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Scary-okeInto the BunkerThe Golf WarSock OperaSoos and the Real GirlLittle Gift Shop of HorrorsSociety of the Blind EyeBlendin's GameThe Love GodNorthwest Mansion MysteryNot What He SeemsA Tale of Two StansDungeons, Dungeons, and More DungeonsThe Stanchurian Candidate

Episodes

Scary-oke

S2e1 stan's stash

Adult magazines

S2e1 we built this township on rock and roll

Spoof of famous songs

Into the Bunker

S2e2 blink

Sideways blink

The Golf War

S2e3 Lilliputtians

The Lilliputtians

S2e3 Polly and Big Henry

Big Henry

Sock Opera

S2e4 screaming head

Head based on Khal Drogo

S2e4 stan and mcgucket puppet

Statler and Waldorf reference

  • Gabe calls himself "a master of puppets", which is reference to the Mettalica song Master of Puppets. In addition his poster says "he'll pull your heart strings" a reference to one line from the song, "master of puppets, I'm pulling your strings".
  • The title is a play on the phrase "rock opera".
  • The screaming head that Bill conjures is based on Khal Drogo from HBO's Game of Thrones.[1]
  • The preacher outfit that Bill wore is based on the character Harry Powell in The Night of the Hunter.[2]
  • Franz Schubert's "Ave Maria" is heard when the Stan puppet flies in slow motion.
  • The Stan and Old Man McGucket puppets in the balcony during the credits are modeled after Statler and Waldorf from The Muppet Show.
  • The scene where Dipper wakes up from his first meeting with Bill and flails his arm in a panic is an allusion to Kermit the Frog.
    • The same for Dipper's angry face as a puppet when speaking to Mabel, who finds the expression hilarious.
  • The cryptogram in the end credits references Reptilian conspiracies.

Soos and the Real Girl

S2e5 beeblyboop's

GameStop reference

S2e5 edgy on purpose

Hot Topic reference

S2e5 soos room daytime

Stretch Armstrong, N64, Furby, Atti-cube, and NORT are all visible in Soos' room

S2e5 programmers

Allusion to Portal 2.

  • The fact that Giffany killed her creators after becoming sentient is a nod to GLaDOS from the Portal series. Giffany's animation depicting a bunch of stick figures at computers greatly resembles similar animations played in Portal 2.
  • On Giffany's screen, the binary code means "SPACEJAMTWO." This is a reference to the film Space Jam and how it may be getting a sequel sometime soon.
  • Giffany's pesonality archetype is known as "Yandere".
  • When Soos mentioned that Giffany's father is the "octopus man", this is the reference to the tentacle Hentai.
  • Soos says he doesn't know whether to pronounce Giffany's name as "Giffany" with a hard G, or "Jiffany." This is a reference to the common internet dispute about whether "GIF," a file format, is pronounced with a hard or soft G.
  • The ending credits sequence is a reference to the film The Hangover.[citation needed]
  • The cryptogram at the end slide is a parody of the theme song of the DiC/CWi dub of the anime Sailor Moon. "WINNING HEARTS BY DAYLIGHT! / POSSESSING ROBOTS BY MOONLIGHT! / HER EMOTIONAL BAGGAGE IS A REAL FRIGHT! / SHE HAS THE ONE NAME GIFFANY." Similarly, the first four lines of the DiC/CWi's Sailor Moon theme song are "Fighting evil by moonlight / Winning love by daylight / Never running from a real fight! (or 'With her Sailor Scouts to help fight' in a later verse) / She is the one named Sailor Moon!"

Little Gift Shop of Horrors

S2e6 hands off

Saul Bass reference

S2e6 hand witch on throne

Game of Thrones reference

S2e6 hands touching

The Creation of Adam

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S2e6 gumby soos

Soos as Gumby

Society of the Blind Eye

  • The song Soos is listening to is by a rapper called Lil Bigg Dawggg, which could be an allusion to Lil Wayne, The Notorious B.I.G., and Snoop Dogg.
  • McGucket's middle name is a nod to the Large Hadron Collider.
  • The statue inside The Hall of the Forgotten looks very similar to the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio De Janeiro.
  • When Mabel and Wendy discuss Mabel's failed romances, a Triforce is visible on the wall.
  • The cryptogram on the journal page is a parody of the song "My Favorite Things" from the musical The Sound of Music.

Blendin's Game

  • The episode title is a reference to the book (and 2013 film) Ender's Game.
  • Some signs in the background in the future say "The Time Baby is Watching," a reference to George Orwell's book 1984, in which numerous signs say "Big Brother is watching".
  • Lolph and Dundgren are based on the actor Dolph Lundgren, and their uniforms are similar to the outfit worn by Lundgren's character Andrew Scott (aka GR13) in the film Universal Soldier.
  • Soos had a poster of Michael Jackson's 1988 film Moonwalker in his room as a child.
  • The water gun Robbie uses is a Super Soaker.[citation needed]
  • Some games of Globnar trials are references to: TRON (glowing cycle races), American Gladiators (the joust), Colosseum-style battling, parkour, Jenga, etc.[citation needed]
  • When Mabel thinks they are in Japan, this is a reference to the many TV shows similar to Globnar where teams are pitted against each other to earn points and prizes.
  • The cipher key "capacitor" is an allusion to the "flux capacitor," which made time travel possible in the Back to the Future movie trilogy.

