Recap: Gravity Falls S 1 E 20 Gideon Rises

"I finally won this time!"

Part 2 of the season 1 finale.

When we last saw the gang, Gideon has taken over the Mystery Shack and blasted it with a wrecking ball. Since then, the Pines family has been staying at Soos' Grandma's house. At a press conference, Gideon announces his intentions to turn the Mystery Shack into his own personal theme park, Gideonland. The Pines' try to out Gideon as evil, but the rest of the town are too caught up in Gideon's charm to pay them heed. When he realizes there's nothing else he can do, Grunkle Stan gives up and decides to send the twins back home.

Meanwhile, Gideon reveals to his father why he wanted the Mystery Shack; whoever wrote the journals discovered secrets too powerful for one man, and so hid the journals to protect them. If both journals are brought together the ultimate power would be unleashed. Gideon believes that the other journal is somewhere on the Mystery Shack property. Dipper and Mabel try to take the deed back with help from the gnomes, but Gideon is able to turn the little men against the Pines twins with his dog whistle. During the struggle Dipper's journal is taken by Gideon, who thinks he has what he's been searching for. Defeated and demoralized, the twins take the next bus out of town. Stan, having hit rock bottom, wonders how Gideon always seems to be one step ahead. His hearing aid acts up and the old man has a realization.

Back at the Shack, Gideon takes a closer look at Dipper's journal and sees that it's actually #3. Thinking Dipper must have the first journal, Gideon activates his Gideonland statue (Actually a giant robot built by Old Man McGucket) and chases the twins' bus down. Gideon demands Dipper hand over Journal #1, but Dipper has no idea what he's talking about, so Gideon takes Mabel to be his queen. This is the last straw, and Dipper throws himself into Gideon's cockpit and fights Gideon. The battle sends the robot off a cliff, and the twins are able to survive the fall thanks to Mabel's grappling hook. The townspeople gather at the crash site, and Gideon claims that the twins blew up his statue. Before the police arrest Dipper and Mabel, Stan shows up to reveal the truth; Gideon's so-called 'psychic visions' are actually from a surveillance system he uses to monitor Gravity Falls; all his Li'l Gideon pins are cameras, whose feeds he gleans information on the town. Gideon is arrested, but before he's hauled off Stan shakes him down for the deed. "The Mystery Shack is back, baby!"

After rebuilding the Shack and settling back in, the twins show Stan their journal, explaining that Gideon was after it. Stan laughs them off, but takes the journal claiming he wants to create new attractions with it. Dipper is upset at this, but Mabel assures him he'll get it back; what could an old man like Stan do with the journal?

That night, Stan enters his vending machine passageway and takes an elevator into a mysterious room full of computers. Reaching a desk, he pulls out another journal...1. "After all these years...finally, we have them all." With journals 1, 2, and 3, Stan activates a strange machine...

"Here we go."

This Gravity Falls episode provides examples of:

