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  • Accidental Nightmare Fuel: Ed's mouth flaps sometimes cross into this territory, due to the movement not quite matching up with the speech.
  • Bizarro Episode: The episode "Mako" revolves around an animated alien who comes to earth and takes over the bodies of whoever it goes inside. Its victims have no memory of what happens when the alien takes them over.
  • Epileptic Trees: It's possible to interpret Mister Ed as the deranged hallucinations of a man who owned a completely normal horse, but in-universe evidence that Ed can talk is much stronger.
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  • Funny Moments: In one episode, Wilbur takes up painting and hires a gorgeous model as a bid to get Carol's attention. He brings her into the barn, where she announces that she needs to change. Wilbur modestly closes Ed's stall door...while Ed strenuously tries to keep it open.
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  • Retroactive Recognition: Ben Starr wrote 40 episodes. Starr is best known for co-creating Silver Spoons and co-developing The Facts of Life.
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  • Tear Jerker: An episode featuring Special Guest Zsa Zsa Gabor saw Gabor (playing herself) come to town to film a movie. The studio borrows Ed as a horse for Zsa Zsa to ride in the film; when she falls in love with Ed and refuses to ride any other horse, the movie studio offers Wilbur an enormous sum of money to buy Ed outright. Wilbur initially balks but Ed, realising how much the money would do for Wilbur, pretends he is star-struck and demands to be allowed to leave. Wilbur accedes and helps Ed pack up his things with tears streaming down his face as he does so.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks!: Some viewers found this a blatant ripoff of several films in which Donald O'Connor had adventures with "Francis the Talking Mule."
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Mister Ed becomes more demanding and more inclined to get Wilbur into trouble as the series continues on.
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  • Values Dissonance: Much of the drama involving Wilbur's fear of being institutionalized seems strange today. Firstly, because the Supreme Court has ruled that involuntary institutionalization requires a patient to be a danger to himself or others (and talking to a horse is hardly threatening). Secondly, some of the "bizarre" activities, such as a grown man flying a kite in his free time, wouldn't merit a second glance today.note .


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