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Episodes

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 CandidateThe Last MabelcornRoadside Attraction

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

Sock Opera

S2e4 screaming head

Head based on Khal Drogo

S2e4 stan and mcgucket puppet

Statler and Waldorf reference

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.
  • 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 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

  • 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.
  • Some games of Globnar trials are references to: TRON (glowing cycle races), American Gladiators (the joust), 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.
    • 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."
  • 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.
  • Preston's line "you are my possesions! Obey me!" is very similar to a phrase from Sasha from the game Pshrconaughts, "You are my possessions do as I command"
  • 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.

Not What He Seems

A Tale of Two Stans

  • The title of this episode is a reference to A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.
  • 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 "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."
  • 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.
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  • 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.

Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons

  • The title and the game in this episode is a parody of the popular role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons.
    • Like D&D, Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons use an assortment of polyhedron dice.
    • The 38-sided die is based on, and resembles, the 20-sided icosahedron die used in Dungeons & Dragons to resolve most rolls. There are no 38-sided die used in any real life RPGs; the closest is a 30-sided die, but this an unusually rare and impractical type of die.
    • Dipper's mentioning Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons' '90s marketing campaign is a reference to how the company of D&D, TSR Inc., aggressively marketed D&D in '90s to keep up with the growth of other RPGs on the market, and many poor business decisions that drove TSR Inc. into bankruptcy.[citation needed]
  • The font used for the title of "Diggity Dungeons & All That," resembles the title art of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
  • Stan describes Duck-tective as: "A TV show that has big mystery elements and jokes that go over kid's head's" which is ironically what Gravity Falls is.
  • When the Pines family along with Soos and Grenda show disappointment for the Duck-tective season finale's plot twist. Soos mentions predicting it a year ago which is a reference to "Stan's twin brother theory" where fans of the series predicted that Stan had a twin brother, which was later confirmed in "Not What He Seems."
  • 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.
  • Cheese Boodles are a parody of the snack food Cheez Doodles
  • FCLORP (Foam and Cardboard Legitimate Outdoor Role-Play) is similar to LARP (Live-Action Role-Playing); an offshoot of table-top role-playing that uses physical play instead of dice.
  • The Hot Elf is a reference to Legolas from the Lord of the Rings movies.[4]
  • "We all know where we were when we learned Duck-tective was shot" is a reference to how people say that they remember where they were when they heard that John F. Kennedy was assassinated.[citation needed]
  • The Hot Elf saying "Excelsi-whatever" is a reference to Stan Lee's "Excelsior!" line.
  • The fantasy names posted up on the boards in the living room by Dipper and Ford are all parodies of names from "The Flight of Dragons," an animated movie adaptation of Gordon R. Dickson's book "The Dragon and the George." (Jason Ritter's father, John Ritter, was the voice the protagonist, Peter Dickenson, in the movie.)
    • Gorbasch -- there's a human/dragon character named Gorbash in both the book and movie.
    • Smerghol -- Smrgol, another dragon from the movie adaptation.
    • Omhadawn -- the evil wizard Ommadon, from the movie adaptation.

The Stanchurian Candidate

  • The episode's title is a reference to the 1959 Richard Condon novel The Manchurian Candidate, which was adapted into a 1962 film and 2004 film of the same name.
  • Grunkle Stan's campaign slogan "Yes We Stan" parodies Barack Obama's 2008 tag "Yes We Can."
  • The opening of act three is a parody of the "Staying Alive" scene from the film Saturday Night Fever.
  • Stan's "One does not simply" meme is a reference to the popular internet meme of the same name, both of which are based on a quote from the first Lord of The Rings movie, in which Boromir says, "One does not simply walk into Mordor."
  • The monitor worn by Bud Gleeful is based off of Krang from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.[5]
  • The poster in Gideon's cell of a picture of a cat hanging onto a branch that reads "HOLD ON TO THAT BRANCH OR DIE, CAT!" is a reference to a well-known poster of a cat hanging from a branch that reads "HANG IN THERE."

The Last Mabelcorn

  • The episode's title is a reference to the 1982 film, The Last Unicorn.
  • There is a reference to Harry Potter when Mabel asks if she is going to wizard school and if there is an owl in Stanford's ba.
  • The symbols on the unicorn's side are a reference to the "cutie marks" in My Little Pony.
  • Battle Chutes & Ladder Ships is a spoof of the games Chutes and Ladders, and Battleship.
  • Necronomiconpoly is a spoof of Monopoly.
  • Shhh... Don't Wake Stalin! is a spoof of Don't Wake Daddy.
  • Connect Forty-Four is a spoof of Connect 4.
  • What Could Go Wrong? is a spoof of Jumanji.
  • Imperfection is a spoof of Perfection.
  • Satiated Hippos is a spoof of Hungry Hungry Hippos.

Roadside Attraction

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