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"Irrational Treasure"[3] is the eighth episode of the first season of Gravity Falls. It premiered on August 17, 2012 on Disney Channel.

Official overview[]

When Dipper and Mabel discover evidence that the reported town founder is a hoax, they set out to expose the historical cover-up and prove that Mabel's silliness is not a bad thing.[3]


S1e8 stan trying to escape

Grunkle Stan's car gets surrounded.

When Gravity Falls' holiday Pioneer Day comes around, Grunkle Stan, Dipper, and Mabel drive through town, looking at many various out-dated activities and ceremonies. Grunkle Stan utterly hates Pioneer Day and tries to escape, but in vain. Later, Sheriff Blubs calls the town to the Pioneer Day commencing ceremony, where Pacifica Northwest gives a speech about her great-great grandfather, Nathaniel Northwest. Pacifica asks for volunteers to say something about themselves, and of course, Mabel comes up, but Pacifica makes Mabel feel embarrassed by telling her she's way too silly to participate, and Mabel decides she has to be more serious and never be silly, and proceeds by taking off her nacho earrings and her sweater and putting her "serious" face on.

Meanwhile, Stan gets thrown into stocks after threatening the mechanic. He is then pelted with tomatoes by Gideon after mocking his outfit.

Dipper then remembers an article in his journal that says Nathaniel Northwest may have been a town fraud. Mabel decides that solving a mystery will prove that she can be serious. Enclosed in the journal is a map with the triangle symbol. Behind the statue of Nathaniel Northwest, Sheriff Blubs and Deputy Durland are eavesdropping on Dipper and Mabel. They immediately inform a dispatcher of Dipper and Mabel's seemingly suspicious scheme.

S1e8 made a map

Mabel folds the map into a hat.

Dipper and Mabel head to the library to look up the symbols on the map. Dipper finds a symbol that means fire and is the same shape as the picture on the documents. Dipper thinks they should burn the document until Mabel makes a hat out of the paper, and she thinks this was silly, but it actually shows them a map to the Gravity Falls Museum of History. Sheriff Blubs and Deputy Durland enter the museum and tell the library clerk that they are looking for the twins. Dipper and Mabel overhear this and realize that they are being followed. They make their escape to the history museum.

S1e8 secret passage

A secret passage is revealed, thanks to Mabel's antics.

At the museum, Dipper dramatically says they're going to have to break in. Dipper and Mabel head to the museum where a lady says "Here are your free Pioneer Day passes and balloons, blue and pink!" Dipper then dramatically says as the camera zooms in on his face, "We're in." There's an abstract painting shaped in a triangle, and when Mabel turns upside down, it reveals a pointing angel, and she comments that she saw that statue in the Gravity Falls Cemetery, which they hurry to.

Meanwhile, Stan still struggles to get out of the stocks. Pacifica then offers to get him out if he says that the Northwests are the best family in Gravity Falls. Stan then writes her a note with his mouth that says "YOU STINK!", prompting Pacifica to gesture the other townsfolk into throwing more tomatoes at him.

Once at the cemetery, Mabel sees the statue, and she pretends that the statue is picking her nose. She bends the statue's finger, opening a secret passageway. Mabel and Dipper enter it, and Dipper says to watch for booby traps, and Mabel then laughs at his words. They go down the hallway when Mabel steps on a tile, which triggers tranquilizer darts. They dodge the darts and go down a hallway revealing many top secret documents (e.g., Abraham Lincoln's hat was covering up a hand on his head; Ben Franklin secretly was a woman).

They come across a document called the Northwest Cover-up, and it is revealed that the true founder of Gravity Falls was Quentin Trembley. Sheriff Blubs and Deputy Durland reveal that they have been following the twins thanks to Mabel's trail of candy wrappers and had been tasked with finding Trembley, playing a film for Mabel and Dipper showing the truth about Gravity Falls. Sheriff Blubs then says he must ship them off to Washington D.C., revealing that Quentin Trembley had encased himself in a peanut brittle cube in the hopes it would keep him alive. Now that they have found Trembley and all other top secret objects, they are obligated to bring all the items to Washington. Blubs tells Dipper and Mabel that since they found out about the secret he just can't let them go around talkin' about it. Dipper, Mabel, and Deputy Durland are afraid that Blubs will kill them. Blubs reassures them that he will not do such a thing. He is going to escort the twins to Washington D.C. to lock them up in a government facility and tells them they are never coming back to Gravity Falls or home.

S1e8 Hail to the Chief

Quentin Trembley trapped in peanut brittle.

Sheriff Blubs and Deputy Durland get on a train bound for Washington D.C., having trapped Dipper and Mabel in a giant crate along with the still encased Trembley. Mabel, in sadness thinking that she caused this, breaks off a chunk of peanut brittle and eats it, freeing Trembley, who miraculously survived as a result of the peanut brittle's "life-sustaining properties" (as stated by Mabel). They escape, but are caught by Blubs and Durland. They climb to the roof, where Trembley recalls that he never signed a resignation, and that he ate a salamander and jumped out the window instead. Trembley then orders the cops to stop and take a vacation, which they gladly agree to.

S1e8 Defiance

Dipper tells Sheriff Blubs and Deputy Durland that they have to listen to Trembley, as he is still technically the president.

