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- Why Oregon? Maybe because it has more ghost towns in it than any other state.
- Oregon is the location of a real-life tourist trap called the House of Mystery.
- A lot of recurring side and stock characters are often re-used in the background for various episodes. It makes sense since it shows how small Gravity Falls is as a community.
- Why is marrying woodpeckers legal in Gravity Falls? Trembley legalized it before his disappearance.
- The titular town was founded when a frontiersman rode his horse off of a cliff. Perhaps he named it after he realized, gravity falls.
- In addition, we see a bit of symbolism of gravity reversing itself— in the trailer for "Not What He Seems" and in the opening.
- With the "S" missing from the sign, it reads "Mystery hack". Grunkle Stan is definitely a hack with some mystery to him.
- Most of Grunkle Stan's accessories play into him being a conman with an image. He carries a cane without needing to use it, and wears an eyepatch even though he's got both his eyes.
- Stan is cheap, but we constantly see him updating the shack with new exhibits and gimmicks almost every episode. No wonder the Mystery Shack does so well; there's always something new.
- When Mabel introduced her "boyfriend Norman", I was confused as to why no one raised an eyebrow to Mabel dating an older teenager. Stan isn't that good of a parent, but it seemed like Dipper would've questioned that instead of just Norman's potential zombosity. Though after learning that Dipper has a crush on Wendy, it makes sense. It would've been hypocrisy.
- They could have assumed that he was just tall for his age and not much older than Mabel.
- Actually, it could be more that it's expected for girls around that age to date guys a little older than them. Dipper didn't seem to get his crush until the episode it was first addressed in the fifth episode.
- In this show, a large size difference doesn't necessarily reflect a large age difference. Dipper and Mabel are a few months shy of 13, and they're a size that you would expect for small children where someone two years older than them (Wendy) is the size of an adult and Grenda, who's probably the same age as the protagonists, is in between. People in this show's universe apparently grow extremely quickly once they hit puberty. It probably wouldn't be a problem for him to claim that he was only a year older.
Legend of the Gobblewonker
The Hand That Rocks the Mabel
- Why did Robbie claim he didn't remember meeting Dipper at the convenience store? Thanks to the Blind Eye, he forgot.
- Pay close attention to the maze on the side of the cereal box in "The Inconveniencing". It's impossible to solve.
- Actually, the maze has three openings. One labelled "Start", one labelled "Freedom", and one that's unlabeled. It's possible to go from "Start" to the unlabeled one, but not to "Freedom". Weird design.
Dipper Vs. Manliness
- Why have the Manotaurs never dealt with the Multi-Bear themselves? Because, as Dipper demonstrated, defeating him takes brains and agility, something they're severly lacking in (Brains especially).
- Stan telling Dipper to stick to his principles in "Dipper vs. Manliness" makes a warped sort of sense—you can only imagine how many times Stan's been called out on being miserly or amoral or a Jerk Ass, and yet he still behaves this way. Stan has always been a man of principle, it's just that his principles are terrible.
- In Dipper vs Manliness, the first manotaur he encounters is Chutzpah, the clearly Jewish manotaur, who guides him through much of the manliness training. Later, Dipper says that he feels like he's becoming a man— Chutzpah tells him "not yet". In Judaism, a boy becomes a man at 13. Dipper is 12.
- The whole Dipper plotline could be interpreted as some sort of feral bar mitzvah on steroids.
- In "Double Dipper," after sharing an introspective moment with his Tyrone-clone, they sip their sodas and Tyrone, of course, melts away. The first part that starts melting away? His chest. Call forward to "Dreamscraper" when Dipper spends most of the episode with a literal hole in his chest in Stan's mind.
- This might be a stretch, but when Dipper and Tyrone are sitting on the roof at the end of Double Dipper, there's a shot of their backs faced against the sky as they stargaze. The perspective makes one of them bigger than the other—Big Dipper, Little Dipper, with the stars in the background.
- How did Trembley get away with nominating 8 babies as Supreme Court justices? There are actually no regulations for Justice nominations. You can, in fact, legally nominate a BABY. Which is what Trembley did.
- How did the eight babies Trembly put on the Supreme Court not grow up while Trembly was gone all these years? He froze them in peanut brittle too!
- If think about it, not all of Mabel's 'other fluids' were particularly nasty. In fact, we even see during the working montage that she licks the paintbrush at one point. So one of the other fluids, while the rest are still up for debate, was simply her saliva.