The Love God

Northwest Mansion Mystery

  • The show "Ghost Harassers" is a reference to the movie Ghostbusters. Dipper also mentions "bust[ing] ghosts" several times in the episode.
  • Used to be About History Channel is a reference to the History Channel. The logo is also similar to the History Channel logo. The name is also a reference to how the channel very rarely runs any actual historical documentaries anymore.
  • The basketball player is a spoof of the Oregon Ducks, a college team for many sports.
  • In the scene where Dipper and Pacifica are hiding from the Lumberjack ghost, a painting is seen on the wall depicting a duck hunt. The way in which it is presented is an allusion to Nintendo's Duck Hunt from 1984.
  • When Dipper mentions the scale of ghosts' malevolence, he opens to a page with a childlike ghost designed very similarly to Casper the Friendly Ghost.
  • When Dipper is flipping through Journal 3, a page on Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street can be seen.
  • The scene where the lumberjack ghost is about to grab Pacifica from behind the curtain draped over the painting is a reference to a similar scene in A Nightmare on Elm Street.

The Shining.

  • One of the verses in the exorcism is "ain't afraidus no ghostus," which is reference to Ghostbusters theme, in which one of the lines is "I ain't afraid of no ghost."
  • Watching a portrait of a man and then re-watching it only to find that he's gone from the frame parallels a scene from the Scooby-Doo episode Haunted House Hang-Up, where the head of the man in the portrait is gone.

Not What He Seems

  • The reality TV show "Ker-Prank'd" is a reference to MTV's Punk'd.
  • One of Stan's aliases is "Alcatraz," which is the name of an infamous, retired island prison.
  • One of Stan's aliases is "Forrester" which is a reference to Game Of Thrones
  • When the timer is counting down, Soos says, "It's the final countdown! Just like they sung about," referring to the song "The Final Countdown" by Europe.
  • At the beginning of the episode, one of the special agents guys says something very similar to what Homer Simpson said in Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming. "Hey not in front of the special agents guys!"

A Tale of Two Stans

  • The title of this episode is a reference to A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.
  • The "Mothgar" poster in Stanley and Stanford's childhood room is based on the American theatrical poster for the 1961 film Mothra.
  • There is a poster in McGucket's old home, which shows a colorful, bitten-off strawberry similar to the Apple logo, and the words "Ponder alternatively," which is a play on Apple's slogan "Think differently."
  • Furthuring the Apple Computers / Fiddleford H. McGucket connection is the fact that his and Steve Jobs' houses are virtually identical.
    S2E12 McGucket Steve Jobs House
  • The "Sham Total" is a parody of "Shamwow!".
  • One of Mabel's drawings reads "What Hath Science Wrought?" a reference to "What hath God wrought?" a phrase from the Book of Numbers.
  • College Ford was shown in learning progression montage. During that montage, two posters are shown on his dorm room wall. They are the iconic Nicola Tesla and Carl Sagan, two great thinkers and doers of recent history.
  • The magazine on Stanley's bed titled "Wuh?" is a reference to Mad Magazine. The person on the cover of the magazine is a reference to Alfred E. Neuman.
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  • The time his car was grabbed by a giant arm is likely an allusion to the '90s movie the “iron giant”
  • Young Stan mentioned being infatuated with one "Jackie O", a reference to former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons

  • The title is a parody of the popular role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons.
  • When Stan shows his taxidermy creation, there are three "ring" sounds similar to the music from the famous shower scene in Psycho.
  • When Stan swats a fairy on his back, she says "Hey! Look! Listen!" The line references Navi the fairy's frequently repeated vocalizations in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
  • "We all know where we were when we learned Duck-tective was shot" is a reference to the season 12 finale of NCIS.
  • The episode pokes fun of both the Gravity Falls series and its fanbase numerous times when various characters remark on Duck-tective.
    • Stan enjoys the series because it has humor that goes over minors' heads.
    • Mabel points out how anticlimactic the reveal of Duck-tective's twin brother is, parodying the revelation of Ford in "Not What He Seems." Grenda states that she predicted the twin's existence a year in advance, further referencing fan speculations of Ford's existence.

The Stanchurian Candidate

References

  1. Cory, Robertryan. Tumblr Post ID: 97554503088.
  2. Cory, Robertryan; Gravi-teamfalls (September 15, 2014). Tumblr Post ID: 97543114343. “Gravity Falls; Sock Opera Rough Designs”
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