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''Candy For Your Thoughts'' is a Total Drama Island fanfiction written by Strix MoonwingOriginally a oneshot, it starts right after Courtney found that Duncan cheated on her with Gwen, and vents her anger and grief alone in the cargo hold. Cody pays her a visit and tries to comfort her. Soon, Cody realizes that he's developing feelings towards Courtney, but he's unsure if the CIT will return those feelings. Meanwhile, Alejandro, Duncan and Gwen are planning to have her eliminated.The story focuses primarily on the interaction and blossoming romance between Cody and Courtney, but also focuses on Ezekiel still trying to win the big prize, Duncan wondering if he did the right thing by dumping Courtney for Gwen, and Alejandro's schemes. The story is now complete.The one-shot (aka the first chapter) had an unfinished sequel - The Lawyer, The Snoop, and the Scandal - taking place in after an undisclosed Time Skip and covering Cody and Courtney's adventures as a married couple, but the events of Candy's subsequent chapters specifically, Gwen and Duncan's redeeming themselves have technically placed this story in a separate continuity entirely.
Alejandro: INSANE? I'm the one insane? What about you? At least my actions will be rewarded by satisfaction of seeing my enemies defeated...not to mention gaining the affections of the lovely Heather. But you…you have nothing! What will you gain by doing this? The money? You gave up on it! Courtney? You lost her to a weakling! Your reputation? Gone the moment you voted yourself off!
The Bus Came Back: Noah is brought back for the Niagara falls challenge instead of Blaineley. After that, he's eliminated, along with Owen. However, he proved to be vital for the chapter. Also sang a musical number along Owen.
Catch Phrase: Cody asking Courtney "So, wanna make out?". As you can guess, it never works. Not even after hooking up.
Sierra is the most straight example. At one point, she finally accepts Cody's feelings for Courtney. At that same point, she also realizes of her distorted version of love, outgrows her obssessive fangirl stage and still wants to help Cody to win the game and Courtney's heart. A major point for her Character Development.
Also Duncan accepts that Courtney won't be his anymore, but feels happy for her when she hooks up with Cody.
Still, it's Deconstructed in Cody's case: He broke up with Courtney because she still had feelings for Duncan, who regretted cheating on her and seemed that he wanted a second chance, since Cody thought that he had no chance against Duncan. Later, after Duncan's tricked by Alejandro into eliminating her, Cody calls Duncan idiot for letting such a wonderful girl like Courtney go. He then realizes that he did exactly the same thing.
Lampshade Hanging: During the aftermath chapter, a viewer named Philip accuses the show of being scripted.
Philip: Oh pleez! If this is reality television then where the hell does the music from each episode come from? And how is it possible that you guys can sing the exact same song, at the exact same time, in perfect unison without any kind of rehearsal or script involved…and WHEN YOU ARE IN DIFFERENT PLACES AS WELL? IT'S IMPOSSIBLE!
Geoff: …Cause the music's from the heart, bro…it's from the heart.
Large Ham: Alien Cody is a shining example. Owen becomes one in the final, when he is throwing the game for Cody.
Love Dodecahedron: Cody used to like Gwen but he's starting to develop feelings for Courtney, whom she also seems to return those feelings, but she still misses Duncan, who's currently with Gwen but hasn't gotten over Courtney yet, and lastly, there's also Sierra crushing on Cody.
The Mentor: Chef, of all people, gives Duncan some much-needed advice.
Well, not so odd. As the authoress points out, they're the cheaters of the season.
Also, Courtney and Ezekiel.
Pitbull Dates Puppy: Alejandro compares the Cody/Courtney pairing to a kitty dating a mountain lioness. It's also the reason of why nobody believes that such a relationship can last.
Replacement Goldfish: Discussed and ultimately Reconstructed. When Cody realizes that he's starting to develop feelings for Courtney, he himself thinks that maybe he just sees her as a replacement for Gwen, whom he has a longtime crush on but realized that she'll never return his feelings.
In less romantic terms, Duncan adopts Mohawk, a Chow mutt from the China challenge, who reminds him of his old dog Petey and his recently-lost tarantula Scruffy.
Sanity Slippage: Alejandro during the final challenge while fighting Duncan.
Shipper on Deck: Owen, Noah, Ezekiel and Sierra support Cody/Courtney, while DJ and Geoff support Duncan/Courtney. Nobody seems to like Duncan/Gwen, thought this is mostly due to the authoress' hatred of the pairing.
Also, during the musical number about shipping, Courtney said that she liked Noah/Sierra.
Shipping: Invoked in-universe when Izzy sang a whole song about it.
During the fight between Alejandro and Duncan in the final challenge, Owen starts cheering for the latterWhen the former remembered Owen that he should be cheering for him isntead, Owen starts cheering with Flat Joy. This is a reference to the climax of Aladdin
Sick and Wrong: Noah yelling "You guys are SICK!" after a poll revelaed that Noah/Cody is the most popular pairing.
Duncan: You're right… I didn't have to believe you and Heather. Just like you didn't have to tell the lies in the first place! Or how you didn't have to convince Harold to vote himself off in Japan! And you didn't have to trick both Bridgette and LeShawna into falling for you! Of course, you didn't have to lie and trick others throughout the entire season just like I don'thave to pound your pretty face in for trying to turn me into just as big of scumbag as you! But you know what, Ale? I JUST WANT TO!