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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Lacie is plain unlikeable during the events that lead to her epiphany. Most of the problems that caused her rating to go down were either caused by her or made worse by her actions. The rating system is not bad in itself - "That's how society works", this particular person just made a string of horribly bad decisions, most of which were her fault.
  • Anvilicious: Rating people is a bad thing. It's a case of Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped, but so heavy-handed and was considered to be steeped in slippery slope... until years after the episode aired, when China began implementing the same system.
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  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: In the last scene, the shouting match between Lacie and the other guy in jail seems oddly flirtatious despite its content.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment, combined with Take That!: Lacie overhears in a bathroom stall that a group of fans of the sci-fi series "Sea of Tranquility" is going to a convention near where Naomi's wedding takes place, so she fakes being another fan to hitch a ride with them. These guys are depicted as stereotypical trashy cosplayers and insufferable fanboys, especially when one of them gets angry because Lacie doesn't know that one character does not conform to gender conventions. Then Naomi phones her and tells her not to come to her ceremony anymore. The scene qualifies as a BLAM because it's unnecessary to the plot (Lacie borrows a motorbike to get to the wedding, she could have done that before), mostly irrelevant to the episode's theme and seems added just to take potshots at fandoms and social justice people.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Apparently the real life Chinese government is toying with plans to implement a "social credit" system plan for their people. Trials began in May 2018 and it should be fully implemented by 2020.
    • Also, there is now an app called "peeple" which is sold as the "yelp for people." Needless to say, many people were saying, "Wasn't this done on Black Mirror?"
    • Taxi App Uber's system of rating both drivers and passengers has echoes of this.
  • Heartwarming Moments: From two complete strangers saying "Fuck you" to each other, no less.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: This episode, which is all about people rating each other based on how they see them, was written by Michael Schur (with assistance from Rashida Jones). Schur would go on to make The Good Place, where whichever afterlife one ends up in depends on an arbitrary scoring system. The aesthetics of the society of this episode also feels very close to the sets in TGP (brightly lit, wholesome feeling and pastel colors galore).
  • Les Yay: Lacie's last words in her wedding-crasher speech are "I love you, Naomi! I've always loved you!". It's unclear if it was an intentional revelation (considering that the episode has a theme of social stigma and dishonesty) that came at the worst possible moment, making her look unhinged and vengeful or just a questionable choice of dialogue. Her comment a moment before about boys never working out for her makes it more confusing (though that too can be explained via Lacie's chronic insecurity).
    • In the same episode, we have Paul and his best man, who are awfully close. Sometimes literally.
  • Narm: The delivery of the line, "I'll cut his head off and stick it up my ass!"
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: The bright pastel colors and the general aesthetics of middle/high society definitely feel very sweet and wholesome. It only adds to the Crapsaccharine World nature of this place.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Lacie comes off like this for some viewers, seeing as most of her problems during the Humiliation Conga she only made worse and her behavior at the wedding would not be acceptable in our society either.


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