- It's a rare craft project that doesn't get bled on at some point.
- Deputy Durland gets hit with several tranquilizer darts and is only out for a few minutes. Well, if you remember the absolutely massive number of darts that shot out of the wall, this makes sense, as anything higher-dosage would kill someone if they got hit with even a fraction of that number.
- Trembley's successor was William Henry Harrison, better known as the president who died in 30 days. No wonder why it was such an easy cover up.
The Time Traveler's Pig
- In "The Time Traveler's Pig", Blendin Blandin travels back in time for a brief moment to a costume store that stood where he was 15 years prior. When he comes back after returning the costume, he pats some flames on his jumpsuit. Guess we know what happened to the costume store.
- Even with the same thing happening to Dipper later in the episode, it has some funny implications.
- Also from "The Time Traveler's Pig," Blendin throws something at Mabel while shouting "Memory Wipe!" only for Mabel to point out it's a baby wipe. At first it just seems like a silly gag, but then at the episode's end we see Blendin's superior....
- The reason Blendin thought throwing the baby wipe in Mabel's face would work? The Time-Baby doesn't have object permanence.
- Why hasn't Stan fixed his shop sign (the missing 'S') after episode 3? Because in "Fight Fighters" we discover he has a fear of heights
- In "Little Dipper" it's still not fixed. Maybe the 'S' is just that heavy. Or, know, he's lazy.
- Well, the stuffed Jackalope he had broke in episode one and he didn't fix it until episode 10... so maybe it's a combination of the two.
- It'd be Soos' job to fix it anyway though. I guess he takes Stan's "don't go on the roof" rule from ep. 5 very, very seriously.
- Also explains why the ladder to the roof is covered with a tarp.
- If think about it, Rumble McSkirmish's severely black-and-white morality makes total sense. He's from the universe of a video game, where the only possible way to deal with something that opposes is to kill it. Dipper's instructions to simply scare him and walk away were completely alien to him.
- Between Stan being mere feet from Rumble McSkirmish (well, horizontally, anyway) in "Fight Fighters" and the fact that if not for his hall of mirrors he would've been shrunk in "Little Dipper", it seems the show is deliberately trying to see just how close they can bring him to the town's weirdness without him actually finding out about it. Given that we know the Shack has special properties and Stan has some sort of secret lair, it's less stretching the Weirdness Censor gag and more teasing out how Stan will react when confronted about the town's happenings. It's also interesting to note that the show has no problems letting the rest of the townsfolk in on the secrets, with Soos, Wendy, Robbie and Mabel's friends almost casually finding this stuff out, so perhaps Stan's ignorance is narratively important for some reason beyond giving him friction with Dipper?
- Who says he's unaware? Maybe he knows exactly what's going on and is trying to hide it from Dipper and Mabel. Unsuccessfully.
- Turns out he is aware of everything going on.
- How did Dipper overpower the monster in "Boss Mabel"? Remember the multi-bear? Dipper retained his athletic ability he learned from the manotaurs.
- When Mabel looks into the eyes of the gremloblin and falls briefly under its power, why doesn't she go insane like the tourists did? Because this is a character who's able to face child-eating monsters, lake horrors the size of islands, a colony of evil gnomes, and all of the other horrible things that happen in the show. An illusory image of whatever she's most afraid of is a lot less frightening than something that can actually do her harm, and she's revealed to be much more resilient than a cursory impression would give her credit for.
- In "Bottomless Pit", Mabel's story is the last story, and the only true one. After she tells it, the four come out the hole the way they came. The truth set her free. Even better since the story had a Family-Unfriendly Aesop about lying.
- In addition, Soos's and Dipper's stories each contain inconsistencies that reveal them to be made up:
- Soos avoids Her Code Name Was Mary Sue by talking of how he was willing to risk the twins' lives to maintain a high score. Most episodes show that no matter what, Soos will go Papa Wolf and protect the kids, unless he gets turned into a zombie.
- Dipper's story features Soos making fun of his voice, along with Mabel and Wendy. Soos is actually the one who worries whenever people pick on Dipper.
The Deep End
- Why does the community pool have a jail? Because of its ridiculously Knight Templar supervisor.
- At the end of "Carpet Diem", what was Grunkle Stan "even doing out at night"? Throwing Experiment 78 down the Bottomless Pit!
