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->''"I guess the music's kinda nice."''
-->-- '''Developer's Aunt'''

'''To The Moon''' is an AdventureGame[=/=]VisualNovel designed by Canadian Kan Gao (of ''VideoGame/{{Quintessence}}'' fame) and developed by [[http://www.freebirdgames.com/to_the_moon/ Freebird Games.]] The OST, also by Gao, features [[VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies Laura]] [[VideoGame/{{Rakuen}} Shigihara]].

TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, Dr. Eva Rosalene and Dr. Neil Watts work for Sigmund Corporation, a company that is able to use technology to rewrite the memories of dying people to allow them to die happy, as a kind of for-profit MakeAWish foundation. The game unfolds as they attempt to fulfill the request of their latest client, Johnny Wyles. Johnny's in a coma, and his last wish is to go to the moon... Except he doesn't know why. As Neil and Eva work backwards through his memories, the game reaches its emotionally affective core as true intentions are revealed.

The game won accolades for its beautiful soundtrack, touching story, and entertaining writing, and received largely positive acclaim, although was sometimes criticised for its instances of MoodWhiplash, particularly concerned with the characterisation of Neil. It has frequently been used as an example in making the case for [[ArtGame games as art]]. The ending of the game confirmed that it was to be the first in a series, although the name of said series has yet to be revealed.

A holiday-themed story named "[=SigCorp=]", the first of a series of "minisodes", was released in 2013, and details Neil and Eva's work life. The second commercial instalment in the series, named ''A Bird Story'', was released on the 7th November 2014 for $4.99. Taking place before Neil and Eva's time, the game is an hour-long interactive narrative [[NoDialogueEpisode without any dialogue whatsoever]], that focusses on a boy who will grow up to be their patient in the second episode of the series. The boy, who remains nameless in the story, comes from a FriendlessBackground, and lives mostly on his own, with his parents only leaving him notes on the door and fridge. One day, when walking home from school, he rescues a bird being chased by a badger, and begins to bond with it.

A second minisode was released on the 18th February 2015. The minisodes are accessible in-game as free DLC.

Episode 2, ''Finding Paradise'', was released on December 14th 2017. In this episode, Eva and Neil is tasked with helping a new patient named Colin Reed. They are faced with the problem that Colin's final wish is not only vague in its wording, but also seems quite paradoxical in nature: he wants them to change something, yet change nothing at all.

It should be mentioned that the games are best experienced without spoilers. Read the spoilers below at your own risk.

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!!This game provides examples of:

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[[folder:Episode 1: To The Moon]]
-->''... I've always thought they were lighthouses. Billions of lighthouses, stuck at the far end of the sky."''
* AbusiveParents: See ParentalFavoritism and FridgeHorror.
* AdaptationExpansion: The creator posted a "novelisation" of the first scene of the game on the Freebird blog which adds a few details, such as Neil preferring to go by Dr. Watts because it makes him sound like a MadScientist or super-villain, and recounts how he went as far as buying [[OpaqueLenses one-way mirror glasses]] to avoid meeting the gazes of nosy strangers.
* AdultFear: [[spoiler:The fact that you may kill one of your children by accident is probably a fear most parents share and one that Joey and Johnny's mother experienced.]]
* AnachronicOrder: The order in which Watts and Rosaline experience Johnny's memories.
* AnAesop:
** [[spoiler:Most of what man aspires to achieve is done solely as means to reach another goal entirely. One should be careful to not sacrifice the end for the sake of means. Case in point, the very reason Johnny thought he wanted to go to the Moon was his metaphorical promise to River, and, without the memory of her, literally going to the Moon was meaningless. Johnny's true aspiration was his devotion to River, not to become an astronaut, so when his memories were rewritten, his true end was actually sacrificed for the sake of means. Fortunately, Johnny's subconscious desire results in River coming back in his rewritten memories anyways, and the last thing he remembers is them together.]]
** Also, [[spoiler:even if events happened long ago and were forgotten or followed by tragedy, it doesn't mean that those moments are meaningless or that they can't be appreciated. Although Johnny didn't remember his first meeting with River, it still resulted in their love and life together. Additionally, when Eva rewrites his memories to exclude River from his early life, Johnny still subconsciously wills her back, because he really cares for her more than the Moon.]]
* ArcWords: "Tell me what you see".
* ArtisticLicensePharmacology: Some [[spoiler:beta-blockers, especially propanolol]], are indeed used to treat [[spoiler:post-traumatic stress disorder]] (although the treatment is still considered experimental), but they usually do not induce [[spoiler:amnesia]] (what they do is more in the line of [[spoiler:allowing someone to relive a traumatic memory without experiencing the trauma]]). That said, memory-loss is a rare but possible side-effect of beta-blockers; however, it's still a stretch that they were used in a deliberate and controlled way to cause the effect as the game implies.
* AstonishinglyAppropriateAppearance: From a symbolic perspective, Johnny and River. Johnny, the common guy who wants to stand out, has brown hair and brown eyes (the most common colours for those traits), while River, who hates standing out and wants to blend in, has red hair and green eyes (arguably the least common (natural) colours for those traits).
** Also applies to their clothes. Johnny tends to wear drab colours - typically browns, greys, and dark greens - while River prefers wearing brighter, more vibrant colours (blues, whites, and the occasional patch of yellow).
* AwardBaitSong: ''Everything's Alright''. Covers every single trait of the trope squarely ''and then some''.
* BadBadActing: The fake movie that Eva implants a memory of in order to make Johnny want to go to the moon.
* BatmanGambit: After [[spoiler:altering Johnny's memories by "removing" River, and successfully seeing that Johnny makes it to NASA and met River there]] near the end, Eva admits that [[spoiler:while she expected Johnny to reunite with River at that point,]] there was a probability that it might not have happened.
* BecomingTheMask: [[spoiler:Isabelle feels that by acting "normal", her "true self" has been lost.]]
** [[spoiler:Johnny had this trope forced upon him by his mother, becoming her substitute for Joey.]]
* BittersweetEnding: In the end, [[spoiler:Johnny's memories are altered; he lives a full life with his brother still alive in his new memories, and he gets to fulfill his dream and promise. But he never actually did any of that, and his wife died knowing he never did. Also TheStinger shows Neil, clearly in some sort of pain, quickly taking some painkillers, giving dark implications to his own health...]]
