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When an artist turns Dan's car into a piece without his permission, Dan rages against the art world. Chris struggles to learn what makes good art.


This episode provides examples of the following Tropes:

  • Abandoned Warehouse: It's an old toy factory.
  • Air-Vent Passageway
  • The Alleged Car:
    Dan: [sighs] I love that car...
  • Ass Shove: With a flying crowbar.
    Dan: If I only had my crowbar...
  • Brick Joke:
    • Dan's "tech guy" claims that he played checkers with Frank Sinatra. "Not the singer, the clown." Later, one of the clowns at Art Artstein's headquarters is named Frank Sinatra.
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    • During the art museum break-in, the tech guy eats the same pack of chips that Dan earlier tried to use as a Comically Small Bribe.
  • Callback: In Dan Vs Traffic, Dan mentions dabbling in jetpack technology. In this episode, Elise wants to buy a painting to cover up the hole where he blew through the wall of their house.
  • Comically Small Bribe: Dan attempting to bribe the art school clerk with a sandwich. When this fails, he throws in a packet of potato chips as well.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: As violent and crazy as he is, Dan still hates fascism.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: In-Universe; One of the art critics that looks at Dan's car considers it to be a metaphor for man's love of cupcakes. Another claims that it's an endorsement of corporate greed.
  • Fake Food: Chris eats some plastic food at the museum, not realising it's actually made of plastic.
    Chris: Museum food tastes like plastic.
    Dan: Another reason art must suffer.
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  • Impact Silhouette
  • Insult Backfire: Artstein tries to get revenge on Dan by making his last piece a huge Take That!: it's just a statue of Dan, titled "Unnamed Jerk". However, Dan considers it the best piece Artstein's ever done, while the art critics think it's his worst.
  • Kill It with Fire
  • Meaningful Name: Art Artstein. Might also be considered an Ironic Name.
    Chris: I guess if someone could explain art to me, it'd be someone named Art.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: On a cat, at that!
  • Samus Is a Girl: Mr Mumbles is revealed to Dan.
  • Scenery Censor: Chris gets pressed into service as a nude model at Artstein's factory. A variety of objects hides his crotch from the camera. Chris brings the resulting painting home, and the painting is only ever seen from angles where everything below the waist is blocked by someone's head.
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  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Art Artstein's philosophy.
  • Springtime for Hitler: The art critics love the pieces that get vandalised by Dan and Chris.
    Chris: Wait, people like our pointless squiggles?
  • Starving Artist: Discussed at the Academy of Art.
    Clerk: Are you trying to bribe me... with a sandwich?
    Dan: Come on, aren't you a starving artist? It's a really good sandwich.
  • Stealth Pun: The episode title.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Dan seems to think the homeless tech guy can speak cat.
  • Sad Clowns: Sitting on a bench as part of an exhibit.
  • The Treachery of Images: Art Artstein's headquarters have a painting of a sign, reading "THIS IS NOT A SIGN". It's what tips Dan and Chris off that Art is there.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: In-Universe, this is how Chris feels.
    Chris: But if that's art, and benches are art, and sunflowers are sometimes art, and then some art can be eaten - even though it shouldn't be - then... but... [sighs] I am never gonna figure this out!
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