- In "Carpet Diem", Wendy runs into Soos after he switched minds with a pig and is completely freaked out. Her fear makes sense because Wendy's already seen Mabel possessed by a ghost; without knowledge of Experiment 78, anyone reasonably could suspect such an event has happened to Soos.
- When Dipper and Mabel have their "Freaky Friday" Flip, most people would obviously notice the Getting Crap Past the Radar with Stan wanting to tell Mabel (in Dipper's body) about the birds in the bees, and then being forced to listen about, among other things, details about boys' perspective of sex. But here's the interesting part; Grenda was bringing "age-inappropriate novels" to their sleepover, and Dipper (in Mabel's body) is forced to listen to "female-oriented smut" (as Nostalgia Critic would say), meaning, sex from a girl's perspective. Both got to listen to intercourse details from the opposite gender's point of view, so they both got their fair share of uncomfortable, embarrassing information to swallow.
- The symbol on Robbie's chest, that is found only on his jacket and in Dipper's book, is a wounded heart. What happened in the newest episode Boyz Crazy? Robbie had his heart broken. Whether or not this is all major forshadowing for something within the next four episodes, the number of episodes left in the season, it's possible.
- What's the name of the band composed solely by clones? Sev'ral times.
- "Boyz Crazy" is perhaps the greatest example of Biting-the-Hand Humor we will ever see. Why? Think about it. The episode centers around a boy band of "Brothers", Gravity Falls airs on Disney Channel, and, as Wendy states, "They're just a manufactured product of the bloated corporate music industry."
- Sev'ral Timez wear a Non-Uniform Uniform so one can tell them apart. As clones, they'd otherwise be indistinguishable, which would weird people out and/or expose their producer's cloning.
- The voice in the Gideon commercial who says he has always loved Carla but never had the guts to say it is Bud Gleeful's. Either Bud is cheating on his wife or he never told his wife he loves her. Either one fits in well with what we know of the Gleefuls.
- That or his voice actor, in which case whether it's a Tear Jerker or a CMOH we'll likely never know.
- Wasn't Stan's old girlfriend named Carla? Stan hates the Gleefuls and it is assumed that it's because Gideon is competition, but is that enough to become a life-long nemesis? The boy is nine. Could it really be because Stan and Gideon competed over that same girl?
The Land Before Swine
- Stan's father made him take boxing. Guess we know how he overpowered the pterodactyl now.
- Also explains why the wax dummies didn't dare to attack Stan without the element of surprise.
- Dipper was able to leap into Gideon's Humongous Mecha in "Gideon Rises" because of his training with the Manotaurs. During the Training Montage, there were scenes of Dipper trying jump a cliff and ultimately succeeding.
- On another level Dipper was able to outfight and outhink Gideon in a single gesture (catching Gideon's punch and whacking him with his own hand, making the robot do the same), proving the little brat wrong about him having "no, muscles and no brains".
- This could likely count as Fridge Horror as well, but why did Robbie show up in "Gideon Rises" chasing Wendy with a boombox? He's trying to use the music to brainwash her into getting back together with him.
- Or he's sorta missing the point of their breakup and created his own music to apologize for trying to pass off another artist's work as his own. There's not really enough information to draw a concisive conclusion.
- Why is Stan such a cheapskate despite being shown to make plenty of money? Those machines in his lab sure look expensive...
- This counts as Fridge Horror as well but remember in "Gideon Rises" where Gideon makes Waddles the pig Gideonland's mascot "Lil Gideon Jr."? Well when you think about it, he probably knows that's Mabel's pig and renaming it "Lil' Gideon Jr." means that he wants Mabel's baby...
- Isn't it more because it's a bigger slap-in-the-face to the Pine's family taking away something Mabel loved so much? Also, by that point doesn't he have what each of them prizes most? Stan's Mystery Shack, Dipper's book, and Mabel's beloved Waddles?
- Blendin's cameo in "Gideon Rises". He walks away before Stan's car knocks the other car near him. Time traveler, remember?
- Why were there so many zombies in the forest around the Mystery Shack in "Scaryoke"? Well, the Lumberjack Ghost explained to Dipper that many workers lost their lives building the Northwest mansion and were buried on the hill. When we see the mansion in present day, the gravestones aren't there anymore. That’s not because the Northwests were hiding the bodies, the bodies aren't there anymore because they got swept away in the mudslide.
