|Red vs. Blue Episode|
|"Red vs. Blue vs. Rooster Teeth"|
|Airdate|| October 16, 2016 (sponsors)|
October 17, 2016 (RT users)
October 23, 2016 (public)
Red vs. Blue vs. Rooster Teeth is a special episode of Red vs. Blue and the twenty-fourth and final episode of Red vs. Blue: Season 14. It aired on October 16th, 2016 for sponsors, October 17th, 2016 for Rooster Teeth site users, and October 23rd, 2016 for the general public.
- Burnie Burns
- Geoff Ramsey
- Miles Luna
- Kyle Taylor
- Joshua Ornelas
- Matt Hullum
- Joel Heyman
- Gus Sorola
- Barbara Dunkelman
V.I.C. brings back his multiverse theory, and reveals he discovered in his archives a theory that Red vs. Blue is just a cartoon "made by a bunch of losers in Texas. I mean, talk about far-fetched."
At Valhalla, Lopez has fixed the Red's teleporter. When they turn it on, it starts making loud-noises, and they prepare for the worst––only for Caboose to appear. When they ask why he was in the teleporter, Sarge starts talking in Caboose's voice. The scene shifts to the Rooster Teeth Machinima studios, where Miles Luna is berating Josh Ornelas and Kyle Taylor for bobbing the wrong heads. As the three feud over the meaning of the word "sarcastic," Burnie Burns and Geoff Ramsey enter. Burnie criticizes them for fighting on the job, while the three complain about the Rocket Rooster energy drinks that they are being forced to drink. Burnie is angry at the three "millenial hacks" for risking his legacy with Red vs. Blue, but finds little support from Geoff, who does not remember working on the show because he drank a lot––actually, he still does. After a failed attempt at insulting them, Burnie leaves fuming while Miles prepares to add three dozen more pivotal characters.
Burnie and Geoff wander around the studios, plotting some sort of revenge against the three. It is then that Burnie notices the "RvB Kill Switch," which will shut down Machinima. Meanwhile, in the Red vs. Blue universe, Sarge comes up with the plan to all jump into the teleporter. Back in the studio, Miles berates Josh and Kyle again for not making Tucker come out of the teleporter. Josh gets pissed at Miles when he mishears the phrase "black lines don't matter", knocking Miles's can of Rocket Rooster Energy Drink onto their XBox, just as Burnie pulls the RvB Kill Switch and the Blood Gulch Crew jumps into the teleporter. And in a flash of green light, Sarge, Caboose, Simmons, Grif, Donut, and Lopez are all teleported straight into the Rooster Teeth studios, right in front of Miles, Josh, and Kyle, who proceed to run away screaming. "Well that worked better than I thought it would," Burnie comments, noticing them leave.
The Blood Gulch crew, noticing their oddly high-quality appearance, take stock of their surroundings, and Sarge concludes they are in the enemy lair, with Lopez the only one who recognizes the studios as a commercial business. The group split up, Griff heading to the kitchen, Simmons heading to find a control room, Sarge and Caboose scouting the area, and Lopez trying to fix the teleporter.
Matt Hullum helps Joel Heyman mess with the animation departments' workspace when they hear something. Hiding, they notice Sarge and Caboose walk by, to their confusion. Matt goes to investigate. Sarge and Caboose find themselves in the motion capture stage, and notice their appearance in a screen.
Grif goes to the kitchen to find some food, and starts investigating the fridge. Geoff Ramsey comes in, and with his view blocked by the refrigerator door, starts chatting with Grif about their mutual hatred of doing work and love of doing nothing. As the two agree to split some Oreos and a bottle of Jack Daniels, Grif pokes his head out from behind the door, and Geoff realizes he has been speaking to the character he voices.
Simmons finds himself in the RT Podcast studios, and puts some headphones on. Gus Sorola, who has been sleeping in the control room, is awoken by Geoff screaming, and puts on his own headphones. He and Simmons start speaking to each other, but they think they are speaking to themselves across the space-time continuum. Simmons spots Gus, and thinks he's the enemy and needs to retreat. Gus, not realizing who he is talking to, tells Simmons to just go ahead and attack the enemy. Simmons does as he is advised, and Gus runs away screaming from the gunfire and grenades.
Sarge hears Simmons's weapons goes off, and tells Caboose to hold his position while he goes to fight the enemy. Joel walks in on a frozen Caboose. "Now there's something you don't see everyday," he comments. Matt looks around the studio, only to literally bump into Sarge. The two engage in a battle of words, arguing over who is really in charge.
Burnie walks into the Machinima control room, only to talk into Lopez. The robot, who has literally met his maker (not to mention his voice actor), explains to Burnie how they ended up in the Rooster Teeth studios, and how he hopes he finishes his mission knowing the group never broke with their integrity and after fourteen years it is finally time to go home. Burnie does not understand a single word because he does not speak Spanish.
Sarge is still threatening Matt, but Matt informs Sarge that four crazy people are about to run around the corner and smash right into him. True to his prediction, Gus, Geoff, Grif, and Simmons come running around the corner. The Rooster Teeth employees make a run for it.
