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Recap / Junior Officers S1E21 "Even the Best Fall Down Sometimes"

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Tensions are rising in the Octopod as the guilt and anger proves to be too much for Barnacles.


  • Call-Back: Banracles tells Shellington the real reason his books were misplaced back in "The Queensland Lungfish".
  • Manly Tears: In this chapter, Barnacles cries for the first time in five years.
  • Misdirected Outburst: The climax of this chapter; Barnacles lashes out at Deborah over his own guilt.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Deborah does this after Barnacles shouts at her.
  • It's All My Fault:
    • This is Barnacles' reaction to Shellington's mental breakdown.
    • Shellington has this reaction upon hearing about Barnacles and Deborah's falling-out.
  • Precision F-Strike:
    Deborah: You'renote  just like my dad, you bastard!
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Two back-to-back:
    • Barnacles gives Deborah a major dressing-down for trying to remain optimistic despite what happened at the end of "The Swell Shark", culminating in declaring that he should never have chosen her to be an Octonaut.
    • Deborah gives Barnacles one right back for taking his anger out on her.
  • Tears of Remorse: The chapter ends with Barnacles doing this, regretting what he said to Deborah.
  • Trying Not to Cry: "Barnacles stiffened his expression. His eyes were stinging, but he resisted the urge to cry."
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Unlike in "The Swell Shark", here we get a lovely shot of Shellington throwing up onscreen.
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  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are:
    Captain Barnacles: I aimed to treat younote  respectfully from the moment I found you. And to this day, you've proven time and time again that you still deserve that respect.
  • You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: Meta example; Barnacles is referred to without his titlenote , signaling how royally he has screwed up.

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