Still touring the camp, David shows the kids their "time-honored mascot," Larry the Hamster XI. Max then coughs for attention to then set off a masterful Rube Goldberg machine. The rock that was launched, labeled "FUCK THE POLICE," hits Larry all the way to Spooky Island.
After Larry lands, and assumedly dies, David starts a mascot hunt because "EVERY GOOD CAMP HAS A MASCOT, MAX," and also because Gwen is "under the weather" and that is one of the few activities he can do without her. Max requests to go with the Quartermaster because he just needs a break from David. Max, however, is the only one on board with this idea. Max is dubbed the trailblazer and the plot diverges.
David and most of the campers look adamantly for a mascot. Space Kid finds a caterpillar, and puts it in his helmet for "safekeeping." Shortly after, Nikki pulls Neil into the bush, and "smells" a mascot, as she reports after showing the footprints to Neil. They find some bear remains in the cave, and Nikki is clearly disappointed. They do find a platypus, however. The platypus chases Nikki and Neil to the other campers.
Max and the Quartermaster, however, are in some foreign reach of the woods. The Quartermaster rambles about nature and Jews. He mentions that people need to see past the forest, and see its true beauty. The Quartermaster then slices a perfectly square hedge to reveal the true beauty. Quartermaster bows down to the King Squirrel and proceeds to stab it. Only realizing his fatal (to the squirrel) mistake after Max points it out, he then proceeds to overtake the apparent kingdom. Then some sort of weird vigilante squirrel vows revenge on Camp Campbell.
David now runs over the four candidates: the aforementioned caterpillar; a "wizard's amulet," as christened by Nerris; a rabbit that disappears into Harrison's hat, and the platypus that chased Nikki and Neil. When the platypus appears, David and the campers run to the piers. Gwen, luckily, recovers briefly, and then sees Max and the King Quartermaster. She remarks about her needs for medicine, and goes back in. David says that since he stepped on the caterpillar, and a tin can (the amulet's true identity) would be ridiculous, the platypus is the de facto mascot. Then, in a surprising turn of events, Larry swims back and is then promptly eaten by the platypus. The campers then christen themselves the Camp Campbell Pussies. Max talks about his "lesson," and the episode ends.
David wrote "Max + Positivity = Success" on his clipboard, this is later seen framed up the Counselor Cabin's wall in the episode "Cult Camp", seconds before Gwen smashes the door against it, causing it to break.
Quartermaster references the events of this episode in "Journey to Spooky Island" after the Revenge Squirrel pops out of Space Kid's makeshift cardboard suit.
Preston disappears throughout the whole episode after David tells them that their activity for the day was to search for a new mascot.
After the Platypus devoured Larry the Hamster, it was laying next to the lake, but on the next scene it is seen lying next to David.
When the campers started chanting "Pussies! Pussies! Pussies!" a girl with long navy blue hair and tan skin is seen in the group chanting along with them and is only ever seen once in the series.
Nurf disappears near the end of the episode.
Harrison and Nerris were not at the pier before David checks each of the candidates for the next camp mascot. But they appear afterwards, with Nerris bringing a tin can as a candidate and with Harrison bringing out a rabbit from his hat as a candidate.
The transcript for "Mascot (episode)" may be edited here.
[ Preroll advert – Day 5 ]
Look, the body cannot survive without sleep.
Right now, you have an expiration date.
Your body is going to shut down
Jake, come on! Come on! Stay awake!
[ Episode begins ]
David: And here we have our time-honored camp mascot, Larry the hamster.
David: Say hi, Larry!
>Hi, there, campers! I hope you're ready to have fun today!<
>Don't forget to respect David and everything he does for you!<
David: Oh! He talked! Did you hear that?!
Nikki: Are you a gypsy?!
*Noises of a masterfully-built Rube Goldberg machine*
*Noises of a masterfully-built Rube Goldberg machine*
That was supposed to kill you.
[ Camp Camp Opening Theme ]
There's a place I know that's tucked away,
A place where you and I can stay,
Where we can go to laugh and play,
And have adventures every day!
I know it sound hard to believe, but guys and gals, it's true!
Camp Cambell is the place for me and you!
We'll swim through lakes and climb up trees,
Catch fish, bugs, bears and honeybees,
There's endless possibilities,
AND NO, THAT'S NOT HYPERBOLE!
Our motto's "Campe Diem," and that means I'm telling Youuuuuuuuuuu.....
Archery, Hiking, Search-and-Rescue, Biking, Horseback-riding, Training that will save you from a heart-attack, Scuba-diving, Miming,
Football, Limbo, Science, Stunting, Pre-calc, Spaceships, Treasure Hunting, Bomb defusal, No refusal, Fantasy, Circus Trapeze, and Fights and Ghosts and Paints and Snakes and Knives and Chess and Dance and Weights!
It's Camp Camp!
Alrighty, kids! Today, we'll be on the hunt for a brand-new mascot!
