|Arby 'n' John|
|Engine(s)||Halo 2; Halo 3; Halo: Reach|
|Running time||15 Minutes (Average)|
|Directed by||Jon Graham|
|Produced by||Jon Graham|
|Written by||Jon Graham|
|Voices|| Microsoft Sam|
|Release(s)||Oct 12, 2007 – Aug 17, 2013|
Arby 'n' John is a Live-Action Machinima Hybrid series created by Jon Graham, credited as Jon CJG, about the lives of figurine versions of John-117 and the Arbiter. It is mainly based around the two playing Halo: Reach and Halo 3, and doing things related to Halo, but also will occasionally focus on the duo playing other games such as Call of Duty 4 and Devil May Cry 4 also an upcoming game that relates to Halo is Cold Fleet, whilst spending the remainder of their time pulling off various shenanigans.
- Master Chief
- The Arbiter
- Trent Donnovich
- Claire Ferguson
- Adam McIntyre
- Eugene Black
- Colin Hunt
- Tyler King
- Scott Loveheart
- Agent Smirnoff
- Skyler Loveheart
- Josh Butterballs
- Greg the Spider
Arby 'n' John is about two Halo 2-era Action Figures of John-117 and the Arbiter who live in their owner's (Jon Graham) house. When Jon is at home, the figures stay put and do not move, as one would expect of a typical figurine. Whenever Jon leaves, they start moving around, playing games, and pulling off shenanigans, similar to the Disney/Pixar movie Toy Story. The only four people who have seen them physically is the delivery man from "Pilot", Scott and Agent Smirnoff in "Endgame", and Claire in "Arby 'n' John in L.A.". Though, Arbiter has convinced Scott that they are hallucinations from his massive substance abuse, and the "In L.A." series is counted as non-canon.
Usually, the duo plays Halo 3, or Halo: Reach as of Season 4, on Xbox LIVE although Arbiter also enjoys playing other games such as Grand Theft Auto IV, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Resident Evil 5, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on Wii. Chief is typically seen expressing scorn and dissent whenever someone chooses to play any game that is not Halo related, and as such, Chief stays away from such games. However, he does venture out of his normal way to try those games, though his performance is terrible, and what time he does devote to the playing of different games always results in an increase in Chief's hatred for that game. Later on in the series, however, Chief becomes more tolerant of non-Halo games, such as Resident Evil 5, despite later on joining a protest against the game itself because of its alleged racism.
Master Chief Sucks at Halo Edit
In this prequel to the later series, Jon's Halo 2 Master Chief action figure comes to life, and begins playing the Halo 3 Beta. He plays extremely poorly, partially because of his unfamiliarity with the new features of Halo 3, but mainly because of his total lack of video gaming talent (at one point, he picks up a spike grenade and throws it at a nearby wall, killing himself and blaming Bungie for making a "gay wep0n"; in another scene, he accuses another player of hacking due to the player's use of a bubble shield).
In the second episode, we find him asking the Arbiter (apparently a different Arbiter action figure than the one who would later be featured in Arby 'n' John; like John, this Arbiter is unintelligent and uses Leet Speak) to play Halo 3 Beta with him on MSN. However, the Beta has been concluded, prompting John to try and drown himself in the toilet. When the suicide attempt fails (because he is wearing a helmet), he decides to play Halo 2 on Xbox Live. He quickly gets booted for offensive behavior, which includes betraying teammates for power weapons such as the Energy Sword. Afterward, he decides to check out Bungie.net for updates on Halo 3, and discovers that the game's release date has been announced for Tuesday, September 25, 2007.
In the final episode, we find him under the Halo 3 Legendary Edition Helmet. He comments on how a man on the internet lied to him by telling him that "wearing this helmet does not make you pleh better". He proceeds to play Halo 3, and after a bad display of gameplay, he takes a Sniper Rifle and gets a lucky headshot while jumping. He thinks he has become the best Halo 3 player in the history of the world, and decides to make a Halo 3 montage. After seven weeks, and with assistance from the Arbiter, he finally completes his "masterpiece," which consists of a misspelled title; the film clip was filmed unskillfully, with the shooting technique of merely pointing a digital camera at the TV screen. To top it all off, the film comes with an annoyingly loud soundtrack ("Crawling" by Linkin Park).
Episode Guide Edit
|1||Pilot||9:56||The episode opens with Master Chief dreaming about Halo 3, where he wins an award by a Bungie representative for being the best gamer in the history of the planet. A parcel delivery reveals "The Arbiter."|
|2||Recon||9:05||Master Chief comes up with a hilariously complex idea to get the Recon armor piece from Bungie, but resorts to the Arbiter writing a letter for him.|
|3||Attitude||8:07||After successfully receiving the armor piece, Master Chief proceeds to annoy fellow players by bragging. Taking out his frustration on the Arbiter, he destroys his copy of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.|
|4||Melee||8:09||Master Chief yet again gets frustrated after the Arbiter scores a custom match kill that should have been his, after a simultaneous melee gave the Arbiter the score because he had more health.|
|5||Martyrdom||9:02||Unable to understand how his 714 GB pornography download would cause severe lag, Master Chief stops playing Halo 3. Accompanying the Arbiter in a game of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, he is explained by his friend about the "Martyrdom" perk.|
|6||Brawl||8:32||After failing to grenade and rocket-jump over a nearly-impossible gap in the level ""Halo", Master Chief and the Arbiter decide to play Super Smash Brothers Brawl.|
|7||Girls||8:28||After noticing the derogatory way Master Chief treats female players, the Arbiter makes it his duty to turn him into a gentleman. Although originally successful, Master Chief reverts to his old ways when a Cortana action figure arrives at Jon's apartment.|
|8||Legendary||7:17||After discovering the "forge filters" in the newly downloaded Legendary map pack, the Arbiter has Master Chief come up with a good forged-map for it. Master Chief's distorted idea of the perfect forge map is to activate all forge filters; put all starter and respawn spots next to each other, and put spend the entire budget on scenery items and equipment that is irretrievable.|
|9||Newcomers||9:22||The night after playing Halo 3 with annoyingly serious players, Master Chief and the Arbiter are welcomed by two new guests - Todd and Travis. Master Chief becomes jealous when Cortana and Todd become close friends.|
|10||Cortana||7:12||After fruitless attempts to break up Todd and Cortana's relationship with drawn images of an affair and a 9-1-1 call, Master Chief has only one option left: to kill Todd.|
|11||Conflict - Part 1||9:16||Humiliated by Travis' trick which had him thrown into a mirror after a failed chat-up line with Cortana, Master Chief announces to the Arbiter that he will teach Todd and Travis a lesson. That night, he approaches them with a knife as they sleep.|
|12||Conflict - Part 2||8:04||Master Chief fights Todd and Travis, quickly defeating Travis with a kick in the gonads. John and Todd are evenly-matched until he tricks Todd into turning his back. About to kill him with the knife, the Arbiter and Cortana stop him just in time. The next day, Cortana approaches Master Chief - Todd and Travis have disappeared.|
|13||Cold||7:25||Master Chief tries to raise money to purchase "Cold Storage", unaware that it is free.|
|14||Wedding||8:07||Master Chief and the Arbiter are invited to a wedding on Halo 3. While the Arbiter tries to go on with the idea; which he feels is taking the game too far, Master Chief plans to crash the party.|
|15||Professional (Part 1 of 3)||7:25||Master Chief introduces to the Arbiter his new friend Craig, who claims to be an MLG player. Knowing of MLG ("Major-league gaming"), the Arbiter sees through Craig's lies clearly. Chief on the other hand, believes him to be real.|
|16||Face Off (Part 2 of 3)||6:41||After making Chief cry, the Arbiter approaches Craig and his friends. They agree to have Master Chief fight Craig.|
|17||Showdown (Part 3 of 3)||10:02||Master Chief begins his match with Craig, drunk. Unbeknownst to him, the Arbiter has "Player 1" controller, and is pretending to be Chief to win the bet. Beating the Arbiter with camping and power-weapon tactics, it is up to Master Chief to take down Craig when he suddenly leaves his console.|
