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"Dreamscaperers"[2] is the 19th episode of the first season of Gravity Falls. It is the first part of a two-part season finale.[4] It premiered on July 12, 2013.[2]

Official overview

Dipper, Mabel and Soos must travel through Grunkle Stan's mind to defeat a tricky dream demon called Bill Cipher, summoned by Li'l Gideon.[2]


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Stan catches Gideon trying to break into his safe.

As it rains, Dipper and Mabel play a game in the attic to pass the time. Then, Stan calls them downstairs to make fun of Gideon's latest commercial. The gang proceed to recall their past experiences and their mutual dislike of him, and soon after they hear Gideon break in and attempt to unlock Stan's safe. They confront Gideon, who initially does not take Stan seriously, but ultimately flees when Stan hits him with a broom and chases him out with it. Stan checks on the deed while Gideon plots to release a secret weapon to get into Stan's mind. and this weapon is a dream demon called Bill Cipher.

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Dipper after confronting the bat.

Later, as Wendy and the Pines are watching a western movie, Mabel suggests they switch the movie to Dream Boy High, which the others refuse to watch. Terrified by a bat in the kitchen, Soos rushes into the living room, and Stan sends a reluctant Dipper to take care of the problem; Dipper ends up injured after the encounter. Afterwards, Mabel and Soos tend to his injuries while Dipper complains about always having to do the hardest chores. Soos replies that Stan's personality is one of "life's great mysteries," and Soos decides to investigate another such mystery: whether or not it is possible to lick one's own elbow. Stan shortly after calls Dipper to fix the clogged sink, which angers his nephew even more.

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Bill before entering Stan's mind.

Meanwhile, Gideon performs a ritual to summon the dream demon, Bill Cipher, who engages in various antics before making a deal with Gideon: he will invade Stan's mind, and Gideon is to help Bill with an unknown favor later on. Mabel and Soos, who witnessed the entire occurrence while hiding behind a bush, rush back to the Shack to tell Dipper, who was in the process of sweeping while his uncle slept, what they saw. Dipper consults Journal 3 and reads of the dangers of Bill, and watches the demon descend upon Stan's mind. After learning that they can prevent Bill's chaos by traveling into Stan's head themselves, they prepare and recite the necessary incantation.

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Dipper, Mabel, Soos, Xyler, and Craz set out to find the right memory.

Inside Stan's mindscape, the gang explore a bit and meet Bill, who is expecting them. Mabel tries to tackle him but instead goes into and right back out of the mysterious creature. Dipper is shot with a laser by Bill; however, it doesn't actually kill him, and instead only creates a gaping hole in his stomach. Bill expresses his deal with Gideon and his power over the mind. Mabel remained skeptical, saying that he couldn't figure out what she is thinking, but is overjoyed when he brings her boy fantasy to life. After warning them, he enters the Shack in Stan's head in search of his sought out memory. After a bit of goofing around, the gang ventures into the psychological Shack to search through Stan's memories, which include: his time in Colombian jail, being a door-to-door vacuum salesman, his disastrous date with Lazy Susan, and more. While Dipper sneaks a peek at Stan's memories of him to find Stan's apparently disappointing, true feelings about him, the others—including Bill disguised as Soos—look for and find the proper door.

Stan remembers his father.

Bill reveals his true form, teases Mabel and Soos, and runs off with the memory, and when Dipper arrives shortly after, he expresses rage about Stan hating him. Dipper then refuses to offer further help, and the others go to confront Bill without him. As Bill is about to give Gideon the code, Mabel shoots the memory of the code out of Bill's hand and into the bottomless pit. This sends Bill into a fit of extreme anger, in which he establishes an arena to face Mabel, Soos, and Mabel's dream boys with his weapon of choice: nightmares. Meanwhile, as Dipper searches for an exit, he comes across the memory of Stan expressing his actual feelings toward Dipper, and after watching the rest of the memory, learns that Stan is only hard on him to prepare him to face the world. However, he is sucked into the memory, and the Stan within the recollection informs Dipper of the ability to do whatever he wants within the mind.

Mabel demonstrates the power of imagination.

Dipper then realizes that he must stop Bill and rushes off. As the demon is torturing Mabel and Soos with their nightmares (a British dog man for Soos, and making Mabel ugly) and prepares to finish them off once and for all, Dipper arrives with the news of being able to make dreams reality and demonstrates the ability to his comrades via laser vision. Mabel decides to give herself the ability to shoot kitten heads from her arms, Soos utilizes a question mark beam from his stomach, and so forth. Just as Soos, the twins, and Mabel's dream boys are about to send Bill out of Stan's head, he stops them, warns them of an approaching evil, and leaves. Stan wakes up and thereby forces Soos and the twins out of his head. They are relieved to have gotten rid of Bill, but their relief is cut short as Gideon reveals that he used dynamite to obtain the deed to the Shack, which gives him ownership according to Gravity Falls' odd laws,[5] and forces the "trespassers" out as he has Bud destroy the building. The credits convey the message of "to be continued."


Production notes

See also: List of allusions and List of goofs.

Character revelations

  • Stan knows how to box.
  • Stan hides his arrest warrants under the carpet in the Mystery Shack Gift Shop.
  • Stan was "the biggest wimp" on his school playground when he was younger.
  • Stan had freckles as a child.
  • Stan had braces when he was a teenager.
  • One of Mabel's nightmares is losing her cuteness.
  • Soos has nightmares of a British dog man.

