Zig Zagged: Everyone thinks Alice is crazy, but then it turns out that's she's actually so genius no one can understand her thought process but other geniuses, so she's sent to a special school for geniuses, where she's considered weird by the other people who DO understand where she's coming from.
Averted: Alice has normal intelligence and sanity.
The writers don't have the whole series plotted out yet, so they want a character to drop vague hints and suggestions which they can call on later on.
Done playing with this trope, like an octopus (hey, the plural of octopus is octopodes, so if two octopodes lived on opposite ends of the earth, would they be antipodal octopodes?) playing with a tin can or something? 'Kay, back to Cloudcuckoolander.
I thought the plural was octopi?
octopuses also works.
It's "octopese", duh.
Isn't the plural form of octopus octopus, just like fish is fish when there's many fish?