|18||Glitch||8:58||After downloading the "New Xbox Experience", the Arbiter is shocked by Master Chief's desire to kill himself. After stopping him, he is told that Chief lost his Katana piece. Not believing it to be of anything serious, the Arbiter is taken to a game of Snowbound, where all players have ceased their desire to kill each other after noticing that they too have lost their armor pieces.|
|19||Panic||8:43||On Snowbound, the glitch-affected players begin killing non-affected gamers in a frenzy of anger at the loss of their armor pieces. Before the surviving non-affected players (with the addition of Master Chief) kill each other, a Title Upgrade is announced by Bungie that will fix the glitch.|
|20||Cheater||10:11||Master Chief begins using cheats to excel at Halo, after finally giving up with trying to get better with experience. A Bungie employee with a gravity hammer (the "Banhammer"), not prepared to ban the Arbiter as well (the two are using the same game account), has Chief's Recon armor removed as punishment, instead.|
|21||Company, Part 1||7:18||After watching a horrible amateur machinima, the Arbiter and Master Chief agree to found their own machinima company. After seven weeks of work, John-117 comes up with "The Shawshank Redemption 2: Taking Back Manhattan". Writing in over five-thousand characters, he is only able to hire three child gamers.|
|22||Party||5:17||The Arbiter wakes up after a night of drinking and finds Jon's apartment wrecked and Master Chief asleep in the toilet. Looking through the damaged items (such as an Xbox console with its lead cut and reattached at a smaller length), the Arbiter begins to remember the events of the previous night.|
|23||Company, Part 2||6:15||After forcing the Arbiter with legal action for not signing a non-disclosure agreement (Which he opposes due to it not being a real company), Chief returns to his machinima without him. He is unaware that the Arbiter has now sabotaged his production to make him come to his senses.|
|24||Evil||10:18||After playing Resident Evil 5, Master Chief returns to Halo 3 and joins a protest against the game - the protesters believe that Africans being featured in gaming is somehow racist. After seeing their point with the current events happening in the continent, the Arbiter leaves to think about it. Returning the next day, he has the group disband, citing that Capcom's want for the game to take place in Africa was not racist or insensitive, but because it was important to the story. Back in the apartment, Chief begins to annoy the Arbiter with his constant Wesker quotes.|
|25||King||18:09||Stranded in a glitched game of King of the Hill, the players begin arguing over which of their favourite machinima series are the best. The Arbiter finally ends it, by making them agree that all of the mentioned series are popular and liked by many people. The game finally returns to normal and Chief wins the game. Elsewhere, what happened to Todd; Travis and Cortana is revealed to the viewer.|
Endgame is the originally intended finale for Arby 'n' John before the debut of the sequel series Arby 'n' John: In LA. It is split into six parts.
|Part One||6:07||An international drug smuggler and cocaine addict on the run from the Russian government responds to Jon's need of a roommate to pay his bills.|
|Part Two||5:24||The Arbiter befriends a girl in a Slayer match called "Claire". He and Master Chief are also introduced to their roommate; Scott, who believes that their unexplainable existence is caused by eating his 'Coke sandwiches'.|
|Part Three||7:29||An entire game of Halo players are lagged-out by a hacker, while the Arbiter begins talking to Claire on MSN.|
|Part 4||7:36||Master Chief cuts off his foot to impress Bungie into giving him back his Recon armor. Meanwhile, they discover that Scott is stealing from Jon, and Claire breaks up with the Arbiter for lying to her about his identity.|
|Part 5||9:34||Scott begins stalking Claire in a Sandbox maze, trying to kill her with a SPARTAN laser while continuing his "lagging out" tactic. Master Chief and the Arbiter find the Russian agent who was chasing Scott in episode one, and bring him back to deal with him.|
|Part Six||11:19||With Scott's cocaine-covered corpse and blood covering Jon's apartment and the remainder of his money taken by Scott, the figures consider the possibility of them being sold to pay for Jon's living. Luckily, Claire; who had overheard the events of the previous episode on her headset, learns the truth about the two titular characters. To make it up for saving Xbox live, she offers Jon to share her apartment in California so that he doesn't end up homeless. Chief is sad, though, that he never got his Recon. At that very moment, though, a Bungie employee shows up, and asks for Chief, who takes all the credit in killing Scott the hacker, to which Arbiter calls him an asshole. The Bungie member, however, does not hear, but gives Chief Recon once again. A couple minutes later, though, Chief gets mad when he sees he is now not the only one with Recon, says: I H8 BUNGIE.|
Arby 'n' John in L.A.Edit
On November 2, 2009 it was announced that a sequel to the series is in production. The sequel's title is "Arby n John in L.A." Jon Graham stated on his blog that he is not working on the project, and that Machinima.com has taken complete control of the series. However, Machinima.com is still going to go to Jon for him to provide tips and information to help with series continuity.
Because of bad fan reception for the first two episodes, on November 24, 2009, much to his dismay, Jon Graham stated on his blog that he was asked by Machinima to fly to L.A. and help them with the third episode to "give the new crew a running start." However, he was detained by US Homeland Security as a Canadian citizen and was denied entrance to the United States; the new arrangement is for Jon to simply write the scripts and manage the voices, while a film crew in LA does all the actual production. Jon stated on his blog that he still doesn't consider the series his anymore.
It is unknown whether the series will continue, due to its unpopularity compared to the series made by Jon Graham.
|Episode 1: Dear Jon||4:43||In Claire's house in California, John is attacking one of his teammates solely because he has Recon as well while the Arbiter waits for Claire to return. As Claire and Jon return, Jon takes a shower while Claire attempts to apologize to the Arbiter about how she is going out with Jon, but the Arbiter insists that it is okay and that he understands why she would not want to date him. Claire thanks the Arbiter and follows Jon. Time passes and The Arbiter has grown bored with their current life of playing Halo since arriving in California. He decides to leave the house and go outdoors in search of adventure, with John following close behind.|
|Episode 2: Walking in LA||6:07||The Arbiter and Master Chief's first day in Los Angeles does not go well, with both of them being forced to take shelter inside an overturned box on the streets, and with Chief complaining that he smells like "Cat Piss." Trying to make the best of their situation, The Arbiter and Chief tour around Los Angeles, visiting Hollywood, the beach, and other locations. Master Chief however is still bored with the scenery, to the point of crudely improvising an Xbox controller out of a TV remote, a couch out of an empty box of tissues with a piece of torn towel, and an Xbox and television out of a large jug with an illustration of stick figures shooting at each other. Tired of adventures, Chief decides to set out to find an Xbox, Despite the Arbiter's suggestion visit the Zoo. After a tense run-in with a dog, the two set off to the zoo.|
|Episode 3: Lost||5:14||In search of the Zoo but are now lost next to a dumpster, the Arbiter now has second thoughts and explains to Master Chief that they can't go to the zoo because of their existence as toys or else they would both be captured and experimented on by the government. When John makes a crude comparison to the movie District 9, Both Arbiter and Chief get into an argument about Earth's expanding universe, as well as debate on religion. Still persistant on going to the zoo, Master Chief is physically stopped by the Arbiter, prompting Chief to go back to Claire’s house. When the Arbiter doesn’t want to go back because he is still upset over Claire, this time John refuses to listen to him and heads off on his own.
