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Recap / Big City Greens S 1 E 11

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Out of desperation to have a friend, Tilly lies to a conspiracy theorist about the gargoyles at a nearby building; Cricket tries to get a big profit by selling fake food to a supermarket.

Tropes shared with both episodes:

  • Absentee Actor: Bill doesn't appear in the first segment, while Gramma is absent from both segments, and for the first time.
  • Alliterative Title: Both episode titles are alliterative.
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Gargoyle Gals:

Supermarket Scandal:

  • An Aesop: Don't get competitive when it comes to making money.
  • Big "NO!": Cricket screams one at the end of, and in response to, his Imagine Spot of the customers eating the fake food.
  • Didn't Think This Through: In order to make a sale, Cricket disguises some random objects as farm produce and doesn't worry about the consequences until Bill asks if he knows how the people who eat the fake food will react.
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: The episode ends with Cricket, Tilly and Bill laughing off Chip now that his name fits his mouth.
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  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: The fake produce Chip decides to taste is the 8-ball apple. Note that this could allude to the idiom "behind the 8-ball", which means "in a position that is unable to escape". Guess what happens next?
  • Foreshadowing:
    • How the money Cricket gets from tricking Chip will be spent is foreshadowed twice.
      • First, when Chip tries to buy the food he needs from Bill, he makes a mention about reselling it for double the price. Cricket gets one half of the money from selling real food and the other half from selling fake food and has to spend it all to buy back the fake one.
      • Later, when Chip pays for both the real food and the fake one, he tells Cricket not to spend everything in one place unless the place is Wholesome Foods. Cricket has to spend it all at Wholesome Foods to buy back the fake one.
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    • When Bill warns Cricket what would happen if the customers buy the fake food, he says "they're gonna be mad" and "our reputation will be ruined". In the end, it's Chip who does exactly that.
  • Irony: The distraction provided by Tilly accidentally led Bill to find customers but Cricket had already sold everything real and fake by the time Bill took the customers to his stand.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Cricket buys back the fake food to keep people from finding out it's not real and it costs all the money he got from selling it and the real food.
  • Meaningful Name: Upon taking a bite of a fake apple, Chip Whistler gets a chipped tooth and starts making whistle noises whenever he talks.
  • Never My Fault: Chip blames the Greens for what happened when he tried to eat a fake apple but it was his own fault for ignoring Cricket's warning about it being fake.
  • Oh, Crap!: Cricket's reaction when Bill reveals the Bad Future of what will happen if customers eat the fake produce, followed by another when Chip decides to eat the fake produce himself and tries to stop him but to no avail.
  • Or My Name Isn't...: Chip ends his declaration of revenge with "or my name isn't Chip Whistler".
  • Produce Pelting: Cricket's Imagine Spot features his family receiving this treatment for the fake food trick.
  • Sequel Hook: Chip's words toward the Greens after chipping his tooth with the fake produce hint this won't be the last they see of him.
  • Take Our Word for It: We never actually see how much it cost to buy all the fake food.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • When the Greens go to Wholesome Foods to buy back the fake food, Cricket says they can't draw attention to themselves. Chip then notices the Greens and announces them to the customers as the people who supplied all the food being sold at the place.
    • Bill warns Cricket whoever eats the fake produce will turn against them and ruin their reputation. Then Chip eats them...
  • Torches and Pitchforks: Cricket's Imagine Spot features angry customers using these against his family.
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