DISCLAIMER: This recap of Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. episode “O, Were Blood Thicker Than Robot Juice!” is riddled with spoilers. You’ve been warned. Proceed at your own peril.
Welcome back, pitiful humans! We’re encroaching endgame territory for Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K.! It’s hard to believe that just early this morning we were watching the pilot episode. My, how time flies. Anyway, “O, Were Blood Thicker Than Robot Juice!” effectively puts the Baby M.O.D.O.K. storyline to bed. Not to mention, it brings the M.O.D.O.K. family closer together. I take back what I said about the M.O.D.O.K./Jodie reunion in the previous episode. Making her and the kids robots puts a new twist on a tired trope. This outing boasts loads of blood, loads of robot juice and plenty of Murder World fun.
Ready to delve into “O, Were Blood Thicker Than Robot Juice!”? Let’s get to it.
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Now, we open with M.O.D.O.K. (voiced by Patton Oswalt) waking up after his steamy night with Jodie (voiced by Aimee Garcia). He’s reticent to stay, under the impression that their bout of carnal passion was merely a one-off. However, she asserts that she’s still wildly attracted to our fave mental organism designed only for killing. Melissa (voiced by Melissa Fumero) and Lou (voiced by Ben Schwartz) barge into the room armed with copious amounts of food. M.O.D.O.K. and Jodie announce that the family is back together. The kids are also eager to start up that family band!
Meanwhile, the real Jodie, Melissa and Lou are being held captive by Baby M.O.D.O.K. Apparently, present-day M.O.D.O.K. is hanging out with robots. Baby M.O.D.O.K. enters the scene and sets up a series of needles filled with poison that’s aimed at our trio. Should they attempt to flee, the needles will stab them.
Melissa realizes she has her watch that controls the Roomba. Lou utilizes Jodie’s shoe to activate Melissa’s watch since they’re currently restrained. We see the Roomba spell out “robots” in pebbles on the basement floor while M.O.D.O.K. is having band practice with his imposter family. The M.O.D.O.K. Family Band Featuring The M.O.D.O.K. Family and Introducing M.O.D.O.K. will soon be taking the Billboard charts by storm!
Unfortunately, Robot Jodie destroys the display prior to M.O.D.O.K. reading it. The flesh on her face peels back to reveal the metallic components underneath. This doesn’t phase M.O.D.O.K. in the slightest. He’s a bit obtuse at the moment. Robot Jodie claims that she wants to renew their wedding vows. M.O.D.O.K. emphatically agrees. Jodie and M.O.D.O.K. proceed to test potential cake flavors for their “Re-Wedding.”
Later, M.O.D.O.K. arrives for his big day. He’s remarrying Jodie in their garage. Suddenly, he seemingly self-combusts. We see that he’s a robot too. Back at Baby M.O.D.O.K.’s formidable lair, we see Jodie, Melissa and Lou break free from their prison. The real M.O.D.O.K. came to rescue his family! We see three sets of Jodies, Melissas and Lous running to find M.O.D.O.K. Uh oh.
Next, Baby M.O.D.O.K. and Arcade reveal that they’re all in “Murder World,” a carnival of nightmares. The objective? Figure out who’s a robot and slaughter them. Only the real M.O.D.O.K. family can leave the premises alive. Arcade also crafted two extra M.O.D.O.K.s for the occasion. So, now there are three of every family member. Not confusing at all.
Melissa proceeds to murder her two counterparts. She procures a chip from each corpse. That’s the distinguishing factor between the humans and the robots — chips. In addition, Melissa seamlessly kills the two robotic M.O.D.O.K.s. She is her father’s daughter. One of the Lous inadvertently dies, but thankfully he’s one of the robots. The Jodies are whittled down until the sole human version remains. That just leaves the remaining two Lous. Arcade manages to escape after things go south.
Meanwhile, Jodie hops on top of Baby M.O.D.O.K. and employs the immense strength she garnered from extensive Pilates training. She proceeds to rip him in half like the badass she is. Go, Jodie! They decide to keep the two Lous.
Later, our M.O.D.O.K. family plus a robot Lou are having dinner together. Super Adaptoid (voiced by Jon Daly) apologizes for betraying them to Baby M.O.D.O.K. Melissa notes that Super Adaptoid betrays them constantly. They reset him. Then, they all lived happily ever after. The end!
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“O, Were Blood Thicker Than Robot Juice!” really gives us some fun family moments with the M.O.D.O.K. clan that we haven’t seen before. I love the creativity behind this episode as well. The “who’s human, who’s robot” trope has been done in the past, but this is a fresh take on a common concept. And, as I said before, it puts a unique twist on M.O.D.O.K. and Jodie’s reunion. Now that the Baby M.O.D.O.K. story arc has ended, I’m assuming the final two episodes of Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. will solely focus on Austin and Hexus the Living Corporation. Bring it on!
Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. is now streaming on Hulu.
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