Arby 'n' the Chief is a machinima series by Jon Graham. It chronicles on the lives of The Arbiter and Master Chief, two living Halo action figures, as they play video games and meet various people while doing so through Xbox Live.
On August 17, 2013 the show ended with it's final episode, "Ignition".
Arby 'n' the Chief is about two Halo 2-era Action Figures of the Master Chief 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 move are the delivery man in episode 1, Scott and Agent Smirnoff in Endgame, and Claire in "Arby 'n' the Chief in LA" (season 4). Arbiter has convinced Scott that they are hallucination from his massive substance abuse. Claire knows that they are toys because Arbiter told her and in Arby n the Chief in LA Jon, Arbiter, and Master Chief live at her house until Arbiter decides to leave her house and go outside, causing him and Chief to get lost on their way to the zoo.
Usually, the duo plays Halo 3 on Xbox LIVE (until season 4 when they started playing Halo: Reach,) although Arbiter also enjoys playing other games such as Grand Theft Auto IV, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl 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 of that game. Later on in the series, however, Chief becomes more tolerant of non-Halo games, such as Resident Evil 5, despite jumping on the bandwagon and joining a protest against the game itself because of its alleged racism.
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".
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.
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: Modern Warfare.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After fruitless attempts to brake 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.
Conflict - Part 1
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.
Conflict - Part 2
Master Chief fights Todd and Travis, quickly defeating Travis with a kick in the gonads. The chief 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.
Master Chief tries to raise money to purchase "Cold Storage", unaware that it is free.
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.
Professional (Part 1 of 3)
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.
Face Off (Part 2 of 3)
After making Chief cry, the Arbiter approaches Craig and his friends. They agree to have Master Chief fight Craig.
Showdown (Part 3 of 3)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Company, Part 1
After watching a horrible amateur machinima, the Arbiter and Master Chief agree to found their own machinima company. After seven weeks of work, the Master Chief 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.
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.
Company, Part 2
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.
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.
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' the Chief before the debut of the sequel series Arby 'n' the Chief: In LA. It is split into six parts.
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.
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'.
An entire game of Halo players are lagged-out by a hacker, while the Arbiter begins talking to Claire on MSN.
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.
Scott begins stalking Claire in a Sandbox maze, eventually killing 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.
With Scott's cocaine-covered corpse and blood coving 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.
Jon revealed via his blog that he will be producing a fourth season of Arby 'n' the Chief. This is not a continuation of Arby ‘n’ the Chief in LA, but of the original series, taking place after the events of “King” but before those of Endgame; unlike Arby 'n' the Chief 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' the Chief, 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, and the first episode is scheduled to be released on Saturday, June 26, 2010.
Out of Reach
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.
It's A Beta!
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.
Master Chief uses Arbiter's Bus pass and university assignment for a pirate role-playing game, unaware that Arbiter will require them.
Aces and Spaces
After offending Arbiter's drawing-abilities, Master Chief challenges him to an aptly-named "dick-drawing contest".
Giveth and Taketh
Master Chief grows bored of Halo 3 and plans to play the Halo Reach beta to kill time until Reach comes out in September, but is choked when the Arbiter tells him that the beta is no longer unavailable. Then Chief tries to play Halo 2 multiplayer to relieve "the good ol' days." Arbiter tries to explain that Halo 2 online multiplayer has been cancelled, but the episode ends before he can tell Chief.
When the Arbiter attempts to play "Demons and Souls" on PS3 without Chief realizing and freaking out. Eventually Chief finds out and throws Jon's PS3 controller in the toilet and the episode ends.
Halo: Reach has finally hit store shelves, but Jon's copy has been lost during his move to a new apartment. While the Arbiter searches for it, Master Chief plays Modern Warfare 2 and encounters a JTAG-ging hacker.
Stopped by a console ban from Xbox Live, the aftermath of Master Chief's brief JTAG-ing romp on Modern Warfare 2 ensues as the Arbiter returns having finally found Halo: Reach.
Master Chief challenges the Arbiter to a competitive match in Halo: Reach, Chief teamed up alongside his team of "noobs", who all exploit anything they can to win.
Night of the Evading Dead
It's Halloween, and after a late night of playing the Living Dead playlist, Arbiter tries to get some shuteye. However, Master Chief insists he get up early to play Infection custom games with him to celebrate the holiday.