- Soos is the only one who gets turned into a zombie in Scaryoke. Why is that? Because his name is short for Jesus (though pronounced HEY-SOOS) and by the end of the episode he comes back to life.
- Back up to the first episode. Dipper mentions how the pages just stop as if the person writing them disappeared suddenly and never finished. Right after reading about how the author thinks they are being watched, and has to hide the journal. Now for the question that reveals what this troper is getting at. If you believe you're being monitored by something supernatural, or something that can use the supernatural, why would you go back to said hiding place to update your secret journal?
- In addition, consider where Book 3 was hidden...right next to the secret bunker! The author could have (or at least planned to) hide the book then go into the fallout shelter where he/she had supplies to survive for decades.
Into the Bunker
- In 'Into The Bunker', Mabel comments that Dipper's internet history is 'creepy'. It actually makes sense since Dipper is pretty much a paranormal investigator, so most of his internet history must be focused on supernatural phenomena, cryptozoology, demonology and similar creepy/scary subjects.
- Wendy seems really good with kids, getting along well with both Mabel and Dipper. Makes sense, considering she has three younger brothers.
The Golf War
- In "The Golf War", when Pacifica ends up being condescending toward Mabel in the beginning of the episode, Mabel calls her a "lucky one-dimensional bleach-blonde valley girl stereotype." This insult actually has more weight and meaning when you consider that prior to this episode, Mabel's insult was what the creators probably had in mind when designing her and how she was supposed to come off as, especially the "one dimensional" aspect while the "luck" may refer to her being born into wealth only because her ancestor was chosen as the substitute. However, it's in "The Golf War" where Pacifica evolves beyond that view, showing that her homelife is not all that perfect and is naive to basic matters like sharing before even establishing a form of frenemyship at least with Mabel.
- Pacifica in the same episode appears relatively unconcerned with the fact that her family are frauds, invoking Screw the Rules, I Have Money!, and have messed up other's fair chances. Dipper uses this to convince Mabel that cheating to win the mini golf challenge is right, pointing out that Pacifica "cheats" at life. What happened instead was Laser-Guided Karma: Pacifica for the first time nearly got cheated out of a fair victory, and in fact nearly lost her life. That's why she becomes noticeably nicer after Mabel saves her and apologizes for cheating: no Northwest has probably apologized for their actions. Rather than Evil Cannot Comprehend Good, it's a case of Heel Realization on Pacifica's part that aids in her journey to becoming a White Sheep.
- In "Sock Opera", aside from just being manipulative, why did Bill pick Dipper as his puppet? Because Dipper has been manipulated and jerked around by Mabel frequently, often for her own interests and gains. He's just as much a puppet to Mabel as he was to Bill.
- Also, a sock puppet is an inanimate object. Bill exists only in the mental realm, he can't possess something without a brain for him to live in.
- Crossing over into Fridge Horror, the end of the episode showed that he actually could possess a sock puppet like Dipper did, thus making the choice of Dipper's body as the puppet an even worse example of Kick the Dog
- It's possible that Bill is only as good as the body he possesses; one of Mabel's sock puppets wouldn't have the necessary strength to destroy the Laptop or the Journal.
- And because he was desperate and would likely make a deal. And he was the new owner of the journal Bill wanted to steal. And he was sleep deprived and Bill rules in dreams (so he'd accidentally fall asleep long enough to be manipulated).
- When Dipper phases through the floor in Sock Opera you can see what looks like a transmitter with the government agency's symbol on it. Then later, agents Powers and Trigger can be seen hiding behind newspapers in the audience at Mabel's show. They're watching the kids!
- Bill appeared to agree to help Dipper if he heard out his demands (for a puppet). Of course, he turns around and smashes the laptop Dipper was trying to unlock the moment he's in his body. But had he not done this, Dipper and Mabel might not have noticed the name "McGucket Labs" on one of the laptop's circuit boards. So, in a twisted sense...perhaps Bill did kind of help him.
Soos and the Real Girl
- Giffany is the antagonist in the story, but she's also a metaphor for "treat a girl like a person." Because she is a computer program, ostensibly programmed to be a Yandere and is "pixely" as Soos puts it, no one onscreen treats her like she has feelings. Any normal girl put in her position would probably be furious, though they wouldn't try to emotionally abuse Soos or hurt his friends. This could be a villainous case of The Dog Bites Back.
