Fridge / Moral Orel

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    Fridge Brilliance 

  • At first, it seems ridiculous how Orel can misinterpret anything. Then you realize that Moralton's educational system is backwards (at best) and that most of the people he interacts with have...flawed morals. Also, the "Lost Commandments", which were made up by Clay and/or Clay's mother and were used by Clay to further control Orel.
    • The "Lost Commandments" are actually a family tradition for Clay. In "Passing", A young Clay is seen quoting one of these "Lost" Commandments.
  • This entry from the Crowning Moments of Awesome Page did it for me:
    Sick of him, Reverend Putty, Officer Papermouth and Doctor Potterswheel get ready to beat the shit out of Clay in "Sacrifice" - then they decide that he isn't worth it and walk away. (Awesomer when you remember that Clay's dad does essentially the same thing— even as an adult, Clay seeks attention through abuse— and fails.
  • Orel is waving to God, not the camera, in the show's opening.
    • This is confirmed in "Praying", where Orel says "Hi, God" while waving.
  • If you think about it, Clay really does have a dead-end job. Once you're already the mayor, you really can't get much higher.
  • Why does Clay always punish Orel for the wrong things? Well, most of the real problems Orel causes are the result of following Clay's (or Reverend Putty's) advice a little too literally. If Clay punished Orel for it, he'd be teaching Orel to think carefully about his actions instead of blindly doing what authority figures tell him, which is the exact opposite of the mindset Clay's abuse is meant to instil in Orel.
  • The final episode is a complete reversal of the show's formula. In a season 1 or 2 episode, Orel would learn some kind of life lesson from one of the townsfolk, immediately take it to heart while going to its Logical Extreme, and then learn a twisted Spoof Aesop from Clay. In "Honor" Orel learns a lesson from Clay ("Honor thy father") then spends the whole episode conflicted about it as he can't actually find anything honorable about his father, and then learns a genuinely good aesop from Coach Stopframe about how creating Orel is one of the few honorable things Clay ever did.

    Fridge Horror 

  • When you consider the fact that Orel's short claymation film includes his dad's belt wrapping around puppet Orel like a snake.
    • 'Nuther moment: I dunno which episode it was exactly, but Clay references Satan as the "Lord of the Flies." In the hunting trip episode, while Clay is raving like a lunatic while drunk, we see that there are quite a few flies crawling all over him as he becomes angrier. Symbolism?
      • Buckets of symbolism. Consider the following:
      • One of the names of the devil, Beelzebub, comes from the name of a demonic creature known as "lord of the flies". More than any other time in the entire show, Orel's faith is being tested and Clay is being burdened by his own demons; make no mistake, in that moment, Orel was confronting Satan himself in the most realistic fashion you'll ever find on television.
      • Flies are attracted to filth, specifically festering and putrefaction; Clay is indulging in his vices well past the point of self-destruction, but the more he drinks, and the more he rants, the more he decays his image in the eyes of his son. By the time Orel finally says "I hate you", the flies are gone and Clay passes out dead to the world, symbolizing that any affection or hope Orel had for his father isn't even enough to attract flies.
      • And, a bit crude, but relevant: Clay's hair and jacket are brown. Of course he's covered with flies, he's a piece of shit.
  • At the beginning of part two of "Nature", Orel doesn't wave to the camera / God for once, and is instead deep in prayer. Considering the events of the episode, it's Foreshadowing for the fact that what will occur is going to heavily try Orel compared to the series' usual hijinks and inflict a permanent change to his character.
  • A subtler example of Clay's selfishness and hypocrisy during "Nature" takes place after he finally comes to after his drunken bender and refuses to take responsibility for shooting Clay, reasoning that he doesn't remember it, therefore it didn't happen. Less than a minute later, Orel lies that Clay was the one who shot the bear (when in reality Orel did it to defend him) and Clay more than happy to take credit for that instead, despite admitting to not remembering it.
  • Consider how awful the Puppingtons' home life is. Now consider how, while Shapey runs right back to his mother in "Numb", Block stays with her. Adding that it was Bloberta who first realized the difference of the adults, how horrible must the Posabules really be?!