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"Society of the Blind Eye"[2] is the seventh episode of the second season of Gravity Falls and the 27th episode overall. It premiered on October 27, 2014 on Disney XD.[2]

Official overview[]

The kids, alongside with Old Man McGucket's help, discover there is a secret society in Gravity Falls.[2]

Synopsis[]

The episode begins with Lazy Susan finishing up for the night at her workplace, Greasy's Diner. While walking home, she comes across Jeff and the other gnomes as they steal a pie off a windowsill, and she is understandably shocked. Before she can use a payphone to report the strange phenomenon she's just witnessed, a robed man appears from nowhere and drags her away screaming into the night, while the gnomes proceed to steal her pie.

S2e7 old man mcgucket wrote the journals?!

Connecting the dots.

Back at the Mystery Shack, Dipper once again trying to discern the identity of the author of Journal 3. But Mabel is more focused on a message she just received from her former crush and pen pal, Mermando. However, she is devastated to learn that he is to be wed in an arranged marriage to the Queen of the Manatees in order to prevent an undersea Civil War. Disheartened, she reflects on how all of her summer crushes (Norman, Gideon Gleeful, Sev'ral Timez, and Gabe Benson) have ended in failure. Dipper empathizes with her in the fact that he's failed to find any solid clues, but the two then notice that the smashed laptop bears the insignia "McGucket Labs." It seems unlikely, but after connecting several clues gathered over the summer, the duo conclude Old Man McGucket is the most likely writer of the journals.

Meanwhile, Wendy finds herself plagued by the latest summer chart-topper, "Straight Blanchin'" despite Soos' insistence that it's a good song. Dipper and Mabel collect the two and they rush over to McGucket's junkyard to confront him with the evidence. He is confused by their assertions and argues that he's never done anything worthwhile in his life. He claims amnesia to everything before the year 1982, but as Dipper flips through pages in the journal he is triggered by the page on the Society of the Blind Eye. McGucket remembers the Blind Eye and panics, he talks about robes, men, his mind, they did something but McGucket doesn't remember it, Dipper thinks that McGucket discovered something he wasn't supposed to know and someone or something erased his memory.

S2e7 hall of the forgotten

The Hall of the Forgotten.

Based on a newspaper clipping, the five of them head to Gravity Falls Museum of History, the earliest thing McGucket can remember, for some answers. They uncover a secret entrance in the eye exhibit through a fireplace to the Blind Eye Society's hideaway. And arrive just in time to see Lazy Susan having her mind erased of her memories of the gnomes by the society. The ray gun used for the process stores the removed memory in a glass tube which is then sent to "The Hall of the Forgotten" via a pneumatic tube. Once the meeting adjourns, Dipper, Soos, and McGucket go in search of the memory cache in the Hall, while Wendy and Mabel stay to make sure the society members don't return. When Dipper's group finds it they realize that the society has been removing the whole town's memories every time something supernatural occurs. Back in the meeting hall, Mabel and Wendy discuss Mabel's romantic troubles. Wendy tells her to put her worries out of her head and forget about guys which inspires Mabel to remove the memories using the ray gun so she won't feel sad anymore.

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The gang captured.

McGucket finds his memory tube in a place of honor in the Hall, but when he removes it, an alarm is triggered. McGucket manages to hide from the society members who give chase, but the rest are caught. The members reveal their identities as some of the townspeople and the reason for their organization: Because of Gravity Falls' higher-than-normal supernatural occurrences, the populace was tormented by existential questions and disturbing possibilities. The Society took it upon themselves to help the citizens forget the otherworldly phenomena using the memory-erasing device. Thus, the townspeople live in a state of blissful ignorance, albeit with some minor side effects... As an added benefit as a member of the society, they also use the gun to erase other unpleasant memories and troubles on themselves. The leader of the cult, Blind Ivan, then intends to use the gun on the children, but McGucket appears and rescues them. After a minor struggle between the groups, Ivan is in range to wipe everyone's memories. McGucket jumps in front of Dipper and takes a full blast, but it has no effect on him as his mind was damaged long ago. He headbutts Ivan, the gang gets McGucket's memory canister and the ray gun and tie up the members. Dipper wipes the society members' minds of their organization and everyone leaves believing that they spent the evening at the museum's "Gold Miner Appreciation Night." Mabel gives Ivan a new identity as a happy banjo troubadour.

S2e7 day 74

A younger McGucket slowly loses his mind.

