[S1E11] Little Dipper
Back at the Gleeful house, Bud tries to console his son that he'll get revenge some other way. But Gideon wants more than revenge; he wants the Mystery Shack property because it holds a secret you couldn't possibly imagine...!Tropes in this episode: Actually Pretty Funny: After his Jerkass Realization, Dipper manages to laugh at one of Mabel's short jokes.
Always Someone Better: Mabel was giving Dipper a hard time about him being slightly shorter than her because he usually bests her at everything else and always seems to rub it in.
An Aesop: It's best not to brag about having the upper hand or winning something like a game, especially if you yourself don't take it well when someone else rubs it in on you.
Be Careful What You Wish For: Soos displays his ambition to take over from Stan when he wears his fez, and hilariously, his desire to be the man who one day runs the Shack gets him in so much trouble! Gideon shrinks him thinking he's Stan wearing the fez, he gets captured with the kids, swatted off into the carpet (though Soos doesn't mind too much considering there's food there), and then gets stuck at his size thanks to the kids forgetting about him.
Berserk Button: Gideon's eyes go separate directions when Bud tickles him too much, and he goes on a violent rampage as he leaves the house.
Brain in a Jar: The Mystery Shack is shown to have two of these, both wearing a male and female wig.
Breather Episode: This episode seems to be more light-hearted.
Brick Joke: Mabel high-fives hard, which makes her Normal Hand Karate CHOP! more effective.
Call-Back: The crystals were in the background in the first episode.
Calling Your Attacks: "Normal Hand Karate CHOP!"
Chekhov's Gun: Gideon's ticklishness, which Dipper and Mabel later use to their advantage to stop him from shrinking Stan.
Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The height-altering crystals glow blue when enlarging something, and pink when shrinking something.
Colossus Climb: Dipper, Mabel, and Soos do this to Gideon in order to get to the shrink ray.
Comically Missing the Point: When Mabel thinks Dipper is hiding a wizard in the closet and she doesn't see a wizard in there.Mabel: An invisible wizard. Really, Dipper!
Compressed Vice: Dipper's rubbing his victories into Mabel's face only starts in this episode, but Mabel says he's always done it. Mabel was also shown goofing off during their chess game, making it clear she's not really putting much effort into winning games as it is.
Continuity Nod: Ducktective, first seen in "Headhunters", can be heard on the TV.
Stan signs an insult on Gideon's contract like he previously did with Pacifica in "Irrational Treasure".
"Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Dipper could've avoided a lot of the episode's conflict if he had not openly told Mabel about his magic flashlight, since the moment he does, she makes a run for it and leads to Gideon's attack on the Shack.
Curb-Stomp Battle: Dipper vs. Mabel in chess, croquet and many other games. Dipper has dozens of victories and Mabel has none.
Face Death with Dignity: Played for Laughs. When Gideon swats Soos off the back of his neck, he falls to what he thinks is certain doom and simply cries out "Tell my story!"
Failed a Spot Check: Mabel demands to know how Dipper got taller so quickly, but doesn't seem to notice the massive chess pawn beside her.
Flipping the Table: Just before he steps out the door, Gideon angrily flips over a table with a lamp on it.
Foreshadowing: In the Cold Open, while Gideon is looking through Journal #2, the first option he dismisses is a zombie attack. Come the Season 2 premiere, and an actual zombie attack occurs.
After Stan takes off his fez and goes to answer the phone, Soos puts the hat on his head and looks in a mirror, saying "One day." Guess what happens many episodes later?
Giant Novelty Check: Offered at the beginning of the episode as part of Gideon's plot and again during the credits gag. Turns out the second one was for real.
Hall of Mirrors: Grunkle Stan constructs a decidedly low budget one, in which the episode's climax takes place.
Hollywood Law: Gideon's attempt to get Stan to sign over ownership of the Mystery Shack is a clear-cut case of attempted contract fraud since he tried to get Stan to sign the deed over under false pretenses (making Stan think he won a contest and have him sign a form to collect his prize money). The whole thing is Played for Laughs, especially as Stan saw the ruse coming from a mile away, but the contract would have been void due to the circumstances anyway.
Hypocritical Humor: A subtle one. When playing chess, Dipper corrects Mabel when she calls a pawn a 'little guy', then immediately refers to the knights as 'tiny horses'.
I Have Your Wife: Gideon attempts this after he kidnaps Mabel and Dipper, but Stan doesn't believe him.
I'll Never Tell You What I'm Telling You!: "You'll never find Stan... on the second door to the left, down the hall... Why did I say that?!"
Incredible Shrinking Man: Gideon manages to take Dipper's flashlight and shrink both him and Mabel, with Soos being caught in the mess later. They spend the episode trying to grow back to their normal size.
Island Help Message: Soos makes one of these out of mirror fragments.
Jerkass Realization: Dipper realizes that he has been a jerk by always rubbing his victories in Mabel's face, which is what caused her to tease him about being shorter than her.
Laughing Mad: Gideon at various points throughout the episode. Subverted when he collapses with laughter having finally cornered Stan, who assumes that Gideon has gone laughing mad and kicks him out; it's actually the shrunken Mabel and Dipper tickling him.
Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Mabel remarks that "her favorite part [of a television show] is the theme song." This is followed immediately by the show's theme.
Look Behind You: How Grunkle Stan thwarts Gideon's plan to unleash termites on the Mystery Shack.
The Napoleon: It turns out Dipper doesn't like being teased based on his height.
P.O.V. Cam: When Gideon shrinks the twins, we get a shot from their viewpoint at him as he becomes bigger in their vision.
Right Behind You: Or rather Right Beside You. When the flashlight first falls into Gideon's hands, Dipper understandably panics, but Mabel reassures him that Gideon didn't see them use it and can't possibly know it's a Shrink Ray... not realizing that Gideon is standing right beside her and her brother.
Saying Too Much: Both Mabel and Soos have trouble keeping information from Gideon.
Shout-Out: In the scene where Dipper and Mabel play chess, the board is sitting on top of a skeleton which looks eerily similar to the "something that doesn't exist" from the Phineas and Ferb opening sequence.
Shrink Ray: Dipper makes one by tying one of the crystals to a flashlight.
Smart People Play Chess: Or at least, Dipper plays chess.
Something We Forgot: Dipper and Mabel destroy the Growth/Shrink crystal after reverting back to their original sizes, but they forgot that Soos had been shrunk as well.Mabel: Glue. Dipper: Lots of glue!
Villain Opening Scene: The episode opens with Gideon in his room plotting on how to take the Mystery Shack.
Wham Line: When Bud Gleeful wants to know why his son is so preoccupied with getting his hands on the Mystery Shack, Gideon replies "Because it holds a secret you can't possibly imagine!"
A Wizard Did It: Mabel's best guess for Dipper suddenly growing.
[S1E11] Little Dipper