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Recap / Dan Vs S 1 E 5 Dan Vs The Animal Shelter

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Lately, Dan hasn’t been able to get any sleep due to the cries and wails across the street from a new animal shelter, so Dan, somewhat aided by Chris, sets out to destroy the building and finally get some rest.

This episode provides examples of the following Tropes:

  • Black-and-White Morality: This is the first episode where the target of Dan's revenge isn't evil.
  • Black Comedy: The entire episode. Dead black. Or, rather, nearly dead black.
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  • Brick Joke: When two doctors pull a patient out of an ambulance, they say how he's going to see a real doctor rather than an "actor in a lab coat that most people see". At the end of the episode, Dan encounters an actor who's pretending to be a doctor.
  • Comically Inept Healing: two hospital orderlies mention offhand that only the patients with really good insurance get examined by a real doctor—everyone else just sees an actor dressed as a doctor.
  • Continuity Nod: The animal shelter appeared before, and Chris even reminds Dan that he mentioned it before (in "Dan Vs. The Wolf-Man").
  • Delayed Reaction: In "The Animal Shelter", Chris eats a meatloaf that Dan made as Dan explains his need for revenge on the animal shelter. When Dan says his plan involves a poisoned meatloaf, Chris continues to eat for several beats until he realizes he's been poisoned.
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  • Fake Static: Dan does this to get out of a phone call with Elise, and she becomes angered that he's just saying "crackle" and "buzz".
  • Foreshadowing: Dan adds Burger Phile after accidentally drinking Chris' milkshake there. Later in the season, a whole episode revolves around Dan's vendetta against the fast food restaurant.
  • Formally Named Pet: Mr. Mumbles, who makes her debut in this episode.