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"Roadside Attraction"[1] is the 16th episode of the second season of Gravity Falls and the 36th episode overall. It premiered on September 21, 2015 on Disney XD.[1]

Official overview[]

Grunkle Stan takes the kids with him on a road-trip to sabotage all the other tourist traps in Oregon.[1]

Synopsis[]

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Stan annouces that they are going on a road trip.

The episode begins with everyone packing up their belongings into Stan's RV. Stan announces that the crew of the Mystery Shack is going on a road trip across Oregon to visit all of the other tourist traps that are there. Every year, they all prank him, and this year, Stan's making sure he gets his revenge. Stan, Dipper, Mabel, Soos, Candy, and Grenda are all heading on the trip.

Mabel has packed everything, including a box belonging to Dipper labeled: "DO NOT TOUCH." Mabel drops it and the contents spill out onto the ground, revealing numerous photos of Wendy, and the paper he had written about her in "Into the Bunker". Dipper scoops them up while Mabel and Soos tell him that he should really get over Wendy and that this road trip is a good chance to move on and meet other people. After drawing inspiration from a picture on a brochure, Dipper becomes enthusiastic, and they set off.

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Dipper's first attempt to get over Wendy by talking to other girls fails.

Their first stop is Granny Sweetkin's Yarnball, its attractions include the world's biggest yarn ball, and the world's biggest knitting needles. Dipper tries to get over Wendy by talking to a girl. However, he crumbles due to lack of confidence and is rejected. Dipper asks Stan for advice on girls, and gets told that the key is confidence and comedy. They unravel the ball of yarn by tying it to the RV, and leave while Granny Sweetkin launches a giant sewing needle at the back of the RV.

Their second stop is Upside-Down Town, and its attraction is a house that is upside-down, where one uses Velcro shoes to stick to the ceiling. Dipper tries out Stan's advice by talking to a girl name Emma Sue and receives her email address. Dipper's confidence is boosted and he greets Mabel, Grenda, and Candy, complimenting them while doing so and causing Candy to notice, happily, that he's "good different". Stan and Soos turn the attraction right-side up and leave in a hurry. The boss yells "Stan Pines!", after a woman comments that his house was normal and lovely. Their third stop is Log Land. Stan releases a beaver to destroy it, as Dipper meets a new girl and gets her phone number. Their fourth stop is the Corn Maze. Stan sabotages the maze by releasing corn weevils as Dipper meets another girl. Soos ends up getting stuck in the corn maze and is left behind.

They stay overnight at Septic Ridge RV Park. In the hot tub, Stan tells Dipper some stories from his past (about him and girls). Dipper asks Stan if it is a good idea to lead the girls on, as he only wanted to move on from Wendy. Nearby, Mabel, Candy, and Grenda sit around a campfire eating marshmallows and playing Truth, Dare, or Don't. Mabel and Grenda learn that Candy now has feelings for Dipper, as Mabel devises a plan to get them together.

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Candy asks Dipper out on a date.

Their final stop is Mystery Mountain. On the way, Mabel and Grenda try to get Dipper and Candy together. Mabel tells Stan that she will get carsick at the back and she wants to sit at the front and Grenda questions if she can take two seats and Stan lets them, forcing Dipper and Candy to sit together in the back. Candy seizes the opportunity to ask Dipper out on a date when they get to the mountain. Afraid to hurt Candy's feelings, Dipper accepts.

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Dipper gets cornered by all the girls he was given numbers by on the trip.

When Dipper questions Stan about his methods of getting girls at Mystery Mountain, Stan assures him that his methods are fine and demonstrates on a ticket booth worker named Darlene. They end up going out on a date at Widow's Peak. Dipper and Candy go to "Mummy Town, U.S.A", where Candy begins making advancements on Dipper. Suddenly, three of the girls that gave Dipper their phone numbers and email find him. They ask him to choose which one he likes, pressuring Dipper to confess that he didn't like any of them and that he was just trying to learn how to talk to girls. Angered, they all storm off, including Candy, leaving Dipper alone.