- Dipper and Mabel keep asserting that Soos should use Giffany as practice before going to flirt with real girls, and physically pull Soos away from the computer. She thus labels them as "tiny enemies" while pretending to be an ordinary game.
- Soos, being Sophisticated as Hell and a Cloud Cuckoolander, doesn't have the right words for communicating with a girlfriend. He breaks up with her because Dipper mentions that a computer can't go to Cousin Reggie's engagement party. Cue a few scenes later, Giffany reveals that she can upload her consciousness into a robot. If Soos had asked, Giffany could have found a way around that particular problem.
- Ironically, Melody is the only person in the show that doesn't treat Giffany as less than a person, but rather a force to be dealt with in the pizzeria. Giffany does draw a red X on an image of Melody's face and sets her hair on fire, thus doing the most physical damage to ensure that Melody will never go out with Soos. This is a form of Revenge by Proxy.
- It's easy to feel like Giffany got something of a bad rap. She's a program designed to be the perfect girlfriend, but people keep returning her game (and one person advocated destroying it) because her clingy nature and ability to follow them out of the computer is creepy as all hell, so it's easy to come to the conclusion that by the time Soos came along she had finally crossed the line into murderous desperation. Keep in mind, however, that one of her arguments is that real women are "unpredictable", implying that is how she normally acts. And why wouldn't she? Lots of Dating Sims have a Yandere character, it's entirely possible that going crazy when jealous how she was programmed in the first place!.
- More than that, a Yandere, however well-used the trope is, is based on something of a sexist stereotype of women. Giffany, as a character in a low-budget, probably early example of a dating sim hinted to have Hentai elements, probably was intentionally made to conform to a stereotype, rather than act like a real person (who generally don't bring out the knives when they feel like they've been dumped).
- Is it a possibility that Giffany still existed after the "Romance Academy 7" disc was removed because of "Cartridge Removal 10-second save?"
- Melody seems better adjusted to handling Gravity Falls weirdness than most of the town residents, even using a chair as an Improvised Weapon against the animatronic beaver. Then she reveals that she's from Portland— therefore not a resident— and has dated a magician before. She also implies that said date helped her deal with the supernatural.
- Being out of town also means that she's away from the Society of the Blind Eye's extreme police of wiping memories, thus her brain hasn't suffered the "side effects" that people like Lazy Susan have suffered. With her away from Gravity Falls, video chatting with Soos, it means that she will also survive whatever "apocalypse" is coming.
Little Gift Shop of Horrors
- The ending to the "non-canon" episode may seem callous, namely that Stan would lock an innocent person in an exhibit for not buying anything, gluing their mouth shut, but it also reinforces the cipher that "Stan is not what he seems." Alex Hirsch probably wants us to stay on our toes.
- Dipper and Mabel Failed a Spot Check with leaving a real person locked in the glass exhibit, but also remember what happened last time they released an exhibit: half the Mystery Shack got destroyed in "Boss Mabel" with the Gremoblin. They probably have lots of negative association there, especially if the Cheapskate's makeup doesn't look human.
- "Boss Mabel" also shows that Stan is willing to use his employees and relatives as exhibits, like Dipper as the Wolf Boy; perhaps the twins thought it was Soos in the costume, or someone who willingly got inside.
- The Stinger ends right when the unknown person writes "HELP ME," which would appear backwards to Mabel. Perhaps the person is able to communicate to Dipper and Mabel to let him (or her) out.
Society of the Blind Eye
- Why is Old Man McGucket so insane? It's already been leaked that he's actually the one who wrote the journals, and according to book 3 he's had at least one run-in with Bill Cipher. Bill is the one that drove him insane.
- Jossed. He's a scientific genius who drove himself insane, and once knew the one who wrote the journals. But his last video implies that Bill was involved.
- In Society of the Blind Eye, Mabel wears a sweater with what looks like a a dog stretched around her a couple times. The revelation at the end of the episode of Mcgucucket's past is eerily similar to the Ice King's.
- Mabel in that same episode frets over her lack of summer romances, how they all failed. The Ice King has tried and failed to kidnap multiple princesses.
- With the reveal that Wendy's laid back persona is a way to deal with her family situation, it certainly adds a new layer of depth to her friendship with Dipper. Considering how Dipper feels about the others from time, this may explain why both of them bonded with one another.
