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When Mabel discovers that Sev'ral Timez, her favorite boy band, is actually a bunch of imprisoned clones, she sets them free, only to decide on keeping them for herself; Dipper is convinced that Robbie plans to brainwash Wendy with a secret message.

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  • Ambiguous Ending: It doesn't really matter in the long run (since he's being dishonest either way), but the episode isn't clear if Robbie was ACTUALLY trying to brainwash Wendy or if it really was an accidental result of him stealing the song. The demonic looking CD case certainly doesn't help his argument.
  • An Aesop: Exposing your love interest's boyfriend as a jerk so she'll break up with him does not automatically make her "available" for you. See Reality Ensues below.
  • Angry Dance:
    Grenda: Oh, no! They're aggressively dancing at us!
  • Artistic License – Law: Ergman Bratsman gets arrested for not having a rear license plate.
  • Artists Are Attractive: A major part of both the A and B plots
  • Auto-Tune: The vocals of Sev'ral Times are treated with this effect.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The A-plot ends with Sev'ral Timez free to live their lives as they want, but Mabel is left heartbroken. The B-plot ends with Wendy safe and no longer together with Robbie; but Dipper jumps the gun on asking to hang out with her, leaving her mad at him as she walks off, albeit with Stan comforting Dipper in that she'll most likely forgive him for it (see "What Happened to the Mouse?" below).
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  • Born in the Wrong Century: Sev'ral Timez. They act more like they debuted during the late 90s or early 2000s than the modern day. Of course, One Direction was a thing at the time the episode aired.
  • Boy Band: Sev'ral Timez.
  • Brick Joke:
    • The goat eats the rear license plate of a limo just as it rolls off. The manager inside said limo is arrested because he has no rear license plate.
    • Creggy G. wanting to kiss a tree. He gets his chance in the credits.
  • The Cameo: Pacifica can be seen at the concert.
  • Ceiling Cling: Mabel, her friends and the band do this when they're hiding from Stan. Pretty impressive for Grenda.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: When Dipper and Stan go to rescue Wendy, Stan is glad to finally have a good excuse to punch a teenager.
  • Comfort Food: After learning that the show is sold out, Grenda resorts to eating peanut butter by the handful.
  • Continuity Nod:
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    • Dipper thinks Mabel's dancing means she got into the Smile Dip again.
    • Sev'ral Timez has a song titled "Cray Cray".
  • Cosmetic Catastrophe: Grenda's attempt at putting on lipstick for the concert.
  • Crunchtastic: Grunkle Stan calls his canned brown meat "apoca-licious".
  • Day Hurts Dark-Adjusted Eyes: Happens to one member of Sev'ral Times during their First Time in the Sun moment.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The story of Mabel getting attached to Sev'ral Times reminds of a kid taking in a hurt wild animal and then struggling to let go once the animal recovered.
  • Dramatic Wind: Lampshaded by Sev'ral Times during their song to Mabel, thanking her for holding up the fan while they are singing.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: A G-rated version, with Dipper guzzling sodas with Grunkle Stan after his failed attempt to catch Wendy on the rebound.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: A DVD of Sev'ral Timez was in the previous episode.
  • Earworm: Mentioned in universe that the songs by Sev'ral Times are quite catchy.
  • Eureka Moment: Robbie's "catch you on the rewind" quip inspires Dipper to try playing the brain-washing song backwards.
  • Fangirl: Mabel, Grenda and Candy are crazy about Sev'ral Times. The theme of this episode is the (to males) inexplicable effect of musicians on girls.
  • First Time in the Sun: When Mabel lets Sev'ral Times out into the wild, they see the sun for the first time.
  • Foreshadowing: Near the beginning of the episode, Dipper and Wendy joke about how boy-band members are grown from pods. Little do they know how right they are...
  • Hairpin Lockpick: Mabel opens the backdoor and the boy band cage's padlock with her hairpin.
  • Handshake Refusal: Soos's high five is not reciprocated by Ergman Bratsman.
  • Hope Spot: When Dipper overhears Wendy breaking up with Robbie. His joy doesn't last long.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    Dipper: Ugh, girls!
    Wendy: I know, right?
  • I'm Okay!: Candy says this after she accidentally bumps into the vending machine.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Once Wendy breaks up with Robbie, Dipper instantly asks her out... while she's grieving from what happened.