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The spider woman traps Stan in her web.

Meanwhile, Stan and Darlene are at a spider attraction, where Darlene reveals herself to be a spider-person and kidnaps Stan by trapping him in a web. Stan manages to radio Dipper and he alerts Mabel, Grenda, and Candy. When Darlene transforms into a full spider, she gets a drink to go with Stan. While she's away, Dipper, Mabel, Grenda, and Candy rescue Stan and run.

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After the kids rescue Stan, they all are pursued by Darlene.

Unfortunately, the sky tram they ride is the slowest in the world, the Trambience, allowing her to catch up and cover the whole vehicle in spider silk. Candy, using the pamphlets she read in the RV, releases the Trambience. They fall down the mountain safely, as Darlene becomes trapped under the boot of a Paul Bunyan statue. Darlene attempts to trick Stan into releasing her, however, the kids stop him and they leave. In the RV, Dipper and Stan have a heart to heart about girls, as Dipper apologizes to Candy using a pamphlet he made. Candy then says that she has lost interest in Dipper when she saw him run away from Darlene screaming, and they reconcile. They arrive at the Mystery Shack, decimated by the owners of the previously pranked tourist attractions. They leave, and Dipper asks if they have to clean it up. Mabel responds that Soos can take care of it, before realizing that he is not with them.

During the credits, Soos is standing in the center of the corn maze. He remembers when Abuelita told him that if he ever gets lost, he should stay exactly where he is, and does just that. He then remarks that he would make a great scarecrow.

Credits[]

Production notes[]

See also: List of allusions and List of goofs.

Character revelations[]

  • Candy is in the sixth grade. Though it is unspecified as to whether this means she is going into sixth or seventh grade in the fall.
  • Stan Pines was married to a woman named Marilyn, who divorced him after only six hours.
  • Stan had a girlfriend named Beatrice who slapped him for being a cad.
  • Soos was duct taped to the ceiling of the Mystery Shack for 78 hours last summer.

Series continuity[]

  • As established in "Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons" and "The Last Mabelcorn", Dipper hasn't completely gotten over his crush on Wendy.
  • The letter Dipper intended to give to Wendy in "Into the Bunker" is in his "Do Not Touch box" along with pictures of Wendy.
  • On Stan's map of tourist attractions around Oregon, the Tent of Telepathy is crossed off, as it is no longer a tourist attraction due to Li'l Gideon's arrest.
  • Carla McCorkle is mentioned again as a previous love interest of Stan Pines, since her debut in "Boyz Crazy".
  • Mabel tries to get Candy and Dipper together. In "The Love God", Mabel put figurines of Candy and Dipper next to each other in her category "Future Matches?".
  • On Stan's map of tourist attractions in Oregon, there is Ye Royal Discount Putt Hutt, seen in "The Golf War", and the Petting Zoo seen in "Mabel's Scrapbook: Petting Zoo".
  • In "Irrational Treasure", Quentin Trembley's State of the Union speech focused on what he thinks is mankind's only true fear, "gigantic man-eating spiders." It should be noted that a species similar to giant man-eating spiders, Arachnimorphs, are introduced in this episode, thus proving that President Trembley was just mistaken as an unintelligent man during his time.
  • Although it's not canon, the "Fire Retardant Racoon", found at Mystery Mountain, was first depicted as "Retardant Racoon" in the unaired pilot.
  • A partial image of Candy from this episode was seen in Bill's eye in "The Last Mabelcorn" while he was picking his pawn.
  • The cryptogram references Old Goldie from "Soos and the Real Girl" as the best girlfriend Stan ever had, which refers to their trip in Las Vegas.