This is the first episode of Arby 'n' John in LA that Jon wrote and voiced for.
|Holiday Promo||0:38||Master Chief records himself with a video camera, wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, much to the Arbiter's disinterest, preferring to going to see the new Sherlock Holmes movie instead.|
|Episode 4: Breaking and Entering||4:55||With Master Chief fed up with the adventure, he and the Arbiter get into a fight which ends with The Arbiter throwing him off and telling him that all he wants is for both of them to be safe and happy. They find a “Pro Gamers” residence, which John attempts to break into despite the fact that the door is wide open. The Arbiter is nervous upon entering the building, but John assures him that there is no one there. Immediately, however, a third voice pipes up, “Yes there is!” and the two look to see that the owner of the voice is Sonic the Hedgehog.|
|Episode 5: Ensemble||6:10||Sonic is overjoyed to see them, as he thinks that they are from Starship Troopers. Creeped out, the Arbiter suggests to John that they leave, but when John learns that they have an Xbox in the store, he immediately elects to stay. Sonic introduces them to two other action figures in the store: Luigi and Toad. When Sonic proclaims that he has found Starship Trooper characters, the Arbiter corrects him and tells him that they are actually Halo figures. Toad and Luigi tell the Arbiter and John to leave, because their “leader” has absolutely no tolerance for Halo. They then hear an angry voice yelling at Toad for not making food for him; Toad and Luigi quickly hide the Arbiter and John. An angry Mario figure stomps into the room, attacking them both until the Arbiter intervenes and steps into the open, confronting Mario.|
|Episode 6: Clash of the Titans||6:00||Master Chief and Sonic play Sonic the Hedgehog on the Xbox, much to Chief's dissatisfaction, demanding to know where Halo 3 is. Meanwhile, the Arbiter and Mario face off. Mario is angry with Halo because, in his eyes, he was the face of video games until John-117 stole it from him. The Arbiter defends the first two Halo games, but admits that, after Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was released, Halo 3 (along with everything else) was "just so 'meh' in comparison." The Arbiter goes on to concede that the Mario games, despite possessing a shallow and repetitive plot, do deliver solid gameplay, and that Mario should still be the face of video games. However, he reignites the argument by saying that Banjo-Kazooie was better than Super Mario 64.|
|Episode 7: The Dark Side||4:15||Mario reluctantly allows the Arbiter to stay because of his intelligence. However, he refuses to let John-117 stay and the Arbiter can only remain as long as he sells out John, thus is torn between Toad's insistence on doing so and Luigi's persuasion against doing so. Meanwhile John has found the Halo 3 disc inside a Tony Hawk’s Ride game case, to his delight.|
|Episode 8: Two Betrayals||4:48||Master Chief tricks Sonic into going to see Mario so that he can play Halo 3 by himself. The Arbiter and Toad arrive, with The Arbiter accepting Mario's offer to allow him to stay on the condition that John be kicked out. At that moment, Chief is heard complaini about the map Boundless (another version of Snowbound), Mario storms into the room and, after a brief argument, throws John out while the Arbiter looks on. The episode ends with a shot of the sad Master Chief sitting outside the door of the shop.|
|Episode 9: Exile||4:26||John wakes up outside, inside a box, remembering his situation and sits down, depressed. Meanwhile, Mario throws Sonic in a cupboard, despite the latter's pleas. After threatening Luigi for helping Sonic, Mario reveals that he has planned for Sonic to have some company in the cupboard. Toad talks to the Arbiter, whom is feeling guilty about betraying John. Toad tries to reassure the Arbiter, with some success, before mentioning that Mario wanted to see him. Without warning, the Arbiter is stunned by a large falling piece of plastic.|
|Episode 10: Alone||4:32||Going back on his word, Mario tells the Arbiter that while he hates Master Chief, he adds that he hates pseudo-intellectuals and those whom are not human in general, like the Arbiter. According to Mario, the Arbiter looks like Bowser. When the Arbiter retorts that he looks nothing like a dragon, he is thrown into the cupboard with Sonic. Sonic says that he is locked in for telling Chief where Halo 3 is, and begins to get high from his Sharpie marker. He offers it to the Arbiter, who eventually accepts. John, meanwhile, is playing "catch" with a crude blob representing the Arbiter drawn on the side of his box. After throwing a tantrum, Chief gets his foot stuck in the box after kicking it.|
|Episode 11: Outcasts||4:26||While getting high from Sonic's Sharpie, the Arbiter overhears a conversation outside between Mario and co that he intends to kill them both. Toad and Luigi finally refuse to comply, leading Mario to kick them both out as well. Toad and Luigi overhear John's calls for help, and they free his foot from the box. John invites Toad and Luigi into his "house" and after getting into a short argument with Toad. Toad tells John that Mario is about to kill the Arbiter and Sonic. John quotes “himself” from the Halo: Combat Evolved level Two Betrayals: "That's not going to happen."|
|Episode 12: Counter Strike||4:26||Mario opens the cupboard, prepared to kill both the Arbiter and Sonic. Meanwhile after wasting minutes of concocting a plan to rescue Arbiter and Sonic, Master Chief, Luigi, and Toad return to their home and break in through a window. John, Luigi, and Toad find the Arbiter and Sonic tied together in a microwave with Mario about to kill them. Mario closes the microwave and confronts John, ending on a cliffhanger.|
|Episode 13: Game Over||5:48||Mario presses the start button on the microwave, starting the long and painful process of melting the Arbiter and Sonic. John battles with Mario while Luigi and Toad hurry to rescue Sonic and The Arbiter from melting. After a long tussle, Mario loses his balance with John holding onto his face, and they both fall over backwards off the counter. Both Mario and John hit the ground and lie still, apparently dead. The Arbiter insists to Toad that John's "done this before," and that he'll get up in just a moment, but John remains still and quiet. He is wrapped in a magazine and given a funeral of sorts, whereas Mario is simply thrown into the freezer by Toad. Arbiter apologizes to Chief's body for selling him out, and Sonic gives up sniffing his sharpie and gives it to Chief as a present. To commemorate Chief's memory, Toad suggests that they all play Halo 3. However, the box is missing. Outside, it is revealed that John - very much alive - has broken out of the magazine and has stolen the Halo 3 box. Angry at the Arbiter for betraying him, John reflects that he does not have to listen to the Arbiter anymore now that he has a copy of Halo 3.
After the credits end, the freezer is shown open with no sight of Mario, indicating that he is still alive and has escaped to hunt down the other action figures.
After the results of Arby 'n' John in L.A. became apparent, Jon revealed via his blog that he will be producing a fourth season of Arby 'n' John. That would not be a continuation of Arby ‘n’ John in LA, but of the original series, taking place after the events of “King” but before those of Endgame; unlike Arby 'n' John in LA, Jon is creating these episodes entirely on his own, with no outside involvement from Machinima.com. Jon has described the new season as having, “No melodrama, no crazy plots, no new characters, just classic Arby 'n' John, back-and-forth banter and wacky around-the-house antics.” The first two episodes, which were premiered at CanWest 2010, center around the Halo: Reach Beta, while the rest of the episodes will be based around other popular Xbox 360 games or other plots that do not relate to video games. A trailer is available on YouTube, the first episode was out on June 26, 2010 and the last one came out on December 10, 2010 
|Episode 26: Out of Reach||5:18||In an effort to play the Halo: Reach beta before its intended opening time, Master Chief takes the concept of disk-burning to far and mutilates the disk with a knife.|
|Episode 27: It's A Beta!||4:05||Master Chief and the Arbiter take turns in playing the Reach beta. Left with nothing else to do, Chief uses Arbiter's Bungie.net account to forum post his thoughts on the game.|
|Episode 28: Pirates||4:51||Master Chief uses Arbiter's Bus pass and university assignment for a pirate role-playing game, unaware that Arbiter will require them.|
|Episode 29: Aces and Spaces||5:37||After offending Arbiter's drawing-abilities, Master Chief challenges him to an aptly-named "dick-drawing contest".|
|Episode 30: Giveth and Taketh||5:34||Master Chief grows bored with Halo 3 and decides to play the Reach beta to kill time until it's September retail release, and is choked when the Arbiter tells him the beta is no longer available.|
|Episode 31: God's Work||6:15||Arbiter decides to play PS3 but Chief intervenes by throwing Arbiter's controller in to the toilet.|
|Episode 32: B& (Part 1 of 2)||6:19||While playing Modern Warfare 2, Master Chief witnesses another player hacking the game, and asks how to do it. He mods the console, and mows down opponents online with reckless abandon. Just before Arbiter shows up with a new copy of Halo: Reach (and the right to play it first), the console gets banned from Xbox Live.|
|Episode 33: B& (Part 2 of 2)||6:55||Chief is quick to try and hide the result of his MW2 hacking spree from the Arbiter, eventually Arbiter finds out and after getting into a scuffle with Chief, retrieves Jon's old console in order to play Reach, only to be locked in the closet by Chief.|
|Episode 34: Digital Fruitcakes||9:16||Chief and his team of armor ability loving Xbox Live friends dubbed the n00bs, challenge the Arbiter to a game of Halo: Reach with online play time on the line. Arbiter soundly defeats the n00bs with just sprint and a magnum. At the end of the episode he remarks "Boy, I could sure go for some invasion right now" since chief will be off the Xbox for the rest of the week.|
|Episode 35: Night of the Evading Dead||13:31||After an annoying game of Infection the night before, the Arbiter is woken up by the Chief early on Halloween to play some Infection custom games with one of Chief's "friends" who turns out to be the kid from before. After being chased through the map by a teabagging zombie player, the Arbiter reaches the landing pad to discover that Chief and the Falcon are gone. As he is cornered by the zombie, Chief appears with the falcon and splatters the player much to the Arbiter's relief and Chief's satisfaction.|
|Episode 36: The Mail Room||5:18||Arby and John read and answer fan mail with some truthful and not so straight forward answers.|
|Episode 37: The Mail Room II||8:14||Part of the Mail Room fan mail special as Arbiter and John-117 continue to answer questions sent by fans of the show.|
|Episode 38: The Spider||11:35||An uneventful afternoon in Jon's apartment turns upside down when Chief discovers a giant spider after being made to wash his bowl in the sink. After he and the Arbiter lock themselves in the bathroom 'till it fucks off" they realize that Chief blocked the drain with his bowl. Arbiter builds up enough courage to try and go out and unblock the drain, knowing that if he doesn't the whole apartment could flood. After shutting off the tap he and Chief confront the spider telling it to "get lost," but the spider leaves a note saying he only wants to hang out before he leaves. Feeling bad for the spider, Arbiter tries to make friends with the spider who's names turns out to be Greg. Chief pulls Arbiter aside to warns him that "we need to kill this mother fucker," though he is overheard by Greg and strung up in the kitchen. At the end of the episode Arbiter seems to be overcoming his arachnophobia and is playing video games with Greg in the apartment.|
Season five picks up roughly where season four left off. It brings back Greg the spider as a regular character since he was well received by fans. The new season differs from season four in that all the episodes are now connected story wise and will be leading up to a big climax at the end of the season Jon Graham revealed on his blog.
