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Recap / Star vs. the Forces of Evil S1 E17 "Freeze Day"

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Star accidentally freezes time with her wand, and she and Marco take a "Freeze Day". But when Star is unable to start time again, Star and Marco must convince Father Time to set things right.


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  • Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?: Needing the Wheel of Progress to spin, but sympathetic to Father Time's desire to be free, Star and Marco spy some giant hamsters, and Star asks, "Are you thinking what I'm thinking?" In this case, it's the silly idea that's used.
  • Art Imitates Art: The melting clocks on the Plains of Time are a reference to Salvador Dali's "The Persistence of Memory".
  • Boredom Montage: The scene where Father Time's history is shown reveals he's literally done nothing but run on the Wheel of Progress.
  • Companion Cube: Father Time names one of the rocks he finds "Rocksworth".
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Glossaryck appears again, and Marco references his last encounter with him in "Mewberty" by muttering "Scrape the sides, buddy."
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    • One of the final clips of Star's history is of her taming a wild unicorn, pulled directly from "Star Comes to Earth".
    • Star and Marco went to a birthday party in the family Charlie is staying in "The Other Exchange Student". Mr Diaz also wears the Viking helmet Charlie got him while in the shower.
  • Fountain of Youth: Star and Marco get turned into babies by time magic, then get turned elderly by the same magic.
  • Hamster-Wheel Power: The Wheel of Progress turns out to be a giant hamster wheel operated by Father Time. Eventually they find some giant hamsters to run the wheel, though not in the way you'd expect.
  • Here We Go Again!: Father Time freezes time again just to play in the mud.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: When Marco gets left with the head of an old man and the body of a baby when crossing the time stream, he tells Star "Not a word..."
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  • Manchild: Father Time acts like one, since he has spent eternity running on the Wheel of Progress, and has never experienced things like mud and rocks.
  • Noodle Incident:
  • Patient Childhood Love Interest: Marco is revealed to have been crushing on Jackie since they were little. Then turns out he has yet to be more forward to her until the end.
  • Speedy Snail: Father Time rides a very fast turtle; Star and Marco ride a rabbit in an attempt to catch him, only to find it's as slow as a turtle.
  • Take a Third Option: Not wanting Father Time to just go back to running on the Wheel of Progress for all eternity, Marco finds some giant hamsters and suggest them as a solution. Star misunderstands and makes the wheel into a chariot pulled by the hamsters, which at least allows Father Time to explore instead of just staying in the same place.
  • Time Stands Still: The premise of this episode.
  • Title Drop: Star says the title upon freezing time.
  • Totally Radical: Father Time yells out "YOLO" when running away from Star and Marco, a word that most people consider to have gone out of style two years prior to the episode's original airdate.

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