Whoa, whoa, whoa.
Why you gotta put that shit on us?
We don't work here.
Well, Max, we were GOING to make hand-made ice cream,
But someone killed our mascot and now we need a new one becAUSE EVERY GOOD CAMP HAS A MASCOT, MAX!
...Also, Gwen's feeling...
Under the weather, and this is one of the few activities I can do without her!
Space kid, don't eat that! It's not space food!
Under the weather?
>Those are just rocks!<
My mom used to get that all the time.
...How do you cure it?
EDGE CLOSER TO DEATH.
WOO! Mascot hunt! I'm going for one with a lot of teeth!
It should be cool.
Yeah! Like a unicorn!
It should be fierce! Und pure!
I need a break from David, just one day.
*grumbling and grunting*
Why don't you have the quartermaster take half of us?
I'll bet he would have a unique outlook on the forest!
Why, Max, what a wonderful idea!
He's such a beloved member of our family.
I would love for you all to get to know him better!
I for one, would LOVE to learn from my elders.
You SERIOUSLY want to go in the woods with the bad guy from every horror movie EVER?!
Yeah, he's gonna turn you into a skin suit.
Calm down, it'll be fine.
Besides, anything's better that hanging with DAVID.
Sorry everyone, just... really overwhelmed by all this friendship right now.
Alright, who else would like to embark on a friendship walk?
Who knows, maybe some of our esteemed quartermaster's wisdom will rub off on you!
Rub off un ya.
Looks like you're gonna be our trail-blazer!
I'm just so proud!
*Angry kid noises*
Everyone else is team David!
That means you too, Magic Kid... Magic Kid.
Everyone keep your eyes peeled! You'll never know what you'll find!
I FOUND A BUG!
Why don't you hold onto him?
I'll put him in my helmet for safekeeping!
>Whoa! Oh god, he's in my eyes!<
How many talons would you say we're looking for here?
You know what? I'm just gonna go do my thing. We'll talk after.
What's wrong, Neil?
I wanted to spend my summer in an air-conditioned laboratory!
Not walking around a future Wal-Mart parking lot!
Aw, come on, Neil!
Nature can be your friend if you just give it a chance!
...There's a raccoon trying to scavenge Nerris.
It's resistant to charms!
Nerris! Play dead!
>I'm out of mana!<
I smell a mascot!
Come on, let's go!
This isn't what the buddy system is for!
*Horror movie noises*
Look, man, we can just go back to the camp and relax.
Gwen can be the mascot.
You kids think you're so SMART!
Uh, how does that relate to...
You need to see BEYOND the camp.
Into the true beauty of nature!
Uh... this looks like the place where teenagers go to get stabbed.
I would've fed them porridge.
And it would've been just right!
Oh well, I guess we should turn around and go back to live a normal life.
Pssh, what's that? Doesn't look very cool.
That's a platypus.
It's actually quite dangerous.
I think it has a little poison spur on it's hind-
Awesome! You're coming with mama!
Whoa! Too feisty!
Don't let it kick you!
*Neil screaming and Nikki laughing*
*Angry platypus noises*
Hey, so how'd you lose that hand anyway?
*Grumblerumblerumble* an' the JEWS. *Grumblerumblerumble*
...I feel like you should be more specific.
*Sigh* Well, I guess Nikki was right.
Enjoy wearing my skin!
welcome to the forest
I am the king of the forest and i Thank you for coming
Now i wish you will be our ambassador to the huma .... gurk
DUDE! YOU FUCKING KILLED IT!
I AM YOUR KING NOW! THE THRONE IS MINE!
Alright, everyone! Let's take a look at our candidates!
We've got... a caterpillar...
...Which will blossom into a beautiful butterfly! Just like all you campers!
Next, a... tin.. can...?
It's a wizard's amulet.
...Which can be recycled, and become anything it puts it's mind to!
It gives me +1 Dexterity!
>I have something!<
Look, and be amazed!
Harrison, that's incredible!
...Is it? Or is it....
Wh-where'd it go?! Bring it back!
Oh... I don't know how.
This is kinda why I'm here.
*Screaming and laughing*
AH! Kids, get to the pier!
Where do we go now?!
I don't know! This was a really bad idea in hindsight!
I WANT A VIKING'S FUNERAL! LIGHT ME UP!
What the hell is going on?!
Finding a mascot?
...Why do you always have to make things weird and complicated?
Well, I mean, I think this is all pretty normal...
*Horns blowing and fanfare*
...I need more Midol.
Alright. Well, seeing as I just accidentally stepped on the caterpillar,
And a tin can would be ridiculous, I guess the platypus is our new mascot!
So, what'd you do?
I dunno, man, I think he tried to teach me a lesson?
...What, like about nature?
>Look! Ind zhe vater!<
Well how about that? Larry's back! Alright, original mascot!
*Sigh* Fine, whatever, it's the platypus.
Does this mean we'll be the Camp Cambell Platties?!