|Episode 39: House of Cards||15:00||Master Chief, the Arbiter, and their (Arbiter's) new friend, Greg celebrate Christmas while exchanging Christmas presents. Later, Arbiter and Greg are introduced to Gaming Corporate Tycoon, Trent Donnovich, who is hosting a in-game wedding on Halo: Reach.|
|Episode 40: Duck Love||9:01||Inspired by Trent Donnovich's interview from the previous episode, Arbiter and Greg decide to write their own game show. Their efforts are halted by Chief, who decides to make his own variation of their idea.|
|Episode 41: Low on Hearts||11:32||Arbiter and Chief continue to butt heads over whose show will be better in execution. Later on, Arbiter runs into his old flame, Claire in a game of Halo only to learn something shocking... Claire is getting married, to Trent Donnovich.|
|Episode 42: Rock Bottom||12:16||Master Chief encounters some irate MLG players that he met in "Duck Love" and challenges both of them to a game of Halo. Meanwhile, Arbiter is reeling from the shock of Claire's revelation.|
|Episode 43: Hypernews 1||11:23||The first episode of Arby and John's show, "Hypernews". While the Arbiter tries to do a simple review on Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Master Chief quickly takes over, transforming the review into a rant about the game's lack of more modern features that video games (or in Chief's case, Halo) have today.|
|Episode 44: Drunken Halo||9:31||With the failure of Hypernews due to Chief's takeover of the show. Arbiter decides to drink to ease his pain despite Greg's warnings. While playing drunk on Halo with Chief, Arbiter runs into Claire again and tension begins to raise between the two over Claire's choice to marry Trent.|
|Episode 45: Time Wasters||11:08||Fed up with being terrible at Halo after being called out for it one time too many. Chief asks Arbiter to teach him how to be better at Halo.|
|Episode 46: Da Bomb||12:55||While Master Chief is training with the Arbiter, the duo receive an invitation from Trent to tour the Church he and Claire are getting married in.|
|Episode 47: Double Trouble||15:20||Now with more developed skills, Master Chief confronts the MLG Players that humiliated him and challenges them to a rematch, this time as a tag-team with the Arbiter helping him.|
|Episode 48: Hypernews 2||13:57||The second episode of Arby and John's show "Hypernews," this time the reviewed game being GoldenEye 007.|
|Episode 49: Stag Night||18:28||With Trent's wedding tomorrow, The Arbiter is concerned that Chief will ruin his bachelor party with his rude behavior. As a result he enlists a reluctant Greg to restrain Chief and lock him in the bathroom until the party is over. Eventually Chief escapes Greg's webbing and the bathroom and attempts to join the stag night, only for him and the Arbiter to discover a dark secret about Trent.|
|Episode 50: Cheaters||26:21||With his dark secret at risk of being exposed, Trent bans Arbiter and the Chief from contacting Claire by any means possible. Realizing the seriousness of the situation, the Arbiter agrees to crash Trent's wedding with Chief despite their limited capabilities. Things take a turn for the worse when Greg decides to leave after nearly being attacked by a vengeful Chief for being locked in the bathroom.|
|Episode 51: Collapse||31:49||Armed with account-banning hacks and with the wedding only minutes away, Arbiter and Chief storm Trent's Church, intent on stopping the Wedding and saving Claire from making what could be the biggest mistake of her life.|
Season six picks up where season five left off. Four months have passed since since Arbiter and Chief were banned and are now coping with their withdrawal, with negative side-effects. A new plot device in the series includes the establishment of "Chaos Theosis," a group of hackers whom are now rebelling against a new strict Online Terms of Usage that was set up from the Arbiter and Chief's actions at Trent's wedding.
|Episode 52: Genesis||19:43||Four months have passed since the events of "Collapse" from season 5 and both Arbiter and Master Chief are coping with their withdrawal with great difficulty. Unknown to the duo however, a group of hackers known as "Chaos Theosis" is out to dismantle the OMN, starting with its protection organization, the TOSERS.|
|Episode 53: Hard End||14:55||Receiving an invitation to join the TOSERS, Master Chief applies for the position in order to get back his online access. During the match to decide who will join however, the game is ambushed by Chaos Theosis, who begin their banning spree.|
|Episode 54: TOSERS||17:28||As Chaos Theosis are slowly hunting down the other players in the TOSERS Recruitment Slayer match. The Arbiter and Master Chief form an uneasy alliance with Cody and Cameron (Trent Donnovich's former bodyguards) in order to survive the clan's attack.|
|Episode 55: Dough Eyes||16:36||When Arbiter and Master Chief set out to moderate Halo: Reach online play as newly recruited TOSERS, Arbiter and Claire run into each other. Their reunion is abruptly cut short when Arbiter is forced to fend off a pizza delivery man without having him or Master Chief be seen.|
|Episode 56: Chaos Theosis||16:18||An insightful episode about the personalities in Chaos Theosis is shown as the clan continues its merciless rampage throughout online matchmaking. Meanwhile, the Arbiter and Chief continue their duty as low level TOSERS moderators.|
|Episode 57: Fired Up||20:55||When Master Chief falls asleep from exhaustion from playing Halo: Reach all day, the Arbiter decides to play some Halo over midnight. To his shock (and joy,) his moderator is none other than Claire.|
|Episode 58: The Storm||21:46||When Master Chief gets the toys fired from the TOSERS, Arbiter makes a last-ditch effort to retain the toys' positions on the TOSERS moderation force. In exchage for attempting to receiving powerful hacks in a private hacking server affiliated with Chaos Theosis.|
|Episode 59: Blackout||19:19||Exposed for being associated with TOSERS, Master Chief and the Arbiter are trapped in the belly of the private hacking server at severe risk of having their console irreversibly banned and must find a way out, but not without the hack files they came for.|
|Episode 60: Remission||22:42||Chaos Theosis begins its attack on the TOSERS's server, taking down several players just as Arbiter and Chief arrive too late as a result of a Blackout. With TOSERS gone, and the OMN in danger of being shut down to stop Chaos Theosis, the Arbiter and Chief decide to take action and set up a "(S)Hit List" for the four members of Chaos Theosis.|
|Episode 61: Cradle to Grave||23:00||Master Chief and the Arbiter, having pinned up mugshots of each member of the Chaos Theosis clan (their "(S)Hit List"), label each with their gamertags and settle on tracking and taking out the youngest (and arguably the most merciless) member of the clan first, Claire's killer—Adam.|
|Episode 62: Femme Fatale||20:19||When Chaos Theosis member, Duncan refuses to go through with taking out the OMN out of disgust for the clan's actions, Kylie confronts him regarding his avoidance of the tasks assigned to him by Clyde. Meanwhile, the toys bicker over who to make their next target, eventually settling with Kylie.|
|Episode 63: Severance||23:06||Despite assigning herself some extra protection, Master Chief and Arbiter target the remaining Chaos Theosis members on their hit list, including Kylie and the leader, Clyde. Upon completing the task, they discover that someone else has been pulling the strings of Chaos Theosis...|
|Episode 64: The Reunion||33:09||The Arbiter and Master Chief battle it out against the vengeful Trent Donnovich, who was the one responsible for Chaos Theosis's actions, and who has also activated a network crippling software patch known as the "Permanent Denial of Serivce" attack. With only 15 minutes to stop the madman, the toys must stand against Trent and Clyde from stopping the countdown before Xbox-Live's OMN is ruined for good.|
A new segment to season six is a show known as "Hypermail," (formerly known as "Hypernews" from season five.) A fanmail show that will rotate weekly between season 6 and it until the season's end. The segment is non-canon and displays the characters in their usual attitude, as well as addresses more real-life and/or pop culture events from the perspective of The Arbiter and Master Chief, thereby breaking the 4th wall in the series.
