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Definitely not picture perfect.
Photo Op

Bill takes the family to the mall to get a family photo taken much to their dismay, and they try to escape to the food court.

"Photo Op" contains examples of:

  • An Aesop:
    • It's best to see your family happy instead of trying to make them happy yourself.
    • Don't trick others into doing something they don't like.
  • Arc Words: "Surprise!"
  • Bottle Episode: Most of the episode takes place inside the mall, mainly on the second floor where both the photo shop and food court are found.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: This line from Cricket when he believes he's going to the food court:
    "I'm gonna eat french fries and pizza, then I'm gonna put the french fries on the pizza, then I'm gonna get a hot dog, and then I'll probably throw up."
  • Calling the Old Man Out: When Cricket and Gramma are caught at Clothington, Cricket angrily calls out Bill for lying to them and not taking them to the food court like he believed.
    Cricket: Oh, I'm always gonna remember this day of... lies! You wanna know what rhymes with "lies"? Traumatized! I've never been to a food court before! I've thought it was gonna be cool, and fun, and wild, but you tried to take that away! Well, NOT TODAY!
  • The Chessmaster: Tilly uses Bill's "surprise" limerick to trick a child's choo-choo train conductor into giving her the wheel.
  • Destination Ruse: Bill takes the Green family to the mall to get their photo taken at the family portrait studio by tricking them into thinking that they're going to the food court. When Cricket, Tilly, and Gramma find out the truth, they spend the rest of the episode trying to escape to the food court before Bill can find them and take them back.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Cricket goes ballistic when told he has to put on shoes for the family portrait.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: Cricket is absolutely ticked when forced to wear shoes for the photo, hence why he's always going constantly barefoot. However, he rarely ever brings this up for most of the series, and he begins to wear shoes more frequently in Season 2.
  • Friend-or-Idol Decision: Bill does not have enough cash for both the family portrait and the food court. Cricket, Tilly and Gramma, furious with Bill for tricking them, try to escape, but fail. When Bill drags the family back to the studio for the portrait, he decides not to buy the photo after seeing how sad they were and takes them to the food court instead.
  • Group Picture Ending: The episode ends with a perfect photo of the Greens taken in the photo booth.
  • Hope Spot:
    • The owner of Clothington manages to hide Cricket and Gramma's existence long enough for Bill to start to leave...but then the two celebrate loudly, causing Bill to hear them and catch them.
    • Then the kids are on the (slow) train and are about to reach the food court... but then Bill swings on the bunting right in front of them stopping them, and takes them back to take the photo.
  • Idiot Ball: Cricket and Gramma taking the time to laugh and chat loud enough in the fitting room they hide in while Bill hasn't even left the store yet, allowing him to hear where they are and catch them.
  • Imagine Spot: Tilly imagines that the food court is a courtroom where anthropomorphic food put her on trial.
  • A Lesson Learned Too Well: Bill (in an attempt to justify tricking the family into having their picture taken) tells Tilly that lying is okay if it's for a "fun surprise". Tilly spends the rest of the episode telling lies to people, punctuating each one with "Surprise!"
  • Literal-Minded: Tilly takes the term “Food Court” too literally and imagines herself in court with various foods.
  • Match Cut: After Bill announces they’re getting a picture taken, the view flashes from a shocked Cricket, Gramma and Tilly to them sitting on the bench in the same positions wearing their fancy clothes.
  • 1-Dimensional Thinking: Given that the train only has one speed, Cricket and Tilly could've just jumped off the train and ran around Bill's space to the food court, or steered it around him.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Cricket gives one to Bill when calling him out for his Destination Ruse.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The train that Tilly hijacks resembles the title character of Thomas & Friends.
    • Some of the stores are parodies of real life retailers. The Photorific photo studio is a parody of The Picture People. Clothington Clothes Factory is a parody of Burlington Coat Factory.
  • So Much for Stealth: Cricket and Gramma would've been successful at driving Bill away if they didn't take the time to celebrate loudly in the fitting room for Bill to hear.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: In the end, Bill ultimately decides not to buy any of the photos and takes his family to the food court for real. In return, the rest of the family decides to get a family portrait in a photo booth.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Cricket and Gramma are the most ticked off toward Bill taking them to get a picture taken instead of the food court.
  • Wait Here: After Cricket and Gramma escape for the food court, Bill asks Tilly to stay right where she is while he goes and gets them. Naturally, she disobeys.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: All of the Greens, especially Cricket, toward Bill for his Destination Ruse.
Remy's Off to Boarding School, unless he learns to call the old man out.
Remy Rescue

Remy's parents catch him missing his violin lessons to hang with Cricket and Tilly and they must save their friend from being sent to boarding school.