* BookEnds: In the beginning, just when the credits begin, there is a brief image of Johnny and River sitting on a bench together. At the end of the game, [[spoiler:the two are seen sitting together, this time in Johnny's alternate memories.]]
* CannotSpitItOut:
** [[spoiler: When River realizes that John has forgotten about their first meeting, she tries reminding him. However, because of her condition, she is incapable of properly explaining the entire situation. This is the reason why she starts making the many paper rabbits.]]
** Eva seems to have a thing for being cryptic for its own sake (although, granted, so does Neil to a lesser extent, leading them to at one point have a conversation about Asperger's Syndrome where neither of them ever actually say "Asperger's"). It comes back to bite her at the climax when her failure to explain her full plan to Neil causes him to turn on her.
* ChekhovsArmory: There are at least six recurring elements in the game that culminate in one extended WhamEpisode near the end - [[spoiler: River's constant "What else?", the origami rabbits, the hackysack, the moon, River's fixation on lighthouses, and [[RunningGagged the stuffed platypus]]]].
* ChekhovsGun: At the very beginning of the game, Eva and Neil run over a squirrel as they arrive at Johnny's house. Later in the game, [[spoiler:Eva and Neil find that they can't travel any farther into Johnny's memories because they were suppressed by beta blockers shortly after a traumatic event that took place in that scene. Incidentally, the smell of roadkill was present in the brief glimpse of said memory, so they were able to use the scent of the dead squirrel to get Johnny to remember the full scene.]]
** Also, one that's referred to immediately before a WhamLine - [[spoiler: Johnny had a bunk-bed in his room, with the top bunk belonging to Joey]].
** The [[spoiler: bottle of pills]] that Eva tosses out of the car when she's looking for something to carry the roadkill with, along with Neil's urgent running off in that scene, turns out to be part of a SequelHook of sorts at the very end. [[spoiler: Neil is ill, possibly dying, apparently needs to take those pills regularly, and he doesn't want Eva to know...]]
* CruelToBeKind: [[spoiler:Eva appears to callously delete River from Johnny's memories to ensure that he remains motivated on becoming an astronaut. Instead, she simply sent her away so Johnny would continue to strive toward his goal, and trusted that Johnny's love for River would ensure he would subconsciously bring her back later. He did, they still got together in the end, and with the bonus of Joey still being alive as well.]]
* DisappearedDad: Even in the earliest stage of his childhood, Johnny's father is nowhere to be seen or mentioned, which doesn't help at all when Johnny's mother [[spoiler:accidentally killed one of their sons Joey and forced Johnny to be the ReplacementGoldfish]] and thus nobody is ever around to call her out on it.
* DownerEnding: In the end, [[spoiler: River sacrificed her life for nothing. She denied treatment hoping that Johnny would eventually remember how they met by using the money to finish building the house. However, he did not remember, turning every effort and sacrifice River made to remind him [[ShootTheShaggyDog utterly pointless]].]]
* DramaticIrony: In universe example, since Eva and Neil travel backwards through Johnny's memories.
* DreamLand: Most of the game takes place in a world built out of Johnny's hazy memories. In the third act, this changes to a fantasy world extrapolated wholly from a combination of public data and Johnny's beliefs.
* DreamMelody: "For River" becomes one. Originally encountered as a tune on Johnny's piano in the real world, we later hear Johnny play it for River in a memory, and then, when his memories are changed, he still remembers it enough to play it for an audience of NASA workers.
* DreamWeaver: The main characters are this. Their job is to alter dying people's memories so they believe they managed to fulfill their failed life goals. The [=SigCorp=] special implies that [[spoiler:this practice is highly controversial as protesters group outside the Sigmund Corporation offices.]]
* DrivenToMadness: It is said by Eva that [[spoiler: Johnny's mother mind snapped after she accidentally killed her favorite son, Joey]].
* DyingDream: With the added suspense of Eva and Neil needing to finish the contract before Johnny dies.
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* DysfunctionJunction: All the main characters suffer from some dysfunction, [[spoiler: Johnny suffering parental neglect and brainwash memory loss, River with her condition and to say nothing from Eva and Neil.]]
* EskimosArentReal: Johnny mentions lies that adults made up in his childhood memories:
--> "Santa, Easter Bunny, kangaroos..."
* EverythingsBetterWithPlatypi: The stuffed platypus turns out to be important later, and its freakishness is lampshaded constantly.
* ExactWords: Johnny asked River to go watch a movie with him on their first date, River interpreted it as watching the same movie, at the same time, in the same movie theater ''regardless of if they do it together''. This comes into play during TheReveal, [[spoiler: as River likely used the same rationale to explain Johnny's absence the next year at the fair.]]
* TheFaceless: Many people in the patient's memory have their faces, bodies, and clothes blurred, to indicate that the patient can't properly remember them anymore.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** [[spoiler:Johnny admits in his memories that he doesn't really remember much of his favorite childhood book series, The Animorphs, and doesn't really read them anymore. This can be attributed at the time to the fact that people's tastes do change. It is eventually revealed, however, that this is because he never really cared for the books. His brother Joey liked the series, not him, and he simply forgot due to the beta blockers.]]
** [[spoiler:The bunk beds in Johnny's room.]]
** [[spoiler:Johnny's mother calling him Joey.]]
** [[spoiler:Neil suddenly stepping out of sight to do something while Eva gets the roadkill makes more sense once you see TheStinger.]]
* ForgottenFirstMeeting: [[spoiler:Johnny and River met for the first time in a carnival when they were children, something he forgot because of his memory suppression.]] Deconstructed in that [[spoiler: this causes a great deal of resentment in River toward Johnny]].
* FreezeFrameBonus: One of the very last shots of the game, where Neil and Eva are standing on the bridge watching [[spoiler: the shuttle launch]], there is a quick montage of shots. In one of them, ''two'' Neils are visible, one standing close behind the other. Although the creator has said that this is a glitch, the release of the second minisode suggests [[ChekhovsGun this was likely intentional...]]
* GreekChorus: Eva and Neil mostly fill this role, particularly in the first half of the game as they go back in time observing Johnny's memories. They take a slightly more active role in the game's second half, but their main purpose from a literary perspective is to observe and provide commentary on the drama unfolding between Johnny and River.