|Episode 1: Hypermail||7:50||The Arbiter and Master Chief introduce a new show known as "Hypermail," the fan-mail segment of their now cancelled show "Hypernews." Arbiter and Chief proceed to read and answer fan mail with some truthful and not so truthful answers.|
|Episode 2: A Scientific Fax||7:34||Upon reading some fanmail, Arbiter gives a shoutout to Machinima's Respawn Army's new badges based on their show, as well as mentions the recent rioting in Vancouver over the Stanley Cup. Master Chief on the other hand is more excited about the announcement of Halo 4.|
|Episode 3: From the Ashes||5:55||When the set of Hypermail is destroyed by Master Chief's carelessness, he and the Arbiter are forced to film the show in Jon's Kitchen. When a fan suggests to the Arbiter to buy a doll to fill his void with Claire, Chief steals Jon's wallet to do so for himself.|
|Episode 4: The Gun Show||5:25||While reading fanmail, Master Chief tries to trick the Arbiter by reading an email that came from Arbiter's "mom." The Arbiter however gets the last laugh when someone suggests to Chief to look into a Magnifying glass while it's over the sun.|
|Episode 5: Maximum Overdrive||4:56||While reading fanmail, Master Chief continues trying to prank Arbiter. Little does he know that Arbiter has some tricks up his sleeve as well.|
|Episode 6: Aliens and Monsters||5:42||Upset that he had very little screen-time in their latest story episode "Chaos Theosis," Chief proceeds to read phony emails from Arbiter's supposed family, while Arbiter tries to read actual emails from viewers. Chief's anger quickly fades when he receives a scam email from Nigeria.|
|Episode 7: Silly Billies||4:54||Arbiter and Master Chief read fanmail, this time in front of the door to Jon's Apartment. Their segments ends with the both of them dancing.|
|Episode 8: Voices of Raisins||5:54||The episode opens with Master Chief making a mundane PSA known the "mastur ch33f :D foundayshun" in an attempt to get money from the audience. Arbiter and Master Chief then proceed to read Hypermail while sitting on Jon's bed.|
|Episode 9: Dukes of Dongs||5:51||Reading hypermail from Jon's Kitchen, Master Chief continues to try and beg money from the audience with little success (To Arbiter's notification.) When Chief receives a phony message from a Canadian Hospital stating he has Testicular Cancer, Chief cries, leaving Arbiter to "comfort" him.|
|Episode 10: A Vereh Scareh H4110w33n||5:51||In this Halloween-themed episode, Arbiter has decorated Jon's kitchen to create a spooky atmosphere and proceeds to read emails. Master Chief on the other hand continues to believe he has fallen ill for the Testicular Cancer or "dick cancer" email from the previous episode.|
|Episode 11: Hypermail Anniversary||4:45||Before reading emails, Arbiter and Chief give a big thanks out to Bungie for the release of Halo: Combat Evolved's Anniversary and for the success the Halo series in general has become.|
|Episode 12: Chilling Out||4:10||After reading an email about suggesting Cryogenic Hibernation, Arbiter finds Master Chief in the freezer, hoping for get Halo 4 faster. The two then proceed to read fanmail.|
|Episode 13: Just Say No to Robot Porn||3:15||Arbiter and Chief prepare to read the last emails for the first season of Hypermail. Chief tries to avoid to so but making a Skyrim reference but eventually agrees to. The season ends with both Arbiter and Master Chief dancing to Chief's favorite song, "Activate."|
Season seven is the final season of Arby 'n' John. It picks up a few weeks after Season six. It brings back Greg the spider, as well as Cortana from Season 2 and 3 as regular characters by constant demand from fans. This time, the new season takes on a much more darker tone and focuses on Arbiter and Chief dealing with facing their iminant death and a clan of Trolls, striking a relationship with them in the process that could cause the toys to question their values and embrace their darker selves.
On March 2, 2013, Jon Graham revealed that due to a lack of new ideas, Season 7 will be the final season of Arby 'n' John.
|Episode 65: Reapers||14:35||With Greg and Cortana having returned to live with Arbiter and Master Chief. Life begins to settle down for the group. However while Chief and Cortana are fighting, Arbiter suddenly breaks his hand off and becomes visibly shaken by the event. Meanwhile a new threat arises in the form of three trolls as elites, who assault a funeral for an Xbox-Live Halo Player.|
|Episode 66: Barbie and John||12:58||Arbiter gets drunk to ease himself from the shock of breaking his hand, unaware that Master Chief has bought himself a Barbie Doll with Jon's Credit Card to entertain himself with. Chief soon changes his mind when he encounters and "befriends" a female player online. Meanwhile the trolls are continuing their attack on players.|
|Episode 67: Massive Damage||15:27||Master Chief meets with the clan he was invited to, but upon the clan and the girl from the previous episode finding out about Chief's repulsive behavior, Chief is rejected by them, leaving Chief devastated. Meanwhile the Trolls continue to terrorize individual players.|
|Episode 68: Terminal||22:27||Cortana tries to reason with Arbiter and Master Chief with their problems, but Arbiter begins to see a different side of her and Chief does not take her facts lightly in the slightest. While playing a game online to ease his new withdrawal from alcohol (per request by Cortana) Arbiter is confronted by the leader of the Troll Clan: Eugene Black.|
|Episode 69: Heat||17:03||Fuming after what Cortana said to him in the last episode, Master Chief decides to teach her a lesson by locking her in Jon's Oven until she apologizes. Unaware that the oven is plugged in, Chief's plan backfires with horrific results, and he is quick to hide the evidence. Things turn worse when Chief's only witness is Arbiter's Best Friend, Greg.|
|Episode 70: Ashes||20:47||Wracked with depression after what has happened to Cortana, Master Chief takes up a new addiction in the form of smoking, while Arbiter has become more resentful trying to come to terms with her "disappearance." Their moods however quickly change when Arbiter introduces Chief to Eugene, who in turn introduces them to his girlfriend: Michelle.|
|Episode 71: Two Point Zero||30:49||Arbiter begins to learn of a new light on Eugene after receiving an invite to speak to Michelle, but this quickly gets overshadowed when Eugene introduces him and Master Chief to his friend, Tyler, as well as an offer that could change the toys for the worst. Meanwhile, Greg is becoming more and more impatient over being forced to conceal the truth from Arbiter about Cortana's "disappearance".|
|Episode 72: Blast Radius||9:27||Now armed with Colin's updated perma-banning hacks, Eugene and Colin begin using them on players in their pursuit of trolling. Meanwhile, Master Chief is shook up that all his cigarettes are gone and must now go under Nicotine withdrawal.|
|Episode 73: Broken||14:02||When Eugene reveals that he is in possession of the perma-banning hacks, tension rises between Arbiter and Master Chief against using them for trolling. Things take a turn for the worse when Greg decides to leave, unable to cope with the guilt of hiding the truth behind Cortana's "disappearance".|
|Episode 74: Burned||15:47||Tension begins to rise for Eugene's clan when an argument between Tyler and Colin breaks out now that the clan has full access to Colin's perma-banning software and Colin refrains Tyler in order for them to play safe. Meanwhile, Master Chief and Arbiter's bad blood remains unsettled now that Greg has left.|
|Episode 75: Black||10:20||While chatting privately, Eugene apologizes for his and Arbiter's earlier conflict over the revelation of his use of the perma-banning hacks, and an in-depth discussion follows revealing both of their troubled lives and personal beliefs.|
