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Recap / Big City Greens S 1 E 24

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Tilly finds an old ventriloquist dummy to use for Big Coffee’s Open Mic Night, but it constantly creeps Cricket out; the Green family plays the People Watching game where they make up stories based on the various citizens they find, but Bill has trouble making one of his own.

Hiya Henry:

  • An Aesop: It’s important to tell someone that you’re afraid of something, otherwise it could get worse.
  • Demonic Dummy: Hiya Henry, the dummy that Tilly finds, gets on Cricket’s nerves throughout the episode.
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  • Glowing Eyes: Henry appears to have these when sleeping with a panicking Cricket.
  • Nightmare Sequence: Cricket has one where Hiya Henry has control over himself and the family, turning them into dummies.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Cricket goes, “What...the...heck?!” when he sees Henry for the first time.
  • Reflective Eyes:
    • Cricket when he first sees Henry.
    • Henry in Cricket’s nightmare just before he turns into a dummy himself.
  • Shout-Out: Hiya Henry is a parody of Howdy Doody.
  • Sudden Eye Color: Cricket and the others suddenly gain eye colors when they turn into dummies in Cricket’s nightmare.

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People Watching:

  • Art Shift: Each of the Greens’ stories has a distinct art style. Nancy’s is the regular animation style with a brighter color scheme, Bill’s is various crayon drawings, Cricket’s is based on a comic book, Gramma’s is old fashioned, and Tilly’s is in the style of 1930s cartoons.
  • Fantasy Twist: Bill's stories are of the characters doing mundane, every day stuff, instead of the exciting, fantasy scenarios the others come up with.
  • Framing Device: The episode is framed by the Greens telling stories about the citizens they see.
  • I Have No Son!: Gramma threatens to disown Bill if he doesn't come up with a good story.
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