* GrowOldWithMe: River and Johnny. From the player's perspective, this actually happens backwards, as we see an aged Johnny and a newly-deceased River at the start of the game and their early relationship is explored as the game goes on.
* GRatedSex: In the memory of Johnny and River's wedding, they are shown spending their entire wedding night in the lighthouse with their silhouettes dancing.
* HighschoolSweethearts: Johnny and River, in the game's reality. [[spoiler:Eva forcibly removes River from Johnny's high school memories, only for her to return in his young adulthood.]]
* HollywoodAutism: Averted. They are both females, have a mild version of the disorder and have managed to lead lives as fulfilling as a neurotypical person can be expected to.[[note]]Skybird donated half of the revenue to autism research and treatment charity, so it's a case of the author knowing something of autism.[[/note]]
* IllGirl: River fell ill prior to the events of the game, but [[spoiler:declined treatment so that the money that would go towards her medical bills would instead go towards building Johnny's dream house]].
* IJustWantToBeNormal: [[spoiler:River]], which leads [[spoiler:her to carry resentment when Johnny tells her otherwise. She starts making the origami rabbits to remind him she once told him this when they met.]]
** Also deconstructed with [[spoiler:Isabelle]] who states that [[spoiler:while she may ''appear'' to be normal, it's just an act she has perfected with years of non-stop practice, and it's furthermore an act she does not wish to keep up. However, due to BecomingTheMask, and the "fake" Isabelle being who other people know her as, she has lost the option to go back to who she really is.]]
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: [[spoiler:Johnny.]] This is largely why [[spoiler:Johnny becomes interested in River]] in the first place. [[spoiler:At least, that is how he rationalizes his interest.]]
** Takes on new meaning after it's revealed that [[spoiler:Johnny is actually a twin (read: a copy) and his twin brother, Joey, was always the favoured one. After Joey's death, his mother treated Johnny as though he ''was'' Joey, expecting him to act the same way, have the same tastes, and even calling him by Joey's name. Johnny wants to be special because he has never had the chance to be his own person.]]
* IKnowYouKnowIKnow: Pulled off between Eva and Neil near the end, regarding Eva's plans. [[spoiler:It turns out that Neil was missing a step. Eva thought that River would reappear in Johnny's new memories, just at a later time. Neil never considered this a possibility until he saw it happen.]]
* ImportantHaircut: River cuts her hair and starts folding paper rabbits to try and remind Johnny of [[spoiler:their very first meeting as children, which Johnny can't remember.]]
* InsaneTrollLogic: The art teacher in Johnny's childhood though he might be joking...
-->'''Teacher''': Leonardo da Vinci trained by drawing eggs. Barrels are like very big eggs. Therefore, you will all be very big da Vinci-s!
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
** Neil starts as a rather sarcastic guy who doesn't seem to take things seriously... [[spoiler: until the end, when he is confronted with deleting River from Johnny's memories. He then shows how much he cares for Johnny and River's happiness, and is actually not so cynical.]]
** Eva appears to be an aloof killjoy who abuses her coworker (insulting him and forcing[=/=]tricking him into eating a foodstuff he hates), enjoys being cryptic to the point where she'd rather attack a man with computer-generated zombies than let him in on the full details of her plan, and takes a huge risk with her client's happiness in order to avoid a lawsuit... [[spoiler: but when it looks like her secret plan failed and she really ''has'' erased River from Johnny's memories, she seems genuinely upset and apologises to Neil, and it's her idea to let Johnny's caretakers into his memories (implicitly against protocol) so they can see him happy before he dies.]]
* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind: The memory technology works by backtracking through a subject's memories to reach childhood, then implanting their dying wish in their childhood to alter their memories from then on.
* LampshadeHanging: Neil comments that he can't believe Johnny remembers basketball court lines as being square instead of round, a shot at the inaccurate graphics of the gym.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler: It is heavily implied that Johnny taking the beta blockers was at the behest of his mom in order to intentionally make him forget everything about his dead twin brother Joey]].
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: When the scientists get to the [[spoiler: alternate memory of Johnny at NASA]], they note that the best parts of a rocket ship are the top and bottom, then pity those who can't get to them. Of course, the player's overhead view of things means that those are the ''exact parts we can't see.''
* {{Leitmotif}}: The melody of "For River" underlies practically every song that's played, including the bittersweet "Everything's Alright".
* LetThemDieHappy: The whole point. Neil even [[SoundEffectBleep explicitly]] says as much near the end.
* LighthousePoint: Johnny bought a house near a lighthouse, which makes River very happy, though Johnny doesn't know why. [[spoiler: It's because when Johnny and River first met they discussed stars, and River believed they were lighthouses.]] River names their lighthouse Anya.
* LotusEaterMachine: As a commercial, privately-owned business.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Deconstructed, Johnny desires to be unique so one of the reasons he is attracted to River is because she is a quirky girl, but River is extremely self-conscious of her "weirdness", these two opposite forces end up greatly contributing to their emotional rift.
* MeaningfulEcho: River asking Johnny to describe her origami rabbits is a direct echo of [[spoiler:their first meeting.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''River:''' Describe it... what else?]]
* MeaningfulName: A couple of them actually.
** Johnny - the normal guy who wants to stand out and be different is given one of the English-world's most common names. [[spoiler: This takes on an even deeper and more meaningful aspect when you realise that Johnny has forever lived in the shadow of his twin brother Joey, even after the latter's death, to the point where his own mother treated him like a copy.]]
** River - the girl who ''hates'' standing out and just wishes she could be normal has an unusual and unique name to fit her status.
** There's also a Meaningful ''Nick''name. [[spoiler:Johnny's mother always calls him Joey, in what the player likely assumes is just an unimportant bit of character building. It isn't.]]
* MementoMacguffin: [[spoiler:The stuffed platypus. Johnny gave it to River at a carnival when they were kids. Ditto for the hacky-sack, which explains why River was so attached to it when Johnny threw it away (at her direction as a test).]]
* MoodWhiplash: When the doctors fail to change Johnny's memories, as they grow increasingly frustrated and desperate they start randomly bursting into various memories with lines pitching NASA or a trip to the moon, including a motivational routine at Johnny's high school. It is funny, but feels very out of place with the more serious and somber tone of the rest of the story.
