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Fridge / Dear Evan Hansen

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Fridge Brilliance

  • During the Murphys' breakfast, Zoe exclaims that Connor has finished the milk. There is a good reason for that: since Connor smoked drugs in the morning, he drank all the milk so that he could be brought down from this state, which is what milk actually does in real life.

Fridge Horror

  • When Cynthia gives Evan a tie for Connor's memorial assembly, she reminisces over buying clothes for his potential Bar Mitzvah parties when Connor started high school, before sadly revealing that he was never invited to one. Assuming that at least one person from Connor's primary school also went to the same high school as him, it's possible that they ended up reminding other students there not to invite Connor, due to his unpredictable anger issues (Such as when he threw a printer at his second-grade teacher because he wasn't elected the line leader). This means that Kids Are Cruel could have been one of the catalysts towards his anger issues becoming worse.
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  • Zoe's and Evan's Distant Finale leaves a lot to be desired. Has the social media abuse towards Zoe's family stopped? It's made even worse when Zoe begrudgingly admits that it's "been a hard year".

Fridge Tearjerker

  • During the final part of "Waving Through a Window", the entire cast is walking around Evan and not noticing him, seemingly symbolizing his social anxiety preventing him from making meaningful connections with anyone. But as a Freeze-Frame Bonus, Connor can be seen slightly waving to Evan while the latter doesn't notice. When that happens, Connor angrily storms away. It's just complete irony, in that two people who can't get along well with other people due to their personality cannot even notice others similar to them!
  • In "For Forever," Connor says "follow me" to Evan. When you think about the fact that he says this as he's running towards the tallest tree in the orchard, and with the added context that Evan broke his arm trying to jump to his death from a tree, the song suddenly becomes a million times sadder.
    • Evan chokes while lying that Connor immediately ran to his side to help him after he broke his arm. He didn't just want to kill himself, he wanted someone to talk him out of it.
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    • Hell, the song has tons of symbolism that all point to Evan's attempted suicide:
      • "And there he goes, racing towards the tallest tree." At that point, Connor represents Evan's social anxiety giving him the idea to commit suicide.
      • "From far across the yellow field I hear him calling 'Follow me'." Yellow is used to symbolize cowardice, which is what the entire suicidal act was, due to Evan deciding to commit suicide rather than talk to his mother or friends about his problems. When Connor is saying 'follow me', that is his social anxiety making him climb the tree and jump from it.
      • "Wondering how the world might look from up so high." He didn't climb because he wanted the view from the top of the tree, he wanted to die and see the entire world from the skies. In other words, from heaven.
      • "I climb until the entire sun shines on my face..." The sun represents hope, but in this case, it's hope that he'll finally be free from the emotional weight when he dies.
      • "I look around and I see him come to get me." It wasn't Connor who came to Evan to help him, but rather, it's his sudden realization that he didn't die from the fall, and that he's unfortunately stuck with his social anxiety.
      • The way Evan says "He's come to get me." has a sense of fear, as he has to accept the fact that he can never get rid of his social anxiety at all, as his failed suicide attempt showed.
      • "All we see is sky for forever." That was the only thing Evan saw as he let go from the tree and fell.
      • Looking at the chorus for this song, the lines "all we see is sky/we let the world pass by/feels like we could go on" don't match perfectly. But then the next lines "all we see is light/cuz the sun shines bright/like we'll be alright" do. What word rhymes with "sky" and "by" that could reasonably fit there?note  Evan even pauses for a second as he sings that line, like he's replacing it on the spot.
      • "Buddy, you and I for forever this way, this way." He says this in a grim tone, as he must live with his social anxiety for the rest of his life.
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  • In one of the cut songs, "A Little Bit of Light," Cynthia mentions that Connor used to be on a little league baseball team. Chances are good that Larry bought Connor the baseball glove to try to reconnect with Connor over a shared interest they'd had, but it didn't help because Connor was at a point where that wasn't enough to help him.
  • During Evan's and Heidi's brief argument in the beginning of Act Two, Heidi questions the idea that best friend, Connor was there when Evan fell from the tree, despite claims that the latter was alone on that day. When Evan quickly refutes with this line: "Well, it wasn't true when I... (Beat) um... when I said I didn't know [Connor]". Note the brief hesitation in what he said. In his subdued panic, was he accidentally going to let slip to his mother that he tried to kill himself on that day?
  • In "Waving Through a Window", Evan says "When you fall in a forest, and there's nobody around, do you ever really crash or even make a sound?" These lines refer to his arm injury. At first, this line comes off as a metaphor for his fears of being unnoticed due to his social anxiety. After watching the play once and learning about Evan's suicide attempt, the line comes off more like Even contemplating if anyone would have cared had his suicide attempt been successful.

Fridge Logic

  • At first, Zoe questions Evan's story of being friends with Connor because she saw Connor shove Evan at school. Evan explains that Connor wanted to keep their friendship secret, and so shoved Evan because he was angry Evan spoke to him at school. But Zoe - and everyone else in the musical - doesn't then wonder why Connor signed Evan's cast. If (imaginary) Connor was so invested in keeping the friendship secret, signing his name on Evan's cast seems like a silly way to go about it.

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