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Recap / A Series of Unfortunate Events S01E08 "The Miserable Mill, Part 2"

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At least the season is over.

"I'm sorry to inform that this is not the kind of show you want to be watching. The episode you are about to see is extremely unpleasant. If you wish to see a show about a man who finds himself in Asia, then I'm sure Iron Fist is still available. However, if you like stories about clever and reasonably attractive orphans, sinister plots, hypnotists, depressing musical numbers and secret organizations, then stay, as I retrace each and every one of the Baudelaire children's woeful steps. My name is Lemony Snicket, and it is my sad duty to document this tale."
Lemony Snicket
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The Baudelaires discover the dark truth behind the Lucky Smells Lumber Mill.


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  • Bait-and-Switch: The episode implies someone will be killed at Lucky Smells, someone wearing glasses. It's Doctor Orwell, who gets shoved into a furnace.
  • Bizarrchitecture: Our first glimpse at the depressing place that is Prufrock Prepatory shows row after row of dorms shaped like tombstones.
    Mr. Poe: Fun fact: The architect who designed this place was severely depressed.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When the kids try to inform Sir that "Shirley St. Ives" is not a woman, he assumes they're talking about Dr. Orwell.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Sir subscribes to the policy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"... about his workers and what they do with their free time.
  • Former Friends Photo: An old picture reveals Count Olaf and Lemony Snicket together on their graduation.
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  • Implausible Deniability: Count Olaf claiming he's dropped a pen on the floor, by throwing it onto the floor, right in front of Sir's face.
  • I Will Find You: Charles decides to try and find Sir after Lucky Smells fails, because despite Sir just being generally awful, he still loves him.
  • Lampshade Hanging: After a back-and-forth between Violet, Count Olaf and the Hook-Handed Man over control of Klaus, Dr. Orwell just tells Klaus to ignore whatever Violet says.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Olaf expresses his confusion for how much time has passed over the season.
  • Monochrome Past: Parodied. Snicket introduces a flashback to Georgina Orwell's meeting with Sir, which happened not too long ago, by saying that events from the past are best viewed in black and white.
  • Pet the Dog: Charles revealing to the Baudelaire that their parents didn't start the fire and helped the survivors.
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  • Ray of Hope Ending: Count Olaf is still at large, the Baudelaires have been sent to Prufrock Prepatory School, which will naturally be no better than anywhere else, but they will meet the Quagmires.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: After spending the entire season trying to get back to their children, "Mother" and "Father" are killed in a fire.
  • Sudden Musical Ending: "That's Not How The Story Goes."
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Dr. Orwell's rant against the Baudelaire parents becomes pretty telling, when she starts mentioning how they took away her medical license (for hypnotising folk) and refused to let her anywhere near their kids.

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