"Remy Rescue" contains examples of:

  • An Aesop: Don’t be afraid to speak up in a crisis.
  • Alliterative Title: The episode title is alliterative.
  • All There in the Script: Remy's parents, Rashida and Russel, are not named in the episode itself.
  • Art Shift: While chasing Remy's limo back to his mansion, Cricket and Tilly's route is marked by icons of their own faces following it on a 2D Google Maps model.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Tilly bursting through the ceiling vent, dropping onto Vasquez, making him free Cricket long enough so he can save Remy.
  • Brick Joke: When Tilly pulls an Idiot Ball to get a board game leaving Vasquez to escape his trap, she suspiciously enters the vents. This causes her to be absent for much of the escape plan until Remy's getting on the helicopter, when she bursts out of the ceiling vent for her Big Damn Heroes moment.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Just before his parents take him away to boarding school on the family helicopter, Remy finally gains the courage to call them out and reveal how he's not like them and wants to have friends.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Tilly sneaking off into the vents after Vasquez escapes his trap is what allows her to pull a Big Damn Heroes moment and free Cricket from Vasquez so he can save Remy.
  • Continuity Nod: Remy blowing off his violin lessons to hang with Cricket was previously brought up upon their first encounter in "Space Chicken", and becomes a main point here.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: This is the least competent Tilly has been in an episode, disobeying Cricket's orders to watch Vasquez and leaving him unguarded to find a board game (though it becomes useful much later). In most episodes, she obeys him without distraction and is more sane than him often.
  • Extreme Doormat: Remy is too cowardly to stand up to his parents. Even when they are taking him to the helicopter, he meekly asks if he can't go to boarding school. Cricket encourages him to speak up for himself, and using his advice, he calls his parents out just in time.
  • For Want of a Nail: If Tilly didn't run off to get a board game and sneak into the vent after seeing Vasquez escaped, Remy would've left Cricket for good.
  • Full-Name Ultimatum: By Rashida when she busts Remy.
    Rashida: Remy Remington! You're in big trouble, young man!
  • Given Name Reveal: Remy’s last name is revealed to be Remington. Cricket is surprised by this.
  • Grew a Spine: Remy gains the courage to stand up to his parents.
  • Idiot Ball: Tilly being asked to watch Vasquez, only to run off to get a board game leaving him to escape. Becomes purposely though, as this initiates a Brick Joke where she saves Cricket.
  • Incoming Ham: Tilly bursting out of the ceiling vent crying out "WHOOPSIE DADDLE!"
  • Luminescent Blush: Seen briefly on Cricket when Tilly jokingly sticks her head in the fake tiger's mouth.
  • Noodle Incident: Remy claimed he once faked a blood test so he could get out of school.
  • Off to Boarding School: Remy’s parents try to do this to him as a result of missing violin lessons on purpose to hang with Cricket and Tilly.
  • Repetitive Name: This episode reveals Remy's full name as Remy Remington.
  • Rocky Roll Call: When Cricket and Remy reunite:
    Cricket: Remy, Remy!
    Remy: Cricket!
    Cricket: Remy!
    Remy: Cricket!
    (Both hug and laugh)
    Tilly: Tilly!
  • The Scream: Remy does a relatively long one when in Vasquez's security room, which confuses Cricket.
  • Three-Point Landing: Cricket does one when he enters Remy's mansion through the window.
  • Wingding Eyes: Cricket gets stars in his eyes when entranced by Remy's mansion.
  • With a Foot on the Bus: Remy is almost sent to boarding school, but he manages to get his parents to change their mind by calling them out.