On a stormy night, both Finn and Jake are on edge after telling ghost stories by candlelight. As they finally get ready for bed, their tree house scratches and moans, as if someone is outside. Who else could it be, except another main character!
Marceline makes her debut in this episode, not entering as an evil character, but more as a slimy, antagonistic character to be feared. In later episodes this view of her will change and evolve into something much more substantial, but early on this is a good view of her rather morally corrupted outer shell.
Marceline kicks the boys out of their home, claiming it as her own home that she has abandoned so long ago. Finn, disgruntled, wishes to fight her for the house, but Jake holds him back claiming he’ll die if he challenges her head-on. This normally intelligent choice is not attributed to Jake’s growing wisdom however, only his irrational crippling fear of vampires.
This episode takes the moral lesson of ‘home is where the heart is’ and flips it on its head in a fashion only Adventure Time can accomplish. Along with the silly transformation of moral lessons, this episode features an abnormal amount of musical numbers. Especially for an episode length as short as Adventure Time, getting two songs in and a small little tune without disrupting the episode’s flow is no easy task. Still, the episode’s pacing was not hindered by this, and if anything it adding these tunes provided a little spice to this heartwarming episode.