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A charismatic stranger in Finn’s dream leads Cosmic Owl to shirk his duties.
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  • A Day in the Limelight: For the Cosmic Owl.
  • Call-Back: The future fall of the Candy Kingdom was established in Lemonhope and Graybles 1000+. Princess Bubblegum having it happen in her dream with the Cosmic Owl present further cements this inevitable future.
  • Continuity Nod: Finn states the last time he had a prophetic dream, he got dumped, referencing the events of "Frost & Fire" when the Finn/Flame Princess ship was sunk.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: The bird lady turns out to be the dream version of Gunther.
  • Dream Walker: The Cosmic Owl can enter dreams, turning them into prophetic dreams. The bird lady can also walk through dreams and corrupt them.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: The bird lady's shadow when she taints Princess Bubblegum's dream is Orgalorg.
  • Evil Feels Good: When the bird lady (or something inside her) attacks Princess Bubblegum she says "it just felt right".
  • Foreshadowing:
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    • The bird lady's dream is nothing but icebergs, and Gunther lives with the Ice King.
    • The "party" where The Cosmic Owl talks to the bird lady is later revealed to be another Gunther's dream. It comes true near the end of the episode, turning it into a Brick Joke.
    • While on the subject of things happening in dreams, let us not forget the first dream where Martin and Sweet P ran away from Finn, together.
  • Furry Reminder: The Cosmic Owl bought a box of "insta-oats and mice".
  • Horny Devils: That bird lady is an avian equivalent of a succubus. Seduces and manipulate a male's mind? Check. Changes from female to male? Check.
  • Love at First Sight: The Cosmic Owl is absolutely smitten with the bird lady the moment he lays his eyes on her.
  • Manipulative Bitch:The bird lady tricks Cosmic Owl into taking her into Princess Bubblegum's dream. The Cosmic Owl is aware of this, but is so infatuated with her that he does it anyway.
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  • Oh, Crap!: The bird lady corrupts Princess Bubblegum dream, turning it into a nightmare of the fall of the Candy Kingdom. Since the Cosmic Owl was there, that means the dream will come true. Cosmic Owl is understandably worried about this.
  • Powers via Possession: It seems that the bird lady/Gunther's habit of pushing things around for their own amusement might be more than just a compulsion.
  • Super Loser: The Cosmic Owl isn't quite as fantastic as he's been built up to be: he lives alone in a seedy motel (a cosmic one but still), has only one-player board games for entertainment, and has limits on what dreams he can enter due to his powers (though it's only a warning).
  • Verbal Tic: The Cosmic Owl hoots whenever he says a word with an "oo" sound (who, do).
  • Wham Episode: Due to Cosmic Owl's powers, it has been ensured the citizens of the Candy Kingdom will turn against Princess Bubblegum, leading to a catastrophe that could destroy it. And that bird-lady turns out to be the dream form of Gunter the penguin, hinting there's more to him than meets the eye.
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