Recap: Gravity Falls S 1 E 18 The Land Before Swine

The Land Before Swine

A prehistoric beast snatches Mabel's pig Waddles and the Pines family must take a journey.


This Gravity Falls episode provides examples of:

  • Accidental Misnaming: Stan calls Waddles "Woggles" at one point.
  • Accidental Murder: Soos killed a fairy once.
  • Artistic License Paleontology: The episode is ridden with stereotypical paleontogical inaccuracies.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Interruption: "Well, sometimes you just gotta..." (realizes the pterodactyl is climbing back up) "...look out!"
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't mock Soos' shirt size.
    • Do not mess with Waddles. Mabel will ignore you forever and Stan will punch a pterodactyl in the face until the pig is safe and sound.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Soos. Twice.
  • Bros Before Hoes: Or rather, bros before dinos.
  • Coincidental Broadcast: Yes, the Huggy Wuvvy Tummy Bundle does work for pigs.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    Mabel: Is somebody speaking? Because I can't hear anything!
    Old Man McGucket: Oh, no! She's gone deaf with fear!
  • Dead Hat Shot: One occurs when the pterodactyl drops Stan's fez into the nest.
  • Eaten Alive: Old Man McGucket is Swallowed Whole by a pterodactyl.
  • The End... Or Is It?: Subverted. At the end Dipper asks if they have to worry about the rest of the dinosaurs cue to the church with creepy music... then old man McGucket pops out.
    • Though we did earlier see some of the other dinosaurs are close to breaking out...
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs
  • Extreme Omnivore: Old Man McGucket has eaten some strange things before, but never a live pterodactyl.
  • Eye Poke: The pterodactyl does it to Grunkle Stan in his story.
    • Eye Scream: At the climax of the episode, Stan climbs onto the adult pterodactyl's neck and begins furiously punching it in the eye to bring it down.
  • Good News, Bad News: How Stan intended to break the news Waddles of being taken away to Mabel.
    Stan: Um- uh-The good news is, you're getting a puppy!
  • Go Through Me: Stan delivers this line while defending Waddles from the pterodactyl (for real this time).
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While Mabel's and Dipper's reactions to Stan's and Soos' Nice Job Breaking It, Hero moves were kind of harsh, they were correct that Stans' dislike of Waddles placed over his safety is what led to the gang to come to rescue him and Soos' interference with their mission only worsens their situation.
  • The Load: Old Man McGucket does nothing to contribute other than fixing the lantern at one point.
  • The Millstone: Dipper doesn't want to Soos to come because he's this. Subverted when Soos ens up being a Big Damn Hero. Twice.
  • Oblivious Guilt Slinging: When Dipper is about to tell Soos to stay out of the rescue mission due to being The Millstone, as noted above, Soos's matching "Pterodactyl Bros." t-shirts and overall enthusiasm discourage him from doing so.
    • Stan gets very uncomfortable when Mabel hugs him for trying to save Waddles.
  • Lost World: The gang from the Mystery Shack finds one in the caves beneath Gravity Falls.
  • Poker: Stan, Mabel, and Waddles play it during the credits gag. Mabel cheerfully confesses she's been cheating the last eight turns, and Stan is also either cheating or a very bad bluffer, as he claims to hold four aces while the Ace of Hearts is clearly visible on the table.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Stan gives one before he attacks the pterodactyl in his story. He gives a much better one when when he's defending Waddles for real.
  • Ptero Soarer: The "pterodactyl" is a blend of stock pterosaur features.
  • Raptor Attack: One of the sap-encased dinosaurs is a featherless, two-fingered dromaeosaurid the size of a Utahraptor.
  • Seldom Seen Species: The trained eye will spot Ceratosaurus among the dinosaurs trapped in amber.
  • Self-Serving Memory: When Stan tells Mabel how the pterodactyl managed to steal Waddles, the details were somewhat off.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Spaghetti Kiss: According to Old Man McGucket's weird personal story, he shared one with a raccoon over a slab of meat they were fighting over.
  • Sticky Situation: Dipper and Soos get stuck together with sap early on. Near the end, the same thing happens to Mabel and Grunkle Stan.
  • Stock Dinosaurs: The amber-trapped dinosaurs include Tyrannosaurus rex, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Brachiosaurus, a generic ornithomimid, a Jurassic Park-esque raptor, and possibly Spinosaurus.
  • Tell Him I'm Not Speaking to Him: Mabel gives Stan the silent treatment.
  • Tempting Fate: Soos declares "nothing can go wrong!" with his and Dipper's plan to capture a monster on film... then he high-fives Dipper with a hand covered in tree sap.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Stan, when he attacks and rides the pterodactyl.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass:
    • Mabel becomes blinded with rage after learning Stan deliberately left Waddles outside against her requests and focused on giving Stan the silent treatment, to a point she disregard most of her safety when spotting Waddles in the pterodactyl nest.
    • Dipper goes against Mabel's advice to break it to Soos easy, and harangues Soos for being nothing, but trouble this whole time when he further meddle things up and Dipper makes an indirect jab at his weight when noting Soos' shirt he made for Dipper is not in his size.
    • Soos, instead of acknowledging and taking responsibility of his incompetence, retaliates in offense when Dipper indirectly (and more likely unintentionally without a second thought) makes a jab at his weight when venting out his frustration towards him.
  • You! Exclamation: Stan gives one to Waddles after he ruins one of Stan's tours by eating the Corn-icorn.