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"Scary-oke"[4] is the first episode of the second season of Gravity Falls and the 21st episode overall. It premiered on August 1, 2014 on Disney Channel.[2][4]

Official overview

The Pines family resolves to get back to normal after the Li'l Gideon incident. They throw a "Mystery Shack is Back" party, but some "unwelcome" guests crash the celebration.[4]


S2e1 Mystery Shack being mysterious

Portal light illuminates the town.

The episode begins where "Gideon Rises" left off with Stan working on the universe portal. He reveals that he has been studying the secrets of Gravity Falls for at least 30 years and that he is about to finally accomplish his greatest achievement. He then looks solemnly at a photograph of Dipper and Mabel on his desk, worrying they will be endangered if anyone ever finds out about his secret project, though he quickly dismisses the suspicion. He powers on the machine, and it causes a power surge around town (that Wendy and Gideon notice) which is picked up by a government satellite dish.

S2e1 party invite

The Pines announce the Mystery Shack grand re-opening party.

The following morning, Stan awakens in his lab to his alarm ringing and remembers the Mystery Shack's grand re-opening that day. In the gift shop, he and the twins excitedly recall the events of Gideon's defeat. Toby Determined comes and asks them for a picture, though Stan declines, because his "camera" is a cinder block. Shandra Jimenez then arrives with a real camera, and the Pines strike a goofy pose. Stan then announces an after-party, and Mabel adds that the family will be performing karaoke, without Stan’s and Dipper's consent. Wendy arrives to sell tickets to the tourists, with a successful response.

S2e1 mystery board

Dipper is still trying to figure out the town's secrets.

S2e1 lets get ready to party

Mabel and her friends dancing to her boombox sweater music.

Stan expresses with glee that things are finally going his way, with the townspeople loving him and the Gideon smell out of the carpet. Dipper asks for his journal back, and Stan lies that it was "too boring" to finish (though he actually made copies of the pages). Though skeptical that his uncle would give up the book that quickly, he soon drops it and whisks Mabel off to their room. There, Dipper tells her that he is worried about not being able to crack the mysteries of the town before summer's end, and Mabel assures him that there is nothing left to uncover, but if there is, "Lord Mystery Ham" will find it.

S2e1 agent powers and trigger

Government agents arrive at the Shack.

Downstairs, Soos spots a government vehicle, prompting Stan to clear out the gift shop. When Agents Powers and Trigger arrive on the scene, Stan tries to steer them away and even bribe them. Dipper excitedly greets the operatives and suggests they work together, and Powers gives him his card. Stan discredits his nephew and tells the agents the boy has an overactive imagination, and the officers leave, with Stan bobble-heads as "evidence." Stan proceeds to confiscate Powers' card and tells Dipper to do "normal kid stuff." Dipper expresses disappointment, and Mabel tries to cheer him up by reminding him of the party that night.

As the gang is setting up the party, Mabel is overjoyed that the confetti cannon is working and that the karaoke machine has some of her favorite songs. Stan tries to get out of the planned family number by saying he is a bad singer, but Mabel reassures him that one does not need to have a good voice. While Dipper and Wendy play with a black light, Dipper confides his contempt for Stan’s actions, and Wendy agrees to help him retrieve Powers' contact information from Stan’s room. They sneak off as guests begin to arrive.

S2e1 zombie

The dead have risen.

Wendy keeps lookout as Dipper rummages through Stan's belongings — some of which disturb him greatly — finds the card, and calls Powers, though his angry uncle soon enters, as Wendy got distracted by a text. Stan sends Dipper and Wendy away, and he retreats to his lab. While Mabel mingles, Dipper shows to the government agents his journal, but the two quickly dismiss Dipper's claims after seeing some entries in the journal on the "Stomach-faced duck" and the "Lepricorn," which they find preposterous. Just as they are about to leave, Dipper proves his point by reading a random incantation, though the spell is revealed to be one that raises the dead and subsequently summons a zombie horde. As the creatures advance, they scare off the party-goers, and Mabel scolds her brother for doing what she told him not to. Soos attempts to protect them, though he gets bitten almost immediately and becomes zombie-like himself.

S2e1 zombie disco

The twins' struggling only makes the zombies look rad.

As Dipper, Mabel and Waddles flee, Stan is in his lab contemplating Dipper's stubbornness, realizing that he was also stubborn, but he resumes his work, citing that he has too much to do to worry about the kids. However, he quickly changes his mind and arrives to save them just as Dipper is lifted up by a zombie. He sends the kids to the attic as he fights the advancing monsters and reveals that he has always known about the paranormal activity in Gravity Falls and that he was denying it to keep Dipper and Mabel out of danger.

S2e1 the most adorable family ever

The Pines singing karaoke.

Just as Dipper is about to give up hope, stating that Journal #3 did not contain any answers for their problem like it normally does, Mabel notes that new text is visible under black light. Dipper discovers that zombies can be defeated by shattering their skulls with a three-part harmony, and Mabel points out that a karaoke number is the perfect solution. From the roof, Mabel introduces the three as "Love Patrol Alpha," and Dipper and Stan less-than-happily begin singing "Taking Over Midnight" with her. The song works, destroying the zombies, and the Pines cheer.