The five watch McGucket's memories and learn that he was a genius scientist. After collaborating for a year with a visiting researcher, the author of the journals, on building a machine which was supposed to help all mankind. However, something went wrong and he quit, but then he became haunted with the memory of what he'd done. So, McGucket invented the ray gun and wiped his own memories of the project. Further memories show that he created the Blind Eye Society and subsequently became addicted to the effects of the memory ray, continuing to wipe his memories for every disturbing incident, problem, and mistake he came across rather than face his experiences, warping his mind a bit more each time. His overuse of the ray gun caused his mind to deteriorate until he had become insane and unable to remember anything from the last thirty years. The last part of his memories shows him saying something weird a forming a triangle around his eye.

Mabel apologizes to McGucket having to face what he learned, but he states that he's happy to have regained the memories of his past, even if they were painful so that he can continue on with his future. Wendy asks whether Mabel really wants to erase her memories of her crushes. Mabel follows McGucket's example and posits that it's better to hold onto her experiences and learn from them than to deny them. On the car ride back home, Dipper questions whether McGucket can remember who the author he worked with is. McGucket postulates that the memories will return eventually, but for now, they're too blurry. Meanwhile, Grunkle Stan continues to work in secret on the enigmatic machine beneath the Mystery Shack, accidentally cutting his right hand on a flying pipe in the process. He bandages his hand and states that he "doesn't care how dangerous it is." and that he's gonna pull off his plans, and nothing will get in his way. While this happens, a faded picture can be seen close by, revealing to be a photo of Dipper and Mabel, indicating that if they find out what he's planning, they will stop him.

Credits[]

Production notes[]

See also: List of allusions and List of goofs.

Character revelations[]

  • Lazy Susan's full name is revealed to be Susan Wentworth.
  • McGucket can communicate through hamboning.
  • Mabel can burp the entire alphabet.
  • Soos thought Mabel's name was "Maple" for the first half of the summer.
  • Mabel only loves half of her stuffed animals, a fact she is ashamed of.
  • Dipper sometimes uses large words to seem smart, even though he doesn't know what they mean.
  • Wendy is incredibly stressed 24/7 due to her family.
  • McGucket worked as a research assistant to the author of the journals.
  • Toby Determined, Tats, Bud Gleeful, Sprott, woodpecker guy, the woman in blue and man in pink (along with possibly several others) are all part of the Blind Eye Society. Old Man McGucket was also the founding member, therefore all known members have appeared before on the show with the exception of Blind Ivan (which he even pointed out).
  • McGucket's middle name is "Hadron."

Series continuity[]

  • The number 618 can be seen once again. In the memory where Old Man McGucket got his hat, the bottom left corner of the TV says, "DAY 618."
  • The cryptograms at the end of "Gideon Rises" and the Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained shorts reference the society.
  • The society's symbol, a crossed-out eye, appeared in graffiti in "The Golf War" and "Soos and the Real Girl."
    • It's demonstrated at the start of the episode that the Society leave the graffiti behind whenever they take someone to have their memories erased.
  • The Lefty robot appears on Dipper's bulletin board as a suspect for being the author, along with the note "EXPLODED," referencing his destruction in the short "Lefty."
  • The Summerween Superstore worker appears on Dipper's bulletin board as a suspect for being the author, along with the note "HATES US," referencing the incident in "Summerween."
  • Mermando sends Mabel another bottled message as he does in "The Deep End."
  • Mabel mentions her past romances during the summer, including:
  • Dipper mentions the destruction of the laptop from "Sock Opera."
  • Tate McGucket appears on a newspaper clipping offering no comment on his father's behavior, referencing their troubled relationship seen in "The Legend of the Gobblewonker."
  • Soos' license plate, "FIXINIT1," is a reference to his self-produced series of shorts and computer password in "Soos and the Real Girl."
S2e7 forboding

A foreboding message.

  • Agent Powers and Trigger from "Scary-oke" can be seen when Wendy is throwing the disk out the window of Soos's truck.
  • The Gravity Falls Museum of History makes its second appearance since "Irrational Treasure."
  • Robbie mentions the events he witnessed in "Fight Fighters" to the Blind Eye Society.
  • Soos mentions the woodpecker guy's marriage that was seen in "Irrational Treasure."
  • McGucket mentions the Universe portal from "Gideon Rises" built by the author.
  • A page of Journal 3 is seen documenting the Island Head Beast from the short "Tooth."
  • McGucket tents his fingers and peers through it with one eye the same way Mabel does in "Sock Opera" to indicate Bill Cipher.
  • There is a piece of paper by the smashed laptop (at the beginning of the episode) with a faded drawing of Bill Cipher on it. This was seen in the same spot in "Sock Opera."
  • The ending cryptogram makes several references to events in earlier episodes:
    • "Gideon's tantrums;" in "The Hand that Rocks the Mabel" and "Little Dipper," Gideon has lashed out in anger at his father.
    • "Shandra's rejections;" Shandra Jimenez has belittled Toby Determined in both "Headhunters" and "Gideon Rises."
    • "A fear of witches;" Sprott rallies a mob in "The Time Traveler's Pig" after Mabel claims she is a witch.