The Mail Room
Master Chief and the Arbiter answer a handful of e-mails from fans.
The Mail Room II
The Arbiter and Master Chief answer another batch of fan-mail.
A typical uneventful day for Master Chief and the Arbiter, a chronic arachnophobe, is turned upside down when a large tarantula finds its way into Jon's apartment.
Special Episode: Christmas Special 2010
The Arbiter and Greg, the mute tarantula newcomer, compete in a game of Scrabble on Christmas Eve, and Master Chief wants to join in.
House of Cards
Master Chief and the Arbiter awaken on Christmas morning, joined by Greg the tarantula, and exchange gifts, following a jarring glimpse of events to come.
The Arbiter wastes no time going forward with his idea: developing his own gaming news show; though he struggles to come up with material, a task made no easier being badgered by Master Chief.
Low on Hearts
Arbiter catches up with Claire during a match on Halo: Reach, whom he hasn't seen in a long time. He also works hard at developing his show... as does Master Chief.
Master Chief has another online encounter with Cody, elite Reach player and future wedding security team member, and Chief challenges he and any teammates of his to a private match. The Arbiter tries to swallow the news that Claire is the bride of the upcoming wedding, as well as plenty of booze.
Master Chief, the Arbiter, and Greg tape their first episode of their time travelling gaming news show, Hypernews, in which Master Chief reviews The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Their self-confidence rocked by the abysmal online performance of their Hypernews pilot episode, Master Chief and the Arbiter decide to celebrate their hard work regardless and dedicate the day to playing Drunken Halo.
A previously encountered matchmaking player calls out Master Chief on his complete lack of skill, and Chief goes to Arbiter for some training. Arbiter apologizes to Claire for his drunken remarks from before.
As Arbiter continues to train Master Chief to be a better Halo player (or at least tries), he receives an invite from Trent to tour his in-game church.
Master Chief continues his Halo training with the Arbiter. When Arbiter tells him (to be nice) that he's making progress, Chief decides to take action and show Trent's security duo Cameron and Cody what he's made of.
With the help of cameraman Greg the spider, Master Chief and the Arbiter tape and air their second episode of their time-travelling gaming news show, Hypernews.
Arbiter bonds with Claire in some Double Team Matchmaking games before attending Trent's online stag party the night before the wedding—but Master Chief refuses to let him go alone.
After discovering Trent Donnovich is being unfaithful to Claire (who is to be his bride in less than 24 hours), Arbiter and Master Chief are banned from the ceremony's server and blocked from communicating with Claire in any fashion. The toys must find a way to re-enter the server and stop the wedding before it's too late...
With a list of 'leet hacks' at the ready, Arbiter and Master Chief prepare to take down the Donnovich wedding and stop Claire from making the biggest mistake of her life.
Four months have passed since the wedding crash punctuating season five. The toys are still banned from playing Halo online. Master Chief resorts to drawing on the walls and burning holes in the carpet to fill his days. The Arbiter, having not spoken to Claire in some time, has become a full-blown alcoholic and has convinced himself he has absolutely no control over his life. Greg has been nowhere to be found. Meanwhile, on the online battleground, to combat a rise in in-game cheating and hacking, the OMN (Online Multiplayer Network) establishes an organization named the TOSERS (Terms of Service Enforcement/Response Squad), consisting of moderators of varying ranks and within different divisions who are deployed to police online matches. In response, a ruthless clan of hackers known as Chaos Theosis rises and threatens to wreak havoc online with an illegal software patch commonly referred to by underground hacking communities as FragBan, which allows patched players to place an irreversible console ban on any player he or she frags in the game as well as steal that player's personal account information, unless TOSERS is immediately dismantled and its moderators are removed from gameplay...
Master Chief follows through with his decision to apply to the TOSERS in-game police organization to have his online multiplayer access reinstated. Arbiter refuses to join him, unable to shake himself out of his depressive funk.
Master Chief and the Arbiter form an uneasy alliance with Cody and Cameron, fellow TOSERS applicants and once bodyguards of Trent Donnovich at his wedding, to fight off the hacker clan Chaos Theosis.
After Arbiter catches Master Chief making a mysterious phone call, the two set out to moderate Halo: Reach online play as newly recruited TOSERS.