  • All Just a Dream: Subverted, Dipper wakes up and hopes the last episode was a dream, only for Soos to inform him that it wasn't.
  • Back for the Finale: The gnomes from the first episode.
  • Bilingual Bonus: What does that machine do? If you decipher the encoded text in the Journals, you'll find that it's a "Universe Portal".
  • Blatant Lies: Grunkle Stan gets a phone call from Dipper and Mabel's parents, and tries to assure them Dipper and Mabel are being taken care of... while rummaging through the dingy kitchen of Soos's abuelita for something to eat.
  • Book Ends: The grappling hook and the gnomes from the pilot come back. Both the first and the last episode of the season ends with Stan entering his secret lair though this time we see more of it.
  • Break Them by Talking: Gideon attempts this on Dipper but it fails.
  • Broken Pedestal: When the town finds out Gideon's a fraud.
  • Call Back:
    • Mabel uses the grappling hook from the first episode a few times (with Dipper lampshading how she hadn't used it since then), and Dipper and Mabel try to use the gnomes against Gideon.
    • Stan entering his secret lair using the vending machine ala "Tourist Trapped".
    • Old Man McGucket's ability to build gigantic machines of mass destruction gets one when it's shown that he built Mecha Gideon.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The grappling hook manages to save Mabel's and Dipper's lives in the end.
  • Chekhov's Skill: It's a good thing Dipper received Training from Hell in "Dipper vs. Manliness" which included jumping from cliffs. That helps him make a large leap into Gideon's robot from a cliff.
  • Cliffhanger: "Here we go."
  • Companion Cube: Mabel names a mold spot in her room Darryl.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • The commercial for the Tent of Telepathy from "The Hand That Rocks Mabel" labels Stan as a fraud. When Stan exposes Gideon's surveillance system, he rhetorically asks, "Who's the fraud now?"
    • In "Dreamscaperers" Wendy said that she'd once caught Gideon stealing her moisturizer. In this episode, when Gideon tells the gnomes he's not a girl, they reply "But your skin is so soft. Do you moisturize, or...?"
  • Darkest Hour: Things have never been darker than they are now for the Pines.
  • Dartboard of Hate: In her short cameo, Pacifica can be seen trying to throw darts at a picture of Mabel.
  • Deadly Nosebleed: After being thrown to the cliff by the Gideon mecha, Dipper is shown with a nosebleed.
  • Description Cut: "What would a boring old man like Stan want with that book anyway?". You'd be surprised Mabel.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Dipper and Mabel (and Stan) come pretty close when Gideon forces them out of the Shack.
    • Dipper seems to hit it for a second later on, but it turns out to be a subversion.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Dipper battles Gideon inside the head of a giant robot and manages to beat him.
  • Domino Revelation: Stan owns Book 1. He also managed to get the 2nd and 3rd books from Gideon and Dipper, respectively.
  • Dramatic Irony: Journal #1 was under the Mystery Shack the whole time, meaning that Gideon chased after Dipper and Mabel when he didn't need to. Even moreso, if he hadn't, Stan wouldn't have exposed his scam, though it does leave one to wonder why Gideon's surveillance system was inside his robot.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Stan, despondent over losing the Mystery Shack and having to send Dipper and Mabel home early, orders "your strongest, most expired cider" at Greasy's Diner.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: The ending of the episode reveals that Stan has this under the Mystery Shack that's entered through the secret passage behind the vending machine. Among a bunch of machines, it houses Journal #1 and a mysterious machine that Stan activates using the three journals.
  • Eureka Moment: Stan's hearing aid picking up feedback clues Stan as to Gideon's Psychic Powers ploy: he's hearing the feedback from the microphones disguised as pins!
  • Foreshadowing: Stan's hearing aid has a bit of feedback when Gideon sticks one of his pins on him. Later it's revealed that Gideon is spying on everyone through miniature cameras and microphones concealed in the pins he's been handing out.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Blendin Blandin can be seen before Stan arrives at the robot crash scene.
  • Heroic Second Wind: Dipper gets this after Gideon uses his giant robot to steal away Mabel and toss Dipper onto a cliff, taunting Dipper that without the book he's useless. At first, it seems Dipper is retreating in despair . . . then we see him running on the cliff and making a fantastic leap into Gideon-bot's eye, smashing into the real Gideon.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Old Man McGucket towards Gideon, apparently.
    • Heck, the whole town towards Gideon.
  • Informed Attribute: Despite what Gideon claims, Dipper doesn't always use the journal to defeat whatever creature is causing trouble. In fact, many episodes don't feature him using the journal at all. While it makes sense for Gideon to assume that, it's odd that Dipper doesn't realize it.
    • Dipper had just been through several failings, and genuinely felt helpless to do anything in that situation. Its not unusual for people, especially children, to in moments like this take a much more negative opinion of themselves and there past successes.
  • It Makes Sense in Context: In-universe example; the newscast of Gideon taking over the Mystery Shack contains a picture of Stan dressed as a devil and dancing around flames. Stan claims the photo "taken out of context" when he sees it.
  • Kick the Dog: Gideon was cruel towards Waddles during this episode.
  • Kissgusting: Stan is so ecstatic about figuring out Gideon's secret that he kisses Soos' grandmother. She responds that she's going to vacuum her face.
  • Motion Capture Mecha: Gideon's robot, which he controls with a mocap suit with ping-pong ball sensors.
  • Made of Iron: Zigzagged. See Undeadly Nosebleed.
  • Near Villain Victory: The title of the episode makes that clear.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: After the Mystery Shack closes, Soos starts taking other jobs, including cooking at the diner and driving the bus taking Dipper and Mabel back home. It is implied that he isn't very good at them.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Stan knew that the journals existed, and had been searching for them.
  • Parody Commercial: "Are you sick of piles of owls constantly blocking your driveway?! Well then, you gotta get Owl Trowel!"
  • Phony Psychic: Lil Gideon is exposed as one, cue his Villainous Breakdown.
  • Pokémon Speak: Shmebulock can only say his name (this is lampshaded by Jeff, the gnome leader).
  • The Reveal:
    • Gideon wanted the Shack so he could find journal #1 (and he's shocked to find out that #3 existed) and the secret beneath the Mystery Shack.
    • The town finds out Gideon is a phony.
    • We find out what's in that hidden room, and that Stan had #1.
    • Cute Biker's real name is Tyler.
  • Secret Ingredient: Lazy Susan is convinced that Gideon is psychic because he knew the secret ingredient to her coffee omelette. It's coffee.
  • Sequel Hook: A second season will be made, as evident by Stan saying "Gravity Falls will return." over the credits.
  • Shake Someone, Objects Fall: This is how Stan retrieves the deed from Gideon at the end of the episode. For the record, he also carries around an axe and a picture of Mabel.
    • Journal #2 also fell out, which the ending revealed that Stan also grabbed.
  • Sinister Surveillance: It's revealed that Gideon was using pins with tiny cameras in them to spy on the town and seem like a psychic.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: "If anyone asks, I'm not Soos."
  • Tempting Fate:
  • Took a Level in Badass: Dipper jumps off a cliff and battles Gideon in the head of a giant robot! What do you think?
  • The Unreveal: The season ends before we find out what the secret device that needed the journals to be activated actually does.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Gideon loses his shit completely when he realizes he needs one more journal, and it finally reaches his head when he's finally exposed as a fraud and sent to prison yelling and ranting after being arrested.
  • Wham Episode: Stan's got all three of the journals, and is building something big and probably dangerous. Also Gideon goes to jail.
  • Wham Line:
    "After all these years... Finally, we have them all." -Grunkle Stan, about the journals.
    • Also Stan's "Kids, you're going home'', qualifies.
  • You Monster!: Mabel calls Gideon this after he dress Waddles in a Gideon costume.