Trivia[]

  • On Dipper's board, several characters can be seen. These include:
    • McGucket (With a note that says "Not likely")
    • Shmipper
    • Lazy Susan
    • Toby Determined
    • The Lefty robot (with a note that says "Exploded")
    • The Summerween Superstore worker (with a note that says "Hates us")
    • An unnamed veteran (with a note that says "Weird Stache?")
    • An unnamed biker
    • An unnamed woman with a headband (with a note that says "What?")
    • Alex Hirsch (with a note that says "Who?")
  • People who have had their memories erased include:
    • Mrs. Gleeful
    • Pacifica Northwest
    • Robbie Valentino
    • Lazy Susan
    • Old Man McGucket
    • Preston Northwest (on a shelf by the altar)
    • Jeffrey Cannuck (on a shelf by the altar)
    • The members of the Blind Eye Society
      • However, Toby Determined and four other members were not with those who were tied up and shot with the Memory Gun. Along with two unidentified people, they act in the same manner as those whose minds were erased. This means either:
        • A) This is the result of an Animation Error
        • B) His memory was erased off-screen
        • C) Toby is faking it and in fact, remembers everything, but knows better than to show it.
          • At least two members of the society were not seen having their memories erased or walking out of the museum as though it happened, meaning that the society could potentially rebuild itself.
  • The procedure done to wipe people's memories performed by the Blind Eye is similar to that of the Men in Black.
  • As Preston Northwest and Jeffrey Cannuck's memories are on the top shelf in The Hall of the Forgotten and near McGucket's memory, it is possible that they have memories of very important events, like McGucket did.
    • This is the only time the name Jeffrey Cannuck has been mentioned in the series. His identity remains a mystery.
  • A visual representation of the Pythagorean theorem is on the pillars when Wendy and Mabel are discussing Mabel's summer romances.
  • It's possible that Robbie's memory of the episode "The Inconveniencing" was erased by the Society of the Blind Eye, explaining why he didn't remember Dipper in "Double Dipper."
  • The chant uttered by the members of the Society of the Blind Eye which is heard just before Lazy Susan's memories are erased is "Annuit coeptis. Novus ordo seclorum.". These phrases are in Latin, and can be found inscribed on the back of the $1 dollar bill. They roughly translate to "God has favored our undertaking." and "A new order of the ages.".
  • In the Disney Channel Asia premiere, the part where they are vandalizing Gabe's poster was shortened to only show them drawing the eye patch and the big tooth for unknown reasons.
  • All the memories erased by the Society of the Blind Eye were never eliminated.
  • This is the first time (although intentionally censored) that swearing is used within the show, as McGucket sees the effects of the memory gun.
  • McGucket finally notices the bandage in his beard for the first time.
    Fake Leak

    The Fake Leak

  • Old Man McGucket was speculated to be the author due to a leaked image of a younger him writing the journal, however, this episode disproves that theory.
  • During storyboard reviews of the episode, the names of everyone who worked on it were listed as "Old Man (last name of person)." For example, Alex is credited as Old Man Hirsch.
  • The cup, notepad and pen that get sucked into the interdimensional portal in the credits scene previously appeared in the Season 1 Episode 10 of adult animated series "Rick and Morty", which was released 6 months earlier.

Cut Scenes[]

Several deleted and cut scenes from the episode were revealed in the Complete Series Box Set:

  • Wendy sees that Stan has also heard Straight Blanchin and is singing it too, calling it catchy, later listening to it after everyone leaves for McGucket.
  • The Museum security guard is seen locking up the museum with multiple locks, only to then leave a window open which allows the gang to sneak in.
  • After having her mind erased, Lazy Susan is tricked by Blind Ivan into donating to the society.
  • One of the members expresses concerns about the society abusing their power in wiping people's minds. After hearing it, Ivan wipes everyone's mind so that they no longer have any more complaints.