The Arbiter and Master Chief begin their duty as level negative one TOSERS in-game moderators. Meanwhile, the Chaos Theosis clan continues its merciless rampage throughout online matchmaking.
Master Chief collapses from exhaustion after a full day of moderating duty. The Arbiter can't sleep and decides to resume play through the night—and a newly promoted Claire is assigned as his supervisor.
Arbiter makes a last-ditch effort to retain the toys' positions on the TOSERS moderation force.
Master Chief and the Arbiter are in the belly of a 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.
Chaos Theosis attacks the TOSERS main operations server, killing every moderator in sight. Meanwhile, the toys are still stuck in a power outage.
Cradle to Grave
Master Chief and the Arbiter, having pinned up mugshots of each member of the Chaos Theosis clan on the apartment's front door (their "hit list"), label each with their gamertags and settle on tracking and taking out the youngest member of the clan first, Claire's killer—Adam.
Kylie confronts Duncan regarding his avoidance of the tasks assigned to him by Clyde, and the toys bicker over who to make their next target.
Master Chief and the Arbiter target the remaining Chaos Theosis members on their hit list.
Master Chief and the Arbiter face off with Trent Donnovich, who has been revealed to be behind Chaos Theosis and their attack on the network.
With Greg and Cortana having returned to live with Arbiter and 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.
Barbie and the Chief
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.
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.
Cortana tries to reason with Arbiter and 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.
Fuming after what Cortana said to him in the last episode, 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.
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.
Two Point Zero
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".
Now armed with Colin's updated perma-banning hacks, Eugene and Colin begin using them on players in their pursuit of trolling. Meanwhile, Chief is shook up that all his cigarettes are gone and must now go under Nicotine withdrawal.
When Eugene reveals that he is in possession of the perma-banning hacks, tension rises between Arbiter and 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".
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, Chief and Arbiter's bad blood remains unsettled now that Greg has left.
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.
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 Chief being in Eugene's clan. Meanwhile Chief continues to be haunted by visions of Cortana.
Accepting the gift of Fragban 2.0 from Eugene, Arbiter and Chief proceed to join the troll clan in wreaking havoc throughout online matchmaking with it now that Colin has green-lite its usage.
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...
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.
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 Chief, assault the funeral for an Xbox-Live Halo Player, a sight that was last scene in the premiere, "Reapers".
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.
Take A Seat
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.
What Lies Beneath
After being informed of Colin's secret, Arbiter plans to approach Eugene about the situation. However, he and 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.
After witnessing Eugene's real-life bevhavior online and the revelation of Colin's secrect from before, Arbiter and Chief make the decision of defecting from the clan, thereby divorcing themselves from the only friends they've ever made online.
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 Chief discuss retaliation for their defeat by Eugene and his clan.
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.
The Big Bang
Arbiter and Master Chief fight against the Troll Clan in a final battle to save Xbox-Live.
The toys struggle to come to terms with Eugene's suicide and the takedown of his co-moderators.
Arbiter confronts Chief to learn of Cortana's true fate after discovering her base plate buried in the box of junk at the bottom of the hallway closet, where Chief had hidden it after accidentally incinerating her. The apartment receives unexpected visitors.
Out of Context-Episode Guide
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 iand Master Chief, thereby breaking the 4th wall in the series.
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.
A Scientific Fax
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.
From the Ashes
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.
The Gun Show
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.
While reading fanmail, Master Chief continues trying to prank Arbiter. Little does he know that Arbiter has some tricks up his sleeve as well.
Aliens and Monsters
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 recieves a scam email from Nigeria.
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.
Voices of Raisins
The episode opens with Master Chief making a mundane PSA in an attempt to get money from the audience. Arbiter and Master Chief then proceed to read Hypermail while sitting on Jon's bed.
Dukes of Dongs
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 recieves a phony message from a Canadian Hospital stating he has Testicular Cancer, Chief cries, leaving Arbiter to "comfort" him.
A Vereh Scareh H4110w33n
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 email from the previous episode.
Hypermail Anniversary Edition
Master Chief and the Arbiter answer another batch of viewer mail, as well as thank Bungie for ten years of Halo gaming goodness and permitting Arby 'n' the Chief to run as long as it has.
Master Chief and the Arbiter answer another batch of viewer mail.
