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Recap / Big City Greens S 1 E 13

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Cricket, Tilly and Gramma search for treasure buried somewhere around the Green house to prevent it from being sold; Cricket doodles over Gloria's paintings and soon the customers become interested in the art.

Family Legacy:

  • An Aesop: Even the most mundane of treasures have something special to them.
  • Big "NO!": By Gramma in her flashback as Big City is built around her shack.
  • Bottle Episode: Most of the episode takes place at the Green house, with the exception of the flashbacks.
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  • Identical Grandson: The Greens' ancestors in the flashbacks bear uncanny resemblances to Cricket, Tilly and Bill in the here and now.
  • Land Poor:
    • Despite the Greens' meager financial state, it's shown the surrounding development has made land their house is incredibly valuable. They just don't want to sell something that's been in the family for so long.
    • Seemingly every other generation of the Greens experienced a crisis making their land unprofitable, but the children find a solution just before the property is sold off.
  • Monochrome Past: The flashbacks are depicted in sepia tone.
  • Treasure Hunt Episode: What sets off the plot.
  • Worthless Treasure Twist: Cricket and Tilly find the treasure, but it's a box full of seemingly useless mementos — a watch from Gramma's father, aviator goggles from her aunt, and Gramma's own shovel. Just when Gramma is about to sell the farm, Cricket and Tilly figure out that the items on the box are actually a reminder of how the younger Greens always save the day when the adults have given up, making Gramma realize that the Green family treasure is the farm itself.

Paint Misbehavin':

  • Bottle Episode: Most of the episode is set at Big Coffee.
  • Cope by Creating: Gloria copes with sadness and extreme stress by painting and is happy to explain how she felt when she painted each work as well as what she was coping with at the time. Unfortunately, she's a Butt-Monkey and nobody sees any beauty in her paintings until Cricket adds crude drawings of common objects to the canvases. The very fact that her paintings got no attention without the help of a small annoying child does not escape her notice.
  • Insistent Terminology: Cricket resents Gloria calling his drawings scribbles. They're doodles, thank you very much.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gloria's reaction when Cricket doodles all over her artwork.

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