Gravity Falls

Season 1 Episode 12

Summerween

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Aired Monday 9:30 PM Oct 05, 2012 on Disney XD
8.1
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Dipper and Wendy are excited to take part in Gravity Fall's annual event, Summerween. But when Dipper hears Wendy say that trick-or-treating is for kids, he reconsiders.

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  • Now this is a great way to do a Halloween episode

    9.5
    While Gravity falls does follow the typical monster coming to get ya Halloween special cliche, it is executed quite well. After learning about how Halloween is celebrated twice a year in Gravity falls the Pine twins get pumped for a night of Trick or treating, but are told about the Summerween trickster who eats kids who don't have Summerween spirit. A few minutes later Wendy comes around to pick up her jacket and tells Dipper about a party. Since Dipper has a crush in Wendy, (This is reasonable Dipper is 12 and Wendy is 15) he has a conflict on whether or not he should go the the party or trick or treating with his sister. From this we get a subtle piece of dialogue which actually does it quite well. As a result Dipper fakes sickness to avoid trick or treating and hurting Mabel's feeling at the same time, again well done. Afterwards the Summerween trickster comes knocking at the door and eats a child to remind them that unless they can get 500 pieces of Candy to him by the time the last Jack o melon goes out, they will be eaten. So they go out trick or treating, and Dipper is not too keen on wearing his costume until the group is threatened by the trickster. SO Dipper get's his costume on and their candy collection goes on a roll but the clock is ticking as more Jack o melons go out. When they get close to their last piece of candy Wendy comes around in her van causing Dipper to jump out of his costume but accidentally lose the candy. At the same time Mabel finds out the truth, and is disappointed in Dipper not just for lying to her but also trying to ditch her. I liked this part because it illustrates on how both ditching your sister and a lie can really hurt someone. But since Dipper lost the candy they now have to find more but the last Jack o melon is about to go out, they find the last one to prevent it form going out but it goes out anyway and the Trickster almost gets them until Soos comes around in his truck and crashes into the Trickster. He then asks, "That wasn't a pedestrian was it?" That's how you do black comedy people. However, when Dipper and the gang are trying to get away Mabel is still sour about Dipper lying to her, and even shows that she got bruised when the Trickster grabbed her. Soon the trickster regenerates and accidentally crashes Soos' truck into Summerween store. From that point the gang tries to hide and Dipper and Mabel confess to each other that they are getting old for Trick or Treating, but Mabel wanted to do it with him because they won't get too many chances again in the future. Not really the best time to have a moment but I'll let it slide. So the gang puts on full body costumes to get out of the store, but Soos gets distracted by talking toy skulls. Fortunately, the skulls are out of batteries but Soos puts them in, makes noise and gets eaten. That's how you do it writers, you make the consequences happen to the idiot and only the idiot. SO Dipper and the gang fight the monster with fake medieval weapons only to find out that the monster is made out of looser candy and eats children who cast the candy aside. Just as they're about to get eaten, Soos comes out of the body and starts eating away at the monster only to eat his candy heart and save everyone in the end, yet the Trickster is also happy that someone thinks he tastes good. Back at the Mystery Shack after Stan accidentally scares off two kids that he was trying to scare for so long, they drop their bags of candy, Dipper and Mabel get the candy and apparently Wendy is there to tell Dipper that the party sucked anyway, and he didn't miss a thing. So the episode ends with them watching vintage horror films. To me this episode was very well written, knew how to tackle the issue of a brother sister conflict, and touches upon Halloween and age quite well.moreless
  • Season of Terror

    9.5
    This is another great one it's pritty much a Halloween episode and it's one of my favorate ones. I really like the fact that the town has a hollday called "Summereen" which just like Christmas in July it's Halloween in the summertime. Personally I feel just like with Chirstmas in July it's by it's nature, it's just a scam by stores just to get more money. But that's really not important for this episode.



    I really like how it kinda parodies on the slasher movies, the monster they have doesn't disapoint it's both funny and creepy. From that voice down to the happy face burlap sack mask, it's always the common device in the slashers which to me always made them more creepy because it gives them that sense of mystique.



