Recap / Gravity Falls S 1 E 18 The Land Before Swine
A prehistoric beast snatches Mabel's pig Waddles and the Pines family must undertake a dangerous journey to save him.

Tropes in this episode:

  • 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.
  • Fungus Humongous: Some truly massive shelf-like mushrooms make up a good bit of the flora of the Lost World the pterodactyl lives in.
  • Good News, Bad News: How Stan intended to break the news to Mabel of Waddles of being taken away.
    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).
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Joked about; Stan shows one group of tourists "The most hideous creatures known to man" and unveils a mirror. The tour group snicker at the cliche'.
  • 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.
    • Stan has a point himself though. An animal that is going to go around the house chewing on things (a habit Mabel actually encourages) really should be kept outside, at least until it's better trained.
  • The Load: Old Man McGucket does nothing to contribute other than fixing the lantern at one point.
  • Lost World: The gang from the Mystery Shack finds one in the caves beneath Gravity Falls.
  • The Millstone: Dipper doesn't want Soos to come because he's this. Subverted when Soos ends 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.
  • 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. There is also a Ceratosaurus, which used to be stock in old movies but nowadays a Seldom-Seen Species.
  • 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 makes a mess of things. 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.