|Episode 76: Wake||10:57||Following his in-depth discussion with Eugene, Arbiter makes the rash decision of using the perma-banning software. However Eugene's other friend, Colin is not very accepting of him and Master Chief being in Eugene's clan. Meanwhile Chief continues to be haunted by visions of Cortana.|
|Episode 77: Dead Weight||8:14||Accepting the gift of Fragban 2.0 from Eugene, Arbiter and Master Chief proceed to join the troll clan in wreaking havoc throughout online matchmaking with it now that Colin has green-lit its usage.|
|Episode 78: Spiraling||9:31||Six weeks have passed since the toys acquired the Fragban software patch from Eugene. As Arbiter continues to deteriorate, the toys are informed by Eugene that a funeral for a deceased teenage gamer is to be hosted online and in-game...|
|Episode 79: Crush||11:45||After a long absence, Claire returns online, eager to reconnect with the Arbiter since the defeat of Chaos Theosis. However once the two catch up, she finds out Arbiter has changed drastically from their previous encounter.|
|Episode 80: In Memoriam||13:24||Brody and Kyle, bullied classmates of Eugene and Tyler seek to get revenge on the two by using their own fragban patch against the troll clan. Meanwhile, the Troll Clan, Arbiter, and Master Chief, assault the funeral for an Xbox-Live Halo Player, a sight that was last scene in the premiere, "Reapers".|
|Episode 81: Descent||9:55||Following the memorial service crash, the toys find themselves at the peak of their happiness. Eugene and Tyler obsessively await Brody's reappearance. Arbiter also has a revealing conversation with Colin.|
|Episode 82: Take A Seat||9:49||Master Chief is haunted by a manifestation of Cortana, who tries to reason with why he did what he did to her. While playing together, they both discover a dark secret about Colin.|
|Episode 83: What Lies Beneath||10:35||After being informed of Colin's secret, Arbiter plans to approach Eugene about the situation. However, he and Master Chief discover a glimpse of Eugene's maliciousness in real-life when the latter threatens to kill Kyle and Brody and permabans them shortly after, leaving Arbiter conflicted.|
|Episode 84: Greenlit||12:03||After witnessing Eugene's real-life bevhavior online and the revelation of Colin's secret from before, Arbiter and Master Chief make the decision of defecting from the clan, thereby divorcing themselves from the only friends they've ever made online.|
|Episode 85: Flatline||10:40||When Eugene receives devastating news about his family, he is left both broken and emotionless, turning him into a cold-hearted monster. Elsewhere, Arbiter and Master Chief discuss retaliation for their defeat by Eugene and his clan.|
|Episode 86: Event Horizon||9:14||With his sister, Madeline dead and his mind broken, Eugene suggests to Tyler and Colin to get the most out of Fragban while it's functional by initiating a merciless banning rampage. Meanwhile, Master Chief and the Arbiter decide to put Colin's private IRC server info to worthwhile use.|
|Episode 87: The Big Bang||9:18||Arbiter and Master Chief fight against the Troll Clan in a final battle to save Xbox-Live.|
|Episode 88: Game Over||9:27||With Tyler and Colin defeated and Eugene having committed suicide in real-life for his loss, Arbiter and Master Chief struggle to come to terms with accepting their comeuppance after what they had been through with them.|
|Episode 89: Ignition||25:09||The Series Finale. When arguing with Master Chief, the Arbiter finally learns the truth about Cortana's disappearance: Cortana was accidentally murdered by Chief after being locked in the oven in the episode "Heat." Enraged that all the events that have transpired was Chief's inadvertent doing, Arbiter angrily attacks him and rips him to pieces. At the same time, Tyler comes to Jon's apartment, seeking revenge for Eugene's suicide. Ultimately, after surviving both encounters, Arbiter and Master Chief solemnly decide to end their suffering by killing themselves.|
A new show of Arby 'n' John that briefly coincided with season seven is a show known as "Bytes," In this show, These shorts were about two to three minutes long and revolve around Arbiter and Master Chief, but within a parallel universe. The style of Bytes resembles that of the show's earlier seasons.
Once Jon went on hiatus though, Bytes was cancelled after Jon and a client of Machinima made an agreement involving the main show, which prevented production from Bytes being made.
|Episode 1: Well Hung||2:12||Master Chief makes a noose out of Greg's webbing in hopes of having Jon hang himself.|
|Episode 2: Day One Cookies||3:09||Master Chief bakes cookies and sells them to Arbiter at ridiculously expensive prices.|
|Episode 3: Memeland||3:47||Master Chief continues trying to bleed cash out of Arbiter, this time by making and selling emoticon-based masks.|
|Episode 4: Doggy Style||5:06||Arbiter and Master Chief "discuss" their opinions about the highly controversial ending to Mass Effect 3.|
|Episode 5: Steaks, Taters and Hairy Ticks||5:09||When Master Chief finds Arbiter playing "The Lion King" for the Sega Genesis, he criticizes his choice of taste. When Arbiter sarcastically states he hates Halo, Chief decides to kill Arbiter for betraying Bungie.|
|Episode 6: Blockheads||5:31||Master Chief is introduced to Minecraft for the first time ever.|
|Episode 7: In the Pudding||5:06||Arbiter tries playing Symphony of the Night on Jon's PSP Go since Halo's server is down for maintenance. Meanwhile, Master Chief is trying to recover from the shock of seeing Minecraft.|
|Episode 8: Number One Fan||5:10||Upon learning about its screening at E3 2012, Master Chief awaits the release of Halo 4, unaware of its actual release date.|
|Episode 9: Divided We Stand||4:43||Master Chief refuses to play split-screen multiplayer on Halo: Reach with Arbiter. But upon him learning that the servers are down for maintenance, Chief tries to find any alternative way to pass the time.|
|Episode 10: Sold Out||6:24||Arbiter and Master Chief brainstorm ideas on how to improve "Bytes."|
|Episode 11: Premium Club||3:42||Master Chief promotes the Arby 'n' John show by making an infomercial for people to donate money to him by promising "extra features."|
|Episode 12: Armor Deep||5:03||Arbiter helps Master Chief get in shape when the latter feels depressed about his weight.|
|Episode 13: Growing Pains||4:58||Arbiter wants to play Ocarina of Time for the Nintendo 64, but Master Chief refuses to let him do so.|
|Episode 14: The Great Evil||3:56||Master Chief believes he is the son of the "gods of gaming", and plans to "cleanse" the industry of casual gamers, starting with the Arbiter.|
|Episode 15: Suspense!||4:47||A day in the life of the Arbiter and Master Chief is shown by parodying an action-packed series with the use of "previous events" and events to be coming soon.|
|Episode 16: A Pirate's Life||3:35||Arbiter and Master Chief discuss Online Piracy and its illegality while sailing in Jon's Bathtub on a makeshift pirate ship made from a cereal box.|
|Episode 17: Horsin' Around||5:06||Master Chief has been spending days in Jon's bathroom for reasons he refuses to say. When Arbiter finally gets inside it, he finds out something shocking... Chief is a brony|
|Episode 18: Rustled||4:47||Arbiter and Master Chief both find themselves down in the dumps one night, seemingly with no means of improving their mood.|
|Episode 19: The True Fan||5:25||Arbiter finds Master Chief trapped inside of the Microwave, when Chief's latest attempt to receive Halo 4 by means of generating sympathy backfires.|
|Episode 20: One Love||4:48||The series finale of the "Bytes" segments, Master Chief goes on a "date" with the game and case to Halo: Reach, proclaiming his love for the video game. His mind quickly changes when Arbiter appears with something that Jon has recently brought home... Halo 4.|
Several Miscellaneous and/or special episodes were created during the show's course in between Season 5 and 6. Much like Bytes did during Season 7, these episodes were created to fill in the gaps of time in which it took to create an episode.
