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Recap / Big Mouth S 04 E 7 Four Stories About Hand Stuff

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The kids at Bridgeton Middle explore enthusiastic consent, feminine pleasure, coercion and more in four short films.

Tropes in this episode


  • Framing Device: The episode is shown as Connie and Maury watching the show in Andrew's bed. Each of the segments are also framed by Devin talking about her divorce from DeVon.
  • Shipper on Deck: Andrew is sleeping at the foot of his own bed like a dog, and smiles with one eye open while Maury and Connie get busy.
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  • Special Edition Title: Maury appears at the end of the opening credits to point out Mark Levin's name (one of the co-creators of the show), since he and Connie mentioned him by name in the cold open.
  • Vignette Episode: As the title indicates, this episode is broken up into four segments, all involving getting handjobs.

Tropes in Touched by a Jay-ngel

  • Blatant Lies: Lola claims to be devastated with the news of the Devins' divorce, while throwing streamers and skipping merrily in the locker room.
  • Literal-Minded: After Caleb serves Devin divorce papers, DeVon asks him, "How'd she take it?" to which Caleb replies "With her right hand."
  • Literary Allusion Title: The title is a parody of the soap opera Touched by an Angel.
  • Your Head Asplode: Lola's head explodes after finding out that Jay is supposed to make her feel good too during intimate moments between them.

Tropes in The Hand M-Aiden's Tale


Tropes in The Glouberman Method

  • Literary Allusion Title: To The Kominsky Method.
  • Shout-Out: Andrew's method is done in the style of a Bob Fosse routine.
  • Super OCD: Three steps of the Glouberman Method involve checking the lock three times. The method itself has some signs of it, as Andrew believes he has to follow it exactly or something terrible will happen. When he masturbates spontaneously without doing his ritual, coincidentally his father gets news that his grandpa died, which he blames himself for.

Tropes in Blue Balls

  • I Have to Iron My Dog: Jessi gets out of giving Michael Angelo a handjob by claiming she has to go vote.
  • I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: The Hand Doctor says he won't take care of the sentient blue balls because "I'm a doctor, not his girlfriend".
  • Innocently Insensitive: When Jessi sees Michael Angelo's penis, she laughs at it because she thinks it's funny that it speaks with a Long Island accent.
  • Lie Back and Think of England: The Depression Kitty's advice for Jessi is to just zone out and think about lunch while giving Michael Angelo a handjob.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Things continue to get worse for Jessi. Michael Angelo attempts to guilt trip her into a sexual act she's not comfortable with, insults and breaks up with her when she can't go through with it, and Shannon is livid with Jessi after hearing she's been skipping school for a week and won't explain her actions. Jessi is left sobbing after her mother tells her how disappointed she is, while Tito and Depression Kitty continue to take over Jessi's life even more.


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