ATHF-Baffler Meal

The Original Aqua Teens.

"Baffler Meal" is an episode of Space Ghost Coast to Coast that was meant to introduce the Aqua Teens.


Space Ghost arrives, and tells Zorak to take off a tribal mask he's wearing. Zorak keeps telling Space Ghost no, and Space Ghost begins chasing Zorak. A strange set of food items named the Aqua Teen Hunger Force are on set, named Master Shake, Frylock, and Meatwad. Space Ghost explains that the Aqua Teens are delicious food items from the restaurant Burger Trench. Moltar and Zorak both think Burger Trench is disgusting food. Shake jumps on Space Ghost's desk. Zorak takes away Frylock's amulet, and Frylock tries to attack Zorak with a fry sword.

Zorak takes away the fry sword and eats it. Shake seems to have some sort of push over Space Ghost, who explains to Zorak that they're all on the same team now. Shake quickly reveals that Space Ghost's houseboat is the result of signing a contract with Burger Trench. Moltar and Zorak get angry with Space Ghost, feeling like they've been sold out. Space Ghost explains that they're still doing the show, just with the Aqua Teens. Space Ghost tries to get the guest out, but Moltar drags Shake away by questioning Meatwad what the Aqua Teens do. Shake notes that Moltar didn't get a Limited Edition cup with the rest of the Space Ghost gang.

Zorak rips Frylock's left eye out with his teeth. Willie Nelson is now on the set. Space Ghost blasts Zorak. Shake keeps interrupting the interview, shilling for Burger Trench. Meatwad explains to Moltar that he's composed out of the meat of unwanted pieces of burgers. Shake is still talking about his commercial, and interrupting the interview. Moltar initiates hunger imagery, to make the audience crave food. Space Ghost points out that the Aqua Teens were only supposed to run through occasionally, not take over the show.

Space Ghost yells at Shake. Shake threatens to take away Space Ghost's boat. Space Ghost knocks over Shake, spilling chocolate-goodness all over the floor, before blasting and killing Frylock. Moltar arrives, with a mangled and dead Meatwad as a mask. Shake is dying on the ground, and explains that classic rock will forever be changed. In a live-action sequence, a classic rock song about Burger Trench is being performed (which, based off a few similarities of style and singing, appears to be an alternate and somewhat distorted version of Led Zeppelin's Black Dog), at Space Ghost and Zorak's expense. The episode ends with Master Shake still on the floor, asking God if he's in heaven or on television.



This episode was originally scripted for the 1999 season of Space Ghost, but was rejected because it focused too much on the Aqua Teens. Instead, writers Matt Maiellaro and Dave Willis decided to take the ATHF, modify them, and turn them into a series on their own, while the episode was rewritten and became "Kentucky Nightmare". When ATHF became popular, the writers decided to finish "Baffler Meal".

The episode was played as part of the Adult Swim New Year's Eve Marathon, immediately after Meatwad was dropped in Times Square and the new year rang in on January 1st, 2003. The episode was later featured on the ATHF Volume Two DVD Box Set as a disc two extra. Todd Hanson, who worked on the show for a week, according to the commentary, pitched a character named Napkin Lad. He was rejected. Then, eleven years later in Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1, he appeared in Last Dance for Napkin Lad.

The Aqua Teens[]

The Original Aqua Teens were very different from how we know them today.

Master Shake[]

The Original Master Shake

The original Master Shake was voiced by Dave Willis, and sounded more like Ignignokt. He had no hands, looked shorter, and had the Burger Trench logo on his backside.



Frylock, out of all the original Aqua Teen Hunger Force members portrayed here, is the most different to the one portrayed in the show. Some of his most notable differences, when compared to the ATHF Frylock, are his lack of facial hair, him actually having arms and legs, his amulet, instead of being embedded on his back. It is now hanging around (what could possibly be called) his neck from a chain.

And, of course, his voice, which sounded far different from ATHF Frylock with it being very high-pitched and him being voiced by Matt Maiellaro, the series other co-creator, instead of Carey Means. Personality-wise, he has a very whiny and childish personality, complaining when Zorak takes his amulet or eats his fry wedge sword, which is not helped by his annoyingly high-pitched voice.



Meatwad was the closest to his modern portrayal out of the entire "Baffler Meal" Aqua Teen Hunger Force, with similar character design, similar personality, and even the same voice. He was also voiced by Dave Willis, who has provided his voice for modern Meatwad.

Napkin Lad[]

Main article: Napkin Lad

Napkin lad

Napkin Lad in Last Dance for Napkin Lad.

Napkin Lad was originally meant to promote cleanliness in the episode, and had a very cheerful attitude. He later appeared in "Last Dance for Napkin Lad", an Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1 episode.