Series continuity

Songs featured​


  • Viewership: This episode was watched by 2.7 million viewers on its premiere night.[6]

Bill in Dipper's dream.

  • In an earlier version, Bill made his appearance to Dipper in a dream.[7]
  • In Gideon's commercial, the "Li'l Gideon Jingle," after the words Lil' Gideon's Tent o' Telepathy, MT is written instead of TM, the symbol for "trademark."
  • Before going into the kitchen to fight the bat, Dipper picks up a saucepan and a spoon, both of which are nicknames of the constellation the Big Dipper.
  • The spell Gideon used to summon Bill is "Triangulum, entangulum. Veneforis dominus ventium. Veneforis venetisarium." Which roughly translated in Latin is "Triangle — I invoke you. I come to the defensive barrier of the mind. I will see the barrier destroyed."
  • Dipper chants the following to allow them to enter Stan's mind: Fidentus omnium. Magister mentium. Magnesium ad hominem. Magnum opus. Habeas corpus. Inceptus Nolanus overratus. Magister mentium. Magister mentium. Magister mentium. Taken together, the incantation is nonsensical. See individual sentence translation by hovering your mouse over the phrase.
  • When Gideon falls to his knees and his eyes glow blue he shouts something unintelligible. When played backwards he is actually saying, "Backwards message! Backwards message! Backwards message! Backwards message! Backwards message!"[8]

Stan's tattoo revealed.

  • While remembering Stan, Bill flashes an image that matches Stan's tattoo.
  • When Bill is remembering Stan Pines, the image shown of Stan has six fingers.
  • On Bill's page in Journal 3 the words "ATBASH," "CAESAR," and "A1Z26" are crossed off. These are the names of the ciphers used throughout the show.
  • Bill refers to Dipper, Mabel, and Soos as 'the pine tree', 'the shooting star', and 'the question mark', which are symbols surrounding his image on his page in Journal 2.
  • The number 618 appears multiple times throughout the episode.
  • In Stan's mindscape, the moon looks like his magic 8-ball cane.

Jersey Vultures logo behind Stan.

  • In the memory of Stan as a child and getting bullied in the playground, just before he is hit in the face with a soccer ball, a sports team name "Jersey Vultures" is seen behind him.
  • The first view of Stan's memories where it shows many memories at an angle, the scenes show his fez without the yellow symbol.
  • Two monster versions of Stan's head appear in his mindscape. One is a bat-form, which has the current fez symbol. The other is a younger-looking version (no prominent ears) with crab legs, with no fez symbol.
  • As Bill leaves Gideon, he references the holographic principle, a hypothetical aspect of string theory suggesting that the known universe is a projection of events occurring on a multi-dimensional scale.
  • Before airing on Disney Channel, the episode was leaked on July 6th, 2013.
  • In Stan's memory of him boxing as a child, a boy is seen sitting in the bleachers reading a book. This is quite possibly Ford due to him having Stan's haircut, and that his face and fingers are noticeably covered.
  • The hand on the journals is Ford's left hand, however, when Bill shows the hologram hand during his "Everything you care about will change" quote, it is the right hand.

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  • Stan's mindspace version of the Mystery Shack has "PBVWHUB VKDFN" over the main entrance, which is a caesar cipher for "MYSTERY SHACK."
  • In front of Stan's mindscape version on the Mystery Shack is a Pitt Cola machine that has "SLWW" written on it, which is a Caesar cipher for "PITT."
  • The top of the dreamscape Shack has a broken off sign that says "OAUVG." Once

decoded it reads "MYSTE." However, instead of the usual three letters used in most of the show's caesar cipher, it is decoded using only two letters back.

  • S1e19 Elle Michalka bg2.jpg
    In one shot of the hallways in the mindscape Mystery Shack in the production art, "EWTUG AQW OCTKNAP" is carved into a wall. Decoding it using two letters back translates to "CURSE YOU MARILYN." However, in the actual episode, this message is edited out.
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    During the end credits of this episode, there is a cryptogram that reads "20-15 2-5 3-15-14-20-9-14-21-5-4..." Once decoded, it reads "TO BE CONTINUED..."
    • The original cryptogram was supposed to be "NEXT WEEK: XYLER AND CRAZ'S BODEXCELLENT RADVENTURE."[9]
  • S1e19 Bill page.png
    In yellow behind Bill Cipher's name is a message that reads, "Symbol cipher - L.pngSymbol cipher - I.pngSymbol cipher - A.pngSymbol cipher - R.pngSymbol cipher - Space.pngSymbol cipher - M.pngSymbol cipher - O.pngSymbol cipher - N.pngSymbol cipher - S.pngSymbol cipher - T.pngSymbol cipher - E.pngSymbol cipher - R.pngSymbol cipher - Space.pngSymbol cipher - S.pngSymbol cipher - N.pngSymbol cipher - A.pngSymbol cipher - P.pngSymbol cipher - P.pngSymbol cipher - Y.pngSymbol cipher - Space.pngSymbol cipher - D.pngSymbol cipher - R.pngSymbol cipher - E.pngSymbol cipher - S.pngSymbol cipher - S.pngSymbol cipher - E.pngSymbol cipher - R.png." Once decoded, it reads, "LIAR MONSTER SNAPPY DRESSER."


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