** Several critics who disliked the game found much of Neil's dialogue to have this effect on the game in general.
*** It's implied that Neil has seen so many morbid and depressing stories that he's developed the same love of DarkComedy that a lot of doctors, policeman, and other people who see traumatic scenes develop. [[spoiler:Given that he seems to be ill or even dying, his morbid demeanor and apathy may be a coping mechanism.]]
** The game sometimes substituted silly words like "corncob" for curses for no apparent reason.
* MoonRabbit: In a non-traditional appearance. [[spoiler:Namely, Johnny and River see the clusters of stars above and below the moon as the rabbit's head and feet, and the moon itself as its body.]]
* NoodleIncident: Neil mentions a particularly difficult patient called Nora who caused them some trouble in the past. That's all we get, though.
* NoSocialSkills: River, justified because of her condition.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Eva, several times. Including once when it's ''very'' mood-inappropriate.
* OddFriendship: Eva and Neil. Eva is serious, no-nonsense, clinical, and emotionally detached in her approach to the job, where Neil is a laid back, somewhat irreverent snarker who [[TheGadfly enjoys getting under others' skin]] but is nonetheless shown to be deeply emotional when it comes to certain aspects of the job.
* OnlyTheLeadsGetAHappyEnding: Kinda ForegoneConclusion, since the main point of the game is manipulating memories, not reality, it means that the happy ending is only experienced by the main character, while the real life counterparts suffered and died in vain.
* OpaqueLenses: The novelisation of the first scene on the Freebird blog reveals Neil actually wears one-way mirror glasses.
* ParentalFavoritism: [[spoiler: Johnny's mother is shown to have had a preference towards Joey, which might explain why after Joey was killed, Johnny became his ReplacementGoldfish in his mom's mind.]]
* PleaseWakeUp: Done [[spoiler:by Johnny after his mother backed over Joey]].
* PrecisionFStrike: The only uncensored curse in the game comes in its WhamEpisode when Eva realises that [[spoiler:the memory they are in is the day Johnny watched his brother Joey die.]]
* ThePromise: The real reason why [[spoiler:Johnny wants to go to the moon]].
* RedHerring: [[spoiler: The rabbit that got run over on Johnny's and River's wedding day]] has nothing to do with the paper rabbits she obsessively makes later in life. Though, [[spoiler:given that rabbits hold a special place in River's heart because of their first meeting, it certainly did affect her]]; it just wasn't for that reason.
* RedOniBlueOni: Neil as red, and Eva as blue. Also, [[spoiler: Johnny (blue) and Joey (red)]].
* ReferenceOverdosed:
** The corporation is called "Sigmund," as a shout-out to Sigmund Freud. The game's use of repressed memories and childhood events having an effect on future behavior also makes it a MeaningfulName.
** Neil at one point claims his name is Lorenzo von Matterhorn, which is an alias that Creator/NeilPatrickHarris's character on ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' uses in one episode.
** There is a point where Neil [[spoiler:fights clones of green Evas, comically named "Zombievas," [[VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies with potted plants]].]] The reference makes sense, considering one of the two people responsible for the music in the game.
** Whenever Neil breaks the memento, you're guaranteed to get a comical one:
*** "[[VideoGame/StreetFighter HADOOUUUKEN]]!"
*** "[[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk HULK SMASH]]!"
*** "[[Manga/DragonBallZ KAME ... HAME]]--!"
** Upon looking at a piano, Eva and Neil discuss how someone would manage to put a piano in the [[Series/DoctorWho TARDIS]].
** Upon answering a phone: "[[Film/TheMatrix Morpheus?]]"
** Neil was expecting [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Zordon]] to appear on one of the screens at NASA.
** You can find a [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Princess Luna figurine]] on a desk at NASA. Additionally, during the horse-riding segment, Neil's (blue) horse briefly appears with a rainbow-colored tail and its speed is described as "nineteen percent more than I can handle", referencing the character Rainbow Dash and her quote "20% cooler".
** The mentioning of real-life researcher Dr. Tony Attwood gives a huge clue as to what River's condition is.
** Hidden in the computer code during the memento unlock sequence is the phrase "Step twice into the river of life." This is a reference to the Greek philosopher Heraclitus' quote, "No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man."
** ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' books show up more than once.
** A book on origami is described using text cribbed straight out of ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''.
** When Neil is looking for the key to the "funny room in the basement", you come across a book called "[[Literature/{{Twilight}} Dusklight]]": "The tale of a girl who fell in love with a zombie who emitted the smell of daisies when showered with gentle sunlight."
-->'''Neil:''' (''upon finding the key in the book'') [[TakeThat The man sure knows where to hide things.]]
** During John and River's [[spoiler:real]] first meeting, River's first line is [[spoiler:"You're in my spot". Considering River's condition, it may be a reference to a CatchPhrase from [[Series/TheBigBangTheory a character from a TV show that's commonly thought of having the same condition as River.]]]]
* RewritingReality: Rosalene and Watts's job. The technology they use alters people's perception of the past. But since doing so carries a lot of very troubling implications and has many possible ways it could be misused, it is only legal to use on people who are dying.
* RuleOfSymbolism: All over the place... Much of it tied to River, [[spoiler: which is rather ironic given the hardships many autistic people have when it comes to symbolism]].
** [[spoiler: She is heavily symbolically tied to lighthouses, spelled out by herself when she explains that she thinks that stars really are lighthouses that are trying to communicate with each other over vast distances, mirroring how she is trying to communicate with other people over the "distance" her condition imposes.]]
** [[spoiler: Her favorite plushie that she carries with her her entire life is a platypus, an odd [[MixAndMatchCritters Mix-and-Match-ish Critter]] that doesn't seem to fit in anywhere with its duck bill, otter body and beaver tail, much like how she, herself, is the odd girl out with unusual hair and eye colours, a very unusual name and a condition that sets her apart from most people... The moments when she cannot be seen with her platypus close at hand is generally when she and John are connecting with each other.]]
** [[spoiler: One of her favorite childhood stories is ''Literature/TheEmperorsNewClothes'', a tale about how only someone who does not understand social grace and guises can see that what everyone else for social reasons pretends is real is not so, which is especially poignant in light of how John and Isabelle are both faking who they are. John by having been Joey for the most part of his life and Isabelle by having acted like she's "normal", both of them having been at it for so long that [[BecomingTheMask they've forgotten who they really are]].]]
