|Season 7, Episode 21 (85)|
|Air date||July 13, 2013|
|Written by||Jon Graham|
|Directed by||Jon Graham|
- "I'll tell you what -- you put a stop to this terrible trio wreaking havoc and I'll consider leaving you alone."
- — Cortana to Chief
Eugene receives devastating news. The toys reflect on their defeat by Eugene and his co-moderators and discuss retaliation.
Eugene, Tyler and other members of their clan are telling offensive jokes to each other. Eugene receives a call from Dr. Harris, who informs him that Madeline's health has declined significantly, and requests that they discuss it at the hospital. Eugene asks him what happened, and is told that Madeline has passed away.
Meanwhile, Arbiter and Chief argue about their failure and discuss how they'll get back online considering that both of Jon's consoles have now been fragged. Chief considers getting a new console online, but doesn't know where Jon's wallet is. Arbiter gets out Jon's wallet from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask's case, and reveals that he hid it to stop Chief from using Jon's credit card.
Later on, Chief is smoking in the bathtub, where he confesses to his vision of Cortana that he smokes to take the edge off. Chief then persuades Cortana not to make him tell Arbiter about the circumstances of her disappearance because it would tarnish the duo's last bits of friendship that they have left. Cortana agrees, and later propositions Chief about them stopping their plan of attack against the trio, in which case, she'll leave if he wants her too.
Later on, Michelle confronts Eugene with the information Arbiter gave her previously and subsequently breaks up with him. As she walks away, Eugene reveals to her that Madeline died. Michelle expresses sympathy, but doesn't change her decision. As she tries to leave, Eugene frags her.
- Microsoft Sam as Master Chief
- Microsoft Mike as The Arbiter
- Microsoft Mary as Cortana
- Jon Graham as Eugene Black, Dr. Harris
- Elizabeth Carr-Ernst as Michelle Harris
- Jordan Kast as Tyler King
- Khail Anonymous as Clan Member #1
- Micah Brooke as Clan Member #2
- Main article: Flatline/Transcript
The episode was critically acclaimed. Especially for its dark beginning and ending. Also due to Master Chief's character development.
- The jokes that are heard at the beginning of the episode are the same that Jon has been putting on his Twitter feed for a while.
- This is the first episode to have a thumbnail featuring a shot from the actual episode.
- The episode's title refers to the flat EEG traces that are outputted upon the brain-death of a person (a flatline).
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