Gravity Falls Vlogs: The Hand That Rocks the Mabel

It’s just Widdle Ol’ Gideon. Dipper and Mabel find a new neighbor, a psychic kid named Lil’ Gideon.

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34 Comments on "Gravity Falls Vlogs: The Hand That Rocks the Mabel"

ultimateclima
Guest

Glad you two caught the Twin Peaks reference! And yes, that was meant to be a Twin Peaks references. He’s seen the show, and given both stories kinda occur in the Pacific Northwest he’s decided to steer into the skid so to speak.

Also, Grunkle Stan’s tattoo is brought up in the Gravity Falls Short Dipper’s Guide to the Unexplained: Stan’s Tattoo. I hope you two cover the shorts as well. There’s 17 shorts, each a little over 2 minutes long, that aired in between the break between seasons 1 and 2. There’s some amazing gems in there.

Slowking
Guest

I second the request for short reviews, but don’t forget “Mabel’s guide to life”. I thin those are even more awesome than Dipper’s shorts.
Also Fixin’ it with Soos.

Rebecca Speckenbach
Guest

I love the relationship between Mabel and Dipper so much. It could have been so easy to have just made Dipper the straight man to Mabel, and have Dipper constantly getting annoyed with Mabel, but they really do act like siblings. Mabel is usually ridiculous, but not un-relatable and can be serious at times. And Dipper can act extremely goofy at times as well. I like that they’re balanced that way.

venkarl
Guest

Your memory of Twin Peaks seems to be muddled together with a reference to Twin Peaks they made on The Simpsons, but yeah, that’s definitely a Twin Peaks reference.

DVGC
Guest

I think the really natural relationship between Dipper and Mable comes from the fact the creator of the show, Alex Hirsch, based the characters on him and his twin sister. And yes, his sister did wear crazy sweaters like Mable.

Slowking
Guest

I really love Mabel. She reminds me of the lizard in this picture: http://www.somethingofthatilk.com/index.php?id=132
No matter the situation she is in, Mabel is always going to mabel.

Also loved when she said: “Gideon, I just don’t love you, but we can still be friends and makeover buddies.” “Really?” “No, not really. You tried to kill my brother, you psycho!”

oratnik
Guest

Hey look, they even have their own Soos. *Soos suspicious look*

The star with the eye is the symbol that defines Gideon un the Cipher Bill’s Criptic Circle at the end of the opening.

littlewillie610
Guest

“Mable’s not here, she’s in sweater town.”

On my first viewing, I actually thought Gideon was a very short adult until he started hitting on Mable. Him having one of the books was definitely an intriguing twist.

Chris_95
Guest

I really liked that reaction from Mabel. At first, it seems like just another kooky thing she would do/say, but it feels very genuine. She does seem like she’s actually upset and this is how she would react. She wouldn’t just say “go away Dipper, I need some time to myself,” because she’s not that sort of person. She still uses her kookiness to convey her mood.

THIS IS WHY IS SHOW IS AWESOME!

Chris_95
Guest

*THIS SHOW

WillK
Guest

It’s funny I used to do that as a kid. But I did it for fun, not to be left alone.

aaronbourque
Guest

L’il Gideon is based on a televangelist, Benny Hinn, and a child preacher from the 1960’s, Larry Hal Larimore (look up a picture of him, and be freaked out.

WillK
Guest

Don’t really see Benny Hinn, but Larry Hal Larimore, yeah its freaky close. The only difference is the pompadour.

PeanutCrunch
Guest

This YouTube vid from The Royal Order of the Holy Mackerel does a pretty good comparison of the two. watch?v=OeuyQ7LkAn8

themilo
Guest

I also really enjoy the relationship between mabel and dipper, it’s nice to have siblings in a kid show who don’t hate each other.

Rob if you think the show is violent now then you’re going to love season 2.

I quite like Gideon as a villain, it’s rare that you have a child antagonist in a kids show that can still be taken serious, I wonder when he’s going to reappear In season 2.

bole
Guest

I know right! You so rarly see that! One reason I didn’t like Carpet Diem much was because they do kind of hate each other there.

ThisIsScorpio
Guest

Doug has gotten so good at vlogging! He comes prepared and excited, nice!

