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Recap / Corner Gas S 2 E 12 An American In Saskatchewan

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"Yep. Definitely not the right place."
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A Plot: An American tourist accidentally comes to Dog River and Hank is tasked with being a goodwill ambassador toward him. Unfortunately, Hank is probably the worst choice and Brent tries to remedy the situation.

B Plot: Wes puts in an ATM at the liquor store and it becomes an instant hang-out spot. This concerns Lacey, as people have stopped coming around the Ruby. Oscar loves it there because people actually care about what he has to say for once, but once Emma shows up and starts getting all the attention instead, he changes his mind and wants the ATM gone.

C Plot: Karen attempts to learn French, but is less than stellar at it.

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Tropes Referenced:

  • The Alcoholic: The guy who was goodwill ambassador before Hank.
  • Bait-and-Switch: When Davis finally decides to take action against the ATM, we see him carrying a plank of wood while menacing music plays, implying he's going to use it to either give Wes a beating or smash the ATM to pieces. Instead he convinces Wes to get rid of the ATM by bribing him with his huge pile of wood.
  • Diplomatic Impunity: Brent was given diplomatic immunity by Fitzy in exchange for taking over the ambassador position from Hank. He uses it to Drive Like Crazy and get away with it.
  • Distinction Without a Difference:
    Karen: So, Emma, what's the best way for me to learn French?
    Emma: Why are you asking me?
    Karen: Well, you're the leader of the ATM people.
    Wanda: Why do you keep calling us "the ATM people"? It's not like we're a club.
    Emma: We're just a group of friends hanging around the ATM.
    Karen: Oh.
    Emma: Who I'm the leader of.
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  • Eagleland: Hank assumes the tourist will be the boorish stereotype, even though he is polite and well-educated. This makes Hank come across as a big jerk.
  • El Spanish "-o": Karen does the French version of this as part of her "French immersion".
  • Gratuitous French: Karen does this throughout the episode, with a level of skill that makes Peggy Hill's Spanish seem superb in comparison.
  • Local Hangout: The ATM becomes one.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: Oscar's plan to get rid of the ATM. It's shot down before we get to hear many details.
    Lacey: Maybe we should just talk to them. Maybe if we all go there—
    Oscar: —And we'll be wearing masks?
    Brent: No, Dad. I think Lacey means really talk to them. Not... whatever you were thinking... that requires masks.
    Lacey: Yeah, just talk to them. If they want to plot against our mayor, they can do it here in the restaurant.
    Brent: Or even the gas station.
    Lacey: What do you say?
    Oscar: I'm in. But if it doesn't work, we go there with masks.
  • Mundane Object Amazement: Everyone in town is impressed by Davis's large pile of wood. Enough that Davis is able to use it to easily bribe Wes to get rid of the ATM.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Mark McKinney never tries to hide his Canadian-ness while playing the American tourist. Although this could be part of the Running Gag that the tourist is much more knowledgeable about Canada than Hank thinks he is (or is himself for that matter).
  • Person as Verb:
    Brent: It's about the tourist.
    Davis: What about him?
    Brent: Hank.
    Davis: What's he doin'? Is he bein' Hank? Is he doin' Hank-type stuff?
  • Shout-Out: The episode title is a reference to An American in Paris.
  • Won't Take "Yes" for an Answer: Davis keeps acting as if Fitzy doesn't share his opinion on the ATM, and has to be repeatedly reminded that he does. Somehow, at the end of the episode, Fitzy himself gets confused on what his own opinion is.
    Fitzy: The ATM has divided us! I realize now: Davis was right!
    Lacey: [laughs] You agreed with him all along.
    Fitzy: Oh... yeah.
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