* SaltAndPepper: Neil and Eva, respectively.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Neil adopts this attitude when [[spoiler: he learns that the only way to fulfil their contractual duties is to screw with Johnny's memories of River]].
* SelfDeprecation: Every time the name "To The Moon" or the song "For River" comes up in game they are given a gentle ribbing. The dreadful film Eva makes up is titled To The Moon and dismissed as pretentious by one viewer (saying it lacks a certain ''je ne sais quoi''), and For River is described as an odd song using the same notes over and over.
* SelfImposedChallenge: Try to complete each memento puzzle in the minimum number of moves. Failing has no effect on the ending.
* SolveTheSoupCans: After breaking the shield around a memento, you have to, for some unexplained reason, solve a flip-the-squares puzzle (similar to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lights_Out_(game) "Lights Out"]]) to activate it. It's probably supposed to be a HackingMinigame of some sort, but it feels disconnected from the story and environment, compared to the exploration-based tasks you have to do to break the shield.
* TheStinger: One with unpleasant implications, and a SequelHook. If you look carefully at Watts's sprite after the flash, [[spoiler:he's holding the bottle of painkillers, implying that he may be hiding a debilitating illness.]]
* SupportingProtagonist: The scientists. The story is really about [[spoiler:Johnny and River.]]
* TakeThat: To ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' -- sorry, [[BlandNameProduct Dusklight]]. If you try to read it, your character says "maybe another year", and when you find a key hidden in the book, a comment is made that "[Johnny] sure knows where to hide things".
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: Neil and Eva are legally bound to fulfil Johnny's last request to the best of their ability. Unfortunately, it eventually becomes clear that the only way to fulfil that request is to [[spoiler: remove all his current memories of his beloved late wife]]. They argue about what to do, with Eva advocating "lawful" and Neil advocating "good". In the end, [[spoiler: Johnny's subconscious belief that his wife would eventually find him anyway allows for a [[TakeAThirdOption Third Option]] of sorts, which Eva was secretly banking on]].
* TogetherInDeath:
** In a sense; [[spoiler:the very last memory Johnny has is of himself and River heading for the Moon. They turn to each other and hold hands, and then Johnny flatlines.]]
** After this, the final image before the credits roll is [[spoiler:child!Johnny approaching child!River at the spot where they'd first met, albeit with a white background, and giving her [[MementoMacGuffin the stuffed platypus]]. And given that this is long after Johnny had flatlined, it can be safely assumed to be this trope]].
* TraumaInducedAmnesia: Subverted. [[spoiler:The beta blockers Johnny takes after Joey dies]] make his childhood memories inaccessible, causing him to also forget [[spoiler:the first time he met River and his promise]], see also LaserGuidedAmnesia.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: It seems the only difference between the game's world and our own is Sigmund Corp's memory rewriting technology.
* UnexpectedGameplayChange: A few: the Whack-a-Mole game, [[spoiler:avoiding the zombies and spikes summoned by Eva]], and the fake RPG battle near the beginning. Although the last one is more of a parody of this trope.
* UnusualEuphemism: Dr. Rosalene has a few of these, mostly vegetable-based.
-->"Oh, what the corncob."
* {{Utsuge}}: This game has a reputation for being one of the saddest western games ever made and most people shed at least a few tears by the time it's all over.
* WhamEpisode: The entire sequence when Eva and Neil (along with the player) learn ''why'' Johnny wanted to go to the moon.
* WhamLine:
--> '''Eva''': [[spoiler:Didn't you see it in his room, Neil? ...Johnny slept on a bunk bed.]]
** Immediately followed by:
--> [[spoiler:'''Johnny''': ''JOEY!!!'']]
** Another one later, at the culmination of Eva and Neil's contract, when you discover [[spoiler:Johnny and River's real first meeting, finally revealing the tragic reason that Johnny wants so badly to go to the moon]]:
--> [[spoiler:'''Johnny''': We can always regroup on the Moon, silly!]]
** After the game's credits:
-->"[[SequelHook Episode 1]]: To the Moon"
** After [[spoiler: River and Johnny's first meeting]], Eva spoils the good vibes with a line that immediately strikes a note of dread, even if you haven't sorted out what's about to happen.
--> '''Eva:''' I suppose now... we know what we must do to send him to the moon.
* WhiteVoidRoom: A suppressed memory is just a white void.
* YouKnowTheOne: The words "autism" or "Asperger's" are never uttered. Autism spectrum disorder is always referred to in-game as either "the condition" or "it".
* YouShouldntKnowThisAlready: At one point, you are asked what David's main morph was in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', and you can speak to a character nearby to get the right answer. This is simple enough, but it becomes a problem if the player is familiar with the books and knows the answer because the game gets it wrong. The expected answer is a cobra, but David's actual main battle morph is a lion. ''Marco'' is the only one who ever morphed into a cobra. This was likely changed to keep people from solving the puzzle too early.
** Although, it does dwell into FridgeBrilliance when you consider [[spoiler: that Johnny wasn't particularly interested in the story; Joey was.]]
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[[folder:To the Moon Minisodes]]
!!Minisode #1: [=SigCorp=] Holiday Special
* BreatherEpisode: It's more of a fun holiday special than an important part of the canon storyline. The only point that is established to the canon at the end of the game is that [[spoiler:[=SigCorp's=] work is more controversial as we thought, as the episode ends by showing the protest group outside of [=SigCorp=].]]
* StylisticSuck: Neil [[spoiler:makes a video game based on the events of the main game. All characters are represented by disembodied heads, the scenery is extremely pixelated (one pixel of the scenery is the size of one RPG Maker tile) and story is extremely vague, being told by Neil getting items from various characters and placing them elsewhere to open doors]].

!!Minisode #2
* TheAloner: Neil tries to be one. He wants to stay in the Sigmund Corp HQ by claiming that he would enjoy living in that 'mansion' by himself. He, of course, has his own reasons. See DarkSecret below.
* BelligerentSexualTension: The minisode drops quite a few of these moments between Neil and Eva.
* TheCameo: Lily from Episode 1 makes a cameo with her two children.