NightHaven93
Guest

You guys missed the whole point of how giddean was forcing mabel into doing what he wants by using the awed people around him who would turn on mabel if she refused him. his over use of spectacle trapped her into a corner she NEEDED HELP ESCAPING FROM. How did you miss that!

earthstarchan
Guest
Thank you! I was going to say the same thing. This episode really shows how public pressure can make it difficult for people, especially a young girl, to say no. Mabel tried to put a stop to it several times and each time she’s about to make it clear, Gideon makes it difficult for her to say no. Gideon is manipulative and was deliberately using social pressure to make it harder for Mabel to say no directly. There are people that do this and a lot of people have been in Mabel’s shoes. It’s the same problem when someone (be… Read more »
WillK
Guest

“It’s the same problem when someone (be a man or woman) makes a proposal in front of a large group of people. If the person doesn’t want to marry them, they either have to say ‘yes’ when they don’t want to or risk everyone calling them a jerk for daring to being honest and saying ‘no’…”

You know, I always thought that people did that to make their proposal memorable. But yeah, you’re right it is a lot of pressure when you do that. I guess now I have to cancel that skywriter.

Carla Griffin
Guest

Yes, I was going to say this too. Gideon is the worst. She didn’t even want to go out with him in the first place, but there’s this social pressure that if a guy is nice to you and wants to date you, you should give him a chance. Then he completely ignored her wishes for them to be hanging out as friends and forced her into a date. She was perfectly clear about her feelings, he just chose to ignore it.

bole
Guest

One question about this one, how was Mabel able to use the medallion’s powers at the end?

choninja21
Guest

Anyone could use the powers. Gideon’s not all that special in that regard.

choninja21
Guest

Gideon was based on a televangelist. -The More You Know-

PerplexedCam
Guest

HAHA! I knew everything gets better in this episode. Not to say previous episodes were bad. Just that this show gets ten times better with this.

Tilda Adade
Guest

Doug, PLEASE DO A ‘LOST’ EDITORIAL!!!! You’ve been mentioning it a lot recently and I really want to know your opinions on the characters (like Ben, Locke etc.)
I will be forever grateful!

Adorably Rotten
Guest
I KNEW it’d be the reveal of Journal #2 that made you gasp! 😀 Next to “Dreamscaperers,” this is my favorite episode of season 1. It introduces Gideon, who’s my 2nd favorite character in the show, and what a fantastic introduction it is! I love his whole televangelist preacher crossed with a sideshow psychic shtick, and I just have a weakness for characters who are as adorable as they are evil. He’s also voiced by Thurop Van Orman, the creator of The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, another great cartoon that Alex Hirsch (the creator of Gravity Falls) worked on as… Read more »
ShakespeareanInsults
Guest

Loved this episode too! I definitely agree about the sibling relationship they are just too cute. They are nothing like me and my brother lol

happymel
Guest

I’ve been having issues with the comments feature on this new site. Also, I’m sad that there’s no ratings system anymore. 🙁 I don’t know anything about having a sibling but I think the sibling thing feels realistic to you guys because the creator of this show based some of it on his sister and him.

WillK
Guest

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Acetylsalicilique
Guest

But… but… Lost’s ending was great =(

LinkSeasonMaster
Guest

That’s yet another vlog where the ending has me cracking up. Well done!

Chaseha_Wing
Guest
When you spoke about the lesson, I kind of got a little pissed. Because to me this was not an episode for a lesson for girls to pick up, but more for a lesson for boys to pick up on. Though its clear she did not want to date him from the beginning and was a creep from start to finish, it was clear, especially after the first date, that she was extremely pressured to continue this relationship. The kid started forcing her and using peer pressure, we see how uncomfortable she s, how scared, and I think that’s kind… Read more »
Blue and Dog
Guest

Doug’s little bit about how you shouldn’t date a nice person if you didn’t feel they were right for you hit me right there. I was best friends with a guy since 2003, and finally dated him because he had liked me for ages, but I broke up with him because I knew he deserved someone much better who felt the same way.

We were friends for two more years before his new girlfriend decided he couldn’t be friends with me.

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