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Escape From Camp Lakebottom
Season 1, Episode 1a
Escape From Camp Lakebottom
Production information
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Written by Shelley Hoffman & Robert Pincombe
Storyboards by Steve Stefanelli
Directed by Phil Lafrance & Jamie Leclaire
Broadcast information
Original air date July 4, 2013[1]
International dates

"Escape From Camp Lakebottom" is the first episode of Camp Lakebottom, the first episode of season 1, and the series premiere overall. It first aired on July 4, 2013 with the episode "Rise of the Bottom Dwellers".


McGee, Gretchen and Squirt arrive at Camp Lakebottom to find themselves held captive by a hungry zombie, a raging Sasquatch and a ruthless chef.[2]


In an unnamed city, siblings McGee and Suzi are waiting for the bus for Camp Sunny Smiles, where they will be spending their summer vacation. The bus arrives with Jordan Buttsquat, the son of the camp's owners, who greets them both (though he greets McGee in a mocking manner). Suzi enters the bus, and McGee follows her until Buttsquat stops him, saying the bus is full, and makes him take the lower class bus.

Inside, he meets a pair of kids called Gretchen and Squirt. Gretchen complains about wasting her summer at Camp Sunny Smiles, but McGee disagrees as the camp is shown in the distance. When the first bus reaches a fork in the road, Buttsquat changes a roadsign, causing the second bus to go down the wrong path. It eventually stops in a run-down camp covered in fog, where the bus driver kicks the kids off the bus and prepares to leave, when a tentacled monster grabs the bus and drags it into the nearby lake.

As the campers watch in shock, Gretchen tries to call a taxi, gets no signal, and says the area is a dead zone. Suddenly, a zombie with a chainsaw arm emerges from the ground and lurches towards them, and McGee uses a nearby stick to whack his head off, before the campers run away. They then run into a blood-covered sasquatch, who roars at then, causing them to run into the mess hall, where a lunch lady threatens to fatten them up. The campers then run to the edge of the lake, where the tentacled monster captures them.

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The campers being attacked by the tentacled monster

As the monster throws McGee around, he sees Camp Sunny Smiles and gets an idea. He uses Gretchen's phone to call Suzi, but she ignores him because she was relaxing as a Queen. The zombie from before commands the monster to let the campers go, and it does so, before the zombie (along with the sasquatch and lunch lady) throw them into a creepy cabin, where McGee barricades the door. The monsters notice and demand to be let in to have the campers for lunch, and the zombie uses his chainsaw hand to open the door as the campers escape using the tree growing inside the cabin.

The campers find a boat and use it to leave for Camp Sunny Smiles, much to Squirt's sadness. He then sees some fish and tries to feed them Turkey jerky, but a shark nearly bites him. He then sees the monsters chasing them in their own boat, causing McGee and Gretchen to row faster, but the sasquatch orders the tentacled monster to stall the campers. Gretchen throws the turkey jerky into the monsters' boat, causing the shark to jump into their boat and eventually sink it while the campers make it to Camp Sunny Smiles.

However, the campers at Camp Sunny Smiles want to use them as targets for their opening day watermelon seed spitting contest, and Buttsquat traps them in a cage. Suzi mockingly apologises to her brother, and Gretchen is surprised by their relation, as Suzi previously beat her in a beauty pageant. She despises the idea of spending a summer with Suzi, and McGee realises that the other camp was the better camp as the Sunny Smiles campers prepare to spit watermelon seeds at them.

Before Buttsquat lets the campers spit seeds at McGee, Gretchen and Squirt, the zombie, sasquatch, and lunch lady (now covered in seaweed) scare the campers away and the zombie tells Buttsquat to leave their campers alone, before making the tentacled monster move the cage onto Buttsquat, who faints. The zombie lurches towards the campers, before revealing a kinder personaility than first thought. He, along with the sasquatch and lunch lady, apologise for their actions and understand if they want to stay at Camp Sunny Smiles, but McGee and the others agree to stay at the monsters' camp.

That night, everyone is gathered around a campfire as they roast food above the fire. To celebrate, the sasquatch says they should sing the Camp Lakebottom song. The zombie (whose name is Sawyer) and the lunch lady (whose name is Rosebud) join the sasquatch (whose name is Armand) and proceed to sing the Camp Lakebottom song, which consists of them screeching at the top of their lungs. Gretchen and Squirt cover their eas as McGee happily listens.

A picture of the event is taken, and is sent to McGee's mom in the form of a postcard, and McGee writes about how he is going to have the best summer ever at Camp Lakebottom.



For a transcript of the episode, see here.


  • This is the only episode to have the title card appear at the end of the episode.
    • It's also the only episode to have the opening credits during the episode, instead of being near the title card.
  • During the episode, Camp Lakebottom is covered in a dense blanket of fog and cloud cover, in order to increase how eerie the camp is. This only happens for this episode.
  • McGee was the first character to speak, making him the first character with dialogue in the entire series.



  • As McGee, Gretchen, and Squirt are running away from Armand, Gretchen can be heard screaming, but she is shown biting her lip instead of screaming.
  • When Slimey has grabbed McGee, Gretchen, and Squirt, one of his tentacles is tickling Squirt's foot, making him laugh. However, Squirt has both of his shoes on.
  • When McGee, Gretchen, and Squirt are heading to Camp Sunny Smiles via boat, Gretchen's oar is passing over Squirt, despite him being closer to the camera than Gretchen.
  • When Sawyer is about to swallow his heart, the hole in his chest he made to get the heart has vanished.


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The full image gallery for Escape From Camp Lakebottom may be viewed at Escape From Camp Lakebottom/Gallery.