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When disaster befalls James Baxter, it’s up to Finn and Jake to help him pick up the pieces.

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  • Acting Unnatural: Shelby tells Finn not to try and impress James Baxter and just be himself, but Finn is too nervous and gets all awkward instead.
  • Animation Bump: Again, James Baxter moves more fluidly than the other characters, but only when he's happy.
  • The Bus Came Back: James Baxter.
  • Dancing with Myself: At the end of the episode, James Baxter rejects a new beach ball in favor of dancing into the sunset. Finn believes he's doing it for his own enjoyment.
  • Heroic BSoD: After losing his ball, James Baxter goes into a deep depression and is unable to do anything.
  • Hidden Depths: James Baxter rides around on a beach ball saying his name for the exact reason that it makes other people happy. He abandoned an urban society of horses, even tossing away a bindle full of money to drive home that he was leaving behind whatever life he lived before. He devoted himself to his beach ball routine so much that he becomes near-catatonic when it pops, and he seemingly never did anything to make himself happy.
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  • Line-of-Sight Name: The in-universe reason why James Baxter says his name is because when he started his routine to cheer up a bat, he saw items labeled "games" and "bookstore".
  • Sequel Episode: To "James Baxter The Horse".
  • Speech-Impaired Animal: James Baxter is actually saying "games bookstore" due to reading those words when developing his routine.
  • Trash of the Titans: Raggedy Princess' kingdom is a monumental landfill, which she boasts you can find anything in if you poke around long enough.
  • Verbal Tic Name: It's implied that "James Baxter" is not a name the horse chose, he's just mispronouncing a chant of "games bookstore" and everyone assumed that's his name.
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