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: When Mabel tells her brother that girls mature faster than boys, we get a shot of Grenda frantically kissing a magazine image of Sev'ral Times.
  • Ironic Echo: "If he loved you, he would set you free." Said by Mabel to try and convince Several Timez to run away. Said TO Mabel (twice, by Candy) to try and convince HER to set Several Timez free.
  • I Will Show You X:
    Robbie: Catch you on the rewind.
    Stan: I'll rewind your face!
  • Love Makes You Crazy: The reason Mabel lashed out at her friends for trying to take away her pet boy band.
  • Lucky Translation: The boy band's name is Sev'ral Timez and there's a scene where Candy says she wants to give them "several kisses." In Spanish the words for "times" and "kisses" rhyme (veces and besos) so it becomes a pun.
  • Mind-Control Music:
    • Apparently, there are some subliminal messages in Robbie's song.
    • Stan also attempts this in the Shack, in that there's music followed by Stan shouting at the customers to buy keychains.
  • New-Age Retro Hippie: One once came between Stan and Carla.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Sev'ral Timez's manager Ergman Bratsman is based on Lou Pearlman, the sleazy record executive behind Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC.
  • Oblivious Guilt Slinging: The song Sev'ral Timez composes just for Mabel after she conspires to keep them to herself.
    Other folks we could never trust
    But we know that you'd never lie to us!
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Mabel somehow teleports upstairs when Grenda and Candy are running to tell the band they are free.
  • The One That Got Away: Apparently, Grunkle Stan once had quite the thing for Carla "Hot Pants" Makorkle.
  • People Jars: Members of Sev'ral Times are grown in pods.
  • Reality Ensues: When your love interest breaks up with her boyfriend, it should not be treated like your victory when she's undergoing a hard time.
  • Repulsive Ringmaster: Ergman Bratsman is the modern equivalent of this character type.
  • Sanity Slippage: Mabel becomes more and more clingy and psychotic as her time with Several Timez increases.
  • Shoo the Dog: Mabel beating Sev'ral Times with a stick so they would go back into the wild all while being teared up over their separation.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Skewed Priorities: When Dipper reveals the Mind-Control Music to Wendy and Robbie hastily denies ever writing it, Wendy dumps Robbie... for lying about writing the song.
  • Sniff Sniff Nom: When examining Robbie's CD, Dipper sniffs and licks it.
  • Spit Take: Grunkle Stan prepares for one when Dipper shows him Robbie's song, but when he hears it, he doesn't consider it spit take worthy. He actually does one when Dipper plays it backwards, revealing the secret message.
  • Subliminal Seduction: In Robbie's song.
  • Survivalist Stash: Stan is seen stocking a non-specific "Brown Meat", and later he reassures Robbie that his break-up with Wendy won't matter, because the apocalypse is happening soon.
    Stan: Now's a good time to bury your gold. (beat) You have been buying gold, haven't you?
  • Technologically Blind Elders: When Dipper gives Grunkle Stan the CD of Robbie's song, Stan mistakes it for a record, and tries to put it into a record player.
  • They Call Me Mister Tibbs:
    Robbie: Dipper? Mister Pines?
    Stan: That's Mister Pines to you!
    Robbie: What? That's what I just said!
  • Title Drop:
    Grenda: Candy, we gotta get past Mabel. She's gone boy crazy!
  • Totally Radical: All the members of Sev'ral Times talk this way.
  • Trail of Bread Crumbs: Ergman Bratsman found the Mystery Shack by following a trail of frosted tips.
  • Twisted Echo Cut: We cut from Dipper telling Wendy to "hear this (recording)" to Mabel being told by Sev'ral Times to "hear this (song)".
  • Vanity License Plate: Ergman Bratsman has a "BIG MONEY" plate sporting on the rear of his stretch limousine. He later gets arrested by police for not having a rear license plate. Apparently, Gompers ripped it off.
  • Verbal Backpedaling:
    Dipper: I could play this game forever.
    Wendy : What'd you say?
    Dipper: Coughing! I was coughing!
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It's unknown what happened to the people in the pods after Ergman's arrest.
    • It's never shown or explained how Dipper made amends with Wendy since they appear to be on good terms again in the episodes that followed.
  • With Catlike Tread: Grenda shouting "We're masters of stealth!"
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: Which explains the spelling of Sev'ral Timez.

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