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Fridge Brilliance

  • In "Poor Little Rich Girl", towards the ending, London recites wedding vows as an analogy of Maddie's loyal friendship. It may be Played for Laughs, but it becomes Fridge Brilliance (and Harsher in Hindsight) when you learn that she's gone through a lot of step-mothers. After attending all their weddings, she's probably memorized the wedding vows by now.
  • At first, one wonders why London's private submarine would have torpedo tubes. When one considers that the controls are all in Russian, and the former Soviet republics are notorious for selling off surplus military hardware, one realizes it's most likely an old Soviet diesel sub.
  • Why did Bailey get into Yale when Cody didn't? She's from a low income family which gives a better story of overcoming adversity.
    • The Martins were probably living in poverty for some time before the series began, though. It's been mentioned that they had lived in their minivan for at some point, and Cody's first reaction to being woken suddenly in the middle of the night was to ask if they were moving again. It's safe to assume that the whole premise of the original series of them living in the hotel was because they literally could not afford to stay anywhere else.
    • While they had been poor in the past, "I used to be super poor but then my mom got a cushy job that allowed us to run wild in a fancy hotel for years" doesn't really have the same ring to it when it comes to an essay.
    • Alternatively, a much more sound reason that is common in real life may be due to the fact that Cody was still a delinquent, and that this would have to be recorded somewhere. He may have the brains, but Yale was likely turned off by his misadventures with his brother over the years, deconstructing the show in a way.
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  • At first, London's ditzy comment about being a missing person in one episode seems in character. But, at the episode's ending, we learn that she is the missing person, Richard Gold.
  • The show is Disney's answer to a similar show on a rival channel.
  • If Maddie's parents hate one another so much, why can't they get a divorce? Considering that they're Catholic (Maddie's Overly Long Name includes a large number of Catholic saints and she goes to a Catholic school) it's likely they can't because Catholicism frowns heavily on divorce.

Fridge Horror

  • There's a reason the twins (particularly Cody) are tired of their mother's story about the past boyfriends she joined a band with. Her tendency for on-and-off relationships could be what lead to her divorcing their dad. The last thing they want to hear is another story of the very thing that drove their fun (if irresponsible) father out of the picture.
  • The Suite Life on Deck: in the 'fairytales' episode, where each of the Acts is a classic fairy tale, retold with the characters from the show in the places of the characters in the fairy tale. Pretty standard stuff for a Disney Sitcom. Each of the stories uses the Framing Device of it being one of the character's dream. Also standard. The strange part? London's dream, which is a retelling of "Snow White", has London herself as the evil queen, with Bailey as Snow. It ends with the Queen eating her own poison apple and collapsing in the woods. So, London, a.k.a. vapid personified, has a dream in which she is the villain, and the story ends with her dying alone? Um, wow. Could this possibly mean that she knows how shallow she really is — as vain as an Evil Queen who would murder someone for being prettier than she is — and possibly even resents that part of her personality so much that her death is literally referred to in her own dream as being a Happy Ending? In other words, London, at some subconscious level, hates herself and wants to die? Probably even without consciously realizing it? Talk about dark for Disney... true, it might have been entirely unintentional on the part of the writers, but it brings up certain questions, that's for sure.
    • This sounds like it might have been a Parental Bonus and/or Getting Crap Past the Radar.
    • This is a mix of Fridge Brilliance and Fridge Horror: In the fashion show episode, London started developing a distorted body image, starving herself and overexercising. People with eating disorders tend to have suicidal thoughts.
  • Because of crossovers, vampires exist in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Suite Life On Deck, That's So Raven, Hannah Montana, Wizards of Waverly Place, Cory in the House, and Jessie.
  • In the episode "The Suite Life Goes Hollywood Part 1" of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, the viewer sees the television writers talking to Zack and Cody about their Zany Schemes. We hear one taken out of context, about a monkey that's still in the hotel vents... given some more thought, if that poor monkey is still in the vents, it could be starving or left to perish. On top of that, any guests hearing its anguished cries from the vent might be pretty frightened.
  • In one episode, London comes via helicopter to rescue Maddie from a Summer camp. The helicopter crashes offscreen when she's in a cabin. Either everyone ignores the pilot, or London was flying the helicopter herself and left it idling outside the camp.
    • Its a toss up as to whether the idea of an ignored dead pilot or that of London flying is more disturbing.
  • Good gravy is the movie's plot freaky when you think about it. The whole point of the experiment the villain is running is to erase people by making them into one person in two bodies. And this almost happens to Zack...
  • In Suite Life Of.. there is an episode where we meet Brandi, London's fifth stepmother and the eight wife of Mr. Tipton. Their relationship is rocky at first due to London having been burned by a series of stepmothers who apparently only married Mr. Tipton for his money and never cared for London, but ultimately London comes to see that Brandi does care about her. This episode is the first and only time Brandi is ever seen. She never appears or is mentioned again and come Suite Life On Deck Mr. Tipton has apparently divorced her and has married yet again. Meaning that London lost the only mother figure in her life who actually cared about her. Worse, if you consider that Mr. Tipton was revealed to have been a Corrupt Corporate Executive, it is likely this is what drove Brandi (and probably some of the other wives) away. Is it any wonder London ended up the way she is?
  • Considering Mr. Moseby's race, and how Ilsa seems to have it out for him from the very moment she steps into the hotel in her debut episode, is she really just being overly strict, or is she actually racist and nitpicking at him because she doesn't see him as worthy of running a high-class hotel?
    • Not to mention the Nazi jokes associated with her.

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