Season 1, Episode 2 (2)
Air date January 18, 2008
Written by Jon Graham
Directed by Jon Graham
Episode guide

Recon is the second episode of the first season of Arby 'n' the Chief.

Summary Edit

Master Chief and the Arbiter discuss various issues such as the reaction from Bungie of the first episode and the undeserved sense of accomplishment when sporting the katana. Master Chief also unveils his plot to obtain the Recon armor from Bungie.

Plot Edit

Master Chief is browsing on the laptop and Arbiter playing Halo 3. Chief then asks why Arbiter is playing Halo 3 if he hated Bungie, and Arbiter corrrects Chief by explaining that he doesn't hate Halo 3 or Bungie, he just dislikes the Heroic map pack. Chief then states that an episode of Arby 'n' The Chief Episode One, "Pilot", was posted on Bungies website, saying that the video had disrespetful remarks about the map pack and that Bungie hates the Arbiter. Replying that they are just being sarcastic, and that they wouldn't post a link on their front page that they dislike, and give it more attention, Arbiter tells Chief that he takes things too seriously and always jumps to conclusions, leading to a small verbal battle between them. Chief then joins Arbiter on the couch and watches him playing Halo 3. Chief asks why Arbiter isn't playing with the katana body piece, and Arbiter simply remarks that he doesn't like it. Chief then boasts that using it will make other players think that he is better than them. Arbiter tells him that nobody beyond the age of eight cares.

Chief leaves the room. Arbiter follows him and finds him working on something. Chief demands that Arbiter leave, but Arbiter pleads with Chief to see what he is creating, and Chief explains to him it is his plan to get Recon armor from Bungie. After examining his plan, Arbiter says that his plan is complex, but says that the plan is not possible, upsetting the Chief. Arbiter, in an attempt to cheer Chief up, tells him that he might have a better plan, and then e-mails Bungie about Chief wanting Recon armor. After finishing the e-mail, Arbiter decides to play Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, which annoys Chief to a great extent, but Chief just decides to browse instead for his amusment.

Cast Edit

Transcript Edit

Main article: Recon/Transcript

Trivia Edit

  • There are four references to other popular video game characters, Solid Snake from Metal Gear, Chris Redfield from Resident Evil, Captain Macmillan from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Sam Fisher from Splinter Cell.
  • In the comments, many people asked about 'how to email Bungie to get Recon'. Jon replied in a commentary episode that the episode was seen by Bungie, and rewarded him Recon. One possibility is that the Recon model belonged to a friend.
  • A Director's Commentary of this episode was uploaded on the 16th of July 2008.
  • When Arbiter is playing Call of Duty 4, his controller is turned off. Jon acknowledged this in his It's a Wonderful Live series.
  • When Arbiter reads the plans Chief made a puppeteer's finger can be seen on the left side of the screen.


Arby 'n' the Chief - S1E2 - "Recon"

Arby 'n' the Chief - S1E2 - "Recon"