Cryptograms[]

  • The Journal 3 entry on The Blind Eye has a symbol cipher that says, "Symbol cipher - ISymbol cipher - FSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - MSymbol cipher - YSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - SSymbol cipher - USymbol cipher - SSymbol cipher - PSymbol cipher - ISymbol cipher - CSymbol cipher - ISymbol cipher - OSymbol cipher - NSymbol cipher - SSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - ASymbol cipher - RSymbol cipher - ESymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - CSymbol cipher - OSymbol cipher - RSymbol cipher - RSymbol cipher - ESymbol cipher - CSymbol cipher - T,Symbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - TSymbol cipher - HSymbol cipher - ISymbol cipher - SSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - ISymbol cipher - SSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - TSymbol cipher - HSymbol cipher - ESymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - WSymbol cipher - OSymbol cipher - RSymbol cipher - KSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - OSymbol cipher - FSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - FSymbol cipher - ISymbol cipher - DSymbol cipher - DSymbol cipher - LSymbol cipher - ESymbol cipher - FSymbol cipher - OSymbol cipher - RSymbol cipher - D.Symbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - DSymbol cipher - OSymbol cipher - ESymbol cipher - SSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - HSymbol cipher - ESymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - RSymbol cipher - ESymbol cipher - ASymbol cipher - LSymbol cipher - LSymbol cipher - YSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - HSymbol cipher - ASymbol cipher - VSymbol cipher - ESymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - TSymbol cipher - OSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - GSymbol cipher - OSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - TSymbol cipher - OSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - SSymbol cipher - USymbol cipher - CSymbol cipher - HSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - GSymbol cipher - RSymbol cipher - ESymbol cipher - ASymbol cipher - TSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - LSymbol cipher - ESymbol cipher - NSymbol cipher - GSymbol cipher - TSymbol cipher - HSymbol cipher - SSymbol cipher - TSymbol cipher - OSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - FSymbol cipher - OSymbol cipher - RSymbol cipher - GSymbol cipher - ESymbol cipher - TBill's cipher - M" which translates to "IF MY SUSPICIONS ARE CORRECT, THIS IS THE WORK OF FIDDLEFORD. DOES HE REALLY HAVE TO GO TO SUCH GREAT LENGTHS TO FORGET?"
S2e7 episode key

Key: ERASE

S2e7 no one will get in my way
  • At the end of Old Man McGucket's memories, he says "YROO XRKSVI! GIRZMTOV," and forms a triangle over his eye with his fingers. He is actually speaking in Atbash, and when translated he says "BILL CIPHER! TRIANGLE," hinting that Bill Cipher may have had something to do with McGucket's past. He said this again in a few episodes later in "A Tale of Two Stans."
  • During the ending credits, there is a cryptogram that reads "MXNGVEECW MW SLAWW. SUL FPZSK MW SOJMRX." Using the vigenère cipher, it translates to "IGNORANCE IS BLISS. BUT BLISS IS BORING."
    • Keyword: ERASE, found on the spine of the triceratops.
S2e7 cryptogram

End page.

  • The page section revealed at the end of the episode says, "17-15-20-19-9-10'5 4-23-10-4-6-3-11-5, '11-15-5-5-8-19-12-12-19-20, 4-23-4-4-9-9-5," on the top left, "23 18-19-23-6 9-18 1-15-4-21-16-19-5, 23 12-15-18-19 9-18 6-19-17-6-19-4," on the top right, "5-16-23-10-20-6-23'5 6-19-14-19-21-4-15-9-10-5, 5-9-21-15-19-4-25'5 2-15-19-1-5," on the bottom left, and "4-16-19-5-19 23-6-19 18-9-6-17-19-4" on the bottom right. After using the combined cipher, it translates to "GIDEON'S TANTRUMS, MISSPELLED TATTOOS, SHANDRA'S REJECTIONS, SOCIETY'S VIEWS, A FEAR OF WITCHES, A LIFE OF REGRET, THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT THEY TRY TO FORGET." Each of the forgotten memories corresponds to a different member of the Blind Eye Society (and one ex-Blind Eye, McGucket).

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References[]

  1. DISNEY GRAVITY FALLS : 2-07, SOCIETY OF THE BLIND EYE. (November 5, 2014). Retrieved on August 8, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Society of the Blind Eye. Disney–ABC Television Group. Archived from the original on March 16, 2015. Retrieved on April 16, 2015.
  3. WHAT'S ON DISNEY CHANNEL (broken link). Disney. Retrieved on November 14, 2020.
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