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Recap / Camp Camp S 3 E 7 Cameron Campbell The Camp Campbell Camper

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Cameron Campbell returns to Camp Campbell!...as a camper named Samboy Kidswell. Will his plot to frame David for the Camp Campbell scam succeed?


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  • Bait-and-Switch: In the opening of the episode, it looks like David is the only one of the counselors fooled by Campbell's disguise, and that everyone else will have to convince him to see the truth. That it turns out that even David isn't that stupid - he's just playing along because he still sees Campbell as his boss.
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  • Berserk Button: Max is mostly just amused by "Samwell Kidboy," until Campbell mentions that he's "rough around the edges" when it comes to manipulating people. A brief flash of anger clouds Max's face - and is quickly replaced by a sinister smirk.
  • Big Good: Max saves the camp, and David from prison.
  • Broken Pedestal: David finally sees his ex-boss for what he is.
  • Call-Back: Campbell still thinks that Nikki is named "Girl Neil."
    • Max mentions Campbell's shady deals with Russia, Thailand, North Korea, and Kentucky. Campbell, who wasn't around for the events of "Foreign Exchange Campers," is surprised Max managed to find out about Kentucky.
    • Max also mentions the events of "Dial M For Jasper" and how a camper's death occurred on Campbell's watch.
  • Character Development: Max once again shows off the growth and proves that he doesn't want Camp Campbell to close. Furthermore his scheming in this episode isn't even aimed at David, but the man who is trying to get David thrown in prison, showing that in his own way, Max does care about his counselors.
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  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Anyone remotely familiar with Max would know better than to trust him once he starts getting too polite and amenable.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Gwen clearly does not believe David's theory that Campbell is infiltrating the camp to pull an Undercover Boss, but she does seem to consider that it's not the craziest thing that could happen to them.
  • Engineered Public Confession: Max exposes Cameron by getting him to talk about his other schemes and turning on his bug without him knowing.
    • Campbell tries to pull the same thing on David via Preston's improv class, but Space Kid spoils it by accident.
  • Enlightened Self-Interest: Max saves the camp, and David from Super Guantanamo, because he can do just about whatever he wants at camp and doesn't care to be sent home. Also because it gets him extra dessert.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Nurf coldly informs Campbell that he takes pride in his bullying, physically and emotionally, but spreading rumors is beneath him.
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  • Faux Horrific: What Cameron fears most about Super Guantanamo isn't the fact that it's a Hell Hole Prison, but that the schedule is "unstructured" and instead of beating him, all the guards do is tut how they are "Disappointed in You".
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Campbell knows none of his campers - except Neil and "girl Neil." He also only remembers that Max is the troublemaker, but wasn't a witness to Max's character growth or bonding moments with David. If Campbell had done his job running his summer camp, he would've never trusted Max to help him, and certainly not to betray David.
  • I Resemble That Remark!: When Campbell writes him off as a lackey, Neil protests that he and Max are partners in crime. Max agrees and lavishly praises Neil's intelligence to get Neil to run an errand for him. Neil happily does as Max says.
  • Kirk Summation: When Campbell accuses him of siding with children over his mentor, David shuts him up without even trying.
    David: That's... that's the job. You really don't get that, do you?
  • Line-of-Sight Name: Campbell at one point has to make up an activity to keep David distracted and comes up with "mannequin selfie carving."
  • Nobody's That Dumb: Even David isn't oblivious enough to believe that a six-foot tall man who looks exactly like his former boss could be a child camper. Then again, he is oblivious to the fact that Campbell is clearly trying to frame him.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Had Cameron Campbell actually bothered to meet the kids at his own camp, he might have suspected Max's overly agreeable demeanor. As soon as Max admits that Campbell has him "all figured out", the viewers know it's just a matter of time until Max lets the other shoe drop.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Really, it'd be impossible for a full-grown man to pose as a child, and only some of the dumber campers are fooled - even David is only playing along because he thinks he should.
  • Secret Test of Character: David thinks that Cameron Campbell is infiltrating his own camp to test his counselors, a la Undercover Boss.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Agents Miller are so in love that they brush off Cameron Campbell's mic mysteriously going silent and have a gun-loading contest.
    Agent Miller: You are so good at this.
  • Totally Radical: When spreading rumors about how evil David is, Campbell asks Ered if she wants to hear the word on the street. She tells him she's not interested in gossip from anyone who still uses the phrase "word on the street."

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