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Fridge Brilliance

  • "Supreme Court Squad" is full of smart little genius bonuses, but the fridge kicks in when you remember that our very own protagonist shares a name with a current Justice: Mr. Clarence Thomas!
  • In "Average Jeff" the crayon and quill groups are dissolved because of a lawsuit that claims there was gender bias seems pretty random until you realize the crayon group had only boys and the quill group had mostly girls and one confirmed boy — Breehn.
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  • In "Puddle Eyes" Clarence falls asleep in the middle of the day for no reason seems a little weird until you remember "Rise and Shine" where it's implied Clarence wakes up earlier than everyone else so he can explore the neighborhood.
  • In "Pilot Expansion" any inconsistencies between the pilot and the main series can be explained as old Clarence remembering things wrong (or being so old that his memory is failing).
  • In "Lost Playground" Clarence asks the teachers what they were doing at the yard full of old playground equipment; specifically if it was part of school. Clarence still thinks teachers are always at school like he did in "Neighborhood Grill".

Fridge Horror

  • In general, Clarence does horrible crimes that can send people to jail easily such as "framing" an old lady for making hazardous food in "Jeff Wins" note , breaking public property as shown in numerous episodes, and even going into a teacher's bathroom stall in "Neighborhood Grill." Could you imagine what would happen if someone were to find out about all these crimes? If Clarence really is that blind, he would feel so conflicted with this realization. What if Clarence really is faking his optimism? That would mean he's actually a horrible, smart child who wants to commit crimes and get away with it.
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  • In "Dinner Party" Clarence mistakes fiberglass insulation for cotton candy and grabs a handful, stinging his hand. For anyone who winced or felt uncomfortable over Clarence hurting his hand from the fiberglass insulation, just be glad he didn't try to eat it (and that Only Sane Man Jeff was there to give him first aid).
  • "Pilot Expansion" can seem a little creepy to some people (or, at the very least, in bad taste, since the original pitch pilot that belonged to Skyler Page was used for most of the episode), only because it was obviously made as a filler episode (or a possible series finale if Cartoon Network decided not to continue the show) after Page was terminated over claims of sexual harassment caused by his mental illness.
  • At the end of "Patients" Clarence successfully escapes the wrath of Tinia's mom and the receptionist, but it's likely Clarence and Mary have to go back to the hospital at some point and since Tinia goes to same school as Clarence, Mary will probably run into Tinia's mom at a PTA meeting or something.
  • The end of "Company Man" has the CEO of the company Clarence has been exploring being arrested after he flat-out admits that he looks down on his employees and is willing to do whatever it takes to come out on top. The Fridge Horror? The CEO is Mr. Noles. How is his arrest going to affect his wife and son?
    • Even AFTER that, Clarence talks on the speakerphone, singing a song about how he is leaving Brown Town, an idea he came up with. The thing is? It pans over the company, showing that Clarence having his Brown Town idea MADE THE COMPANY BANKRUPT. One of the scenes was brown paint all over a room saying "Brown? Brown. BROWN?!" all over the walls. What happened to make them go insane over Brown Town?
  • How Mr. Reese settles the case in "The Interrogation" makes you wonder how many innocent people he had sent down out of laziness back when he was a cop.
  • The reason for why the trees in the Tree Of Life have faces might be pretty obvious if you've ever seen or heard about the Over the Garden Wall easter egg in Lil' Buddy, but they're probably Edelwood trees!
  • In "Lil' Buddy", Clarence goes into a depression over missing recess. If he was that upset over something as trivial as that, who knows what would happen if something actually traumatizing happened to him? A Tumblr comment pointed this out:
    "I’m glad he was fine in the end, but this really makes me wonder about Clarence. I mean, let’s admit it. Missing half of 1 recess is pretty trivial. Sure maybe to a 4th grader recess means a lot more, but Clarence way over reacted to that timeout, to the point it was frightening. This really makes me wonder what Clarence would be like as a teenager. I mean, if something trivial like that brought him to that horrid emotional state, then just imagine if something REALLY traumatic happened in his life. It would be much worse than what we saw here."
  • Early on in the show, Gilben, the kid that's usually frozen in place whenever on screen, used to move normally like the other children. That is, until "Clarence's Millions", where Jeff pushes Gilben for eating buddy stars off of the classroom chart. Ever since that push, Gilben is never seen to move again. Jeff permanently paralyzed him in the outburst.
  • Overall, "Goldfish Follies" is a nice tribute to the "rubber-hose" style old-timey cartoons. But at the end of the episode, it's revealed that all the "cartoony" imagery was just a product of Clarence's imagination. This doesn't seem so bad at first...until you go through the episode again and think about everything that happens to the fish (namely, Clarence carrying it around in his mouth) without seeing it through the old-timey cartoon filter. Let's just say that there's a good reason that fish isn't moving by the time Clarence gets it home...

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