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Recap / Gravity Falls S 1 E 15 The Deep End

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They call him Mermando... because Mermando is his name.

In the midst of a Heat Wave, the Mystery Shack crew go to the Gravity Falls public pool to beat the heat (except for Wendy, who's already working there as a lifeguard). There Mabel meets Mermando, a merman trapped in the pool, while Dipper volunteers to be a lifeguard to get close to Wendy.

Tropes in this episode:

  • Artists Are Attractive: Mabel says "and you can play at least one chord on the guitar" to Mermando after she tells him he's the coolest guy she's ever met.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Between Mabel and Mermando, of course.
  • Blackmail: Not used, but Mabel's photograph of Dipper giving Mermando reverse CPR is blackmail-worthy, and Mabel knows it.
  • Cardiovascular Love: It helps that Mermando has seventeen hearts.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • We see Wax Stan from "Headhunters" melting in the beginning of the episode.
    • When Stan catches on fire in the intro Mabel says "he'll be fine" like she did when Stan fell into the pit in the previous episode.
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    • Mabel recalls having dated a zombie and some gnomes.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Invoked by Mabel to get Mermando out of the pool - when Dipper catches her, Mabel distracts him by claiming Wendy's in a bikini.
  • Dramatic Wind: One blows Mermando's hair when he announces his name.
  • Elephant in the Living Room: You'd think someone would've noticed sooner that a merman is swimming in the pool, even though he's trying to hide his tail under a floating mattress.
  • Evil Is Petty: Lil' Gideon spends the episode trolling Stan over his favorite pool chair.
  • Fanservice: Wendy in a red swimsuit can be seen as this.
  • Fan Disservice: Old Man McGucket lotioning himself. It's acknowledged in-universe too.
  • First Kiss: Mabel wants hers from Mermando. She ultimately ends getting her first kiss from him. And so does Dipper.
  • Foot Popping: When Mabel kisses Mermando.
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  • Free the Frogs: Soos thinks the pool floaties are alive and want to be set free.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: Mable offers Mermando the loudspeaker from the pool so his family can hear his calls, but if she does so, Dipper will get fired, but he lets her do it anyway since she’ll do anything for him even though their relationship won’t work out.
  • Go Look at the Distraction: Mabel, after being caught breaking into the pool by Dipper, distracts her brother by claiming Wendy's in a bikini.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Used by Mermando a few times. Also, the cryptogram during the end credits translates to "VIVAN LOS PATOS DE LA PISCINA" ("Long live the Pool Ducks").
  • Heat Wave: And what better way to deal with one than a day at the pool?
  • Human Outside, Alien Inside: Merpeoples' top halves look human, but they've got seventeen hearts, concealed gills on the sides of their head, and apparently start undergoing puberty at three years of age.
  • Insignia Rip-Off Ritual: When Dipper gets fired, Mr. Poolcheck rips his whistle off his neck and eats it.
  • Interspecies Romance: Between Mabel and Mermando.
  • Intimate Healing: Dipper has to perform mouth-to-mouth on Mermando to keep him from dying, forcing water into his lungs, as he is a merman.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: This is why Mabel was so eager to bust Mermando out of the pool.
  • I Was Told There Would Be Cake: Wendy took the lifeguard job because she heard they got free snack privileges.
  • Kiss of Life: Dipper is forced to give Mermando "reverse CPR" to keep him from suffocating.
  • Latin Lover: Mermando, of course.
  • Laugh of Love:
    • When Wendy says that being lifeguard lets her have the best seat in the house, Dipper remarks "Yeah, you do!" and laughs for an overly-long time. Lampshaded when he says in a mortified whisper, "I've been laughing for too long."
    • Mabel laughs and says "You're so funny!" when Mermando jokingly compliments her on her lack of water wings. Soon afterwards, Mermando laughs as she combs his hair, which causes her to think that he likes her.
  • Look Behind You:
    Mabel: Hey, look! Wendy in a bikini!
    Dipper: Really?! At night?!
  • Love at First Sight: Mabel was enamored the moment she saw Mermando.
  • Manly Tears: Mr. Poolchek when he fires Dipper.
  • Message in a Bottle: How Mermando keeps in touch with Mabel.
  • Missing Steps Plan: "Alright, Dipper, here's the plan: catch the trespasser, protect the supplies, keep job at pool, and eventually marry Wendy."
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently, Mabel has dated a couple of cute vampires without telling Dipper. Doubles as a Continuity Nod to "Tourist Trapped", where she hoped her new boyfriend would be a vampire.
  • No Sense of Direction: Mermando recounts his attempts to return to the sea... including swimming up-river with salmon.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: Mermando. Among other differences, he has, like, 17 hearts. "Horrifying, but true!"
  • Out-Gambitted: Grunkle Stan gets the "perfect pool chair" by sneaking into the pool after hours and camping out all night, but it turns out Gideon anticipated this and applied super glue to the chair.
  • Punny Name: Mermando.
  • The Reveal Prompts Romance: Mabel liked him anyway, but she definitely found learning Mermando's "terrible secret" a turn-on.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Wendy & Dipper as Lifeguard & Assistant Lifeguard. Whilst Poolcheck tells Dipper that he's on thin ice after being caught throwing life preservers at the patrons, they both ultimately get fired for other things.
  • Seashell Bra: Mermando's mother has one.
  • Seasonal Montage: The kid in solitary experiences this over the closing credits.
  • Serious Business: Mr. Poolcheck takes pool security way too seriously. He cries at one point when he thinks Dipper has been breaking the rules.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Dipper winds up getting fired from his job as Assistant Lifeguard due to the damage caused by Stan & Mabel's break-in attempts despite his attempts to stop them, which means he doesn't get to hang out with Wendy since she's still working at the pool; except Wendy was fired minutes before Dipper for abusing her snack privileges.
  • Shipper on Deck: Soos for Mabel and Mermando.
  • Ship Tease: The last scene between Dipper and Wendy at the end of the episode.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The scene where Mabel poses dramatically while Mermando leaps over a rocky outcropping is a reference to an iconic scene from Free Willy.
    • Gideon references a famous reaction image when he puts on his sunglasses while saying "Deal with it".
  • Squick: In-universe. Dipper's reaction to seeing his sister kiss someone. Also, his reaction to giving CPR to Mermando. "I hate this!"
  • Stating the Simple Solution: Mermando points out that Dipper didn't need to give him reverse CPR when he was dying. The lake was a few feet away, and Dipper could have just rolled Mermando to it.
  • Stealing from the Till: Wendy is fired for taking too many free snacks.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: "Don't be silly, there certainly isn't a merman in there if that's what you're implying! Who said anything about a merman?"
  • Testosterone Poisoning: Mr. Poolcheck.
  • There's No Place Like Home: And Mermando just wants to go back to his.
  • This Is My Chair: Stan fights Gideon for the best chair in the pool.
  • Title Drop: "Welcome to The Deep End, son". Said by Mr. Poolcheck to Dipper; apparently that's the name of the pool.


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