Trivia[]

  • On the side of Stan's map of the tourist traps, there is a box with text in it which reads:
    "Oregon is known for its natural beauty, but, lets be honest guys, trees get boring after a while."
    "That's why man created tourist traps. There's a really big shoe, for example. And the yarn ball is neat. I haven't been there but I've heard good things."
  • Alex Hirsch and Rob Renzetti have been animated and can be seen riding the Trambience.
  • One of the numbers written on Dipper's arm ends with "0618."
  • In the Vigenere cipher for this episode, it is claimed that Soos has befriended a talking bulldog, though in "Dreamscaperers" Bill shows that Soos' nightmare is a talking British bulldog.
  • Stan's ex-wife, Marilyn, is mentioned in the episode's cryptogram, but she was actually supposed to first be mentioned in "Dreamscaperers." For a production art shot of a hallway in Stan's mindscape there is a cryptogram that reads "EWTUG AQW OCTKNAP." Once decoded using a "two letters back Caesar cipher", it reads "CURSE YOU MARILYN." However, in the actual episode, this message is edited out.
    • Marilyn might be a reference to Alex Hirsch's Grandma Marilyn.[3]
  • The Fire Retardant Raccoon was originally supposed to be named the "Fire Retardant Bear".[4]
  • Many of the locations the characters visit in the episode were inspired by locations visited by Alex and the crew during a 4 day long road trip they took in 2013 between production of Seasons 1 and 2, called Mystery Tour.
  • Darlene originally had a much more terrifying design.
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Gravity Falls - Roadside Attraction - Deleted Scene - The Ice Cream Truck

Cut Scenes[]

  • In the deleted scenes reel found in the Complete Series Box Set, it was revealed that the episode had a different cold open planned. In it, Dipper, Mabel, and Soos are getting ice cream and come short on the bill. They send a reluctant Dipper to see if he can get spare change from some girls. It ends poorly and they chase him away while throwing coins at him. With Soos and Mabel laughing, Dipper wishes for a distraction which arrives in the form of Stan with the RV.
    • This Cold Open differs greatly to the one in the episode as it removes Dipper not being over Wendy as the source of why he goes on the road trip and tries to talk to other girls.
  • Alongside the cold open, another cut scene showed the corn maze was meant to have a longer bit in the episode with Dipper meeting a group of German girls there who are unamused by the maze and talking and getting to know one of them. The girls are visiting all the worst museums in America and also share with Dipper their disinterest about corn mazes.
  • Candy also learns that if you laid all the corn in the maze end to end, you'd be wasting your time.
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Soos corn maze alt tag - Roadside Attraction

  • Emmy Cicierega originally pitched a different end credits scene to the one in the episode. In it, Soos rolls around in the corn maze and eventually spells out "HELP! IM BORED." A passing helicopter sees the message and travels to it. The pilot then hands Soos something and flies off. Soos looks at what he is given and it ends up being a book full of maze puzzles and a pencil. The scene was never used due to how weird it was.

Cryptograms[]

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Key: DOPPER

  • During the end credits of this episode, there is a cryptogram that reads "VCDH, PZNS P CSSOS VDPUHB GTXILSKTV, VYSCIYROZN USLQR WXW NDM WDQVZOGS, EEG PTUVZHBSTH R WOAZMEJ PJAPURU PCH JDGHN GRW OADRX WVT LEP." Once decoded using the Vignère key DOPPER it reads, "SOOS, LIKE A NOBLE GOLDEN RETRIEVER, EVENTUALLY FOUND HIS WAY HOMEWARD, AND BEFRIENDED A TALKING BULLDOG AND SASSY CAT ALONG THE WAY."
    • The keyword "DOPPER" can be found in the spider webs to the left and to the right of Dipper and Candy, near the mummies.
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References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 September 2015 Programming Highlights. Disney–ABC Television Group (August 28, 2015). Archived from the original on August 28, 2015. Retrieved on August 28, 2015.
  2. Metcalf, Mitch (September 21, 2015). SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 100 Monday Cable Originals (& Network Update): 9.21.2015. Retrieved on September 22, 2015.
  3. Hirsch, Alex (February 23, 2016). Tweet number 701980432523329537. Twitter. Retrieved on November 13, 2020.
  4. Tumblr Post ID 130014477782. Tumblr (September 27, 2015). Archived from the original on November 14, 2020. Retrieved on September 30, 2015.

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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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