S2e1 listen u guys

Stan and the twins discuss the terms for keeping the journal.

Back inside, Dipper apologizes for the trouble he caused, but Mabel says he has nothing to worry about, as she greatly enjoyed the number they performed. Stan agrees to let Dipper keep the journal for self-defense purposes, so long as he does not look for trouble, and in return assures his nephew that he has no more big secrets. Both agree but cross their fingers behind their backs as they do so, implying that neither is really agreeing to anything. Stan remarks that they have a lot of cleaning up to do and inquires where Soos is, only for Soos to walk into the room, still a zombie. Stan tries to attack him, but Dipper finds a cure involving "a lot of formaldehyde and cinnamon." The twins push Soos into the kitchen with a chair, and Dipper expresses excitement at the idea of exploring more secrets with his new-found knowledge of the secret text in the journal.

S2e1 agent powers is alive

"This is bigger than we imagined. We need to bring in the big guns." --Agent Powers

Rising from a ditch, and having somehow survived the zombies, Agents Powers and Trigger discuss their awe and question to whom they should report, and they agree that Gravity Falls is indeed the town they're looking for and that they'll need to call in the "big guns." When they see Toby with a blindfold on, they briefly mistake him for a zombie, but quickly see that he is just a "very ugly man."


Production notes

See also: List of allusions and List of goofs.

Character revelations

  • Stan has known about the secrets of Gravity Falls for at least thirty years. He had been hiding and lying about his knowledge to keep the twins safe.
  • Tyler Cutebiker receives Tambry's social media posts.

Series continuity

S2e1 journal scan 2

The page with a secret society symbol first seen in "Stan's Tattoo."

Songs featured


  • Viewership: This episode was viewed by 2.4 million viewers on its premiere night.[3]
  • There is a new backwards message at the end of the theme song. It says "Key Vigenère," which is the new credits cipher.
    • In the credits, the name of Agent Powers' voice actor, Nick Offerman, was replaced with "Key Vigenére."
  • At one point, Stan puts on a six-fingered glove, which must have belonged to Ford Pines.
  • The Latin incantation Dipper recites to raise the dead translates to "Body, rise. Lord Devil (or Devil Dominion). Conquer the world."
  • The reason "&ndra" is pronounced "ampersandra" is because the "&" symbol is called an ampersand.
  • Among Stan's "Contraband" items are:
    • A shark toy
    • A slingshot
    • Handcuffs
    • Playing cards
    • Marbles
    • A Tamagotchi virtual pet


S2e1 end credits cryptogram
S2e1 lil gideon in the big house


  • During the ending credits of this episode, there is a cryptogram that reads "SMOFZQA JDFV." Once decoded using vigenère cipher, it reads "WELCOME BACK."
    • Found on Gideon's prison cell wall is the keyword: "WIDDLE"
  • On the satellite footage of Gravity Falls that the agents are looking at, there are numbers at the bottom that say "5192362116 1896 41619..." When separated correctly it can be said, "5-19-23-6-21-16 18-9-6 4-16-19..." Using the combined cipher it translates to "SEARCH FOR THE..."
  • On the bottom of Dipper's "Big Mysteries" board, written on the board frame itself, there is a cryptogram that says "TEV FP TBKAV PL MBOCBZQ," which decodes into "WHY IS WENDY SO PERFECT."
  • On Agent Powers' card there's a number that says, "6-12-1-7," using the A1Z26 cipher it translates to "FLAG."
  • At the Leprecorn's section there are two cryptograms. The first is "ZDWFK RXW," which says "WATCH OUT," The second is "NLOO PH SOHDVH," which translates to "KILL ME PLEASE." Both are in the Caesar cipher.
S2e1 Cryptic image

End page.

  • The page section revealed at the end of the episode says, "4-16-19 11-23-10 20-9-1-10-5-4-23-15-6-5 15-5 2-19-6-25 21-12-19-2-19-6" on the left and on the right says, "21-23-10 16-19 16-15-20-19 16-15-5 8-12-23-10-5 18-9-6-19-2-19-6?" After being put through all of the ciphers, it translates to "THE MAN DOWNSTAIRS IS VERY CLEVER" and "CAN HE HIDE HIS PLANS FOREVER?"


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  1. Wendy's bedroom pasteup sheet
  2. 2.0 2.1 Hirsch, Alex (June 14, 2014). Tweet Number 477913463218372608. “The Shack is Back! Gravity Falls Season 2 premieres Aug 1st 9:00 PM on the Disney Channel, fools!”
  3. 3.0 3.1 Bibel, Sara (August 4, 2014). Friday Cable Ratings: 'WWE Smackdown' Wins Night, 'Girl Meets World', 'Dog With A Blog', 'Gravity Falls' & More.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Scary-oke. Disney–ABC Television Group. Retrieved on April 16, 2015.

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  • Coincidence or Artistic design?

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    • Who's Chekov?
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    • The spell is conbination of spanish and latin. It literally means "Bodies rise Control the devil Change the world" I hope that helps :3

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