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Recap / Green Eggs And Ham 2019 S 1 E 12 There

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After a close call at the docks, Guy is arrested and learns that Sam has been duping him. Meanwhile, Michellee takes E.B. for a tour through Meepville.

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  • Armor-Piercing Question: McWinkle's question about Sam's "occupation" as a Wildlife Protector causes Guy to think over the clues such as Sam carrying a fake Wildlife Protector license and his lack of knowledge of animal biology.
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  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Gluntz reacts to The Goat's criminal record and refusal to speak with her usual aplomb. But when he says he doesn't like boardgames? "YOU MONSTER!!"
  • Art Imitates Art: One of the paintings in the Hall of Walls is a Seussian version of Pablo Picasso's "The Old Guitarist."
  • Bait-and-Switch: Once in Meepville, Michellee and E.B. stop just outside of the massive toy story E.B. had been gushing about in previous episodes. At first, it looks as though Michellee finally lightened up and decided to treat her daughter to something she wants, but it turns out that they're just walking past it on their way to the Hall Of Walls. Double subverted in that it looks like Incredibly Lame Fun, but it turns out to be an art gallery where Michellee's painting is hanging, which E.B. loves even more.
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  • Berserk Button: Gluntz really doesn't like when people tell her that they don't like board games.
  • Black Comedy
    • Snerz's gala is full of it. Employees are threatened with termination if they don't applaud, and anyone who speaks out gets dropped down a trap door.
    • The sign on Justin's Diner flickering to read "Just Die."
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: Snerz's introduction during his gala.
    Announcer: And now, the man in charge, the man of your dreams, and the man in charge of your dreams...!
  • Break the Cutie: Sam does not react well to Guy telling him that he doesn't belong anywhere, not even with his own mother.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The narrator expresses frustration over how Guy, at his lowest point, is back to being the grouch he was in episode one.
  • Brick Joke: The fish family from "Train" appear at the beginning having just purchased a new house... right before the sunken boat crushes it.
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  • Cassandra Truth: Having just learned that Sam is a con artist, Guy obviously isn't ready to believe that Sam's claim that he isn't going to sell Mr. Jenkins to Snerz after all.
  • Chirping Crickets: Despite the smoke effects and pyrotechnics going off, Snerz's spectacular entrance at his gala is met with awkward silence. His Yes-Man is forced to hold up a sign threatening his employees with termination to get them to applaud.
  • Did Not Think This Through: Sam tries Gluntz's goat hypnosis technique on the BADGUYS, only for McWinkle to remind him that it won't work on them because they aren't goats. Subverted in that Sam just does it as a distraction for Guy to get Mr. Jenkins back from them.
  • Disguised in Drag: One of Sam's aliases is Dr. Linda Schwartz.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Guy's reaction to finding out that Sam is a con artist who wanted to sell Mr. Jenkins to Snerz.
  • Even the Dog Is Ashamed: After Guy brings up Sam's mother during his "The Reason You Suck" Speech, Mr. Jenkins becomes just as heartbroken as Sam and they both leave Guy.
  • Fireball Eyeballs: After being offered green eggs and ham one too many times (at a moment that he is not in the mood to even consider doing something nice for Sam), Guy scowls at the dish in Sam's hand as it's reflected on his eyes, imagining it bursting into flames.
  • Freudian Excuse: Michellee used to be a professional painter when E.B. was very little. She became overprotective of E.B. when her husband died, moving them to the suburbs and taking a reliable office job as a bean counter to ensure that E.B. would be provided for.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: McWinkle is bad cop to Gluntz's good cop while they interrogate Guy and The Goat, respectively. It quickly devolves into "bad cop, insane cop" thanks to Gluntz being... well, Gluntz.
  • Hidden Depths: Thanks to a major in animal linguistics, Gluntz is able to mesmerize The Goat and bring him in without a fight.
  • I Have Many Names: Sam, aka The Furry Foot Bandit, aka Flim-Flam-I-Am, aka Sham Shamford, aka Dr. Linda Schwartz.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One!: Gluntz doesn't interrogate the Goat so much as have a literal tea party with him, where she politely asks him questions which he refuses to answer. However, when he says he doesn't like board games, she throws her tea in his face and calls him a monster.
  • Kick the Dog: Once he learns about who Sam really is, Guy tells him that he only has so many aliases because he doesn't fit in anywhere, then rubs salt in the wound by saying that that's why his mother gave him up. Owtch!
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Despite how angry he is, even Guy realizes he's gone too far with his Kick the Dog moment when he notices that it makes Sam cry.
  • Mythology Gag: Like the original book, Guy angrily gives a long list of all of the places he's been offered green eggs and ham in response to Sam's penultimate effort to get him to try it. Unlike the book, however, Guy is much angrier at Sam for having put him through far worse than just pestering him and the list is more of a "The Reason You Suck" Speech than a declaration.
  • Oh, Crap!: Sam realizes he's in big trouble when Guy tells him that he found out about his true occupation.
    Sam: (smiles sheepishly) It's nice to be wanted?
  • Rage Breaking Point: Guy is so furious by the time Sam makes his Once an Episode offer of green eggs and ham that he snaps and launches into a fiery tirade.
    Guy: I DO NOT LIKE THEM, SAM-I-AM!
    Sam: But you could!
    Guy: I could not, would not on a boat! (pounds the offending food) I will not, WILL NOT with a goat! I will not eat them in the rain! (hurls the meal at a wall) I will not eat them on a train! I do not like them here or there! I do not like them ANYWHERE! I DO NOT LIKE GREEN EGGS AND HAM! I DO NOT LIKE THEM, SAM! I! AM!!
    Sam: ...Soo...that's a 'no?'
  • Reality Ensues: Snerz does an impromptu knee slide on stage, badly scraping his knees.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Guy delivers a devastating one after Sam tells him the reason why he has so many aliases; reason being that no one stuck around long enough to get to know the real him.
    Guy: Well, there's a reason nobody's ever stuck around this long, Sam. Believe me, I know! Because I've tried! I've tried you as a friend, and you don't fit. You don't fit anybody, not even your own mother.
  • Shout-Out
  • Signs of Disrepair: An especially glum Guy walks into Justin's Diner, who's flickering sign occasionally reads "Just Die."
  • What the Hell, Hero?: It's completely understandable why Guy is enraged with Sam, what with deceiving him throughout the season, but to bring bring Sam's mother into it is clearly going too far.
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