Just Say No to Robot Porn
Master Chief and the Arbiter answer yet another bunch of viewer mail in this season's finale.
E3 2011 Skit
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.
Christmas Special 2010
The Arbiter and Greg, the mute tarantula newcomer, compete in a game of Scrabble on Christmas Eve, and Master Chief wants to join in.
An Arby 'n' the Chief Short
Arbiter addresses the viewers—Arby 'n' the Chief's regularly scheduled programming will be held back for one week.
Master Chief and the Arbiter are forced to help Jon get back on his production schedule by filming another short video.
Master Chief wants to sit down to another session of Halo: Reach but finds the Arbiter has impeding plans.
Christmas Special 2011
Master Chief and the Arbiter pin up their Christmas stockings for Santa on Christmas Eve.
New Years Special 2011
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.
The Arbiter intrudes on Master Chief's allotted time with Halo: Reach by playing Skyward Sword.
Master Chief and the Arbiter sit in the tub in the dark telling scary stories.
Behind the Scenes
In these two videos, Jon Graham tells and shows viewers the process of creating an episode of Arby 'n' The Chief.
Behind the Scenes - Part 1
A special video narrated by Arby 'n' the Chief writer/director Jon CJG outlining the process of the production of an episode from conception to final product.
Behind the Scenes: Part 2
The second part of a special video narrated by Arby 'n' the Chief writer/director Jon CJG outlining the process of the production of an episode from conception to final product.
Bytes: Season 1
Arbiter peeks into the bathroom seeking Chief wondering where Jon's PSP Go is and discovers that Chief has found the solution to all of Jon's problems.
Day One Cookies
Master Chief bakes a tray of rather unappealing chocolate cookies and tells Arbiter to help himself... for a price.
Arbiter awakens one morning to find that Master Chief has launched a brand new business venture.
Through discussing the controversy surrounding Mass Effect 3's ending, Master Chief reveals that he's writing his own.
Steaks, Taters and Hairy Ticks
More of Master Chief's wacky antics ensue when his religious worship solely of Halo conflicts with the fact that Arbiter is playing The Lion King on Sega Genesis.
Master Chief coincidentally feels like taking a break from Halo: Reach and instead surfing the web on Jon's computer while Arbiter is using it—and makes a shocking discovery.
Episode 8: Number One Fan
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
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
Arbiter and Master Chief brainstorm ideas on how to improve the "Arby 'n' the Chief" show.
Episode 11: Premium Club
Master Chief promotes the Arby 'n' the Chief show by making an infomercial for people to donate money to him by promising "extra features."
Episode 12: Armor Deep
Arbiter helps Master Chief get in shape when the latter feels depressed about his weight.
Episode 13: Growing Pains
The Arbiter wakes up bright and early on the day he has dedicated to his annual playthrough of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, but not before Master Chief gives him a hard time.
Bytes: Season 2
Episode 14: The Great Evil
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!
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
Arbiter and Master Chief discuss online piracy and its illegality while sailing in Jon's bathtub on a makeshift pirate ship created out of a cereal box.
Episode 17: Horsin' Around
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
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
Arbiter finds Master Chief trapped inside of the Microwave, when Chief's latest attempt to receive Halo 4 by means of contracting cancer and being shown sympathy for it backfires.
Episode 20: One Love
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.
Arby 'n' the Chief in L.A.
These episodes are considered Non-Canon by Jon Graham himself
On November 2, 2009 it was announced that a sequel to the series is in production. The sequel's title is "Arby n the Chief 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 it's unpopularity compared to the series made by Jon Graham.
Episode 1: Dear Jon
In Claire's house in California, the Chief 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 The Chief following close behind.
Episode 2: Walking in LA
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
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 the Chief 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 the Chief refuses to listen to him and heads off on his own.
This is the first episode of Arby 'n' the Chief in LA that Jon wrote and voiced for.
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
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 the Chief attempts to break into despite the fact that the door is wide open. The Arbiter is nervous upon entering the building, but the Chief 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
Sonic is overjoyed to see them, as he thinks that they are from Starship Troopers. Creeped out, the Arbiter suggests to the Chief that they leave, but when the Chief 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 the Chief 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 the Chief. 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
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 the Master Chief 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
Mario reluctantly allows the Arbiter to stay because of his intelligence. However, he refuses to let the Master Chief stay and the Arbiter can only remain as long as he sells out the Chief, thus is torn between Toad's insistance on doing so and Luigi's persuasion against doing so. Meanwhile the Chief has found the Halo 3 disc inside a Tony Hawk’s Ride game case, to his delight.
