"James II" is the third episode in the sixth season of Adventure Time. It is the one hundred and fifty-ninth episode overall.
The episode begins with Finn, Jake, and Bubblegum walking and looking for a flower called a Weeping Willy. Once they find it, they start collecting its tears, when Clone James fakes his death claiming that the ground below Bubblegum is loose and performs a fake attempt to save her. He falls into the river and yells, "Remember me!" A flashback is shown of the occurrences of the episode "James." Finn and Jake feel sorry for him, pointing out that it was the 25th time James had sacrificed himself for Bubblegum. Princess Bubblegum then tells them that James foolishly ran into the river and went over the waterfall, and points out that the ground near the flower is perfectly solid, and there is no possibility of her falling into the river.
Finn and Jake then tell her to bring him back by cloning him, but she tells them that the fake deaths are getting out of hand and it is pointless to award him for his foolish behavior. She says that it's time for him to go into an eternal nap. Finn and Jake protest against her and persuade her to bring him back, but she stands on her ground and declares that there would be no more Jameses. She then tells Finn and Jake to clean up James's apartment to which they reluctantly agree.
As they make their way to his apartment, they start talking about his 'sacrifices', like eating a contaminated cupcake for PB. When they reach the apartment, they find all 25 James running around playing, dancing and running and ask them who's in charge. A clone James comes forward wearing a lot of medals and introduces himself as James #2. They ask him to explain the scene, to which he replies he was lonely, and wanted more companionship. He knew PB wouldn't make another James, unless he died a hero, so he started faking his death to collect medals (saying that medals make him happy). Jake tells Finn that Princess would be upset about this, to which James #2 gets scared and tells them not to convey this to her. He also tries to bribe them by giving them a medal, but the duo refuse. They say that they won't warn the Princess, because she will eventually find out.
Finn and Jake go outside and then sit on a hidden bench waiting for something to happen. After some time, they see the Princess whistling and going to James' apartment. As soon as Princess enters the building, she shouts, "Hey!" and all of the Jameses start running out of the house to random places. Finn and Jake enjoy it and laugh.
The scene then changes and shows the original James and other Goo Monsters heading out of the pit and towards the kingdom.
The scene then returns to the Candy Kingdom, showing Finn and Jake sitting on the walls of the kingdom, and looking below while eating the candy wall. They see the Princess assembling the Banana Guards and showing them a picture of James. The Banana Guards understand, but as soon as Princess says there are 25 of them, the Banana Guards get all confused and ask questions, such as "How can one picture identify all 25?" and "Are they brothers?" Princess Bubblegum angrily answers their questions. Finn and Jake laugh at their stupidity, when PB notices them and asks for their help. They invite her to their place, and she goes along, while muttering. She arrives at their place, and asks why they are sitting down doing nothing. Jake tells her to sit for 5 minutes and enjoy it. She sits down, and Jake offers her some wall candy.
They look below as a Clone James comes to their place. The Banana Guards don't identify him, and even ask him if he has seen the James in the picture. Even Clone James couldn't identify himself which causes the three watching from above to laugh. Eventually, all the Jameses try and cannot identify their own picture. The Banana Guard in charge takes the photo back and asks the name of the first Clone James. He then asks all their names and all of them claim to be 'James', and say that their names are the same, "because they look alike." The Banana Guard then comes to a random conclusion that they are brothers, to which the Jameses reply otherwise. The Banana Guard counts them but the Clone Jameses reassures that there are 25 of them.
The Banana Guard then puts his mental power to work and recalls the orders of PB. He then tells his other guards that they are the guys Princess was talking about.They finally try to capture them while Finn, Jake, and PB laugh at this. The scene then changes to the Banana Guards randomly trying to capture all the Jameses, and in the end, they manage to capture them all. While all this is happening, the Original James and the horde of Goo Monsters arrive at Candy Kingdom, unnoticed. Princess Bubblegum arrives at the place where all Jameses are captured, and snatches their medals, saying they are not heroes. Suddenly, a Gumball Guardian shouts, "Evil presence detected!" and points to the horde of Goo Monsters. The Banana Guards are then ordered to protect the Candy Kingdom. They obey the order, but since they don't usually fight, some fake their death and one even jabs a spear into his body to fake it. Finn intervenes and uses the spear to attack the Monsters, but on contact with their bodies, the spear melts.
Finn then warns everyone not to touch them, as anything that touches them melts. The Banana Guards get scared and run into the kingdom. Finn notices some Candy Orphans playing there. He asks Jake for help to bring them inside the kingdom. As they get busy with this task, the Jameses notice PB in danger. They notice the Original James attacking her, and then try to save her by dogpiling on him and fusing together. This causes the Original James to be fused with the clones and be killed. The Jameses say, "We told you we were heroes!" Afterwards, Princess Bubblegum awards the medals back to the Jameses. She then gives them a new assignment, which is to "go to the wasteland and never come back." The Jameses protest, but Princess Bubblegum interrupts them and tells them she would send them a medal every day. They agree to this and run to the wasteland. The episode ends with Princess Bubblegum saying, "I'm not gonna miss him."
- Princess Bubblegum had thicker thighs than usual when she was wearing her safari outfit.
- It is revealed that three months have passed since the events of the episode "James."
- The promotional artwork shows Root Beer Guy on vacation on the beach with his wife, Cherry Cream Soda. This explains why he isn't in this episode and why Princess Bubblegum asks who is in charge that day.
- James II called the James' house Jamestown. Jamestown was the first British colony in America founded in 1607.
- Jamestown was founded by townsfolk who knew nothing about surviving in the wilderness or being self-sufficient, and suffered heavy casualties throughout their attempts at colonizing, similar to how the Jameses are incompetent and (seemed to have) died repeatedly.
- "James II" is the same as the name of King James II of England, Scotland, and Ireland.
- The scene where the Banana Guards are chasing the James clones around the Candy Kingdom is similar to chase scenes in older cartoons from around the 1920s-1960s.
- The James clones went into a glove shop and came out wearing large white gloves, which may be a reference to how many old cartoon characters, such as Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny, usually wore white gloves.
- The huge trap that the James clones make to stop the Banana Guards might also be referring to traps sometimes seen in these older cartoons, and/or Rube Goldberg machines.
- The Weeping Willy might be a reference to the weeping willow, an ornamental tree.
- The final abandonment of the James to "walk the wasteland" is similar to "The Long Walk," a banishment done in the comics of Judge Dredd where judges who no longer can do their job are banished to the Cursed Earth (the destroyed remains of the United States beyond Megacity One).
- This episode is the sequel to "James."
- Finn still has the flower where his arm was before it was lost in "Escape from the Citadel." However, nobody seems to notice it, much less comment on it, although this might be because they already know of it or that this episode was produced later and aired at an earlier date.
- The goo monsters are also seen from the episodes "Simon and Marcy" and "James."
- When Princess Bubblegum is awarding the mass James their medals, the title card music from "Still" plays.
- When the James clones were first shown from aerial view, there are 30 clones. When it is shown up close again, 25 clones can be seen.
- When Princess Bubblegum goes to James' apartment, only 19 Jameses come out of the building.
- When the goo monsters start attacking, there are only 12 Jameses in the group.
- On ITunes, this episode has the end credits of Food Chain.
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