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Recap / Star vs. the Forces of Evil S2 E33 "The Bounce Lounge"

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When Star discovers that the Bounce Lounge is closing, she and Marco enlist their old Bounce Crew to make sure the party continues.


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  • An Aesop: Nothing lasts forever, so make the most of it while you can.
  • Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?: When Headphone Joe and Lady Scarves-a-lot won't leave the Null Club, Star gets an idea and asks Pony Head "Are you thinking what I'm thinking?" Cut to the club on fire, which is apparently not what Star was thinking.
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  • Bittersweet Ending: Star and her friends pay off the mortgage on the Bounce Lounge, but Miss Sparkles has been partying for so long (she's Really 700 Years Old) she closes the place down anyway so she can retire. The episode ends on a fairly light note, though, as the Bounce Crew takes one last picture together in the Bounce Lounge's old photo booth (which Pony Head stole), and get to keep it.
  • Black Comedy Cannibalism: Star turns the captain of the Bunny Pirates into a carrot, and we hear his pained screams as his crew devours him alive. It's not permanent, as he does show up at the Bounce Lounge later: he has chunks missing, but is still clearly alive.
  • Comfort Food: Kelly is wolfing down Goblin Dogs because Tad broke up with her.
  • Continuity Nod: Star, Marco, and Pony Head find Kelly at the Goblin Dog cart from the eponymous episode.
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  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Kelly and Tad break up, and Star and Pony Head find a very depressed Kelly at the Goblin Dog truck.
  • Drama Queen: Star and Marco aren't worried about Pony Head's hysterics at first, since the last time she was this upset was because she ran out of "rainbow toothpaste".
  • Eleventy Zillion: Miss Sparkles owes "like a bajillion dollars" on the mortgage to the Bounce Lounge.
  • Embarrassing Old Photo: Star looks rather sheepish when she sees a picture of her pimple-faced, braces-wearing younger self from "junior prom night" hanging at the Bounce Lounge.
  • The Faceless: Milly Sparkles hides her face behind her fan and sunglasses. When she finally shows it, it's all wrinkly, revealing that she's Really 700 Years Old.
  • Glad I Thought of It: When Marco tells Pony Head that nothing lasts forever, she just dismisses him. When Miss Sparkles says the same thing, Pony Head thinks it's deep, much to Marco's frustration.
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  • Glass-Shattering Sound: Star's wail of despair on learning the Bounce Lounge is closing causes several glass objects throughout the Diaz household to break and the hearts on her cheeks to pop.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: There's a brief one of Milly Sparkles' wrinkly, haggard face when she reveals she's been running the Bounce Lounge for thousands of years.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: At the start of the episode, Pony Head is so upset about the Bounce Lounge closing that she cries copious amounts of rainbow-colored tears. When she breaks the bad news to Star, Star starts crying, too, with plenty of snot and tears.
  • Innocuously Important Episode: This episode introduces the photo booth Pony Head gets to keep as a consolation prize, and ends up becoming a huge plot point for Star and Marco much much later on.
  • Mouthscreen: The episode opens on Pony Head's open mouth as she's crying. When she says that the Bounce Lounge is closing, we cut to Star's open mouth as she starts crying, too.
  • Ocular Gushers: Both Pony Head and Star cry a large stream of tears when they hear that the Bounce Lounge is closing.
  • Opening Shout-Out: The Bunny Pirates are briefly seen in the opening sequence. This is their first appearance on the show proper.
  • Pose of Supplication: Star and Pony Head bow before Milly Sparkles, owner of the Bounce Lounge, and Star encourages Marco to genuflect as well.
  • Putting the Band Back Together: Star and Pony Head's mission to save the Bounce Lounge involves getting their old "Bounce Crew" together again.
  • Reverse Psychology: Star baits Johnny Blowhole into joining their efforts to save the Bounce Lounge by casting doubt on his "partying powers".
  • Saving the Orphanage: Star and Pony Head try to help save the Bounce Lounge from closing down. They manage to pay off the mortgage, but Miss Sparkles closes the place down anyway because she's been in the business for over five-thousand years and is desperate to retire.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: The protagonists do everything they can to save the Bounce Lounge, but despite their success, their efforts were utterly a waste of time as Milly Sparkles just keeps the money closes it anyway so she can retire. As a consolation prize, Star and Pony Head at least get to keep the photo booth.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Mr. and Mrs. Diaz have their glasses shattered by Star's cry, but just keep on reading.

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