When Mabel questions the way Stan runs the Mystery Shack, he challenges her to a bet – whoever can make the most money in three days wins the chance to run the Shack however they wish for the rest of the summer. Mabel takes the bet and implements a new bossing method that coddles her employees and gives them the freedom to follow their hopes and dreams. Unfortunately, the results are not as expected and Mabel finds herself just trying to get back some normalcy. Meanwhile, Grunkle Stan sets off to win big money on a television game show.
The episode starts with Stan, Dipper, and Mabel sitting around the television, watching "Cash Wheel." The wheel on TV lands on Cash Shower, flooding the contestant on TV with money, the other contestants take some, and he punches them down. Stan laughs and says he likes his style. A busload of tourists arrives at the Mystery Shack and Stan looks out the window and tells Wendy to raise the prices. When she raises it to $20 he says to raise it to $200. Dipper tells Stan that he must see customers as wallets with legs. Stan says he doesn't, but when he looks to the customers, he sees wallets with legs. One of the customers vomits change (while an imagined wallet) and Stan tells Dipper to clean it up. While giving a tour of the shack, Stan shows the tourists several of his attractions, including "The Preteen Wolf Boy" who is really just Dipper dressed as a wolf.
It then switches to Mabel at the cash register. She talks about Mystery Shack bumper stickers. One woman calls Mabel "bad" and asks how much one is. Mabel says it's free and she gives it away. Unfortunately, Stan spots her and is mad at her. Mabel then says that Stan should have manners. She puts stickers that say Please and Thank you on Stan. Stan takes them off while saying "The word please doesn't make me any money kid." Dipper and Mabel then criticize Stan's work methods. Mabel writes a complaint.
Then Soos, Wendy, Mabel and Dipper paint the Mystery Shack sign with sparkles. They talk about what they don't like about the way the Shack is run. Mabel goes to complain about Stan rejecting one of Soos's ideas, and they end up making a bet. If Stan earns more money on his three day vacation than Mabel while she runs the Mystery Shack, Mabel has to wear a shirt around that says "Loser" for the rest of the summer. If Mabel earns more, Stan has to sing a song about apologizing and to let Mabel run the shack for the rest of the summer. Stan soon sets off on his vacation, and the bet begins.
While Stan is away, Mabel tries to make things better by letting the shack employees do what they want to do. She first asks Wendy how to make the shack more friendly. Wendy says she wants to hang out with friends while at work. Mabel lets her. Mabel gives Soos the question mark outfit. Then she shows Dipper his wolf costume. She then puts it in the paper shredder. She then tells Dipper to find a creature in the forest for an attraction. Dipper is excited and grabs a mace and goes out hunting, falling out the window because of the mace on his way.
Mabel then marks up the profit goal. Then we see some of the examples of Mabel's changes. Afterwards, Dipper appears with a moving sack with a monster he caught. After Mabel thanks him, she sees Soos in his question mark costume, which was much more revealing than Soos had thought. Meanwhile, Wendy is abusing her friend privileges. After her friends accidentally hurt a customer, Mabel gets upset at Wendy and gives the customer a refund. Wendy accuses Mabel of being like Stan, and Mabel gives her the rest of the day off, with "full pay". Meanwhile, Stan does well in the game show.
Dipper accidentally causes two guests to go insane after giving them a demonstration of the monster's, the Gremloblin, powers of showing a person's worst nightmare. Mabel becomes exhausted from trying to help all the customers out. Even with Mabel's upbeat attitude, things start going worse. The Gremloblin escapes, due to Mabel giving it the key for its five-minute break. While attempting to fight it, Mabel pours water on it, which only makes it stronger, and the creature starts destroying parts of the Shack. After waiting for what seems for hours, with the Gremloblin playing with a talking fish monotonously, the twins moan. Suddenly, the monster starts eating their profits. Mabel runs out to stop it, ends up seeing her worst fear, and Dipper saves her by using a mirror to make the Gremloblin's powers backfire on it. It groans and crashes through the wall, grows wings, and flies away.Soos and Wendy come back, and Mabel tells them that she needs their help. They both decline and give excuses. Mabel snaps and starts barking orders at them. She brings out the profit jar and tells them how long they have to turn things around. Meanwhile, Stan does even better on the game show, until he loses all the money on the final round, in which the answer was "please". Mabel starts barking orders for fixing the Shack. She tells Dipper to figure out what to do with the tourists. He decides to take them on a tour. They calculate the total profit, that is only a dollar even with their hard work. Stan arrives, and tells them about how much he won in the game show, and how he lost it. Mabel realizes that she won the bet, but Stan runs away before she can make him sing the apologizing song. In the credits, Mabel gets the chance to make Stan to do the dance, and he does the dance rather poorly, while Gompers tries to eat his hat. Mabel asks Waddles for his opinion. He oinks, which causes Mabel to go to cut thirty.
- Story by:
- Tommy Reahead
- Written by:
- Directed by:
- Storyboards by:
- Chris Sonnenburg
- Niki Yang
- With the Voice Talents of:
- Additional Voices
- Casting By:
- Sara Goldberg
- For a full transcript of "Boss Mabel," click here.
- The cloning copy machine from "Double Dipper" is seen in Stan's office again.
- The Sascrotch is seen again when Dipper is directing a tour.
- Since Stan had Wendy change the price of the snow globes to $200 every episode after this shows them at that price.
- Viewership: This episode was watched by 3.445 million viewers on its premier night.
- The 618 that appears on the cash register is similar to its appearance in "Tourist Trapped."
- On the bulletin board in Stan's office there appears to be a question mark made by pink tacks.
- During the end credits of this episode, there was a cryptogram that read "SVZEB RH GSV SVZW GSZG DVZIH GSV UVA." Once decoded, it reads "HEAVY IS THE HEAD THAT WEARS THE FEZ."
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