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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.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Interruption: "Well, sometimes you just gotta..." (realizes the pterodactyl is climbing back up) "...look out!"
  • 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).
  • The Load: Soos is this for much of the episode; lampshaded by a montage of Soos accidentally breaking stuff. Old Man McGucket isn't exactly helpful either.
  • Oblivious Guilt Slinging: When Dipper is about to tell Soos to stay out of the rescue mission due to being The Load, 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 and Gallimimus among the dinosaurs trapped in amber. Also, the pterosaur appears to be a Ludodactylus.
  • 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, 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.
  • You! Exclamation: Stan gives one to Waddles after he ruins one of Stan's tours by eating the Corn-icorn.