|Christmas 2010 Special||4:22||It is Christmas Eve, and the Arbiter and Greg are playing a game of Scrabble. Master Chief tries to join but Arbiter and Greg refuse to let him play to prevent him from ruining their game. Arbiter and Chief then briefly discuss sharng presents tomorrow and the possibility of a 5th Season.|
|E3 2011 Skit||5:35||As the Arbiter and Master Chief observe the gaming booths at E3 2011, the two discuss the upcoming games and Chief attempts to join the convention with Jon's Wallet and a poorly-crafted badge in an effort to acquire the newly announced Halo 4.|
|Short #1||2:06||When work on Season 6 becomes too stressful for Jon, Arbiter addresses the viewers that the show's regularly scheduled programming will be held back for a week.|
|Short #2||2:20||Master Chief and the Arbiter are forced to help Jon get back on his production schedule by filming another short video.|
|Short #3||2:09||Master Chief wants to play another session of Halo: Reach but finds the Arbiter is about to play The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.|
|Short #4||2:14||Master Chief decides to try out Skyward Sword while Arbiter is playing.|
|Short #5||1:43||Arbiter and Master Chief tell Ghost Stories to one another.|
|Christmas Special 2011||3:23||Master Chief and the Arbiter pin up their Christmas stockings for Santa on Christmas Eve.|
|New Year's Special 2011||4:18||The Arbiter is rudely awakened in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve by the sounds of Halo gameplay and Master Chief's cussing.|
|Behind the Scenes: Part 1||10:02||Part 1 of a special video narrated by Arby 'n' John's writer and director, Jon Graham, outlining the process of the production of an episode from conception to final product.|
|Behind the Scenes: Part 2||10:50||Part 2 of a special video narrated by Arby 'n' John's writer and director, Jon Graham, outlining the process of the production of an episode from conception to final product.|
Arby 'n' John: The MovieEdit
On May 25, 2008, Arby 'n' John: The Movie premiered at the machinima event CanWest ‘08 (which the movie was created for) and was published on YouTube the same day. The movie seems to take place in between the plot line of Episodes 10 and 11, and features all of the main characters of the series up to that point (thus, not only are John-117 and the Arbiter present, but so are Cortana, Todd, and Travis). The movie also marks the first time that any character has ventured out of Jon's apartment.
Jon Graham is famous for being a solo machinima producer, but for the Movie, his friend Daniel Lazslo, aka D Laz, assisted him in the production of the film, most notably with visual effects.
The Movie was the first Master Chief Sucks at Halo 3/Arby 'n' John production to go outside of Jon Graham's apartment. Filming took place in three different cities: Vancouver (Jon Graham's old residence), Chilliwack (A city outside of Vancouver), and Los Angeles (where Jon Graham visited to work at the Machinima.com headquarters for several days).
In the beginning of the movie, John-117 forces the Arbiter, Cortana, Todd, and Travis to play along with a horrible game of "pretend" with Chief (one of Todd's lines is nothing but a crude drawing of a penis). As the others leave, the Arbiter approaches John and consoles him by telling him it was very "Imaginative". While watching machinima videos online, John begins to insult Jon Graham (also known as DigitalPh33r at the time), saying that his videos are shitty and repetitive. The Arbiter tells him to make a machinima of his own, but on one condition: If the machinima is bad, John has to be nice for a day. John retorts by saying that if the machinima is good, then the Arbiter, Todd, Travis, and Cortana have to "shut up" for a day. Several weeks later, with the help of John's online friends, his machinima is complete. It is very badly done, is over three hours long, and contains bad voice acting, over-the-top character actions, and a terrible plot. Everyone hates it, though the Arbiter and Todd attempt to sugar-coat their criticism. Angry, John says that he has uploaded it to the internet and that the result of the bet should depend on the online reaction (which is Chief standing at the computer for a day and continually hitting F5 in order to refresh the page over and over, resulting in more views).
John's video attracts the attention of the eccentric machinima director Skyler Loveheart, the head of "Douchebag Studios." Loveheart mistakenly thinks that the movie was made as a parody of bad machinima, and believes that the video is a work of genius. He contacts John and tells him that Douchebag Studios could use John's talents, and that they want him to come down to Los Angeles to create a serious machinima under their new contract. John happily accepts and tells the Arbiter and Todd that he "doesn't have to live with [those] douchebags anymore." To everyone's delight except the Arbiter’s, John leaves and heads to LA.
In Los Angeles, John is greeted by Loveheart. John asks to use Loveheart's phone, which he uses to call the Arbiter. He begins to brag to and insult the Arbiter, who angrily throws the phone out the window. John then makes an online video (which parodies Uwe Boll’s infamous YouTube video containing much of the same content), in which he boasts about his machinima talents and challenges anyone who disagrees to a boxing match; according to him, beating his critics in a boxing match will somehow prove that he is right and they are wrong. The video annoys the Arbiter, who "can't think of anyone with an ego that massive." Travis tells the Arbiter to let it go, and that they should be celebrating. The Arbiter half-heartedly agrees.
Nearly two months later, John's attempt at a "serious" machinima is complete, titled "TEH EPIK BATEL." Loveheart, seeing the video and how bad it is, realizes that John isn't cleverly satirizing bad machinima, but is simply bad himself. Loveheart furiously tells John that he had invested a lot of money in him, and, pulling a pistol from his pocket, attempts to shoot him. Luckily, Loveheart's hyperactivity causes him to aim erratically, and so every shot misses, even hitting himself in the knee with one of the shots. John steals Loveheart's car and escapes, heading back home. Loveheart shoots himself in the head, causing a ludicrous amount of blood to spurt out.
Back at Jon's apartment, Travis and the Arbiter are playing Halo 3. Losing, the Arbiter forfeits, saying that he's not in the mood. John arrives, and is greeted coldly by the Arbiter, whom John mostly ignores. He goes on to enthusiastically greet Todd, Travis, and Cortana, who don't reply. The Arbiter tells him that he has quite a lot of nerve coming back after the way he behaved, and that he should go. John, upset, cuts power to the apartment and leaves. He walks into the road and attempts to commit suicide by throwing himself in front of a car. The Arbiter, who followed, begs John to get up, saying that he needs him in his life and that he even loves him. After a few more moments in which John does not respond, he turns away. Suddenly, John gets up, saying, "TAHTS SRSLY TEH GAYIST SHIT IV EVAR HERD." He recalls when he tried to commit suicide in Master Chief Sucks At Halo 2, and comes to the conclusion that he can't die. He asks for a hug, which the Arbiter gives, not realizing John has stuck another insulting sign on his back (“IM GAY”), just as he did in Episode 6.
Later, Todd, Travis, and Cortana are having a discussion on John-117's destiny (namely, whether he'd go to Heaven or Hell; the unanimous conclusion is that he is going to Hell). Just then, a large Master Chief helmet appears around the corner of the hallway, saying that it is the “real” Master Chief and declaring that “I AM HEER TO EAT UR FACE. OM NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM.” This badly frightens everyone, especially Todd, who screams feminately at the top of his lungs and runs away when he sees it. However it turns out to be a prank by John, who recites his classic line, “llolollolllolloolollololloololol,” as the movie ends.
- The Arbiter and Master Chief figures are from Halo 2, but Cortana, Todd, and Travis are all Halo 3 Action Figures.
- Though distributed by Machinima.com, the series is technically not a machinima, with the majority of each episode filmed live-action and video games simply being a plot device.