Joel is finishing up a speech to Caboose, telling him he needs to invest all of his money in gold. Matt runs in and makes him leave, but not before Joel gives a last wistful goodbye to his character. Caboose breaks his pose and comments, "That was the smartest person I have ever met." Sarge, Grif, and Simmons quickly rejoin him.
Matt, Joel, Geoff, and Gus take a breather right next to the RvB Kill Switch, trying to make sense of what they have just seen and how to reverse it. Geoff, remembering everything started when Burnie pulled the switch, suggests they pull the switch again. Meanwhile, Lopez and Burnie fight over the Xbox as the rest of the group reenter. Just as the Rooster Teeth guys pull the switch, Donut enters with cocktails made from Rocket Rooster Energy Drinks, Lopez loses his grip on the Xbox and crashes into the rest of the Blood Gulch crew, causing Donut to send the drinks flying into the Xbox in Burnie's hands. Burnie finds himself in Valhalla with the Reds and Blues. "Oh, son of a bitch."
Back at Rooster Teeth, everything seems to have returned to normal. Matt declares this means it is safe to drink Rocket Rooster Energy Drink. Gus and Geoff leave in disgust, while Joel goes to count his gold, because that's what he does. Just as Matt leaves, Tucker finally appears in the studios, once again delayed by the teleporter.
After the credits, Miles and Geoff comment that they have not seen Burnie in a while. Tucker has apparently taken a job at Rooster Teeth, and tries to flirt with Barbara Dunkelman, only to get punched in the face.
V.I.C. returns one last time, explaining that this is the end of the season. He brings back his multiverse theory, explaining that since there is an infinite number of parallel universes, there are probably and infinite number of stories to be told. He then reveals why he has been guiding the story: he is encouraging the viewers to go out and write their own stories: stories of the Reds or the Blues, or some other group of soldiers. It does not matter what they write, as long as they do not stop writing, because that stories will be theirs, and a universe without those stories is just empty space.
- This is the longest running episode in the series.
- Donut and Tucker do not meet their voice actors, unlike the other Reds and Blues, in this episode. This is most likely because their voice actors, Dan Godwin and Jason Saldaña, don't work for Rooster Teeth beyond voicing said characters. (However, Dan is still credited as "Donut/Himself".)
- Church/Epsilon does not appear in this episode; instead, Burnie Burns meets Lopez, who he also voices.
- Despite the teleporter always teleporting people with their equipment, some of the Reds and Blues (and Burnie) lose their possessions on teleporting to reality and back to the game.
- The "Black Stuff" running gag is mentioned (and later appears) in this episode. The "Oh, son of a-" running gag also appears in the episode. In addition, after Caboose runs into something offscreen and Sarge berates him, he replies "Not my fault. Someone put a wall in my way." In addition, Lopez understands the situation perfectly and gives a stirring speech about finishing the mission and knowing they did their best, but even Burnie, who voices Lopez, doesn't understand his Spanish.
- While chaos ensues elsewhere in the Rooster Teeth office, Joel appears to give Caboose (who stands frozen, told by Sarge to "hold his position") a speech about the meaning of life... and why everyone should invest their money in gold, continuing a real-world "running gag" about Joel's obsession with gold. Towards the end of the episode, Joel leaves to go count his gold "because that's... what I do."
- The confusion about Tucker's and Carolina's armor color is mentioned on this episode. Miles berates Josh and Kyle when they struggle to tell the difference between the different shades of blue, commenting that Tucker's armor is supposed to turn black after he comes out of the teleporter anyway, and says, "It's not important, because black lines don't matter," angering Josh.
- When Geoff and Burnie brainstorm ideas to put Miles, Josh, and Kyle in their place, Geoff suggests that they convince the three to make a permanent change in their appearance that seems "super-cool" at first but seems "ever-so-slightly less cool" 14 years later, but then remarks that nobody's dumb enough to fall for that repeatedly. This is presumably a reference to Geoff's own numerous tattoos. Burnie replies that what they need a simple solution, but Geoff mistakes this for the Final Solution ("like the Nazis!").
- The episode also contains numerous references to "global cooling" and (positive) comparisons to its reliability. In fact, global cooling was a hypothesis (with little support in the scientific community) that gained temporary public attention in the 1970s but was contradicted by subsequent climate trends. One such comparison has Geoff suggest that they power-cycle the switch that led to the Reds and Blues being transported to the real world to fix the problem, saying it's a proven science like global cooling.
- The Red vs. Blue kill switch actually exists and, according to one member of Rooster Teeth, it was the reason behind the creation of this episode.
- In the part where Barbara Dunkelman punches Tucker for flirting with her, the stance she takes is similar to her Character, from RWBY, Yang Xiao Long. She also delivers the punch with her right hand, similar to how Yang does.
- Vic comments towards the end of the episode, "as an old bald British dude once said: 'all good things must come to an end.'" Geoffrey Chaucer's poem Troilus and Criseyde is often considered the source of the quote. Vic's line may be a reference to the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "All Good Things" (although the character Q speaks the line in the episode, rather than Jean-Luc Picard, the "old bald British dude").
- The word that Matt almost spells out to Joel while messing with the animators' browser history is "meatspin." The word in question is the name of a popular Internet shock video involving a man flailing his genitalia around like a helicopter.