Giveth & Taketh
Season 4, Episode 5 (30)
Giveth & Taketh
Air date August 21, 2010
Written by Jon Graham
Directed by Jon Graham
Episode guide
Aces and Spaces
God's Work

Giveth and Taketh is the fifth episode of the fourth season of Arby 'n' the Chief.

Summary Edit

Master Chief grows bored with Halo 3 and decides to play the Reach beta to kill time until its September retail release, and is choked when the Arbiter tells him the beta is now unavailable.

Plot Edit

Arbiter notices Chief playing Halo 3 as usual and, after making a few sarcastic remarks about how the latter plays it all the time, he is stunned when Chief announces that he is getting bored of it after playing the Halo: Reach beta. Chief then says that he downloaded the beta onto a separate hard drive in the false belief that he will still be able to play it even though it finished months ago. But as Chief plugs the hard drive into the console, Arbiter informs him that his plan won't work and the game will be unplayable until its retail release in September. 

Horrified, Chief calls 9-1-1 to tell them that he was robbed of the beta. However, the operator believes that the call is a prank due to Chief's voice and tells him to hang up or else the police will be dispatched to Jon's apartment. Arbiter witnesses this and, after a brief tug-of-war, snatches the phone from Chief's hands. As Arbiter apologises to the operator, Chief angrily rants about how the beta became his "property" when he downloaded it and that Bungie can't take it back, proclaiming "this is America!". Arbiter reminds him that they live in Canada as well as the fact that the beta did not actually belong to him before ending the call. Chief responds to this by punching Arbiter in the face and saying "I hate you". 

Later, Chief continues to complain that he cannot play Halo: Reach for "infinite years" while Arbiter nurses his injured face. Chief then decides to play Halo 2 online to "relive some glory days". But what Chief doesn't realize is that the Xbox Live servers for original Xbox games were shut down a month before the Halo: Reach beta began, meaning that no one can play Halo 2 online anymore. 

Cast Edit

Transcript ​Edit

Main article: Giveth and Taketh/Transcript
See also: File:Giveth and Taketh.pdf

Reception Edit

The episode received positive reception from both fans and viewers.

Watch the episode Edit

Arby 'n' the Chief - S4E05 - "Giveth and Taketh"

Arby 'n' the Chief - S4E05 - "Giveth and Taketh"