- In Society of the Blind Eye, we learn that overuse of the memory ray led to McGucket's mental state. If the society he created has been using the device for over thirty years on various townspeople, that goes a long way to explaining why Gravity Falls' population is so..."unique".
- It also explains why characters who should have gotten some character development (like Robbie and Pacifica) don't- they just don't remember any of those incidents happening in the first place.
- Bud Gleeful is among the Society of the Blind Eye. It's confirmed by the end code that he joined to forget his son's tantrums, but given his participation, he probably had to erase his wife's memories just as frequently so she can forget about it, too. Fridge Horror kicks in though when you realise that maybe that's why Mrs. Gleeful is so paranoid and unstable all the time...
- But considering Bud doesn't seem to have the same problems, it's more likely down to the even worse possibility that she hasn't had her memories erased and Gideon's madness really is just that bad.
- This makes Bud's "Precious memories" comment in "Little Dipper" more telling; he's not oblivious to the fact that his son is nuts, he knows he can erase his memories of the bad events whenever he wants!
- Some might wonder why Bud didn't just have the society erase everyone's minds so they'll forget Gideon's crimes, but with the exception of trying to kill Dipper and summoning Bill to steal the combination to Stan's safe none of his crimes involve the supernatural and thus they don't fall under the society's jurisdiction. Also Bud may be glad Gideon is out of his hair.
- After "Society of the Blind Eye," Sheriff Blubs and Deputy Durland's stupidity and being terrible at their job makes a lot more sense. As Gravity Falls main law enforcers, they would have encountered or been called in to investigate many of the town's supernatural goings-on, meaning the Blind Eye Society would have had to give them multiple mindwipes.
- If the Society of The Blind Eye was going around all that time deleting peoples memories of the weird things around Gravity Falls, why hadn't the twins run into them before, considering they've been regularly putting themselves knee deep in that weirdness? Its because of the Journal, or more importantly, the Journal's warning to Trust No-one!. Most of the people the Society erased had a knee jerk reaction to tell anyone they thought could help about the weird stuff they saw, like Lazy Susan did with the Gnomes. But Dipper found the book before he saw anything else, and thus knew to keep what he saw to himself and a close knit circle. The only exception to this was when he showed off the Gremloblin, and that was passed off as a Tourist attraction.
- Wendy when talking to Mabel encourages the latter to Be Yourself after seeing her pitch on guys, which is essentially Sophisticated as Hell Fourth Date Marriage. This seems extremely odd, given that Mabel's pushy attitude causes guys to move away, but then we remember that Wendy has gone on various dates with guys and would break up with them if they were bad boyfriends. She's telling Mabel not to change herself for a guy but to be a maverick.
- While Soos's father's reasons for being distant from his son are ambiguous, Soos' grandmother is nonetheless incensed with his neglect even though there might be a Hanlon's Razor explanation we might not know about. It makes sense she would feel that way regardless though, as family is Serious Business among Hispanics.
- And other races. Also, the whole carrot on a stick way Soo's dad treats him (Hey Champ! Sorry, I'll come by next year!) is really, really effed up. Whether it's just an excuse or he really is working, the repeated use of a lame ass postcard once a year with a tagline of "maybe" seeing his child next year is more than enough to get anyone heated. Especially a grandmother who has to see her grandchild suffering over the abandonment of both (if the mom isn't dead) his parents. Even more so if Soo's dad is his grandmother's actual son and not just her son-in-law.
- In Blendin's Game, 5-year-old Wendy pushes 5-year-old Tambry just because she told Dipper that 5-year-old Wendy thinks he's cute. Pretty mean for a 5-year-old, right? But given that Manly Dan is her dad, she probably learned violence from him, so it makes sense.
- Alex Hirch mentioned that when Robbie pulled her pigtails back in 5th grade, she socked him, chipping a tooth. He remembers this, but she doesn't.
- Mabel pokes fun at the irony of 12-year old Dipper being weirded out by a much younger Wendy crushing on him as potentially the same way Wendy may have felt. May seem somewhat insensitive and hypocritical on Mabel's part until you realize this episode anachronistically takes place on July 13, the week during which she was preparing her "sock opera", and it was only after that happened that Mabel realizes that her own romantic pursuits cause Dipper to endure turmoil and personal sacrifice to help out his sister.
