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Marco is locked in Star's closet, along with the wand, and Glossaryck informs Star that she must "dip down" to use magic without the wand, while telling Marco that he must find Star's secret.


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  • Amusing Injuries:
    • Star burns a hole through Glossaryck's hand with one of the laser puppies in an attempt to get through her closet door.
    • Marco tells a group of magic termites to stop eating his flesh.
  • Bigger on the Inside: Star's closet of secrets, where she keeps all her stuff. And she has a lot of stuff.
  • Body Horror: Star has a malformed talking narwhal in her closet.
  • Bottle Episode: The entire episode takes place within Star's room, and the closet within.
  • Brick Joke: After finally getting out of Star's closet, having been knocked in there sans clothing, Marco declares he is going to get some pants.
  • Character Development: Star is more open to taking advice from her mother. Also, her mother is notably less overbearing when giving her advice.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Star at the beginning of the episode recounts on a livestream what happened with her wand.
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    • StarFan13 is watching the livestream and is disappointed when Marco cuts it short.
    • Marco says "Let's get organized" the way he did in "Quest Buy".
    • The "No Secrets" and "Secrets?" signs Marco makes are held up by the hand plants Star tested her arm-fixing spell on in "Monster Arm".
  • Cutting the Knot: Subverted. Star tries to brute force her way into the closet instead of "dipping down" like Glossaryck instructs, though none of her attempts work. It looks like she figures out a way when she discovers a box of Mewmen termites, though they just fly through the cracks of the closet door and bite Marco.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: When Star tells her mother that she has to "dip down", her mother replies that she didn't learn that until she was nineteen.
  • Dope Slap: Once she frees Marco from the closet, Star smacks him with her diary.
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  • Exorcist Head: The demonic unicorn in Star's wand turns its head to roar at Glossaryck, then keeps turning in the same direction until it's facing forward again.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: You can see parts of Star's diary when Marco is trying to read it. We even get a glimpse of "My Thoughts On Marco":
    I met Marco on the first day of school. Somehow the principal knew we'd be the best of friends, and it's true, we were!
  • Glowing Eyes: As Star "dips down", her eyes and heart shaped Facial Markings begin to glow, the same way they did in "Storm the Castle" and with the same leitmotif.
  • Improvised Clothes: Marco was wearing a towel when he was knocked into Star's closet, losing the towel in the process. He has to wrap some of Star's clothes around him.
  • The Key Is Behind the Lock: Star usually uses her wand to open her closet door, but now the wand is inside the closet.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The episode opens with Star staring into the camera and going "Guess who?!" She turns out to be in a video chat with her friend StarFan13.
  • Literal-Minded:
    • Glossaryck tells Star that magic is like a cauldron of stew, and her magic wand is a spoon that only skims the surface of her true potential. Star feels the need to point out that her wand is not actually a spoon.
    • Queen Moon tells Star she has to use "everything you have" in order to "dip down". Star tries piling everything in her room into a catapult and throwing it at the locked door. Moon lampshades this when she tries to make sure her daughter actually understood the advice, but is ignored.
  • Locked in a Room: Marco is locked inside Star's closet for most of the episode, while Star tries to figure out how to open it without her wand.
  • Made of Indestructium: Star's closet door resists everything she throws at it. As in, it resists her throwing literally everything in her room at it.
  • Magic Misfire: When Star tests her wand at the advice of Glossaryck, who says it's broken, it fires a massive blast of green glitter that bursts another tower through the roof. Glossaryck calls dibs on it.
  • Needle in a Stack of Needles: Glossaryck tells Marco to find "Star's secret"...in a closet that's filled with all of her secrets, with no clue as to which one he's supposed to find.
  • Rummage Fail: While video chatting, Star reaches into a drawer to show off her new wand, but pulls out a brush instead.
  • Secret Diary: The secret Marco was supposed to find in order to get out turns out to be Star's journal. Star begs him not to read it, and when Marco gets to the part where she talks about her feelings about him, it triggers Star's ability to "dip down".
  • Ship Tease:
    • Star's journal has a section reserved for her thoughts on Marco. When Marco starts to read it, Star is finally able to "dip down" to stop him from reading too far.
    • Star implicitly refers to Marco as her property when he gets locked in her closet along with her wand and spell book.
    • At the start of the episode, Marco objects to Star recording from the bathroom because he doesn't want the people watching her vlog to see him in the shower. He never objects to Star herself seeing him in the shower, however.
  • Shirtless Scene: This happens to Marco briefly when the wand knocks away his towel and shoves him into the closet.
  • Trickster Mentor: Glossaryck gets Star to "dip down" by tricking Marco into reading her diary. Slightly deconstructed as it's shown that his way of doing things really doesn't work for the people he's trying to help and he only provides genuine assistance when he drops it. (Star is Literal-Minded and needed specific instruction to do what was needed, Marco got fed up and just forced him to give a straight answer, and Queen Butterfly admits that Glossaryck isn't all that helpful.)
  • Wham Episode:
    • This episode demonstrates that Star can "dip down" and use magic without her wand. Glossaryck's remarks imply that the magic she can use in this manner is even more powerful than the spells she can cast with her wand, shown by how her Facial Markings light up like in "Storm the Castle".
    • Glossaryck looks into the wand and sees the unicorn powering it looking like he's possessed, after which he declares the wand broken.

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