If you're ever feeling like you're at the bottom of the ocean, just look at this crab, because... that's where he lived.

Alternate Reality Show
Season 2, Episode 12
Challenge Painting (3,679 votes)
Winner(s) Suitcase
Eliminated Marshmallow (Disqualified)

Paintbrush (3 votes)

Episode Guide
"Kick the Bucket"
"Episode 13"

"Alternate Reality Show" is the 12th episode of the second season of Inanimate Insanity and the 30th episode overall, released on January 14, 2018.


Following the dramatic events of their previous chapter, the contestants of Inanimate Insanity have been left in a cycle of despair. Woe is them, right? Wrong! Lightbulb, the optimist she is, is prepared to ignore every frown and differing perspective to liven up the party! And there’s no better place to start than in Test Tube’s lab, where everything can and will go wrong! If she can surround herself in the chaos she loves, will she ever need to change- or will a trip back to the drawing board finally get to her?

Also, there is still a crab.


The episode starts with Marshmallow being disqualified after going missing, and is not seen again in the episode, and is suggestively still with Bow. MePhone4 then merges the teams. Lightbulb tries to comfort Paintbrush, upset after Marshmallow's elimination, but it backfires when they say that the competition's better off without teams.

Microphone goes to Test Tube's lab to return "temporary paralyzer" stolen by Taco in the previous episode. Lightbulb then arrives after collecting several cans of Dr. Fizz because she apparently "drinks while depressed." After coughing up Baxter, she picks up a calculator which turns out to be a time machine, and it teleports Her, Baxter, and Test Tube back to the first episode of the show.

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Challenge Votes

Elimination Votes

Suitcase: Microphone
Lightbulb: Knife Paintbrush: Knife
Fan: Baseball Test Tube: Baseball
Baseball: Paintbrush Knife: Paintbrush Microphone: Paintbrush



Bright Lights (disbanded)

Grand Slams (disbanded)

Inanimate Insanity Infinity





Production Notes


Cultural References

  • Lightbulb and other Infinity characters make a reference to the Friends intro by crowding around a couch in alternating shots.


  • The scrapped Inanimate Insanity characters "Frank" and "Hay Bale" appear in this episode.
  • This episode marks the first time someone has been disqualified from any season of Inanimate Insanity (specifically, Marshmallow).
    • Also, Test Tube and Lightbulb were threatened to get disqualified
  • Christian Potenza returns as a guest to voice MePhone4.
  • Paintbrush is confirmed to be nonbinary, meaning a person who isn't a boy or a girl, in this episode.
  • This is the fourth episode in the series to have a title unrelated to a challenge. The others are "4Seeing The Future", "Everything's A-OJ", and "Rain On Your Charade".
  • This is the third episode to have to episode number not be blue.
  • Just like "Kick The Bucket", this episode contains another double elimination.
    • However, the two double eliminations are quite different. While both Balloon and Nickel were eliminated normally, Marshmallow was disqualified due to absence at the start and Paintbrush eliminated normally later.


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