Gravity Falls

Season 1 Episode 4

The Hand That Rocks the Mabel

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Jul 06, 2012 on Disney XD
out of 10
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Episode Summary


The gang decides to visit a revival tent show starring Lil' Gideon, a charismatic kid with alleged psychic abilities who just happens to be Grunkle Stan's rival and nemesis. Upon meeting Mabel, Lil' Gideon is completely smitten and asks Mabel out on a date. She is hesitant until Dipper convinces her that this would be the perfect way for them to find out more about Gideon and what exactly is his true agenda.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Debut of Lil Gideon

    This episode was slightly lower on humor as it was focused more on the seriousness unlike the last three episodes which were comedy and drama combined. There were only several I laughed/chuckled compared to the 7-10 times I did. I don't think none of those funny moments were LOL worthy. Stan in the Lil Gideon commercial, Soos glaring at his clone, Soos and dipper blowing up the hot dogs, "Team Gideon" shirt looks fat on Stan, Gideon using his (?), and Soos dancing with (?) were some of the funniest moments in this serious episode. I put question marks in a couple of those because I don't know what they are. There are some other positives such as Dipper telling Gideon to stop seeing Mabel (heartwarming) and Mabel saving Dipper from Gideon (awesome and heartwarming at same time). Overall, while I may not be a fan of the story and the lesser amount of humor here, I still enjoyed it 100 percent.

    Score: 10/10moreless
  • Ok, interesting,and decent

    It's interesting so far. I'm think about how some of the characters are sometimes, and some of the dialogue.
Kevin Michael Richardson

Kevin Michael Richardson

Sheriff Blubs

Recurring Role

Will Forte

Will Forte

Cute Biker

Recurring Role

Gregg Turkington

Gregg Turkington

Toby Determined

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The disclaimer in Li'l Gideon's TV commercial reads, "Void where prohibited, no C.O.D.'s accepted, the letter "p" in the word psychic is silent and used for entertainment purposes only. If unsatisfied, please return unused portion for a full refund. Side effects may include but are not limited to: prosperity, wads of cash, fun at parties, tight pants, 6.2% APR, no money down! Psychic readings may cause a warming sensation in the abdomen. If pain persists, consult your physicist immediately. Carla, I've always loved you but never had the guts to say it."

    • The secret message at the end of the episode's credits is: CARLA, WHY WONT YOU CALL ME?

    • Gideon's first appearance was in the second episode, "The Legend of the Gobblewonker" He appears in the child psychic ad on the back cover of the Wacky News Dipper is reading during breakfast.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Mabel: (about the restaurant) I've never seen so many forks. And water with bubbles in it? Ooh lah lah, oui, oui!
      Gideon: Oh, parlez-vous francais?
      Mabel: I have no idea what you're saying.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Crew Additions and Clarifications: Bill Flores (Location Design), Sean Jimenez (Location Design)
      Joe Pitt (Character Design)
      Elle Michalka (Background Paint), Josh Parpan (Background Paint)
      Robert Lacko (Character Cleanup)
      Blake Lemons (Storyboard Revisions), James Suhr (Storyboard Revisions), Suzanne Hirota Burks (Storyboard Revisions)
      Louis Jhocson (Continuity Coordinator)
      Brad Breeck (Main Title & Episodic Music Written and Produced by)
      Kevin Locarro (Animatic Editor), Andrew Sorcini (Animatic Editor)
      Andrew Sorcini (Assistant Film Editor), Timothy M. Snell (Assistant Film Editor)
      Jessie Slipchinsky (Digital Coordinator)
      Bobby Garza (Dialogue Engineer)
      Robert Pratt (Digital Audio Transfer)
      Sarah Wintucky (Production Control)


    • Title:

      Referencing the 1992 movie The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, which features a doctor's wife who loses her husband and her happily married life when a woman accuses her husband of sexual molestation. The wife infiltrates the woman's family posing as a nanny and sets out to destroy their life. The movie title in turn is based on the poem of the same name by William Ross Wallace.