When Dipper, Mabel, and Trembley head back to town, Trembley decides to make Mabel a congressman and gives her a hat. Dipper receives the President's Key, which can open any lock in the whole America. Back in town, Mabel accepts her silliness and doesn't care if Pacifica knows the truth or not, but Dipper shoves the proof in Pacifica's face, calling her family a "sham" and telling her to "deal with it." He then says that revenge is underrated and that it felt "awesome." After Trembley departs, the twins then use the President's Key to get Stan out of the stocks.

During the end credits, it shows Quentin Trembley and the babies of the Supreme Court. Trembly is trying to discuss things, but it's hard with four babies, and Quentin comments that it is a "dark day for America."


Production notes[]

See also: List of allusions and List of goofs.

Character revelations[]

Series continuity[]


  • Viewership: This episode was watched by 3.869 million viewers on its premiere night.[2]
  • The name of this episode is a pun on the title of the movie National Treasure.
  • This is the first appearance of Pacifica's parents, Preston and Priscilla Northwest.
  • Mabel is made an official congressman, although it's unlikely her appointment would be recognised given congressman can only be elected and not appointed by the President, assuming the US constitution in the show is the same as ours.
  • During the top-secret film, the seal says "Official United States Government Cover-Up Seal."
  • Bill appears on the negative twelve dollar bill, as a reference to the Eye of Providence that appears on the back of the dollar bill.
S1e8 GF logo on train

"GF" for Gravity Falls.

  • In the Disney Channel Asia airing of the episode, the line "Bottom line, George Washington was a jerk." was cut; along with Mabel's subsequent "Agreed."
  • Mabel is able to use nachos as earrings thanks to "very sticky nacho cheese."[4]
  • A document reveals that Abraham Lincoln had a third arm on his head which he hid with his stove pipe top hat.
  • In addition to the true identity of Nathaniel Northwest, the Northwest Cover-up document also reveals that:
    • Thomas Jefferson was actually just two kids in an overcoat standing on each other's shoulders.
    • The current and forever President of the United States is actually Santa Claus. Under the reign of Mr. Claus, America is not a democracy, but a jollyocracy.
    • The statues in Mount Rushmore are actually gigantic presidential-faced robots that will be called into action when America needs them most.
    • An enormous, evil, time-devouring baby from another dimension is frozen in an Antarctic glacier.
    • Writing jokes for cartoons is more important than sleep.
    • Reciting the pledge of allegiance backwards will give one secret wizard powers.
  • This is one of only two full-length episodes in the series (the other being "Northwest Mansion Mystery"), in which Soos has no lines nor does he appear onscreen.
    • However, he was mentioned by Stan near the end of the episode.
  • It is also the only episode in which the Mystery Shack does not appear, excluding the shorts ''Tooth'' and ''Lefty''.


S1e8 end credits cryptogram
  • During the ending credits of this episode, there is a cryptogram that reads "V. KOFIRYFH GIVNYOVB." Once decoded, it reads "E. PLURIBUS TREMBLEY." In Latin, this means, "Out of many, Trembley," which is a reference to a phrase "E pluribus unum" ("Out of many, one") that appears on the Seal of the United States and was a de facto motto of the US until 1956.
S1e8 -12 dollar bill
  • On the negative twelve dollar bill, the serial number is "Z 0239548604 Z." After grouping the numbers into pairs and then adding up the sums of the digits within those pairs, you get "2 12 9 14 4" which translates into "BLIND," an early clue as to the existence of the Blind Eye Society.


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  1. Production artwork
  2. 2.0 2.1 Disney Channel press release. The Fulton Critic (August 20, 2012). Retrieved on November 13, 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Anders, Charlie Jane (August 13, 2012). This Week's TV: The Bloody Awesome Power of Shark Week! Plus 5 Season Finales!. Archived from the original on November 13, 2020. Retrieved on April 17, 2015.
  4. Gravity Falls 2013 Comic Con Panel. YouTube. Squirrel On A Wire (July 22, 2013).

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Season one 1. Tourist Trapped | 2. The Legend of the Gobblewonker | 3. Headhunters | 4. The Hand That Rocks the Mabel | 5. The Inconveniencing | 6. Dipper vs. Manliness | 7. Double Dipper | 8. Irrational Treasure | 9. The Time Traveler's Pig | 10. Fight Fighters | 11. Little Dipper | 12. Summerween | 13. Boss Mabel | 14. Bottomless Pit! | 15. The Deep End | 16. Carpet Diem | 17. Boyz Crazy | 18. Land Before Swine | 19. Dreamscaperers | 20. Gideon Rises
Season two 21. Scary-oke | 22. Into the Bunker | 23. The Golf War | 24. Sock Opera | 25. Soos and the Real Girl | 26. Little Gift Shop of Horrors | 27. Society of the Blind Eye | 28. Blendin's Game | 29. The Love God | 30. Northwest Mansion Mystery | 31. Not What He Seems | 32. A Tale of Two Stans | 33. Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons | 34. The Stanchurian Candidate | 35. The Last Mabelcorn | 36. Roadside Attraction | 37. Dipper and Mabel vs. the Future | 38. Weirdmageddon Part 1 | 39. Weirdmageddon 2: Escape From Reality | 40-41. Weirdmageddon 3: Take Back The Falls
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