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Recap / Big City Greens S 2 E 2

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When Bill discovers Gramma has been making the Big City residents think she's an evil witch, he throws a barbecue to prove them wrong; Cricket makes a wishing well so people can pay him, but when Tilly makes a wish, he's faced with a dilemma.

Urban Legend:

  • An Aesop: Scaring people isn't nice. It's important to be a good neighbor.
  • Bottle Episode: The episode only takes place at the Greens' house, mainly the living room and front yard, save for a few shots of the sidewalk and a brief scene in a hardware store.
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  • Burn the Witch!: What the mob tries to do with Gramma.
  • Continuity Nod: Gabriella's friends are among those who come to the barbecue.
  • Fainting: One of the little girls faints at the sight of what appears to be Cricket turning into a chicken.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: While Nancy and Tilly support Bill's idea of a barbecue, Cricket is suddenly torn; he does like making new friends, but he believes it's fun to scare people and play tricks on them, so he sides with Gramma. However...
  • Everyone Has Standards: After the people form an angry mob, Cricket says that it's no longer fun when the victims of his pranks try to physically harm him and his family.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Gramma's swamp witch ruse scares the visitors so much they form an angry mob and vow to murder her, and she realizes her mistake and must set things right.
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  • Jerkass Has a Point: It is Gramma's right to keep strangers off her property, even if how she goes about it is drastic and unnecessarily menacing.
  • Noodle Incident: It was mentioned by Bill that Tilly tried to fry a dozen eggs before.
  • One Episode Fear: The townsfolk's fear of Gramma was only acknowledged this episode.
  • Series Continuity Error: No mention of Gramma as a swamp witch was made before this episode.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "You don't. Drink. Barrel water."
  • Torches and Pitchforks: The neighbors form a mob to get the "swamp witch". But first they stop to buy torches and pitchforks at the hardware store.
  • Wicked Witch: What Gramma pretends to be to scare off the townsfolk. Bill is genuinely surprised to see they actually believe it.


Wishing Well:

  • An Aesop: It's unfair to scam others.
  • Argument of Contradictions: Between Cricket's consciences over him hurting Tilly's feelings.
    Devil: He should just keep the money!
    Angel: (gasps) No, he should not!
    Devil: Yes he should!
    Angel: No, he shouldn't!
    Devil: Yes!
    Angel: No!
    Devil: Yes!
    Angel: No!
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: Cricket's angel and devil fight each other inside Cricket's head, occasionally bumping into his brain and causing him fits.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Cricket shouts, "BE...QUIET!" as he has enough of his consciences arguing.
  • Break the Cutie: Cricket revealing his well was just a scam to get money was enough to reduce Tilly to a complete depression.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: We meet Cricket's personal devil and angel. The devil appears first, and Cricket is wary of him at first, because he looks like, well, a devil. The angel appears two hours later because the devil had him tied up, and starts annoying him until he does the right thing. In addition to this, the consciences appear to interact with the physical world (such as when Angel empties out a jar of gumballs and when Devil drinks out of a cup), as opposed to the traditional way when they solely appear in the mind of the person alone.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Cricket when he realizes his angel conscience was right and he must do what needs to be done.
  • Punctuated Pounding: "And I'll punch...your...butt!" (as Angel Cricket punches real Cricket's butt)
  • Shout-Out: When Cricket's consciences are fighting in his head, he briefly lapses into Sonnet 29.
  • Suck E. Cheese's: Snuggly Pete's Pizza, the kid's restaurant Cricket goes to to spend the money he earned.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Cricket's angel gives him one when he realizes he scammed Tilly out of her money and won't leave him alone unless he learns his lesson.

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Gramma the Swamp Witch

Gramma pretends to be an evil swamp witch to scare away the townsfolk.

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