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  • What the heck did Patton need a dollar for? He's imaginary. Is there a use for currency within Thomas's mind? Was the dollar imagined? If so, couldn't Patton have imagined a dollar for himself instead of borrowing one from Roman? Would that lead to inflation? Why did he take eight years to give it back to Roman? Did he even use it?! What's your deal, Roman?!?
    • It was probably still Thomas' dollar, but with a changed purpose. For example, when he found the dollar Thomas may had been planning to use it for a purpose of morality, but changed his goal and decided to use it for a purpose of creativity. The reason may be that he remembered the fact that eight years ago, he had saved a dollar meant to use for a creative purpose to instead spend it on a moral purpose, promising himself to do the opposite later. And thus Patton(Morality) payed back the dollar to Roman(Creativity).
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    • During the end card of "Crofter's: The Musical", Virgil enters the room with a pun, then claims that Patton paid him a dollar to say it. Is it a different dollar, or the same dollar as the one he gave back to Roman?
  • Wait, so Joan can't see the Sanders Sides but Valerie can? How does that one work? Is it just like Thomas has to give them permission to see the sides? I mean, the obvious answer is Early Installment Weirdness but what would the in-universe explanation be?
    • Possibly that the Valerie in that episode wasn't real, just imagined as a placeholder, sort of like how the sheet music and sweaters in the Christmas episode were imaginary. After all, the Valerie in that episode just does whatever the sides expect, with Virgil even completely changing her reaction to a scene at one point.
      • Definitely a simulacrum of Valerie rather than the real thing. She sort of springs up in each corner of the room as each side takes a turn demonstrating how to woo her.
      • Ok, what about the Valerie at the end of the episode? She seems to be the actual Valerie but she also appears in the same way as the other Valeries so what's the deal there?
      • Clearly imaginary too. While the Sides' interpretation of Valerie would be an incomplete version of her that does whatever they expect her to do, Thomas' interpretation of Valerie, since he knows her, would be a replica of the real Valerie who would behave like the real one, but still is imaginary, as she disappears just like the other Valeries.
  • In "Accepting Anxiety: Part 1", Patton remarks that they need Thomas to enter into Virgil's room. However, at the end of Part 2, in the credits scene, they all enter back into his room quite easily without Thomas being present, so how is that possible?
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    • Could be that, with their newfound friendship, Virgil changed the "rules" as to who could enter his room. It would make sense, actually — of course Virgil would only open his room to those who he was comfortable being himself around. (One has to wonder if maybe Patton could enter all along, but didn't know.)
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