* CoolBigSis: Eva's big sis, Traci. It's her idea to [[spoiler:host a dinner together with Eva, Lily and her children, Dr. Winters (one of Sigmund Corp scientists) so Neil won't be left staying alone in the building]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: Surprisingly enough, yes, despite being a minisode! See DarkSecret and NothingIsScarier for details.
* DarkSecret:
** Neil appears to be hiding something for himself. He calls someone with his cellphone, but he doesn't talk at all despite whoever he called keeps calling on him. [[spoiler:It appears to be his family.]]
** Neil has another one, after Eva and other scientists of Sigmund left the building, [[spoiler:he's trying to use the memory machine, which he secretly hides in his office, for an unknown reason]].
** [[spoiler: Eva is definitely doing something suspicious too, given at the very end, it is implied that the whole episode is a memory that she has altered.]]
* HappilyMarried: Eva's sister is married and has a son.
** And if the intro sequence is any indication, the [=McMillans=] are this, being quite... frisky for their age.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Eddie asks Eva to press the elevator button for him, since the elevator always seems to show up almost instantly everytime she presses it, she chalks it up to just being luck.
* NothingIsScarier:
** While Eva is driving her car, she suddenly sees [[spoiler:a shadow/hallucination of herself in the middle of the road, which disappears afterwards]].
** The ending, the ''freaking'' ending, which played after the credits: [[spoiler:what appears to be heartwarming after-dinner goodbye between Eva and her sister, the scene ''very'' unexpectedly switch back-and-forth between this scene in the Sigmund Corp building with another scene where Eva is sitting alone in a dark room, with the memory machine she's using. The previously-mentioned shadow/hallucination of herself appears to be her present-self, as a result of her using the machine]].
* SadClown: Implied with Neil, due to his DarkSecret.
* SassyBlackWoman: Traci, Eva's sister, who scolds Neil when he hit Eva with a broom as he mistook her for a thief.
* SickeninglySweethearts: The [=McMillan=] couple is a rare elderly example of this trope.
* TheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: For all Eva and Neil's bickering, this minisode makes it clear that they really do care about one another.
* WhamEpisode: This episode hints at some huge twists.
* WomanChild: Dr. Roxanne Winters, who acts like CheerfulChild most of the time. Eva even [[FoodAsBribe bribes her with ice cream]] when she asked her to take Lily and her children to Sigmund Corp office for Christmas dinner.
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[[folder:A Bird Story]]
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* [[ABoyAndHisX A Boy and His Bird]]
* AllAnimalsAreDogs: The bird and the kid play fetch with a paper-airplane he makes.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The boy is forced to set the bird free, and everything becomes bleak to him, as even though he has become popular at school, he still misses the bird. However, when the bird returns to him and shows him its new friend, he realises that the bird will be where it belongs, and although the two say their final goodbyes, the boy is happy that the bird will be able to live its life, and stops throwing paper airplanes for it to bring back.]]
* ChaseScene: There's a bizarre and hilarious sequence where the teacher and the vet chase the kid through a number of ScoobyDoobyDoors. He even pretends to be following a passing duck as one of its chicks at one point. It's like something out of ''Series/TheBennyHillShow''.
* FriendlessBackground: The boy has no friends, and at one point sits on one side of a see-saw with no-one on the other side. He ends up befriending the bird instead. [[spoiler:Averted near the end of the game when he becomes well known and has people happy to acknowledge and play with him after bringing the bird to show-and-tell.]]
* LighterAndSofter: The creator has gone on record as saying this isn't intended to be as complex or as much as a TearJerker as the original game. It's a simpler story with a fair bit of humour, though it does still have a few sadder moments.
* NoDialogueEpisode: You won't see a word after you click "begin". Even the note the kid finds is obscured, and when characters speak the content is implied or represented by an icon in a speech bubble. And yet, somehow, the facial expressions and animations manage to perfectly convey emotions, and the story still manages to be as engaging as the last.
* NoNameGiven: All of the characters in the story, although the boy will probably be named by necessity in ''Finding Paradise''.
* NotAMorningPerson: After staying up late reading the boy wakes up bleary-eyed and with a special "groggy" version of his home's music, "Bright and Early".
* OhCrap: The boy's reaction when the vet appears in his classroom.
* ParentalAbandonment: The kid comes home to an empty house every evening, finding only a note on the fridge, implying his parent or caretaker is never able to see him. There seems to be some affection there though as he gets an umbrella left out for him on rainy days and he keeps every note he finds. The closest interaction they have is when he falls asleep reading and finds someone has put a blanket over him while he sleeps.
* ScheduleSlip: [[invoked]] Intentionally averted for Episode 2 at the end of the game - instead of giving a release date, the text just says "Coming One Day".
* SceneryPorn: One ImagineSpot features a flight over some truly beautiful landscapes.
* ScoobyDoobyDoors: The kid engages in this in an attempt to avoid the vet and his teacher, complete with a SuspiciouslySimilarSong of Yakety Sax playing.
* ShooTheDog: [[spoiler:Eventually the boy is forced to give up the bird and let it fly free.]]
* SequelHook: The game ends with a picture of the boy's timeline, ala Johnny's in To The Moon, shows he'll grow up to be the next patient for Sig Corp, and will feature in the sequel ''Finding Paradise''.
* UnreliableNarrator: The game appears to be a mix of memory and imagined scenes (like the flight on the paper airplane depicted on the logo). We see locations blending together and the landscape literally changing to force him to where he needs to go. It's unclear whether the more realistic scenes have been embellished too.
* VisualGag: Where do the boy and the bird get sent when he's boosted into the air on the see-saw? ''To the moon'', of course!
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[[folder:Episode 2: Finding Paradise]]
* AccentuateTheNegative: Since Colin's wish is to fix several of his biggest regrets, most of the moments Neil and Eva witness are those regretful incidents, rather than his happiest moments. Neil eventually lampshades this when he notices the open photo album in the living room.
* AlwaysSecondBest: Much to Neil's chagrin, he and Eva are ''not'' the best employees of Sigmund Corp that their boss mentioned. It's [[TheStoic Dr. Robert Lin]] and [[WomanChild Dr. Roxanne Winters]], instead. While [[HumbleHero Eva]] doesn't seem to care, this realization turns [[LargeHam Neil]] into [[GoldenSuperMode Super]] [[RageBreakingPoint Saiyan]] somehow.
* AnAesop: It's okay to have regrets as long as you can still be happy with the life you've led.
