prostitute. A man with questionable intent then approaches Err and several other gay prostitutes shortly before opening fire on the group with an uzi.
|65||10||"Bart Oates"||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||December 3, 2006||407|
Meatwad and Master Shake call Frylock late at night, having been thrown in jail for a D.U.I. while driving Carl's car. The next morning, Carl discovers his car missing, finds a post-it note on the curb saying "Thanks for car, M.S.,” and tries to peddle shoddy Giants uniforms he commissioned to be made to Frylock. Later in Carl's room, Bart Oates appears, much to Carl's excitement. Carl recounts his stats and the many games of Oates' he watched, then reveals how he had hoped Oates would become injured after he transferred to the 49ers. Oates reveals that it was because of this that he had to get knee surgery and retire. Bart reappears several more times, giving Carl advice on how to be a better person and improve his life. He tutors him on being polite to Frylock, convinces him to bail Shake and Meatwad out of jail, and forces him to apologize to the grave of an elderly man he ran over, and to the band Chicago, who he swindled by selling counterfeit Chicago shirts (they weren't even good counterfeits, as they said "Chicano" instead of "Chicago"). Oates finally leads Carl to Linda Hamilton's house, and instructs Carl to kill her, so she won't give birth to John Connor, who will lead the resistance to the rise of the machines. Bart claims he's been sent by them, and reveals how when he got his surgery, he was implanted with computers. Bart rips apart his skin, revealing his insides, and Carl notes that most of his interior work is just old garbage, a discovery that dismays Bart Oates. Alarms go off at the house and Carl flees.
Sometime later, Frylock picks a BB pellet out of Carl's brain, wondering how it got there. In a flashback, we see that Bart Oates convinced Shake to shoot Carl from outside his house.Guest appearance: Bart Oates as himself.
|66||11||"Antenna"||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||December 10, 2006||412|
After two aliens build a large antenna attached to Carl's house, Carl and the Aqua Teens are enticed into watching the show the aliens broadcast - a show wherein the aliens do nothing but move the same boxes back and forth - despite their swelling heads and constant nosebleeds.George Lowe as Himself
|67||12||"Ezekial"||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||December 17, 2006||411|
A small milkshake, looking just like Master Shake, arrives at the Aqua Teen's house, calling Shake "Daddy." Shake is very resistant to him, avoiding and berating him to avoid having to take care of him. Before the little milkshake could run away to Reno, Frylock allows him to stay until he's old enough to live independently, with Meatwad naming him Ezekial. The Aqua Teens partake in activities with Ezekial to bond with him, but Shake bullies him, much to the others' disapproval.Guest appearance: Patton Oswalt as Ezekiel (credited as "Shecky Chucklestein").
|68||13||"Carl Wash"||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||Dave Willis & Matt Maiellaro||December 22, 2006[N]||413|
Meatwad responds to an ad in the newspaper and gets a job at "Carl's Car Wash," standing out on the highway in front of it waving and dancing to attract business (but only gets cups full of coke thrown at him). The proprietors of the business, a large floating human-like brain named Carl and his son Carl Jr. (who talks in quick gibberish), feel their business is failing since Meatwad can only shape shift into a hot dog or an igloo. Meatwad gets some help from Frylock in trying some new shapes, but eventually gives up. He instead takes Master Shake's advice and tries unsuccessfully to antagonize their neighbor Carl into getting his car washed, by turning into a fist extending his middle finger then asking if he is a dumbass who's gonna get his ass whupped. Only when Shake completely covers Carl's car with dirt does he take it to the car wash. This a rare instance of Shake helping Meatwad without an ulterior motive or for personal gain (except perhaps the joy he gets from tormenting Carl).
At the car wash, Meatwad has him lie down on a gurney with an oxygen mask as they both watch his car go through the wash: first getting the first half brushed, then covered in "dumpster juice" (which is a combination of rain water and garbage, and is very acidic, and very harsh on the paint job), then cat urine, then getting smashed with hammers, then being repainted in a 'color of their choosing'. When Carl protests, gas pumps into the room, and Carl and Carl Jr. arrive and, after pointing out that he, his son, and Carl have the exact same name, demand his brain be removed (a demand which shocks Meatwad).Later, Carl, with a giant hole in his head, kneels by his completely defiled car, mindlessly licking it. Shake condones this, offering him a knife to remove his jaw so he can eat the car. Frylock eventually discovers what has happened, and despite Meatwad's insistence that he may lose his job if they cause trouble, they all go to the car wash. The brains have Carl's brain propped up by the highway, and are upset that it is not responding to their orders. When Carl (the floating brain) explains his plan of taking people's brains to work at the car wash, Frylock dismisses it as "retarded." Before Frylock can do anything about it, the brains leave, saying they are closed, but before they go, inform them they will open at ten the next day.
The entire fourth season was released on the Aqua Teen Hunger Force Volume Five DVD on January 29, 2008. The set was released by Adult Swim and distributed by Warner Home Video, and features special features including the online video game The Worst Game Ever, and deleted scenes. The set was later released in Region 4 by Madman Entertainment on April 1, 2009. The set was released in Region 2 on January 31, 2011. "Deleted Scenes" was also released as a special feature on the Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for DVD set along with the movie on August 14, 2007.
With the exception of "Deleted Scenes", this season was also released under the label "Season 5" on iTunes, the Xbox Live Marketplace, and Amazon Video under the label "Volume 5". The iTunes release also features a special music video, "I Like Your Booty But I'm Not Gay".
|Aqua Teen Hunger Force Volume Five|
|Set details||Special features|
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|January 29, 2008||January 31, 2011||April 1, 2009|
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