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"Bonnibel Bubblegum" is the fourth episode in the ninth season of Adventure Time. It is the two hundred seventieth episode overall.

Synopsis

A long lost artifact causes Princess Bubblegum to harken back to the creation of the Candy Kingdom.

Plot

The episode begins with Finn, Jake, Princess Bubblegum, and Marceline, relaxing and swimming at a apple cider pond. Finn the brings Princess Bubblegum a cup full of cider. This cup was given to BMO by a mysterious scientist in "Always BMO Closing." PB acknowledges that it reminds her of cup her Uncle Gumbald once had. Finn then asked the princess to tell them about her family. Though reluctant, Bonnibel decides to tell them. The seen cuts a flashback, around 800 years before. Bonnibel was lonely, wandering the post-apocolyptic wasteland, scavenging. She then went to her home, where resided with her brother Neddy. She told Neddy that she wanted to make them family, as they only had each other, and nobody else. PB then brought in large pieces of gum, and set a up a device that gave them life. The first relative, was an elder female, name Aunt Lolly, the next was a tall young male, known as Cousin Chicle, and the last was older male known as Uncle Gumbald. The family lived a simple happy life together until Gumbald starts getting some ideas of his own. He chops down the taffy trees they had planted and decided to use them to build the cabin then revaled his plans to build a candy city. However, Bubblegum decides to stop his plans and adds a butterscotch lake where Gumbald was going to build his city. Gumbald then gets became upset with Bonnie and grows treacherous to her so he starts to hatch a plan. He, Chicle and Lolly create Mr. Cream Puff to serve as Bubblegum's boyfriend and to keep her busy while they plan to overthrow her.

When Bonnibel gets back, she overhears her relatives insulting her and planning to poison her with a chemical to make her dumb like Mr. Cream Puff. Gumbald then poisons Chicle and Lolly turning them into the simple minded candy people. Lolly, becomes a talking pinata known as Manfried. While Chicle, becomes a brown candy ball known as Crunchy. Bubblegum then confronts her Uncle, who voices that he is her equal but she states he is evil as he plans to turn her into candy person and do something about her brother. Angered, Bonnibel uses her pea shooting Taser to spill the poison on him turning Gumbald. Splashed with the poison, Gumbald transformed into the talking bowl of fruit punch known as the Punch Bowl, and forgetting his previous self. Bonnie first found the siutation difficult, but did notice that her relatives seemed happier as candy people. She then decided to keep them that way and proclaimed herself 'princess.'

The scene then cuts to the present, in which the group is now in the Tree Fort. Washing the cup, PB is reminded once more, and asks BMO where he got the cup. BMO then said that the man on the cup (Gumbald) gave it to him, revealing that he is somehow back. 

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Cultural references

  • Bonnie riding over the desert hills on a ox in post apocalyptic gear bears a striking resemblance to the opening of the movie Tank Girl. The horn like bumps on Bonnie's helmet are similar to the ones on Tank Girl's and both oxen are wearing pink and green goggles.
  • In the beginning of the flashback, when young Bonnibel is riding through the wasteland on a yak/bull, it is similar to the first scene with Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, when she is scavenging through Jakku.

Episode connections

  • The silver goblet from "Always BMO Closing" reappears.
  • The taffy tree field (which had previously been seen as a field of stumps in "Susan Strong" and "Reboot") is shown being cut down by Gumbald.
  • The cabin that PB lived in from "Hot Diggity Doom" to "The Dark Cloud" also makes an appearance, along with Lake Butterscotch, whereupon their origins are revealed.
    • Although Princess Bubblegum had mentioned in "Hot Diggity Doom" that the cabin was built by Gumbald, she did not reveal the full circumstances and impact of its creation until now.
    • Aunt Lolly is the older female bubblegum humanoid from the portrait with Bonnibel in "The Duke."
  • Mr. Cream Puff was previously mentioned and shown to be PB's "boyfriend" in "Slumber Party Panic" and "The Vault."
  • After being mentioned several times, Gumbald is finally introduced.

Storyline analysis

  • Banana Guard 16's tale about Bubblegum from "The Thin Yellow Line" is proven to be exaggerated, but correct. He mentioned that "when the first candy people rose against her, she transformed them into hideous monsters." In reality, she transformed them into more simple-minded candy people.
    • It's possible this is the reason Princess Bubblegum made the present candy people dumb - so what happened with Gumbald and the others won't happen again.

Errors

  • The taffy tree field that Gumbald cuts down in the night is right in front of the early Candy Kingdom, while in its appearances in the present, the field is significantly farther away from the kingdom (at the entrance to the Hyoomen's hideout) than in the flashback.
    • It is possible, however, that Bubblegum is simply remembering parts of the story incorrectly, as its also quite improbable that the 10 or so taffy trees Gumbald cut down were enough to build the entire cabin.

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