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Recap / Sanders Sides S 1 E 9 Losing My Motivation

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Thomas hasn't prepared anything for the next video, because he hasn't felt motivated for doing anything, other than procrastinating. Logic immediately rises up and chastizes him for that. Then he decides to dress up as Sherlock Holmes and, with the help of Dad dressed as Watson find out who among the Sides is the culprit for Thomas' lack of motivation.

Release date: February 28, 2017

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


  • Clueless Mystery: The episode is a full mystery case where Logic tries to find a culprit, but the clues portrayed by the story are not enough for the viewers to solve the case on its own right until the end when characters and viewers find out who the culprit his at the same time.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: There's a scene where Thomas is thinking and different hilarious descriptions appear on-screen that can only be read if pausing the video as the scene happens quickly.
  • Heel Realization: When Logic discovers that he is the ultimate cause of Thomas' procrastination, he goes on a rant.
    Logic: But I've been helping to figure this out! I'm the cause of this, but I'm also the solution to a problem I have caused, and will inevitably resolve. Am I in a paradoxical loop where I endlessly generate a problem and try to solve it like a snake devouring its own tail in order to satiate its HUNGER?!
    Thomas: Ok! Calm down time! It's a lot simpler than...whatever you're trying to say.
    Anxiety: [horrified expression] That was dark, even for me...
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  • Inconvenient Summons: When Logic summons Anxiety, he appears with an eye pencil in his hand, in the middle of touching up his eyeshadow.
  • Insult Backfire: Anxiety called Princey "Sir Sing-a-lot" after Anxiety himself was called "Sunshine." Princey ended up using it for himself, though he misused the term and called himself "Sir Sing-a-long".
  • Literal-Minded: Anxiety asks if he "can take a stab", to which Logan yells "WHO GAVE HIM A KNIFE!?"
  • Malaproper: Logic says that there's an "infinitesimal" amount of things to talk about in this universe. He meant to say "really big", but "infinitesimal" actually means "really small".
  • Memetic Mutation: In-Universe. Anxiety saying: "Can't be a bad video if you never make one" while he makes the fingers on the forehead gesture.
  • Never Lend to a Friend: Patton borrowed a dollar from him and eight years later is when he gets it back.
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  • One-Liner: This line that Logic says to Patton perfectly summarizes in six words Logic's philosophy:
    Logic: Feelings. The bane of my existence.
  • Plot Twist: Dad casually calls Logic as Logan for the first time while he's sinking down, and in doing so he introduces a new story arch that will last for the rest of the whole season: the Sanders Sides have names and we are to know them one by one.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Anxiety shows the first sign ever of softening up with one single line:
    Logic: Are you implying that Logic was not sound? Anxiety is the antagonist!
    Anxiety: I'm not always the bad guy!
  • Shoutout: Logic cosplays as Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and Dad as Watson.
  • Schmuck Bait: Roman was clearly not happy when Logan pretended to spot a spider behind him, all just to help prove his point.
  • Spiders Are Scary: Logan tells Princey that he thinks there's a spider behind him. Princey jumps scared and runs away. Then he reluctantly returns to his place when Logan says he thinks he was wrong, but Princey still checks out if the spider is there, with a livid face of fear.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: When Logan realizes the one causing Thomas' lack of motivation he's been hunting during "Losing My Motivation" is himself.
  • Unwanted Assistance: Logic sees Dad as such:
  • Unwitting Pawn: Dad is one of the causes of Thomas' procrastination because he's feeling lack of passion for projects. But he doesn't want to be the culprit of Thomas' lack of motivation.

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