* AmbiguousSituation:
** Whether or not the owner of the private airport where Colin trained to be a pilot is a [[TheDon mafia boss]]. Eva and Neil believed [[UnreliableNarrator it's just an exaggeration of the memory]]. Keep in mind that it was ''Faye'' who first suggested that he might be a mafia, [[spoiler:''and Faye never even existed to begin with'']].
** When Neil goes to the car at night to find his [[spoiler:painkiller pills]], he meets... someone, who looks at him suspiciously while riding on a bike and their face is [[TheFaceless hidden]] under their helmet. Not too long after he noticed them, without even saying a word, they immediately leave on the bike, confusing him. While Neil makes a BaitAndSwitchComment that he only paid attention to the mysterious person's CoolBike, it begs a question of who the person was: Faye? The apartment manager? The bully girl? Or just a RedHerring?
* AnimalMotifs: Colin has birds, as in A Bird Story. Birds are often around in his memories, he feeds the ducks at the pond as an old man, and [[spoiler:Faye sports a giant pair of bird-wings when fighting Neil and when saying goodbye to Colin.]]
** [[spoiler: It's implied Faye is the bird from A Bird Story, at least in Colin's mind]].
* ArtEvolution: From the mundane -- the basketball court at school now has rounded markings instead of square as in To The Moon -- to some genuinely beautiful visuals.
* BadassMustache: The only thing that sticks out in Colin's mind about his first flight - the glorious (and gloriously [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]]) mustache on the lead pilot.
* BookEnds: The first and last memory of Colin's that the player sees [[spoiler: is his most recent one where Sofia is sprawled out on the bed asleep]].
* CallBack: When a young Colin trips, falls and lies motionless, Neil asks if he's dead, to which Eva replies he can't be since they saw him as an old man. Neil responds by asking, "Maybe it's his twin?"
** A similar one, later on. Eva and Neil are deciding on a course of action to take for Colin, and Neil wonders if [[spoiler:it'd be best to just remove Faye from Colin's memories]], and then throws out that Eva "would know more about that." Eva doesn't seem pleased.
* ContinuityNod: [[spoiler: Colin attended the same school as Johnny and River and was sitting next to her but decided to transfer places because of him noticing her feelings for Johnny]].
* CharacterCustomization: {{Played For Laughs}}. At one point, Neil showcases this feature on their equipment to Eva, much to her chagrin.
* DarkerAndEdgier:
** First of all, gloomy music plays more often than in ''To the Moon''. Considering this video game series is known for its awesome and heartwarming music, that's saying something.
** Whereas ''To the Moon'' had the patient whose family/caretaker's family were supportive of Eva and Neil's work, the patient's family in ''Finding Paradise'' are a bit... cold to them, at least at first, showing that Sigmund Corp employees may face disagreement from their patient's family sometimes, unlike what the first game might've wanted you to think.
** In ''To the Moon'', Eva and Neil traveled backward through Johnny's memory quite well and the only problem was the repressed memory that prevented them from accessing Johnny's earlier childhood. In ''Finding Paradise'', on the other hand, after viewing a handful of happy memories with Colin's family, Eva and Neil somehow ''leap'' to the earliest possible one of Colin's childhood, much to their shock as they thought they'd skipped his entire life. The gloomy music makes the situation sound even scarier.
** In some parts of Colin's memory, there's a suspicious-looking shadow person, seemingly watching Colin and his family ominously. [[spoiler:It was Faye, who desperately wanted Colin to see her again for the last time before he died.]]
** Unlike ''To the Moon'', only Neil temporarily leaves the patient's mind to do something else, meaning that Eva is left behind in Colin's mind. Sure enough, just like most LetsSplitUpGang scenarios, she later disappears and Neil has to desperately find her. Made even worse that this happened because the doctor just found out about [[spoiler:Faye's true nature]] and [[spoiler:she]]'s ''really'' not happy about what the doctors intended to do to her.
** Finally, there is [[spoiler:Faye's true nature. She's the patient's imaginary friend, but not only that. To someone who enters the patient's mind with Sigmund Corp's hi-tech machine, she's basically a GuardianEntity HumanoidAbomination because due to the nature of the JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind, this makes her a NotSoImaginaryFriend in the patient's MentalWorld]].
* EleventhHourSuperpower: When [[spoiler:Faye]] stands in Neil's way, he [[spoiler:unleashes the superpowered armor that he programmed in, with a minute's worth of a Sailor Moon-style transformation. Subverted: it breaks into hundreds of itty-bitty pieces when Faye launches an attack at it.]]
* FissionMailed: After acrophobic Neil got shoved and fell several hundred feet and had to cling to a plane to try and not fall, when the plane lands he lies down on the ground. When Eva asks if he's okay he claims otherwise, and the screen fades to dark suddenly, with the RPG Maker "Game Over" screen fading in. Eva quickly chides him for it and he promptly gets back to his feet.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: A handful regarding TheReveal, but the most prominent happens not too long before - [[spoiler: Faye sidesteps Eva to avoid colliding with her, despite her and Neil being invisible to Colin's memories, hinting at Faye's true nature]].
* FreezeFrameBonus: When Neil re-enters Colin's mind after Roxie revealed that [[spoiler:there was never any record about Faye's birth, death, or existence at all, look at Faye's sprite. Not only does she keep caressing her hair despite the memory supposedly being frozen at the time, but she also occasionally watches Neil with hostility and is fixated on him no matter which direction he goes, foreshadowing that she could see him and Eva all this time and thus she's overheard that they intended to remove her from Colin's memory. She also glares at Eva ''immediately'' after Eva told him that she's not real]].
* FriendlessBackground: As in ''A Bird Story'', we find that Colin had such a dearth of friends that one of his memories has him [[TraumaSwing sitting on the see-saw alone]]. And then he met Faye, [[ManicPixieDreamGirl who helped bring him out of his shell]] - [[spoiler: but further in, we learn that she was all in his head]].
* HappilyMarried: Colin and Sofia, despite the occasional LikeAnOldMarriedCouple moment.
* HarmfulToMinors: As a child, Colin enjoyed watching [[WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer Rudog]]... and ''Film/TheGodfather''.