    As usual I really liked the back and forth between Mabel and Dipper. It was funny that both of them were in the costumes of food products Penut Butter and Jam, not just the fact both went together but it was almost like both were wearing bullseyes since the monster eats Trick or Treaters, on a sidenote Mabel's friend Candy dressed up as well Candy. I even liked some of that action with the monster, my favorate scene is when Zeus, Mable, Dipper, Candy, and Grechen they all run to the Summerween store for Santurary, it's almost remincent of the Slasher movie "Intruder" which was about a killer hidden in a department store. I like how the charcters are hiding from the moster mainly Zeus which is funny because he doesn't keep hidden well. One really hillarous moment was when Zeus as usual is about to do something stupid which will give away their presense to the monster by pressing one of those talking decorative skulls, I won't say anymore than that but why this moment was really funny was it turned a cleche on it's head where in the slasher film usually someone would do something like make a noise or even just not shut the frak up when they should which makes the monster/slasher zero in on the unwitting victim, in Zeus's cas it was something that could easily of been avoided.



    There was a great moment when Dipper, Mabbel, Grechen, and Candy they all then deside to fight off the monster and all are armed with Medevil weapons which are actually real, how the heck that Summerween store leagally sells them is anyones guess; but it was just cool seeing them actually use them and kick some butt. The reveal of who the monster is doesn't disapoint and is both daft and funny because the monster is bad halloween candy, you know candy like black lickarishe and other crap you can think of that you might have tried a time or two. But I thought the origin setting of how the monster was formed was even funnier, it's sort of an homage joke to some of those 50's as well as some 80's horror flicks where monsters usually would come or be formed from a dump with radioactive material or toxic waste.



    However the episode as usual had some morality. I really like this touching scene when both Mabel and Dipper hid, Dipper states more of his reasons to not Trick or Treat because he's getting older and he wanted to be with Wendy at the party. Then Mabel states she knows both of them are growing up and are getting too old for the activity, but she wanted both of them to go because it was going to be their last. I can relate to that feeling I stopped doing it when I was about 12 (last costume was a Batman costume on a sidenote), I did it I wanted one more good time because I knew I wasn't going to do this again. And that's the lesson Dipper learns is that childhood and certain traditions with it are fleeting and you should make the most of it before their gone.



    So in the end Dipper, Mabel and the rest had their one last great trick or treattng adventure and they didn't come back empty handed as Uncle Stan was able to scare two jerk kids whom left their bags of candy, Dipper got Wendy, and well you get it. So, happy Summerween.moreless
Alex Hirsch

Alex Hirsch

Grunkle Stan, Soos, additional voices

Jason Ritter

Jason Ritter

Dipper Pines

Kristen Schaal

Kristen Schaal

Mabel Pines

Linda Cardellini

Linda Cardellini

Wendy Corduroy

Blake Bertrand

Blake Bertrand

Mummy Kid

Joshua Rush

Joshua Rush

Soldier Kid

Jeff Bennett

Jeff Bennett

The Summerween Trickster

Guest Star

Jennifer Coolidge

Jennifer Coolidge

Lazy Susan

Recurring Role

Niki Yang

Niki Yang

Candy Chiu

Recurring Role

T.J. Miller

T.J. Miller

Robbie

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • The scene where Grunkle Stan is failing and trying to scare the trick-or-treaters, and one says "We're not scared" to which Stan replies "You will be. You Will be." Is a reference to a conversation between Yoda and Luke in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.


    • The Summerween Trickster's form seemed to be based off of the Noh face character from the movie Spirited Away.

    • The Summerween Trickster being made of bad candy and coming to get those on Summerween makes him like Sam from "Trick r' Treat" about a pumpkin head boy attacking those who don't care about Halloween and kills them.

    • The scenes where Waddles "bursts" out of Grunkle Stan's chest and Soos bursts out of the Summerween Trickster's chest are references to the "chestburster" scene from Alien.

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