Season 7, Episode 4 (68)
Terminal INGAME
Air date June 16, 2012
Written by Jon Graham
Directed by Jon Graham
Episode guide
Massive Damage
"Shit's not fair, man. But I guess we're all terminal, right?"
Eugene to Arbiter.

Terminal is the fourth episode of the seventh season of Arby 'n' the Chief.

Summary Edit

Following his first taste of rejection by a girl he fell in love with online, Master Chief falls farther into a downward spiral. Meanwhile, Cortana and Greg confront Arbiter about his excessive drinking.

Plot Edit

As Cortana and Greg talk about each other, Greg reveals that he is indeed a real spider. They notice Arbiter exiting from the bathroom (after the latter had gotten done talking with Chief about this rejection.) Cortana and Greg express their concerns to Arbiter about his recent addiction to alcohol as his escape from the pain of his accident. Arbiter tries to reassure them both that he will be fine due to his past success, and Greg suggests that they all play Scrabble to change the subject to something more light-hearted. As the three of them are playing Scrabble however (With Arbiter playing for Cortana due to her lack of articulation joints,) Master Chief returns and in a drunk fit, demands that everyone worship him for Jon buying him first before all of them, all while insulting them for playing Scrabble yet again.

As everyone stands up to him, the provoked and drunk Chief gets more and more derogatory with them until finally Cortana brings Chief down to Earth by pointing out that Chief's own intolerable behavior and language was the reason for his rejection from Emma and his constant rejection by everyone else around him. Just as Chief is about to stand up to Cortana and everyone else to prove them wrong, Chief passes out and falls asleep, quickly ending the argument. Later that night, Arbtier ask Cortana how she was able to survive at Jon's old apartment all while knowing she shared the same meaningless purpose that the other toys share too. To which Cortana reveals that she was able to let the fact go in favor of willing to survive moreso. She then proceeds to comfort Arbiter for how well he was able to remain sane given that he was able to live with only Chief.

The next day however, things begin to noticeably change amongst the toys. After a hungover Chief retreats to the bathroom, Cortana disapproves of Arbiter's use of the word "retard" due to its offensive nature, leading Arbiter and her to get into an argument. Master Chief as well has built a grudge towards Cortana for her statement yesterday and thus begins to plan something very sinister. Before it is elaborated on, Master Chief manages to gather up some of Greg's webbing before being caught by Arbiter and so retreats. Remembering Cortana's request to stop drinking, Arbiter forces himself to play Halo: Reach instead.

In the online game, Arbiter is continuously sniped in the head by a mysterious player. Rather than getting frustrated, Arbiter shows respect to the player for his skills. The player then reveals himself as non-other, than Eugene Black. Eugene takes kindly to Arbiter's compliment and acknowledges him for his and Chief's past successes as being impressive, including Trent's wedding crash and the fall of Chaos Theosis. After revealing their own lifestyles, Eugene sends Arbiter a friend request and suggests that they play again someday.

Cast Edit

Transcript ​Edit

Main article: Terminal/Transcript

Episode How-tos Edit

  • HOW TO be the president of Chief's fan club
  • HOW TO bow before your pimp
  • HOW TO rock people's words
  • HOW TO call an amber lamps
  • HOW TO find the limits of love

Trivia Edit

  • This episode was originally written as one script lasting 40 pages; in order to match the usual script length of 15 to 20 pages, Jon decided to split the episode into two parts, the first one retitled as "Massive Damage".[1]
  • A Director's Commentary for this episode was released on July 28, 2012.
  • The scene in which Chief is seen flicking lit matches into a pool of water in the sink is a direct nod to the AMC Drama Breaking Bad, which Jon has stated that he is a big fan of and has cited as a major influence on him. [2]
  • Chief makes reference to the popular Daft Punk song "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" when comparing men to women.

Watch the episode Edit

Arby 'n' the Chief - S7E04 - "Terminal"

Arby 'n' the Chief - S7E04 - "Terminal"

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