** As a teenager, Colin decides to train as a pilot - upon hearing that the nearby airport is family-owned, Faye suggests that it's mob-affiliated. Then Colin meets the owner, complete with a SuspiciouslySimilarSong to "[[https://youtu.be/PPskYVBqdNw The Godfather Waltz]]".
--->'''Owner''': Yet you come here, on the day of [[MafiaPrincess my own daughter]]'s flight exam... to request my hospitality, to make use of my facility without an offer.
* HiddenDepths: Eva is apparently extremely fond of jellyfish, much to Neil's confusion.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: Colin's parents were never around, and nobody played with him at school. It wasn't until Faye showed up that he actually had someone other than his toy dog to talk to. [[spoiler:Because he [[ImaginaryFriend created her for that purpose]]]].
* IWantGrandkids: Colin and his wife Sofia have been trying to set up their son with a friend's daughter for this reason. The son is appropriately embarrassed.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Sofia is entirely against Sigmund Corp's work, but she agrees to let Colin call them because she can't bear to see him upset.
* InvisibleWriting: [[spoiler:Colin's journal wasn't actually blank, the words were just written in lemon juice]].
* {{Kamehamehadouken}}: After being complimented by Eva for not engaging in his usual antics when opening memory links, Neil finds out that they're AlwaysSecondBest - causing him to go Super Saiyan and name-dropping this trope to break open the memento.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In a similar scene to To The Moon, when the characters are in a plane, Neil reports that the view from there is amazing, and that he pities anyone who can't see it. Of course, with the angle for the player, the view is nonexistent.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Colin and Sofia's relationship consists mainly of playfully snarking at each other.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Faye's cheerful wackiness contrasts Colin's more quiet nervousness. [[spoiler: [[ImaginaryFriend She's everything he needs her to be]]]].
* MythologyGag: The opening of the game starts out zooming in on a squirrel running into the road, with ominous music accompanying it. To The Moon opened with Neil running over a squirrel. Luckily, Eva is a better driver.
** "shoe" is an attack in battle again.
* NewWorkRecycledGraphics: Some of the graphics are reused from To The Moon. This gets lampshaded when the characters hypothesize that most of their clients grew up in the same neighbourhood, and thus went to the same schools.
* NotSoDifferent: Neil points out that [[spoiler:Faye]] is just a less techy version of Sigmund Corporation - someone to take away the painful reality and put something happy there instead.
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:Faye gets two wings when she fights Neil to keep him and Eva from altering Colin's memories.]]
* PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo: The boy from ''A Bird Story'' is the patient this time around.
* RewatchBonus: Almost all of [[spoiler:Faye]]'s actions and interactions make more sense after TheReveal.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:Faye was just Colin's ImaginaryFriend... one that's not too happy to be erased]].
* ShoutOut:
** Neil literally turns into [[Franchise/DragonBall Super Saiyan]] when he got angry at the realization that he and Eva are not Sigmund Corp's best employees that their boss mentioned.
** You can find a book on Colin's bookshelf titled [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire A Song of Solid Dihydrogen Monoxide and Rapid Oxidation]].
** At one point, [[spoiler:Eva and Neil are stuck on a separate balcony from Colin.]] Neil's solution is to use a [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda hookshot]] to try to get across, and while using the hookshot, he yells out, [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann "THIS HOOKSHOT IS THE HOOKSHOT THAT WILL PIERCE THE HEAVENS!"]]
** The FinalBoss battle against [[spoiler:Faye in OneWingedAngel form]] may be one to the FinalBoss of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', [[GodOfEvil Kefka in God Form]].
* StylisticSuck: At their aquarium date, Colin and Sofia both sketch a clownfish. Sofia's sketch is rather lovely, but [[TerribleArtist Colin's is awful]].
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: [[spoiler:When Faye is eventually defeated, Eva and Neil finally have the opportunity to change what Colin remembers, to comply with their contract. However, Neil has second thoughts, feeling that maybe what Colin actually wanted wasn't what the contract stipulated.]]
--> '''Neil:''' [[spoiler:Aw, c'mon, Eva. When has the contract ever stopped us?]]
* TooSoon: InUniverse, during a CallBack to the first game, Neil wonders if their client died when he faceplants in the living room as a kid, with Eva retorting that he can't have, otherwise they couldn't be there decades later.
--> '''Neil:''' Maybe it's his twin?
--> '''Eva:''' Dude, too soon--...
--> '''Eva:''' ...Well, actually [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall I guess it's been a while]].
* UnexpectedGameplayChange: Due to Neil messing with the system, the game sometimes shifts to a shoot 'em up, a fighting game, and a turn-based RPG.
* TheUnReveal:
** The boss of Sigmund Corp finally makes an appearance. Unfortunately, it's only in Colin's memory, and Colin can't even remember [[TheFaceless his face]] ''or'' his clothes. All we know is that the boss is male.
** This episode sadly doesn't explain the NothingIsScarier nature from the second minisode. (see above)
* UnreliableNarrator: Colin. Lampshaded by Neil:
-->'''Dr. Watts''': The guy surely takes liberty with his own memory.
* WackyMarriageProposal: When Colin proposed to Sofia, he decided to ask his former skywriter friend to help him out with it. Unfortunately, said friend got kicked out of skywriting due to his illiteracy.
--> '''SO FIA WIL YOU MERRY ME?'''
** Instantly, "Regret: Misspelt Proposal" pops up, and Sofia herself is left in VisibleSilence.
* WhamLine: Delivered by Roxie over the phone.
--> '''Roxie''': [[spoiler:The thing is, not only is there no plane crash, there's nothing else to her record either.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: If you choose Neil to confront the bully at the start of the episode, you'll later run into Potato, who will thank you for getting rid of her. She'll then rather pointedly mention that "a woman in a brown dress" retrieved her teddy bear from the duck pond, all without even touching the water. This woman and this event are never explicitly brought up again. [[spoiler:There's a decent chance this woman is supposed to be Faye, as she is always seen wearing a brown dress, but she doesn't exist outside of Colin's head and Neil's backup... which raises all sorts of other questions and seems to suggest this detail is a subtle SequelHook.]]
* WhenYouComingHomeDad: Colin's parents, though both seemed largely oblivious to it.
** [[TheEndingChangesEverything The ending]] shows [[spoiler: them giving him the Rudog plushy while he slept, along with a score of other happy memories that Neil and Eva never got to encounter due to the nature of his desire]].
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