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Recap / Sanders Sides S 1 E 8 Alone On Valentines Day

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Valentine's Day is approaching, and Thomas doesn't have a date, neither hope to get one on time. The Sides appear on him and try to give him tips on how to secure a date for Valentine's Day. They decide to use a recreation of Thomas' friend Valerie to give him examples of what each of them would do. However, being aspects of their personality, the suggestions they give are too biased to the aspect each of them represents, and therefore are not entirely wholesome or practical, so everything they try ends up being one mess after another.
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Release date: February 13, 2017

WARNING: Untagged spoilers ahead. Read at your own risk.


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  • Battle Discretion Shot: The Battle between Roman and the Dragon Witch all happens off-screen and only the sounds of the fight and the scared faces of the others are seen.
  • Burn the Witch!/The Dragonslayer: A Dragon Witch was found quickly to be the cause of Valerie's troubles and, being Prince Charming, Roman fends it off via samurai sword.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Dad tells that he would write his thoughts beforehand in a letter to avoid getting confused, but when he reads it to Valerie, he shows that he's written everything in his head, even word fillers and pauses, missing the whole point of writing the letter in the first place.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Valerie adresses to Princey as "Thomas". At this point, the Sides did not have names yet, so it was probably implied at this point that all of the Sides were called Thomas because they were parts of Thomas. Just one episode later, things would change in this matter.
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  • Gratuitous Spanish: Princey and Valerie proclaim their mutual love... in Spanish. Neither Thomas nor the other Sides know a word of Spanish.
    Valerie: Ay, te he esperado tanto, Thomas, ¿de verdad que me amas? (Oh, I've been waiting for you for so long, Thomas, do you really love me?
    Princey: Te lo afirmo, te amo con todo mi corazón. (I assure you I love you with all my heart)
    Valerie: Ay...
    Logan: How do you know Spanish?
    Thomas: I don't even know Spanish...
  • It's All About Me: Princey feels distressed when Dad suggests not talking so much about himself and making sure the other feels heard:
    Princey: [distressed] Not... talk about... me...?
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Anxiety is the one who suggests, by accident, the solution for Thomas' struggles: just being himself and wait for romance to bloom naturally when he least expects it. He doesn't seem to be very happy about having brought up the solution.
    Anxiety: I wasn't... trying to help...
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  • Reality Ensues: When the letter fails, Dad tries to go straight into hugging Valerie, and the others stop him because "you can't touch strangers".
  • Shoutout: Virgil mentions that the method Logic suggests to secure a date would only work if your life was a Sims game.
  • Valentine's Day Episodes: The whole plot revolves about Thomas not having a date for Valentine's Day and the suggestions the Sides give him to secure one.
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