Recap / Gravity Falls S 1 E 14 Bottomless Pit

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"I spy with my little eye something that is... black!"

Grunkle Stan introduces Dipper, Mabel, and Soos to a bottomless pit, where they can throw in whatever they don't want anymore. Stan throws in Mystery Shack Suggestion Cards, while Mabel throws in old love letters from 'Lil Gideon, and a mysterious heavy crate. However, after a sudden gust of wind blows them into it, they all find themselves in the bottomless pit, where they tell three stories to pass the time until they find out what's at the bottom:

Voice Over: Dipper is tired of people making fun of his squeaky voice, so he decides to get a new one from Old Man McGucket.

Soos’ Really Great Pinball Story: Is That a Good Title? Do They Have to Be Puns or Whatever?: While playing a game of pinball with Mabel and Dipper, Soos decide to cheat by tilting the machine itself. However, they soon find themselves trapped in the game.

Trooth Ache: Mabel thinks Stan should tell the truth more, so she uses a magical set of dentures that make its wearer always tell exactly what they're thinking.

Tropes in this episode:

  • Animation Bump: The parts where Dipper says "Now I have a new voice" and "sound awesome" after having his voice modified are more fluid than the rest of his movements.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Grunkle Stan states that everyone's stories are far-fetched, even though he is falling through a bottomless pit at this very moment and lived through one of the stories.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Aside from the whole list of crimes Grunkle Stan confessed to, the police were about to arrest him for calling Sheriff Blubs fat.
  • As You Know: Mabel tells a story that they all lived through. Lampshaded by Dipper at the end.
  • Beware the Honest Ones: Turns out Stan is much harder to deal with when he can only tell the truth.
  • Blatant Lies:
    • The "seeing-eye bear" leaps to mind.
    • Grunkle Stan's story, "Grunkle Stan Wins the Football Bowl".
  • Bottomless Pits: The entire theme of the episode was the main characters falling through a bottomless pit.
  • Brutal Honesty: Grunkle Stan while under the influence of the Truth-telling Teeth, to the point he was ready to let himself get jailed for lying to the police about the driving bear, among other things.
  • Call-Back: Dipper first mentioned the Bottomless Pit in "The Time Traveler's Pig".
  • Cannot Tell a Lie: The Truth-telling Teeth have this effect.
  • Continuity Nod:
  • Cowboy Episode: “Soos’ Really Great Pinball Story: Is That a Good Title? Do They Have to Be Puns or Whatever?”, somewhat.
  • Department of Redundancy Department:
    Stan: In this land of ours, there are many great pits. But none more bottomless than the bottomless pit. Which as you can see here is bottomless.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Soos, and the "Gorgeous Pinball Wench".
  • Dramatic Wind: How they ended up in the bottomless pit in the first place.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Mr. Poolchek is among the people chasing Dipper in his story
  • False Teeth Tomfoolery: What with switching Grunkle Stan's denture with magical truth-telling teeth.
  • Fish Eyes: Stan when he tells them that he's going to teach a bear to drive.
  • Framing Device: The episode is basically a set of stories told by the gang as they fall through the pit.
  • Gold Tooth: The truth teeth are a whole set.
  • Her Code Name Was "Mary Sue": Stan in his story, "Grunkle Stan Wins the Football Bowl".
  • Here We Go Again!: The episode ends with Stan falling in the pit a second time.
    Stan: (After scowling through most of the credits)...This is stupid.
  • I Fell for Hours: At least enough time to tell four stories.
  • I Resemble That Remark!: Soos says that Dipper's new voice sounds like "some weird commercial dude". Dipper protests that Stan will like it and goes to find him, saying "I'll be right back after these messages!"
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Footbot in "Grunkle Stan Wins The Football Bowl".
  • Locked in a Room: Or in this case, falling in a bottomless pit.
  • Long Title: "Soos' Really Great Pinball Story: Is That a Good Title? Do They Have to Be Puns or Whatever?"
  • Necessary Evil: Lying for the greater good in "Trooth Ache".
  • No Fair Cheating: The pinball machine makes it very clear that tilting the game is against the rules.
  • Obstructive Vigilantism: Dipper and Mabel both eventually feel that lying to the police is "for the greater good."
  • Overly Long Name: Soos’ story is called “Soos' Really Great Pinball Story: Is That A Good Title? Do They Have To Be Puns Or Whatever?”.
  • Pinball: The Tumbleweed Terror game.
  • Police Are Useless: In this episode especially, Durland and Blubs are deceived with remarkable ease.
  • Pun-Based Title: "Voice Over" and "Trooth Ache". Lampshaded by Soos.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Grunkle Stan's new voice after unknowingly drinking a voice-altering tonic that Dipper pored into his coffee. Made all the more hilarious by the sassy head gesture he makes.
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: "Hushed exclamation of wonder!"
  • Something That Begins with "Boring": Mabel attempts to start a game of "I Spy" while in the bottomless pit.
  • Techno Babble: Lampshaded by Soos;
    Dipper: It must be some kind of wormhole.
    Soos: Yeah dude, that sounds science-y enough to be true.
  • Tempting Fate: Dipper claims that bottomless pits can't be real while Stan is pulling a seemingly limitless amount of pamphlets out of his clothes to throw into the pit.
  • Too Much Information: Grunkle Stan's truth telling reaches a point that Dipper and Mabel can't take it anymore.
  • Vignette Episode
  • Vocal Dissonance:
    • After Dipper magically modifies his voice, it doesn't match his appearance at all.
    • Also Stan's Sassy Black Woman voice at the end of Dipper's story.
  • We Need a Distraction: Played for Laughs and Up to Eleven.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: Turns out Mabel's story happened before the events of the episode.
  • The Wild West: The theme of Tumbleweed Terror.
  • Year Outside, Hour Inside: Dipper notices that hardly any time has passed once they escape the pit.


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