Episode 8: Two Betrayals
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 the Chief 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 the Chief 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
The Chief 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 the Chief. 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
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. The Chief, 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
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 the Chief's calls for help, and they free his foot from the box. The Chief invites Toad and Luigi into his "house" and after getting into a short argument with Toad. Toad tells the Chief that Mario is about to kill the Arbiter and Sonic. The Chief quotes “himself” from the Halo: Combat Evolved level Two Betrayals: "That's not going to happen."
Episode 12: Counter Strike
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. The Chief, 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 the Chief, ending on a cliffhanger.
Episode 13: Game Over
Mario presses the start button on the microwave, starting the long and painful process of melting the Arbiter and Sonic. The Chief 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 the Chief holding onto his face, and they both fall over backwards off the counter. Both Mario and the Chief hit the ground and lie still, apparently dead. The Arbiter insists to Toad that the Chief's "done this before," and that he'll get up in just a moment, but the Chief 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 the Chief - very much alive - has broken out of the magazine and has stolen the Halo 3 box. Angry at the Arbiter for betraying him, the Chief 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.
The two main characters, Arbiter and Master Chief, compose the classical double act structure, with Chief assuming the role of the "funny man" and Arbiter the role of the "straight man".
The series is well received among the machinima community for its sharp satire of gamer culture and its combination of both live-action and machinima elements.
In Pilot, Master Chief used Jon's frying pan to knock the phone off the wall when it was ringing. Arbiter used it to subdue Chief when carrying a kitchen knife. Chief later used it after Arbiter proved his skills in Halo 3 Multiplayer wrong.
In Episode 8, Cortana gave a harsh comment on Chief's Halo 3 Forge map, and Chief gave an extremely offensive reply. In response, Cortana casually picked up the frying pan randomly lying on the floor, dragged it on to the sofa/couch and smacked Chief through the window with it.
In episode 12, Chief used it to smack Todd when they were fighting each other.
A kitchen knife was also used as a weapon:
In Pilot, Chief grabbed a knife while looking for Arbiter.
In episode 9, Chief used it again for the same purpose, but Chief was looking for the newcomers introduced in that episode, Todd and Travis.
In episodes 11 and 12, Chief used a different knife (shorter, but sharper) in an attempt to kill Todd and Travis, and described it as the "ROFLKNIEF". When Chief almost defeated Todd, he grabbed the knife and says that it demands blood and used his ventriloquist skills to make the knife say "BL00D PLZ K THX L0L".
Again, in Season 5, Episode 12, Chief took again the same "ROFLKNIFE" in an attempt to kill Greg, and again the quotes "LOLOLOL MAI ROFL KNIEF GOES SLIEC SLIEC SLIEC SLIEC SLIEC SLIEC SLIEC LOLOLOLOLOL" and "BL00D PLZ THX LOL" are said, with the same purpose. Notice that there are 7 SLIEC in the 5 ft season one and 5 in the previous, and in the previous one the word "GOES" is written with the Z (GOEZ) and the words "ROFL KNIEF" are attached in one word (ROFLKNIEF).
In Endgame: Part Four, Master Chief holds his foot out, while holding the knife above his head. He brings it down, however, on a jar of peanut butter instead, which he spreads on some toast. Afterwards, he actually does cut his own foot off, as an attempt to regain his Recon Armor.
Jon's digital bedside clock is shown several times, always displaying the time “3:43.” This is an obvious reference to the Halo character 343 Guilty Spark.
Master Chief has made numerous videos containing one single main song. "Crawling" by Linkin Park. In the commentary of Master Chief sucks at Halo 3, DigitalPh33r states that he used this song in Master Chief's montage because he finds it overused and overplayed in real videos.
Master Chief sometimes calls an item he's either using or wielding, a ROFL-item. He's done this with the Rocket Launcher, the kitchen knife, Skylar Lovehart's car, after escaping him and the well known, ROFLcopter.
All of Master Chiefs' pathetic excuses for machinima seem to take exactly 7 weeks to produce and release, a reference to Bungie's love of the number 7.