DISCLAIMER: This recap of Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. episode “If Saturday Be … for the Boys!” is rife with spoilers. You’ve been warned. Proceed at your own peril.
Welcome back, pitiful humans! Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. blessed us with yet another stellar episode. It’s a hysterically heartwarming installment. M.O.D.O.K. is making new friends! Who knew that a mental organism designed only for killing could possess the capacity for genuine camaraderie? But he wasn’t the only one bonding! Jodie decides to get tipsy with Monica while Lou befriends Monica’s daughter. “If Saturday Be … for the Boys!” also guest stars a handful of notable names including Whoopi Goldberg and Chris Parnell. It’s not a true animated series unless Parnell is involved in some capacity.
Ready to delve into “If Saturday Be … for the Boys!”? Let’s get to it.
Now, we open with M.O.D.O.K. (voiced by Patton Oswalt) hanging out in his apartment with Super Adaptoid (voiced by Jon Daly). He’s got a heaping helping of time on his hands. Should he re-watch The Wire for the umpteenth time or get out into the world and have fun? Methinks the latter!
Next, M.O.D.O.K. attempts to gain access to the exclusive “Soho Lair,” a hotspot for the world’s most notorious villains. He’s promptly rejected. We see a group of supervillains turning their noses up at M.O.D.O.K. However, if our fave foe can steal Captain America’s shield, there may be a seat for him at the table. He vows to do just that. But first — a drink or two. He wanders over to the “Bar With No Name.”
Then, Jodie (voiced by Aimee Garcia) and Lou (voiced by Ben Schwartz) break into A.I.M. in search of M.O.D.O.K. Apparently, Jodie needs help scrubbing a video from the internet. She was touting Lou as someone who’s allergic to peanuts, but she found him engorging himself on PayDays while on camera. Jodie scurries off to riffle through M.O.D.O.K.’s office, and Lou encounters a Goth girl in the daycare center. Soulmates!
Meanwhile, M.O.D.O.K. meets a group of low-level villains at the Bar With No Name. Goldberg voices Poundcakes and Parnell lends his voice to Ten Pin. There’s also Armadillo, Melter and Angar. M.O.D.O.K. seizes this opportunity to employ each of them for the inevitable Captain America shield heist. He has to sneak in to the Avengers Tower somehow. So, he persuades the ragtag crew to join him in said heist. I’m getting Suicide Squad vibes here.
Later, the gang heads over to a pawnshop, wherein Ten Pin sold his bowling pins. M.O.D.O.K. tries to trade with the pawnshop proprietor. Said proprietor keeps amputating various body parts with a buzzsaw. You know, normal stuff. Suddenly, Armadillo spots his ex-wife’s wedding ring. He proceeds to burrow through the ground, presumably en route to find her.
Next, Jodie is caught by Monica (voiced by Wendi McLendon-Covey). She’s apprehensive of Monica. That is until the latter finds out she’s M.O.D.O.K.’s wife. Then, Monica begins to ask all the questions.
Then, our ragtag crew is currently on the hunt for Armadillo. Super Adaptoid transforms into a van for them to drive, so that’s a thing. They’re accosted by street youths, but thankfully Angar uses his sonic abilities to put them in their place. After an uncomfortable run-in with Armadillo’s ex-wife’s new beau, the gang decides it’s high time they heist it up at the Avengers Tower.
Meanwhile, Jodie and Monica are bonding over booze. Poundcakes forces M.O.D.O.K. and the group to make a pitstop at the local high school. Apparently, Poundcakes was an athlete who could’ve gone all the way to the Olympics. However, her mutant abilities were brought to light and that dream was subsequently dashed. M.O.D.O.K. gifts her with a smashed trophy from the display case. Aw, he’s growing!
Now, while the crew is inside the high school, Super Adaptoid is hijacked by the rowdy teens that were accosting Angar earlier. The gang learns that M.O.D.O.K. was just using them to aid him in his heist. They leave him behind. We see M.O.D.O.K. attempting to hitchhike to the Avengers Tower. He realizes that he actually cares about his newfound buddies. He spots “Night Loaf,” an establishment that only serves meatloaf, in the distance. M.O.D.O.K. knows just how much they love their meatloaf.
Next, we see Angar, Armadillo, Melter, Poundcakes and Ten Pin ordering meatloaf from a server that’s sporting a knight costume. Methinks he’s also voiced by Parnell. M.O.D.O.K. fervently apologizes to them. He bares his soul. Friends 4eva!
Meanwhile, Lou appears to be making headway with the Goth girl. Monica and Jodie reunite with them. Monica stabs Lou with a syringe. He’s now allergic to peanuts. He’s unique! Goth girl appears to have taken a shining to our Lou, much to Monica’s dismay.
Later, our crew winds up on Coney Island. They traveled all night, fell asleep and missed the train stop near the Avengers Tower. We see them sitting on the beach as the sun rises. All is well. The heist will have to wait. Angar and co. wish to return to the Bar With No Name for breakfast. As M.O.D.O.K. rises to join them, he notices that Melter has passed away. RIP Melter. He died as he lived — melting stuff.
Then, we see Super Adaptoid is sitting in his van form in a car lot. Baby M.O.D.O.K. incapacitates him. If you’ll recall, young M.O.D.O.K. emerged in the present thanks to our fave supervillain’s blunder.
“If Saturday Be … for the Boys!” is such a sweet and hilarious outing. I never thought I’d be falling head over heels for a baddie, but here we are. Oswalt imbues M.O.D.O.K. with such nuance and warmth. One aspect of this episode that I loved was the fact that Melissa Fumero voiced multiple minor characters, as did Parnell. This just goes to show how massively talented this cast is. I can’t wait to see where this ride takes us.
Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. is now streaming on Hulu.
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