- In the second episode of the series, the Arbiter wrote Bungie a letter asking to give John Recon armor, which was granted by the beginning of Episode 3. Bungie, of course, actually did give Jon Graham the Recon armor; many viewers of the video thought that Jon was given the armor because of the email that the Arbiter wrote, leading many of them to write their own emails to Bungie asking for the armor themselves. Jon, however, has revealed that he did not actually send the email that he wrote for Episode 2, and that Bungie gave him the Recon purely because they admired his videos.
- In Episode 19, "Panic" of Season 3, Chief is heard saying a reference to both Halo 3 and 300. Right after he attacks the corrupt red Spartan for almost shooting Arbiter, he begins to say nonsense until the end where he says, "FOR SPARTA."
- Even though Master Chief's shooting accuracy is horrible, he tends to give headshots when he's not planning to give one.
- The time on Jon's clock used to always be 3:43. This a reference to 343 Guilty Spark, which was confirmed by Jon Graham in one of the episode commentaries. Though, the running gag hasn't been seen since Season 4.
- Though Cortana was kidnapped by an alien, she only disappeared from the series a few episodes after Todd and Travis were kidnapped. This indicates that they were kidnapped separately; however, given that the alien had no desire for Cortana, her disappearance is strange. It is possible that Todd asked the alien for some company besides Travis and figured that it would not bring any harm to her (or made the alien promise not to do so), not realizing that the alien would later fire Cortana into a nearby sun. Surprisingly, at the very end of Season 5 finale, when cortana is supposed to be dead, her voice (Microsoft Mary) is heard, with the same colour in subtitles, saying "Arbiter..." and waking him, with no response, cause the episode ends. Though, as revealed in the first episode of Season 6, it reveals that in fact the voice came from John, who was using Microsoft Mary's voice from a computer. However, at the end of Season 6, It was revealed that Cortana was only lost in the move.
- In the episode "Wedding", when Master Chief Says "Ima chargin ma lazor! SHOOP DA WOOP!", he is referencing an internet meme started by Dom Fera on YouTube with his animated shorts titled "The Laser Collection." This is quoted a number of times throughout the series.
- The controllers that the characters use in the series are never actually turned on. Jon has stated that this is because the Xbox 360 controllers have a ten-minute automatic shutoff timer and he never feels like turning them back on.
- At the end of Season 3, Episode 1 “Cold,” when the Arbiter says, “Something very strange is going on…” the pillowcase moves by itself. Many fans who noticed this theorized that some sort of ghost or other apparition was somehow responsible for the disappearances of Todd and Travis and Cold Storage’s deletion. In the commentary for “King,” Jon revealed that the pillowcase moved simply because a gust of wind from his fan hit it; he never even noticed that the pillowcase fluttered until people began pointing it out.
- In Episode 9 "Newcomers" when the Arbiter says he has the flag and is coming through the middle, he actually doesn't have the flag.
- Episode 8 of "Arby and John in LA" is named "Two Betrayals". This is a reference to the Halo: Combat Evolved level Two Betrayals, which is quoted from in Episode 11.
- Adding to the mysterious disappearance of Todd and Travis. In a Director's Commentary on the Season 5 episode "Cheaters," Jon admitted at he did not like how Todd and Travis (and possibly Cortana) were too One-Dimensional and uninteresting as characters (Todd being too nice, Travis being too loud.)
- On October 8, 2012, Jon Graham put the series on hiatus due to an overwhelming workload of having to produce the episodes while also trying to balance out schoolwork in film school. This hiatus ended on March 30, 2013.
- There is another series that was inspired by Arby 'n' John called Halo vs Mario.
- In The thumbnail for Arby 'n' John. John-117 figure is actually a Halo 3-era Master Chief. The same figure that was used for Todd.
- Although John survived jumping in-front of a moving car in the movie, he comes to the conclusion that he cannot die. However in the final episode Arbiter attempts to jump out a window in Jon's apartment suggesting that a more serious force can kill them or its just likely it was added for dramatic effect.
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John: Episode 1 (Halo 3 Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John: Episode 2 - "Recon" (Halo 3 Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John: Episode 3 - "Attitude" (Halo 3 Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John: Episode 4 - "Melee" (Halo 3 Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John: Episode 5 - "Martyrdom" (Halo 3 Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John: Episode 6 - "Brawl" (Halo 3 Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John: Episode 7 - "Girls" (Halo 3 Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John: Episode 8 - "Legendary" (Halo 3 Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John: Episode 9 - "Newcomers" (Halo 3 Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John: Episode 10 - "Cortana" (Halo 3 Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' Chief: Episode 11 - "Conflict" (Part 1 of 2) (Halo 3 Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John: Episode 12 - "Conflict (Part 2 of 2)" (Halo 3 Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John: S3E01: "Cold" (Halo 3 Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S3E02: (Halo 3 Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John: S3E03: "Professional" (Halo 3 Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S3E04: Episode 4 "Face Off" (Halo 3 Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S3E05: "Showdown" (Halo 3 Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S3E06: "Glitch" (Halo 3 Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S3E07: "Panic" (Halo 3 Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S3E08 - "Cheater" (Halo 3 Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S3E09: "Company" - Part One (halo machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S3E10: "Party" (halo machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S3E11: "Company (Part Two)" (Halo 3 Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S3E12: "Evil" (Halo Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S3E13: "King" (Halo 3 Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John in L.A. Trailer (Halo 3 Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John in LA: Episode 1: "Dear Jon"
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John in LA: Episode 2: "Walking in LA"
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John in LA: Episode 3: "Lost"
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John in LA: Holiday Promo
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John in LA: Episode 4: "Breaking and Entering"
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'N' John In LA: Episode 5: Ensemble
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John in LA: Episode 6: Clash of the Titans
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John in LA: Episode 7: The Dark Side
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John in LA: Episode 8: Two Betrayals
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John in LA: Episode 9: Exile
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John in LA: Episode 10: Alone
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John in LA: Episode 11: Outcasts
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John in LA: Episode 12: Counter-Strike
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John in LA: Episode 13: Game Over
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John: Season 4 - Trailer
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S4E01: "Out of Reach" (Halo 3 Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S4E02: "It's a Beta" (Halo 3 Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S4E03: "Pirates" (Halo 3 Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S4E04: "Aces and Spaces" (Halo 3 Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S4E05: "Giveth and Taketh" (Halo 3 Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S4E06: "God's Work" (Halo 3 Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S4E07: "B& (Part 1 of 2)" (Halo 3 Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S4E08: "B& (Part 2 of 2)" (Halo 3 Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S4E09: "Digital Fruitcakes" (Halo Reach Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S4E10: "Night of the Evading Dead" (Halo Reach Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S4E11: "The Mail Room" (Halo Reach Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S4E12: "The Mail Room II" (Halo Reach Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S4E13: "The Spider" (Halo Reach Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S5E01: "House of Cards" (Halo Reach Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S5E02: "Duck Love" (Halo Reach Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S5E03: "Low on Hearts" (Halo Reach Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S5E04: "Rock Bottom" (Halo Reach Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S5E05: "Hypernews 1" (Halo Reach Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S5E06: "Drunken Halo" (Halo Reach Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S5E07: "Time Wasters" (Halo Reach Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S5E08: "Da Bomb" (Halo Reach Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S5E09: "Double Trouble" (Halo Reach Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S5E10: "Hypernews 2" (Halo Reach Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S5E11: "Stag Night" (Halo Reach Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S5E12: "Cheaters" (Halo Reach Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S5E13: "Collapse" (Halo Reach Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S6E01: "Genesis" (Halo Reach Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S6E02: "Hard End" (Halo Reach Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S6E03: "TOSERS" (Halo Reach Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S6E04: "Dough Eyes" (Halo Reach Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S6E05: "Chaos Theosis" (Halo Reach Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S6E06: "Fired Up" (Halo Reach Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S6E07: "The Storm" (Halo Reach Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S6E08: "Blackout" (Halo Reach Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S6E09: "Remission" (Halo Reach Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S6E10: "Cradle to Grave" (Halo Reach Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S6E11: "Femme Fatale" (Halo Reach Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S6E12: "Severance" (Halo Reach Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John S6E13: "The Reunion" (Halo Reach Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: "Christmas 2010 Special" (Halo Reach Machinima)
- ↑ Youtube - Arby 'n' John: Arby 'n' John: The Movie (FULL) (Halo 3 Machinima)