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"Boss Mabel" is the 13th episode of the first season of Gravity Falls. It premiered on February 15, 2013 on Disney Channel.

Official overview

When Mabel questions the way Stan runs the Mystery Shack, he challenges her to a bet – whoever can make the most money in three days wins the chance to run the Shack however they wish for the rest of the summer. Mabel takes the bet and implements a new bossing method that coddles her employees and gives them the freedom to follow their hopes and dreams. Unfortunately, the results are not as expected and Mabel finds herself just trying to get back some normalcy. Meanwhile, Grunkle Stan sets off to win big money on a television game show.[3]


Grunkle Stan and the twins watching Cash Wheel.

The episode begins with Stan, Dipper, and Mabel sitting around the television, watching an episode of Cash Wheel. The wheel on the program lands on Cash Shower, flooding a winning contestant with money. The other contestants attempt to take some, but he punches them down. Stan laughs and says he likes that contestant's style. A busload of tourists arrives at the Mystery Shack and Stan looks out the window and tells Wendy to raise the prices. When she raises it to $20 he says to raise it to $200. Dipper tells Stan that he must see customers as wallets with legs. Stan says he doesn't, but when he looks to the customers, he sees wallets with legs. One of the customers vomits change (while as an imagined wallet) and Stan tells Dipper to clean it up. While giving a tour of the shack, Stan shows the tourists several of his attractions, including "The Preteen Wolf Boy" who is really just Dipper in a wolf costume.

Mabel selling bumper stickers.

It then switches to Mabel at the cash register. She jokes about Mystery Shack bumper stickers with the customers. One woman calls Mabel "bad" and asks how much one is. Mabel says it's free and she gives it away to her. Unfortunately, Stan spots her and is mad at her for giving it away for free. Mabel then says that Stan should have manners. She puts stickers that say "Please" and "Thank you" on Stan. Stan takes them off while saying "The word please doesn't make me any money kid." Dipper and Mabel then criticize Stan's work methods. Mabel then decides to write a complaint. 

Soos is attacked by an eagle as he paints the Mystery Shack's sign.

Later, Soos, Wendy, Mabel, and Dipper paint the Mystery Shack sign with sparkles. They talk about what they don't like about the way the Shack is run. Mabel goes to complain about Stan rejecting one of Soos' ideas, and they end up making a bet. If Stan earns more money on his three-day vacation than Mabel while she runs the Mystery Shack, Mabel has to wear a shirt around that says "Loser" for the rest of the summer. If Mabel earns more, Stan has to sing a song about apologizing and to let Mabel run the shack for the rest of the summer. Stan soon sets off on his vacation, and then the bet begins.

Dipper sets out to catch a monster.

While Stan is away, Mabel tries to make things better by letting the shack employees do what they want to do. She first asks Wendy how to make the shack more friendly. Wendy says she wants to hang out with friends while at work. Mabel lets her. Mabel gives Soos the question mark outfit. Then she shows Dipper his wolf costume, and she then puts it in the paper shredder destroying it. She then tells Dipper to find a creature in the forest for an attraction. Dipper is excited and grabs a mace and goes out hunting, falling out the window because of the mace on his way. 

Mabel then marks up the profit goal. Then we see some of the examples of Mabel's changes. Afterwards, Dipper appears with a moving sack containing monster he caught. After Mabel thanks him, she sees Soos in his question mark costume, which was much more revealing than Soos had thought. Meanwhile, Wendy is abusing her friend privileges. After her friends accidentally hurt a customer, Mabel gets upset at Wendy and gives the customer a refund. Wendy accuses Mabel of being like Stan, and Mabel gives her the rest of the day off, with "full pay." Meanwhile, Stan does well in the game show.

The Gremloblin captures Mabel.

Dipper accidentally causes two guests to go insane after giving them a demonstration of the Gremloblin's powers, which shows someone their worst fears. Later Mabel tells Soos to take a "Soothing nature walk" and becomes exhausted from trying to help all the customers out. Even with Mabel's upbeat attitude, things start going worse. The Gremloblin escapes, due to Mabel giving it the key for its five-minute break. While attempting to fight it, Mabel pours water on it, which only makes it stronger, and the creature starts destroying parts of the Mystery Shack. After waiting for what seems for hours, with the Gremloblin playing with a talking fish monotonously, the twins moan. Suddenly, the monster starts eating their profits. Mabel runs out to stop it, but ends up seeing her worst fear, and Dipper saves her by using a mirror to make the Gremloblin's powers backfire on it. It groans, crashes through the wall, grows wings, and flies away, knocking off the top of the totem pole while doing so.

Mabel cracks down on her employees.

Soos and Wendy come back, and Mabel tells them that she needs their help. They both decline and give excuses. Mabel snaps and starts barking orders at them. She brings out the profit jar and tells them how long they have to turn things around. Meanwhile, Stan does even better on the game show, until he loses all the money on the final round, in which the answer was "please." Mabel starts barking orders for fixing the Shack. She tells Dipper to figure out what to do with the tourists. He decides to take them on a tour, with Soos as the "Question Baby." They calculate the total profit, which is only a dollar even with their hard work. Stan arrives, and tells them about how much he won in the game show, and how he lost it all. Mabel realizes that she won the bet, but realizes Stan was right about his bossing methods and still wants him to be the boss. Stan accepts but runs away before she can make him sing the apologizing song.

Stan does the apology dance.

In the credits, Mabel gets the chance to make Stan do the dance, and he does the dance rather poorly, while Gompers tries to eat his hat. Mabel asks Waddles for his opinion. He oinks, which causes Mabel to go to take number thirty.


Production notes

See also: List of allusions and List of goofs.

Series continuity

The copy machine's cameo.

Songs featured


  • Viewership: This episode was watched by 3.445 million viewers on its premiere night.[2]
  • This is the last episode to feature Stan's classic fez design, as it changes to a new version in the next episode, "Bottomless Pit!"
  • On Disney+, Stan's fez symbol was missing until Bottomless Pit!, they put it back in all the episodes except for this one.


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  • During the end credits of this episode, there was a cryptogram that read "SVZEB RH GSV SVZW GSZG DVZIH GSV UVA." Once decoded, it reads "HEAVY IS THE HEAD THAT WEARS THE FEZ." This is a reference to William Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 2, in which King Henry says the famous line, "uneasy lies the head that wears the crown," which is often misquoted as "heavy is the head that wears the crown."


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  1. Breeck, Brad (March 29, 2015). GF E115 Mabel's The Boss Now MONTAGE FUN POP (MP3). Retrieved on April 5, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bibel, Sara (February 19, 2013). Friday Cable Ratings (broken link). Retrieved on November 14, 2020.
  3. Woerner, Meredith (February 11, 2013). Was Zero Hour's evil Nazi Baby birthed from My Little Pony's princess coronation?. Archived from the original on November 14, 2020. Retrieved on April 17, 2015.

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