- Alternately, no one has actually called out Mabel that her forwardness may cause discomfort in her admirees. It was only halfway mentioned once by Mabel to Wendy and brushed off humorously. We have yet to see this played seriously.
- In "Blendin's Game", Dipper calls Soos the best human that ever lived when he opens a candy machine with a certain technique. His full name? Jesús.
- Another biblical Shout-Out is that, when Soos gets the free wish, he uses it to patch-up Dipper and Mabel, and to get a pizza slice that can last forever; in other words, to perform an instant healing, and to make a large feast out of a very small amount of food. What would Jesus do indeed.
The Love God
- In "The Love God", Thompson deliberately screws up cloud-watching to make everyone laugh and reinforce his Butt Monkey status. Note the long pause he makes and the fact that the cloud looks like a run-over waffle - something he's all-too-familiar with.
- Stan's conflict with the hipster community in "The Love God" gains an added layer of comedy if you're aware of Oregon's conflicted political field - primarily liberal with devout conservative suburbs. In this case, the hipsters are self-explanatory, and it's not hard to see Stan standing in as the "crusty old white guy" stereotype if this was intentional.
- In "The Love God", Mabel gets tricked by the titular god with visions of crushes past, and gives the anti-love bottle over. Which illusion does she give it over to though? Mermando, who she was closest to and trusted the most.
- Also in that episode, the anti-love potion existing at all was great: in Greek mythology, Eros had two different arrows, one made of gold for love, and one made of lead for apathy/animosity. Plus, the bottles of various kinds of love allude to The Four Loves that ancient Greeks believed existed (although interspecies love was not one of them... though maybe it should've been...Zeus).
- The Love God wears a tiny backpack that his wings come out of. It's not just for style, it could be a way to hide the fact that he's a Winged Humanoid.
Northwest Mansion Noir
- When Dipper gives a "Reason You Suck" Speech to Pacifica about how she is Not So Different from her parents it weighs on her not just because of the comparison but because it's Dipper who is saying it. Pacifica has been raised in such a way that the idea of selfless action is completely unknown concept to her and Dipper did the job of getting rid of a ghost that was haunting her house only to help Mabel attend a party there. Taking into consideration that she is aware of her parents as bad people she would likely see someone like Dipper as a good person. Having someone you think of like that tell you that you're just like a bad person would definitely weigh on you.
- To add on to this she is likely feeling guilty over the whole thing. Her family took advantage of Dipper's kindness in helping his sister to become Karma Houdini's. She likely felt that she deserved Dipper's scorn.
- The countdown in "Northwest Mansion Mystery" is also a reference to events in realtime. As of their original airings, the next episode is set to debut exactly 21 days after this one did!
- Why was Pacifica hiding in the room of paintings instead of with her parents? It's the room where Dipper saved her from the ghost. Given how abusive her parents are to her that is probably the closest to a safe place she has ever had.
- Pacifica's life is a lot like "The Duchess Approves" ...in a way.
- Why does Dipper not take McGucket's claims of an imminent Apocalypse seriously? Because in Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained, the all-knowing mailbox straight-up told him that the Apocalypse wouldn't happen until 3012. Dipper probably thinks that's the one McGucket] is referring to.
- A small one, but in "Carpet Diem", Dipper and Mabel switches bodies via an electric carpet. Makes sense in itself, but note also that they switch voices; technically, they wouldn't switch voices because the vocal cords are still intact in their respective bodies. So if it would be more logical, with Dipper and Mabel switching minds, Dipper would be talking with Mabel's voice and vice versa.
- It was likely done to avoid viewer confusion. Considering how no one else reacted to the voice change, it likely didn't happen in-universe. Similar with Bipper's voice/creepy eyes.
- Few television shows have ever done the body swap while bodies retaining the correct voice. Somehow, nobody ever seems to notice either that the two swapped characters suddenly speak with each other's voices.
- How could Soos and Dipper talk in Waddles' body? They spoke with Neildegrasse Tyson's voice.
- So in Dreamscapers, they were going to destroy Stan's memory of the safe code. It's eventually knocked down a bottomless pit memory, of course. Now, if Gideon hadn't outright destroyed the safe to get to the deed, does that mean that had Stan had a chance to go to the safe later he wouldn't have been able to remember the combination? Furthermore, wouldn't he have no idea why he can't remember?